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Two Voices

The noise of the world
Calls me to a place
Filled with anger, fear and distress;
But a stronger voice
Of mercy and grace
Draws me close, where I am blessed.

 

I can make the choice
To be in that space
Where I must endure the test;
Or I can retreat
To seek the Lord’s face
And enter into His rest.

 

It’s tempting enough
To run in the race
That forces me to impress;
But then there’s the way
With a steady pace
Found in the One I confess.

 

I’ll forsake the noise
And reject each trace
Of corruption from my breast;
Surrendered to Christ,
In His warm embrace
At home in Him, life is best.

 

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PAPA’S REGARD FOR YOU

Our loving heavenly Father
Really believes in you!
His heart is filled with plans and hope;
Good things to learn and do.

 

His heart beats with endless blessings
Ready to fill your soul.
Your very presence makes Him smile;
His face is all aglow.

 

And if you ever start to think
He doesn’t love or care,
stop to remember all He has done;
Then thank Him with a prayer.

WHAT MY HEART KNOWS

Principles and figures,
Details and facts;
When it comes to information,
Very little lacks,
But what does my heart know?

 

Passages and verses,
Known line by line;
I have memorized Scripture well,
Treasured in my mind,
But what does my heart know?

 

The love of my Father,
His strength and grace?
His ever atentive presence
His warm embrace?
Does my heart know these things?

 

Jesus’ saving power,
The Prince of Peace,
Who is pleased to call me, “sister,”
Joy that does not cease;
Does my heart know these things?

 

Academic knowledge
Talents and skill
Are gifts from God to help us live,
But they don’t fulfill;
My heart must know the Lord.

 

To know his perfect ways,
His love for me;
The one in whom I live and move;
This is what feeds me;
My heart must know the Lord.

WHY?

I have dedicated this site to declaring God’s absolute and intimate love for each person.  This message has become my passion.
So here’s a question:
Why is this so important?
God loves you; so what?  How has knowing His complete and profound love for you made a difference in your life?

 

I can think of at least a few ways in which I have been impacted by this knowledge:
*I strive much less now:  I act and serve BECAUSE I am loved; not in order to earn God’s approval or affection.

 

*Knowing that Papa God loves me; that I am precious to him gives me security:  Things can happen that normally might upset me; people can say things that are less than complimentary:  I’m okay because Daddy loves me.

 

*I have more to give:  I get filled up first; then share what I have.  This way beats the religious approach of trying to come up with answers or “ministry” on my own!

 

*I expect more from God:  His goodness is far greater than anything I could ever imagine.  Trusting His regard for me has opened my heart to Him.

 

Now it’s your turn.  I am hoping to hear from you!

SUBMISSION

My Lord, you call me to submit,
Not as one who is under your thumb;
Nor as a wormly creature beneath your feet.
But as your dearly beloved,
Friend, daughter, sister, bride.

In love, you invite submission
By calling me to walk by your side,
And seating me in heavenly places.
Partaking of your victory;
Saved, redeemed, reborn, free.

 

So, my Lord, I tell you, “Yes.”
I submit to you with affection;
Reflecting your glory as I live,
Safe in your everlasting arms;
Loved, fulfilled, joyful, blessed.

“THEY HAVE NO WINE” John 2:1-11, Part I

1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.
Jesus’ mother  was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”  (NIV)

 

I have appreciated Mary’s heart and approach in this account for many years:  She doesn’t tell Jesus how to solve the problem; she doesn’t panic or beg.  Instead, she simply brings the need to Him.
Mary knows who Jesus is and what He does.  Her belief makes His response possible.
Without debating or trying to convince Him, she tells the servants to obey.
The result:  The best wine at the party.

I consider this to be one of the most powerful models of prayer we could possibly find.  when we come to God, knowing who He is and what He does, we can present any matter; then we put our trust in Him because He is God; He knows exactly what needs to be done and He accomplishes it.  He really doesn’t need us to figure out the solutions; He isn’t moved by crisis, panic or need; He responds to our faith.
This is about relationship, not recipes.  God loves us.  We are constantly in His thoughts.  He wants us to love and trust Him as well.  It’s this open connection that causes us to hear Him so we know what and how to ask; then, He answers with enthusiasm.
The result:  The best answer there could ever be.

RELIGION

The word we know as “religion” means “Relinking.”

 

So here’s a question:
To what or whom are you linked?

In a negative sense, religion can have to do with doctrine, tradition and works.  All of these carry us away from an intimate relationship with god, instead of bringing us closer, mostly because they rely on rules and recipes.  Who needs to depend on god, or even acknowledge Him for that matter, if we can achieve righteousness on our own?

This false kind of religion also misrepresents Him.  Instead of turning people to Jesus and His love, we end up expressing ourselves and all that we bring with us, including injury, deception, pride, fear and very limited demonstrations of “goodness.”

In a more positive sense, religion is descriptive of the ways in which each of us lives out his or her relationship with God.  It reflects our “link.”
This true sense of “relinking” is like the moon, reflecting sunlight.  If it didn’t do that, we wouldn’t be able to see it in the night sky.  That is how we are, reflecting God’s glory so that He can be seen in the darkness.

When we turn to Him first so that He saves and fills us, we can reach out to others in response, bringing the true goodness of God into the world:  That which revives, heals, blesses, overcomes, saves, delivers and brings prosperity; God Himself.

EZEKIEL 17:24

“All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD ; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD ; I have spoken, and I will perform it.” Ezekiel 17:24

Isn’t it intriguing to remember that God acts in surprising ways!
He treasures relationships so much, He will do whatever it takes to build them.

Prophetically, trees represent people or nations, so if we read this verse with that in mind, we get:

All of the people and nations on earth will know that I am the Lord;
I bring down the proud and high-minded,
I exalt the humble,
withhold from those who are self-sufficient and cause those who rely on Me to flourish.
I am the Lord; what I say is and I will make it happen.

Sorry, no recipe or formula here; only utter dependence on God.  In John 15, Jesus told His disciples, “apart from God you can do nothing.”  Then, in Philippians 4:13, Paul writes, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”

Perhaps one of the biggest buggaboos here is that humility has nothing to do with devaluing or criticizing ourselves; instead, it is a matter of agreeing with what God says about who we are, even when our experience and opinions say otherwise.  By the way, He says we are precious, a chosen nation, sons and daughters, royalty, reflections of His glory, dearly loved by Him.

I have encountered this repeatedly:  When I give into temptations to do things my way, rely on my own understanding and expectations or build strategies according to my limited knowledge, I get trouble, especially when I am reacting to perceptions based on shame, fear, doubt, pride or false humility.

When I was taking a course in Old Testament Survey, we learned this definition of idolatry:  “Trusting in and serving any person, place, concept or thing other than God.”  Okay, I’d say that’s pretty comprehensive.  It’s Joshua saying, “Choose today whom you will serve…  As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15)

When, on the other hand, I run to Papa God and cooperate with Him, I flourish.  Joy, peace, hope, love and all of God’s goodness are evident to me.  I reflect Him to those around me and His Kingdom comes.

I live out Colossians 3:
My life is hidden with Christ in God
I have put on the  new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator
I am dressed in love
I have been called to peace, which rules in my heart
His word dwells in me richly
All I say and do is in the name (character) of Jesus
I thank Papa God through Him

So, here’s a picture:
As I said, trees represent people or nations. It’s wonderful when individuals or households within the Church walk in obedience; what happens when an entire nation or people group becomes utterly dependent on God and agrees with Him?  Wow!

A CALL TO CONNECTION

Acts 2:46-47
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

For a number of years, it has been my observation that the church has “going to the temple” down pretty well in that we have Sunday morning and midweek gatherings.
We have pretty much lost the practice of breaking bread from house to house, though, which really has to do with community.  Perhaps the biggest reason that no one had needs was that he or she couldn’t hide out in the same kind of isolation that people do nowadays.  Families and individuals were known and wrapped in relationship.
This is a call to connection.  Even if each believer made it a point to befriend one other, we would gain ground…
and if neighbors started to break bread and really get to know each other?
It would be a revolution!

“What do you want?”

“Desires are more important than needs: God reaches our hearts by satisfying them.” My pastor
I thought about this today and decided that it is worth sharing.
God created desires as part of His reflection in us; yet it seems that a great deal of religious teaching has worked to shut down anything that even looks like one. This is perhaps a more deadly deception. How many times have you heard faithful Christians say something like, “Oh, I only need a little bit: A roof over my head…” It actually expresses lack of trust in God. Then, when we want to ask for things that matter to us, like healing, financial provision or blessing, we are afraid, ashamed or unsure.

Here are some Bible verses to show the importance of desires to God:

Delight yourself in the LORD ; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:5

You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. ps 145:16

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

What does God say? I believe He wants us to tell Him what we would like (desire) so that He can give it to us, thereby building relationships.

There is a thing that has intrigued me for years: In a number of Gospel accounts, when Jesus heals, He asks, “What do you want?”
The ten lepers said they wanted to be cleansed; Bartimaeus said he wanted to see…

So, what do you want god to give you or do for you?