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Recently.

I love that word recently.

I use the word recently a lot.

 

The Encarta Dictionary says it like this;

1.  Having happened or appeared not long ago

2.  From current times or the very recent past 

Why is that such an important word you ask?

I believe it is because it means that something is happening.

If something happened recently,

Then life is not stagnant or stale.

Stagnant being impure from lack of motion,

Stale?

  Well, which of us likes bread that is not fresh?

 

We tend to go through seasons of stillness,

And then seasons of activity.

Without both seasons,

We cannot grow up in Him properly.

 

We cannot live Godly lives with only encounters that are ten years old,

While they are great stories and teach us how God works,

We won’t be very effective showing Christ to others unless they can see His fresh work in us.

 

If we are in Christ,

Hopefully we will recognize these as times of growth for us.

God our Father,

Jesus our Savior,

And Holy Spirit our Teacher,

Have something for us to learn.

 

I believe we need to take the time to “unplug” from the noise of the world on a regular basis,

Just so we can hear what Father,

Son and Holy Spirit want to say to us.

Our lives are so very loud,

That it is difficult,

If not impossible to hear their voices unless we take that time.

 

We NEED that time of Significant Encounter,

To understand what things He as in store for us to do.

 

1 Kings 19:12 (KJV) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

 

Well, recently, I did just that.

Life had gotten so busy that my mind was in a constant skitter,

Like cold water on a hot skillet.

The sense that God and I needed to conference kept growing every day.

 

As always,

Whenever I take that time,

God is Faithful to show up.,

 

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV1984) Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

 

That IS HIs promise to me and to you.

When we seek Him we will find Him.

Proverbs 8:17 (NIV 1984) I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

 

I learned much on that day,

And I fully intend to share,

But I am still processing.

God had a lot to say.

 

For today,

I leave you with a link that will bless you and stretch you.

 

Some will say Amen,

Others will have to say h-m-m-m……..

 

The Resting Place

 

It is an hour in length but is divided into two parts.

Please allow it to enrich your quiet time,

And then plan to join me when some of my processing has been done.

 

Until then,

Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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Jesus Immigration Policy

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My blogging friend Steven Sawyer posted the following post just this week.

I was taken aback by it’s simplicity,

And the scope of it’s difficulty.

As we say around here,

“If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!”

I believe it can work,

How about you?

Jesus Immigration Policy

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

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What About the Updates You Didn’t Ask For?

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You may not be a geek, but you are here,

so at the very least you are a little bit computer-ish.

You probably have an email account,

a Facebook account,

maybe a Twitter account.  

Maybe you are Linked-In or you Spotify. 

Whatever the case may be. 

You know your settings. 

It took a while to get things just the way you like them,

and then, BAM!

Totally out of nowhere,

one of these accounts decides to update,

or even upgrade to a different way of doing things or worse yet,

a whole new  program.

New phone.   New operating system.   New program.   New gadgets.

Pretty new packages with lot of work packed inside.

Ugh.

 

Resetting takes time.

It takes brain cells.

It a lot of  mental energy.

How did you handle the news?

Did you get angry and pout?

Did you throw things or complain?

Or did you receive the updates as a matter of course?

The latter choice will mean accepting the change.

It will probably mean rearranging your schedule to give you time to familiarize yourself with the new,

and reset everything from the start.

If you are just a bit computerish,

this may cause great hardship.

For a geek or a techi,

it would be a nuisance perhaps,

but you’re used to it,

so you can get it done pretty quick.

 

After far too many techi type updates and upgrades,

there is something I’ve noticed about them all.

It is there regardless if my trouble is long term,

or if it is of the quick fix type.

I have noticed the same thing with updates that are physical,

emotional and intellectual.

It is there whether it is my computer that is broken or if it is my heart.

 

Most recently,

my own updates came in both the techi and the emotional realm.

This then of course leaked all the way into the spiritual side of things.

These simultaneous happenings threatened to take me out.

 

Folks when this happens to you,

you must seat yourself securely in your chair and follow all the prompts until you reach the end.

Some of those prompts are simple yes – no, click – don’t click.

With some on the other hand,

you have to wait for the action to take place,

then actually shut down and re-start for the update to take place.

Start – stop. Start – stop. Start – stop.

 

My recent updates,

led to some very expansive and not to mention expensive upgrades.

Totally new equipment and programming required.

Here I am on the other side (Thank you God!)

I’d like to share some of the BIG stuff I learned.

Perhaps it can help you too!

There is no “set” way to handle such things,

but I believe that God’s principles work no matter where you use them.

 

*Get a comfy seat – Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and

                                               seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

*Settle in – Isaiah 32:18 My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, 

                               in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

*Be thankful – Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer,

being watchful and thankful.

*Rest in Him – Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul,

                   in God alone;  my hope comes from him

ASK.

Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;

and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

I had to begin in each case asking God just what it was I was supposed to learn from each circumstance.

When you learn what you are supposed to,

you can advance to the next thing.

 

WAIT.

Psalm 38:15
I wait for you, O LORD;  you will answer, O Lord my God.

I always pray for the quickly to happen,

but God does not always answer that way.

The waiting, the crying,

the praying,

the seeking,

the finding,

the trusting,

all take time.

Sometimes I learn more slowly than other times.

 

DO OVERS.

Proverbs 24:16 (CJB)For though he falls seven times, he will get up again;

it’s the wicked who fail under stress.

If I didn’t get it quite right, I get to do it over.

The fact of the matter is that I don’t want to move on one minute sooner than He thinks I’m ready.

I  really can’t skip any steps and expect everything to operate smoothly.

 

TRUST.

Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you,  for you,

LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

This is where the trusting comes in

Knowing He will move me ahead when I am ready,

if I’m really trusting Him,

and not trying to do it myself,

I won’t have to do it over again.

 

ATTITUDE.


Ephesians 4:23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

I have to repeatedly check my attitude.

It can change from moment to moment.

Am I grumpy?

Am I complaining?

Am I doing all I can to change that if I am?

I have to ask God to give me an attitude of thankfulness for the opportunity

to learn some really hard things with the Holy Spirit at my side.

STOP STRIVING


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding;

I don’t know about these things God, but you do.

How about I let you handle this.

Again and still.

When each new pop-up and prompt comes,

I get to choose how I will respond.

Will I follow the prompts?

My prayer should always be “I’m asking your way of dealing handling this God.

I can exhaust myself in the striving.

YOU, however, are inexhaustible.”

When are faithful to adhere to His promptings,

we can be assured of a good outcome.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

Follow those prompts!  Every one!

His way is may not be the fastest,

but it is always the best.

 

What promptings are you receiving from God in your circumstance?

Are you reading His manual the Bible?

Are your eyes and ears open to his instruction?

If you answer yes to these questions and follow through,

then you can expect great things.

They don’t always come in packages we recognize,

but we can be sure they will be worth the effort.

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You are fearfully and wonderfully made

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Have You Authorized Any Updates Lately?

Sometimes we get to choose what updates to take,

And which ones to walk  away from.

Before the beginning of this year,

I was offered an update.

It wasn’t a hard sell.

 No one pushed or pulled.

There was no bait and switch.

The opportunity was an amazing one,

and I was given all the time needed to make the right decision.

Several years of training were already under my belt for this very thing.

So slowly I began to observe this group.

I began to spend time with its members to see if it would indeed be a good fit.

I also used this time to tie up some loose ends so as to be able to fully commit to the tasks at hand.

The authorization to update was given.

Now some time has passed and it is time to begin installation.

New files are being copied.

The tasks are tasks I am accustomed to,

but as much as they are the same,

they are also different.

Click to continue?

Yes.

I believe so.

But where to begin.

Where all things begin.

At the beginning.

The excitement I felt at the beginning when I was asked,

was exhilarating.

Then the clicking began for all the updates,

Making all the settings so they would work well.

A little while into my observation of the members,

I began to realize how much I could so work with them.

Their hearts match mine.

Even so,

they are much more mature in their handling of the program.

A maturity that comes with the doing.

The learning process will be no doubt be spread out over much time.

Something else came to me after spending time observing these members.

That is the knowledge that this thing is so much bigger than what I had

imagined some months ago when it was only a thought.

Knowing things in my head,

reading things on paper,

and then actually beginning to DO what I said I would,

are two totally different issues.

Miles apart.

Who authorized these updates anyway?

Then came the knowing.

Way down in my knower.

This is right.

This is what I was created for.

This is what I’ve been trained for.

This what will give glory to the God who created me.

Fearfully and wonderfully He did.

Click to continue?

You bet.

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You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Home Again, Home Again, Lickety Split.

Well, maybe not so lickety split after all ………. Seems like forever.

I’ve been scanning over and re-reading some of my blog posts.

Sort of to jog my memory of what things I had written about before very unceremoniously being torn away from learning more about this craft that am beginning to love.

This year, 2012, has not turned out anything like I had pictured.

Quite the opposite actually.

One of my prayers has been that I would learn the lessons hidden inside the upheaval,

so that I could get on to other things.

Things prayerfully more to my liking.

Four posts stuck out to me in my re-readings.

Each with a different point.

Each has been well taken and well lived out so far this year.

He has our best interest at heart,

and if we choose to listen,

we can learn m0re than we ever dreamed.

I’ll be sharing something from each of those posts,

and also some truths that God has made real to me over the past months.

I am so glad to be back,

 and fully hope that I will be able to share some things with you that will not only encourage you,

but challenge and stretch you as well.

I feel like I’m coming home.

 

Fearfully and wonderfully made,

Deb

 

 

 

Balloon Therapy

Recently I’ve felt a bit like a balloon.

A balloon that has been blown up, then deflated.

Then blown up again, only bigger this time.

This has been going on for the last four months.

Each time that balloon has been blown up,

It has been a bit bigger than the last time.

Just when a bit of recovery was felt, the inflation process would begin again.

Each time, I have felt stretched farther than possible.

After each new challenge, I found myself feeling a bit more like a stretched and wilted balloon left behind at a child’s birthday party.

 

It is very common in scripture, for God’s people to come upon circumstances, either random or brought on by themselves, which “stretched” them.

The things they thought they knew were called into question.

The way they did things proved to be requiring a change.

The circumstances they endured made them realize that God was indeed big enough take care of them even in the direst of circumstances.

They learned that when exhaustion knocked on their door, they learned that the joy of the Lord was their strength, that in their own power, collapse was inevitable.

Probably the most important thing they learned was that even if their state of affairs was grueling, taxing and grievous, they could still be joyful.

The details of the first quarter of my personal 2012 don’t even need to be shared.

To be sure, they involved all of the above.

There was challenge.

There was stretching.

I’ve been called to know what I believe and why I believe it.  This will be a lifelong process I am quite sure.

My routines for doing things were totally flipped on edge, causing me to take note about why I do things a certain way.

Speaking the truth when it is not popular to do so can be delicate, but it can be done.  People will not always be happy that you did, but God knows the truth about the love in your heart.

Perhaps even the five minutes you give God each day, can be enough to recharge your batteries.

When you make a commitment, regardless of how large, you do your best even if that means from a distance. 

In the end, keeping your word is something that folks won’t even expect you to do if things change and make it even more difficult. 

God knows.  You still do it.  You do it as unto Him.  It is He who holds the scales.

Often, the reward is not in what you see with your eyes as a result of your difficulty, but a sense that you did what you were supposed to do.  You did it well.  You did your best.

The invisible reward is feeling God’s pleasure.

Philippians 4:12-14 (NIV1984)12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB)10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections of Him

 Mirrors.

I’ve been hearing about them a lot lately.

 What is their purpose?

 To reflect.

What is it that my mirror reflects in the morning when I look into it?

 Of course what I see is messy hair,

elf tracks on my cheeks,

 red, puffy eyes, yet

without benefit of caffeine

to wake them up.

 Lot’s of work to do here before I can face the world.

1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV) But the LORD said to Samuel,  “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance,  but the LORD looks on the heart.”

Good thing.

The mirror has done its job on my physical appearance,

but apparently God is looking for something else.

According to the verse above,

God is looking at our heart. 

What could it be that He wants

 to see reflected there?

His glory.

He created us to be a reflection of His glory.

Revelation 5  Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne  a scroll written within and on the back,  sealed with seven seals. 2 And  I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold,  the Lion  of the tribe of Judah,  the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering  myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

We see our own image in the mirror,

but God sees our hearts when they are given to His Son Jesus.

He sees past the image we see in the mirror.

He sees His Son in us.

The everlasting extension of His glory.

He made us like Him.

He made us in His image.

He made us so He would not be alone.

He made us to reflect His glory.

I often wonder if the image I project glorifies Him.

He made all the wonders of the world,

but He made ME – US – to glorify Him.

To rule and reign with Him.

Forever.

There is no greater prize.

If you have not made the choice to follow Jesus and glorify God yet,
feel free to visit the “Rescue” tab at the top of this blog.
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