Level Ground…

I just got glasses…Been a bit strange wearing them.
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I feel very tall…everyone looks short…I feel like I’m walking downhill uphill.

Has made me think about Perspective.

“Let your nose point first to what you want to look at…then find the sweet spot where things that are blurry become clear, ” said Martha with the white hair.

Good advice. Don’t you think?

It’s not enough just to set your eyes on where you want to go…your body needs to move in the same direction.

And aren’t we all looking for that sweet spot – that God perspective – where things blurry become focused and clear?

I’m finding it takes some practice…and patience… intention… and good humor.

Hopefully in time the journey will no longer all seem downhill uphill.

It will become level ground.

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.  May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level. ” Psalm 143:10

Wrestling…

Have you ever noticed the greatest blessings come after the darkness of faith?…

The darkness of a night wrestling with God?

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Prideful, false self grapples with God…

as He forms us into our real identity…

Rescuing and reclaiming us as His child.

The night…the wrestling…and with the new dawn of light…

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The Blessing.

In the wrestling…is the Becoming.

In the becoming…is the blessing.

Blessing given to then go forth and bless.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.” Jer 17:7

Clothes Inside Out…..

If I were to walk into the room with my clothes inside out….

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Some might giggle, some might point and whisper behind my back, maybe a friend would point out the problem.

“Your clothes are inside out.”

My response, “Yes, I know. Are yours?”

What does it mean to walk through life with one’s clothes inside out?

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We all want to bring Christ into the world, don’t we?

We all want to leave the world a more beautiful place don’t we?

We all want others to know God’s magnificent love, don’t we?

Isn’t our world starved for something beyond one dimensional living?

Living from the inside out is to live with passion…

Living from the inside out is to live with compassion…

Living from the inside out is living from the source of living water within us…

Living from the inside out brings our unique stamp of the Divine image and likeness into the crowds of cookie cutter people hiding behind their fleshly garments.

Living from the inside out steps forward Spirit first.

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Living from the inside out is putting one’s heart on one’s sleeve and walking through the day…

Living from the inside out draws attention at times…

But Living from the inside out draws others into the embrace of God.

Living from the inside out….how will you dress this day?

I dare you….live with your clothes inside out!

“Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.'”

John 7:38

One size fits all? Do it yourself?…

Struggling in a one- size- fits- all holiness?

Trying to put on Christ like your best friend, your spouse, your neighbor, some character in a book?

Are you a do it yourself-er?

Holiness isn’t about being like everyone else.

Cookie cutter people we are not….

“Do it yourself-er”, “I am the maker of me” people we are not!

You are a “once in a lifetime”, they “broke the mold” after you, unique gift of a person.

Created by Him who is Love, molded in His mighty grace.

It takes courage to be the real you…

But when we live our uniqueness clothed in Christ…

it gives permission for others around us to be real!

so……

Lions and tigers and bears in your life?

The Holy Spirit fills you with the courage…

to be who you are and be that well!

Surrender to His grace.

Be the best you today….God needs you!

“I have told you this so that you might have peace in Me.  In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world”. John 16:33

Mystery of His Molding….

Some days are quiet days…

Where words are embraced within the heart never reaching the outside.

Words become ideas, ideas become dreams, dreams become hopes.

A resting in the quiet within.

Gently floating up on the Mystery of His molding.

One doesn’t always have to have words,,,

And feelings don’t always have to have reasons.

Words from the heart can never be forced…

should never be forced.

The KING WITHIN touches the silence of the heart…

and CREATES.

The Potter is at work.

Surrender to the Mystery of His Molding!

“Yet O Lord, you are our Father;  we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.”

Is 64: 7

Suitcases…

What’s in your suitcase?

Regrets about the past, Anxiety about the future, To- do lists for the present?

Fear, Anger, Unforgiveness, Sadness, Apathy, Disappointments?

Cast away dreams, Broken promises, I can’ts and No’s?

The burdens in our suitcases tempt us to look for shortcuts.

Or to avoid big hills, rocky ground, and people.

Hands occupied, no longer able to lift heavenward in thanksgiving.

Eyes cast downward, backs aching from the strain.

If traveling to a foreign land, wouldn’t you enlist a guide?

There would be no fear in the capable hands of the one who knows the way.

The Heavenly Father is guiding us on this journey of the  heart.

Walk toward the dawn. Home is ahead.

Check your luggage. You don’t need it. It will only weigh you down.

Leave it at the foot of the cross.

Your Father will provide.

Trust in Him. Do not fear.

“He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic” Luke 9:3

Mirror of Reflection….

If Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder…

If eyes are the window of the soul…

Beauty seen is a reflection of our Beauty within.

We have all known ah ha moments when Beauty catches our breath.

A pause as it sinks within.

Then we too must BELIEVE in the beauty within.

Extravagant, unique.

No two of us the same.

Yes, BELIEVE in this Beauty within.

The stamp of the Creator, His Divine image.

Heart within heart.

Let the scales fall from clouded eys. Vision restored.

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Life IS beautiful. Your life IS beautiful. All life IS beautiful.

You are a reflection of Beauty.

“Before I formed you in the womb I  knew you, before you were born I dedicated you….” Jer 1:3

He loves me…He loves me not….

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 He loves me….pick a petal, let it fall

He loves me not (negative thoughts)…pick a petal, let it fall

He loves me…pick a petal, let it fall

He loves me not (reluctance to act, to give, to love)…pick a petal, let it fall

He loves me…pick a petal let it fall

He loves me not (sinful actions, tendencies, brokenness)…pick a petal, let it fall

 And so on and so on and so on

Now disconnected petals in a heap encircling the stripped stem. Absent of the beauty.

Lord, pierce the “love me, love me not” thoughts. Hold back the hand inclined to “pick and let fall”.

Deliever from this temptation.

RECEIVE His Love into the who you are this day ….and be transformed. BELIEVE in His Love that sees the beauty of who you are this day and be set free. Live in the peace of His eternal “He loves me” LOVE. And pass on the glory.