Heavy Breathing…

There must be empty…in order to fill.

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Fill up with gas, fill out an application, fill an empty canvas with paint, fill our stomachs, fill the vacancy.

All start with empty….with a hollow space.

Our breathing reminds us of this. We exhale our breath within and our lungs deflate.  We inhale and our lungs expand.

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We exhale to release…We inhale to increase.

In the desert we exhale letting go of all that stands in the way of union with the Lord.

We inhale His life, His grace, His love, His mercy, His will for our lives.

We inhale “Fiat”….”Let it be done to me according to Your Word.”

We exhale “surrender”…all that stands in the way.

Inhale “Fiat”….Exhale “Surrender”.

Inhale “Fiat”…Exhale “Surrender”.

Inhale “Fiat”…Exhale “Surrender”.

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This is our heavy breathing while wrestling on our journey in the desert.

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

TIckets to the Desert…

Have you ever traveled to the desert?

There is a strange beauty about the desert that is foreign to our eyes.

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Our eyes are not accustomed to its beauty so we easily dimiss it.

And yet the desert is a place of discovery.

We begin a journey now into the desert as we prepare our hearts for Easter.

No need to pack anything for this trip…we bring with us our own baggage of false self and strongholds.

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The Spirit drives us into the desert through the restlessness of our hearts…

and gives us two questions that quicken our steps…

What keeps me from giving everything to Jesus?

What am I going to get out of the way that blocks Jesus’ merciful love in my life?

These two questions are our entrance tickets into the desert.

Here we will come face to face with our false self and our strongholds…

And we will wrestle…yes we will wrestle.

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But in the wrestling there is a letting go…

And in the letting go we will discover the beauty of the desert…

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and in the discovery of the beauty we will be filled with the LOVE that molds us into our true selves.

“Streams will burst forth in the desert.” Is 35:6b