Unshakeable Confidence…

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“Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders…Take me deeper than my feet will ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” Hillsong United

What if you led your life with a trust without borders…a trust in a God whose unwearied, extravagant love for you personally is so beyond what your mind and heart could ever fathom? What would your life look like? How would it change?

With unshakeable confidence let us set forth this week knowing with our eyes on God, we can walk on water.

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Living the Punctuation Marks…

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If God’s presence is the present in the present, I must live the punctuation marks that delineate the day.

The completeness of the period…the confusion of the question…the what’s next of the comma…the connectedness of the colon…the passion of the exclamation point…the skipping ahead of the dash.

If not…

the busyness of my day only leads to run-on sentences and fragments.

His will is my WordPerfect that authors the poorly written novel of my life and edits those grammatical errors that hinder its meaning.

The present of His Presence in the punctuation of my present…

May this day I yield to the red pen and allow all that does not flow into His purposeful order be whited out.

May I live the Punctuation!

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The PRESENT of His PRESENCE in the PRESENT…

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Clay in His hand…

malleable to His “grace is sufficient”…

in the newness of “this is the day the Lord has made”…

in the newness of this “year of favor of the Lord”.

Docile to the work of the Holy Spirit…

allowing the embrace of a trust in the “plans for welfare not for woe”…

and armed with “in the joy of the Lord is my strength…

Adventure begins…the PRESENT of His PRESENCE in the PRESENT.

Happy New Year 2014!

A Peace Equation…

A friend of mine shared this equation:

PRAYER + SURRENDER = PEACE

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This isn’t a raise the white flag, I give up, just forget it kind of surrender…

This is a wrestling with God, I’m afraid, I just don’t know, I’m angry, I don’t want to, difficult prayer of surrender when my will has become disconnected with His will and plan.

Uncomfortable prayer, challenging prayer, die to oneself prayer, no I don’t know the best way prayer of surrender that leads to peace.

That peace beyond human understanding…

The fitting of my heart in His…

My hand once again clasped in the hand of my Father.

Yes, PRAYER + SURRENDER = PEACE.

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

What ifs, could have beens, if onlys…

 

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God is not in the what ifs, could have beens, if onlys….

He is in the I AM, we are, he/she is grace of each new day.

His Presence in the present is our strength.

“You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.” Ps 16:11,

Bursting…

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God always surprises us.  He bursts our categories. He wreaks havoc with our plans.  And He tells us: Trust me.  Do not be afraid.  Let yourself be surprised.  Leave yourself behind and follow Me.  * Pope Francis

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. ” 1 John 4:18

It’s Impossible…

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Discouragement is when the problem before you has become bigger than God, Himself.

Our vision is cast downward and we’ve forgotten to trust in Him and His plan for our lives.

We are at our best when we are looking up.

It’s impossible to look up and be discouraged.

“My eyes are ever upon the Lord, who frees my feet from the snare.” Ps 25:15

Garment of Grace…

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Mercy is to touch the hem of His Heart…

Mercy infuses…Mercy transforms…weaving one into the garment of His extravagant Love.

The gift received…becomes the gift given.

With the mantle of mercy one is wrapped, drawing all of life under this garment of grace.

Covered under the cloak are those occasions of forgiveness…not that they are forgotten, not an agreement with what was said or done…

But the loose threads of the hurt are carefully rewoven into the garment of grace…in trust…

That one is “filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body”…

All for a purpose…all for God’s glory.

“And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body.  And be thankful. ” Col 3:14-15.

Mercy received becomes mercy given.

No Questions?…

What if there were no questions? No W’s to form the words.

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no _ho’s,       no _hat’s,       no _here’s,      no _hich’s,      no _hy’s.

What would life be like with no questions?…

Without questions there would be no answers…

And one cannot live the answers without first living the questions.

Without the questions…without the _ho’s,  the _hat’s,   the _here’s,   the _hich’s,   or the _hy’s

There also would be no  _onder.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
―   Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

“The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord is safe.” Pro 29:25

Puzzle Pieces….

When the pieces of life seem scattered and a mess…

Faith is the glue that puts it all  together.

When the picture of God’s plan seems unrecognizable…

Faith is the glue that puts it all together.

On mountains, through valleys, in darkness, in light…

Faith is the glue that puts it all together.

Stick to Him. The masterpiece will soon be revealed.

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me,  Yes, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer 29: 11-13

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(This is a video I recently saw…had to share…pretty amazing isn’t it?)