Category Archives: Healing

May 13, 2019 turned

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Good morning, DearHeart.

“The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all. This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is!” Psalms 118:22-23

Good morning, DearHeart.

I loved the smell of Pop Coon’s barn when I was little. Combinations of hay, fuel and cattle and lumber and all the stuff that comes together in a farmer’s day. Even now, I will often walk through the “shop” type classroom where students are learning everything from construction to landscaping to small engine repair, just to breathe the air of hard work and accomplishment … the instructor grins every time I say, “just walking through – I love the smell of this place.”

We have a personal Carpenter of Love that has set you and me on His workbench where one touch totally transforms. We call out His name, desperate for His touch – the God of the Angel Armies is captured by the cry. Every time.

Your cry.

He sets our tender heart on His lathe of pure love and He begins to spin. Again.

Where rejected, He sands away the shawty grooves. Where termites have ravished, the Master transforms the fibers, then refinishes the surface.

Rare and transformed.

No longer worn.

His work sets you in a higher place with the presence of His mark.

You are His heart. He is your shield.

“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.” Psalms 3:3-4 NLT

Wake up.

Be turned.

Go.

May 7, 2019 hats

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Did you see the Kentucky Derby and pick a favorite horse over the weekend? It was an insane ending that made no sense to me – where it was won by the second place finisher due to instant replay technology, not won by the horse that crossed the finish line first. Apparently, the horse in first stepped out of his unmarked lane – who knew there were lanes (?) and got into another horse’s personal space. How frustrating and messed up is that? I bet if they put big designer hats on the horses like they do the ladies, then their space would would be marked clearly. They may have a time keeping them on, but surely the ladies had the same struggle – especially with those side gigs.

We humans wear lots of hats … I’ve have been a

daughter,

sister,

wife,

in-law,

mother,

employee,

aunt,

mother-in-law,

and Nanny.

Who knows what hats will be donned today?

The truth is I haven’t and won’t wear any hat because I could fit the role perfectly … as I am quite flawed, and my mistakes have been plentiful.

Yet, over and over God has positioned me to fill a role for which I was totally unprepared, or unequipped, to do. I have asked the question many a times, “Am I good enough?”

As His called one, whatever the role, I’ve learned it has nothing to do with being

good ‘enough’ (it’s impossible),

or prepared ‘enough’ (it’s impossible),

or equipped ‘enough’ (it’s impossible),

God positions us. He calls us to prepare as best we can and to just “be”.

Be there.

Do the thing.

Be in Him.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NLT)

It is His grace. His power. His fuel. And it works best in our weaknesses.

Our weaknesses are opportunities for the power of Christ to be seen and speak of God’s grace.

And … He is enough.

Wear the hat today that He has chosen for you. He will meet you there.

Wake up.

Be in Him.

Go.

Photo: The little chick under this hat is my great niece, Rawlings Coon, daughter of Jared and Mandi Coon. Isn’t she a cutie!

May 3, 2019 rain

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Good morning, DearHeart.

My dad always says, “let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.” … Pop Coon, his dad, always said the same thing … the same way … same pleased expression … standing at the back door, looking out over his wheat field by the house – they both saw too many drought years to ever complain about cloudy skies. Maybe their response is why rain always makes me a little giddy.

Even on the mornings where big plans are supposed to transpire, deep inside a steady rhythm of “let it rain” plays.

The cleansing and rebirth that rain brings to nature absorbs into the soles of our feet …

muddy with rich soil,

hair smelling like pond water;

where freshly laundered creation is cause for celebration.

Much like the third day from the cross.

Transforming power.

Renewal power.

It is from this place that we step into our day clothes, into our ‘busy’ from that wildish place … to be present to the customer,

or the hammer,

or the stove,

or the child,

or the data screens.

We reset.

We breathe in the Wild of the freshly poured Holy Spirit into our decisions,

into the work of our heart,

and our hands,

our plans,

our classes,

our industry,

our responsibilities …

into our little victories and into those pains and losses we carry … always carry … this side of eternity.

He sustains all worlds.

He whispers His ways to us in and out of our minutes. His Spirit courses and calls us and His called ones follow. Our River of Life rushes in, then slows to make sure we are coming, He pauses in still waters to allow us to catch up – and sets the flow again. He has something to show us.

Many things.

He renews so He can reveal new gifts.

“Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.” James 1:17-18 MSG

Wake up.

Let it rain.

Renewal.

Go.

May 1, 2019 rulers

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I’ve been watching the heartbreaking atrocities unfolding in Venezuela. I wonder how a ruler can become so filled with hatred and desire to oppress, harm, kill others … to kill their own. Opening fire, running over them with tanks. How can we overlook that these are actual persons, someone’s sons and daughters? And how can we then turn on one another?

I am having a hard struggle with it all…I turn to the only place I can, the place where God shows up … in His Word, and speaks to my heart – deeply ….

I have been reading from the book of Jonah, a story so familiar to us all. We know about the great fish and how it swallows Jonah then vomits Jonah up on the shore.

Yet … hidden in this short book this morning is a revelation of Who He is and how He truly feels towards each one of us drawing breath this very minute.

Jonah had finally obeyed God and gone to Ninevah with the message God had given him to deliver. The result was repentance of a people for whom Jonah did not want spared.

Jonah was mad as all get out at God. Seriously. And he complains and rants to God …

“Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord?” (Jonah 4:2, NLT)

Umm, that would be an affirmative, Jonah, for God always does exactly as He says.

“That is why I ran away to Tarshish!” (vs 2)

Did Jonah really think his running away was going to stop God from bringing His Word and salvation to Ninevah?

And then Jonah states what he knew all along (and please don’t miss it!) …

“I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.” (the rest of verse 2)

Jonah knew his God. He knew God was about saving people. He knew God would do whatever it takes and go to whatever lengths are necessary to bring people to Himself. Jonah knew people are of the utmost importance to our God.

Today my prayer is for us, God’s people, to be more like Him. Towards all people.

Towards those in foreign countries. And those within our borders.

To those outside of Christ, and inside of Christ.

To those we agree with. And to those we disagree with.

Let’s be like Him.

Merciful.

Compassionate.

Eager to turn from destroying people.

Filled with love.

His love.

Wake up.

Turn our hearts to You, Father.

Mercy.

Compassion.

Unfailing love.

Go.

 

April 27, 2019 excellence

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I wonder about people’s MO sometimes. The “mode of operation”. And, I can get all tangled up in analyzing what might be going on in THEIR tangled up heart to make them deliver all cold and heartless… because, if you can’t deliver your message with love, then you should be questioning why you are taking the time to deliver it at all. God heals. He hears in ways others can’t. He sees deeper and as the apple of His eye, He appreciates you. Take that in the next time you face one who comes to bully you. When they turn around what you say and what you do and use it as ammunition. Narcissism prevents a genuine two way conversation. It twists something sinister into the purest motives.

Strike a nerve of one so arrogant, and they’ll strike back to annihilate you. Lots of healthy people are sick with poor judgement and they poison every single interaction. See the exchange for what it is. See the person as another beloved child of The Most High God. Choose your reaction to the enemy’s work through them, but don’t let it get to you … I want you to blaze brightly with His Holiness dripping from you in this world.

Liv had a kite out yesterday and I thought, “little girl fly like that … with all your

colors,

sounds,

and light.

Leverage that light … protect your value … even when facing the adversary, be filled with Christ so we can give more of Him to this world.

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 NIV

Wake up.

Respond with excellence.

Go.

April 24, 2019 matters

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Good morning, DearHeart.

It all matters.

Every act of love,

and kindness,

every word offered to encourage,

each time we listen to the heart cries of the wounded,

each time we pick them up and help them back on their feet,

each minute we spend teaching children about the Savior,

or help our neighbor,

or visit the weak in hospital beds …

it all is noticed by our God and it all matters.

Everything we do for others can make life more bearable, more pleasant, more hopeful. Each moment can point to the bigger story within each of our smaller stories. Each one can point to Jesus, Who alone makes this life worth living.

Each of our lives can send a ripple into eternity. Much like that pebble which hits a still lake and the ripples begin to flow outward towards the center of the lake, our lives can send ripples into eternity. Those ripples may continue on long after we are gone.

Each day of our lives, we can point others through our life, our words, our kindnesses to the only One who can fill the longings of their souls. May we remember each and every day ….

It. All. Matters.

“If any man builds on this “But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.” 1 Corinthians 3:13-14

Wake up.

It all matters.

You matter.

Go.

April 23, 2019 goliaths

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Growing up, did you have this Little Golden Book, too? You know the story of David and Goliath, right? And, you can relate to David so easily – because you, too, have giants in your life.

People out to destroy you.

Addictions.

Issues.

Bullies.

Heaviness.

Stupidity.

Read again the familiar story of David and Goliath. Goliath is described as a nine foot champion (1 Samuel 17:4, NLT), a seemingly formidable foe for young David. He had struck fear in the hearts of many a man:

“When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken” (verse 11).

Goliath taunted the Israelites every day and night, for forty days, continually. He knew he could wear them down with his insults and fear would get the better of them sooner or later.

David had to be aware of his age and size, for he was the youngest of his brothers. The day he went to the battlefield to bring his brothers food, David heard the usual taunting of Goliath to the army of Israel.

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul, “I’ll go fight him!” (verse 32)

David displayed courage (verse 32) which contrasted Saul’s fear (verse 11).

Goliath taunted David just the same, if not worse, than he had the army. But David knew whose Name and power had truly armed him for battle. David’s advantage was not his weapons but his God. David stated with confidence,

“You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies – the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied.”

“Today the Lord will conquer you.”

“And everyone here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle.” (verses 45-47).

We fight a battle everyday and the enemy will taunt us as well.

There are battles that are not ours to fight. They are won by and through the Name and power of our Lord. We would be wise to let Him fight them for us.

As we faithfully and continually lean on God, we will not topple. We may wobble a bit, but we won’t fall down.

May we stand.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

Wake up.

Lean in to God.

The battle is His.

He is doing work you can’t see.

Necessary work.

Heart work.

God wins.

Go.

April 22, 2019 engraved

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Good morning, DearHeart.

The need to choose to follow or not follow Father God is imprinted on our very cells. It is a need like breathing. To breathe means life or death to our body. The follow Christ … far more serious … it brings life or death to our spirit.

A call to the Almighty for rescue sets in motion a blast through the thickest walls to a place of knowing Him from the bones outward. A place of togetherness with the Savior where we experience Him cheek to cheek, with Him and within Him. He knows how to rescue – He knows you – He holds you – You are His.

“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16 NLT

Wake up.

Know you belong to Christ.

Go.

April 16, 2019 stones are moving

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I love it when I read the Bible and something new gets noticed – its gift of new ruffles on my heart!

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” John 20:1

Such a simple sentence & yet it says more than what meets the eye. Go deeper with me.

Mary Magdalene got up early, even on the first day of the week. Every day of the week He waits … “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you & wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3 NLT.

The stone had been removed. The resurrection empowers that same gift to you and me to remove stones that are a hindrance in my life. I am so thankful that Jesus is still removing stones today. Nothing can ever hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11 NLT).

God is at work, even in the darkness. I LOVE THIS!!! Mary went to the tomb while it was yet dark. The stone was already removed. Even though it may still look dark or our circumstances are yet clouded,

God.Is.At.Work.

He is always at work.

Jesus, when harassed by the Jewish leaders for breaking the Sabbath rules, tells them: “My Father is always working & so am I.” (John 5:17 NLT).

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. She went in search of Jesus. Jesus wants us to come to Him with everything that is on our hearts & minds. “Come to me, all of you who are weary & carry heavy burdens, & I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT)

It is as we come to Him, in the midst of our struggles, seeking Him, that we will find He has been at work & the stones are moving. They are rolling away. And they give way to new life. New situations. New solutions. New relationships. New connections.

Wake up.

The stones are moving.

Go.