Category Archives: Relationships

October 1, 2019 loving well

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Good morning, DearHeart.

When someone loves you– you know it, you feel it, you see it, you hear it.

And, when you love – they know it, feel it, see it, hear it.

But, when we allow God to love us, that is a whole new level …

‘In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world.’ (1 John 4:17 HCSB)

‘We are as He is.’

Let that echo in your brain a while. Let that bump around in your heart chambers. Let that park itself into your psyche.

You are as He is.

Have you ever seen an ape give birth to a peacock?

Or, an ostrich give birth to an elephant?

Have you ever seen a gazelle give birth to a dog?

Of course not!

Each gives birth to its own kind. When we are born again in Christ, we are as He is in this world … not as He is in our next life, not as he is when we reach eternity – now. This moment.

Believer, He has birthed HIM in you. Do not take that lightly.

The fullness of the Maker of the Universe is alive and active in you

– as you step out of your slumber

– as you eat your Captain Crunch

– as you greet your friends and co-workers

– as you check your agenda

– as you sit down at your desk

– as you listen to the news

– as you turn the radio dial

– as words fall from your tongue;

be so in touch with the POWER of His presence coursing through you, and beaming from you that His love keeps drawing every soul to Him, the Maker of the Universe.

We must be aware of who we are in Him – eternity is at stake.

Wake up.

Acknowledge the Holy Spirit working in and through YOU!

Go.

September 27, 2019 dreaming

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I dreamed Alana had two more sons to add to her 4 grown sons. I woke up giggling. Why do we dream the things we dream?

From the sleep, our body relaxes and then rattles back into morning. I believe each dream – even the bizarre ones – come to shake us from the day’s to-do list and make us take a glimpse at our deeper, endless world. Each dream of the night, deep, daring, deliberate, serves to point us into desire for our union with the Holy One. We dream of reunion. We return from a rest of being born and reborn, night after night, with mud caked to the soles of our feet, our hair smelling like the damp earth, our sleep shirt singed on the edge from the campfire.

From the night-land, we step into day clothes and into day lives.

We sit behind a wheel,

behind a screen,

behind a stove,

in front of a boss,

a teacher,

a customer.

We breathe the life of the Savior into every encounter if we so choose … our creations, our corporate world, our decisions, our art, our plans, our education, our industry, our rights, our freedoms, our duties. We breathe Him there. We set our hearts into Him by deliberate choice. The Creator-driven life is not only sustainable in our world, He sustains all worlds.

“And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:11-15 ESV

Wake up.

Dream again.

Go

September 25, 2019 miracle

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Have you ever been delivered from a bad place? Ever? Has God ever opened a door for a miracle to walk through on your behalf?

Of the 7 billion people on the planet your mom found your dad and had you – and generation upon generation the same thing happened to get your ancestors together so that you could be here now. All of it divinely orchestrated – because before the formation of the universe, your Maker had you in mind. Because, He knew the world needed the gift of your presence. That in itself is a miracle.

You might not know or understand why you are here, but I guarantee – it’s a set up.

You have been chosen.

Ordained.

Hand picked.

Delivered to this day.

Someone needs something that only you can offer. They need to know the Savior and the only way they can know Him is through you.

You didn’t know it, but the God of the Angel Armies circles this date on the calendar for the miracle of “you” to move forward for His kingdom. Oh, yes, He did!!

God moves in you.

He changes your motives and your motivation to align with His when you ask. He gives you His supernatural boldness to step out in huge leaps of faith. He allows you to recognize the miracles happening all around you.

And, when you pray, He shakes souls to the core – moving them toward Him. Prayer disables the enemy’s plans against you as the hand of God does whatever He predestined to take place through you. Just like He did with Peter and John.

Do not take that lightly.

And, do not underestimate His plans for you.

“But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:28-30 NLT

Wake up.

Pray and be shaken.

Take a leap of extreme faith.

Go

September 20, 2019 mom

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Today is our Mother’s birthday. I think there are 32 of us now who call her Mom or Gram, and she makes each one of us feel like we are the most loved person on the planet.

I want to be just like her.

She is a gift.

We are so blessed.

Thank you, God for the gift of our Mother.

Happy birthday, Mom!

(We’ll take a new picture with everyone when Turner and family are in from South Korea).

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:3 &13 NLT

September 19, 2019 so close

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Good morning, DearHeart.

All three of my sons have either recently moved or are about to move to different homes. And the process with each home has been, well … a process.

Sometimes tedious.

Sometimes tiring.

Sometimes frustrating.

I keep remembering one of my father-in-law’s, Poppy’s, daily, go-to phrases: “anything worth doing is worth doing right”; and if it wasn’t right he made us back up and start over. He was a perfectionist. No shortcuts. He taught us to stick with it even when it was hard. Because, he knew the reward and the pride that would come for a job well done. He knew it would be so worth it. He was right …

* “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).

* “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV).

* “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35,36).

We are not to give up. We are to be persistent & persevere. We really cannot conceive all that God has for us.

You know, I’m not the same person I was 5 years ago, or ten years ago. Life changes us and shapes us.

I have found myself wondering …What did I miss those times I gave up? Could it be that I gave up when I was right on the edge? Was I on the verge of a breakthrough? Could it be that something was about to happen? Perhaps about to change? May I be faithful to keep on keeping on.

At all times.

In all ways.

You just never know when something will reap a harvest … always at the proper time.

The Proper Time = His time.

Wake up.

Press on. You’re so close.

Go.

September 17, 2019 priorities

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Priorities… what are your choices today?

How will you think?

What will you do?

With whom will you share this gift of a day?

Will you choose email over prayer? Will you go to the fridge to numb your boredom, or go to the Word to gain His direction?

Where’s your habit meter when it comes to obeying your inner call to stay in touch with your Christ? Whether it is through the flame of a fireplace or a candle, the voice from a soul He sends your way, playing with a child, or cuddling with your pup … be fully awake to allow the voice of your Savior break through your Spirit.

Send Your angels of protection, Lord. Help me guard my priorities.

Have mercy.

Your mercy is lovely.

Lift my courage, please.

I need You.

I love You.

Thank You, Father.

Thank you.

Prayer diffuses from us in all shapes and sizes and avenues. Each one spoken brings grace in. Our hearts are the alter, and this is the place to begin to reap the rewards of sacred priorities.

Sacred choice.

Attend first the call of The Holy Spirit, and His work in you and me becomes His work of art.

This day will be His work of art in us.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33

Wake up.

Quietly invite your Savior.

Priority one.

Go.

September 13, 2019 courageous

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Sometimes, there are no words to help one’s courage. They just have to jump. There has to be a decision point – a crossroads … where we decide we will trust where Love takes us … where we fear more of staying stuck in this place, this dry cracked riverbed of gloom, than stepping out where lush uncharted territory awaits us. It seems to me, that when life gets too controlled, there is less and less life left to learn. And, we lose thought that even petty, daily life are not without meaning.

All of the minutes can be used as life’s growth energy … the ragged, the jagged, and the lifting and soaring.

The Holy Spirit calls … saying … “any wound you carry can be healed … new life follows the old … awaiting”. It takes superhuman courage to trust that there is deeper meaning to the longing and discontent you have been through.

“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NLT)

Our confidence and hope lies in the Lord’s presence with us. He is for us and while life may not always deliver good or pleasant news, we are assured of the Lord’s goodness; here as the soles of our feet feel the soil of this earth.

In writing this psalm, David reminds us to take in the wonders of God’s grace –

His beauty,

His protection, and

His goodness towards us.

Fully assured of Who held the future, David was enabled to hold on bravely and with courage. He was able to wait patiently for God to unfold his future. He garnered courage to leap.

God is plotting for our joy. The storyline He has written for our life contains joy. We may not see it in this moment, but it is there, waiting to be released into our life … be ready to pounce, though. He may ask us to jump for it.

Wake up.

Leap with courage.

Go.

September 11, 2019 freeze

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Good morning, DearHeart.

When we were little we played a game called freeze tag. Do you remember that? A bunch of kids full of energy and movement. One kid calls out stop and everyone has to stay still in the position they are in. The one who stays still the longest, wins.

It was never easy. Being still, motionless for a long time, does not come easily.

And life is like that at times. So much to do. It all needs to get done and it all seems to be on your shoulders.

So you keep on moving.

At times you make progress.

Other days, it seems like you moved quickly and went nowhere.

As women and wives and moms, we want to have it all ready. Make things right. Have all the solutions. I think at times, I have thought this was my job in life.

Yet for the last few weeks, He has called me to be still in things I can’t control. Be calm. It’s not coming easy. For in being still, I am discovering – I am helpless to change or fix every circumstance in our lives. I would feel hopeless except in being still, He has brought this confidence ….

I may be still.

But, He is not.

“And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today.

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:13-14 ESV

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. 2 Chronicles 20:17 ESV

Wake up.

Stay still. Freeze tag.

God is moving for you.

Go.

September 10, 2019 fills

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:1 NIV

Good Morning, Child of the King.

Hymns and Hallelujahs.

High and lofty, on His throne.

Exalted. Exalted.

There He is.

Here He is.

Filling every part of this heart.

A fresh filling.

Knitted in this heart high and lofty.

Surrounded by angel armies. As deep as the eye can see.

And, deeper still.

They flow and sway in waves of worship.

The very hem of His Holiness radiates light through and through.

Live here, Lord.

Allow every cell to burst alive with Your presence.

You shift my inner world from smokey gray to seamless sky blue. Crystal presence.

Presence. Presence.

Fill this temple. Overflow. And, the temple of that one, too. That our eyes search for and see You. Adonai.

Honoring and praising with emotions simply consumed as we witness You moving hearts in infinite swells to ever more of Your GLORY.

Allow the symphony of the angel armies to carry me into the state of Your presence like gravity has fallen from the earth.

King of Kings.

Lord of my life.

Let every ounce of my whole world be filled with Your GLORY.

Wake up.

Enter in.

Go

September 9, 2019 ever-present

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Monday’s bring a certain passage … a certain new beginning … a certain newness … prepare your heart so you are ready to hear Father God’s guidance.

Jesus told Nicodemus, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, but you cannot hear where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)

We are not called to live by human reason, Beloved. All that matters is obedience to God’s Word and his leading in our lives. If Father God says “go”, we’ll go. If He says “stay” we’ll stay.

When we are in His will, we are in the safest place in the world.

When I was a little girl, I saw God as a distant Mighty One who created everything. Now, after all these years of twists and tangles, Jesus has become my ever-present friend….with me all the time…an indescribable, everlasting companionship.

Wake up. Feel His constant presence. Go.