July 12, 2018 sit

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‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord my rock and my Redeemer.’ Psalm 19:14

Good morning, DearOne.

You know, I think one of the most crucial steps to restoring your daily faith is simply getting still enough to claim the MAJESTY of our Creator.

No matter what pulls and tugs to distract you – start now.

Sit in his presence a moment. Reach beyond the abuse of the to-do list,

beyond the “other people’s expectations”,

beyond the uncontrollables.

Sit in his presence a moment.

Set in your desire to

know Him more.

Feel Him more.

Praise Him more.

He is with you.

He has picked up your morning praise.

Picked up your requests.

Picked up the golden thread that holds you secure and weaves your desires into your miracles.

Thank Him.

Sit in his presence a moment.

Set Him in …

to every part of the words you’ll speak today,

every movement,

every behavior.

Recite thank you’s for His guidance and for keeping your energy and your desires open and ready to receive His miracles.

Wake up.

Sit in his presence a moment.

Go.

July 11, 2018 stillness

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‘He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still! ” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 HCSB)

Be still SweetSoul!

What are you telling your rioting thoughts? Are you letting them run loose, Dearheart?

God Almighty has a take-control plan for that. But, first you have to be in agreement with Father God that you will trust Him in the wild and wooly spaces.

You see – faith can’t be inherited.

It can’t be rationalized.

It is highly simple.

It comes from experience of close encounters with Jesus in our own ways – through our own stuff.

Those wild and wooly, helter-shelter, disabling thoughts transform us by your choice to put your faith in action. Your choice. Partner up with the Most High and cover each one with the best-outcome your faith can muster.

You’ll gain new eyes.

You’ll gain a willing mind.

You’ll gain a heart hungrier than ever to stay right there, in His presence.

As the Creator’s masterpiece, you have the adventure of accepting yourself as a bundle of possibilities – riding the most interesting game on the planet: making the most of your best parts. And, you have the power of faith in Him to bolster you.

Choose to make this day faith-filled.

Wake up.

Be still.

Silence yourself and ease into faith.

Go.

July 10, 2018 restore

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‘But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind.’ (Job 12:7-10 HCSB)Good morning, DearHeart. Three years ago our Bryan was on a summer internship in Alaska. It was a curious time of loss for all of us. Nothing can compare one for losing a parent, and we had just lost Dale’s dad a few days before Bryan left. We also lost a lifestyle where every daily plan included planning for Poppy, too. We were empty and totally spent. Dale, Dani, and I put Bry on a plane to the Alaskan wilderness where he would have stretches of weeks with zero contact outside of his work crew. Every heart unsettled. Every territory was new. But, God … God heightened our growing season that summer through nature … Isn’t the Most High amazing(?!), to have given the gift of weaving hearts together with nature, no matter the space between us and the wild? In loss and in change emotions can get radical – tempers high, and edgy guards up … even in those places … especially in those places, God Most High makes trails into uncommonly peaceful spaces. I’m listening to my rowdy morning bird tree, just off my front porch – God’s wild nature is all around. I remember noticing it for the first time during the summer Bry was gone. I noticed every creature that summer in a new light … birds, squirrels, coyotes, fish, deer – they are just beyond. They carry an instinct that makes them fully aware, fully all-knowing of our presence. They stand with us, completely grounded, feet on the earth with their Spirit linked into the Holy One. Nature plays with our sense of wonderment, doesn’t it? In its giant-ness, if we get still enough to notice, we spin down into its vast rivers of peace like DNA spirals reaching deep within until we combust with the Creator’s glory like Roman candles. The Lord God Almighty, -always providing,-delivering balance in the extreme,-He filled my soul then, He fills my soul now. I’ve never heard nature the same way since. He provided the peace I needed in a way I could hear Him. Still does. From some seasons and some losses, we never fully recover, we simply learn to rely fully on our Maker. He restores my soul. Wake up. Hear His balance. Restore. Go.

July 9, 2018 urgent vs calm

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‘Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you.’ 1 Chronicles 28:20 Good morning, DearOne. When we pull into the drive after being away my heart-agenda shifts. A different kind of calm sets in. And, a different urgency. Here is where my highest calling stays in motion. Is your agenda a calm vs urgency, too? Perhaps they work together – Listen. When your agenda shifts and you’re suddenly pulled into the breath of a windstorm – can you hear calm in the Voice of Holy Thunder in the distance? Three are times the job seems agonizing and the work too huge for someone like you. You do not know why, but you are back again, at that place that calls for your help, your hands, your feet, your heart — for the rest of your life. Your bones whisper with His Spirit. You know how He moves. We’ve learned to take our spiritual understandings with both, a dose of serious and a dose of good humor – that He would assign someone like you or me to such a task. Ha. That He would gift us in such a way as to do this work. Really? Yes, really. He has. He did. He expects. And, strong grace is your gift as you work in light of the guidance of your Creator. Wake up. Notice calm in the urgent. Go.

July 2, 2018 surface

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Good morning, DearHeart.

The other night, just past sunset, our granddaughter, Liv, who will be 2 in August, kept looking over mother’s shoulder out the window. Holly and I turned several times to see what she saw, and we saw nothing.

“Is it Baron (Rottweiler)? Is Baron out there?” We looked again. He was not.

Maybe it is her reflection? But, she wasn’t at an angle where she could see herself.

Maybe it is an angel.

The soul of a child stays close to the surface. Have you ever noticed the look of aged wisdom in a child’s expression? They are not afraid to venture into the deepest emotion of the moment – into the deeper landscapes of their heart … and bring them to the surface. They are still at home in the realm of the soul where they are all the wiser for confronting every emotion in the moment – where their angels help them evolve and relate from the deep … they are not afraid to allow the angels, who are on assignment by the command of the Most High God, to enter and walk them through the doors of change and transformation.

Perhaps in childlike wisdom, your call today is to release the hardened numbness that life has grown in you. Perhaps, like our sweet baby Liv, your call is to trust the hand of your assigned angel who is reaching out to walk you through your transformational journey.

I’m praying for childlike trust in you and me.

“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” Matthew 18:10 NLT

June 29, 2018 broken

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Mornin’, GentleHeart,

My heart breaks when in the presence of someone in pain … yet, there is nothing more beautiful to me than one that is completely broken … one who lies in shambles at the end of their rope.

A heart –

cracked open,

and parched,

and empty,

and begging for a single drop of grace.

A soul –

beyond hurt,

beyond afraid,

beyond angry,

right there, in a life so broken, that is the place where the heart of God Most High begins a new beat that leaves our human minds speechless. That’s the place that takes us, as both the receiver of His grace and as an observer, to a God-transformation beyond our ability to understand. We begin to behold awesome right there.

That’s the beginning point of grace so mighty.

A certain point of grace.

A grace mighty enough to carry.

That’s a point where my God, your God, has already worked out the details. This is where you feel your arms slide around the neck of God Most High, and allow yourself to be carried through.

“From now on I’m taking the yoke from your neck and splitting it up for kindling. I’m cutting you free from the ropes of your bondage.” (Nahum 1:12, 13 MSG)

Wake up.

Notice grace.

Go.

June 28, 2018 Christ, rise.

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Good morning PrayerfulOne-

Call to our Creator:

Rise up, My Christ, The Holy One.

From the deep in me, shatter my rocks and shake my closed spaces.

Rise. Christ. Rise.

Shiver in His presence, DearHeart.

Feel the flood of His holiness. Healing, comes from your call to the God who loves you – healing comes as He saturates into the spaces you open to Him.

He paints His presence from a place deep inside – His brush sweeping His radiance through in strokes of restoration.

We all need healing.

From sickness;

From being judgmental;

From overreacting;

From being too hard in ourselves;

From illness;

From lying;

From cheating;

From being hateful;

From destroying each other’s reputations;

From a binge or a purging or overeating;

From envy;

From pride;

From not asking for help;

From not taking our medicine…

We need healing.

Healing only comes,

Healing ONLY comes,

HEALING ONLY COMES

… through your prayer.

Pray bold.

Pray on.

‘Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, “Tabitha, get up! ” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive.’ Acts 9:40-41

Wake up.

Pray the impossible.

Go.

July 27, 2018 lit

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Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” (Ezra 10:4 ESV)

Good morning, StrongSoul-

More everyday, I am convinced that the world we wake up in is not the same as the world we went to sleep in. Have you noticed? In the blink of an eye things

really

do

change.

From lives changed, or lost, or elections, or technology, or chaos interrupting daily routines … it is enough to knock us on our keister and send life spiraling into the unknown. We’re left behind, standing in wonder … ‘what just happened here?’

This, Dearheart, this is where you and I are called by our Creator to step in. Perhaps one of the greatest things we can do in the chaos of the hours is STAND and show the Light of our souls. Simply stand.

Allow yourself to be moved by the change from yesterday to today. Struggling souls catch light from those who walk fully lit- and have the courage to show it.

A path you will cross today needs the Light you carry.

He will be a gift to them.

Shine on.

Wake up.

Stand and shine.

Go.

June 22, 2018 60th

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Today is their 60th Anniversary.

The greatest gift they’ve given us is their love for God and their love for each other. My brothers and I were raised to feel profoundly loved by Verle and Lynda Coon. I could list ten thousand reasons why Steve is their favorite child, why Russell Fred is their favorite child, and why I am their favorite child- and why each of their grands and great grands and nieces and nephews and their friends are their favorite child. That’s the gift of their crazy love for each other.

They are amazing people with an amazing and brilliant Light.

We are so blessed. #thankYouGod #dadadoresher #wealladorethem

“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

June 19, 2018 intensity

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“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”

Galatians 5:25-26 MSG

Good morning, DearOne.

Look around.

Summer morn.

All creation is ablaze in the glory of The Almighty!

oh.

Splendor. Even the scent of the dawn whispers His name.

Show me Your GLORY, Father!

Listen to what the words can’t say (but I’ll try to find words for!)

Jesus saw and knew that the entire creation was alive with His presence. His presence is open to anyone who dares to risk every form of comfort. . .

and social status. . .

and position to attain.

The risk of “Yes, Lord” is what enacts His presence.

His vision is clear: the entire task of each earthling . . .

yes, your task and my task, DearHeart,

lies in living out a life that allows

His FORCE, and

His INTENSITY, and

His PASSION

to FLOW into our ordinary reality.

And, when we begin to see our small “yes, Lord” as a hidden purpose of God Most High, He releases the most EXTRAORDINARY powers and possibilities, which Jesus understands MUST be released if His Divine plan for the world’s eternity is to unfold in its full splendor.

Ah, release your “yes” to your Creator. Boldly dare yourself to lay your risk out on His alter.

Here I am.

It’s You and me, Lord.

Fill me.

Take me deeper. Go.

I am Yours.

‘Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.’ (Galatians 5:24, 25 HCSB)