Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lover of My Soul

Lover of My Soul
Oh, my Jesus
You were there all along,
In the writings of my stormy youth
It was You I lost
You I grieved for without knowing it,
You I left behind
Not some mortal love waning
But my love for You
The lover of my soul.
And I wondered at my depression,
Not realizing that it couldn't find relief
Without Your saving grace.
I sought to fill up emptiness of soul
With materialistic mirages
Passing people and unrealistic philosophies
And could not understand
Why they didn't fit.
Then I grew to "enlightenment",
And rejection of the Father.
You were there waiting still
How Your heart must have broken,
Yet You steadfastly loved me.
I compounded unbelief and rejection
With experimentation and exploration
Into the highways of worldly pleasure
And You cried a loving tear
Protecting me - so many times my very life
And me refusing, scorning still.
It must have seemed an eternity
Until I'd tried all there was to try
I'd been so many faces and places
There were no numbers left to count them.
Restless, searching, seeking to fill
That awful, gnawing emptiness in my soul,
Yet still I wouldn't seek
But argued, scoffed and ridiculed
Those so weak as to believe in god
To say nothing of a personal savior
Who was crucified, dead, buried
And resurrected for me!
And to know that You waited
Then forgave me, answered me,
And led me into Your Word -
Saved me, changed me,
Let me see and feel and shine
With Your radiant, fulfilling love
That has filled to overflowing
The God-shaped void
Too long dead-empty
Within my anguished, longing soul.
I'm Yours, I'm Yours completely
Oh, Jesus, patient lover of my soul!!!
Revelation 3:19-21 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stumbling Child Lifted Devotional (Words from the Lord Series)

Child, you are my daughter still. Now you are aware of the sand in your hair, your soiled garb from play and your tear stained face. Other times it was not so (your awareness) but I was there still.

You shall get beyond this point, there will be harder challenges still but you shall meet them in Me. If you lean on Me, I will carry you through. If you choose to walk upright, on your own, I'm there but allow you that freedom of choice. I love you but do not force you.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for your patience and tenderness with us.  Sometimes I think that I am a perpetual toddler but alive because of Your most incredible love and grace. AMEN
Prayer: My Jesus, sometimes I'm such a child. No temper tantrums, but self seeking, pushing after little pleasures instead of pressing in to You.

I crossed the street I wasn't supposed to. You placed restrictions, not to bind me but for my safety, out of Your love. Now the day is over and I come home with sand in my hair, mud on my clothes and a tear winding down my cheek.

Can I be that little one who climbs in Your lap, responds to Your open arms, listens to Your counsel and breathes a heart -felt "I'm sorry, Daddy, please help me? I need You So much."

And tomorrow begins a brand new day. Will I choose to clasp Your hand and learn of You, delighting in Your communion or will I chance to run into traffic filled streets once again?
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Monday, February 16, 2015

SNOW today!!

About 6 inches of snow overnight and they say up to 5 more coming!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine O'Mine

Valentine O'Mine


Your mama didn’t know
When she labored much
To give you your life
That some day God
Would use you so
To truly bless this wife

Your mama didn’t dream
As she kissed
Your toddler tears
That she was raisin’ you up
To be a wonderful man
Who’d bless me many years

Your mama didn’t know
As she cried
And you went your wayward way
That our incredible Lord
Would capture your heart
And she’d live to see that day

Your mama never dreamed,
Or maybe she did,
Of the man you would become
New clear through,
Repented, changed and cleaned,
By our precious Holy One

Your mama’s there right now
Living with Him
Who died to set us free
Realizing the reward
Of prayer, hard fought
To give life to you and me.

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Praying with a Prayer Partner

Praying With A *Prayer Partner Devotional (Words from the Lord Series)
Seek Me first and early, then draw together (at least) daily. Enter with thanksgiving and praise – you do not see in the unseen realm except that which I reveal. Know much moves on “little” prayers and praises, much is halted because of lack thereof. There is no bondage, but freedom and release in Me, the great I Am.
There are times and seasons of heated battle and times of relative rest. Remember to pray always without ceasing. I Am there in the midst of you, need you any other reason or cause? There are times when you are together solely to delight in My presence. Your obedience and steadfastness pleases Me and I enjoy communion with you, that’s reason enough. My daughters, I Am pleased. I will give you boundaries/guidelines, fear not, haven’t I always been faithful? Yours is to stay yielded.
Your openness and receptiveness I love. I will direct your enthusiasm to flow most constructively. It will not destroy nor should you destroy it. I will channel it. Remain open and teachable. You have no idea what I desire to do and am doing. You are each and both priceless. I want to steep you in prayer fellowship so it will become a vital, non-dying part of your lives to be continued with your mates, never to be abandoned – therein lies the strength in relationship – communion/communication in and through Me.
You are and do delight my countenance – know and receive my peace. Ask. I will explain. Go forward, I will check and guard. You ARE mine. No condemnation. You are seeing the way and balance. I love you, daughters. Selah
·        Prayer partner can be a spouse, friend, brother or sister in the Lord – if you have never had one, pray about one – it is one of the best things in LIFE!
Dearest Jesus, please bless all my former and present prayer partners.  Keep teaching and leading and “growing” us up in You.  May we be able to teach others the incredible multiplication of two praying together.
Deuteronomy 32:29-31 (New International Version)
 If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be! How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up? For their rock is not like our Rock,  as even our enemies concede
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Monday, February 9, 2015

“Old” in the Lord and Still Being Made New

“Old” in the Lord and Still Being Made New
“Oh, God, I am a mess, I have been walking with you for some years now and you are still correcting, fixing, changing….”
Does that sound familiar to you? Then praise Him. He hasn’t given up on you. You ARE growing. Quit with the groaning and look at the progress of the places He has walked you through. He is patient and steady even though sometimes you are not. OK, how do I know? I am probably your twin, that’s why. And He is whispering to my heart once again:
My daughter, I love you, I’ve heard your prayers, your heart’s desires.
I’m recreating in you a clean heart with pure desires and Jesus first. Rejoice at the new work. Rejoice at My might and My power in your weakness. I am raising up a Bride, a peculiar people – be among the number and again I say rejoice.
You are My beloved. Yield as I draw you close. Dwell in My Word. I shall make you strong in Me. Fear not adversity for I, Jesus have overcome as shall my Bride! Selah
In Psalm 37:4 our ultimate focus is made clear, to delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desires of our heart. Don’t focus on your desires and get all wrapped up in them, but rather get wrapped up in Him, He will do the rest.
Going on to Psalm 51:10 the psalmist is imploring God to create within him a clean heart and to renew a steadfast spirit within him.
How many times have you caught a glimpse of your own heart and it is not pure or clean or having the right desires? You are in good company if David, a man after God’s own heart, would feel the same way. The key is he sought God, dwelled in His Word, got up, shook of the mud and dirt and was forgiven to be able to try another day. I am not advocating a license to make choices that break God’s heart. But, if and when we do we can repent, turn again and away with sorrow and ask for forgiveness.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 we are reminded that God’s grace is sufficient for us and His strength in made perfect in weakness. Even knowing we can and will trip, stumble and fall God makes a way for us to be set free, freely forgiven. He knows us. He KNOWS us. He knows us and still chooses to have relationship and pour out His love on us. Think about that for a minute. Then praise His most incredible name!!
John 16:33 speaks about the peace we can have in Jesus. The world giving us tribulation but Jesus has overcome that world and we can be of good cheer because of that.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you are strong on our behalf, that you clean up our heart and then give us the desires of our heart. I think you place those desires in our hearts and then fulfill them, You who know us so well. We so appreciate that You have overcome the world and we can be overcomers with and through You! AMEN
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