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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Monday, February 2, 2015

Losing Your Balance? Lean on Jesus!


Losing Your Balance? Lean on Jesus!
I am sitting here at the keyboard in the position of trying to go in to have a quiet time for over three hours now. I actually got to my QT place once and began praying. Then remembered someone I was supposed to write to on e-mail, which was triggered by my prayer list, and here I am back at the computer again. No, I didn’t follow my own instructions of having a paper and pen in my quiet time place to write down  “distractions and things to do” for AFTER the time spent with my Jesus. Can you relate to me here, warts and all? Then I hear His whisper:
My Daughter, guard against being so easily distracted. Know that I love you and am working much on your behalf. Things aren’t often as they appear. Lean on Jesus and you’ll never be off balance for long. Know that I know and rest in that. Stand. I will, I move in perfect, harmonious timing. Be not dismayed nor discouraged. Allow Me to open and close doors. Receive My peace and joy. Delight in My world/work, wherever you are. Selah (pause and think calmly about that)
It seems like I just wrote a devotional about Mary and Martha. Lord, might this mean that I am not too tuned in yet? That I am reading and it is going “in one eye and out the other”, that I am still “Martha-ing” my way through life most of the time. Then please at least help me write addressing this occasion.
In Luke 10:40 it speaks about Martha being distracted. I know there are also places in this same Bible where it talks about Jesus loving Martha. Hum, maybe I should change my middle name from Lynn to Martha. I guess the very best thing to do would be to pray and ask the Lord Jesus to change ME, not my middle name. To help me not be distracted and going like a little ping pong ball from floor to wall to ceiling, to FOCUS and SIT. I wonder if they have obedience training school for us saints. OK. Back to Luke.
Martha was distracted by all the preparations. I can relate. Who else is going to straighten the kitchen, load the dishes and wash, scoop kitty boxes and feet those four legged furry critters? Not Mick, nope, he is off earning money to pay the bills.
Lord, I am RETIRED. How did I ever get it done when we were both working and taking care of my folks in two different facilities and their home before that sold? I am retired and seemingly having less time than I did back then. No we didn’t have teenagers thrown into the mix.
Back to Luke, Lord my sister has left me to do all the work. Well, that didn’t apply to us. My sister and her hubby had his mom and grandmother to take care of, kids and grandkids and they were working more than 40 hour weeks at jobs in Iowa.
Then my attention was drawn to Isaiah 41:10 and I think this is a rhema scripture for me having my own name, Marijo Lynn Martha, stamped upon it. It says basically that I am not supposed to fear, because God (creator of the universe!) is with me, little old Martha-y me. That He is my God, should I doubt like I sometimes do. No, I don’t doubt Him, it is me I sometimes have serious reservations about. He goes on promising that he will strengthen me and help me and uphold me with His righteous right hand. That is where the spotlight should be, not on me and my puniness but on Jesus and His victorious right hand. The right hand of His righteousness, that is quite a relief.
Moving right along we turn to Philippians 4:9 which speaks to whatever we have learned or received or heard to put it into practice (from the writer) and promising that the God of peace will be with me.
John 16:24 goes on and says that until now you have not asked anything in my name (Jesus name) and that we are to ask and we shall receive and our joy will be complete.
Then Proverbs 3:5 comes into play next. We are to tryst in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding…. How many times have I thought I had it all figured out and then in hindsight saw how far off base I was, really.
Prayer: Dearest Lord Jesus, I realize as I pause to pray that in writing this piece I have gotten into your Word and spent time with you. Thank you for the banquet of promises contained within those pages. Thank you that you are so creative in the ways you choose to speak life into our hearts. Thank you that right now I am purposing to stop, close the doors in my over busy mind and talk to you. And may all those reading this do the same. AMEN
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