From the ashes of pain comes a heart renewed with God’s hands
Of thrill seeking there is no end…except perhaps a bad one.
Patchwork is revelation…potash is preparation!
This one is simple, yet when I heard it, it resounds over and again in my spirit and mind. This is also the continuation of the spiritual process with God (growth and preparation).
Can YOU follow ME where I go? Will YOUR need to know keep YOU out of ‘the know’? MY loved ones know when I AM moving and when I AM staying. YOUR destiny (where YOUR going) is created with people…NOT by people!!!
In MY kingdom there are only servants & lords- What have I said of the first and the last?
This one came during a wilderness time in my walk with God. It isn’t often easy to get perspective on what is happening when you feel He is far away, so it is important to know when to move on closer to where He is. Kind of the cloud by day and fire by night thing.
A dry time-means no wine in the wineskin-for renewal needs to be rubbed with olive oil to make it pliable. We must go through a fast of His presence…all the wine poured out to be refilled (by Him). He will move so it causes you to seek and search for Him (alone)!
HOW do you get back up? HOW do you start over again? What does God want you to learn? If you try and speed thru the lesson without learning it…guess what…repeat the lesson!!!
This is a piece that I was inspired to write down amidst many circumstances of my life over the past few months thru others I know. It is for those facing life with hard circumstances and seeing God within those…
ARE YOU ENOUGH?
When the family came apart because of selfish choices
When the best place for my son was to stay in jail
Are You enough….to take away the tears
…to just hold me together
…to gently whisper answers I need
When my true love loses the battle to disease
As the sun sets on another day of me begging please
Are You enough…to take away this pain
…to bring Wisdom’s answers again
If your not enough then something is certainly wrong
There was no one else there before the first dawn
Too many folks keepin’ their perspectives and not ditchin’ their issues…
The truth of life is we can’t handle or control any of it to start with…but we can cry out to Him for help each step of the way.
Pearls of wisdom mean different things to different people. What pearls mean to me personally is ‘what I keep’. We all face challenges just living this life. I am not one for random events, but a purpose driven existence. While I see why others get the pearls they do, I have found and experienced mine (pearls) to come from my Creator (the God of the Bible). While I know many have misused God for their own gain, it doesn’t change what is true. I also understand many debate ‘what is Truth’. The God I have come to know shreds debate every time…everyone must make a decision about who He is.
I believe sharing what we learn and keep helps others. What I feel led to share are from the moments of revelation and clarity. Even if you are not a believer, I hope it shines light your way to see God. I will be randomly posting these tidbits for what they are…something I keep!
Consumption is a key part of our life. Sure, you can be anti-consumption, but there is always going to be someone more militant against it than you! The kick back is because life isn’t all about that (but don’t alert the rest of the Americans). No, this isn’t a diatribe on the American economy (insert favorite pun jokes here)…it isn’t about a kinder, gentler earth…or even about the plight of mankind itself. This is actually about relationship (men, please come back!). Men, it’s safe on this one, not the touchy, feely stuff today. Consumption is a relationship to ourselves and what lies in the recesses of our hearts at times.
In my randomly unenlightened look back of history, it seemed that a majority of ‘the stuff’ was set aside for the kings and wealthy few (usually friends of the king). Even then there were pitfalls for the mighty. The king wakes up one day and says “oh, what do we haveth here!” to his servant. His servant replies, “it wouldst appear the evil king of the North stoketh the flame to cook thy head…my dear king!!” All the greats good and evil may have had good runs, but mostly ended in some sort of tragedy or scandal. The influence of each had its limits as well. The main point to draw out is consumption is quite temporary in our lives. Christmas is a prime example: when my daughter was little, she would be so excited…get the toys unwrapped, play awhile with them. Only hours later the cool looking box would be made into something else and it was kept longer than the toy itself!
I personally believe with all my heart we must enjoy our days on this planet. I see many people who never will be happy, and their lives reflect that. It is why we consume so much news. I am a recovered news junkie (and yes…politics too). I learned of both arenas: take 10 years off of all of it, come back in 10 years…still the same deal! It is quite similar to soap operas. I will be walking by a tv and see Victor and think ‘dang, that dude is still on there!’ We can all complain about media in every form, but at most levels it reflects who we are and want to be. If you want or need to be afraid, cable news is like a best friend to you! I have witnessed people who watch so much news they are practically afraid to leave the house. “If I am not careful how I drive to the grocery store, ISIS may find me”.
If we believe we are created and for purpose, how can we allow the madness to overtake us? We are here only because we are created. God designed us this way, to only be able to enjoy life in the balance of good things. If we are obsessive it becomes about me (most people’s favorite topic). Much like our pet dog chasing his tail around in a circle faster and faster! I do wonder what a dog thinks he will achieve in that little game he perpetuates. There is one man who lived thousands of years ago who was and is the king of indulgence and yes consumption. If you read all the words of King Solomon and Ecclesiastes, how could you be more of a consumer than he? Sure, in this modern era consumption is a different ballgame…but doesn’t it all boil down to the same soul holes? We look here and we look there, simply trying to enjoy our lives by pursuing more. Do you ever ask yourself ‘when am I satisfied?’
In this question is part of the dysfunction: why am I not satisfied yet? Human nature plays a part and even though we are born with it (and He created humans), is contrary to God’s nature. Can you see the need for dependency on Him in that? Oh, we all do it: ‘this is great, I want more and more of it’. This is the base operation within human nature for addiction, obsession, power, murder, and on she goes. This is leading to a question I have asked myself recently: why am I not content and enjoying life better? What do I feel is missing that I have to chase? If you are a Christian, these are tough questions to entertain! I find the hope in the examples of Solomon and Jesus. Solomon soaked it all in and found that his days were limited and God had the best plans. Jesus showed each of us how to live and love others with little focus on ourselves.
This is no doubt a big subject that may require more parts, but is a good stopping point to introduce what He may say with it. Thanks for reading!
These roots have pulled me down repeatedly. They are attached to my walk(ing) like a bungee cord is to my body. They stay nourished and draw life from me like a weed thieves life from an otherwise healthy plant. The toxins below the surface are hard to visualize. I have been pruned many times, but to no use…it produces its own off shoots! In many ways it makes me feel even less because I am without a core above the ground, but controlled by what is below. What the rich soil around me cannot accomplish is feeding my pure food. Everything is through these toxic roots that need uprooted first!
For so long I focused on what was the root of my problem. Now I, a weakened plant am immune to Miracle Grow and the normally adequate sources of water and sun. “If I can just get rid of these toxic roots that hold me down. Perhaps I will have to wait until my regeneration comes to be a whole and renewed plant.” So I walk on, but never too far as I rubber band back to the source roots. These source roots are different for each plant that is affected this way. All of our dark friends are here: fear, rejection, anger, lust, feeling invisible, unworthy…you know all those darkies and can add a hundred!
So I cry out to the Giver of my life: “Help me to remove these roots, I can’t move away from them!” I see His advice on what to do next. I hear a small voice say “build a fire”. I think to myself “that is a strange requirement to remove deep seated roots from me, that is for sure!” I honor the request honestly wondering how this will work. I stretch out my bungee like cord as far away from me as I can so as not to burn me…a tender plant in the process. I stand back as it burns. I look down in my normal posture…all these years I have focused down at these roots, the one thing that holds me here!! But the Giver speaks louder…”turn your gaze upwards My plant…see Me come!”
For the first time in many years I look up and see what is coming…I am struck with awe. An enormous hand reaches down from the heavens…I stretch my bungee in the opposite direction of the fire to be out of the way of everything coming. The Hand of the Giver powerfully plunges into the earth disturbing the soil all around my roots. He uproots them entirely freeing me from all these dark friends that took from me all these years. The bungee snaps and I feel a new freedom that I have never really felt! I am now free to dance in the wind, look up to the Son, and go everywhere He, the Giver takes me. The fire burning hotter than before consumes all the roots that used to be…me.