sugar island 2009
How often do feel you have had goodness lavished on you?
In the past few years, the question of what does it look like to love well continues in my journal. If we are continually trying to change others, tell them where they are wrong – is that truly love?
Studying effective outreach locally and internationally, it seems better answered in honoring people as they are. Mining out the goodness that God planted deep within them. Meeting people where they are and seeking to understand “them” – all of them.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a NIV
Were we really worth loving that that much?
God said, “YES!”
Freely we have received – freely give…
Are we being conditional in our giving – in our loving?
Do you every hear with your eyes?
Colombia – Rio Claro (clear river)
More and more communication is on a screen. Without mutual presence, we try to read between the lines and often come up with wrong answers.
Our Listening Prayer group has given new meaning to this important word…LISTENING
God gave me a picture of us sitting by a river. The water was very clear. Moving along, I could see the ridges in the sand as the current pushed it towards the bank. He was telling me the lessons of the water –
movement carries things
buoyancy more important
stuck if too weighted
let it carry you
He doesn’t always need a lot of words, do we?
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Listen to the Wind Blow
The radio was always on as I drove. Then one more OOPS with the kayak and I was down to static.
I settled for silence.
Then I started to enjoy it. I actually began to hear more; observe more. It was as if the over stimulation was keeping me from fully using my senses.
A group has gathered to share on listening prayer. Which means we spend time with God and wait for His responses. Journaling and sharing (some).
Years ago I was introduced to a great little book by Holland, MI native, Mary Geegh, a missionary in India. She shares a story of a visiting Pastor to her village who somehow helped the town drunk to change his ways. She wondered how could that be…she had prayed for years.
The Pastor shared with her how they listened to God. When you hear Him – you are changed.
Her little book God Guides is still printed in her honor.
Thank you God for bringing new life to my antenna.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 NIV
Categories: adventure, blessings, comfort zone, day to day, expectations, follow God, Holy Spirit, prayer, relationships, self help
Tags: listening prayer, meditate
The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more. It’s as vigorous in you now as when you learned it….
Are you still hungry for more?
Categories: anticipation, attitude, expectations, faith, God is faithful, inspiration, living in fear, negative words, ponderings, praise, prayer, trust
Imagine your house…
What parts of your life do you want to see “ever increasing” and why?
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor here, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself.”
CS Lewis Mere Christianity.
It reflected prayer in the morning and group conversation at night.
Are you content with your house?
Is it fit for our King?
Does God lead your improvements?
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:15-18
Categories: comfort zone, expectations, follow God, future dreams, hope, inspiration, Jesus, negative words, relationships, seeing beyond, trust
Tags: content, CS Lewis, glory, imagine
How often are you at a loss for words?
Humor might say, “A woman without something to say?”
Sometimes wisdom says, “Be silent.”
It seems a beautiful season of absorbing. The exterior blanketed with snow, hides the vibrant life that lays dormant. Seeds ready and waiting for the covering to pass, the warmth to begin, and room to stretch and burst into being.
I like that thought…a place of peace and expectancy…
Wilderness and desert will sing joyously,
the badlands will celebrate and flower—
Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom,
a symphony of song and color.
God’s resplendent glory, fully on display.
God awesome, God majestic.
God is here, right here,
on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs.
He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”
Blind eyes will be opened,
deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer,
the voiceless break into song.
Who likes to fold laundry? I do prefer it to dusting. Fresh, warm, and fluffy from the dryer. For a time, one cat wanted to sleep in the basket so I’m forced to put it away when I finish.
When life does it’s unfolding – we usually find wrinkles.
No matter our plans – life seldom unfolds as we desire.
Does that make our goals, plans and dreams senseless…useless?
In the corporate world, it’s Risk Management. I now call it flexibility. Often what seems like failure, interruption, or error is a stepping stone to something new.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25 Message
Categories: attitude, expectations, God is faithful, hope, influence, living in fear, negative words, seeing beyond, trust
Tags: confidence, flexibility, risk
What kind of things do you put in your journal?
Belen – Segovia, Spain
I still love to work things out on paper – notes, numbers, ideas, but my main journal is typed and filled with struggles, word pictures, and moments of laughter as messages unfold in ways never imagined.
I remember thinking God was so strict and boring. I’m happy to see what I thought was true – was not. He loves laughter!
Recently I was trying to explain my zero births but seven “kids.”
When I bought this house and was praying over the rooms, I had a message there would be kids. I laughed and told God it must be different owners. I told a friend I was wondering what to do with the “office.” She said, “I see kids in there.” I laughed again but confessed I heard that in prayer earlier.
Meet Belen – child number three. Wall decor done by Cristina – child number two. Refinished maple floors assisted by Travis – child number one. My return to art came with Maria – child number four.
The other three are through international sponsorships. Two of them I have met in person.
Children – definitely add a measure of joy!