You are defined by my love. You asked, and I gave. I gave, and you received. You received, and I increased. I increased, and you rejoiced in my abundance. As you rejoice in new found freedom, I strengthen you to move forward into more. Freedom requires strength. Law does not. The fallen mindset hearkens back to the fruit it ate and falls so easily into the lie of self-sustenance. But you my child I strengthen to walk in the freedom of my love, my joy, my kingdom, my provision. You were born again in Christ to receive an inheritance that I prepared for my children. Receive it like a child.
You are named Daughter of God. Born of my love; sustained in my strength. My arm does not grow weary; my heart never fails. My grace is multiplied and everlasting. Your rest is complete – receive my offering to you. Guilt and shame have no place. Do not let the lies strangle who you are in me. I vanquish them with my word. One look of my eyes destroys the accusations. So look deep into me, and you will find no condemnation, no doubt. My faith for you is strong. My love is solid. Rest in my truth. Rest in my loving arms of forgiveness and acceptance. Be one with me in all things, and you will never be confounded or desolate. The wilderness has been transformed by the rivers of my love. The lush garden of my existence awaits all who enter the gate. The entry is wide open, and all can come. Come in and bring yourself to me. Freely receive, and freely bring others to the garden. My prized fruit like jewels await your indulgence – good to eat, good for life. My tree of life flourishes now and forever. Eat only from my tree of bounty, and the fragrance of my love will blossom in you. The fragrance of my love cancels the fragrance of death and destruction. The fragrance of my love cannot be defeated. I have conquered. I continue to conquer the lies of the enemy. Light shines and will not be extinguished. My blessings, my love flood the earth. My kingdom now established expands. Praise and glory surround me, because I AM. You? – you are with me in my glory. See it, taste it, feast in me. My love, my mercy, my power endure.
She’s in pigtails and lace The pretend party is in place She calls to him as he comes through the door Dance with me, Daddy But he is too concerned with his cares So she dances with Mr. Teddy Bear And angels come and surround her heart Jesus holds her in his arms Because no one should dance alone Lullaby of heaven Angels singing love songs Jesus crying and singing along Streams of glory flowing Lullabies of heaven caressing our heart Because no one cries alone He puts on his favorite team’s hat Grabs his glove, ball, and bat He prays maybe this time But he is not chosen He sits on the bench his mind frozen And angels come and surround his heart Jesus holds him in his arms Because no one should play alone Lullaby of heaven Angels singing love songs Jesus crying and singing along Streams of glory flowing Lullabies of heaven caressing our heart Because no one cries alone She stands by the little grave She wasn’t supposed to be pregnant But it happened any way Shunned and shamed the baby came Too soon and too small, she’s lost everything Angels come and surround her heart Jesus holds her in his arms Because no one should cry alone Lullaby of heaven Angels singing love songs Jesus crying and singing along Streams of glory flowing Lullabies of heaven caressing our heart Because no one cries alone [The way I saw this as I wrote it, the angels were both real angels ministering to broken hearts, but they were also symbolic of individuals partnering with Holy Spirit to reach out to others. The first "angel" is a grandfather who comes to the party and dances. The second "angel" is another little child on the playground who says, "come be my friend". The last "angel" is a nurse from the hospital who comes to the graveside to comfort a mother mourning. May we be listening to the quite voice of Holy Spirit who will guide us so that no one cries alone.]
The poetry of our lives
Like a tapestry woven with many colors
Dark colors woven without skill
Ugly streaks seemingly mar the design
But the master weaver takes over
Skillfully using each dark strand
Creating a beautiful multidimensional image
An image that is a reflection of himself
No darkness remaining – only light
Rainbows of color dancing from his smile
Displayed in the beautiful tapestry of our lives
(Tapestry Picture: This beautiful tapestry is from www.novica.com and is titled “Love’s Flight” created by Peruvian artisan Inka.)
My blessings come with no sorrow. Trials come and I use them for your good, but I don’t harm you. I don’t send catastrophe and destruction upon you. So trust in me. Be confident in your decisions and in my guidance. What the world calls failure is just an opportunity to try something different. So there is no fear in stepping out, taking risks, and trying. I am not a father who demands perfection and criticizes my children. I am a loving father who gently encourages and guides. I work along side you and bring you to success. So give me your heart – it is safe with me. We will work together to fulfill your destiny. I designed you equipped to accomplish all the things that I placed in your heart. So don’t doubt that you will succeed. We travel together always – fears, anxiety, doubt are powerless. Simply hold my hand as we journey. Hills and mountains will provide unimaginable vistas. Valleys will be resting places with rivers of nourishment and fields of joy. Be at peace with me, and let’s continue on the adventure.
There are journeys to
and journeys from
There are journeys of remembering
and journeys of forgetting
There are journeys of discovering
and journeys of giving
Cherish each journey
Missing a journey is missing life
I took some time to go through my journals to look for entries that might be encouraging to others who are seeking to understand their security and identity in the Lord. I’ve titled these posts “Moments in His Presence”, because they flowed out of time spent wrapped in his love and listening to his voice. I pray that they may encourage and bless you.
I love you with an everlasting love – a love that will not die and cannot be defeated. You live in me; I live in you. Come to the fullness of the understanding of our unity. I challenge you to fully open yourself up to my love. I demonstrated my love for you at the cross. I demonstrated my love for you through the Holy Spirit. This is enough, but I long to give you even more. The fullness of the Spirit is available to my children. Long for it, and pursue it. Seek and you shall find. I give only good gifts to my children. Take time to seek me – I am waiting for you, and am ever eager to meet with you. I love you in all truthfulness, all faithfulness – a love forever.
Closed tight within your sepals
Hidden away the beauty of your design
But the sun and rain begin to call
A gentle touch opens the shell
A brilliant gem shines forth unexpectedly
A life is lived with abandon
Fruit is born to refresh others
Seeds are planted bringing forth more beauty