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Wonder of My Love

“We should simply develop an attitude of faith, hope and love . . . He isn't impressed so much with the dimensions of our work as with the love in which it is done . . . Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible of the person who has faith. Still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.” (Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence) 1 Corinthians 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. John 15:14 Greater love has no one than this . . . that a man lay his life down for his friends. Christ overcame many things; they held no power over him because He knew and accepted who he was in God. He is perfect love and He loves us perfectly. I love you – I love you – I love you I created you and I KNOW you a knowing of you deeper than anyone on earth I know ALL the days ordained for you I formed you . . . I saw you in the se…

Promise of God's Rest

The definition of rest is being settled with finality, victory, security, cease from exertion, bring to completion

"our faith is too weak – instead of letting faith rule our lives – what do we let rule our lives? If we really believe, and then act on the fact that He is wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way – how transforming! Hebrews 4 encourages us to mix the message with faith – that the promise of entering His rest still stands so let us be careful that none fallen short – some enter, some do not because of unbelief (which is disobedience) . . . He who enters rest ceases from his own works as God did so let us make every effort to enter that rest, lest we fall away because of unbelief. . all things are uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account (the awake from verse above in Psalm uses it in conjunction with uncovered and laid bare) God uncovering what is in your mind, will and emotions. “Because of trust in God’s care, wh…

Here in Your Presence

Here in your presence, we are undone. Here in your presence, heaven and earth become one. Here in your presence – all things are new. Here in your presence – everything bows before You… these are words from a song by Desperation Band . . . Brother Lawrence says to “Recognize God as being intimately present within us” (wherever you are), “and you will form the habit of continuously conversing with God. Then your only happiness will come from doing God’s will – whether pleasure or pain. You will become faithful in dry times or not, in actions and renouncing of self. Guard our souls” (mind, will, emotions) “to succeed in giving ourselves to God as much as He desires . . . when we are willing to accept God’s help and guard our souls according to His desires, we may commune with him whenever we like.” In Psalm 57:7-8, David cries out to God: My heart (centre) is fixed, my heart is steadfast. Awake (raise up, stir up) my soul (mind, will, emotions) . . . he is telling his soul (mind, will, …

Snails, Trails and the Secret Place

Snails . . .
Just out for a Saturday morning jog; worshipping God while listening to my iPod. Looking down I see shiny little trails along the edge the sidewalk. The sidewalk borders a business with lush landscaping in front. We have always commented how beautifully kept the place is . . . almost like a garden. As the sun hits the sidewalk, the shiny trails are bright and iridescent - a few here and there, some places more trails than others. Some trails are close to the edge and some go all over the place but they all lead back to THE GARDEN. Imagine if the whole sidewalk were filled with these trails. How shiny and reflective and bright!

What do I have in common with a snail . . .
It becomes all so obvious to me. We like snails, get our nourishment from the garden. They must have nourishment to leave the shiny slime trail. And while most gardeners would think a snail a pest as he eats the beautiful plants and flowers, God beckons us to His garden to eat. To spend time alone with Him. T…