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The Shack . . .

A must read . . . a fiction book that spoke to me louder than any other book I have EVER read. I won't ruin the story for you, but will encourage you that you will walk away from this book KNOWING Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit more than you have before.

Here are a few simple yet profound quotes from the book:

We judge all the time, but we should judge as Jesus does which says you’re worthy of love even if costs me everything.Your independence with its quest for power and fulfillment actually destroys the relationship your heart longs for. You were given the 10 Commandments so you would give up trying to be righteous on your own – it was a mirror to reveal how filthy face gets when you live independently.It is the KNOWING that grows and LOVE expands to contain it – love is just the skin of knowing.It should be very freeing to know you can offer us (Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit) nothing. . . that should alleviate any pressure to perform.Life and living is in Him and no other . . proce…

Embracing Jesus

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The sun is shining down on her as she walks along in a meadow . . . picking up the most beautiful flowers and setting them in her basket . . . she has a basket in each arm . . . she sees Him in the distance walking towards her and she runs to him . . . she longs to embrace him and tries, but it is very difficult to embrace someone still holding onto baskets of beautiful flowers in your arms. These flowers are lovely and it is not wrong to savor the beauty of them; but she sees that she must set them down to fullyembrace Jesus. He is what it is all about!

The Holy Spirit has a way of confirming things. This message was spoken in two different ways on the same night: Jesus shows up in ways that you hadn't seen him before or that are different from yesterday and you can't hold on so tightly to yesterday that you're not able to embrace Him and what He has for you today or how He shows up today. So what do you do with that? You have to set your mind on one thing. This one thing …

New Growth after the Fire

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The soil is fresh and ready for new growth, rains have watered the thirsty land . . . and there is the start of new life; small, yet promising to be a mighty tree one day. A pillar of strength, a tower of shade, a refuge for the birds of the air, full of seedlings to pass on to start more new life . . .
If only you could have seen the devastation before . . . the soil was tender, torn up, but the burnt ground has prepared the way for NEW LIFE!

Does the soil of your heart feel torn up in a certain area where God is teaching you through trials and testing? Do you remember that God made and fashioned you - that He is good and does good? What you are walking through is being used to teach you. Look how Psalm 119 shows us how we are to learn, to give thanks, and delight in law. It says "remember Your word to Your servant, for you have given me hope - my comfort in affliction is that your word has quickened me . . . You are my portion, O Lord I promised to obey . . . I entreat Your fav…