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Time to Give Life

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Hope.

Tonight I give you My hope.

The lifeline
from heaven
flung out like a rope.

You were sinking
  in over your head.
Thoughts were swirling
  round and round
  filling you with dread.

But tonight,
I hold out my hand to you.

And I look you
in the eye,
with love,
with faith
and call you to rise above.

The words I placed within you,
It's time to give them life.

Posture Yourself

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The heron.

(at least that's my best guess)

He stands there this morning.

The message.

Unmistakable.

POSTURE YOURSELF
I'm not really awake yet. I'm jogging around the pond, grateful that the geese are not blocking my path this morning - they are all in the lake.

And I'm painfully aware that I need reminders.

I use my phone to enter in anything I need reminding of. Before the phone, I had sticky notes all over the place - or a long list of "to-do's." Because if I don't write it down, it's most likely not going to happen.


So I shouldn't be surprised that I need a reminder. As if waking me early wasn't reminder enough. And this is how He chooses to remind me.

With a heron.

There is no arguing for me.


Every.

thing.

changes.


By starting the day right.

By posturing myself to hear from Him.

By positioning myself for the purpose of hearing His provision for the day.

My attitude.

My perspective.

I watched this play out over and over again. He doesn't mind that …

Walk With Me

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Walk with me.


You choose to walk with me,
leaning on me as much as you need.


And why do I feel badly about needing to lean so much . . .
because it doesn't bother you, my Lord, at all.



This perceived weakness of mine,
This needing to lean on You,
Needing to cling to you,
Allows Your power to rest on me.

In fact, You rather enjoy it, taking delight in my leaning on You. As my husband takes delight in our daughter leaning on him.



Be blessed in the name of Jesus the Lord who is always with you.
Your strength is knowing God and shining His light.

Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9b


Author of the world, walk with me
Ruler of the earth, walk with me
Calmer of the storm, walk with me
Healer of my heart, walk with me


How I need You
How I need You, oh Jesus
Walk with me
How I love You
How I love You, Oh Jesus
Walk with me


Light for every step, walk with me
Healer of my heart, walk with me
Giver of each …

Finding beauty . . .

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Beauty.

It was there.

On the wrong path.

The one that I started out
so sure on.

But the farther I went,
the more I realized

It was not the right one.




Little did I know

That this path would lead me

Back to the one

I had intended to be on, yes,

But even more so -

Beauty in the journey.


That's the message. Beauty in the journey. Right where I am. The path I didn't choose. Or that was chosen for me. Or that seems all uphill. Or seems like it is going nowhere.


Look around.

Find the beautiful.

Right here.

Right now.

Because I might not be on this road again.

When the Water Gets Deep

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When the water gets deep.

And it keeps rising

And you feel like you are in

over your head.




You are not.
A failure.
That is a lie of the enemy.

You are not.
Not wanted.
Again, a lie
straight from the pit of hell.

You are wanted.
You are loved.
You are more than a conqueror.
You are treasured.


And the only "thing"
that can change this mindset
deep within the core of your being

Is not a thing.

It's a "someone."

A person.

It's an encounter with Him.

Where you settle

These issues

that keep rising to the surface

when the water gets deep.



And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

HILLSONG UNITED "OCEANS (WHERE FEET MY FAIL)"

Link to the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw

The Protector

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A baby goose

alongside his Daddy -

the protector.







The baby sees me coming
and moves one step closer to Daddy.

Daddy - he squawks at me.
There is no way I'm getting any closer to his baby.


The question is:

When it looks like trouble is coming my way,

do I move closer to You

or try to defend myself on my own?



How foolish it would be for the baby geese to try that!


As I press in to You,
so the troubles squeeze in on all sides.


Do I run to my protector
when danger lurks
when troubles surround

Do I move closer to You

or farther from You

because I think I am strong enough?


I will pursue you I will pursue your presence
Our pastor recently shared a transparent message about his life and learning to live with Jesus as his protector.

What protects you?

Jesus was designed to
He longs to
be your one and only protector.

Not the shame,
nor the fear,
nor the "I'm not worthy."

It's one thing to understand
Because I can understand that You are my protector
But it is a whole other thing to live it out.

So wha…

Turn Around: Find Grace

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Turn around.

There is grace. 

Right behind you.







The voice behind you saying,

"This is the way. Walk in it. When you turn to the right and when you turn to the left."                                                                  -Isaiah 30:21

Your ears shall hear the voice.

The word.

The one He speaks for this moment.



But how can You be leading me from behind me?

No wonder I am free to walk off on my own.


Turn around.

Right where you are.

This is where the grace lies.

With Me.

My Holy Spirit enabling the flowing of grace.


Turn and face HOPE
when I have none.

Turn and face the OVERWHELMING ONE
when I am overwhelmed.

Turn and face GRACE
when I am empty,
I can't give out what I haven't got
I need to be filled up with You and Your grace.


Come boldly
to the throne
of GRACE
to find mercy and grace to help
in our time of need


Not harshness
in my time of need.

Not sternness
in my time of need.

Oh, am I in need.

May I be like the plant, who responds to the light. It stays right put, but it turns to…

Didn't See That One Coming . . .

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from March 26th

It's beyond the first day of spring.

So I didn't see that one coming.

Didn't expect that.

Didn't really want that.

Not right now.








And "that" is about a lot more than
the snow that showed up last Monday, March 25th,
and the Monday before that.


Are you going to enjoy it anyway?

The journey.

Even if it brings pain (like Brooke's elbow that got hurt sledding in the snow)?

The journey to healing.

Even when it is dark and you can't see the way ahead (the "Through the Fog" blog entry)?

The journey to wholeness.

Are you going to show mercy and kindness?

Zechariah 7:9, 10 NLT

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other."
The journey to freedom.

Until the time comes to fulfill his dreams,
and the character is tested over and over and over
and YOU are the tool He uses?

Psalms 105:19 NLT

"Unt…

Through the Fog

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The fog.

It covered the land this morning

Like the fog
covers areas of my life.

I can't see where to go.

I can barely see enough
to take just one step.




But that is how You designed it.

So I can lean on You,

and hold your hand,

As you guide me

One step at a time.










As we make this journey

up out of this valley

where the sun shines

and breaks through

and burns up the fog.








Blessing Your Spirit by S. Gunter:


Bless your sweet softness in hands of your Father when you don't understand what he's doing . . . your surrendered heart to look for Him . . . EVERY season has its beauty. Faithful steps of faith and obedience. Faith and obedience . . . with each place He takes you in your "not my first choice" circumstances, He draws you deeper into Himself . . . Seeing the fingerprints of the unseen.

One of my favorite devotionals, Streams in the Desert, for April 1:
"In fierce storms," said an old seaman, "we must do one thing; there is only one way: we must put the ship in a cert…

The Real Question

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The question of Mark 11.


It appears to be:

Whose authority?

Whose authority do you have to be doing what you're doing?


That's what the leading priests and teachers of the law had asked that day.




"If John's authority came from heaven, why didn't we believe?"

That's what He'll say.
Because if we believe,
that changes . . .
everything.


"Dare we say that He was merely human?"

We are afraid of what the people will do...
because everyone believed that John was a prophet.

And if John was a prophet,
well,
that changes...

everything.


Jesus knew what they would ask.

And they knew what He would say.


So they responded with what seemed . . .

SAFE.




I DON'T KNOW.


Because either answer causes trouble for them.

So that's what they answer.

When truly, they did know.

But they miss out on the revelation of truth.

They miss out on having their deepest question of the moment answered.



The one question that is right here.

Right now.

The question that says with its full weight:

The Watermark

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Skimming through a photography blog,

Thinking I was going to get a great idea about photography.


But instead I get a revelation:


Watermark n. a faint design made during manufacture, visible when held against the light and typically IDENTIFIES THE MAKER. v. to mark with such design


He's writing on living tablets...



Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. 2 Corin. 3:3

He "manufactured" me.

He made me by hand.

With raw materials. 

The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground. Gen. 2:7


And when I am held up to His light,
then and only then,
is my Maker identified.


So along with St. Patrick, I pray: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me.
for I'm bearing the watermark of Christ Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
for I'm bearing the watermark of Christ Christ whe…

The Lost One

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Lost and alone.

Wandered far.
Cold and hurt.
Too scared to receive love.
Too cold to think straight.
Too bewildered to find the way back home.




Caught.



Rescued.




By the love and affection of a girl and boy.
And he would have become theirs, had their mother not said, “One is enough.”


So the animal rescue worker came.
But he had a place in their hearts. And they prayed for him. And they wondered about him.

What was his name?

How did he get away?

Did he sneak out the door when it was open?

Did someone he loved hurt him?

Why could that happen?

How far had he wandered?

How could anyone let him go?

Without a collar, without a name tag to identify him –
to say HE IS MINE.
And we call the shelter – to see if he has been claimed. To see if his eye is healing.

Which reminds me . . .

That Someone else knows this feeling
way more deeply than they ever could.

And so He waits.

Watching. His back never turned your way.

And He calls – gently. "I’m right here – arms open, facing you."


Did you run? Did you escape…

R A D I C A L

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Many years ago, this blog was just a baby. And I was so nervous about taking that first step. Publishing my thoughts. Yikes! How scared I was. And how I debated and labored over the name - Radical One. Because at the time, I thought I was radical. Going away from the norm. You know, going against the grain of popular culture. But just yesterday, I got this revelation. From my a favorite writer/blogger, Ann Voskamp. She was writing about being radical. And I realized I had it all backwards.

Radical is really getting back to the "origin." The "essential." "Of or having roots."
And don't we all want to be know for that?
Being radical.
Having roots.
No matter how the winds of the storms of life may blow. And you feel like you are going to topple. Or that you might become .... uprooted? And you want your roots to go deep. Deep into His love. Because that's what holds you together. That's what keeps you grounded. That's what keep you from blowing ove…

Double

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My youngest turns double digits tomorrow.

I feel old.

Where did the time go?

But more importantly . . . .

what's the big deal about this milestone -
the double?


Pay attention to the double.
Did you ever notice what the writers did when God spoke something important throughout the Bible? The writers didn't underline. Or boldface. Or italicize.



He said it twice.

For emphasis.

For you to pay attention.





So twice yesterday, was this verse:

For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a Mighty Savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With His love, he will calm all your fears.[a]
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
a] Greek and Syriac versions read He will renew you with his love. Like this beautiful radiant daffodil illuminating the dull of winter, the double is there to get my attention! To get me to say "What do I need to hold on to in this message?" As one of my favorite verses, I pray it over the kids almost daily, but am I living it?
He is living among me -…