September 17, 2013

But God Calls Me A........

You do not have to be a parent to relate to a hurt child running tearfully bellowing "they called me a _____.!" We have all been there and yes even done that!  But why can' t we just pause and think "but God calls me a delight, not because I'm all that, but because He is all that!"  And when we are the naysayer, why do we not straighten up and say, " Gee, I'm so sorry about that, God is tremendously delighted in you!"

Well, it is a dream I have ;)

As we read The Wind and a Stone, we realized the journey within the tale. We found our own characters and recognized some of our very real fears.

There often are times when I am not only aware of the ebb and flow of God’s word, but I feel am being pulled into it; even drenched by it.  His words implore us to dive deeply into these holy waters and trust in His ability to help us reach through to the other side. It always amazes me when I find that God shares some little nugget and if we store it away, nourish it and wait with excitement for Him to bring it to its fullness, we will get to understand a bit more about our Dad.

Before I ever began the first women’s group, I journaled these lines as I prayed. I just thought it was a tender poem:

Walk across the scripture
 Reach his hand on the other side
Journey with him and the others
Merge in now with your life
 Repair your broken mirror
To reflect his perfect peace
Bring transparency and your color
 Into the picture of eternity

God created a space, we've discussed, where He could enter with power.  He could be born as man, our Christ and suffer just one time for all suffering.  What He did was secure Zoe life for us, but we must recognize how we “Give up the Ghost” as the old saying goes.  But it is true:

When we sin we shatter our oneness with God, which is Shalom.  While we are sitting amidst our broken pieces too exhausted to move is actually the perfect time to pick up the one thing in our life that cannot be shattered… God’s word.  Don’t worry about the shattered pieces around you, just sit with Him and read. Let Him take you on a journey, His journey, Your journey, Our journey…it’s all the same.

Like I always say…..we’re nothing but a bunch of characters anyway.  So, lighten up, God’s got your storyline covered – literally! You are bound between the pages of His cover front to back your story has been entwined within His.

 To prep for another leg of our journey:

 Reflect again on Peter sinking. Think about the storm that was shrouding you and how turbulent the moments felt. Now picture Christ imploring you to stand up, confident, not in your ability to get up, but in HIS love For YOU.

 I pray that you be empowered to set your eyes on His face and dive deeply into His strong, always victorious presence,

 Kisses,
Candace

Read Psalms 31; Luke 24



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