Thursday, January 28, 2016

A beautiful thought

A beautiful thought from my study this morning: 
God does not need to be apologized for...
His passion is pure
his love is protecting and powerful
and every good and perfect thing comes from him.
Some may say "If God is so protecting, and loving, why do Christians suffer!?"
But all people suffer
(not by the hand of God,
rather as a result of this fallen world).
Those who believe, are given an indescribable peace
and even joy
in the midst of suffering.
Companionship and help in our deep grieving sorrows.
The worst thing on earth is not death,
it's separation from our loving God.
We who know this wonderful comfort
would go bravely into all trial,
being held and kept 
by the love and power of our king.
20 Encouraging Bible Verses
-The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Pro 18:10
-Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6
-So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
-Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Jn 14:27
-“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jn 16:33
-God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it's waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Ps 46:1-3
-For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2Tm 1:7
-I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Ps16:8
-Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Ps 55:22
-Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:7
-You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Is 26:3
-As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Ps 18:30 (all of ps18 is so powerfully encouraging!)
-The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD's right hand has done mighty things! The LORD's right hand is lifted high; the LORD's right hand has done might things!” Ps 118:14-16
-You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! Ps 119:114-115
-I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. Ps 119:25
-My comfort in my suffering is this; Your promise preserves my life. Ps 119:50
-It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Ps 119:71
-I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Ps 120:1
-May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ had so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... Romans 15:5
-Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:1-4

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Turn your face upward

Turn your face upward.
Close your eyes,
and look to the Lord of Heavens's armies.

There you are,
I've been waiting all day for this.
Come and sit a while.
There was nothing I needed to tell you, 
except I love you.
And you're safe.
You're loved.
And you are safe.

All day you looked for the affirmation of your souls worth, 
for confirmation of your safety.
And these things could only be found here.
You might hear the words elsewhere. 
You may have the promise else where.
But your soul knows better. 
Your soul will only rest when I tell you.

Oh my darling child, 
let me wash away the lies that you settle for.
Your identity is sullied by the image of the world
Come, focus on me and be renewed.
Let me restore all the beauty I have created in you.

I adore you.

Let your soul sing it's heart ache, 
let your soul sing it's grieving,
let your soul sing it's longing for home.
I love to hear the melody of your soul.

The one who gave you wings will teach you to fly,
the one who gave you voice will teach you to sing,
the one who gave you eyes will teach you to see.
There is more to life than you can discover on your own.

Let me teach you great mysteries 
(hidden since the creation of the world).
My Spirit has the delights you long for.
Put down those counterfeits, 
and come away.
Come away.
Dance in the beauty of our togetherness.
Let the light of my love banish fear and doubt.
Let the light of my love cleanse you 
and heal you 
and guide you.

Oh bless you, Lord.
Oh God take my tears and except my worship.
Forgive my wandering heart.
I'm so sorry for delighting in other things.
Oh, God you are beautiful.
You alone are light and love.
You alone are my soul's joy and song.
You alone are my hearts passion.
You alone are worthy of all my adoration.

Father you alone bring me to the place of peace and rest.
I struggle and strive while you are near
(longing to lift me above my trials and give me insight).

Forgive me Father.
Holy, Holy, Holy.
Praise to The King of Kings.
I adore you.

Holy, holy, holy.
Praise to the king of Kings
you are my every thing,
and I adore you.

God don't let me leave the same.
In fact, don't let me leave.
When I turn my gaze to work that needs doing,
come with me.
Let my countenance still glow
for the time I have faced your glory.
Let the aroma of your loveliness still fill my lungs,
stay with me
and be my joy,
my peace
my light.

Oh, my sweet girl,
I am always near,
turn your face to me.
I wish for it.
I wait for it.
I shower you with blessings and favor and wait for you to notice.
Draw near to me and I draw near to you.
Because my attention is on you, my little one.
I am an attentive father.
I am near.
Lean in and rest.

Thank you Father.
Here are the tears of my love.
Father I adore you.

Rest my love. 
your soul finds rest 
in it's Creator alone.