Stepping Out

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I am stepping out. Against all the voices asking, “Why? You’ll never be good enough.”

Well, I’m ignoring those tiresome weights
and doing it anyway.

What I NEED though: critique and tips.
And that is where my friends come in:

I have entered my regional Christian radio station’s writing contest. I know I won’t win – my goal is merely to get into the top 10.  THEN, I will move to the final judging and get read by a publisher for a meeting and those **personal tips.**

Would you please consider helping by voting for me?

You just click on the link below, click on the vote button on my page, add your name and email, THEN VOTE (yay! MUWAH!)

(YOUR EMAIL WILL NOT GET SHARED. THIS IS MERELY TO PREVENT MULTIPLE VOTES FROM SAME PERSON.)

So here it is:

http://myfaithradio.com/2018/eternity-is-now/

(My submission posted below in case you’d rather read it here first.)

Blessings and Much Thanks,

LoriLynn

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Eternity is Now

It is very, very easy to have tunnel vision – to see only what is right before us through our own set of frames. This is especially easy when going through a difficulty – we often notice what is mainly dark, gloomy, and negative and that caged-in vision tightens our minds and makes us feel hopeless and trapped.

This happened to me one summer morning several years back when, in a mere matter of minutes, I suddenly lost all movement on the left side of my face. That day actually turned into a very long year – a year in which the doctors told me I would have permanent damage to my 7th cranial facial nerve.

The word permanent was not the word I wanted to hear and it became the term that cloaked my thoughts. All I could think about was a permanent facial droop, a permanent taping of my eyelid at night, a permanent feeling of sadness when I smiled, a permanent holding back laughter because of how I looked, and a permanent loss of identity.

So I’m sure you can understand my pause when I read this verse,  “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our 
light affliction…………”
The word “light” stopped me cold.
It stood out – a lot.
This trial light? Ha! Riiiight.
I closed my Bible and wanted to quit reading. But instead of my mind shutting completely down, these words of Jesus surfaced as though whispered right into my ear,
“Come unto me all you that are heavy burdened….for My yoke is…light.”

Hmm, yes. What was heavy, my burden and what was light, His.

So I opened my heart to His voice and turned to the Corinthians passage again and this time, with His eyes, I noticed all the other words I hadn’t before. This time, it seemed that God was drawing me out of my tunnel vision {{{in rhythmic jolts}}} with each powerful syllable:

 “Our light affliction which is but for a moment works FOR us a
far…more…ex…cee….ding…and e…ter…nal…weight…of…glo…ry”

He was drawing my perspective away from the lens of an electron microscope and zooming it out through a mega telescope so I could see
So. Much. More.
Just then, an image came to my mind:
I pulled a long piece of hair from my head (Find one if you can; it will help you visualize too.) I held it up high in front of me and imagined eternal space. To the left of the hair is eternity past with no beginning and to the right, eternity future with no end.

There is just the weight of forever and ever.

Now look at the hair again: this is your life, and within that life is your current difficulty. 
This earthly existence, as important and big as it looks on inspection, is in reality only momentarily intersecting eternal space and unending life. Within that perspective, that hair is small, almost invisible. It is a blip in the humongous expanse before you.
It is passing through all the stunning nebulas, radiating stars, colorful planets and massive, distant galaxies. It is in the midst of much more splendor and beauty. Now imagine the weight of that immeasurable universe and then beyond that imagine heaven,
the Huge, Wide, Vast There, where the things unseen shrink everything seen.

And then, most glorious of all,
HE is right before you, face to face – present then, and in the now.
You are captivated, radiant, unashamed
and that heavy weight that was so huge and
pushing. your. shoulders. down.
now suddenly feels easy and light.
And you hear Him say as He pulls your face up toward His,
“Learn of Me…..and you shall find rest for your soul…..”
Tears fill to your eyes as you exhale, “Be thou my vision.”

When He tells us that He is working our “light affliction” into an “eternal weight of splendor,” we can by faith wait with anticipation as to what that treasure WILL be. We know we will come out better on the other side – and we will know Him better too.

Because eternity is not just in the expansive future,
eternity includes where He is now – IN this light moment with me and with you.

University of Northwestern - Saint Paul
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Live Like a Flower

Live like a flower: open- faced and looking up……..soaking and resting and being.

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How do we achieve our life’s purpose? How do we even know what it is?

All of us want a life of meaning, but in seeking to attain that, we can become too frantically focused on keeping busy to achieve or we can even try to push ourselves into the mold that others call success.

YET, counterintuitively, the way to your unique purpose is found in resting. You see, we are told in Ephesians 2 that we are GOD’S “poiema”or poetry piece – made and determined beforehand in Christ.

{{How beautiful a thought!}}

We are not our *own* workmanship, we are His. He just asks us to rest in the life-giving Vine so He can direct us to fulfill that abundance…….as organically as a flower in a field.

. . “…walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it?…..If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. …Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.” Matthew 6 (MSG)

Just Breathe

Breathe in:
Father, you love and accept me,

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Breathe out:
All the time, no matter what.

 

Dear friends, I hope this anchors your souls and lifts your spirits.

~Romans 8~

 

I Need You

Father, it is so easy for me to drift from you – to forget that you are all I need, that You are the One who will satisfy all those empty spaces I clamor to fill. …….Thank you for your faithful and patient presence in my life – always drawing me back with your comforting staff. .

I need you. I really need You.

Lead me to those green truths my soul is lacking, so I can feast and lay hold of You that much more. May You increase, and may what I think “I” need become less important.
To You be the glory.
Amen.

 

When You Feel Alone

Relationship

He made us in His image

So we could understand

A measure of His Pearson

Thus, more closely to Him stand.

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When walls came down to separate,

He came in and tore the veil

And with it also tearing fear –

His furious love won’t fail.

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The Word gave spoken language,

And through it’s threads the written letter

So we could read His heart and mind

And get to know Him better.

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He was not content with just our move

From Hell to Heaven only;

He placed us in Him and He in us,

True intimacy- never lonely.

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What can we say to such great Love!

Could anything be better?

Humankind has many longings,

Which He meets perfectly to each letter.

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When You Think You’re Not Worthy

I think we have all felt that way – like God is distant. But really, it is we who move, shift, and drift – and He understands. He just wants our companionship and loves to hear us. So, may I encourage you with this:

What is the most important part of prayer?

COME

“Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need.”

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#hebrews416 #itssimple #talktohim

It is Hard to Be a Mother

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What is hard for me right now is that push/pull in my mind and heart. My kids are both on the edge of the nest – and I have all the assortment of emotions that go along with that precarious place. I find that I want to pull them back in and yet also I want to give them a push…..and in a whole other assortment of ways I do both – mostly in my own head with worry. …..and I guess I just realized that all those fears are exactly why I am finding it “hard.”

🍃How about you? What are you struggling with or how have you dealt with my situation? Would love to hear about you 🍃

#leavingthenest #momstruggles #freedomfromfear #castyourcares #takeflight #flockofbirds