Me

I am

From sunlit mornings

And dancing shadows of leaves

Warm cups handed by friends

And sweaters that fall

Softly against skin.

I am downstream of family love

A waterfall

From grandfather

To mother

To me

And time

Calmed

And content

From raging storms that

Can toss and do..but don’t..

Cuz I’m cared for and in

Rhythm with the Jackson 5.

I am from the spring rain

Melting snow and earth

Coming alive with

Fragrance pushing

Hyacinth out for air

And singing birds

And words that dance off

A page and bring wisdom

From the ages

About theCreator of it all.

I am an artist heart

Of twisted green and

Scent and petal and

Rainbows and whales

And Goldendoodle smiles

And conversation with souls

And twinges of internal

Groans from sad stories

Of others I want to

Cradle in thick-knit blankets.

Some say I am like maple syrup

Too sweet, too sappy, too

Unreal for palate or comfort…

But I say I’m good on raspberries

And dark chocolate and if

You cannot understand that

Then you don’t understand

Me

Wounded for Me

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What was it like to know a love that never faltered

One so rich it never had to begin;

Woven in the gentle fabric of your Being,

Interlaced and fitted in the Joy of Three?

Then…..what was it like, I (try to) imagine

When you remained quiet during many shameful scornings,

But could not be silenced when my sin cloaked your eyes,

When you cried to Your Self, now feeling so far away

With your identity turned inside out:

{{{My God My God Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me}}}

What was it like for You

To lose a love so great
to gain my love so broken?

Morning Dew

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“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Ps. 143:8

🙏🏻My Father, you are patient and kind; You do not envy or boast; You are not arrogant or rude.

Jesus, you do not insist on Your own way; You are not irritable or resentful; Abba, You do not rejoice at wrongdoing, but You rejoice with the truth….((and you make ALL things work out in the end toward good.))

My Father, dear Father, You bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things….for me.

Jesus You never end…..
And I am IN You and You are IN me………Here, I am safe and secure and protected….nothing can separate me from Your love….nothing and no one, not even my own doubts.

 

(It helps me sometimes to pray His words 😊 especially when it is hard to find words of my own. I hope this prayer encourages you too. ((1 Cor 13 paraphrased with Gods name in the place of the words for love……for God IS love…..in all He is and all He does. Also, references to Romans 8 and Galatians 4:6.)))

Spirit

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Tether me only to You, Holy Spirit….because in You alone will I fully be alive – only You can bring out Your Triune purpose in me…..and in You alone will I be able to fully allow others that same gracious, fertile ground……AND There, we all *together* (blessed unity!) will have interactions that will be as organic as multiple branches in Your single, Living Vine. 🌿🍇

((Keep me on the other hand, from being dependent on myself or others – detached and in heart, lifeless…..I would rather be free and real and full of Your life.))

Amen.

“Beware of being in bondage to yourself or other people. Oppression and depression never come from the Holy Spirit of God. He never oppresses, He convicts and comforts. The spirit of God is always the Spirit of liberty.” ~ Oswald Chambers

“….the unity in the Spirit in the bond of peace.” ~ Eph. 4:3

May your heart be blessed,

Lori

 

Face Up

Prayer feels like that – like I am floating in the waters of this earth, my back supported by His arms lest I sink and suffocate. .

Face up, I reach outstretched with my internal breath, His Spirit interceding and filling my lungs with words and praise and comfort and direction.

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Face up, He IS the air you and I breathe and the One in which we truly live…..HE is the Word we seek to hear unmuffled by this underworld…..and being ever toward Him we seek to boldly rest, steady and alive.

“Pray without ceasing” 🌿 1 Thes. 5
“In Him we live and move and have our being” 🌿 Acts 17
”Abide in Me and I in you” 🌿 John15
“Come boldly before the throne of grace” 🌿 Hebrews 4

{{Any prayer requests? I would love to bring them before Him with you.}}

 

Longing

Sometimes God seems far away. Even though I know He is nearer to me than my own soul, I don’t feel Him…or even desire Him. But I do feel a sort of longing of something lost…..His Spirit reminding me of the times we have had, of who He is to me. He does not let me forget….and even just that little tension in my mind keeps me reaching out again.

“There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me.”

Dear friends, I hope that you will have a weekend where you will – even just a little bit more – absorb the truth that you are unconditionally, radically, thoroughly, and infinitely loved by Christ.

#romans8

#coryasbury #recklesslove #radicallove #relationshipnotreligion #relentlesspursuit

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.