WHO Are You

One sunlit morning a few years back, I was surprised by an unexpected visitor in my garden. As I got closer to this frightened little creature, I realized it’s feet were twisted and tangled in a netting. He must have inadvertently landed on it during the night, got a talon stuck, and then started an attempt of fearful escape – only to get more trapped.

I quickly got a pair of scissors and carefully began to try to loosen each thread, one by one – all while singing over him to provide calm. It took me about 5 minutes (which is long when you think about it!) to cut all the threads without hurting this owl. Finally, his already stretched out wings were able to lift him to a nearby tree where he stared at me for a minute more, listening to me sing before he flew off.

I cannot help to think of how we can often are just like this owl.

Our mind, sometimes inadvertently,  lands on a negative memory, a bad thought of another, or who we think we should be; and then we feed it a little and before we know it, we are actually tangled in fear and become tethered to this world.

Then along comes our Faithful Friend.

In perfect love, He sings over us while cutting away each of our fears.  He reminds us who we really are in Him. He reminds us how He has given us His Spirit’s wings with which we are free to fly above our tangled thoughts, our own personal failures, and the failures of others……

He reminds that we are wrapped in newness and that HIS sky is our limit.

For further reading:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”~  Zephaniah3:17
“They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”~ Isaiah40:31
“There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear” ~ 1 John 4:17
Ephesians 1

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Song: In Christ Alone
“What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand.”

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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

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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

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~