Mind-Numbing Ruminations

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest….”

Several years back, I was standing on the precipice of an immense life change, carrying a weight of confusion and multiple emotions.  Our entire social network was pulled out from under us, and almost everything we believed was henceforth put on the table for questioning.  My thoughts did not know where to stop or start.

During that time we “got away” to a vacation on Banderas Bay, a beautiful alcove surrounded by the Pacific. One morning, I was walking on the beach, picking up rocks, and ruminating on the same heavy thoughts. I was mentally worn.

While in wordless prayer, God brought to my mind this well-known verse and used my surroundings for a perfect word-picture:

“Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.”

…..So there was little me, at the edge of the big-wide ocean with a rock that I had been looking at intently and carefully massaging in my hand. Casting…….
“What does it mean to cast?,” I thought as I looked at the stone weighing down my hand.
……I wound up a pitch…..Followed through, and released……….

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When I cast it into the ocean, the feel of it leaving my hand
And the sight of it dropping into the vast waters….
The satisfying sound of its fall……
The disappearing……………………
That wonderful disappearing…………
Where I could no longer carry it or feel it anymore….
Where I could no longer SEE its lines and colors…….
helped me then, and in days to come,

to release the actual stones weighing down my mind;

to release them into HIM, where their weight is rightly measured and beautifully hidden;

to release them upon His vast character and consuming love…… for me, for you, and for those we need to forgive.

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May we live the blessing of a life that is light and free.

“….Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Jesus

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References: Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG); Psalm 54:22; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 27:13,14; Philippians 4:6

Definition of “Casting”: from Strong’s 1997 = epiriptó:  to throw upon, place upon, to throw away, throw off to cast upon, give up to, God.

 

Fitting quote: “If I must seek an identity outside of myself, then the accumulation of wealth, power, and honors allures me. Or I may find my center of gravity in interpersonal relationships. Ironically, the church itself [and other relationships] can stroke [the sin nature] by conferring, and withholding honors, offering pride of place based on performance, and creating an illusion of status by rank and pecking order. When belonging to an elite group eclipses the love of God, when I draw life and meaning from any source other than my belovedness, I am spiritually dead. When God gets relegated to second place behind any bauble or trinket, I have swapped the pearl of great price for painted fragments of glass.” – Manning

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Prayer Challenge

In my prayers of deepest longing,

I ask You to saturate, invade, take over.

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And I yield to You my dearest belongings;

my fears and speeding thoughts by your love, lowered.

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Here poised, can I pray without condition –

willing,
surrendered to face

pain for Your end, all-wise?

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And, to set my face steadfast –

resting,
knowing Your compassion overwhelms all hurt,

And You, Yourself, shall be the prize?

Relationship Not Rules

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“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” 2Cor.12:9 MSG

“Walking with Jesus is not a task to be performed, but a relationship to nurture.” Suzie Eller

Faith uncorks the bottle of your soul and lets God in.

May you filled with all the fullness of God.
Blessings, L 👥🍃

Happy Holidays

Sending my love and appreciation to all my friends and wishing you the very Best this Christmas season.

This can be a very difficult time for many – so I send this with thoughts especially toward those empty spaces we all tend to carry inside….with prayers that they would be filled.

“Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky. From “The Love of God” by F. Lehman (1868-1953)

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“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph 3

When the Soul Feels It’s Worth

🎄”An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them…… I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. …..Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

It is true that until we see God face to face, we really can only imagine what is would be like to stand in His presence. Yet, I believe He gives us glimpses of His glory, His wonder, and His love for us. He has not left us without a taste.

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One such way He does this is through His mastery in nature. Have you ever stood at the edge of a beautiful wonder and almost without notice felt your jaw drop as you took a large inhalation?

At those moments we feel instantly small….but with thought, are also overcome with an enormous sense of worth. The soil of our hearts is stirred by the heavens that declare His glory all while remembering that this Artist actually loves us much more than the “things” He has made!

This Christmas season may we stand at the edge of His glory, with jaw-dropping, breath-gasping wonder. May we kneel before Him and yet rise when He says, “Do not be afraid, for I bring you good news!” May all He has done to bring us near, drive deeply into our hearts that we are SO valued by Him!

May we all believe it.

.🎶Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth!🎶

Who or What Should I Love?

I am admitting this here because I fail: I want to guard my heart against the

mirage of a close

relationship with God based on the love of words, the study of ideas, or analysis of doctrine.

“The Holy Spirit is a living Person and should be treated as a person. We must never think of Him as a blind energy nor as an impersonal force. He hears and sees and feels as any person does. He speaks and hears us speak. We can please Him or grieve Him or silence Him as we can any other person. He will respond to our timid effort to know Him and will ever meet us over half the way.” Tozer

Let’s talk with Him as though He is next to us at every moment – loving, guiding, comforting us. Let’s us then hear Him – really listen – so we can share *Him* with others.

Small but Mighty


He cares about the details and wants to meet us in them- for it is in those details that real life begins.
“Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer..” Phil.4:6 Phillips
“There is nothing too great for His power, and nothing too small for His love” R. Goforth