A Palm And A Promise

As many waved palm braches today, did you know that the Bible says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree”? I love this because, interestingly,  the palm tree is considered an evergreen. It will flourish as long as the head remains intact and is not cut off The head of the palm IS it’s source, just as the Head of the church is Christ. .

What a fit emblem of the identity and condition of those that believe! “For in Scripture it says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame. Now to you who believe, this stone [Jesus] is precious.” (emphasis mine)

He became that Vital Head, not at the palm-and-praise entry into Jerusalem celebrated today; but rather when He was crucified, buried and rose. .

Dear friends, let’s believe it:

He is Precious, our Source of Life – our palm branch needs to be in Him.

. “Whosever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

“‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

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(A Psalm sung during Passover and quoted in part as they waved the braches)

“Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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old love

I believe there is so much wisdom in these words and wanted to share it. I hope it blesses someone ❤

eunoia of us

where old love grows

take me there

even when the shadows cover up the vibrancy of the burning passion

i’ll still know it’s there

i’ll leave it to rest

and water it until the morning sunlight hits it once again

-like the sun, inspiration and passion come and go-

-this does not mean we shut the shades-

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it’s effortless to give up on what you love the most because you don’t “feel it” anymore. being IN love with something is the emotional high of love itself. its really a glorious thing. it’s the butterflies and the giggles and the (what seems to be) endless passion. that’s why we confuse it so much with love itself. but what happens when that goes away? we release it from ourselves, and search for it again elsewhere, constantly looking for that “high” in something or someone else. we find out it wasn’t love…

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Seasons of Hardship

There is something to be said about the phrase “go with the flow.” The words themselves conjure up the feeling of liberation, ease, and rest. ((I love how nature is a perfect picture of this.)) But how easy it is instead to allow the “flow” to wisk us into a place of fear, impending doom, and resistance.

Actually, when the flow of a dark season has entered my life, I think all of the above emotions have been in my mind at ONCE – wouldn’t you agree? And it is at those times that we have choices – often a continuous battle – as to which emotions we will feed or “go” with. God understands our deep grief and IN that, He wants us to still be free.

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~ Consider the lilies of the field they toil not neither do they spin. ~

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Go with this: God wants us to find rest and He wants to show us “great and mighty things” – let’s remember that. He wants us to lean fully upon His life {raft} as the troubled waters churn. And it is There, as we are leaning upon Him that we find the treasure of the trial we could only find if we were close enough and listening with our ear cupped close to His words.

~~  Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.  Jeremiah 33:3  ~~
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Are you facing a dark season in your life? Allow the season to run its course, knowing there will be a spring to your winter. Know that it is only under a dark hard ground that diamonds, rubies, amethyst, and emeralds are mined. Ask God to show you what the precious stones of your trial are – i.e. what is it that He may want you to see about yourself that you haven’t been able to see; what is it that He may want you to see about loving others more; what is it about Him (our TRUEST Treasure) that you may not understand, that could draw you nearer to Him?

Tell Him that you don’t want to miss the treasure/good He has for you in the hardship – whether you see it in time or in eternity.

~~  I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.  Is 45:3  ~~

“May the treasure of the trial form within me {and you} as {we} go.”

From the song, “Jesus Draw me Ever Nearer,” by Keith and Kristyn Getty.
May the words encourage your heart:

 

Stop and Rest

There isn’t anything you could do right now that would make Jesus Christ love you any more than He already does.

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“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”

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

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?