"I believe in the love of God, it is an orphan's wildest dream, it is a Narrow Little Road, it is an ever widening desert stream" ~ Red Mountain hymn

"This narrow little road may be filled with both abundant joy and humiliating sorrow; surely, even its promised Divine acceptance cannot assure it's travelers absense of profound rejection. Indeed, this narrow road may be filled with a great many things, but the one thing it truly lacks is regret!" ~Debbie Sue

Saturday, October 18, 2014

simply and purely

Truth always emerges from times of truly seeking God and wise counsel... 
He has never let me down in my searchings and I know with great confidence He never will!  

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but soon we will see Him face to face. Now I know merely in part; but then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into this same image of Christ from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

I always come back to the truth after seasons of searching with an even stronger assurance that our moral bearings will only be anchored by looking at God. We must begin with Him, always! We are right when and only when we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.

I am never afraid to search or ask questions, even if they are seemingly the wrong ones.  For I believe that our greatest difficulties don't stem from our questions or lack of understanding but rather our unwillingness to take God as He is when He chooses to reveal Himself, and adjust our lives accordingly. We so often insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image. Our flesh whimpers against the rigor of God's inexorable sentence and begs like a poor man for a little mercy. 

We can get a right start only by accepting God as He is and learning to love Him for who He declares Himself to be. As we go on to know Him better we shall find it a source of unspeakable joy that God is purely and simply who He is, and that reality is unchanging!

We shall therefor be inspired to live as Christ being simply and purely who we are in light of Him!

O Lord, I have heard Your truth inviting me to look to You alone and be satisfied. My heart longs to respond with such assurance in every moment, but sin has clouded my vision till I see You so dimly. Oh Jesus, be pleased to remind me of my cleansing by Your own precious blood, and make me inwardly pure, so that I may with unveiled eyes gaze upon Your beauty all the days of my earthly pilgrimage. Then I will be prepared to behold You in full splendor in the day when You will appear to be glorified in all your saints and admired in all them that believe. Amen.
"Beloved, we are God's dearly loved children, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as He is pure." (1 John 3:2, 3)

Peace and love to you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

the voices in my head

All throughout the world, we hear this voice calling out for our attention. As more and more pain and atrocity takes over, its cries have become deafening while proclaiming that Love is risky, and grace and truth are costing you your lives. Vulnerability and sacrifice are not proving to be worth it.

Then it begins demanding...

Start putting yourself first! I'm not seeing proof that there's any glory in your sacrifice. Don't lose your voice to chasing justice, or your identity in serving others who hurt you. You should be lifted up, you deserve more... stop giving yourself away to others. Can't you see that it's humiliating you? Why are you being foolish? Just follow your dreams and your passions, embrace your good treasures on this earth, and only sacrifice for true success that results in making a name for yourself.
Oh man, friends, everyday I hear this voice- this voice that knows truth so very well. A voice committed to passion and yet ready to twist the truth even if ever so slightly. This voice is a sneaky liar! Surely, we are not really the big cause to live for. There IS dignity in sacrifice. Worthiness and identity do not have to result in you being a doormat. Suffering for justice is not a sign of weakness. Being silenced for speaking truth or loving boldly when others hurt you is not evidence that you're a fool. It's evidence that you know the One who rules the upside down Kingdom. That you bow your heart and life before the One who is both the sacrificial lamb and the lion of Judah, the Prince of peace, and the Great I am. He is the voice that matters.
And His voice thunders throughout the earth louder than any voice. 

Hear Him say to you, child...

Love IS risky, and it WILL cost you, but I know ALL about that!!

Do not fear what the world fears. For what benefit is it to you if you safely and securely inherit the whole world, but give up your soul or never know my voice? If you look at My life and model it in sacrifice- by loving others as you love yourself, and showing mercy and kindness even to your enemies- sure, your voice may be quieted or even silenced, but mine will burst forth triumphantly on your behalf when the timing is right!

Beloved, your humility IS your glory, just as it is mine! I promise to lift you up with my very own hands. For the sake of My Glory, I will never forsake you! Trust me, for I alone hold your heart and the whole world in My hands. You can find security and identity in who I have made you to be. And you can find peace while entrusting everything you are and all that you have to me. Follow me! And I will fill your life with the good things of God. I will listen to every desire of your heart and shape MY very own dreams and passions inside of you. Your life will be radiant like a city on a hill, and I will bring great glory to my Name through you!