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The Gift of Life

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

Psalms 23:6

Life is precious. Jesus lived to the fullest, and when He sacrificed that fullness on the cross for us, He announced that it was finished. What exactly was finished? It was the payment for sin--my sin and your sin. He gave each of us the gift of life--eternal life.

We had a death in the family today, and it is sad. Even though we believe she will see Jesus, death brings a finality to her life here on earth. And, sometimes that finality is difficult to come to terms with.  My husband and I have lost both of our parents, and as we live life we recognize that we are the oldest generation living in our family. There's a movement forward as our kids raise their kids, and become more developed in their own lives, we move into a new position.  Life is a movement of circles.  Both my husband and I have worked hard to make the life for our children a better one.

Our parents worked hard for that too. I am thankful for the gift of life that was given to us, the lessons learned on the journey have molded me. I want to leave a legacy of hope and courage to my own children. I want them to celebrate my life through their life.

 Isn't that exactly what God wants us to do through Him?  Jesus celebrated what he had here on earth, he defied death.  His compassion for life gave him a richness, that each one of us can tap into.  And, when he died, he knew Glory was waiting.  Glory in the assurance of eternity.  Glory is inside of us, it's this very day. We suffer loss, and contemplate the finality, but Glory still reigns.

Take ahold of all that life encompasses today, and bask in the beauty of the wonderful gift he has given you!

Beautiful Bride

 
 
I came by again and saw you, saw that you were ready for love and a lover. I took care of you, dressed you and protected you. I promised you my love and entered the covenant of marriage with you. I , God, the Master, gave my word. You became mine. I gave you a good bath, washing off all that old blood, anointed you with aromatic oils. I dressed you in a colorful gown and put leather sandals on your feet. I gave you linen blouses and a fashionable wardrobe of expensive clothing. I adorned you with jewelry: I placed bracelets on your wrists, fitted you out with a necklace, emerald rings, sapphire earrings, and a diamond tiara. You were provided with everything precious and beautiful: with exquisite clothes and elegant food, garnished with honey and oil. You were absolutely stunning. You were a queen! You became world-famous, a legendary beauty brought to perfection by my adornments. Decree of God, the Master.
Ezekiel 16:8 MSG
If every woman were to RISE UP to the God-given position created  for her, how would our world be different? If we each used our voice to speak out about not just the pain and the fears, but the joys and the dreams, how could we change each day presented to us?
What if every women were to rise up to the challenges and say yes, if we believe in the dreams that seem impossible, and know that love is constant because love is God. What if, together we RISE UP and in our weakness and vulnerability, we are strong through Jesus!
 If every woman were to RISE UP and accept the gifts from the Holy Spirit, how miraculous would that be?
Gifts of prophesy, healing, and speaking in tongues.
A Word of Knowledge, Discernment, and faith.
As the Spirit anoints the Saints, He stirs within women today. He is calling His Bride to walk in ways that we've never walked before, He is calling women to step outside the mold of lies, and remove the obstacles that bind us. His Spirit has clothed each of us with boldness and hope, light and liberty.
RISE UP, women of God, in every way, for your Creator is calling you!
As women, part of the Body of Christ, we are not limited, we are empowered. Our surrender is to Christ Jesus, and with that surrender comes new hope and new possibilities.
The ceiling of impossibilites will be removed, as the Bride is clothed in truth and life.

In-between

 

 

 

 

There's a beginning.
There's an end.
And, there's the dash in between.
The dash in between is the life we live between being born, and dying.
The Dash.
It's full of our parents hopes and dreams, anticipations, cries, and maybe even disappointments. 
It's crammed with friends, possibly siblings, strangers, our own families.
 Or, maybe we are all alone.
The Dash; has stuff, lots of stuff. 
It's full of countless choices, thoughts, and decisions.
Maybe regret.
Hopefully rejoices.
Thousands of celebrations.
For some, it is short, way too short. For others, it is long.
It has a tendency to be riddled with fear as age creeps upon us, or maybe it is loneliness.
The dash is often accompanied by illness, anxiety, and stress.
So many hopes and dreams for this dash----
When I come to the end of my dash, all of these will be true for me.
Jesus holds them all, and so much more.
Dance in your dash.
And, when it comes to the end, even though there is sadness, I would like to think that my dearest friends have the courage left in their dash to dance for me!

The Invisible Mystery

 

 

 

Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation--'the wind-hovering-over-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life--it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch-the Spirit-and becomes a living spirit.

John 3:5-6

As a child, and early in my adult life, I did not know the Holy Spirit. The ability to comprehend the invisible Spirit was something that did not make sense to me. I wanted everything to fit into a logical place in my mind. The Holy Spirit was not logical to me. 

He still isn't! 

Transformation, heart change, earthly journeys....they don't always make sense. The Holy Spirit works in such a mysterious way, that I've learned that the best way is to accept the mystery. That deep inner stirring, the wind-hovering-over-water, is unexplainable.  His invisible workings in my life has given me peace in times of turmoil. His living, breathing presence within me, has given me hope everyday. His nudging has become my gentle guide.

How did it happen? Surrender.

What is the shape of your life today?  Are you trying to make sense of everything? Are you going with the flow of everyone else, or asking the Spirit to lead you in mystery? What and Who are you listening to today?

It is your birthright to have peace in all circumstances. I bless you with this peace. Today, may you embrace the invisible and rise above the trouble all around you.

Today, the mystery is yours.

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