“Need” in Whispers

Enter with me where time and place stand still. Beyond me and my circumstance, His Hand reaches through the veil that hides the reality of His Kingdom, Thy will be done. My family and close friends witnessed the heavenly host fight for me through the song of Plumb.

Close friends, Frank and Gaye gifted us with tickets to the KLOVE Christmas concert. Plumb filled the church with her voice to bless us with Christmas carols and her song, “Need You Now” (I’ve featured on another post). I’m gonna tell you I bawled like a baby. It touches every fiber of my faith. There are no words to express the depth of where my suffering meets her song journey. As she stood side stage, I could see her silhouette out of the corner of my eye. I had closed my eyes to Worship names into the Chris August song. I heard the angelic rustle of satin closing in… And I felt her soft cheek brush my tear-glazed cheek, her beautiful curls tumble over my flat unstyled hair. (lol) My eyes fluttered open to the wonder of Plumb whispering in my ear. (She gifted me with a glory of hope token, you will have to read my book for this revelation). Truth tickled joy alive as she…Prayed something like this,”Lord, I don’t know what this precious sister is going through, but I ask that you put your arms around her. Embrace her circumstance so she knows more of your love. Oh Father, be here for her so this will be her best Christmas ever. Amen.” She kissed my forehead, and we locked moist eyes. I felt time stop and Plumb saw into my story. Not being able to speak or move, I put all I had in gratitude and love in my eye language back to her. My hand so wanted to reach out of my heart to touch her. The moment felt so ethereal. “I love you,” she said with the authority of His Kingdom. I heard the love of Jesus telling me, through her voice, “I will bless the sacrifice of your suffering far and beyond your expectations” (Eph. 3:20).  I squeezed my face to emulate a hug. She touched my head and was gone as quickly as she came.

I had to work hard to get my composure back from such a significant blessing.

How do you thank someone for stopping time in the face of minute and hour hands that threaten to press the life out of me. Time is not the reality that govern our days and nights. Love governs His Kingdom. God’s love comes down at Christmas (Point of Grace), to remind us it is timeless, extending into eternity.

Merry Christmas Plumb, I love you too. Thank you for singing Jesus into my heart.

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Dew-Kissed and Clipped

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As a thoughtful gift, a dear friend sent glorious flowers.  I pondered the deep colors and became aware how fragmented my feelings are at the moment.  I can’t “feel” the warmth of the beauty.

“God”, I cried out, “this is so not like me.  I am use to the whole experience and then some.”

As He usually does, He rarely answers me directly.  I heard Him whisper “I was up early and saw my flower still kissed with dew.  I hand clipped each flower for you.”

You too have hand clipped gifts through out your day.  If you can’t feel it to the fullest yet, stop and give thanks.  It is part of His intimacy with you.

Joy: Heart and Eyes

 I’ve been thinking… It is hard for me to feel joy…

About the reality of joy from a Christian perspective. In discussions, the divine mystery gets muddied as the dust of this world smears our tears.

With God’s help, this is what my thought life penciled out. . .

JOY is not a hue heart

JOY looks forward with eyes to the eternal.

Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place.

1 Chronicles 16:27

Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; For He is coming to judge the earth.

1 Chronicles 16:33

When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Job 38:7

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 16:11

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

Therefore, let us consider the life changing perspective. . .

IF JOY LIVES NOT IN THE FEELING,

DOES JOY COME TO LIFE IN THE SEEING?

Look back over the mosaic Kathleen created for you.

Which image gathers joy with the eyes of your heart?

Can you guess my fav?

Eye Candy for the Heart: Wonder, Created 240 Years Ago

Dear Readers,

I hope you will find great diversity in my posts. There are several, crafted, intentional reasons for this:

1. My wonder of His Kingdom covers a great deal of ground 🙂 (and it’s still growing!)

2. GOD speaks to each of us in a unique “love language” so it it my hope that an area will speak “your language.”

3. It’s part of a legacy of love in a rich, multi-media, rich sensory journal that will speak my life through His gifts to me.

My Uncle Billy sends me some amazing resources and this one below is from him. I love clocks and the ingenuity of the tiny, intricate workings of a handmade clock is so fascinating. It just gives more weight to a God that creates man in “His Image.” My appreciation for the human hand and it’s skilled creations grows by leaps and bounds each and every day.

A 240 year old doll that can write, a clockwork creation by
Pierre Jaquet-Droz — Video by BBC and Lester Fontayne

http://www.chonday.com/Videos/the-writer-automaton

Note: The doll is programmable!

Enjoy:

to like, be entertained, take pleasure in, be keen on, delight in, appreciate, relish, savor, bask in, lap up. . . This is part of the Kingdom Play concept:

Watch Children Playing. Do they stay with one thing the whole time? No! They experiment, always changing their sensory experiences of the world so they take in as much as they can of it’s goodness.

God is good and He gives good things to those He loves!

Roads that Cross: Reality X Expectations, Part One

Life’s complicated. That’s clarity:  Complain… or Communion. ~ Ann Voskamp

The equation supposedly goes like this:  if your reality is greater than your expectations, then you’re happy. ~ Ann Voskamp

As for expectations — your expectations have a direct correlation on your irritations. The higher your expectations, the greater your irritations. ~ Ann Voskamp

Go to the following, Ann Voskamp link and let it sink in. Not just wash over you like a wave, swim in it. Take a long, luxurious swim and then come back and share thoughts that lead to an intimate letter to a friend.

www.aholyexperience.com/2013/09/how-to-figure-out-the-equation-of-a-good-week-a-good-life/

With Ann Voskamps Inspiration:

Have you been married long enough for real, imperfect love to grow hot with unmet expectations? And the intense, glowing embers cool and you are desperate in prayer? Reality and expectations cross, that’s a painful point that called me to pivot my posture after focused prayer.

Before you read the recent letter I wrote a dear friend, we’ve a bit of prep work to do: Years ago, now, when I finally released my dear husband from being my god into freedom to be husband. My prior expectations had been super-human. It took quite the pivot to turn my expectations supernatural. Milky language (Hebrews 5:13) we can all digest? Turn from husband for ALL to God for ALL and lift the burden to enjoy the giftings of marriage to this incredible man.

Let’s EXPERIENCE our expectations smoother the life that the gifts of marriage, friendship and parenting hold for us. Now take a deep, Kingdom breath, and imagine the “what if” when we lift the heavy, wet blanket of expectations off those we love, and turn our hearts toward heaven. The reality of heaven: messy faith, messy hope and messy love. . .

And so my friend said three of the most empowered words in a Kingdom Conversation. . . . “Tell Me More” (and when I did not write her soon enough, her precious prompt in text message, “Where’s my letter?”)

Part Two, “Where’s my letter?” Tomorrow 🙂

Eye Candy for the Heart, I

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Although I call this eye candy for fun, our eyes NEED to feast on things good for our hearts. What we feed our eyes is mostly junk unless we direct them. Beauty, shapes, lines, colors, movement all influence how we perceive God’s world. What does our awareness pick up on and what do we miss?

I’ve always been very visual about my world. Truth is our eyes need God’a best to fuel our sacred imaginations, feed our delight in His creations and to fight shadows and dark places. It’s pure play for me to bring you some of my favorite Pinterest Pics. It lifts my spirits and blesses me with His goodness.

My hope is it will bless you. . .If a picture could paint a thousand words, then what are they? Enjoy!

 Who knows where God may take us. . .

Let’s learn to play with God’s goodness with our eyes and enrich our heart life!!!

Ever Run Into A Wall You Did Not Like? Well, You Will Like This One!

I asked Rebecca three questions:

Tell me:

Where did the idea come from?
My idea came from the girls friend’s notes on your door frames.

How does it speak life?
A couple of years ago, I started it and I just keep adding to it. It speaks life – – in that this is our life and what is important to us. Our kids artwork, pics of friends. Kids come to my house and stand there in amazement that we are so proud of this, it is on our kitchen wall. My kids feel esteemed. That makes me happy.

If you could do anything different with it’s creation, what would it be?
It would be to do my whole kitchen. Thinking I just might! I never look at that wall without smiling. Did you notice the top JOY banner? I nailed it up there to keep it in place.

Rebecca, I LOVE this! It oozes celebration! Have a party for your “brag wall” just for your family 😉

I encourage/challenge you:

Find a way to express your family in your house. Something unique that celebrates your family’s interest’s or symbolizes your values? Your Faith? Travels? Music? Hobbies? Dreams? Photos? A Word Wall? Stickie notes of encouragement? Get markers that write on windows? Movie ticket stubs? Airplane tickets? Stamps? Quotes? Bible Verses? What about family recipes? Start with a small bulletin board, or write and wipe, or an old window hung (that way you can move it around, plenty of forgiving room to experiment).

Express your family in a visual way that is eye candy for the heart!

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

 

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P.S. My “stats” numbers of readers are down and have remained “low” for over a week now, maybe ten days? (Who’s counting, surely not me, in my weakness for people affirmation?!) There is a temptation to get discouraged. I “felt” God smile and “heard” Him say, “Are you kidding? This is perfect. It means you are doing exactly what I ask. Keep on keeping on. Surely you did NOT think MY reward for Kingdom workings is in numbers, DID YOU? You know better than that 😉 Look at me NOT your blog stats!” (He really did wink at my silly self!)