Petals of Promise: The Line

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 Dedicated to Ashlyn, balance that line and dismount into your Jesus’ strong arms

The Line

Do you create me to live beyond the line?

You’ve got my attention.  You straighten me on my feet with your words.  I’m walking and working in the dust towards a horizon you set.

There is darkness clouding the skies and my soul.

Are the wings of your spirit creating it?  It closes in on my life.  Only you can peel away the shadow of the night.

I wait.

You strike away the tenebrous in a flash.  You light the firmament and the darkest corners of my soul with blinding light. I cannot look rightly into your glory, nor can I walk without the light you create.

It is the soft glow of twilight I seek over eternal waters.

You design the boundaries between light and dark.

Just as you wrap up the waters in your cloak,

You wrap me at day’s end in your love. You draw more than pictures of black and white.  I praise you for colorizing my world and anointing my soul with an infinite palate of pigments.

“You introduced your glory, to every living creature on earth.  And they started singing the first song to ever be heard.  They sang for you.  You make all things new.”

You give me ears to hear the melody of your praise!

You give me vision to see the creation of your glory.

I want to trace the work of your hand.  I want to tread the high places of the earth with you, Lord.  My heart wants to do more than take baby steps into the watercolors of your strokes.

I want to fly, Lord, on wings of the morning, to the furthest horizon.

Do you create me to live beyond the line?

Isaiah 48:13, Isaiah 60:8, Job 37:3, Job 26:10, Proverbs 30:4, Steven Curtis Chapman, “You Make All Things New,”  Psalm 19:1, Amos 4:13, Psalm 139:9
Inspired by The Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis

Sundays Showcase of Truth, October 20, 2013

The Secret Life of Daydreams: Jean-Yves Thibaudet ~ Pride and Prejudice

IMG_4294 IMG_2017 IMG_2617 “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.” — A. W. Tozer

Weight of Glory

I’m ready to dive in here, so here we go. . .This post is dedicated to Frank and Gaye. They are friends that carry the weight of God’s Glory is our hearts. The weight of God’s Glory through their friendship is in things like: integrity, faithfulness, service, consistency, goodness, humor, thoughtfulness and depth. . .To name a few.  We love you both like family!

Frank sent me an incredible picture, I want to share with you. . .but the picture comes at the end this time because I hope to have a conversation with you about the concept of the weight of GLORY that will challenge BOTH of us. Get a strong cup of coffee, and let’s expand our territory of Kingdom ponderings.

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”
― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory

I love C.S. Lewis. I love his depth and his Kingdom perspective (although I’ve not read he calls it that!). What I hear in that quote is that we can perceive the Glory, but we cannot enter it. We cannot yet, become part of it, but it calls us. I’m going to cut right to the point here (good friends can do that right?).  I think our scales of life are off balance? We carry, we experience, we know the weight of our circumstances or our struggles or our challenges. They weigh us down. But when it comes to God’s Glory. . .Does it carry weight with us? Do we allow the scales of our perspectives to tip as the Glory weighs into how we experience God’s goodness? Speaking for myself, I weigh in with worries about Bucky and my girls, my health with ALS, friendship issues, loss of “ministry” and I drag that weight around. (On a funny note, I weigh in at ALS clinic at over 500 pounds cause my “Big Boy” wheel chair weighs 400 pounds!) We do not understand Kingdom weight and so we look upon Glory in a smile, in a painting, in a church, in a sunset and we appreciate the beauty. The appreciation is often “light” and momentary and we do not receive it in a way that changes us. It passes by without “weighing in” with our sense of who God is. . .Step it up. . .Do we experience it beyond beauty as God’s Glory? Step it up. . .Do we receive the Kingdom weight of it as HIS Glory? Step it up. . .Do we embrace the Glory as intimately ours? One more step up. . .Do we allow a depth of reception to move us into a dynamic that weighs us down in humility to our knees into reverent Worship?

It’s a Kingdom shift God is after in us. A shift from taking ourselves with a weight (we are not meant to carry) to taking His Glory with a weight that moves us more toward the spiritual being God created. I believe the weight of Glory experience, in my opinion. . .is more of a reality than any circumstance. The weight of Glory and our ability to receive it prepares us for our heavenly destiny. A very practical application here is this. . .How do you receive God’s Gifts of Glory. . .As a feather in the wind or a bowling ball?

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teihard de Chardin

I love sunsets. I love the soft closing of the day, the sense of a day well played out, cuddle time and tuck ins are on their way and I’ve earned a good night’s rest. The following glorious sunset is one of the pictures Frank shared yesterday via text message. Looking at it, on my tiny patch of cell phone screen, I thought, God, I cannot receive this, the gift weighs in with Glory beyond my capacity. I knew, I would have to spend some prayer time moving some heart things around to receive even a portion of this sunset offering. That is Lewis’ point perhaps, or one of them. . .Glory, challenges us to receive the weight of it in such a way that it shifts the balance of things in our life. Most of us are going to have to do some rearranging to make room for this kind of weight in our lives. Move more of ourselves out. . .to move more of God in. . .

And when we step it up. . .God willing. . .we will one day enter into that Glory of that sunset and become one with it’s Glory filled display at the Hand of His brush and canvas of creation. One last word about offerings of Glory. They are intensely intimate. . .This is Frank’s sunset. God knew he “needed” it. God was waiting to see if the Glory would weigh in with his heart?! Well, it did and he shared it with me, and now you have it too. Glory is meant to be shared. In sharing, Frank allows us a sneak peek into God’s gift to him at the beach, The Grand Hotel, Fairhope, Alabama. He captured the canvas of God’s Glory. Future sunsets will have different strokes and colors to capture Frank’s heart but this one is for the Gift of Glory moment it was. . .until the next one comes along. . .We cannot yet, enter, but may we challenge each other to receive the weight of the Glory from the Hands of a Generous God. Gifts that offer Glory calling us to reach beyond ourselves and our circumstances into Glory that prepares us to enter and become one with His perfected creations.

Tip the scales of your life with the Weight of God’s Glory today. . .the offerings are heavy, golden nuggets mined just for you. God is waiting and watching to see if you receive them into the weight of Who you know Him to be in your life. It will make a Kingdom of difference in who you are in Christ, in how you live your life and in what you share of God’s Glory offerings. Thank you Frank, for sharing your weight of Glory moment with us. 🙂 In the sharing, My experience of God’s Glory is magnified.

Frank's Sunset

Horizon Hit: Kimberly and Alberto Rivera: “Just Begun”

This post is dedicated to our Lord‘s creativity and the sacred imagination HE gives each of us to experience HIS Glory while in our earthly realm 😉

Good Morning dear readers. . .I know the concepts/challenges of yesterday’s “waiting” post had that hard edge of life to it. It there was anything offensive in it, please forgive. . .I just want our perspectives to grow in sensitivities that build Kingdom Understandings. (That’ s my heart!) So today, it’s time for Manna. The nourishment and soft, goodness of the Kingdom. I believe with all my heart that God gives each of us a sacred imagination that gives us glimpses behind the veil into His Glory. So I share with you this link that has the potential to awaken that sacred place in all of us that yearns for heaven. Enjoy, soften and allow the colors and lyrics to penetrate your heart. Our God is so good, so good in His Hand and we have only “Just Begun” to seek. . .know. . .experience HIS Glory. My love and GOD’s Goodness. Be blessed. . . love, twe

“Get ready to live. . .”    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiCkvA8gwjg

Artwork by Dolores De Velde

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Do You Color Outside the Lines?

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In grade school, I worked very hard at coloring inside the lines.  I wanted the acceptance and approval of my peers and teachers.  When I had my own girls. . .I searched long and wide for the “best crayon” to encourage their creativity.  I finally found a tin box (so cute) of square crayons that fit perfectly in their little hands.  I gave them big, white paper and watched, with great delight, them scribble and scratch their way to budding artistry 🙂 (Young moms:  square crayons do not break: thus, no tears!) When I did not recognize their lovely color collage, I would say, “I love the colors you chose, tell me about your picture.”  I knew what was best for them.  I did not know what was best for me.

I’ve spent 50 “something” years trying to keep my love inside the lines as I’ve colored my way through marriage, mothering and friendship offerings.  I wanted it to be recognized as a crown, princess, or castle. (Okay, so I had high aspirations! LOL) I wanted approval and acceptance (yes still!).  Heart scribbles do not come out looking like a coloring book image.  They are messy, but full of color.

I think we all expect each other to keep our love offerings inside the lines, so everything is nice and neat.  And not just any lines, but OUR lines.  What would God’s Kingdom of love look like, if we colored outside the lines freely? Instead of rejecting or ignoring what we do not recognize as a form of love, What if we said simple things like, “Tell me about this. . .” (I had a friend say those lovely words once when I gave her a  gift I brought back from a trip!).

One of the “redemptive gifts” of this disease is the reminder that life is short.  Life is too short to color inside the lines with our love.  I’m tired of trying to stay inside of the lines.  It is boring and it feels stifling. I don’t think it is what God is looking for in love as we attempt to reflect HIS hand.

So, let’s pick up a crayon.  Chose a new/old (retired) color such as thistle, raw umber, violet blue (they are probably worth something, we should have kept those old crayons!) and color outside the lines with our love.  Scribbles and mistakes are welcome, just make some heart creations with the people God has put in your life.  I suspect when we get to heaven, those colors that moved outside the lines, will have places of honor and glory on a canvas with your name on it.  We will just have to wait and see. . .

If I offer you a messy picture of my love, I expect you to receive it like a Monet Watercolor Masterpiece! (I’m only kidding!!!!!!!)  But maybe you will let me tell you something about my effort to put my heart on paper for you 🙂  We serve a creative God.  I read in a book once, we are only “messy glory.”  I liked it and have quoted it since!  Messy Glory, that is you and me 🙂  Kingdom Play is always in color! Never in black and white!