“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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Monday’s Manna Moment/Step Out in Faith/Nick Vujicic

Philippians 4:11-13
“I am not saying this because I need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Nehemiah 8-9  “The joy of The Lord is my ______________.”

“When you don’t get a miracle, you can still be a miracle in somebody else’s life.” Nick Vujicic

Psalm 23

Hebrews Has Captured My Heart

This Post is dedicated to those who need to hold tight to their confidence in the Lord.

Is that you?  It is me.

I am in need of confidence in our Lord.  Know it?

I am in need of knowing He holds great reward.  Feel it?

I am in need of endurance.  Run it?

I am in need of thy will be done.  Want it?

I am in need to receive.  Will you?

I am created to live for His Promise. Are you?

Kneel with me, at the feet of our precious Papa Lord.

“We Need To Talk.”

The post is dedicated to my husband, Bucky Elofson, who has put up with my words, at their worst.

Please forgive me dear husband and thank you for the grace to hear the better of me.

This category,  where Pen Meets Paper is the day to day life with words and the weight they carry. Lots of confession space and humility for me.  (Ooch to these growing pains, but maybe we can grow together?)

Words matter.  <www.biblegateway.com> yields 1222 results for a search for “word.”  God made words carry weight.

The words, “We need to talk.”  We have all heard them, from a boss, a spouse, a child, a friend, maybe a pastor.  They evoke anxiety at best, terror at their worst.  I confess, I have misused those words. Misspoke them in ways that created anything but life.  What was I thinking?  I did not know better, God help me. When I was first married, I thought I had the right to speak them.  😦 I mean somebody had to set him straight!  (UGH!) The concept of praying before I spoke, was not even in my framework, yet.  If I said, “We need to talk:”  The hidden message could have been:  “I need to make this different, now.” “You are wrong and I am right.”  “You have done something wrong.”

In different venues, for most of us. . .you think what first, when you hear those words?  I’m in trouble? This hurts already and we are not into it yet?!  I’m going to be fired? He/She wants a divorce? I’m about to lose this relationship? No matter, what angle we take on them, they do not work for our Lord’s glory and relationship building. Can we agree not to use them anymore? Those words close the door in someone’s face.

After close to 29 years of marriage, I think I’ve finally learned something. Why did it take me, with my love of words, sooooo long, to get it?  That’s just plain sad!  But, it’s not too late. . .So I understand prayer before I speak, I understand more of a HUMBLE heart posture. The best I can offer is a heart with a need. And let it go at that. I cannot work the outcome or the result.  So now I say, “I’m having a tough time with __________, is this  a good time to talk?” It puts it out there as “my issue” not theirs. And the truth is, no matter what my “flesh” says about it, it is MY ISSUE, not theirs.  Yes, it is more vulnerable. Yes, it puts the result/response in the other’s hand. Yes, it leans on God to see/meet my needs.

I can say, to a close friend, “I feel lost in our friendship.”  I can say, “This is good, but it would be more helpful for where I am if. . . . . .”  I can say, “I am so grateful for your support, with my new needs could we try. . . .”  Now, I know whatever it is. . . is more about me. Most people that love us,  I really believe give the best they have with what they have at the moment.  I remember vividly the day God said to me, “If you really believe he is giving you his best,when are you gonna let him off the hook (that is damaging your marriage)?”  I’ve never looked at a loving relationship, the same.  Sure I get frustrated, tired, discouraged but the relationship is in the hands of my LORD.

I hope to never use, “We need to talk again,” with anyone anytime.  What a prick to their heart! Ooch! But I try to pray, I posture myself small, and I ask for what I need.  I try to tell people up front, what I’m about to say is not about you. (I forgot that in a recent tear filled discussion with a close friend!  Still on a growth curve. So sorry dear one! She is still my friend, thank you God she chose to be gracious!) It is about me and where I am. It helps them be open to receive and consider my words.  I want to open the door, not close it before we even begin to talk. Would you learn with me, to open doors with our words?

GRACIOUS WORDS ARE LIKE A HONEYCOMB, SWEETNESS TO THE SOUL AND HEALTH TO THE BODY. Proverbs 16:24 ESV