A Rose by Any Other Name…

A Rose by Any Other Name

 

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Sometimes, Life is just HARD!

Sometimes, there is no earthly reason why somethings happen. Like recently, our church lost a dear woman of God. Lost? Well, she’s not lost but rejoicing at His feet.  But, isn’t that how we feel? We feel that we lost out on a real treasure and we want to shake our fists at the sky and ask, “what for?’

King Solomon wrote this famous passage towards the end of his life. He had it all. He was the wealthiest king Israel ever had. He asked and received the gift of wisdom and was probably the wisest person to ever live. He wrote these words …..
1  There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
2  A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3  A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4  A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5  A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6  A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7  A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8  A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

We serve a Sovereign God. He alone knows what will happen and there is nothing that passes Him unnoticed. Nothing surprises Him.  He alone is sitting on the throne of eternity and He does know best. Even when it hurts. Especially when He calls someone precious to us to worship Him at His feet.

Someone I consider to be one of the wisest people I know, someone who loves the Lord deeply, grounded in God’s Word and someone I consider a mentor has said He was mad at God when he heard of our “Precious Rose” passing. Some people might find that heretical but I believe He is big enough to handle our anger, our confusion and angst when we lose someone. I bet He might even welcome it if it were to bring us closer in relationship with Him. He desires a freshness, a mask-free truth in our walk with Him. What can we hide from Him anyways? I found comfort in this. It only speaks more of what I learned from ‘our Rose.”

I have been writing on restoration and what I learned at that retreat came from this “rose”. She was  one of  the speakers and she opened her heart and spoke freely about all that Jesus has done for her and what He can do for each one who calls out to Him. She left an eternal mark on my heart. It’s time to be real. It’s time to be a rose.

Ever been to a wedding where the flower girl throws out rose petals? That is how this “Rose” lived out His grace around us. She was spread out, the fragrance of her life was sweet and there was always another handful of sweet-smelling grace to be thrown out so others could be blessed.

I have no wise and wonderful words on why God takes people home before their time… or better said, before we would say it’s time…only that He knows. He knows best. And there is a time for everything under the sun. But, I do know He has a purpose for each of us and He calls us all to shed those bugs and thorns and allow the dew of His presence to open the Rose that He created us to be.  Let’s keep moving in our walks of restoration.

 

 A Rose by Any Other Name...

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Count it all Joy!

Count it all Joy!

Dark haired girl reading BibleProv31 Count it all Joy!

 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2–4, NASB).

One of those days?

Ever have one of those days? Those weeks or even one of those Years?  It seems like nothing is ever going to go your way?  Ever wonder if you are having to keep learning the same lesson over and over again? Like the Israelites marching around Mt. Sinai, we can be stubborn and thick-headed and unwilling to learn the lesson the first time.

I love the book of James. It is filled with nuggets and whenever I’m having one of those days, I always seem to stumble  this verse.  This actually reads well with where I’ve been stuck lately, John 15. See, I know I need pruning from time to time and how we all grow during times of trial. He can and does use everything to help us grow into maturity.

But, this passage seems to fly in the face of our flesh. And it should if we ever hope to grow into maturity. Going through a difficult, horrible trial is never pleasurable or desirable but these troubles, these events that shake our world to pieces it seems are only there to make us stronger.

Being made strong

Several years ago, my husband and I went through a situation which could have torn our lives to shreds. And if we did not have the Lord Jesus, it probably would have.  He alone walked with us. He alone was our strength and there truly was a joy that did not leave even when things were at its darkest.  His promises proved to always be true and even though it was  a terrible ordeal, I am not the same today as I was then. I am better for it for I know who I serve. I have been pruned.

As I go through another trial, I have peace of heart that is unshakable. I am being pruned and yes it hurts but I will be fruitful. One thing I have learned is, the more we are tried, the more we grow into His likeness. And isn’t that our goal? To be made into His likeness, perfect and complete lacking in nothing? Our Abba Father will not allow us to go through anything that we cannot handle…without Hi and that is the key. We must stay attached to the One who can handle all things, the One who gives us strength to do all things for those who are in Christ Jesus. We must stay ‘abiding in Him’.

So, consider it all joy when you are going through a trial. You will come out better for it!

 Count it all Joy!

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Liberty is..The List

Liberty is…The List

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The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2  To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3  To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Is 61:1–3). 

As Fourth of July comes, a common theme emerges.  Yes, Liberty, Freedom has been a theme of my heart since my retreat.

So some thoughts that randomly come to mind..

Liberty is…Finding Peace of Mind through Jesus Christ.  This comes from following His Word.

Liberty is…Knowing who we are in Christ. We are free to be who He created us to be.

Liberty is…Being open to worship in such a manner that we could care less who is watching. Just knowing He loves our worship is enough.

Liberty is…Being bold to love all who come into our lives. Even the stranger at the check out line or standing on the side of the street with a sign. Love Well.

Liberty is…Being forgiven.

Liberty is…Loving much.

Liberty is…Being Christlike

Liberty is…Walking in obedience even when it is scary. We can trust Who holds our future.

Liberty is…Being free of any guilt or regret. Letting go of all condemnation and sin a leaving it at the foot of the cross.

Liberty is… Allowing the God of Grace to restore the ancient ruins of our souls and being made into a new creation.

Liberty is…. Jesus Christ!

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 Liberty is..The List

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Dear Ones,

Our prayers go out to all who have served our country. Our deepest thanks for all your sacrifices and loss. For all who have lost a loved one, given the ultimate price, we cannot repay but we pray for you each day. We honor all who have served and continue to serve our country. Our Deepest Thanks Go Out to All In Uniform!

 

Our Prayer

24  The LORD bless you, and keep you;
25  The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
26  The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Nu 6:24–26). 

 

We honor you and yours this day.

 

 

 

 

 Memorial Day

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Restoration Journey Day Two

Restoration-Beauty for Ashes

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Restoration-Trading your Ashes for Jewels!

Have you ever considered the loving-kindness of the Lord? How He is slow to anger, but quick to give us love? Jeremiah 31:3-4 says, ” The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! Again, you will take up your tambourines, and go forth to the dances of the merrymakers”(NASB).

Shed the Mask!

Dear one,

How many of us walk around church with masks on. After all, we mustn’t be real. No one would accept us if they knew our pasts. Or what if they find out what we struggle with in our daily lives? Jesus did not intend His church to be filled with ‘perfect’ people.. but people who are on a journey to perfection.. a process of wholeness, to be made complete.  In our ‘Christian world”, we feel we must behave in such a way that others would believe we never have any problems but if we trust His Word to be true, He promises we will have troubles and we will go through trials. But heaven forbid, we are honest at the very place where we should feel comfortable and safe to find someone to pray, to walk with us, to hold us accountable when we fight a battle with sin! Is not the church the right place to go?  I would argue, that He can and does use the wounded, the hurt and all those who have walked through the trials we have to speak life and healing into our lives. He uses those He has already healed. To  paraphrase my pastor, “God works through community.”

He desires that we walk in wholeness, in being restored to His desire for our lives. In all our sin, in all our lowliness and despair, He adores us. He wants to make all things new if we would only let Him! No matter where you have been, no matter what you have done, He restores everything and every area of our lives .. there is no limit to His love for you! He went so far as to purchase mankind’s redemption and saw to our acceptance into His Family.   “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved” (Eph.1:5-6, NASB).

It is time we swap our rags, the shabby chains that He already unlocked, for the robes of righteousness and the jewels He purchased for us and offers to us freely! We do not have to live in the pit of sin that we dug for ourselves or the pit that others shoveled for us. We  simply need to reach out to Jesus and allow Him to gently take us step by step on the journey of restoration.

In His love,

Nancy

 

 Restoration Journey Day Two

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