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And as I felt the Spirit of God pulling on my heart I began to cry because I realized I wasn’t even sitting and looking for his presence. I was content to just sit in my pity party. But God.
I heard the faintest whisper, “Grab your Bible.” I did and it fell open to Philippians. Oh great, I thought, the whatever is good, noble, blah, blah, blah passage. “Like I haven’t read that a hundred times,” I said aloud through my tears. The whisper came, “Read it again.”
The whole passage is below. It is medicine for the weary soul. But let me just give you highlights of what I saw as I read it “again.”
You whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm. (He still loves me when I’m acting like a brat.)
Let your gentleness by evident to all. (Ouch, I have not been gentle at all.)
The Lord is near. (I know you are Jesus, help me re-focus)
And the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus. ( I have let down my guard so I have no peace.)
Put it in to practice. (Yes, I can try again. I must keep practicing.)
And the God of peace with be with you. (Thank you for never leaving me hopeless.)
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (I am still learning this. I got swept up in the drama.)
I have learned the secret… (Secret? What secret?)
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Yes God. With you all things are possible. Forgive my unbelief.)
I am amply supplied. ( Why do I still question this?)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Your grace covers all my weakness. Thank for strengthening my spirit.)
Can I get a Wow and and Amen?
That play on the words — the peace of God, and the God of peace — was like an IV drip for my spirit. The peace of God will guard me, because the God who is peace is with me. In His presence there is peace and it is the shield and medicine I need.
And everywhere, all the time, the Lord is insisting on P-R-O-C-E-S-S. I must learn to enjoy the journey with Him. There is a secret. I can learn it if I will practice it. There is a truth greater than my need. I can do everything in Him because through Him I am fully resourced.
How then shall I live? By the grace of Jesus in my spirit. Selah.
Oh Spirit of God, how excellent you are in all your ways. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.[a]
Philippians 4, NIV
I love summer. I love getting to work on projects and “hang out” with my kids. I love what seems like a radical schedule shift when school gets out. But now here we are in mid-July and I find this radical shift also has a challenge to it.
It surfaced when I said out loud to the Lord, “my cup is empty.”
Then I realized how little “alone” time I have. For you moms with children younger than mine, I can hear your resounding, “Amen!”
But here is my quick pearl for today. God is always seeking to refresh, water, replenish, renew us. It happened like this for me.
It began to rain really hard, big steady drops. And I heard the faintest whisper, “that would feel so nice.” Immediately, I began recounting all the practical reasons why I didn’t have time to mess with a rain date.
Ever so gently the Lord replayed the comment, “my cup is empty.”
I looked outside at the trees, flowers and grass. They never complained about a good soaking rain. Even nature knows the high cost of being parched and drained from the intense heat. And even nature readily receives the Lord’s refreshing rain.
So out I went. Standing on my deck in the pouring rain. Not hours. But minutes. Enough to get soaked. I cupped my hands and let the rain form little pools in my hands. I couldn’t help but laugh as I tilted my head back to let the raindrops kiss my face. I felt the Lord’s pleasure as I received His gift.
Then a quick warm shower and back to the summer frenzy.
Allow the Spirit of God to water you. And see how it revives your life.
Instead of asking does God speak, what if we asked, what do we do when God speaks. I am convinced more and more of His desire to be known, explored —enjoyed. And I am also increasingly convinced of the “two-way street” reality of our relationship. It is not just me going to Him. Or Him pouring out on me. But instead it is a beautiful exchange, a passing of ideas and thoughts, a stirring in both hearts, mine and His.
In the same way that I am hopeful, even fervent, for His response, He is eager and awaiting mine. The word is giddy. Think excited kid before she opens up a present. Think a bride and groom before the pastor announces “the kiss.” Think grinning. Clapping hands. Raised eyebrows. A giddy comment of “Soooo, whatcha gonna do?” from Jesus.
This catches me off guard. I love getting touches, kisses, insights, direction from the Lord. But in recent months, these affections have changed from a delightful act to an incredible invitation. My reactions have moved from “You are too sweet. Thanks, Lord,” to a head shaking, heart pounding, “You are joking, right Lord?”
Jesus is always inviting us into More. Holy Spirit is always revealing the Way into more. The question remains, how will we respond?
Just for fun, here is the crazy conversation He revealed on the way to the beach and home, via billboards. If this isn’t crazy enough, look at the invitation to more that requires an answer. And who, in their right mind, can refuse this Crazy Loving God??
Rest is required
Make outside the place to be
Fall in love all over again
Economic forecasts tend to be shovel ready
Change the way you advertise
Become a fan
Quality without question
Let me be your guide.
Unlock your future.
Whatever it takes. Wherever it takes us.
Uncommonly made. Uncommonly good.
Take home more. Be home more.
Your Maker is your Husband (Isaiah 54:5)
He rescued you because He delights in you (Psalm 18:19)
Let Him kiss you with the kisses of His mouth
For your love is is more delightful than wine (Song of Songs 1: 2)
Never will I leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!”
Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22: 17)
Happy Valentine’s Day.
From your One True Love