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Be Tumbling

Posted on: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mirabella Mercies 

Be Knocking

Posted on: Monday, February 25, 2013

"...Knock and the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7 

God is waiting for us to knock on His door so that he can invite us in for eternity.  To protect us, provide for us, and prosper us.  

But at the same time He is knocking on the doors of our hearts waiting for us to invite Him in.  

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20

Be Seeking

"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7

After we come to the Lord and ASK, the next step for us is to SEEK.  

When I feel the Lord press certain words from scripture on my heart I always like to look up the (English, Greek, and Hebrew) definition and synonyms to gain a better understanding.  The definition of the verb "seek" = "to look for, or attempt to find."  In Matthew 7:7 the word "seek" is the Greek word Zeteo, which is the most commonly used throughout the New Testament.  It is used 120 times.  It literally means to "seek in order to find."  

I love this because the Lord promises that IF we seek Him we WILL find Him. 

"You will SEEK me and find me, when you SEEK me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

"But from there you will SEEK the LORD your God and you will find Him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29

I was also struck by the way Zephaniah 2:3 puts this call to seek in The Message. 

"...Seek God, all you quietly disciplined people who live by God’s justice. Seek God's right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life..."

This was one of the verses that I found about the call to "seek" that actually lays out what we are supposed to BE SEEKING. 
2.His ways
3.A quiet and disciplined life

Jesus help me to seek  with a hope-filled believing heart that I will find, just as You promised.  I desire to seek You above all else, to be disciplined to follow your ways, and to quiet myself before you so that I can hear and "find."  Teach me to seek You with humility, sincerity, and perseverance.  In your powerful name Jesus. Amen. 

Be Asking

Posted on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened." Luke 9:11-13 
Sometimes I am inclined to stop prayerfully asking for things that seem to remain unanswered.  I assume that it must not be the Lord's desire for me, or maybe I am asking for the wrong thing, or maybe I am asking with the wrong motive?  And then I remember this verse: 
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
Recently, this verse spoke something new and different to me.  It's one of those verses that I memorized long ago, but perhaps I brushed over what the Psalmist was really trying to say.  I used to think that the verse meant that I should find my joy in Christ, and seek to bring him joy, and then He would grant my desires for my life.  But for some reason when I read it a few weeks ago the part that says "He will give you" stood out to me. Then I thought... what if He gives us the desire, but not necessarily grants the desire. What if He places those passions and dreams and desires in our hearts so that we will come to Him and ASK Him to fulfill them? What if this is His way drawing us into closer dependence on Him? The more I ask myself these questions, the more I can't help but think the answer is a resounding yes. 
The Lord has given each of us a desire for Him, which gives birth to our desires to do things for Him.  Are you ASKING the Lord to fulfill your desires to accomplish His purposes? What is your #BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)? BE ASKING FOR IT!

Be Tender

Posted on: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

The word tenderhearted here can be translated to "soft" or "delicate."  Sometimes the hardships of life make us hard.  They teach us to grin and bear.  And sometimes we treat delicate things and people with roughness, or as if they have an eternal lifespan.  

For some reason I gravitate towards the word tender.  I think of it as compatible with compassion, and our world craves compassion. 

When I read the end of this quote this is what my heart read: "you STILL believe it's a beautiful place to BE."

And what's more tender than that..... 

Be a dreamer

"God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us." Ephesians 3:20

There is no finish line for dreams 
Dreaming together
and apart;)

Don't be discouraged by difficulties, be driven by dreams.

The BE attitudes

Posted on: Monday, February 18, 2013

When I was in my younger years I used to have a stuffed animal collection and I always wanted all of them to sleep in my bed with me so that none of them felt left out (too much Toy Story...?).  One time my mom came in to tuck me in for bed and I was standing next to my bed, and through sobbing breaths said, “there’s.. no.. room.. for.. Audrey....”  The "no room for Audrey" theme continued to play out through my middle school and high school years... and 15 plus years later and I still haven’t learned how to “make room for Audrey...” 

A few years ago I read an devotional about the problem with "busyness" and how it doesn't leave "room for cream" in our lives.  The devotion used the analogy of ordering coffee and how the barista always asks, "would you like room for cream?"  The writer talks about how the "cream" is the good stuff in our lives, but sometimes we fill our lives to the brim, and we leave no "room for cream."  I have had at least a bazillion thoughts based off this devotion....  and I have come to realize the vital importance of leaving "room for the cream" to be stirred into my life, and lighten up the darkness;)  It kind of goes back to "leaving room for Audrey" to sleep in my own bed.  Ironically, in my life right now, that cream is symbolic of REST.  

Life is full of to-do-lists.  To do lists can range from things that we need to do, to things that we feel like we need to do, to things that we want to do, to things that we hope to some day do.  The most common excuse that I hear for not being able to make a commitment to something.. or someone... is "I'm just too busy.. or I have too much to do" (and boy do I fall prey to this as well).  Our generation is enslaved to "busyness," more than it is to business.   It seems like we fill our days with "doing" so that we can either feel important, accomplished, or worthy.   And even though saying that we are so busy is often expressed in the tone of a complaint, it's almost as if we are simultaneously encouraging ourselves.  It's as if we are subconsciously looking down on people who are not busy, and making ourselves feel better because we are.  

What is it that makes busyness what we aspire to?  Why is it that our brains are programed to think that the amount of stuff that we do directly corresponds to our success, popularity, power, and value?  Our generation is capable of doing more things at one time, or in one day, than ever before.  Our capacity to multitask is rapidly increasing, and is universally praised and embraced.   But what if the amount of stuff that we are doing, is consequently robbing us of doing anything well.  Over the past year I have had an ongoing revelation about this phenomenon.  I am in the process of BEing transformed by the renewing of my mind, (Colossians 3:10) and the rewiring of my heart and life to DO less, and BE more.  I made myself too available to too many things, commitments, and people for too long, that I gave up making myself available to the Lord.   And it took Him stripping me of everything else in my life, so that He could finally have my full attention.  

I am going to start writing about all the different things that the Lord is teaching me to "BE."  It will be my own version of The "Beattitudes." 

Be Tied

"Blessed are those at the end of their rope, for they can be tied to God."

"He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

BE a friend

Posted on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 I feel like a broken, loose-paneled, sliver-filled, withering old fence lately.  And these two continue to encourage me and remind me of the flowers that are still blooming in my life.  And although my garden consists of a bunch of tangled and scattered wildflowers, they are still growing nonetheless.  I am increasingly thankful for them each day, and I am so excited for the beautiful blooming blessings that the Lord ushering in to their lives. 

LOVE you MORE Thea Lynn and Ellen Lillian:)

 Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor; For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up."

BE Hopeful

Posted on: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"I am in the process of removing unnecessary burdens from you. I will strip away those things that have been an inordinate requirement of your time or sapped your energy and other resources.  The result of this process will be a more complete focus on your purposes in My kingdom, says the Lord.  Be willing to let go of everything that has become unproductive." 

John 15:2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."

This was so perfectly spoken to my heart in light of this season of life.  Each fruit has it's own season to be planted, to grow, and to be cut and pruned before it is tasteful.  I feel like much of my life has been cutting and pruning over the past year, but the Lord is continuing to remind me that He cuts and prunes in order that we might bear MORE fruit.  More fruit than before. And he is also reminding me that I have planted my seeds in the good soil, in the foundation of Christ.  I recently read Matthew 13:23, the parable of the sower.  And Jesus says "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some (T)a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty." So I anxiously await to taste the juicy fruit that He is ripening in my life that it might bloom in ABUNDANCE.

Jesus my I continue to plant my hope in you. You are my firm foundation. You are the good soil.  May I continue to trust that you will grow and ripen me according to your perfect timing.  Amen. 

BE Feed

Jesus is the bread of life. His word feeds our souls.  Just like we can't go more than a couple days without foot, this is a perfect reminder that we cannot go more than a couple days without Jesus.  Without depending on him fully, and letting His spirit dwell and direct our lives completely.  How do we do this?  We KNOW Him more.  There is ALWAYS MORE to know about Jesus.  And "there is nothing compare to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ" (Philippians 3:8).  The Word is our way of knowing Him more, and thus loving Him more.  In our lives we love the people that we "know" really well.  The same is true for our relationship with the Lord.  Although He loved us when we did not know him, as humans we cannot love Him unless we know him.  Therefore the the verse "taste and see that the Lord is good" now has new meaning for me.  Over the past few months I have been striving to open my eyes to see God in the world around me, and also see him through the things that I eat, cook, bake, ect.  It is growing my awareness of His presence in all things.   The word "taste" no longer simply refers to tasting food that the Lord has created, but now it refers to "tasting" the word which He spoke from the beginning of creation.  I want to feed on His word more than I feed on food.  

Jesus may the bread of life (John 6:35) sustain both my body and my soul. Amen.

BE Trusting

"There are things that will demand your attention and things that need to be adjusted to function properly.  Your test is to determine whether or not you will get frustrated with the process, which will make things worse, or trust Me to give the wisdom you need to establish the necessary order.  You must take the time required to accomplish what is set before you as a necessary step to be taken before you can proceed, says the Lord."

John 14:27 "PEACE I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

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