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Little Girl Faith

Luke 18:15-17

Jesus Blesses the Children

          One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

???????????????????????????????With open arms Jesus stands waiting for us to enter into His love, why are we so stand offish?  It says for us to come unto Him as little children, what exactly does this mean?  Well the answer is simpler than you think.  It means running towards love and embracing it  with no fear, no judgement, no wondering if we will be rejected and in complete trust that the arms will stay open until we are safely in them.  That is how simple His love is, so why do we make it so complicated?

My husband and I went to a local church tonight to watch an Easter play.  It basically began at Genesis and ended at Revelation and showed the love of God from beginning to end, things I have already learned and seen in my walk yet one part in particular just grabbed my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  I could hardly see the scene at times through the tears which flowed as I watched Jesus pick up this little lame girl, heal her and set her back down.  He had healed her.  What joy flooded my soul!  Later in the same scene He is dancing with her and enjoying her company…let me get real with you and tell you what this did to my spirit…..

This scene first took me to a place of complete rest in Jesus.  As I saw Him take that little girl from her fathers arms I could see that little girl was me.  As He held me close to His chest and prayed over me I was brought back to the many times where I had resided in the arms of Jesus just receiving my healing.  Secondly when they were dancing I felt so much joy and it showed me just how easy it is to accept Jesus and His love for us.  If only we could humble ourselves enough to run to open arms of Jesus everyday.

I encourage you to close your eyes after reading this and begin to imagine what it feels like to be held in the arms of Jesus.  Even if you feel you do not deserve it, press in.  Even if you feel you don’t have enough faith, start running.  When you see Jesus standing before you, know that He is real and means no harm.  It is safe there in His arms.  Run to Him, He is patiently waiting your arrival.

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Receiving, Accepting and Shipping

Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.

How often does God try to enlighten you with wisdom or healing or just a gentle touch to let you know that He is there?  How many times do we not accept His Love because we are broken and feel as though we are unworthy of acceptance even in the presence of our Creator?  Why does it seem to be such a difficult thing to stand in surrender, to cry out to God or place our hope in God as our provider in all circumstances?  What is it that stops us dead in our tracks making it so hard to move forward?  Past woundedness.  Bad choices.  Lack of faith.  No hope left to have. So many things that are not of God which we allow to hinder our walk.  This is exactly where Satan wants us to reside so that we become more lost and farther away from God than ever before.  Well, in this moment let us choose to say, “Satan! Get behind us!”

I have been through many years of loss. Years of my life have been spent in denial.  I was good at hiding the brokenness and pretending like I had everything under control.  I hid myself from God and I knew the moment I had it all figured out I would allow God back into my life.  Tormented by wrong decisions for my life and unbelief, I was not able to receive or accept God’s love which hindered me from setting my ship sailing on the calm waters with Jesus.  Oh how I longed to be in His presence having surrendered it all and resting in peace, yet I could not get past the guilt and shame of my past.  I felt unworthy of any kind of love, especially God’s.

Having been blinded to love for so many years, I find it hard in this moment of time to receive.  I also find it difficult to accept love of any kind.  Amidst my brokenness I found self-blame.  I assumed the responsibility of my wrong actions and I placed a wall up that only God knew was there and He was waiting for me to just let my guard down so that He could love me back together.  He had to wait until I was ready to give up.  He had to wait until I was shattered enough to want to give up.  As I stood in one final surrender just recently, God has allowed my spirit to be filled with a right love, a love like nothing I have ever experienced before.  What did it take for me to overcome?  Surrender.  Grace. Pure love.

If we can only learn to give it up the minute it happens, brokenness can no longer hold us down.  If we would just choose to give it up instead of taking it in, God can work some awesome things into our spirits, allowing us to flow IN Him and be about the Father’s business: sharing the love of His Son.  Oh to reside in this place for the rest of my days, surrendering daily my brokenness so that God can love me back together which will enable me to receive and accept His love, thus giving me the opportunity to ship His love to those who are broken and lost in this world.

Choose in this moment to surrender.  Choose in this moment to give it all up.  Choose in this moment to let God mess up your life!  I did and now I am sailing clear waters.

 

 

What is the Real Meaning?

Matthew 1:18

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
 18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Just so we are clear and in agreement, does God really give a specific date for the birth of His only Son?  Perhaps God did this for a reason beyond our own comprehension, yet I feel there is a specific reason for His not stating a date.  What if the focus is not to be on the birth of His son, but rather on the purpose for which He was born into this world.  I know birthdays are cool and all and can be milestones and what not, however what is the reality of Jesus’ birth?  He was given life here on earth so that we may receive eternal life with our heavenly Father, was He not?  I feel we have all lost the meaning of Christmas, and maybe, just maybe we need to pause this holiday season and rest in God for awhile to see what He has to say.
I feel an urgency in my spirit to search for God in this season of hustle and bustle, frantic shopping and getting the best deals around town. I actually don’t even feel like getting my tree out this year or doing the traditional stuff until I can put my finger on just what God wants me to see.  I feel, He is showing me through others, that it is about giving and having hope.  We always seem to be in the receiving mode and I believe this hinders us from getting the full benefits God has waiting for us.  If we are constantly in the “gimme stage” we find it hard to give.  God created man for a relationship and so (bear with me) He was sorta in the “gimme stage”.  He wanted someone to worship Him and give Him glory.  He desired to be loved by His very own creation.
Well, when things went wrong, He had to come up with a different way of love and so He gave us a chance to redeem ourselves and offered up to be sacrificed, His one and ONLY Son, Jesus. Should this not bear more significance for us then decorating a tree or wrapping a billion presents or freaking out because of Christmas when we do not have enough funds to pay our bills?  I don’t think God gave us His Son just so we could feel hopeless during the holiday season.  How many get depressed or frustrated?  How many countless others go into debt?  How many lives were injured or lost during Black Friday events over the past few years?  We need a wake up call!  God surely intended us to make a fuss over His Son, but not like we are doing in modern days.
This season should be about giving.  It should be about love, hope, joy, peace and grace; not about finances, hopelessness, depression and anger. It should be a season of resting in God, family gatherings (without the pressures of gifts), home cooked meals, days of baking cookies with the children and many other things God would love to see.  It should be about helping at the shelter or finding a way to help those in desperate need.  It should be about finding food for those who lack and clothing the needy in our communities.  Maybe if we all spent more time giving of our time we would be better at giving gifts:  our God given gifts.  What will Christmas be like in the next ten years?  Will it be all about texting and Skyping to relatives instead of visiting?  Will the objective of the great sales be just to upgrade what we already have at home instead of finding just the right small gift to brighten someones day?
The further I walk with God the more I want to run from the things of this world.  We seem to have to make everything bigger and better.  We seem never satisfied with what we receive.  How can we change this?  Not sure.  Self examination of what Christmas really means to us individually, meaning we would need to spend some serious amounts of time devoted to just God-time.  What if we spent one extra hour a week to reflect on God?  What if we bought one less gift and bought food for the nearby food pantry.  What if we went random Christmas caroling with a group of teenagers just for fun?  What if we decided to make Christmas all about giving and not receiving?  What if we had our hearts in the same place God did when He gave us His only Son?

Yup, lots of what ifs there….hmmmm…pausing to think about such what ifs, I purpose an idea for the first 25 days of December.  I am going to post on Facebook a photo of something Christmas and then write a sentence on how I should be able to relate this to the birth of our precious Savior.  I invite you to do the same.  I then will write a blog each day with the same picture and try to show how I feel about it in more detail.  Feel free to comment your ideas or a picture in particular you may want me to take.  Please tag me in the photo, I want to share in this adventure with you.  I invite you to share this with your friends and families.  Let’s see what happens if we turn our focus on God for just a few minutes each day before Christmas arrives.  Maybe we can further understand what God really wants us to glean from the holiday called Christmas.