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Dancing With I AM

by mymorethanme

"Cute Little Girl in Pink Dances" individual from the larger series http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4549438383/ earlier.

“Cute Little Girl in Pink Dances” individual from the larger series
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4549438383/ earlier.

Being nearsighted necessitates I wear glasses if I wish to perceive things in the distance. Objects close up come through clear, but those far off always appear fuzzy. This holds true only in the natural. In all other aspects I suffer severe farsightedness. It takes considerable, concentrated effort for me to stay in the moment, to experience the joy of the journey, to fully see and be where I find my feet. I easily lose sight of now, anxiously anticipating what is yet, or at times, reflecting on what was.
You know what they say about having one foot in tomorrow and one in yesterday? You know what you end up doing all over today.
Why is it so easy to piddle away our days?
God is here, now. He calls Himself “I AM.” He was and is and is to come, but to experience Him intimately, to truly abide in Him, it is imperative we live in the now. This is where blood and breath proclaim life. Memories enrich lives with meaning and dreams offer divine direction, but we can’t dance detached from our feet. To live alive we must reside in our present posture.
It is also important to note too often the past is a reminder of remorse, the future a foreboding forecast. Neither is clear, each filled with fear.
My time as of late has been spent preparing for a significant move, and I have frequently found myself straddling days. I have vacillated between pensive projections and delightful daydreams, merry memories and reticent regrets. This stance has cost me valuable time. I have not been present with my boys, my husband, my God. I have looked forward to our new home, not realizing we are always home. Home is acceptance, love, and belonging. It is protection, peace, and rest. Home is the fulfillment of a longing for God and God is Immanuel, with us, our home no matter where in our journeys we sojourners find ourselves.
God is Love and Love is now. Love does not exist in reflection or projection. Yes, God is here and there and everywhere, but His Love manifests tangibly in us in real time–not the beginning or the end, but smack dab in the middle.
For goodness’s sake, don’t piddle on the middle!
My husband illustrated this beautifully last week. As we were rushing from one commitment to the next, stopping only to pick up and scarf down dinner on the run, we noticed two shabbily dressed, disheveled men passed out against a brick wall next to the parking lot of the pizza place, empty beer cans and paper bags scattered around them and their shopping cart. I’m sure John’s thoughts were ping-ponging between where we had been and where we were going, but when he walked out of that pizza joint with two pizzas, dropped one off with me at the car and continued on with the second to the gentlemen hungering for food and then some, I smiled knowing Love had won the moment and I was witnessing life really lived.
I was those drunk men, intoxicated on thought, dizzy with desire, bleary-eyed, cross-eyed, oblivious to the now. I was searching for home, not seeing it around me, with me, in me. I was passed out, blind, starving for the feast placed in front of my face, slumbering, stagnant, slipping away.
And then Love dropped by with a pizza and a prayer and, dehydrated as I was, my eyes gulped the scene–heart-filling, life-flowing. Blood pumping, breath returning, I looked down at my feet and smiled.
I was dancing.

Spilling Bits O’ Heaven

by mandyade

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The night before I was about to fly I had a dream: the Lord told myself and one other person were protecting the flight. When I awoke I understood that my faith and that of another believer would protect that flight. We were carrying His presence with us. We were spilling bits o’ heaven.

Another time while flying the pilot told us that we would have to fly through a storm and expected severe turbulence. My heart sank, turbulence made me feel sick on small aircraft. I started thanking God that He would clear the storm and that this would be a turbulence-free flight. About 15 minutes into smooth flying the pilot announced that turbulence was still coming and not to get out of our seats. He made the same announcement some time later and was silent for the rest of the flight. The flight was perfectly smooth, I didn’t even feel one bump!

As Christians, not only do we walk in God’s presence, but we bring Him with us wherever we go. People are blessed when we are around, since God’s presence flows from us and we  spill bits o’ heaven. As carriers of Him our lives are marked with His blood and sealed with the Holy Spirit. We have been recreated to carry His presence everywhere we go.

 

Joseph worked for Potipher an Egyptian pagan and Potiphers house became blessed. Though Potipher was not in covenant with God the blessing on Joseph still flowed onto this non-believer’s house-hold. Now Joseph couldn’t carry the presence of God like we do, because he didn’t have Christ’s blood or the Spirit inside him, but he was a child of promise and even he was spilling bits o’ heaven…

 

As believers, we are children of promise like Jospeh, and we are covered in Christ’s blood and sealed with the Holy Spirit. How much more do we bring God’s presence and blessing to our worlds?

 

Jonah too was a child of promise, but he didn’t always live in agreement with God and caused a ship and total strangers great danger. His influence was the opposite of Josephs even though his calling was like Joseph’s- to bless the nations and spill bits o’ heaven…

 

Though we are children of promise, blood-covered and Spirit-sealed it is possible to be of little effect. If we are not aware of our call and if we don’t live in agreement with who we are, we won’t spill God’s Kingdom to our world. During difficult or busy times we may tend to forget who we are and what we are called to. It’s during these times that we must make purposeful agreement with what God has said about us and our call.

 

Agree with and know who you are:

1 I am so valuable that God has given His own blood for me.(Jhn 3:16)

2 I have been created in God’s image and recreated as righteous in Christ. (Gen1:27, 2 Cor 5:17)

3 Though I am a clay vessel I carry the treasures of heaven (2 Cor 4:7)

4 The presence of God lives inside me and brings hope to the world (Colossians 1:27)

5 God has called me to usher His kingdom into the world (Mark 16:15)

When we live in agreement with heaven nothing can come against this truth and the effectiveness of our lives!

 

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”1 Corinthians 3:16

Learning to Receive His Love

by mandyade

 

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“Mothers love is pain,” a friend told me when my children were babies. A parent loves until it hurts. The parent-child bond does not originate in man’s attempt to be good, but is placed in our DNA by God.

Much about God is revealed to us through His creation (Romans 1:20). We are created in His image and the parental DNA that humans carry is a clue into the nature of God. Our parental DNA mirrors Father God’s heart.

I believe that understanding His love for us is the most important revelation we will ever receive. It’s not a one-time ‘get it’ moment but a continual growing revelation of how He loves me. This is a pursuit we must run after. The more we understand this, the more we will taste Him.

We cannot force our hearts to understand His love. Romans 5:5 says that God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His Spirit reveals His love to our hearts, but we can also position ourselves to receive this revelation:

1. Believe God’s Word– what it says about His love for us, even if it contradicts our feelings about God or ourselves. Believing places our minds and hearts in alignment with God and we are able to receive.
2. Spend time in His presence simply to receive His love. In this time try to refrain from your own requests and busyness even if they are spiritual and good.
3. Practice awareness of His love. When you think of Him during your day, stop for a moment (in the car, grocery store, at your desk) and consider His love for you. Allow yourself to sense His love. It’s amazing how this will change your day and life!

Here’s a meditation exercise to help us become more aware of God’s love for us:

Take a minute, quiet yourself and ponder this…

Think of how much you love your kids.
Think of how many times you think about them and how important they are in your life.
Think of how quickly you are grieved if they are hurt or in trouble.
Think of how your whole day is ruined if something is not right with them.
Think of how happy you are when it is well with your child.
Now learn from your own heart. Abba Father loves you MORE than you love your own children. He loves you with a perfect Father and Mother love. His compassion over you is greater than your compassion for your kids. So is His mercy, His favor, His forgiveness, His grieving, His grace and His thoughts toward you.

Now live from that outflow and rock your world!

God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5)

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