Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Together We Stand

~** Intertwining Roots -- The Redwoods **~ 
-(Author Unknown )

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8) 

You probably know that the giant redwood trees grow only on the West coast of America. No place else on this earth.....
The strength and size of those trees are stunning. They are giants... standing so close together that their branches seem to filter the sun right out of the day, and their towering tops brush the clouds from the sky. 
If that seems too poetic ... go stand there yourself. The majesty of it all demands talk in whispers between the long moments of silent staring. 
And in your heart you keep repeating, "Only God..." 
Most of the trees have burn and char scars, recalling difficulties past.
Some even have huge caverns carved out of their middles by gutting fires 
... so big that two or three people can stand inside ... but they still grow, so full of life they can't be killed. 
And that makes all the scars seem unimportant....
It's as if one day God said, "I think I'll build a tree. Who cares if it takes 500 years or a thousand or whatever. I just want a tree. 
Who's counting?" Don't you suppose that He has some of the same patience with your growth? Character takes time ... and scars. But God keeps going for the ultimate and that's part of what He meant when He said, "And he shall be like a tree." 
So what's the secret of the redwood? How can it last so long and endure so much? Unlike the palm tree whose tap root goes down into the ground as deep as the tree is tall (30 feet up... 30 feet down), the redwood has no tap root at all. That's why you never see a redwood standing alone. 
They are always in clusters ... in groups called groves. The might of the tree is not in itself. Here is its strength ...for every foot in height it grows up, the redwood tree sends its roots, not down, but three times that distance ...OUT!
That's right... OUT! 
If the tree is 300 feet tall, its roots go 900 feet out ... intertwining with all the groping roots from the other redwoods in the grove. By the time a few hundred years go by, those fellow-shipping roots are so woven with one another, there is no way a tree could fall down. It is held up by the strength of its brothers and sisters. 

So how long will you grow? How tall will you be? What trials will be yours? Who's counting? I just heard God say, "I think I'll build a tree...and he shall not stand alone." What a beautiful picture of the church. Alone we are vulnerable and can easily fall, but together, our lives woven and intertwined and through time strengthen each other and support each other. So together we stand, scars and all, bound by the love of the Savior. 

I {Jesus} am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father--that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me. (John 17:20-21 NLT) 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

You Are Beautiful!

Listen — read the covers of magazines and you’d think romance is a function of cleavage and plastic surgeon noses and spray tans.
Read the glossy covers and you’d think love is a function of waist size and heel height and bare flesh flaunted for every gawking eye. Read everything in the check out line and they check you out of reality. That’s what the media is selling: X-rated Beauty. Romance Porn.
That’s the thing about the check-out line: The media’s fuelled by changing the definition of beauty, romance, and love from what is true to what is trendy.
Media tries to define you with likes as a measure of yourloveability.
Media votes you on or votes you off, as if a woman’s worth is a popularity contest instead of being permanently won by function of being made in the image and likeness of God.
Be defined by Real Love — or you’ll go looking for love in the pages of some cheap novel of romance porn, some plot line that is artificially augmented and harlequin liposuctioned, you’ll go looking for love under the warmth of some guy’s hands, you’ll go looking for love in the size of your jeans.
Listen for the small voice who is Love who cups your face close and names you Beloved, listen to “hear His voice, and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.”
Listen to the Voice who says, “I love you so much that when the wolves come to devour your real identity — I become a lamb Myself. I sacrifice Myself for you, so you never have to sacrifice yourself to the gods of this world.
Listen to the Voice who says, “I am the Shepherd that when the wolf comes to consume you with lies, I would rather lose my life, than let you lose your value.”
Listen to the Voice who says, “I will never drive you to photo-shop expectations or to the dangerous cliff of conditional love —- because I’m never the One driving you, I’m gently leading you. I lead you, no matter where you are,I am with you, leading you.”
Listen to the Voice who assures: “I am making your good decisions work for good — and I am working your bad decisions into the best loving plan for your ultimate good.”
Listen to His Voice: God is turning everything around to turn you into the beauty He knows you are.
The world will say they will love you if you are beautiful —- but the truth is you are beautiful because you are loved.

Because I love you. Because He who is Love loves you unconditionally.
Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.
The world has enough women who live a masked insecurity. It needs more women who live a brave vulnerability.
The world has enough women who are trying to do it all — spending everything they’ve got to be found in the crowd. It needs more who are doing the only thing that is necessary — spending time at His feet, being found and known by Him.
Look at the bent woman ahead of us in the check-out, her gnarled and arthritic hand counting out the potatoes she’ll bake tonight for the old man leaning against the cart. That is the quietest reality that hushes all the media voices: We need more women who would rather be beautifully sacrificial than perfectly artificial.
Don’t let Hollywood define it; let the pages of Truth define it:Romance is a long sacrifice.
Say that quiet to yourself at the mirror, over the stove, over the toilet bowls, and let your soul feel the caress of God who knows: Romance is a long sacrifice.
And then it will happen to you, like it happens to all the women who are soul beautiful and loved:
For a beautiful countenance — count blessings.
For beautiful lips — only speak words that make souls stronger.
To carry yourself with poise — carry each other’s burden.
For the most beautiful shape — simply live with one hand receiving all as gift, and other hand giving away the gifts. You becoming the shape of a gift —
Becoming the shape of a Cross.

Go ahead, Girl, run your hands wild through your hair and smile unashamed and be at peace in the fullness of you and pour your beauty out like an alabaster perfume:
Beauty doesn’t live in your skin
Beauty lives in the lining of your heart.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You Call Me Out Upon The Waters

You Call Me Out Upon The Waters


You Call Me Out Upon The Waters ~~~

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Oceans by Hillsong: http://youtu.be/iilc92XVd00

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


"O Lord, Where are you?"

"I'm here with you, My Child"

"But Lord, I can't see you"

"I'm here, My Child"

"But Lord, I can't hear you"

"I'm here, My Child"

"But Lord, I can't feel you"

"I'm here, My Child"

"But how can I know this, O Lord?"

"Trust, My Child
 Trust and let my grace come in"

"I will, O Lord"

"Now I see you, O Lord!
 Now I hear you, O Lord!
 I feel you so close to me, O Lord!"

"Yes, My Child
 I am here with you always
 My love for you is constant
 When you need me, trust and my grace will come!"

"I love you, O Lord"

"I know, My Child
 I love you, too
 Always have and always will <3 <3 <3"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get A True Reflection


We often start off with the best intentions to serve God with our whole heart but somewhere along the way our desires become polluted with the human condition of 'me, myself, and I'.
Reading this book is like looking into a clear unclouded mirror and seeing your true heart reflected back at you!   This book can be a great 'sifter' of motives, attitudes, and 'nitty gritty' beliefs.
If you want to serve God in a deeper, pure and undivided way this book will challenge and help you!
FLESH provides direct true perspective regarding what ministering to God's people is all about:
"People are not pagans to be converted, projects to be preached at, or demographics to be reprogrammed.  Humans should never be generalized, categorized, dismissed, judged, or underestimated.  Every person is a story, rich with history, experiences, creative potential, strength and weaknesses, clarity, and blindness."

Ignite Your Heart!


There are a few books that grab your heart and fill you with new hope and excitement... This book is one of those for me!   I have highlighted so many passages that my copy is very colorful literally :)
The author humbly, clearly, and honestly tells of his journey to true intimacy with the God and explains the pitfalls that many of us are apt to fall into along the way on our own personal one.
He offers practical advice on how to avoid these detours and how to get back on track if we have mistakenly wandered in the wrong direction.  
This is a great read wherever you are on your spiritual walk.   It will ignite your heart with new passion for what really matters in love and life!

( I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for honest review.)

How To Do It


My first reaction to Holly Gerth's book You're Going to Be OK was to stand up and yell: 
"Yes, this is really how to do it!!!"

For many years of my life I struggled to live the life I wanted to live due to ineffectual
thought processes and an inability to process my emotions correctly.   As Holly writes:
"By understanding that emotions simply communicate to us what is happening in our lives
we can learn to listen to them, express them, and ask God what he wants to do with them."

If this helpful guide is taken to heart, I believe it will be a life changer for anyone reading it.
Full of thought provoking questions and tools, it presents a practical guide to traversing
the peaks and valleys of life and difficult challenges we face along the way.  The book includes 
a clear picture of what heathy relationships with ourself, God, and others look like and how to develop them.

As a survivor of abuse, PTSD,  and a two time lung cancer survivor,  I have found the following quote from this book to be especially true:
"Life is hard.  Happiness is found not through escaping that reality but by embracing it."

You're Going to Be OK provides practical suggestions of how to do it successfully!

(I was provided an electronic copy of this book by the publisher for honest review.)