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In trying to understand this scripture in Psalm 91:1-2, I have imagined myself hiding behind the Lord as a frightened child clings and hides behind their mom or dad’s legs.  I wrote this from that perspective and, perhaps, you can relate…

In the Folds of His Robe

I fearfully peek out from behind the heavy fabric. I am hiding. I have hidden myself securely and I’m too afraid to come out! I tremble in fear. The fabric isn’t musty like old fabric but smells of a sweet fragrance – other worldly. I know the One that stands in front of me is shielding me from the storm that has driven me to my hiding place. I want to wrap myself in the fabric that drapes around Him like a child hides behind a parent. I know what I’m seeing in front of me, it is frightening, but it can’t touch me. And suddenly, the calm settles on me. I am safe, I am safe in the folds of His robe. He stands between me and the storm, the uncertainty of this day, the looming fears of an uncertain future. I am holding as tightly, grasping, clinging. Now, feeling safe I wipe tears of relieve on His robe. This One who stands for me is none other than my Savior. The very name Savior, one who saves only describes a part of who He is!  He stands for me and you and prays for us. He speaks peace to the storm and it obeys. The storm must obey His voice. If I must walk through the storm, He walks with me, in front of me, surrounding me with His love. 

I often can’t sense the calm in the storm or the peace until I hide myself in the folds of His robe. The enemy can’t reach me or touch me there, the enemy has no access when I’m in the folds of His robe. It is the secret place. The pure light that radiates from my Savior blinds the enemy. I am hidden, I am safe and I am strengthened until He bids me come out, it is safe. If I had a choice I’d stay in the folds of His robe. He takes off a robe, one He’s made just for me and says, “Put this on, it is mine. Now you can go on.” I timidly take it, I know I don’t deserve His robe but as I touch it and place it around me, I am free of the gripping fear.  I’m renewed to walk today through whatever comes my way.  And then He says, “Now let’s walk on. Do you know how much I love you? Let me tell you…,”and as He speaks He begins to lead the way. I am reassured and know I can run to the folds of His robe again, and again and again. He is the Savior, He is my Savior and my secret place, my hiding place, He is Jesus! 

Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

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Golden yellow and orange leaves silently drifted down to carpet the forest floor. I was surrounded by forest, separated only by clear glass walls and steel spires that reached up to the treetops. A cold, fine mist blanketed the forest but I was warm and comfortable inside the Thorncrown Chapel. It was like a welcome, warm embrace.  Low, sweet instrumental music played in the background and I just wanted to soak in it. This peaceful, quiet chapel was the dream of Jim Reed. He wanted others to “encounter not just a beautiful building, but the God who longs to fill your life with the beauty of His presence.” I didn’t want to leave this peaceful, quiet place but we were all too soon on our way. Where do you go to find peace?

My life hasn’t been all that peaceful, lately. You, too, may be experiencing a season where peace is absent. The absence of peace and living stressed, anxious lives isn’t a good place to dwell. We carry around all kinds of worries and concerns – yesterday’s regrets or our future concerns about career, sickness, money, relationships, retirement, and aging weigh us down. Yes, the world can weigh heavy on our shoulders but we were never meant to carry so much of it. I have to admit, I often pick it up and carry it like I can truly heave it to my shoulders, like the mythical Atlas who held the world on his shoulders. So, what’s the cure for our worries and concerns, our stressed out, burned out lives? Well, it’s helpful for me to remember that God says a lot about giving our worries and concerns to Him. I can almost imagine Him saying, “Why are you carrying that and not trusting me? Why don’t you just leave those with me?”

Right now, you may be going through grief, depression, fear or suffering. Please understand, you were never meant to carry all of that. Only the Lord has shoulders that are strong enough. Listen to what Jesus said in John 14: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let not your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” His peace is available for believers and for those who will come to Him.  Jesus is the burden bearer, He says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Just like His never-ending love, His never-ending mercy, His never-ending forgiveness, He has an unlimited, never-ending supply of peace. He gave me His peace, but first, I had to surrender what I was carrying to Him. We are talking real peace, the kind that is beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7). He has this for you, but, you must first be willing to surrender what you are carrying to Him. So, what are you carrying? Are you willing to exchange your anxious, troubled burden and thoughts for peace?

 

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