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 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit around and pick blackberries.”

Jesus is everywhere,

all around,

trying to interrupt your thoughts,

your plans with His presence.

 

 

 

What if we lived life this way – noticing – being so in tune to each moment, each person?? Finding Jesus in every moment, every person, everything!

We miss Him all the time and call it a dry season or a dark season.

We claim God is not speaking to us, He has us in the wilderness.

It’s simply not true.

Jesus is always speaking to us.

One of Jesus’ names is the Word.

He is never silent,

He is always speaking!

 

We mistake change in spiritual transition with silence or “dry seasons” instead of stopping and finding Jesus in the change. Jesus is the Living Water, He is never dry and with Him we never find ourselves in drought or lacking fruit. He is never separate from you.

 

Romans 8:38-39 NIV For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We have those seasons where relationship with Jesus is rich, its emotional, we can tangibly feel His presence with us, or we can hear Him talking and directing us. Then all of sudden it seems to end – we cant hear Him, He seems to be gone. He’s not! Your season just changed and what we tend to do is keep moving forward without stopping to find Jesus in the transition and then moving forward with Him.

 

He is always near;

He is always moving in your life;

He is always speaking.

Psalm 139-7-10 (ESV)  Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.

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God is not stuck to speaking to us in one way. Jesus never healed anyone in the same way. He interacts and responds to people on an individual, specific, intimate way.   We must stop and find Him when change happens.

Scott Thompson, Instructor at the School of Ministry in Bethel Atlanta and on the Senior Leadership Team for Jesus Culture shares in his book, Words of Knowledge Made Easy, the many ways God can speak to us – he can speak audibly like He did with Moses, Joshua, Gideon and Samuel. He uses physical sensations – touching our physical body with His comfort, His presence, His healing.  Another way He speaks to us is through divine imaginations – opening up your imagination to experience Him, to see Him. Think about breakfast this morning or imagine dinner with someone special this evening – our minds can create and see things through our imagination. When given to the Holy Spirit you make space for a living, real relationship with Jesus.  Open visions are another way God communicates to us, different from divine imaginations that take place in your mind, an open vision is seen with your physical eyes.  God uses Words of Wisdom to enlighten us and Words of Knowledge about a person, place, thing or circumstance to help them.  Dreams are another way He speaks to us.  God uses Emotions to speak to us – when you walk into a room and can feel the atmosphere or what another person is going through emotionally, mentally or physically, this is God uses emotions to speak to us.  God uses other people to speak to us, He loves community.  He uses the bible, music, and nature to communicate.  Another way is through visual prompts – ever been driving down the street and see the very same thing you read in your devotional on a billboard or gas station sign. That’s God!

 

He is so creative and never tires of finding ways to get your attention. God is always speaking, always moving. Stop and find Him in transition. There is a reason that His means of communication changed – maybe He wants to connect you to community and use other people to speak to you, maybe He wants you to open your eyes and find Him in nature, in the butterflies and sunrises as creation sings His glory. Maybe He wants to wow you with open visions or words of knowledge but you have been thinking you are missing Him and keep looking for Him other ways so you keep missing Him.

Stop and find Him and then move forward. 

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Let’s live like this today!!

Our Deepest Fear is Not

That We Are Inadequate.

Our Deepest Fear is That

We Are Powerful Beyond

Measure. It is our Light,

Not our Darkness, That

Frightens Us Most.

We ask ourselves, who Am I To

Be Brilliant, Gorgeous,

Talented, and Famous?

Actually, Who Are You Not To Be?

You Are A Child of God.

Your playing Small Does

Not Serve The World.

There Is Nothing

Enlightened About Shrinking

So That People Won’t

Feel Insecure Around You

We Were Born To Make

Manifest The Glory of God

That Is Within Us.

It’s Not Just In Some Of Us;

It’s In All Of Us. And When We

Let Our Own Light Shine,

We Unconsciously Give Other

People Permission To Do The

Same. As We Are Liberated

From Our Own Fear, Our Presence

Automatically Liberates Others. –Marianne Williamson, “A Return to Love”

 

Oh to live like this!

 

I heard this recently from a podcast of Kris Vallotton – the devil’s deepest desire was to be like God and this desire caused him to rebel against God and lose heaven as a result. Cast to earth for his disobedience he waited in darkness, glory stripped, separated from the Creator of the universe. Days, years, maybe even centuries later…the echo of God’s plan reverberates through the cosmos, “We shall make man in our image.” The very thing the devil lusted after, God’s Word goes forth to place His image and glory in His created being called Man. God then places Man on earth – why earth? Didn’t He remember the devil was here!?   Maybe, just maybe, God placed us here, in His image, to torment the devil. Imagine that – we were placed here to be seen everyday, to walk, to worship, to create, to bring glory and honor to God’s name, to be a witness of His image – to torment the devil – NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

 

Stop letting the devil have his way in your life!

 

Don’t you know who you are?

 

You are the manifest glory of God – You are light – You are brilliant –

You are gorgeous – You are talented – You are famous –

You are a child of God!

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Stop playing small – you may be robbing those around you of finding their own light. Your light may be the flashlight in the darkness that helps someone lost find their way!!

 

…And When We

Let Our Own Light Shine,

We Unconsciously Give Other

People Permission To Do The

Same.

My girls and I just finished reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie, if you haven’t read it you should, it’s a worthy read. I read it out loud to them – don’t do that often enough! We started a book/movie club last month…we read a book and then get together with friends who have also read the book and watch the movie together. It is a fun day and great incentive to read!

Read to your kids, every child loves that time spent with mom or dad reading!

In the book, the main character Opal, asks her dad to share 10 things about her mom, who left them when she was young, to help her to know her mom better. She also makes a list of 10 things about her dog, Winn-Dixie, when he is lost, so she can remember him if she doesn’t find him. It’s a sweet read!

After we finished reading we each made a list of 10 things about ourselves and shared them with each other:

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Evyn Audrey:

I move in my sleep, I like spaghetti,

I like meeting new people,

I like playing with my stuffed animals,

I like my pets, I like volleyball,

I like to dance, my favorite song is

“Stitches”, my favorite thing about

me is my eyes, I make books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RyahGrace Anah: I am kind,  I am smart, I love cookie dough, my favorite colors are blue

                                 and purple, I love to paint, I am good at dance, I am good at volleyball, 

                                       I like vacations, I am love thoughtful, I love animals.

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Alayna Louise: I am artistic, I have long brown hair, I love to sketch,

I enjoy playing IMG_1407sports (especially

volleyball), I love pizza and

sweet tea, I play piano and guitar, I do not

like lizards, cockroaches and snakes, etc.,

I love dogs, I enjoy going to school, I like

action/comedy movies best.

 

 

 

And me, Melissa Ayn: I love Jesus, I aspire to be a prayer warrior, I adore my children and love having them all around my kitchen table at the same time, I don’t like bugs, my favorite place is anywhere with their daddy (Marc), I want to travel the world, I love helping women love themselves and know Jesus intimately, I like writing, I am kind, I love the smell of the sweet olive trees that fragrant the front steps to my home.

 

What about you? What are 10 wonderful things about you?