~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~
I love to learn so that when I open my mouth only interesting things come out.
~ Beth Prentice ~
The Church must be more concerned with ‘principalities and powers’ if she would more faithfully save ‘flesh and blood’. This is the hardest lesson for the Church to learn.
~ E. R. Wickham ~
~ Brian Wren ~
By letting themselves be cynical, unhappy people aggravate their melancholy. They are like a dog which tears at its wounded paw so as to hurt the pain.
~ Hubert van Zeller ~
It is one thing to be told that the Bible has authority because it is divinely inspired, and another thing to feel one’s heart leap out and grasp its truth.
~ Evelyn Waugh ~
The animal soul loves selfish pleasure and gratification, the Godly soul loves – well God, and goodness and truth.
~ Shimona Tzukernik ~
Leave me as I am, the One who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre, even without the precaution of your nails.
~ Polycarp ~
At all times one should live in the frame of mind that “My time here is limited.” For in so doing it will put all things in perspective…the time you have…of that which money can buy…and that which centers on the approval of others – even loved ones. Then one truly starts to live to hear the Voice of their Maker say “Well done.” And spends their time on that which feeds the body of the Messiah.
~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~
It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.
~ Jerome ~
In a time where so many are saying “Ask not what your country can do for you…but what you can do for your country”. Where voices are raised in revolt and anger for “freedom”. I wonder what would happen if they asked instead “Ask not what God can do for you…but what God would have you do for Him!” This is a country where many have died for such as the freedoms we have seen here in America. Indeed a freedom such as “the world” has never seen before – now taken for granted, abused, and battered these “freedoms” now rise a float on the winds of “human invention”. They are about to come crashing down…many already have fallen. Americans, humans of the Earth…there is a FREEDOM really worth dying for, fighting for…and if you choose to embrace it…you will find the One who did the dying and fighting. You will find Him very much alive and the only thing you will find worth “revolting against” is the evil tide cresting on the shores of your own soul!
~ 2011~ Lisa VanValkenburgh
Oh Lord – Make me blind
Blind to indifference
Blind to apathy
Blind to the ways of the world
Blind to the thirst that seeks it’s submersion in death
Blind to the hunger for self-absorption
Blind to hatred, anger, shame, and confusion
Make me Blind O Sweet Yeshua and help me to SEE!
To see where love coats an enemy
To see where Truth shines bright in darkness
To see where death is better than life
To see Our Father – and the rightness of fear
To see that You lead and guide where MOST will NOT follow
To see that You are the taunt line that tethers me
To see You – oh Sweet Creator of Eyes that SEE
Unblind these dead eyes inside
Open the eyes of Life, Truth, Trust, Grace – You!
Oh Lord – my eyes are Yours
Do with them as You will!
Become Glory in my blindness
Glory in my sight
Glory – become Glory
Giver of the Light!!
~ 2011~ Lisa VanValkenburgh
I follow with my heart Lord, though my head keens for answers, I follow with my heart
Lead me Lord, Savior, Shepherd of my Path and hide this little wing-bird me – from the horrors of wrath.
I follow with my heart Lord, and fall into the arms of sorrows love, and take the hand of suffering, extended from above.
I am a little bird Lord, delicate and true
I wait upon a branch for the breath that comes from You.
I follow with my heart Lord and trust You for the morrow. I follow with my heart Lord and what You feed – I swallow.
I look down at a misshapen wing – broken in a fall. Or was it the enemy’s foot that stomped it in hatred’s squall?
I watch the other birds take flight and sing and dart and play. And I know that You have placed me – broken here to wait today.
I follow with my heart Lord – in there – is no broken wing.
I dive and soar, and praise You more – and from within I sing.
And though I’m mocked as broken, inside You know I’m whole.
I follow with my heart Lord with Your name carved on my soul!
~ 2009 ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh
Can you hear the chanting, grasping, clutching in the “spirit of people” these days? Oh it’s nothing new really…it’s just “kicked up a notch”. It’s centered on the line of thought that there is “Something/Someone” out there that is a system of checks and balances. That somehow the goal is to get good/evil, right/wrong, life/death to CO-EXIST…and even more ironically in PEACE! Re-read that last line…if something in your gut doesn’t “click” you may stop reading now. The proceeding words and sentences will leave you calling me a fruit-loop and you…well you’ll be (and I say this kindly) egotistically angry. Bold words for me…but then I am not the One who is “Authoring” them. People who know me well will be the 1st to tell you that I am NOT a theological thinker. I’m an artist at heart – I FEEL things before I think them. So this line of thought floored me!
It came tonight after Sam and I had finished an episode of Fringe. It’s a Sci-Fi series that’s rather “out there” and has for the most part (for me) been interesting. I don’t come away from this show (strangely enough) feeling well…slimmed. So anyway, the gist right now is these two worlds; one being an “alternate reality, the other “real”. These worlds are at war with each other and both are breaking down at a rapid pace. Everyone in their perspective realities is trying to “save” their world. Which consequently is destroying the other. The ending scenes for the next episode asked the question…”Which world will survive?” My wonderful Husband said “Why can’t they both exist? You know…find a balance?” God zoomed me into those words in a surreal way. It had very little to do with the show – though it’s odd how our own world seems to have such “similarities” to the theme of it, now that I’ve thought about it.
I went to listen to what God was trying to say to me and heard this…
“If you are thinking I am coming to kick Arab/American/human butt you are WRONG! Just like when I came before…you all thought I was there to kick Roman/human/”those sinner’s” butts, then too! Open your eyes…HEAR ME! I am coming and I came to kick EVIL’S butt – the seed of sin’s butt! There is NO PEACE found in the co-existence of good and evil, Child! This can only point to the END of this world!”
I (Lisa) am at the moment…floored! Maybe you’ve been told this already…maybe Adonai has spelled this out in such a profound way already…if so…amen! If not…beg, plead, and surrender to these words of truth! PEACE in this world is an illusion. The only peace found for anyone is IN Him, where you go to be hidden in Him, commune with Him, live with Him – that’s it! There will be division, hurt, jealousy, anger, hatred and war until He ENDS it! This is why we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Not the Jerusalem of this world (though we still pray for them) but of the One to Come! May He come soon! Yes…bring an end to all that this world is, has, and offers! Most of us can’t even comprehend how to let go of EVERYTHING about this world! It’s a lesson I think I am going to be “feeding on” in a whole new way for these days ahead. In my spirit I already agree and submit to the truth of it in it’s entirety – even if I don’t know it all yet. I’ve already known He’s coming and bringing an end to this world with Him. But I hadn’t realized how deeply ingrained the concept that balance and peace had been in me and my thinking in this world. I want things to be fair, just, right, and true.
He says, “If that’s true – then you want the END of all that comes with it too – even those things you call “good” – yes?”
Okay I’m thinking about this now. What do I call “good”? The people I love…good…well but not without their “bad” (me included). Okay, my grand babies…surely they are “good”…hmmm well they too have “fallen natures”. The beauty of the earth, sky, creation…surely that’s good?! Well…but it too is diminished by the curse/sin – not what it’s meant to be. Now my mind is rolling – marriage?, food?, laughter?, friendship? Completely good? Without the stain of the ink of evil? Nope…even these things fail to meet what God called good in the beginning!
I stop to think about the times I’ve said “He’s coming soon – aren’t you excited?” to many people lately. Many responses go something like this, “Well…yeah…but I want to, get married, have children, see my grandbabies, do this or that and what about x,y,z?” This usually stumps me. I mean there’s nothing really WRONG with those desires, is there Lord?
Silence…zip…notta…I can’t even hear Him breathing! Then…these scriptures drop down like windows on my computer screen.
Matthew 10:34-39 (Yeshua – Jesus speaking, emphasis mine)
Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It’s not peace I have come to bring, but a sword! For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter in-law against her mother in-law, so that a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Whoever loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not worthy of me; anyone who love his son or daughter more than he loves me is not worthy of me. And anyone who does not take up his execution-stake and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his own life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 19:21 (Yeshua – Jesus speaking, emphasis mine)
Yeshua said to him, “If you are serious about reaching the goal, go and sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!” But when the young man heard this he went away sad, because he was wealthy. Then Yeshua said to his talmidim (disciples) “Yes, I tell you that it will be very hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Luke 9:23, 57-62 (Yeshua speaking, emphasis mine)
Then to everyone he said, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘NO’ to himself, take up his execution-stake daily and keep following me. For whoever tries to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life on my account will save it.”
As they were traveling on the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Yeshua answered him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds flying about have nests, but the Son of Man has no home of his own.” To another he said “Follow me!” but the man replied, “Sir, first let me go away and bury my father.” Yeshua said, “Let the dead bury their own dead; you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God!” Yet another said, “I will follow you, sir, but first let me say good-by to the people at home.” To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
(Me) Uhhh…yes…I think I’m getting it now Lord!
My fellow sheep, UNTIL we can say “Come soon – Abba – Jesus – Savior – knowing exactly what that means – then we aren’t praying “Thy will be done – on Earth as it is in Heaven!!” There’s no balance being achieved here, right now. Every dream you have based on “this world” is OF this world, and to pray the above is to pray for HIS DREAM!
How SOON do you want Him to come? How long do you think you have to say ‘YES’ to yourself, instead of ‘NO’? What is seeing REAL peace worth to you? What will you give up right now, today, to see it? Today is Resurrection Day. Yeshua came, died, and rose again – and said – “IT IS FINISHED!” That was a long time ago. The MESSAGE He spoke before that death… it’s STILL urgent! He secured who would win the war that day, but everyday since has been given for us to HEAR, and FOLLOW Him, now – today! This is the Easter/Passover message….Come follow Me!