Quote Note – MacDonald Finale

January 31, 2015 at 10:51 pm (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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But I withhold my pen; for vain were the fancy, by treatise or sermon or poem or tale, to persuade a man to forget himself. He cannot if he would. Sooner will he forget the presence of a raging tooth. There is no forgetting of ourselves but in the finding of our deeper, our true self — God’s idea of us when he devised us — the Christ in us. Nothing but that self can displace the false, greedy, whining self, of which, most of us are so fond and proud. And that self no man can find for himself; seeing of himself he does not even know what to search for.

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It is just the old way–that of obedience. If you have ever seen the Lord, if only from afar–if you have any vaguest suspicion that the Jew Jesus, who professed to have come from God, was a better man, a different man–one of your first duties must be to open your ears to His words and see whether they seem to you to be true. Then, if they do, to obey them with your whole strength and might. This is the way of life, which will lead a man out of its miseries into life indeed.

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God is all right—why should we mind standing in the dark for a minute outside His window? Of course we miss the inness, but there is a bliss of its own in waiting. What if the rain be falling, and the wind blowing; what if we stand alone, or, more painful still, have some dear one beside us, sharing our outness; what even if the window be not shining, because of the curtains of good inscrutable drawn across it; let us think to ourselves, or say to our friend, ‘God is; Jesus is not dead; nothing can be going wrong, however it may look so to hearts unfinished in childness.’ Let us say to the Lord, ‘Jesus, art Thou loving the Father in there? Then we out here will do His will, patiently waiting till He open the door. We shall not mind the wind or the rain much. Perhaps thou art saying to the Father, ‘Thy little ones need some wind and rain: their buds are hard; the flowers do not come out. I cannot get them made blessed without a little more winter-weather.’ Then perhaps the Father will say, ‘Comfort them, my son Jesus, with the memory of thy patience when thou wast missing Me. Comfort them that thou wast sure of Me when everything about thee seemed so unlike Me, so unlike the place thou hadst left.

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Doubt swells and surges, with swelling doubt behind!
My soul in storm is but a tattered sail,
Streaming its ribbons on the torrent gale;
In calm, ’tis but a limp and flapping thing:
Oh! swell it with Thy breath; make it a wing,
To sweep through Thee the ocean, with Thee the wind
Nor rest until in Thee its haven it shall find.

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If ye have faith and doubt not, if ye shall say unto this mountain,’Be thou removed and vast into the sea’, it shall be done.” Good people have been tempted to tempt the Lord their God upon the strength of this saying. Happily for such, the assurance to which they would give the name of faith generally fails them in time. Faith is that which, knowing the Lord’s Will, goes and does it; or not knowing it, stands and waits. But put God to the question in any other way than by saying, “What will You have me to do?” Is an attempt to compel God to declare Himself, or to hasten His work; the man is therein dissociating himself from God so far that, instead of acting by the Divine Will from within, he acts in God’s face, as it were, to see what He will do. Man’s first business is, “What does God want me to do?”, not “What will God do if I do so and so?”

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God does not, by the instant gift of His Spirit, make us always feel right, desire good, love purity, aspire after Him and His Will. Therefore either He will not, or He cannot. If He will not, it must be because it would not be well to do so. If He cannot, then He would not if He could; else a better condition than God’s is conceivable to the mind of God. The truth is this: He wants to make us in His own image, choosing the good, refusing the evil. How should He effect this if He were always moving us from within, as He does at divine intervals, toward the beauty of holiness? For God made our individuality as well as, and a greater marvel than, our dependence; made our apartness from Himself, that freedom should bind us divinely dearer to Himself, with a new and inscrutable marvel of Love; for the Godhead is still at the root, is the making root of our individuality, and the freer the man, the stronger the bond that binds him to Him who made his freedom.

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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A Sabbath Sonet

January 31, 2015 at 1:52 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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I look with spirit up at this tree
That rises up in front of me
The dark blue pitch of night behind
Its branches deep in the soil like mine

They mirror up and down so deep
Down into the earth they creep
And up into the very Breath
By which You breathe it’s branchy depth

The night is still – shabbat a’calm
Commanded rest all the earth a Psalm
Rocks cries out an ancient song
I lean into the notes – belong

Whispered love scoops in and out
While rancorous lives begin to shout
Lofty attempts to dull and subdue
The Day of Rest that worships You

Teach me Yahweh to be like this tree
Reaching up while You breathe on me
And I follow You down into the roots
Being grafted into Jesse’s shoot

Oh Life-bread Vine
Adopt and graft
Split these seas with Your righteous Staff
Where Freedom stands before and Protection behind
I am a branch that depends on Your Vine
Turning Cornerstone Bread
Along with water and wine

The Silent night breeze sends forth Your peace
Though the stars hide behind a curtain of cease
“Be still!” The shout echos out from Galilee
A timeless peace broke out eternally
Love at rest, Love at work
Restless Love, Creating Love
Moving Love, Ceaseless flow of Love’s repair
The stones cry out and teach the air
The Sabbath rests in the balance there

Tree-like posture
A constant Praise
With planted feet so strong and brave
They fear no dark or airy grave
Reaching hope-ward the Arm that Saves

My fingers write the thoughts that flow
A timeless language You’d have us know
By diving deeply into Your heart
That says, “Rest now and we’ll start!
The key to My sweet Sabbath Rest
Is a soul that quakes to bless and bless
With driven need to seek out Me
And catch a glimpse of eternity
I feed My sheep, I make them grow
And lean upon My Staff aglow
A cleansing flood I send into
The parts of you, you can’t subdue
The Wine of peace shall feed your soul
The Lord of the Sabbath shall make you whole!”

All this You teach me with this tree
By leaning on and listening
To Your Sabbath song within its depths
Pouring out Your heart to bless
Inviting me to look beyond
The leafless form of branches strong
Asleep for now the Sabbath still
The tree can teach Your winter Will
A call to enter and sit with Thee
Just like the nighttime Sabbath tree

It is itself a shining Light
Calling now the darkness bright
In silent sway upon Your breath
The Lord of the Sabbath knows the death
Of rotten roots, decayed by sin
Exposed by suffering akin
To darkened skies and lightest wind
Abba’s breath brings back again

So trust all ye who know this truth
And be taught by the tree sent by the Shoot
Enter in with Sabbath song
To the Father’s heart where you belong.

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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♡ Jehovah’s Word for Today ♡

January 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm (Thoughts to Ponder)

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Eternal Arms that Hold

January 30, 2015 at 4:28 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Oh you little critical voice
That creeps inside of me
That dives inside and tries to hide
The truth that you are free

That turns your thoughts
Towards other lots
And starts to grab the gavel
Accusing gibes with condemning tides
Where only Love should travel

Those twisted shouts
And selfish pouts
That rage against His Love
I see you now
And throw you off
The Hands of God now shove!

I cast you out
No more to heed
Your hellish sing and creed
There is a Judge
Upright and fair
The pith of every need!

His holiness and bent down hands
Will cover every ear
With precious Blood
That takes the blame
And covers every fear

With His love so rich
And gracious fare
That souls grow mercy wings
I harken now
The hallowed song
And join as Heaven sings

“Fear not, dear child
Call out for help
That rests inside My keeping
That voice of hurt
And graceless worth
My Life shall bring forth leaping!”

All at once
The critical voice
Vanishes like a mist
The rightful Judge
Now sounds His voice
And Love cannot resist

The rest and peace
Where grace now cries
Forgive! And be forgiven!
The heart begins to find its song
And sends it’s voice to the Living!

I thank Thee God
For Your great work
That tends to every sorrow
With faithful grace and mercy calls
That teaches us to Follow

Salvation’s path
The Healers creed
I run towards Your position
And leave behind
Thoughts unkind
With obedience and precision

Yielding up
Submitting to
The righteous Voice emitting
Chain breaking waves
That Freedoms work is bidding

No captives here
No slaves to find
Just precious lambs within Your fold
I harken now and leap into
Eternal arms that hold!

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Quote Note

January 29, 2015 at 12:40 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , )

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***Two more days of George MacDonald quote notes remain. I find that if I ask the Lord to pour more into each one, each becomes a whole story in and of themselves. Filling in a boldly outlined picture with the colors of Who He is!***

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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