I apologize for my absence of late. God has been so very good this year! He has been especially delightful in springing surprises up, full of hope and joy – and unexpected time crunch circumstances! When God moves, there’s no doubting it! When He moves me, all I can do is hang on and enjoy the ride! Without exception whenever He has moved us, literally physically relocated us, in the last 20 years, it’s been so fast I could hardly stop to think of it. For which I’m grateful, as if I did I’d likely argue. Or at least belabor with Him all the pluses and negatives of His choices for me.
In such a fashion, a trip to Albuquerque NM to visit my folks for our anniversary turned into a “large finger” coming out of the sky pointing us in that direction. We had no idea. We were forced due to a job loss to leave our beautiful home in Kalispell, MT in 2011 and relocate to our home town of Denver, Co to regain employment. We delighted at the time to obey God, but resisted the place with all we had. We felt strong that this would just be a lay over and kept our eyes upon Him for when He would move us out of the big city again. We hoped with all our hearts to go back to Kalispell, MT where our hearts have called home and had ever since. Much to our surprise when the command came to go south instead of north and NOW, we were stunned. We had just started our own business from home and our plates were full with labor of diligence such an undertaking requires. Needless to say all the major doors flew open and we could not deny God had a route GPS’ed for us. Since the end of October, we have found a house, and are in the final stages of purchasing. We close December 29th. In the last 4 weeks I’ve been back to Albuquerque and Denver and get ready for a business trip the first week of December. I still have to yet pack and line everything up to move! I’m still stunned at the fast forward motion Adonai has us in. It will take Him and nothing short of Him alone for all this to get done. I’m confident He is up to the task. Each day the strength provided is sufficient. No more no less. “It’s such a crazy time of year to try to rush anything,” I tell Him. Holidays, family, trips, and all the “regular” stuff – “why now“? “Just once Lord, I wish you’d move me slowly!”
Lol! Ninety percent of the time that is everyone’s last thought to pray! Even, I, was praying steady for God to please get us out of here quickly (the prayer was in petition for His coming back, but “hey, if Your still a ways off, please just get us out of Denver!“) How quickly the tide changes!
I’ve never been so exhausted in all my years! Yet, miracle of miracles the reign of gratitude in all things proves to be a mighty anchor! What a gift the Spirit has wrought within us! It is Thanksgiving, and we’ve been thanksgiven! Prayers we’ve prayed are being answered (albeit very differently than we had in mind). We have so much to thank Him for, one day a year seems insufficient to celebrate such character development God gives when we obey and thank Him for everything – good and bad, everyday. The Mixmaster of joy and trial brings forth the gold of gladness!
I will resume my normal blogging habits again, dear fellowsheep, I promise. Until then, may I request your prayers for diligence to obey and depend wholly on Him through this move, to trust Him and the process, not the results, and especially to grip the handle bars of gratitude with both hands! I thank Him for each of you, and all your blogs and commitment and love for Him! (Yes, I’m still catching a few here and there)
May God be with you all, this day of Thankfulness, and through the rest of this year. May Grace and Peace follow hard along the path of His character developing within you as you honor and obey Him! May God, Elohim, Yeshua the Messiah, and the faithful Spirit get all the glory! Amen!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
There are moments in time, countless really, where Life opens up from every direction. Flooding the borders and cliffs of your soul. Running down the ravines and valleys, not missing the touching of each rock, leaf, tree, trunk, and speck of dust that makes up the vessel of you. Often, too often in life, I have been so busy, so into myself and “my life” that these moments can now only be looked back on and acknowledged in hindsight. But when they happen and I can be fully present in them I am filled, as Yeshua (Jesus) spoke of when He said rivers of Living Water would flow. Fully present is a term used often and vaguely. What I mean by it is:
The ability to allow all that is, both good and delightful, and hard and contrasting (often called “bad” and difficult) to come and be welcomed into my sphere. Both these things in myself and everyone and everything around me. Seeing through the Eyes of Him, the “perfection” that all things are to Him.
There have been so many of these moments this year, I am unable to count them. To begin to even list them briefly on this blog would make it long and monotonous. Not one person I know, not just love deeply, but just know, has not been part of them. Not one event or situation in its slightest detail has escaped the infusing of Life at its very substance and solidarity. Mystery is the best word for it, but to my soul the mystery is not perplexing or disturbing. It’s okay to be unable to define the indefinable. These moments can not be fully taken in without letting go of needing to understand it all. Like contrast art, with its blob and slash-like strokes, one can not try to find an object one knows within it for the purpose of definition. One must simply take it in, and let it become something words in the intellect can’t express. God’s rhythm and pulse throb within them, thus the flow. LIFE! There are no spare parts, no unsettled, no unresolved, unfinished, imperfect themes within them. Though everyone, myself and circumstances fall far from the realm of perfection by human standards, these moments don’t care, they LIVE!
Praise You God! Praise and glory! You are mighty, powerful, and awesome! YOUR works are perfect. Grafting in every part into an eternal Goodness and Light beyond imagining. Mercy, grace, forgiveness, trust, hope, peace, loveliness, purity – all these things are the dominating features of Your face within the ticking of the clock, rising and setting of the Sun, ebb and flow of the moon and tide, spin and shape of the countless stars – the story of Your glory given as such a precious gift in the measure of what we call time. Praise You, Abba, for Your great Love! Mighty, and powerful, so full of amazing POWER! Fearsome and breathtaking power! Yet I alight upon it with tender butterfly wings. Made like steel in beauty and yet still totally vulnerable to the slightest touch of Your breath. Nothing compares to You! Thank You for Life as You send it and ask that it be received. Thank You for enabling any of us to hold out our hands in the slightest gesture of reception of it. Come, come pour out Your Spirit upon us! And we shall be saved, and LIVE! Fully alive in You!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡