Singleness by Lorie Schneiderhan

August 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

 

You might have heard about the ‘gift’ of singleness. Many Christians feel it is more of a curse. Our society, and even our Christian society as well, can offer an unbalanced view on things and inadvertently pressure singles into thinking that WE ALL must find a husband or wife. If we choose to listen to God‘s will and choose not to marry, others quite often feel the need to offer up unwanted and unneeded sympathies to the single. Singleness is often mistakenly seen as biblically inferior to married life. Singleness might even be something which embarrasses the single person. But that’s not what the Bible teaches.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the bible actually calls singleness as much as a gift from the Lord, and then some. 1 Cor. 7:32 NKJ~ “But I want you to be with out care, He who is UNMARRIED cares for the things of the LORD- how he may please the Lord. 33~But he who is MARRIED cares about the things of the world-how he may please his wife. The UNMARRIED woman cares about the things of LORD, that she may be holy, both in body and in spirit..But she who is MARRIED cares about THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD-how she may please her husband. For I want you to serve the Lord, UNDISTRACTED.

 

 

 

Singleness gives us freedom to serve God without having to think about a husband or wife, and means we’re just seeking to serve God first and no-one else. It is not a requirement from the Lord, and it is not the will of God for most, more the exception to the rule for those that can endure this gift. This is not to suggest marriage is not good, or godly, as the Bible clearly states it’s also a gift, and how else could God grow His family. Often times marriage and/or children can cause complications in life and also in all sorts of ministry when in all likelihood singleness may not. It is true, God said it is NOT good for man to be alone, this is why the single should be diligent in cultivating godly friendships with others. Of course, this current gift of singleness, does not mean that at some later point God may will to you the gift of marriage; but at the moment if you have the gift of singleness, treat it as the precious gift that it very clearly is.

 

 

 

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Circumcision

July 14, 2011 at 2:24 am (Psalms) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

7/9/2011

Lord, has my heart been circumcised?

You, who created Life and death and flesh and bone

You, are the Shaper of my clay

Fill my lamp with the oil of Your Spirit

Cut off in my inmost being that which is dead to You

And I will be poured out and filled in synchronicity

Oh Lord, only You are the Alpha and Omega

First and Last, Beginning and End

Only in You are opposites made whole into a new thing altogether

I would speak of this – Your chaos and complexity and speak as if it is the simple truth

Yet let my mouth stay at Your Hand

And let my ears call to my heart at the sound of Your Works

For Your Voice is all the learning, filling, and purpose of this small soul

Light this Lamp, Yeshua – and continually fill the chamber of its fuel

And let me not doubt, when You put the Lamp out –

That Darkness is Your dwelling as well

All things – all – are Yours and for Your Glory

Forever and ever – amen

A Psalm by Lisa VanValkenburgh

Isaiah 45:2-7

“I will go ahead of you, leveling the hills, shattering the bronze gates, smashing the iron bars. I will give you treasures hoarded in the dark, secret riches hidden away, so that you will know that I, Adonai, calling you by your name, am the God of Isra‘el. It is for the sake of Ya’akov my servant, yes, for Isra’el my elect, that I call you by your name and give you a title, although you don’t know me. I am Adonai; there is no other; besides me there is no God. I am arming you, although you don’t know me, so that those from the east and those from the west will know that there is none besides me – I am Adonai; there is no other. I form light, I create darkness; I make well-being, I create woe; I, Adonai, do all these things.”

Isaiah 45:12

“I am the one who made the earth! I created human beings on it! I – my hands – stretched out the heavens, and directed all their number.”

Isaiah 45:22-23

“Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God; there is no other. In the name of myself I have sworn, from my mouth has rightly gone out, a word that will not return – that to me every knee will bow and every tongue will swear about me – that only in Adonai are justice and strength.”     

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Thoughts to Ponder ~ 9

July 8, 2011 at 3:05 am (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.  ~ Meister Eckhart ~

He who seeks God in some external routine will find the routine and lose God.  ~ Meister Eckhart ~

How can we ever be sold short, or cheated, we who for every service have long ago been overpaid?  ~ Meister Eckhart ~

O faithful conscience delicately pure, how doth a little failing wound thee sore!  ~ Dante Alighieri ~

For silence is not God, nor speaking; fasting is not God, nor eating; solitude is not God, nor company; nor any other pairs of opposites. He is hidden between them and cannot be found by anything your soul does, but only by the desire of your heart.  ~ Cloud of Unknowing ~

Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.  ~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.  ~ Thomas Aquinas ~

Anyone who is not burning will not be able to set anyone else on fire.  ~ Peter of Rheims ~

(Christ speaks) I am concealing myself from you so that you may discover by yourself what you are without me.  ~ Margaret of Cortona ~

This morning my soul is greater than the world, since it possesses you, whom heaven and earth cannot contain.  ~ Margaret of Cortona ~

Love made me like the hazel trees, which blossom early in the season of darkness, and bear fruit slowly.  ~ Hadewijch of Brabant ~

Every creature is a divine word because it proclaims God.  ~ Bonaventure ~

Since happiness is nothing but the enjoyment of the highest good, and since the highest good is above, then no one can be happy unless he rise above himself, not by a physical ascent, but by an ascent of the heart.  ~ Bonaventure ~

If you wish to know how such things come about, consult grace, not doctrine; desire, not understanding; prayerful groaning, not studious reading; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness, not clarity.  ~ Bonaventure ~

Exalted, drawn, and absorbed into uncreated Light, I beheld that which cannot be related.  ~ Angela of Foligno ~

Confession must be our own: we must expose no one except ourselves, as far as possible.  ~ Ancrene Riwle ~

If you are wise you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than a canal. For a canal spreads abroad the water it receives, but a reservoir waits until it is full before overflowing, and thus shares without loss to itself its superabundance of water.  ~ Bernard of Clairvaux ~

We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants: we can see more than they can, and things further off, not because we are keener-sighted or physically distinguished, but because we are being carried high, lifted up by their great size.  ~ Bernard of Chartres ~

The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning. For by doubting we come in enquiry and by enquiry we arrive at the truth.  ~ Peter Abelard ~

Nobody can fight properly and boldly for the faith, if he clings to a fear of being stripped of earthly possessions.  ~ Peter Damian ~

God often works more by the illiterate seeking the things that are God’s than by the learned seeking the things that are their own.  ~ Anselm of Canterbury ~

O Christ, the ocean of our forgiveness, allow me to wash off in you the dirt I am clothed in, so that I may become resplendent in the raiment of your holy light.  ~ John the Elder ~

The “fall” began with Satan’s jealousy of God. So if you find within you envy or jealousy brews – remember the author of these – and send them back unprinted on the pages of your heart.  ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~

We cannot grieve except that He has, does, and did so first – so when we feel a loss that wells the soul into agony – we are in His Light…grieving more than the one simple act or incident at a time – but feel a simple small part of the Larger Whole. The grief – even this belongs to Him – flows from Him and it is an anointing! So much we are bathed in Blood. Not less the blood of the physical body – as more the Blood of the soul. There are corpses everywhere – the Holocaust is not at quits, so much more the Blood that covers us. More that, because it transfuses – breathes the life – to cover over the soul in more than second chances.  ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~

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Hallmarks of a True Friend

July 1, 2011 at 1:42 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Hallmarks of a true friend:

 

  • When you reach out to them – they embrace you and stand beside you and tip your head up to your Maker.
  • There are no such things as impassable distances. Their hearts breach the impossible and touch you no matter where or how they are.
  • They listen to the true voice within you. Encouragement in the voice of sorrow and doubt. Embracing the voice of uniqueness and beauty. Not so much concerned with compatibilities in personality and experience – as unity in the pasture we are all placed in and the joy found in hearing the Voice of Our Shepherd.
  • They don’t care about your resume, achievements and worldly successes as the hallmark to worthiness. They care about WHO you are without all “the garments” praise-worthy to humans.
  • You can trust them most importantly behind your back as to your face. Without the one the other can not be real.
  • They commit their talk to only the things that encourage others to believe the best of you.
  • They remind you of all that’s truly important in this life. That every soul is empty till Jesus flows through it. That every soul gets lost and He finds them. That getting lost and empty are the hallmarks of being fulfilled and found. That everything means something, not in fate but in purpose. That everything is purposed by His hands and those Hands are infinitely trustworthy.
  • A true friend speaks the truth no matter how uncomfortable, with a loving heart always – but knowing that comfort is often found in a “squeezing” or pushing through. They offer to squeeze with you – not for you – to lend their weight to the push not clobber with the truth and then wait till you “get it”. A true friend sticks – not stones.
  • A true friend knows the key to having a true friend is BEING a true friend. Even to those who are not true to them.
  • A true friend grieves as though the grief is their own. Leaps with joy in their joy. It is not jealous or envious but inspired by the differences they see in people.
  • A true friend…they cross your path maybe once or twice in a lifetime. They rarely “look” like you’d expect. They are almost always very different than you at first – until you see they are kindred spirits in different vessels only. They are few – not the norm – and a special gift from God.
  • The world says friendship takes two. The Bible says it takes one. The world looks on the outside (common interest, hobby’s, similar circumstances, status, education, wealth, popularity, good looks). The Bible says look to the inside where there is only one requirement – the Love of God – His ways, His word, His perspectives, His interest, His education, His status, and His desires. Jesus came to point the way to true friendship – to His Father. True friends are always “lookin up for each other” not lookin out for each other. True friends know that a Shepherd is “lookin out for us all”, sees all there is to see, and can “look out” for us better than we ever could. True friends just keep lookin up, holding on, and remind us to do the same by example, word, and deed.
  • True friendship is a verb – not a noun. It s always in action whether close by or far away – whether its a quiet sitting beside or words of comfort, laughter, or song. It’s always present because as with all things true – it comes from Above, never ends, always hopes, always loves, always trust.
  • True friendship starts from within a person first and last…so it never goes without.
  • True friendship requires a Shepherd…like all things called treasures that last eternity. Like the Michael W. Smith song…”And friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them…and a friend cannot say never because the welcome will not end…”
  • We are not meant to experience true friendship with everybody, but we are called to be a true friend to everybody. True friendship isn’t about getting, it’s all about giving. It never counts the cost, tally’s the gifts its given or how often, or compares one thing to another. Its valued for the gift that it is and kept as the rare and special difference it is to all other things.
  • I thank You Jesus that You called me a friend, that I have a lifetime and more to learn what that means. To all my true friends…you know who you are…I am honored to call you such…and even more honored to be a true friend to you. I love you all with all my heart.

 

2011  ~  Lisa VanValkenburgh

 

Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.  ~ Charles Peguy

For there is no friend like a sister. In calm or stormy weather; to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.  ~ Christina Rossetti

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What would it be like?

June 22, 2011 at 2:03 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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What would it be like?

To have never known jealousy?

To have never known impatience, or irritability or complacency?

To have never seen anger as a demon; or heard a sarcastic tone that left its mark on the soul?

What would I be like?

If I saw Angels in amongst us everywhere I looked?

If I heard the Voice of God surround the wicked and the crooked?

If I could not discern hatred or envy or strife

If the only thing that registered was the Way, the Truth, the Life

What would my life now be?

If my heart never felt as breaking?

But took the hits and called it love;

In the Christ-like me, in the making

If it never knew the winds of doubt or never shook with fear

If it never wanted to protect itself

Or never emptied of His grace and shame just disappeared

If it had no concept of condemning guilt;

or never felt a selfish hand to touch or bend its way.

If only Gods completeness bled thru its life-force pump each day.

These things are true”, He says to me, “Now live as if it is.”

“No weapon formed against you shall stand.”

“Hear My Voice, and come follow Me and I’ll lead you to this ‘land’.

 

~  2011 ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh

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