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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Reflection: Further: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions

1. What measuring line do you feel you are walking right now?

2. What word do you most hold onto, or need to hold onto, to give you emotional strength to keep going forward?

3. What hill is a friend climbing and how you can give support to them?

4. What does moving with purpose look like to you?




Monday, February 25, 2019

Further: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 39 “And the measuring line shall go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah.”

Further,

The measuring line continues further than can be seen.  It is not a short distance and once reached it will turn towards another distance.

References say that the name Gareb means a scab, and possibly a name for Leper’s Hill. Goah means a place near Jerusalem. Two very different locations and yet both a part of the journey. The first seems to go through a path of illness or rejection, and the second a path towards holy ground.

The journey here seems to require endurance and a commitment to go out further—to go past the hill. To overcome the hill of the lepers—outcasts—those who have been turned away from community and family.

The measuring line expands beyond our comfort zones, beyond our failures, beyond our brokenness. To reach the Lord we are given His directions—no matter how far the road is in distance or how long the reach extends to accept His refuge—His love.                                                                                                                                    

Maybe we need to trust that there is a call to go further and deeper into His relationship that will lead us to grace beyond our scabs and towards healing.

Lord, we narrow things down—out hearts, attitudes, opinions, belief, acceptance of others, all things negative we sharpen with precision and target. You open up everything beyond all our comprehension to expand and embrace and look beyond the horizon to the unseen. Please replace our fears with trust and anticipation.


Your thoughts,



Friday, February 22, 2019

Days Are Coming: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


                                               Days Are Coming
                                               

                                                Rebuilt

                                                for the Lord.


                                                His purpose

                                                His plan


                                                Restored

                                                from destruction.


                                                Hear and see

                                                Hope and pray


                                                Reconcile

                                                fractured lives


                                                Hearts mended

                                                Healed by grace


                                                Rebuilt

                                                for the Lord.


                                                His protection

                                                His possibilities.


Romans 8:38, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Reflection: Shall Be Rebuilt: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1. What debris is filling with you with despair?

2. What does the cost of rebuilding look like emotionally?

3. Prayerfully acknowledge what your first steps need to be to begin.

4. Choose a word of hope and commitment to remind you of His ongoing presence whenever you feel despair.

5. Take the first step to rebuild.






Monday, February 18, 2019

Shall Be Rebuilt: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 38 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the city shall be rebuilt for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.”

Shall be rebuilt,

Sometimes it doesn’t feel as if any rebuilding is possible when only debris and rubble fill our life.

It’s hard to see restoration, or any kind of new beginnings. Especially when we are wearied in body, soul, mind, and heart.

Yet the Lord will help us to lift up our eyes from the destruction and see the possibilities through His vision for each of us. He will enable us to keep our faith steady in the days ahead.

He will keep our hearts faithful and watch over us in hope, not letting grief darken any of His light.

He will help us to rebuild, one small step at a time, steadily moving towards purpose instead of only seeing loss.

All our days are in Your care, Lord, if we would just give them over to You instead of trying to run our own lives from self-centered reasoning. Which only brings destruction whereas Your way brings restoration. Lord, we ask to live each day building into Your truth and by Your Spirit’s guidance. For Your purpose.


Your thoughts,




Friday, February 15, 2019

No Limits: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry




                                                No Limits

                                               
                                                No limits

                                                to God’s mercy

                                                love infinite

                                                immeasurable

                                                expands like
                       
                                                the universe

                                                beyond grasp

                                                never ending

                                                depths

                                                of possibility.


Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Reflection: If: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions

1. In what ways have you experienced His inexhaustible love towards you?

2. Or what barriers have you put up against accepting His mercy? Why?

3. How can the idea of no limits to His love bring discomfort or comfort?

4. To whom can you extend your love and compassion this week?





Monday, February 11, 2019

If: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 37 “Thus says the Lord, ‘If the heavens above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel, For all that they have done,” declares the Lord.”

If,

If the measure of heaven be exhausted, would we be cast off too?

“The immense suggests the infinity,” says Alexander MacLaren. “The immensity of the material universe is for us a symbol of the infinity of God’s long-suffering love.”

A century ago the thought of measuring the universe was beyond comprehension. Today scientists have found more and more astonishing discoveries, and yet, the more they find, the more infinite the search becomes.

“His forgiving forbearance reaches further than the limits of the heavens.”

There are no limits to God’s love and His mercy. Despite whatever we have done.

Thank you Lord for Your unfailing grace that redeems us from all situations, and
restores life and hope into each breath. Thank you for Your immense ongoing love. May we learn to love each other with Your compassion and grace.

Your thoughts,


Friday, February 8, 2019

Cease: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



                                               Cease


                                                Fixed order

                                                centered in purpose

                                                foundation built on

                                                costly grace

                                                future must hold on

                                                continuously or

                                                forfeit new possibilities

                                                cause a broken covenant

                                                forever scattered like

                                                chaff in the wind

                                                fractured order.

Romans 8:36, “Just as it is written, ‘For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Reflection: Fixed Order: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions

1. What has crumbled in your life recently?

2. How have you sought and found guidance in His grace?

3. Who close to you is also struggling?

4. What words of grace can you pass on in person or in prayer?

5. How can we show that costly grace is a fixed order?



Monday, February 4, 2019

Fixed Order: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 36 “‘If this fixed order departs from before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘Then the offspring of Israel also shall cease From being a nation before me forever.’”

Fixed order,

Now scattered.

How easily we each fail to keep to the Lord’s grace for us—His plans, His order, His promises.

Then we wonder why we are often lost and crumble and wander away. And feel as if any promised possibility is lost forever.

Yet, the Lord will continue to walk with us side-by-side waiting for us to recognize and accept His way. When we turn to His fixed love that is offered in a relationship that He still gives to us one-to-one.

Especially when our paths have been shattered and broken, either by ourselves or by others, He will still show us how to move forward. In His ongoing truth and purpose which cannot be broken.

He will take all our broken pieces and shape them by His own hand in a new creation. His fixed order of personal relationship.

Lord, we have no life—no being—no breath apart from You—Your creation—Your Presence. Help us each to understand and embrace life in Your shaping hands and purpose.

Your thoughts,

Friday, February 1, 2019

Only One: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry




                                                Only One


                                                His name

                                                only one to speak

                                                creation into being

                                                lit the heavens

                                                by day and night

                                                engulfing darkness

                                                designing oceans

                                                fixed order

                                                ongoing life

                                                established by

                                                His hand
                                   
                                                only power

                                                to save all

                                                creation into wholeness

                                                Light of life

                                                Holy love.

Romans 39:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

 
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