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Dear friends,

Reb and I have been here in Fort Collins, Colorado for 2 years now. It has been an incredible journey for us. We left California with the hopes of slowing down our lives and joining ourselves to a dear group of people who lived out what we have known to be true for a long time…that the very reason we are alive is to know the love of God and to love others as a result of that knowing. Simplify was the operative word. It has taken these two years to create intentionally slower lives and to give much time to still ourselves to hear the Lord’s love over us. I am convinced that this is His heart for us, and also that it may not be fully realized in 2 years or 20. But as Paul encourages us in Thessalonians 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead quiet lives.”  This, my friends, is my lovely ambition, and as I walk this out it is my hope to continue to share with you on these Blogs what I am learning along the way. Thank you for hearing my heart, I hold you dear.

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My dear friends,

I woke this morning with so many things on my mind, things I so wanted answers for. Things I wanted to get fixed, changed, solved…. can you relate?

 

Recently at a women’s retreat, I encouraged my sisters to make a list… a list of all the things that they were tempted to be anxious about. Everything, the seemingly insignificant to the overwhelming.

The “will I ever lose weight” to “will my child survive the chemo”.

All of the things that clutter our hearts and demand our attention.

It took some time. Some lists were very long.

When we were finished we looked at Philippians 4:4-7… so many jewels.

“Rejoice”, “Do not be anxious about anything”, “Instead pray and be thankful”,

“The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds”, “The Lord is near”.

The Lord is near.

And it was here that the Lord led us to take our lists and not throw them away or put them into the fire, but to take our lists and after each anxious thought write the words, proclaim the words

“The Lord is near”.

Over and over again we wrote it, and after each line I saw my sisters grow in hope and in joy.

No wonder we can  “Rejoice always”…The Lord actually is near.

 

This morning in my quiet time (“quiet” meaning in the Greek to still ones self) I read this devotional:

 

“ Everything in you may be saying, “But you don’t understand. I want … (fill in the blank)

“That’s what really seems like life to me right now.”

God says, “I know you do, but it’ll kill you in the end. What you think is life is not. That’s not the comfort, or the love, or the significance you are seeking. You’ll wind up destroying yourself.”

The commands of God become our tutor in the healing of our desire.  We need the Law because our instrument is out of tune; we’re not clear all the time on what it is we really desire. And so the first command comes first.

God tells us to love Him with all our hearts and all our souls, with all our minds and all our strength.

It’s not a burden, but a rescue, a trail out of the jungles of desire. When we don’t look for God as our true life, our desire for Him spills over into our other desires, giving them an urgency they were never intended to bear. We become desperate, grasping and arranging and worrying over all kinds of things, and once we get them, they end up ruling us.

It’s the difference between wants and needs. All we truly need is God. Prone to wander from him, we find we need all sorts of other things. Our desire becomes insatiable because we’ve taken our longing for the Infinite and placed it upon finite things. God saves us from the whole mess by turning our hearts back to him.  

I needed to be reminded of this today, I hope it encourages you, and that it lifts a burden off of you.

Oh, my sisters, here is a promise and a song “God will supply every need of yours…”  Philippians 4:19  

The true need of my heart, my only need is to know His love and to walk in that love.

And He is relentless toward that end.

So, I say to you now my friends, I proclaim over you: 

“The Lord is near

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Dear Friends,

I want to share something with you that I read this morning…an excerpt from a devotional from our sister Beth Jones:

GOD IS GOOD by Beth Jones

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9

“Let me just say it loud and clear. God is good, and He is good all the time.

Goodness is so much more than one of His characteristics, it’s who He is.

He is good, and according to Romans 2:4 it’s His goodness that leads all of us to repent.

The love that He has for us and the mercy He extends to us are both reflections of His goodness.

 

When we face challenges in life our faith needs to rest in the goodness of God. Knowing that God is for us and not against us.

That He is actively looking for ways to show us His goodness.

We can trust His guidance because we know and believe that He is good. Listen to what the psalmist said when facing a difficult situation:

 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Psalm 27:13 NKJV

 

Experiencing the goodness of God in heaven will be awesome, and I don’t know about you, but I’d like to experience it here in the land of the living as well. So, if you are facing a tough situation today, don’t lose heart. Keep your eyes on God and trust in His goodness. God’s got something good for you today!

 

Don’t ever forget that we serve a God who gives good things to those who ask. I pray that these two scriptures minister to your heart throughout the day:

 

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11 NKJV

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 NKJV

 

It’s seems pretty clear that God is trying to get something over to us doesn’t it?

Sounds like He is trying to say, “I’m good, and I’ve got good things for you, so ask me for them.”

 As I read this, I could picture so many of you my friends, going through difficult times and wondering when “good” will come again.

I want to proclaim over you that “good” is surrounding you right now. Because your God is surrounding you right now.

I encourage you to ask your Father to simply show you His goodness today, in a real and perhaps surprising way. I know He will, it is His delight to show you His love.

Please write me back and tell me what He does. As our brother David sings in Psalm 34…It is good to boast in the Lord.

 

 

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