V II: Inspiration and Truth
Things I believe to be true plus a few things I want to consider, and a sprinkling of the ridiculous.
I’m kind of feeling that obvious in-your-face frontal pressure of the enemy this week. More than in quite a while. The hard pressing “Quit.. QUIT.. or I will make you QUIT”. So I’m extra thankful for the time spent with my Christian sisters this morning. Just the moral support of their presence is such a boost. It’s good to know I’m not alone. To experience that I am not alone. Sometimes Jesus makes His presence felt through other believers. I’m grateful for that. 💕
Good morning! The Lord is BUSY making streams in the wasteland today. 💕 I won’t be writing. I have our last session of Ladies Bible Study for the season. I’m so thankful for that, and for what a wonderful year we’ve all had together. I’ll miss them. What a lovely group.
I am thankful to be home. What a day. Exciting times. My son’s flight went very well. He kept kind of marveling afterwards at how amazing it was to land a plane all on his own. That seems to have been the true challenge of the exercise. He got to do some maneuvers. He’s already spoiled by the aerobatics he’s gotten to do… bored at the thought of flying “like a civilian”. HAH!!! Today was the first time he said he thinks he’d like a single seat plane- a single seat JET!!
My dears, I will not be here for prayer time tonight. I do encourage you to keep praying.. even when I can’t make it. It looks like I’m driving into a storm getting home this evening. I’m thankful for forked flashes of platinum against clouds of purple steel. 💕🙏🏻
WOOHOOO!!!!! My son took a trip today. A SOLO trip. You guys. He did it!!! He SOLOED!!! So thankful for a safe landing! What a dream come true!!! I took a trip too. Or. It took me??!? 🧐 Regardless, I am here to hug him the minute he finishes his post flight admin biz. Yippppeee!!! The weather radar map had me squinting side eyed at the Navy this morning. ⛈Hah! Thankful I hit the road anyway.
Is God dealing any verses into your life right now? Am I the only one who feels like they’ve just been given- hah!- a fresh hand? (Which TBH- generally speaking- looks rather similar to the last one. Were these cards even shuffled???!?!?? 🧐 I mean. John 1:11 feels new. But I’m not sure I really like that one. 😂 )
And… now that I’ve mentioned the eternal perspective, I feel Him speaking this scripture into my life again- as He has a number of times before. There is only one thing worth being concerned about. She found it. It will not be taken from her. What a beautiful card to add to the hand. Thank you, Lord. You know I love you. I will feed your sheep. 💙
When I look at these verses together what do I see? I see privilege and responsibility. Sorrow and encouragement. A command. A promise. I see a God who does not forsake me and who expects me not to forsake those He has given me to feed. I see a path He has already trod. And though it is not spelled out in these verses I see eternal consequences.
A public ministry is not something I ever would have sought on my own. My early years as a pastor’s daughter taught me well that the ministry is very hard. Toil laced with heartache. Demanding. I am here- doing this work- because my answer to His question is “Lord, you know I love you.”
And… I don’t think I’ve mentioned here, but the Spirit has been bringing “Feed my sheep” to my mind often in the last week. So there’s this passage too. I certainly don’t find this work to be a game- but for the sake of illustration I almost feel as though He has dealt me a fresh hand. This handful of verses is what taking up His cross and following Him looks like in my own life right now.
I almost feel like he’s been dealing me a hand full of verses lately. There are some scriptures He has sent me to that have risen to the forefront of my mind these last couple of weeks- and stuck there. I’m kind of mentally fanning them out this morning. Seeing how they play together. There’s this one.
Let’s keep praying for the Lord to protect the work He is doing from our all too busy enemy. Thank you, friends. Sleep well. 😘 (Do you ever feel like this generation is being tested and found wanting? We seem to be a generation of “casual Christians”. Lazy. Unmotivated. Distracted. Sadly Laodicean. We occasionally complain about the state of things- but don’t seem to be willing to sacrifice to seek the Kingdom first. There’s a reason we’re praying for revival… the Church NEEDS it)
And Lord, do hurry to take us to be with you in the place you have prepared. We pray all of these things in the name of the One who has gone ahead to make ready for us!!! Jesus! Amen 💙 May the Lord bless you by putting a sweet dream in your heart of that wonderful place of promise.
Lord, there are still some of us who are looking for this earthly land to be a better place. We confess the sins of our nation (please pray over the specific ones that burden you). We ask you to work for us in power as you have in other generations. We know you have come into godless societies and swept populations up in miraculous floods of salvation and revival. We know you are able, Lord. We know you hold back your return from a desire for all to be saved. We pray you gather your people in.
While we wait, Lord, we are grateful for this country we currently call home. We love the good things about it. The natural beauty. The foundations of a pretty good government (as far as earthly ones go) - passed to us by our forefathers. These are great blessings from you. But our hearts also break for the spiritual state of our nation. We have embraced the sins of the last days. We have become lovers of self and lovers of money. Together we have set these things as idols in your place.
Lord, we will SHOUT and SING our agreement with this too!!! We are desperately looking forward to the country we can truly call our own. We long to see the Holy City in its full splendor! We long to take up our new lives as citizens in its blessed and bountiful streets!! We long to live in agreement. In peace and joy. In brotherhood!! Our spirits strain toward the day when we will finally perfectly fulfill the greatest commandments and love will reign over and through us. Thank you, Jesus!!!