A Psalm

It is good to be a child of the Most High God!  My heart was glad within me when He said, “Come, sit with Me a while and share My thoughts”.  My delight is in the Lord and the Light of His countenance!  Come and sup with me, My Lord, and tell me of the mysteries of Your Love.  Show me the secrets of Your High Place that I might know Your heart.  Let me soar with You across the endless skies and delight with You in the deepest oceans.  For Your love is vast beyond imagining, and Your thoughts towards me out number all the starry host of the night skies.  Speak with me in the secret places of my heart and guide my steps with Your wisdom.  Flow through me all the days of my life that I would bring blessing and honor to Your Name.  Oh yes, my soul, it is good to be a child of the Most High!


Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?  That sounds like an odd question, doesn’t it?  At least that is what I thought when Father asked me that.  I’ve come to learn that when Father asks a question He’s not just making conversation.  So I said, “I don’t know, Father.  Who do I see when I look in the mirror?”  His answer surprised me.  He said, “You see the world’s version of who I created you to be.”

“But Father,” I said, “I thought I was beginning to look more like Jesus!”

“You are,” He replied.  “But you still see yourself through the world’s eyes.”

 Wow.  That sounded really big.  So I asked Father to teach me what that meant.  To begin, He had me write a list of all the labels I had agreed with about myself that came from the world.  Anything and everything.  Every category I had ever been put into.  “Overweight” was one of the biggies, and “single parent”, and “low income”.

 Then Father had me expand the list by writing down all the limitations and lies that were attached to each and every one of those labels.  I have to say that it was almost frightening to see how they were so interconnected and woven together.  Using just the previous three examples, the lies would say that because I am a single parent I will also be low income.  And low income people are often lazy and undisciplined, so of course I am overweight.  And because I am low income and overweight, I will continue to be a single parent.  Lies all of them!  But, oh my!  Round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows!  That was just three examples, and believe me there were a lot more than three things on that list.

 I found that there were several recurring themes amongst the many different labels.  Those were the things I believed most deeply about who I was because they came from so many different sources.  It was important for me to see that tangled web of lies and limitations.  It helped me to unearth some beliefs that I didn’t even know I held.

 But Father is so gracious that He didn’t just leave me there.  He has begun slowly taking me through that list and shining the light of His Truth on every single one of those labels.  Slowly, because it is taking me some time to come out of agreement with some of the lies.  I’m discovering that lies come with lots of barbed strings and they attach themselves in the most unlikely places.  And as we go, He is replacing those labels from the world with Truth about who I am from His Word.

 I asked Father this morning why there were so many things on that list.  He said, “The enemy of your soul has come to kill, to steal, and to destroy.  What better way to destroy you than to steal your birthright and inheritance?  And what better way to steal a birthright and inheritance than to convince the heir that they are someone else?”  Wow.  That kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

 By going through this often emotional, sometimes painful process with Father, I am beginning to see the me that He created.  The me that is Beloved of God.  The me without limitations.  I’m finding that when I am rid of the world’s limitations it’s much easier to catch a vision of my destiny and purpose.  Where there is Truth, there is freedom!

 So, Beloved, my question for you today is this:  Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

Treasure Hunt

            I was thinking about my life this morning, and I realized that I’ve been doing a lot of whining about it lately.  It seems so easy, somehow, to turn my eyes away from the many blessings I have in my life, and to focus on what I perceive as a “lack”.  Then, of course, I start to beat myself up about being ungrateful.  So I get in a cycle of whining and guilt and whining and guilt.  It’s not pretty.

            When all the while the truth is, I have a very blessed life.  I have a place to live, food to eat and clothes to wear.  I have a car to drive that was a GIFT.  I have two amazing teenagers who refuse to be put in boxes by society and that actually like to hang out with their mom!  I get to be a stay at home mom and I get to write, which are two of my greatest passions.  I have a family that loves me, and a special circle of friends whose hearts are knit together with mine.  And, most importantly, I have an ever expanding revelation that my God loves me, has nothing but good for me, and wants to be an intimate part of my life.

            “So why”, I asked Father, “Do I get so ungrateful?”  And He sent me on a Treasure Hunt.

            First, He took me to Genesis 3:1-6.  That’s the account of Eve being deceived by the enemy.  In the garden, Eve had everything.  She had an intimate relationship with God and physically walked with Him every day.  She had the lavish beauty and abundance of the garden surrounding her everywhere she looked.  She was perfect, her man was perfect, everything was perfect.  And yet, the enemy wriggled his way into her life and made her believe that even in the midst of paradise, something was lacking.  Wow!

            So, I wondered, is that my answer?  Eve was ungrateful, so that’s just the way I am too?  But Father wasn’t finished yet.  Next, He took me to Genesis 1:31.  “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely (AMP).  And He asked me, “Would I have approved of Eve completely if she had an ungrateful heart?  Would I even have called her good if she had an ungrateful heart?”  Of course not!  That means Eve didn’t have an ungrateful heart.  She was deceived by the enemy into believing the lie that God was somehow holding out on her.  So, if Eve didn’t have an ungrateful heart that means that I don’t have an ungrateful heart either.  That means that I have also been deceived by the enemy into believing a lie.  In my case, the lie is that God has been holding out on me in the area of provision.

            Now that the lie was out in the open I could look at it in the light of Truth.  One of the names of God is Jehovah-Jirah, the God Who Provides.  It is His very name and nature to provide for His children, just as it is in my nature to provide for mine.  He coded His nature into my DNA so I could better understand His heart.  I know this because Genesis 1:26 tells me that I was created in His image and likeness.

            So, I know that it is His nature to provide for me.  Will God, then, go against His nature and not provide for me? Once again I have to say of course not!  James 1:17 says that in Him there is no variableness or shadow of turning.  He is consistent and constant in Who He is.  Isn’t that awesome?  He has, He is, and He will always provide for me!  Watch out devil!  Your lie has been exposed.  And now I am wielding the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God! (Ephesians 6:17)

            I just love to win, don’t you?