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!


Thankful Thursday

I am sitting out on my front porch having lunch today and thankfulness has welled up inside me.  I am so thankful for my wonderful porch furniture.  It has been such a joy to sit out here with my tea and my Bible in the mornings and just spend time with Papa.  I am also thankful for a porch to put it on!  I am also incredibly thankful that it is11:45 am and I am outside and I am NOT SWEATING!  For those of you not living inOklahoma, this is a glorious thing.  We broke the long-standing record of days over 100 degrees this summer.  (There were over 50-after that I stopped counting)  I have to confess that I was not rooting for that particular accomplishment, but we made it even without my support. 🙂

Seriously, though, I am thankful for many things today, but I am most thankful for the stretching that I have gone through in the past few months.  This stretching has been and is and will be sometimes hard, sometimes painful, and always outside my comfort zone.  Papa is so faithful to give us what we ask of Him. I asked Him to remove everything in me that would hinder me from knowing Him and walking with Him like Jesus did.  And through it all I have been surrounded by grace.  Grace for the learning and grace for the teaching.  Grace for the victory and grace for the failure.  Grace for the moment and grace for the season.  The Bible tells us that His mercies are new every morning.  What grace!  What love!  And if that grace was the only thing I had, it would be abundantly more than enough with fill my soul with thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for today?  I would love to hear about the blessings in your life!

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?