Unpack That Verse… Habakkuk 2:14 The Covering of the LORD

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“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.  Habakkuk 2:14 (NASB)

As I looked out into the sky this morning, I saw how the clouds were resting on the mountains. They laid, ever so softly, on the tops of the mountains as if to cover them…protect them even.

It was beautiful to look at, peaceful and comforting.

As I reflected more, I began to think of how God covers us. I began to search for verses where God covered His children. Habakkuk 2:14 was one that I found and it resonated with me.

This verse likens the covering of God to His Glory. Not only that, His glory is revealed in our knowledge of Him and it will be as vast as the waters of the sea. What an incredible picture!

We have yet another example of knowing God and as we know Him more, we truly KNOW Him. We will come to know HIs Glory… His Presence… we will be covered by HIM! AND… it will be as big as the waters that cover the sea!!!!

WOW!

Often when I feel the presence of the Father, it is like a covering, a warm and cozy blanket that HE places over me. It is such an awesome feeling!

I LOVE to be covered by God!

I hope you have had this experience. If not, it is possible. In fact, the Lord is probably just waiting for you to come to Him so He can cover you. Go to Him now, quickly, and let Him cover you with His LOVE!!!

GOD doesn’t want something from us, HE simply wants us!  -C.S. Lewis

Unpack That Verse…Philippians 4:6-7 No Worries

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Be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Feeling anxious is a very real thing. I battled anxiety for many years. The one very important thing I learned about anxiety is that I could beat it… with the help of Jesus.

I didn’t see clearly how anxiety was affecting me and my life until very recently. In fact, God revealed to me that this anxiety was actually rooted in fear. And that fear controlled me completely!

Through prayer and supplication, which means simply asking for, I was able to walk to the other side of this fear and break covenant with it. I had partnered with fear, anxiety, worry, you name it, for my entire life, but it was time to be free.

It is true, that once I partnered with God and allowed Him to walk me through this process of freeing me from my fear, peace settled on me, in me and around me.

It was truly amazing to me to see how different I saw things through my own eyes because of this freedom. I became alive, adventurous… fearless.

Once I gave my anxiety and worry, and essentially my fears to Jesus, my whole life began to change. One seemingly little gesture can be the last step into breakthrough and COMPLETE PEACE and FREEDOM!!!

So, in your moments when you feel anything but peace, cry out to Jesus, and ask Him to fill you with peace… then rest in the Father’s Presence as He covers you with the warmest, coziest “peace blanket” you have ever snuggled under! Trust me, you will never want to worry again!

Worry does not empty TOMORROW of its sorrows, it empties TODAY of its strength.            Corrie ten Bloom

The Perfect Place

Peace flowing over me

flowing so freely

Love filling my heart completely

to the ultimate capacity

Rest in this time

wait and you will see

The healing will come in everything

Let me love you my precious

I will show you how I have prepared the way

The path has been cleared

and you, my anointed daughter know the way…

You have been courageous

you have risked

you have opened your heart

and now…

I will show you all you truly are…

 

We really don’t know what life will bring our way. As a believer, we at least have the promises of the Lord to remind us of what we have… a Father who loves us.

In the past two weeks I have come to know a place that is so sweet and precious, I try to go there every day, sometimes many times throughout the day.

This place is a place where I hang out with God… it is our secret place.

The secret place is not even a place, but rather just being with God. It can be anywhere and anytime, but it is only found in the presence of the Father. As we connect with His Spirit, we find communion with Him… this is the secret place.

This secret place is actually inside of us… we are the secret place, at least when we connect with the Father and His Spirit… we are the secret place where God meets with us.

In the past few weeks I have come to an amazing revelation about my private time with the Lord. The Father has revealed to me that I don’t even have to “do” anything, but rather just “be” with Him. All He really wants is for me to come to Him, and spend time with Him. Sometimes that spending time with Him is reading His Word. Sometimes that spending time with Him is praise and worship. Sometimes that spending time with Him is complete silence.

How I spend time with the Father does not matter to Him. Where my heart is during that time is what matters. Is my spirit connected to His when I am with Him? That is the key… the Father wants connection with me. Spirit to spirit is the most intimate connection I can have with the Father. This is how I know Him and He knows me… we become one.

In the presence of the Father I am fully me. My true identity is revealed in the fullness of the Father’s love. This is where I find hope. This is where I feel peace. This is where I become free… this is where the love of the Father covers me.

I don’t have to do anything for love or acceptance, because God loves me anyway. He loves me at my best AND at my worst. The one thing the Lord wants from me… He wants me to come hang out with Him.  The more I spend time with Him, the more I just love it! And, as I come more into His presence, the easier it gets to lose myself in His love. It is truly an amazing feeling to be with the creator of the universe… and know how much He loves me. Not only that, to know that He is there whenever I am ready… how sweet is that. I would be crazy to not want to be there with Him…  I wish I had figured it out sooner, but I am so glad I know about it now! I have found the most perfect place there is, with my Daddy, Father God, in our special place.

If you don’t have a secret place where you intimately know God the Father, I encourage you to seek it now. It is the most amazing place you have ever been… truly the perfect place!

The Peace Inside…


As The wind blows across my face

I still wonder… Is this my place?
The happiness comes and goes

And the sadness still flows
Will it ever go away…

Will I ever go the right way?
I look into the sky

As a lone clouds slowly moves by
The answers are still unknown

But I know I am not alone
And with that

I feel a certain peace inside
Now I smile

As the bad feelings slowly subside

The Roller Coaster Called LIFE

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Life is often like a ride on a huge roller coaster! Going up a steep hill slowly, allowing for much anticipation. Then, in almost a split second, going down that hill super fast, screeching around a turn and down into a dark tunnel. And the whole time we are screaming and laughing and crying and excited and scared and happy. Almost every emotion comes out in that brief period of time. Yes, life is like a roller coaster ride.

Too bad, like the ride, life couldn’t change as quickly.

Often within some of our hardest moments in life, the fear, the pain, the tears, lie our longest, darkest days. We only want to be out of those times. We want them over and done quickly. Unfortunately they seem to linger almost endlessly.

Then, the times that are our favorite, we wish these moments to last into eternity. Those of course are the happy, joyous and loving parts of our life. We could stay in those times forever and never want anything else.

Here’s the question to ponder… why both? Why does life have to have both elements? Is it because the human body feels both? And as we feel both kinds of emotions, good and bad, we ultimately enable their presence on our roller coaster ride called life?

I believe this is part of it. I also believe that the presence of sin in our world also is a key factor in the presence of bad in our life.

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— Romans 5:12(NKJV)

Once sin entered, a door was opened to the world for the “fruits of the flesh” (as I like to peg them) to be present. What are the “fruits of the flesh”? Anything that is not a “fruit of the Spirit”. Here’ a good list to follow…


Fruits of the Flesh

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21(NKJV)


Fruits of the Spirit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.                  Galatians 5:22-23(NKJV)

Which fruits are present when? Yeah… The bad ones often bring bad times and the good ones bring good times.

Now, both the good and the bad will be present in this world until the day our Lord and Savior, Jesus comes back, so, our best efforts to stay away from the “fruits of the flesh” and stick with the “fruits of the spirit” will result is more of those blessings in life. You know the best part of it all is? God is right there walking with us & His Spirit will guide us towards the best things. There will still be tears and pain, but the happiness and laughter will be in abundance too! God promises that!!!

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.     Ephesians 3:20-21(NKJV)

Life, like a ride on a roller coaster can be emotional while creating an atmosphere of uncertainty. Allow Father God to ride with you… He will create an atmosphere of Peace and Love!

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Beauty in the Light…

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A kiss in the wind… a wave goodbye

Words of love, a smile, a grin

Look up in the sky… remember it all

The happy flutters, the cloud covers… rolling by

Sweet songs

Beautiful flowers

Dreary dark days

Full of showers…

Turn left, turn right… look up, look down

Each day, each moment

Never lose sight…

Behind the clouds the sun will always peek through

Sadness and doubt eventually come with peace and joy too…

3 Day Quote Challenge:Day 3… Your Peace

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Writing can be something you do without even thinking sometimes. Others times, you have the desire to write something, but just cannot seem to get anything going.

My last blog was Friday… 4 whole days ago! I have been writing something everyday and on some days twice even! It’s amazing how writing can become a habit just like anything else and once you stop even just for a few days, it’s hard to start up again!

I even have one more day of the 3-Day Quote Challenge that erhynireh challenged me to…

So, I am killing two birds with one stone, so-to-speak. Here’s my third and final day of the quote challenge AND my first blog after 4 days so I can get that ball rolling!!!

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Great quote that effectively depicts the two schools of thought.

Mind verses Spirit.

Natural verses Supernatural.

Earth verses Heaven.

There is a choice here… which do you believe?

Are you waiting for it all to work out? Or do you believe that peace is all you need?

I know what I believe and I will share that shortly, but first I want to look at both sides.

As you follow your ego, and trust in yourself, you ultimately believe that everything you do and achieve is up to you. Only you can make things happen. And, if you work hard enough it will all work out.

I personally think that is a rough way to go. I do believe that hard work is important in life. But is it the only thing in life? And more importantly, is everything we do and everything that comes to us completely in our hands? Is our destiny, our fate determined by what we do and nothing else?

Here’s another angle to think about. What if you believe in a higher power to guide you through? Do you believe in GOD and His power? I do. In fact, I know that through Jesus Christ, I have the peace that I need. This peace gives me the ability to live life, the good and the bad. That peace is a form of strength.

We still make choices in life and sometimes the choices we make have consequences. But even the consequences are more bearable with the peace of God. As we trust in Him, He gives us what we need… PEACE.

Doesn’t that sound better? To have a GOD who loves you and wants to help you live a life of peace or to have only yourself to depend on…?

I believe that when I find peace, the peace only GOD can provide, everything in my life will fall into place as God wants it to be. I have that peace. Yes, I lose it, because I let things of the world take it away from me. When I hold onto JESUS and follow Him, His peace inside me makes everything more than bearable, and wonderful even!

So, I do believe that when I find peace, everything falls into place! It is available to everyone. Chose that peace today and experience freedom in life and the love of the FATHER!!!

Now as my final challenge… I am asking the below three fellow bloggers to to the same with 3-Day Quote Challenge

Shawn Bird

Words on Empty Ears

Dare to Seek Freedom

 

You Found My Heart

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Like the river endlessly flows

          my feeling for you continuously grows.

The water runs along at its own pace

           as my heart begins to fill a space.

The quiet and peaceful rushing of the water

            like nothing else matters now or ever.

As we grow closer we will continue

             along a path towards something true.

Something wonderful felt so deep inside

              so much like the water and nature outside.

The calm inside me that I feel with you

               reminds me of the water and the sky so blue.

The smile you put in my heart and on my face

                is something no one else could ever replace.

It warms me inside all throughout

                 like the sun reflects on the water all about.

The beautiful light as it shines into the water below

                  you found my light and encouraged me to let it show.

Thank you for all you have shown me yesterday and today

                   just gaze out over the water and you’ll understand what I say.

As the water rushes out to find its way to the sea

                    you have found my heart and that is where you will always be.

Lean on ME…

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Nothing can drag you down completely

Your strength is inside… don’t you see?

It may feel like it will never end

Things come at you from every direction.

But your strength will get you through

And don’t forget… I’ll be there too.

Lean on ME for support and anything else you may need

You will make it through the storm to find the sun indeed.

The clouds and darkness will be lifted away

You will feel light and free on another day.

That day will come soon, you will see

Just take MY hand and hold onto ME.

I will be with you by your side

Until you can let go like the ocean’s tide.

So trust in ME and and peace will surely come,

It is time for the abundant life I promise everyone.