Category Archives: LovingJesus

‘Tis So Sweet

My heart is singing the words of this favorite song… ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. I’ve often stopped to ponder this line… “how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er”. Lord, how do I prove you? For He gives wisdom to those who ask.

My life is filled with flaws. Though I want to live righteously, I often fail. My flesh nature is weak. But I trust Jesus. To trust Jesus, means I don’t need to dwell in my shortcomings. I just need to trust that Jesus is enough to make up for them. My failures and weakness are not meant to be hidden away as if they don’t exist, but confessed and displayed so that God’s grace can be seen. For in my failures, and in my weakness, I prove God.

Prove: 
1. to establish the truth or genuineness of,  by evidence
2. to show oneself to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one’s actions.
I prove his strength not by being strong, but by being weak, and leaning upon His strength.
I prove his love not by deserving love, but by being loved even when I don’t deserve it.
I prove his faithfulness not by living a perfect life, but by trusting him to always uphold me in the midst of an imperfect life.

I prove Him over and over.

God does not require that I get it all right, He just wants me to keep moving forward, trusting Him to lift me when I fall; to know that He will meet me right where I am and fill the gap. There is such a peace in that.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

He is Coming!

Dz, our son-to-be, will be arriving in less than a week! Our family is getting so excited! We’ve been planning out our days that we will spend with him. One month. Our adoption is in process, and not yet complete, but we will have the blessing of being able to host him over Christmas through New Horizons for Children.  A part of me is heartbroken that he will only be here for one month, and we won’t yet be able to tell him anything about adoption. But the other part of me is thanking God that we will have one more month to spend with him, and I trust he will return when the timing is right.

As we prepare for his coming, the Lord has been speaking to me a lot about Advent. Do you celebrate Advent friends? Oh what a blessing the Advent season is for our family! Advent simply means… coming. To celebrate the coming of the Christmas holiday, in parallel with the coming of Christ. So as Christmas approaches, we take time together as a family each day to focus our hearts on the one who came into the world as a small child and will return again as our reigning King.

This year we are reading Bartholomew’s Passage together. (Get this book! Seriously.) In the midst of it all, the Lord has asked me… “What have you done to prepare for the coming of Dz?” And as I thought through each thing we’ve done, The Lord has shown me that I need to make the same preparations for Him. He is coming.

When we first started down this path, we began by praying for each of our hearts. Praying that each of my children would easily accept him, that he would experience comfort in our home, that our hearts would find connection and joy in one another’s presence. Christ has the same prayer for us.

 …”In His presence is fullness of joy…” Psalm 16:11

 

As Dz’s arrival date gets closer we have spent a lot of time trying to learn as much as we can about him. What is his personality like? His character? What does he enjoy doing? What kind of food does he eat? We have had the privilege of having many of these questions answered for us by people who have met him personally in the past. I’ve sent many questions by email to his previous host mom, Stacey, and her replies have been so helpful. Jesus speaks to me again… “I am coming soon. Are you taking time to learn about me? Have you read the letters written by my disciples, my personal friends, as they share what I have revealed to them about my character? Will your recognize me when I come?”

 
“As for God, His way is perfect, the Word of the Lord is proven, He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30
We are choosing gifts for Christmas and I want to know enough about who Dz is, to choose the right gifts for him.
What makes these men wise? I wonder about this as I place my wise men figures on the mantle. And I see the gifts they hold. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  “They knew who to expect.” Jesus whispers again. “They had asked questions. They studied and learned all they could about who was coming.”
They brought myrrh, a perfume used to anoint the bodies of those who had died, because they knew this was the one who would die for the sins of the world.
They brought frankincense, which the priest would burn on the alter as an offering to the Lord, because they knew this was the one who would become our high priest, interceding for us at the right hand of the Father.
They brought gold, like the crown and value of royalty, because they knew this was the one who is King of all.
Do you know Him friends? Are you prepared for the coming of The Son?
Come Lord Jesus.

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

Breathe

Life has been full lately. Really full. And I’m not the kind of person who thrives with busyness. The only thing that keeps me from hyperventilating is prayer. Prayer for the Holy Spirit to permeate my life, to calm my every thought as I breathe Him in deeply. Yes, deeply… expelling fully every last bit of stagnant air from the depths of my soul and replacing it with the clean vital oxygen of the Holy Spirit. 

I find that it’s not a coincidence to read the Hebrew word for breath… “ruwach”, 

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath (ruwach) of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

and then find the very same Hebrew word, “ruwach”, later translated Spirit

I will pour my Spirit (ruwach) upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” Isaiah 44:3

God’s Holy Spirit is our very breath. Like oxygen for our lungs, He is for our soul. Breathe in God, breathe out the stresses, worries, and unclean thoughts of this world that leave our Spiritual walks in a place of stagnancy.

The difference between a stagnant Christianity and a healthy Spiritual life, filled with vitality is the depth of our ruwach. Prayer and worship are how we breathe more deeply. Pray these words with me friends…

(originally posted at encourage365.com.)

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

The Good Life

 

When the battle before me seems daunting, my feet too heavy to lift, His voice whispers faintly, “press on”. But I live in a land of luxury and sometimes my heart just wants to settle down here and be comfortable and feel at home. To prop my feet up, and sip my wine, and breathe in perfection.
 
But perfection doesn’t come to feet propped up in comfort. 
It comes to feet that are running the race and fighting the battle.
 
I gravitate toward comfort, but God says I will have tribulation. I look for ease, but He says be willing to walk the hard. I seek out material abundance, but God says hold everything with an open hand. I want the good life, and He tells me it’s not really found here.
 
This place is for shaping and stretching. For storms and bumpy roads.  For transformation and building faith. It’s an intentional choice to pick up our swords and embrace the battle, to surrender our hearts to the unfolding will of our Lord, day by day, moment by moment. To trust the strength and sovereignty of the one whose steps engraved a path to righteousness and salvation, with worn and dirty feet that never veered from His Father’s will. Those same feet strong and stable where I find peace and joy unexplainable. The comfort of his Word, his strength carrying me, the abundance of his mercy and his grace.
 
As I let go of this flesh, with it’s pull toward the easy and the tame, and place my next step, pressing on, into the trenches of surrender, I sip the wine of his shed blood and embrace the good life, eternal, in his presence.