Monthly Archives: March 2012

Eavesdropping Behind the Curtain, 1

 

Why is there such deep pain? Why this heartache?

 

It is not for you. It is for the Broken.

 

 

The tears are real, the hurt is deep.

 

When your heart is broken, I am showing you where I intend to use you to bring healing.

 

 

How? Where?

 

As I have healed your heart, I will heal theirs. I will empower you to walk into their pain, allow your heart to bleed with theirs, and give them opportunities to follow you as you walk back to Me.

 

 

 

There are so many….

 

Do not see the crowd, see the individual. Look for the one I place in your path today.

 

The world will be won, one heart at a time.

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Where Most Dreams Die

 
It is always darkest just before dawn, most painful just before birth, and feels most difficult just before the breakthrough.
 
If the path of growth you are on feels pressing, press through to your victory.
 
Refuse to walk back into the darkness of weakness, compromise, or excuses.
 
It is on the couch of comfort and compromise that most dreams die.

Lead the Willing

We can only lead those who are willing to be led.

So many express desire to be in leadership, even intellectually state a desire to be taught.

So very few truly have a teachable attitude, assuming instead they have learned enough. Spend your time with those whose attitude reflects honest teachability, whose words and actions display they are willing to learn.

Even fewer have the maturity to be held accountable to the character necessary to hold the position of authority they seek. True leaders acknowledge the value of character, integrity, virtue, truth. True leaders & teachers are acutely aware of the power of their words & actions to bring life, or perpetuate intellectual, spiritual, & emotional disease.

Spend your time with those who have the humility to admit mistakes, the wisdom to accept correction, and the courage to do whatever it takes to get rid of what hinders them, and grow in what will propel them forward.

Walk away from those who give in, give up, go on the attack, or make excuses.  Leave the door open for them to repent and return; do not pursue the unwilling.

For the Learner: first, truly decide you want to learn, grow, and excel. Then pursue a Teacher / Leader who will encourage, challenge, and speak Truth.

Soft soldiers cannot win the war.


Touchstone 12

“And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and He wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and all his angels.

Be prepared! You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this on-going warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.”

Paul, another Hope Scribe, in his letter to his friends at Ephesus


Behind the Veil, 18

The season complete, the Champion emerges.

Stronger.

More resolute.

More focused.

Vision intensified.

Identify and eliminate enemies quickly.

Assess potential battles swiftly; know which to step into and which to shake off.

Threads holding the heart together strain against pressure; all hold firmly while the heart is in His hands.

Destroyer’s marksmen tighten their circle; an addition is seen.

For each marksman there is a replacement.

The replacement steps into the circle and takes aim before the first marksman steps out, keeping a rifle always aimed at the heart of the Champion.

Don’t blink, don’t quit, don’t step outside the protection of the Link Angels also constantly on guard.

And don’t pet wolves. Ever.

The wolf operates with a deadly CREED:

Compromise.

Rationalize.

Entertain.

Excuse.

Die.

See it, deal with it. Determine quickly if it is to be acknowledged and destroyed, or ignored and walked away from.

The Guardians affirm the emergence of the Champion.

“Well done, Sir.”

Done?  We have only begun.

The things you have seen to this point have been preparation.

There are greater victories ahead, won through more intense battles.

 

This generation is at stake, spinning out of control by its self-chosen delusions.

A voice for Truth is necessary.

 

Abandoned and broken hearts everywhere need to be led to wholeness.

 

Soldiers enlisting in our army must learn warfare.

 

This one will teach, lead, fight, pray, weep….and win in Our strength.

The battle continues until He calls all of His by name, calls all of them Home.


The Darkest Valley, 4

Deep grief and deep peace truly do walk hand in hand.

Peace is shallow if there is no conflict to overpower.

Unspeakable grief met unexplainable peace in the hospital room where we waited for Jesus to call her name.

Her last discernible sentence to my sister: “I am proud”.

One of her last controlled movements: reaching out to give me a hug.

Her favorite music on ‘repeat’; compelling to watch medical personnel marvel at the peace in the room in the midst of ugly tragedy.

Expression from one of their grief counselors: Looks like you’ve got this.

We don’t, but He does.

He’s got this, He’s got mom, and He’s got us.

Denominations meant nothing, musical style preference was irrelevant. Sing, pray, fellowship, comfort, encourage. All that mattered was the Name we all knew, the One we all understood would soon call her name.

The deepest peace was in knowing she was listening, waiting, ready.

People have come and gone, now it’s my sister, myself, and mom.

“Soon and Very Soon” is playing in the darkness.

I touch her neck one last time…..feel the heartbeat stop.

Someone called her name…..she ran to Him.

The darkness of the valley was shattered by the powerful light of her King, her Redeemer, the Lover of her soul as He swept her into His arms forever.

My hero has gone Home


Snapshot of an Abandoned Heart, 7

Healing an abandoned heart is tedious work that few are willing to undertake.

Caregiver to youth, adult to adult, us within ourselves.

Whatever the relationship, the process requires significant investment.

Requires placing infinite value on the heart to dispel the labels, lies, deception received.

Necessitates a method that transcends time, ignores fad, refuses to be fickle.

‘Self Help’ is short lived, and fragile.

Psychology is fluctuating with current ‘trends’ and ‘studies’. By its own admission, has no answers to most of the wounds suffered by abandonment, rather offers ‘coping mechanisms’ instead of healing.

There is only one way to truly heal and strengthen an abandoned heart.

You are free to choose not to allow for this method; in doing so, you voluntarily choose something – anything – that openly admits it cannot assure success.

Only the One who created the heart can truly heal it.

Only the One who carried our sicknesses, bore on His own body our diseases, was wounded for our transgressions……is capable of holding, healing, empowering our brokenness.

Picture the colander again.
Full of holes, destroyed by life, circumstance, abuse, personal failure.
Pour water into it….cannot hold it.
Place it in conflict….unable to withstand the pressure and shatters.

Picture a solid bowl, slightly larger than the colander.

Place the colander inside.

Pour water in. It is retained.

Apply pressure. The solid bowl assists to withstand.

It is only by placing our shattered, battered, torn lives and hearts fully into the completeness of Christ can we be fully healed.

There is no other way.

One more thing to note: this colander, placed within the larger bowl, is now stronger than a single bowl would be, even without the abuses suffered.

In the same way, any heart placed fully into the Hands of its Creator is stronger than any other force that chooses independence from Him.

When any heart abandons itself into the Father’s hands, becomes adopted by Him, there develops a force, a peace, a strength that cannot be conquered.