I AM Awaking [New Version]

Welcome to Day 2 of Chapter 7 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Anna is bringing forward our second free will offering of The New Covenant of Love.

The Lord God will help me;

therefore I have not been humiliated;

therefore I have set my face like flint,

and I know I will not be put to shame.

Isaiah 50:7 (CSB)

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-6 (ESV)
I AM Awaking

There's not a day
Goes by
I don't remember
How far
You've come.

There's not a day
Goes by
I don't see
The labor pain
You've borne.

Remember, My Word
Is a well of water
Within you
Springing up
Unto eternal life
For you to
Know Me

Ever more
In My death
And resurrection
Sweet mercy
In manna
From the sky
Falling

Taste Me
Your bread of
Life
And see
That I am good
Slow to anger
And abounding
In loving kindness
Never ending.

As you Sabbath
Rest your heart
Lift my Word afresh
In your bosom hid
My honey
Now take eat.

My Body broken
My blood shed
Come and feast
At My table in the
New wine
Ever flowing.

In the tears
And the groaning
Feel the love
Of the Father
Interceding in
For and through you.

In your heart
Breaking open
Hear
Harmony's song

In Shalom's
Joining together
Love's chorus
In Christ arising.

Behold Me
Truth kissing grace
Dove's eyes
The Promises
Of eternity
To you unveiling.

Heaven's cloud
I AM parting
In your tears
In awe of My mercy
I AM reaping:
"This is My Son
Listen to Him!"

Now, run your race
Into kairos time
See the Way
In the wilderness
Watch me restore
All the locusts
Have eaten.

A double portion
For your shame
My love for you
Just as for Hannah
Glad tidings
Of great joy
Bearing:
There's life
In the womb
Of salvation.

Deserts into
Eden blooming
Rainclouds bursting
With seed for the sower
And bread for the eater.

My Word is
Returning
To you now
My higher
Thoughts and purposes
Revealing.

In all things
New unfurling
Behold
The dry bones

I AM

Awaking!

The nights were cold and black, and the prisoners were being guarded by people who had had, as she often said, “a training in cruelty.” There were moments of great despair. One dark morning, as she stood in rank with thousands of other women, all stamping their feet to keep warm, her heart felt desolate and it seemed that God had forgotten her and Betsie. Suddenly, high above them, a skylark began to sing. And as she looked up she was reminded of Psalm 103, “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. . . .” Immediately she was lifted in her spirit above the misery of her circumstances and knew that God had not forgotten her.

As we watched the Seagull circling against the deep blue sky, I wondered whether she was thinking of the skylark. There was freedom all around her and nobody was treating her cruelly, yet this was a kind of imprisonment. “Tante Corrie, do you remember the skylark?”

“Ja!” She beamed at me with sparkling blue eyes.

p.127, The Five Silent Years of Corrie ten Boom by Pamela Rosewell Moore

Thank You Papa, that as we bow our knees in prayer this week, we can be so encouraged that it is Christ who fights for us. Thank You that all we do is yield to Your Voice, running into Your Way and truth and life opening in the wilderness. Thank You that even now Eden is blooming in every desert we see. Oh open our eyes to see by faith, to rejoice in Your victory for us, in Christ having overcome our accuser for us to open the Way of life to us.

Thank You that we can bear every testing because it’s not us bearing that weight but Your Son, for it is no longer we who live but Christ in us. Thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit who is leading us out of death into life, each day afresh through Your precious and intimate Word to us.

Thank You that You are so very faithful to Your every Word. Now, show us Your power, stripping every sin in us that is keeping us from running the race You have set for us. Thank You for the cloud of witnesses who are cheering us on. As we raise our voices together the world over to sing as One, open our eyes to see that cloud of witnesses and to recall Your sacrifice for us, also in and through the saints who have walked before us, paving the Way for us in Your Name.

Thank You that though we may make our plans it is You who establishes our every step. It is You who completes what You have begun in us. For You are faithful, true and just. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 “For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:10-12 (ESV)

16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Romans 8:16-17 (HCSB)

The Hands of Mercy [New Version]

Welcome to Day 4 of Part 2s Chapter 3 from Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is sharing a free will offering of gold: a poem and Scriptures of thanksgiving for God’s perfection wrought at the Cross for us. She also invites you to sing a song of praise and worship with her.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139: 7-10 (ESV)
The Hands of Mercy 

Your hands hold
Me close
Your hands wrap
Around my coming

And going out again
Your hands know me
Each day of my life
Written in Your book.

Your hands let me go
But tethering me in grace
To the path You walked
Before me and behind me stay.

Your hands wrap around
My heart that is aching
To break
In Your mercy.

Laboring in kindness
Your hands teach me to trust
Again and again to let go
Into Your hands every part yielding.

Led by Your hands
I walk into Your death
And resurrection, again and again
To learn that I'm free.

Free to depart and choose You
To lay every accusation
Into Your hands
To arise afresh in Your mercy.

To go and bear fruit that abides
Dying to the old of my knowing
You teach me to rest in Your palm
To feel the holes deep in Your hands.

Now teach me, Father, to give
No longer judgment, but mercy
Break my chains of religion fully and
Wholly in Your abundance to flow.

My life and breath
Let them speak evermore
Of Your hands that were pierced
To hold us all together in mercy.

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them

    after those days, declares the Lord:

I will put my laws on their hearts,

    and write them on their minds,”

then he adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Hebrews 10:14-18 (ESV)

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:11-14 (ESV)