Unfurling [Republished]

In the month of May, I committed to sharing posts from others that have encouraged, inspired and challenged me. But today on my Mum’s 68th birthday (my Mum went to be with Jesus April 8th, 2014), the LORD again returned this post to me – because one of you liked it (thank you for being God’s gift!!) – and I knew I had to share it with you all again – a third time because of what just unfolded.

When I looked to see what post was being liked, I was so overwhelmed. Why? Because Bettie had just eerily emailed me of something so similar unfolding for her: as God placed a rainbow before her, the first she’s seen since her move, when she so needed God’s reminder that when we are faithless, He is the God who is faithful FOR us.

And then as I listened to the song I had included here, I decided to send it to a friend in Washington state, but God at the last moment brought another friend in Indiana to mind also, so I sent it to her too. What I didn’t know is that her Mama went to be with Jesus hours earlier – and now my dear friend was facing her very first night without her there, after months of caring for her elderly Mama in her own home. As Indiana slept but my friend couldn’t in her grief, the Holy Spirit compelled me in the Netherlands to send that song – showing her and me how deeply our God loves us and how PRESENT He is. Just as the song says, it is truly our Jesus who makes our faith to stand. May our God overwhelm you too today by the power of His love and the HOPE that is ours in Christ Jesus.

Shalom Aleh

On a day of fresh loss and grief for my little family, only Jesus could have had someone visit this post and have me return to re-read it only hours before that fresh loss came. It was one of numerous ways the Spirit of God revealed His nearness to me- in advance of today’s loss, preparing my heart to see and receive His compassion for our whole family.

May it bless your hearts too, and help you to see and remember God’s nearness to you through your own loss and grief also. I bless you to see details in your past you hadn’t noticed before, whereby God’s nearness to you and your loved ones becomes even more palpable to you. He truly is so very present to each one of us.

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The Body of Christ [Republished]

I felt God’s prompting to republish this today with slight edits. May it bless you:

Welcome to Day 1 of Chapter 4 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Anna is bringing forward our first free will offering of The Hidden Manna in Christ Revealed.

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own agenda but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me. “This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.”

John 6: 35-40 MSG
The Body of Christ

I hear You call
Look up!
And behold You
As Stephen did
In Saul.

Not the stones
But the stone
Your Word on my lips
Christ awaking.

A sea of mercy
In our hearts hidden
I behold You:
Christ awaking.

The bread of life
In thanksgiving
Unto the heavens
Lifted and unto
Abundance broken.

The destroyer's weapons
Are but good news
Of great joy
For all parts
Of the Body reaping.

Eliyana - yes, my God
Has answered me
Zechariah - yes, my God
Remembers all
The tent pegs I AM
Stretching ever wider.

My inner cup
Now daily washing
A new heart
You're revealing
Face to face

Anxious thoughts
Your consolations
My delight.

Our story - Your story
In Your nail-scarred
Hands and feet
From glory to glory
In the Son

Yes, I believe
You are the Bread
Of Life!
Tears of repentance

In my
Setting apart
You are my joy

A sovereign purpose
I AM seeing
No longer
A withholding
But Your choosing
Of us all

The Body of Christ.

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 

1 Corinthians 12:22-26 (NIV)
In all these withholdings God has been opening a door, where He closes a window. 

Lilias Trotter
Many Beautiful Things

The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper and makes more room for consolation. God comes into our heart and finds it full. He begins to break our comforts and to make it empty. Then there is more room for grace. The humbler a person is, the more comfort he will always have, because he will be more ready to receive it.

Morning by Morning, by CH Spurgeon