Day 29: Breath of Heaven

God’s beauty on display in the heaven-breathed artwork of my precious sister in Christ, Becky. Her, her husband and her son’s beloved gifts from God, Faith and Eden, were born into the arms of Jesus. Becky is also the daughter of my dear friend Bettie, who I invited to share any Scriptures God laid on her heart for today’s post. The three God gave her are published below. [Artwork published with Becky’s permission]

“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 33:4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1‭, ‬3‭-‬4 NIV

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Romans 8:26‭-‬27 NIV

Today’s blessing over us comes to us through my dear friend Debbie, whose beloved youngest son, Roma, went home to Jesus.

I bless us to understand and embrace God’s redemption for us in all our brokenness, to know in Christ that the world will not always be as it is now, but made new. I bless us because Jesus told us that in this world, we will have trouble. I bless us to know and experience for ourselves the Promise of Jesus to us that He has overcome this world.

I bless us to lean into God’s provision in our every need. I bless us to know our only mandate is in Christ, in trusting in the Word and His provisions, fully submitting by His power at work in us to His perfect will. I bless us to know we are blessed because God is always beckoning, and as His sheep, we hear His voice. I bless us to lean into Christ’s longing to yield us to the Father’s good and perfect will for us.

BREATH OF HEAVEN

Do you see the many leaves
Crushed and broken, torn,
Barren tree
Weeping shittim wood
Arms stretched heavenward
Waiting?

As manna then from heaven
Falls
Bare they do remain
But in praises sway
Many branches, side to side
As One.

Firmly planted
In love's strong roots
Swaying now in Holy Spirit's
Breath of Heaven
Beauty in all barrenness
Life where no life
Man could ever find.

And in their swaying
They beckon
Come
Come, all barren, weary souls
Come find Life in death
Resurrection in arms stretched high
As manna falls.

Day 24: The Fire of God’s Jealous Love

I don’t often color pages, but this one beckoned me to slow and savor long ago and today, as I prepared this day’s offering, I realized how it is the fire of God’s jealous love through the Holy Spirit in us that empowers us to follow Jesus into His holiness and peace beyond all human fathoming.

It reminds me of what my dear friend Bettie once shared in her blog post about the intentional prairie burns in Wisconsin that are designed to make the soil more fertile. You can read her beautiful and encouraging post here: Holy Ground, Holy Fear. When it seems like God’s fire has left nothing standing: look closer and see Jesus – the pure Word of God and His holy peace – arising there. That’s where God’s giving – of His Son’s living sacrifice for us all – has only just begun.

Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.

Daniel 3:19 ESV

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 12:6 KJV

I bless us to look upon the ashes of our life and to see Jesus arising there. I bless us to look and see that it is God who has created the craftsman who blows on the charcoal fire and produces a weapon suitable for its task; and that it is God who has created the destroyer to cause havoc for our good.

I bless us to see how no weapon formed against has ever and will ever succeed against us, because, just as the three men in the fire, we too will refute any accusation raised against us in Satan’s court, as the fourth man – Jesus – rises in the fire with us to vindicate us, as the fire burns away the ropes binding us. I bless us to taste and see that we are not our own, but Temples of the Holy Spirit set apart and holy unto God in Christ Jesus.

I bless us to know and experience in our whole body and soul, and proclaim with great confidence, that the purifying fire of God’s love is for us and not against us. I bless us to bless God for sending His all consuming fire and to declare that fire boldly not as His punishment, but as the glorious heritage of the Lord’s servants, proving our righteousness is from Christ alone. I bless us to rejoice in our afflictions, to know and remember that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. I bless us to know and experience that hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

FIRE

On the fire
You lay
All my dreams
Of striving
They'll see.

You gave
Your all for me
All my earthly
Held in esteem
In Your love burning

To ash consuming
The dross
Your Spirit's burning
It's finished
Declaring
Nothing but the Cross.

My heart ever leading
To stay
When I'd rather go
To go
When I'd rather not
Birthing holiness in me.

Kindling
Freedom
From fear
Moment by moment
In jealous flames

An all consuming
Love flaming in me
Jesus
Pure gold
Revealing.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:34 Berean Study Bible

He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

Daniel 3:25 ESV