Day 4: For the Joy

My favorite bench at our local forest, taken 26 June 2022, where I chose to obey my God’s prompting to lay aside my new devotional habit till later, to instead pen a card for dear friends. As I wrote for the pure joy of doing so, God’s Word flowed out of me and touched my own heart with the warmth of His Presence and my devotional time later, was even richer because of it.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

Psalm 84:1 ESV

Today, I bless us to seek and find the wide open spaces of God’s grace for us. I bless us to rejoice and rest in Christ’s good and pleasant boundary lines for us. I bless us to awake to the childlike faith that is ours in Christ Jesus, to open our eyes in awe and wonder to the much higher plans and purposes of our God. I bless us to lay down our fear of man for a newborn faith in our God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Write for the joy
You tell me
And oh the joy
I taste and see
Right here.

In Your
Boundary lines
Safe and sound
I find my heart
Singing now

In unison
My breathing
Slowing to
Gentleness
Yielded in Spirit

And truth
To reveal
Your mercy
Comfort and
Steadfast love

Opening
My eyes
To see through
As You do
Unblinded

Undivided
My heart
Bound together
In love
In the fear

Of the LORD
Awaking awe
And wonder
A childlike
Faith in me

Stirring me
To celebrate
Your sovereign
Power in love's
Perfecting grace

My weakness
The key
In Your hand
Unlocking
The door

To sup with You
For the joy
Of Your reward
Salvation
And deliverance

In Jesus' Name.

Day 2: Appointed Timing

A Dutch countryside, hidden in the mist (photo taken 1 September 2020).

Jesus wept.

John 11:35 KJV

Today, I bless us to open our eyes and hearts to receive Christ’s birthing in our hearts and midst. I bless us to weep with Jesus, and breathe in the comfort and consolation of the Holy Spirit, through the labor pain of birthing the new. I bless us to join Christ in His suffering, to be set apart unto Him alone. I bless us to lay down our old life that has already been crucified with Christ, to find our new life awaking in resurrection power. I bless us in our waiting upon God’s appointed timing, to wake up, pick up our Cross and walk by divine persuasion into the joy set before us. I bless us to sing aloud of God’s goodness and mercy, to worship Him with our whole heart, set free by the blood of the Lamb.

How can this 
Be love
When my heart
Breaks at every
Memory

Of our hearts
Entwined
Now torn apart
To bow the knee
In love?

How can this be
Love to yield
My heart, to feel
My body, Your body
Labor in pain

To be made
Whole in You
For a restoration
And redemption
But in Your setting

Apart, I hear
Your steadfast love
Remind me: all is
Yours, Your master-
Peace in the making.

Oh Papa, I give
You my pain
My tears flowing
My heart aching
My desire

To be made
One in You

Thank You
For the Cross
For carrying me

Into Your House
In love's unity
For bowing me
Before the throne
To You alone.

To sup with You
In Spirit and truth
To weep
In co-labor
With You.

To wake up
Pick up my Cross
And walk into
The joy
Set before me:

You - Emmanuel
Our Prince of Peace
Who has seated us
Together in the
Heavenly places.

To taste and see
You have already
Made all things
Beautiful in Your
Appointed timing.