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 28: My Portion – The Living Stream of God

This feather find is from almost 2 years ago, but lately, I have seen one feather after another and it makes me think of John 3:8 my dear friend Bettie and I had recently lingered with. It also reminds me of what Chaim Bentorah, a Hebrew teacher, shares about the meaning of Jesus being our portion as not so much being an inheritance that is passed down to us as heirs, but rather a living stream that is already flowing down to us, making us glad, even when we are materially impoverished or looked down upon in this world (source: https://www.chaimbentorah.com/2019/09/hebrew-word-study-my-portion/).

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:8 ESV


There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.

Psalm 46:4 ESV

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! 

Amos 5:24 NIV

I bless us to grow in every way into Him who is the head —Christ, by speaking the truth in love that we may promote the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part. I bless us, the whole body, in Jesus to be fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament. I bless us to see ourselves and others through the eyes of Jesus, to have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

I bless us to take joy in the wind of the Spirit blowing us where it wishes, and people hearing its sound, but not knowing where it comes from or where it goes. May the seekers around us notice that we are different from anyone they have ever known. May they take note of the Spirit of God in us. As we continue to boast in our weakness and the changing of our minds to these seekers, may their hunger and thirst grow to know this compassionate and gracious God of ours and the infilling of His life-giving Spirit.

I bless us to notice and thank God for His streams of living water making our body – His holy habitation – glad. I bless us to relish in the sweet stillness at Christ’s feet, that as the storms of accusations hit us, we’ll find His love and grace washing over us there. I bless us to rejoice in our affliction, knowing that the weaker we are, the heavier we lean upon Jesus and His grace for us. May we see how through our weakness He has been carrying us into His love and compassion for His whole Body.

I bless us all to know, more and more of the depths of God’s love, compassion and mercy for us all – the Body of Christ. May we all continue to depart from what the Son of God died to deliver us from. May we shake off the dust as we leave, fully embracing the joy of the LORD ever set before us.

Do you hear those voices too?
The ones that tell you 
You're not enough 
You'll never change 
All you do is make things worse?

Do you hear the voice that follows then?
The one that tells you
Defend yourself 
Hold on tight 
To who you wish you were
Lest he rips it from your weary 
Tight-clenched hands 

Or the one that pushes you
To lie there in that bed
A bed that covers you in blankets
Grief, despair and loathing cruel
Chaining you to who 
You believe you truly are 
Lost
Forevermore. 

Now, stop
And still
Feel Christ's hand 
Clasping yours
Earthquake shaking
And flaming fire
Are but shaking off the old 
And burning all the dross
To reveal 
His gold in you.

Do you hear Him too?
Glorious Truth
Kissing the kind, sweet
Gentle Voice of
Grace.

Feel those 
Rushing waters pure
Pouring now
Upon your shoulders hunched
Let them wash away 
What's not of you
All that's died
Upon the Cross
To now reveal instead
The lavish gift
Of  Christ.

Hear His gentle
Tender Voice
Unveiling
The many gifts 
Hidden in
His heart 
For you.

Beloved
Chosen
Holy
Pure
Purposed 
True
 You are His 
Masterpiece.
 
Created anew
In Christ Jesus
You shall perform
The good works 
HE
Has long
Prepared for 
You.

Unashamed 
Confident 
Sinking in 
His royal cloak 
Be strengthened
Your feet firmly planted
Appointed, upon the Rock
Now rise and stand
As new.
 
Let Christ reveal 
His arms stretched high 
His unclenched hands 
His heart, mind, Body 
Worshipping 
In Spirit and truth
His love flowing
From you.


No, no lying tongue 
Has power there
Where Jesus stills
Our hearts to hear
The Voice of truth
Kissing
Grace.

For God Himself 
Has cast these columns 
This Temple
Not of human hands
But with His own
He establishes
He strengthens
For, He alone 
Is the Great 
I AM.

Our One and Only 
Slayer of all sin
Stiller of all accusations
Defender True.

May this song my dear childhood friend of now 28 years in New Zealand (who I will be hugging in person in a little over a week: thank You, Jesus!!!) sent me through the waves of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2015, sharing the comfort God had given her in her own weakness and need with me, bless and comfort you too:

And may you too, like me, experience the blessing of God’s Body as you see how God is weaving you and others together, through the Word you share with each other.