Wednesday, January 22, 2014
My Jesus is utterly and astonishingly patient with me.
He never prods. He never bullies. He never, ever coerces.
He is a gentleman, through and through.
He is tender in His pursuit of love.
He waits until my heart is ready for revelation and then He pours it out abundantly.
Oh friends, over this past month, Jesus has been sharing Himself with me and it is so very sweet. He has been showing me things that are not new, in the sense of never-having-heard-them-before, but are truly new, as I haven't even come close to realizing the fullness of their scope before now.
Jesus is teaching me to live
Dear ones, my life in the past, has been a series of looks-to-the-future. I have gazed ahead and wondered what might happen tomorrow. I have fretted and worried and planned and given myself to the world of "what-if's".
But friends! Jesus hasn't asked me to plan for tomorrow, He has asked me to live today. And the wondrous thing is that He has given me absolutely everything that I need for this moment. He has given all that is necessary for today, and the only thing I need to do is receive it.
He is my daily bread.
He is my life from heaven.
He is mine today, and that is more than enough.
Precious ones, this isn't a lofty, vague ideal. It is real. He is real.
There are two situations in my life right now that, by outward appearance, may look rather hopeless. In the past, these situations would probably have brought me great discouragement, as at this point, there is no clear resolution. But friends, how can I despair?!! Jesus has promised that He is with me and that He has given Himself in every way possible to my situation.
Let me say it again. Our Sweet Jesus, The Victorious One, has given Himself completely. He is fully aware of my situation and has given everything (and I mean everything) that I need today.
Beloved ones, our gentlemanly Jesus is calling your name today, as well. He has daily bread for you. It is never stale, dry or moldy. It is fresh, and He simply asks you to bite into it and receive His love. Will you let go of all that happened yesterday? Will you give up planning for tomorrow? Will you let him be your bread?
Sunday, January 19, 2014
"As one of His redeemed ones, how Jesus loves you. As one of His redeemed ones, you are His delight, and all His desire is to you, with the longing of a love that is stronger than death and that many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love. Were it needed, He could die again to possess you. As the Father loved the Son and could not live without Him--could not be God the blessed without Him--so Jesus loves you. His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you ever can know. You are one with Himself. 'As the Father has loved me, I also have loved you.' What a love!"
Andrew Murray, Abide in Christ, p. 174-175
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The doggies and I have had a very productive day.
We've been holed up in my room, working on home study and dossier prep.
Fun times, I tell you!
But, in the end, it's more than worth it.
The stacks below represent our five children who are already home (and one stack for the sweet daughter-of-our-hearts, who never made it to our home).
We can't wait until Sergei is here with us, and has a completed stack of papers, all his own. :)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
We were blessed to have the El Paso Rock Tribe young people over for the evening. They were in KC for OneThing and came by tonight for dinner and fellowship. What a great group of young men and women. We were encouraged by their love for the Lord and their precious hearts.
Thank you, Lord, for spiritual family! It's a blessing to be knit together in You.