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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Perpetual Rest

Jesus lived in perpetual REST with the Father. In the midst of the storm, in the midst of crisis, and in the midst of his ministry to the people, He never stepped outside the Father's Rest. We never see Him serving or living anxiously.

Jesus was being an example for us. We, too, can live in communion with the Father and live our lives in perpetual Rest, no matter what happens in life. Our Rest is not dictated by our outward circumstances. Our Rest is rooted deeply in the Father's Love. 
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 

The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Mark 4:35-41 NLT

Saturday, August 6, 2016

I Will Believe You

Today I will believe you. 

I will believe you when you tell me you love me.  I won't try to talk you out of it or give you reasons why you can't, shouldn't, or won't. 

I will believe you when you remind me that I am no longer condemned. You took my place. And if you had to do it all over again you would. 

I will believe you when you say you'll provide for me.  Do the birds sing songs of worry? No, they delight in their Creator all day long and find what they need when they need it. How sweet it is to trust in you!

I will believe you when you touch my face and lift my head.  Why so sad, oh my soul? Put your Hope in God! You won't let your hand leave my face until I'm fully convinced. 

I will believe you when the storms come. They are so scary, Father! Yet, I'm not alone.  And every place in this Journey teaches me one more thing about you. I want to live my life getting to know you and watching you prove yourself time and time again.  I am safe in your Hands and have a vantage point like never before!

I will believe you when you say it's time to rest. I will lay me down and not bring my cares with me into sleep. You sing your songs of Deliverence over me. 

And I will believe you when you say that I will see you One Day. This world is quickly fading and a new Day is about to dawn! So I will live my life with my eyes on heaven and my hands doing the Father's business.

I will believe you because...

because you really are Real. Because you have never lied to me and you never will. I will believe you because in the end I will realize it truly was all worth it and I will have NO REGRETS.