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I Am Written on God’s Hand

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“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins” (Isaiah 49:16New Living Translation).

God is telling me He thinks about me and my problems ALWAYS. So I don’t need to fret. He has the power, love, and inclination to help.

Lord, help me to exercise my faith to believe this instead of worrying or fearing. Psalm 139 is another good portion of Scripture to read when I feel that God is not inclined to notice me.

Your Turn. Dear Believer, This encouragement is also for you. You are written on God’s hand. You are in God’s thoughts. Do you know this? Believe it? What step can you take today to show faith?

NOTE: This is the 3rd photo in my series, A Spring of Self Portraits. This is an item from my Spring Bucket List.

The list of the portraits is after the (more…) button. Just click on it.  Read the rest of this entry

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I Talk Scripture to Myself

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I go through periods of time where I use a dry erase pen to write on my mirrors. It might be a to-do list, quotes, or goals.

But for now, it is Scripture: “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty,” (Zechariah 4:6)

God’s Spirit is within me.

I need this reminder right now. There are things in my life I have tried to do in my own might and power.

I need this MPS reminder: (not Might nor Power, BUT Spirit).

As a consequence of pondering this verse (which is given to Zerubbabel during a vision about the rebuilding of the Temple), I have been . . .

  • Praying more as a first resort.
  • Asking what God wills in my life, not dictating what I will.
  • Using the divine enablement (tools, motivation, people, and energy) He gives to accomplish His will.
  • Living like the outcome belongs to the Lord.

One commentary states: “Note that these words are directed to Zerubbabel, who has been charged with the leadership in the rebuilding program.

“There is here both encouragement and admonition.

“Zerubbabel need not fear the size or difficulty of the task. God’s supply of power is sufficient for any and every situation.

“But Zerubbabel needs to rely on God rather than personal skill, strength, or ingenuity.

“The word translated “might” is frequently used of armies, wealth, or influence. But God’s work is accomplished by the power of his Spirit.”

Elwell, W. A. (1996, c1989). Evangelical Commentary on the Bible . (electronic ed.) (Zec 4:1). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.
NOTE: This is the 1oth photo in my series, A Winter of Self Portraits. When I was brainstorming a list of items for my Winter Bucket List, I came up with the idea of taking 12 self-portraits.

Raised from the Grave of Exile

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During Lent I am reading/writing my way through writing to God: 40 Days of Praying With My Pen by Rachel G. Hackenberg. Sometimes I will post my prayers.

This is my response to Ezekiel 37: 1-14 (Day 1)

Raised from the Grave of Exile

Our lives laid waste

  •      scattered bones in a valley
  •      disobedience defiled our birthright, Your plan

Disconnected from life, function, ourselves

Then . . .

Your Messenger Lived Scripture

  •      encased in the skin of love

Your truth powerfully erupts in our stony hearts

Raising us from the grave of exile

Spirit-power saturating the assembling frameworks of who we are to become

Baby-fresh skin erecting a boundary between what is inner and outer

Your Breath of Life connecting us to You

  • the source of All
  • the source of nourishment, unity, rest

Our lives becoming who You planned

  • functioning body of Christ

Holy now because of the Cross

Connected, eternally alive, knowing You are the sovereign God of All

Amen . . . so be it . . . gratitude dripping from my dry bones turning into purpose-filled flesh

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He Called Me Daughter Not By My Sin or Disease

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The woman in Luke 8 had been bleeding for 12 years. Because of this bleeding, the people in her community were forbidden to touch her. That’s a long time to be ill and that’s a long time to live without human touch. Luke 8:43-48

These past 12 years I’ve spent all my money on finding a cure for something incurable. I didn’t give up though! I couldn’t give up. Even though I was ceremonially unclean and forbidden to be in crowds, I just had to get to Jesus.

No one else could heal me.

“Jesus won’t heal you,” others told me. “He heals by touch and He won’t touch you.”

Maybe He could. Maybe He would. He’s had compassion on other unclean people.

Somehow I made my way through that swell of humanity and was able to purposefully touch the fringe of His cloak. When I did that! When I did that, the bleeding stopped immediately!

Jesus asked, “Who touched me? Power has gone out from me!”

His disciples chided Him saying that many people were crowding and pressing against Him.

But He knew. And I knew what had happened.

I was hoping I could go away unnoticed, but since I couldn’t, I fell to His feet. Right there in front of everyone, I told Him why I touched Him and how I was instantly healed. I was mortified and frightened and I couldn’t look at anyone. I wondered what the Master would do.

“Daughter,” Jesus said.

He called me daughter?! Maybe it’ll be okay that I purposefully touched Him in my unclean state.

Daughter? A term of endearment? All these years I have suffered rejection from my family and friends because of my unclean state. They said I must be sinning and that God wants nothing to do with me. And that’s why they stayed away from me too.

Daughter? This Master, this Healer cares about me? All these years I’ve been going to doctors who couldn’t help me. I was no-one. And now Jesus calls me daughter.

Daughter,” He said, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Oh, I’ll go in peace all right. And in joy and thanksgiving. Thank you, Son of Man. Thank you for looking at me as a person and not as a sin or a disease. Thank you for looking at me as a daughter and healing me.

I’ll look at You as more than a Master . . . more than a Healer. To me you are my Salvation.

“Daughter,” what touch from Jesus the Messiah do you earnestly need today? If you want to share your need, I will pray with you.