When we are familiar with a person, place, circumstance, issue, activity, or even an environment, there is a unique confidence we develop. A confidence that empowers us to continue correctly stepping forward, handling that which needs handling, and even smiling through the difficulties; instinctively knowing it will all work out and what needs to come to pass will come to pass because we actively have chosen to live in our Abba’s will. We learn so much through those experiences and are uniquely encouraged by them, and although those experiences, Divinely orchestrated, are important to our mental, emotional, and physical well-being, stripped down bare why do we find ourselves trusting more in those ever changing people, circumstances, issues, activities and environments, instead of in the Creator lovingly behind it all? Only our Creator is constant and never-changing. And when those things in our life radically change, becoming the complete opposite of what we have always known them to be; or even more heart-wrenching, when those very things cannot help us overcome what we are going through or facing, well, we feel as if the ground evaporates under our feet and we become seemingly lost with our hope siphoned out. But when we are more aware of Jesus than anything us, we know Jesus is Hope, and hope is never siphoned out, and although our ground can shift and become unbearable, we intimately know it will never become destroyed because it is rooted and grounded in Him. Familiarity is a unique comfort to us, it is a spiritual and physical nourishment physically learned and physically experienced, but only Jesus can bring wholeness, complete wellness, and a healthy balance intimately directed by the Holy Spirit. Familiarity is a gift. A gift where we must always first recognize the Giver, because only then can we firmly stand regardless of the tumultuous waves battering us, or accept the changes we must welcome and make as our Shepherd guides us to. Moment by moment, being more aware of Jesus than anything else, nourishes us and allows us to become more familiar with Jesus than anything else. We can only unconditionally love others, joyfully handle each moment, and excitingly step behind our Shepherd, regardless of where He leads us, because we mentally, spiritually and physically stand with the Giver of the gift.
The miraculous, treasured gift of familiarity, and the vital need to always first receive the Giver…
13 Thursday Jul 2017
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Tammy Parker said:
I waited a couple of days until I read this and I guess today was the time when I could hear the message and take hope instead of stress and despair. In the last six week my husband has lost his job and his health. He is in constant pain from fibromyalgia and being a Christian school principal ended up putting way too much stress on his body to do his job against anarchy that arose directed by Satan. God has asked him to leave teaching for the church after 24 years of faithful devotion and move to the public system or something else. God has seen fit to leave me teaching special education in a different Christian school system than my own faith.
During the past 3 weeks, we have lost the mortgage on the house we were trying to buy and then massive wildfires broke out surrounding our town in Williams Lake BC and we have had to evacuate along with thousands of others to safety. We don’t know when we can go home.
Just before I read your post, I wast texting a friend still stuck in too much smoke back home and said maybe it was a good thing that God said no to a house at this point. Our lives are in a frustrating limbo, but God is in control. I will trust that he has a plan for us and our future.
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Andie Renee said:
Amen! Those frustrating limbos have a very unique way of stripping us bare and revealing the depth at which our Abba’s love fully sustains us, and at the same time diligently simplifying our life, while it continues to remain completely under His reign. It is hard to look at it “in the flesh,” and sometimes we find ourselves begging and searching for answers, when most times we just need to focus only on Jesus deep within, knowing He will never forsake you. It is a difficult thing to do, because our flesh wants to know, but the Holy Spirit helps us and strengthens us. A lot of miraculous and radical changes, along with some depths of cleansing and safeguarding happens while we are in those “limbo” stages. Our family had been in one for several years (since 2003), and are actually still being led out of it. It amazes me how there is a unique confidence, rooted and grounded in Jesus, that can only come from those harsh flesh experiences. Remember, “Abba loves you more than anyone or anything ever could.” And this is a scripture I actually still carry in my wallet, from several years ago, I feel impressed upon to share it with you. Our family was at the point where we couldn’t even afford bread because of major medical debt and various other things that were constantly battering against us. All of our funds, including my retirement fund and investment accounts had been wiped out. However, little did I realize the building of our storehouses Abba was intimately doing while we actually felt like we were not “getting anywhere.” In ways I never fully thought about it, and it brought a whole new meaning of how nothing goes unnoticed from Abba. Which actually led to a very deep, super strong cleansing process in not being led by my emotions or feelings, and learning the important place they do have in our lives, but at the same time able to “tune them off” and in simple words, “Be more aware of Jesus than anything else.” Let me praises be louder and see Him and delight in the image the Holy Spirit gifts you with. A lot of times, for me, it is resting my head on Jesus’ shoulder while Abba looks on.
Anyway, here is the scripture: Psalm 147:11 ‘The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.’ (fear: reverence; hope: strong expectation, not wishful thinking) I was also miraculously healed, it was an amazingly long process, that in the “flesh” it would have appeared to be more of a limitation, but it wasn’t. My life was positioned to where I have no choice but to trust in Him, and for me, well, I needed that. A year or so after I had been healed, the Holy Spirit revealed to me what had basically and simply happened, ‘You got to the point where you wanted Jesus more than your healing.’
So as you and your husband continue to unite and stay faithful to living under Jesus’ reign, may He manifest Himself to you in new and amazing ways, and may the Holy Spirit instruct you and teach you on things you experience while Abba reveals the depth of His love to you. I unite with you in Jesus and may everything you experience reveal the sole purpose of strengthening your reliance and dependency on Jesus while your relationship with Him begins to richly develop even more. And may He show you the processes He is bringing you through, and at the same time safeguarding you so you will not become overwhelmed! xoxo