To all of my Special Followers,
I will be silent for a little while as we are moving to East Texas from the coast of Texas. This is our next season, a season of change.
Why would we leave a house that Kenneth built himself just for us, our “home” for 23 of our 24 years together? East Texas has pine trees. The coast has palm trees. The eastern part of the state is hilly. The coast is flat. We are ready for those differences, but we also have a number of other reasons. Most of all, we are in God’s hands and pray we are following Him.
Please pray with us for God’s place, home, and community, the one He has already picked out for us. We go in faith and ask for your prayers as the trust and faith we desire to walk in dissipates from time to time! : /
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8
LORD, may we walk in Your ways…Your ways alone. May we be still and hear Your perfect voice. We pray we follow You as You lead us to Your perfect spot. We so want to be in Your will for our lives. Bless the time we spend with family along the way and keep us safe, Father. In the powerful Name of Your Son, I pray. Amen.
With Love …
and Caring through Christ, ~ linda @ Being Woven
Oh, how I have struggled with aspects of life, wanting my own way, not wanting to lose control of things that I believe I have control over. There have been times where I just refused to give in and other times where I gave in feeling defeated. Either way, it was all about SELF, about ME!! My will, my ego needed nourishing and placed above all else, even above God…OR so I believed.
As I grow in the LORD, He shows me His way, His will. I let go, but not always without a struggle. So the lessons must be taught and re-taught. My desire to write about “letting go” has taken me down a sweet road with Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus, for never giving up on me, even when I have been stubborn. Thank You for walking with me and teaching me the Truth. You are The Word. You are where I desire to dwell.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
In the Name of Jesus, The Word. Amen.
A rope with two stories upon which I dangle and learn letting go!
from Genesis 32: And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Penuel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Genesis 32:24-31
A few verses earlier in this chapter of Genesis, Jacob prayed heartily to God for protection, laying out his great fears, and reminding God of His promises:
“… But You have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’ ” Genesis 32:12 How often I pray and then wrestle with all that I prayed, even with the prayers I did not know how to utter, often keeping me awake for hours into the night! Jacob stayed strong in his struggle and did not quit although he received an injury in the hip joint by a touch. Jacob’s faith in God and his deep prayer life prevailed above his fears. Jacob’s strength caused him to wrestle and prevail with God for promised blessings. God did bless him with a new name, Israel, meaning prince with God, a most honorable name, plus God fulfilled His promises. Jacob was forever reminded of this struggle by the hip injury, a limp. Jacob did not let go until God released him, yet he was humbled by the injury, yet praised and honored God for blessing him as well as deliverance of his life. As the sun rose, communion between Israel and God was shared. Jacob, now Israel, let go of his fears and no longer needed to wrestle with God.
from Luke 13: And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. Luke 13:11-13
This woman struggled with a spirit that disabled her for a long time. Jesus touched her. Her body was healed…from bent-over to straight. She had lived in a humbled position all bent over for years, possibly dependent upon others, made fun of, or even neglected. The healing may have changed her posture and removed the disabling spirit, yet she did not go around saying, “Look at me! Look what I did!” What she did do was…“She glorified God.” I believe she remained humbled, recalling often her blessing from God. In continued humility, she praised Him, seemingly being able to let go of eighteen years of suffering and maybe there was self-pity to release too. How else can one rejoice as she did? God healed her. She could stand tall. I believe she could let go of the past, looked ahead and UPward unto God!
Letting go humbles me by understanding God’s promises, believing Him for them, praying unto Him, and standing strong in those promises and blessings, knowing He will, indeed, fulfill them. He may allow me to struggle with fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, hip and knee issues. But I am continually reminded Who granted the blessings and promises.
Letting go humbles me by acknowledging God’s healing power and knowing that it is not me who heals myself, for I am poor, meek, and a sinner. God loves me and drew me to Him. He is my Healer. He is All I need. I can stand upright in Him no matter my physical, mental, emotional condition. He heals my spiritual health and will heal all else in His will and in His timing.
No matter where I am on the rope, the healing touch or the wounding touch, I learn to bring praise and honor to my God.
LORD, I am humbled no matter where I am on the rope. I am humbled because You are You and You love me. I ask for Your help that I would let go, living for You in all ways. I want to be healed physically, desiring to be strong spiritually even more so. I want to walk in Your will and desire You always by my side, Father. I know You will hold me upright as You fill me with the fruit of Your righteousness through Your Son’s death on the Cross. I love You more than all, Abba Father. Amen.
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Photo “Twisted Rope Up Close” – http://www.photos-public-domain.com/2012/03/18/twisted-rope-close-up/
— Author Unknown
Can’t you feel this droplet of water so ready to drop from the tiny blade of grass? It’s weight is making it heavier and heavier so that soon it can fall to the ground and water that which is below. Letting go is a difficult part of life as we tend to hang on, for releasing that which we know is harder than walking into that which we know nothing about. Life changes happen for all of us. It is the way we handle them that makes the difference.
Born to a Navy doctor and his wife in 1947, I learned to be uprooted, moving to a new place (Daddy’s next duty station). Sometimes, he went away (deployed as we know today), leaving us behind. One time, he had to go a way, and we (my mother and two younger sisters) moved to Chicago to live with my grandparents for about a year. So letting go of friends, neighbors, school, a place, and a home were just a part of life. I loved to move, to change. I did not leave well though for I did not let go of all that I left behind, not just the people, but the child-world I lived in…on bases, in neighborhoods, being around other Navy children and families. I missed people more than anything. I still, to this day, write to a girl I met in the first grade. It may be just Christmas cards now, but it began with many handwritten letters and postcards. There were several times when she and I lived near again and we spent a week in the summer together; another time as adults, we met for lunch. She is just one of the many I have kept in touch with over the years.
But I was just a child and knew none of this then!
My dear father died when I was 12. I truly did not let go. He was so special to me and I was just at that age to need my Daddy more than I could have imagined. He was gone forever, yet not out of my mind and especially not out of my heart.
I did not let him go well either.
Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me! Psalm 38:21
Oh! How I needed those words! But I did not have them in my heart then.
I was married out of college to a man that was not good for me. Ten years later, we divorced. I left as much as I could behind, but my heart and my inside-self were flat as a pancake, run over by a Mack truck … hurt, angry, sad, feeling as a failure with no self-esteem.
I let go as best I could because I was so ready, yet I was crushed and needed a lot of care. I carried much baggage with me.
“It is the LORD Who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
These words minister to me now. Only if I had known them then!
I began searching for a gap-filling something. I thought it might be “church” and met a great singles group that did care about and for me. They were special in my life. I had a few other special women who tenderly loved me back to a better place, yet I moved away, leaving those friends behind. I also left the “church” behind. Thinking about that particular church, it now seems so shallow to me. I attended other “churches” that gave me the warm fuzzies that I thought I needed, but they were what I now know to be new age churches. I tried to let them go, working at leaving their messages behind.
We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. Romans 6:6-8
I did not know!
One day, I met Jesus. He filled me with the Truth. He covered me with His Love. He came in and sat with me. He told me what I needed to hear, made me feel loved and wanted. He came alongside me to teach and guide me. The words that are in the past tense above in this paragraph are always in the present tense now. He does not leave me. He is with me in the hard moments, illnesses, trials. He also does not leave me in the beautiful moments, the flowers blooming, new Spring growth on the trees, the butterflies and ladybugs fluttering by, the gift of Kenneth as my husband who loves me dearly.
When He was at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:30-32
The Light shone before me and I finally saw! All that I ever needed was and is Jesus. Just Jesus.
Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24
Yes, I know now. I am His. And I am learning to let go of past hurts and worries, future concerns, and current struggles. I walk with the One Who has all of the answers. I sit at His feet learning the Truth. I bow before Him and worship my King. And I kneel before the cross with my life in my hands to lay at His feet. I don’t need to say, “If only I had known….” I have Jesus and He has me and that’s all that matters.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
LORD, I thank You for bringing me through so many changes in my life. Thank You for loving me as I took so many wrong turns, for helping me carry heavy loads. You have guided me into the Truth. You teach me more and more each and every day. Hold me near for I desire to always walk out the plans You have for my life. Shelter me when I am in the storms of life, and comfort me as I learn to let go of that which needs to go. I love You, LORD, and praise Your Holy Name. Amen.
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
The LORD clearly gives directions so that I would reach Him throughout His Holy Word. As the Crucifixion and the Resurrection have recently been my focus, the one and only desire I have is to be with Him obediently.
Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. John 19:25
I want to stand at the Cross as His mother did. She stood near to see her precious son beaten, nailed upon the Cross, bleeding, dying. She could not have been closer to Him at this time… body, mind, and soul. Her heart must have been beating with His.
I want to go to the tomb with Mary Magdalene, looking for Jesus. I want to run with her to the others.
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. John 21:13
I want to be with those disciples fishing on the Sea of Tiberias. Even though nothing had been caught, Jesus, Whom I do not recognize, tells me to fish on the right side of the boat. I want to recognize Jesus and say, “It is the Lord.” I want to break the fast with Him.
And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:31-32
I want to walk on the road to Emmaus where Jesus joins me. He shares His Father’s Word.
And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. Acts 1:9
I want to see Christ lifted up on a cloud, knowing that He will, one day, return for me in this same manner.
“For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:45
I believe. I want to grow in His grace, becoming holy as He is holy. I receive His grace moment by moment as I obey His commandments, following His Way, walking in it.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
I love You, my LORD. In Your Name, I pray. Amen
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
After Easter…how do I live? Do I go back to ways that forget what the Crucified Christ means to me and how His resurrection affects me?
Easter is central to my Christian beliefs. His crucifixion is very difficult for me and yet His resurrection is resplendent. Easter is a beautiful remembrance of all Christ did for me over 2,000 years ago and Who He is to me now. I want to live intentionally and thoughtfully in regards to what it means to be a person of the Resurrection in my world all year. I want to continuously experience the Presence of the Living Christ. I want to then walk in His Presence before others.
Yet, I seem to still be in the womb so much of the time, afraid to come out. (As a baby in my mother’s womb, I did not want to exit then either! Mom said her labor was hard and long. “You just fought,” she said.) Christ holds me near as I learn to walk in His Light more and more. I must come out from the womb, that darkness. I am to do His will on roads, in cafes, in hospital rooms, in homes…the world. This is not a doable calling from a safe, warm womb.
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 ESV
As a person of the Resurrection, I would like to believe that my life shines Christ for others to see, hear, and read, sensing that they have touched the Living Christ, the Hand of God. Sometimes, this is true, but not always, to be sure. I want to be less of Linda and more of Christ with each moment. I am continuously being woven into the tapestry that will be perfect in Eternity…one.thread.at.a.time.
Easter brings HOPE. As a person of the Resurrection, I pray I am able to offer the beauty of HOPE to a world that finds reasons all around for despair, fear, and hopelessness.
Being a person of the Resurrection allows me to live under the umbrella of God’s GRACE and MERCY. I accept His forgiveness, offered to me in love. I pray, too, that I may give these generously.
Easter is all about LOVE…“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 As a person of the Resurrection, I desire to love from His heart, to give from His hand, and share the LORD through my actions, words, love, and life. May this LOVE cause me to be open and caring towards others.
As a person of the Resurrection, I do know that the Holy Spirit has come upon me. I also know that my humanness squelches Him under the Linda that thinks she needs to be in control. Forgive me, LORD. Please forgive me.
As a person of the Resurrection, I no longer live in the dark, but carry the Light of Jesus within me as I share light in a dark world.
God, make me Yours wholly. Give me courage and strength to be the Linda You desire of me. Give me wisdom that I would have Your Words and the openness to share Your Truth. I want to be one of Your people of the Resurrection each and every day, walking in faith. As You continue to grow me, may I spread hope, love, grace, mercy, and light through Your Truth. Thank You for giving me life through the death and resurrection of Your One and Only Son, Christ Jesus. You truly are gracious towards me, Father. May I carry a Daffodil of peace with me, LORD, wherever I go. Daffodils just seems to be filled with hope, joy, love, and beauty, all that You are Abba Father. In the Name of Your Son, I pray. Amen.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” John 12:13
How can He?
He always will.
struggle…lessens…reverts to hard again…
Because I need Him…yet live in this humanness
He shows me my weak, selfish, independent self
Letting go to Him
led to the Cross
harsh, thorns, flogging, brutality, hatred, sorrow, ashamed
I go with Him
crucified with Him
my sins crucified
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:20-21
He is Love
His Love shines.
He died because He loves us
The mirror reflects perfectly.
Reflection for Eternity
We love Him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Jesus, Your reflection teaches me. You love despite my imperfections. I thank You, Jesus. You show me joy and sorrow, peace and anguish, love and hatred. You show me that I am burdened by sin, yet You forgive. Your Holy Spirit fills me up, taking the place of sin. You teach me to ask in Your Name. Your love bears me up. Your love endures all of me, because You love me. I wonder why, Lord, but Your love is far greater than my “why.” Your love is true, filled with hope, for You are God. I am Your child. You reflect wholly.. all sides and aspects of me…from the depths of my sin … to the gifts, the love You have bestowed upon this helpless sheep. May I be wholly dependent upon You, 100%. May I die to this self completely…Oh! So completely. One day, when I look into Your face I will know that as I see perfection in You, the reflection from me will be Yours through Eternity. I pray I do reflect Your light while I sojourn here on this earth. I love You, LORD. Amen.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
to forget one’s self
lose sight of one’s self and one’s own interests
Jesus’ words strike a hard cord in me. I am called to follow Jesus because I have chosen His way over mine, yet I still want to do things my way, guide the direction of my own life, take my own chances. Then I hit a wall and it hurts. I run on empty, unable to go anywhere in life except down by the pull of gravity. In order to follow the Lord, I am to deny myself, releasing my desires and hopes for His, His alone. When I am in step with Jesus, all that He desires for me are those things I need. An interesting piece of God’s puzzle for my life is His desires for me are often just what I desire for myself. I’m not losing after all. The relationship with Christ is far more important so that I walk rightly with the Lord.
place on oneself
My burdens can be worries, anxieties, physical pain, other people’s lives and their concerns, hurting people of this world, and so much more. All can weigh heavily upon my heart. The Word tells me not to be anxious, not to worry. He is faithful and is with me. He feeds and clothes the birds; He will do the same for His children. So I lift those weights and take them to Jesus.
a stake or post (as set upright), i.e. (specially), a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment)
figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial
by implication, the atonement of Christ:—cross.
The cross is what Jesus was placed upon for His crucifixion. It is a horribly cruel punishment and eventual death. Scourging comes first. The one being crucified must carry his own cross. Jesus did this part of the way until Simon was compelled to carry it the remainder of the way. Jesus would hang upon the Cross until death.
And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. Luke 23:26
The cross is that which will kill this earthly life.
I carry a cross, laden with burdens. I place it there at the feet of Jesus. He died for my sins. Why do I continue weighing myself down? Jesus has taken it all to the Cross. Part of the definition of cross, in Greek, is self -denial. I deny myself, being exposed to death, reproach, suffering, trials, punishment. I am no longer mine, but His.
I am learning as I do that which Jesus asks of me: denying things of the self, lifting up that which weighs me down, carrying the cross to Jesus Who has already taken my burdens upon Himself. It is in the doing, the actions of denying, lifting, and carrying to Jesus that I begin to find a clearer, deeper meaning to all that He is asking of me.
to be or become the disciple of another as to faith and practice
to follow his teaching
Following Jesus is key to my walk in this Christian life. When I am His, I desire to be near and to know the path upon which He leads me. I release all burdens, knowing that He is caring for me.
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)
As Your child, LORD, I depend upon You. When I feel alone, or struggling with concerns, You are right here. You are yoked with me. You know my physical pain, the concerns that touch my heart regarding others, my anxiousness over provision for this earthly life. Your grace is truly sufficient, Sweet Jesus. Sometimes I feel wrung out and worn out. The Word says in Matthew 27, verse 39-40: And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ But You hung on that Cross, LORD, and paid the ultimate price for me, releasing me to walk with You always. You have given me eternal life. How much more could I ask? What else is there to ask? Forgive me when I am selfish. Often, when I deny myself, I must turn around and deny myself again, LORD, because I am selfish. I just am, but am also very sorry. I carry my cross to You so that I may follow You. “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:38 ESV) I do not want to be called “unworthy,” LORD. Thank You for walking with me on this journey even when I fail You. Your forgiveness, Your love, Your gentle nature give me the hope in this life that my physical eyes cannot see, yet the eyes of my heart know hope for You are the Hope. I love You, Jesus. I pray gently in Your Name. Amen.
Graphic: by American/Dutch web designer Catherine Reijans, founder of KATINK web design; https://thinkingmuseum.com/2013/10/30/thinking-museum-on-think-katink/ (but the actual think-Katink web design site is no longer connected, but I want to give her credit where it is due)
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.” Ezekiel 18:30
to turn back, return to God
restore, repair, refresh
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets long ago. Acts 3:19-21
to change one’s mind with intent on obtaining God’s pardon
to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins
conduct worthy of a heart changed and abhorring sin
Repent … a word that I have misunderstood from the beginning of my spiritual walk with my LORD. Apologizing over and over again has only brought me back to the same sinfulness over and over again. I am truly sorry for my ways. I am sorry I mess up, but beating myself over the head again and again surely does not make me a better Christian. It becomes a mental as well as a spiritual handicap. I feel stuck and browbeaten. The worst part is that I feel like I am the one doing it to myself. Yet satan is the beater, the tempest, the devil dressed up, the evil one torturing me and accusing me. And I believe him far too often. I fall for his lies.
Repent … I know I have done many wrongs. I admit them. It is in the turning away from those ways and returning to God that brings me to the pathway He has for me. I want to walk it with Him. My life changes. I live differently than I did before I made the turn. The spiritual upward spiral toward God, a beautiful relationship with Him, abiding in the LORD, is repentance. I turn as a ballerina turns, keeping eyes focused on a point, twirling from point to point. Jesus is my point. I turn to Him, staying focused upon Him for balance, for holding center.
It is by faith, not anything I do today or any other day, that I am forgiven. Leaning on myself is not the answer. Leaning on the LORD is truly the only answer.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:19-20
By love…I desire the One Who forgives me.
Repent … by prayer
Repent … on my knees
Repent … moment by moment
Repent… from my heart
Repent …. with eyes fixed upon Jesus
Repent … live by the Spirit
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,… Hebrew 12:2a
LORD, may the Spirit change my heart every moment of every day to be Yours, to follow Your Ways. May I release the reigns from my own grip and trust, with open-handed faith, that You are my Caregiver, my Provider, my Husband, the Lover of my soul. LORD, I pray that as I grow in You, that I understand that I must die to this self and live for You. You are forever gracious. I am forever grateful. I pray in the Name of Jesus, my Focal Point. Amen.
Ballerina:“Stunning technique and form – Elizabeth Rodbell of the Rochester City Ballet (New York state).“ @ http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me8rpa1iTX1qix34io1_500.gif
David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 1 Chronicles 15:1
a tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance):—covering, (dwelling) (place), home, tabernacle, tent
I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve Me as priests. Exodus 29:44
As the Israelites sojourned from place to place, they would pitch their tents where God called them to do so, and folded the tents when God called them to move on.
And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exodus 25:8
While the Israelites were traveling, God had, as His dwelling place, a tabernacle in a physical tent that could be picked up and moved with the Children of God. We, too, live in spiritual tents as we journey in this place.
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1
And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. Deuteronomy 30:6
As I travel the highway of holiness, growing closer to God, I know that my days are numbered. I know not how many, yet I know that one day I shall be with my Maker. I see many signs of aging such as my gray and white hair, walking more slowly and limping at times. I have limitations now that I did not have when I was 20, 30, even 40. For the time remaining in my life, I walk with my LORD, staking my tent where He says, packing it up as He directs, to carry along as I go. I am a stranger on this earth, a sojourner here until God’s time for me comes.
We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.. 1 Chronicles 29:15
My heart is a tabernacle for the LORD. My life is His. I live for Him as He lives in me.
Father God, You call me to You as we walk this way together. I pray that I am most willing to follow You, taking up my cross daily, picking up and stretching out this tent each day. May my heart truly be the tabernacle of Your Spirit, physically as well as spiritually, Father. The precious thought that Your Spirit lives right in my heart delivers such love and joy to me! No matter what the circumstances of my life look like from moment to moment of each day, I know that I am Yours and that I am not a stranger to You. I have been known by You since before I was born, since before this earth came into existence. Oh, that You created me and have made me Yours. How joyous I feel all over! The order of my days is in Your hands. I pray that I am obedient to You. You called me to be a citizen in Heaven with You. So, as I walk the remainder of my days on this earth, I have Your Kingdom to look forward to, my Sweet LORD. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen and Amen.
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Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Ecclesiastes 5:1
to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.):— attentively, call (gather) together, carefully, certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear(-ken, tell), indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim(-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, surely, tell, understand, whosoever, witness.
How then will they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14-17
hearing (the act, the sense or the thing heard):—audience, ear, fame, which ye heard, hearing, preached, report, rumor
to perceive by hearing
In both the Old and the New Testament, we find the words listen, hear, hearing again and again. Our parents often told us to listen, to pay attention, or they asked us, “Did you hear me?” They knew we did not always hear them because we were not listening. Does that ring any bells?!! It does for me, even though I was a pretty obedient kid. I still was a kid.
Then I grew up and went my own ways. God spoke to me often but I did not always listen to Him either. When I disobeyed the Father, I often fell and then could not always get out of the rabbit holes I found myself in.
Prophets, throughout the Bible, spoke God’s Word, calling on His people to listen, to hear, to obey:
You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. Jeremiah 19:3
God gives us His Word to direct our paths:
Your Word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6
And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3
Jesus calls us to listen, to hear, to obey:
“Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” Matthew 13:7-9
The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Matthew 13:41-43
I have ears. I am to hear. I am to pay attention. I am to be faithful in my obedience to the One Who calls me to Him. His Word is where the Truth is…and only there. The Word is Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
I read this and wonder how and why I can possibly NOT listen, NOT hear, NOT obey. He is the Word and the Word is All.
Look at these precious gifts afforded to us:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Mark 4:23-25
In Him you also, when you heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:22-25
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Oh, I praise You, LORD, for the love that You have for us, Your creations who do not deserve such love, yet are given it because of Who You are. In Your bounty, we receive the gift of Your Holy Word filled with Your Truth. Your Holy Son, in His death, gives us the opportunity to come to the foot of the Cross to receive forgiveness and salvation. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us to teach us and pray as our mediator when we know not how to pray. You, my Father, are the Giver of all gifts to Your children. I am so grateful to be one of those blessed to be under Your wing. I want to have ears to hear and know the Truth. May I be obediently listening and willing to follow Your ways. May I walk closely to You, my Abba Father. Forgive me when my ears are closed or I am “too busy” with worldly things that I miss the message that is right before me. Forgive me when I am disobedient to You even when I hear Your words. Father, teach me Your ways that I may walk in faithfulness. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.