“Make it PLAIN, Lord”

pillar of fire exodusThis morning I was reading about the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. What an amazing story. As I read, I purposely allowed myself not to rush through the reading, but to stop between the verses. Take it all in. IMAGINE the actual scene. Wow, what a picture it presented to my heart!

The Word says that while the Israelites made their exodus out of Egypt, the Lord led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This got me thinking, “How plain can you get?  A pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night? Talk about skywriting. You couldn’t miss it.”

Meditating on this account in the Bible this morning has caused me to appreciate all over again the prayer my mentor taught me to pray so many decades ago. When seeking God’s wisdom and direction, she taught me to always add this to my prayers:

“Make it PLAIN, Lord. Make it PLAIN.”

I love that prayer. And it has stood me in good stead all these years. “Make it PLAIN, Lord.”

If God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and He was gracious enough to make it abundantly plain to the Israelites the precise direction they were to go in the wilderness – with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night – should we expect any less manifest wisdom from God when seeking His direction for our lives?  We don’t need a pillar of cloud or pillar of fire in the SKY to guide us – we have God’s Own Spirit living WITHIN us!  Wow!

So I needed wisdom today. And I prayed and asked the Lord to “Make it PLAIN.”  And guess what? Aww, you guessed it.  He DID!

Exodus 13:21-22 King James Version (KJV)

21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:  22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

James 1:5-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 

Isaiah 30:21 

21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

PEACE IS POSSIBLE

The Lord told me He wanted me to write this headline:  PEACE IS POSSIBLE

Sheep 1And then He said:

When wars and rumors of wars abound in the world, and even Christians panic and fear seizes their hearts, and they excuse themselves, thinking fear is “normal” considering the state of the world, I am here to report that PEACE IS STILL POSSIBLE.

It may not be world peace, but your “world” should be lived on the inside, where I reside.  Your world is NOT this external plain.  Your life is hid with God in Christ. It is hidden, your REAL life.

That is why I say PEACE IS POSSIBLE, children — because your life is hidAnd when you are hidden, you are SAFE.

Now STAY safe, don’t come out of hiding.  Stay hidden in the cleft of the rock. And there, where no evil can touch you – PEACE IS POSSIBLE.

Quit looking for your external world to straighten up before you experience peace. Peace is possible NOW.

Look inside. Look to Me, your Rock. And you will see, with delight, that in Me you are actually on very firm footing. Yes, even while the whole world – NOT built on the Rock — crumbles around you, you will find yourself unshakeable, immoveable, a bulwark of strength not just for your own good, but offering a show of strength that speaks volumes to onlookers in the world who haven’t yet discovered that true strength and true peace are found ONLY in Me.

Tell them. Tell all you see who are struggling, bound in fear, that PEACE IS POSSIBLE.  That peace is possible NOW.  No matter how unstable the world is, when you run to the cleft of the rock, and hide there, when you finally grasp that your real life is truly hidden – hidden in Me – you will rejoice to see that you are actually in a warm bunker, away from the winds of change and tumult. You will sit down with Me and sup. You will rejoice to be in My company, as I always rejoice to be in yours.

Come, children. Come inside, sit down and sup with Me and the Father. We await your company, and the table is set.

922533772shfts of light free-desktop-backgrounds

Come feel the warm glow of hope, renewed vision, and restored strength for the storms ahead.

HERE…in the Hidden Place…in the Secret Place…

…Where I AM…
…………….. THERE IS PEACE. 

Enter in.

1

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

~ Psalm 91:1-2  NKJV

 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

~ John 14:27  NKJV

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

~ Colossians 3:1-4  New Living Translation

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!

Walking with my husband and two little dogs daily as I do, these last few weeks I have been overcome with the spectacular beauty surrounding me.  I find I cannot walk more than 10 paces or so down the little country lane we live on before I’m stopping dead in my tracks again…looking up to heaven…and erupting into spontaneous heartfelt praise to God over His magnificent artistry. It simply takes my breath away.IMG_3497

1011151810f  IMG_3495 (2)

To me, fall is the crowning glory of all God has put His hand to in nature, where even the sun itself blazes in a hue quite unlike any other season, casting that heavenly golden glow upon everything in its path. Oh, Father, You are awesome! I glorify Your Name!

No surprise fall is my favorite season. I suppose that’s why it is in the fall particularly, when I survey God’s Art Gallery all about me, that I have to scratch my head, contending that one would have to work awfully hard NOT to believe in a Divine Creator.

For the very heavens declare the glory of God!

1008151857b

Day after day, night after night, the heavens speak to us.  So says the Word of God.  And so it is.  God has never, no never at any time, left mankind without at least this one witness:  Creation itself.  The incontestable witness both to His very existence.  And to His great glory.

IMG_3481 (2)

And that being so…the TRUTH is…there is not one inch of soil on this earth upon which man has walked, where any will ever be able to claim the Creator has NOT clearly spoken, has NOT spectacularly, lovingly, revealed Himself…again and again…through the things He has made.

To God be the glory!

 

art_003

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.”

~ Psalm 19:1-4 [ESV]

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” 

 ~ Romans 1:18-20 [ESV]

Sacred Silence

Heaven's HeadlinesI’m alone at home now.  Everyone is out.  And I’m totally “unplugged.”

No television. No radio. No phone.  Just me and the Lord…a warm swath of late afternoon sun shining on my bed…and this silence. This glorious, healing pool of silence I’m floating in.

This is heaven.

Heaven is sitting in the Presence of the Lord, in utter repose and silence before Him. It is food for the soul. And the only place of rapturous peace.

When all the noise of the world is suddenly shut off and I am alone with God like this, it is not unlike the boat that has been through a violent storm, tossed to and fro, but once the raging stops and the storm stills, the vessel calms itself once again on the glassy water.

I am that boat. And the boat has ceased rocking. The endless clamor and tumult of voices have been silenced. And only the silent sun, cheerfully pouring through my window now, speaks. Speaking to my heart of God’s comforting Spirit.

Here comes joy.  Here comes peace.

I had no idea how desperately I needed this silence. But clearly I did need it, because I am drinking it up now like some thirsty desert traveler who has just happened upon a lifesaving well of cold water.

In this place of silence I am aware that I am finally released to listen fully to God’s heart because my own heart’s attention is no longer fragmented. Instead, all my senses are open to His heartbeat, and it is pure heaven.

Thank you Lord for sacred silence.

“And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.’  For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.   And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.” ~ Mark 6:31-32 [RSV]

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” ~ Matthew 11:28-29 [KJV]

“…the Lord is in his holy temple:  let all the earth keep silence before him.” ~ Habakkuk 2:20 [KJV]

“I Am On Call”

IMG_2322 (1)

1

My husband got called out of a deep sleep the other night.  He was on call at the local hospital and while he slept soundly, in the middle of the night, his cell suddenly rang, and the voice on the other end of the line urged, “Come in, Steve…we need you.” 

Immediately, my husband rose up out of bed…answering the call.

Just hours later, the Lord spoke to my heart:

1

“I am here on call.  Just like Steve answered the call…I too am ready to get up and go to work whenever you call, Cinnie.  I am here RIGHT BESIDE YOU…I AM ON CALL…

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Wow.  Are you kidding me?  Think of it!  A personal invitation from the Creator of the universe, announcing:

“I AM ON CALL.  WHAT DO YOU NEED?”

Blessed my socks right off.  Sure did.

I needed wisdom on a matter.  And I said, “Well, Lord, I’m sure You already know what I’m going to ask You.” To which He replied:

“Go ahead anyway.  It helps to articulate it.”

Now I don’t know about you, but for me this is probably what blesses me the very most. In this crazy, fast-paced world, where we relate to people on the fly…where virtual relationships have all but superseded genuine, sit-down, face-to-face, heart-to-heart REAL conversation and fellowship …yes, in the midst of an all-things-virtual world, I still can count on a heavenly Father Who:

ALWAYS has time for me.

ALWAYS welcomes my call.

ALWAYS listens with His great big heart.

And when I do talk to my awesome Dad — guess what?  Wow.  Somehow, someway, inexplicably I have His undivided attention. 

Every time.

And so do you, my friend.  So do you.

So how ’bout it?

God is on call.  Right now.  For you.  And He asks:

“WHAT DO YOU NEED?”

Go ahead.  Tell Him.  Sure, He already knows.  But go ahead anyway.  It helps to articulate it.  🙂

I know.  Cuz it sure helped me.

God bless,

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” 

~ Isaiah 65:24 [KJV]

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

~ Psalm 34:18 [NIV]

“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon Him?”

~ Deuteronomy 4:7 [ESV]