Hazelnut Coffee and Beautiful Promises❤️ You stoop down to make me great. Psalm 18:35b #perfectwaytobegintheday #unabashedhope #90DayswiththeBelovedDiscipleJohn #bethmoore #paneracoffee #toranisignaturesyrup #hazelnut #fiestajumbomug #ps1835
I Am Here
I have not abandoned you to suffer in misery and angst.
I Am here to comfort you.
I have not abandoned you to hunger and want.
I Am here to provide all that you need.
I have not abandoned you in the midst of your pain and grief.
I Am here to dry your tears.
I have not abandoned you stewing in your biting anger and cynicism.
I Am here to plead for you with all that I Am.
I have not abandoned you to languish in powerlessness and fear.
I Am here to protect and defend you.
I Am here.
I am no longer languishing in poverty, hunger, and neglect.
I am filled to overflowing and wholly satisfied.
I am no longer isolated, cut off, and afraid.
I am enveloped by the very warmth of Your presence.
I am no longer enslaved in a prison of shame and guilt.
I am liberated to come and go as my heart chooses.
I am no longer fodder and prey to the enemy.
I am sheltered, defended, and protected by Your hand.
I am no longer dismayed of the power of death.
I am alive eternally in You.
I am no longer lost, aimless, and alone.
I am held firmly where I belong in Your loving embrace.
I am no longer adrift in a sea of nothingness.
I am anchored securely by Your great love for me.
#UnabashedHope #ArtfulDoodlesbyLMA #John84859
“The bromides, platitudes, and exhortations to trust God from nominal believers who have never visited the valley of desolation are not only useless; they are textbook illustrations of unmitigated gall. Only someone who has been there, who has drunk the dregs of our cup of pain, who has experienced the existential loneliness and alienation of the human condition, dares whisper the name of the Holy to our unspeakable distress. Only that witness is credible; only that love is believable.”
Brennan Manning – Ruthless Trust
#Unabashedhope #truth #wisdomfromthecoffeehouse #BrennanManning #RuthlessTrust #grief #hope
“When we focus so strongly on our need to get better, we actually get worse. We become even more neurotic and self-absorbed.
Preoccupation with our guilt (instead of God’s grace) makes us increasingly self-centered and morbidly introspective. And what is Original Sin if not a preoccupation with ourselves?
What needs to be ultimately rooted out and attacked is the sin underneath my sins which is not immoral behavior but immoral belief: faith in my own moral and spiritual ‘progress,’ rather than in the One who died to atone for my lack of progress.
Listen carefully: Christianity is not first and foremost about our behavior, our obedience, our response, and our daily victory over sin, as important as all these are.
It is not first and foremost about us at all, it is first and foremost about Jesus!
So instead of trying to fix one another, perhaps we might try ‘stirring one another up to love and good deeds’ by daily reminding one another, in humble love, of the riches we already possess in Christ.”
#Unabashedhope #brokenpeople #grace #unconditionallove #TullianTchividjian
“When the prodigal son limped home from his lengthy binge of waste and wandering, boozing and womanizing, his motives were mixed at best. He said to himself, ‘How many of my father’s paid servants have more food than they want, and here I am dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father.’
The ragamuffin’s stomach was not churning with compunction because he had broken his father’s heart. He stumbled home simply to survive.
For me, the most touching verse in the entire Bible is the father’s response: ‘While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly.’
I am moved that the father didn’t cross-examine the boy, bully him, lecture him on ingratitude, or insist on any high motivation. He was so overjoyed at the sight of his son that he ignored all canons of prudence and parental discretion and simply welcomed him home. The father took him back just as he was.
What a word of encouragement, consolation, and comfort! We don’t have to sift our hearts and analyze our intentions before returning home. Abba just wants us to show up.
We don’t have to tarry at the tavern until purity of heart arrives. We don’t have to be shredded with sorrow or crushed with contrition. We don’t have to be perfect or even very good before God will accept us. We don’t have to wallow in guilt, shame, and self-condemnation.
Even if we still nurse a secret nostalgia for the far country, Abba falls on our neck and kisses us.”
–Brennan Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel)
“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.” #HenriNouwen #truth #wisdomfromthecoffeehouse #UnabashedHope #gratefulforthethorns
My heart is so very heavy this morning.
Please bear with me as I mull over the difference between Religion and Relationship…
Religion blocks the Holy Spirit’s access to our pain.
Religion disables our ability to be honest about our pain.
Religion prevents us from experiencing our pain as a navigation through our grief.
Religion prevents us from truly releasing and experiencing the fullness of forgiveness.
Religion prevents us from owning and fully releasing our anger.
Religion shackles us in emotional denial.
Religion tells us that our feelings are not accepted as they really are.
Religion uses condemnation and judgment to hold us in place.
Religion prevents us from being freed from our anger and bitterness.
Religion is hard, callous, and cold.
Religion demands that we “pretty ourselves up – first” then…
Religion subtly convinces us that we can get over it by doing more, being better, quoting more, studying more, and performing better.
Relationship provides a safe place where we are accepted, valued, and loved no matter how deep our pain or how vast our anger.
Relationship assures us that our feelings are okay and welcomes to freely give voice to them without minimizing, trivializing, or denying.
Relationship never demands that we be anything other than what we presently are.
Relationship invites us to be open, transparent, and honest.
Relationship never condemns or judges.
Relationship longs to care, extend comfort, and hold us as we grieve.
Relationship desires to give us what we are utterly unable to give ourselves.
Relationship longs to heal our pain and hurts.
Relationship is a place of healing, deliverance, and hope.
Relationship assures us that all we need is provided simply because we are loved.