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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.
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“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
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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.
The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! For the Chief Musician; with my stringed instruments.
You Whisper My Name
Struggle – early in life
Never good enough
Don’t belong at all
Lonely and afraid
Whisper my name
Respond to the need
Declarations of acceptance
Belonging to You
Called by name
Part of Your Family
Accepted and loved
– Laurie Pontious-Andrews
Isaiah 43:1 – Promise, My Personal Paraphrase
You whisper my name and declare that I am Yours.