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.
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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.
Today, I am thanking God for His healing.
Eight years ago, during communion, I made a commitment to Him that I would choose to release the anger I had held onto most of my life as He walked me through my healing and recovery journey.
After decades of trying to rid myself of it through excessive reading, studying, resisting, stuffing, working, denying, etc., I honestly didn’t think I would ever be freed from its vise-like grip on my heart and soul.
This morning, as I partook of communion, I reflected on that moment so many years ago and truly marveled at the fact that I no longer feel any residue of anger anywhere in my being.
What has replaced it, is mercy, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.
Only God, in His infinite Love and Grace could have wrought this work on my heart.
He keeps ALL of His Promises!
My Heart belongs to Daddy!
A Sealed-off Place
The Cave of Adullam
A covered place.
A place of humility.
A place of safety.
It’s not a pretty place.
It’s not a place of comfort.
It’s not a place of abundance.
It’s a place of concealment.
A place of privacy, intimacy and prayer.
It’s a place of unburdening the heart,
Before the only One Who can and will help.
It’s a place of proving.
A place of separation,
From what is believed to be true
And what actually is true.
It’s not a permanent dwelling.
It’s not a place of failure.
It’s not a place of defeat.
It’s a place of renewal.
A place of restoration.
It is the birthing place
Of a brand new beginning.
~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews
1 Samuel 22:1a
David departed and escaped to the cave of Adullam…
I’ve never known it.
I dwelt among strangers
Who pretended and
Were anything but real.
I dwelt among those
Who treated me as
An enemy and vented their
Anger and frustration on me.
All that happened.
All that was done.
All that was said.
You were there.
You covered me.
You understand me in ways
I can’t begin to fathom.
You know my hurt.
It touches Your heart.
You know the pain
Because You bore it for me.
Don’t let me hide.
Don’t let me cower
Behind another lie,
Keep working with me.
Keep loving me.
Keep holding my hand
Leading me out of this dark,
Miserable pitiable place.
~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews