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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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“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.”
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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!
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.
Finding My Rest in You
My heart condemns me.
Voices of shame and condemnation
Threaten to drown out the Truth.
I am unlovable.
I am worthless.
I am not capable.
I question my faith.
Do I belong to the Truth?
Will You also condemn me?
You are greater than those voices.
You know everything.
You know my history.
You see my wounds.
You see my humanity.
You see my need of healing.
I am afraid.
Will You will condemn me?
Will You agree with the loud voices?
Speak to me more loudly
Than the voices of shame.
Be greater than my heart.
Nothing is hidden from You.
Be more powerful than my shame.
Let me find rest in Your Love.
– Laurie Pontious-Andrews