Tag Archives: restoration

He Stoops Down To Me

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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

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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.
Laurie Pontious-Andrews

John 14:18

#unabashedhope #john1418 

In You

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In You

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.

Laurie Pontious-Andrews

John 8:48-59
#UnabashedHope #ArtfulDoodlesbyLMA #John84859

One Who Has Been There

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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
#Unabashedhope #truth #wisdomfromthecoffeehouse #BrennanManning #RuthlessTrust #grief #hope

Welcome As You Are

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“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)

Filled with Joy

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Filled with Joy

Truth in my inner being,
This is my desire,
This is my aim.

Cause me to know Truth
Fully from the very center
Of my heart and soul.

Force all lies and doubt to
Be thrusted to the surface,
Removed and replaced by Truth.

Cleanse me of my sin
– secret and known.
Wash me thoroughly.

Let the broken places
Be infused with healing
That I may pour forth praise.

Grant me a heart that is
Both willing and pure
Ever filled with Your joy.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

Psalms 51:6-12 – Prayer/Promise

Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Your Love Never Quits

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My Paraphrase
Psalm 136

​Thank You, Daddy!
You deserve all my thanks.
Your love never quits.

Thank You God of all gods,
Your love never quits.

Thank You Lord of all lords.
Your love never quits.

Thank You miracle-working God,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, Your skill
formed the cosmos,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You laid out earth
on ocean foundations,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You filled the skies with light,
Your love never quits.

The sun to watch over the day,
Your love never quits.

Moon and stars
as guardians of the night,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You struck down
the Egyptian firstborn,
Your love never quits.

And rescued Israel
from Egypt’s oppression,
Your love never quits.

Took Israel in hand
with Your powerful hand,
Your love never quits.

Split the Red Sea right in half,
Your love never quits.

Led Israel right through the middle,
Your love never quits.

Dumped Pharaoh
and his army in the sea,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You marched
Your people through the desert,
Your love never quits.

Smashed huge kingdoms
right and left,
Your love never quits.

Struck down the famous kings,
Your love never quits.

Struck Sihon the Amorite king,
Your love never quits.

Struck Og the Bashanite king,
Your love never quits.

Then distributed their land as booty,
Your love never quits.

Handed the land over to Israel.
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You remember me
when I am down,
Your love never quits.

Rescue me from the trampling boot,
Your love never quits.

Take care of me in time of need.
Your love never quits.

Thank You, Daddy, You did it all!
Your love never quits.

Safe With You

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Safe With You

You are greater than my heart.
You are greater than my shame.
You are greater than my guilt.

You are greater than the words
Of condemnation that flood my mind.
You are greater than my reproach.

I am safe with You.

You know everything about me.
You are intimately acquainted
With my comings and goings.

You know my hidden pain.
You know my dreams.
You know my sorrows.

I am safe with You.

I can rest quietly
In Your loving embrace
Knowing You love me.

Your desire is to restore me.
Your desire is to cleanse me.
Your desire is to heal me.

I am safe with You – always.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

Isaiah 54:4 – Prayer/Promise

Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.

1 John 3:19-20 – Prayer/Promise

By this we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence, Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him].

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Making the Choice

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Morning Thoughts…

Some days are harder than others. Some days are bright and shining while other days can be quite dreary.

I was reading Habakkuk this morning.

“Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD; I WILL BE HAPPY in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will give me the speed of a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.” Habakkuk 3:17-19

No matter what type of day it is we can still CHOOSE to rejoice and be happy in His Presence. He promises to be our strength. He promises to see us safely to our destination.

Isn’t that beautiful?! ❤️😊


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