Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people."— Psalm 85:8. 

There is a voice, " a still, small voice " of love..
                                            Heard from above;
But not amidst the din of earthly sounds,
                                           Which here confounds;
By those withdrawn apart it best is heard,
And peace, sweet peace, breathes in each gentle word.
                                           ---Anonymous

This was the entry in my Devotional that night, echoing the very thoughts my counselor and I had agreed upon:  This is my Withdrawn-Apart-Season.  And if I would have had my way, THE SEASON would have been fulfilled months ago.  Time to get back to living.  Time to get on with PURPOSE.  But what if this IS my purpose for now?  This withdrawing into HIS Peace?

This time she asked me if I could count the Receiving-of-Love as a gift to be given to my Lover. And the question fell like raindrops onto my parched soul.  Of course I want my own gifts to be received. Of course I am overjoyed when those gifts are cherished. That cherishing becomes its own gift, given back to me.  So .... can I rest in the arms of my Jesus?  Can I see that MY cherishing of His Peace is welcomed by Him?  And can I let that be enough?

I wriggle and I squirm.

But it is here, in this rest that I hear Him.

Peace and Beauty: He gives it so freely to me.  Even in the garden that cries out for my labors:

He places a gift for me.   My friends know that I have named this place, "God's Garden."  Where He lets me join in His labors for a time.  But even those labors have been quieted this year.

And yet. . . .


The blooms were waiting there, for me to gather.  On my first day of being able to climb the hill that hindered these joints all winter, the flowers opened their faces for me.

And Jesus spoke PEACE to my soul.


I am linking up today with TheFaithBarista for her #OneWordCoffe. My one NEW word from the Lord is #Receive:

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6 comments:

  1. How lovely..to receive...why is that so hard sometimes? I want to receive love, true love, and I do from my husband. I do from the Lord...most of the time. I want to be able to receive it always. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and steps along your journey. I have been blessed in the quiet of this morning.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Linda! Yes, why is it so hard for us to receive? Even with my own husband, I find myself being much more willing to give than to just accept and receive. I'm so thankful that Jesus' gifts are free and waiting for us to see them! Blessings to you!

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  2. I'm so glad Jesus spoke peace to your soul, Bettie. I so want to rest in Him with all my heart. I want to cherish the peace and love He freely gives. Thank you for this encouragement to rest in Jesus. Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. Trudy, you will be in my prayers today, for Jesus to bring you the rest and peace He knows you need. Isn't it amazing that HE waits for us? Thanks for your encouragement also! Blessings & hugs to you!

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  3. Bettie,
    What a wonderful way for God to speak peace to your soul with the beautiful blooms and improved ease of walking! So glad to hear that, friend!

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    1. Oh yes, Valerie, I am so thankful for the gifts He is bringing my way! How empty our days would be without His touch on them! Springtime Blessings to you, my friend!

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