Good fruit comes from good soil. Our RECEPTIVITY to all the good things God has poured into us over the years, matters. It adds up. We do and will bear good fruit. And there is a real sense of perfection, of completion, of satisfaction in this. Watch for it. Tend it. Be open to it.
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At first light, I seek solitude, curl up with my Bible—
in a corner of the sofa, pause
to pray, journal.
I must appear cozy, here in front of the fireplace,
apparently lounging. But my family
knows not to disturb me
There is a need for solitude
Giving and Receiving. Or is it receiving and then giving out from that place we have received from? There are tangibles and intangibles we give to each other, and that we need from each other, and from the Lord. Often these times of intimacy occur deep in our souls in times of solitude, in time spent seeking the Father Heart of God our Maker and Sustainer. He is the one who ultimately fills us up. And we see this everywhere we look, in the most basic of human relationships mirrored. The child that receives from his or her father, gives, easily, naturally, even eagerly, back to others. Back to the world! Because they HAVE lots to give. And the Bible says this is how it’s meant to be; that earthly fathers give good gifts to their children, and so we can expect our heavenly Father to bless us, to fill us up, to expect good things to come from us, naturally flowing from a heart-life that is fill to overflowing.
Of course this does not always happen for us, there are ways we go about half-full on a daily basis. Everywhere you look, you meet someone in need of the father’s blessing, earthly love, refilling. And so it does us well to get alone with the Lord, our Heavenly Father. To be filled. To give out. To receive the blessing, and to bless. “Thy Kingdom Come,” we pray.
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There’s something we pick up on in SOLITUDE that leads us into higher realms of spiritual effectiveness and discernment, back at base, when push might come to shove in less than idyllic ways. Time spent alone gives us the confidence, our power lies elsewhere. We can be strong. We can be patient. We can take time out to discern the direction the Lord would have us take. We can pause to pray. This is what time spent alone tells us. And this is why people who take time for SOLITUDE do not get easily rattled in the battle of life, far from such peace as this picture represents, even promises, and, I believe, delivers.
and others who are generals, strategists, planners.
Their efforts, results are not the same. What blesses one,
frustrates the other. We are positioned
on a battlefield to be found faithful,
that is all. But then again
I see through the eyes I have been given,
from a watchman’s post.
You may see it differently.
How might a warrior
perceive the lay of unseen land?
I am open to hearing your perspective,
long to prove faithful to all that God is doing.
There is a time to consider our POSITION in the building, the coming, the praying in, of God’s Kingdom. The Bible tells us our battle is NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, but against spiritual forces of darkness in unseen places. And there is a call to each one of us, I believe, to stand faithful in our posting. To fulfill our God-given mandate to show up, be present, stay real and do good work as we are led by the Spirit of God. And we know that some days are tougher than others. But your toughest day may be my easiest, and my toughest day may look like a cake-walk to you. We are each one unique. We all bring DIFFERENT GIFTS to the table, and yet we are called to be FAITHFUL to the God we know to be FAITHFUL even when we are faithless. Let us ENCOURAGE one another, and seek to understand the differences we discern between us, even as we uphold the standard of Unity Among Us, one of the spiritual principles of lasting VICTORY in the heavenlies. Amen.
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