So I recently made a pledge that I will be in more pictures with the kids after being so bummed flicking through a recent print out of photos and noticing that there was only three, THREE pictures of myself with the kids out of 150+ photos from mid 2013. It saddens me a little as the photos I have of my mother and I are all that I have left of her and of course the memories I hold so deeply but the photos I have are a turn to of mine for comfort and perspective, they’re so sentimental to me. I couldn’t imagine not leaving behind visual stories and memories for my own children to embrace or turn to for their own comfort needs.
So true! I need to do more of this myself!!
Faith unlocks peace.
A doves biblical symbolism can look something like this: gentle, sweet, loving, faithful, Holy Spirit, peace, enduring, regeneration, purity, release (as in letting go of something), and along with many other definitions, a first sacrifice. This is all relevant today because when I pulled up to my driveway after a coffee date there were 6 doves in my driveway. I have never seen doves in Washington, although I am aware they are here (obviously), but it got me thinking as to, why now? Why today? What is God trying to say through this?
'…it is important that we learn how to carry His power and authority. If we believers become combative instead of honorably confronting, we will reduce our influence to the small pond if the church and render ourselves to powerless in the ocean of humanity. We are to carry God's authority into the lives of people and nations through invitation, not through intrusion or invasion. Although we are called to be combative when dealing with the powers of darkness, we are to be honorably confronting with people, demonstrating the benefits and rewards of a superior Kingdom.'
Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle
I love the way this is worded! We are called to be combative when dealing with the powers of darkness and we are to be honorably confronting with people! So true. Sometimes I face situations forgetting the humanity viewpoint. Like- duh, they are people. One thing that’s been big for me lately is a standard that Starbucks practices- that being: always assume the customers have the best intentions. So for me it has been getting in the mindset that they (people around me) are not out to get me and they have my best interest in mind. Trusting the Lord takes care of me and my every circumstance, whether that is true of the person or not. Knowing that my battle is not of flesh and blood but of principalities and powers of darkness. -great reminder this morning a we are here to face another day. (:
'take me deeper than my feet could ever wander.'
my relationship with God is and has to be intentional and deep. it is sought after by me and also lead by Him. i can’t simply wander there or just let it happen. i think sometimes the world gets into the mentality of ‘I’m a christian because i believe in god’ or ‘i have a relationship with god because i go to church every sunday’ or they just get comfortable. going deep isn’t easy, but it is for everyone. the deeper we are rooted in Him, the more freedom we have an opportunity to walk out. the deeper the roots in Him, the more He is able to weed out the hurts and pain that go deep in our hearts.
dig deeper in my heart, roots go deep.
lord take me deeper.
take me where i couldn’t wander myself.
take me beyond where regular sunday mornings could take me.
lead me where my trust is without borders.
i want new and true relationships.
i need deeper and real.
laughter in everything.
righteousness, peace, and joy be my guiding principals.
'Religion has reduced the supernatural power of God to a history lesson about serving the dead body of a helpless Christ who, still nailed to the Cross, is incapable of rocking their sacred boat. They emphasize the drowning of baptism, arguing over how people should get wet and what should be said over them during their dipping. Religious people have lost touch with the fact that the bold print of baptism is not on the descent but on the ascension. The death of Christ paid for our sins, but it was His resurrection that gave life to our mortal bodies.'
Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle
pg. 25 & 26
Loving this today. it was His resurrection that gave us life! i find it appropriate that easter is just around the corner. It serves as a great reminder of where our focus should be: on His ascension not on the decent; on Victory, not on the battle. We have life abundant. Live it. Get out there and work it.