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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 22 of 31-Not the usual message from the Universe

kindly accept this reminder to be encouraged
and to offer it along the way
 Take the fire. You don't have to give it back...
Remember Jeremiah 29:11? From the NIV, “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “  Very often, this scripture is offered as encouragement and a reminder of the promise that God intends to do good in your life.  I don’t disagree, but I’ve always been interested in context, and I am disinclined to believe that anything is ever as simple as it first appears (except sometimes, it is.). When you look a little bit deeper, the letter from Jeremiah is more like fuel for the journey, and a reminder that there is work for us to do, in order to arrive at the land of “milk and honey.” If you read before and after verse 11, you get that the people of God are subject to judgment at the moment for the purposes of refining, so that they may conform to the plans He has. 

According to a study guide published by “Walk with the Word Church,” when we suffer setbacks, though we have blessings ahead of us, God “is not simply “erasing” everything and pretending nothing happened. Becoming what God intends involves a personal commitment of faithfulness and obedience to His Word and ways on our part.”

So, before you succumb to Christmas madness (for obvious reasons, I’m taking a pass on it this year) kindly accept this reminder to be encouraged and to offer encouragement along the way, I’m sharing the message that came to me from my iPod while walking the dog earlier this week. I’ve had this CD forever, but I was never even aware of this song until I needed to receive this message from the Universe (thank You, Lord, for the many ways You speak to my heart). Life can be hard. You never know who might be struggling just to breathe, too weary and worn to even consider going on. I’m so thankful I for my Unlimited Source, and that He is in control.

… Stop hiding your eyes 
Take the fire from me 
And be warm, life is hard 
And sometimes the night is long 
Take the fire 
You don´t have to give it back to me 

Don´t worry about me 
I´ll stand here in the darkness 
With the joy that HEAVEN promised 
To those who live 
With open hearts 

from FIRE on the album SALT,
 Lizz Wright
Today I am praying and playing with Sandra Heska King in Still Saturday... 

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