Never Losing the Light: Overturning The Status Quo

But… things are about to change.

(I wound with purpose, remember?)

We are going to change things.

(I told you, we are going to upturn and overturn the Status Quo.)

No more platitudes of plastic niceties. No more cold hearts, cold words, and cold love. I am done with these.

It’s a new day.

(And like the sleeping virgins, my coming will catch many napping.) Matt. 25:7Matt. 25:7
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7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

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Never mind.

Make wavesThere is no more time for hand holding patience. The clock child, the clock! We must be off and there’s no time for dealing with your indolent brothers.

(Ah, if only they had realized the time of their visitation!)

Never mind.

There is much to do. Things will change quickly. You must stay in step. I am moving quickly to gather up those who are ready to listen. I have been preparing hearts everywhere. The harvest is vast! The numbers would frighten you if you knew.

Never mind.

I have a plan. Yes, the laborers are few, but oh-so-carefully chosen!

You have been prepared for this. You are ready. Don’t fear… I am as near as breathing.

Your anointing is great.

(So is your accountability!)

You must stay in step.

Listen always for your Master’s voice.

(You know My voice.)

Don’t be afraid.

Destiny’s waiting.

Status Quo

 

“… But, says the LORD,” Jeremiah 30:18Jeremiah 30:18
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18 Thus says Yahweh: Behold, I will turn again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling-places; and the city shall be built on its own hill, and the palace shall be inhabited after its own manner.

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Book Review: The Disciplines of Life by V. Raymond Edman

The Discipline of Darkness

”That walketh in darkness, and hath no light?” (Isa. 50:10Isa. 50:10
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There is profound and practical truth in the statement, ”Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” This statement implies that it is possible for the child of God to ”be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9Col. 1:9
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), and ”understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17Eph. 5:17
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). We are admonished in Romans 12:1, 2Romans 12:1, 2
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, to be living sacrifices, not conformed to this world, ”transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” It is entirely possible for the child of God in the light of the Word, by the gracious guidance of the Holy Spirit, by obedience to the light given by God, to be persuaded of the will of God, much as the Apostle Paul was told, ”Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome” (Acts 23:11Acts 23:11
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). After such revelation of the will of God, there seems to come with eternal inevitability ”the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth” (I Pet. 1:7). Paul was a prisoner, suffered shipwreck, and was given up for dead before he reached Rome, but he arrived, according to the promise of God. This trial of faith provides the discipline of darkness for God’s child, that he may learn to trust his Father in the shadow as well as in the sunshine.

The Diciplines of Life

Joseph learned that discipline in his life. In the quiet and shelter of his childhood home he had come to know by dreams and visions that he was to have a place of pre-eminence among his older brothers. His pathway led through hatred, envy, and rejection by his own, who sold him into slavery in Egypt. Menial service and murderous misrepresentation were his lot in Potiphar’s house, and in the prison he was forgotten of men, but not of God. He endured the discipline of darkness because, ”Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tried him” (Ps. 105:19Ps. 105:19
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, R.V.). That discipline sweetened him so that, at the summit of his success, when all Egypt was subject to his word, he could say to his brethren, ”But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Gen. 50:20Gen. 50:20
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). The dreams of youth, disciplined by darkness, made it possible for him to perform magnanimously the prerogatives of power.

The Disciplines of Life

Jeremiah came to know this discipline. When misunderstood and misrepresented by others, he received the assurance of His Lord, ”Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction. . . . They shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord” (Jer. 15:11,20Jer. 15:11,20
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). After he had received that gracious promise, he went deeper into distress and difficulty, into the dungeon, and into danger of death both from the citizens of the city and from the enemy outside the walls. When the city was taken, however, Jeremiah heard anew, ”But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord” (39:17,18). The dungeon was no place in which to doubt that deliverance was at hand.

The Disciplines of Life

John the Baptist knew this discipline in another way. John was ”a burning and a shining light” (John 5:35John 5:35
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), and great multitudes were attracted by his fiery preaching. In the days of his popularity and power he said of the Lord Jesus, ”He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30John 3:30
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). Very possibly he did not know that ”decrease” would lead to the hatred of implacable Herodias, to the dungeon, and finally to ignominious death. His perplexity in the darkness is expressed by his question sent by way of his disciples to the Lord, ”Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matt. 11:3Matt. 11:3
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). In response to such deep travail of soul, the Lord Jesus replied, ”Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” (vs.6). The discipline of darkness would cause us to be offended (”to stumble”); but there is a gracious possibility that we can be so established in the will of God that we will not doubt in the dark what was told us in the light.

Above many, Job came to know this discipline. He had walked in the light, upright before men and approved by God (Job 1:1,8Job 1:1,8
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), a man of deep personal piety (vs. 5) and of great earthly prosperity (vs. 3). Twice it was said of him by the Most High, ”Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (1:8; 2:3). Suddenly he was plunged into dismay, desolation, disease, and despair.

There is the ”dark night of the soul” for some of God’s true children; a prolonged and painful period when God seems to be altogether absent, when health is gone, when friends forsake or aggravate, when days are dark and nights are long, when tomorrow holds no promise of light or alleviation from hopelessness, when the rest of the grave is preferred to the wearisome round of suffering and sorrow. Was a human heart ever more disconsolate than that of Job, who complained constantly: ”Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?” (3:23). ”Oh, that I might have my request . . . . even that it would be please God to destroy me” (6:8,9). ”If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me” (9:30,31). ”Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?” (13:24,25).

The darkness brings to us haunting shadows that insinuate, ”God has forgotten to be gracious,” ”God concerns not Himself with you,” ”God’s will would not bring you into the shadow,” ”God has forsaken you because you have disobeyed Him,” and a thousand similar subtle snares of Satan. On the contrary, the discipline of darkness can show us the wonderful truth of Isaiah 50:10Isaiah 50:10
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10 Who is among you who fears Yahweh, who obeys the voice of his servant? He who walks in darkness, and has no light, let him trust in the name of Yahweh, and rely on his God.

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, ”Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of His servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” Trust Him and Him alone; stay upon Him when all else fails. Our temptation is to give up all hope in the dark or else to kindle a fire of our own (Isa. 50:11Isa. 50:11
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) which will prove to be loss and sorrow. Rather, we find as heart and mind are stayed upon the Lord, that ”Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (Ps. 112:4Ps. 112:4
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This is the discipline of darkness: Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. V. Raymond Edman Click To Tweet

 


O Jesus, I Have Promised

O Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou forever near me,

My Master and my Friend:

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my guide.

Oh, let me feel Thee near me;

The world is ever near.

I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear.

My foes are ever near me,

Around me and within;

But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised

To all who follow Thee,

That where Thou art in glory

There shall Thy servant be;

And, Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end.

Oh! give me grace to follow,

My Master and my Friend.

—John E. Bode


The Disciplines of LifeThe Disciplines of Life by V. Raymond Edman is currently out of print but you can still find a few paperback copies on Amazon at the link below.

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A Thriller For the Holidays ~The House On Foster Hill!

The House On Foster HillThe House on Foster Hill is one of those books you start—intending a nice lazy read over the holidays. But once you begin?

You can’t put it down!

I was riveted to this story from page one all the way to the end.

(And what a surprise that was!)

Wow, what a mystery!

The House On Foster HillWhere shall I start?

This read is perfect for the holidays, yes, but…

Can I also add historical drama meets contemporary headlines?

Grandma was a super sleuth?

Yeah, I’m laughing, but I assure you—it’s out of sheer delight!

Jaime Jo Wright has used contemporary heartbreaking issues, and hidden them inside her story, like a precious gem for the reader to try and ferret out.

Put on your thinking hats ’cause this one will definitely keep you guessing!

This skillful writer has artfully taken, two mystery stories, and seamlessly woven them together into one-heck-of-a-thriller-ride for her readers.

Todays headlines and yesterday’s heartaches meet up.

Oh yeah, and she’s done it by taking two strong  women from opposite sides of a century of unanswered questions, and introduced them to one another via their own individual violent crises.

And, of course, the uniting catalyst is that spooky dilapidated old mansion up on Foster Hill.

The House On Foster Hill

Want a great read for your holidays time-out?

This is it! I could hardly believe this is a debut novel. It takes off like a rocket and leaves you wondering at every twist and turn, “What next?”

Thriller for the Holidays!

Bethany House Publishers has discovered a real treasure in this gal and I can hardly wait for her next book!

The House On Foster Hill is available now on christianbook.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, or any of your other fine book retailers.

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads, and in case you didn’t know, Jaime Jo’s next book, The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond is available on preorder right now on Amazon.

I want to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me this complimentary copy in exchange for my review.

Never Losing the Light: Hope To Heal

You cannot hope to heal what you cannot understand.

I am sick and weary with saintly-sympathy!

Pity mixed with disdain never healed anyone.

(Child, listen…)

A cross! A cross healed the sickness of sin! A cross, not a sympathetic smile, and a pat on the shoulder.

Look at your planet!

Look… what do you see?

People are suffering everywhere you look!

(Let Me put this in terms you can understand…)

Hope To HealYour planet does not have a bad cold—it has terminal cancer! It is dying an agonizing, slow death.

You cannot address it’s desperate need with teaspoons of sympathy!

It’s NOT working, and I fear most who call themselves My Church, will never wake up to this crisis.

But you are different.

You have been made to suffer as an-outcast-with-purpose.

Do you see it?

People are dying Sweet Heart—dying of hopelessness and the cancer of rampant, unchecked, sin.

I want you to FEEL their pain not sympathize with it.

You have the antidote—the cure!

You have hope!

You have Me… Christ! Only My blood can cure their disease.

Now do you understand why I made you an outcast?

God dances with the outcast.

 

“…Now you are called The Outcast and Jerusalem, the place nobody wants.” Jeremiah 30:17Jeremiah 30:17
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17 For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, says Yahweh; because they have called you an outcast, saying, It is Zion, whom no man seeks after.

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From Devotional: Day by Day with Charles R. Swindoll

WOUNDS AND SCARS by Charles R. Swindoll

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Scripture is a verse containing much emotion: “From the city men groan, and the souls of the wounded cry out” (Job 24:12Job 24:12
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The scene is a busy metropolis. Speed. Movement. Noise. Rows of buildings. All that is obvious, easily seen and heard by the city dweller.

But there is more. Behind and beneath the loud splash of human activity there are invisible aches. Job calls them “groans.” That’s a good word. The Hebrew term enlarges it as it suggests that this groan comes from one who has been wounded. Perhaps that’s the reason Job adds the next line in poetic form, “the souls of the wounded cry out.” In that line, “wounded” comes from a term that means “pierced.” But he is not referring to a physical stabbing, for it is “the soul” that is crying out.

Wounds & ScarsYou may be “groaning” because you have been misunderstood or treated unfairly. The wound is deep because the blow came from one whom you trusted and respected. It’s possible that hurt was brought on by someone’s stabbing remark. People are saying things that simply are not true, but to step in and set the record straight would be unwise or inappropriate. So you stay quiet . . . and bleed. Perhaps a comment was made only in passing, but it pierced you deeply.

Others of you are living with the memories of past sins or failures. Although you have confessed and forsaken those ugly, bitter days, the wound stays red and tender. You wonder if it will ever heal. Although it is unknown to others, you live in the fear of being found out . . . and rejected.

Wounds & Scars Charles Swindoll

Tucked away in a quiet corner of every life are wounds and scars. If they were not there, we would need no Physician. Nor would we need one another.

Hast thou no wound? . . .
No wound, no scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And, pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole: can he have followed far
Who has no wound nor scar? (Amy Carmichael)

Only the Great Physician can turn our ugly wound into a scar of beauty. —Chuck Swindoll


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Excerpted from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc.

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Never Losing the Light: Redeemed For Purpose

Do not fear the changes that have come to your life as though something terrible has happened that cannot be redeemed. (1 Pet. 4:121 Pet. 4:12
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12 Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you.

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I can redeem anything! (Ex. 6:6Ex. 6:6
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6 Therefore tell the children of Israel, ‘I am Yahweh, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments:

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Have I not kept my promises to you?

Scars tell your storyWhen you were so broken, and you thought, “This will never be okay; the mess is too big!”

You looked on the ruins about you, and you believed, you were what you saw.

(Didn’t you?)

But I saw what you couldn’t. I saw your future… what you were in the process of becoming.

I wound and I make alive… for process. (Deut. 32:39Deut. 32:39
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39 See now that I, even I, am he, There is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; There is none who can deliver out of my hand.

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(We have spoken of this, remember?)

What you walk through prepares you for what you are believing I can do in your life.

(I know.)

The methods, My methods, almost always catch you unaware, yes?

But, are they not effective in accomplishing our goals? Are you not closer than you have ever been to your dreams? Are you not a better person because of the things you have suffered?

Yes, I wound… but not for sport!

(That is the enemy who plants those thoughts.)

I only wound for: purpose.

My goal is always to draw you away from your ego and self-sufficiency.

My purpose is to bring you to a place of desperation…

Desperate for Me.

Faith Is...

 

“I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds…”

Jeremiah 30:17Jeremiah 30:17
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17 For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, says Yahweh; because they have called you an outcast, saying, It is Zion, whom no man seeks after.

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Joy Is Where You’re Going Trust Will Get You There

“Shepherd,” asked Much-Afraid earnestly, “tell me why I nearly got into Pride’s clutches again, and why Resentment, Bitterness, and Self-Pity have been able to pester me for so long in this dreadful way. I did not call you before, because they never dared to come close to me or to make a real attack, but they have been lurking around all the time and making their horrible suggestions, and I couldn’t get away from them. Why was it?”

“I think,” said the Shepherd gently, “that lately the way seemed a little easier and the sun shone, and you came to a place where you could rest. You forgot for a while that you were my little handmaiden Acceptance-with-Joy and were beginning to tell yourself it really was time that I led you back to the mountains and up to the High Places.

When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of the flower Acceptance-with-Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.”

― Hannah Hurnard, Hinds’ Feet on High Places

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Joy Is Where You're Going“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

— C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


 

acceptance with joy
THANKSGIVING
THaNGksˈɡiviNG/
noun
acceptance with joyHOPE
hōp/
noun
A person or thing that may help or save someone. Grounds for believing that something good may happen.
2 . ARCHAIC – a feeling of trust
 
verb

want something to happen or be the case.


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JOY IS WHERE YOU’RE GOING.

TRUST WILL YOU GET THERE.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

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3 He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in Yahweh.

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A Closer Walk: Hold On To Hope In The Dark

It’s hard to hold on to hope, when you’re waiting in the dark, doing daily combat with oppressing fears.

Sometimes, you listen to sermons, you read the Bible, you fight “the dark” for all you’re worth—clutching for truth as if your life depends upon it—because it does.

I have those days when I have a strong grip on hope. My feet are firmly planted. I’m on course.

Led to a wildernessI also have days, when it seems like the slightest breeze will send my ship off the edge of the world the way the ancient mariners once believed; days when I am weary in soul and tired of waiting for things to change.

Unrelenting trouble can be so exhausting.

What do you do when you’re just, too tired, to hold on anymore?

Nothing.

(Uh-huh, you heard right.)

You do nothing at all—because those are the days when the only thing you can do—is let His love wrap around you and hold on to you.

Listen, no matter how deep the hole you or I might find ourselves in, no matter how black our night looks—His mercy will be there.

His mercy is sometimes tough, sometimes tender, but always, always there.

New every morningNew, in the middle of the night.

New, in the morning.

New, when I feel close to Him.

New, when I don’t.

No matter how dim hope’s candle burns…

He’s quietly there fanning it back into a flame.

I’ve learned a lot about hope walking through my dark valleys, and Jesus has taught me a lot, about the kind of encouragement that brings life. But mostly, He’s taught me that His love never, ever, lets go… no matter how long the darkness in my circumstances lasts.

Because of that?

I have learned to let go of my “why’s” letting Him plant the seeds for new hope in all of my soul’s dry and barren places.

Then, I can hold on to His hope when life gets HARD…

Hold On To HopeWhile He takes me in His arms… and we dance.

It wasn’t easy learning to accept His invitation to surrender, “Why?”

(That cry of pain put up a fierce fight in me!)

But, may I share with you?

There’s so much relief in the surrendering.

It’s peaceful in my soul now that all those “Why’s?” have had their say… and gone their way…

(And this dancing in the Arms of Grace has made me strangely… hopeful.)

Perhaps I am finally at long last—learning to trust Him with everything. Not just the easy stuff, but all the gut-wrenching questions, He only answers with His own eloquent silence.

It is curious how His silence stills all my questions… while speaking VOLUMES to my soul.

It is odd and peculiar, how I am learning about this powerful love of His, by walking through dark valleys of pain and loss…

Stranger still, the way He keeps whispering, “For such a time as this…”

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VALLEY OF TROUBLES

When My hand lifts you up many will criticize and condemn.

Many will say, “Who is this?”

(Never mind.)

As I lift you up and put you firmly in your place, I want you to remember, that a prophet is never accepted in his own land.

You're becoming a door of hope!Many will say you don’t deserve My favor. Many will accuse you of things you have not done.

(Never mind.)

It is part of the cost.

To be chosen for such honor will cost you dearly.

This is why you have gone through this Valley of Troubles.

All the lies, and false accusations; all the scorn and slander; it is only a fortaste of what is yet to be endured.

You have wanted many times to ask Me, “Why?”

(You have let the question die in your throat.)

Well, My child, this is why… training, toughening, and tenderizing.

(To be given so much blessing requires very refined graces to carry.)

Your schooling will soon be complete; lessons soon over.

Preparation for all that is ahead is essential for your balance.

And we dance...

You will be grateful in days to come.

You will thank Me over and over for bringing you through this valley.

As I take your life, and transform it from an agony to an ecstasy, and others gather to exclaim, “Who is this?”

You and I will look each other full in the face, smile, and say, “…a door of hope!”

a closer walk“…He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.”

1 Peter 5:101 Peter 5:10
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10 But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

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Never Losing The Light: Bearing With Injustice

Sweet Heart, I know—their injustice.

(I know.)

Never mind, trust Me.

I told you I will deal with your enemies.

Don’t you believe this?

I know, you want relief.

Come to Me for that. Relief is not in the absence of conflict. It is in the presence of your Master. Come child. Come… your enemies? They will soon scatter, like cockroaches when someone turns on a light. They will scurry and scatter back to the dark corners they crawled from.

(They don’t like The Light!)

Stay focused.

It’s important.

You are doing a great work and cannot come down.

Never Losing the LightYour enemies will always try to get you to “come down” to their level. They know if they can take your focus from what you are doing, the work will stop.

Don’t you see?

That’s the goal.

Come, I want you to outgrow this childish desire to answer every bully’s remark. Many of these remarks are not worthy of attention, or answer. They rob you of precious time and gift.

Child, focus.

The battle is mine beloved.

I need you to spend your precious energy doing My will, not your enemy’s.

Ripples of hope“… those who rob you shall be robbed; and those attacking you shall be attacked.” Jeremiah 30:16Jeremiah 30:16
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16 Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; and all your adversaries, everyone of them, shall go into captivity; and those who despoil you shall be a spoil, and all who prey on you will I give for a prey.

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