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Notes To My Caterpillar: Focus

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Where those eyes of yours focus?

That is where you will go.

The choice is yours each and every day.

What are you looking at?

No… really think about this… what are you primarily focused on? The answer to that question will answer many of the questions you’ve been asking Me.

You accuse Me of silence.

Where are your eyes focused?

On Me?

(We both know the answer to that one!)

When you choose to focus on the darkness; when you choose to follow that path for your feet… you wonder that The Light chooses silence?

My silence is the only thing that gets that focus of yours back where it belongs… on Me.

Seek Me with your whole heart Caterpillar… you will find Me.

I am right where I have always been…

Your Instructor and Teacher,

The Dream-Maker

 

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Breathe on these dry bones?

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.       Matthew 6:6Matthew 6:6
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6 But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Remember With Me

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My Dearest Caterpillar,

Remember when you first asked Me to take you up to the clouds?

“…rainbows height.” you prayed.

Remember?

You looked at yourself (judging correctly) that you did not have what it takes for skimming rainbows.

Remember?

You cried. You begged Me, “…to make you something new.”

Remember?

And so, I listened to your prayers…

I said, “This caterpillar seeks and searches for Me, with all its heart. Yes, a weakling frail and small, today… Ahhhh, but with so much potential!

I said, “This caterpillar has found favor with Me, for I have sworn by Myself, that I would be found by every searching heart!”

I said, “I must hearken to this caterpillar’s prayers!”

You bound Me by My promise little worm… and so we began this journey, to transform you… to give you wings.

The prayer was yours.

But, the process? The procedures? The place?

Those are Mine!

Your Undaunted Designer,

The Dream-Maker

 

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Abba, change me!

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

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12 You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will turn again your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh; and I will bring you again to the place from where I caused you to be carried away captive.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Truth

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My Dearest Caterpillar,

Finally

You and I arrive at truth.

(Truthfully, I’ve been here all along.)

I have been right here waiting… at Rock-Bottom-Truth… for you.

(Oh, My Beloved Caterpillar!)

How I long for you to see yourself as you will be. Not a worm crawling about in the muck of anger and bitterness… but up in the heavens, skimming the clouds; swimming in rainbows!

When did you stop believing?

A long way back!

You surrendered your hopes, your dreams, your expectations when you arrived…

Remember?

You hate it here?

(I know.)

You hate Me for bringing you here?

(Yes, I know.)

Now you do, too. No more holding it in… no more fists clenched in silent rage…

Now, we can begin to build on a firm foundation of Truth.

No other foundation will stand the test of where you and I are headed.

Your Heart’s Desire,

The Dream-Maker

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Lead me to my purpose LORD. Give me a place to stand and I will shake the earth?

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

“… you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32John 8:32
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32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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Part I ~ THE PLACE

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Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit;

though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren;

even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty…

Was there ever a more apt description of a place of dead dreams?
Our dreams represent our highest aspirations for ourselves. A place where we hope to soar with eagles on wings of vision and destiny. Habakkuk’s Vineyard on the other hand, paints a portrait where all has dried up, withered away, and died.

Not exactly the destiny we all dream of…

And yet if we are honest with ourselves a very REAL place that all of us have visited, or will visit, at least once in our lives.
Why does a God who loves us, I mean, really-really LOVE’s us (so much that He was willing to send His only Son to die for us…) why does a God who will do all of that, take us to dwell in a place as barren and bleak as Habakkuk’s Vineyard?
Why?
Notorious unfathomable question.
Could it be? Is it possible that there is The Place where “more” is born? Right there in that horrible desert of hopeless blight. Is that the “preparation place” for dreams that are far beyond our asking or imagining like Ephesians 3:20Ephesians 3:20
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20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

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“Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.” [TLB]

Infinitely beyond? From a place like that? How is it possible?
These are some of the questions we will ponder in the coming pages.
Perhaps, just perhaps, in all of our shattered dreams and devastating losses, God is setting the stage in our lives for a MORE life. More joy. More fulfillment. More fruit. Greater compassion and usefulness infinitely beyond our highest prayers. Infinitely beyond all our desires, thoughts, or hopes.

Could it be?

From Habakkuk’s Vineyard?
Crazy. Improbable. Impossible!
Yeah, but what if?
Instead of a place of death, God intends to give us more of something Jesus called – the abundant life?

I don’t know about you, but when I arrived at Habakkuk’s Vineyard I was angry, and very, very, frustrated.

To my thinking, I had obeyed everything that God had asked me to do. Yet, everything in my life was in a shambles and I was feeling more than a little ripped off.

I just couldn’t seem to reconcile my present realities with His promises, and the more I tried and failed, the more frustrated and ticked-off I became.

There was something missing and I had to find out what it was, so I decided to thrash out these feelings with God in my daily journaling.

Here’s where I need to tell you that I am a prodigal-daughter who has returned.

When I did, God and I made a contract: no head-faking-baloney. Only straight talk. As gut-level honest as possible.

I say this because in the “conversations” that follow, you will hear me pour out my angry frustration many times.

But, I also hope you will hear a dreamer’s hurting heart. One that is genuinely searching for all of God’s right answers.

In this book God will often be referred to as: The Dream-Maker.

I am (of course) the caterpillar.

I chose this metaphor because this book is all about transformation:
⦁ Transforming our wrong beliefs about God.
⦁ Transforming our wormy-thinking about ourselves…
⦁ So that, in turn, we can transform our anger and confusion into prayers-with-power…
⦁ Asking The Dream-Maker, to transform our present devastation, into His destined purpose.

In short, let’s bring our Wilderness wandering to an end. Let’s give God all our confusion, anger, and heartbroken devastation. Let’s let Him transform our faulty thinking into the dreams and visions that are fit for His plan and His Kingdom purpose.

Want to?

Hope so.

Let’s pray.

Father I remember.

I remember how hurt, angry, and confused I was when I arrived at the end of my dreams, only to find myself living in Habakkuk’s Vineyard.
Help us, LORD. Help all of us who find ourselves living in this barren place. We need revelation. Faith-eyes to see what isn’t there yet. Faith-ears to hear Your Still Small Voice speaking truth to our hearts. Show us the way out of our captivity-thinking and believing.
You are our promised Comforter, Teacher, and Healer… and we need it all!
LORD, transform our hearts so that we can transform our asking. We need this, so that You, The Dream-Maker can bring about the plans You have for us. “Plans for good, not for evil, to give us a future and a hope.” [Jer. 29:11-14Jer. 29:11-14
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11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. 12 You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will turn again your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh; and I will bring you again to the place from where I caused you to be carried away captive.

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] Bring this “promised end” to pass in our lives. Get the enemy’s foot off our neck, so that we can place our feet on higher ground. We receive ALL the new dreams You have for us by faith. Give us the hope we need to trust in Your word and Your promises again. Help us to pray the prayers that open the windows of heaven. Take our tiny caterpillar-dreams and turn them into wings-of-destiny. The destiny You have planned for us from before the beginning of time.

We come humbly. We come hurting. We come desperate.

Transform us LORD.

We ask all this in the powerful Omnipotent Name of Jesus. Amen. (let it be done!)

The Undoing: Entering Habakkuk’s Vineyard

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This is about an undoing.
A real fairy tale if you will of a life becoming undone.
Webster says undoing means: to cancel, annul, or reverse; to cause ruin.
Yep, that’s it.
That’s the place.
I call it Habakkuk’s Vineyard because of the descriptive narrative in Habakkuk 3:17-18Habakkuk 3:17-18
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17 For though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, Nor fruit be in the vines; The labor of the olive fails, The fields yield no food; The flocks are cut off from the fold, And there is no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

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Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yeild no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
More than a little bleak,
Habakkuk’s Vineyard.
A place of ruin.
A difficult place.
A soul-place where the only way to survive is to finally GET REAL with God.
I believe these verses written by Habakkuk so very long ago,
perfectly illustrate what it looks like to live life among the ruins.
“Yes, but… life is full of disasters,” you might say. “And the unfair consequences that result from them can happen to anyone, right?”
True.
We all know there are times, unfair or deserved, when we are helplessly “taken captive” by events that are not of our choosing, or beyond our control.
Times when the ground drops out from underneath our feet, and we’re hurled into a desolate place of utter frustration, pain, and helplessness.
Nobody likes being helpless.
Certainly, not me.
So why does God allow it?
And, more importantly, how are we supposed to process our sorrow and disappointment in this barren place?
Habakkuk describes himself living in just such a place, yet he sings to us:
 
“…I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
Is he kidding?
Rejoice?
Here?
He must be kidding!
How does anyone legitimately rejoice living in a place of ruin?
I’m not talking about putting on your best happy face. (No.) I think Habakkuk was talking about a deep down, put your head back, and sing-your-heart-out kind of rejoicing…
But, here?
In a place of devastation and loss?
Impossible!
(Or, is it?)
What if to have everything we have prayed for, dreamed for, believed God for we must first be willing to let go of other treasures in our life?
What if to have our destiny?
The one God has been planning for us from eternity past?
We must first be willing to pass through a dark place.
A stripped down narrow place.
A place I call ~ Habakkuk’s Vineyard.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
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11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. 12 You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will turn again your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh; and I will bring you again to the place from where I caused you to be carried away captive.

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