Category Archives: DWELL

SARAH YOUNG ‘n I agree – 10.28

As is my usual daily practice, I opened the JESUS CALLING app on my iPhone this morning and was reminded of my post from last Tuesday.

“LINGER IN MY PRESENCE A WHILE. Rein in your impulses to plunge into the day’s activities. Beginning your day alone with Me is essential preparation… your time of being still in My Presence equips you for the day ahead….”

(That’s all I can legally share, due to copyright laws.)      But – the JESUS CALLING app can be purchased in the App Store for only $10.99. It includes the scriptures for the day as well as the text of the day. A GREAT Way to start your day! I now use the app more than hardback.

The original title for this post was: “JESUS CALLING agrees with me!”     But then that began to sound very arrogant on my part, so I changed it. Upon further consideration, I realize – we both agree with HIM! – the original author! Starting the day in My Quiet Place makes a huge difference! EVERY time!!

LIONs,TIGERs‘n BEARs-“Oh LORD!”

Can SOMEBody Please tell me why CHANGE seems to only happen in BabySteps?

BabyStep! after BabyStep! after BabyStep! From “There” to Here!

Why can’t I wake up one morning and Just Decide to be “HERE”?

AA tells me it’s because I keep looking for the “easier, softer” way.

Most Recovery Programs say: “Take These (12) Steps.” (P.S. – it all helps)

I’m sure it’s because I’d rather “Do it My Way! – by myself!”

JESUS says: “Jim, follow Me, I know the way!” –

Actually….

Something I continue to learn is that HE IS The Way. He takes my hand in His and says: “Jimmy, let’s take a walk through the garden this morning and let me tell you a few things about having me in your life. We can lie down in this green pasture, beside the still water and enjoy some quiet time together. You will find some healing and strength as we do it.”

“Now, listen to me very closely – This is important!”

“This afternoon we have a mountain to climb, but I’ll keep your hand in Mine and we’ll go there together! Trust Me.”

When we leave this quiet place, we’ll see some lions, tigers, and maybe even a bear or two. It may seem dark, you may not see me as clearly as you do now.

   But Fear Not, I Will be with you!

                     I Promise!”

“I have something to teach you that can’t be learned here – in the garden.”

BabyStep after BabyStep – with my hand in His!! …From “HERE” to “THERE!”

Last Pick’d

This Mrng as I was reading “Jesus Calling“, I came to understand more fully why I sometimes struggle with the idea of GOD CHOOSING ME to be on HIS Team!

The phrase that leapt off the page for me was: “Remember, I am on your side….” (May 8)

If you’ve never been picked last, simply because you’re the ONLY ONE LEFT in line, you don’t know one of the deepest pains known to mankind.

BeenThere, DoneThat!!
TooManyTimes!!

In hindsight, I can see how easy it was for the teacher to pick two kids (always the best) and let them take turns choosing. Did anybody know/see/understand/care
about the pain inflicted on us who were always last?

A lifetime later, I recognize it as one of the reasons I sometimes resist the idea that

GOD CHOOSES ME!

“Who, ME?!”

YES, My Son, YOU!!

I want YOU as a member of MY Team FAMILY!”

“I Asked God…”

I Asked God to teach me to Trust. Him
He taught me about His Love. For me

I Asked God to teach me to be better so He c/would Love me more
God said He already Loves me and that He can’t/doesn’t do “More”

I Asked God to help me love my fellowman.
He taught me how to love myself in Him and to let His Love flow through me to others

I Asked God to make me good so I could stay in His Presence more
God said: “My Son, Come. To me. Just Come, as U.R. – Now”

I Asked God to light my path
He said He’s with in the dark and that I can trust Him there. 

I Asked God to help me solve my problems
He used my problems to change me

I told God I needed to preach
He told me He made me a writer

I Asked God to let me see Him more clearly
He taught me He’s (my) God – even in the fog   {I was the one in the fog}

I Asked God; “But what about my sins?”
God said: “My Son already paid the price for that! Come to me – sin and all!”

I Asked God to show me the plan He has for me
He taught me to seek to know more about Him

I Asked God to help me understand
He said if I understood I would not need to trust – Him!

I told God I needed to be strong
He said He is strongest in my weakness

I Asked God
He showed me His Grace

I Asked God – “Where R.U?”
He said: “I am in U, I will be with U… Always!”

I Asked God…
He taught (is teaching) me to Praise – HIM