Calm Is A SuperPower

What if, in the middle of a confrontation with an opposing force, you choose, the seemingly least powerful weapon in your arsenal?
Instinctively, we’d bypass it and move straight to the one we feel is more appropriate. The problem is, typically that response is reactive, rash, emotional, maybe unreasonable, could be retaliatory, may drop faith to it’s lowest levels and make us panic or jump to conclusions.  Perhaps creating chaos, internal and or external. Why would we do that? It’s deep rooted human nature.

With some self help mechanisms and self control, we might pick calm more often. For a follower of Christ, though, it is a byproduct of the Power of God’s Peace. It is not an “absent until you need it” power. It’s constant. Here’s why:

“For He Himself is our peace…” Ephesians 2:14

If you’ve taken on Jesus, He is part of you. Peace is in you. It’s supernaturally installed as a part of the Christian package. Therefore, I do not face opposition, and just hand over my peace. That’s not an option for me.

Am I prone to freaking out? At times yes. This is why I write to myself as well.

You’ve seen variations of the “Keep Calm and…” meme everywhere. Here are some spiritual versions: Keep Calm…
and pray.
and believe.
and love.
and trust.
and read the Word.
and deny yourself.

I’m writing this because Jesus said:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” John 14:27
The peace He left, is not weak or circumstantial. It is His and this means it’s unlike world peace which is so unstable.  His Peace is a Superpower.

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Strength For The Weary

You are strongly committed to your life’s purpose. You love and you live with all that you have and living in this world, life requires all of it. Eventually, though, you will arrive at the end of your own power line. Life won’t decelerate in order for you and I to take a breather and renew our strength. In fact, it’ll probably hit harder. If you are a believer in Him, you may think that you know what I’m going to say. That we draw our strength from Him.That is part of what I’ll say but that isn’t all I’m sharing today. The main objective of this message is to emphasize that we can be deceived into believing we are being strengthened by Him, but may actually be running on our own power. It’s easy to do. “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.” 1Cor 10:12  I’ve fallen for this kind of deception before. Even recently. There were gaps where I pushed through believing that since I prayed and had discernment, I was empowered by Him. But you know something’s not right if your soul is tired. That is not what I should be experiencing if Jesus is my strength:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:28 I need to be aware of this because the Enemy will trick me. “For we are not unaware of his schemes.”2Cor 2:11 He wants me to believe that spiritual exhaustion is part of my walk. But weakness and spiritual tiredness are not the same. Weakness is the truth of my limitations.  Tiredness is a symptom of self-reliance. I can be weak but actually be strong.”That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:10  How then, will I know if I am relying on myself? When my soul is weary. This is when I realize I need to stop and go place it in Him. “Truly my soul finds rest in God” Psalm 62:1 Then He will come through to convert my weakness into His strength and refresh my soul.

Love Always❤

Embrace Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a gift. It’s precariousness, is perfect for faith. In fact, it’s beautiful in it’s unpredictability and uncontrollable nature. Don’t hold back. Run towards it with arms positioned to give it a fierce embrace. You may as well, there’s no room for tenativeness in this new life you accepted as a Christian.

“For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Romans 14:23

The future is intrinsically uncertain, so faith is the belief in a Certain God and that in turn produces hope. Hope is kind of stupid from an unspiritual standpoint but this is precisely why it’s powerful. It refuses to doubt regardless of the uncertainty.

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Romans 8:24

Hope is grounded in the unexplainable Love of God. A love that is senseless to us, but very real. I believe in it fully because He never placates us. His Words are equally hard truth (Matthew 5) and deep love. (Rom 5:8)

Yet – He also joins us in our embrace of uncertainty. So, don’t worry about the next chapter or it’s title. God’s plot thrives in “uncertainty”; just embrace it.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Love Always

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Higher Love

Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine
-Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be
-Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love (oh oh)
Bring me a higher love
Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?
-Higher Love by Whitney Houston
(Kygo remix)

I’m trying to understand destiny, human nature/ action and God’s Will. It isn’t clear to me at every juncture, if there’s a clear line to determine which is which. I’m stumped. I’ve really struggled in the last few years trying to comprehend. I’m not saying that I’ve not seen answers to prayers or that all circumstances and situations are confusing. Obviously, God is a God of Order and there are times, without a doubt, I know it’s Him. But this isn’t the case in all things and it has to do more with my humanity than anything else. I can’t reconcile everything into neat boxes that make perfect sense. It has made me wonder a lot. Especially about the unfairness of this world. Yes, in my life but also for so many other lives.

So, when I heard this remix of a remake of Higher Love, I felt like it expresses my thoughts. This place doesn’t make sense but there’s got to be something better. I know there is. It’s the crux of our faith. What you want here, may or may not happen. Humans and nature are too unpredictable. But the higher love you seek, it is Absolute.

In all of His sweet compassion and understanding of our human hearts, He assures us that in surrendering, there’s a Higher Love and if we pursue it, we will receive even better things than what we want on earth.
-Peter began to say to Him, “Look, we have left everything and followed You.” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for My sake and for the gospel will fail to receive a hundredfold in the present age—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, along with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:28-30

It will be hard. I’m sorry. There’s pain and unfairness and suffering and sometimes you’re unheard and unseen. Then there’s our sin and the sin of others. You may feel like you’re not affecting this world for good and then you doubt. It doesn’t negate the Higher Love. That’s what we’re aiming for. We try to live it out while we keep our eyes on it.

❤Love Always

Hope Begins in The Dark

 

Right? That is the very nature of Hope, to spark where it’s hopelessly dark and just begin to believe while it’s still pitchblack. Yes, there are varying shades, but dark is dark and my dark is the not the same as yours, what difference does it make? We both need hope. So, we have stories in the Scriptures that are preserved to give us some help in igniting hope. I like this one in 2Kings 4:1-7. This is around 849 BC and being a widow in Israel was about as bad as it could get because there weren’t opportunities to support yourself. You were highly dependent on others and if you didn’t have help, you’d have no hope. “One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, you know how he feared the Lord. now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.“There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”  Elisha is not just any prophet. He’s the protege of Elijah, one of the greatest prophets ever,  who annointed him as his successor.  He’s been given a significant purpose and the Lord has worked powerfully in him, on a nationwide scale, but here the Lord takes notice of a poor widow who has no hope. Elisha gives her a task and it’s up to her to be hopeful and do what makes zero sense, in the dark. I can relate. In the dark of my life, it seems senseless, right now, to think there’s hope. But this is what distinguishes us from the world. To believe in spite of the darkness when there isn’t any tangible reason to. “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” Rom 8:24-25 So, what happens if my dark areas remain dark? I have an outstanding Hope. “knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5 The Love of God is my Hope, no matter what. This is the Hope that begins in the dark. It saves us regardless of how the dark turns out

Love Always.

 

We are Loved Together

I write to convey my thoughts and my experiences to a virtual space in the hope that they land in a receptive place.

As a regular and ordinary person, I do not possess the ability to transport to you to a place that removes you from this world. I do, though, have the capability, of creating a common bridge where you and I can meet. A place where we can be authentic and admit our uncertainties, hesitations, our daring beliefs, and our hopeful wants and needs, all within a spiritual context that submits to God.

Do I know what I’m doing? A little. But mostly, I’m winging it. The foundation is the inconceivable Love of God and His dynamic Word. I’m here to point to God even in my most human moments. I think that’s why we’ll get along. We’re so alike and yet the greatest commonality we possess is the fact that our hearts are His sole desire.

Let’s commune here, to be ourselves and allow our souls to fellowship in the truth of our humanity which strives to attain His Glory. Will we arrive at perfection while here? Only in Christ. “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 But we keep harnessing the Spirit and we

“…put off our old self, which belongs to our former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and we are renewed in the spirit of our minds to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph 4:22-24

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The Promise

What do you want? You may say: security, a relationship, success, healing, better job, a home, a child, money & so many others. Will you get your want? I don’t know. I pray for peoples’ wants and my own. Some want a need to be met and I wish that I could say that faithfulness and prayer will cause God to grant you all of your wants. But, I’m unable to, because I can’t guarantee any of us will live untill the end of today.  When I see quotes or posts that make definitive statements about the certainty of obtaining our wants simply because we ask God, I am very concerned.  This kind of assertion is not scriptural.  It usually is put forth as a faith building effort, but it accomplishes the very opposite for those that do not receive the answer they seek.

“Take delight in the LORD & he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

I like that verse. He’s aware of the wants in my heart & He wants to bless me but there’s a condition; I need to take great pleasure in Him. With that in mind, the verse isn’t as likable. That part isn’t in there because God is egotistical. He’s asking us to align our heart to His and this is a very beautiful thing. That alignment has an effect on our desires andour wants. You think of your wants from the viewpoint of His Love for you and the Good He has in store for you.

What’s happening today? Your heart is wrestling with lining up to His. I know. I’m the same. What are the logistics in order to get there? We’re going to have to spend time with Him in ways that brings us close to Him. That’s a little hard to do without prayer and meditation on His words. Personally, I need to add music in my efforts to connect. For you, it may include nature or other things.

As lovers of God, we base our lives on a Promise. All of the effort to align ourselves with Him will be through the things I mentioned. Yet, I believe we will have to memorize a Scripture about His Promise because it is without comparison. You will spend a lot of life wanting and the Promise has to be compared to the want(s) due to the fact that you may not get what you want. What is the Promise? The greatest of all His Promises: Heaven. I’m not perfectly grounded in what I’m writing. So, I’ve decided I’m going to memorize this verse so that when the wants are unaligned, I can look at the Promise and see that there is no comparison.

“Behold…God Himself will be among them,  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there will no longer be any death, mourning, crying,or pain. The first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

Love Always

 

 

 

High on Believing

The starting point to faith is nothing. Faith itself is a mustard seed but it springs up from zero.

It’ll give you a buzz, this belief that is senseless. I want to take a ride on it.  Put my dreams on it and let it play out. Truthfully, the feeling of being up there, or out there, comes from being in a mentality that’s hanging out in a confident place. One that doesn’t even exist yet, except in my heart in mind. I can see and I can touch what is possible. I’m aware of the fact that I need to align myself to God and His desires.  Still,  you know, those dreams…. I’m going to toss up all kinds of prayers. Indulge in hopes that may come true. Why do we have to settle for what’s possible? The impossible,  that’s what faith is for; what it’s made to tackle.

The possibilities, they have no need for faith.
I’m aiming for the untouchable.  I’ve thought and imagined all kinds of things.  For my children, their future, their lives, my family.  I’ve visualized some “out there” things for other areas of my life.  For my heart, the map of my presence in this world,  and my purpose.  My belief specializes in envisioning even the stupidly not possible scenarios.  I have to.  This place will kill your confidence.  Faith breaks through the barriers of the present and gives flight to the unbelievable.  I’ve seen it happen.  The ancients saw it too.  I’m so convinced that God is okay with all kinds of prayers. Like I said,  lining up our hearts with His is essential, but sometimes you just don’t know,  so you keep praying,  being ready for a “no”. Yet, you won’t know unless you dream and ask.  You pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

You let the Spirit of God lead,  but you don’t suppress your own heart.  You express your hopes,  and then you wait.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18

He will accomplish what’s best.  And when the desires of our hearts conflict,  He still steps in to help with that. It’s not effortless. No lie,  it can be hard to accept, but God is so good.  If I pour my dreams out to Him, He’ll fulfill what He decides is best.  Sometimes though,  they’ll match.  Those ones give you a high.

Love Always❤❤❤

Fireworks between Us

I have seen you in the sanctuary

and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as

long as I live,

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

PSALM 63:2-4

Oh, ♡ʟᴏʀᴅ♡, You are my Love and Light. Without you, my life is dark as the night. You display Yourself in my life not just in Might and Power but in tender Compassion when I so desperately need it.  This is why Your Love is more spectacular than anything else I will see today.

You have been so Kind and Patient to us, to this world, but exceptionally so, with this country. The level of blessings we’ve received is almost unprecedented. Yet, we are fractured. Heal us, every one. Help us. How crazy to ask for more. I just have to, though, because Your Great Love outshines all things.  Capture our eyes with it’s Brilliance today and tomorrow and until we can truly see it.

I want You to know, You have made it so obvious to me. I can’t look away. No matter what happens to me, I can always say, I’m loved by You. This is what I see and there’s nothing else better than that. Nothing. I’ve looked, Lord, and though, I tried, I will never find anything that eclipses You. It’s impossible. I’m watching You and counting on You to obscure everything that seems so bright and let me see only You. I am yours and You are mine, Jesus. These fireworks will shine for a moment,  but You are the Light of the world. ♥ Amen. ♥

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth, my friends in the US! 🎆✨🎇🇺🇸 Much love to all, though.

Thank You to the those who served or serve our country. ❤♡💙

Love Always. ♥♥♥

Expanding Pupil

What an interesting poem. The double meaning is what caught my attention.

As a disciple, a learner, a pupil, I’m constantly being taught by life and by God. I especially get an education in storms. If I pay attention, it’s an understanding that spiritual eyes take in. The supernatural expansion of the pupils that allows us to see light where there is none.

I’ve been in some bad storms. I’m not in one now, at least not in an outward way. Maybe, I kind of am. Or maybe those are smaller life ones. The bigger storm is internal. The tempest in my mind and heart. It’s composed of the constant knowledge that I do not have joy. The joy of God. Do you understand what I mean? The transcendent joy that comes from Him and is completely not circumstantial. Don’t get me wrong. I know God’s love. I see it and I feel it. He’s stepped in and shown me in countless ways. This is why I’m trying to access that joy. So, decided I would read John. It’s the book that often non-believers are told to read first to learn about Jesus and of God. My plan is 3 chapters a day over 7 days. I need to know Him and to see Him more. I believe this is the answer. I’m 5 days in. I’ve been really trying to internalize and meditate on what I’m reading. Yesterday, in John 12:45, I read this:

” The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.”

Every single thing that makes up Jesus, is God. Kind of elementary, I know, but actually not. This verse is at the tail end of chapter 12 and then in the next chapter, He washes dirty feet. This is what I see and then, I see God. Washing the dirt from his creation. Saying, “I’m your Teacher and Lord but above that, I’m your friend. And even though, I am God, and I can eliminate this world, I am not beyond connecting with you even though I have to clean you. There’s only one reason, I do it. I love you. So, stay connected.”

This is why:

“When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my JOY. Yes, your JOY will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:10-12

Have I read this verse before? Yes. Many times. Did I know I would see it before I decided to read John? No. I was just counting on God to come through with the answer to my lack of joy. So, there it is. I do not miraculously have joy right now, but I do know that it’s possible. I also know it’s directly related to being fastened to Him and also loving people like a friend. Like Him. It’s definitely not possible without His additional intervention. This is why He had to give us the Holy Spirit. He’s practically doing everything.

I just need to respond to the light.

 

(I’m simply talking. Don’t worry or wonder. I need to write and express myself and some days that’s all I’m doing.)

Love Always????❣????❤?