My Holy Rest

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Word of God Speak

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say
Word of God speak
Would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your Majesty
To be still and know
That you're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness

Word of God speak to me
I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet, hear Your voice
Word of God speak
Would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your Majesty
To be still and know
That you're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
By Mercy Me

Let God speak to your heart today- Rest in Him quietly listening for His Voice.
Let His words of love, goodness, joy and peace penetrate your spirit today.
Carry His word with you through the week, that you will be able to handle every trail, struggle, obstacle, stumbling block the world throws at you.
Let the word of God pour down on you like rain, see His majesty, rest in His holiness, know He is there and you don't have to speak a word,  O word of God speak to me, let me hear Thy voice only.

O God Jehovah, speak to me today, let Thy word soak into my heart, let Thy word rest upon my spirit until it becomes a part of me, guiding and leading me to the place where your Spirit rests, where Your holiness resides. O Word of God speak to me pour down on me like rain until I see your Majesty.  In Jesus Name I pray

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Sunday, February 7, 2010


Sabbath Reflection
I am not a mystery
I am not in hiding
I am not a far off
I am not in the distance future
I am not out of reach
I am not untouchable
I am not off limits
I am not behind a veil you cannot enter
I am close, ready to reveal myself to you. You can reach me day or night
I am available, distance does not separate us, you can touch me daily at any time, the veil has been torn
I am waiting to be found
If you look for me wholeheartly, you will find me. I will be found by you, says the Lord.

Seek the Lord with your wholeheart,put your all into seeking Him, rest with Him today just open His word and have a conversation with Him. Listen with your heart and spirit. He is waiting to hear from you, to bless you, to love you, to have you know Him.

Mediate upon a scripture or scripture
begin with prayer inviting the Holy Spirit to come inot your presence, to
speak to your heart, to reveal God to you.
Read it out loud until it begins to speak to your spirit.
Note the word or words which stands out to you, grabs your attention.
How do you feel about these words?
What do you believe God is saying to you? Put your name in where appropriate
Willnette will seek me and find me. When Willnette seek me with all of
Willnette's heart, I will be found by Willnete declares, the Lord.

Stop please and indulge me- go back and substitue your name.
How powerful is this? God speaks directly to us.
Ask God questions.
Write your thoughts without thinking about them just write
Ask God more questions
Pray about anything you don't understand
Pray about anything which comes to mind-others, yourself.
Be still and listen

I know many who comes today are advanced in having a quiet time with God, the Spirit led me and I followed believing God would send someone who needed this post. For those who are advanced may this post bless you in some way.

Sabbath Prayer
Father God, thank you for Your Holy Word, Your voice to guide and teach me. Thank You O Lord for being so open to those who truly seek you. thank You for being available, touchable, reachable, revealing. Thank You for providing the way for me to know you. Thank You O Lord for the time I can spend in quietness with You, listening and learning, may all you tell me today become my path to Your will. Lord I seek to know You and I thank You for revealing Yourself to me, allowing me to know You, to find You. In Jesus Name I pray.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

He Pours

Resting Scripture
"If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don't use my holy day for personal advantage, If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God's holy day as a celebration, If you honor it by refusing 'business as usual,' making money, running here and there - Then you'll be free to enjoy God! Oh, I'll make you ride high and soar above it all. I'll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob." Yes! God says so! Isaiah 58:13-14

God created the Sabbath for believers, His sons and daughters. He had those who would call Him Lord with a sincere and believing heart on His mind when He sat aside this day of rest. He is calling us to rest with Him today. He is inviting you to open your heart, spirit, mine and soul to Him. He is inviting you to seek Him afresh. Come to His holy tabernacle and enter His Presence. God is beckoning you to draw nearer, to avail yourself of His wisdom and knowledge, to know Him, to experience Him in new ways. The veil is gone; Jesus ripped it down more than 2000 years ago so you would have no blockage. He opens the way and through Him you may enter the most Holy of Holies. Through Christ you will find rest for your weary soul. All your cares here you can cast.

The Sabbath is a quiet place where you can empty yourself and once you are empty God will pour into you; He will fill you with Living Waters. He will enable you to bear lasting fruit. When you enter a Sabbath Rest God pours, and pours until you leave filled with whatever you need. The Sabbath is where your Spirit can commune with God and leave refreshed and restored; where strength is gained, and peace is obtained. True Sabbath is the place where God begins to prepare shape and mold us for His will. Resting in God brings filling, blessings and joy overflowing. Yes! God says so!

Moses said, "This is what God was talking about: Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to God. Whatever you plan to bake, bake today; and whatever you plan to boil, boil today. Then set aside the leftovers until morning." Exodus 16:23
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may have rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the sojourner, may be refreshed. Exodus 23:12

And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.
Acts 16:13 ESV

Father God, thank You for caring for me such You would set aside a day of rest for me. A time I can spend in quiet reflection, a time when I can set aside the cares of the world and truly focus on Your word, drawing closer to You, knowing You and allowing You to Pour Your goodness in me. Lord I thank You for the Sabbath help me to be continually obedient in keeping this Your day, the Lord’s Day. In Jesus Name.
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Soul Blessings

Sabbath Rest Scripture
Psalm 63

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you! I will honor you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest of foods. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings. I follow close behind you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

Reflection of My Heart
How these words of David touch my soul today. I mediate on the goodness of God. How He loves me. Because of His unfailing love, I gladly open my lips in praise. He is so worthy of my praise. God has been so good, His promises are sure. I have deeply gazed upon His power and glory. This leads me to continually seek after Him, my soul is in continuous search of Him, because He is my God an gladly helps me in times of trouble, He satisfies my soul such I feel truly satisfied as I have feasted on the richest of food. God holds me in the shadow of His wings; He is my resting place, my hiding place and my place of restoration. I sing for joy at His goodness and His loving care of me. I joyfully seek to follow close behind Him because His strong right hand is my security, forever holding me unto eternity.

Heart Prayer
Lord Thy God my soul is blessed. Your goodness and Your love smother me, surrounding me with grace and mercy. My heart is joyous because You are my loving God, wrapping me securely in Your love. Your blessings are wondrous to my soul, making me glad. I stand in awe of You O my God, forever amazed by Your acts of love. To You O God I give all glory and praise, keep me earnestly seeking You and let Your dwelling place be my sanctuary of rest. In the precious, holy name of Jesus I pray.

Sabbath Quietness
Quiet your spirit and ponder David’s words. Ask the Holy Spirit speak to your heart.
How does Psalm 63 speak to your soul?
How has God shown Himself to be Your God?
Identify every word which resonates with your spirit.
Identify the things in this psalm which brings joy to your spirit?
Lift your hands in prayer to God.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Godly Way

This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.

But you reply, “No, that’s not the road we want!” Jeremiah 6:16

A Sabbath Reflection
The world tells us to seek the best and the biggest, it shouts to us pursue power and prestige, don’t stop until you are the best. The way of the world tells us we must be political correct, accepting the behaviors and lifestyles of all people. The world tells us if we move too slowly we will lose out. We are to trust no one and consider ourselves and our needs before the needs of our neighbor. The world encourages us to seek our own glory and give credit to no one. The world teaches selfishness, greed, lust, and impurities this is the path we are to take. Perfection in all we do be it good or bad is the goal. We are to go for the glory and claim it s our own, this is the mandate of the world we live. The consequence of this mandate is a restless, confused; un-joyful soul traveling a path full with superficial treatments for wounds which never heal.
It time to stop and shut out those voices which lead to a path of destruction. There is a voice your soul is longing for, it is restless because it is fighting to hear the voice of truth, the voice which will bring peace, the voice which leads to a righteous quietness. There is no better time than today during your Sabbath, your Holy Rest than to quiet your thoughts, rest your spirit and take your heart into the presence of a Holy God and listen.
This is what the Lord says, “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. You are standing at the crossroad and it is time to decide which way I will go, who will I be? Will I take the path of the world and settle for a superficial joy or will I take the old godly way and have an everlasting joy? Will I pursue the love and the righteousness of God? The old godly way says I will be obedient to the laws, and statues of God, His commands are my guide. The narrow path is my choice, the path paved with love, grace, mercy, poverty in selfishness, power and prestige; I will choose the path where my heart and soul is lifted to God in praise and worship. My worship is real it flows from my innermost being, my very essence. My praise is seen in the life I live, one committed to God and His ways; His way of loving and giving, His way of pouring out compassion and His way of being faithful to holiness. The godly ways of old says I trust God and His path is the road I will choose; the path where all idols are cast away because I will put nothing before my God. I stand at the crossroads and my soul is uneasy, seeking peace, my soul is anxious and troubled seeking a loving calmness. My soul is very restless seeking the voice of Truth. I look to the left, than behind me, and I ponder the road in front of me, and I search the horizon my
eyes see a blue sky with patches of white fluffy clouds, my thoughts go back to the ways of old; The Lord went a head of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud. The Lord told Moses “I will come to you in a thick cloud. And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud. Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. (Exodus 13: 21, 19:9, 24:15-16, 40:34-36) My feet began its’ journey walking on the “right road” they do not reject the path of old, the godly ways and my soul finds rest as it follows the path of Truth. Then Jesus said, “come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

Sabbath Prayer
Father God, when life makes my soul restless and I reach the crossroads let me stop, look and ask You to lead me in the old godly way. The way of righteousness, let me always choose the path which leads to you. Father let me always see You in the cloud which goes ahead of me, let me quiet myself enough to her Your voice and let me walk in Your truth, casting aside the ungodly truths of this world. Jesus be the voice I put my trust and let my soul never quiet itself until it is resting in Your care. In Your Name Jesus my peace I pray. Amen

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sunday Dinner

Sabbath Scripture
“My food,” said Jesus “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”. John 4:34

Sabbath Reflection
As a child Sunday dinner was the biggest dinner of the week, it was more special than supper because extended family usually gathered at one of grandmother’s houses. Family traveled in from the city, brothers sisters, in-laws talked about the past weeks’ events and cousins played childhood games and bonded. The meal was not really important to us as long as there was enough when we were called to the dinner table. Our food on Sundays was the joy of being with family and unknown to us at the time, creating memories to share with our own kids one day. Our food was the comradeship of family, and love poured out by “big mama” and ”Papa”.

One day Jesus and the disciples had been traveling from Judea to Galilee, the disciples went into the village to get food; Jesus continued on until He reached a well where He sat down alone to rest as He was weary and tired. In spite of His tiredness Jesus saw a work needing to be completed as a thirsty and hungry spirit approached the well. Here He feed the spirit of a woman from Samaria. The Samaritan woman had been in need of some real nourishment for years. Her food had consisted of bad decisions, wrong choices, poor judgment, loneliness, hiding, and avoidance. Her life didn’t consist of Sunday dinners and when Jesus offered her a life time of fulfillment (Sunday dinners) she could only focus on the short term results, (supper) no longer having to put herself out there for ridicule and judgment. Because she couldn’t imagine her life as Sunday Dinner it took her a while to recognize the authentic food Jesus was offering. How long does it take us to recognize the true and lasting food Jesus offers? How often do we lower His Sunday dinner to supper? How often do we fail to recognize His poured out love as food for our very souls?

When the disciples arrived they were concerned about Jesus eating, knowing He must be hungry they tried to persuade him to eat and Jesus responded “My food,” said Jesus “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”. Jesus teaches us to move beyond the cares of this world; the physical food (supper) for which we rely to a deeper place, to everlasting food (Sunday Dinner). Food which will quench all hunger, only what we do for the Father will last. Jesus was saying my nourishment comes from a different place; I am filled by my connection with the Father. It fills me to please the Father when I please Him my hunger is satiate. In fact I just ate, I just brought a woman lost, living in darkness to a woman found and running in the light. This is my food to save the lost, to take away condemnation, to show you the God of truth. Our food should be on the things God
has instructed us to do, completing the assignments He has given and following His words for living. When we incorporate Jesus’ attitude and beliefs into our lives our vision changes and we see beyond earthly needs and goals we reach into the spiritual, for God desires those who worship in spirit. Reaching into the spiritual I pray in the spirit seeking God’s truth. I spent time in God’s word gleaming His lessons and directions, than I find I am no longer satisfied by earthly food, it only fills for a little while; it is only when I am living God’s will, fulfilling His plans for my life am I truly filled. The world will continue to try and persuade me to eat its food (supper) and my response prayerfully will be my food is to do the will of my heavenly Father and complete His purpose and plans for my life (Sunday Dinner).

Deeper Personal Reflection
Am I still feasting on supper or have I move to Sunday Dinner
In the spiritual what is your food?

Deeper Personal Study
John 4

Sabbath Prayer
Father God may I always choose food which brings You glory. May I always choose food which will minister to others, planting seeds of love, showing others Your truth. Fill me with thy Holy Spirit and lead me in the way everlasting. In Jesus Name Amen

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Let us Praise our God

Sabbath Scripture
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth even those who sail on distance seas. Psalm 65:5 (NLT,

Sabbath Reflection
David sings what mighty praise belongs to the God of Zion. Why do we owe God such praise?

Is it because
He answers our prayers
Forgives our sins
Brings us near to Him, allowing us to live in His holy courts
Gives us hope

Or is it because
He formed the mountains by His own power
Is armed with mighty strength
Quiets the raging seas
Silence the shouting of the nations
Inspire shouts of joy
Takes care of the earth by watering it making it rich and fertile
Sending rain which provides bountiful crops

Or is it because
He makes lush pastures from the wilderness,
Carpets the valleys with grain, clothing the meadows with flocks of sheep

Or is it because
With God even the hard pathways overflow with abundance
Yes, O God what mighty praise belongs to you in Zion,
We owe You praise O God because You are God, Creator, Salvation, Magnificent, Sovereign, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, Because You are the Almighty, Righteous God full of Truth and Grace
God all praise belongs to You because You are THE GREAT I AM, GOD.

Deeper Personal Reflection
Psalm 65
Genesis 1
Revelation 22

Sabbath Praise
Praise the Lord in His sanctuary
Sing to the Lord a new song
Praise the Lord from the heavens
Let all that we are praise the Lord
Let us exalt our God, praising our God and King
Let us praise His name forever
Praise the name of the Lord, all who serves Him
Praise the Lord, for He is good
Praise the greatness of the Lord, our Lord is greater than any God
Praise the Lord who is our Rock
Praise our God who is faithful, whose love is unfailing
Praise the Lord whose promises are backed by the honor of His great name
Praise the Lord, our God who is merciful and just
O praise the Lord with your whole heart let not your spirit rest until it lifts the Lord, our great God in praise
Enter His holy temple, bow down in worship and lift His Holy, Righteous Name because He is the God of all the earth, dwelling in the hearts of all who believes.

LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD, who inhabits the praise of His people.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trusting in the Lord

Sabbath Prayer
Let me Hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift my soul. Psalm 143:8

Sabbath Reflection
When I walk in the way of the unrighteous, I lift my soul to You O Righteous God.
Jesus becomes my righteousness and I am restored to Your holy presence. I am restored because of Your great love, which is unfailing and steadfast. It is with me always and it's seeks after me with open arms. I am restored because I place my trust in You, I pray to hear and know Your love early in the morning; I pray for your counsel to take me from the wrong path, where I am lost in darkness. I cry out to You O Lord, don't leave me here too long. Your kindness is poured out on me, You give me reassurance there are treasures of light in darkness. You tell me to be courageous and seek Your goodness. When I lift my soul to You I find my trust is well place, for You offer me peace and joy in the midst of my troubles. Now I cry out in praise, my lips are filled with adoration and I bow before Your holy temple in worship. I praise your holy name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness; I have learned all your promises are backed by all the honor of Thy great name. I called and You answered giving strength to my soul. (Psalm 138:2-3 paraphrased) You whisper to my heart 'I will not forsake the work of my hands, I the Lord will fulfill My purpose for your life, for my love for you endures forever. (Psalm 138:8, paraphrased)

The Lord, our God is with us in our troubles. When we call upon His great Name with a sincere heart He hears and He answers. The Lord desires to lead us, He desires to give us good counsel. We can find direction and comfort in His word. There is power in His word and in His name for He has exalted them above all things. Psalm 138:2b (ESV). Turn to God in your troubles, He will be there in the morning with loving kindness. You do not have to go through alone, Jesus is waiting with outstretch arms, He will take your hand and give you joy evermore.

Personal Deeper Meditation
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." Psalm 32:8
Psalm 143
Psalm 138

Sabbath Prayer

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. I lift my soul to You O Lord in gratefulness. You are good and loving and kind. Your mercies are new every morning and Your love is ever flowing. You O Lord have set my path and You O lord will guide me to everlasting life. Thank You Father for being with me in all my troubles and for lifting my soul to You in love and adoration. You are my God, my Lord, my Savior, my Deliverer. In Your great Name Jesus I pray. Amen

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Saturday, May 2, 2009


Sabbath Scripture
I will put my Sanctuary among them forever. Ezekiel 37:26

Sabbath Reflection
God desires to be our God. His whole plan of salvation was to be our God. Everything God does is directed toward our seeing Him as the one and only true God who desires a relationship with His creation. From Genesis to Revelation God reveals Himself to us, inviting us to His Kingdom. He open the door by giving His only begotten Son, holding to His promise He made a new covenant with His creation, an everlasting covenant and He made His Sanctuary with us. God dwells with every believing heart. He is our heart, dwelling within to guide us, strengthen and keep us. When trouble comes, when hurt reveals itself God is ever so close to extinguish the trouble and ease the pains of an aching spirit.

God told Ezekiel “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my Sanctuary is among them forever.” Ezekiel 37:27-28 The Lord God dwells with us to make us holy, He commands us to be holy as He is holy and He is so good He empowers us through His Holy Spirit to be holy. There is no need for a child of God to be troubled to the point of desperation in fear, worry, hopelessness for we have a God who has laid out the way and the answer for all we are confronted. Jehovah God has already worked everything out. When we trust in the God who has made His sanctuary among us we can rejoice in troubles because we understand trouble don’t last always and joy will surely come with the morning. We are aware God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called
according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28 Living holy means we do not dwell in our troubles, sorrows, hurts, anger, issues, but we seek the face of God who will deliver us and to Him we give glory. Living holy means we do not shame our God by doubting and worrying tossing about like the ocean waves, but we lift up our hearts and spirits and wait for the Lord of Host to rescue us. Living holy means I show up at the temple with a praise in my heart, worship in my spirit and I give my all to God dwelling in His holy Presence because I live His truths, I live in faith showing forth the reason for my hope and my salvation. We serve a caring, compassionate all knowing God who has done everything to make us His people and He waits with open arms for us to answer the call; “I'll make a covenant of peace with them that will hold everything together, an everlasting covenant. I'll make them secure and place my holy place of worship at the center of their lives forever.” (The Message) In the sanctuary of the Lord I am safe, my heart is filled with peace, knowing the Sovereign God is my hiding place, the place where I dwell.

Deeper Personal Reflection
How does your life reflect God as a dwelling presence in you?
Does you life evidence God dwells in your heart in times of trouble?

Deeper Personal Study
Ezekiel 37:15-28

Prayer of the Heart
Precious Father in me You have put Your Holy Sanctuary, dwell with me Father all my days and Lord God I pray by Thy Spirit I will be a sanctuary, holy and true for You. I need Your Holy Presence Lord, for You are my Keeper and at Your Right Hand are pleasures evermore. May I dwell daily in the everlasting temple. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lord take delight in me!

She came unto the king no more, except the king delight in her, and that she were called by name. Esther 2:14

Jesus call us to serve Him, all believers have an assignment to reveal to others kingdom space. We are to live in a manner others will want to be a part of God’s wonderful kingdom. Jesus sometimes has special assignments to be carried out in His name; He than looks to His disciples to determine whom He will use. This scripture from the story of Esther which tells us the young girls seeking to be queen only had one night with the king and if he didn’t find delight in her and called her by name she came unto the king no more. It would break my heart if I didn’t please my King, Jesus and He never again called me to an assignment or took away my gifts because He no longer took delight in me. The difference in Jesus and the king of Persia is Jesus will give me another chance; He does not give up on me after one try. Even though Jesus does not give up on us if we do not bring Him delight after one try He expects us to strive to bring delight and glory to His name. How do we bring delight to our Lord, let us look back at the pages of time and find examples of those whom the Lord took delight. David the second King of Israel was not perfect, but the Lord took delight in him, called him the apple of His eye. David learned if he repented from his sins, God would again find favor with Him. Repentance is essential to our relationship with Christ and necessary to claim the Lord has delighted in me. Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” 2 Samuel 12:13 “Have mercy on me, O God because of Your unfailing love. Because of Your great compassion blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion it haunts me day and night. Psalm 51:1-3 Repentance is more than confession; it is a change of mind, a commitment to live differently with a new attitude.

Not only must we live in repentance of our sins, we must be obedient to the Lord as was Noah. When God gave Noah instructions to build an ark, He did so without hesitation. I believe God called upon Noah because He delighted in him. He found Noah to be righteous, and blameless. Noah arrived at this place with God because he remained in closed fellowship with Him, therefore when God called upon him he was immediately obedient. Noah gives us a clear roadmap to delighting God; righteous living, fellowship with God and obedience. “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Genesis 6:22As a result Noah and his family were blessed to be the only family alive following the flood. God trusted Noah with two huge assignments, to build the ark and to carry on the human race.

To delight the Lord we must follow the example of Mary of Bethany, who put aside worldly issues to set at the feet of Jesus to learn of Him. We must seek our King; learn from Him that we may know Him
Mary’s desire to delight the Lord resulted in God choosing her to anoint the Savior, what a blessing and what a memorial to leave for us. “Her sister Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught.” Luke 10: 39 God commands us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Matthew 6:33 God knows each of us by name and He desires to delight in us, but will not force Himself on us He desires not only for us to have an attitude of repentance, and obedience, seeking Him above all else He delights in us when we put on the garments of Christ, love our neighbors and open our hearts and spirits to His will.

Please STOP- bear with me today go back and read the anchor scripture again, slowly and then read it again replacing your name where there are pronouns. What are your thoughts?

Psalm 51
Genesis 6
John 12:1-7

As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3

but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24 -

But now, this is what the Lord says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3

Most gracious Lord, upon Your holy name I call asking forgiveness of my sins, Merciful God cleanse me from all my guilt, purify me from my sin, grant me a clean heart and renew in me a loyal spirit. Lord it is my heart desire to know You, when I seek You O Lord please reveal Yourself and guide me to true repentance, and obedience. Lord I thank you because You are a Just God forgiving me of my wrongdoings when I confess them to You. Lord please never forget my name and take delight in me, knowing it is the ultimate will of my soul to serve You. In the name of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus The Christ, I pray. Amen

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sabbath Rest- Believe

So they rushed back from the tomb to tell His eleven disciples-and everyone else-what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the Mother of James and several other women who told the apostles what had happened.
But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. Luke 24: 9-11

It sounds like nonsense, it’s absolutely crazy, and it makes no sense. It is just a story created by man because people need something to believe in order to live life. If the disciples who had been with Jesus, actually were eyewitness to healings, changed lives, the transfiguration, Jesus turning water to wine, stilling the waves, giving the dead life and Jesus own testimony He would be raised from death to life after three days didn’t believe such nonsense how in the world am I going to get those who cross my path and a few in my inner circle to believe when I have never even seen this man Jesus, whom I call Savior?


*BOLD- I must be bold and confident in my belief. I must walk out my belief, bringing honor to God with my life, allowing my life to bring forth good fruit. Living to bring Him glory and to be a witness that all I am and all I do which is good is because Christ lives in me. “For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ. Philippians 1:20a My bold confidence is evidence it was not nonsense.

*EVIDENCE- I must have evidence- Peter didn’t believe but something in him made him want to check out the story. "However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings." Luke: 24:12.
Before Christ my life was filled with sin, junk, dirt, wickedness, and all kinds of wrongdoings, I was dead. Jesus poured out His blood on the cross and God took His work and emptied me of my sin and put in me the desire to
live righteously. Now when you look closely at my life you will see the linen wrappings of sinfulness is empty. My life is evidence, the tomb was empty.

*LIGHT-I must have a heart flooded with light. I must continually be the light of Christ, reflecting His light that others will see and know there must be a God in me molding and shaping me. “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called-His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:18 My heart reflects an empty tomb.

*IDENTITY- I must have an identity. Christ has identified me as His own. “And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.” Ephesians 1:13. The Holy Spirit living in me is additional evidence, it was not nonsense.

*EXPLAINING- I must be ready at all times to explain this Christian life. I must always be ready to explain in a gentle and respectful way why
I choose to live a life which worships Christ as Lord. I must stay focused on living a life in which I will have a clear conscience, and then if others speak against me they will be ashamed when they see what a good life I live because I belong to Christ. 1 Peter 3:15-16 (Paraphrased) I couldn’t belong to Christ if He had not died on the cross.

*VALUE- I must value knowing Christ. When I value knowing Christ and my life reflect intimacy with Him and true knowledge of Him, others must look at me and wonder what is happening. She cares naught about the offerings of the world, only the offerings of Christ. “I once thought these things were valuable, but now consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. “Philippians 3: 7-9a He is the resurrection, He raised me with Him to a new life.

*EARNESTLY- I must earnestly seek after God, that I might find Him. If I am not earnestly seeking God with all my heart and soul, I can not require another to seek Him or even desire to know Him or His beloved Son. “Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul. They earnestly sought after God, and they found Him. 2 Chronicles 15:12, 15b. The tomb was empty, He was raised by the power of God on the third day and He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on my behalf. I know this because God has revealed it to me.

Father God, Heavenly Father, I believe, help me to plant the seed that those who cross my path and those in my inner circle who have chosen not to believe will come to believe by my life which Christ is living through me. Lord God let me bold in my Christian walk, reflecting the light of Christ daily. Help me to show how much I value Christ Jesus by living as a true daughter always ready and able to explain my belief.
Let my life be evidence to all because I have been seal with the Holy Spirit and given identity in You. Father God may I earnestly seek you with all my heart and soul every day I am gifted. By the power of the Holy Spirit and in the glorious name Of Jesus I pray. Amen

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Friday, April 10, 2009

It is Finished

Jesus said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and released His Spirit. John 19: 30

Jesus life was not taken, it was freely given. He gave it for you and me. “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” Romans 5:6

Jesus fulfilled God’s plan for salvation. He became the sacrificial lamb, meeting all God’s standards for sacrificial offerings. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, 1Peter 1:18-20

We all have been taught and know the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. John 17:3

God so loved us He gave His one and only son, the Christ; Jesus so loved the Father He was made us His passion by becoming obedient even unto death. What can we do to repay this debt? All we can offer back to God is a heart of gratitude, wrapped in obedience. So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Lord my heart is overflowing with love for you because You have loved me so completely. You gave me Your very best gift, Your very own Son. He went through an agonizing death so I could be reconciled to You. He brought me fellowship, He brought me intimacy. He gave His all for me. Lord my pitiful thank you is not enough, so I ask You to fill me with Thy Holy Spirit to lead me to giving all of my body to You, a living and holy sacrifice. Father God help me to fully embrace all You have done for me by being obedient to Your every command as Christ my Lord my Savior, my Redeemer has model for me. In Jesus magnificent and awesome name I give praise, worship and offer this prayer. Amen

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spiritual Sunday-Lift Him Up

“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven”! But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” He replied, If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
Luke 19:38-40

He is our King, let us rejoice, and let us lift joyful voices in praise to His holy name. Praise Him with the highest praise and give glory to His name. He is our Savior. He left heaven for us. He is worthy of our praise. He carried the shame of the cross for us. He was ridiculed, mocked, and brutally beaten for us. He took on every sin, every disease, unkindness, lie, rebellion, every transgression, and all of our iniquities. He bore the cup of suffering for us; a cup filled and over flowing. We became His passion.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God Romans 8:10

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21

For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. Romans 3:25

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find
protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

Praise the Lord; praise God our SAVIOR! For each day he carries us in his arms. Psalm 68:19

Most Holy One to your name we give all praise, glory and honor. You O Lord are worthy of our praise. Lord God never do we want the stones of the earth to lift their voices in praise of You because we fail to give You the glory and honor due You Majestic name. We lift up Your name, the One who said If I be lifted up I’ll draw all men unto me. Thank You Lord Jesus for drawing us into You. Thank You for making us Your passion, may we daily seek to make You our passion by living as true children of the King of Glory, Who is the King of glory? The LORD Almighty – he is the King of glory. Jesus in Your Saving Name we pray. Amen


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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sabbath Rest-Quiet Hope

Sabbath Scripture
It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. Lamentation 3:26 Message

Sabbath Reflection
When life is tough and you are in distress how do you hope in the Lord? Is your hope filled with tears, anxiety, restlessness, worry, confusion? What does your hope look like? Is it dressed in complaining and grumbling with a coat of isolation? Does your hope stand alone or does it bring faith and trust with it for company? Does your hope grace itself with praise, prayer and worship? Does it seek the strengthen words of the Lord? My friend what does your hope look like?

Does it resemble the quiet hope of Anna the Prophetess who quietly waited in the temple to see salvation come to Jerusalem in the flesh? (Luke 2:36-38) Does your hope bear a resemblance to the hope of Mary of Bethany who quietly sat at the feet of Jesus and took in all He had to pour into her as she sought understanding? (Luke 10:39) When you examine your hope is it similar to the Widow's Offering who gave all she had, hoping God would turn her little into much. (Luke 21:1-3) Can your hope stand up to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who refuse to trust, bow down or serve any but the God of all hope; quietly entering the furnace. “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, The God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames. (Daniel 3:17-18, 23) Does your hope match that of the Woman with the issue of blood who quietly made her way through the crowd to touch the hem where all her hope dwelled? (Mark 5 21:25-32)

It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.

Quietly meditate upon these words and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart.
Where does your hope dwell?
Does your hope know its' help comes from the Lord God?
Are you hoping for something from God right now? What does it look like?

Sabbath Prayer
Holy Father, sometimes our hope is not quiet. We let worry, anxiety, and yes doubt and fear get in the way of our hope. Lord we know You will come through but sometimes we allow the enemy to plant blocks that throw us off course. Lord forgive us and bring us back to pleasing hope where we quietly wait for your deliverance. Jesus in Your Holy name we pray. Amen

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

-A Sabbath Rest- "I will restore your soul!"

Spiritual Sundays
I will restore Your Soul

Sabbath Scripture
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

God’s Promise
When your heart feels heavy, overwhelmed, worn-out, I promise to bring refreshment to your soul. I will make you rest where it is quiet and peaceful. I will lead you to where you can be renewed. I will restore your soul to a state of health and soundness. (Heather Kopp- God’s Little Book of Guarantees)

God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. The Message

God’s Promise
Whatever your need I’ve got it. There is no need for you worry, your needs are held in the palm of my hands. When you need a place to rest I will provide you a lush green space to rest your soul, you will be able to drink from my waters of refreshing, soaking in my word leading you to a fill table where I will fill your cup until it spills over and you will know my love and see my beauty all the days of your life because I will bring you into my holy house to dwell.

God’s Beauty
God is my Supplier; I never have to stand in need.
God is my Leader; I am lead along His path where I find a place of rest.
God is my Director; I am direct to spaces of stillness.
God is my Restorer, my soul is restored.
God is my Righteousness; Christ in me makes me righteous before God
God is my Companion. I never walk alone
God is my Courage; I walk fearlessly with Him at my side.
God is my Comforter; I am consoled in my sorrows.
God is my Nourishment, my table is always filled, my enemies scatter because they see God’s awesome care of me.
God is my Anointer; He constantly anoints me to do His will
God is my Source, my cup is ever overflowing.
God is my Goodness; He fills me with goodness and shows me how to pour it out on others
God is my Love, He fills me with Himself and His loves flows from me.
God is my Dwelling Place; I am kept under the shadow of His wings.

Sabbath Rest Reflection
Where do you go when you need to rest your spirit?

Do you seek a space where you can connect to God?

Do you ever allow yourself moments to take a breath?

When you are afraid by what life is offering you do you invite God to walk with you?

Reflect upon the ways and times God has filled your cup when you went to Him for restoration.

How do you see God’s beauty in these scriptures?

Sabbath Praise
Great God, You are My Lord, my keeper, my love. It is You who guide my heart and You who bring me to quiet places of rest when this world becomes too much for me. You keep me in the shadow of Your wings where I am protected; You are my strength and my provider. You O Lord are my strong tower, I look to the hills from whence cometh my help, because I know my help always comes form You O Lord, King of Glory. I love you. Jesus in Your Name I give this offering of praise. Amen

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