Monthly Archives: July 2016

You Know What I Mean?

He’s 17. She’s 14. And there is no 17-year-old young man and no 14-year-old young woman who I love more than these two. They are my first-born’s second and third born. I have had the overwhelming joy of spending a portion of their summer vacation with them; I’m searching for words now . . . bluntly they are going home this weekend! Sadness and that empty gnawing is already creeping into my soul; which is what brings me here. They are going multiple hours away for however long a time that I wait to travel those hours.

Separations.
And there are all kinds of them! A whole world of them – separations! I dare say each one contains some degree of pain and anguish.

And so these are my thoughts in the middle of this one.

There is another separation coming and it is the end all of all separations. It’s hideous, I tell you!  Hideous! I pray against it nearly daily for this one or that one or many ones. Scripture calls it the second death. The first death is bad enough! But the second one! No human words can describe the horror of it! And ALL humans of responsible understanding are subject to it. Moreover, it’s a personal decision to miss it or not miss it and none of us can know for another, only for ourselves can we KNOW. We can have 99.99% confidence for another if that One lives a testified life; and we long for that, like nothing else!

And so here’s the crux of my plea: do you KNOW the second death has no hold on you? Because your family needs that 99.99% certainty. More than anything else in the entire universe I want confidence that every soul I love who passes through the first death will never see the second one! That separation would just be too permanent. You know what I mean? 

So after this weekend, we can text. We can talk. We can Face Time! It’s a bearable separation because it’s not permanent!  It’s the only kind of separation I want from them or anyone I love – temporary!

NO permanent separations! You know what I mean?

Selah  ~ ~ ~ Kathie

ABBA, I know it is Your will for all people to miss the second death; I know it is Your will that no one perish; that’s a given Your Word tells us so. And yet people do. In our circles of people in our earthly lives, we may be unsure of some and so I pray for mercy. I pray for intervention. Intervention that will open their hearts to truth and the courage to say Yes to You for forgiveness and life eternal. I pray it be so, ABBA, in YESHUA’s mighty name.

Respectively

Perhaps it’s a rogue thought; yet I am moved to write.

"I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have 
manageable portions of life to handle." 
From Jesus Calling for July 15 - Sarah Young

The day for work (and play), respectively; the night for sleep and rest. And what is rest anyway?

Re-creation, the restoring of the body, the mind, and the soul. 

What have we done?

Lights, powerful enough to keep the work day or play day going well into the dark. Added to the lights are toys of every sort. Even when the body reclines, the mind continues to spin. And so under the cover of night with its artificial light much evil thrives; be it just the evil of bodies, souls and minds who refuse to oblige The Maker of the Day and the Night, respectfully.

Selah  ~ ~ ~ Kathie

Still – The Loft

The Loft

The subject matter at The Loft today is STILL. At this typing it’s after 10:00 PM and I’m void of writing inspiration – perhaps we could say I am ‘still’ 🙂

So I searched The White Stone to see if the subject of STILL could be found. It could! More than once. I settled on this one. How about a cut and paste?

August 22, 2008 
Stand Still and See

Do you love some one who is teenaged or all the way up to senior citizen age who thus far just has not surrendered all to Jesus? Does this loved one of yours love dogs? Then I have a book I strongly recommend you pray about purchasing and give to them. I am only on page 21 and thus far this book is extraordinary! I think for any dog lover, Lessons From A Sheep Dog by Phillip Keller, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit will hit a home run!
I got my copy from http://www.christianbook.com/

Returning to 2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. [source]

The message given to Jahaziel to give to the people was for ALL of them. From the lowest level servant on the street to the King himself; all peoples of Judah and Jerusalem were to receive the same message. And Yahweh said, do not be afraid or dismayed. Obviously, they were afraid or He would not have instructed them to not be. And from a natural view, they had reason to be afraid. There was a multitude of folks out there wanting to take their lives and their land. Not much has changed, huh? A multitude continues to try to take from Israel. I am confident you know my constant prayer is for America to continue to stand with Israel. But I’m not going there today, at least not right here. So. They had reason to be dismayed. I wonder if we know how strong a word is dismayed? My on-line dictionary describes it this way: a complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger. I thought first to describe dismay as being paralyzed but I think that does not accurately describe their condition here. Yes, I think they were rendered immobile to move forward but not paralyzed from retreating. The absence of courage often causes us to run and hide from the ‘multitude’. It takes a Word from the Lord to infuse courage into us. Let me tell you why I think Israel was paralyzed from moving forward but not from moving back.

17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” [source]

What do you see in that text? STAND STILL. Often the most courageous and the most difficult thing for us to do is STAND STILL. We want to run away from the ‘multitude’. We want to hide from that necessary holy confrontation; we want to close our eyes and wish away the adversity. Here Abba told them to STAND STILL. He said the battle is HIS – He will handle it. And I believe that is Always true. The battle is always HIS. There are times, I think, we are called to STAND so close to the battle field it seems like we are doing the battling ourselves, but we are not. Hold this thought. I want to come back to it. For a moment look with me at this. I love it.

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. From the King to the servant, ALL bowed before the Lord and WORSHIPPED Him! [source]

Did you notice verse 14 read all Judah and all Jerusalem and then King Jehosphaphat? And in verse 18 Jehosphaphat is taking the lead in worship! How good is that?! The King leads the servants to worship. The natural tendency of people is to go the way of the Leader. It takes a rebel pumped up by the Evil One to refuse to follow a king who is bowing to worship THE KING. And it takes a ‘rebel’ empowered by God to refuse to follow an unholy king. I urge you to ponder that one!
Lets look now to see how Israel was to Stand Still before The LORD.

20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.[source]

When the people began to sing and to praise Him, the LORD set ambushes against the ‘multitude’ and they were defeated.
Do we want to see our ‘multitude’ defeated? Then we must believe the LORD and praise Him. That my Dear Ones is the way we STAND STILL and see the Salvation of the Lord on our behalf.

Father, from this I understand the battle is Yours and our contribution is only to believe You and praise You. That is more than our minds can conceive. Thank You that is it so. We believe You and we entrust ourselves and all our battles to You. Amen and amen.

GOD has made The Way ~ ~ ~ Kathie

Tickled Pink

Psalm 16

It’s been coming to mind since this morning.

If you would like to read it, click HERE.

Adonai, my assigned portion, my cup: you safeguard my share.

This one wraps me in security and comfort even though I search for words to properly and adequately describe it. My assigned portion, my cup; all that falls to me, the stuff of life, family, relationships, all of it He safeguards this for me. I don’t have to defend my stuff. I don’t even have to defend me!

Pleasant places were measured out for me; 
I am content with my heritage.

I am content with my heritage. Amazing! The penman of this passage was content with his heritage. Me too! Pleasant places were measured out for me. Does this mean I have no skeletons in my closet? Are you kidding?! The bones are rattling! But all that was before made the path for where I am. And I am more than content about that! I am tickled pink those skeletons and the pleasant places and the unpleasant places ALL pointed, directed and got me to JESUS! And HE has become my heritage! And my future!

Oh yeah I am lovin’ Psalm 16 and my ABBA Who had it penned for me!

For you too if you like. 🙂

GOD has made The Way ~ ~ ~ Kathie
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