FORGIVEN

Lord, you alone have the power to forgive. To lift off the burden of guilt, the burden of all sin, rebellion and iniquity not only for me but for those in my generational line. The family tree is a twisted one full of corruption, malice and deceit. It has left a wake of devastation on all the lives on which it has fallen. It has fallen as a weight from which there has been no reprieve. You have said in your word that there comes a time when your wrath is turned away and you establish an end to our punishment. I am asking for that now. Work has been done. Investment has been made. The cost has been high.

For I have been born out of your suffering side and have shared the guilt and shame of a people. I have experienced their grief. You have carried it all to the cross, nailing it there for all time. Will you not lift off this burden from a history past and into the future generations.

I appeal to the God of vindication, who has never once turned a blind eye. Who never once turned a deaf ear to the cries of his people. Who was rather moved by the intense emotion of compassion for us and rage of anger at your enemy for the evil that has ensued over many a year. How long, O Lord? It is time for you to act. Arise, and take your rightful place, upon your throne of mercy and grace. Pronounce your judgment, let your glory be shown, till all the earth bows before your throne.

Bring to bear your finest compensation, as we walk in your forgiveness. May you give us gladness in proportion to the years we have been afflicted, experiencing the blessings like a river flowing thru our family line. If there was a pool of toxic waste then surely there is a treasure? Surely there IS a treasure. Unstop the wells and let the treasure hidden in darkness arise. The treasure the enemy went to great pains to hide. May we have ample time to unpack all that is there. Sorrow turns to joy. Mourning to dancing. Never ending. Redeeming, restoring, reclaiming.. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. For he is from eternity past and will remain for the eternity to come. Faithful is our King!

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standing with you


sometimes it is hard to see what is going on when you are in a hard place. sometimes life sidelines you and what just happened you didn't see coming. and for the life of you, you're wondering just how am i to get through this?

here are some snippets to keep us going. can you relate to any?

be encouraged..

no wasted pain~
David, surprised by joy when he was seen by God after years of being ignored by leaders around him.

finding a way forward~
Naomi experienced the joy of making progress in life after a long season of futility.

messing up or being messed over~
Jonah tasted the joy of being used by God in a powerful way in spite of a monumental bad choice on his part.

heart transplant needed~
Gomer, whose joy of a transplant enabled her to receive the love extended to her.

gotten crushed~
Gideon experienced the joy of a decisive victory in the place of a former devastating defeat.

being misunderstood and not recognized~
Samuel, fully recognized as a wonderful fit for the office he held.

closure from a traumatic past~
Noah’s joy as he came to an end of a very difficult season of judgment.

Intense calling~
Phinehas experienced the joy of God accepting his passion and calling it good.

hostile workplace~
Jacob found true love, in an alien country and he also through repeated miracles, experienced the provision of God, in spite of a very unjust environment to work in.

i bless you whether you have the fierceness of Phineas in wanting to honor God, or the patience of Noah following orders and waiting for a very long time. I bless you with being surprised by joy and not giving up on the hope that is sure to come. we are called to rise and i bless you with the rising up of defiant faith in the midst of adversity. rising up for yourself and for others, knowing God is faithful. messing up or having been messed with, i bless you. trying to find your way forward, i bless you. living in a hostile environment, i bless you. together there is a rising up and together there is a place to stand. i bless you in Jesus name.

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get grounded

what is in your toolbox for grounding?

what is in your toolbox for grounding?

how grounded are you when things yank your soul?

how grounded are you when the environment around you is unstable?

can your spirit hold you stable and solid when your soul is NOT ok?

what is in your toolbox for grounding?

i am learning how important and beneficial grounding is in the natural. there has been more and more evidence why the beach has healing properties other than its aesthetic beauty. humor me, the beach is my happy place.

* beaches have an impact on our mental health helping us to unwind and recharge.
* the air is charged healthy negative ions that help to put us at ease. these negative ions balance serotonin levels producing a natural
antidepressant effect.
* walking barefoot on the sand absorbs the free ions in the earth helping us to feel grounded.
* there are high minerals in the water; magnesium, potassium, iodine helping us fight infection, heal and detoxify.
* swimming and other water sport decreases anxiety and depression and helps with chronic illness.

i put all this out there because what it says to me is that God has put in the earth ways for us to heal. there is so much more to explore and discover and it excites me to the core.

when i think of what is inside my toolbox for grounding, i think outside the box. God has strategically placed me close to the beach knowing how much this environment would bring me healing. especially having lived in a very hostile environment.

as well as the natural benefits noted above, the ocean has immersed and imprinted upon my spirit beauty. this is a major tool in my toolkit. it is like a transfusion from spirit to soul on a regular basis. it is one of many tools.

can you share something that keeps you grounded? or that you are exploring?

i bless you with fresh eyes to see the resources the Father has prepared for you as an anchor when the environment around you is unstable. he is the rock and is far better at equipping us to stand even when the ground below us is shaking.

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Saint Patrick's Lorica

Over the years I have come to love this most powerful prayer of protection.

Also called The Cry of the Deer, this old tradition has it, that Saint Patrick and his companion missionaries were to travel to the court of King Laoghhaire. Along the way, waiting in ambush, were druid or druid henchmen who intended to attack and kill Saint Patrick and all his followers. As Patrick and his companions walked, they chanted the Lorica. When they passed the would-be attackers, they appeared as a doe and twenty fawns - hence the title. It is considered to reflect his theological focus on the Trinity.

St. Patrick of Ireland (fifth century)

The Prayer of Saint Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.

Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

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taking flight


have you ever felt that urge to take flight not knowing where you were headed? has that look ever come across your face, you know the one right before you spread your wings to fly?

have you ever had the urge to take flight not knowing where you were headed only that you can't stay put where you are any longer?

i am reminded of a strategic song from back in the day of the Jesus movement.

Pioneer, Pioneer
Keep pressing onward
Beyond your fear
Only the Father
Goes before you
To your own frontier
You're a pioneer

Uncharted wilderness
Stretches before you
And you thrive on going
Where no one has gone
Still it gets lonely
When darkness deepens
So sing by the fire
Until the dawn
You travel on
You travel alone
And when you arrive
Nobody knows
But the Father in Heaven
He is glad you can go
For those who come after you
Will need the road

Pioneer, pioneer
Keep pressing onward
You can't stay here
Only the Father
Goes before you
To your own frontier
You're a pioneer

keep pressing onward.. what does that look like for you? is it about leaving the status quo or business as usual? or can it be a stronghold of unbelief, a lie that is time to leave behind?

what is God calling you forward to be? to do? how does it play out in your life?

i would love to have this conversation.

i bless you with the wings needed and necessary to take flight. i bless you with the courage to look forward as you now glean from and make peace with your past, knowing what to leave and what do you take with you.

may you soar, taking new ground as you go- may joy and laughter be your new norm as your capacity to soar increases. i bless you in Jesus' mighty name.


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Making Headlines

by lois

i was meditating on the woman with the issue of blood this morning in Mark 5. although the headline for this story reads

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

the emphasis was on the dead girl, that is the more important need after all, the sick woman was a secondary issue.

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

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12 years of suffering!

yes, i can relate.

and she hears of Jesus' healing power and she 'pushes through' the crowd to reach him.

yes, i too have pushed through alot of pain to seek him out.

she touches him and instantly knows she is healed. and instantly, Jesus too knows someone touched him.

i so love that correlation.

and he asks, 'Who touched me?'

didn't he know? yes, of course he did. but then why does he ask, who are you? where are you?

i was so touched by the idea that Jesus had a message for this woman as he does for each one of us because the most dramatic thing that happened, still has not happened yet. NO, her healing was NOT the most important thing!

'I was the one who touched you!' she spoke up trembling with fear.

another thing to push through- her fear!

"Daughter" Jesus begins..because you dared to believe (or push through) your faith has healed you. Go with peace in your heart and be free from your suffering.'

so what WAS the most important thing here if not her healing? What if Jesus let that moment go after all a dying child awaits him. and what if she got her healing but got lost in that crowd?

it was the moment of intimacy that Jesus initiated just for this woman. he stopped everything to speak directly to her.

and to you, and to me and to ALL his daughters. because although we want to fix things and relieve our pain (and rightly so) we don't want just our healing, only to be lost in the crowd.

i don't want to miss God's heart for intimacy. 12 years on.. she was stretched and so are you and so am i. we are ALL stretched!

i bless you, Daughters, to push through, for the joy set before you, knowing he is with you and can and will speak a word that changes everything. do not lose heart. you are amazing at the perseverance shown with the hard road you have walked and continue to do so AND be life-giving!

i ask that the miracle of this woman will also be our miracle. you can reach down into us all in a variegated way and touch us in our deepest time of need. do so now, i ask in your name.

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