As I read your mail, tears streamed down my face. I pray often that the Lord will bring people into my world, whose hearts bleed like mine for Him, and HE is always faithful and AWESOME… to do just that. “Thank You Lord for my friend. Oh how You have blessed me, Jesus! You placed BEAUTIFUL in front of me today!” And Friend… when I heard the sound of an angel singing in front of me, I thought that it was you, as I worshipped with my eyes closed. During this whole time of worship, it was you the Lord highlighted to me. I did not know why, but I did know it was you… the angel sang.
When I was brought to meet you, I was blessed, and so much more, when I saw it was you. Oh how my Jesus tickles me. I have thought about you friend and the amazing events of yesterday… a lot. I know the Lord orders our steps and guides our hearts and spirit [body of Christ], but “WOW God”! Thank You for yesterday and my new friends! The Lord is opening up the floor of Heaven and pouring out His love and blessings ‘on those who love God, those called according to His purpose.’ ABOVE IT ALL… I am so amazed by Him, and in love, that I can barely contain myself. I love Him more today than I did yesterday, and I know by faith, that I will tell Him the same… tomorrow. And I am not afraid to proclaim it!
With that being said, I must confess, that it is by His leading, His grace, in Him alone, that I can get in this place of love, joy, peace, and grace. HE has asked me “Will you love and forgive even the unforgiveable for Me?” And I would answer with “Only for You, I can”. If the world were to look at my life and circumstances now, many would think “Her life stinks, it was so much better before she was a “Christian”. Where is her God now?” And I would say “But I live extravagantly, where it matters most [... with Jesus]! And I would never have had this intense intimacy with Jesus, if I had not suffered many things.” I have found myself in a glorious place now… where I can THANK GOD for the good, the bad, and even for the especially ugly. My circumstances, situation, or even those who try to lord it over me… can no longer define me, or rob me of my spirit… for Him. I take my soul identity and give it to the One who so loved me first.
I believe for you friend… that you know now of what I speak. You are arriving at a similar place. You see your circumstances and short-falls, but instead of remaining hostage to them, you have taken the Lord’s hand, who pulls you up… ABOVE IT ALL. The things that use to spiral you [us] downhill, do not seem to have the same effect on us, anymore. As if… no one can touch or hurt us now. Jesus stands guard over us and with us. The Lord has spoke this over me many times, but never so blessed as the first time I heard it… “In this way… I save you to Myself.” And this speaks in answer to my heart, desperate prayers, and situation.
I know you know what it is like to sing and praise Him through the storms. It was no coincidence, that yesterday, the storm raged outside, but His people worshipped as insiders… THROUGH IT ALL. Like in the days of Joseph, through the drought and despair, God’s people will thrive in the land of Goshen. And all those on the outside will know that God’s people [The Lord's chosen, those who have chosen Him] will dance, will sing, will praise & worship Him, in love and thanksgiving… no matter what; nor how dismal the ‘seen’ appears.
ABOVE IT ALL… Love out loud, in Christ!
There are Scriptures that speak volumes to me today…
“Do not forget to entertain strangers for by
doing so some have unwittingly entertained angels.” [Hebrews 13:2]
“And we know that God causes all things to work
together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to
His purpose.” [Romans 8:28]
I would like to give “THANKS” again to God for my friends… old and new. They are a breath of love and inspiration to me. And for all those who find themselves anywhere in this post… You are right in saying, this one’s for you.
You know… who you are.