"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HOPE through HIS PRESENCE

Be sure you go back and catch this very important post if you missed my Oct. 30th update.

Here is a wonderful TREASURE I discovered for this last day of October.
<<<no, not the one to the right, I just couldn't resist the connection of a "Princess Hope and the Hidden Treasure") a parable I wish I had written to my recent series and this ...


However, a precious, favorite author released her newest book on my birthday! (NOT JUST ONE BUT TWO)! Now I'm sure that she does not realize it was my b-day, but I sure do, and that this book is meant for me for this season of the year, makes it a true gift (although I have not purchased it yet, I hope to do so, I'm reading my sample in Kindle for PC) (if anyone does have it, will you consider loaning it to me next year through Kindle? - lol)  Naw, I'll just have to get it eventually like I did the other one released also on my bday that does go with My One Word for 2013 (ya' can't get two, or every book released by the same author) so I can do each one of the 150 days filled with experiencing HOPE through His Presence (the one I got is for all year-yeah)!  I almost thought I heard God  speak to me that this should be my new One Word for 2013 - HOPE (but since you may have heard, I already have one that He spoke to me, so we'll just have to wait and see) especially in my current hopelessness. I'm already set with my other word but I definitely want to "Experience Hope Through His Presence" every day ... so I'm clinging and reading. Hoping to encourage you to experience His Presence.

[I think "My One Word for 2013" and HOPE are so very closely entwined, so this book will come up again, I'm sure.]

Jesus Today


But since "Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) I can experience HOPE in His sweet Presence and treasure every moment like this ... 

HOPE
for such a time
as this

Sarah writes in her intro:
"I believe the message of hope is extremely important at this time— for people throughout the US and around the world. Many individuals are feeling quite insecure and anxious because of economic problems, natural catastrophes, unstable governments in various parts of the world, plus nuclear and terrorist threats. There is a hopelessness creeping into people’s mind-sets as they look at problems in their lives and all around them. There is also a sense of helplessness among people who have lost jobs, homes, health, or loved ones. But the hope we can find in the Bible is a sturdy reality— no matter what is happening in our lives or in the world."
"For Christians, our hope is firmly anchored in the cross of Christ. Because He paid the penalty for all our sins, we know that we are fully forgiven and that ultimately our story finishes well— at the portals of heaven! Even now, as we live in the trenches of this world, we are assured that God is in control and He is good." ~ Sarah Young
This seems to be just where the enemy wants us:hopeless and helpless so he gets to us, so let's fill our minds with what God wants us to hear daily:

"I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME, LISTEN TO MY VOICE, and hold fast to Mefor I am your Life. This is the way of wisdom. I am training you to stay close to Me as you walk along perilous paths. In any close relationship, listening and loving are vitally important— and they are interconnected. Listen to Me as I rejoice over you with gladness and quiet you with My Love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you receive My glorious Love in full measure. This will dramatically increase your love for Me. 

The world is full of dangers, so it is wise to hold tightly to My hand. Listen— through My Spirit and My Word— while I talk you through tough times. Pour out your heart to Me, remembering that I am your Refuge. As you stay in dialogue with Me, I help you handle whatever is before you. Hold fast to Me, beloved, for I am your Life."

 from "Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence" ~ by Sarah Young
Deuteronomy 30:20; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 62:8
and how many great books are released on your birthday
(it's gotta mean something)

Yes,
it does
HOPE
and
experiencing
Hope
in 
His 
Presence
A treasure for each of us!
You are God's Treasure
to me and for me!
Remember this 
Thank you!
Let's
all be
Princesses of Hope


* I also discovered another one that would have been a good sequel to "Dear Jesus:Seeking His Light in Your Life" from my 2012 One Word: Light and also Hymns 2 Him, that she wrote in 2008 (and somehow I missed it) "Nearer to Jesus ~ Seeking His Light in Your Life". I should have done my recent book review for BookSneeze today, so I guess it will have to wait the full 90 days ... perhaps Dec.

These posts were all written prior to my recent loss and devastation of my MN home to fire ... I still have not seen but was told that everything is GONE! Treasures I will continue to ponder ... right now my heart is overwhelmed and very heavy. I definitely am clinging to HOPE!

TREASURED IN OUR HEARTS

Be sure you go back and catch this very important post!


"Then He went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart." Luke 2:51


When Jesus was a boy, Mary and Joseph left him behind in Jerusalem without knowing it. He was “in the temple courts” when they found him, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions” (Luke 2:46). Mary asked for an explanation, and Jesus answered, “Why were you searching for me? . . . Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). She wasn’t sure what he meant at the time. But she did know something was happening. Something beautiful. Something good. God was at work, and Mary understood that. So she “treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51).

I bet you, like I, thought I was done with my series on "taking back treasures" but I guess God wants more out of this lesson for me because He keeps revealing more and I keep stumbling or rediscovering or digging up "treasures". This one was found in a book on prodigals. So I had to sneak it in here ... before November gets started. update added in (all my posts were written before my recent tragedy back home in MN)

This is from Week 8 of 13 (90 days of *"Prayers for Prodigals" by James Banks) [and week 11 is the "Good Shepherd"]. OK, God, I got it ... I get it ...

I should have known when I started the year 2012 with LIGHT as My One Word and "praying for prodigals" on my private blog, that God would also tie this together with this series as well. This verse for Luke is the same one that Beth Moore uses in "Taking Your Treasure Back". Interesting, huh? How would you ever think that reading this verse would relate to prayers for prodigals? But somehow the author James Banks connected them, and I do too, or you would if you have "prodigals" on your heart (and I also can relate it with my times as a "prodigal").


I'm sure if you are the parent of a prodigal, you too can relate as James Banks writes: "I have some treasures too. Treasured memories from the Father's house when ... " and he goes on to share memories of his daughter when she was little and their Sundays in church and Sunday School delights they shared together. The simple prayers spoken in childlike faith or recalling them singing songs like "Jesus loves me". (twang, a heart string).

I rarely write about the two beautiful people, I had the privilege to be their adoptive mother and raise along with their adoptive father (also who is their great uncle), here on my blog (mostly for their own privacy and not publicly sharing about them, especially without their permission). However, in this case, I must make an exception ... for all three are on my heart heavily and daily (with little to no communication with the two now adult children, one for more than 10 yrs., and their non-church going humanitarian dad, my estranged husband, who has a very different set of beliefs, but at least we are in touch on occasion)  ... as whether they are prodigals or walking with Our Lord (as I hope and pray). I clearly recall their sweet, childlike faith, simple and sincere. Truly, both were a gift of heaven and an answer from God for me. Without a doubt, I know Jesus loved them as much as I and that He still does love all three. So I continue to pray in faith, believing that seeds planted will still flourish. 

Like Mary, in this passage from Luke, and as the author points out, I too could see that something was happening in their lives as I continued to bring them to church all of their growing years until teenagers, watching them grow spiritually as well as physically and every other way. God was at work in their lives, even performed a great healing miracle in our daughter's life. And this continues to give me hope. "Today's difficult days won't last forever. God is faithful." I keep praying for the seeds that grew and bloomed to once again find root and flower. This is more than just my thinking and wishing, God's Word promises and gives me HOPE!

Psalm 103:17
Psalm 100:5
Jude 1:25
Isaiah 40:28

God looks forward to this day as much as we do. Prodigals returning or coming to Him truly for the first time in knowing Him as Lord and Savior! And I'm pondering this in my heart ... "God's amazing strength is able to pursue ... each one ... long after my own is gone. Because of His faithfulness, the prayers I've placed (or you and others) before the Father's throne will still be there, waiting to be answered in His perfect wisdom and way. 

So I will run to Him and keep running to Him or even make the CLIMB once again to the High Places for the prodigals in my life (and for me to never return to that state as a prodigal, but always run and know I can come to Him). "I will continue to pour out my heart in prayer, knowing that He is completely in agreement that "they" (whoever "they" the prodigals may be) need to turn their hearts to Him. I will carry them to Him in the arms of prayer, because I still TREASURE each one so dearly in my heart and in my mind and I always will.

As much as I TREASURE, I believe and know God, their Creator and Divine Helper, treasures them infinitely more. Their childlike faith (and ours) is precious to me, how much more it must be to Our Heavenly Father. I must see them even as adults as God sees them and the TREASURE of worth they are is incalculable and limitless in God's eyes, which is also buried in this heart of a mother who loved them as her own, and as a prodigal wife, who failed her marriage contract and walked away far too many times ... loves and wants to see this man humbly come to God through His Son, Jesus ... I will hold on and keep treasuring each one in my heart. 

So here THEY are, Father, each prodigal, Your treasured child, that were placed in my arms and my heart to raise and give back to Your care, and a spouse to love and cherish ... Yours, mine, ours. I bring each one to You once again as I turn Your Word into my prayers:

Week 8: 
Treasured in Our Hearts (Luke 2:51
from 
*"Prayers for Prodigals"
by James Banks

Day 50 "When She Hasn’t Come Home Yet" (Psalm 102:6–7) 2 Samuel 7:22, Psalm 139:12, Psalm 86:5, Psalm 145:18, Romans 10:12, Acts 2:21, John 14:23, Psalm 102:28; "I’m holding on to that promise tighter than ever tonight, Lord, so please hold on to her, just as You said You would. Take her by the hand. Take her by the heart. And lead her home."

Day 51 "Light His Feet" (Psalm 119:105) Hebrews 4:12-13, Psalm 119:9, Psalm 119:133, Psalm 23:3, Psalm 119:102, Psalm 119:18, 2 Timothy 3:15, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:17, Acts 4:29

Day 52 "Shame Off Her! "(Romans 10:11) Revelation 21:2, Philippians 1:6,  Isaiah 44:22, Isaiah 61:10, Colossians 1:22, Isaiah 54:4, Jeremiah 31:34, Isaiah 54:4, Revelation 3:12, 1 Peter 1;19, Deuteronomy 30:19

Day 53 "What the Locusts Have Eaten" (Joel 2:25) Revelation 21:5, Luke 1:79, Luke 15:4-6, Psalm 8:2, 2 Peter 3:9, Jeremiah 1:8, Isaiah 49:23, Psalm 25:5, Ephesians 1:18

Day 54 "Straight Steps" (Proverbs 3:5–6) Micah 2:13, Proverbs 4:11, Psalm 111:10, Matthew 7:13, 2 Chronicles 2:12, Proverbs 21:29, Proverbs 4:5, Proverbs 3:13-14, Ecclesiastes 2:26

Day 55 "Of God’s Choosing"(Genesis 24:42) 1 Corinthians 8:3, Hebrews 13:21, Ephesians 5:25, 1 John 4:18, Ecclesiastes 9:9, Joshua 24:15,  Proverbs 5:18, Psalm 100:2, Psalm 52:9, Psalm 79:13

Day 56 "Inexhaustible" (Isaiah 40:30–31) Isaiah 40:29, Luke 12:33, 2 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Peter 5:6,  Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 26:19 

... and the next Week 9 is "Waiting for an Answer" (Days 57-70) followed by "The Good Shepherd" for Week 11 which closely fits in with "Hinds' Feet on High Places" 

... Oh, God, You are such an intricate Weaver in the stories You bring together in our life journeys ...

I have not forgotten the treasures and the gift that these precious people were in my life at the time You allowed each one to be in my life and such an intricate part. Thank You Father! Each remains treasured in my heart and mind.


Just in case
[S, T, VI treasure you and love you very much, more than I ever was able to show you, tell you or give you!!! I thank God for you and pray that the Father draws you to being with Him daily! Forgive me for any hurts or wrongs I may have caused or not prevented in your journey or maybe blocked God's work in you. Thank You for being in my life when you were. Open your hearts, let Jesus in. Live and share Him with each other and your own heart's treasures, your own children and loved ones. I miss you! You are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers forever!]


God will pry your fingers loose from "treasures" so be ready or beware but know God is looking out for you and your best as you run to Him, He will carry you and embrace you, just trust and treasure Him more than anything or anyone else ... or you may loose them so go to Him now, open your heart, fall on your knees, surrender all that He asks of you, let it go, let Him take control. He really does care and love you just as you are.



* I highly recommend this book!!! and praying for prodigals. And this site with Diane Viere's  blog too!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TAKING YOUR TREASURE BACK LESSONS LEARNED

[update note: added on Oct. 30, when I noticed that this had not published, in lieu of the tragic events happening in the world (like the east coast), I, too, have been traumatized by a tragedy back home in MN to me personally, where our home since '79 had a destructive fire, unrelated to the east coast storm, taking everything that I'd call 'earthly treasures' so this post and series takes on a whole new meaning. My words fail me in being able to express my THANKS and appreciation to/for my dear sisters in Christ that extended immediately their love and prayers for me. I am numb yet grateful. Thank you so much! My heart is so heavy as I "treasure up" and ponder ... so I have many posts pre-scheduled but I will be stepping away even further from blogging at such a time as this when I may need you all even more so I covet your prayers. Every email/ecard I open just brings another flood of tears and I do need to do as one dear soul told me "take a deep breath and wait" to calmly access the situation ... they are all so meaningful and beautiful heartfelt sentiments, but I am far too overwhelmed. Please pray! and read on...] With Love and all my gratitude to God's glory forever, Peggy 

[View from the lighthouse of Mazatlan]

Have I finished with my series of my ASCENT to the HIGH PLACES? No, ... but enough for now.

Have I taken back all the treasures that Mazatlan and my life have graciously bestowed upon me?
No, ... nor have I for MN

Have I ascended to the High Places? Not yet...

Have I learned all the lessons God has put in place for me to have a great harvest? Not yet, either...

Have I climbed to the highest working lighthouse of the world just for the spectacular view or was there more? Yes, and there's always more ...

Have I finished reading and sharing "Hinds' Feet on High Places"? Yes and no ... I will return to it often and the study by Restoration Ministries ... but I'm done sharing it here for now ... after all it's November and time to share my 'deep thankfulness' which is unending

Have I taken back my treasures? Poco a poco(bit by bit, little by little), but it's a lifetime work of my imperfect  progress ... yet I do realize the many treasures I have been given and cherish them even more and of course, I am pondering the most precious ones in my heart and digging for the 'gems' in His Word through my daily interaction, changes in and for every season, what God reveals to my heart from His ...

 
I AM...
holding or
treasuring up
in my memory and my heart
guarding
keeping
protecting
preserving
keeping safe
keeping close
defending
preserving against harm and ruin
pondering them in my heart
storing up that which is lasting

"stringing the treasures together to bring healing
discovering the hidden treasures in life yet out there
not loosing my treasures in the same trash as my time
not gonna miss my most expensive treasure by looking past the hardship and the pain, past my defenses
protect memories of God's work in my life and
protect my most valuable treasures by
LAYing HOLD OF THE TREASURES"
yet to be and those that have been
~from my Beth Moore notes~


What have I learned? There are many steps we take and climb in our life, there are many changes that we must make to reflect better the image of Christ that we have been graciously given the privilege to shine for Him into the darkness of the world. That in my imperfect progress, God is taking me deeper to refine me and He's not done with me yet. There are many things that I have come to treasure up in my heart and I will ponder some more. The treasures in my life strung together will bring healing.

There are treasures out there everywhere as we search; and each person is a treasure to God! God desires us to dig deep and discover treasures in His Word (not so much the material comforts but the eternal and spiritual ones).

I don't want to miss my most precious treasure or expensive treasure, so I will look past the hardship and the pain. I do not want my treasures to be lost in time or in the trash nor do I want them forgotten or made little. (these summed up lesson points came from my notes from Beth Moore's series "Taking Your Treasure Back")

I am right where I need to be for this season and I trust God for each season yet to come. May each season bring the changes that God purposes for me and may I change willingly and fully as God continues to refine me. May I be a tool in His hand and move according to His will and power in me and through me.



Treasures come in all shapes, sizes and special moments. Some treasures cannot be contained by mere words nor at a specific price. By my bedside, I have a small ring container without a ring (I think it was for my wedding band at one time) but now, inside that small box, I have a different treasure of tiny scripture verses from a calendar I cut up to cherish and ponder when I am in bed and can't get up or sleep, I choose one and treasure it up in my heart.

I have other treasures there also like photos, a very special bracelet of His Story and other small gifts, but it is more the memories and people that they represent that I treasure when I gaze, glance or hold them in my hands. I desire to protect my most valuable treasures and I look forward to much more from Beth Moore (who I treasure also and give thanks for her starting me on this) in unearthing my treasures, and "taking back treasures".

Some I thought (think) were lost for good. But I hope that God will reveal to me what needs to be restored, treasured and cherished as I do my relationship with Him and wherever He is taking me, backward, forward, onward and upward ... into HIS LIGHT until my own Light reflects as a beacon seeking the lost, drawing them home ... drawing them back to the arms of the Father. I treasure my moments in His arms and this Climb for the view and the venture.

video
[I'm sorry if this does not work, it's my Lighthouse Climb videos all put together with Miley Cyrus' song "The Climb" in English then Spanish. I can't publish it on YouTube because of copyright of her song so this is an upload from my own videos or else I'd link you to my YouTube channel.]

"In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."                   
Colossians 2:3

Still waiting and watching 
for
MORE
from
Beth Moore
until
then
TREASURE UP
all
God has in
store for 
YOU
in
Jesus Christ


"Taking Your Treasure Back
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part II"
[my actual journey starts here]
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part III"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part IV"
and 
will continue
as I grow in
Jesus Christ 
and
CLIMB
to
HIGHer PLACES
and
discover more
TREASURES
to take back

"Scripture teaches that we have a valuable treasure on the inside. You have a gift. You have something to offer that nobody else has ... handpicked by Almighty God ... There's something God wants you to accomplish. Somebody needs your touch. Somebody needs what you have."

"DON'T LIVE WITH THAT TREASURE UNDISCOVERED, and DON'T DIE WITH THE TREASURE STILL IN YOU. Press forward. Give birth to the dreams and desires God placed in your heart." ...

"... THERE'S NO LIMIT to HOW HIGH you can go in life. There's no limit to what you can accomplish, if you will just shake off complacency and keep stretching into the next level."

(I'm adding this here out of order from the way it is written.) [People may have tried to push you down. Circumstances may have soured your outlook on life.But it all starts with our hearts and minds. We have to believe that we have what it takes. We have to believe that we have a gift, a treasure on the inside."

..."Maybe you've tried to succeed in life but have hit a brick wall again and again. Try again! ... The capability is in you. The real question is: Are you willing to break free from your self-imposed limitations and start stretching to the next level?"~ *from J. Osteen, "Become a Better You" (p.5 & the top of p.7)

This so spoke to me, and I hope this message and series encourages you too. Isn't it just like God to tie this altogether no matter what I read, hear, see or come upon via cyber time? *"the good news is God has the final (say) authority. He says you have a TREASURE on the inside. He says you have a gift. He says you are valuable!"  And so do I.

When we believe, we take a STEP of faith and stretch ourselves and that's when we'll rise HIGHER.

See you in the HIGH PLACES!!!
I will continue to
TREASURE
you
until then
(hasta luego)
Peggy
ohh wait

How could I ever end this
without thanking God
in a prayer?
(even if this is already so long)

Dear Lord, What would any journey be without You by my side. Thank You for this journey. Thank You for going with me every step of my entire life, even when I strayed. Thank You for the lessons learned and those yet to learn. Thank You for the treasures I have and the ones I'm discovering. Thank You for the climb to the High Places and all you have revealed to my heart! Thank You for making this birthday month so special to me. Thank You for the treasure You placed on the inside! Thank You for being my Most Valued Treasure! I cherish You!

Thank You and bless each of the treasures that pass by this place that I hold highly and tenderly in my heart! Thank You for encouragement and confirmations along my way. Thank You for ministries of Beth Moore, LifeToday, J. Osteen and their books, but especially "Hinds' Feet on High Places" that draw me closer to knowing You and walking with You as I reflect on my own journey! Thank You for touching my heart and speaking to me continuously ... I will always TREASURE our time together, how Your heart touches mine.

May I be a beacon of light in the darkness, shining Your love for others in need of You and seeking You, lost in a storm, sinking or swimming, anchored in You rather than succumbing to the force of any old wind or wave! Hold me securely and keep me strong as we continue taking back treasures I have forgotten, misplaced, were taken or robbed or lost along the tumultuous trials or tribulations of my pilgrimage with You. Forgive me, as I forgive others and myself in Your Name and by Your aMazing Grace

Thank You!
May all glory, honor, thanks and praise
be Yours now and forever!


Monday, October 29, 2012

YOU ARE THE KING of WHO I AM

Heard this on October 14th, 2012 for the first time ... and knew that it was the perfect ending to our Monday A-Z memory verses of who we are in Jesus Christ ... this sums it all up...

YOU ARE
the 
KING
of
WHO I AM


A. Ephesians 1:6
B. Ephesians 1:3
C. Ephesians 1:4 
D. Colossians 1:13
F. Colossians 1:14
G. Ephesians 2:10 
H. 1 Peter 2:24
I. 2 Corinthians 5:21

J. Romans 5:1
K. 1 Peter 1:5
L. John 3:16
M. Romans 8:37

N. Romans 8:1
O. 1 John 5:4-5
P. Ephesians 1:5
Q. Ephesians 2:1
R. Galatians 3:13,14
S. Ephesians 1:13
T. Ephesians 1:12
U. Ephesians 1:12
V. 1 Corinthians 15:57
W. Revelation 1:5
X. Galatians 2:20
Y. 2 Corinthians 6:14
Z. Titus 2:14 
HE'S STILL KING!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

LIGHT of the WORLD ~ 3 and HYMN 2 HIM "M"

*not entirely in the order of the book "Passages of Light" for this section. Since I did "Deer Creek Cottage" last week and moved the 2nd one in this part closer to Christmas, so I decided to add the other painting of another cottage now, although it'd been best to have this one in March... 

EMERALD ISLE COTTAGE

"To me, Ireland means tradition and stability — charming customs, love of family, a faith as enduring as the austere, ruggedly beautiful landscape itself. The Ireland I've portrayed in Emerald Isle Cottage is a land rooted in the earth, but touched by a heavenly light." 
— Thomas Kinkade

Psalm 36: 5,6

"Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, 
Your justice like the ocean depths. 
You care for people and animals alike, O LORD."
(NLT)


Third Day 
Your Love, Oh Lord
or
for a beautiful
Instrumental of Hillsong

It probably would have been better to share an
Irish Hymn or Song
so the closest I have is this one
with
Kristyn and Keith Getty
JOY
Irish Christmas 

... and with this painting, I will not be back with any more LIGHT until the first SONday in December, when I will continue with the final series of the LIGHT of the WORLD ... which we know as JESUSthe real meaning of the season of CHRISTMAS! HIS LIGHT and ours ... 



But I was suppose to do a HYMN 2 HIM, from Book 3 "Then Sings My Soul", but the only one listed for "M" was "More Holiness Give Me" [You Tube of this hymn sung by Jenny Phillips]
(I will be continuing through November with HYMNS so the next one is "N"- sorry for being so negligent). Having only one hymn listed with "M" was not the reason I failed to share a HYMN today, I simply MESSED up, with a capital BIG "M"!  Because Our Majestic King is so worthy of singing a HYMN 2 Him ... but since I have Third Day, with "Your Love, O Lord", you'll have to check out all the "M" hymns yourself and sing one of your own choosing, there are MANY with a capital "M".  But as I listened to Jenny so beautifully sing this HYMN, I really wish I had posted this and prayed this HYMN today! Follow the links and see!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

TAKING MY TREASURE BACK ~ Part VII

[View from the lighthouse of Mazatlan]

Part 7 of a current series I seem to be doing "Taking My Treasure Back" as I wait for more of Beth Moore on LifeToday to continue her study "Taking Your Treasure Back" ... 

"Taking Your Treasure Back
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part II"
[my actual journey starts here]
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part III"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part IV"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part V"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part VI"


I certainly never thought as I began this pilgrimage earlier this year re-reading ...

"Hinds' Feet on High Places"

... that I would be doing it as a series following a 30 day celebrate recovery challenge in September preparing me to make this actual physical "Ascent" to the High Places literally here where I reside, to the highest working Lighthouse, symbolic of so many aspects of my life even my blogging, and the importance of the Lighthouse (as I treasure one of my team blogs and those that keep that "Light" shining at the "Lighthouse of Prayer") because prayer is so important to keeping our "Light" and our relationship plugged into that Source, that "taking back my treasure" just seems to be how His heart has melted into my heart as we have grown closer in our relationship.


Yes, Jesus has been/is the beacon in my life, searching and drawing me back, but in this past year, as Light was my one word for 2012 ... He is shining ever so brightly!
I see the importance of Jesus as a constant Light in the darkness of this world, and how necessary it is for us to carry His Light, to be a beacon on the hill for others, whether they are seeking to know Jesus or already know Him, how does my Light reflect what I believe and have become as a follower of Jesus Christ? Do my daily actions or reactions reflect the treasures I have in Jesus Christ? or am I just a flickering light when I need to be a flaming fire of a refined beacon of hope? Are others drawn toward my Light? Does my Light lead them to the Power Source - Our Lord Jesus Christ? or am I steering them away into the darkness again?

Sadly, I must confess that my Light is not as bright as I should be or hoped to be, after all these years of walking, cherishing this treasure, dim at times and blazing at other times. So I continue on this quest, this symbolic journey of my 'ascent', my climb to the Highest Lighthouse, representing the Higher Places, as I closely relate to the longing of 'Much Afraid' and this analogy of her pilgrimage written by Hannah Hurrad that we all must go through at some point to change us before we can live on the High Places. I know that I have many changes yet to process, and never did I realize how far I am from the masterpiece of being refined by Our Shepherd, a definite 'imperfect progress' or as I say so often "an incomplete work in progress" all to the glory of God. My Hinds' feet are becoming more sturdy. Step by step as I continue with

"Hinds' Feet on High Places"
*substituting my name (me, I) for Much Afraid in the chosen parts from this book for my "Ascent (from Chapter 4 & 10) my inserts are in blue, the book's in purple, the ... means I left out parts

Continuing from part VI
when I plead with the Shepherd
to help me to trust
as I long to love Him


"As He heard these words the Shepherd suddenly lifted His head and laughed - a laugh full of exultation and triumph and delight. It echoed round the rocky walls of the little canyon in which we stood until for a moment or tow it seemed as though the whole mountain (cerro) range was laughing with Him. The echoes bounded higher and higher, leaping from rock to rock, and from crag to crag, up to the highest summits, until it seemed as though the last faint echoes of it were running into heaven itself."


"When the last note had faded into silence, His voice said very softly, "Thou art fair, my love; there is no spot in thee" (Song of Solomon 4:7) Then He added,
"Fear not, Peggy, only believe. I promise that you shall not be put to shame. (whew)(sigh) Go with Sorrow and Suffering, and if you cannot welcome them now, when you come to the difficult places where you cannot manage alone, put your hands in theirs confidently and they will take you exactly where I want you to go."
OBEDIENT STEPS

"I ... began my journey in a hard place-something we all must face at one time or another. The process toward victory though starts with being willing to begin. Often we would rather wait for courage to well up inside us before stepping out to do a difficult assignment. However, if we step out in obedience to His voice, He will meet us at that place of obedience. (2 Cor. 9:8) As we choose to follow Him, we will find ourselves delighting in the process because He is continually drawing us to Himself through it! " Lord, I appreciate the work that You are doing in me. Bring the fruit of Your work in perfecting my character to full harvest. Shine on ... oh, how I love You."

"I stood quite still, looking up into His face, which now had such a happy, exultant look, the look of one who above all things else delights in saving and delivering. In my heart the words of a hymn, written by another of the Shepherd's followers, began to run through my mind and I started to sing softly and sweetly "Let Sorrow do its work, send grief or pain; Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain. If they but work in me, more love, O Christ, to Thee, :More love to Thee:" ...

... "I stepped forward, looking at the two veiled figures,and said with a courage which I had never felt before, "I will go with you, please lead the way" for even then I could not bring myself to put out my hands to grasp theirs."


"The Shepherd laughed again and then said clearly, "My Peace I leave with you. My Joy be fulfilled in you. Remember that I pledge Myself to bring you to the High Places at the top of these mountains and that you shall not be put to shame and now 'till the day break and the shadows flee away, I will be like a roe or a young hart on the mountains'" (Song of Solomon 2:17)


"And before I could realize what was happening, He had leaped onto a great rock at the side of the path and from there to another and to yet another swifter than my eyes could follow His movements. He was leaping up the mountains, springing from height to height, going on before us until in a moment or two He was lost to sight."


"When we could see Him no longer, I and my two new companions began to ascend the foothills. It would have been a curious sight, had there been anyone to watch, as I started on my journey, limping toward the High Places, shrinking as far as possible from the two veiled figures beside me, pretending not to see their proffered hands. But there was no one there to see, for if there is one thing more certain than another, it is that the development of hinds' feet is a secret process, demanding that there should be no onlookers."

Chapter 10 (finally)
"ASCENT of the ... "

"Once on the track, I discovered to my surprise and deep thankfulness that it was not nearly so appalling in actual fact as it had seemed in anticipation. Steep, difficult and slippery it certainly was, and also painfully narrow, but the feeling of being securely roped to my strong companions was very reassuring. ... Moreover, for the first half-hour ascent the rainbow still shone above them, and though the Shepherd had disappeared from view I had a lovely sense that he was still close beside us. 
I did not look down unless obliged to do so, but once quite soon after we had started I had to wait in a little niche in the rock at one of the difficult places while Sorrow felt her way forward and Suffering waited in the rear.
Just then, I looked down, and felt very thankful indeed that the Shepherd had changed us to start the ascent that evening and not spend the night down below. Sitting on the rocks below were all five of my enemies, gazing up at us and grimacing with fury and spite. Indeed, as I looked I was startled to see Self-Pity (who always looked less ugly and dangerous than his companions) stoop down and pick up a sharp stone which he flung at me with all his might. Fortunately we were already practically out of reach of stone-throwing but the jagged piece did hit the cliff just below me, and I was greatly relieved when I felt Sorrow pull gently on the rope to tell me that she now could move forward. ...
... So the three of us climbed higher and higher while the shadows thrown by the cliffs lengthened over the plain below and the sun went down in a blaze of glory beyond the desert and the great sea. From the height which we had now reached we could plainly see the western sea, along the shores of which we had traveled for so long."

If you are enjoying this 
ASCENT
please continue 
and
consider acquiring
"Hinds' Feet in High Places"
to find out
the new name
and 
triumph
of
Much Afraid
(and I)
[These are only two chapters I chose from Part I. There are 20 chapters in all in "Hinds' Feet On High Places". A worthwhile read that you can relate to as well, I'm sure.]
This definitely is not the
END
only a new beginning
of so many
TREASURES
yet to be
[after the Ascent, we* venture "in the forests of danger and tribulation" and the journey continues through much more] but I still am "taking back my treasures" and moving toward the Light!!! 

In fact, that's what I've been doing all year in each SONday post and even over here at my other half of my world MISSIONS ... I shared a great song among my 31 Days that sums this up ever so nicely, tying all of my blogs together ever so meaningfully with His message of being a Light in this darkened world, not letting this world darken, dampen or put out His Light that must shine ever so brightly even more now than ever in our daily interactions committed to the change that He brings to every dark corner of our lives, our minds, our thoughts, our hearts lightened and brightened by His Truth, His Light and His aMazing Grace that we still cannot fully grasp or explain to a hurting, dark world of people (souls) without a destiny of knowing and being with Him for eternity. 

What does our Source and Power for eternity mean if we have not yet shined brightly the Light He gives us to carry into our world now and allow Him to filter out those parts that don't belong in us that dwindle our flame to flickers from being a strong beacon in the Lighthouse to those searching or lost or unable to shake free! What can we do different?

Think about what TREASURES you can impact during this upcoming season by your LIGHT and make a difference!


*we = Much Afraid, the Shepherd, my companions and I

Friday, October 26, 2012

TAKING MY TREASURE BACK ~ Part VI

[View from the lighthouse of Mazatlan]

Part 6 of a current series I seem to be doing "Taking My Treasure Back" as I wait for more of Beth Moore on LifeToday to continue her study "Taking Your Treasure Back"  ... 

"Taking Your Treasure Back
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part II"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part III"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part IV"
"Taking My Treasure Back - Part V"


"It probably seems like it’s taking us a long time to get out of the Valley and onto the path that leads to the High Places. Unfortunately, in real life, few Christians ever leave the Valley of Their Strongholds. This is especially true if your “Christianity” has been forged on positional- and activity-based relationships." * RMI "... the issues that affect your sanctification, that is your transformation into Christ likeness ... probe the heart issues that lead to lasting life transformation." 

That's where I'm headed in this Ascent!!! It is fall, the season of change, and I'm hoping to see a grand harvest in me ... a lasting life transformation. "Our desire and quest to walk humbly before Our God is the beginning of true worship of our Lord Jesus." Come along as we encounter the two companions the Shepherd has chosen as guides for us in ... 

"Hinds' Feet on High Places"
*substituting my name(me, I) for Much Afraid in the chosen parts from this book for my "Ascent (from Chapter 4 and 10) I may have to continue.
my inserts are in blue, the book's in purple, the ... means parts I left out

Continued from part V

... "Who are they?" I whispered to the Shepherd.
"Will You tell me their names and why they don't speak to me? Are they dumb?"

"No, they are not dumb," said the Shepherd very quietly, "but they speak a new language, Presumptuous Peggy, a dialect of the mountains which you have not yet learned. But as you travel with them, little by little, you will learn to understand their words."

"They are good teachers; indeed, I have few better. As for their names, I will tell you them in your own language, and later you will learn what they are called in their own tongue. This," said He, motioning toward the first of the silent figures, ..."

Did you guess?
[source: Hind's Feet On High Places
gallery of  Daniel F. Gerhartz]

"... is named Sorrow, And the other is her twin sister, Suffering."


Poor Much Afraid!

Poor me
more Sorrow and Suffering?

"Her cheeks blanched (mine too) and we began to tremble from head to foot. She felt so like fainting (I felt so winded and ready to give up) that she clung to the Shepherd for support. (so do I)


"I can't go with them, " gasp "I can't! I can't! O My Shepherd, why do You do this to me? How can I travel in their company? It is more than I can bear. You tell me that the mountain (cerro) way itself is so steep and difficult that I cannot climb it alone. Then why, oh why, must You make Sorrow and Suffering my companions? Couldn't You have given me Joy and Peace to go with me and help me and encourage me on the difficult way? I never thought You would do this to me!" (bursting into tears)


"A strange look passed over the Shepherd's face as He listened to this outburst, then looking at the veiled figures as He spoke, He answered very gently, "Joy and Peace. Are those the companions
you would choose for yourself? You remember your promise, to accept the helpers that I would give, because you believed that I would choose the very best possible guides for you. Will you still trust Me? Will you go with them, or do you wish to turn back to the Valley, and to your Fearing relatives, to Craven Fear himself?" 


"(I) shuddered. The choice seemed terrible. Fear I knew only too well, but Sorrow and Suffering had 
always seemed to me the two most terrifying things which I could encounter. How could I go with them and abandon myself to their power and control? It was impossible. Then I looked at the Shepherd and suddenly knew I could not possibly turn back from following Him; that if I were unfit and unable to love anyone else in the world, yet in my trembling, miserable little heart, I did/DO love Him. Even if He asked the impossible, I could not refuse. 

I looked at Him piteously - Pitiful Peggy - then I said, "Do I wish to turn back? O Shepherd, to whom should I go? In all the world I have no one
but You. Help me to follow You, even though it seems impossible. Help me to trust You as much as I long to love You." 


"God’s sovereignty, His wondrous love, His omnipotence, and all His other attributes add up to only one issue: Can you trust Him for Who He is? Well, do you? Is He truly the revealed God of the Bible to your heart, or is He some far-off deity you doubt so that you can wallow in your fear and worry? Why not memorize the prayer that set the course of obedient trust for Much-Afraid: “Help me to trust you as much as I long to love you.” Your trust becomes a growing experience with our Lord when you make the decision to trust.

• Ask yourself just where you would be now if you hadn’t followed Jesus. Can you now feel a sense of compassion for those who have yet to encounter Him?

What is the most recent crossroad you’ve encountered that caused you to have to trust Jesus because you had no other recourse? When the crisis was over, how could you recognize that He had intervened?

Even though she was robed in fear and doubts about the unknown future, little Much-Afraid could not deny the reality of the Shepherd and of His call upon her heart. Nor can we: “Then [we] looked at the Shepherd and suddenly knew [we] could not doubt him, could not possibly turn back from following him... Even if he asked the impossible, [we] could not refuse.” 

There is always peace of soul when you choose to trust Jesus. Conversely, you’ll never find peace without trusting Him: Hebrews 3:16 -4:2 ~ taken from *Restoration Ministries Int'l Chapter 4 Study


Please come back for my next post and continue!


* sidenote: I went back in previous posts because for some reason a couple anonymous visitors came and read this yesterday so I also did: Lighthouse on the Rock. Just another TREASURE from an awesome God!

I am in awe when I go back and read this that God placed in my heart the month before my Mexican companion took his life. Yet God as my Rock, my Refuge and my Light, knew this and spoke to me through a WFW that I shared in Nov. 2009 in that post and He reminded me of this now. My, how wonderful and detailed Our Lord is in all He puts together in our journey. God is awesome and greatly to be praised! He most definitely is our LIGHT in any dark moment even before the fact. Open your eyes and see how glorious is Our God and His aMazing Grace!



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