Category Archives: Faith

Just Come In…

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The Rose

I have a love for the garden, and flowers of all kinds. I’m drawn to them like a humming-bird. I can’t pass without taking that moment to savor the fragrance and beauty. I just returned from a “Women on the Frontlines” conference. Over and over during the conference I kept hearing “Just come In” an old Margret Becker song. I urge you, when you find yourself drawn into His presence, “Just come In”. Jesus is the lover of your soul and He is waiting for you. Waiting for you to stop and catch a glimpse of his beauty, smell the sweetness of His presence. He doesn’t care what condition you are in, He just wants you! All of you, unconditionally. He loves you. It’s in those times we steal a moment to find His presence, that the Holy Spirit comes and ministers to us. It doesn’t have to be an hour of prayer, it can come in minutes. In those minutes let Him refresh you, change your heart, prepare you for your day. He is after you, all of you…Maybe it’s while you are driving to work, maybe it’s on the subway or bus, but take that moment to remember the sweetness of your Savior’s love for you. When you come into His presence in worship, let yourself linger, don’t rush to the next thing. There is nothing that can compare.  Hide yourself in Him.

Be grateful, humble and love deeply…

Psalm 38:4

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him

If you need prayer please let me know in comments.

What lies within us…

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Created in His image. God has thoughts of us. So many that if they were counted they would number more than the grains of sand. His word says we are “Fearfully and wonderfully made.” He made us, full of potential, full of promise, full of creativity.  Paul saw and thought of those he cared for with God’s eyes. He saw the promise, he believed in their great potential to change the world, he realized the creative spirit in each one. Paul’s words gave life to the people around him.  His words and thoughts realized the potential in each person.  I believe Paul also saw the obstacles, but his words continued to urge them onward to the goal of becoming “Christ-like.” Paul wrote, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” What a great encouragement.

So many of us struggle daily to realize our worth. Our worth to each other, our worth to society, and our worth to God. We live in a society that is so focused on the facade of beauty, wealth, and position. Sadly it’s an illusion. We are rewarded for our hard work, great ideas, good stewardship that is true. But our true value is in who He created us to be. How differently would we live if we lived believing this truth?  Created in His image. God has thoughts of us. So many that if they were counted they would number more than the grains of sand.

What do your eyes see? Look around you today. See what God sees.  See the promise and future in each one He created.  Let your words bring healing, encouragement and hope .  Your words have the ability to speak life and death. Choose them wisely. Bring forth life with your spoken words today.  Ask God for His words of encouragement.  If you see a picture, have an impression or a word of knowledge take notice.  He gives us these things to encourage the people around us.  Be bold speak a word of encouragement.  When He prompts you to pray for a stranger, stop and do it.  You have no idea what they are going through, you may be just what they need today.

You have great value, you have worth, you will impact this world with His love. You must wrap this truth around your heart. His love for you is unending. Your story is waiting to be told. Believe in who He created you to be.

Be grateful, humble and love deeply.

If you are in need of prayer today please leave a request in comments. Bless you!

When You Are Broken…

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Kiss the Son

When you’ve been broken, broken to pieces.
And Your heart begins to faint
’cause you don’t understand.
And when there is nothing to rake from the ashes.
And you can’t even walk
onto the fields of praise.

But I bow down and kiss the Son.
Oh, and I bow down and kiss the Son.

Let the praise of the Lord be in my mouth.
Let the praise of the Lord be in my mouth.

Well, though You slay me, I will trust You, Lord.
Well, though You slay me, I will trust You, Lord.
Though You slay me, I will trust You, Lord.
Though You slay me, I will trust You, Lord.

When the rock falls, falls upon you.
And you get ground to dust
no music for your pain.
You open the windows, the windows of heaven.
And then You opened me
and You crushed me like a rose.

Kevin Prosch

When You Are Broken…

Over the past weekend a couple came to my home church to visit. They shared their story about following the call of God, and how difficult the journey has been. We live in a culture that really requires we “do pretty” all the time. But what happens when the “pretty” has run dry in your life. What happens when the “pretty” is gone when you believed with your whole heart that you were following God. What happens when you have waited for his perfect timing and his will aligning, and the “pretty” is all gone. You are surviving, but nothing is as you had imagined…it’s hard, and it’s not “pretty.” Jen Patrick’s wife said that it was “in this pain she found herself suddenly so alive.” At that moment I burst into tears. I know this story, I’ve lived it.

Someplace in our American church culture, we believed that if we did the right stuff, all our journeys would have a happy, easy ride away in the sunset ending. But what happens the day, week, month and year that no “pretty” is in sight. Lots of us over the last 10 years have set out on journeys.  Journeys we were certain were God directed, prompted, assigned. We have faith at the starting gate…but somehow when all that could go wrong has gone wrong, there is no “pretty” where do we go? Are we angry at God for taking us on this dead end journey? Do we shout and cry and ask the Lord over and over again why it has turned out this way. Why so much loss, why so much pain, when we did our best to follow him. I have at times done all this and more. I have burned 20 years of journals that contained every dream, promise, vision, prophetic utterance ever given to me by God. Because having those journals in my arms that day was just to painful to hold. All those dreams unfulfilled, so much that I had never seen come to pass in my life.

All my life I was one who prayed. As a little girl I would go to bed every night an pray for everyone and everything I could think of. So to say that I didn’t have faith would be wrong. I didn’t meet Jesus until I was already divorced and 24. But God had a plan, He definitely found me and convinced me of his person, his son and the power of the Holy Spirit. All in one very complete moment. But there are those times when you have sought and followed to the best of your ability that you still end up someplace you never dreamed you would be. The “pretty” is all gone…And you are broken, and broken hurts like hell.  You think of all the things one might do in that place of disappointment and pain.  Then the Holy Spirit comes to you in a way that you realize that it is in this broken place; that you have come to meet him and know him best. That in the pain of all this loss, disappointment and ashes you are most alive. You feel deeper than you have ever felt before, you have compassion at a level so intense that when you hear someone else’s story of a difficult journey you weep with them.  You care when the homeless shelter has no hot food on a freezing cold night, your heart begins to leap to try and make someone else feel comforted and loved. You are willing to live with less so someone else might have a bit more.

This pain so deep, so broken, feeling truly as you have been crushed like a rose on path in the summer’s night. But with that crushing the perfume of that rose is released, it begins to swirl in the air, and the sweetness becomes a comfort to you. The rose now transformed, is not longer pretty, but so very fragrant now crushed and bruised on the garden path. Out of our deepest trials, our deepest hurts, when we look in the mirror and see no “pretty” staring back at us, but there is one who see’s great beauty. The maker of us all stands back and admires his beautiful creation. How much like his son Jesus, this one has become. The heart is now tender, the hands are now useful to him, the thoughts have been purified by fire. That journey which seemed so likely to destroy you before you ever reached the shore, is past. The season has changed. You have been changed.

What will you do at the end of such a hard and tiresome journey…I will bow down and Kiss the Son.

Be grateful, humble and love deeply…

P.S. If you need prayer please leave a reply.

I’ll Believe It When I See It…and other such non-sense…

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eliaslinkedresourcephotosTonight on my way to bed it occurred to me that to see what God see’s, to understand how God still speaks today, there are certain notions that must be dismissed. Until those notions have been dismissed and you have eyes that are actively looking for Jesus in everyday life, you will not understand these things.


God meant for us to be like little children. In order to understand this verse from Corinthians, you must first have at least the curiosity of a little child. Will you stomp your feet in a mud puddle just to see the pattern made by the splashes, will you mix every flavor of soda to into your cup just to try a new creation?  If those seem like a stretch, then maybe you will need to exit this train now.

Paul said this in Corinthians 2:9. And I believe Paul meant it. However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–

Just in case you want to go old school, or Old Testament…God is ready for that too. He said it here in Isaiah 64:4 too.  “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”.

Now you have God “the creator’s frame of mind” on the things he will do in the lives of those who love Him.  I am no bible scholar, but don’t have to be. I am called to Love Him. I am drawn to love Him extravagantly, like the one who broke open the perfume bottle and spent it all on Jesus. When you love, with that kind of abandoned come what may love, you begin to see.  You see what He see’s, and what He always wanted you to see. The lost, the broken-hearted, discouraged, the hungry, the weary, the weak, the ones enslaved by their own choices. You can see…and you can feel things you never thought you would feel. Love that comes in waves washing over you, and aches in your spirit that leave you crying and broken. It’s a full meal deal. You love extravagantly, pour your heart out to for Him…and then you can begin to see what He see’s. Then you can touch lives every place you walk with His love. Because once you see it, then you can act on it.

Say to yourself today…”Boom, Jesus give me eyes to see what you see.” Then look for it to be everywhere. You will not see it, if you don’t train your eyes to watch for Him. Train your mind to accept that the things you perceive are not just emotion, or from being tired, or trying to be “hyper-spiritual.” Because God will come in a way that makes you mind go “Boom” and you will be wrecked for how life used to be. It’s really that simple. Give your thoughts permission to be open to the little nudges or kicks in the pants that the Holy Spirit will bring to you. God can and does invade people’s lives, but He also comes by invitation. Jesus loves an invitation.

Open your mind to having “God thoughts, and dreams from Him”. The old testament is full of examples of supernatural occurences that really happened.  Make it fun, be child like and just say, “Boom, Jesus blow my mind. Let me see what you see, feel what you feel, and know your voice today, in Jesus name. Amen.”  Tonight I am more sure than ever that our belief in “coincidence”, “believe it when I see it”, and the all time clincher, “I’ll believe that when pigs fly” are the enemy of the miraculous in our lives.  Some other time I will tell you a story about the day “the pigs were going to have to fly in Eugene, Oregon.”

Say “yes” to Jesus opening up your eyes, and go out and look for a puddle to stomp in, or a snowman to build, or make yourself the most amazing soda fountain “mixed drink.” Then watch what will begin to happen in your life.

Be grateful, be humble and love deeply.

P.S.  If you need prayer, leave a reply.

The Joy of “like” heartedness…

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What makes you happy, what gives you joy? Do you find that when you go about your day and see several people you know, it seems to give you a little boost. What about those days when you go to the grocery store and before you can make your way out, you have run into several close friends you haven’t seen for weeks. You share your hearts, your stories, the day in and day out of your right now. Even better when you have time to sit down and have coffee with one of those close friends. Sometimes just talking seems to liberate your soul from the burdens of the day. You smile and listen, they do the same, suddenly both look at their watches and jump up with someplace else they must be soon. A hug, a promise not to let it go so long before the next visit, and you go.

But the beauty of friendships is that with you, they will go also. Always deeply tucked into your heart. You hardly notice that they are there. At times when you are alone at the end of the day you have time to reflect on those who mean the most to you. You wonder about those precious few that are tucked into your heart. Maybe it’s been a week or two, you wonder if they are well, or if that school project turned out just right. You wonder if that recipe you gave them was loved by their family that night. Our hearts should be full of those little things that make our lives feel blessed. If you’re a guy maybe it’s thinking about the great day you had at the lake last summer trout fishing, or the day in July when you were out in the boat all day together, or the time he came by to lend a hand helping you with that project in the garage. We remember those who have touched our lives in different ways. Some are from many years ago, but you can still remember the sweetest smells that would come from her kitchen. She is in her late 90’s now. How long has it been since you devoted a day to go see that woman who taught you so very much…life is busy. It would be easy to reminisce and leave it to that. But our lives touching is what this blog is all about. Those hearts that are being woven and knit and linked together by God. I hope next time you think of that friend, who lives 4 hours away, you will decide few things matter more that taking the time to go and see her. Don’t delay. God puts these things in our hearts for reasons. The reasons only He knows. Time passes us so quickly. We are so easily distracted. Yet some of the greatest pleasures in our lives will be those moments, when we make the time to go visit that lady who taught us so much when we were growing up. She’s in her 90’s and time is short. Live your fullest day, shake of the mundane and seek that which gives life. Love and be loved, know and be known. Let your life get messy as its woven in and out of the tapestry of the lives of your friends and family.

When I take the time to remember deeply the love and friendship I have in my life I am strengthened. My resolve is made stronger. My vision becomes more clear. I told you that Philippians seems to be my assignment for at least the beginning of the year. When I think about Paul alone, writing, I think he must have felt really deep longing for the ones he had been through so much with. Much of the book of Philippians is written about the value of community. He encourages them to keep doing the good work they have started, and even if Paul is poured out like a drink offering he still is rejoicing and glad. He had walked with Jesus, the Master, and every memory of his time with Jesus was tucked in to his heart. Always there a sweet rememberance.

My challenge to you today is to make that connection with just one person who you deeply miss. Take the time to let them know that they blessed you and touched your life in a way that will always remain in your heart. Keep your heart linked with theirs. When you do you will be glad, joy will be your reward. Do not miss these moments, for we will not pass this way again.

Stop and meditate on the goodness of God in your life. Bring forth the blessings you’ve witnessed from your memories. Lay them out before yourself, as one would display a collection. The things He touched in your life, the provision He supplied when you thought it might not happen, the great grace that has been poured out for you in those times you needed it most. The times he met you right where you were at and told you “I love my child, I have always loved you.” Let the sweetness of those memories wash over you today. God is good all the time.

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2)

Enjoy this day, new joy comes to you every morning…Be grateful, humble and love deeply.

P.S. If you are in need of prayer please reply.

Blessings over you and yours this day in Jesus.

What’s in a name?

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I’m sure by now you are wondering what Eliaslinked really means. Elias in Hebrew means “Jehovah God“, linked is a verb, meaning to connect. Hence Eliaslinked! God connected. What really connects us? Those things that we have in common, the things that make our hearts skip, or cause us to stop and ponder. God is doing a work of connection, joining, and knitting the body of Christ together in new ways. I see Him building bridges that span great distances. Connecting us over time,distance and cultures to bring unity, healing and great joy in our friendships. Knowing that in each of us is the potential to do great good. The moment that you make that connection potential is released. All the potential in the world lies within a single connection. One of my favorite authors, Alexandra Stoddard writes about “unknown others”. Those people who will impact your life in a “forever way”, that you have yet to meet. That concept has always intrigued me. Who are those people who God plans to connect me with? Where do they live? What are their lives like, what are their wants and needs today? How can I speak life and blessing to them? What can I say that will make them press in more closely to hear the heart of Jesus? Will it come in a whisper or a shout? I’m so happy you have found me. Be inspired. Be curious. Be thoughtful. Most of all be authentic and be real. Be you, just where you are, just as you are. Today I will leave you with this. God has been speaking to me from Philippians since the start of the New Year. This verse in particular seems to be my theme for 2014. Maybe it’s yours too. Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think on these things. (Philippians 4:8) So go, enjoy your day. Think about those people in your life who have made you better just by knowing them. Look forward to those “unknown others” still waiting to meet you…maybe today. Be grateful, humble and love deeply. P.S. If you need prayer please leave a reply below! Be blessed!