Come and sit with me....
Contemplate my nearness
Reach for my Presence
Do you want to know me? Really know me?
Fear the Lord and shun evil
You are going to spend eternity with me if you know me
Set yourself apart so you can reflect my image to this world
Consecrate yourself to me and be able to display my character in every situation
If you’re going to spend eternity with me, spend time with me now!
Not just five minutes in the morning and a prayer at night
But real, invested time
I crave time with you! My child.
Do you crave time with me?
How I yearn to sit with you and talk. I want to shape you because I know what’s helpful for you. I'm your Father! A father like you've never known before.
Reflect on my reflection in you
How much of me are you carrying?
How much of the world are you carrying?
The more time you give me, the more of myself I can give you.
Come. Contemplate my nearness.
For me, it’s a matter of faithfulness
My faithfulness to you is more important to me than anything!
I give you my faithfulness because to do less would shame myself. I cannot do less
My faithfulness is too important to me
… your faithfulness is important to me too
I want to see my reflection in you
Where do you place your heart for me?
I walk in the garden I’ve created in you
Your Eden; My Presence
Your place of solitude
Come away with me
I look for you but I can’t always find you
You’re out there in the world wandering around, sometimes busily, sometimes aimlessly, taking care of business, getting weighed down, feeling lost and scattered
I see it all
The more time you spend in the world the more of the world clings to you
If it clings to you, you haven’t spent enough time with me in my garden
I have a fragrance that is more beautiful than anything you have imagined
I have a foundation of gemstones you can even walk on
The world's attractions can’t give you peace. They can’t fill you with good things that reset your soul and fill you with joy
My hope can fill you with an excitement that is not of this world
This isn’t the world I created. This isn’t the 'you' I created in wholeness.
You reflect what you spend time with
Don’t just visit with me in Eden
LIVE with me there and I will profit you
If you’re living with activities, cares, people, and ideas that don’t reflect me
Set them away from you
Set yourself apart from them
You are created to be filled with me and reflect my glory – my image!
I made you to shine like crystal under the light and it carries a weight that can be felt but not easily lifted.
My glory is beyond what you know with your mind. It’s dispersed by my Spirit
It’s about my reflection in you
A reflection is about who you are. It’s about what’s looking back at you
Am I looking back at you?
You understand you can’t strive to produce a reflection
A reflection is what is already there
A reflection is what has already been produced
What are you allowing your mind to dwell on?
What are you allowing yourself to engage with about yourself or your life that becomes your reflection?
Come away with me, my beloved
and let me wash you
I’ll rub salt over you to cleanse your skin
I’ll pour oil over you to nourish your skin
I’ll tend you
I’ll soothe you
I’ll lavish my love on you
If only you would come into Eden, my Presence, and contemplate my nearness
Let me cover you with my Self
Hide yourself in me
And your countenance and perspective will be sweetened. Mature as in oak, wisened, quietened, and you will grow in confidence, like a beautiful bloom
Walk in my garden, my Word, and your heart and your mind will be guarded, yet shaped
Let me guard you from the world’s falseness
Let me shape you into the landscape I crafted you to be from before the beginning of time!
That’s how long I’ve known you and planned for you to be here, at this time, at this place.
Tend the garden, not the weeds
I desire that you reflect my grace and beauty and become my countenance
Choose to see ME as your pathway
I make a way forward for you
It is not for you to stop yourself
It is not for you to move in a direction away from me, but toward me
My Name is a dwelling place
Understand, you have somewhere to rest inside the storm around you
Look around you, but don’t take your steps in the world
Take your steps in me
Understand, I AM your pathway forward
Look at me and the path forward, not the obstacles, the stumbling blocks, the betrayals and disappointments you see in your way - they're the weeds
They need not have any roots now
Understand, I make a way at every step
Remember the gemstones? My foundation for you to walk on?
I have a plan for you and it is good
Come now, child, and contemplate my nearness!
Isaiah 58:17 (NIV)
I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
Isaiah 54:10-12 (NKJV)
For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. “O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colourful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones.
Isaiah 52:1-2 (BSB)
Awake, awake, clothe yourself with strength, O Zion! Put on your garments of splendour, O Jerusalem, holy city! For the uncircumcised and unclean will no longer enter you. Shake off your dust! Rise up and sit on your throne, O Jerusalem. Remove the chains from your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.
Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Job 2:3 (NIV)
…He is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil
Isaiah 45:3-4 (NKJV)
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.
For Jacob My servant’s sake,
And Israel My elect,
I have even called you by your name;
I have named you, though you have not known Me.