Archive for January, 2011

the wait.

leavesSitting in the sunroom one day last week, looking out at the snow, brought to mind the word “dormant.” There are people in the world who prepare for the next year in December, but I never have. January, with snow and cold outside, and cozy and warm inside, seem the perfect time to head into the year for me. The perfect time to be dormant. Quiet, yet with God.

Dormant is waiting—things go a little slower. Suspended from action. Even hidden from view.

Jesus waited for the Lord’s timing to enter ministry and was graced with a 3-year adventure that we still talk about 2,000 years later. Jesus waited for the Father’s voice to go and “healed all.” Jesus waited to be full of Holy Spirit before destroying the works of the enemy—with power. Jesus spent time being with, and waiting on, Father God before doing. Face in the clouds, even (Luke 9:34 again).

We all want everything right now. I would hardly describe myself as a patient person, but the last thing I want is power without the foundation of waiting and being. My love without a demonstration of His love. Jesus without majesty and awe.

All this to say—enjoy dormant. Enjoy winter. Enjoy quiet. Enjoy chatting with the Lord. Enjoy His presence. Enjoy watching for what the Lord wants to do and where He would have us go.

In closing—think “in joy” when you read “enjoy…” We can wait, and the waiting will be over before we know it!

sue
Only believe.

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

”For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

leaves

Pin Oaks keep their leaves during the winter,
only to be pushed out by new buds in the spring.

susan b kemnitz • Design Studios, Inc.

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a dream.

dreams“Life! Resurrected dreams.” Those are the words I heard this morning as I received this image during worship. Thank you, Lord!

Seems the Lord is fanning dormant dreams, giving them life. It’s a call to wake them up.

This theme has come up often in the past several years (Acts 2:17-19), so perhaps it isn’t a new word. But if the Lord gives it, there’s breath on it. Maybe you’ve heard it before and still didn’t give the dream the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation it needs.

Thinking of Jesus’s life—did He not restore, breath back into life, the dreams of each person He ran into? The dead people are easy. Not much hope of their dreams coming alive if they’re dead. So the widow’s son, and Lazarus, certainly had a better chance of dreams come true with the touch of Jesus (Lk 7:11-17, Jn 11).  How about the leper (Mt 8:1-4)? If you have to stay outside the gates, or shout to warn people to stay clear, not much chance of being a shop owner, and opportunities to do business in the Temple are nonexistent. Or if you’re blind and pressed into being a beggar (Mk 10:46-52). That might be a damper on your dreams.

Jesus was, and is, a dream restorer. He took the demon-possessed man (Mk 5:1-13), broke off the extra critters, and he became an evangelist, testifying to anyone and everyone. Perhaps the leper became a worshiper, leaping in joy for God almighty. Perhaps the blind became tour guides since they would be eager to see the country.

What dream has laid dormant, waiting for Jesus? Dormant is “alive, but not actively growing.” What needs to be healed? What needs to be set free? What needs to be rekindled, fanned into flame?

I re-sketched this pic because I believe that HIs dreams in us are set free through Him. With His heart, embers turn to flames. Seeds to fruit. Possibilities to positivities.

Think of this combo: As dreams are resurrected, Jesus will come alongside, possibly with His healing, if necessary. Holy Spirit will encourage and give wisdom and revelation. God will provide at the right times and in the right ways.

Get back to your dreams. Speak Life into them! Jesus is.

Only believe!
sue

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

One other question, would anyone want art tips at the end of some blogs? Let me know!

the cloud.

shineThe other morning, I drove from my house in Elko to the office in New Prague, by way of the “puppy spa.” It was a splendid morning, filled with the wonder of God in nature. Hoar frost covered everything and the sun had just broke over the horizon. The air had that clear, crisp feel. As I approached New Prague, there was a wall of cloud. I drove into the cloud–the inside was beautiful and filled with small crystal-like rays–and drove out the other side. I dropped the dog off and as I headed north on a side street, I could see another wall in front of me. The cloud appeared to surround the city.

It reminded me of Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, perhaps because I had just read that portion of Scripture. “While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’” Luke 9:34-35.

So…Lord, what are you saying today?

This is what I seem to be hearing. “I am surrounding you. I’m to the north, to the south, to the east, and to the west. I invite you into my presence. You have sought me and now you will find me and know me. In My glory. I like that I chose you. Stay just a little while longer.” I suspect this is for the city of New Prague, but I will take it for me, too. With faith, I know as I seek, I find. As I find, I know. Him. He is all around me. I invite you to take it for you, too.

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Shine
Pastel on paper

The Sunday before seeing the cloud, I received this image while in worship. It feels like the cloud to me, tho I’m not sure why to be honest.

the new.

sonriseJesus not only made a New Years resolution, He brought a New Way of doing life on earth.

With these simple prophetic words, He changed life on planet earth as we know it.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

Following the words Jesus spoke, what if this became our New Years Resolution…

  1. Travel with Holy Spirit. As in the worship song, when He says “go left,” go left. When He says “go right,” go right. Never sure of the destination, but it’ll be good!
  2. Share Good News. Choose to see good and share it, including what He is doing! I have come to love our testimony time at the NewDay School. It’s all good! He’s all good!
  3. Bring Freedom. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” 2 Corinthians 3:17. The Spirit is in us. (Thank you, Jesus, for placing Him within us.) We’re where we are (a deep thought, I know…) so we bring freedom to each and every place we happen to be.
  4. Open the eyes of the blind. Shine the light on their darkness! Open eyes to see Jesus in all His love, gentleness, and kindness.
  5. Release joy to the oppressed. (see number 3)
  6. Bless, releasing the favor of the Lord. One of the testimonies at class last week was prayer that led to a new soon-to-be-spouse for a sister, releasing her from poverty, physically and spiritually. Our prayers and proclamations release His favor and His joy!
  7. It’s a year-long way of Life!

Is it too much? One small act a day leads to 365 Acts in a year. That’s amazing!

Only believe!
sue

“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Acts 10:38

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the New

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hands and feet.

Philippine friendSpending Christmas and New Years in the Philippines is a different sort of holiday. Beautiful and tragic at the same time. Although there is stark poverty in the US, I’m not sure it compares to the Philippines. I have never seen so many tin roofs or shacks. Literally thousands upon thousands of them.

And yet in the midst is Kids International Ministries (K.I.M., kidsim.org), an oasis of love, hope, and Jesus. There is a Children’s Home to love on babies through age 12. There is a trade school start-up to give the Filipinos a step out of poverty. I met a wonderful young lady who is teaching women to style hair and give massages, keeping them off the streets and teaching them a way to earn a living. I met a team from Australia who plays basketball in the community, spreading the Gospel at “half time.” And then of course, there’s Jessica, teaching art as a missionary to kids who wouldn’t have the exposure otherwise. It’s incredible. Beautiful, really. Truly the hands and feet of Jesus.

It reminds me to be intentional about spreading His love and grateful at the same time. I’m thankful for a daughter, who has chosen to share His Light with those in foreign places, and K.I.M. Grateful for the NewDay ministry school that gives students confidence to share in our country, where people are just as hungry and thirsty, but where it is not as outwardly obvious. Thankful for my many friends and a hubby that believe in power, the Word, and His love. Grateful most of all for Jesus, who gave it all for us, His much loved children.

No matter where, Christmas is still about Christ, and New Years is about sharing Him with the one right in front of us.

Lord, Help me to be a sold-out lover of You and your children where ever they are, a hope-bringer, a grateful and joy-filled “be-er” and “do-er.” 2011, here we come!

Only believe.
sue

“Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.” Psalm 31:21