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a quiet place

Tall Trees

a quiet place of tall trees

The Lord brought Mark 6 to me last week. I read it over a couple of nights before falling asleep at night, wondering what I was to learn. And after some reflection, I believe it is this, “Come with me to a quiet place and rest.” (vs. 31 and 32)

The ESV says, “desolate.” In other translations, it says lonely and quiet. Desolate and lonely and quiet places with the Lord are beautiful! It is in His wisdom, that He reminds us we need to refill and refuel and refresh… And what better place than a place without distractions, an alone place, where we can visit with the Lord and let His Spirit rejuvenate us.

Jesus and the disciples stay in the boat, away from the crowds. And then they “teach…many things” and feed many people with a couple loaves of bread and two fish.

Again, in verse 46, the Lord “departs to the mountain to pray…He was alone on the land.” And, after He visits with the Father, He goes for a walk on the water. Is it possible that alone time with God enables us to walk on water?

I would suggest that it is not only possible, but a Kingdom reality. It is the alone times that guard our hearts and minds and keep them in Christ Jesus. The desolate times can elevate us to a place where we can “feed” multitudes. Where we become whole, healthy, and fruitful. Most importantly, we soak in His love and love Him in return.

Especially in this season, being bombarded with a worldly wisdom that implies that the perfect worldly gift will yield happiness; remember that we are not of this world. It is the only the Father of Lights who gives the perfect Gift. And joy.

So. join me, and guard your heart this season. Set your mind on Him, and things above. Be thankful and praise Him for what He has done and is doing.

Stay wrapped and warm in His Spirit.

And be blessed! Abundantly!

Only believe.

“Come with me to a quiet place and rest.” (Mark 6:31)

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beautiful dove!At the risk of writing about what everyone is writing about this week, I’m going to do it anyway. If you are already thankful enough, just enjoy the cute bird picture…

A week or so ago, Laurie shared her takeaway from a recent Bethel conference. It is … thanks. Carol Arnott shared with Beni Johnson a little deal, kinda like a small cell phone, that she wears and can be set to vibrate at set times during the day. Every time the little vibration came, she thanked the Lord.

Wow-ser! This is a great idea. Thankfulness was already on my mind, as a bit ago, I read Paul’s introduction to 1 Corinthians. “I give thanks to my God always for you…” (vs. 4) I have incorporated this in my daily prayers for my kids (thanks for both! Which is another story). So – once a day I was lifting thanks. A little more than that actually, as I like to Thank the Lord as I pray. I thought I was doing pretty good.

But every ten minutes? Hum. Not-so-good perhaps.

Last week, on another (excellent!) blog by Michael Hyatt (all aspiring writers and leaders should be reading his blog!), Hyatt suggested that we adopt an “art of gratitude.” That captured my heart. Art of gratitude! Love, love! The suggestion was made to put a smooth stone in our pocket and every time we felt the stone, give thanks. The first day I didn’t have a stone, so I put change in my pocket. I thought that prophetic, actually. That worked ok. I confess, tho, that when my eye lighted upon a small smooth stone I had on my desk, I was ecstatic. Perfect!

Then there was a man who came to the NewDay Healing Rooms with cancer. He got so blessed by the Lord there and His Presence which is so tangible there! He left with a  huge change in countenance! I just had to give him my stone and a word to Give Thanks. I am eager to hear his report! Jesus! So I guess I am back to change today.

So there you have it. My transition to an ever-thankful life. I’m not at every ten minutes, yet. But way better at expressing thankfulness than this time a week ago.

“Thank you, Jesus! Great is your name, Jesus!” All our love to You, Jesus!

“Come into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good…” Ps 100:3-4

Only Believe!

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I woke up Sunday morning at 4:44. As I usually do when I wake up early in the “late” morning (too early to get up and too late to get back to sleep), I let scripture float through my mind, tell Jesus how much I love Him, and pray. Not everyone would like this early-late-morning time, but I love it. I could stay there all day, to tell you the truth. A while later, I thought of getting up and looked at the clock. It was 5:55. Now I’m not really a number person, but this was pretty darn cool.

I decided to check out some scripture once I did get up and here’s what I found in Ezekial 4:44. “Then He brought me by way of the North Gate to the front of the house, and I looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord and I fell on my face.” Is that a marvelous verse? Yes! Indeed!

Just the evening before, I learned that the North Gate can refer to an entrance to the unknown of the God. An entrance where man can go back and forth, between here and There. A divine portal. So this is a prayer of mine, starting now. Lord – bring us to the place where we can look and see you and your ways and behold Your Glory. A Glory like none other. In Your house. Or mine.

Sign me up. Beam me up. Raise me up. For Your purposes. Thank you, Jesus!

I hope you see me soon with a scraped up nose… I’ll have a big smile on! Ü

May God bless you, too, with a glimpse of His Glory!
Only Believe!


Mark 13:28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.”

This verse struck me recently. Jesus says that a season of fruitfulness—summer—will be near when the branch becomes tender. (Good news for us Minnesotans…)

A tender branch in spring refers to a branch that is full of sap (Strongs). Sap will run in spring, coming from having a good root structure, bringing nourishment to the branches. And often, even making its way to drip on the outside of the tree. It is then that the good branch will produce fruit. As our roots grow deeper into Him, and the love we first get and then give, our season of fruitfulness is near.

It may also suggest the same when we as a church become tender, nourished by the mightiest Father, yet loving as the sweet Son, that summer, the warm and fruitful season, will be near. We are called to open our hearts and be compassionate, loving, and extend grace and mercy—and Hm!—to those around us. That is when Jesus will come. I’m eager to see more of Him!

Nourished in Him. Offering the tenderest love to those around us! Sprouting leaves and fruit. Can the harvest be far behind?

May the Lord bless you and keep you…giving you peace!

Only believe.