My Little Butterfly

Change.  Transformation.  New.  

Butterflies Amazing

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (ESV)

Romans 12:2 – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV)

On April 12th, in my quiet moments alone with my Heavenly Father, I lingered a little longer than usual.  I have learned to treasure these moments alone with Him.  I was sitting in my favorite place – His Lap – and He whispered to me, “Rest for your soul is coming to an end.  It has served the purpose of our many chats – words written.”

What a beautiful moment – lingering there – resting there in His arms – in His lap.

Then I was prompted to turn to Psalm 57:1 in my Bible – I wasn’t sure that I wanted it to come to an end – but He gently nudged me and said, “Look.  Listen.  Then Obey.”

Psalm 57:1 – “Show me favor, God, show me favor; for in you I have taken refuge.  Yes, I will find refuge in the shadow of your wings until the storms have passed. (CJB)

The storm has passed.  I have come to realize that it is within the “storms” that I grow more in the Lord.  That I have learned to trust in Him more.

Then before I left that restful quiet moment with Him, God spoke words to me that He has never spoken before:

“Arise my little butterfly and fly but remember to always find refuge in the shadows of my wings.”

 

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My Little Butterfly

 

I have pondered these words for a couple of days – what will my next path look like?  Will I find other butterflies along this path?  What have I been chosen to do?

I will wait – wait upon the Lord and cherish the coming months up ahead.

This is my official last post on my blog – Rest for Your Soul.  It has been fun walking with him and then having the opportunity to share my times that I have spent alone with him – with many from all over the world.

My last song I leave with you is appropriate for this last post:

Under His Wings

 

Silencing the Praise Of Christ

Stones of Silence

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Today begins the journey of remembrance for Holy Week.  That week that our Lord and our Savior started His journey into Jerusalem for the preparation of offering His body as a sacrifice for us.  

Me.  You.  Everyone.

Luke 19:40 – He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
(ESV)

Have you ever been asked to remain silent?  To not lift up your voice in praise of Jesus?  To not openly worship Him?

I have.

I have been told at times to not show my affection for my Lord and my Savior.  To remain as a stone – silent.

So this morning as I read my Scripture for the day, I realized that it was the beginning of the story of Jesus Christ coming into Jerusalem on that glorious day – the day that we call Palm Sunday.  That first day that Jesus was honored as He prepared to offer Himself as a sacrifice for you – for me – for everyone.  For anyone who would call upon His Name as Their Lord and Savior.

Take time today and read from Luke 19.  It is Holy Week.

Remember the words that Jesus spoke to the Pharisees that day – when He was asked to rebuke His disciples and tell them to be quiet.

For many churches today, children will be taught about that glorious entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey and how people put out the palm leaves on the road to honor Him as He descended into Jerusalem.  The children will be encouraged to praise Him.

BUT somewhere along the way – on that journey of remembrance – someone will silence the children.  May I never be found guilty of silencing anyone in praise of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For me, I can no longer remain silent when it comes to my Lord and my Savior.  I will sing.  I will lift my hands.  And if the Holy Spirit stirs within me to dance – I will dance.

Give praise – give glory – give shouts of hallelujah to Our King!

My song for the beginning of this glorious week ahead of me – that journey of remembrance is:

Let Everyone Who Has Breath

 

 

Shadow Christian

Follow. At. A. Distance.  Lurking.  In.  The.  Darkness.

In my quiet time this afternoon these words jumped out at my heart and I trembled.  Have I ever be a Shadow Christian?

Hidden

Hidden in the Shadows

 

Peter was a Shadow Christian.  Once.

Matthew 26:58 – “And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.  (ESV)

Oh Father, have your children hidden themselves away in the shadows of darkness – watching – waiting – wondering – afraid to let others know that we belonged to You?

Have we been silent when we should have spoken up and said, “Yes, I belong to Him?”

Have we been guilty of standing back – and not listening to Your Holy Spirit?

Father, forgive us.  Forgive us for holding back in the shadows.  It is time for us to come out of the shadows and claim that we belong to You.

Like Peter, we have failed You along the way.  Thank you, Father, that we can come forward and ask forgiveness for holding back from You.

1 Peter 3:14-16 – But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (ESV)

We are the Children of God. We meet Him in private; may we meet Him in public.  Openly worshipping Him.  Growing closer to Him.

Song for Today: I’m Forever Yours

 

Rejoice

Day 9 – Tiny Daily Treasures

Rejoice.  Hope.  Patient.  Tribulation.  Constant.  Prayer

As I travel further down the path of God, I realize that each season of my life is a preparation – a path to the next journey.

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I have learned to rejoice in hope.

I rejoice in the fullness of joy that comes with each new journey.

I have learned patience in the eye of the storm.  I have remained constant in prayer.

When I travel with God I am safe and secure in His Love.

Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (ESV)

Rejoice.  Rejoice that you know Him.

Let Him lead.

The song I share today is one I play on my way to work each day – it’s fun and it’s alive.  Enjoy:  The River

Hold Still

Day 8 – Tiny Daily Treasures

HOLD. STILL. SEE. GREAT. DEED.

 

In HIs Hands

Watch the Hand of God Move

 

Sometimes we get so worked up over something that we miss the work of God!  We miss our blessings.  We miss the move of our Heavenly Father.

1 Samuel 12:16 – Now therefore, hold still; and see the great deed which Adonai will perform before your very eyes.  (CJB)

There are suddenlies all around us happening.  God’s Mighty Hand is at work.  Don’t miss what He is doing in the midst of chaotic conflict.

Just hold still.  And wait.  And watch.  And you will see.

Beautiful Song: Angels

 

Surrounded

Day 7 – Tiny Daily Treasures

Be. Still. Wait. Patiently.

We are surrounded by chaos and conflict in our world today.  It seems to intensify with each new day.

 

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Mighty Angels

 

AND YET, we are also surrounded by a great host of witnesses. and even BETTER YET, we are surrounded by the Angel of the Lord who surrounds those who fear the Lord. (Hebrews 12:1; Psalm 34:7)

AND BETTER YET, the Holy Spirit lives within each believer.  (1 John 4:4)

Psalm 37:7 – Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (NLT)

God has our backs.  All we need to do is be still – wait patiently – God acts

My song for today:  Everlasting God

 

 

Silence

Day 6 – Tiny Daily Treasures

Silence.  Before.  Him

 

Worship

Silence Before Him

 

What would 30-minutes of silence feel and look like to you?  At times, just 5-minutes of silence could feel like an eternity.  Could you sit still in anticipation of what would be next?

Revelation 8:1 – When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (ESV)

Jesus, the Lamb of God opens the seventh seal and there was complete silence in heaven for about 30-minutes.

Awe.  Adoration.  Anticipation.  Awake.  Aware.

I believe all eyes were upon the Lamb.  Anticipating what would be next.

A song I leave with you today: Revelation Song