“Go take for yourself a wife of harlotry”…”for the land (Israel) has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord.” ~Hosea 1:2
Please tell me I’m not the only one.
Nah, don’t bother. Because if you’re breathing I know you have the same problem I do. You are unfaithful. So am I.
My attention waivers.
My loyalties wear out.
I often like to do what I want more than I like to do what I ought.
I don’t keep my vows.
This morning while reading Hosea I see too much of myself and his Harlot bride. The Mirror of the Word reflects back to me a willful and undisciplined child, who hears the instruction of the Father yet thinks she can disobey with no consequences. Fool. There are always consequences.
But continue reading…
“And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt. ~Hosea 2:14-15 MSG
Thank you, Father. Thank you that you are always calling me back to you, cleaning me up, and re-extending to me the promise of Hope contained in your love for me.
Good morning friends! As you have probably noticed, I’ve not been keeping up with my Monday afternoon release date for the last several weeks. Monday-Friday I’m a small business owner (OK, it’s more like Monday-Saturday, since I’m self employed and wear all hats all the time) and my weekends have been slammed …. mostly in good and exciting ways … like playing with grandkids, and going on hikes, and lets not forget about groceries and laundry and paying bills. 🙂 All the every-day stuff of life that gets crammed into weekends.
This past weekend I attended a Captivate 2018, a women’s conference put on my church. It was actually at Captivate 2014 that the Lord spoke to me, leading me to quit my day job (without having another job lined up) and step out onto the deep waters of faith with Him. Before my two weeks notice was up, He had given me a dream and opened up the doors of opportunity for me to go into business for myself. I write more about that here.
Anyways – I’m now working on the post that was supposed to be published on Monday. And since this has already happened more than a few times, I’m going to move the release date for my blog posts from MONDAY afternoon to THURSDAY afternoon.
Whew! I feel much better now!
“So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change! And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time – an unshakable hope! We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone in before us. He is now and forever our royal Priest like Melchizedek.” ~Hebrews 6:18-20 (The Passion Translation)
The overflow from this mornings journaling:
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
How precious is Your word to me oh Lord, how unfathomable Your ways.
By Your word I receive instruction for the ways I should go.
In Your word I find hope and refreshment for my soul.
When trouble gathers near, it is in Your word that I take shelter, on Your word that I firmly stand.
And while the winds roar, my footing is secure.
Through Your word I obtain victory for every trial.
Out of my mouth I shall declare what You have said; my words for Your words, Your words as my words.
And the walls collapse, victims set free, and the glory is Yours alone.
A few weeks ago I had the strangest dream. As best as I can remember it (because it was rather weird … you know, one of those dreams that seems to jump around a lot but “bits and pieces” remain with you upon waking. Yea, one of those.
In my dream, Vincent D’Onofrio was what some might call or think of as a Pentecostal preacher. Like his famous Law and Order character, he was animated in speech and a little on the quirky side.
He swayed while he preached. Or more accurately, he “flowed” around the pulpit, as though moving with the ebb and flow, rise and fall of the Holy Spirit speaking through Him.
Most of what he preached I don’t remember, but I recall the feeling of agreement. He was preaching the Bible.
Then unexpectedly he paused, looked right at me from the pulpit, and said “Don’t smell another man’s offering.”
A few minutes later, he asked me what that (all of what he had just preached) meant to me.
I thought for a moment, took a deep breath to answer, and … woke up.
DON’T SMELL ANOTHER MAN’S OFFERING
I have been thinking about this ever since. What do you think this means? Do any Scriptures come to mind?
This morning I am reminded of a saying I’ve had posted in my office for the last two years. The more I meditate on it, the deeper and richer it becomes.
“The WORD produces FAITH – FAITH produces GRACE – GRACE produces POWER.” ~Creflo Dollar
I’ve got a lot to do today with some pretty high expectations for what will be the outcome of today’s actions. But is it in my To Do List that I will find success? Actions are important, of course. But I am reminded that true success comes from reliance upon the Word of God.
“I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings and will not be put to shame. For I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.” (Psalm 119:46-47 Amplified Bible)
“Remember (fervently) the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope.” (Psalm 119:49 Amplified Bible)
I love that image of God “fervently remembering” His word to me. For when trouble comes (pressure to perform, too many demands and not enough time, inconvenient disruptions, failures and set backs) I surely do need to be reminded of His word and His plans for me.
When I delight myself in His word and promises (by thinking of them, speaking them over myself and my circumstances, holding tightly onto them), hope for their fulfillment rises up in me and know that regardless of the experience of the moment, He will bring me into the prosperous life promised for His children.