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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Review & Update

To my daily devotional friends,
My intentions for beginning this devotional blog, at the start of 2010, was to inspire others to experience the joys and growth of a daily devotional life. After heralding the benefits for years, I committed myself to sharing every day, the ways God was using one of the best devotionals I'd ever used, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young ( 2004.) Thank you, Jan Boomer, for gifting it to me in 2008. God has used it to change my life!
So, from day to day, I pondered and prayed over what I sensed He was speaking into my heart and tried to journal those thoughts into this devotional blog. The response has been surprising. Here are some audience statistics, to date (12.30.2010).
Daily average pageviews ranged around 50. This year 5,687 different viewers tapped into the blog. (I was hoping for at least 100...over 5,000 absolutely amazed me!)
The majority of viewers were from the United States, however, they also came from the following countries (in descending numerical order): Russia, Canada, Denmark, South Korea, Ukraine, China, Guatemala, Romania, Lithuania, Croatia, Denmark, Malaysia, Germany, France, Poland, South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.
For years I've felt like my devotional life was such a sweet, yet solitary journey, until this year! I've always gained great strength from solitude and quiet times. Sharing my devotional thoughts throughout this year has been a new and very vulnerable thing to do. In the process I have grown considerably.
I am especially grateful for those who were willing to make comments, sharing the journey of their own hearts. What an encouragement and blessing you have been! My thankfulness will echo into eternity. Your responses often gave me the courage to continue.
I am also grateful for a most understanding, encouraging husband who understood my passion for this project, protecting my time and often waiting "in the wings" for me to complete the next day's blog. (I started blogging a day ahead after I realized that people were starting their day hours ahead of me, in time zones on the other side of the world! Yikes...)
I've been asked about my intentions for blogging during 2011. By "popular request" we will continue to use Sarah Young's Jesus Calling daily devotional. There will be a posting for each day, using entries from this last year, adding thoughts or insights along the way, as I am led. I encourage your participation and invitation for others to join us. This year a children's version of Jesus Calling was published which could encourage entire families to spiritually grow together!
Along with my regular counseling schedule, I am also completing credentialing as a Master Life Coach. I will be working toward that goal and will be creating a website or new blog in the near future. That will require considerable time and effort so I will soon be sharing that with you, also.
Our daily walk with Jesus makes such a HUGE difference and I want to inspire as many as possible to step into His Presence EVERY day! Thank you for your prayerful and considerate support. Please share your thoughts or any helpful suggestions.
Celebrating 2010 & Headed for Heaven in 2011...dmc
PS -Read the previous entry for the December 31st devotional blog. Happy New Year's Eve!

Paced with the Pulse of Peace

"As this year draws to a close, receive My Peace. This is still your deepest need, and I, your Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your neediness. My abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match... be filled with My very Being, permeated through and through with Peace... regardless of your feelings... (it) will gradually work its way through your entire being." (382)
To close out a year and begin a new year with the Prince of Peace in total control is the wisest way to venture down the road of life. From one day to the next, moment by moment and one breath after another, staying in His peaceful Presence is spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally and relationally wise.
For me, it's a matter of pacing myself with Him, so as not to run ahead or lag behind the Prince of Peace. Much like the synchrony of the soul, staying in rhythm with the beat of His Heart means I am pacing with His Pulse of Peace. Peace has a rhythm of its own that echoes with the nuiances of everything He is and everything I need Him to be. From moment to moment, step by step, He pulses peace into my entire being, filling me with all that He is!
The following song has the Prince of Peace pulsing through its wise and winsome message.
Listen: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KWLPPNNX
(Just reading through the words, as they scroll by, will bless your heart!)
Wisely pacing with the Prince...dmc

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Unique Intimacy

"I am leading you along a way that is uniquely right for you. The closer to Me you grow, the more fully you become your true self - the one I designed you to be... Marvel at the beauty of a life intertwined with My Presence... in intimate communion... losing yourself in Me." (381)
The unique path God has each of us on can be a strange mix of companionship and solitude. I feel so blessed with the fellowship I share with others and yet I am keenly aware of the mysterious solitude I also experience. I've talked with seasoned saints who have also experienced this dual dynamic. It seems to be the profound reality of an intimate, yet involved, relationship with Jesus. He pulls us away to Himself, yet puts us in the midst of others.
The secret, sometimes fragile, balance within myself has been to stay tightly connected to Him, whether I'm in solitude or in a multitude of others. I know without a doubt, my goal and inner compass is set, no matter where I am or who I am with I'm...
Wanting to stay close to Him...dmc
Watch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrBYbjSg3kA&feature=related

I Just Want To Be Where You Are - by Don Moen
I just want to be where You are,
dwelling daily in Your presence
I don't want to worship from afar,
draw me near to where You are

I just want to be where You are,
in Your dwelling place forever
Take me to the place where You are,
I just want to be with You

Chorus -I want to be where You are,
dwelling in Your presence
Feasting at Your table,
surrounded by Your glory
In Your presence,
that's where I always want to be
I just want to be,
I just want to be with You

I just want to be where You are,
to enter boldly in Your presence
I don't want to worship from afar,
draw me near to where You are

Coda - Oh, my God,
You are my strength and my song
And when I'm in Your presence
Though I'm weak You're always strong

Ending - I just want to be
I just want to be with You

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tough & Tender Trust

"Trust Me with every fiber of your being! What I can accomplish in and through you is proportional to how much you depend on Me... I care as much about your tiny trust-steps through daily life as about your dramatic leaps of faith... Consistently trusting in me is vital..." (380)
Last week we witnessed the tough and the tender sides of trust. One of our own, a precious 11 week old baby, was ushered into heaven..many decades and dreams too soon! He was one of three boys, born a triplet, into a loving family with two older sisters. This little guy impacted many lives in a very short amount of time. Without ever saying a word, he filled our hearts with the Presence of Jesus.
So, little Jeremiah was to celebrate Jesus' birthday, in heaven, far before he could ever have had a birthday of his own. His heart-broken, grieving parents leaned hard on Jesus "with every fiber of their being," with every ounce of their faith.
Letting go of such a precious gift requires a tough trust emerging from very vulnerable, tender trusting hearts. At their request, we sang the following song in a service celebrating his brief life, the day just before Christmas Eve.
This whole experience has been a demonstration of how vital, how impacting, it is for tender trusting hearts to trust even when it's tough...when we're "found in the desert place" or walking down "the road marked with suffering."
Watch this: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7LKKZPNX
Vitally Touched by Tough & Tender Trust...dmc

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Captured or Capacitated

"I am your Refuge and Strength, an ever-present Help in trouble. Therefore, you don't need to be afraid of anything... Every day I manifest My grace in countless places and situations... blessings (and) outright miracles on your planet... have eyes that see and ears that hear...My abiding Presence in the world." Psalm 46:1-3 (379)
Fear has a way of capturing our attention and our ambitions. Both can be sabotaged and get stuck on the fear factor, causing us to feel trapped, immobilized, totally defeated and depleted.
However, with God's help we can capture our fear and use it to capacitate, or enable, our attention and ambitions to be even more creative and productive. How is this done?
One day I learned that when I was fearful I was imagining the worst or most painful outcomes. On the other hand, when imagining the best or most productive outcomes, I was left energized and far more creative. The solution was fairly simple - start envisioning the best outcomes rather than the worst! (Remembering to put it into practice was not always so simple.)
I needed to basically believe more in what God was saying and doing (blessings and miracles) than in what my fear was saying and doing to me. Fear was shouting at me from various sources; like the news media, others' opinions, and my own self-doubt. However, God was generally whispering to me through meditative moments in His Word, encouraging encounters and in hidden hopes and dreams deeply tucked in my own heart.
It all came down to how I was going to use my God-given gift of imagination.... what was I going to envision? Was I going to be captured or was I going to be capacitated? Encumbered or encouraged? Fear-filled or faith-filled?
Incapacitating my fear & Capacitating my faith...dmc

A special "Thank You" to my precious mom, Dorothy Volesky, who brought me into this world...giving me life and then leading me into a relationship with Jesus... helping to anchor my eternal life! I've been abundantly blessed with an awesome loving mom and dad! That makes this day a very special birthday for me!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blessed with Balance

"I am preparing you for what is on the road ahead... Take time to be still in My Presence so that I can strengthen you. The busier you become, the more you need this time apart with me... depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation. If you live in this way, you will do less but accomplish far more... reflect(ing) Me to the watching world." (376)
One of the activities I often do, with people whose lives feel out-of-control, is what I call "The Wheel of Life." Each spoke of the wheel represents an area that can enhance one's life. After they have assigned a number from 0 - 10 to each area, I draw in the outside rim of their wheel, as it relates to the assigned numbers. Instantly, the out-of-balance areas are revealed. Their wheel will reflect the areas that need to be modified or enhanced.
A well-balanced life offers a healthy ebb and flow of peace and productivity, quiet and activity, work and play, personal time and professional time, family life and social life, and most of all, time alone with God in His Word and with His people.
We've always had to carefully carve out quality time to spiritually refresh our selves, strengthen our marriage/family and nourish our ministry. To do that, we have to cut into time that could be spent doing other very good, even noble things. Sometimes that can be painful...not participating in something we'd like to do, are asked to do, cannot afford to do or simply cannot do because of previous commitments.
But choosing to say a Healthy "No" allows me the opportunity to later say a Healthy "Yes" to a more balanced, productive, peaceful, rewarding life.
I don't want to just be busy, but I want to be blessed. A balanced life blesses me and allows me to more readily bless others...even those who live under my roof!
Realigning my Wheel of Life...dmc

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Knowing vs. Believing God's Love

"I am the Gift that continuously gives... a radical concept... perfect Love... not subject to variation. (However) what does vary is your awareness of my loving Presence." (377)
Some years ago I realized that it was far easier for me to believe that God would love YOU than it was for me to believe that God would love ME! Somehow I had come to a very flawed assumption that God's love for others was much more certain than God's love would be for me.
(I've been inclined to see my own flaws and shortcomings much more readily than seeing others' and I'd overlaid that inclination on to God, also.)
One of the passages from today's devotional helped me to see this from a new perspective.
1 John 4:16-17 "And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; for we are as He is in this world."
Applying these biblical insights challenged my flawed assumptions because:
1. Although I may KNOW about God's Love that does not mean I really BELIEVE it.
2. I must move what I KNOW about God's Love to a place where I BELIEVE it.
3. KNOWING about God's love and personally BELIEVING it means I process that truth in a different region of my brain where cognitive concepts can be personally applied!
4. Taking the truth of God's Love to a new level means I have infused His Love into every aspect of my life...not just as a 'fact' in my head but as a 'act' of my heart.
5. I must intentionally decide to believe MORE in, and respond MORE from, the perspective of God's Love than from my flawed assumption that undermined my personal application of God's Love.
6. God's Love allows me to experience "perfect love" which offers me confidence and security rather than fear or doubt. (I John 4:18)
7. God's Love activates a new purpose for living - giving God's Love to those around us. Being aware, as an extension of Him, that "we are as He is in this world!" (I John 4:17)
These Truths have challenged me. I must receive and believe God's Love to be...
Philanthropically & Practically His...dmc

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Waiting for Merry CHRISTmas

"As you wait attentively in My Presence..." (376)
We spend so much time running here and there, in and out of stores, bustling around in a flurry of preparation for Christmas. With all the hustle we are also forced to wait and wait in long checkout lines, traffic stops and in not-so-fast restaurant drive up windows. We wait for packages to be delivered. We wait for Christmas TV specials to air and we wait for loved ones to safely arrive home. Lots of running, lots of waiting, lots of commotion and chaos.
Take a few minutes and get in the line for Jesus...
Watch this - http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9MB1EFNU
Because I'm not able to be out-and-about during this Christmas Season (recovering from foot surgery) I've been experiencing a much different Christmas. Much more quiet, more reflective...Waiting for Jesus...
Have a Blessed Merry CHRISTmas...dmc

Friday, December 24, 2010

Where is Christ?

"I speak to you from the depths of eternity... You hear Me in the depths of your being, where I have taken up residence. "I am Christ in you, the hope of Glory"... alive within you... tune in to My living Presence." Colossians 1:27 (375)
Perhaps the greatest truth behind the Christ Child, in the manger at Christmas, is "Christ in you, the hope of Glory!" To find Christ we do not need to search the heavens or travel half a world away, like the Wise Men of the East . Nor, do we need to see angels or hear their angelic songs, like the Judean Shepherds. Nor, do we need to legislate, threaten and interrogate, like some pompous King Herald.
To find Christ I only need consider the state of my own soul...to look within! The journey inside my own soul, as a committed Christian, should testify to the certainty and significance of a Soul Saving Christ! The most compelling advocate is the presence of Christ, within the depths of my own soul, where sacred history is confirmed in personal reality.
The glorious Christmas gift is "Christ in you" inspiring hope...
Glorious hope...dmc

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Nurturing Trust Nurtures

"Nurture well your trust in Me as Savior, Lord, and Friend." (374)
Trust is a phenomenal entity. It can be surprisingly strong and frightfully fragile. During a single day of counseling sessions I can observe the extremes of trust and it's undeniable repercussions. When trust is strong, confidence grows. When trust is frail, suspicion grows. The repercussions can vary from a quiet peace to boiling turmoil.
One decisive factor that can make all the difference is...knowledge.
The more shared information, transparent exchange, honest communication... the more one will know and the more likely trust can grow and be nurtured into a fruitful relationship.
The same is true with our relationship with the Lord. The more we learn about Him, the more we experience Him, the more we come to really know Him...the more our trust can be firmly established.
The more we nurture trust the more trust will nurture us!
Trusting in my Savior, Lord and Friend - Jesus...dmc

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Overshadowed & Pregnant

"Come to Me, and rest in My Presence. As you ponder the majestic mystery of the Incarnation, relax in My everlasting arms...sired by the Holy Spirit." (373)
One of my favorite Christmas passages, that also challenges me the most, is the angel's response to Mary in Luke 1:35. "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God."
When God's Word moves deeper and deeper into our hearts there can be seasons of being "overshadowed" that seem to overtake us. They are seasons of spiritual conceiving. Sometimes it can feel like a fog has settled in. Not a dark, foreboding fog, but a nurturing, comforting fog like the overshadowing wings of the Almighty found in Psalm 91.
When "the power of the Most High" overshadows me, I sense a conception of new life, a new work or adventure in God's Presence. I believe God desires to conceive new dimensions of His Life in each of us often. Much like having Christmas all year long...every day can offer moments of birthing Jesus into our humble settings, at home, work, school, in relationships, conversations, difficult situations and various opportunities all around us.
This world needs to experience Jesus and under the anointing of the Holy Spirit we can birth Jesus into the hearts and lives of others. How can my actions, my words, my gifts or talents bring Jesus to life in the lives of those around me?
Unto you is born this day, in the city where you live, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you, you shall find the babe wrapped in human flesh lying in a difficult situation before you. And there will be a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest and on earth Peace, Goodwill toward men." (modified from Luke 2:11-14)
Birthing Jesus...dmc
PS - Happy 10th Anniversary to our oldest son & wife, Michael & Leslie Colaw! Thanks for giving us 3 adorable grandchildren and many wonderful memories.
We love you!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blindfolded Faith

"My plan for your life is unfolding before you. Sometimes the road you are traveling seems closed, or it opens up so painfully slow... (or) the way before you suddenly clears... As you persevere along the path I have prepared for you, depending on My strength to sustain you, expect to see miracles - and you will...not always visible to the naked eye." (372)
2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us "we walk by faith, not by sight." It's much easier to walk by sight - being able to SEE where we're going. Walking by faith presents a much more complicated challenge when we are required to step into the unknown, the unseen, the unfamiliar. It's uncomfortable and so unnatural, awkward and foreign to our human senses. In fact, faith does not make a lot of sense! My senses may scream "Why?" "What now?" or "No way!"
It reminds me of being blindfolded, yet in motion. I have learned that faith is not a single act. It is a series of continuing actions, putting one foot in motion, stepping forward, traveling on in spite of doubt, questions, heartache or fear. My faith may crawl along, inching its way forward, but its very presence is evidence of a miracle. So, no matter how fragile or weak, I will go on with or without the blindfolds!
Pushing on...dmc

Monday, December 20, 2010

Enjoying Restraint

"Toward the end of My (earthly) life, I was taunted and tempted to display more of My awesome Power than My Father's plan permitted. I could have called down legions of angels to rescue Me at any point. Imagine the self-control required...this was necessary to provide the relationship with Me that you now enjoy." (371)
Just because we CAN do something does not mean we SHOULD. Jesus could have escaped humiliation, misunderstanding even death, but He didn't! Why? Because He was committed to something far greater than His own desires.
Whenever we choose to avoid doing something that involves a long-term cost that will exceed a momentary advantage, we are operating out of a higher motivation that will reap higher rewards. Jesus recognized that the long-term cost of our eternal damnation was far more compelling than the cost of sacrificing His personal comfort and earthly life.
Jesus became not only our Saviour, but our Inspiration to live a life controlled by purposes far greater than the here-and-now. Our ultimate destination is worth every healthy "no" we must activate in order to enjoy a heavenly "yes" in eternity!
Satan wants to manipulate and tempt us to indulge our selfish desires without recognizing the potential long-term costs. For example, during this Christmas Season, with all the temptations to indulge and buy without restraint, we would be wise to consider the long-term costs of over spending. What a privilege to think that even our spending habits can be an example of godly self-control that proclaims His "glorious Presence" in the midst of a debt-driven world.
Enjoying the Benefits of Saying "No"...dmc

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Decisively Different

"Do not be weighed down by the clutter in your life: lots of chores to do sometime, in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks...you will discover that they are endless." (370)
I am especially good at over estimating what needs to be done and under estimating how long it will take to get it all done. This tendency can leave me frustrated with the many things that must be left undone at the close of the day.
During the holidays there are so many additional activities that the days can be overfilled with "To Do" lists that push out the most important absolutes of life. Forgetting that my "ultimate goal is living close to (and) responsive to" Jesus can leave me feeling empty in the midst of all the clutter.
This year things are decisively different... I'm recovering from a second foot surgery which keeps me from my usual busy bustling around and endless activities. In anticipation of this unusual addition to our holidays, we decisively revamped and modified our pace and the usual flurry of activities and decorating.
So far, we think pacing well lends to a much healthier, happier....maybe even holier holiday! Why? Because we are more focused on the important things and less distracted by details that tend to absorb a lot of time, energy and resources.
Enjoying each other & Jesus much more...dmc

Friday, December 17, 2010

Emmaus Experiences

"Come to Me with your gaping emptiness... Facing the emptiness inside you is simply the prelude to being filled with My fullness... If you persevere in this dependence as you go through the day, you will discover at bedtime that Joy and Peace have become your companions. You may not realize at what point they joined you on your journey, but you will feel the beneficial effects of their presence." (368)
This devotional reminded me of the two deeply discouraged disciples walking down the road to Emmanus after the crucifixion of their beloved leader and friend, Jesus. Their conversation is filled with disappointment concerning the events over the last few days. What they had hoped for was not to be. Their expectations had met with an overwhelming defeat...the death of their leader and the death of a dream!
In the midst of it all, a stranger steps alongside, paces with them and joins in their discussion. It was not until much later, in the evening, that their eyes are opened and they realized... they'd been in the midst of an unfolding miracle... the resurrection of the impossible...a Risen Saviour!
This story from Luke 24:13-35 holds some great insights that can be applied to our journey as followers of Christ.
1. While the death of a dream may leave us discouraged, we do not need to be hopeless.
2. When we hyper-focus on disappointments we tend to overlook divine appointments!
Somewhere along the way "Joy and Peace" come alongside and the Presence of Jesus can cause "our hearts (to) burn within us as He talks to us." (Luke 24:32)
I've had Emmaus experiences that are so disappointing and so painful that I could not see how any good would ever come from it. But, somewhere along the way, my heart begins to "burn" with His Presence and I know Jesus is somewhere nearby and what seems impossible will become my new reality.
Emmanuel means "God with us." That's what I need to focus on when I'm "feeling sluggish, inadequate" and deeply disappointed. I am...
Enjoying Emmanuel on the Emmaus Road ..dmc

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Homesick for Heaven

"Your longing for heaven is good, because it is an extension of your yearning for Me. The hope of heaven is meant to strengthen and encourage you, filling you with wondrous Joy." (366)
When I was little I would wrestle with homesick feelings whenever I had to stay overnight away from my family. If I had my little sister with me, I could do much better.
There have been times as an adult - when I've had to be hundreds of miles away from home all by myself in an airport, hotel or conference - when I've had similar lonely feelings that have caused a sick, sinking feeling inside. Then, just hearing a familiar voice, or seeing a familiar face (on my Iphone) can change the atmosphere in and around me.
That's the way it's suppose to be with Jesus. He's longing for us. We're longing for Him. Spending time in His Presence lets me know that heaven will be a great homecoming experience!
I've just read a great book, Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson, 2010). It will inspire you and make you happily homesick for heaven where "nobody is old and nobody wears glasses!" (back cover quote)
Holding Heaven in my Heart...dmc

Monday, December 13, 2010

Soaking Time

"Take time to be holy...it means set apart for sacred use...moments in My Presence are accomplishing (this) within you. This process requires blocks of time set aside for communion with Me. The benefits...are limitless. Emotional and physical healing are enhanced by your soaking in the Light of My Presence... you become a cleansed temple of My Holy Spirit, who is able to do in and through you immeasurably more than you ask or imagine." Ephesians 3:20 (364)
Wouldn't it be much easier to just take a "holy" pill to become "holy?" Becoming "holy" requires something we dearly value, yet tend to waste...TIME! "Blocks of time set aside" for "soaking" in His Word, in His Presence and in thankfulness. Then, to consider, that every moment in His Presence cleanses us and heals us, magnifies the benefits and the necessity of setting aside time for Him!
Last week we toured The Bodies Exhibition in Tulsa. What an amazing experience and graphic demonstration of how our bodies are "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Ps. 139:14) I was awed and motivated to thank God, all the more, for the miraculous network of biological systems that house my spiritual essence during this earthly journey. To be a chosen "cleansed temple of the Holy Spirit" is especially humbling when I consider how phenomenal yet flawed my body is!
As I head into another foot surgery today...I praise Him for crafting my body to respond and phenomenally heal after procedures that invade and mend flawed parts...and for surgeons who are extensions of God's healing hands and caring heart!
So starting today... I will have "blocks of time" to heal and "soak"...
In His Presence...dmc

The Present of His Presence

"Rest in Me, My child, forgetting about the worries of the world. Focus on Me - Emmanuel - and let My living Presence envelop you in Peace...step by step... Hold My hand in deliberate dependence on Me, and I will smooth out the path before you."
Well, in the midst of recovery... step by step, moment by moment is the only way to get to the other side. But having His enveloping Presence and Peace give a healing comfort!
"Deliberate dependence" is so contrary to the independent way we most often live our lives. These early stages of recovery teach me a lot about "deliberate dependence" as I experience my amazing husband stepping up and hitting a home run for the home team over and over again. He's ready and willing for me to depend on him for all kinds of things - food, meds, ice packs, phone calls, doorbells, adjusting the temperature, running to the store, getting a pillow, propping my foot - and the bathroom duties have given us many endearing moments of laughter!
Joe is an earthly illustration of Emmanuel (God with us)... step by step, holding my hand as I am forced to deliberately depend on him. During this Christmas Season and season of surgical recovery, I thank God for Joe - God's GIFT to me - and for the gift of caring family and friends!
I am blessed with the gift of Joe's helpful presence and also the gift of God's Healing Presence with me...both cherished presents to me in this gift-giving season.
Presents of Presence Heals...dmc

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The 4 - D Perspective

"Feel the warmth and security of being enveloped in My loving Presence. Every detail of your life is under My control...fitting into a pattern for good... If you could only see how close I am to you and how constantly I work on your behalf, you would never again doubt that I am wonderfully caring for you." (363)
It is easy to forget the BIG picture...the one God sees! Only He can fully see how "all things work together for good, to those who love God and are called according to His Purpose." (Romans 8:28)
For me, it's like putting on a pair of transformational 3-D glasses. However, it is really more like 4-D glasses that will enable me to look past the present assumptions, uncertainties, disappointments, limitations and hindrances and boldly gaze into the possibilities and promises of an unfolding future.
4 -D transformation involves an internal pivotal paradigm shift. My life is filled with many pivot points where I halt a defeating train of thought and decisively shift into praise, thanking Him for working on my behalf, even when I cannot see it.
"The world you inhabit is only the tip of the iceberg. Submerged beneath the surface of the visible world are mysteries too vast for you to comprehend." (363)
The transformational 4-D effect changes the perspective and allows the image of God to jump out and spill over into my life. The possibilities are endless with...
An Enhanced Perspective...dmc

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dreaming & Creating

"Bring Me all your concerns, including your dreams...letting the Light of My Presence shine on your hopes and plans...infusing your dreams with life, gradually transforming them into reality...co-creating with you." (362)
Do you have a dream you have given up on? I have several dreams tucked away and sometimes I hold my breath, hoping they will become a reality and other times I just sigh, knowing that it will take a miracle to ever make them a reality!
But to know that God understands dreams, that His creative abilities are a demonstration of His own dreams, encourages my heart as I wonder and prayerfully wait.
Congratulations to our son, Matthew Charles Colaw! Today he will experience the fulfillment of one of his dreams...Graduating with a Business Administration Degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University!
Charles, we are especially proud of you and grateful for your dedication to a dream that demanded a lot of sacrifice. Dreams really do come true!
Check out the ABC's of Dreams... http://inspirationmotivation.com/dreamsabcs.htm
May all Your God-given Dreams come True...dmc

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pebbles of Adversity

In your private thoughts, you are still trying to order your world so that it is predictable and feels safe...this is impossible (and) counterproductive to spiritual growth....(because) trouble can highlight your awareness of My Presence." (361)
This brings to mind the story of beach pebbles...why some are so polished and beautiful, while others can be quite rough and dull in color. It all depends upon the circumstances of their journey. If the shoreline of the beach forms a "pocket" that traps and frames the bedrock, then the stones will continually tumble and toss until they are naturally smooth and polished by the salty repetitive waves. The most beautiful ones have been battered and bathed the most. Geologists who study stones can determine a lot of history by the shape, size and color of the stones.
We are much the same. The waves of adversity can highlight how God's Presence has polished and refined us until we are like the cherished pebbles discovered on beaches and taken home as beautiful treasures and tangible gems of inspirations.
In the throes of adversity, I've seen these "gems" reflect "the radiance of (His) Face." In the midst of crashing salty waves, feeling tossed and trapped, they stop and "consider" God, tearfully bathing in His Presence. No wonder they "consider it all joy" because they have been...
Tumbling with Jesus...dmc

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hugs from Heaven

"Your needs and My riches are a perfect fit. I never meant for you to be self-sufficient. Instead, I designed you to need Me... I carefully crafted your longings and feelings of incompleteness, to point you to Me... (enabling) you to find intimate completion in Me." (359)
Just like our bodies will hunger for food, thirst for water or crave a good night's rest, our souls hunger to be spiritually fed. (After all, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience!)
So, when I am feeling inadequate physically, I eat, drink or sleep...when I am feeling inadequate spiritually, I will hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6.) My deep inner longing to be intimately connected to a Savior keeps me moving in the right direction... straight into the caring arms of Jesus!
So, I admit my neediness and embrace His abundance...all at the same time. It's like a huge, big...
Heavenly Hug...dmc

PS - Happy 29th birthday to my youngest son, Matthew Charles Colaw! You have been one huge, big hug from heaven to me, your dad, brother, your wife & family and to so many others! Thanks for making a huge, big difference in all our lives!

Monday, December 6, 2010

In the Heart of Worship

"Stay ever so close to Me... This is the most efficient way to stay on track; also the most enjoyable way... (however,) habit-forming rules provide a false sense of security, lulling the soul in to a comatose condition." (357)
I rather like a bit of routine in my life with its predictable outcome or "sense of security." However, to help my morale and my spirit to soar there's nothing like worship, especially when it's along with others who have great confidence in God. Yes, we need the heart of worship to rule in our hearts to avoid "a false sense of security" that lulls us into a spiritually "comatose condition."
Listen to this video clip of the "Heart of Worship." The message found in the words is priceless. Read along with the music.
This inspired me!
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH-snsXw1as&feature=related
Meeting an Awesome God in Worship...dmc

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Hallelujah Hold Up

"Let My Presence override everything you experience. Like a luminous veil of Light, I hover over you and everything around you...stay conscious of Me in each situation you encounter." (356)
The Presence of God makes such a huge difference in ANY situation! His Presence is absolutely capturing! Watch the following amazing video clip and experience how the Presence of God overtakes and overflows!
Each time I watch it my own heart is overwhelmed with His Presence! It is so impacting! It's like a divinely inspired hold up in the middle of a hectic Christmas.
This is one remarkable way to keep Christ in Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fare Well in Warfare

"Do not be surprised by the fiery attacks on your mind...don't let discouragement set in. You are engaged in massive warfare, spiritually speaking. The evil one abhors your closeness to Me, and his demonic underlings are determined to destroy our intimacy...call upon My Name...at that instant, the battle becomes Mine...simply trust Me as I fight for you." (354)
I can wholeheartedly support the validity of the above quote. I've experienced "fiery attacks," discouragement and the awesome overcoming power of Jesus' Name!! I will ask for His help, then immediately start to thank Him for the victory, even before the oppression lifts...Victory is on the way!
We can fare well in warfare because...Jesus is still far better at warfare than the enemy is!
Practicing my Victory Dance...dmc

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pick Your Prince Wisely

"I am the Prince of Peace... When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace... You need My Peace each moment to accomplish My purposes in your life... Walk with Me along paths of Peace; enjoy the journey in My Presence." (353)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace while satan is "the prince of this world." (John 12:31, 14:30) No matter how hard this world struggles to gain peace, it will never be achieved until satan is totally defeated and the Prince of Peace reigns. However, in my own life, I can allow the Prince of Peace to reign, setting up His Kingdom in my heart. What a difference He makes, allowing me to experience the purposes and plans His Peace brings!
No wonder satan does all he can to disturb and steal away our Peace...he does not want us to fulfill our destiny and bring to life the realities of our purpose.
Day by day, our path can be filled with Peace and Purpose...it just depends on which "prince" we journey with, listen to, focus on and allow to reign in our lives.
In the Presence of the Prince of Peace...dmc

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Taste of Eternity

"I love you with an everlasting Love, which flows out from the depths of eternity...a Love that encompasses you from before birth to beyond the grave...being still in My Presence...enables you to experience My eternal Love. You need the certainty of My loving Presence in order to weather the storms of Life. During times of severe testing, even the best theology can fail you if it isn't accompanied by experiential knowledge of Me...(devote) time to developing your friendship with Me. " (352)
This reminded me of the several passages of scripture.
First, John 17:3, "And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." Our eternal life is vitally linked to our relational life in Christ.
Second, Psalm 34:8, "Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him." No matter how much we know ABOUT Him, we must experience Him to really KNOW Him!
During this Christmas season, I pray we will pause to "taste and see" Him and His goodness all around us, stretching, stirring and satisfying our eternal souls.
Experiencing Jesus with all my senses makes a lot of sense...dmc