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They Did Not Realize

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. ~John 21:4
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Pruning for Your Better

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a person remains in Me and I in them, they will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." ~John 5:1-5 

REST

Rest...rest...stop...rest...peace...rest...refreshing...rest...
Recently I have been impressed upon to rest. Rest. Ironically, I wasn't really sure how to do that or what exactly it meant in this particular season. So, I looked up the word "rest"... 

The word "rest" can have many meanings, but I have been led here:

In English, Rest
                   A bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities, 
                   freedom from activity or labor, 
                   a state of motionlessness or inactivity, 
                   peace of mind or spirit

In Greek, Anapausis
                              An intermission,
                              cessation of any motion,
                              business or labour;
                              rest, relaxation

The Greek form of rest - anapausis - is used in the following scripture:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn …

A New Thing

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Word Waterfalls

I like to do this exercise where I write or say words that flow uninhibited in the moment. It is kind of like brainstorming except that there is no real goal, just words. Of course if you pay attention, you may find a theme.

Sometimes my heart speaks of the moment in ways I didn't expect. 
I find this exercise relaxing. It can make me look at the world more deliberately, or hear sounds around me more intently, among other things. For example, last night I did this exercise during my walk and I realized that despite being in the outskirts of a small town, there was a plethora of noise in what I originally thought was a quiet night!
Mechanical noise...
So. Much. Noise.

I have documented some of these exercises in my blog. Poetic words, feelings, insight, peace, direction, revelation, flow, release...

It is a good exercise, and (generally speaking) you don't even break a sweat!

These days, I need release. There is so much tension, darkness, absurdities, lack of common sense, lack …

Stolen Moments

David encroached on a relationship, stealing moments and memories that would never be. His far reaching effects, harmful and hurtful, only God knows the full extent. My heart breaks for the stolen love and life lost. I know the pain.
Lost and driven away.
God, you know my heart, my sadness, my pain...Please bring Your healing rain.
After indignation and reprisal, David repented. Regardless, it was too late. Memories and moments stolen away. The future was changed, or the future became what was intended, only God knows.
New mercies falling. God, you know my heart, my mind, my hope...
New mercies falling.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.~Lamentations 3:22-23

2 Samuel 11,12

The Lord is Not Slow in Keeping His Promise

1 Peter 3:8-18
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward toa new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every e…