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Gently

Gently

by Lydia Floren

I’ve been avoiding God again. Well, to be honest, I’ve mostly been avoiding myself – what I might find when I slow down and get still enough to pay attention. Frankly, I don’t want to see the failure. The raw need. The fear. I skirt the edges of these feelings, afraid that, if I face them head on, I will get lost in depression and discouragement.

So, I stay busy. And keep God at arm’s length. But this is not a good long term plan. God is with me, within me, gently calling my name, ready to hear my concerns. I can’t ignore Him. And I miss Him.

So here I am, in the middle of the night, jolted awake by a bad dream. I reach for His comforting presence, before I remember not to. His kindness is startling. Gently He soothes. Embraces. Lifts away my burdens. Gently, He heals past wounds, still raw, gives insight into my pain, and offers perspective – on present events, and past ones.

Gently, He shares truth where I see lies. Gently, He reminds me that He is 100% good, and that I am 100% safe: nothing and no one can touch my identity, value, belonging and calling.

God meets me where I am. And ever so gently, ever so faithfully, He leads me out of my mess, and back into His joy.

He leads me out of my mess and back into His joy.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

The Lord is my Shepherd

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The Lord is my Shepherd

by Lydia Floren

This week’s blog is the first in of a series of pictoral blogs on Psalm 23. Take a moment to think about this phrase this week.  What does it mean for THE lord to be your shepherd?  What pictures or scenes make you think of the phrase “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”?  

Snap a picture, or jot a few words down, and share it with the rest of us.  It’s easy–simply post it on the Belovedlove Facebook page. (with photos, if you have time include a few words about your photo, such as why you chose it, or where you took it.)

Everyone’s eye is so different, and God speaks to each of us in special ways!  Thank you for sharing part of your world with the rest of us!

Lydia

I thank God in all my remembrance of you!

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The Truth About God (God’s Company Part 2)

The Truth About God

 

I used to be afraid of God.  At different times, I believed that God was:

  • A stern authority figure handing down punishment
  • A meticulous accountant, checking to be sure I was doing things “right.”
  • A bored benefactor, mildly amused by my efforts, but not interested enough in me to offer meaningful guidance.
  • An Important Person I Must Impress, only attentive to my grandest accomplishments.

The more time I have spent in God’s company, the more I understand His true character.

God is:

  • A loving Father, cherishing me as His precious child.
  • A forgiving friend, ready to make things right and start fresh every day.
  • A wise counselor, giving excellent guidance about decisions and problems.
  • An encouraging mentor, prompting me to use the gifts He has given me to follow Him in my own unique way.
  • A powerful protector/provider, releasing me from my fears of not having my needs met.
  • A trustworthy leader, guiding me down the very best path, and staying with me every step of the way.

Day by day, year by year, the truth of who God really is burrows its way deeper into my being.

What lies do people believe about God?  What truth have you been learning about Him?

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Previous Post:  God’s Company (Part 1)

 

Loosening the Rocks (Rocks Series Part 2)

Loosening the Rocks

by Lydia Floren

In order to be free from a deep seated lie, it is necessary to immerse one’s self in truth, and for that truth to sink way down deep.   When truth moves past our conscious thoughts, and buries itself into our hearts and spirits, it dislodges long-entrenched lies.  Here are some ways to anchor truth into your mind/heart/spirit:

Repetition.  Repeating truth over and over to yourself really helps to get it past the surface. For example, you could continually expose yourself to truth by any or all of the following:

  • Carry around a set of “truth cards.
  • Program a message of truth into your phone.
  • Wear a bracelet, or other reminder
  • Write a reminder on your hand

The more creative and omnipresent your reminders, the more likely that the truth will be firmly implanted in your mind.

Different points of view.  Instill truth by looking at the facts from different perspectives.

  • Do this on your own, by asking yourself questions. In the case of the perfectionism lie (“I must be perfect to be acceptable to God”),  you could ask yourself,  “What is perfect?  Would I even know it if I saw it?  Is my definition the same as God’s?  What does God care about?  What does the Bible say?”
  • Get an outside perspective.  You might share your struggle with a trusted friend or advisor and ask for their point of view.

Multiple senses and learning methods.  In order to learn something well, and have it really stick with you, involve as many senses and learning styles as possible.  For example you might follow the adage “see one, do one, teach one.”  Watching someone, then doing it, and then teaching it greatly reinforces what you learn.  It also helps to absorb truth in different ways.  You might

  • Read about a truth
  • Say it to yourself
  • Listen to a song about it
  • Watch a video that resonates that truth

The more methods you employ, the quicker the truth becomes part of you.

Memorization.  The ultimate goal is to firmly implant truth in your memory.  In my opinion, committing part of the Bible to memory has an impact greater than any other. The Holy Spirit works through God’s word in both the conscious and the subconscious mind, and is powerful indeed.

Reminders.  No matter how you learn truth, remind yourself often of what you now know.  It is kind of like waxing your car, so that the salt and debris of the road don’t corrode the metal. The truth might be in you, but it may fade a bit and need some buffing, to bring it back into present awareness.

If you abide in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:31-32

What is your favorite way of loosening the rocks, and incorporating truth into your life?

Truth dislodges lies

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