For The Beloved

28/05/2010 § 2 Comments


In all honesty my head has been swimming from allergies this week. I have been in the Word as much as my symptoms have allowed and I have been listening to our Pastors sermons online for my ‘daily dose’.

This week I’ve been meditating a lot on the importance of the Word in our lives and how it is ABSOLUTELY VITAL to the life of a believer. I have not always been a devourer of the Word, many years have gone by where the dust collects more than cracks in the leather or binding. I’m guilty. I repent. I’m changing my direction and RUNNING to the Word. I thank the Lord for this deep rooted conviction.

While there’s ‘nothing new under the sun’, it seems to me the voices of heresy and blasphemy in the church are shouting louder and louder and the average believer is being tossed to and fro by every wave of ‘doctrine’. I have friends swallowing these falsehoods hook, line and sinker, and not only that, they have become ones who are ‘violently’ opposing wisdom and correction from their brothers and sisters in the Lord. This is so grievous to me, I can only imagine how it affects the heart of the Father. 

The only way we can spot a wolf among the flock is if we know what we’re looking for. The only way to know what we are looking for is if we study what the true Shepherd looks and sounds like. Even the FBI studies real currency and knows its every detail in order to tell the real bill from a fake. How much more important is it then, brothers and sisters, that we study the real Shepherd in intimate detail so we can tell when there is a wolf in sheep’s clothing among us?  

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. 
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.
 

~John 10

 

Learning the Voice of My Shepherd,
Traci

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

24/05/2010 § 2 Comments

For The Beloved

21/05/2010 § 2 Comments

There are so many voices that try to woo us. So many philosophies that try to sway us. So many lifestyles that call to us, beckon us to come to them.

They always seem to have an answer. They always seem to know just how to reason. They always seem to know just what we want to get our way with, at just the right time.

Yet, there is only One voice, one philosophy and one lifestyle we must always be able to hear, understand and  live by. The voice of the Father, whispering to us. The gentle nudging of His Spirit, guiding us. The still small voice, calling us to the higher way.

The ONLY way we can have discernment, the only way we can know what to believe, the only way we can know that we know that we know how to rightly live, is by plunging, headlong, into the Word of God.

Taste of it. Eat of it. Feast upon it. Drink of it. Wash in it. Meditate upon it. Sustain yourself with it. Nourish yourself with it. Renew your mind in it. Guide your way with it. Light your path with it. Learn from it. Teach from it. Admonish from it. Exhort from it. Emulate it. Seek it. Run after it. Lay hold of it. Embrace it. Fight for it. Die for it.

“…in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so…” ~Acts 17

Trying to Listen, Understand and Live by the Word,
Traci

For The Beloved

14/05/2010 § 1 Comment

   “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 
   Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
 

   So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full—then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
 

   You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Massah. You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the LORD swore to your fathers, to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken.
 

   

   When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.’”  ~Deuteronomy 6

Learning, Teaching and Remembering,
Traci

I've Moved!! Come see the new place!!

11/05/2010 § Leave a comment

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I would love for you to visit me at my new blog I’ll Take Tea. I’m looking forward to your visit!

Blessings to you and yours,

Traci 🙂

Our Great Savior (Jesus! What A Friend for Sinners)

09/05/2010 § 5 Comments

Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.

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Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.

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Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.

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Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.

Refrain

Listen here 

Oh my sweet and precious Jesus, know my heart is solely Thine. Maker, Healer, Redeemer of mine, may I ever cling to Thy pierced hands and wounded side. May I seek Thee in the early hours and in the evening time. Mighty fortress, Tower of refuge, Shelter in the time of storms, may I run to Thee and hide myself, let it not be the exception but the norm. 
 
“And he said, “Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, “Will ye also go away?” Then Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
~John 6:65-69

~traci

For The Beloved

07/05/2010 § 4 Comments

Our large picture window affords many a view of birds in flight and little feathered ones snatching up morsels to fill bellies. They flit, they fly, limb to limb, continual testing of surroundings for that final place of respite where weary wings may rest. I try to snap a photo and think to myself, “Hold still!” 

The caution of their nature is never quenched. Self-preservation pulsing continually through microscopic veins, fear of capture. I pause to reflect, a parallel emerges, first dimly then brighter, fuller.
I have lived a generous portion of my vapor-like existence such as one of these. The gently firm voice of the Father, all too familiar in my ears, “Hold still!”. I bow my head in solemn comprehension. I am face-to-face with my past, the majority of my fleeting life before me, I relive in a flashing moment. 
Then, what’s this? A smile? No gut-wrenching sobs of pain? No searching through endless files to find someone to blame? What has happened to the wee sparrow whom fear once left lame?
Where guilt, regret and shame once held frail wings from flight, the chains now lay at feet, capture no longer my plight. For the Lord my God has delivered me, enemies now eat bitter defeat. So long, fare thee well, never again shall our paths meet.  
 
With branch weighed low, I stretch wide once battered wings, pressing down and lifting up, I soar high and away on winds now safe.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. ”  ~Matthew 10:29-31

 
Getting used to my wings,
Traci

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