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get back up!! (Day 12)

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The #lampandlight 31 Day Scripture Challenge has truly been a blessing to my heart. It is amazing how much of myself I have found in 1 Samuel…especially since I chose it on a whim!

In chapter 12, I was captivated by verses 20-22. In Bina-speak, I see Samuel begging them: “Yes, you have messed up BUT don’t let that be a reason to stop serving The Lord. Don’t run to stuff that will “numb you out” either!! Get back up, dust yourself off and continue your walk with the Lord YOUR God ~ He LOVES having a relationship with you…don’t let that go!

As someone who hasn’t been as faithful as I would like lately (when it comes to being in the Word and actually applying it to my daily life)…I am moved to fall more deeply in love with a God who loves like this. I am one who needs to hear “Don’t let the mistake dictate your relationship with Me“…because I am one who typically finds a place to hide because I “messed it all up…again”.

For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for Himself.” (vs 22)

…thankful…

(What is this all about?? check out the explanation on Day 1)

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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When Grace Falls Like Rain

This weekend was hard.

My brain was in overdrive as every mental stumbling block you can think of was hurled at me, leaving me evaluating…examining…and absorbing.

By last night, I was e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d.

I opened my devotional just before bed and was led to Matt 11.28.

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Simple words.

Come to Me.

So easy to distort.

…but?? I had been coming to Him.

All weekend.

I was praying, I was reading, I was seeking.

But the chaos was still echoing, screaming from all directions.

I was confessing, I was looking up, I was trying.

I came to You?!?!…and then I climbed into bed as exhausted as I was when I first reached for my devotional.

This morning I woke up with the mental drama ready to pick up where it left off. Seriously?!? I am coming to You, Lord.  I mean, what else do You want from me??

Come to Me.

Ohmigosh.

My Bible study partner showed up and I unleashed my burden onto her.  Dude, I am coming to Him and yet nothing is changing.  How is this thing supposed to work??

She laughed…she shrugged…and we began to go over our study.

It was halfway thru the lesson.

It was my turn to answer what I had written.

And it hit me like a cold, unexpected downfall of rain.

Come to Me.

Not pray to Me. Not read about Me. Not look for Me.

Not confess to Me. Not stare into space for Me. Not even try for Me.

No…none of this was what He was asking of me.

COME to Me.

BE with Me. 

ABIDE with Me. 

stop DOING…even for Me.

As I tried to speak, my throat caught and the tears came up from the pit of my stomach.

Silence.

I looked up at her to find her face flooded over with her joy for me and her smile widened.

Better now?

…yup. I am. In every way…as I dance in Grace’s sweet rain shower.

Looking up, as always…
Bina

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The Joy Is In The Little Things…

…but as simple as they may first appear, they very rarely are. 

Brewing underneath every simplistic moment or view, is something complex…well thought out…meaningfully defined…ever present.  Little things like:

…having my nearly 7 year old read ME the bed time story!

…the veiw looking up from my Brazilian tree swing on a perfect OC day.

…yesterday’s sunset as viewed from our front porch.

getting to be the safe haven for a teenaged girl who happens to know me simply as ‘Auntie Ma’.

So much of what happens in my life is simple.  Most of my blessings are here and gone in the blink of an eye.  But what kind of daughter would I be if I didn’t take the time to say “I noticed!” to the Father who allowed them into my life…glimpses of the Creator’s gloriously saving grace in the midst of the chaos of life.

What are your simple glimpses into the glory of the Lord??  Really…I am asking and I want to know.

Looking up as always…
~Bina~
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>The Joy Is In The Little Things…

>…but as simple as they may first appear, they very rarely are. 

Brewing underneath every simplistic moment or view, is something complex…well thought out…meaningfully defined…ever present.  Little things like:

…having my nearly 7 year old read ME the bed time story!

…the veiw looking up from my Brazilian tree swing on a perfect OC day.

…yesterday’s sunset as viewed from our front porch.

getting to be the safe haven for a teenaged girl who happens to know me simply as ‘Auntie Ma’.

So much of what happens in my life is simple.  Most of my blessings are here and gone in the blink of an eye.  But what kind of daughter would I be if I didn’t take the time to say “I noticed!” to the Father who allowed them into my life…glimpses of the Creator’s gloriously saving grace in the midst of the chaos of life.

What are your simple glimpses into the glory of the Lord??  Really…I am asking and I want to know.

Looking up as always…
~Bina~