Monday, April 14, 2014

& (there's more)

I don’t know if it’s just me and the season of life I’m in (I’m nearing the corner to 40) but it seems there is a question that reverberates in and out of conversations, Sunday morning sermons, magazine publications, blog posts - basically wherever people gather to discuss life matters. The question is this, “Is this                              (fill in the blank) all there is?”

Much of what I’ve worked for, longed for, or been promised has either been fulfilled or the promise and longing still seem so far off, it’s easy to lose hope and wonder if it will ever come to pass. I thought by 40 I’d be smarter, more spiritually-discerned, and visibly walking out the prophetic words over my life.

I have other friends who are also turning 40 and today I went shopping for a gift to celebrate my friend’s milestone birthday. I love gift-giving (almost as much as I love receiving gifts *wink) and I wanted to find a memorable gift that would mark the year adequately. I purchased a jewelry charm with a dangling ampersand to signify and remind my friend, no matter where she is in life, there is always more.

Pleased by my obviously excellent (and creative) ability to find the perfect gift, I realized how the sentiment applied to me, and everyone else I knew. And probably everyone I don’t know too. Wherever I am at the moment - in life, in joy, in faith, in miracles, in goodness, in fruit, in healing, in anything – there’s more. My current situation is not the end. Looking at the dangling ampersand in my hands it speaks, “And...there’s more.”

The word of God confirms it. John 10:10, “...I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...” Hebrews 12:2, “...for the joy set before him...” Jeremiah 33:3, “...and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Habakkuk 2:3, “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

What are some of the prophetic words spoken over your life? Are they happening? If not, wait for them. Time and again, I’ve been told I am a leader [of many], with great favour among many churches and travelling to the nations. Currently I’m a leader of no one, I lack favour and influence within my own church and funds to finance a worldwide ministry are less than nil. From the looks of it, the words are merely that, just words. Except for the one who spoke them. With God, there is always more.

So many in the church have given up hope on their promises that I can practically hear the grumbling and disagreement but as I said recently to a friend, “You can disagree with me, but I’m not wrong.” Renew hope in the God of Hope. He started the good work when you received the word, he will bring it to completion. If the word isn’t fulfilled, then it’s not over yet.

I’m no longer considered a young adult and I’m not ready for Freedom 55, I’m in the middle, and at times it can feel like I’m stuck...until I remember. This is not the end. I’m simply at the ampersand, not the period.

&, there’s more.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Psalms for Sunday, LXVVVI

It is good for me to live, that I might praise your name and testify to your goodness. Can a dead man dance? Or can one in the grave sing songs of worship to you?

At the sound of your voice, I rise with surging life. I will praise you and it is my heart’s fulfillment to worship you, forever and ever.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Psalms for Sunday, LXXXV

I lift my face toward you, to ask and petition but as I stand before you, I can only bow down and worship. Nothing stands before you without falling down, not me, and not any problem. You are greater, and when I comprehend this truth - even a little - you show me how much more you are, even than my greatest thought.

Let the nations rejoice, and give thanks. You are our hope and our deliverer. You are salvation, and mercy. Your grace flows to those who seek your counsel, to those who fear you.

If I fear the Lord, then nothing else makes me afraid; even the wind and the waves obey you. You gather the waters and throw them down, the waves sulk away like a small ripple dissipating to nothing. You punish the typhoon for the lives of the righteous; nothing is hidden from your eyes.

Your judgement is against anything that inhibits love. You are love, and nothing, nothing separates us from you.

Let the people be glad because you have overcome. Evil is vanquished. We dance as you put the enemy beneath our feet; let’s stomp our feet and give a shout because Hades has given up the righteous, those who put their trust in you.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Psalms for Sunday, LXXXIV

You are relentless, like a battering ram weakening the wall of my resolve. Who can stand against the torrent of your love and affection? You’ve won me, and I’m yours.

You’ve overcome and you pick me up like plunder. You pillage the dark recesses of hallways and rooms locked that were locked and you discover gold and treasured things. Who knew there was anything of worth in the darkness of my life? But you hid them there, and your eyes searched for them to bring them to the light, being bathed and cleansed in your goodness.

Everything is made new in your presence, in the power of your love. I am made new. I rejoice and leap and dance with fervour because I am beautiful in your eyes. Nothing is hidden, and I am beautiful.

Praise you!
Let the entire world and the angels worship your name. Let the demons shudder because nothing is too hard and no one is beyond your gaze and soft affection.

Who can stand against the torrent of your love and affection? Your love never fails; it always, always wins.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Psalms for Sunday, LXXXIII

I look to the heavens, where my help comes from. Everything I need is with you, in your presence.

If I say to the tree, “Give your strength,” can I expect an answer?

If I say to the ocean, “Show me your wisdom,” will it show not me its limit?

If I say to my friend, “Help me,” how long will he stay with me until he himself needs help also?

There is none beside you; you are all I need. When I am tired, you strengthen me. When I need an answer, you give me wisdom. When I need help, you are with me.

All of my mistakes are covered by your love. You cuddle me in your arms and kiss me softly and work with me so I learn. You are goodness, and wholly wonderful. I am safe in your arms, and all that I need is found in your presence.
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