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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8 -14 ~ WOW "CHOOSE JOY, REST, QUIET LOVE ..."

I took a very short 
WALK ON WEDS.
this week to take a photo
for today's
WHISPER
because since SOnday when I posted
"BELOVED"
with this upcoming week's
"Whispers of Rest"
being on
"CHOOSING"
whether it's
Joy, Rest, Help (tomorrow's choice), 
Comfort, Peace, Grace or
today's
QUIET LOVE
and I start out each day with declaring
"I will choose joy" or "I will choose rest"
when my day gets into full swing or even half
quite the opposite is what takes place
so I am bombarded with the struggle of choosing the good when all I see, or worse, feel is not what I declare
then
I know that the enemy is at full throttle
so it's my choice to return to remind myself 
of all that Jesus (God)
Whisper(ed)
that very morning
but
I am so frustrated and that leads 
to more of making this the devil's heyday
which I certainly don't want or choose

all this makes me even more weary
when I'm being called to
"...REST..."
in Him

I decide to gather 2 of my 4 fur babies and go out for a Walk amidst the strewn branches, pine cones, leaves and wet path to snap a photo of some lilac flowers on the largest bush instead of purchasing flowers as suggested (after all its Weds. and this was Today's Beloved Challenge) ... but they were all dried up and dead (sigh) perhaps an indication of my drooping and burdened spirit. Bonnie's "Soul Care Trail Notes" point out that "simply looking at flowers improves emotional health" (and boy, could I use that) - from Rutgers University behavioral research.

Add to other life and family's problems, I get online finally to share a bit about this 10th day's theme, and I am further frustrated by Blogger (or my laptop or maybe it's both) that the photos I have posted in my blogs aren't even showing up, (sometimes do, sometimes don't) so "what's the use?" comes into my head ... (sigh...grrr) ... thoughts not from God ... then I have to laugh, as I reread today's words from Bonnie about "quiet" and how God, in His infinite wisdom, had decided last night in the hours of the storm, to allow us to loose power ... that's certainly one way to take the noise away from your surroundings and force you in the quietness to seek God (which I must do often to stay away from other conflicts and problems), just give myself permission to step away from the outside world - yet whether I can or can't turn off those situations, they somehow seem to follow me in my thoughts, into the "quiet" breaks and moments I choose to recluse, interruptions even when I lay down to sleep but can't turn off my mind from all those situations and thoughts replaying when all I really desire is to choose God's 

"Quiet Love"

"... Choose instead to be loved. Let God love you. Choose quiet love." ... Bonnie Gray
God's Story
Day 10
Matthew 6:26-29

“The Lord is with you. He will quiet you with His love.” 
Zephaniah 3:17
Isaiah 49:15-16

Bonnie writes:

..."Quiet is intimacy where God whispers ..."

... "Quiet can be brief or long. Just intentional. 
Quiet isn't the absence of movement.
Quiet is a movement to trust you were meant for more than striving. You were meant to be fully alive. When you give yourself permission to just breathe, you can just be."

"In turn, quietness brings what really matters into focus and propel you toward rest and activity that is meaningful, authentic to your true self, and energizing to your soul."

God's Whispers to you
{after all this is WOW}
I lean in to hear 
His Whisper
(through Bonnie's words)

"Beloved,
In quietness, you don' have to be strong. You can be loved.  

You don't have to know the way ahead. I do. Hold on to Me. I'm holding on to you." ... {and there's more in Bonnie Gray's book, p.81}

we all need this reassurance
often I know I am not strong
someone dear to me has had to be strong
for so long and as always
we need God and His miracles
so
the
Prayer for Today
is
When You Need God's Quiet Love
I pray Bonnie's prayer
asking Jesus to
"bring calm and peace"
only He can and does
so I do choose
the
QUIET
to let Him love me
instead of
filling any time with
performing, pleasing or disappearing
or
wasting it with being frustrated,
burdened, weary or restless
living a life with disunity
conflict or continuous
turmoil of others
affecting me
robbing
of
JOY
REST
PEACE
etc.


Sadly this post has many thoughts and no images, so I thank you if you made it this far and hope that somehow you heard God Whisper something special for you ... if not, grab a copy of Bonnie Gray's "Whispers of Rest" or sign up for her Book Club.

I need healing but I'm pretty sure we all have areas that do and this week's video "Reclaim your self-worth" is so refreshing and helpful; so true and needed! Thankful to God for Bonnie and this book! I would have loved to continue for all 40 days as I did daily last week but this is Bonnie's book, not mine, so I don't want to infringe on her copyright.

For the rest of part two, this week, I will "Choose Help, Comfort, Peace and Grace." My, how we all need HIS GRACE and all of these choices just aMazing!!! as His Beloved! in His Quiet Love (on a not so quiet day) ... hold on, stop and smell a flower or two and finish this prayer from "Pray and Rest" in Bonnie's book

"Dear God, after spending time walking in silence with You, I feel ..."

I treasure
His Whispers!

(and you)



1 comment:

  1. Dearest Peggy...I so needed to read this post today...and to finish the prayer...

    "Dear God, after spending time walking in silence with You, I feel ..." like I have been holding my breath all day and I can finally let it out as the rushing and mighty wind of the Holy Spirit moves thru my soul....Lord I thank You that I don't have to be strong all the time but can lean on You...lean hard on Your strong shoulders and place my concerns in Your big enough hands...thank You for the peace that I can't even comprehend that settles over me as I turn it all over to You...Your higher plans are so much better than my anxious nights and worrisome days and I release them to You and walk away from the lies the enemy throws at me...thank You for Your mercy and patience with me, Your daughter and beloved child, for in my weakness I do fail so many times and cling to what I see with my eyes and feel with my emotions instead of what I KNOW IN MY HEART...that You are the glory in my earthly temple...the Redeemer of my soul...and my soon coming King...praise Your sweet name....amen!!

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Bless you for your visit and encouraging words! I thank you and I am humbly blessed by YOU and the time you spend with me... Peace, "Mazmagi" Peggy

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