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Please Sir, can I have some more…?

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This famous quote, taken from Oliver, has been stirring in my heart tonight leading me on a journey into God’s heart.

Oliver, an orphaned boy who’s been taken into a local workhouse, approached the master one night with fear and trembling to dare to ask for more. In the face of adversity he sought to find more to fill that hungry tummy. Met with disapproval he found himself rejected again and sold into the hands of those who also have no care for his precious life.

I wonder how often our approach to God is similar to that of Oliver. We approach the throne of grace in fear and trembling, hesitantly asking God for more…more grace, more love, more mercy, more provision, more more more…quickly retreating away before He can answer. Or maybe we come with our heads held low, afraid to look into His eyes – afraid of what He might see, convinced that we’ll be met with disapproval.

How thankful I am that when we approach the throne of God to ask for more that we aren’t rebuked, turned away or met with a fear inducing gaze. 

We have a great and loving Father who longs for us to boldly approach Him, to seek Him out in order to receive more. Not because He has deliberately withheld from us, but more often because we have not had the capacity to receive all that He longs to lavish upon us.

“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favour and [future] glory (honour, splendour, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”Psalm 84:11

NO good things will He withhold – what an assurance! I used to think that to walk uprightly meant to walk perfectly, following all the rules, without making mistake. This kind of thinking brings an attachment to fear, living under the constraints of condemnation from never reaching the mark, meaning that God could never lavish his good things upon my life. What a lie of the enemy.

The Hebrew meaning of the word “upright” refers to a wholeness, a completion. It says this word describes our entire relationship with God. 

When we walk in a full, whole and healthy relationship with our Father there will be nothing within us that is odious (offensive) to Him. In that place of WHOLENESS God is able to release to us the fullness of all He desires to lavish upon us. Our heart is positioned to receive, we know our place as sons and daughters to boldly come. 

An orphan spirit is another hindrance to our coming boldly before our Father to receive from Him. Years of rejection, yielding to doubt and insecurity, build a wall that obstructs our view of God. The lies shout louder than truth, telling us we could never access that place in His heart, never receive as true children do. Children who know their place within their family unit have no fear in making demands from their parents – they boldly ask for more, and they will ask until they receive! In the same way we can boldly approach Daddy God, with full expectancy that He will meet us with open arms.

Align your heart with His, open your arms wide and come boldly and confidently before His throne. Let your hearts be enlarged to the things of God, be expectant for more.

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Sit tight, fear not…

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Ok…before everyone shoots me down…I know Seagulls are not the most liked birds…

Over the past couple of weeks, out of my office window I’ve sat and watched as a couple of Seagulls have diligently worked at gathering all the components needed to make their nests. Then they spent hour after hour working hard to form this dwelling place.

They knew it was time. It amazed me. I had a fresh revelation of the awesomeness of God and how immense creation is. Birds, animals…they know when it is time to bring forth young, and they prepare themselves. How birds knows to build a nest, lay eggs and then sit faithfully on the eggs until they hatch is incredible.

I was looking forward to seeing baby seagulls appear. In one sweeping moment it was all over. Men appeared on the roof, clearing out the gutters, removing nests from the roof. As the approached the nests outside my window I watched as the seagulls fled from the nest in fear, for the men must have appeared as giants in the eyes of the gulls, leaving them exposed and vulnerable. Those nests and its contents were immediately removed and destroyed.

I wonder how often we behave similarly. In our hearts a dream is birthed, we might labour in prayer to bring it forth, even make practical steps to see it become a reality. We nurture it, give it space to grow, but hold it close in our hearts to keep it protected.

What happens when a giant appears…maybe in the form of fear? Or the voice that says it’s impossible? Does that giant obscure our view of the One who offered the dream to us in the first place? Maybe it parades itself around so dominantly that we abandon hope and flee, leaving behind all that’s forming and coming to life. Yet on its own it cannot stand. A dream cannot become a reality without the dreamer bringing about action. In our fleeing it will not survive.

We are made to sit tight and steady in our heavenly Father. We are called to nurture and feed those God inspired dreams. We may have to sit in the presence of our enemies…but one thing is for sure, we will never be alone and they shall not win. When a giant tries to approach, don’t flee, don’t abandon hope and cast it all aside. Sit up tall, hold on to hope.

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy…but I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

The greatness of God is bigger than the giant.

YOU are beautiful…

Yes YOU! You who’s eyes are fixed on this page, you are absolutely beautiful!Image

I am passionate about the cause of beauty…I would give every breath to fight the cause of those bound into an existence that brings about a distorted image.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A well known saying. One that resonates deep in my soul, to the very core. As I have walked my own journey, discovering the depth, gaining revelation of these very words, I find in me a compassion has been birthed that longs for every soul to know their worth.

To define beauty by one’s appearance, looks and style cheapen’s the work of the Creator Himself. Beauty is the substance of the words spoken by the most renowned artist ever to exist. Beauty is the reflection of  the hands who made the subject, that crafted it into being. Hands that carefully knit each creature, every fibre uniquely positioned. Beauty is the revealing of the One who is life in us, the very breath that is poured out.

When the definition and perception of beauty become distorted, judgement flows first to our own self, then tragically is poured out on those who fall in our gaze. A spirit of comparison destroys the image of beauty, and paves the way for standards that reinforce a skin deep mindset. 

In a society that invests time and money into the “beauty” industry, our eyes can rarely escape the deluge of material that reinforces false standards of beauty.

My own walk from destruction to freedom opened my eyes to more than this world can offer. An encounter with the One who is altogether lovely, with which all else pales in comparison. I look deep into His eyes and see a beauty that none can compare to. The impact of such a moment, imprinted on my heart. Given new eyes, to see from His perspective brings an awakening to beauty all around. All who fall within my vision, I see a glorious masterpiece, formed and fashioned by One who knows no limits.

To deny beauty is to deny the work of the Artist, the Creator.

I conclude, at the hands of God, ugly cannot exist, only a distorted image of beauty.

 

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