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Storm-stepping

Storm-stepping

I’m now home from our 25th anniversary celebration in Clearwater Beach. Pondering storms and focus. Three of us four Rickers have been long-battling a fairly serious physical storm, even as we intentionally focus on the Son. Storms feel confusing. They don’t make sense. They’re a test. How do we get to the other side? What should we do? What now, what next? The list goes on. Here are a few short lessons I’ve learned from our storms. As always, I pray you’re somehow encouraged and blessed. When you start to feel overwhelmed, meditate on the Word and the good that can come out of your storm. Remember you’re never alone. Your loving God is with you and wants to partner with you in your storm. Has he given you keys or tools? Ask Him what He thinks about the storm, and dwell on His thoughts above your own. Thank Him for understanding you and your situation even when others don’t get it. Thank Him for an opportunity to trust Him and His love like never before. Take authority over the storm. If you know it’s from the enemy, treat it as such. Never stop asking for healing. Jesus said, “greater things than these will you do.” Persevere. Ask Him for faith, and respond to the measure He gives you. Trust Him for the healing process, whatever that uniquely looks like for you. Thank Him for doctors and the ability to make choices toward healing every day. Focus on loving the Healer more than loving your healing. As laid down lovers before Him, our lives are not our own, and He can use us mightily, no matter what we’re going through. Receive His love.  ...

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Sore Spot

Sore Spot

The Lord gives me tons of these phrases which I promptly post on Facebook to encourage people.  Every now and again, it does the opposite and hits a sore spot. After a positive outpouring, I read this comment a woman named Angela posted: Why do I doubt this? 2 guys tried to break into my home 7 times… I chased after them once, they continued to harass me, I couldn’t sleep for a year and my nerves took years to recoup and only now do I feel a little better. Tonight I spend the night alone and ain’t going to lie, I doubt I’ll sleep well because I feel that God can’t keep me safe if he let’s them in my yard and starts to destroy my home or steal stuff. My heart went out to her, and I immediately found my fingers flying over the keys as the Spirit led me.  Felt led to share my response with you: Angela, I’m so sorry about what happened to you. I too have had a number of terrible things happen to me. When evil touches us, it first touches the heart of God. He is with us and feels it deep. He loves us and hates evil with every bleeding fiber of His being. He hated it so much He gave up everything to destroy it. To rescue us and “Deliver us from evil.” We pray to that end. And in the end, evil will be cast into the fire and completely destroyed like a bundle of weeds. But right now, we (the wheat) grow up also among weeds. See Matthew 13:24-30. If God commanded the harvesters (angels) to pull up all the weeds, the wheat would also be uprooted — because it isn’t yet time. Leaning on our limited understanding only takes us so far in grasping this. We need to trust in God’s love and goodness which fills the gaps. God’s love is more real that past circumstances, and He WILL deliver us into our full destiny. Arrows sometimes get in, but no weapon formed against us shall prosper. The only thing that can stop us from moving forward is ourselves. God uproots arrows and brings healing. Angela, thank you for being so real!! What you feel is very natural; and I too have felt it before. Even now, I need to be on guard against it. I need to...

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Personal Powerful Love

Personal Powerful Love

As I lay in bed with my iPhone, I asked the Lord what He wanted to say through me today, and this is what rolled in and out of my spirit: Rest in My unconditional love that speaks louder than your grief and trials. My love for you is personal, endued with power, lacking nothing. I pursued you from your youth, even before you chose to look My way. Make Me number one today.  Taste and see that I, your Redeemer, am good, and My faithfulness and mercies shall endure...

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Unity

Unity

Unity is as important to God as ever, but often a downer when we stare at the church’s apparent lack of it. Even the word “unity” strikes a barrage of thoughts and questions. What does it mean? What does God want? After all, He made us all different, right? Let’s cut to the chase. He wants us all to seek His face. The more we spend time with Him, the more we become like Him. The more we become like Him, the more we become unified in our hearts. Dwight and I have matching wedding rings to signify this. The diamond at the top represents God. Each of us in two diamonds below makes a triangle when connected with the ruby between us, the blood of Jesus that holds us together. The closer we draw to God, the closer we are to each other in the triangle, and the closer we are to Christ. Our hunger for God will determine our maturity in God. Growing up is optional. We don’t have to do it. Eating spiritual meat that leads to maturity is optional, too. But the more we do, pursuing God collectively, the more we’ll be unified as His church. Thing is, maturity brings us to a place of unity rooted in love. And love is what holds us together in the bond of peace. As we move collectively on our separate growth journeys, God’s paths to perfection, let’s be unified in the bond of love that holds us together in perfect peace. Papa God, thank you for your Bride, the church. May we bless her and not curse her. May we daily pray for her maturity and unity, starting with our own. Until that great day when we see you face-to-face, our dear lover and Bridegroom Eternal, may we love You and all the rest of us, your church, wholly, exactly, beautifully the way you called us to. Wholeheartedly love her, daily fanning the flames of love. Becoming a warm inviting fire to a waiting watching ever-hungry, ever-filling world....

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Seeing and Hearing

Seeing and Hearing

Hey everybody. I’m back!! I’ve decided not to let the spasms in my back, neck, arms, and shoulders keep me from talking to you here anymore.  Sound good? Yeah, I’ll take it slow; but the blogosphere is calling me. Plus God and I had a little talk this morning, and I trust Him to lead the way. Sometimes obstacles look like giants obstructing our vision. But God says, “I am the way.” Next to the One who is inside us, what really is a giant anyway? God has been challenging me to keep my Jesus-lenses on. This is where we follow His lead, rather than leaning on our own understanding.  Lord, give us eyes to see. God’s perspective is supernatural; and so should ours be.  He tells us to ask Him to show us mysteries. When is the last time we did that? With seeing comes hearing. In a world bursting with static noise galore, more than ever we need to be intentional in what we hear. His voice should always be our number one voice of choice. Who knows? To be intentional may mean reaching for His Word before our i-phones when we wake up. Earthly reports can wreak havoc on weak hearts, but God’s ready and patient voice is always tried and true to “peace” us back together again. Mind if I pray for you? Papa God, thank you for daily speaking to your children and giving us perspective. Thank you for lifting us to the heights where we can rest in your bigness and grace....

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