Happy Thought Indeed, Living in Freedom, Personal Growth

God Remembers

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Today is the day God told me he remembered. For the past 20 years, God has shown me a Poplar Blossom to show me He is remembering the baby I lost in my first miscarriage. He is the faithful one. I forget; He remembers.

Some say there is no God. Some say there is a God but we can’t know him. Some deny what they have seen and heard and continue looking for another. But like Christ instructed John the Baptist to do….I am telling what I have seen and heard.

20 years ago, as I sat crying and mourning the loss of my baby, God allowed a Poplar Blossom to fall at my feet. As I looked at the beauty of the blossom, His Spirit, His Voice spoke to me. He assured me that my baby was no less beautiful or valuable just because it wasn’t with me. He assured me that my baby was beautiful, delicately and intricately formed, and valuable.

Every year for the past 20 years, He brings a Poplar Blossom to remind me of Him and his great love and care.  Today, as I was walking with a friend, He placed a blossom right in front of me!

There is a God. He can be known. He wants to be known. I have seen and heard!

Happy Thought Indeed, Living in Freedom, Personal Growth, Reflections

You will call me, “Ishi”

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I love words in all forms.  Written, spoken, or sung, they are fascinating to me.  I love the sounds of languages that are not my native tongue and I find myself listening for patterns and similarities in the words.  I enjoy roots and derivations and anything hidden in words and discovering their meanings.  For Jesus to have been referred to as, “The Word” makes my mind wild with excitement.  There is so much to discover about Him, thru Him and for Him!

My mind and studies frequently bring me back to Hosea 2:16 and the word, Ishi.  I love this little word, its sound and its meaning.

“It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord,
“That you will call Me Ishi
And will no longer call Me Baali.

Some time ago, my study of this word revealed its translated meaning to be “Husband.” Husband is in contrast to the word, Baali, which means “Master”.  There is a HUGE difference in being in a relationship based on servitude versus spousal intimacy.  I laugh with my husband.  We share secrets and have private jokes.  We share hurts and forgiveness.  Our life is made up of a past, a present and a future.  We have reached that place in life where we not only finish each other’s sentences, we finish each other’s actions.  The intimate knowledge we have of each other is thrilling, comforting, and incredibly fulfilling.

God longs to have this kind of intimacy with us.  In fact, He will settle for nothing less. He will not let us settle for less.  Earlier in this passage, his people are described as having settled for harlots, parties, clothes, food and the like and have forgotten Him.  Desiring to show His people the vanity and emptiness of earthly pursuits, His plan is to take Israel into a wilderness and show Himself to them.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.”

I , too, have had times of pursuing money, houses, parties, etc. trying to fill my deep desire for intimacy and fulfillment but came up even emptier than before.  I have also had the sweet pleasure of being spoken kindly to be the Lord.  His words are like honey to my soul.  With everything else stripped away, His words are true and life giving.  Intimacy with Ishi can also be thrilling, comforting and fulfilling.  Rest assured that if God has allured you into a wilderness, His intention is to speak kindly to you.

He longs for intimacy and for us to call Him, “Ishi”.

Happy Thought Indeed, humor, Reflections, Simplicity, Whimsey

Top Ten People – #9

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Beverly Cleary is my all time favorite children’s author.  Every time I read her books, I am awakened again to laughter.  She is the champion of humorous and realistic portrayals of children, animals, and adults and her stories never fail to bring a smile to my face.  Her writings also encourage me not to take myself or my children so seriously.  She provokes me to make room for laughter; not everything has to be a somber, “teachable” moment. Her humor and life might also prove scripture out.  Still alive, at age 100, she might be living proof that, “laughter works like good medicine.”   Thank you, Beverly Clearly for giggles!

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Happy Thought Indeed, Whimsey

Top Ten People I wish I could have coffee with.

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I wish I could have met Mark Twain. At the very least, I wish I could have spent an afternoon in his company.  His humor and wit reveals a unique insight into humanity and the need to laugh at it.  We take ourselves far too seriously and give ourselves far too much credit.  I believe he understood this trait very well and exposed it thru humor.  Obviously very intentional with his words,  I am sure he was a good listener as well. Mr. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, you are #10 of my Top Ten People I wish I could share coffee with!

Challenge for today: Listen more, speak less, and enjoy the gift of laughter!