A Stronghold in Trouble

 

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If clouds are the dust of your feet,
help me lift my arms in praise,
while the grace of tears pour out,
cleansing the dust around my heart.

If clouds are the dust of your feet,
help me climb the mountain with you…
hidden from the eyes of man,
 yet seen through the eyes of my Father.

When clouds are the dust of your feet,
help me remember,
no whirlwind or storm can ever
separate
 us from your love.

The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and the storm,
and clouds are the dust of His feet.
(Nahum 1: 3b)

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble,
and He knows those
who take refuge in Him. (
Nahum 1:7)

 

 

 




 

 

Lent Meditations

Search me oh God and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts.
Psalm 139:23

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Purging Prayer,
when tears flow freely,
accepts forgiveness
of Abba Father.

 Purging Love,
searches and cleanses
pours hope in our hearts,
our Abba Father.

Purging Peace,
Savior, redeemer
increasing our faith,
our Abba Father.

Bride-In-Waiting

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I’ve had dreams before but this one left me speechless and a little shaken. I hesitated to write about it because I felt unworthy and didn’t want to appear prideful. Yet time only convinced me the dream was about the Bride of Christ. I needed to share it. So with a little fear and trepidation I recorded the dream and posted it on my blog.

I dreamed I stood in a large room overlooking a beautiful well-manicured lawn. It seemedI had been focusing on the scene before me for a very long time. My gaze was suddenly interrupted as I became aware of a man whose
presence I had sensed before, but had never seen. I was speechless, but felt no fear and  instinctively knew He was the One I had been waiting for. Two young girls holding 
a wedding garment were at his side. After giving brief
instructions to the handmaidens, Jesus left the room with a promise to return at the right time. 

I gasped when I saw the beautiful white dress with yards of lace and brocade, and marveled at how light the garment felt as I slipped into it. It seemed it took just minutes to be fully adorned with the heavenly dress and veil.

And when the signal came that all was ready, the door opened and I walked into the large room filled with guests waiting for the bride to appear. 

There was a hush, then the words ‘She’s Beautiful’, echoed throughout the room, followed by the voice of the Bridegroom.’This is my bride-in-waiting. She is without spot or blemish.’  (End of Dream)

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Biblical writers use the imagery of the bride, for a single purpose—to indicate the gracious love God has for His people. For these writers, no image could express better this love than the ideal love between a bridegroom and
bride. (Holman Bible Dictionary)

It occurred to me just recently the crowd attending the wedding in the dream may be the cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 12:1. 

‘Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses’. 

In the mind’s eye the author pictures these champions of faith as spectators from the heavens, cheering us on as we press on to overcome present discouragement as in an athletic competition. (Commentary from David Gusik)

Other biblical references:

It will no longer be said to you, forsaken, nor to your land will it any longer be said, desolate; But you will be called ‘My delight is in her’ and your land ‘Married’. For the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married.
(Isaiah 62:4)

And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21: 2)

Whatever your circumstances today, remember the Hope of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He has prepared a place in heaven for His Church, the Bride of Christ. He wants us to trust Him during this time of waiting…knowing He is working all things together for good, shaping and molding us into the image of Christ. (Romans 8:28,29)

He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be Holy and without fault. (Ephesians 5:27)

Are you His Bride-in-Waiting? If not, you can be. Cry out to God and ask Him to forgive you for your sins. Then by faith, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16. 

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost (Rev. 22:17). 

Remember the Memories

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We embrace not sadness,
nor tears.
Just sweet moments
of heart connects
when time stood still
and faith whispered,
Everything’s going to be all right!

 

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We embrace not
loss of years.
Just sweet memories
tucked in hearts,
when time stood still
and hope whispered,
Everything’s going to be all right!

 

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We walk through storms,
heads held high.
No fear, for God
is by our side.
And time stands still
as love whispers,
Everything’s going to be all right.

Reflections from Romans 8: 28-29; 38-39

In memory of Mother, Daddy, and Davy—
No longer here on earth, but forever in our hearts.

© 2012 Glenda Mills

A Rose Blooms in Heaven

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They say roses don’t bloom in winter, But I know one who does.
The one who’s gone before you,
Blooms in heaven above.

God says there are no tears in heaven. They’ve all been wiped away. For the One who’s gone before us, has given a brand new day.


They say there is much joy in heaven,

For loved ones who are there;
Wait joyfully for the day all see,
Dear loved ones—oh so fair.

And on that day, we too will sing
With angels from above;
As we worship our Redeemer,
The object of our love.

Reflections from: John 14: 1-3, Rev. 21:1-5

© Glenda Mills 2012