Nonsensical Believing

It’s a season of believing that makes my faith seem nonsensical! But I hope, despite of the facts, I hope against the odds. But only because I’ve heard and Believed the whispers in my heart.

God doesn’t shout, He whispers. And I know His voice.

Sometimes God’s promises seem so far away and sometimes, they seem impossible. His promises seem so far away that it seems we cannot reach them. But, the thing is we don’t have to reach for them, He gives us His promises and when He gives us something, we don’t have to work for it. It’s a gift. It’s precious, it should bring us joy, not sorrow. But what if something about that gift does cause us sorrow? It may be that the gift was opened too early or maybe even too late. And if there’s is sorrow, there is a promise for joy.

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5b

I don’t know about you. But I want God’s will and His perfect will only. My options are His will or His will. I don’t have to blindly make decisions wondering If I did the right thing, though sometimes doing the “right thing and the hard thing are the same”. He gives me peace and confirmations along the way, nudging me to tell me, “it’s okay, I’ve got you. I can see you’re frustrated. I know this hurts, but I know what I am doing. You can trust Me, You can believe in Me. I have Your best interest at hand. I know that what you feel makes it seem as if I am against you. But I am not. I AM for you. I Love You. You are mine. And no good thing will I withhold from you.”

I have to believe or elsdont-stope I would not be a Christian.  Christianity is about faith. It’s about believing and acting upon that belief, as in, the things I do as a follower of Christ, should line up with my belief in Him. And if He’s called me to believe that He died on a cross for me to live, that He went to hell to defeat the devil himself, that He rose from the dead; all things that seem illogical, then I can believe in the radical and specific promises He has placed in my heart.

Because if His death and resurrection aren’t true, then oh boy, I’m in trouble.

What has Jesus commissioned you to believe? Is it crazy enough that you don’t think you have enough faith to believe it? That’s okay. Because He saved you by grace through faith, it was a gift from Him. Not anything you did.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

And here’s the AMP version:

For it is by grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8-9 AMP

 

If He can give us grace through faith to receive the gift of salvation. He can give us the grace to believe that He is a God of His Word and that He will give us THE gift and THE promis
e that He desires for us to have in His perfect time. He continually nudges me on through His word to not only believe that He will give what He has promised but to hold on to Hope, especially on days when I ask him, “ Are you sure, God?”, “Trust me, do not lean on your own understanding.” He replies.

 

Anchored in Zion

Renee Jael

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Love, as I am learning it to be.

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| Image taken by Renee Jael. |

My thoughts write more than my hands do. January 1st resurrected silence at my fingertips. Writing, for me, is a process. A thinking, breathing, heart wrenching process that sounds quite complicated, but is most probably true, if not for anyone else, but for me. New beginnings and surprises. Disappointments mixed in between reality and hope. I’ve learned that Love is more than butterflies. Love is consistent and admits that its wrong. Love is not proud. It is not irritable, it keeps no record of being wronged. Love is patient. And the truth about patience is that it has. to. wait. Yet, how does love patiently endure, with others and with thy self. Love is not rude, (nor is it sarcastic), it does not demand it’s own way, love never gives up, it never loses faith, it always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.

| Love in black and white is 1 Corinthians 13. |

Love for me has not been holding hands and walks in the park. It has been seeing beyond the surface and understanding that one is, put quite simply, human. Being human includes brokenness, being at fault, offending and being offended, using our tongues as weapons instead of healers, dividers instead of bridges that bring us closer together. I ,however, cannot love apart from Christ. In my own strength and in my own way I fail.

| Love Himself said, “Look at how I have loved you.”|

Unconditionally, despite of my sin, my decisions, doubt, fear, in spite of my disregard for the power cross which is sometimes emulated by the way I think, and respond due to my thoughts. Strong statement. I know. But the moment I remove my eyes from the beauty of the cross, I forget what was done for me to overcome.

Love remains when emotions fade. I look to Christ who went to cross. I can assure you, that He did not feel like being severely abused or deeply humiliated, but He endured crucifixion and did what was best for us all so that we can have freedom, eternal life and a relationship with God, the Father. Love is action but not void of emotion. We are called to act in love. And when we act in love we fall in love all over again.

| Love in action, is perfectly, Jesus Christ. And God who willingly gave Him for us. |

“Right actions produce right emotions.”-Jeanne Mayo

I will undoubtedly be in a continual place of learning to actively and successfully love from He who loves me perfectly, Jesus.

  Anchored in Zion Renee Jael

Obedient Sacrifice

The sacrifice of comfort is rewarding, breaking down the wall of selfish carrying ons. Relinquishing my right to go about with my schedule, I stopped at Starbucks on the way home. Having already visited twice in one day, did a recording for my fundraising video coming soon and back again to use my treat receipt!

I saw a girl, sweet, and carried admirable art work, tattoos. At first glance I could tell she needed “something” more than Starbucks. I carried on reading and writing, facebooking and the like, then I turned around. Immediately, God gave me instruction.
God-“go talk to her”
I replied “and say what, this is always awkward.”
God-“she needs to hear the gospel”
And so there I was faced with not doing it because it was awkward.
Needless to say, God and I talked. “If you can’t love people here, you can’t love people where you are going”, “when do you ever regret talking to someone I asked you to?” Even when I’ve been rejected, there’s almost ever no regret.
He always reminds me of this. I’m so grateful for His patience. I packed my things up and I paused as I walked out the door. There she was right in front of me, I embraced the moment, engaging conversation that flowed so easily. She was so welcoming. But more than that, she was in awe the entire time I spoke with her. Tearing up when I told her that “God noticed her.” Not only did she hear God noticed her, she believed it. Continuing in easy conversation about His love, about Jesus, her journey…and seeking Him.
I must say, I was ever so happy that I stopped and talked to her.
She said, “You were right on time, I cannot believe this, you have no idea how much I needed that”

My challenge to you: Stop for the one. They matter and are noticed by the One who loves them most.

Anchored in Zion
Renee Jael

He is forever good…..

Where God dwells and Salvation Comes from

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It’s either I am a bit dramatic, or life has been in full speed, no reservations. While waiting for expectations to be met, they have become disappointed, and while waiting for those expectations to be exceeded, I am still waiting.

In everything there is a lesson. Nothing is wasted. Not with God. I won’t say that I always understand why God does not give what we ask, even though He says ask and it shall be given. {Welcome to my thoughts} But His word does not return void. There are more promises met, than unmet. More things given than not. Uncompromising Love. Immeasurable grace. And so what do we do we feel like it’s all going in circles. Be thankful anyway, and still believe.

He is forever GOOD. Expectations met or not.

{But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.} (Isaiah 40:3 NET)

Anchored in Zion

R Jael

Keep Calm and Carry on

Unfortunately, I’ve had too much to say that I have not said anything. Nor written it. and today there Imageis no better time than 5:18 am on 5/18 to say exactly how I feel. Well not exactly, but I will say this. Change is the one thing that I have not gotten used to.

Change has frequented its way into our lives without our permission or consent. Without enough preparation or adequate time to make us ready for it. There is only one thing to do….”Keep Calm and Carry On”.

Big sighs from my heart. As my life is yet again changing. And yet I find myself lost for words. I guess I will have to write them along the journey. The only thing that comes to mind is this one truth and unchangeable fact that will rest and steady my soul until I open my eyes in heaven.

‘And WE KNOW that all things work together for GOOD for those who LOVE God, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Hope this will strengthen your heart as well.

Anchored in Zion

Renee Jael

Yesterday I smiled.

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A year ago. I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was my day off from my job as a Nutritionist, I was hanging out with my bestie and I received a call from my job that released me from my position. For no “valid” reason. I was distraught and worried. Oh boy was it a tough year for me. A young woman, trying to find her way through life and trying to follow her dreams the best way she knew how. But God had another plan. That release, released me further into my purpose. My job was training ground, and truthfully I was relieved. It was by far one of the hardest things I had to endure mentally. I wasn’t relieved that I didn’t have a consistent check, but I was relieved that my time of training was over. I was relieved that I could move on to something else.

Great. Hard. Challenging. Growing period in my life and now it was on to the next challenge that would take me to low valleys and dessert places that dared to take my hope and praise away.

Today, yesterday actually, I walked freely along the seaside of a beach in Essex,England. Smiling, running, enjoying my family. Today, i am in awe of the greatness of God in my life. Yesterday, I smiled. What He has in store for me is more than I could ever imagine. The dreams He has for me are bigger than I have penned.

” if I could touch somebody as I walk along, then my living shall not be in vain”

Anchored in Zion
R Jael