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Apr
23

A Holy Invitation

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Deep thought (1) When I meditate on this topic, I have the feeling that this will be a long train running. Although my thoughts may be jumping around like popcorn popping, I hope and trust that when the popping stops, it will all fit.

One of the thoughts I have proposed in these blogs is that in the process of God restoring our souls, He uses difficult seasons of our lives and dark places like the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ and ‘the presence of our enemies’.

While I personally hate these dark places and resist them, God is not afraid of them. In fact, He is there with His rod and His staff to comfort me and guide me through them.

What happens during dark seasons that invites us into a deeper place of soul restoration?

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 cloudsThe question I have posed, what does it mean to have your soul restored, is an easy one – and a difficult one. Perhaps a first answer would include the return of our soul to God’s intended original condition. Surely restoration of a soul would include its return to its former dignity, if we speak in terms of returning to the glory of a soul as created by God.

This idea of restoration is what we, as followers of Christ, recognize as the ultimate plan of our Father. Glimpses of heaven as recorded in Revelation show us the restoration of all to God’s original plan. Acts 3:21 tells us that God is in the process of restoring all things.

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green pasturePsalm 23 lures us into a picture of calm and beauty. Green pastures. Still waters. Ahh. Makes this country girl want to kick off my shoes and dig my toes into the cool springtime grass. I imagine closing my eyes and lying back on the grassy land. I can almost hear the ever present symphony of birds tweeting, frogs croaking, crickets chirping, as the multitude of God’s creation joins in the song.

And just about the time I feel I am beginning to connect with this calm picture, David slips in this phrase, “He restores my soul.” Oh, yes, awesome, wonderful, restoration of my soul. Troubling, however, is the imagery that follows.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

“I won’t fear evil.”

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Apr
09

Intimacy: It’s More than Sex

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intimacyismorethansexIntimacy. We all say we want it. Books, blogs, and articles are written about it, yet achieving intimacy is much more difficult and multi-dimensional than the world tells us.

Intimacy is often framed as a physical, sexual relationship we have with another, but many sexual relationships are anything but intimate.  While two physical bodies may be touching, there can be miles between the two hearts. Thoughts, feelings, secret motivations, hidden agendas, unmet needs, the list is endless.

What is intimacy really?

It began at creation. God created a man. The man, Adam, had a relationship with God where God knew Adam and Adam knew God.

Then God created a woman. The woman knew God before she knew Adam. She was in God’s presence before He brought her to Adam and Eve had her own experience of knowing God and Him knowing her.

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