Sound Of Peace

It’s quiet around her

Oh she loves the sound 

of silence

The sound of peace

She is finally home

Where she belongs

The voices in her head 

are no more

The beating of her heart 

has subsided

No more anxiety

No more fear

Papa healed her every 

soul wound

He removed every scar

His blood washed away the 

debris of her past

She is a new creation 

Deeply loved and restored 

by a King

She paid every price Papa 

asked of her

Through her pain and hurt

she remained faithful 

She visited many valleys 

Found herself in many storms

Papa remained faithful

He turned her mourning into dancing

She traded fear for faith

Anxiety for peace

She does not visit her past 

anymore

Jesus removed every painful memory

She paid her dues

She is free at last

Overcome by gratitude

More in love with her King

For long was the journey, 

but she is finally home

Oh she loves the sound 

of silence!

The sound of peace!

— Ebigale Wilson

 Sound Of Peace

The Journey

Seat

Seat… this word came to my mind today because we bought “new to us” chairs for our table today. We love finding great deals and my daughter decided to have some fun sanding and painting. The dining room table looks brand new with these freshly painted chairs around it.

The word seat is also used in the Bible. I believe that these seats can build us up spiritually. Here are a couple mentions of them:

There is a seat called the “Moses seat” spoken of in Matthew 23:2-3 “The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim (Pharisees),” he said, “sit in the seat of Moshe. 3 So whatever they tell you, take care to do it. But don’t do what they do, because they talk but don’t act!

We know that we will be seated around a table full of food some day. The great “wedding feast” with the Father!

Revelation 19:9 The angel said to me, “Write: ‘How blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!’” Then he added, “These are God’s very words.”

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father.

This verse is from Luke 22:69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be sitting at the right hand of HaG’vurah,”

In the verse above the literal translation for HaG’rurah is, “the Power.” Jesus will be seated at the right hand of the POWER of God.

This was quoted in Psalm 110:1Adonai says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”

The type of chair we sit in is important. Back problems can occur if there isn’t enough support. Back problems lead to posture issues. In order to keep our bodies healthy we should find chairs/seats that will keep our posture strong.

The verses above should show us that “chairs/seats” are important in the Kingdom as well. If you remember, the mother of James and John asked for her sons to sit on either side of Jesus. She obviously thought that a “seat” was important.

The Moses seat was known in the community as a place for those of “leadership” to sit. There is one at the Korazim State Park in Israel. The king often sat at the city gate. A seat is located at the Tel Dan State Park right at the city gate. Both of these parks are great places to learn the importance of “seats” (and gates) during the time of the Bible.

If we want to stay strong spiritually, I believe we should watch who we are seated with. We should surround ourselves with people who we can discuss Truth with. We should find chairs at tables with those we can fellowship and pray with.

If we are given a place of “power/leadership,” we need to be careful that we do not abuse the position. Jesus was quite clear that the disciples should take care to “do” what the leaders taught, but NOT to act as they act. It is quite sad, in my mind, that the “spiritual” leaders of the day could not be trusted. And yet, we see the same things happening in different places today. “Spiritual” leaders are walking away from the Truths of the Word and teaching what “itching ears” want to hear.

The wedding feast of the Lamb will be a glorious time together. A seat at this table is a high honor. Obviously, you must be “invited” to a wedding, so what are you doing to gain a seat at the table? You must KNOW someone (the bride or groom) in order to get an invitation. How do you get to know the Father? Through Jesus.

If we know Jesus, Who is seated at the right hand of “the Power,” than I believe we will have power as well. How could we not? He is in us, with us, and around us. Having a seat next to Him is empowering!

Seating… Chairs… Are you building your spiritual chair? Are you sanding, painting, and tightening screws so you are solid spiritually? Are you preparing yourself for the wedding feast of the Lamb?

Keep your posture strong. We live in difficult times. There is division everywhere. Find a seat/chair that will keep your back in good alignment. Now is not the time to slump. Sit tall. Sit with His authority. Bring His Truth to those you meet. Look with anticipation and excitement towards the day that you will be at the wedding feast!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Pause In His Presence Part 13

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” – Psalm 91:1-2 (NASB)

I was pausing in His presence today, and I found myself unable to get past verse 2 of Psalm 91.  My heart was arrested by the truth of God’s burning, passionate love for us and how utterly worthy He is for us to just abide in everything He is.

Abiding, in this context, means to rest into something and to stay there permanently (Strong’s h3885).  His “shadow” here refers to His protection (h6738), so I was first drawn to the thought of permanently resting into His protective arms.  

The word “dwell” absolutely blew me away as well, as it means not just to remain somewhere but also to stay in a place because of marriage (h3427).  He showed me that the Father’s covenant of love with us allows us to remain under His protection.

The fortress mentioned in verse 2 (h4686) refers to a stronghold or a place of defense.  Now if you’re like me, it’s quite easy to get caught on a rabbit trail of definitions and word research!  Without going too far off track, I’ll share a bit more research on the word “stronghold” because I feel it is important to build the context of what the Lord was speaking to me.

Google defines a stronghold as “a place that has been fortified so as to protect against attack.”  Other places in the Bible, a stronghold is defined as a lofty or inaccessible place of great safety.  

Here’s what the Lord spoke to my Spirit in regards to these first two verses in Psalm 91 and Him being our stronghold.  I know it will bless you.

He showed me that the idea of running to Him as a stronghold is so much deeper than we even know.  It’s not a mode of behavior modification, nor is the idea of finding safety in Him a bribe to get us to pause in His presence.  It’s simply WHO HE IS.  And He is worthy of ALL of us.

I began to see that He is worthy of ALL OF MY HEART, not just the wounded parts.  He is worthy of ALL MY AFFECTIONS, ALL OF THE TIME, not just when I feel afraid and run to Him for security.  Dwelling or abiding in His shadow goes beyond finding a shelter for our own benefit.

Of course, we are protected and fortified by His love, but I believe that the real breakthrough in our lives comes not from utilizing Psalm 91 only when we are feeling fear and looking for security.  The breakthrough comes in the DWELLING, in the “marriage” off all that we are to all that He is.  

In the full acceptance of His covenant of love that leads us to great intimacy.

THE HEART OF THE FATHER is a lofty and inaccessible place that goes beyond safety and a momentary freedom from feelings of fear.  His HEART and HIS BURNING LOVE is where we can go high and remain permanently.  That place in His heart transcends anything on the earth, and it goes far beyond the temporary emotions or provision of physical needs.  

His burning heart of love is the reason that we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

His love for us, and our being tucked away deep into His heart (under the shadow of His wings), is our greatest refuge and fortress.  It’s what we were created for.  He alone is our lofty and inaccessible place – He is not a formula for driving out feelings of fear.  He is where we’re made to abide and remain, and everything we need is found there, in the shadow of who He is.

May we all sit permanently in the New Covenant of LOVE that Jesus died to give us, which grants us a greater level of intimacy than we could have ever imagined.  May we learn to abide in that place and receive all the safety, security and rest that we have been created to live in!

— Mandy Woodhouse

100 %

We don’t need to save 100% of the world; we just need to let God save 100% of us.  We will not be happy until we know that God has 100% of us and that we have 100% of God.

It is the nature of passionate love—halfway or half hearted just doesn’t satisfy. Fortunately, in Christ, provision has been made for the satisfaction of this love of a lifetime.

When we covenant with the Father through faith in his Son, he gives us all of himself; he himself comes to live inside us.  For our part, true faith in his Son is a full surrender of our hearts in which Christ becomes our very life.

Christ in us and us in Christ—no more perfect covenant has ever been made.  This is not a contract that can be abrogated by whim or fancy on either side.  Our Father thought long and hard before entering into this relationship with us, and it was with full conviction that we agreed to his offer of life.

Just as in any relationship, the bond may be severely tested, but this is a true love that we have been given, and nothing in this world or the next can break this bond.  Tests and trials only serve to increase the reality, strength, and beauty of the relationship.

100%. Heart and soul. In for a penny, in for a pound. Time and eternity in perfect complementary relationship.

A royal agreement backed with all of the power and authority of the throne. The vicissitudes of life are as nothing when contrasted with the immutability of heaven; we are on solid ground indeed. We have only to wait for our full adoption as sons—when this mortality puts on immortality—when death is consumed by life itself.

Waiting was never so sweet.  Hope was never so sure.  Life never had so much meaning.

— Brad Heilhecker

Whose You Are

We often are consumed with who we are, and this pursuit is not without worth. But maybe a more soul satisfying endeavor is to explore whose we are, for if we will do this, who we are will miraculously appear and cast away all doubts.

The fact is that, by ourselves, we are not much, just a bunch of flesh and bones and nerve signals firing here and there. However, when indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are a sight to behold as we learn to worship, pray, praise, and minister in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have been given so much more than a new name; we have been given a new life, a life that will never end.

We now have a new family, a new future, a new power, and a new purpose. Our old natural life grows dimmer by the day as we learn to live and breathe in the stratosphere of our new celestial home. Now, Jesus is our best friend; his Father is our Father, and the Holy Spirit is our guide, Counselor, and companion.

We have been given a new retirement plan unlike any on earth. We will each have our own eternal mansion, 24/7 access to the King of Kings, and unlimited time and opportunity to explore all of the mysteries of time, space, and eternity.

Infinity will no longer be a concept; it will be our reality.

Not only that, but once in Christ, we are his, and he is ours. Everything that belongs to him is now ours. Once we grasp this, who we are is put into perspective. We are no longer on our own, floundering about looking for a rhyme and reason to live.

As we fix our spiritual eyes on Christ, we see our reflection in his eyes. And we never looked so good as we do when he reflects us and we reflect him.

It is a cosmological phenomenon.It is a mystery, yet it is a fact. It is almost surreal, yet it is absolutely real. It is beyond description, yet it is explained fully in God’s word.

Life eternal, life abundant, and life itself have now been given to us.

Death is now just a portal to immortality; suffering is now just a training ground for Godliness, and time is now just a gift we employ to reap eternal rewards.

Christ in us, and us in Christ. It is a perfect circle – life without beginning or end!

—Brad Heilhecker

Don’t Cry For Me

You kept quiet 

You never said a word 

Don’t tell me you didn’t see 

the pain in my eyes

When your words would 

pierce my heart 

Didn’t you recognize one 

of your many demons you 

chose to ignore 

Following me like a cloud

Oh how you spoiled me

Gave me everything I wanted

Yet my real needs were 

never met

All I needed was to hear that 

you are sorry for the part you 

played in my pain

You had high expectations 

of me, but not of yourself

With your mask on your face

you masked your scars

Played the part of a 

perfect parent 

Was it too hard to search 

your heart?

To admit that you never 

dealt with your past?

Was it so hard to face the 

demons tearing us apart?

You should have known 

you were passing it on

You should have known

I would wear your scars

This dark cloud following 

me would take me to 

places I hated to be

The cutting, the drugs, 

wrong friends would

numb the pain for a while 

Then reality would hit me like 

a ton of bricks

I am alive 

Yet not seen

Seems like every demon 

terrorizes me

Like a yoke on my neck

I am carrying that which 

you ran from

They say I have this illness 

They say I have that illness 

They say I am a lost case 

All these labels they put

on me

I say all I needed was a 

listening ear

One present, healthy 

parent who put me first

Who believed in me

If only you would deal with 

your demons

I’ll just do what you did

Bury my head in the sand

Let pride take me on journeys  

I was never intended to be on

It was never about me

Always about you

Your pride was worth far 

more than my pain

Don’t cry for me.

— Ebigale Wilson

Don’t Cry For Me

The Journey