Rock Of Ages

Holy Spirit is still placing hymns on my heart. In this time of continued rest, He has been bringing to my mind reminders of His grace and mercy. Reminders of His LOVE for me.

Exodus 33:22 When my glory passes by, I will put you inside a crevice in the rock and cover you with my hand, until I have passed by.

This is what Adonai told Moses when Moses “begged to see God’s glory.” God protected Moses. God wanted Moses to know that He would take care of Him, so He placed him in a rock cleft until He passed by.

Isaiah 32:2 A man will be like a refuge from the wind, like protection from a storm, like streams of water on arid ground, like a rock cliff shading a weary land.

Today I have been singing Rock of Ages. The world has been “shut down” for a couple months now. Less travel by many people. Most have not even had work. Families have been forced to be “hidden in their homes.”

The words to this hymn bring the reminder that God has us “hidden” with Him. He alone is my Savior and He alone is my firm foundation. He alone is the Man Who is shading me in a weary land.

As the world begins to “open up” again, stop and find a way to make sure HE is your Rock and that you are hiding in Him. Just TRUST Him and understand that HE is there to protect you.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee;

let the water and the blood,

from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure;

save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, look to thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,

when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown,

see thee on thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee.

—Augustus Montague Toplady 1763

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Pause In His Presence Part 6

Psalm 34:1-3

Do You Hear the Continual Praise?

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

A friend of mine mentioned a scripture to me this week that I have not ever paid much attention to. Mark 4:24 says that what a person listens to will be multiplied back to them.  My interpretation is that whatever I am hearing on a regular basis will manifest in my own life.  In other words, if I’m listening to things that cause fear, and if I don’t take those thoughts captive immediately and put truth and lovely things into my hearing, fear will show itself in my own world.  

That was a sobering thought for me.

It made me also think of Romans 10:17, that faith comes by hearing. It’s actually a regular practice in my life to listen to only things that will edify my soul and Spirit, and will draw me closer to God’s Presence.

Whether it be music, or the kinds of news articles I read, or even the kinds of conversation that I have, I am always trying to keep my “hearing” something that reproduces faith in my life, so that I am not multiplying back to myself things that aren’t in line with God’s truth.

Enter Psalm 34:1: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” In light of Mark 4:24 and Romans 10:17, what would life look like if I was continually praising the Lord?

If faith comes by hearing, and what I hear is magnified in my own life, what kind of power would “blessing the Lord at all times” actually hold? How much more awesome would my life look?  How would I see God, and myself, differently if all that was being multiplied in my life was His Praises?

The next verse says to let my soul boast in the Lord.  The Hebrew meaning of that word soul is the mind, will, passions, desires, emotions.  When all of these things boast in the Lord alone, those who are in a poor and needy position will also “hear” and will have the faithfulness of God magnified in their own lives.  

What a beautiful thought that what we hear and declare affects how someone else may hear and see God!

I feel a challenge from the Holy Spirit for us to Pause in His Presence this week, and really be aware of what is coming out of our mouths. How can we change the atmosphere around us if we were continually praising the Lord? How would faith be multiplied to others in our world if we were at all times boasting on the goodness of God?

Pausing in the Presence of God to love on Him and allow Him to pour out His love upon us is the only way to remember who He is, and therefore be able to boast upon Him from the depths of our souls. Let’s do it together, and as verse 3 says, “let us exalt His name together!”

— Mandy Woodhouse

Total Surrender

There is a moment of quiet surrender in every storm. A hush as the whispers quietly breeze through the leaves. A steadfast resolve with roots planted deep, to be unmovable by the winds and rain that will soon rage again.

There is a pause when the noises thundering around you cease. The whisper of love brushes against your ear and the kiss of peace is planted on your cheek.

That place comes with a fierce determination to see things through Gods eyes. An unshakable, gut-turning desire to show and be love to the dark that threatens the world around you. That place is typically found on your knees.

When you get your knees under you, the sound of your breaking heart isn’t so loud.

When you get your knees under you, the strongholds start to break.

When you get your knees under you in total surrender, the truth can be seen clearly. Forgiveness can be easily given. Grace can be extended past lengths that seem to be too far.

Maybe, it’s not about the storm strengthening you, maybe it’s about total surrender to the King of Kings.

Change your view and maybe you can change the world.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

~ Corinna Sharp

Don’t Take The Bait

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. —Romans 12:18 NIV

People may keep casting insults, angry words, or opinions your way just trying to lure you to bite – but don’t.

Don’t take the bait —

Spit it out! Don’t get reeled in.

Let the Lord fight your battles!

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” —Exodus 14:14 NIV

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

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Here In Your Presence

She preferred to dance

alone

She didn’t allow anyone 

to lead her

Her every step was perfect

Her every turn

Every twirl

Yet there was no one to 

catch her the times she would stumble and fall

Dancing on the beat of 

her own drum

She was in full control

It suited her just fine

Underneath her perfect 

exterior was a heart torn 

to pieces

She had to dance alone 

not to be hurt

Her life looked perfect 

on the outside 

Only Jesus knew the 

issues she tried to mask

There’s a place of total abandonment Papa leads us to

Where He takes the lead 

and we are transformed the 

more we let go

Here nothing of the 

old can exist

It is a door in the spirit 

where we go through

We say our goodbyes to 

every aspect that belongs 

to our past

We follow Papa blindly

As He takes the lead

Dancing in sync on a 

heavenly sound

Safe and secure in our 

Father’s embrace

There’s no place we would 

rather be 

Than here in Your 

presence

Where we are One with You.

— Ebigale Wilson

Here In Your Presence

Opinions Are Not Truths

IMHO – In my humble opinion …Opinions are not truths.

Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with “facts” or “truth”. —Unknown

Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery. —Lawana Blackwell

Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint. —John Moore

The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions. —Leonardo Da Vinci

The world is changed by your example-not by your opinions. —Paulo Coelho

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be. —George Bernard Shaw

Opinions are like buttholes, everybody has one. —Charles “PoPo” Cosby (aka My Daddy)

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Blessed Assurance

What a wonderful, uplifting promise from our Father. We have the CONFIDENCE that He LOVES US! Then we just want to PRAISE HIM for ALL He is doing!

When I submit to Him, I have peace. When I TRUST in Him, I have delight! I will KNOW that He loves me!

Isaiah 32:17 The effect of righteousness will be peace; the result of righteousness, quiet trust forever.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.

This week God has been placing this song on my heart. He LOVES me no matter what.

I am the HEIR of His salvation. I have been PURCHASED by Him! When I submit to His will and His ways, than ALL is at rest. When I am IN Him, than I am happy and blest!

Let HIS Love wash over you. Know that you are HIS. Than praise Him and Thank Him ALL the day long!

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine

O, what a foretaste of glory divine

Heir of salvation, purchase of God

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

Praising my Savior, all the day long

This is my story, this is my song

Perfect submission, perfect delight

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight Angels descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love

Perfect submission, all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blessed Watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

Frances J. Crosby 1873

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Pause In His Presence Part 5

Hearts Entwined

For how could anyone be disgraced when he has entwined his heart with you? But they will all be defeated and ashamed when they harm the innocent. – Psalm 25:3, TPT

I’ve been chewing on this verse for a few days now.  The imagery of a heart entwined with the Father’s is breathtaking.  This really comes alive to me in the Passion Translation, but I like the English Standard Version of the first part as well:  “…none who wait for you shall be put to shame…”  

It may be just me, but I tend to see verses pop out at me from the page. I know that this is the Holy Spirit wanting to speak, so I grab a hold of the verse and rip it apart.  I read it in several translations, look at the original Greek or Hebrew meaning, read all the context around it, and then I ask the Lord how I can apply it to my life.  Usually, because of how I am wired, I then turn it into an encouragement for others.  But this particular verse was different for me.  I could not move past these two translations, and I could not move past the very first part of the verse.

“…none who wait for you shall be put to shame…”  

The Hebrew meaning of the word “wait” here actually means to “bind together,” or to entwine (Strong’s h6960).  I believe the Passion Translation so beautifully translated it from the Father’s love.  To have our hearts entwined with His is not just a nice concept; it is a REALITY for every daughter or son of the Most High.

I don’t know who may be dealing with shame or disgrace right now, but even as I type this I feel the Father’s heartbeat for you.  I feel Him longing to wash the shame off of you, to remove the disgrace from your shoulders.  As a child of God, you are NOT a person who carries shame or disgrace, but you are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and there is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  

Any sense of shame a child of God feels is an external feeling brought by the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10).  

Regardless of whether or not you actually did make a poor choice, it’s no longer you that lives but Christ IN you (Galatians 2:20) and you therefore only acted out of character because you believed a lie.  Repentance and embracing truth again is all that’s needed.  

And yet the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), and we are not unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Especially to keep us in bondage.

I believe the key to overcoming the voice of the accuser in our lives is to Pause in His Presence, and allow our hearts to be entwined with His.

The ESV says that when we wait for Him, we are not put to shame. When our hearts are entwined with His, we feel His heartbeat for us.  We come to know His absolute approval of us, and we are convicted of the higher calling that He has created us for. He reminds us of our righteousness, by faith, in Him, and that we have no need to fear as His perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).  

So who would be disgraced, whose heart is entwined with His?  He will certainly never disgrace you.

If you are fighting off shame or disgrace today, take the pressure off yourself.  Pause in His Presence, and bind your heart to His.  Allow His love and truth to wash over you as the shame and disgrace fall off.

You are SO loved.

— Mandy Woodhouse