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The High King Lives

Inspirational Wednesday: Resting in the Father’s Love May 9, 2012

Passage John 15:4:
4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

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This season of my life has been a rough one. I’ve always been the kind of person to strive for good works. On the outside that seems grand but really I’m seeing that I’ve run myself down physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Good works are great but sometimes I think we try to be super heroes….especially moms.

Lately, I’ve felt the challenge to just rest…to abide….to just be. My health issues have been a wake up call. I’ve been pushing myself to be super woman despite having zip energy and I just found out I’m running on steam (I’m severely anemic). So my body has been struggling to run and I’ve been a severe task master….mainly because of guilt. I’ve always felt like I had to be the best. My son had to have the best educationally and I needed to be great at juggling so the world would accept me. You can only survive that way for so long before you break.

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The thing is…there’s one thing I cannot earn or strive for. It is pointless to strive for God’s love. It can’t be earned. There’s nothing I can do to make God love me more or less. My Heavenly Father loves me just because that’s who He is. He literally delights in loving-kindness (Jeremiah 9:23-24). He loves to love. He IS love.

I’m a little upset at humans now…for not caring if I live or die. I should never have put my faith in people. Prayerfully, God will help me sort through my anger and bitterness. One thing that has rang true is the fact that God has always been here for me and truly He has taken care of me. Thankfully my life isn’t held in the hands of doctors and others. I am in God the Father’s ever capable and loving hands. So I’m learning to rest in God’s love and to truly know Him as Father. I’ve never had big issues with knowing Him as Lord/Master. Overall, I can obey orders but trusting God as Father is hard for me. I have a hard time truly resting. Please keep me in your prayers.

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I leave you with quotes and a song that has helped me at this time:

I hope you can watch this video. Below are the lyrics to this amazing song that has filled me with such peace.

Jesus, I am Resting Resting

hymn by Jean S. Piggot

Jesus I am resting, resting
In the Joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power
Thou hast made me whole.

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Jesus, I am resting, resting
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

O how great Thy loving kindness.
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O how marvelous Thy goodness,
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved,
Know Thy certainty of promise,
And have made it mine.

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Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings;
Thine is love indeed!

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Ever lift Thy face upon me,
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting;
Fill me with Thy grace.

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Excerpt from “Hind’s Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard (an allegory of the Christian faith featuring the Great Shepherd and Much-Afraid). I hope to eventually get the kid’s version pictured above.

“Oh, yes,” she answered at once, smiling at Him happily. “Of course I am quite certain that You know best and that whatever You choose is right.” Then she added joyfully, “I feel as though I shall never be afraid again.”

He looked very kindly at the little shepherdess who had just received the seed of Love into her heart and was preparing to go with Him to the High Places, but also with full understanding. He knew her through and through, in all the intricate labyrinth of her lonely heart, better far than she knew herself. No one understood better than He, that growing into the likeness of a new name is a long process, but He did not say this. He looked with a certain tender pity and compassion at the glowing cheeks and shining eyes which had so suddenly transformed the appearance of plain little Much-Afraid.

God bless & Remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover

 

4 Responses to “Inspirational Wednesday: Resting in the Father’s Love”

  1. nikky44 Says:

    “I’m a little upset at humans now…for not caring if I live or die.”
    I care Amber, more than you know. Love you ❤

  2. lorettalittlefield Says:

    True we can’t put our faith in others like we do God, because they are human like us, and how many times do we fall short. love you Amber-you are in my prayers–God is starting to answer them with your health. Hang in there…joy cometh in the morning! love, Mom


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