Oh What Joy and Rapture!

The Horse Whisperer

Five white horses running in slowed motion along a sandy stretch of beach, their manes flowing in rhythm with their gate.  A single rider stands in the middle, each foot planted gently on the back of two different horses, holding the mane of one as his body moves in perfect rhythm and unison.  In another scene the same rider sits on the ground, a lone white horse stands right behind him, as one stands intimately close to their friend or love.  The man, relaxed and comfortable in a space most would consider unsafe, with a powerful animal able to stomp him where he sits.  The horse nuzzles his head as he enjoys her attention and gentle affection.   Several other scenes in this short film show him riding bareback, his hands free or gently holding on to the horse’s mane, or surrounded by the same five horses as they encircle him. He is comfortable and at ease, these beautiful, powerful animals in complete submission and obedience, yet free and unrestrained.

These mesmerizing scenes are from the short film The Horse Whisperer, in which Jean François Pignon, tells the story of how he was captivated as a teenager by a white horse named Gazelle.  From her, he learned to communicate with horses in a totally silent world of senses, where one must be calm and serene inside, completely free of tension.  Once in this state, one is able to communicate on a truly sensitive level.

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These images of the relationship between the horses and their trainer strike me as particularly beautiful.  The freedom, respect, and love exhibited in this relationship speaks to my heart.  These magnificent, powerful creatures, unrestrained, yet in complete submission to their trainer.  This is a beautiful example of the way I wish to experience complete submission and obedience to my Lord.

This is also an image I have held in my mind and heart of the relationship I desire to have with a man.  Moving in sync and harmony as he directs.  We are quietly sensitive to each other’s needs, aware of the power each is given, and moving with grace and complete unrestrained freedom.  Within this relationship is complete trust and respect. The trainer respects the power and freedom of the horse, trusting her to fully submit and follow.  She gives over her will to his in complete faith he will care for her and lead her well. The joy and freedom they experience is what I long for, both with the Lord and with my love. This becomes even deeper as I imagine the man I love and long for in complete submission and obedience to our Lord.  Oh what joy and rapture!

Perhaps these are lessons we can use in our walk with the Lord.  Entering into silence, away from the noise of our lives and the endless chatter inside our  heads, releasing tensions and the cares of this world.  Calm takes over, serenity and peace move in. Here we become sensitive to His Holy Spirit, the still small voice.  We sense His movements and His power.  His leading is gentle and we follow in complete faith and trust.  The deeper our relationship with God, the more open and receptive we are to healthy relationships.  The more we make God our center and source of love, acceptance, and approval, the less we seek these from others who can never fully satisfy the longing in our hearts. ~ ♡

See, I am doing a new thing!

I love this word for my life today!  God asks us not to dwell on the past, but focus on His promises.  He makes ALL things new!  What was once a barren wasteland, He causes life giving springs and streams within our hearts and minds to flow.  I live in the Southwest desert and see this very truth in the desert all around me.  I may feel all dried up, but God sees something beautiful and He is making a way in my desert.  Yes! I perceive it!  Yes!  I receive it! ~♡

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How do you know if he is your Boaz?

I found this posted in Facebook, but couldn’t find a link to a blog post or article, so I listed the author and title below… Love, love, love this!!!

Written by Jenny Williams, A Modern Day Ruth Copyright 2014

How do you know if he is your Boaz?

A Modern Day Boaz will:

  • He will honor you and respect you. He will handle your heart tenderly. His intentions will be honorable.
  • He will provide and care for you with his actions. He looks out for the best for you.
  • He will protect you and spiritually lead you and be a covering to you. He will pray with you and for you. He will take you to church. He will read the word with you.
  • He will understand your journey and desire to make your days better and sweeter than before.
  • He will celebrate you and appreciate your strengths, beauty and character.
  • He will preserve you. He will honorably do right by you by waiting until marriage. He sees you as a treasure and a blessing from God.
  • He will love you by demonstrating the character of Christ to you through his words and actions.
  • He will always try to be a blessing to you and your children every day of his life. He will embrace you and your kids with open arms.

You won’t settle for less than the best. You won’t have to try to make a man treat you this way, because he already will. You don’t raise a man into being a man, he already is one. God’s best for you won’t need fixing. Second best and settling….will need it. Don’t go there. You are completely open to God’s submission by letting Him write your love story. Listen to His voice, and trust in His perfect plan.

You know you are ready when you are not afraid to love and trust someone. You desire companionship and sharing a life again. You desire to be a blessing to the man God has waiting for you. Your heart is open to trust and to receive love again. You are healthy in your mind, heart and soul. You desire to be a helpmate.

How do you know you are his Ruth?

  • You want to be a blessing to him every day of his life. You strive and look for ways to bless him.
  • You desire to be his greatest cheerleader and prayer partner.
  • You are his faithful confidante. He can trust you.
  • You want to honor him and respect him as a man of God and as your spiritual leader.
  • You celebrate his strengths and you accept his weaknesses.
  • You bring a strength he can rely on. You are loyal to him only.
  • You are his best friend and want to be his lifelong lover.
  • You are willing to be a good receiver of his love and acts of kindness.
  • You appreciate and value what he does for you.
  • You believe in his dreams and callings. You want to support him and build a life with him. His desires are yours, and his dreams are yours.
  • You honor him both publicly and privately.
  • You desire to please him.
  • You strive to do him good all the days of your life.
  • You are anointed and appointed to be his wife.

Ruth and Boaz is my favorite love story. God gives second chances. He always restores better than before. Your heartache and loss are being turned around so your greatest love story can unfold. God gave Ruth better than before, and her legacy of love continued through the lineage of Jesus and beyond! ❤ Written by Jenny Williams, A Modern Day Ruth Copyright 2014

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Take Courage

He is in the waiting…

I had a dream about a month ago I feel was sent to me from God.  In the dream, the chorus from the song “Take Courage ” which sings  ‘He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting’, kept repeating, and as this verse was repeating, a single, very full white daisy filled the vision.

He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting

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When I woke, I wrote my impressions of the dream in my notebook next to my bed.  Later, I looked up the meaning and symbolism for white daisy.  My eyes traveled down the page as if directed and stopped on this:

Daisy’s are composite flowers, meaning they actually consist of two flowers combined into one.  The inner section is called a disc floret, and the outer petal section is called a ray floret.  Because daisies are composed of two flowers that blend together so well, they symbolize true love.

In my heart I feel God is showing me as I rest in Him and wait, resisting all temptations to rush out ahead of Him as I have in the past, I will enter into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him.  He is in the waiting.  He is fully present with me and for me in the waiting.

I have experienced Him in the last several days holding my hand with our fingers entwined, the way two lovers do.  No longer holding my hand as a father and child, hands cupped together, His in the leading position.

I see Him lying face to face next to me.  His eyes on me with love and compassion.  I breath in deeply and feel all the love He has for me.  

There are moments as I am in the waiting, I feel Him reach over and gently brush my cheek with the back of his fingers.  In these moments I feel seen, understood, and deeply loved for who I am.

I feel He is showing me the daisy as a promise of true love.  Two becoming one flesh.  I am not certain if the promise is to say He has prepared a very special man for me, a true love, or the promise is the fulfillment of His true love for me being complete and fulfilled through this season of waiting.

Either way, I trust Him and know something amazing is taking place in my heart and soul.

Below are the lyrics to the song “Take Courage“.

Take Courage

Songwriters: Kristene DiMarco / Jeremy Riddle

Slow down, take time

Breath in He said

He’d reveal what’s to come

The thoughts in His mind

Always higher than mine

He’ll reveal all to come

Take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting

Hold onto your hope

As your triumph unfolds

He’s never failing, He’s never failing

Sing praise my soul

Find strength in joy

Let His Words lead you on

Do not forget His great faithfulness

He’ll finish all He’s begun

So take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting

And You who hold the stars

Who call them each by name

Will surely keep, Your promise to me

That I will rise, in Your victory!

So take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting

And hold onto your hope

Watch your triumph unfold

He’s never failing, He’s never failing

 

So take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He’s in the waiting

He’s in the waiting

And hold onto your hope

Watch your triumph unfold

He’s never failing, He’s never failing!

 

He’s in the waiting…

Waiting is hard.  It is a time of quiet contemplation and prayer.  I question whether it is wise to wait, or if it is better to take action and move on.  But move on to what?

God is always in the waiting.  He is patient, He is kind, and He is always with us, gently waiting to lead once we become still and quiet enough to hear His voice and see the path He has prepared to walk with us.

He will never leave us or forsake us.  He loves us through our madness and even accepts and embraces us in our anger and frustration.  His love never fails.~♡

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Closure…

Have you ever had a conversation with someone not knowing it was the last time you would speak?  I’m not talking about a situation in which a death occurs, which is truly tragic and can cause pain and regret for years.  But a circumstance which makes it impossible to right a wrong, say those things which continue to haunt you causing a deep ache in your heart and a longing for a sense of closure.

For a month now I have been ruminating about that last phone conversation.  When the call finally came, I wasn’t ready for it emotionally.  I had given up believing it would ever come.  It’s timing was inconvenient, but I took the call because I had been waiting nearly a week to hear from you… talk over the phone and connect voice to voice.  I know you were dealing with life changing circumstances and were over tired and overwhelmed.  I was patient in my waiting, but the delay was revealing the truth ~ there was no longer space for me in your life.

When I picked up the call and heard your voice, my heart broke.  You told me what I already knew and was processing alone for days.  You were kind, made amends, even purposing a plan of continued contact to ease out of our friendship.  Given recent events in your life, continuing to stay in contact didn’t seem right or healthy.  I wanted to discuss this, but my time was pressed.  I was frustrated and impatient.  I regret this now… At one point you asked “So is this it then?!”  I said “No, you can call me in a week as you suggest. We can talk more then.”  I said a rushed goodbye, and when I hung up the phone, I felt as though I had a huge hole in my chest.  I felt as I had during the prior seven days waiting for your call.

The following morning I sent you an email with the subject “Boundaries”.  In it I absolved you of all responsibility or obligation to contact me ever again.  I also said I was open to hearing from you, but had no expectations.  I needed to be sure you were choosing not to continue to reach out to me and I wasn’t telling you not to.  Even as I write this, I feel sad and know I am completely crazy for writing this post.  It’s pointless. No good can come from reconnecting…even just once more with the hope of finding closure.

Maybe just writing what I wish I said will be enough.

I’m sorry I pressed ahead when I should have withdrawn and given you space.  I fear I may have added greater burden to your situation instead of providing support and respite.

I am sorry for a lack of healthy boundaries and not being more sensitive and in-tune with your less direct and gentle push-back.  Please forgive me.

I wish I had one last opportunity to support and encourage you as we parted ways.  I wish I could have told you how much I respect you and honor your decision.  One last chance to tell you changed my life for the better and I will always love you for this.

As I think of you now, I pray for your well being, strength, encouragement, and a complete restoration and healing for your family.  I pray healing for every member of your family and household.  I pray for fresh perspectives and new eyes to see as God sees.  I pray for a home and family filled with love, even as you face challenges and walk through life as flawed imperfect people.  I pray your trust is in the Lord and His promises.

This is it… what I needed to say.  I can post this or delete it… posting has a very slim chance of you seeing and reading it.  Maybe that 1% – 2% chance will be what I need to set the foundation for the closure I so badly crave.  (I pray dear Jesus, make it so!)

Be well, be blessed mi amigo.

~ Eliza ~♡

Be Still and Know…

In every situation, pause and look for God. He is there, standing beside you in your pain and confusion waiting patiently to lead you. Patiently waiting for the roar of thoughts and emotions to subside until the still small voice breaks through, a fresh breeze soothing the soul.

Through submission, meaning and purpose are redeemed.

 

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Your Life Is Not Boring

This is a great reminder, and exactly what I needed to hear right now! I am so blessed by all I have experienced and learned this year.

2018 started out with an amazing call from God to step out of my comfort zone and explore true intimacy with Him. He set amazing divine appointments with people to walk beside me on this journey, teachers to keep me anchored in His word, and fresh perspectives of the amazing world and people all around me. ~I am blessed!~♡

Eliza ~♡

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Lover of my Soul

Dear Jesus,

So many intense feelings lately!  They crash over me with such intensity, I feel off-balance most of the time.  I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere.  I find myself sharing at such a deeply intense level, I make people uncomfortable.  I feel them shifting and gracefully finding an out so they no longer need to witness or hear my raw, unfiltered self.

Through all of this, I am being drawn closer to You.  I feel how intensely You want to connect with me at this new level.  I have felt You shifting my relationship from Papa God, to You, Jesus, my Beloved, the lover of my soul.  I have written about this, I have talked about this, and this word was confirmed in today’s message at church.  

I feel You beside me, and I feel myself yielding to You, to your presence.  I am learning to listen to Your still small voice and become comfortable following where I feel and see You leading me.

This is all so new and it is a little unsettling.  But I have been settled too long.  I have been settling for too long.  I want You to lead me in every action and every word I speak.  I know I won’t be perfect, I know I will fall short, and I know You know this, but You love me anyway.  You just want to hear me say these words. “I want to follow You, I want You to lead me.”

I am very tired my Love Jesus.  I want to go to sleep and feel you watching over me.  I want to dream about You.  I want You to speak to me in my dreams and tell me where You want me to go next, where our next adventure is.  Where You wish me to go so we can be together in reaching out to all who are lost, lonely, forgotten.  I want to dream about how much You love me and desire me, and want me walking so closely with You, I never feel alone or like I don’t belong.

Goodnight my sweet Jesus!  I love You! ~ Amen!

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Be an encourager!

I have a friend whose spiritual gift is exhortation, or encouragement.  He does not think of himself as a leader, yet the very act of encouraging moves people.

I am grateful for the time he shared his gift with me and how it continues to change my life and transform my walk with Jesus.

Be blessed dear friend!~♡

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