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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 6 January 2019 –  FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SPECIAL EDITION – NEW YEAR NEW WORD – RESTORATION

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – SPECIAL EDITION – NEW YEAR NEW WORD – RESTORATION

 

Each year, toward the end of the year for the past four years, Holy Spirit has dropped a word for the coming year in my spirit.

 

This year not so much. Always by September or October I’ve known my word for the coming year. But September passed, then October. Even November came and went, and I’d heard nothing of my Word. Fleeting thoughts, words—RECONCILIATION, COMPLETION, ADJUSTMENT—but none that really resonated in my spirit. I was floundering.

 

In truth, I’ve been floundering on all counts for months—since my last book in May, and my surgery in June if I’m honest. Recovery from both has been tedious, shall we say. While learning something new—using my knees in ways I’ve not been able for so long—I’ve also been rather lost without my writing. (And thus, no post for New Year’s Day.)

It seemed I wasn’t ‘hearing’ my word for the coming year. But that wasn’t entirely true. In fact, it was Tuesday or perhaps even Wednesday, I realized why I was so flustered—RESTORATION, my word this past year, is making a repeat performance. Co-starring RECONCILIATION, COMPLETION, and ADJUSTMENT. With guest appearances by FOCUS and DISCIPLINE.

While I’ve seen so many posting about the difficulty of 2018, and rejoicing to see the year end. I sat quietly in my little corner and marveled at how gracious Father has been to me during this past year. And, it seem, He’s not done yet. Is He ever? Done with us?? Isn’t He always reaching to us, drawing us, wooing us to His side?

 

…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6

 

What has this to do with Sunday Devotional? Seems the word of the year has become quite trendy. I’ve seen quizzes and an app or game to discover your word.

 

But for some of us, it’s not a silly thing at all. Rather, it’s a deeply spiritual thing. And for me, at least, it’s not even something of my own choosing. For me, it is an intimate promise from the Father.

 

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:18-19

 

Restoration is not mine to do or give. Restoration is Father God’s to give. It’s in His hand, it’s all in His hand. And I’ve claimed what’s mine, what He’s promised me. And now it’s time.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Year’s Special Edition, 2019, New Year New Word,  RESTORATION, Alignment, Adjustment, Completion, Reconciliation; Focus, Discipline; Restoration, Breakthrough, Shift, Forward, Inhabit, Expectation, Rest

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 31 December 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ANTICIPATION

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ANTICIPATION

Anticipation. Expectation. Hope. Eagerness. Keenness. Excitement. Faith.

 

As we approach the New Year, I am filled with a great sense of anticipation and excitement. An almost tangible sense of what’s to come, of promises fulfilled. And the journey that got me here is faith.

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 

Faith is a journey that begins at salvation. It’s a step into the unknown, into the spirit realm. It’s taking the hand of God the Father, and taking Him at his Word. It’s walking in righteousness and peace and Truth.

 

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:14-18

 

Faith is learning who He is so we can know who we are.

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

 

Faith is walking in confidence that what He says is true. Faith is trusting God for who He is.

 

There is the gift of faith.

 

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3

 

And the act of faith.

 

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:14 & 26

 

Faith isn’t a one-time event. It’s a living thing that grows—or withers and dies.

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

 

Faith is an anchor. It doesn’t keep us from the storms, the disasters, catastrophes of this world, even our own foolishness. Faith takes us through them.

 

1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

 

And with faith, we bring hope to hopeless situations, hopeless people. We bring light to darkness and healing to crushed hearts and spirits.

 

Hope burns with anticipation and excitement. And in the final days of 2017, anticipation and excitement are bubbling over in my heart.

 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Anticipation, Excitement, Expectation, Hope, Eagerness, Keenness, Faith, Hebrews 11:1, Ephesians 6:14-18, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:3, James 2:14 & 26, Romans 10:17, Romans 5:1-5, Psalm 37:4

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 1 January 2018 – NEW WEEK NEW YEAR – SPECIAL EDITION – RESTORATION

NEW WEEK NEW YEAR – SPECIAL EDITION – RESTORATION

 

Looking back a bit, taking inventory of sorts—and snickering at how simplistic and basic Robin’s Nest was in the early days.

 

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line… Zechariah 4:10

 

On setting goals.  I’ve never done the whole New Year’s Resolution bit.  Attempted it a few times, because it was a challenge, and I felt obligated.  To prove I could do it.  Gauntlet thrown and all that.  (1 January 2015)

 

Somewhere toward the end of 2014 Father gave me a Word for ’15. I had never heard of a Word for the year until somebody shared on Facebook what their word was for the coming year. In the twinkling that I read that, without even the intrigue of the idea, without even a moment to consider or wonder what my word might be, Holy Spirit spoke it to me: FORWARD.

 

 

For the record and upon reflecting, my Word for 2014 was:

 

SHIFT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLlRp8yYpwk

 

It surely was true. Everything in my life began to SHIFT in 2014. And Father nudged me forward in 2015 into what I now see as my present. I went into 2014 just beginning to write, I started my blog and released my debut novel, Tessa. And that beginning gained momentum in 2015, and moved me FORWARD, fully vested in this thing called writing.

 

EDIT: As I read through this post this morning, the first day of 2018, Holy Spirit spoke to me about 2013. My Word that year, even though I was unaware, was COURAGE. I graduated college, and although it wasn’t my planned career, I embarked on my writing. And I addressed an issue within my nuclear family. At first, that looked like I had destroyed my family. But it was a bedrock issue, a cracked foundation that had to be exposed and rebuilt. Now, four years later, the new is under construction and restoration is forming.

Oh! The degree? Interior Design. While I may not be working in that field, I can always do concept work. I have my degree and no one can take that away from me! And the writing? More solid than ever!

COURAGE

 

True to His nature, Father once again gave me my Word for the New Year before I even gave it a thought or consideration, INHABIT.

 

 

Cool thing about this banner—I had a vision a few years ago of this exact castle in which the castle was mine. Imagine my utter astonishment when I saw a photo of the actual place! Even the terrain was the same, and the sea beyond!

 

This past year, 2017, has been a year of EXPECTATION.

 

So many things, so many years, waiting, waiting… And last year (end of 2016) Father told me this was a year of EXPECTATION. And I’ve seen things begin to turn. Big things, heart things, things I’ve longed and yearned and prayed for. The tide is turning, the dawn is breaking.

 

So this year, 2018, is RESTORATION.

 

Lies kept me from the fullness of God’s Word. From the promises that He has given to His children. I peruse old journals and I can track my history, my growth, changes in my thinking. Learning who I am. I can see dead leaves falling away and new growth breaking through. I think of all the things I’ve lost and gone without, all the promises I’ve read and wondered when it will be my turn.

 

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten. Joel 2:25

 

There’s been a LOT of years, a LOT of things the locust has eaten. A LOT the enemy has stolen.

 

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

 

I’ve been robbed because I let myself be robbed. I’ve blogged about it before. I write about it, for goodness sake! I’ve been robbed because… because I didn’t believe I deserved not to be. I’ve been robbed because I didn’t know I could fight it. I didn’t know how to fight it.

But now I do. (I’ve blogged about that, too. A lot!) And now, it’s time for REST and RESTORATION.

 

For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17

 

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

 

res·to·ra·tion, restəˈrāSH(ə)

noun: restoration

the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.

synonyms:  repair, repairing, fixing, mending, refurbishment, reconditioning, rehabilitation, rebuilding, reconstruction, overhaul, redevelopment, renovation

 

Restoration is not mine to do or give. Restoration is Father God’s to give. It’s in His hand, it’s all in His hand. And I’ve claimed what’s mine, what He’s promised me. And now it’s time.

 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

 

So I go into 2018 with great eagerness and anticipation, great hope and joy. Because RESTORATION. RESTORATION is mine this year.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pD2zIuiC2g

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Year’s Special Edition, 2018, Restoration, Breakthrough, Shift, Forward, Inhabit, Expectation, Rest

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 4 June 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – BEING CHURCH

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – BEING CHURCH

 

My debut of this feature last August was entitled, “Why This Title.” And the simple answer is because sometimes you can’t make it to church.

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/blogwords-sunday-7-august-2016-front-porch-fellowship-why-this-title/

 

Then I asked what is church. Because “church” isn’t a building, gilded or plain. It’s the people, the Body of Christ being, well, His body. His hands and feet.

And today, my best friend is being that for me. (Actually so is another friend (more than one, even) and that’s Kingdom economy but that’s beyond the scope of today’s post.)

I need to get to Atlanta. Here’s the kicker—I don’t have a car. And ATL is 160 miles away. You see the problem. Long story but rental car is not an option. Which leaves me to ask someone to take me.

And this is where being church comes in. My best friend is taking me. And we’re skipping church to do it. GASP

But really we’re not. We’re being church. Yes, me too. Because the body of Christ is both giving and  receiving. Father doesn’t ask us to give and not receive. He asks us to be open to receive. He asks us to listen.

How else well we know when to give and when to let someone else act? How else will we know when to speak and when to remain silent? To go and when to wait?

Father gave me a word for 2017:

But how would I know that if I didn’t listen? If I didn’t hear his still small voice?

 

So yes, as some of you read this, I’ll be on the road with my best friend having church in the car. Think Laverne and Shirley. Thelma and Louise minus the dying part at the end.

Two friends on a three hour road trip together. Laughter is worship. (Did you know that?) Sharing life with loved one is worship.

And driving your friend 160 miles on a Sunday afternoon, yeah, that’s worship too.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Being Church, Ekklesia, 1 Kings 19: 11-12, EXPECTATION, Road Trip, Laverne and Shirley, Thelma and Louise

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 7 May 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW THING (repost)

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW THING

 

It’s been a difficult week for me. I’ve been teetering on a decision I needed to make but it was not a pleasant choice. I addressed the issues (involving another person) and sadly, got the answer I expected.

 

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When you get words like that, it’s never easy. But it had to be done. I did all I could to maintain the connection. Doing so freed me to shake the dust from my feet and walk away with a clear conscience.

 

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Yesterday, after doing all that was in my ability to do, my decision was made.

And lo, a great weight was lifted from me. A weight I hadn’t realized I was bearing. A freedom settled in my spirit.

And the topic for today’s post was clear—Behold, I am doing a new thing.

 

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Father spoke it to me as I drifted to sleep last night. I awoke today (Saturday as I write this) with a renewed sense of excitement and expectation. That’s my Word for 2017, after all.

 

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My season of waiting, long agonized waiting, years of waiting—is over. Promises are being fulfilled. I’ve felt tangled in a spider web and it’s now dropped away. I am free to fly.

 

 

 

Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

 

 

I’m ready for a new thing, aren’t you?

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, New Thing, Isaiah 43:19, Expectation, Freedom, Flying, Rivers in the Desert

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 19 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW THING

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW THING

 

It’s been a difficult week for me. I’ve been teetering on a decision I needed to make but it was not a pleasant choice. I addressed the issues (involving another person) and sadly, got the answer I expected.

 

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When you get words like that, it’s never easy. But it had to be done. I did all I could to maintain the connection. Doing so freed me to shake the dust from my feet and walk away with a clear conscience.

 

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Yesterday, after doing all that was in my ability to do, my decision was made.

And lo, a great weight was lifted from me. A weight I hadn’t realized I was bearing. A freedom settled in my spirit.

And the topic for today’s post was clear—Behold, I am doing a new thing.

 

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Father spoke it to me as I drifted to sleep last night. I awoke today (Saturday as I write this) with a renewed sense of excitement and expectation. That’s my Word for 2017, after all.

 

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My season of waiting, long agonized waiting, years of waiting—is over. Promises are being fulfilled. I’ve felt tangled in a spider web and it’s now dropped away. I am free to fly.

 

 

 

Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

 

 

I’m ready for a new thing, aren’t you?

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, New Thing, Isaiah 43:19, Expectation, Freedom, Flying, Rivers in the Desert

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 1 January 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW BEGINNINGS and EXPECTATIONS

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW BEGINNINGS and EXPECTATIONS

 

I’ve never been big on resolutions. Oh, I thought about them, tried to come up with something I might actually manage. Even when I did write down—or think of—a good one, it never got past the elusive good intention.

 

Two years ago, I saw somebody post on FB about their word for the year—Andi that might have been you. 😉 “…I liked the concept, and in the twinkling that my mind thought to ask, Holy Spirit whispered to me, “FORWARD.” ”

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/forward/

 

 

 

I don’t know how I managed, or what my brain was thinking, but I never posted my post for 2016!! Not on my personal blog anyway.

 

“My word for 2016 is INHABIT. I’m there, at my appointed place, in my domain Father has placed me in. That castle? I saw that in a vision a few years ago—then saw pictures of it online! I had no idea it was a literal place! It’s [the ruins of] Donnotar Castle in Scotland. And it’s EXACTLY as I saw in my vision.”

 

 

https://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/new-beginnings/

 

 

 

Several times in recent weeks, it has crossed my mind that I didn’t have a word for the new year. And each time, the wondering passed, fleetingly, with no angst. I knew Father would give me a word when He was ready.

 

I’ll be 58 in six week. To the day. And in those 58 years I’ve settled for less than Father’s best. My first blog posts, three years ago now, were in the vein of get acquainted, and I talked about that. And the reasons.

 

But you know what? Father never meant for us to live with second best. He never intended for us to barely get by. And here’s a new one—He does not bless us to be a blessing. He blesses us because He loves us. And from that blessing, we bless others. Everything He has ever done, every word from Genesis 1:1 all the way through Revelation 22:21 is His love for each one of us.

 

So what’s the word Father has given me for 2017?

 

EXPECTATION.

 

Expectation – a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. As in realizing, aka, accepting and (ahem) RECEIVING what Father has for me. You know, NOT telling God, the Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, that I can’t accept (again, ahem) what He has for me.

So, for as phenomenal as 2016 has been, 2017 promises to be so much more. My heart, my faith are only beginning to grasp this. My mine? Can’t even. Just that inkling. That twitterpation, the electric excitement of knowing good things are mine. God things are mine. Only the best.

 

 

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Isaiah 43:18-19

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, New Beginnings, Word for the Year, Expectation, Anticipation, Isaiah 43:18-19

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