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Lion of Judah – December 3

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“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5

In all honesty, Lion of Judah is one of my favorite names of Jesus. This name draws me back to C. S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia...every time. These books and movies have fixed the picture of Jesus as the powerful lion, Aslan, in my heart and mind. In Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lucy asks Mr. Beaver innocently if Aslan is safe.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

My heart shatters every time I read or watch this part.

No… Jesus is not safe…but He’s good…

Did you hear me?

He’s so good!

We confuse His meekness and humility with weakness, but my Jesus, the Lion of Judah, is not weak. He is not a pushover nor is He timid. He is fierce like a lion, and He stands with power. We see flashes of this when He turned over the tables of the merchants and collectors in the temple (Matthew 21:12-13).

The name “Lion of Judah” also speaks of His perfect faithfulness to keep His promises, and one day…

When the Lion of Judah returns as He has promised He will, the kingdom of darkness will tremble before Him as He pronounces justice…complete, perfect justice! This thought screams in my heart and my mind on days when I see His followers being beaten down, tossed about, and slain by the enemy…on days when it seems the enemy is scattering and dividing His believers and the Church…when fear and discouragement seem to dominate.

Is He safe? No…but He’s good…I tell you, and He is faithful.

Jesus, mighty Lion of Judah, Your strength brings comfort…Your faithfulness whispers reminders of hope. Your enemies are powerless before you. Remind me…Teach my weak and fearful heart once more how majestic are You are. May my response always be that of greatest humility, adoration, and worship. Amen.

Create . . .

My 2014 word is CREATE.

My ONE Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen

My ONE Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen

Create?

This word settled redwood tree root deep in my mind and heart in December and January. . .

I. Knew. It. Was. The. Lord. I just knew it. . .

The whole process had a very Philippians 4:8 feel to it. 

“Whatever is true, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praise worthy….”

Oh yeah. . . 

Everywhere I turned there were blogs, articles, books,  about different aspects of the word. Sermon series on Creation in Genesis… I was reminded of C. S. Lewis’ book, The Magician’s Nephew where Aslan sings Narnia into existence. . .

OVERWHELMED BY THE AMAZING BEAUTY OF IT. . . (Heavy sigh…)

By the way…I love C. S. Lewis and The Chronicles of NarniaThe Magician’s Nephew is a must read before anyone ever reads The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. . . Just trust this 4th grade reading teacher on this issue. . . truly. . .

In understanding the impact and design for this word . . . CREATE. . . I thought. . .

Well maybe it’s about attempting to do something fresh  in the new year. Stretching and growing in something I have not tried before. . . I was SO ready for this. . .

I wanted to cast aside the same-ness – the routine – and open myself up to fresh adventures…

So with two months under my belt, what have I created?

I have  created more time to investigate… to breathe. . .

I am creating physical  space for a place to “create.”

My clutter – physical, spiritual and emotional . . . is being dealt with, trimmed down and in some ways, eliminated. This year is a time for changing and chasing dreams and growing and CREATING. . . 

NEW.

Isaiah 43:19  ” Be alert, be present. I am about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” (Message)

BUT I have learned that CREATE  looks very different than I had originally anticipated .

The Lord, in his amazing love and patience is rewiring my heart and life in ways to allow time, space, and energy for NEW and for CREATING

It has been painful at times and again…

It doesn’t feel like I thought it would… but His path never does…

It is always so much more.

When I chose the word CREATE (and in all honesty ‘I’ had nothing to do with it), I had dreams of becoming more artistic and that is still a possibility…

But He is creating art within me, within my heart…

New desires for service and ministry are growing in this freed space.

My prayer life is breathing again in a less cluttered ME

There are times that I feel as if the Holy Spirit is “creating havoc” in my heart by shifting things, remolding my thoughts and uncovering old insecurities.

Needless to say, CREATE looks vastly different to me today than it did on January 1st. But it’s not bad, it’s a welcomed change…

AND that is what I was looking for. . . praying for . . . marrow deep in my bones, truly . . .

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