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Freely Write the Truth {Tell the Story}

no striving marvia davidson

To walk by faith and not by sight, takes every ounce of what little belief I have but I’m going to hold faith and believe anyway. This business of wrestling with God till He answers is all I have for the present moment. No human intervention will suffice. No human help will suffice. What I need now is the fullness and presence of God, for in Him is all I need. This is not just some pie in the sky statement. It is matter of fact. It is the essence of my faith and believing.

Is God who He says He is? Does God really do what He says He can do? Can I really trust God? Can I tell Him how I really feel without reprisal? These are not indictments against the character of God. Because, let’s be honest, who would want to be in relationship with a god you fear will harm you or trample your will. Think about it. I’m not asking you to agree. I’m telling you my story and the rocky bumps jutting up from the ground of my not-so-strong faith. I am imperfect. I don’t always believe right or well. Sometimes I chose the lie. Sometimes I have doubted God. Does this make me any less of a Christ follower? Does it condemn me to a life in hell? Does it steal me away from faith? No. Continue reading Freely Write the Truth {Tell the Story}

Relationship with God is not a Facebook Post or a Twitter Feed

The holy and divine are sacred to me.  In someway, I have always cherished the fact that God loves me and pursues relationship with me.  It is an extravagant mystery for which I am most grateful.  Tonight I ponder connection again and the meaning of social media.  I think about how Jesus came to break the dividing wall – the veil was torn that kept us from direct access to God the Father.  The sacrifice of Jesus made it possible for anyone to come to the table and enjoy fellowship – communion with God.

Photo by Jennifer Upton
Photo by Jennifer Upton

The other day I pondered whose following is most important.  I forgot to talk about what led me to even write that post.  I’ve been using social media for a while but Twitter is most recent for me.  I’ve had an account for a little over a year now.  When I first signed up I only followed less than 70 people.  In mind I wanted to connect with people I knew – it’s my default.  Don’t judge.  I have since learned to think differently about how I use Twitter and other social media venues.  This isn’t a reflection on how to use it.  You can Google that information and find hundreds of varying opinions. Follow Here to Read More

Halfway Through the Winter

Winter marvia davidsonSomething had to die.  Things always die in the winter.  Our discontent – yours, mine – we’ve all experienced it in one form or another. While searching through Twitter, a couple of blogs, and contemplating a church sermon on “God’s Greatest Desire” (Morris, 2013). This phrase struck me: “we’re halfway through the winter.”  The middle is often the hardest place to be.   You can’t go back.  I mean you could, but it would be pointless and maybe fruitless.  You can only go forward.  So it is with winter.

It will end.  Death will end.  Life will spring again.  Newness like dew will be upon your heart, mind, body, and soul.  But still…something had to die before it came to be.  And I am undone.  What is that thing for you? For me, it’s a notion I carried for a long time about identity and belonging.  Funny, it always seems to boil back down to those two themes.  The notion had to die so I could really begin to learn to live.

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His Voice Is Our Assurance

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

~Isaiah 30

It is amazing that God desires relationship with every single one of us. Because of Jesus, we have unfettered access to God. Because of the blood of Jesus, we have restoration. Because of the cross of Christ, we can be sons and daughters of the King. Yes, God is gracious. He wants to restore each of us to wholeness. Come; see what God is all about. He’s been waiting for you. His love runs deep. His love runs wide. Nothing you can do will make Him love you less. God can handle your past, your present, and your future. You don’t have to carry that weight anymore. Choose life in Christ – lovingly eternal. Continue reading His Voice Is Our Assurance

A Different Revelation

originally written in 2008

A couple of months ago, I had a revelation. Something my mother said made perfect sense; “unwrap yourself from yourself and wrap yourself around Jesus.”

We, if we are Christians, are meant and made to be attached “in” the Vine called Christ. He’s the Vine, and we are the branches. This is where we live, move, and have our being—Acts 17:28. Like tree planted by the water are we—to grow up before Him—not crooked or twisted. We are to be straightened with arms outstretched ever reaching to God; yet something horribly bad can happen when our eyes are averted from the Lord. We begin the “navel-gazing,” and our roots become dislodged from God—they turn in on us; and they begin to strangle us, twisting and contorting. The tree no longer stands straight and upright. The tree no longer produces fruit. It isn’t standing by the Waters of Life–Jesus. It tries to live on its on never realizing that it’s slowing dying as the roots and limbs to turn in on themselves for so-called life. Death is the result. The head is bowed, the self-made is god, and one can no longer hear nor ascertain the still small voice of God. This is what happens when we become wrapped up in ourselves. How do we get free?

 

Acknowledge our fault, sin, and dependence on self. Repent and lift our eyes to where they were meant to be—on Christ alone. The Vinedresser—God—comes and begins the process of pruning and cutting back, untangling the mess we made of ourselves. I know no other One who comes to save but Christ alone. I know of no other living giving vine in which we can live, move, and have our being. I know no other God who can lay the ax to the root and still breathe life. I know not one. Only God can save. Only Christ can set us free. Only Jesus can be the living water.

What can we do? We can pray. We can pray, “so here we are God acknowledging our inability to set ourselves free. We humbly admit to You that Life—our life—is in the Vine. Forgive us, and restore us. Untangle the mess we’ve made of our lives. Plant us again firmly in You—Jesus that we might once again have right relationship with You and the Father.” After all, our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Let’s stay close to Him today.