A Consuming Fire

a consuming fire graphic

Apparently, God is a bit of a pyromanic.   Last week, I read in Hebrews 12 that He is “a consuming fire,” and I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.  My Holy God is using the flame to refine my life — removing all that is not holy, all that will harm me.   This forging is a painful process, but one that results in greater growth and beauty.

May I never resist the flame.

Consume me, Lord.

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“So be truly glad.

There is wonderful joy ahead,

even though you have to endure

many trials for a little while.

These trials will show

that your faith is genuine.

It is being tested

as fire tests and purifies gold—

though your faith is far more precious

than mere gold.

So when your faith remains strong

through many trials,

it will bring you much praise and glory and honor

on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

I Peter 1:6-7, NLT

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Q4U:  How has God used the flame to refine your life?

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Walls Come Down

walls come down

My husband dropped me off at church last Wednesday night, and then he took quite a while to join me in the sanctuary.  I played Words with Friends on my phone and checked twitter as I waited.   We had arrived early, so there was “time to kill.”

When my husband finally appeared, I asked him if he had stopped to chat to Jon.  Because He always runs into Jon in the parking lot, and Jon is a talker.

“No,” he said.”  And then he proceeded to tell me about a horrifying voice message he’d listened to as he sat alone in the car.  He had no idea that the message would be an emotional bomb.  The news exploded  while I sat in the sanctuary blissfully unaware that my husband’s heart was breaking into a million little pieces.

I grabbed my husband’s hand, and I prayed.    There was nothing else we could do.

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The next day, as I sat at work, I wanted to encourage my husband’s heart, so I sent him a quick text.   His response made me smile.

Spiritual Warfare

We are going to shout loud.  Loud until the walls come down.  We win.

What walls are you facing today?  Is the enemy trying to tell you that there is no hope?  Don’t believe it, my friend.

Walls are meant to come down.  Keep shouting.

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“But you, God, shield me on all sides;

You ground my feet, you lift my head high;

With all my might I shout up to God,

His answers thunder from the holy mountain.”

Psalms 3:3-4, MSG

Q4U:  Have you seen a wall come down in your life?  I would love to hear your God story.

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Be a Light

Be a Light  

My husband and I decided to take a big step of faith a few weeks ago.  We prayed a rainbow prayer.  We moved forward believing that God is able to do the impossible.

But, sometimes the pathway to a  miracle is filled with potholes and roadblocks.  The road is unpaved and seemingly un-safe.

So, I started to wonder, “Does God really want me to go this way?”  Surely, it would be smoother sailing if God had appointed this journey.  Maybe this is a “me” thing, and not a “God thing.”

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On Monday, God wanted me to know without a doubt He had divinely called me to walk this road.  So, He sent me a very clear message.

I found my confirmation in the most unlikeliest of places.   I was sitting on a toilet in the ladies’ restroom at work.  I looked straight in front of me and saw  my sign.   It was literally hanging on the inside of the bathroom stall door staring back at me.

Be a Light

Be a light in the darkness.

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Lord, did you really just tell me to “go for it” while I am sitting in a public restroom?

Indeed, He did.

Be a light, Lyli.  I will give you the fuel. 

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“…let your light shine before people,

so that they can see your good deeds

and give honor to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16, NET

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Q4U:  Is God calling you to take a step of faith and “Be a Light” in a dark place?  I would love to hear your story.

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Photo Credit 2:  Mihai Tamasila

God Loves You

God Loves You

Last week, my husband planned a getaway for my birthday.   Growing up, my family always enjoyed long, lazy summer days at the ocean front.  I have missed days like this since we got married because my man does not like to sweat.

Out of love, he booked a hotel on the water, purchased a pair of shorts, and packed the beach chairs.  It was my birthday week, and my love wanted me to enjoy it.   He was willing to sacrifice and sit outside in the sweltering sun.

Love helps us to see service as a delight, not a duty.  My husband loves me like crazy.  For me, he will sweat.

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I slept in the first morning.  The hotel had a comfy bed with fluffy pillows.  While I slowly got moving, my husband went downstairs to rent a beach umbrella.

But, we never used it.

God loves my husband.  Bruce is His favorite.  Because Abba loves my man so much, the day was cloudy and breezy.  We sat on the beach in late August in the middle of the day and did not even pull out our sunglasses.

I enjoyed the endless, mysterious ocean.  I wrote in my journal.  I listened to worship music.  I connected with my Maker and first love.  I relished in this fresh glimpse of God and refreshed my spirit.

God designed a day for both of us to enjoy.

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“This is the most important fact of your life.

God loves you.

The eternal, self-existent Being who created and sustains

everything that exists dearly loves you.

The profound thought of God’s love should begin

and end your every day. 

It should define your every goal, your every action. 

And He doesn’t merely like you when you do well;

He is personally and passionately committed to your good,

even when you fail.

God loves you.

What would happen if that three-word sentence

became the theme of your life–

if you let it change everything about you and your world?

Let’s see if we can find out.”

David Jeremiah,

from God Loves You:  He Always Has — He Always Will

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“…I have loved thee with an everlasting love:

therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Jeremiah 31:3, KJV

Q4U:  Has God ever done something special for you to show you your “his favorite”?  How has Abba revealed His love to you personally?  Has He given you a fresh glimpse of Him recently?  I would love for you to share your story in the comments below.

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Photo Credit:  J. Stuart