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Altar the Pattern

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 6:00 AM

God is so gracious! It feels like the demon of distraction has run rampant over my life in the last few weeks. I come to my quiet time, and so many thoughts take off in different directions, and my discipline goes down rabbit trails. Like Alice in Wonderland chasing the rabbit always in a hurry, off my mind goes down the hole of imagination or concern searching for things other than my Lord's face.


Today I am determined again to seek His face~ find His heart, like a hound dog, keep my nose to the ground until I rediscover His loving smile, His heart, His will, the stillness of joy that announces His Presence.


A sigh. He is here. I love You, my Lord. I so love being with You, and I get really excited knowing that in eternity I shall walk beside You as we speak of many things. You shall always be my teacher, my beloved Messiah, my devoted Father. And since I have followed Your Word and invited Jesus to be Lord of my life, I know I shall walk eternally with You.

John 3:16 (AMP)

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world,

that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son,

so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior]

shall not perish, but have eternal life.

My God, You have so lovingly sent Your Holy Spirit to love me and teach me all Your ways. He is always with me and never leaves me. I am eternally connected to You. I can depend on Your protection and wisdom to be with me (when I keep my ears open to hear and obey Your voice.) I love You and choose to give my body as a living sacrifice to You. Use me for Your work!

Romans 12:1 Living Bible

And so, dear brothers,

I plead with you to give your bodies to God.

Let them be a living sacrifice,

holy—the kind he can accept.

When you think of what he has done for you,

is this too much to ask?

Romans 12:2 (AMPC)

Do not be conformed to this world (this age),

[fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs],

but be transformed (changed)

by the [entire] renewal of your mind

[by its new ideals and its new attitude],

so that you may prove [for yourselves]

what is the good and acceptable

and perfect will of God,

even the thing which is good and

acceptable and perfect

[in His sight for you].


Lord, I choose to conform myself to You not the world. It’s like a dress pattern. I originally buy a pattern to sew the dress pictured on the front of the package. But then I realize this dress is no longer me; it’s much too immodest and that is not who God made me to be. So I begin adjusting the pattern, lifting here, adding there until the pattern can create a dress more like who I have become, a child of God. The completed project pleases me and my Father! Your grace delivers me whenever I need it and request it Lord. So now I use the Bible as the pattern. When I change my thoughts and imaginings to Biblical wisdom, ! change to conform me to be who You created me to become. Do you follow this pattern also?

Categories: God's Love , Hunger for God , Faithful God

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                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.