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Divine Romance

What if I told you that God desired a Divine Romance with you.  God’s very essence, His Spirit is the definition of what love is (I John 4).  In other words if you want to understand love look at the character of God the Father in the person of Jesus Christ (Heb. 1).

So many of us think that to know God means to have religion, but it doesn’t.  It means relationship, deep and intimate relationship, right where you are at this very moment in time.  At this very moment, in whatever circumstance or state you are in God desires a relationship with you (Rom. 5:8).

Most relationships begin by the guy asking the girl out on a date and more often than not that includes a meal, you know going out to dinner.  Well that is what God said to us when he said in Ps. 23:5 that He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies.  In the message Bible it says, “You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies”. In other words he is inviting you out to dinner because he is in love with you and wants a relationship with you, a divine romance.  The neat thing is that it says He does this in the presence of our enemies.  He isn’t waiting until we have no problems, habits, attitudes or distractions, he says, “come to dinner with me I want to feed you something”.  I encourage you to accept that invitation and let Him take you to places that you’ve never been.  

As in any relationship romance begins with a meal, eating something, a delicious 6-course meal at a fine restaurant.  In the Spirit that means that you develop your relationship as you feed on the Word, as you accept His invitation to know Him better.

Once you accept this invitation Romans 8:35 says that nothing will separate you from His love, and I mean “NOTHING”.  So relax and enjoy your time with Him, let yourself go and enjoy your night out in your new found divine romance!

 

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“What Is Tattooed on Your Mind?”

I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to just accept bad news without stopping to see what God says about it.  I heard a great message this past weekend about how the enemy permanently tattoos our mind with lies when we allow him to.  It was so interesting to hear that in order to get a tattoo removed it requires light from the outside and blood from the inside working together.  In order to remove the lies that have been imprinted on our minds we must flood ourselves with the light of the Gospel (2 Cor. 4:4) from the outside and allow the blood of Jesus to change us from the inside.  When the light and the blood come to together the lies are removed and we can walk as God intended us to walk.  Wow, that is amazing news!  

That message reminded me of when my son Benjamin was two years old and we went to the Dr. to have his two year check up.  The Dr. told us that because Ben had an excessive concave chest, he was small for his age, and he also had gotten Kawasaki Syndrome (that they caught quickly, thank the Lord) that he would probably never be able to play football as a teenager or participate in any intensive sports.  He also told us that most likely Ben would have to have corrective surgery on his concave chest when he got older.  I remember my husband and I just would not believe that, we didn’t even entertain that thought.  We have always prayed for our kids and today Benjamin has squatted over 800 lbs, he plays Varsity football for a huge high school in the state of TX and just made the regional track meet throwing shot put.  He is having an amazing high school experience. And, by the way, his chest corrected itself.  I am so glad that we did not take the prediction of our Doctor over the word of our Heavenly Father!

Don’t just except a bad report, don’t even except things that are below what God paid for at the Cross.  His person and work gave us everything we need for life and Godliness according to 1 Peter 1:3-5.  That doesn’t mean we will alway get everything we want and that life will be perfect, no, God said, that it rains on the just and the unjust alike Matt. 5:45.  But faith is trusting God, NO MATTER WHAT.   Don’t allow you mind to be permanently tattooed with lies instead tattoo your mind with the Gospel!

 

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“Outside the Stained Glass and Nylons”

English: Stained glass windows of Berne cathed...
English: Stained glass windows of Berne cathedral, Switzerland. Français : Vitraux de la cathédrale de Berne, Suisse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all started one ordinary Sunday afternoon. Everyone coming proudly out of church dressed in layers of pastels and nylons. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself at all the effort put into this uncomfortable image of piety.  And there he was this man that I adore and fear, this man I praise and doubt. It’s very hard to hear high and lofty words from the pulpit only to go home to see the humanity. I was always daddy’s little girl, and wanted desperately to please him but I came to the conclusion that as much as I would like to be perfect it simply could never happen. And I was ok with that, although he was convinced that I was settling, when I was only choosing to live and love. It was hard enough being a young woman without the added pressure of religion and unreasonable expectations breathing down my neck. I saw things so differently and in my heart I believed God gave me these eyes.

Do I dare to shake it up?  Do I dare break the mold and see if what I have been told can stand the ugliness or the beauty of the world?  I just can’t believe that God would be in nylons, I mean I choose to believe he would be on a Harley Davidson riding through the streets of New Orleans.

One day many years ago I chose to open my eyes and look outside of the clean white sheets of religion.  I decided that if the cross was the real deal then it would work in the real world.  I decided that I would raise my kids in freedom and love and with their eyes wide open to the real world.  As a result, today I have a 15 year old daughter who sports piercings and enjoys various other avenues of self expression and yet she is the one who classmates can trust with their deepest darkest secrets.  She is the one they go to when they are in trouble and yet she holds fast to her faith.  She loves them and isn’t afraid of them and I am so glad she tells me their stories.  I was raised to be protected from the world by going to church but she is being raised to know that she is the church going into the world and I am so proud of her!  Freedom is a beautiful thing!

I see things different because I have gone outside of the stained glass windows.  I have conversed with the drug addicts and held hands with the sons and daughters of poverty.  I have learned that if you close your borders to the outside you will never have the necessary compassion that is required to change what needs to be changed.  How can I have an opinion if I don’t have a relationship with those of other points of view, lifestyles, cultures and ideas.  But if fear is what motivates me then I will remain in nylons, pastels and behind those walls and God will still love me but others who need Him will not know His love!

All of us live, to some degree, as Preacher’s kids.  Maybe your’s isn’t of religion but perhaps of an ideology that you grew up with.  Don’t allow fear to stop you from seeing the world with fresh eyes.  God created us with minds so that we can think and He isn’t afraid of us using the tools He gave us.

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“If I Was 21 Again”

Flower fun
Flower fun (Photo credit: @Doug888888

“It I Was 21 Again”

If I was 21 again I’d tell myself to laugh/

I’d stop and smell the roses and even tip a glass/

If I was 21 again I’d give myself time to grow/

I’d love without the guilt and those I love would surely know/

If I was 21 again and all I had was time/

I’d go to Napa Valley and learn to love fine wine/

But I’m not 21 again the truth is I’m 42/

And I wouldn’t change a thing because I’ve spent my life with you!

Wynema Clark 4/10/2013

 

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“The State Of Mind You’re In”

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Flowers 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The State Of Mind You’re In”

Walking among the lowly, dragging your lovely feet

there is no excuse for your appearance of defeat.

You wake-up every morning to the dream of those without

Yet you complain it’s not enough and you’re condemned to simply doubt.

What if where you are is the place to find your peace?

What if what you have is the shelf on which they reach?

What does that say about the state of mind you’re in?

What if you reached the mountain and you were just back here again?

Wynema Clark  4/4/2013

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“The Calm After the Storm”

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Spring Rain (Photo credit: Esteban Cavrico)

Thunder clashes as lightning shoots across the sky,

Rain pounds on the panes and I hear my daughter cry.

Darkness one moment daylight in a flash,

Fear turns to peace before another clash.

It’s loud for a moment as silence ushers in,

A deep sleep and a rest that doesn’t wake me again.

Till morning when the first rays of light peek through,

The shades on my window off the drops of morning dew.

And I open the window to something so fresh and so clear,

A most beautiful morning erased of all fear.

A freshness that only spring storm clouds could bring,

Through the wreckage the very first glimpses of spring.

Wynema Clark 3/12/2013

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