Monday, September 26, 2011

Abundance for Today & Soli Deo Gloria Party

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Lately, I've been feeling pressure.  The heaviness that presses on my heart daily comes from this taskmaster that wields an ugly black whip, a long list of things to do, and a standard of perfection for all assignments.

The task-master is me, of course.

As I struggle under this self-inflicted crap, I keep hearing this whisper:

Today.  Look for the abundance given this day.  Put down the tasks.  Receive abundance.

I walk outside, greeted by the lovely Silverado Sage that is in bloom in my backyard.  God tells me to take a picture, for it is at its peak and soon the petals will start falling to the ground.  As I walk up to it, it is covered in hundreds of bees.  Literally, on every small flower, there is a bee, hungrily slurping up the gifts residing in the crevices of the purple petals.  (If I did not have a slight fear of the bee sting, I would have gotten a wee bit closer, but alas, I am not that brave.)

Here the bees are reveling in the abundance of this gift from God.  They are receiving the nourishment that is crucial for them to live into their calling, to live into their purpose, to do what God intended them to do.

I suppose you could say that collecting the nectar is simply part of their job, that they are in fact working, but for this moment, I'm thinking, even so, that is a pretty spectacular part of the tarrying.  And perhaps it takes a bit of work for me to shrug off the taskmaster so that I can fly to the place in which I can drink and drink deeply.  But the act of drinking, of drinking in, of tasting the sweet, and letting it flow through my body, nourishing the core of my being, if this is work -- let me do more.  Let me do more of this and less of that which is born because of the whip.  Let me do more of this and less of that which is born of lifeless obligation.  Let me do more of this and less of that which only esteems me in the eyes of man.

I am praying for you, sweet ones, that in this week, you will be drenched in the sweet work of drinking from the heart of the Father.  I'm praying that you find rest, that the honey would drip off your chin, that the nectar would bring nourishment to your soul.

27 comments :

  1. The "self-inflicted crap".

    Why do we do that to ourselves? We would never treat others how we treat ourselves...

    Praying that you find the strength to put down the whip, and drink deeply.

    I am so behind on my reading here, and it looks like you have loads of good stuff. I'm off.

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  2. Amen for the abundance found in Him, Jen. Blessings, (the other) jen :)

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  3. You know what I like about the verse, "Taste and see that the Lord is good"? I like that tasting is a sensory thing. It's more than just acknowledging in our heads that He is good. It's about knowing it through what we see, smell, hear, taste, and touch. That's what your post reminded me of today.

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  4. Pausing to drink in the nectar...beautiful thought!

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  5. A beautiful post...made me think of all the things I haven't stopped to admire and drink in! (And take a picture of!) Receive the nourishment that is crucial to live out your calling...I love this.

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  6. IT is only when we surrender and fully drink from what is being offered...almost like the snake hanging on a pole - look at it and be cured! yet, we tarry and look away.

    Thank you Jen for the image and your words.

    m.b.

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  7. I want to do the work that brings me closer to Him. His grace, mercy, love, and approval are all I need. Love this encouragement, Jen!

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  8. Wow! I came here after writing my blog post, but we have definitely been struggling with the same task master lately. Thank you for another reminder to press in to the Lord for His grace as my nourishment.

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  9. Beautiful and much needed for my heart. <3

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  10. Thank you, Jen, for your beautiful community here, and for the invitation to post again this evening. You are such a blessing, dear one.

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  11. Yes, this post reminds me that He calls to us "Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest..." Reminded of the prayers of a friend to come to Him when I am weary under the self-imposed burdens instead of His. May I walk closely with Him and learn a better way. Thanks for your encouragement in the journey.

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  12. I am reading "Grace for the Good Girl" by Emily Freeman. Oh my . . .

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  13. Drinking from the heart of God. Love that. Need it today. God so often speaks to me through your posts. Thank you for being faithful.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  14. I tend to be a task master too, Jen. Thank you for this challenge to lay them down.

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  15. Thank you for the beautiful prayer, i needed that. We must all serve up the nectar for the Glory of the Lord. It is not ours, it belongs to Him. Praise God for entrusting us with so much...oh His love is everything!!!!

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  16. This is sweet;} so sweet;} And I am so very with you except I've never been a task-person but feel I 'should' be which is even worse...ugh, the whip. when enjoyment of His sweetness is right there. Love, so much love, to you sister:}

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  17. It's very difficult to choose Maria's part over Martha's one. Both are important but I think Martha's tasks would get done easier if she'd first take care of her own drinking and nourishment. Like a blind person can't lead another blind one, someone at the edge of starvation can't really feed other hungry ones...

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  18. Your words of prayer at the end, they absolutely pulled on my heart, somehow full of both beauty and meaning. Echoing that prayer for you today...

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  19. I know the Taskmaster too Jen--good for you to be aware of this so young. It took me a long time, and I still tend to beat myself up over stuff, but I'm improving. I too am inspired by honey bees!

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  20. Nancy is right on. I want to experience Him for myself today, to "taste and see [for myself] that the Lord is good!"
    Abby speaks for me, too... I feel guilty that I'm not more "driven."
    I love me some SDG sisters! Thanks, Jen!

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  21. It seems our journeys parallel one another...choosing to drink deeply. xo

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  22. I'm all too familiar with the "Task Master." I'm learning to let that slide away while the Lord "slides in" and fills me with His love and His spirit, but it's not easy. I'm a bit stubborn at times, sigh!

    I found your blog today through my friend's blog, M.B. of "Steps Toward a Simpler Life." I'm glad I came for a visit. I'm sure to return.

    ~M. Wildflower

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  23. Thank you for hosting this blog hop. Your photos of your back yard flowers are so inviting I can enjoy the fragrance from here. Stop to smell the delightful perfume and allow Him to carry your cares as you cast them on the Lord. Time to delegate!!!

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  24. Yes, I could use a little of that kind of rest.

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  25. "Let me do more of this and less of that which is born of lifeless obligation"...yes!To let go of the meaningless, self-imposed "busy work" that I believe gives me worth but instead it drains me. I pray God gives us eyes to see what REALLY is important.

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  26. "But the act of drinking, of drinking in, of tasting the sweet, and letting it flow through my body, nourishing the core of my being, if this is work -- let me do more. Let me do more of this and less of that which is born because of the whip. Let me do more of this and less of that which is born of lifeless obligation. Let me do more of this and less of that which only esteems me in the eyes of man." Amen Jen, loved this!

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