Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Sisters Green: Part 1

There are many amazing people of God in my fellowship family; I've mentioned some of them in past posts (i.e., my Pastor, my best friend Lynette, and my nephew Reuben).  Two more lovely examples of the work of God's "Daddy" heart among us are in Antonia and Nikki Green. These two young women are making their mark on eternity.  God has used them both to teach us lessons in perseverance, unconditional love, and faith critical to the walk of Christians, young and old.  Abba's work in their lives has shown many how important these attributes are to His heart.

Both women are physically beautiful, but the righteous character being built in them from the ground up through God's unique processing in each of their lives in recent years has impacted my emotions the most.  Knowing them has personally blessed my life, and my heart's desire with this two-part post is to praise our loving God for them both, and encourage their hearts with the truth of their immense value and meaning to the Kingdom of God.

Antonia Monique Green

This woman has a quiet strength I admire greatly.  Though just 25 years old, "Tonia" has a spirit more mature than many nearly twice her age, mainly because of how earnestly she seeks to know the father heart of God.  She made that decision very quietly and earnestly before I ever knew her and, over the years, God has been unfolding the flower and fragrance of her life right before our eyes.  Though she has an amazing testimony (best told by her), my heart here is to praise and thank Abba for what He's caused her Godly character to mean to me.

You know, I've said several times in this blog that, unless we are willing to allow Daddy to lovingly expose "the uglies" in our flesh, we're not going to progress very far in our acquaintance with His heart and knowing the deeper things of His Spirit.  Antonia is willing.  She works in media and, regardless of various outside influences and pressures encountered in that world, she allows God to maintain that "bottom-line love" of Him so critically necessary to persevering in Christ and continuing to obey Him no matter what.  In truth, the Lord told us that those who are His "Generals" in Christ's Body are those who've earnestly said within their hearts: Lord, I want everything You have for me, no matter what it costs.  Antonia's a General.

She's learned to take every example of life's occurrences and hold them up against the light of God's Authority, truth, and directives to contrast and compare God's holy way versus the enemy's evil influences.  That's no small development.  At times, I've literally sensed her young spirit "working it out", monitoring the things of God and stepping out of His way so that He can accomplish His will in her.  That takes courage, y'all.  I don't know that I possessed quite that level of resolve in knowledge and unabashed obedience and understanding at that age.  That's part of what makes her tenacious faith such a shining example to the youth of today, and such a passionate delight to the heart of God.

When we kiss the Father's heart through sincere obedience and loyalty to Him - following hard after His desires in our lives - manifold blessings, protection, and favor will be ours. That's all He really asks us to do:
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay your vows unto the most High:  And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." (Psalm 50:14-15)
Through her ever-increasing commitment to Godly living and interceding for others in her family and in the workplace, Daddy has shown Antonia the way to life lived on eternity's scale; she is always astonished by it.

The works of His hands continually rivet and amaze us all, and Antonia is one of the best examples I've experienced of a life changed and prospering in Abba's great love.

Lord willing, Thursday's post:  Evelyn Nicole Green

Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Props & Post Scheduling

I'm giving a Daddy's Girl SHOUT-OUT to Nikki Green, a brand new graduate of Berkeley College, White Plains, NY.  She received her hard-earned Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration this past Saturday to the thrills and adulation of loved ones near and far (I watched it via live stream internet).  Congratulations, Nikki!  :0)


Lord willing, I will no longer be posting on Sundays for Daddy's Girl.  Instead, beginning next week, a fresh "teaching" will appear each Sunday on the Glory Shield Ministries (Online) website.  Daddy's Girl posts will now appear each Tuesday, WEDNESDAY, Thursday, and Saturday.

Thank you all for your patience and support in this transition.

God bless!
Pastor Sharon
(a.k.a. Daddy's Girl)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Poem for Spring

(Copyright © 2004 Sharon Joy Gramling)

Butterflies brightly bring new offerings

of newness of life to Jesus the King.

He transforms us and forms us afresh and anew

and brings to new dawning the fragrance of youth

wrapped around us in splendor, fresh vigor and vim;

our new wings dry strong in the image of Him

Who - with tenderness, meaning, purpose, and power

calls forth our new butterfly unto the flower

to feed and adorn it, fly free and spread seed;

yes, He Who commands us will meet every need

through our season of life and still through to the end

’til we’re caught up to greet Him in His Holy Wind

with new lives all around us, below and above,

to the Throne that surrounds us with pervading LOVE

where sits God The Most High, Who also looks low

upon His winged beauties wherever we go.

Praise to Holy Father and to Holy Son

and to Holy Spirit, the Three Who are One;

praise He Who leads butterflies forth from cocoon,

and died for our new life, and IS coming soon!

Inspired by His Goodness,
Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Recalling a Godly Mother

I had the kind of relationship with my mother most people only dream about.  While on earth, she was my parent and my spiritual authority, my mentor and my example in Christ; under God, she was my boss and my disciplinarian.  As I grew older, I realized she was also my biggest fan and encouraged my little heart more than anyone else; she had the "gift" of encouragement.  I remember her telling us kids, "God has blessed you all with brilliant minds; you can be anything you want to be."

Those words indelibly impacted me.

The truism "a hint, to the wise, is sufficient" accurately describes many of my mother's Godly interactions with me. In my young-punk-upstart years, right in front her, I'd tell people to kiss my a**, thinking my boldness would somehow shock her.  Silly me.  Totally unfazed by my obvious immaturity, she didn't blush or even chide me as I expected but, instead, hinted what I now know to be a pricelessly important warning.

After my tough-guy utterance, she'd look at me, lean in closely, and say (barely above a whisper), "I'd be mighty careful about whom I invite to my behind."  Then, without a flinch or second glance, she'd calmly step away.

I'd stand there, blinking like a jerk, (sometimes for several minutes) until God's wisdom mercifully opened my eyes to how - um, unwise my words were.

My mother just had it like that, y'all.  She was the perfect influence on me.  By God's power, she knew what to say, how to say it, and when to say it.  Her cool wisdom and Godly training made a woman out of me, pouring all the foundations necessary for God to save me from myself and my sins in later years. (And, uh... I rarely have invited anyone to my "behind" ever since!)  :0]

At the end of next month, my mother will have rejoiced 21 years on God's golden, heavenly streets.  I know that she is sublimely happy... full of joy and celebrating the Godhead's goodness regularly.  I know she is in good hands and getting all the "good reports" about me; God has told me so.

I don't think I've really written a post about one of the BIGGEST reasons I am Daddy's Girl; my dear sweet mother; my mentor and friend and major encourager.  I love her dearly, and I thank God eternally for her perseverance and unconditional love in raising me.  I know she received a special crown just for putting up with Sharon's antics and attitudes and gross immaturity; but I also know she realized how I loved her with all my being and how, in my heart, I was never her enemy or the Lord's. She told me so.

My mother's "life scripture" is Psalm 91.  My life scripture is Psalm 103 but, over the years, the Lord has also added Psalm 91 to my coffers; so now the two passages accurately define the daughter of God I was created to be.

Here's mommy's life scripture in KJV, the way she loved it, quoted it, and taught it to me:


"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

Friends, if your mom is still here with you, give her a warm hug and thank God for her today.

If your mom is in Heaven with Jesus, give her a warm hug in the Spirit, and thank God for her today.

Thanking God for Ma's Love,
Daddy's Girl.

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Temptation: Just Turn and Run to God

Daddy is tenderly transforming me to the image of Christ.  In yielding to His delicate works in me, the patriarchs have often crossed my mind.  For example, I've always admired how Joseph never allowed pride or vanity to interfere with his obedience to God.

Think about it; Joseph was good looking, and he had a fine physique.  He was righteous and intelligent and - to say the least - administratively gifted. He carried God's anointing in authority and strength, despite his life's early predicaments due to the jealousy of his older brothers. Even though he had it all, he didn't let it go to his head, even in the face of temptation.  I can't say the same.

It's taken many years for me to see the value of a simple tactic, seemingly born in Joseph, to combat sin and its destructive intents:  Run Away!

That's more than a funny phrase familiar to fans of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (dating myself, I know); it's actually a humble, holy, truism that - when employed by the believer through the power of Holy Spirit - will change and utterly defeat the enemy's plans to levy disaster upon our lives.

I'm not talking about fearing the enemy, I'm talking about recognizing his darts and resisting him forthrightly by removing ourselves from the scene of seduction in every way possible and running to God. Taking prayerful authority over temptation's entrapments is also a way of turning from the mouth of the toothless lion and his fond acquaintance with the flesh.  We stand in God in all kinds of ways and, lately, God's been reminding me of this valuable resource whenever I'm tempted.  I'm setting my heart on applying it to all areas of sin in my life - not just the "obvious" ones.  Know what I mean?

For instance, I'm grateful God delivered me from the sin of masturbation, but I still struggle with sins regarding my speech, unforgiveness, and offense.  The blatancy of sin isn't ascribed as readily to those latter items as it is to the M-word, is it?  Not on man's scales of transgression, anyway.  However, God's eyes see hatred and murder on the same level of darkness, according to scripture...
"Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." (1 John 3:15)
So those sins of unclean speech, unforgiveness, and offense are separators from God every bit as deadly to me as sexual immorality.  I mustn't only turn my back on thoughts of impurity, Saints; I must also be willing to give self-talk and wicked, hurtful accusation over to the Lord, and turn away from the enemy's temptings to digest and regurgitate scorn.

Holy Spirit spoke to my heart so sweetly during a recent time of struggle-turned-victory; He simply said, 

"Just run, beloved.  Run from sin the way Joseph ran from Potiphar's wife!" and it registered with me, friends, because I ran right into Daddy's powerful Arms, and He thanked me for it... for being obedient to Holy Spirit's entreaties.  That loving, enlightening exchange spoke to my heart in ways it never had before in terms of realizing the authority I have in Christ and utilizing the critical, faithful "way of escape" Jesus made for me.
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Cor. 10:13)
Joseph didn't try to be cool or nonchalant in the face of Mrs. Potiphar's wanton advances; besides, there was no time for that!  Wisely, he ran like a banshee from her hot-and-heavy pursuit, to the point of leaving his own garment behind!

So should I.  So should we.

Don't fear the enemy... but recognize and resist him.  When temptation to sin hits you hot-and-heavily, don't play it cool and give opportunity to its acquaintance with your flesh.  In Christ's Name, take authority over the devil's rantings, and don't be too proud to simply turn and run to God.  It enabled Joseph to keep his righteous name.  It will enable us to do the same.

Grateful for His ways of escape,
Daddy's Girl

"...fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

God & His Great Films: Part 2

I believe the nitty-gritty issues referenced in Part 1 of this post truly are those that refine and shape our character in God.  The third challenging question the Sherwood Church film Facing the Giants posed to my heart touches on the theme of "bottom-line love" I greatly admire.

3.  "Will You Still Love God, Even If...?"

The subplot of the Taylors' struggles to have children grips me in a personal area I'll discuss in a moment.

Since adoption is too costly, the couple face individual challenges regarding their deep desire for children.  At one point, Grant asks his wife Brooke point-blank, "Will you still love God, even if we never have children?"

She doesn't answer.  The wheels of exposure and challenge are grinding away.

It's funny how emotional whirlwinds can shock our spiritual foundations.  It's happened to me before.  I've been going along nicely with my soul and spirit aligned to Daddy's directives and everything coming up sunshine and roses - then it happens.  The corrosive acid of supersensitive issues splash upon my life and bloody the eyes of my reason and commitment to God.  Just being real with you.

My Pastor calls them land mines and, believe me, I've lost many an emotional limb to them over the years. Yep, I know we're not supposed to be ruled or led by our emotions because they always deter and annoy us in such cases... but tell that to your emotions! Only GOD can handle them, but He needs our cooperation to do so.  So, what's our bottom line? Do we truly love Him enough to obey Him through the uglies and acid of land mines? Do we?

God has promised me children from my own womb.  I'm 48 years old next month and, while that's hardly the 90 years Sarah saw before Isaac warmed her breast, I admit my emotions are challenged in this place.  In my own way, I can relate to Brooke Taylor's experience and - also like her - in my heart of hearts I have answered this question.

4.  Will You Trust God Despite Your Fears?

This is a biggie for us all, I think, because fears can loom horribly large.

Young David Childers, substitute kicker for the Shiloh Eagles, learns first-hand what it is to be totally up against it in terms of being scared to death, on one hand, and choosing to trust God's power, on the other.  I don't think there was a patriarch or matriarch in biblical existence who hadn't repeatedly had their back against a thorny wall of foreboding in the "face" of their faith in God.  Moses, Hezekiah, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, David... the list scrawls through time and etches its columns to you and I, doesn't it?  Indeed, we all know this place.

My favorite sequence, asking this question of the young kicker, is where his decision to trust God stands between victory or defeat in what's undoubtedly the sporting confrontation of his brief years.  It's up to him to believe God can do more for him than his soul can imagine, and it seems all of Heaven is silenced in that moment of truth.  I'd like to tell you more, but I won't (for the sake of those who haven't seen this film).

I will say, however, that this single scene in Facing the Giants brought me to flowing tears in its manifestation of God's powerful sovereignty over the spiritual and natural elements of the universe on behalf of His children.  The final game sequences are rife with riveting prophetic symbolism anyone can recognize and enjoy.  

Various "giants" will rear their ugly heads at every turn on our travels through life and, to say the least, we need God's encouragement and strength to battle them successfully. Great movies like those produced by Sherwood Church do a critically important work in lending us the encouragements necessary to face our fears, love and trust God unconditionally, and persevere in His Name.  To that wonderful body of edifiers and believers I say, from my heart, thank you and God bless your lives.

Praising God for His Great Films,
Daddy's Girl   

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

God & His Great Films: Part 1

Sherwood Church is doing a phenomenal job in Christian film making.  I've seen all four of their productions, and each in its way is fantastic.  Everyone loves movies with a message, and the fingerprint of God's prophetic blessings on these works is enormous.  Millions of souls have been changed by the way these inspired screenplays boldly portray and honor God's incomparable heart.

"FACING THE GIANTS" (watch it now on itbn)

This is my favorite of the Sherwood Church films.  Its very title advises audiences of the critical themes confronting lives everywhere, but more ferociously mobilized against Christians, who the enemy views as a continual threat to his evil intents.

God's powerful, comforting counsel to us regarding fear, faith, and perseverance is simple: "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13) and "...with God, all things are possible." (Mark 10:27b)  Complete agreement with this truth of God's life-changing virtue in Facing the Giants is clear.

A Tiny Synopsis

High school football coach Grant Taylor is in trouble.  His life and job have little or no direction or spark of excitement, and it looks as if he has coached his last season for his Christian Academy team, the Shiloh Eagles.  At home, Grant and his loving wife struggle to start a family and manage gaunt finances. 

Enter the Hand of God and the beginning of my favorite sequences of this film.  Several are supremely noteworthy, but I've narrowed my list to four - each of which posed a key question and challenge to my heart.  (For those who may not have seen this film, I'll do my best to steer clear of spoilers!)

1.  Will you ask God for help?

God is continually teaching me that men are people, too.  Every time I see a man of God humble himself and pray as Grant Taylor did in the face of daunting discouragement, I am convicted and blessed.

In a meadow on his own property, amid the tidal wave of uncertainty, fear, and personal shame (in not fathering children), he beseeches the Lord meekly, asking...

"Lord Jesus, will You help me?  I need You..."

Those words, sincerely uttered by a male, unceasingly fill my being with tears. For me, few things are more lovely than the heart of any humble, vulnerable child of God... but especially a man's.  Readers familiar with certain portions of my testimony know why.  Societal pressures being what they are for Christ's Body, this touching scene unfailingly sharpens my focus on Almighty God as the one and only Total Source of help and strength for me and anyone, anywhere, ever.

2.  Will you REFUSE to quit?

Legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is often credited with trailblazing the notion of unyielding perseverance through the words of his historical speech in the face of Adolf Hitler's threats to level the country during World War II.

Said Churchill, "... we shall go on 'til the end.  We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight in growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.  We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall never surrender!"

Although the single-minded confidence of his speech still resonates, Churchill did not birth its sentiments; God did.  It was several millennia ago that Yahweh encouraged Joshua - the Pioneer of the Promised Land - with bolstering assurances, saying,
"Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.  From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.  There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you.  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shall you divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them." (Joshua 1:3-6)
God cannot lie, and His promise of faithfulness and loyalty to us removes all excuse for abandoning His commissioning and assignments.  All of scripture is peppered mightily with these assurances and, in light of the strong tower of confidence God continually speaks into our lives, I believe it's fair to say the ancient Christian motto is summarized by two boldly tenacious words Facing the Giants also echoes:  Don't Quit! 

Enough said.

Nitty-Gritty Issues

For me, discussing the next two questions "facing" my heart will take special prayer and impartation in courage, because what I'm referring to I've never shared before on Daddy's Girl.  Until my next post, I solicit your prayers and urge you to watch this masterpiece, if you haven't already.

Um... you'll need tissues. 

Loving God and His Great Films,
Daddy's Girl

"...fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Little Hiatus

[I cover this post with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who came in the flesh, and I forbid the enemy or his minions any access to it in any form.  Amen.]

I've prayed about it, and I'm going to take a small break from posting to Daddy's Girl and my other blogs.  Mainly, this will be for the purpose of developing the Glory Shield website content and pursuing other writing projects God has given me.

Daddy's Girl will probably get some polishing and pampering over the next few days but, rest assured, I am by no means ending it.  By God's power, friends, we've only just begun to share His heart through this grand dame of holy expression.

I love this blog.

Lord willing, April 20 will be the next new post here.  Until then, dear readers, may God bless and keep you in all of your writing, reading, and ministry endeavors.  Please pray I will be able to get some much-needed rest and intimate time with Abba so that I can return fully charged and restored in all that He has for me to share with you.

Be blessed and blessed and blessed,

Pastor Sharon
Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Guest Post: It's My Choice

Today's Daddy's Girl post is being brought to you by me, Lynette Joyce.  I am gladly guest posting for Sharon.  I hope and pray you will be blessed.

As many of you know I have been best friends with Sharon for over 17 years and we are knit at the heart and joined at the hip.  We truly are twins in the spirit.

I have been singularly bless to know her and see what the Lord is doing in her life.  She has shared with me the many times she has allowed Abba to open her understanding and His true heart has been revealed in relationship to His creation. 

Her relationship with the Godhead and especially Abba draws me to want the same closeness and I can have it too!  God is waiting for me.  It's my choice.  He hasn't changed nor will He ever - it's up to me.

There is so much to learn and know about Abba and only time spent with Him will facilitate us learning His true heart.

Abba, through Sharon, has taught and is still teaching me about His heart and I want/CHOOSE to listen, learn and grown closer to Him.  You can choose too.  Please choose.

There's no greater warmth of love that can be given or received than that which comes from the heart of Abba - His inexhaustible heart.

Thank you Abba for Your desire to be with me.

Loving the Lord more and more.
Your Friend,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Let Your Mind Go

Where does your mind take you when you let it go?  Here's where mine went today:

Sometimes all I want to do is lean on the Breast of God and let His heartbeat lull me to sleep. That's focus - deep focus - in Him.  I see Christ and I riding through life's courses upon a chocolate-brown steed which He delicately leads over hill and dale while I sit behind Him, clutching my arms around His steady waist.  He doesn't even kick the horse - it readily obeys - and I'm encouraged to nestle my head between Jesus' shoulder blades.

This is my Beloved, I think to myself... this is my Lord and Master but also my Husband. My Divine Husband Whose heartbeat I can hear with my head resting on His back.  At first my hands were clasped together as I held on to Him but, again, I am urged to take a more familiar grasp of my soul's Lover as we ride.  So I unclasp my sweating hands and rest each palm on His firm belly, where effervescent life is stirred constantly for my strength.  I don't feel myself fall or even lean uneasily, left or right; in fact, my grip grows firm and my confidence rises.  I can feel the Lord's breath now... breathing in and breathing out, and I realize that it's not needed for His sustenance or His body's cause, but for mine.  It's for me that He makes His every breath and motion known, because my heart's weak substance needs to see His mastery of that horse; that chocolate-brown, obedient stud on which He carries me.

The color brown is symbolic of humility.

When I lean upon my Daddy's Breast, He brings Jesus close to me.  My Divine Husband's strength and tenderness simultaneously stroke my soul, and I hear the rhythmic clack of hooves as we checker through life's courses.  I don't mind hill and dale and river splashing, as long as my Lord leads my life.  His humility, strength, and rest feeds me when I need, and cloaks my weary soul in comfort.  Christ is the Founder of my trust and is the "way" in which we travel.  He's the Maker of the earth which holds the dust that cleaves to Him; the dust He calls His own... that dust, again, is me.
"Who am I, Jesus, that You call me by name?  What could I ever do to be loved this way?" (Margaret Becker)
I love it when I let my mind go to seek the place of rest in Jesus.  My beloved Daddy knows the way and leads me safely there each time.  He lets us roam together and lets me taste eternal quiet... He gives me of the resting place that's found in Christ alone.  What I love about Christ the most is not His total command over horses, but His zealous excitement to lead me and guide me and welcome me into His purpose.  I love it that my eternal Lover has possession of my soul and values it more than precious gems and riches.  He longs for me to see my worth and shows me whenever He can that dying for me as He did on Calvary was the only recourse to the satisfaction of Abba, but also of Himself, as He and the Father are One, and They remain in total agreement that my life was well worth saving.  That's how They feel about the whole world.

I'm always rewarded, and I'm always taught when I nestle my thoughts safely in our loving Father's Breast.

In Ever-increasing love of Him,
Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

No Eggshells with God

God is not moody and, for that, I'm truly thankful.

Accommodating moodiness from key family members facilitated my "missing out" on knowing who I actually am at an earlier age.  Think about that, folks.  I was so busy jumping through emotional hoops trying not to "upset" my earthly father's behavioral state that adjusting to his moods became not only the order of the day, but a complete lifestyle in self-preservation.  I've never given that a thorough run-through in my thoughts until now, but safely traversing winding emotional roads paved with egg shells and unknowns blinded my family to brightness or beauty.  I know many of you can relate.

In retrospect, I didn't realize how that paralyzing, negative atmosphere sort of trained my emotions to expect discord and offense.  Since I grew up in a "touchy" world, I walked in a constant state of oversensitivity myself, ostensibly to guard my emotions while navigating caustic surroundings.  How awful and, as I said, it comes down to since I was so scared to be myself most of the time, I lost the acquaintance years ago.

Sharon, Meet Sharon!

When I drew near to Daddy, I was reintroduced to me.  (There's poetry in that, I'll wager!)  Over the years, Abba has been steadily and profoundly reacquainting Sharon with Sharon, and I must say that - although it's taken much time - I like me.  The loving myself part I know will come soon, but I'm not much into loving someone without liking them first. God not only loves us, He genuinely likes us... did you know that?

The Best of
We all know we can love someone without liking them, and that's not a lot of fun.  Folks I like score high on the "hang out with me" meter... folks I chiefly love sometimes don't.  Oh, there's brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and aunts and uncles we love but don't particularly like; we realize this when honesty truly prevails.  Still, we would give up hind quarters for them in an instant because we love them.  Indeed, "love covers a multitude of sins".  Right now, I like myself.  I like the person I am with faults and quirks and emotional leaks; and I especially enjoy the fact that I can laugh at myself while Daddy patches those leaks.  I'm thrilled He's the Master Plumber, and the mechanism He's installed that makes me stop and laugh when I've cartwheeled into awkward situations is worth more than gold in terms of deflecting self-loathing and bitterness.  God always knows what He's doing.

Without Moody Wrinkle

The best part is that, even after causing my own conflict and trial and struggle, I can run into my Father's arms and be enveloped as though I never knew sin or shame or wrong. How about that?  And Abba means it, too, Saints!  Truly.  Even when I'm facing rebuke or correction, He always has a smile for me and a redemptive word to heal my circumstance and show me the way to His Truth.  No word I have ever received from Him bodes only of wrongdoing and consequence; but they all at least end with His Light and laughter and Love and hope for my resource and recovery and reconciliation with His Spirit continually showing me the way to a new and brighter day.  His mercies REALLY ARE new every morning, and His smile for me from His Heart stays the same.  What inner peace and safety that generates!

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

Never moody, always glad to see me, greeting me with loving arms wide open.  That's my Abba and Lord Jesus... that's my Holy Spirit.  And knowing all this is constant and abiding Love flowing from God's Throne makes it easy for me to get to know myself - leaks and all - continually learning of the gifts He's given me to benefit and bless His world.

Saints, in Christ, do you know who you truly are?  Do you know how you truly are?  If you don't know already, God will lead you to the same, blessed conclusion He did me and, in His Love, I can assure you in advance...

You'll like you.

Enjoying His Awesome Realms of Discovery,
Daddy's Girl

"...fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)