It’s a Dance, not a Fight by Allison Cain

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Isaiah 59:21

I hold you close, not to smother you, but to offer security to the uncertainties that surround you. I hold you tight, not to constrain you, but to anchor your untethered heart to my solid foundation. It’s a dance, not a fight.

Will you trust me enough to settle into the chaos and uncertainty with you? Will you relinquish control long enough to allow my Spirit to enter every crease and crevice of your heart and soul – to touch it with light and healing? Will you stop fighting long enough to feel my heart beat alongside yours in rhythm and follow my lead? It’s a dance, not a fight.

Practice finding me in the every day, so your trust grows. Spend private time with me, so our intimate knowledge of each other cultivates deep respect. Challenge yourself to relax in my arms, I adore you. Listen for my voice, embrace my love for you. It’s a dance, not a fight.

Love, God

Middle Ground

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Psalm 139:7-12

If darkness and light are the same to you God, and your Spirit lives within me, surely I can find middle ground in all the opposites. An area of compromise between the two extremes that play tug of war in my mind and soul.

A balanced place that offer a safe spot to glean clarity and truth. A meeting ground for me and You, where my heart can grow, heal and absorb Your wisdom. Secure shelter that relaxes a weary spirit within and opens my eyes to see how Your love and understanding provide strength, courage and direction for next steps . . . Steps farther from the shadows of neutral territory and into the Light of Your presence.

Wisdom and acceptance to see what you see in me and in others. Stars . . . Not scars, delight . . . Not doubt, behold . . . Not beware, clarity . . . Not chaos, eternal . . . Not evanescence, stillness . . . Not stirring, and wisdom . . . Not worry.

Settle Down by Allison Cain

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Isaiah 30:15-16, 18

Hazy thoughts . . . Like muddy water down out my clarity, rhythm and childlike hope. It’s in the stillness and quiet all the sediment and debris begin to gently settle.

It’s the settling down that brings clarity of heart, your plan takes shape and You reveal Yourself in the minute details. My vision and focus more clear, there is no staring in in the stillness and settling.

The details of Your perfect plan, always present, but now becoming clear to imperfect eyes.

Quiet trust, willing obedience, true dress and humble repentance are all found in the settling down.

Face-to-Face by Allison Cain

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2 Corinthians 3:16-18

With all Your glory – You shine on me, reflect from me, radiate out of me, penetrate my soul, and flow into every encounter – every nook and cranny of my life.

Face-to-face!

I become more like You, grow brighter, live lighter, love deeper.

Face-to-face!

I experience freedom from my own desires, wild expectations, and overwhelming doubts.

Face-to-face!

You change me gradually from dim to bright light, weak to courageous, slave to free spirit, and questionable to loved and adored.

Face-to-face!

Scattered by Allison Cain

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Psalm 107:1-9

It’s the staggering – stumbling times that make us pause, cast doubt on our abilities to overcome, and turn our hearts to find the One who is able to set us free, lighten our burdens, and settle our scattered heart and minds.

It’s in the desperate situations we take stock of our blessings, see control for the illusion it is, and seek to cling to God for His marvelous love, relish in His truth, delight in His mystery, wonder of His plans, cherish His wisdom, and clutch His hand.

It’s in the scattering and chaos that mysteriously, all begins to make sense, fall into place and prove true. God’s brilliance shines in the dark to lead the way, His expertise is welcome, His artistry appreciated, and His capacity and authority revered in our hearts.

Everything by Allison Cain

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From 1 Corinthians 10:31-33

There is more than the obvious. We get so caught up in the traditional ways of glorifying God (ministry, worship, sharing the gospel) that we overlook the ordinary.

Do EVERYTHING for His magnification.

The big, the small, the mundane, the thrilling, the day-to-day, the special occasions, the eating and drinking, and sleeping. . . . . It can all be done for God’s glory when it’s done with a sincere, genuine, warm, free and whole heart.

Everything we do throughout the day can illuminate our adoration, honor, reverence, thanks and love of our Heavenly Father.

May all we – the grand and the minute honor and exalt His name.

Well and Whole By Allison Cain

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John 14:25-28

Well and whole . . .

That’s what Jesus offers us, just as He did His very own disciples.

Peace filled.

That’s why I love Jesus! He never leaves things the way He finds them. He makes them exceptional and settles in and never leaves. He never abandons.

He makes all things new, beautiful, courageous, strong, and humble. He does this with His great love, lavish forgiveness, and gentle mercy.

That’s why I love Jesus.

He refurbishes all things. He loves, guides, and opens our eyes to the glory within us. His glory – that brings with it so much more than we could ever fathom or create on our own.

Well and whole . . . Peace filled

Pushed to our Knees

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10

We have been led to believe our weaknesses are a disadvantage. They can be if we don’t approach them in the correct posture. Standing to fight them doesn’t work, sitting in acceptance doesn’t work, and neither does running in avoidance. But from our knees (and sometimes flat on our face), it’s a different story.

From our knees, we see our weaknesses from a different perspective. Through God’s heart and eyes, we realize that what we have seen as a flaw or deficiency gives us the capacity to allow God’s incredible strength and grace to fill us. It places us in a position to allow God to lead the way in our lives.

Limitations can bring despair or great humility, fragility or strength, whining or worship, anger or grace, criticism or appreciation. Today, in your weakness, God says, “ __(your name here)__, My grace is enough, it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

In Christ, the weaker we get, the stronger He becomes!

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Don’t “Worry Your Prayers”

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By Allison Cain (James 1:5-8)

“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.” James 1:5-8

Worrying our prayers instead of boldy trsuting God with them is like living as a wind-whipped wave. Wilding out of rhthym, our mind in such a choatic frenzy, our emotions spill over like sea foam rolling across the sandy shores with no direction in mind. Uterally confused and bewildered about our next steps. Scattering depris on what is meant to be a peaceful shore.

When we worry our prayers, we push forward alone like untamed waves, still believing it’s up to us to make it happen, control the situation, and push forward.

When instead, it’s in the restful rhythmic calm assurance in the Savior that hope is realized through bold, but gentle prayer. The seas calm and the heart feels at peace once again – even in the storm.

It’s seem fitting to publish this on my Dad’s birthday. This is the first one he hasn’t been here to celebrate with us. Happy Birthday, Daddy!