Craving Fulfillment

Nourishment for Body and Soul

New News February 26, 2011

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With internet issues and big news at our house, the blog has lacked action.  I will be back soon with explanation but let me leave you with this:

 

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 6:35


Jesus, who satisfies our soul’s hunger and thirst.  The fulfillment we crave.

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

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Unabashed Fondness January 15, 2011

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~ an excerpt from my mid summer’s journal ~

Seeing the connection between two 5-year-old cousins who adore each other is heart intriguing.  A boy and girl who giggle at silliness or nothing much, I covet.  How simple; how true to how it should be.  At what age do we lose it?  My 10-year-old has lost it.  Conscious of more.  My 8-year-old is in the process of losing it but entirely, has not.  He’s still able to give hugs with a bit of guarding and occasionally at bedtime requests that I get right in to give him his good night cuddle.

How I crave this honesty with you God.  I know the rewards.  I’ve tasted them.  In the stillness of bedtime we cuddle and I hug the warmth.  Your blessing touches my inner most part and satisfies at these times when I truly let you in.

I hear another set of giggles when a fly swatter hits a fridge magnet and it learns how to fly.  On to the next, they flitter out of the room.  I want to follow them.  I crave their sweet abandon; their unpretentious hearts.  I yearn to be young in this way towards you, my Father.

“Dear Jesus, I try to imagine your face looking into the Father’s and try to mimic it.  It’s in the trying, the striving to be better, that You tell me to rest.  To just be, and let You minister to me.

Sense in me my love for You, dear God, warm with the thought of seeing You in Glory.  Thank you for this glimpse to pull my eyes upward and shed my veil if only for a moment.

Amen.”

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the

Presence behind the veil,

Hebrews 6:19

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Making Something December 11, 2010

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:34 pm
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His 5 year old hand on my shoulder, me crouched down, he whispers in my ear and then draws back to see my reaction.  I smile and nod, and he ventures a little louder to his big brothers, “We’ll make something for God.”

It’s the youngest’ turn to decide what we will give for our Giving Advent Calendar.

He pulled out his picture to “demonstrate”.

Such a big word for a little, yet bursting with giving, heart.  How, I, pray, he never loses his love of giving; that the greed of the world never turns his focus to himself.  He looks for, even invents, reasons for giving.  Yet I know, his people-pleasing heart will get burned and it will be easy to coil inside himself where it feels safe.

Isn’t that what many of us do?  Start out with the faith of a child then the world burns?  Or maybe we start with the intimidation of a youngest child, learning early to keep quiet.   There’s less hurt potential to keep to our self.  How do we work our way back to that faith without barriers?  Faith that’s not just circumstantial?

 

Might  I say (trying hard to uncoil), one baby step at a time?  For me, it continues to be one scary, risky, clinging-to-God, step at a time.

 

But; once you’ve said yes to God, to something you know you can’t carry out on your own, and then experience what God does, beyond what you could ever predict, you want more.


Which pushes you to the next baby step.

It’s a flexing not just to His leading, but a surrender to His will for your next lag of the journey.  Trust deepens and the steps get bigger.

Maybe a toddler step the next time.

 

Right where you are; what next step is God asking of you?

Allow God to prove Himself to you.  But the clincher is, you have to take the risk to experience the growth.

Peter didn’t know he could walk on water until he took his first step.  He sank only when he doubted.  And Jesus’ hand was there.  When Peter called to Jesus in fear, Jesus immediately reached out his hand in love.  But again, Peter had to take His hand.  We are offered help but will not fully experience it unless we embrace  it by faith.   A step of faith.

 

With each of these faith-filled steps we are making something for God.

You; me.

We are created by and for Him.  And we are a gift for Him.

 

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:31

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Giving to Get November 25, 2010

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The last few years we had an advent stocking.  A simple dollar store buy that I put in little treats or treasure hunt notes that the boys and I could have fun with.  Little treats, you know, like those capsules that inflate into sponges in the bathtub or reading the Christmas story together as we put out the nativity scene.  But looking back on last year it became more of a ‘getting’ fest than counting down the days to Christ’s birth.   The little treats no longer held the same appeal.  Of course the boys are getting older but it’s more me expecting a grown up response instead of the kid response I was getting.  And it led to me being disheartened.  Isn’t there a way to have treats without spoiling them because I do so love giving?

This year we will try a different approach.  A giving advent instead of a getting.  We will give to others together and not we give to them.  I don’t know how it will evolve yet but I want the giving to instill in their hearts.  I want them addicted to giving like I am.  I want them to get to the point that they want the joy in their hearts that comes from doing something for someone else.  I guess then it can be a selfish thing…

You give…

…to get…

…the joy.

 

…And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

 

*Speaking of giving to get…stay tuned…very soon will be a give away for some beautiful free stuff…so fun!*

 

Sanctify Me November 2, 2010

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 5:25 pm
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As I venture into this world of cyber humbling I recognize I need a firm foundation.  I’ve got my Solid Rock, so freely given and free for the asking to all who come to the Father with a repentant heart.  It’s me that gets in the way of God’s message that He wants me to share with you.

I read this during my time with God this morning.  It’s Jesus praying.

“I have given them your work and the world has hated them because they are not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of this world just as I am not of this world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:14-17

My God foundation is solid; it is me that needs to be refined; sanctified.  I didn’t have a clear understanding of ‘sanctify’ until the author of the devotion quickly defined it as change.  That word, change, makes me silently grown inside and outwardly sigh.  I sigh even as I write this.  Must I grow some more?  Be humbled, some more?  The answer of course, is yes; growing  more Christ-like as we climb towards Heaven.  But, the verse continues on…

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

God has given us His Truth; His Word; His Bible.  So as I am quite frightened to put myself forth into cyber humbling, I go relying on what the Holy Spirit has taught me and is teaching me through words written long ago but relevant today.  And I go trusting Jesus’ prayer of protection.   I don’t know the Bible as well as I should (there is another word that caused a sigh).  I will commit to learning it better and reflecting here.  I’ll make mistakes but that is the humbling that is to

…sanctify me.

I have been  encouraged by Ann Voscamp’s do-today ways to get into scripture that she has gently written at aholyexperience.  As a family, we are trying to read together as the Voscamps have done since their family began.

Last week there also was encouragement for memorizing scripture.   After reading this post I glanced at Shoe Box Scripture Treasures – memory verses for each week of the year.  I received it a week ago from Operation Christmas Child at the Relevant conference.  Since washing the floor was next on the list for the day, I took the first card with me and mopped to the rhythm of Isaiah 9:6.  As an added bonus, our youngest wanted to ‘help’ which of course took longer but then gave me more time to memorize.  It wasn’t long before I heard…

“Why do you have to keep saying those words over and over?”

Isn’t it so like God to not only bless us with His words but those around us?  Here I am washing the floor, memorizing a verse and accidentally being an example to impressionable ears.  It was one of those times when you feel you did some parenting good but you can’t take a smidgen of credit for it.  I’m going to try this tactic again.  You’ll know how clean my floor is by how many verses I know.

Hugs and blessings,

Jane