Here is my challenge this morning – Saturday evening I was with a newer prayer group and we were speaking with a young woman who asked “How do I know I am hearing the Lord?”
Along with others, I pointed out that our “strange words” will often be the Lord giving us the language known only between He and me; none others. Our role when not understanding their meaning is to say “I hear You Father and I wait for You to give me more.” Then leave it alone.
One example I gave was a time of prayer in a former house I lived in. The third floor of that home was a sewing room, but also, a sowing room. One day He said to me, “Every day is as a stitch being sewn.” He wanted me to say it soft, say it loud, say it forward, sing it, sing it slow, sing it fast, etc. This was a VERY important word because He wanted me to know this emphatically.
Some other words were not as clear. One day He told me to go to the fabric store and purchase all the remnant cloths on the clearance bin, and also pick up all the notions they had; bobbins, seam rippers, fabric markers, tape, etc. Then bring them back. (The rest of the story below).
Yesterday, I had opportunity to share that word again with a newer friend, perhaps a ministry partner in the unfolding, and it just flowed into the conversation.
This morning, I woke up and heard the same story, but it seemed like a correction to the way I had been telling it.
Then, two different “Random songs”…. “C’est La Mort” by The Civil Wars and “C’est La Vie” by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The first means “This is Death” and the second means “This is Life”.
Every day as a stitch sewn means that he takes the random thoughts from the previous day and brings them over into this one, redeems the thoughts, and binds the day together like a tapestry.
So this is how I often hear what the Lord is saying.
This morning, I lay it before Him – “Why do I have a 15-year old story of my sewing/sowing room come back to mind 3 times this week, including this morning?” and “Why do I have two random, haven’t heard songs in a very long time, back in my thoughts today? Not only are they random, but they seem to be compared and contrasted in French. This is Life. This is Death.”
After asking this question, I opened to my already planned psalm for the morning. Psalm 23. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.” Yes, I have been making this my morning declaration daily. “Every need is met, every bill is paid, I lack nothing in the heavenly realm” as I speak my into existence my need, that I do not yet see.
(Yesterday for example, I was reading about grapefruit essential oil helping with edema, my present situation, but the day prior, the owner of the vitamin store where I worked gave me about 10 bottles of essential oils which had damaged labels, the majority of them were grapefruit essential oils. Every need is met, every bill is paid.)
The first verse of Psalm 23, reminded me how He cares for me. Every need is met, and every question is answered. He is a good Shepherd. He is a good Father. I am His daughter who He cares deeply for, not just in affection, but in provision and security.
At that thought, I was reminded of an older poem I wrote back in the mid 80’s.
“I want to express the way I know best
How grateful to You I am
You’ve given me breath,
When I was near death
You’ve become my Passover Lamb.
You’ve restored my soul and made me whole
When my soul was tattered and torn
Yada yada yada yada (cannot recall this line)
Unto You I’ve been reborn.
I’ve committed my life as a mother and wife
But first I am Your daughter
You make sure I’m well fed
With Living Bread
And see to it I have Living Water. ”
(Can’t recall that line. Where is it? Maybe in an old journal I have. Look it up.
Maybe it’s in the old writings – Oh, here is one from April 23 – I’ll look that up since today is June 23 and my psalm is Psalm 23. I’m FLOORED. It’s the sewing/sowing room story.)
Below – Copied from April 23, 2008.
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
For the past few years in January, the Lord has given me a glimpse of the coming year.
Last year was funny. I thought He was giving me a sewing room. Well, that IS what I heard.
I also heard Him say “Gather the remnants and lay all your notions on the table.”
So I put the word out to others that I was starting a sewing room, and I was needing remnant material, and all kinds of notions, such as thread, and bobbins, and needles. Whatever anyone has.
People were generous and supplied me with all kinds of leftover material. There was a lot that I had no further use for.
When I was satisfied that I’d acquired enough remnant material, and I spread all my notions out on the table, I said “Lord Jesus. I did as You asked. Now what?”
He said “I am gathering the remnants and I want You to lay aside all your notions about what that looks like.”
Quite puzzled, I said “Lord. I was CERTAIN You said You were giving me a sewing room.” He responded that had I written down what He said, I would have seen He wanted to give me a “Sowing” room, where I would intercede and be used to deliver and find places for those who were considered “leftover”, “not wanted”, “sold cheaply” and I was to lay aside every notion regarding how it was to all come together.
Sort of like those in the Cave of Addullam.
1 Samuel 22:1-2 SO DAVID departed and escaped to the cave of Adullam: and when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone in distress or in debt or discontented gathered to him, and he became a commander over them. And there were with him about 400 men.
What He was telling me and preparing me for, was the word of unity. How on earth was unity going to come about with 400 distressed, discontented, and in debt people?
I don’t know. I was told to lay all my notions on the table. He was going to “stitch our hearts together in love.” My sewing/sowing room is upstairs on the THIRD FLOOR. All year long, He was preparing my heart with scripture of how powerful the words that come out of our mouths are about to become as we bond in unity. This year, I’ve been impressed with “They had all things common.” Lord we are moving into a time of intense and increased pick up and speed. You are coming soon and Your Spirit will increase upon us and cause signs and wonders in the earth, that unless we lay aside all that we believe is ours, we will miss the day of Your visitation. All things belong to You and are to be for use at Your disposal. Help us Lord to release all that we “own” into Your hands for Your use. You lay up treasures for the wealthy and the poor, but You give according to Your riches and glory. All things belong to You for You own all the cattle on the thousand hills. May our prayer be going forward, that all things are Yours, help us to be ready to use it for Your will and good pleasure. This may mean giving up or sharing our favorite things. But it is also for the release of Your glory. Bind our hearts together Father that we would be more than a remnant of fabric that forever sits in a cabinet with no greater purpose. Bind us as a quilt is bound. Amen.
Wow. He not only stitches together our days, but our random thoughts in one day. He not only gathers remnant people, but remnant thoughts and uses them for His glory and purposes. He even speaks about excesses which He has been talking to me about all week! My whole being is being filled with glory!
What about the contrast between the two songs – This is Death; This is Life.?
When I hear a word, I’m not content to just say “Oh that means this or that”… I want to know WHY He is giving that to me and WHY today? And HOW does this tie in to the rest of today’s words?
Oh! I now have the rest of the poem!
“You restored my soul and made me whole
When my soul was tattered and torn
My feet have been shod
With the Peace of God
Unto You I have been reborn”
This poem is the contrast between Death and Life… “Cest La Mort” “Cest La Vie” The Peace of God – NOT JUST PEACE. The PEACE OF GOD! Not all “Death” looks evil.
Psalm 23 is about Life with the Lord and the Feast before us in the presence of all our enemies…. Psalm 23 is glorious! All the days of our lives we shall dwell with Him. THIS IS LIFE.
My next, already planned scripture verse is Psalm 53 (Adding 30 to Psalm 23) –
THIS IS DEATH!
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. 2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them.6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
I am contrasting those who choose Life and those who choose Death; the Unity of My people and the Separation of them from the World is becoming clearer as hearts are being brought together for the purpose of My Kingdom. This is a glorious and yet strategic time in the history of Time. Be strong! You are no longer children but a Bride adorned as One People, One Purpose. You are the SONS all Creation has been longing and groaning to see. Signs in the heavens and upon the earth will intensify, but do not be afraid; ALL CREATION is GROANING for you to appear. All your thoughts stitched together bring peace and healing to your body, all your days stitched together bring purpose and clarity, all your hearts stitched together bring unity and strength. You are not the garment. You are all the stitches of a Master Seamstress! Be humble and continue in the unity of the bond of peace for there is only one Spirit, there is only one Lord.
Selah. (Cest La?)
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