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Surpass it All

January 30, 2012

Abandonment is a primal fear.

We have had it from the beginning and it shakes us…well just like the beginning we let it shake us.

We were offered fruit and told God  didn’t know what was best…His Plan wasn’t the very best He had to offer…that maybe our ideas, of what should and should not occur ,were better….could surpass His.

We told ourselves…maybe He doesn’t love us..No, He doesn’t love ME (because don’t we always agree He always loves everyone)…

Maybe His love wasn’t smart enough..strong enough…
and we took a big bite of a lie..

and in that moment we abandoned His love and we have been running from the primal lie : Now, we would be abandoned.
Isn’t that how it works?

the moments where your parents didn’t swoop in and save you….abandonement

the people you trusted…with your heart, your body, your dreams and then they left or betrayed you….abandonement.

those who you loved with so much of your fiber and they died…abandonment

those who were supposed to take care of you and instead hurt you…abandonment.

some have more some have less… but there it sits like a generational muscle memory.

It manifests its’ self in so many ways… anxiety, anger, depression, coldness, fear….

But what we are really saying on some level is…God will abandon me when I need Him….or   God will abandon me in this moment….

I am on my own and He will not provide for me in this….  This situation will surpass The Plan of God.





We lash out or we have an anxiety attack or we become afraid or we shut ourselves off or we get controlling…or we concoct our own special blend of “losing it”

Because sometimes it feels better to … (it makes more sense in our little human brain)  to saturate our bodies with adrenaline and cortisol….an end justifying the means?

Isn’t that only believing half of the Cross?

The Jesus who died over 2000 years ago to free you of all your sins and also ones you haven’t  even gotten around to committing yet

Is the same Jesus who died to free you of the lie which started it all.

The lie which tells you God doesn’t love you enough…that His Plan doesn’t surpass it all….whatever it is.

Because perhaps the Garden isn’t only about the sin but what humans do everyday to permanently stop the blessing of God from entering their lives.

What if  we stopped believing a lie which stops a garden of blessing from coming our way.

What would happen if we stopped believing that God would abandon us in our times of need…what if our times of need were not moments we try to cope through… but ones where we grasp the promise that He has provided…

What if in the moments when we want to seize control…lash out…feel the heat of anxiety on our neck…What if…we showed the lie The Truth.

Romans 8:37-39

New International Version (NIV)

 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is all Provision… not to be defined by human standards… but by His.

Because if the Joy of the Lord is our strength…and it is… then we must hear the whole story..and not be grieved about the hard parts but rejoice and celebrate in the fact that God had us  in the palm of His hand all along…. and He did surpass it all.

*This Bible Translation is one of the best out there… Find it here.

Let’s Start the Week off with Thanks….
1.) Sunday Dinner becoming a place where we all fill up on food and prayer.
2.) A husband who has a soft heart for others.
3.) Children who wake up and call me blessed every day.
4.) A brother who graduated college…No one can take that from you!
5.) Brand new art hanging in my kitchen.
6.) Taking communion with friends.
7.) Learning a model on how to show a lie the Truth.
8.) Warm days ahead.
9.) a baby who says “please” even in her sleep..”pease momma tea?”…so cute.
10.) A huge trip coming up for my kids… the opportunity to travel.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2012 2:26 pm

    I know this wasn’t the main objective for your post, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the Proverbs verse, Many women do noble things but you surpass them all. Take THAT abandonment! “You surpass them alllllll!”

  2. January 30, 2012 4:00 pm

    Ive been reading some great books in addition to THE MESSAGE and they are saying the.same.thing. I had no idea where the panic and anxiety came from, its like a knee jerk response. Now the reality and TRUTH washing over, Capturing the thoughts, allowing THE WORD to wash them clean. Transforming. Oh how I wish we lived right around the corner and could sip tea and laugh and agree, the “where two or more are gathered” in action. Blessed you are mama…..

    • January 30, 2012 5:38 pm

      Oh I would have a lovely time at that.
      It is so crazy when you get those conformations from God…it’s obvious you are on the right track.
      Ask me anything.. I would be glad to explain anything further.
      As a rule I try and be a blog you can count on to keep it under 500 words…but that doesn’t mean I don’t have plenty more to say 🙂

      • February 9, 2012 3:21 am

        you are such a love.I was mostly speaking of the lies….. A process of learning to trust, both community and Creator.

  3. January 30, 2012 7:19 pm

    A baby who says please in her sleep? And now I’m just plain jealous.

    • January 30, 2012 7:35 pm

      thanks amy,
      it is really cute…all sleepy looking for her tea bottle….”mama tea peese”

  4. January 30, 2012 11:06 pm

    Isn’t that only believing half of the Cross? Umm… yep! Love your thoughts on this T! Great post! A husband with a soft heart for others is so sweet. congratulations to your brother. That is awesome! An opportunity to travel sounds wonderful. 🙂

  5. January 31, 2012 2:05 pm

    love these thoughts! {now, if it didn’t speak to some of my own silly self-thoughts 🙂 haha.} Thank you for this!

  6. February 2, 2012 10:24 pm

    only believing half the cross… wow. there is power in this. thank you for speaking the truth in love, friend. bless you.

  7. February 3, 2012 7:06 pm

    I read these words in the book in that second picture: “God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: It will not always be so. I am going to come and rescue you!”

    And these words made my heart leap with joy!

  8. February 8, 2012 5:00 pm

    I don’t want to allow the lie to steal from me any longer! We traded it all in for something we already had. This was a thought provoking post! I hope that you choose to share with us at Painting Prose!

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