A Baptism to Undergo

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A Baptism to Undergo
Passing through the waters
A Short Scripture Study and Personal Story
Luke 12:49-50
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Last July 7, 2020, I awoke with Luke 12:50a on my mind – “I have a baptism to undergo…” This morning, November 16, 2020, I awoke with the verse on my mind again. I had not been reading in the Gospel of Luke on either day, so I believe the Lord brought this verse to my mind to consider.

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Kedoshim Favor

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Kedoshim, Talmidim Favor
Ephesians 1
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Ephesians 1 is a favorite chapter in the Bible for many people. My Who I Am Journal Art Card Collection was inspired by it. The Apostle Paul begins this letter by addressing the faithful saints in the city of Ephesus. The Hebrew word for saints is kedoshim and means holy ones or set apart ones. Anyone can be a part of this family! (See John 1:12)

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Mary Stayed

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Mary Stayed
The Adoration and Tenacity of Mary of Magdala
A Passover Story
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God appointed seven annual Feasts for His people to observe to remember His faithfulness.These Feasts are prophetic foreshadows of Jesus’ life, sacrifice, death, burial, resurrection, and return.2 The people knew when to observe them by counting from the new and full moons.

The following events in the life of Mary of Magdala took place on the first full moon of spring on the first Feast of the year – Passover and Unleavened Bread.
(I am writing about these events during the 7th full moon on the last Feast of the year –The Feast of Tabernacles. The fullness of God’s plan in Jesus is reflected in these two full moons that encase His Appointed Days like bookends!) 

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His Fullness

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His Fullness
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The Hebrew words for the Holy Spirit are Ruach HaKodesh. I quickly drew this image I saw in the early morning hours of February 2019 for a conference where I was to speak. It is a hovering covering of angels and the Ruach over, in and surrounding us!

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Chosen for the Surge

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Chosen for the Surge
John 15:16
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As Jesus and His disciples walked from their last Passover feast together through the gates of Jerusalem and on toward the garden of Gethsemane in the night, Jesus spoke the words from John 15. He said, You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. (John 15:16)

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You Have Arrived!

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You Have Arrived!
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“He [Jesus] said to them, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’ Therefore, they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” (John 6:20-21)

Jesus had travelled an arduous four-day journey north from Jerusalem to Tiberias on the western side of the Sea of Galilee where a great crowd had followed Him because of the miracles He performed.

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Heaven's Leaven

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Heaven's Leaven
The River of Life
The Witness in the World
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Jesus spoke a parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three pecks of meal until it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33)

The kingdom of heaven is the rule and reign of God. It is found in every place that is touched by the ways of Adonai, the Master and Lord of the universe. He has allowed His beautiful, perfect creation to be spoiled by the sin of man until that day when “He Who sits on the throne says, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” (Revelation 21:5a)

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Clear Vision

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Clear Vision
Our Critical Need
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When we wake up each day, we face a hodgepodge of intertwined and layered elements. We face the influences from our personal friendship circles, social media and the news about our nation and the world. We face our own personalities and unique responses to our environment. We face our emotions and our circumstances. We face a massive maze.

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The Freedom Diet

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The Freedom Diet
John 6
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Last night, a strong rain came after a prolonged drought in Columbus, Ohio! Ahhh! Lord, You rain! Rain Your nourishment on us! You are the manna from heaven! Feed us! Be our Food and Drink! We listen. We hear Your voice. We follow You. You delight to speak and lead. Give life to our ears and humility to our response.

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Depth

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Depth
Revelation of Simple Truth
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The Apostle Paul was concerned that the believers in Corinth would be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3).

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Higher Ground

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Higher Ground
Father leads us
June 20, 2019
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In Romans 8:14, Paul writes, “All who are led by the Spirit of God, these are the uihos (pronounced hwee-os’) of God.”  Uihos (νίός) is generally translated as sons, but its fuller meaning in the original Greek is “those whom God loves and cherishes as a Father.”

So, Romans 8:14 reads, “All who are led by the Spirit of God are those whom He loves and cherishes as a Father,” or “The Father leads His beloved children by His Spirit.”

When we receive Jesus, we are born into God’s family (John 1:12-13; John 3:3). We come into a physical birth by our parents, but then we come into a spiritual birth by our heavenly Father when we receive His Son, His costly sacrifice on our behalf – Jesus the Messiah. He cherishes us! He is the best Father anyone could ever imagine!

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God trusts you

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God trusts you!

You are a Reflector of the glory of His grace!

In the 1980s, I read every book by and about Amy Carmichael that I could get my hands on. I never forgot this one story from her life: 

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Scaling the Heights

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Scaling the Heights
There will be dips
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Two and a half years after I wrote The Mountain View, I was in a difficult situation. My Lord gave me a visual picture that I was in warfare, scaling up the Song of songs mountain. This time the mountain was vertical, making it very difficult, almost impossible to retain my footing and my grasp.

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Noah's Calling and Rest

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Noah’s Calling and Rest

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Noah's Calling and Ours

Our hearts, God's resting place

Noah's Rest and Ours

God's heart, our resting place

A Scripture Study in Luke 18:1-8
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The Bridegroom and the Sun

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The Bridegroom and the Sun
Psalm 19
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In the heavens God has placed a tent for the sun,
which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.
Psalm 19:4b-5a

Abraham’s son, Isaac, entered his mother’s tent to consummate his marriage with Rebekah.
(Genesis 24:67)

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The Mountain View

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The Mountain View
Transfixed by His Glory
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I have been thinking about mountain views because of many converging factors (circumstances, Scripture, songs, and revelation). Around every corner, the message has been there – His Mountain View. Here is my attempt to capsulate the message.

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Awareness = Belief

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Awareness = Belief
Practical steps to increase belief
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When we receive God’s gift of Jesus, Father gives us a new heart, and His Spirit comes to live within us - ALL of Him, not just a little bit at a time. We don’t get full and less-full of Him at different times. When I feel full, it’s because I am aware of His presence, not because I am more full. The obstacle to our awareness is unbelief.

We can increase our awareness of His presence by believing Him in all the little moments of the day. We can acknowledge Him for placing beautiful thoughts in our minds, for the unseasonably cool breeze on a morning in late July, for those still soft thoughts that come to us in the morning, and for His gentle kindnesses.

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Governed Garden

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Governed Garden
Defending the Weak

Weeds are plants that grow in the wrong place. They are unwanted, because they are outside of order, harmony and beauty.

Queen Anne’s Lace and Thistles are beautiful along the bike path. Their blooms and stalks gracefully reach toward the sky and give off summer scents. But in my garden, they are dominant, intrusive and greedy. They take nourishment from the soil that is meant for other plants.

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Signs for the Sincere and Insincere

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Signs for the Sincere and Insincere
Staying

Matthew 16:1-4
The Pharisees and Sadducees came up and testing Jesus, asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to discern the appearance of the sky but cannot discern the signs of the times? An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

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Heart Absorption

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Heart Absorption
Luke 6:17-23   Hebrews 4:12    Luke 2:35
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Jesus and His disciples came down into a plain in Judea and faced a mass of humanity gathered from the surrounding districts. This mixture of need and motive had one thing in common – their eagerness to be there.

The truth began to ring from Jesus’ lips penetrating through the maze of emotion, longing, and brokenness like a sharp, double-edged sword, alive and active with saturating life. The union of His words with each listening heart would tell a story as different as the features on their faces.

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Welcome to Shale Fragments, a collection of writings and art for individual and group use!

Teaching God’s truth and the beauty of His Word is my greatest delight! My art card company, Flower Girl Greetings, was launched in 2012 with this purpose. In April 2020, ShaleFragments.com became the gathering place for the writings.

As I have studied the rich meanings of the original Greek and Hebrew languages of the Bible, I continue to see beautiful progressions and connections that compel me to organize and convey their life-changing beauty! 

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