Child Like Faith Abba Father

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. My living life has been quite busy lately. I’ll update that later but now I’d like to share something else. The first of the year I started a bible study with some women in my neighborhood. I chose a study that I thought I was very familiar with and I was excited about the weekly preparation as much as our time together. I’ve learned from experience that when I lead a study the Lord makes sure I understand and know what I’m talking about. Little did I know what I was about to learn about my self?
When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and invite him into your heart, a very personal relationship begins with not only Jesus but with the Father and the Holy Spirit.If we allow, this relationship becomes a lifetime of transformation, information, revelation, discernment and revelation of generational strongholds that will set you back on your heels and set you free. Solomon in proverbs TLB 1: 5,6 says “ I want those already wise to become the wiser and become leaders by exploring the depths of meaning In those nuggets of truth.” How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord! The second scripture is in Galatians 5:1 NASB “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.”
Our study was on freedom and it was freedom that I asked for as I led this study. Although I thought I had dealt with all the areas that I was bound up in besides I actually thought I was a pretty free believer in Christ. And then this scripture came to light.Galatians 4: 6 NLT and because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out “Abba Father.” I have heard countless times God referred to as Abba Father. I really didn’t pay much attention to it.
When I was a young girl, my childhood was taken away. Not by a sinister act but by two parents who didn’t know how to be parents. As the oldest of five I learned at a very young age to be responsible for much. As I grew up I took on more and more adult responsibility and really thought nothing of it because it was what I had always known and done. At a young age I married and became a mother of five children. So life went on and on in this familiar state year after year. Unfortunately I now realize that I never developed a trust in parental authority or in provision. Even though I was 23 when I accepted Jesus as my savior, it never occurred to me that I had an Abba Father. I had a heavenly Father who loved me and I loved Him. But then this scripture also came to light. Mark 10: 14 NLT Jesus was angry with the disciples for trying to keep the children away from him. He said to them. “ Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. V15, I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
As the Holy Spirit began to zero in on that area of my heart I was first taken back in time and shown how and why my faith was not childlike. I began to realize that yes I had faith in my heavenly father but I did not know my Abba Father. You see I learned at a very young age I couldn’t trust my earthly father and shut that part of my heart up. As I received all that the Holy Spirit was showing me I went right to repentance and forgiveness. I then sat down before my heavenly Father and began to open my heart to my Abba Father. My heavenly daddy. I have to be very honest this was not easy for me. We must trust and believe our heavenly Father. But to trust my Abba Father when I was never able to trust my earthly father is an area that the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I must do. I must begin to have that childlike faith to enter into the Kingdom of God. I have seen God do many mighty things on my behalf and through me. Now I realized that when I stopped trusting my earthly father I had locked up my childlike faith and I needed to unlock this part of my heart to my Abba Father. My Abba heavenly daddy. I have to be honest I’m still working through this new relationship. It hasn’t been easy to come to my Abba Father trusting him in all those areas that I never trusted anyone.I am in awe of the love of my Abba Father to wait patiently all these years until He knew I was ready to unlock that part of my heart and let him in. I’m humbled and blessed in every way as I advance in the Kingdom of God for His glory and my good! If this is an area that you have never thought much about and would like to talk more about I will be glad to talk to you. I do want to say that this is not a salvation issue, but it is an area of relationship in trust with the father that to me has deepened my relationship with my heavenly Father as I’ve allowed Him to be my Abba Father. And this is My Living Life.

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The Difference Between the Cross-and the Empty Tomb

As I have just gone through the Easter/Passover season my husband and I have
Been watching several movies on the books of the bible. I have found myself
Looking at the cross and the empty tomb with a different perspective. While watching and listening this season I began to see and I’m sure you have all seen that
There is a difference between the cross and the empty tomb. You see as I watched
Jesus being nailed to the cross I began to realize several things. First that Jesus pleaded with the Father that this cup could pass from him. But he chose obedience and
Torture to bear what no one else could, our sin, and as he bore our sin on the cross the
Agonizing thing to him was the emptiness of not having the presence of the Father.
For in that moment there was no peace and Jesus cried out in excruciating emptiness
And pain desperate for the presence of his Father. Jesus willfully gave his all for
You and for me, emptying himself to fulfill his Fathers will in obedience and selfless
Denial. So what does that say to us? We can sing and dance our words at anytime, declaring to the Father that we give him our all and His will not ours.
But what I saw at the cross was total death. I saw blood, sweat and tears. That desperate place in our total being that seeks what we need. Help, forgiveness, peace, healing, a savior and the presence of an all loving God. Ecclesiastes 3: 11 He has set eternity in their heart. Only Jesus can be that to us and for us. Only he can help us. Forgive us, heal us save us, and bring us back into the Fathers presence. It’s in that place of death that we are desperate for all that Jesus has done for us and wants to give us. It’s at the foot of the cross where we die. The cross is covered in blood, it’s covered in all our sin and Jesus went to the cross to show us how to die.
It’s a dark place where there is no peace in any part of us. It’s a dark place where there
Is no presence of the Father. It’s a hard place where we are broken and torn and desperate. That desperate hope that we don’t have, so we must go to the cross to die. But before Jesus gave his last breath he declared, “It Is finished!”
So what is it that is finished? He died and was buried. Sin has been covered, death defeated. A new life and a new hope has begun through a savor But then I began to see that when he rose again and left an empty tomb, it was no longer dark. In death Jesus gives us life. When Mary went to the Tomb on the first day of the week, the angel asked her why she was looking for Jesus because he is risen. True life has begun. The miracle of being born- again. One of the first things Jesus gives the disciples after his resurrection is Peace. John 19:19,21,26. He also reassures them that their sins are forgiven. Life in its greatest form. Salvation, love, peace, forgiveness, healing, the presence of the Father, the reassurance of Jesus himself and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Life in its fullness, given by death on the cross and a resurrected life. Love in its most perfect form. Peace that no man can have in himself or give. A peace that passeth all understanding. An eternal life that is only found in Jesus. A complete healing body, soul and spirit that can only come from Jesus. The promise of help in time of trouble and His strength to help in all things. A Hope that is not only eternal but a hope in Jesus as we walk out this life. A renewed hope. At that empty tomb we discover He’s Alive and we also discover we are alive in Him. Spirit, soul and body, alive in Christ. Aware for the first time in our lives of the very presence of an all knowing all loving heavenly Father. By the death of Jesus on the cross and our death at the cross you might say that the empty tomb has merged heaven and earth in us. And that’s MyLivingLife

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

This part of this nursery rhyme has been going round and round in my head lately.I don’t normally comment on social issues that are happening in our country but this Is something that seems to be ever present in everyway? I first did a little research on the
Mulberry bush, interestingly enough there is no such thing. There is a mulberry tree but no bush. I feel a little deceived. The legend of this nursery rhyme is only a myth and there seems to be little to no meaning to this rhyme except repetition. Which is the reason I think it keeps playing in my mind. Much like what is going on. Let me explain and I’m sure this could be a firestorm but that’s not my intention. The issue is the school shootings that are rocking our worlds in this country. As soon as one happens the nursery rhyme starts up again. Gun control, no gun control, protecting our children, which to me is a no brainier and should not be in question. The left, the right, the second amendment,
He said, she said, they said, they did, and they didn’t do. The list goes on and on and here we go round the mulberry bush again and again. But let me say this. I’m all for keeping our second amendment, I’m all for keeping our children and teachers safe, I’m all for the right to keeping my family and myself safe. So what is the problem here and why is it taking so long to come to the point of keeping our children safe. I’m going to quote a famous TV star, Barney Fife. He said ya gotta “ nip it in the bud!” I believe if we would have “ nipped this in the bud” with the very first shooting we wouldn’t still be going round the mulberry bush. Remember there is no bush, it’s a tree! A tree left to grow will grow strong roots and stabilize and root out whatever is in its way. To the point of uprooting the very foundation it was planted on. We were deceived when we were told there was a mulberry bush. In truth it’s a tree and this tree of what is happening in our schools has grown strong roots and is destroying the very foundation that it was founded on. Just this week we had another shooting in a school in Maryland. This time though there was an armed guard and no one but the shooter died. Two were injured but they will live. Have we had any coverage about this? No! Because our children and teachers lived and our second amendment did what it said it would do. The deception needs to be exposed along with the truth. We The People need to do our research and quit believing the lies that are told to us over and over. There is no bush this is a tree that has taken deep root into our lives, culture and society. Lies that kill steal and destroy and no life is found in them.

Walking with a friend

Today finds me almost knee deep in snow with a hint of sunshine and very cold. I’m thankful for a day off from my job to be able to spend some time with my Lord and reflect and the past couple of months. Life is a journey whether you’re in the Lord or not. But when you walk with someone on her journey that isn’t in the Lord and this journey renders life or death it can be another dynamic. Evangelism is a very real part of my walk in Christ and I take my salvation as well as someone else’s very serious. In December I took a friend to the hospital for a pretty common surgery. A hysterectomy and bladder sling. As a woman I know many women who have had this done. As the anesthesiologist was putting the tube down her throat he discovered a tumor on her vocal cords. They called in an oncologist came up to the waiting room for direction and was given the ok to proceed with the surgery. We would deal with the results of the tumor after. Before the surgery was over we knew it was cancer. The next three to four weeks were filled with Dr. appointments and tests. During one test they discovered a spot on her colon. The next surgery was a little more complicated as they did a colonoscopy, a port and a feeding tube. Again as they began surgery the surgeon stopped and came to us in the waiting room to tell us that the mass in her throat had grown so big that to prevent suffocation he needed to put in an emergency tracheonomy. We had minutes before found out that the spot in her colon was indeed cancer. With permission the surgeon hurried back to surgery. As of now my friend is in a nursing home that takes her to her radiation treatments. A dr. has given a time frame of a month left for her to live. No one will tell her that her time is short. She doesn’t want to hear about salvation right now and my heart is breaking for her. My prayers continue for her and even though I’m not welcome in her room I know there is no distance in prayer and the Lord can go into her room and speak his love over her. I know we are given freedom of choice and that is an awesome grace from our God, but for her not to be told her time is short is taking that freedom from her. The scripture that I keep coming too is in 2 Corinthians 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds. Oh how thankful I am for the weapons of warfare that I have been given through my mighty Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. I’m fighting to end.

I Press on toward the Goal

Happy New Year everyone. I’m sure you are all back in full swing of life after the holidays. For some it’s a relief to settle down into life again and for others it may still be a little crazy. According to the commercials we all need to join that gym and find our bodies again and of course as we are organizing ourselves we need to organize our homes. So my question to you is, ‘ how is that new years resolution working out for you?” I’m not knocking anyone who has made a new years resolution, in fact I admire the tenacity and determination you have. You have made a commitment to do something to better your life and that is very commendable. I on the other hand don’t make resolutions because I never follow thru with them; actually I barely get them started. But there is something that I started over forty years ago that has changed and is still changing every area of my life, has held my interest and has continually exercised every part of my being inside and out. That something is my relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. Now my friends that has been quite a workout for me as I have allowed him access to areas of me that have been dark, stubborn, rebellious, and angry and I could go on and on. He has taken me to mountaintops and very low crevices that I wasn’t sure I would get out of. He has laughed with me and cried with me has embraced me and talked with me. He has corrected me, healed me and delivered me, from me, and most of all he has never left me but loved me through it all. Again I could go on and on. You see I looked up the meaning of resolution and it means “ a firm decision to do or not to do something. Yes I have had to make resolutions all along my journey and relationship with Jesus, but I want to make those daily and as I’m led, I don’t want to let something go until a new year, I want to make that resolution right away.
The resolution I made over forty years ago as stated in Philippians 3; 14 “ I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. V16: “ let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
My encouragement to you and even to myself is to press on in Jesus for He is our goal and our prize is eternity with him. Make that daily resolution to listen and be led to allow him access to you. It’s that Christ like glow that conquers the day. May your New Year be filled with all of God and his best for you. And that’s “mylivinglife”

The Present

December 28, 2017

Good Morning to you, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and friends.
Mine was wonderful. All of my kids were there from near and far and my many grandchildren. I made doll clothes for my grand daughters American dolls and watching their faces was priceless. Among, many other blessings this year. I wanted to post this poem before Christmas, unfortunately time got away from me. So I’ll share it now. I wrote this in December of 2003 and it’s for this season. Read it like a Dr Seuss rhyme. I hope you enjoy it.

The Present

Long, long ago it was dark and it was cold.
Then God set apart the beginning that was mighty and bold.

He spoke his plan for six mighty days
And created the mountains
And warm sunny days.

He parted the waters from the land as you see
And spoke into existence
The bees and the trees

And then He thought of the yous’
And the mes’

For long ago in the beginning of time
It says that God knew us and
We waited our time

The trees and flowers they grew with such beauty,
Bearing for us the tootie and the fruity

Then came the tigers and the elephants and quails,
Puppies and kittens and slow pokey snails

The earth was filled with Gods wonderful plan
The wonders, the beauty, the thrill of it all
God’s love filled the earth before the great fall

Now that Adam and Eve, they did have it all
A beautiful place, a big waterfall
And they walked and talked with God in the garden
Then one day they needed a pardon

The choice that they made that day in the garden
Sent Gods plan in motion to send us a pardon

The stories of old told throughout the pages
Tell us of Gods love brought down through the ages

And then in his time
He chose to appear, as a new baby born
To take away all our fear

This baby was Jesus our Savior you see
And man came from afar
“Oh! How could it be?”

Through Gods great love, He gave us His son
This Jesus you see is a present to all
To pardon our sins and redeem us from the fall

This present you see grew up mighty and strong
And took upon him all of our wrong

We whipped him and scorned him and mocked him you see
An innocent man, we hung on a tree

He quietly bled and was publicly shamed
As he chose to be crucified and took our blame

He cried out to the Father in that moment of time
Saying “ Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

He gave up His spirit to heaven that day
And we in our sin just walked away

Now this present from God
Was now gone as they say
And laid in a tomb to be sealed away

But the son of the Father
Sent to us in love
Was busy three days defeating the dark and came back to life
Then to show us the mark
That gave him the power
To pardon our sin

This present to us, don’t walk away from
Only believe he is Gods only son

This present you see keeps on living and giving
It’s yours for the asking and for the forgiving

This present of Love from the Father above
From His heart to our heart
It’s love, love, love, love

Rejoice now all you, yous’ and you mes’
For this present from God aint over
“if you please”

Jesus now sits way up above
At the side of the Father
Sending his love

Now through His Spirit
Who’s gentle and strong
Teaching us, leading us
To all come along

So rejoice in the presence
Of the present of God and
Receive all he has in this present façade

This present of Love from the Father above
From his heart to our heart
It’s Love, Love, Love, Love.

Copyright LeeAnn Waldron

 

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

That’s what they say about this time of year from Thanksgiving to January 1st.Although I’d like to share with you that just because it titled “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year “ it doesn’t mean it is. Actually for more people than we will know it is the most depressing time of the year. Life doesn’t stop with bad news, tragedy or loss of any kind when the calendar turns to this time of the year. Quite the contrary, the bad news comes, tragedy hits and loss happens. For some loss has already happened and this time of the year makes it harder to bear. For those in mourning it doesn’t turn into laughter and joy just because the song is being sung. The loss of a loved one is a very real and traumatic thing that happens to us all. Whether it’s expected or unexpected it’s all trauma and it hurts. So what does one do during such a time as this when there is no joy? First of all it’s OK to cry. There is healing in tears and second don’t deny the pain and heartache you feel, for in denial one tends to withdraw within themselves. When this happens it’s much harder for one to reach out for the comfort that is so desperately needed. Lets reflect on a story in the scriptures that is a very good example. In John 11:17-45. This is the story of Martha and Mary when their brother Lazarus died. They both were very troubled and mourning his death when Jesus came back into town. In the story Jesus called forth Lazarus from the dead but that is not the part I want to talk about. It’s that place that yes they questioned where Jesus was and why he wasn’t there when their brother was dying but it’s also the part of the scripture that tells us how they in their loss and heartache allowed Jesus into that place to comfort them and help them. It’s that place that we so often close off to God and to others when we are hurting so bad that we can only see the darkness. Mourning the loss of a loved one is inevitable, we are humans living in a fallen world. It’s a part of being human, not the best part but most definitely a part. Before Jesus ascended to the Father he told us he would send us a comforter. Jesus himself said I will give you peace that passes all understanding. Jesus himself is peace. Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. How then does the trauma of loss and bad news bring us such despair and rob us of life and peace, and keep us form being comforted?

Another example I would like to point out is when Jesus was on the cross and at that moment the he bore all of our sins on himself and the Father looked away because in him there is no sin. Jesus cried out in agony to the Father saying “My God My God why have you forsaken me?” It was the sin that separated Jesus from the Father and that brought the most agonizing reality to our savior because the presence of the Father wasn’t with him. Jesus died to reconcile us to the Father and nothing will stand in the way of that relationship unless we let it. We are loved with a perfect love and we are given the keys to the kingdom. We shouldn’t be moved away from that gift, that reality and that relationship by what happens here. Yes it hurts beyond words and yes it feels like the life has been sucked out of us. But it hasn’t if we don’t let it. Just like Mary and Martha, they took their sorrow, heartache and loss to Jesus. They still had questions but they allowed him into that place in their hearts. For me the holidays have brought great sorrow. My brother had big plans to join us on Thanksgiving after being away for several years in the service, and as the day grew closer and the excitement was mounting we lost him to a drunk driver in another state. During the holidays that was the most festive time for my mother. Her body could not fight the cancer and the battle was lost on new years day, and for my youngest sister of forty who was a widow and the mother of four young children, her battle to cancer was lost on January 29th. The lights still shine and the music still plays “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” and it doesn’t stop the loss and the heartache. But with my heart open to the one who is peace and the comforter whom Jesus sent to me. I’m one with the Father and yes it still hurts and yes I miss my family but my joy is complete and my life is full. I’ve been given the keys to the kingdom and lights are bright and the songs are being sung, because I’ve chosen life. Life here in the now and life eternal. For those who are mourning loss of any kind, its ok to cry, it’s ok to mourn and it’s ok to ask a question but take all of that to the one who came to give us life more abundant here and eternally. Be honest with yourself and with God so in that confession there is no denial and your heart opens up to the life giver. No matter what time of the year it is, it can be the most wonderful time if we allow ourselves life to overcome the loss. Blessings to you in whatever time of the year you are in and may you allow the giver of life into your life.