How High?

How High? By Linda Heath

Thoughts from the Sermon on Sunday 9/2/18, Restoration Church, David Meyer

Have you ever heard the phrase, “When I say ‘JUMP’, on the way up you ask, ‘How high?'” I’ve never heard the version that has ‘on the way up’ inserted. That changed it a little bit so I didn’t have the full knee-jerk reaction I typically would have had. I have negative associations with this and wasn’t too thrilled to have the sermon start there. But I stopped to ask what God was telling me, or what He wanted to change in me, or what negativity I needed to release and let go. I was even prepared for tears, which usually seem to accompany the healing and letting go process.

But then I felt Him smile and He said, gently, “When I say ‘JUMP’ on your way UP (abiding in ME) ask Me how high you get to go! And I’ll take you higher than you ever dreamed!”

Wow. Loved. No condemnation. He was actually smiling! (Don’t ask me how I know this, I just do!) This really turned the whole idea upside down! The old message was “Do as I say, do it now, don’t question me and be quick about it”; filled with threat and condemnation. “Obedience is your duty! If you don’t obey you are SO in trouble!” Instead, this is an invitation; a beckoning. Obedience, rather than being drudgery, is the open doorway to The Great God Adventure! Come on up! Go higher!

Leave those things behind that hinder you, the sin or disobedience that tries to throw a rope around your ankle and hold you down. Kick it off! Step into the largeness of His love, revel in His peace, and jump in His joy. Find your purpose in His great heart, step into your authority as His child, and experience His life-changing power.

Explore your full inheritance. Expect the unexpected; expect great things from a God who challenges the imagination! Do you want to settle for safe? Settle into the known? Not me. Not any more. I don’t want to settle for anything less than what He’s willing to give me, all that Jesus died to provide. All of it!

Take me higher! I’m not holding back.

Did I hear “Jump”? Here I come, Lord, catch me!

Oceans of Love

Oceans of Love by Linda Heath

When I was a teen we often went to the ocean. I loved it because standing there on the beach, feeling the wind, listening to the surf pounding and seeing the magnitude of the ocean put my problems in perspective. I loved it when there was a storm because as the storm raged outside, my insides got quieter and more at peace.

I got a glimpse of how BIG God is, just a peek, but enough to bring the troubles in my life to a better perspective. That’s the place I see God most clearly, see His majesty and recognize that any problems I have are so small compared to Him. He is big enough to handle it, to help me. This is my happy place, the place I go in my mind when I really, really need to feel His presence and comfort. In my imagination I sit at His feet, hearing the surf, tucked away from the wind, telling Him what’s on my heart. And He listens and loves.

Last week I got to stop at a beach on our way home from the cabin. As I stood with my toes in the sand looking out across the wide Pacific Ocean, I felt the Lord whisper to me ‘Look at the vastness of the ocean. My love for you is bigger! Look at the grains of sand on the beach. My thoughts towards you are more! My thoughts

towards you are good.’ Wow. How can I take that all in? How do I wrap my mind around that?

Psalm 139:17 in The Passion Version says, “Every single moment You are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that You cherish me constantly in Your every thought! O God, Your desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on the very shore! When I awake each morning, You’re still with me.”

Jeremiah 29:11 in the Amplified says, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”

As tears streamed down my face from the sheer wonder and magnitude of His love for me, I listened to the pounding surf. The Psalm came to mind of deep calling to deep. The deep voice of the ocean called to something deep inside of me, pulling my heart closer to His heart. “Come closer, feel the depth of My love.” Each wave seeming to wash away another pain from the past, smoothing away rough places. Restoring life and hope and joy. So very healing. What a Good, Good Father!

In Psalm 42:7a of the Amplified, “Deep calls to deep at the [thundering] sound of Your waterfalls;”

Lord, I hear You calling me deeper. Deep into the depths of Your vast love for me. Deeper into knowing You. Deeper into what You are calling me to become. Your love is irresistible!


Musings on Fall

Colors. Change. Rain.

I love the colors of Fall. The dark green of the fir trees contrasting with the changing colors of the maples, alders, and other deciduous trees. It’s a feast for the eyes. Especially on a sunny day; the sun turning the leaves a brilliant gold or a fiery orange to contrast with the blue of the sky. Spectacular!

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Childlike Trust in God’s Love

My almost 2-year-old granddaughter captured my imagination with her beautiful dependence on her Mama. There was a house full of people and several times she felt a bit overwhelmed, so she just got closer to her Mama. When Mama went into the bathroom, she plastered her face against the door and called Mama? Mama? And when we were praying over her Mama, she planted her face in Mama’s lap, pressing in, in a beautiful picture of serene dependence. Even when eating and taking on foods she couldn’t chew and spitting it out and creating a mess, she knew she was loved and safe and Mama would clean her up and she wouldn’t have to sit in her mess for long.

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