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“The Encounter”

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“The Encounter”

Dear Treasured Readers,

I posted this over a year ago, but I’ve discovered it’s as relevant today as it was yesterday. What do you think?

Yours in Him,

Unknown

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I wait in the shadows.

I know, Heavenly Father, that You are here. I am fully present: mind, body and soul. I want to draw near, I really do, but I think I will stay here in the shadows for a little while.

I feel unworthy.

Are you calling me there into the light? Sorry, Sir, I don’t think I can do that right now.

He knows why I want to stay in the shadows and gently reminds my worth isn’t in me, but Him. Awe, but I like the shadows – it’s comfortable here and safe.

Are you sure it’s okay to come out?

I step out slowly into the light, unsure of myself and unsteady on my feet.

His touch! Oh, my! It floods my soul, pierces my heart and refreshes my body. I have found real safety – discovered comfort in the God of all Comfort. His peace is welcome and pleasant. His love reaches every fiber of my being.

How could I have been so blind?

It was cold there in the shadows. How could I have trusted a lie for so many years? Nothing but shadows in Shadowlands.

It’s a lie to keep me low – a lie to keep me from You. Oh, Truth Bearer, thank You for the truth

Send me Your light and Your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.   (Psalm 43:3 NIV)

I remain in the light because He is in the light: my Life Partner, my Love and my ever-present help in times of trouble. God is my daily Companion – the strength of my life and my portion forever.

In the shadows I never knew Him. In the Light, He is my all in all.

Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. (Psalm 73:25 NIV)

Unknown

 



By | 2016-12-01T15:46:54+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Categories: Faith, Heart of God|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

About the Author:

Christine encourages others to live passionately for Christ. She inspires women of faith to enter freely into God’s presence with a yielded heart, walk by faith and not by sight, seek opportunities to know God by name in His Word and live confidently in the Lord.Christine, also known as Chris, has been married for over forty years and she has two grown children. She is a retired Army officer and a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. She adores her dogs, walking, and writing. She is passionate about motivating others in a deeper level of faith. One of her life verses is Philippian’s 4:5b-7: The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

16 Comments

  1. Jerralea December 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Love your line: “In the shadows I never knew Him. In the Light, He is my all in all.”

    Knowing Him from a distance is altogether different than knowing Him up close. I want to draw nearer and nearer.
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    • Christine Malkemes December 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Oh Jerralea. We’re on the same sheet of music!
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  2. Anita Ojeda December 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    It’s nice to meet you, Christine :). Yes, the shadows seem safer–especially when I’m feeling out of my comfort zone! Thank you for hte reminder that only in the Light can we truly be whole people.
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    • Christine Malkemes December 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Anita. I’ve always liked visiting your site. You follow the Lord with authenicity and grace. Thank you for visiting today. You’re a blessing.
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  3. Rosemary Lackey June 25, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Christine,

    Your writing blesses my heart! I’m glad you’re at The Loft this week. I’m praying for you and your writing ministry.

    • Christine Malkemes June 26, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Rosemary. Thank you kindly. It interesting you should mention this. Pray for me as I meet with my agent on Sunday. He has not found a market for my writing style and so I need direction. I need more than, “Chris, just build your platform.” The truth is I’m trusting the Lord. I would rather be ready than push myself and get in the way. You, my dear friend, are a blessing. Your Chris~

  4. DeAnna June 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Oh how I love your way of words. I now want to get away with this beautiful Psalm and let it be savored and fresh again…. Thanks for sharing!

    • Christine Malkemes June 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      When we walk into the Secret Place it changes us in ways we cannot explain. I have a tattoo of 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. Thanks for visiting. Blessings! Your Chris

  5. Robbi June 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

    What a beautiful picture you paint with your words! Thanks for sharing and linking up at the Loft!

    • Christine Malkemes June 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      thank you Robbi. I hope you liked my new website too. It is under construction so I’m excited about this “new thing” to share more writing with you and other readers. Blessings ~Chris~

  6. Leah Adams June 25, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Oh Chris, how beautifully you capture the journey from dark to light! How faithful our God is. I am deeply touched by your Psalm post, and I am loving your new look!! So glad you linked up at The Loft!!!

    • Christine Malkemes June 25, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thank you, Leah. I’m glad you like the new “look.” I’m excited about where this will take me. For one I will be open to host The Loft – now how good is that? Blessings, ~ your Chris~

  7. Ren June 25, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Very poetic! Stepping out of the shadows by faith and into the light of the truth at salvation and then that same process repeats itself over and over again at each cross roads of faith in our journey. Thanks for capturing it’s essence so well here! Coming to you from The Loft!

    • Christine Malkemes June 25, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Thank you, Ren. The journey is scary at times, but always oh so beautiful. That is the beauty of the yielded heart.

  8. Suzanne Murray June 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Dearest Chris! Oh, how I loved your post! What beautiful words: “In the shadows I never knew Him. In the light He is my all in all.” Thank you for sharing!

    • Christine Malkemes June 24, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Suzanne for meeting me here at my site “under construction.” When I’m finished it should look good

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