in glimpses

It’s working. I’m speaking the language of prayer!

My thoughts are transformed, in the slightest yet most powerful ways. I think and the thoughts come out prayer and the true Word.

It’s only in glimpses I see it. Only in swift phrases do I catch it, but it’s catching. And it’s thrilling my very soul.

Oh, Beloved Abba, praise and glory to Your name! Holy are Thou, my most Dear.

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Oneness

When the Lord revealed His glory to Moses one who who knew His heart, He said something that would become a key thought and prayerful meditation for the people of Israel:

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu. Adonai Echad.
Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord your God. The Lord is One.

The redemptive story of the Bible is one of Oneness. The very first verses of the Bible begin with the triune Lord in communion with Himself. When He creates man, He creates him in His image. Eve comes from man and is bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh – one with him. Their children are likewise one of them and so mankind is born for oneness – oneness with each other and oneness with God.

Knowledge is a key part of Oneness. The same word that urges us to know God is the word that was used when Adam knew his wife, when he was one with her. It is the same word that is used for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In one bite from that tree mankind ingested knowledge of that which was not God, evil. It became apart of them. It severed their Oneness.

The rest of the Story is a passionate cry for Oneness, a plea to return to it, and a promise that the Lord would provide a way for His people to be One once again. The fulfilment of that promise is Jesus. In His high priestly prayer He prayed that the people of God would be One as They were One. And He leaves behind Him the Holy Spirit Who is to be One with us until Eternity when we will be fully in the presence of God and fully One with Him.

Total Rest

As the tender husband and good friend my Beloved is, He is teaching me rest. He is guiding me, slowly, at a pace I can just barely understand. I am a slow learner when it comes to the slow, restful, peaceful things. My mind is too quick and eager, and my body too willing to follow suit. But He is my new Mind, my new Body. I am learning to choose Newness – to choose Him and choose Rest.

I have learned the practice of relaxing one breath at a time. Breathe: Relax my feet. Breath: Relax my legs. Breath…. on and on till my whole body has released the tension and hurry and striving. My Beloved has taught me that I am two things – inner man, outer man. My body belongs to the realm of outer man. If I rest only my body, I rest only half of myself. I must rest my inner man – my will, affections, and mind. And so, with each breath, I focus my mind on one word of the Shema:

Shema breathe, relax feet
Yisrael breathe, relax legs
Adonai breathe, relax body
Eloheinu breathe, relax arms
Adonai breathe, relax neck and shoulders
Echad breathe, relax face and head
breathe

Sometimes the day has been long, and I do it again, and sometimes again…
In this rest I choose focus over distraction, rest over rush, slow breathing over the quicker kind. My outer-man finds rest in the sweet letting-go, while my inner-man – mind, will, and affections…my soul finds it’s deep rest and refreshment in the words spoken first by our Beloved when He revealed His Glory to one who knew His heart:

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu. Adonai echad.
Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord your God. The Lord is One
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ps. I love You back.

The Love Language of Dance

This morning I was blessed to be reminded by a Western Woman, the connection between praise and dance (To see her post, go here: http://westernwoman.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/dont-forget-to-dance/) The purpose of learning this Love Language Divine is to know Him and knowing Him both results in and is a result of praise.

As I searched our Beloved’s Word for the love language word for dance (מָחוֹל pronounced machol) I found this Psalm – a beautiful song praising His name, praising the Creator with dance and song in the love language divine!

Psalm 149
1 Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song.
Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
3 Praise his name with dancing,
accompanied by tambourine and harp.
4 For the Lord delights in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,

9 This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Let this song be the praise-prayer on our tongues and in our dance, today and every day:)

Amen

ps. I love You back.

tasting God in a nectarine

I prayed to my Elohim – Let me know You more as my Creator. What does Creator mean? I prayed this as I took a bite of fruit. Revelation: It was so delightfully clear. I knew, in a simple, beautiful, delicious new way what it meant that He was Creator. This is a knowledge no book can ever grant you – experiential knowledge. We taste it for ourselves. God is our Creator, the Creator of all things. We can taste His very nature in a nectarine.

What can you taste the Lord in? What delightful smell? What soft feeling? What breathtaking sight…reveals His nature to you? Look around. Study this world closely for it is a love letter in and of itself. It is Elohim’s masterpiece, and it is infused with His nature.

Elohim, we adore You! We love all You have made. We praise You for every nectarine and breath of jasmine and glimmer of lightening bugs. We delight in You. With You, we see what You have made and say “It is good.” We say, YOU are good. Because You are. You are so tov, Elohim.

ps. Oh, how I love You back!

A rhythm of prayer

Dance was a reflex, a passion, a delight. Since I was a little girl dance was movement; movement was dance. I am no prima ballerina. I never will be – don’t misunderstand me. I dance because I am human. That’s the only way I can understand it.

Dance is the flowering of rhythm. We are human, rhythm is in our veins with each beat of our hearts, with each breath of our lungs. We were created for rhythm as surely as we were created for prayer. Prayer must beat with our hearts, breathe with our lungs.

We must pray ceaselessly, for prayer is the breath of our souls. Prayer is not a grocery list: It is not dull, it is not a chore. It is the sweet communion of our hearts with His. It is the wild exchange of love overtaking us. We learn His love language and respond in it: This is prayer – sweet speech.

To pray ceaselessly and to dance – both require discipline. I wake in the morning to stretch, read His love letter and meditate on it. I move through rhythms from then on: prayer on His word, contemplation – the listening to Him to hear what He has to say about His word, praise, thanks, confession and affirmation, supplication and intercession, then again back to reading His love letter and meditating on His Word…. So I continue through the day. Not flawlessly, but devotedly.

This is the rhythm of praying without ceasing. This is the dance divine.

Dance with me?

Lord, stir our hearts to pray ceaselessly, stir us to choose You moment by moment, stir us to diligence, stir us to move. You are our praise. You are our life breath. Save us from our suffocation: Open our eyes. Remind us to remember. You are always with us, dwelling within us, being Yourself our sustenance and air.

ps. I love you ever-so-much back

Ariel Brooks

Created to Create

Mankind was created in the image of Elohim – the Creator. Mankind was created…to create. Our creative nature is something too often ignored. Our culture is currently weeding out the creative classes in the school systems and at the very most waving creative arts and skills off as “extra-curriculars.” We must reclaim this! When was the last time you created? Created an artful meal, a song, a poem, a blog post?

As living images of the Creator, we express ourselves and Himself in creating.

The application is simple: Create!

Elohim, we praise You for You are a creative God. We thank You for all You have created. We thank You for making us like You. Cause us to worship You more and more for Your creativity, Beloved. Cause us to imitate You more and more in creating. Elohim, hallowed be Thy name.

ps. I love You back.