Gaining Ground – Adventures in Trust


Abba and little girl had been on quite the adventure that took them far from the home she had come to know. They returned but little girl didn’t quite feel at home when she arrived back with Abba. The adventure had somehow changed her. Knowing more of her adopted family’s story had marked little girl’s heart in a surprising way.

Little girl had grown up fast in the surroundings she had lived in before being adopted by Abba. She had learned much very young. In her time with Abba, she had begun to learn what it was like to be a child. She had learned that she didn’t have to keep everything together. She had learned that Abba would take care of her. She had learned that it was okay to feel and to cry and to let go. She had learned that something, rather someone, was safe in her life: Abba.

The journey of a child unlearning the very skills that had helped her survive her early years of life was challenging. Yet she knew she was safe with Abba. When she realized she was safe, her heart began to move and feel things she had nearly never known before.

When little girl felt safe, she could deal with the feelings of joy and longing and fear that she had pushed aside for many years. What a journey this had been and what a journey this would be as Abba began to expand their relationship by sharing his family’s story with her.

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Missing Jacob

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Abba looked down at little girl while she twirled her long light brown locks. Little girl was thinking intently about something as she wrapped one piece of hair after another around her finger, staring at the ground as she did.

“Little girl, what are you thinking about?”

Little girl looked up at Abba a bit startled, having almost forgotten he was right there the whole time.

“I’m just missing some of my friends and brothers and sisters from before,” little girl said with an unsettled look on her face.

Little girl began to apologize to Abba for feeling sad when he interrupted her and picked her up, “I understand, little girl. I understand missing friends and family.” Abba looked at little girl as he said this and she saw something in his eyes she had never seen before. It was only for a moment but little girl saw a glimpse of the very emotions she had been feeling. She saw sadness somewhere deep inside Abba’s eyes.

Little girl wondered about this. Her curiosity was stirred, “Abba, are you sad?”

“I miss my family too. I miss my children so much.”

“Where are you other children? I have brothers and sisters?! How many other children do you have, Abba? Who are they? Where did they go?” Little girl asked excitedly but with concern. She was excited to have more brothers and sisters but she wondered why they weren’t at Abba’s house with her.

“Little girl, that’s a long story. I’ll share with you sometime soon about Jacob and his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham. I’ll share with you about my son Israel,” Abba answered with a glint of hope in his eyes and joy in his voice. Little girl could see the love Abba had for these other children when he spoke of them.

“Please tell me, Abba. Please tell me about your other children that you miss. I want to know about my brothers and sisters. I want them to come home so I can meet them and play with them too,” little girl’s excitement and anticipation about this newfound understanding overtook the sadness she had felt just moments before.

“I’ll tell you about them soon, little girl, very soon.”

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hearts to turn & be healed – day 16

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Abba’s Heartbeat for Israel

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Today’s Prompt: Adjust

hearts to turn & be healed

Abba, where my mind is blinded and I cannot see
Adjust my vision
Where my heart cannot enter in
Remove the veil

Your people Israel are Your firstborn
Yet for many years, decades, centuries
We’ve not seen nor understood

How is this, that our minds are blinded and our hearts are not free?
How is this, that we say we want Your heart yet we don’t love our elder brother?
How is it, that blindness of mind and hardness of heart
still prevail?
And we cannot see Your Word clearly at times

Abba, why is it so hard to believe You love us outside of our works?
Why are we so prone to desire being right rather than being righteous?
Abba, we need the cleansing from iniquity and the washing of the Word and the Spirit

We’ve missed so much of what You said about Israel
In our own self-righteousness
Thinking we were better
Yet Abba, we’re not
We need Your mercy
Like Israel needs Your mercy

Please come and adjust our minds, our hearts, our understanding
That eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to turn and be healed,
To love our brother Israel
We would have

That in turn
We would ache for this for Israel
Abba, give Your beloved Israel eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to turn to You and be healed
Let this be our desire

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His Heart Engraved – day 7

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His Heart Engraved

As I began to see the characters change in the guidebook of my life
The pictures and imaginations of my own making slowly fading away
I stood before You, I asked for Your heart
You said, “Okay, that I will give to you. That I love to share. I’m delighted every time you ask.”
You took that map of those peoples, ethnos, nations You placed there
And You emphatically pressed it into my heart, into my being
With one nation, one people at the very center
Israel, Jerusalem, the center of the earth
And the center of Your heart

My heart shifted and my life changed
From that moment on
I bore the peoples before You as an intercessor
I carried Your heart as a prophet
And at the very center was Your firstborn people,
Your chosen ones, Israel, Jacob,
“My Son,” You called him

May the heart of the One G-d,
The desire of Abba, our Father
For His firstborn son, Israel
Be stamped upon our hearts
Be planted deep within us
That we would stand with Him
Looking for the restoration of Israel
All of our days
With all of our hearts

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