What I Would Ask My Rapist

A little over a year ago I had a dream. In that dream I was facing the teen, now a man, who had raped me when I was a child. And in my dream I placed my hand on his shoulder and declared the deep healing and forgiveness and restoration of Jesus Christ over him. I then awoke with an indescribable joy that lasted for nearly a week.

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Amen and Amen

I am in my final days before heading to Uganda for three months. As you can imagine, the last details, the final email communications, the odds and ends running (endlessly) through my head have me both full up and feeling like a sieve.

Last week I was with my daughter and family in Calgary and the Lord was holding back His deep presence upon me. On the Monday’s bus ride home He began to unleash Himself and I am feeling the fierceness of the Lord pouring into me.

I’ve found that the key to allowing the glory of God to pour through oneself is to remain very human. I may be tired, sad, overwhelmed, wanting, and this, in fact, is the safest way to be in the express power of our Lord. And so I am full-on in the mix of simply being very human while simultaneously feeling myself rising, standing tall, in the fierce love and power of God.

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The Way of Battle

The Lord is preparing me for yet another ministry journey. As you may be aware I’m heading to Uganda for three months of ministry and in the last few weeks before each trip my soul and spirit is brought quiet and deeper into the presence of the Lord. 

First off my soul is ministered to. Gladness increases, joy abounds, simple things I am gifted; these last couple of weeks it is the smell and feel of autumn in the air, and the pleasure of experiencing autumn in a small way, even though I’ll miss the real thing when I am gone. Personal conversations between myself and God are given wings with action and taking care of things on the home front; every thing I need to accomplish before I leave is falling into place. 

And as God ministers and brings extravagant gifts to my soul, my spirit is wooed into greater constraint and sacrifice.
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Receiving – Harder than We Think

Imagine if the word ‘submit’ was replaced with the word ‘receive’.

“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to receive (wisdom, advice, etc.) from your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

(brackets are mine)

“For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to received from (accepting the benevolence of their man) their own husbands,” 1 Peter 3:5

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to receive from your own husbands (we know how hard this is when disappointment sets in) so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,” 1 Peter 3:1

“Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to receive from your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.” 1 Peter 2:18

Submit yourselves Be open to receiving, for the Lord’s sake, from every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” 1 Peter 2:13-14

Submit yourselves, receive then, to from God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to receive of their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Hebrews 13:17

“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to receive from the Father of spirits and live!” Hebrews 12:9

“Wives, submit yourselves to receive from your husbands (it keeps contempt at bay), as is fitting in the Lord.” Colossians 3:18

“Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to receive its rules(?)” Colossians 2:20

“Now as the church submits to receives from Christ, so also wives should submit to receive from their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:24

“Wives, submit yourselves to receive from your own husbands as you do to from the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22

Submit to receive from one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21

And while there are many more, lets try out just two more:

“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to receive God’s law, nor can it do so.” Romans 8:7

“Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to receive God’s righteousness.” Romans 10:3

What do you think?

P.S. I began understanding submission as receiving over a year ago in Uganda.

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Royal Authority

“Now I confer on you the royal authority my father conferred on me so you can eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom and be strengthened as you take up responsibilities among the congregations of God’s people.” Luke 22:30 The Message