Monday, December 26, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Receiving What God Has For You in 2017


Receiving What God Has For You in 2017
Roy Lessin

Even though we don’t know exactly what is ahead in the coming year, here are some redemptive ways we can move forward and fulfill what God has for us.

Enter the New Year free of any spiritual baggage. The first thing is to let go of the baggage of the past. Release your grip upon any old hurts, wounds, or disappointments. They can bring with them the weights of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness. These are the things that your soul can not afford to lug around for another year.


The next thing is to not pick up the baggage of the future.
God does not want you weighed down with cares, anxiety, and worry. Live each day, moment by moment, in the sufficiency of His grace, and trust Him in all things for tomorrow’s needs.

With hands free to receive what God has for you, focus your faith on these five things...

You can read the rest of the article at the DaySpring website.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Anna: A Praying Heart That Trusts God's Word

Anna: A Praying Heart That Trusts God's Word
-Roy Lessin
One of the things that has always stirred my heart during the Christmas season is the depth of meaning found in the lyrics of many classic Christmas carols. In a little known carol written in 1781, The People That in Darkness Sat, is this brief prayer, “Lord Jesus reign in us, we pray, And make us Thine alone.”
This prayer seeks to have Jesus in His proper place in our lives. The Christ child was born to be King, not just of the Jews, but also to be the King of our hearts. We were born to belong to Him, to know Him, to adore Him, and to live for Him. This prayer of surrender to the Lordship of Christ was evident in the life of Anna. Her heart was set upon the Lord, and her life was set apart to the Lord, long before Jesus came into the world...
Read the rest of Roy's devotional, the last in this Christmas Series from DaySpring.com, here...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Prayer of Grace

Prayer of Grace
-Roy Lessin

Lord, thank You for Your grace. It is by grace that my heart was drawn to You—grace that was extended, not in limited measure, but in abundance; not sprinkled down, but poured out; not just enough to get me by, but more than enough to bring me through as more than a conqueror.


I receive Your grace—I run to it, welcome it, embrace it. Thank You for not putting Your grace on hold or hiding it away for safe keeping. Thank You for making it available to me now, when I need it most.

Your grace brings me riches in my poverty; sufficiency in my inadequacy; abundance in my lack. I thank You for being so gracious—for your heart of grace that is reaching out, for Your throne of grace that invites me in, and for Your gift of grace. Thank You for Your only begotten Son, who has embraced me in His arms of mercy, and who brings to me the fullness of grace and truth.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. II Corinthians 9:8 KJV

©2016 Roy Lessin, Drawing Near Christian Journal, available at DaySpring.com Photo by Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Prayer of Hope

Prayer of Hope
- Roy Lessin

Father, thank You for being the God of hope and my hope. You alone are the source and the reason for my hope. Because of You, I can pray in hope; walk in hope; believe in hope; endure in hope; overcome in hope; live in hope.


When I look to the future I have hope because You are already in the future. I have a future that is secure because You are my future. Father, it is Your hope that frees from the despair of hopelessness and the insecurity of false hope.

When I look ahead, I do not see the details clearly, but I see You, the One who is in all the details of what is ahead. I believe in Your plan and purpose for my life. You have assured me that I will never be disappointed as I trust in You.

Thank You for the confidence Your hope gives me to be faithful today and to move forward in the pathway You have for my tomorrows. I put my expectations, not in others, but in You. I am confident that all Your desires for me are good. The hope You give me brings happiness and rejoicing to my heart.

Thank You, Father, for being the author of all the chapters of my life that are yet to come. Thank You that my life will have a happy ending because I will be with You forever, in the place that You have prepared for me and for all those who have put their trust in Your salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen.

©2016 Roy Lessin, used with permission. From "Drawing Near;  Prayers, Blessings, Promises." A devotional prayer journal by Roy Lessin. Available through DaySpring.com and your favorite Christian retailers.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Simeon: A Peaceful Heart That Holds Salvation

Simeon: A Peaceful Heart That Holds Salvation
-Roy Lessin
A well-known line from a frequently sung Christmas carol includes these powerful words of hope and consolation, “Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!" It is a truth that was upon the lips of Simeon long before it appeared in a carol.
Simeon was quite a man! In eight short verses from the Gospel of Luke we learn what was in his heart, and the treasures of grace that were in his life. The first thing we learn is that he is identified as a man. No other title. He may not have been a nobleman, but he was a gentleman; he may not have had great wealth, but He had heaven’s riches; he may not have been known by the multitudes, but He was known by God.
Simeon’s relationship to God meant everything. He took his commitment to God seriously, and that commitment shaped his character. The Scriptures tell us that he was a just and devout man. Simeon lived to do the right thing before God and others. If he was your neighbor, you could count on him to be a person of integrity... 
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Fret Busters

Fret Busters
- Roy Lessin

Fret buster #16:
The government (the rule and reign of your life) is upon His shoulders. He hasn’t placed any of it on yours. He has a plan and purpose for your life and He not only knows where He is taking you, but He also knows how to get you there.

Fret buster #17:
God is in control. Things won’t always be the way they are right now.
God knows how and when to bring about change. Trust His timing, He doesn’t make mistakes.


Fret buster #18:
“Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. This post first appeared online in 12/2008

Friday, December 9, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: "Have Joy"

“Have Joy”
-Roy Lessin

“Have a good time” and “have fun” are common sayings we use with one another. It’s not a bad thing to say to someone, but it does have its limitations.

I would like to see a different saying become more common among God’s people. How about if we replace “have fun” with “have joy”? Joy is one of the greatest things we can possess on earth and differs greatly from fun.


“Fun” is fine, but we can’t always have fun. Fun depends so much on where we are in a given moment and what we are doing. It’s not fun to be caught in a traffic jam, to have a financial set back, to go through a difficult trial, to be without heat in the winter, or to have a mechanical breakdown when you are trying to meet a deadline. It’s fun to go skiing, but it’s not fun to break your leg; it’s fun to watch a baseball game, but it’s not fun to watch your team lose; it’s fun to eat at a nice restaurant, but it’s not fun to get food poisoning; it’s fun to hook a big trout, but it’s not fun to have it get away.

Joy is a grace gift from God, not the result of a particular circumstance that happens in our lives. Joy touches our spirits, fun touches our emotions; joy abides, fun comes and goes; joy flows like deeps waters, fun skips along like a rock upon the water’s surface.

Joy is amazing and strength giving. Joy isn’t just for the good times, but for the hard times as well. Jesus knew joy even while going through the agony and suffering of the cross. The joy that Jesus knew is the joy we need to know as we face every circumstance of life—hard or easy, bad or good, pleasant or difficult—and it is His joy that He gives to us.

The Lord has blessed by wife with the gift and ministry of hospitality. Early on, the Lord taught her an important lesson about this ministry. She was once served a meal of tortillas and eggs by a Christian woman who lived in an adobe house with dirt floors, in the back country of Mexico. To this day, my wife has never been served more graciously. Her hostess had so little to offer materially and yet she radiated joy in everything she did. 

It would be fun if my wife had a super gourmet kitchen to work in and the latest fine china to put at each place setting, but that has nothing to do with her ministry or her joy. Her joy comes from the Lord, not our kitchen or our dishes. At the end of the evening it may not be fun to face a stack of dirty dishes, but for my wife, the time at the sink is a time of joy. It has become something she looks forward to; it is here that she celebrates her calling, reflects upon the evening, and recalls the ministry of the Lord to those who were in our home.

Whatever your day might be, “Have joy”; whatever your circumstances, “Have joy”; whatever you need, “Have joy.” Have God’s joy. Have it in abundance. Have it in its fullness. Be filled with joy. Have the joy of His presence, and the joy of His salvation. May His joy greet at the start of each step of obedience, meet you at the end of every tear, cover you in every trial, and sustain you in every labor of love. May His joy remain.

“Have joy!”


“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy…” Romans 15:13

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. This first appeared online in 12/2008. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: The Shepherds: A Praising Heart That Celebrates God's Presence

The Shepherds: A Praising Heart That Celebrates God's Presence
- Roy Lessin 

For some shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem, a routine night of watching their flocks was about to turn into the most glorious night in history. An angel of the Lord, to be followed by a great number of the heavenly host, all filling the air with praises to God, were far beyond anything they could have expected to visit them that evening. And the message that was delivered to them from heaven was far beyond anything they could have imagined. Yeshua, (the Savior) is born? The Messiah? Now? To us? Here? In a manger? ... 



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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Prayer

Since last Spring, my heart has been tuned to prayer. I want to read about it, about others who do it, and I spend time in it (nearly more than ever before). It's like getting a new cd, playing it over and over, learning new lyrics and hearing instruments in the background I never noticed before.
Last month I had a few praying experiences that really blessed me... with a new friend I had never prayed with before, and with an old friend I hadn't prayed with in person for over a year.


Praying using technology can be tricky, but is also a blessing. It's necessary as the church becomes more global and we get spread around to evangelize. Many of the same "in person" rules apply; things like overcoming distractions, waiting for God prompts, being comfortable in the silences of prayer as we wait for those prompts, and letting the Holy Spirit groan when we have no words to speak our pain.
I ran across this quote from a few years back, and it motivated me to share these thoughts with you...
"The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him, and living with Him in perpetual communion. Prayer is continual abandonment to God. Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the only Giver of Life, Prayer is not asking, but union with God. Prayer is not a painful effort to gain from God help in the varying needs of our lives. Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him." --Sadhu Sundar Singh, Christian Missionary (from Harvest Prayer Ministries)
If you would like to have a prayer partner in the new year (or a prayer group?), let's talk! Then let's pray about it... I've shared before how praying with someone is like dancing with someone ... it's an incredible experience when God moves two or more in prayer...

If you would like some great resources on prayer, please visit Harvest Prayer Ministries, and for prayer resources focused on missions, check out Team Expansion's Prayer Ministry, and their Facebook page for Prayer Force Blog here. You can subscribe for FREE updates to be emailed to you (or follow on Facebook). 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Bread

Bread 
- Roy Lessin

Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as the Scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat. Jesus then said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Moses did not give you the Bread from heaven [what Moses gave you was not the Bread from heaven], but it is My Father Who gives you the true heavenly Bread. For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. Then they said to Him, Lord, give us this bread always (all the time)! Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, John 6:31-35 AMP


Jesus is Bread. 

He doesn’t have bread to give us; He is the Bread He gives us.
He is the Bread of the Passover—Unleavened. Striped. Pierced.
He is the Bread of the Tabernacle—Made with fine flour. Bread of the assembly and Bread of the individual. The Bread of God’s presence, whose face shines upon you.
He is the Bread of Bethlehem—Sent from Heaven. Given for all who receive.
He is the broken Bread—the Bread of Emmaus, the Bread of Melchizedek, the Bread of the wilderness.

Bread is not made to be displayed, to be admired, to be studied, to be analyzed, to be compared with other breads, to be used as a center piece, or to be packaged. Bread is not made to educate or entertain; it is made to sustain. Bread is to be eaten.

Jesus is the Living Bread. He is the Bread of communion, the Bread of fellowship, the Bread of covenant, the Bread of healing and wholeness, the Bread of intimacy, the Bread of revelation, and the Bread of blessing.

By faith, receive Him, eat of Him, delight in Him, partake of Him. He is fresh Bread, daily Bread.
Take as much as you can, again and again, there will always be enough and more than enough.
Jesus is Bread baked in the oven of  affliction. The Bread of our sorrows and the Bread of our tears. He is the Bread of all mercies, the Bread of all compassion, and the Bread of all grace.

Bread of life.
Bread of glory.
Bread of beauty.
Bread of health.
Bread of deliverance.
Bread of joyful journeys.


Bread of Heaven, feed me…nourish my soul…fill my hunger… be my strength. Be in every fiber of my being, in every heartbeat, in every longing, in every hope, in every work, in every step, in every plan, in every purpose.

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, photo by Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. Reprint permissions at meadowrequests@gmail.com  This post first appeared online in 12/2008. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Our Home

Our Home
by Roy Lessin

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 

Jesus came to us from heaven, lived among us, and returned to heaven. Heaven is His home and it is ours. Jesus talked a lot about heaven and told us that He was going there to prepare a place for us, and what a place it must be!


One of the things that the Holy Spirit is working within the hearts of God’s people is the knowledge that heaven is greater than anything we have ever thought about or imagined. Reading books about heaven, looking at paintings about heaven, or even listening to stories about heaven don’t help us very much. These sources are much too limited to give us a full account.

The Bible mentions heaven many times, but it does not tell us a lot about the details of heaven. The Scripture passage in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 may explain why. It appears that the subject of heaven and what God has ahead for us is so big, so great, so awesome, and so overwhelmingly magnificent that God could only say, “If I painted it, your eye couldn’t grasp it all; if I told it, your ear couldn’t absorb it all; if I wrote it; your mind couldn’t imagine it all.”

Often, people who do not listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying, tend to minimize heaven. They think that life here on earth (based on what they have seen, heard, or imagined) is as good as it gets. Their concept of heaven is not very exciting, but rather dull, monotonous and boring; they know nothing of the language, the sounds, the sights, and the realities of heaven.

What is God saying to you in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10? He is saying, “Have you seen snow capped mountains, rushing rivers, white-sand beaches, rain forests, or redwood forests? Have you been to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, or Yellowstone? Have you toured the seven natural wonders of the world? Even if you have seen them all, they cannot begin to describe what your eyes will see in heaven. You will have to see it for yourself, for even if I used every word you can presently understand, or let your imagination explore its farthest boundaries, you would not grasp it. I have sent the Holy Spirit to let you in on some of my secrets; to let you know that it’s all true; to assure you that its better than you think; to fan the flame of your hope; to give you a foretaste of things to come; and to assure you that at my right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” 


“There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them.”
-C.S. Lewis.

© 2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Used with permission. Photo property of Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. For reprint information, please email meadowrequests@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Christ in You, You in Christ

Christ in You, You in Christ
- Roy Lessin

God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and He gave Himself to purchase our freedom.  I Corinthians 1:30 NLT

For it has pleased God to tell His people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory.
Colossians 1:27 NLT


As a child of God, you are in Christ and He is in you. Each is significant in the following ways:

Being in Christ means that you receive the benefits of all that He has done for you through His death, burial, resurrection and ascension;
Christ being in you means that you receive the benefits of His presence, His character and His nature within you.

Being in Christ changes your position before God;
Christ being in you changes the inward condition of your heart.

Being in Christ brings you into heavenly realities;
Christ being in you brings heavenly realities into your earthly walk.

Being in Christ opens your eyes to the beauty of God’s love;
Christ being in you floods your heart with that same love.

Being in Christ allows you to see what God wants you to become;
Christ being in you means that you can become what God wants you to be.


Being in Christ means that He is the atmosphere in which you live your day;
Christ being in you means that each day His strength is your strength, His peace is your peace, His power is your power, His victory is your victory, His life is your life.

This post originally appeared 12/2008. ©2016 Roy Lessin, used with permission, meadowrequests@gmail.com 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Fret Busters 13 - 15

Fret Busters 13-15
-Roy Lessin

Fret Buster #13:
If you don’t have peace about what you are doing, stop doing it.


Fret Buster #14:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Fret Buster #15:

The peace that God gives you is not circumstantial peace. Being in a hammock at the beach on a warm sunny day is not a picture of God’s peace. Remember, the peace in your heart is God’s peace; it’s there because He’s there, not because everything around you is calm and serene.

This post originally appeared in December 2008.  ©2016, Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow Reprint requests should be sent to meadowrequests@gmail.com

Roy's book, Fret Busters Devotional can be found for sale in Christian bookstores, and online here

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review: All the Pretty Things, Edie Wadsworth

When I found I had been given the opportunity from Tyndale to read All the Pretty Things for review I was nearly beside myself. The previews and comments from other authors seemed surreal, and I knew that it would be difficult to read, given the hardships and poverty I knew existed in the Appalachians. I was right, there was plenty of difficult situations that author Edie Wadsworth had to overcome, and overcome she did.

I love a good memoir. After reading Emily Wierenga's book, Atlas Girl, I was hooked. I've always been a "real story" girl, not wanting the fiction of make believe things, but preferring the stories that happen in life - the struggles, the disasters, the tragedy and yes, real-life redemption. Even when they hurt, leave me with a heart broken up for the injustices in the world, or joyfully celebrating, I want to know those feelings because of real stuff that's happened.


The realities that Edie had to deal with in her life were seemingly unavoidable, and her simple, child-like memories set the stage perfectly. I do not doubt that her life was THAT hard. I can not fathom living a childhood like hers, knowing that she has battled the demons that won for generations in her family. For her to have overcome her circumstances, own up for the demons she chose on her own as an adult, and banish them through her faith, provided a story of hope and determination.


I can't express the intensity of this book, of her life. I had to make myself put it down, wanting to read it in one sitting. I'm glad that I broke it into a few day's read, as it gave me the chance to savor, contemplate, and appreciate all she was sharing.

Her love/hate relationship with her alcoholic father was poignantly written. I appreciated her honesty as a child wanting to be loved and cherished and as an adult understanding addiction and human behavior.

Anyone who thinks that their life circumstances will hold them back from achieving their dreams should read this book. Anyone who is in a difficult season of life would appreciate it. Anyone who is feeling sorry for themselves should read it, if for no other reason than to understand how so many people live today in our own country; that children still go to bed hungry.

I highly recommend this book for reading, though I wouldn't think it appropriate for younger readers (senior high school kids may be able to handle the adult content, but not younger or tender hearted kids or adults).

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: God's Overwhelming Generosity

God’s Overwhelming Generosity
 - Roy Lessin

Everything in your life that flows out of love has come to you from God. Everything in your life that is good has been initiated by God. God has done everything for you, He is everything to you, and He is enriching other lives through you. His generosity is overwhelming; His blessings are limitless; His love is endless.



No one has favored you more than God. He has removed every stain of your sin, He has cleansed all the defilement of your iniquity, and He has silenced every voice of condemnation that hung over your head. He has saved you, redeemed you, and justified you.

All of God’s grace abounds toward you, all of Christ’s riches are made available to you, and all spiritual blessings are provided for you. In Christ, you have received the treasures that can never be taken away, the hope that can never fade away, and the life that will never pass away.

As you walk with Jesus day by day, you will find that your thankfulness to Him is an ever increasing symphony of praise, building into a lifelong crescendo of gratitude that flows from your heart to His. You, who have so little, have received so much, because He has been so generous.

There are so many riches that He has given to you; so many answers to prayer that He has granted to you; so many kindnesses that He has manifested to you; so many joys that He has provided for you; so many mercies that He has extended to you; so many benefits that He has showered upon you. Everything you have has come from Him, and that is the reason why your heart can be so grateful.

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. This post first appeared online in November 2008. Print requests should be directed to MeadowRequests@gmail.com

Friday, November 18, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: The Gift We Give to God

The Gift We Give to God
Roy Lessin

Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice.  Luke 17:15 AMPC

The Bible tells us that one day Jesus’ heart of compassion responded to the desperate cries of ten lepers. They were outcasts without hope, without friends, separated from society and human contact. Some people ignored them, some pitied them, some despised them, some wept for them, but none could change them. Jesus was their only hope. “Have mercy on us,” was their collective cry.

Jesus responded to them with a word. Not a word of sympathy or pity, but a word of power. It hit them like a thunderbolt. “Go show yourself to the priest.” What a statement! According to the law, you went to see the priest to verify your healing. And as they went, in obedience to His word, they were healed—all ten!

To be instantly healed from leprosy was amazing. It meant everything—a place in society, a job, hugs and human affection, belonging, acceptance, purpose, value. But what is even more amazing is that only one out of the ten was grateful enough to return and to pour out his thanks to Jesus.


In Timothy we read, “In the last days…people will be…ungrateful.” We live in an ungrateful world. To listen to most, you would think that either God didn’t exist, or if He did, that He was indifferent, unkind, and uncaring. 


God’s generosity to us in Jesus Christ is overwhelming—God gives us a clean heart, a joyful heart, a loving heart, a peaceful heart—yet, there is one thing God cannot give us, and that is a thankful heart. Thankfulness is our gift to Him.

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. Reprint permissions should be sent to meadowrequests@gmail.com This post originally appeared in 11/2008

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: There's No Place Like Home!

There’s No Place Like Home!
Roy Lessin

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23

The Man Without a Country is a sad story that tells the plight of Philip Nolan, who renounces the United States of America and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life on warships of the United States Navy, without the right to ever again set foot on U.S. soil or hear its name mentioned.

One of the saddest stories in real life is the plight of the homeless who live on city streets and parks throughout the country. These are people with a thousand different stories to tell, but who all have one thing in common, the absence of a place they can call “home.”


The saddest story of all is to learn of someone who is spiritually homeless. There is no greater emptiness, loneliness, or isolation than this. Jesus Christ came to make His home within our hearts. His presence makes it possible for every person to find their true home and their eternal home with Him.

The home that Jesus wants to make within us is not a dark, cold, harsh place that we will tremble to enter, but a home of splendor, beauty, and tenderness that will always make us feel welcomed.

Here are six characteristics of the home that Jesus wants to establish within us:

  • 1. A home of love...where His arms are extended to help, to support, to encourage, and to embrace.
  • 2. A home of acceptance…where you are valued, celebrated, enjoyed, and appreciated; where He is genuinely happy to be in your company.
  • 3. A home of protection…where you can be sheltered from the coming storm and find safety from the heat of day, the cold of night, and the battering winds that beat against your life.
  • 4. A home of fellowship…where your hearts can open up to one another, where feelings can be expressed, where thoughts can be exchanged; where deep touches deep, and soul touches soul in harmony, in unity, and in sweet communion.
  • 5. A home of light…where a glow fills the hallways and floods the rooms with welcomed illumination; where it is possible to clearly find your way and fully discover the treasures within.
  • 6. A home of warmth…where the fire of His presence burns brightly; its beauty drawing you close—bringing laughter, shared joys, common interests and celebrated victories, while the golden flames of mercy and grace warm the deepest chills within. 


©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. This post first appeared in 11/2008. For reprint permission email meadowrequests@gmail.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Will the "Real You" Please Stand Up!

Will the “Real You” Please Stand Up!
By Roy Lessin

Do you know who you really are in Jesus Christ? Have you discovered your true identity and are you living in the reality of it today? Years ago there was a TV game show called To Tell the Truth. During the show three contestants, each claiming the same identity, stood before a panel of judges. The object of the show was to see if the panel, by asking a series of questions to the contestants, could identify who was telling the truth. After the panel members made their guess, the host of the show would say, “Will the real ………….please stand up.”

If you do not know who you are Christ, you will not be able to “stand up” to your true identity. Because you are in Christ, you cannot let the devil try to tag you with a false identity.

You are the Lord’s person and possession. He made you and He owns you. He has ownership of you through creation and redemption. Isn’t good to know that you are doubly His! You are no small thing to Him and your life is no small matter in His loving hands.

You are His, wholly and completely. There are no doubts in His mind or in heaven’s records. The devil has no lien against your life. Because of the purchase price that Jesus paid upon the cross, Satan has no rightful claim upon you. He cannot approach the courts of heaven and say, “The shed blood of Jesus Christ was not payment enough to claim this life. I still am owed back payment and I refuse to release my legal rights.”

Satan also has no parental right over you. The devil is not your father and he cannot say, “This is my child and I have every right to my authority over him.” You are now God’s child. You have been adopted into God’s family. He is your Father and you are a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, there are no ties to your past to pull you back; no fears to hold you back; no chains to keep you back.


The Son has set you free, you are a new creation, the old has passed away and the new has come. Refuse every lie that places you outside of Christ. Forget the former things, for God has done a new thing in your life. You are not a victim who is held captive by the past, your circumstances, or your upbringing. Don’t live in the past, for you have died to it all and your life is now hid with Christ in God.

Don’t every say, “Poor me.” Instead, say, “Rich me!” Jesus became poor so you could become rich. You have been lavished with riches—riches of grace, riches of mercy, riches of kindness, riches of love, riches of salvation, riches of glory for now and forevermore. There is no reason to live a defeated life because Jesus is your life, and He is the victorious warrior. Be free, for Jesus has freed you; live free, for Jesus is your freedom. He is your life, and as He is so are you in this present world.



©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. This first appeared online 11/2008. Reprint permissions directed to meadowrequests@gmail.com

Friday, November 11, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: A Few Quotes

A Few Quotes

Our Christian life today is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet still to come; for God has “made us to sit down with Him” who first was seated by mighty power in the heavenly places far above all (Ephesians 1:20; 2:6). This means that the work of salvation is not ours but His. It is not that we work for God but that He has worked for us. God gives us our position of rest. He brings His Son’s finished work and presents it to us, and then He says to us, “Please sit.”

His offer of salvation cannot, I think, be better expressed than in the words of invitation to the great feast in the parable: “Come; for all things are now ready.”
-Watchman Nee


You are His…by conquest. What a battle He had in us before we were won! How long He laid siege to our walls against Him. But we have become the conquered captives of His omnipotent love. Thus chosen, purchased, and subdued, the rights of our divine Possessor are inalienable.
-C.H. Spurgeon



©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: "Gordon"

"Gordon"

The following posting is from Laurie Marie Hopper. Laurie works in a Christian bookstore and her time spent with customers is an important part of her daily ministry. 
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Life lessons learned in the DaySpring isle...

Some lessons in life I only have to learn once, but others it seems I have to learn over and over. Like the lesson of Gordon ... I'll never forget the day I met him. He was looking for a card for his "dear wife" as he called her. Now Gordon is an elderly man in his nineties....at one time he was a very tall gentleman. Gordon is stooped over a little and has a VERY wrinkly face.

I saw Gordon and said "Hi! How are you today?" I looked Gordon right in the eyes and smiled. Gordon looked back at me for a long time like he was pleasantly shocked someone would talk to him. We struck up a conversation and before long I learned that he had fought in world wars and had been a missionary and a pastor for many years. He also began to share with me all the jobs he had done ... I was amazed at this man! What a full life he had led! Before he left with his card he said, "The beauty of God shines in you!" Wow, what a sweet thing for a little old man to say! I told him goodbye and have a great day.

Well.....I didn't see Gordon for about six months. Then all of a sudden one day there he was! I was so glad to see him and he was glad to see me, too. But this time Gordon was a little bit different...he wasn't as clean as he was the first time I met him....and he didn't smell as well either. His eyes were a little bit dimmer and I noticed some food in his teeth. On first impulse, I didn't want to be so friendly.

"THIS was different!" I said to myself. "Do I have to still be friendly to this guy?"


Now before you give up on me, you have to know where I didn't come from. I didn't come from a Christian home where you were taught basic courtesies and manners. I didn't have parents who taught me how to treat people nicely whether you liked the way they looked or smelled. God has had to teach me everything I've learned about kindness.

As Gordon proceeded to talk to me and engage in conversation, a scripture leaped up in my spirit...”For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 KJV

I knew deep inside of me that I was suppose to treat Gordon like he was the best-dressed, best smelling older gentleman I ever met. And I did, with all my heart. I spent time with him and helped him pick out just the right card.

Just before he left he looked up at me and said, “Thanks for being so nice to me. Most people don't like to talk to old guys." I laughed and said, “You come in any time you like, Gordon! I love visiting with you!"

The next time Gordon came by the store, I was on the floor putting together a new display, and he said, “Do you have a few minutes? Probably not, huh?" 

I replied, "Why, sure Gordon...what do you need?"  He said excitedly, “I’ll be right back!" Sure enough, Gordon came back with a big three-ring binder in his hands and gave it to me. I opened it up and to my amazement, it was full of the most beautiful pictures I had ever seen. Photographs of flowers, birds, landscapes, sunsets, insects; pictures of cocoons opening and baby butterflies struggling out. He also had pictures of flowers in sequence, as a bud, opening a little more, and even a little more, until finally fully open.

In utter amazement I said, “Gordon, did you take these pictures!?" "Sure did!" He replied with a grin stretching from one ear to the other. "I knew you would appreciate them so I came to show them to you."

"You do professional work, Gordon! You should sell these!" "Oh, but then I'd have to do bookwork!", he replied. After he was gone, I felt so satisfied inside and so grateful that I had not rejected him.

What did I learn? That we are never too old to dream and to be creative and productive; that the outward appearance can be so deceiving in judging what's inside a person; that I want to be like God .... I want to see like He sees ... He looks on the heart.

Do you have a "Gordon" in your life? Do you find yourself a little like me - apprehensive to reach out to those who might be different from you? Let me encourage you to reach out just a little more than you normally would ... experience the freedom and the personal growth that comes from getting out of your comfort zone and showing God's love to those who cross your path on a daily basis. I think you'll find pleasant surprises along your journey and you'll see more like God sees in the process.


- By Laurie Marie Hopper

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. This post first appeared in November 2008. For reprint information, email meadowrequests@gmail.com