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Day 25

Counting the Omer.

I feel excitement in the air. Today something changes. Our halfway mark!

Number 25
Number 25 is considered to manifest “grace upon grace”, being 5*5, it has strong meaning of a holy presence. It intensifies the meaning of number 5.

So much happening, the long awaited journey. Over 400 years of waiting, praying, holding fast to the Word given to Abraham. The God of your fathers, the statement that allowed the Israelites to put their trust in what Moses said…

Until it got hard and scary, then things changed. Realizing they needed another to speak to them. They were correct they couldn’t stand before God and live. Christ is the answer. Moses told the children of Israel, God will raise up another like me. God would come in human form, fully God and fully man! God needs us to understand this meeting and the one to come is serious, not casual nor always comfortable, but worth everything it costs you. Grace is free but it is not cheap.

Needing a shower, a deep desire for a waterfall of refreshing. The diapers, the nursing of babies. Setting up camp. Taking down. Preparing food. Totally dependent on the One who called them out. At His mercy in need of grace! Would you have complained?

Journey to Mount Sinai! An absolute miracle. Their journey ushers us into the waterfall; Living Water; Mount Zion. The pouring out of God’s Holy Spirit, not of law, but of Grace! And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Such specific instruction. What was God teaching them? teaching us? What is He revealing? A truth our heart knows, not yet interwoven? God desires a Holy Nation. His desires have not changed.
(1 Peter)

I feel excitement in the air. Today something changes. Our halfway mark!

My Editor and Publisher

My editor and publisher
My promoter of the guild
My producer and my manager
Of this destiny to build

When seeing works and limits
Overwhelming desire to change
I am reminded I have prayed
Only be this in Your Name

When production is the goal
To bring about desired change
Realizing it is only by Your power
I need Your direction to rearrange

Show me what I should delete
Edit my every discourse
Because in all I do
My prayer is to be a source

A source of change and hope
To this backward worldly system
The target and the goal to open
Teachable hearts that choose to listen

My Heavenly Father is my editor
My Publisher and friend
He is my Production Manager
Because it all began with Him

Now I know just where to turn
For the subject of my first edition
Looking forward to my journey
Reminded of the Great Commission

© laurette laster 1/17/2020

Being called out is a humongous, mega, monumental, supernatural event. I pray we never forget the reason for our salvation.

Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

Number 25
Number 25 is considered to manifest “grace upon grace”, being 5*5, it has strong meaning of a holy presence. It intensifies the meaning of number 5. It is a symbol of God’s grace and forgiveness (especially if you read 25 as 20 adding 5). The throne of God in heaven has 24 thrones with sages around his one, which equals to 25. The book of Acts consists of 25 books.

“For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. [Exod. 20:1.]”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom!

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Carpe Diem! He Made a Way

Day 11
Counting the Omer
Resurrection Harvest

“You are not forgotten, for you have been chosen and destined by Father God. The Holy Spirit has set you apart to be God’s holy ones, obedient followers of Jesus Christ who have been gloriously sprinkled with his blood. May God’s delightful grace and peace cascade over you many times over!”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭TPT‬‬

God’s people pushed out, expelled, liberated; wait! They are free but dependant. Like newborns babes.. (1 Peter 2:2), helpless, in constant need. The need for food, water, comfort and provision is beyond their grasp. Obedience is crucial. Their destination is marked. Now completely at the mercy of the God of their fathers. The I Am.
God’s people, His children, called to be a holy nation, a kingdom of priests a holy priesthood, according to His foreknowledge (Genesis 15). The groaning, the travailing, God heard their groanings, like a woman in the throngs of labor, He came down to rescue and deliver them, (Exodus 3:8).

Concerned for them, the time had come, the hard labor, unbearable. The tight place, The Hebrew word for Egypt is Mitzrayim, which translates as “tight place, narrow, straights, blockages. This place has caused them grow, to increase in number, but the time of slavery must end.

The newly born Nation of Israel, the children of Israel are in more danger, vulnerable, at God’s sovereign mercy, fragile covered in blood, by the blood, protected and extremely loved; more than they could think or imagine.

On their way to Mount Sinai. The Law of God awaits. The meeting place. This great deliverance still talked about today. The Exodus, the judgement against Pharoah, pushed out with mighty signs and wonders, the Greatest power shown…

That Is Until…
Until the resurrection of Christ. From a borrowed tomb Christ lifeless body is raised to life, raised to immortality by the Power of God!
Hope! Expectancy! New Life! The Resurrection Power of our God is here! But there is more. Wait for it.

Tarry here in Jerusalem. Do not leave Jesus said, until you be endued with power from upon high. Would Yahweh share His great power, His resurrection power…
Fifty Days. Feast Of Weeks! Counting the Omer! Pentecoste!

The Firstborn! The First fruits!

Oh the excitement is brewing but the journey had struggles, trials, temptations; oh but the hope!

Excerpt from

Carpe Diem
He Made a Way

In brokenness and despair,
I fell to my knees,
I cried out to My Savior,
“Oh Jesus save me!”

Do not become hopeless
If you are broken or sad
He is in the waiting
Not angry, nor mad

He made a way
Though not easy or trite
He knows your victory
Is seized by the fight

I’ve come to tell you
To pick up that bible
Read it for yourself
It is totally reliable

Ready to take root
His word is alive and powerful
Planted securely in your heart
Growing where allowable

Our Lord willingly gave His life,
The shame and pain
The Cross He endured,
His blood for our gain.

So I say to you
Carpe Diem-and get ready
Because God has a plan….
The victory is won already!

© laurette laster May 2018

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
(Pluck the day [for it is ripe], trusting as little as possible in tomorrow.)
Horace, The Odes of Horace

“But the truth is, Christ is risen from the dead, as the firstfruit of a great resurrection harvest of those who have died. Even as all who are in Adam die, so also all who are in Christ will be made alive. But each one in his proper order: Christ, the firstfruits, then those who belong to Christ in his presence.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:20, 22-23‬ ‭TPT‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

S’firat HaOmer Counting the Omer

It’s a mitzvah. A commandment. Not dread, not of force, but rather because excitement is in the air.
Following simple commands leads to the fulfillment of promises beyond our imagination.

Have you been so excited about an event you marked your calendar and counted off the days? Have you wished time would speed up, so the event would be here sooner?

God brought His people out just as He had told Abram, on purpose, with a profound purpose; to meet with Him. A meeting place, a mo’ed, an appointment. With everything, just as He has spoken. Think about this for a moment, God was waiting and planning to meet with His people, once again!

So many years of obedience, following the law of Feast of Weeks, what was so important about this?
Knowing the what without looking for the why allows the enemy a foothold. If God requires it, we can be certain it comes with more than we can think or imagine. It will be alive!

S’firat HaOmer (Counting of the Omer) links the Exodus from Egypt with the giving of the Torah at Sinai. A meeting place!

It’s Time to Count the Omer

It is time to count the omer
The days shall be complete
Counting of the omer
Abounding, bulging, full and replete

At the precise moment
In the twinkling of the eye
The promise forthcoming
Truth for all who to themselves will die

Planting of the seed
Leads to a dark damp season
Seemingly of no value
Without any rhyme or reason

We must die to self
In order to learn His ways
Because His ways are not ours
We measure weeks, counting days

We see and glean from weeks
Remaining steadfast and accurate
To lose count and quit is death;
What has been promised is immaculate

For when The Day had fully come
They in one accord did stand
Waited on the gift from God
Just as Messiah did command

The count coming upon fifty
Did they observe, and could they know
They would house the kingdom of God
Tongues of fire, The Spirit did show

His power mightily poured out
Spirit as a mighty rushing wind
Power from on high to be
Called witnesses Of Him

Our Jewish brothers and sisters
Will count and have begun
Because the fullness of the Gentiles
Is determined by The One

© laurette laster March 9, 2018

Oh what excitement awaits us. Can you sense it? The promise; not one and done as some believe, but a continuous flow, an exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think or imagine! An outpouring, a pouring out from heaven that cannot be stopped.

The annual grain harvest would usher in the power of His Spirit. Only if the seed falls into the ground and dies. Our first fruits is Christ the anointed One! May we be found in Him. Dead to the world, but alive in Him! The first fruit had to be shown to the priest before the other could be harvested. Get it? Leviticus 22:9-11.

The what and the why. The meeting place, the gathering for God to tell His people exactly what He required, years of trying and falling away. Determined but powerless to complete. Repentance and restoration, leading up to the Day of Pentecost…

Can you sense it? Do you feel His very presence in the holy atmosphere? The persecution, the trials, the travail, the traveling to get to the mountain, the meeting place. The place determined by The Almighty. Yes!!! I’m certain He is going to meet with us again, very soon! He will empower this movement to become what He destined all along. A chosen Nation, a Holy Priesthood, sons and daughters of our King!

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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But you are God’s chosen treasure —priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭TPT‬‬

I’m excited! Are you?

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

Today is day 9!

poetry

This Is The Lord’s Passover

It was prophetic, it was profound and yes, powerful.

This Is The Lord’s Passover! Chag Sameach!

Let’s stop for a moment, revisit; can you imagine the noise, the bustling, and the rustling about? Was Moses hurrying about with the leaders? Were they anxiously checking, making certain everyone was prepared? What was the scene leading up to the climatic Exodus? Were they filled with adrenaline, the blood pumping through their veins as their hearts were beating wildly with anticipation? Dressed and ready as instructed; believing, no, knowing full well after the previous months events, God was going to send the death angel throughout the land as He told Moses.

Commanded do not come out of their houses during the night. The smell of the blood of sacrificed lambs permeated the air, blood applied to the top and sides of the doorframe with hyssop, the smell now covered by the enticing aroma of roasted lamb filling the land, but who would be hungry, they couldn’t possibly be hungry?

Yet instructed to kill the lamb, take some of the blood, roast it and eat it all. The remembrance of the innocent lamb. None was to be left. If the house couldn’t eat “all” of the lamb the remainder had to be taken out and burned.

Or was there a Holy Hush? Was the smoke from the roasting of the lambs a sign likened to the glory that filled the land? We are told not even the bark of a dog would be heard in the camp of the Israelites. God said then you will know that I make a distinction between Egypt and Israel. (Exodus 11).

Yes, it was both. The physical body responding to e amazing events unfolding, but the Spirit of God covering and protecting His people brought a Holy Hush over their hearts for this amazing Exit, the EXODUS we still hold dear to our hearts.

When leaving the life of bondage or sin we do not find a casual, calm, lackadaisical approach we may not be surrounded by human comforts but we know in Whom we have believed. Leaving requires all your heart, strength, mind and soul…wait haven’t we heard this before? (Deuteronomy 6) (Mark 12) oh yes, now we see and remember.

Reverence, trust obedience and love, following and obeying God’s directions was how the power of God operated in and through the Israelites, with many signs and wonders. It was prophetic, it was profound and yes, powerful. This is how they were able to be delivered. They did not escape, they were led out and set free to go into the wilderness to worship, delivered with a destination, the promise of the Promise Land.
Purpose-Provision-Promise-The Power of God! The Egyptians were warned repeatedly. Not all made it into the Promise Land.

It is the same today. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. If Jesus isn’t your testimony you are not really free. The Lamb God has provided is Christ.

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This is The Lord’s Passover

Hurry get ready
we’re leaving in haste
The Lord God I Am
Said no time to waste

I Am that I Am
Has sent me to say
The time for deliverance
Does start today

We shall eat it in haste
With our sandals latched
For this is “The Lords Passover”
Gird up our loins, ready our staff

Each family to choose
A Lamb for his household
Without spot or blemish
marked sign on the threshold

deliverance does not come
From any Other
Than Jehovah Jireh
And this we will discover

The blood is covenant and a sign
on lintels and doorpost applied
no other offering can you supply
A spotless lamb required

This is a sign for us to see
With hyssop the blood we apply
When God sends judgement on Egypt
He will at Passover pass by

“On this night as I pass through
I will see and know the sign
That you have listened and obeyed
And by sacrifice you are Mine.”

“I Am taking My people out
Just as I swore on oath
Into the land that I have promised
From Ramses to Succoth.”

When our children inquire and ask
About this memorial
We’ll tell them how The Lord struck Egypt
Making known to them this tutorial

We were once slaves and prisoners
trapped by sin in Egypt’s land
I Am that I Am, brought us up and out;
Rescued by His Righteous Right hand

Jehovah Jireh has provided
the mystery now made known
Given for us, His sacrifice
Is Jesus Christ, His very own!

© laurette laster 2018 March

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Exodus 12:11-13 NASV

…11Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste– it is the LORD’S Passover. 12For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night,and will strike down all the firstborn in the landof Egypt, both man and beast; and against allthe gods of Egypt I will execute judgments– I am the LORD. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.…

Exodus 12:23-24, 26-27 AMP

For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel [above the entry way] and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to slay you. You shall observe this event [concerning Passover] as an ordinance for you and for your children forever.

When your children say to you, ‘What does this service mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians, but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed [their heads] low and worshiped [God].

The apostle Paul dealing with sin used the Passover to quicken, remind or awaken them, some 1500 years after the event. Yes they did tell their children and keep accurate details.

“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭5:6-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Do you relate? Is there a Passover in your life? Do you have a testimony you pass down to your children of when God brought you out?

Happy Passover- Chag Sameach!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Thy Will Be Done

This passage of the discourse of Jesus here has been called “a prelude of Gethsemane.”

““I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already ablaze with fiery passion for God! But first I must be immersed into the baptism of God’s judgment, and I am consumed with passion as I await its fulfillment.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:49-50‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Thy will be done

Oh My soul is troubled
And sorrowful unto death
I must go to pray
This fear is choking out My breath

Will you pray with Me
In Gethsemane for prayer
Can you watch one hour
Sit here while I go over there

Oh My Father hear My prayer
And if it be Thy Will
I ask that this cup pass;
Crucifixion on Golgotha’s Hill

There isn’t a worse death
Ever known in time
The scourging and the Cross
Salvations price paid for mankind

His sweat became as drops of blood
And to the ground did flow
Because redemption starts
Where the will of God is known

As He prayed He agonized
Is there another way
When He was reminded
While on His knees He prayed

Nevertheless not My will
But Thine be done on earth
For this has been prophesied
From before the time of My birth

Just then an angel from heaven
Appeared and strengthened Him
For He would rise and conquer
And drink this cup, it was The Will of Him

Saying for this reason I was born
And I have come to say
Resurrection power
Came to you this way

And when I rose up, yes I knew
I had already won
The war was fought in a garden
My mind set on things above

satans lies had deceived
In a garden long ago
God redeemed our minds with blood
Giving us back our soul

For I did bleed and agonize
So when you call on Me
You can read and remember
Fight your battle on bended knee

In that garden I redeemed
The ability to win
The war against your minds
To do the will of Him.

Gethsemane, the place of pressing. A garden of redemption. The hard place, decision to follow and obey God’s Will, the place of His extreme agony, the tight place. The reminder of the suzerain/vassal covenant found between Abraham and The Lord, Abraham and Isaac… hearing God will provide…

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 March

Clearly the sacrifice is among us and He is agonizing.

Jesus’s familiar place of prayer, the olive grove, going to His safe place to pray, now an internal war zone. The hours spent with The Father, learning of His ways, hearing His voice, carrying out the miracles, teaching, training, showing The Father; certainly knowing this day would soon come. Hadn’t Jesus taught His disciples this would happen? Hadn’t He just proclaimed at Supper, this is My Body broken for you, This cup is the my blood, the New covenant. And now it makes sense. The Lamb, the Bread come down from heaven, the sacrifice on the altar, He bound Himself to the horns of the altar as our pure sinless sacrifice. What love!

Years ago I had a profound revelation, the first place our Savior’s precious blood was shed was in the Garden of Gethsemane. The decision to willingly lay down His life, suffer the worst torture and death ever known, to redeem mankind. It began with a war over His mind and flesh, in a garden, submitting His will to the Will and obedience of The Father…

redeeming what was lost in a garden, Adam and Eve agreeing gave into the flesh, the disobedience, the curse. Yes a war over our carnal desires.

Luke 22:42-45 NKJV
saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

“Father, if You are willing, take this cup of agony away from me. But no matter what, Your will must be mine” (Luke‬ ‭22:42‬ ‭TPT‬‬).

“And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

When He rose up from prayer…

When Jesus rose up off the ground He purpose was secure, with singleness of heart the decision was made. He had already seen His resurrection. He rose up from prayer and truly RISES UP, becoming our RISEN LORD. The next time He would rise from the dead. The resurrection power of God Almighty would do exactly as He said!

If you haven’t submitted your will and life to The Father, it’s not too late. Jesus paid our price. What is easy never lasts, what lasts didn’t come easy. Our Savior payed the price of our sin. Lay it all at the Cross. You will never regret this decision.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom!

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

The Week of His Passion

Time is of the Essence! There are seasons, opportunities, set times, decisions that must be made, provisions that require obligations, contracts to be signed, expressing “the need for timely completion”, i.e. has a set time!

Knowing His appointed time was near; under intense stress and strain, our Lord didn’t leave one detail undone.

“Our Father who art in Heaven”…

Always has, Always will, never left us, never will.

In this season of The Lord’s Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread and during the Holy Week, I pray we make time to reflect on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and His absolute faithfulness! His faithfulness to The Father secured the way for us to come home.

Jesus Christ came to show us The Father. How good, how kind, how merciful, how long suffering, and oh how willing!

Hallowed be Thy Name…

The Week of His Passion

Now the week of His passion
They surely wanted Him dead
How to carry out this evil,
Keep the crowd going ahead

They wanted to avoid a riot
trying to cover up their scheme
It was the time of Passover celebration
Thousands gathering, the crowd could turn mean

Jesus went about cleansing the temple
Delivering all the woes
They desired even more
His life to simply dispose

He gave attention to last details
Instructing His disciples to follow
Unleavened bread, bread of affliction
Isn’t He called the Man of sorrows

The last supper, Passover meal
He stood to boldly proclaim
He uncovered the way and the plan
His body and blood our claim

Jesus said, “This cup is my blood
Blessed and poured out for you,
When you drink it remember
for as often as you do.”

Seeking to take His life,
How foolish could they be
It wasn’t theirs to take
He would lay it down willingly

Through all the pain He never spoke
His life was not His own
He and The Father made this plan
His will and His alone

Behold I make all things new;
His heart and mind steadfast
But they didn’t understand
they needed Him gone, and fast

Thinking to do away with Him
Get this hushed away
Only later to realize
Behold, Salvation’s Way

Through the scourging and berating
brutality and pain
for the joy set before Him
At the Cross, He endured the shame

The week of His Passion
Free will offering poured out
He laid down His life, gave His all
Now we know without a doubt

His perfect work was finished
We now have our place,
Secured for all who believe
Until we see Him face to face

© laurette Laster April 2019

Passover Blessings, The Blood Poured Out For The Remission Of Our Sins!

Sin sent Jesus Christ to the Cross. God’s love in action!

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”…

Available to all who ask!

Our Lord will return as Righteous Judge.

Our God who’s love is perfect also hates vehemently! Perfect love must hate evil! We must remember this! With His first commandment God reminds, them and us, I Am the the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of bondage.


God hates sin! But, He loves His people caught and entangled in sin, so much so that He came in the form of a man and died in our place. Call out to be delivered.

“For Thine is the kingdom and the power forever and ever”…

Don’t miss this season. Time is of the Essence!

Amen!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

In The Wintertime by the Tree

In The Wintertime By The Tree

It’s utterly hopeless,
What should I do?

Trust In God,
He’ll see you through.

Such nice words
But don’t you know?
It’s dead and lifeless
There’s nowhere to go.

If you have a minute
Come sit with me,
“In the wintertime
by the tree”

I believe you are wrong,
speak life and believe.
You’re sure to be amazed,
When by your words you receive.

Don’t hinder your faith
God is working this out;
Don’t become discouraged
Theres no time for doubt.

Oh You don’t get it,
Can you even see?
It’s dead and lifeless,
Exactly like this tree!

Keep the faith
It’s not as it appears,
This tree is dormant
It has no fear.

It has a knowledge
Deep within,
That as is rests
The renewing begins.

What are you saying
What do you mean?
Theres life in this tree
even though it’s not seen?

You seem so sure
But how can I trust?
Just because you say
my thinking should adjust?

It’s hopeless, It’s over,
This is the end,
There is no glimmer of hope,
Nice talking with you my friend.

I want to believe
And walk like you say,
I haven’t the time,
This just isn’t your day.

Could we meet again,
At a later time?
You’ll understand then,
You won’t be so blind.

Just one more thing
If you can spare,
Tell me about
This tree we share?

You’ve seen it before
And you’ll see it again,
It’s a lesson in hope,
And there is no end.

To all that The Lord
Will do and say,
If you’ll be patient
And walk in His way.

For just at the right time
When you least expect it,
You will see new blooms
This tree is expectant.

See you in March
And bring your pen,
We have so much to learn
My sweet, sweet friend.

Glad you’re back
What do you see?

The hope and the promise
There is life in this tree.

The blooms, the fragrance
bursting with life
I do think you’re right
About my plight

I’m beginning to see
And I have hope,
I won’t give up
Not only no, but nope!

I’ll speak the promises
And believe His word,
And know He’ll answer,
Because He has heard.

Thanks for the lesson
And thanks for caring,
The tree taught me a lot
Truths I’ll be sharing.

With any who’ll listen
And come sit with me
“In the wintertime
by the tree.”

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018

“It has a knowledge that as it rests”…

Under harsh circumstances, seemingly intolerable temperature differences, at the mercy of the elements, through all extremes, in good times and bad, but knowing her roots run deep.

Yes! That is it. The game changer. The roots! The tree is held in place by her roots. How deep are our roots? How strong, how deep, how wide? Then I’m reminded. I can’t give up I’m planted. It isn’t really up to me anyway. (Ephesians 3:17-18)

I’m made to weather the seasons, season after season, after season; and so are you. Actually I’ve grown quite strong and if you dare to look, so have you. What meant to break me, has caused me to heal stronger. Like a tree, the strongest winds cause it to fracture, and then heal. At each healed place there is more strength. Without winds of adversity the tree would be soft never gaining the strength to stand and produce. The healed fractures cause the tree to become pliable, able to bend but not break. Supple enough to bend because of the mend, bend but not break. Growing stronger and stronger, becoming more and more fruitful, only with each season.

Don’t be discouraged we are about to be more fruitful than we’ve ever been. We have endured, we have healed, or are healing. This fruit is for those coming behind us. We want it to be the best we’ve ever grown and the sweetest they’ve known. God knew this. Yes, He knows exactly what it takes. Our Master Gardner knows, that’s why we need these extreme almost intolerable circumstances, to make us the most fruitful we’ve ever been. To nourish and enrich those coming behind us.

So as I think about, I do have hope. I pray you do too. It isn’t over, it’s a new beginning.

And I do believe; the best is yet to come.

“And they shall be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated” (Isaiah 61:3-4).

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Denim, Duct Tape, and Pearls!

We were not created to compete, we were built to complete. Genesis 2: 22

How about a 2:22 Verse… “ONE LIKE ME”

Jesus Christ did more for women and too give us a voice.

We have a place of honor with the LORD but so do our guys.

HAPPY WOMEN’s DAY!

Denim, Duct Tape, and Pearls!

With pearls and curls
A little fix it time
Truly feminine
Keeping in line

Pearls today
With a pretty dress
Showered bathed
Rested no stress

Tomorrow it’s time
To work in the yard
Onto my denim
Levi’s when the work is hard

Finding something
That needs a fix
No tools no time
Duct tape does the trick

What a day
What a week
Instant in time
Quick to tweak

Pearls for church
Denim on dates
Duct tape can fix it
Don’t be late

Remember the trick
Is to become versatile
While remaining feminine
Why so controversial

I know you understand
And find this amusing
Wait until till Greg sees
He’ll do the usual

Bringing his drill
And his expertise
My man is the best
If I simply say please

He has assorted anchors
And measures the fittings
To secure the attachment
He did the bidding

My heart he won
When He said put away
This duct tape mentality
I have a better way

So pearls and denim
Every girls dream
My man won my heart
anchors for everything

So now we know
needing their help
anchor with duct tape
review on yelp

He’ll shake his head
In utter despair
But I’m dressed and ready,
Denim and pearls to wear

What’s a girl to do
You know we improvise
Denim, duct tape, and pearls
Should be no surprise

When much is to be done
Denim, pearls and duct tape fashionable
C’mon You know I’m right
Just keeping it laughable!

The purpose when created
Lets get serious, did you know
Duct tape secures
Stop leaking of Air flow

So even if
Design and color changes
The invention originally
Not a stranger

Having a purpose
To maintain efficiency
Isn’t it nice to know
Created to stop deficiency

God has an anchor
And He has His drill
It is to remain hopeful
While doing the deal

His Anchor does hold
And we know it is true
Hebrews 6:19
Might give you a clue!

We have this hope
As an Anchor for our soul
Jesus Christ our forerunner
Wants you to know

Hope in Jesus
This anchor does exceed
It is sure steadfast unmovable
Jesus, our Anchor indeed!!

No need for duct tape,
Keeping with Denim and pearls
Christ The Anchor holds
For all God’s girls

© laurette laster August 2018

Blessings and Happy Women’s The safest place for every woman is in JESUS CHRIST.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine toward you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

I Yield the Pen

I yield the pen

I yield the pen
Also the paper
I yield to the hand
Of the Story Maker

Your Name is written
Author of Glory
The words profound
Tell the story

Comprehensive and intact
Plunged and pressed
Redemption’s ink
Salvation’s Rest

© laurette laster November 14, 2021

Beautiful print!

As painful as it is we come to understand, there is purpose in pain, wisdom in waiting, comfort in the confusion, glory revealed in grueling circumstances, peace in the pause, joy in being jostled about, rest during the test, and an end to the trial, and salvation in no other name, but Christ.

After the trial, glancing back, we see The Lord’s heartprints and footprints…
He was, and is, and is to come.

Aleph, Mem, Tav

Truth

Only in Christ

You show that you are a letter from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tender hearts
(2 Corinthians 3:3).

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

God Has Done Great Things

God Has Done Great Things

I’ve seen forgiveness
Tears flowing as streams
I’ve watched forgiveness
Hope manifest into dreams

I’ve experienced restoration
Bitterness dissolved by love
I’ve dreamed and waited
Great things God has done

Witnessed the miraculous
Hard hearts become new
I’ve tasted the goodness of God
I pray you have too

Time is precious
More precious I’m told
Don’t put off until tomorrow
Forget to unfold

Let go of the haste
The chaos and hurry
Listen for the still small voice
Peace will overcome worry

This earth is fleeting
Old things pass away
Only what is eternal
Remains in THE DAY

© laurette laster 1/24/2022

“Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”

God died to heal our broken places. His redemption witnessed in your life is more precious than Gold. The work is hard, but hallowed. Grueling, but glorious, painful, yet powerful. The greatest part is the full assurance He is with us throughout the restoration process.

I tell others, “There is a hallelujah on the other side, but it is hell in the hallway. But whatever you do, don’t quit.”

Below is a piece of Kintsugi pottery. I received this as a Christmas gift from Greg.

If you’re not familiar with the art of Kintsugi, the story is truly fascinating. Learning about this art witnessed to me the work of redemption through Christ’ atonement.

The owner of the pottery studio wanted me to know how to identify (spot) a fake or a imitation. There are those who attempt to use paint giving the appearance of having been restored, but never being broken. He explained in great detail the difference and the process. This piece is repaired with lacquer and 23.5 karat gold. With the certificate of authenticity he included pictures of the broken pottery, (evidence).

The heavy or thicker gold is where the broken pottery piece was powdered and couldn’t be used. The places seemingly ground to dust, pulverized and hopeless Christ lavishly applies and covers with (GRACE) gold.

Allowing His precious redemption to become viable and visible we become valuable to God, vessels fit for the Master’s use.

This piece, now repaired is valuable and precious, no longer fit or intended for common use. It has been set apart, sanctified…

In our brokenness we truly understand compassion. In our restoration He can trust us for His purposes.

“But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay.

The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. (Sanctified)

Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:19-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette