By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Special Needs.
    Who qualifies?
    Google Answer:
    Individuals requiring special assistance …
    Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, Developmentally.
    Special needs individuals are individuals who require external or internal extra help.
    Remedies for special needs might include the following:
    Medicine, therapy, special teachers, specific environments,
    A specialized and prescribed treatment plan.
    Hmmm …
    God looks down on mankind.
    What do you think He sees?
    Do you think He nods His head with approval at "a few" and suggests that He is satisfied by  superior qualities possessed?
    Or ...
    Does He see individuals who have special needs and require specific assistance:
    Mentally, Emotionally, Physically, Spiritually.
    God looked at His special needs kids and He decided that we needed more than:
    Teachers, Trainers, Educators, Entertainers, Medications, Doctors, Writers, Therapists, and Theologists.
    God got really serious and He sent us a Savior Jesus Christ and the very Spirit of His Savior to indwell, comfort, console, correct, counsel, teach, and assist us.
    He did this because He saw us as His “special needs” kids and none of us were exceptions.
    Emotionally, mentally, developmentally, and spiritually …
    God saw we lacked sufficiency.
    And so He gave us His “All-Sufficiency."
    You can resist, refuse, and resent your needy status or you can accept it for exactly what it is and receive redemption from a Savior who longs to fill you.
    The God of special needs ...
    Do you know Him?
    "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
    Romans 3:23


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye My joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    Philippians 2:1-11

    God's word is able to deliver, uphold, and restore the most downtrodden of hearts.
    God's truth is able to liberate and set the captive free.
    God's grace is able to replenish, restore, and renew the most vile of souls.
    God's word is the only word that can set man free.
    He will do this work in you like He's doing this work in me. God and His precious word can be entirely trusted.
    If you wish for your life to take a different turn, you must make a different turn.
    The turn begins the moment you tell the truth and act on it;
    The moment you invite the Spirit in to perform His needful work.
    The moment the word penetrates your soul in such a deep and profound way that you begin to respond to the power of it, and your soul is taken up with the desire to please Him more than any other.
    When the voice of God gets very very loud,
    And the voices of men grow very very d..i...s...t....a....n.....t
    Then God is doing something very very special and personal in "your" soul.
    Bend your knees,
    Your time has come,
    He's calling "you."
    Read this passage over seven times and let it burn in you and see if your entire day doesn't change as a result.
    Every other month the Inkwell provides a personal reflective "Study."
    Tomorrow we begin a study called,
    Focal Points in February.
    Join me and experience the power of God.
    Go deeper ...


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint: Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for awhile, but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God nor regard man, Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?
    Luke 18:1-8
    The widow impresses, inspires, and challenges on three significant points:
    1) The woman's wisdom overshadowed the judge's demeanor and she refused to wield and cower in fear to one who wielded a power and authority to change her situation. She asserted herself and presented her case before him confident that, however fearful he appeared, he would respond to her case in time and act on her behalf.
    Wisdom precedes activity and God honors the individual who acts on it.
    2) The woman's courage prevailed over any fear she might have felt in the judge's presence. With a "widow status" labeling her as insignificant and insufficient in that particular society, she asserted herself almost inappropriately and chose to disregard the common rules of conduct in that day. Asserting herself with a rare courage and aggression she pursued the matter that concerned her in a highly visible and suggestive way.
    The judge could have banished her, dismissed her, and even killed her for her conduct ... but she did what she had to do and he did what he had to do.
    Courage prevails over cowardice and God grants it to the individual insistent on obedience.
    3) The persistent behavior of the woman is a notable and inspiring component of her character. With an adamant refusal to give up, she sizes up her situation and she seizes a moment by creating it. She ardently, aggressively, and repeatedly suggests her respect for the judge's authority and power by her unrelenting pursuit of presenting her case before him suggesting he ought to act on that power. She is blessed and given a timely response because of her persistence and refusal to give up.
    Persistence is an appropriate activity when it is aligned with absolute obedience and the individual who dares to step out in it is no fool. An individual's posture and repeated attempts to return a "case" to God reveals a revelation of what is believed about His power, authority, mercy, and justice.
    When we believe what He says and then act on it, the possibilities are endless in what He will do through us and how He will reveal Himself to us.
    Your personhood and your position is determined by the power of God and your reliance on the empowerment of His promises.
    Never forget and you will never give up.
    Present "your" case to the One who wields the power and authority to do something about it.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Cold affects my right hip and a tender spot resides where once I fell.
    It's a beautiful day in August and I've just returned from work.
    I settle into the beckoning backyard of our temporal renting "resting" place and note that the hammock has been adjusted in height and now looks perfect for my long legs.
    I'm delighted and ready to launch myself into this wondrous "cocoon" that literally wraps me up, folds me into itself, and sways me in a rhythmic way which nurtures contemplative thought and quiets my intense being.
    Mmmm ...
    With a bit too much gusto, I thrust my right leg up at a healthy ninety degree angle while pushing off with my left leg in order to situate myself comfortably and quickly into my relaxing "nest" and ...
     Faster than a bullet charging down a barrel,
     The momentum and motion of my movement in contact with the hammock produces a worthy "Watch this on YouTube" moment.
    The hammock received me only too quickly and willingly, grabbed me tight and pulled me into its embrace with a force of gravity I didn't know existed, and then swung me around in its first round of torpedo speed to deposit me on the ground the second time around (I think) in such a hearty manner that I lay there stupified, mystified, and soundly shaken.
    This happened in a manner of seconds and I swear I would be a wealthy woman had someone been securing this live footage on camara.
    My books and journal had departed from me strewn in the grass many yards away, the only silent witnesses left to share and concede my ordeal.
    I laid on the grass, took a deep breath, and knew that a tender spot in my right hip transmitting pain down my leg would likely be felt the rest of my days to some degree. We have ways of foreseeing these realities as we age; we have ways of feeling these realities on certain days such as I am feeling today.
    Hmmm ...
    Life sometimes happens in such a "hammock-throwing" way that our breath is taken away, our refuge of rest temporarily suspended, and we are left to deal with the aftermath of a "tender spot in the hip" for the rest of our lives on account of that certain moment.
    To some degree it is not so far from Jacob's wrestle (Genesis 32:24-32) and we have to learn to deal with new realities ...
     But so we also emerge as developed in a deeper faith.
    From thrust, to trust, to emerging faith,
    God does His thing to deepen our lives with His holy presence.
    Seeking to conform His child He performs awe-inspiring and very "wild hammock" moments in the life of His beloved one for His purposes alone.
    He canopies the most painful of falls with an overture of grace that far supercedes all that we experience in our suspended moments ...
    And He never lets go.
    Some of you are in the midst of a "wild hammock" moment.
    The same God that initially sought you has eternally got you;
    You are forever His.

    A tender spot in the "hip" may be yours for the rest of your life in certain seasons and at certain moments ...
    But the certainty of His mysterious grace will be forever yours as well.
    This is the mystery of grace, glory, and God.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I say farewell to yesterday,
    For yesterday is gone;
    I let her go deliberately,
    And choose to travel on.

    I understand perhaps in part,
    What many never see;
    That yesterday’s a passageway,
    To where I need to be.

    For I’ve been preordained a path,
    That’s mine alone to trod;
    My lot has been apportioned by …
    The very hand of God.

    The boundaries are drawn for me,
    And all has been secured;
    When trials seem to overwhelm,
    Of this I am assured:

    That all is single-handedly,
    Determined for my good;
    If God has chosen “it” for me;
    I’ll praise Him as I should.

    Eternally advancing,
    In an orchestrated grace;
    Sufficient for arriving,
    At a predetermined place.

    I welcome in this passageway,
    That’s been ordained for me;
    For God, alone, knows what I need,
    For where I am to be.

    “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup; Thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; Yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
    Psalm 16:5-6


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Leaving a friend’s house, I found myself stuck in an “ice root” that kept pulling me back into its deepening little hole. First I drove hard and my tires spun, next I drove soft and simply went deeper … back and forth to no avail.
    Getting out and surveying my little dilemma I remembered that there was a small supply of salt in our trunk for just such an occasion.
    I littered the ground with the bag of salt and gently applied my foot to the pedal;
    I could feel the tires take hold and traction was now on my side.
    I got out and made my way home;
    I left the ice and the hole behind.
    Sometimes we face slippery ice spots in our lives.
    They pull us backward and the more we try to get ourselves out the deeper the hole grows. Nothing seems to work … first the slow then the fast until, finally, we’re in very deep.
    These times cannot be fleshed out or worked out,
    They must be eaten out by the salt of God’s word.
    Once the salt is applied, a slow steady movement called prayer needs to be added, and soon with consistent application on the pedal of obedience … traction is gained, momentum is given, and we are once more free to move on.
    How glorious the freedom of being out of the hole and on to good ground once again.
    But it takes time and deliberate, wise activity.
    If you are struggling with an arena of life that feels like an ice patch … confidently assert your position in Christ, as His child, and steep yourself in the word of God and in prayer until the “salt of it” moves you on.
    The traction and momentum will come,
    Leave the ice and the hole behind.
    God will be faithful and you will overcome;
    Trust Him and keep moving on.
    “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
    1 John 4:4


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The presentation of our true self to Christ:
    Sinfully blemished.
    We are,
    None of us,
    Nothing to write "home" about.
    It is the recognition of this reality which leads us "home."
    The more that we acknowledge the simple, sinful reality of our state before God,
    The more of the redemptive reality we shall realize in Him.
    The more we acknowledge our sinful realities before man,
    The more we shall witness and experience the true fellowship and fostering of brothers and sisters joined to Christ.
    The blood of Christ and His DNA woven into our souls is a mystery and miracle beyond comprehension.
    A holy wonder,
    An under-appreciated,
    Mostly unrealized and undiscovered,
    Holy revelation of all that we become and ...
     All that we do not become.
    To be consumed with the truth and glory of God,
    Is to comprehend and acknowledge the truthful realities about ourselves.
    And in doing so,
    And not until we do so ...
    Do we know much of Christ.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    We are lodging at an Inn on Lake Superior,
    the largest of the great lakes and the largest fresh water body on earth.
    The North Shore engages me;
    My walking partner to the left and my perfect companion for more than ten miles.
    Waves lap sharp against the ice-glazed rocks;
    She casts a spell of tranquility on me,
    Evokes a sense of serenity in me,
    Quiets me, comforts me, cleanses me.
    My eye takes in her 350 mile blue length corridor,
    Filling me with wordless wonder.
    I cannot help myself ...
    Taking off my insulated gloves,
    Loosening the laces on my well-worn hiking boots,
    I remove the warmth of stockings from feet,
     And step inside.
    An exhilarating cold meets me,
    Energizing my entire being,
    Causing short gasps of breath to escape me.
    Naked feet exposed and feeling the cold ...
    A tingling sensation spreading through my entire body,
     Reaching my soul.
    Fully alive,
    Sensory organs transmitting and evoking a thousand words, emotions, and expressions within me.
    Revitalized. Reenergized. Refreshed.
    The breath of God ...
     Takes my breath away.
    Short gasps of breath escape me.
    The voice of the Lord is upon the waters ... the Lord is upon many waters.
    The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
    Psalm 29:2-3



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Our purpose in life is not simply to leave a legacy of good works and kind living. Whatever worthwhile tasks and goals we may pursue here on earth, it is ultimately God’s pleasure, not our productivity, that validates our existence.
    Neither are we here just to secure our salvation far away from the heat of hell. We have been called to something higher than insuring an eternity spent in peace instead of pain. As those who have been created for God, the major thrust of our existence is not our safety, but God’s glory.
    God is the beginning and the end of this sovereign story.
    He is our purpose, and He is enough.
    The Reach of the Heart


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The sun shines bright on a crisp cover of snow,
    The deep wood beckons,
    Naked bare,
    A tinseled glow.
    Naked trees and ornaments of silver thread,
    Line the pathway of this quiet forest.
    The tracks of animal guests lay suggestive in the white,
    I am not alone in this tranquil wood.
    Cattails half-dressed,
    Poplars white in beauty,
    Oak limbs stark and dark in contrast,
    A great canopy of blue sky adorned by colored wing above me.
    All around me,
    In this forest deep,
     Lie words withiin me.
    Shades of color ...
    Sharp, distinct, pristine, concise, clear.
    Beckoning me.
    Tranquility is mine in wooded deep;
    Language pure, refined,
    I hear her speak.
    This Hermitage,
    This home ...
    In wooded deep.

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