At a time when we often want to slow down and enjoy the life we have been given, it seems to be the busiest. If we put the breaks on, we assume we will never get everything done. Yet, when our minds are frantic, we are least productive. When we watch everything that others are doing, it makes our own world spin. We lose “our balance” - the balance we can’t seem to maintain to remain happy within our circumstances. Imagine how you feel after watching everyone else riding a carousel. Everything eventually becomes a blur. Before we know it, another season has passed and we’ve lost sight of what we had hoped to invest in. It’s time to move on, to rush, hurry and most of all - “keep up” with everyone else.
I’m challenging myself to “take my time” in this season. I want to slow down and I want the world I see to slow down too.
When we think of ourselves taking our time to arrive at a destination, finish a project or wait to begin something - we must consider the action involved in it. Many would tend to believe that taking their time may not allow them to accomplish all that they want to. If we reflect on the true meaning behind those words of “taking our time”, we can see that every action is deliberate. Each one well thought out and calculated. We experience every step we take and we take them willfully. Every thought given to our actions are made consciously. We knowingly move from one thing to the next purposefully and enjoy each one as we do them.
It’s true that taking our time can cause delay, but by avoiding doing everything in haste - we will not “lose time”. It may take time to “make time”, but time made for the important stuff actually places us right where we are meant to be.
Jesus often took His time, even when His disciples were moving ahead. He stopped often, just as He did when speaking with the woman at the well. He allowed time to stand still as He intentionally took the time to talk with her.
When he was called to help Lazarus who was ill, His steps were slow and it was thought He had arrived late. We know that He did not. The timing of His arrival was pivotal in His purpose.
Jesus was known to “take His time”. He never rushed through the miracles, signs and wonders He performed. If you are looking to witness your own in this season, allow this to encourage you to slow down, making the season last and every memory cherishable.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,” Ephesians 5:15
In God’s living word He tells us often that He longs to give us our heart’s desires. He affirms and confirms over and over that we will possess the land that He has promised.
If given the chance to hold the deed to the land where you long to live safely and prosper, what would you give in exchange?
The word DEED has two meanings, one in which legal rights or ownership are conveyed or transferred to you. The other means that an action is performed intentionally and consciously. When you allow the two meanings to blend with one another, you are given the key to your property - to what rightfully belongs to you. You will gain access to everything that God sealed with your name on it at the time of creation.
In order to access what we have legal rights to, we must be intentional with our time. We must consciously and actively seek God. We must delight in Him! There is no better way to do this than to set aside time in our busy days to sit with Him and diligently seek to understand His heart for us.
When we do these things we can rest, knowing that God will act on our behalf to ensure that nothing will keep us from His Promised Land.
Hold tightly to those dreams that God has placed within you. Know without a doubt - that as you give Him your heart - He will surely place the deed to own them in your hand.
Through the years it has remained a Deed of Trust, held by Him until your trust is actually displayed for Him. Do you trust that what He promised can actually be your’s?
Reflective Verses from Psalms 37 -
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
God will not only restore what you have lost, He will compensate you in every area of life that your loss affected. He promises to redeem what is rightfully your’s.
He has watched you give away your time & resources - at times even having them stolen. Now, He will return all of it and so much more!
“- and if you are pure and live with integrity, he will surely rise up and restore your happy home. And though you started with little, you will end with much.” Job 8:6-7
“Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.” Luke 6:38
In the quiet of my mind the Lord whispers I am safe. I have nothing to fear, He is with me. I remember this throughout my days, it is never far from my thoughts. I don't need Him to be there only on the days where events unfold that make me fearful of a future. I need Him in my daily routine, my interactions with family and friends, acquaintances and strangers. I don't seek Him to just solve my problems in a crisis, I seek Him for the right words to console a friend or in relating to my daughters, even interacting in business. I go to Him, not only for my needs, but to offer all of myself to Him. Nothing belongs to me, everything that I have comes through Him. My desire each day is first to please Him, to walk as He does in grace and love, extending the same for others. It is when I forget to include Him, that I falter and stumble. That misunderstandings and misperceptions come into my relationships and my possibilities become impossibilities.
His presence does not only offer us His help in all things, but it also offers us the joy and peace He gives so abundantly. It is in our days that we remember to look to Him, even during our darkest trials, that we are met with the reality that He is the answer - our one true salvation, our redeemer, our helper in all things. I would like to say that I don't take a breath without recognizing that it is because of Him that I do, but my human flesh has not fully matured. I am however growing wiser and with that I am becoming stronger. With great strength I will press forward until I am united with Him in the kingdom, fully matured and living in my spirit just as He intended from the very beginning. I look to my future with great hope because my heart is full knowing that eternity will be spent with Him. For now I will walk with Him, turn to Him, listen for Him and breathe because of Him.
When I saw this picture, I immediately heard “My promises are about to hit your house!”
It hit me hard & I began to talk to the Lord saying, “Is this really for us or is it just our hope?” His reply was, “Am I not your Hope?” I replied, “Yes, Lord, You ARE our Hope!”
Allow no room for fear or doubt!!!
Everything the Lord speaks IS a promise that He WILL fulfill!!!
We all hold tightly to His promises. Some have been holding for a long time and some are holding onto seemingly impossible ones. I can tell you with confidence that His fulfillment & manifestation of His promises transcend beyond & through anything we can see, ask or imagine!!
Get ready, prepare to make room (get your Hope & Faith up)....His promises are coming!! He said it, He WILL do it!! His truth is more tangible than what is sitting in front of you!
“Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” 2 Kings 4:10 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV
An adventure awaits your expectant cries!! It’ll be a diving deep into the unknown places of God’s Heart for not only you, but for His entire creation!
Ask & it will be given, seek & you will find, knock & it will be open! Even in your hurts & doubts, walk forward & ask with a great expectation!
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
In Jesus’ Mighty Name I decree and declare…
This is the day my Lord has made and I WILL be glad and grateful for it and in every moment given!
I have been rejected but I know I am now accepted in all my imperfections AND in all my gifts!
I was sick, but now I am healthy, healed and whole!
I was blind but now my eyes are open to see!
I have been in this prison, this pit, this desert and this cave, but I refuse to make it my home!
I am called and qualified to reside in the palace and in fruitful places!
All the word curses and lies of the enemy that have been spoken over me are now rendered powerless in Jesus’ Name!
The Word of the Lord is the ONLY TRUTH I will speak over my life and the Power of Heaven will be made manifest in it!
My history’s ashes have become my wings for flight!
There are no more blockages holding me back or slowing me down! I am no longer defeated; I have overcome!
Victory and Authority go hand-in-hand and both are given to me by God!
My life is being used to bring Heaven down to enact change because I am worthy of it!
I am a healthy, healed, whole, righteous, victorious, abundantly blessed, chosen and a loved daughter/son of God!!
IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME, AMEN!
God speaks to me often in numbers. When I asked Him to speak to me about the transition into the eleventh month of this year, this is what was spoken to me.
“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job 11:18 NIV
This scripture brings to mind the rest God has promised, the green pastures He leads us to. It reminds me of the promised HOPE in tomorrow and the protection that only He offers.
You may be weary in your battle, feeling worn down and depleted. Hold on, your hope is in Him! He shall make you secure, you can surely rest in Him.
Remember that everything you go through, you will make it out just fine! Everything has purpose for your purpose and when you step out of something victorious, you are not only given the victory over that thing, you are also given authority over it. So, if & when that thing tries to creep back in to frustrate you, you can look at it, speak that authority over it & it has to go!! Darkness ceases to exist when light steps in and You ARE light! You are SO powerful - Walk like it!!
““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” John 16:33 NIV
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
God does not fault you for the mistakes you make when you are willing to leave them behind with the behavior that created them.
He keeps no record of wrongs and therefore does not hold your past against you.
Accept the grace God so freely gives & begin to understand His deep love for you.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
We all have moments in our life that test us. We find ourselves becoming like Gideon & throwing out our scrap of wool to test God. Sometimes God doesn’t want us to test Him, He wants us to trust Him.
He’s given you things to stand on, so stand on them. They are unwavering, just as He is.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
I have had this image in my mind all day long. I assumed it was because I was remembering some things Anne Marie & I shared on Saturday, but as I was sitting in the quiet, the Lord reminded me that I had shared this picture before. As I scrolled back to look, I read what the Lord gave me at that time. His words are timeless & so fitting for these moments right now when so many of us are under heavy attacks.
I also read a scripture in Zechariah 11:7 “So I pastured the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I pastured the flock.”
I know this chapter isn’t discussing what I’m about to share, but I feel this revelation comes from my understanding of our lives today, in the New Covenant.
Right now the enemy is heading up an intense seige on us, the church. In his mind & plans he has marked us for slaughter. But, the Lord is shepherding His flock & the two staffs He is using to guide us through to safety are Favor & Union (Unity). He is marking His Bride, in her purity and leading us in unity & covering us with His favor! No matter the intensity of today, you ARE victorious!!
“Return to your Fortress, O prisoners of Hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you” Zech. 9:12
For those of you waiting and battling discouragement and frustration, it is soon to end! The victory has been yours all along, but there’s something that happens to you and through you in the battle. You are made aware of the giant in front of you no longer has the fear or control over you the way it has over everyone else. You realize that even though others said your weapon was “only a rock”, it has been made into a weapon of mass destruction! The fire deep within you has been lit in a way that it wouldn’t have been without facing down that giant. You were created for such a time as this! Keep stepping forward; keep declaring all that the Lord has spoken to you in your quiet places!! VICTORY IS YOURS!!!
The Lord says, “The enemy is NOT going to be able to make you look like hypocrites! What you have been speaking in Faith IS going to manifest! No more robbing, no more delay, no more blocking or holding up of your promises and purpose! This IS the year you WILL walk into My Fullness!”
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Is. 54:17 (NKJV)
“That’s what the Scripture means when it says: “I have made you the father of many nations.” He is our example and father, for in God’s presence he believed that God can raise the dead and call into being things that don’t even exist yet.” Ro. 4:17 (TPT)
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Cor. 1:20 (NIV)
“The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none...”Deut. 28:7-8, 12-13 (NIV)
God will speak to us over our lifetime in many ways, through many people and in the symbolism of events or things. He may go as far as to catch our attention with signs and wonders or whisper sweetly to our spirits in a way that only we can discern.
We cry out to Him in times of trouble and praise Him in times of joy, longing to hear from Him, witness a sign or even feel His tangible presence. Some experience these gifts throughout their lifetime while others wait a lifetime in hope of hearing Him.
We may never understand why God chooses specifics moments to reveal himself in the most magnificent way. For me, I spent my entire life believing I was having one sided conversations. I missed out on how He was choosing to communicate during that time. I often wondered why I was nearly 40 until I clearly heard Him speak to me, to my spirit deep within. I know now that He was always there waiting to be discovered. Waiting for my ear to quicken to His call.
I was content with praying and listening for God to reveal His heart for me in this manner. I never understood that there was more, until a day five years ago when I heard with certainty God’s audible voice. It was not to be mistaken, He could not risk it being missed. He warned me not to be in fear and promised to strengthen me and give me courage moments before a life changing event. His voice has continued to resonate within me throughout the years following that day. It was assurance He was with me in the midst of my hardest days. Marty witnessed how profoundly it affected me, he believed me, but couldn’t understand. He then began to discern God’s voice in the many ways God chose to speak to him. It strengthened Marty to see God move in his daily life, but the mystery of hearing Him audibly did not seem fathomable to him. Marty just didn’t think he had the gift or ability to do so or that God would even choose to reveal Himself to him in such a profound way... until today.
Today in the midst of uncontrollable circumstances, Marty sought the peace of God. He didn’t hold back and God did not either. He spoke loud and clear what He wanted Marty to hear. Marty was overwhelmed to have experienced God’s profound love for him in such a way. He came to me moments later... It was as if he were Moses coming down from his burning bush encounter. His face was gleaming as his smile beamed at me. The excitement and expression of many emotions could not be contained. When Marty finished telling me about his experience, his one question was, “Why did He wait until I was 50?”
We can never answer this question precisely. We can’t see the end result of God’s timing. We just need to have faith that there is purpose in our progression of deep relationship with Him. That often it takes that burning bush moment for God to reveal Himself in a way that He will not only be heard, but the result will be life changing.
It is both humbling and strengthening - and we are grateful for each. We can not conceal God’s care for us and those who seek Him. We simply want to praise Him and offer others the same hope we have in Him.
Tonight we visited the overlook at High Rock pictured below. We felt the desire to go to a place in the physical realm where God has promised He has placed us in the spirit. It felt good and right for us to do this. There is something powerful about walking out your faith...
“He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” Psalms 27:5 NLT
Even at your weakest, God will be your strength. It is He who will bring you VICTORY! What are you asking Him to bring you through today? Have faith! Be confident! He shall deliver you!
Many of you have walked through overwhelming trials for quite some time. In recent years you felt a shift occur where your circumstances seemed to change for the better, but you still haven’t seen the fruit from all the good that has transpired. In steadfast faith you have continued to live in God’s word and off of His promises over you.
At this time, He is speaking a harvest over you! Where you plant, you will reap. Where you have grown roots, you will harvest! All you do in this season shall flourish.
You have survived the attack against you. The siege has ended! It is time to walk the vineyards and eat the fruit of your labor! Your faith has served you well and therefore the Lord will send down angels from His army in Heaven that will make this happen!
“This year you will eat only what grows up by itself, and next year you will eat what springs up from that. But in the third year you will plant crops and harvest them; you will tend vineyards and eat their fruit. And you who are left in Judah, who have escaped the ravages of the siege, will put roots down in your own soil and will grow up and flourish. For a remnant of my people will spread out from Jerusalem, a group of survivors from Mount Zion. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” 2 Kings 19:29-31 NLT
My God, You have blessed me in ways I could never fathom. Ways I would have never dreamed of. You have taken what was meant for harm and made it for my good. You have gathered the shattered pieces of my life and formed them into something brilliant. You have protected me even when I didn’t realize I needed protected. When I fell You picked me up. When I couldn't stand You carried me and You gently comforted my broken heart...
May no one be mistaken - Your hand has been in it all.
As I was on my bike ride this morning, at the last minute, I decided to take a different route. This route took me on a back road, surrounded by cornfields.
[Side note: Cornfields freak me out. Chalk it up to childhood trauma of being forced by my older sister to watch a movie about cornfields so SHE wouldn’t be scared.]
I share that little side note to say that had I let my fear shove me quickly past it, I wouldn’t have been able to hear or see the beauty in it. These are moments right now where we have to slow down, not have knee-jerk reactions & take in the scenery of all the places God is leading us - even if it’s in the midst of something that makes us uncomfortable.
Anyway, as I rode between these fields I immediately heard, “it’s ripe for harvest!”. I thought those words a bit strange being mixed together: ripe & harvest. When I think of ripe, I think of green, full, plump, fresh. Sometimes our definition of “ripe” or “ready” isn’t God’s. Sometimes our “ripe for harvest” means a longer time of maturing & dying off. Like this corn, it has to “die off” for the fruit of it to be edible; palatable. Pick it too soon & it’s worthless.
We are in this moment of acceleration & movement, but we are also being checked to make sure we are ready for it.
Our days must include a time set aside for God. To honor & praise Him. To align our dreams with His desires for our lives.
Map out a time in your schedule just for Him. A time to seek His direction, to understand His deep love and to thank Him for all He has done and will continue to do for you.
Allow Him to be the center of your days and all else will fall into place.
“When you divide the land among the tribes of Israel, you must set aside a section for the Lord as his holy portion. This piece of land will be 8 1 / 3 miles long and 6 2 / 3 miles wide. The entire area will be holy.”
Ezekiel 45:1 NLT
I see a world-wide repentance and purifying of the church, for the falling into performance and for only staying with those who are like-minded as well as seeking out and settling into comfortable routines and selfishness. The blessings will not cease because you are His children! But, you will begin to become uncomfortable and unsettled in it as He begins to reignite the flames that got you where you are - lighting them brighter and deeper! He didn’t call you to settle in this place indefinitely!
How many have settled in a place as a foreigner? You haven’t felt at home no matter where you’ve laid your head. Like Moses, you have been doing the work required of you in this foreign land. You haven’t been looking for an encounter, but I’m here to tell you, get ready for one!! He has SO MUCH MORE for you!!!
There are people waiting for you to arrive, waiting for you to walk in His Glory, His Healing and Redemptive Power!!! You are His Deliverer, purposed for such a time as this!!! Pack up your tent and get ready to move!!!!
When we continue to love others after they have fallen, we will witness continued growth and their ability to flourish even though their world has been turned upside down.
If we simply change our perspective and meet people where they are, our words can speak life - giving them the very hope of surviving.
( quote in picture is taken from the movie The Florida Project. https://youtu.be/WwQ-NH1rRT4 )