Let us never take for granted the intentional actions of another toward us, but instead understand the sacrifice of their time and the gift of their love.
In return, may we always humble ourselves, never being prideful in our own self importance. Instead, let us be sure to pay high regard to their value - making an effort to show them that they are significant to us.
“I, your Lord, have washed your feet. Now you ought to wash each other’s.”
There have been sections of Isaiah 49 that have been stirring in me for several days.
I felt to speak encouragement to those in questioning.
The Lord says, (verse 1) “Listen to Me...Before you were born, I called you; from your birth I made mention of your name.”
You were created with a set purpose. I speak a revealing to you in these coming days, an increase in your dreams & visions; an opening of your eyes to see all our Heavenly Father has set before you at His Feasting Table.
To those feeling “stuck”, remain patient. These is purpose in the waiting. Each arrow waiting in His quiver has a set time & target He is aiming you at (Verse 2).
For those longing & aching for those prodigals, for the confused, for the searchers, He is God of Restoration, Reconciliation & Revelation. He is Daddy, relentlessly pursuing His kids! “nothing is too small or too far gone to restore!” He IS the possible in the most impossible situations! Trust.
“Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.”
Isaiah 49:1-4, 16-18, 22 (NIV)
Since as far back as I can remember, I was afraid of the dark. Night lights weren’t enough, so I often slept with my ceiling light on and eventually a television, too. I was always very afraid of what could possibly come against me if darkness surrounded me.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned just how much darkness surrounds us as we walk through our days in this world. Thankfully, I’ve also noticed that when my faith is in God, the darkness can not harm me. God not only protects me, but reminds me to wear a suit of armor tailored by Him personally. One that shines so bright, it breaks down the darkness - exposing it for what it is. It allows us to see the weakness in what may seem to be overwhelming. It shows us who the enemy really is and what we are up against. It allows us to prepare to take it on and eventually breakthrough with victory.
I am no longer fearful of the dark. I now know that I am stronger than anything that hides it’s shameful face where it can’t be seen. I know that my strength comes from the power of Christ and each day He reminds me of the truth that it was with this very same power, He has already conquered the world.
“Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.”
Psalm 23:4 GNT
“I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!””
John 16:33 GNT
“Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground. So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people.” Ephesians 6:10-18 GNT
I keep hearing, “Alignment comes with & in honor.”
With honor comes restoration & reconciliation; a launching into “next” & “new”.
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.”
Joel 2:23-26 (NKJV)
When you’re being called to retreat to the quiet, sometimes our flesh says, “no, I can’t stop what I’m doing now” or “I might miss out on...”.
Honoring that prompting, moving in obedience to it, will reward you with more than you know.
Only in the quiet can you hear all you’re needing to hear. Just like music, there is a lot of good & there is some bad - but there are times you have to turn it all off. Know that in your obedience, you will not miss out on the plans within this moment for your purpose.
In the depths of the quiet....remain.
“‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
Imagine inviting others to have an intimate knowledge of your heart so that they know and understand you like God does. Would you find it worrisome or freeing for others to know you to that degree?
While society teaches us to live with hidden details of who we are, I like to believe we would do ourselves a favor if we allowed others to understand us in a way that would reveal our identity in Christ. Because we are a work in progress and always being refined, this vantage point may not always be pretty. However, it would reveal our true spirit and our heart for the Lord and others. It would promote vulnerability that in turn will strengthen us while helping another see the potential of their own power through Christ.
Some may consider me to be too revealing of myself; sharing my experiences and emotions candidly. I prefer to see it as making it easier for others to search my heart much the same way I invite God to do. To know me for who I am, who I want to be in Him and not who I am presumed to be.
Assumptions based on outward appearances can be destructive. At first it may only damage our character in the eyes of others, but eventually if we begin to believe these untruths, we may begin to define ourselves as something we are not. This can easily cause us to begin to act and react in ways we would not otherwise. We begin to be who we would profess we are not. We begin to do things we never thought we would do. We become what others think they know us to be.
In my perfect world, transparency would be common. I feel it’s necessary for survival in so many areas and relationships in our lives.
While being transparent may not be easy for everyone, I want to always be improving in the area of believing the best of them until I’ve searched their heart. I want to be finished with assuming that I know how they think or feel or what they may possibly be experiencing. Actions don’t speak louder than words and words spoken don’t mean more than the true feelings in one’s heart.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalms 139:23 NLT
“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” Psalms 33:13-15 NLT
Jesus wants to be invited into to each and every circumstance you face in your life. He isn’t seeking a surfacey relationship, He wants to be included in the deep places that others seemingly avoid. He’s not afraid of your pain or your paralyzing fears. He wants to face them with you. He stands at the door of each one knocking, hoping you will let Him in.
So often we claim to know Jesus. We tell others that we place our trust and hope in Him. We claim to pray and praise Him, yet in private we rarely spend time just sitting with Him. He longs for us to intimately know Him, know Him in a way where we give Him the key, so that He no longer needs to knock. He wants the open invitation to walk in and take over when we are weak and weary. He wants to be the HOST in our homes, our marriages, our jobs, our losses and so much more. He longs to show us who He is and what He is capable of doing in each of them.
Spend today just listening for Jesus. Don’t miss Him. Be willing to invite Him in and just sit with Him, allowing Him into that very place you so desperately need Him.
Before letting anyone else in, allow Jesus to be your comfort, your strength, your protection, your peace and even your unexplainable joy when you don’t believe you have reason to have any. He is capable of all these things and more when you invite Him in.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 NLT
End of Ourselves:
Each one of us will eventually be brought to the end of ourselves...
As doors begin to open, your willingness to walk in God’s plan for you is key to witnessing His promises over you manifest into your new reality.
Your discernment will never contradict God’s true intentions for you. Your spirit can perceive every step with accuracy as each one has been grafted into your very being since the moment He created you.
There will be a deep sense of knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be when you stay in tune with God’s truth. His word will be the determining guide for your feet, the lamplight to a brilliant future.
We are in a time where Discernment & Wisdom need to be your top request & desire.
The Truth can be spoken in the wrong spirit, but it’s the spirit on the words that determine the power in the words.
This is the truth that Paul saw over the fortune-telling girl in Acts 16:17-18. She was declaring a truth, but it was the spirit over that declaration that left Paul troubled.
This is the discernment we HAVE to be walking in at all times & the Wisdom to know how to handle each situation.
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