May 22, 2017 still standing

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Mornin’ DearOne. 

Nearly time to hit the beat of the new week. 

All brand-new … every waiting challenge is ready to unfold in new opportunities – in new situations. 

New is usually uncomfortable. 

Set your heart, Beloved, before you set out. Right now – this moment you are still standing. You are still breathing. 

Open your heart in this quietness. Listen to your Father speaking in silent sentences of light. 

Light – Love’s mysterious language translated into words of encouragement and absolute confidence in your ability to triumph over all adversaries. That’s His way. 

You are in this place as your Divine calling. Even if, and even when it seems to counter your dreams. 

DearOne, as a child of The Most High, we’ve already won. We are just walking it out. You are a soldier of the Supreme Authority. 

He is the General. 

Chief Strategist. 

Captain. 

Admiral. 

You can trust Him here. 

There are demonic forces that are against us. Every time you find you are in a new place, a new level. You will get opposition. 

Goofy, outlandish attacks happen when you follow hard in Christ. 

Off the wall. 

Stand against opposition and do what you know you hear the Spirit speaking. 

Ask the Almighty what you can do for Him today? 

Learn to have patience in the trials as you walk it out. In this bare moment, feel the power of satisfaction from the know He makes all things new. 
“This is what GOD says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves … Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’ —the coyotes and the buzzards— Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sun-baked earth, Drinking water for the people I chose, the people I made especially for myself, a people custom-made to praise me.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:16-21‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Wake up. 

You’ve already won. 

Live there. 

Go. 
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May 19, 2017 full stop

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“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Good morning, Beloved,

Every detail of God-living … 

working into good …

I love looking back and seeing Divine irony. 

How, by His grace, His mercy, His ways, my attitude gets reconfigured from severe judgements and criticisms … to compassion. 

We are all wounded, aren’t we? We go through elephant graveyards that get soul-wrenched with “why?” places. 

“Where did that even come from?” places. 

And, from there we look on with full-faced curiosity – to where our judgements have become so entrenched. 

Those places take us in. 

We process there. As we process, our Creator makes Himself known. He reveals more of His ways in us. Authority. 

In the no-man’s land. 

We are never quite the same after that. 

You look at everyone differently. 

It is from the “why” places that you ask the Divine in … and, He reveals what is true, 

He reveals light and darkness, 

right and wrong. 

He whittles on us until He reveals a place that resonates within with the Holy of Holies.

And, we are brought full circle, into a new place of His old presence. He uses the ancient of His Word, especially the most familiar promises, and reveals a certain new truth. 

People don’t validate the truth of His presence in me … of His authority in me … of His light in me.

That is His work alone. 

Period. Word. Full stop.

Am I interested in what His anointed ones speak into me and over me? Absolutely.

Will I consider the impact and intention of their words? You bet.

External input comes into us for a reason.

When it all boils down, though, the still, small Voice … 

the still, small Voice. 

The Holy residing within every detail – yes … hold us captive to Your process in us, Lord. 
Wake up. 

Notice His detail work. 

Go. 
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May 9, 2017 practice

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Good morning, Child of Grace. 

Days that seem ordinary and mundane are necessary. They are prep days for the big that is coming. 

Practice. 

Yes, that’s it. 

The ordinary ones are simple gifts from your Creator. 

They are practice. 

Because the day will come, as they inevitably do … whether you are an all-in, whole-hearted lover of Christ or living out your hours in denial of grace, the day will come ….

that you will be struck down to your knees or ground down by life. It can come in slow and steady slits to your heart six or seven times per day, just walking through the hallways of your thoughts. 

Or, it may arrive in the name of bombshell calamity that happen in one solid blow. 

And, you will hide down into the escrow of reserves your heart has stored. The God of Grace will give you chords to call on your people, the seen and the unseen to shore you up to meet the day. 

And, the grace reserves of the ordinary days oil you into the presence of the Holy. 

Wake up. 
Embrace grace slow and steady. 

Go. 

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May 8, 2017 dream

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Good Monday, DearOne,

The minute you say “yes” to a God-given dream marks the minute you change your life. 

What dream have you been given? Does it have to do with 

-health?

-career?

-creating?

-relationships? 

-graduating?

-peace?

-daily routine?

-changing an attitude?

-forgiveness?

-changing the world?

If you start now, The God of the Angel Armies gives you the resources to see it through to a lifestyle. 
“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie.” 1 John‬ ‭2:27 NLT‬‬
Wake up. 

“Yes.”

Go. 
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May 2, 2017 intentions

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You know, DearHeart, it’s funny – the things you remember from childhood. When I was in 5th grade a classmate lost his mom to cancer. He said, “every day we live, we are one day closer to death.” I remember the place we were sitting, on the upper bleachers (purple and gold) of the Oklahoma Street gym, his tone of voice, deep and sure wisdom. 

Each day, is one day closer to eternity. What changes are happening with you? What are you doing to make this day count? 

It is ongoing, this time-thing. 

We never stop changing and transforming while in this human skin. The Holy Spirit never stops the call to shine brighter through us. 

Today, hear the summons: you are being challenged to grow and change, to break down so there can be a break through. 

Set your Holy intention for the day. Begin this daily practice now. 

When you choose to set your intention, whether you are midstream of a cataclysmic life-event, or just steering through life’s daily rapids, you uncover splendid treasures. 

You and I are dealing with this terminal condition called life. As is every soul you pass by. Set your intention for this day. 

Go. 
‘Phils 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’
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May 1, 2017 assumptions

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‘I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, may have power..to grasp how wide & long & high & deep is the love of Christ.’ Eph 3:17-18
Good morning, PreciousSoul,
When I think of the love that led to the cross, the unfairness of that purest heart dying with such brutality, my mind goes numb. 

The way the story unfolded was based on lies and assumptions and hearts whose tenderness had bled out. The same is still true. Sometimes, the story people have of us is based on assumptions fueled by misinformation. It can be brutal. What will you do with that, Beloved? 

We are unable to see the spiritual heart and intentions of another person. Others are unable to see yours. Our Creator is still active in His refining work. We humans are full of assumptions. And, we assume way more than we ever have the guts to interrupt in that assumption making … interrupt and say, ‘wait, there’s got to be something I’m missing.’ 

That’s the most shocking and surprising and beautiful thing. Most of the time what you thought about a person or a situation or what happened to you both is a story in your head, not in the facts. 

When I’ve done all I can do, praying down wisdom for doing the right thing in the right way, wisdom to hold people together, and someone wants still wants to make me the object of their drama, here’s what I do: 

-set a boundary, 

-walk away, 

-land in my Savior’s peace, 

-don’t look back. 

There is pain in breaking free. Then, comes rest and peace in the Savior, 

God Most High, 

The Lord of the Angel Armies. 

I’m reminded often, the King Of The World, who holds me tight, also holds those precious souls. Sometimes, we love up close and personal. Other times, we hold hearts close and tightly loved only from a distance. 

‘I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, may have power..to grasp how wide & long & high & deep is the love of Christ.’

Wake up. 

Release Christ’s love in them. 

Feel His peace rise in you. 

Go. 

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April 14, 2017 cherish hope

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‘The women who had been companions of Jesus from Galilee followed along. They saw the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed. Then they went back to prepare burial spices and perfumes. They rested quietly on the Sabbath, as commanded.” Luke‬ ‭23:55-56‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Good morning, PrayerWarriors. 

Monday morning we gathered around a co-worker’s empty desk as we dwindled in and heard the news. The remains of our Carla’s son, Tommy Raymond, had been found over the weekend. 

Remains: worst fear. 

They had been looking for him, a “missing person”, for almost 4 years. He just disappeared. After a family vacation, he just vanished. The family and investigators had been looking and following hundreds of leads through these years, with hope of finding him alive. 

We never give up hope. 

We cried, my work-family and I. We held each other. As if somehow, in holding each other, we were holding together the brokenness of his mother. 

Mary, mother of our Savior, followed her son’s lead through every day of His life, too. Her passion took her to places she never thought she would go…and, He had her shaking her head some days at His eccentric ways, on other days, she stood marveling at the wisdom that drew throngs of people together in a common thread of hope. Her baby boy. 

She followed Him through the streets, 

through the doubters, 

through the believers, 

to the cross,

to the place where He was laid. 

Because, we never give up hope. 

The parallels of the stories of these mothers and sons are unending, as is the grief. 

Hindsights wander in and out. 

Treasures of memories rise and fall. 

A random gesture releases a stirring … a glimpse of their sons continuing on in the lives of their loves. And, the gift of the ultimate promise is resurrected from soul-deep: hope of eternity. 

Because, we never give up the reality of our hope. 

Eternity. Thank you Jesus, for Your gift of eternity. 

Wake up. 

Cherish hope. 

Go. 

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April 11, 2017 new light

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Good morning, DearOne,

There are places the Holy Spirit takes me where I dig in my heels. And, the fight is on. 

There are places where my Savior draws me closer and closer, eye to eye, until all I can do is understand the battle is His, and my call is to hand it over. (And, I normally balk again-stubborn and slow learner!)

But, oh. 

When that release happens, when truly, I give over the storm, or the hate, or the grief of the thing, 

then, 

my soul says a loud and clear, “YES!”

Things may look normal on the outside, but from inside, I see the world in a new light. 

From a place of being completely wrapped in the light of forgiveness, then difficult parts take on a clear perspective. 

From this place, a holy place, people become solutions, not problems. 

From here, events are turning-points to move us out of fear, away from past barriers and blocks – to the place where The Almighty needs me. 

This is the place that every exhale expels fear and every inhale brings a deeper love. 

In complete trust, 

in love so whole, 

you, too, have been placed here with purpose. 

No matter where you are, 

No matter how you “feel”,

No matter what you’ve done-

know this, you would not be here if your growth was not on the line. 

Just like the people and events in your own life … 

You are an answer. 

Not a problem. 

“Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. GOD ’s bright glory has risen for you. The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But GOD rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you.” Isaiah‬ ‭60:1 MSG‬‬

Wake up. 

See everyone in fresh light. 

That’s resurrection. 

Go. 

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April 10, 2017 gap

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8 The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

11 For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.” Psalms‬ ‭103:8, 11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Good morning, Beloved. 

It is Easter week. 

Reminders of His unfailing love encircle me like a whirlwind. 

Constant. 

Steady. Steady. Steady. 

Our supply of His Holy Spirit – 

never-ending. 

Inexhaustible.  

It is true – at least for me it is – that whatever I focus on increases. Just as when I allow fears and anxieties to consume my thoughts, I become more fearful. 

When I choose for my thoughts to fly to our Maker, The Most High God, the arrows of harm I have set loose with fear are rerouted by His angels of protection. His Spirit rises, and from that place where He has heard my mortal cry, He stands between me and the unjust. 

From this place we move to show His love to the ones who, like us in times past, have been kicked to the side of the road – a soul in need of comfort, strength, sturdy sheltering. 

The older I become, the more I sense … trusting my God-given intuition, the less I speak, the more I pray, and, the more I trust. It is here, in this place of trust, He expands His Spirit in you and me, firming up the Holy Warrior in us to stand in the gap for others who need to catch a glimpse of His unfailing love and be protected from the arrows of attack. 
Wake up. 

Take your place. 

Go. 
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