Monthly Archives: August 2017

August 31, 2017 misunderstood

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Good morning, Dearheart. Have you ever touched a hot-wire fence? If I only had a dime we’ve walked one out looking for the culprit, lone, rogue weed causing the fence to short out. 

One of my young sons grabbed hold on accident when he was working on one years ago. It hit. He yelped this sort of loud and pitiful goat/bark sound and spun out into a pure hostile pout. We still bring it up for a good laugh a few times a year. It may have been my oldest. 😉

In the course of a life there are times you get hit by surprise. You are misunderstood. You think you are doing the right thing, and taking a load off others, only to find out you’ve inadvertently skipped protocol and landed yourself in tainted waters. 

Life makes sharp turns – gets unexpectedly messy sometimes. 

I’m always getting reminded, BelovedOne, this trailing Jesus gig is not always the cakewalk I imagined I was signing up for at the ripe age of eleven. Years have taught me that it has seasons of 

messy, 

tangled-up, 

mixed messages (“you are empowered because you do the work & know what’s best, wait … not really, just kidding”)

confusing missions, 

where you land in the throws of …

‘Wow, I didn’t see that coming’. Don’t get me wrong – my faith doesn’t get shaken; it’s just that there’s a whole lot of fine print in the deal. Sometimes, I get surprised at what I signed up for. I have found grace and mercy in places I never expected. And, judgement and harshness where I expected to find grace and mercy and thankful hearts. 

Believers find disappointment and hard times, yet they keep believing because they know Father God is good and He loves them.

Sometimes, I feel like a know a lot about God’s ways, and still act like a complete blockhead and, that yields an extra jaunt through consequences. 

Other times, my right intentions get me tangled in the hot-wire fence. 

Stay the course with me DearOne, no matter the surprises.

In the end, God wins. 
‘For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart.

Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed instead.’ Hebrews 12:3, 12-13 
Wake up. 

Press on. 

Go. 
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August 30, 2017 dawn radiant

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“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Good morning, RadiantOne!

Have you paused to simply take in the landscape of your life lately. We forget to notice the beauty lying among the challenges, until we choose to do so. Have you been afraid to love this road you’re on? The collection of all your choices have landed you here … and even though mysteries have surprised you, caught you off guard, 

your Creator, 

God Most High,

your Master Trainer,

sees your courage and continually pours into you the necessary inspiration to take the next right step.

Why would He still invest in us like that? Because, at dawn you began with a commitment to Him. 

And, He responds to that with Might from His very own storehouse. 

Shelters us from suffering, or strengthening us to face it with dignity. 

That’s our God. 

That’s His way. 

The same Force that concocted the place where the morning star was born is the Force that causes events to bend to our decisions. 

And, His Spirit sailing through these cells says, “this one set her intent in Me, and sent My love before her into her day.”

Wake up. 

Set victory into this day. 

Go. 
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August 29, 2017 Spirit, rise

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DearOne, you’ve been faithful. You’ve arrived at a new day. Fill your first moments with praise and gratitude. 

Feel His Spirit rise in you and begin to soar. 

‘Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.’ James 1:2, 3

There are necessary battles that tear and prod and hurt and awaken deep in the dark. The battles spur emotions that only Father God can be trusted with. What empowers one can shut another down in their tracks. Only the Holy knows why. We aren’t meant to know; we are only meant to find the small place of breakthrough. That thin place calls you and calls me to make a move. There is where we are to enact one of the most gentle, pointed, and powerful responses. 

There is where He breathes life into our trial. We are to respond to that.

Beloved, you have no idea how the Spirit is able to work in the heavenlies around your pain. Very often, its not even about you, but through your grief, another soul is moved into His arms. He plants His inspired thought into you and you act.

Rise and respond to His call again this day. Over and over with brave heart and brave mind, refuse to support the oppressor anymore. You were born for this challenge of a lifetime – do you really think a small defeat on the way to The God of the Universe’s result is enough to throttle His ultimate victory?

Get this: Every single time you move to His call-the Power behind your trial lays claim to invincible results.

You have no idea what the slightest obedience will yield. You don’t have to know. 

Wake up. 

Just move. 

Go.
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August 28, 2017 sit with it

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Good morning, Dearheart. 

My heart can’t get past the devastation in south Texas. As spiritual as it sounds, gratitude is not always the best response to a challenge.

Or, an injury. 

Or, a sudden force into a different season.  

Loss is loss. 

Fear is fear. 

Survival is survival. 

You wouldn’t tell a friend who has been abused to be thankful for it. No. You’d hear their pain. Premature positivity would not be right. Genuine reaction that causes real emotion and stings and forces nonstop tears is where comfort starts. 

Be shocked. 

Be mad. 

Be hurt. 

Be where it is unknown and ugly. 

Become friends with the pain and sadness for a while – like you would your suffering friend, and love them all the more for being raw with you. That’s where God begins His work – in the realness of the suffering …

Father, You are my Shepherd, and the Shepherd of my children. When we walk through valleys as dark as death, remind us of Your presence that we will not be afraid … You are with them … You are with me. Let Your kindness and love stay … ever-present … no matter the trials, the heart pains, the physical pains, relationship pains, the growth pains. 

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14
Wake up. 

Cry out to your Creator. 

Allow His healing to touch you. 

Go. 
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August 26, 2017 untangle

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Good morning, DearOne. 

Just praying for those who are hurting this morning – let me remind you that God is at work moving the mountains that appear when we arrive in 

hurt places, 

lonesome places, 

anxious places, 

places of fear.  

When we are down we become easy prey for illusions … sort of like seeing heat waves on an old 2-lane highway that make the road seem wavy – the heat waves are real, but the road wave is really not. The first piece of info – the heat waves, are real. The conclusion part – the wavy road, is not real. 

Our Creator, your Creator, is in the business of lifting the wrong illusions so you and I can move closer in to Him. He sets His truth in place and as we learn to trust His ways, we see into patterns, events, people, and things and over time we learn not to take our first impression so deadly seriously. We learn there are many layers to untangle. And, God Most High reminds you and me that because of who we are in Him, we are safe here in the tangled places while He gives us His tools to use in messy places. 

He reminds His child, “even here, though the heavens and earth may shake, and people may set traps, I am your shelter. You stay with Me through the storm, and obey My Word, and I will see you through to a land of increase – flowing with milk and honey. Fix My Word on your heart, tie them to the work of your hands, bind them to your forehead, teach them to your children when you sit at home, when you walk along the road, when you lie down to rest. I will be faithful to you through all your generations.”

Even in this place, declare His promises over your life. Do it now, “Because I hold You in the highest position of respect over my life, Father, and obey Your laws, my field will produce and all will turn out well, according to Your established ways. My home, my children’s homes, like my parent’s and grandparent’s homes will be full and overflow with Your love – like your olive tree richly loaded with olives, our homes will remain ever richer with love.” 
Wake up. 

Untangle. Use God’s tools. 

Go. 
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August 24, 2017 through you

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Hello, Beloved. 

Poised and prepared, The Living God calls you to allow His Spirit to simply flow into you; then through you; then out of you into another soul.

He is at work. He is pulling a worn soul toward you, magnetized by their need for the Holy, He pulls. They are desperate to experience a fresh-fill. There is only one place they have a fighting chance to refuel with Him this day – that, my Spirit-filled padre, is through you. Agree. Answer the call to be filled to overflowing by His Spirit. Glow brightly … “Yes, Lord. Use me.”

Wake up.

Glow.

Go to bed.

‘The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—

a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

a Spirit of counsel and strength,

a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.’ Isaiah 11:2
They will come to you in need of Father God. They are desperate. Will you agree to overflow on behalf of the God of the Angel Armies?

August 23, 2017 shine, Light, shine

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Good morning, Light of the World!

Some souls refuse the Light of our Savior coming alive in them. To the human thought it can be a formidable Power. Too much to deal with. Maybe to discard and not deal with It would be better,

easier,

safer,

calmer,

because, It is so much … and to keep It means there will surely be something we are to do with It. 

But, oh. The Light, Beloved. 

The Light that makes your heart its home – sees what it sees …

eternal right out in front,

shining ahead like a presence that goes ahead and reports back what it has found …

a perpetual reconnaissance of sorts. 

And, with this Light the miracles of deep beauty in the world and in humans come to the surface. With this Light, one can see past the bad behavior to the good heart, 

one can unearth the sweet spirit crushed by hatred, 

one can understand much rather than be perplexed only.

His Light in you and me is the wand of knowing that can peel back the layers of personality, intention, and motives, and see the deep wild nature where His wonders are working … in His time … in His way. 

Sometimes, His Light reports back what we do not want to hear, and we want to turn away and run. And, He reaches in beckons us stronger, “Do not put Me out, My love. Keep me. Hold on tighter than ever. You’ll see”. 

Shine on in me, ChristLight. 

I trust You here. Yes, even here. 

Shine on. 
“O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

… open my ears to listen.”

Psalms‬ ‭40:5‬-6 NLT‬‬
Wake up. 

Shine on. 

Go. 
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August 22, 2017 boldness

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Good morning, BoldOne. 

Tell me, has the God who created you and placed you here for such a time as this delivered you? Ever? Has He ever opened a door for a miracle to walk through on your behalf? 

Of the 7 billion people on the planet your mom found your dad and had you – and generation upon generation the same thing happened to get your ancestors together so that you could be here now. All of it divinely orchestrated – because before the formation of the universe, your Maker had you in mind. Because, He knew the world needed the gift of your presence. That in itself is a miracle. 

You might not know or understand why you are here, but I guarantee – it’s a set up. You have been chosen. 

Ordained. 

Hand picked. 

Delivered to this day. 

Someone needs something that only you can offer. They need to know the Savior and the only way they can know Him is through you. 

You didn’t know it, but the God of the Angel Armies circled this date on His calendar for the miracle of “you” to move forward for His kingdom. Oh, yes, He did!!

God moves in you. 

He changes your motives and your motivation to align with His when you ask. He gives you His supernatural boldness to step out in huge leaps of faith. He allows you to recognize the miracles happening all around you. 

And, when you pray, He shakes souls to the core – moving them toward Him. Prayer disables the enemy’s plans against you as the hand of God does whatever He predestined to take place through you. Just like He did with Peter and John. 

Do not take that lightly. 

And, do not underestimate His plans for you. 
“But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts‬ ‭4:28-30‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Wake up. 

Pray and be shaken.

Take a leap of extreme faith. 

Go. 
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August 18, 2017 Friday fullness

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” Isaiah‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good Morning, Child of the King. 

Hymns and Hallelujahs. 

High and lofty, on His throne. 

Exalted. Exalted. 

There He is. 

Here He is. 

Filling every part of this heart. 

A fresh filling. 

Knitted in this heart high and lofty. 

Surrounded by angel armies. As deep as the eye can see. 

And, deeper still. 

They flow and sway in waves of worship. 

The very hem of His Holiness radiates light through and through. 

Live here, Lord. 

Allow every cell to burst alive with Your presence. 

You shift my inner world from smokey gray to seamless sky blue. Crystal presence. 

Presence. Presence. 

Fill this temple. Overflow. And, the temple of that one, too. That our eyes search for and see You. Adonai.  

Honoring and praising with emotions simply consumed as we witness You moving hearts in infinite swells to ever more of Your GLORY. 

Allow the symphony of the angel armies to carry me into the state of Your presence like gravity has fallen from the earth. 

King of Kings. 

Lord of my life. 

Let every ounce of my whole world be filled with Your GLORY. 

Wake up. 

Enter in. 

Go. 

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August 17, 2017 mismatch

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Good morning, WarriorHeart. 

Some mornings we wake to flying arrows. Then the dodge balls pick up steam as the clock ticks. Life-stuff … stuff that could make a best-selling novel, but it’d read too bizarre to be believable. Sound familiar? Life-stuff maneuvers us into the temptation to quit; get even and seek revenge; harbor bitterness; or to believe that doctor’s report and not even try. You didn’t pick the test. It came in and took over. 

Then, as if that isn’t enough, while you are navigating through these land mines of life, someone is sitting on the sidelines judging you. Where’d that even come from, you wonder?

Then … satan’s oldest trick in the book … we come to the conclusion that obviously we’ve failed God somewhere to get into this mess. You begin to wonder, “Maybe they’re right.”

That thought is a mismatch to the size of your Creator. 

That’s not the way Our Father works, DearOne. Those doubts and schemes are planted by the enemy. 

Before you fall into that trap, go to the promises of God Almighty, who adores you. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “…but God is faithful.” 

God knows your frame and He knows just how much you can bear. And, just when you feel you can’t face another day, He graciously extends a supernatural strength to withstand and overcome the obstacles and opposition life may bring. 

I can’t tell you how many times I just kept moving because God was faithful, even when I wasn’t. When I failed, when I disappointed Him, when I messed up, He still loved me. 

He loved me in my unfaithfulness. 

He loved me through disobedience. 

He wooed me back to Him. 

Believe me when I tell you everything has the potential to fail you, but God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore and His Word will come to pass in you if you allow Him your soul-space to work. 

Don’t panic. 

Don’t give in. 

God has already equipped you with everything you need to win.

Wake up. 

With everything in you, hold tight to “my God is faithful”. 

Go. 

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