Monthly Archives: July 2018

July 18, 2018 ridges

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‘Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.’ (Luke 24:45 HCSB)

Hello, BlessedOne,

Our youth are full-in at Falls Creek – lives are changing. Hearts are softening and opening. There’s nothing like watching the face of another when the lights come on … except, perhaps, feeling the lights come on within me. There’s no mystic magic, no angel bait that has been spread all around – just the simplest prayer, “Holy Spirit, reveal your truth to me.”

The request places you and me into a kinship with His Word – He assists us to a brand new understanding with even the most familiar old verses … as if we are inside them, rather than as though they are outside of us. The simpleness of “help me, Lord” slides open a window where we can enter into inner hearing.

Listen now, to the God of guidance. Listen with soul-hearing. Listen, and He sews His wisdom by relaying impulses from His knowledge into the fibers of your muscles. Feel Him melting the clouds and leveling the ridges.

Wake up.

Breathe Him in through His Word.

Go.

July 17, 2018 release the critic

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“You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.” Psalms 77:14 NKJV

Good morning, Dearheart.

Have you taken time yet this morning to witness the light that is around you? To separate yourself from your to-do list and soak in the majesty of your Maker? I look at my loves and those closest to my heart this morning and

one-by-one,

soul-by-soul,

I call in praise to our Creator, God Most High …

oh, the work He is doing in their hearts – in their hours. Like a fine architect, I see His hand; He is building and building and building.

Wonders.

And, miracles.

And, strength through the trials and the through their pursuit to do His will.

Awe, my Lord.

To Him all the glory as His ways are right. My heart sings fresh!

Look around you. See that one in the corner. Witness him reconnecting, and realigning – though the storms tossed him about … now, he is back … bear witness to his Light.

Mmm.

My God does wonders like that. Take notice, Beloved.

Wake up.

See His wonders, alive and active in your loves.

Go.

July 16, 2018 campers

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‘In all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!’ (Romans 8:37-39 HCSB)

Good morning CalledOne,

CourageousOne, ChangedOne,

It takes courage, DearHeart, to get to know your soul; have you noticed? And, even more courage to nod, inviting the Most High to enter into your minutes.

Our youth are leaving for Falls Creek this morn. They are stepping into an experience of being saturated by the Holy Spirit and my heart can hardly contain the joy!

Taking a step beyond the flesh-of-the-day garb is not normal. The enemy will throw darts at every step; like our campers, you and I must be prepared. Satan knows he can’t compete with the power of your Maker.

Not even close.

The more you get to know your soul – and engage the Authority of El Elyon, the God of Perfect Control, the more you engage His POWER in your life and live in His AUTHORITY. At every “yes, Lord”, The Divine Himself wraps you up and pulls you deeper into Him.

DearOne, let this saturate your cells a moment:

once you are conscious of your SOUL,

you

are

likely

to

be

called.

It’s not all lollipops and rainbows. Answering His call will take you to both intensely light and intensely dark places. He will take you anywhere you need to go …

again,

and again,

and again,

in order to meet Him in intimacy.

The journey will take you through every kind of emotion there is. And, you will be left hungry for more of Him.

His ways are perfect.

His ways are right.

He is FOR you.

Wake up.

Agree to your soul-journey.

Begin.

Go.

July 13, 2018 big game

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Hey, ShiningStar!

I love ‘rise to the occasion’ kind of days! They prove that what you were born for is REAL! Your Maker has assigned a host of beings in the heavenlies to celebrate your arrival to “big game” days. The choice on where your mind floods your focus matters today – so here is what you do:

-rock your world with discipline to stay in the moment,

-from breath to breath brace your calm … brace down into the earth, unmoved, like a boulder, ready to spring into action in a split second.

-your fueled passion kicks in one beat at a time. Let the Holy Spirit set your beat-to-beat fighting rhythm. Rise out from being swept away by the stupidity of surface emotions. Stay in the rhythm.

It’s days like this, moments full of color you can’t describe – full of lift and strength … that your passion kicks in with a low hum.

Yes, the fire you were born for is real.

BAM! He is your Power Surge. Every breakthrough victory leads to your bliss.

Isn’t every day big-game day?

Buckle down.

Rise up.

Go.

‘But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.’ (James 1:6 HCSB)

July 12, 2018 sit

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‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord my rock and my Redeemer.’ Psalm 19:14

Good morning, DearOne.

You know, I think one of the most crucial steps to restoring your daily faith is simply getting still enough to claim the MAJESTY of our Creator.

No matter what pulls and tugs to distract you – start now.

Sit in his presence a moment. Reach beyond the abuse of the to-do list,

beyond the “other people’s expectations”,

beyond the uncontrollables.

Sit in his presence a moment.

Set in your desire to

know Him more.

Feel Him more.

Praise Him more.

He is with you.

He has picked up your morning praise.

Picked up your requests.

Picked up the golden thread that holds you secure and weaves your desires into your miracles.

Thank Him.

Sit in his presence a moment.

Set Him in …

to every part of the words you’ll speak today,

every movement,

every behavior.

Recite thank you’s for His guidance and for keeping your energy and your desires open and ready to receive His miracles.

Wake up.

Sit in his presence a moment.

Go.

July 11, 2018 stillness

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‘He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still! ” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 HCSB)

Be still SweetSoul!

What are you telling your rioting thoughts? Are you letting them run loose, Dearheart?

God Almighty has a take-control plan for that. But, first you have to be in agreement with Father God that you will trust Him in the wild and wooly spaces.

You see – faith can’t be inherited.

It can’t be rationalized.

It is highly simple.

It comes from experience of close encounters with Jesus in our own ways – through our own stuff.

Those wild and wooly, helter-shelter, disabling thoughts transform us by your choice to put your faith in action. Your choice. Partner up with the Most High and cover each one with the best-outcome your faith can muster.

You’ll gain new eyes.

You’ll gain a willing mind.

You’ll gain a heart hungrier than ever to stay right there, in His presence.

As the Creator’s masterpiece, you have the adventure of accepting yourself as a bundle of possibilities – riding the most interesting game on the planet: making the most of your best parts. And, you have the power of faith in Him to bolster you.

Choose to make this day faith-filled.

Wake up.

Be still.

Silence yourself and ease into faith.

Go.

July 10, 2018 restore

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‘But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind.’ (Job 12:7-10 HCSB)Good morning, DearHeart. Three years ago our Bryan was on a summer internship in Alaska. It was a curious time of loss for all of us. Nothing can compare one for losing a parent, and we had just lost Dale’s dad a few days before Bryan left. We also lost a lifestyle where every daily plan included planning for Poppy, too. We were empty and totally spent. Dale, Dani, and I put Bry on a plane to the Alaskan wilderness where he would have stretches of weeks with zero contact outside of his work crew. Every heart unsettled. Every territory was new. But, God … God heightened our growing season that summer through nature … Isn’t the Most High amazing(?!), to have given the gift of weaving hearts together with nature, no matter the space between us and the wild? In loss and in change emotions can get radical – tempers high, and edgy guards up … even in those places … especially in those places, God Most High makes trails into uncommonly peaceful spaces. I’m listening to my rowdy morning bird tree, just off my front porch – God’s wild nature is all around. I remember noticing it for the first time during the summer Bry was gone. I noticed every creature that summer in a new light … birds, squirrels, coyotes, fish, deer – they are just beyond. They carry an instinct that makes them fully aware, fully all-knowing of our presence. They stand with us, completely grounded, feet on the earth with their Spirit linked into the Holy One. Nature plays with our sense of wonderment, doesn’t it? In its giant-ness, if we get still enough to notice, we spin down into its vast rivers of peace like DNA spirals reaching deep within until we combust with the Creator’s glory like Roman candles. The Lord God Almighty, -always providing,-delivering balance in the extreme,-He filled my soul then, He fills my soul now. I’ve never heard nature the same way since. He provided the peace I needed in a way I could hear Him. Still does. From some seasons and some losses, we never fully recover, we simply learn to rely fully on our Maker. He restores my soul. Wake up. Hear His balance. Restore. Go.

July 9, 2018 urgent vs calm

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‘Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you.’ 1 Chronicles 28:20 Good morning, DearOne. When we pull into the drive after being away my heart-agenda shifts. A different kind of calm sets in. And, a different urgency. Here is where my highest calling stays in motion. Is your agenda a calm vs urgency, too? Perhaps they work together – Listen. When your agenda shifts and you’re suddenly pulled into the breath of a windstorm – can you hear calm in the Voice of Holy Thunder in the distance? Three are times the job seems agonizing and the work too huge for someone like you. You do not know why, but you are back again, at that place that calls for your help, your hands, your feet, your heart — for the rest of your life. Your bones whisper with His Spirit. You know how He moves. We’ve learned to take our spiritual understandings with both, a dose of serious and a dose of good humor – that He would assign someone like you or me to such a task. Ha. That He would gift us in such a way as to do this work. Really? Yes, really. He has. He did. He expects. And, strong grace is your gift as you work in light of the guidance of your Creator. Wake up. Notice calm in the urgent. Go.

July 2, 2018 surface

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Good morning, DearHeart.

The other night, just past sunset, our granddaughter, Liv, who will be 2 in August, kept looking over mother’s shoulder out the window. Holly and I turned several times to see what she saw, and we saw nothing.

“Is it Baron (Rottweiler)? Is Baron out there?” We looked again. He was not.

Maybe it is her reflection? But, she wasn’t at an angle where she could see herself.

Maybe it is an angel.

The soul of a child stays close to the surface. Have you ever noticed the look of aged wisdom in a child’s expression? They are not afraid to venture into the deepest emotion of the moment – into the deeper landscapes of their heart … and bring them to the surface. They are still at home in the realm of the soul where they are all the wiser for confronting every emotion in the moment – where their angels help them evolve and relate from the deep … they are not afraid to allow the angels, who are on assignment by the command of the Most High God, to enter and walk them through the doors of change and transformation.

Perhaps in childlike wisdom, your call today is to release the hardened numbness that life has grown in you. Perhaps, like our sweet baby Liv, your call is to trust the hand of your assigned angel who is reaching out to walk you through your transformational journey.

I’m praying for childlike trust in you and me.

“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” Matthew 18:10 NLT