Monthly Archives: September 2018

September 17, 2018 sharing

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Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord: (Psalm 102:18 NIV)

Let me ask you- who are you pouring into? As God’s son/girl, you have a responsibility to share your story of our Creator’s work in you.

Those black days that He led you thru and those victory journeys were not meant to be slid under a rug. Dearheart, you have a responsibility. Whether you are 9 or 99, you must hold on to what you have learned, not turn away, but speak out for all that you stand for. When you come thru firestorms and tests and thrillrides with God Most High, you may appear unchanged on the outward side; but inwardly, you must stake claim on the wild lesson of the Spirit – it is not tame, it must be released – must be shared. You and I must speak out for what we stand for.

Future generations are relying on us.

Wake up.

Boldly share.

Go.

September 14, 2018 stripping away

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Dale and I are going through a new season. I thought empty nesting would be like the honeymoon years all over again. But, we know far too much about us, are far too invested in us, and know that this stripping away feeling will pass and finding our legs again will come. And, we’ve been through worse together, so he knows to just stay close. I didn’t think I’d be one of those moms that the slower pace and quiet rooms would get too me. There’ve been times in the past few years that I actually looked forward to having our own schedules.

Ha. Oops.

What was I thinking?

Idiot-girl.

But, every experience of a stripping away we’ve weathered has landed us in a new place. A more trusting place where we again know that God’s ways are right.

And, we believe boldly, with full faith, that God has a plan.

There are times when, like Job, He may allow a series of difficult days to happen in your life to get you through to His new place for you.

There may be times He sends a giant for you to kill like He did for David, so you can become king. He’s ready to promote you so you can see more of Him, but sometimes there has to be a dying first.

But the truth of God’s Word is this:

Even if you have to endure a painful season, God will work it out for your good and use it for His Kingdom. You are a powerful weapon, with a powerful purpose for Him. And, He will reveal more of His GLORY to you in the process.

Therefore, there’s no reason to fear; even the hardest things will elevate you to a new level in Christ and bring you further into your destiny. It’s true, every time, because He promised.

Wake up.

Stay faithful in the new place.

God’s got a plan.

Go.

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

…A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6-7 NLT

September 10, 2018 transitions

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Have you ever felt like you’re just surviving? Just barely making it through?

I’ve felt that way many times. And, I have wondered: When I’m just surviving, is God still paying attention to me? If I don’t feel much of anything and get discouraged does God get angry?

Do you wonder if your Maker is rolling His Holy eyes in disgust until you pull yourself together again?

That’s the treatment I used to feel like I deserved from God. And every time I have struggled with discouragement or just being down, I have known that those feelings weren’t God’s plan for me. But there have been times when I haven’t had the courage to fight anymore. Or, even just put one foot in front of the other.

It was during one of those dark hours that the Lord spoke this Scripture to me:

“Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God” (Isaiah 50:10).

This is a beautiful verse.

-God is acknowledging that you respect Him.

-He is acknowledging that you hear His voice.

-and, He has noticed that you are in a dark place.

“Walking in darkness and having no light” could mean any number of things to you:

-Maybe you are in a place of transition, and not sure what direction to take.

-Maybe you’re tired. Discouraged.

-Maybe you don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

If any of these hit home, then God is speaking to you.

He has more to say, though:

“Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.”

God knows where you are when you’re just surviving. But His Word to you is this:

“Trust Me.

Trust in My Name.

I Am Jehovah Rohi, your Shepherd.

I Am Jehovah Jireh, your Provider.

I Am.

And, just because I Am–because I still exist and have not changed, I will come through for you.

Rely upon Me.

I will never fail you or let you down.“

God will be faithful to you.

Charles Spurgeon, said in his sermon “When a Preacher is Downcast”:

‘Fits of depression come over the most of us. …  The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy.’

I love that; don’t you?

Should we be happy? Yes; and God will continue to grow you in happiness and joy as you walk with Him. But, if you’re not happy right now, He still knows you by name. He know where you are. He has not cast you aside. He is mindful of you. And, He wants you to know He will come through for you. You are being prepped for His next place for you.

Wake up.

Tell God about your dark place.

Trust Him to answer.

Go.