Category Archives: Farm

September 10, 2019 fills

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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

September 9, 2019 ever-present

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Monday’s bring a certain passage … a certain new beginning … a certain newness … prepare your heart so you are ready to hear Father God’s guidance.

Jesus told Nicodemus, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, but you cannot hear where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)

We are not called to live by human reason, Beloved. All that matters is obedience to God’s Word and his leading in our lives. If Father God says “go”, we’ll go. If He says “stay” we’ll stay.

When we are in His will, we are in the safest place in the world.

When I was a little girl, I saw God as a distant Mighty One who created everything. Now, after all these years of twists and tangles, Jesus has become my ever-present friend….with me all the time…an indescribable, everlasting companionship.

Wake up. Feel His constant presence. Go.

September 6, 2019 move

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Good morning, DearHeart.

There must be some kind of invisible clock in wildlife that tells them “Move around. It is September”. They have been active out here this week:

dove,

birds,

deer,

bobcat,

coyotes,

spiders weaving intricate webs.

I wonder, does the deer know how beautiful she is when she leaps?

Or, the coyote know the unique, haunting beauty of his sound when he joins in the song of the pack?

Is the hummingbird mesmerized by the buzzing of the snap of its wings?

Dearheart, learn from them. Each acts in its own God-breathed true nature….we, too are uniquely made. We have Holy permission to move into strengths the Creator has fit in us. No need to draw back from or hide our natural beauty.

Like the creatures, just as they are – we are just right.

‘Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)

Wake up.

Move around.

Go.

September 5, 2019 grinning

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Good morning, DearHeart.

The llamas in the field about 3 miles from my home make me grin every morning. How can you look at one and not grin? What kind of God thought up such a thing?! Even llamas have a purpose.

Your eyes opened this morning, therefore your purpose is real.

This is the day. THE day.

The one that has been assigned for you to receive

more light,

a new perspective,

a new smile … even in this ordinary day.

This day is delivering your incredible opportunity … simply because you opened your eyes and arose.

You will impact eternity.

You already have.

When you, in faith, ask Father God to release more of Him to you, to give you a higher dose of His Holy Spirit, when you ask Him to consume a greater portion of you to bring Him glory …

His grace pushes in.

His force strengthens beyond anything you could have imagined.

Your perspective impacts His ability to use you, even today.

“Give me more LIGHT, Father. No matter what, Lord – give me eyes to see the potential You are unlocking through me “

My precious friend, the Creator of the Universe will rewrite your bio. His DNA in you re-codes His image over yours. With everything in you, ask Him for your reset.

This is the day.

Do not underestimate His purpose in you and the impact of that purpose for His Kingdom.

‘Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. Ephesians 5:1

Wake up.

Be re-coded.

Go.

September 4, 2019 sit

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Sometimes, I just forget to get still and simply FEEL God … to feel loved by our Creator … held by God Most High. I know He is with me, but sometimes I fail to truly experience Him in my mundane.

“GOD said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.” Exodus 33:14 MSG

Pause. Set aside a moment and in your mind, see your Maker’s very bright light above your head.

Let His holiness wash down over you,

over your head,

your shoulders,

down your back,

arms,

and legs.

You are allowing His light to wash through every cell, every major organ of your body. His light holds you in safety as He releases

every hesitation,

every worry,

and every bitter expression.

He prepares your breaths for gratitude. He loosens up the darkest areas for release.

He created the universe from nothing-you can trust Him completely to give you all the energy you need to release the any harmful thought, or pattern, or habit. He allows you to bring the gift of gratitude, and forgiveness, and compassion, and joy home to your heart. Just sit with Him a moment. Let Him remind you He is with you every moment of this earthly journey. Gosh. He is so good to us.

Wake up.

Pause in His presence.

Go.

September 3, 2019 bullseye

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Good morning, DearHeart.

The other night I had the most bizarre dream that a mom-friend and I were staying in an abandon cabin south of Carnegie fighting dinosaurs. She had to leave to go get her son, so I stayed there and kept fighting. We were not scared, we were just fighting the dinosaurs like it was an everyday, normal process.

How bizarre is that?! And, why would I dream such a thing?! I woke Dale to tell him about it – he was not as amused as I was, haha!

God has been teaching me about dreams lately, but in the most unusual of ways. He is showing me we don’t start with the dream, we start with the Dream-Giver.

Picture a bullseye. 

In the center of the bullseye is God, and the assignments He has given us on a daily basis. For me, and for you, our jobs each and every day are the people and events right before us. It isn’t a mystery. There isn’t something to figure out. Who you serve and what you are “supposed” to be doing is right in front of you, with our God in the middle of it all. For me, that is my husband, my family, and the people that God continuously brings into life each day. For right now, there isn’t “something more” to discover. What I’m supposed to be doing, is what I’m already doing. “Stay the course”, He tells me.

The concentric circles, or outer circles, are what God is doing. Our hopes and dreams are in these circles. This is the place where we want to start because this is flashy and fun and glitzy to talk about. But this is not where we start. We start, in the bullseye.

God has shown me that I need to do a better job of discerning hard work from striving.

Motherhood is hard work, even when they’re grown.

Marriage is hard work.

Relationships are hard work.

Work is hard work.

Maintaining is hard work.

Some days, these are not the things I want to do because they are hard. Yet, they are the God given gifts and responsibilities that I have and ‘get’ to serve.

I get to be a wife.

I get to be a mom.

I get to go to a workplace and serve.

I get to do this work.

Staying in my bullseye with my Maker requires hard work, and I need to be ok with hard work.

Striving, on the other hand, is a struggle. It is what we do when we desperately try to bring something into fruition. Struggling looks like obsessions, distraction, and selfishness. Struggling is our attempt to do what only God can do. We struggle when we attempt to accomplish outer circle tasks on our own.

The outer circle with our hopes and dreams, like our inner bullseye target, is for and God alone. The outer circle is for Him to accomplish, or if He has already accomplished it, then it’s for Him to reveal to us in His own timing. We can’t hurry or rush or hustle enough to accomplish outer circle tasks. When we attempt to do this, though, that is called striving.

The opposite of striving, of course, is rest. And we rest most easily, in our bullseye.

“God wants us to be with Him before we do something for Him.” (Lysa TerKeurst)

All of us want to know who we are, what it is we are supposed to do with our life, and how to make this life count. But we can’t start with those things. We can’t start with us. We must start with the One who made us, and who will accomplish all of those things through us if we allow Him.

When we stay in our bullseye – in the knowledge of who God is and where He has placed us in this very moment in time – then we free ourselves from the impossible weight of trying to accomplish what isn’t ours to do. We return to our Creator and ask that He continue to remake us into the person He has made us to be.

Ephesians 2:10 says that we are “his workmanship.” So often the confusion and frustration that we feel in trying to discover “who we are,” though, is that we keep our eyes trained on ourselves. We will never discover who we are apart from Christ. When we start by learning who He is, though, we naturally start to discover who He made us to be.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 ESV

Wake up.

Stay in the bullseye with God Almighty.

Go.

August 30, 2019 kind

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I was listening to the news last night, several different stories where solutions were being sought and I was so bothered by the hostility of people being interviewed by reporters. It makes me wonder – what if, instead of accusations and hurling hate, they would choose to show support and understanding? Would the situations resolve themselves through eyes of compassion instead of escalate through words dripping with hate?

I may be jaded in my thinking, but it just seems to me that whatever we choose do from the soulful self that is saturated in the love of our Creator … well, it will help lighten the burdens of the world.

Anything. We really have no idea what the

smallest word,

the tiniest generosity,

a gentle whisper,

can cause to be set in motion.

For just this day, be outrageous in forgiving.

Set yourself in position to be dramatic in reconciling.

Mistakes? Back up and make them as right as you can, then move on. Be off the charts in kindness. In whatever you are called to, strive to be devoted to it in all aspects large and small.

In Acts 28 Paul’s kindness became contagious. Christ soaked kindness just may be the most dramatic gift you can ever give to the world.

Dramatic kindness.

Uncommon kindness.

Upon whom will you deliver kindness today?

“The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.” Acts 28:2 ESV

Wake up.

Be kind.

Go.

August 29, 2019 crazies

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Do you ever feel like, as a child of the Most High, you are a renegade? Here you are, breaking new ground . . . no longer commonplace – because there is nothing common about this great ride. Yet, you find yourself rolling your eyes to the heavens, saying “Really, God?” You either want to kick yourself or curl up into fetal position thinking you may melt into a puddle. The wild and wooly west can’t hold a candle to this patriot life . . .

no google maps,

no sign posts,

no Starbucks.

On this holy roller coaster, you’re so off the map that GPS can’t even find you. And, then, if that’s not enough, in walks the angry antagonist who’s rush and thrill in life is to create a three ring circus of chaos every time you turn around.

Just be reminded … Jesus dealt with nutcases … narcissistic personality disorders, manic slanderers who held no remorse for their ugliness, their lies, and probably didn’t even feel a guilty conscience.

They murdered Him, mentally & physically, yet through the process, He was renewed.

There are times when all you can see is a darkness. You feel alone and naked and empty here. But, deep down, you know this – you have a Savior who never lets you go.

The world can dish out dirty games and nasty noises. But, you know a Place, you know a Voice, and, here you finally hear the genius of your Creator. Stay the course. Open to every nuance of your Father’s guiding heart, and you will find every curve of the road is leading you into renewal. Every blade of grass knows your step. He has directed every bit of sky to whisper His name to you, your personal Guide. This renewal of the Almighty God in you is as mysterious as it is brilliant. Brilliant Love is drawing you closer into Him, moving you forward, rooting for you … He has invested His life into you to bring about His glory through your every move. Mmm. Take that thought in a moment. You have been chosen for this. Critical conversations are designed for your good under God’s divine guidance.

There is a Holy scent to follow.

Every bird is singing something necessary to you. The wind blows to push you in the right direction, while the rain soaks you in Holy water. You are in His favor, Love. The moments you get to realize this are worth an entire lifetime, because the Holy Spirit speaks through you to be heard by ears that need Him. Everything is in your favor as long as your heart is set to learn Him, learn His ways. Really, it’s one thing to be alive… it is a whole other level to rise from the crazies, renewed in holiness.

“But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language….

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”

Colossians 3:8, 10 NLT

Wake up.

Rise.

Renew.

Go.

August 28, 2019 called

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“The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” Acts 8:29 (NLT)

Good morning, DearHeart.

Is God giving you a sign? Maybe a directive that makes no sense? Maybe even a simple command, a simple direction like he did Philip? Notice that Philip obeyed and seized the opportunity to share his faith with the eunich. But, first Philip had to receive directions from the Lord and follow through on what he had been told.

It was probably not an accident for the eunich to be found reading from a scroll of Isaiah. Through the reading of those very Scriptures, God was preparing his heart to hear from Philip of the very fulfillment of those Scriptures through Christ.

Philip could not have realized, even in the moment of his obedience, how he would be used in the life of this man. He probably found it odd to be told to do such a thing. Who would just approach and walk alongside a carriage carrying a royal official surrounded by servants.

Who would just step out in blind obedience like that unless they were paying attention to the voice of their Creator as He pulled on Philips heart. And, found Philip’s heart willing to follow through even though the whole plan wasn’t known or revealed.

Philip only knew that God called him to act. He knew God’s Grace would be sufficient no matter what may come. So, he followed the call.

The Holy Spirit instructed him to go and walk alongside that particular chariot and stay with it. Keep on walking with him. He didn’t have to know what might come next. He just followed the call for that day.

There are times we are led to do something beyond our understanding. We want to know all the details and figure out how it will work out. We want to know the plan in its entirety.

Often the Lord gives us just enough information to take the first step, then the second, and then another. In our obedience, He gives us His plan, piece by piece.

As we live each day by the guidance of God,

He lets us know where, and when, and what we are to do.

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:25, NLT)

Wake up.

God’s got a plan.

Follow, steady on.

Go.

August 27, 2019 tools

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Good morning, DearHeart,

I was talking to a friend recently who commented, “there comes a time we have to put down the rocks and pick up the tools.”

That was a God-given, God-sized directive meant for me. And, I heard it loud and clear.

When have you transformed your chaos into wisdom? Isn’t it simply a God-sized miracle that He gave us the capacity to hear His whisper through a friend? And, we have received the gift to choose His life-affirming ways?

Gratitude.

Compassion.

Love.

All are His triggers for the release of His tremendous power that stills the storms and readies us to send His light right back out into a needy heart.

The love of the Most High God is the most powerful force in creation, and His very tools, like His nature, are woven into the children that He calls His own.

You have His tools.

With them we gain new meaning to the things that hurt us most and empower us to move on – beyond our judgements of whatever trial life hands out.

The key is simple, isn’t it? Yes, … it is the ancient power of blessing the chaos to enter into the Wise place.

“Then you called out to GOD in your desperate condition; He got you out in the nick of time. He quieted the wind down to a whisper, put a muzzle on all the big waves. And you were so glad when the storm died down, and He led you safely back to harbor. So thank GOD for his marvelous love, for His miracle mercy to the children He loves.” Psalm 107:28-30 MSG

Wake up.

Bless it.

Bless the chaos.

Go.