January 22, 2018 refreshing and rare

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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.’ Psalms 139:23, 24

Mornin’ SweetOne!

You know … asking God for feedback on who you are is enlightening. Asking people for that feedback can be, too. It can also be daunting. We don’t enter great partnerships or leave bad ones … because we don’t trust ourselves. Oh, we want to feel comfortable, proud, confident in ourselves – but spend too much of the time in fear and worry, ashamed of who we are because we won’t measure up, or we think someone else did it better.

Beloved, stop it.

There are energy vampires trying to suck the Holy away from you all the time. Send them away and choose to love them from a distance.

You don’t need fixing, but, down low, on your knees, face it, your beliefs in who you are do!

Let the Almighty Father God have His way in your lack of self-confidence.

He knows the real you. I see it too.

Refreshing and rare.

You.

The one who walks through this day with beauty and heart and radiance that can’t be found anyplace else. You own it. Filled with ease, alive and moving in your own skin.

Wake up.

Hit your knees.

Claim your confidence.

statement – make your pledge of faith: 1) God is who He says He is,

2) God can do what He says He can do,

3) I am who God says I am,

4) I can do all things through Christ, and

5) God’s Word is alive and active in me.

Radiate.

Go!

January 18, 2018

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“Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:19, 20

Good morn,

I have my go-to gals that’ll stop, drop, and pray at any request. I smile in my heart when I think of them … mostly, because I know we have been divinely appointed to

this place,

this time …

each other …

together.

I call on them often. Yesterday, they petitioned with me … “hey, y’all … my niece is going through …”

and, they reacted strong and sure and confident in praying down courage and understanding and growth. Knowing God gives more than we need when we ask.

It’s all alright.

We’re together thru the daily grind and the daily victories.

It’s all alright.

We hold onto each other.

We comfort each other.

We pass tissues around and dry each other’s faces.

It’s all alright.

We hold candles for each other, til we all find our way to our knees.

Arms over shoulders, together.

Even across space and time and airwaves, arms reach around waists, holding hands.

We are band aids for one another, splints, and crutches.

A tribe of heart-wounded prayer warriors for one another. Appointed by the Almighty for such a time as this.

You are, too.

His love continues to find shelter in your heart and my heart – together bumping light into someone’s world.

Wake up.

Reach out to your praying people.

Go.

January 12, 2018 claim faith anyway

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Hey, Dearheart! Good morning!

I prayed recently for God to take me deeper into relationship with Him.

When you pray to go to the next level, you know what happens? Satan always schedules an enemy attack, have you noticed?

The enemy suddenly sends unwanted surprises — and darts come flying at us like we are a target! As you duck and swerve into defense mode you think, “gee whiz! I didn’t see that coming!”

But, what we see as an arrow meant to harm, God uses to take us deeper into the next level of faith. He doesn’t deal in problems; He deals in promises. Start praying His promises-by doing so, we ask Him and all His GLORY to step up our circle of influence,

inspire boldness,

inspire laser beam focus,

inspire creativity,

allow us to share Him in new ways.

Sometimes, faith will make you look silly. But, God loves impossible situations.

So, claim faith anyway.

No matter what obstacles come, here’s the deal:

when you go to Father with mustard seed faith, walls fall.

The bigger blessing awaits.

Going deeper is worth it. Wildest-dream-blessings worth it.

‘My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death.’ Philippians 1:20

Wake up.

Ask.

Do.

Go.

January 11, 2018 scatter kindness

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“When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.” Proverbs‬ ‭31:10-31‬ ‭MSG

Good morning, Dearheart.

Sometimes, when you look back at a misstep or two, you realize the timing wasn’t right, but your heart was. Any time a new season opens for you, a new job, relationship, project, no matter how much you have worked for it or wished for it, it always arrives with its own fresh set of issues. Problems. Hardness. Obstacles. Even the best seasons and adventures have obstacles to overcome.

Arise with expectation, BeautifulSoul.

Keep speaking kind words into the hurt people and hurt places.

There are parts of even some relationships in your life that you have built for good … that have been a gift … that have parts that cry out to be released from your grip and placed into the creative hands of the Almighty.

He calls for them.

He is the sculptor.

He sees your tears ,

He knows the brokenness of your heart.

Endless. Tired.

God calls.

He has a plan to gently rock the tender back into the life of the wholeness of your heart. On your behalf, He knows where to stand, where to growl, when to get down and dirty to get to the place of kindness where you both need the strength to give and need the strength to receive.

That is where the good works can be freed and can begin. Yes, that is where the longer reaches of love will leave the deepest footprints.

Let go of bones. Forget a little. Move on. Give your Creator space to call a fresh-wild breath into the hands and hearts of weary-worn places that still call for you to be kind and trust His power flowing through you … because you are a most loved child of the Most High God.

Wake up, kindly.

Love anyway, in kindness. No matter what.

Go.

January 9, 2018 big thing praying

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“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” Ephesians‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭NLT

Good morning, DearOne.

Have you noticed that when you bump up your prayer efforts when you’re going through a really hard time, making sure to pray about all manner of things, you will see all manner of answers? And, even if God is saying “not yet” regarding The Big Thing you’re asking for… He WILL say “yes” to other things. There is an order. And a process in which He works and delivers.

And when He does say “not yet”, then His “yeses” to other things will both reassure you and build your faith that He is hearing your prayer about The Big Thing, and in time He will move to bring resolution. You can trust Him here. Especially when what you are praying for is the hard stuff – where you have no control for the choices others make. Keep in mind – someone’s mental illness is not your mental illness.

-Their threats do not need to be your triggers;

-their choices are not your “I should’ve been more ___.”

Do this: As you pray, send them love, not suffering over their suffering. Send them light. Send them respect for the journey they have chosen — it’s not your journey. Their mistakes are part of their story, just as you own yours.

Not everyone is help-able. When you are “trying” to be of service to someone — from paying for groceries, to literally trying to save their life — you have to leave a lot of room for the Holy Spirit to move in them. (Get outta His way).

You cannot know what someone’s soul is choosing, or why. That is their choice and goes with their story. You don’t know. Let it go. It doesn’t belong to you.

You’ve got to know and continue to pray for what keeps you well … MORE than well —

strong,

vital,

lit up,

curious.

What you need for you and what others need from you is your light (not your guilt).

Wake up.

Send them love.

Go.

January 4, 2018 still Holy

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Good morning, God’s child.

Yesterday was a very rough day for families very dear to us. Three families experienced loss of the superior elders of their clans. The deaths were unrelated. Yet, heartache of loss has a reverb of sameness. And, have you noticed, in loss, we tend to hold on to every shred of memory? Perhaps it is a survival instinct. Perhaps, it is what fuels us to keep moving forward … fuels us to stand stronger in who we are, and who God is. Perhaps, holding on to the power of the Spirit that lived in them, we realize that God is still holy;

still all-powerful;

still good and kind and loving;

still eternal;

still omniscient;

still the Savior … whether we are ok with everything going on in our lives or not.

Through loss I’ve realized more and more over time, that I don’t have a right to pick and choose when I praised Him, because whether I have a good day or bad day, HE is still the same.

And, when we ask for answers to why suffering or pain happens, there is no guarantee that I will like what He says at first. But, I do guarantee that He gives HOPE along with His answer. His Word always brings hope!

Beloved, you can stand on His power even when you can’t stand on your own. He has promised, His grace is sufficient for you. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. As He raises His hand for the sun to rise this morning, as He calls in all creatures, the multitudes of beasts from places far away to swarm across the horizon and face the east and fill in a vast circle around their Creator, He is calling you to simply stand, too … to simply listen for the Spirit and sense Him from a place deep within, and know His ways. Just as the creatures of the earth trust Him. All things are in their proper order.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Wake up.

Stand.

Feel His Presence.

Go.

January 25, 2018 pray

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‘Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.’ 1 John 5:14

Mornin’, PrayerWarrior –

When we change the way we pray, we change everything.

Why do you think the disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray?”

Because, they saw our Jesus pray and they got it:

His. power. came. from. prayer.

They got it.

Miracles come from prayer.

That word is for you, too.

Something unique – a God thing – happens in the spiritual realm – when you pray, an alignment with Father God shifts into place, plunging deeper both ways … and, our awareness and answers heighten.

Prayer = proper alignment.

Pull out all the stops on prayer, DearOne. ‘Pulling out all the stops’ simply means do it.

Burdens get placed on your heart so you can take them right back to Him.

Parts and people and places for which we are thankful rise – and we say, “Awe, Father – thanks … that’s all from You.”

Does your heart ache in a burden for your situation?

For your people?

For your world?

You can make a difference if you want to change it.

Prayer time is the profound difference maker.

Get specific.

Write out your list.

Praise …

Confess …

Forgive …

Grateful …

Burdens …

Needs …

Pray.

Wake up.

List them.

Go.

( BTW-I’m praying for you)

January 24, 2018 new page

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“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

Gosh. I so love mornings, DearOne.

The offering up of a brand new start, free for the taking.

A gift.

No matter what yesterday or all the yesterday’s held, a fresh and open heart awaits to take us on the journey of a new day.

Ask any sold-out, God-loving professional or expert

or athlete

or wise old soul

or huge project manager

or dedicated foster parents

or elite performer …

how does success maintain a steady drum for you? They’ll tell you, they never take their expertise for granite.

Their senses stay awake. Building. Expecting. They pull out what worked from yesterday’s old material to use as a springboard for this new day. Then they give it all over to their Creator, allow Him to move in them, show them.

Your page is white and crisp and ready, DearHeart.

Today.

This minute. Clean slate.

Partner up with your Maker.

Then listen for new info.

Begin to tell your story in a fresh way.

Give the next kiss like it is your first kiss.

Sluff off old assumptions and plow right in. With gusto.

The enemy is trying to shut you down. But, you control any performance anxiety, and we all have it … so, work it in your favor to meet God’s best for you head-on. He is already there.

Wake up.

Accept your clean slate.

Go.

January 22, 2018 sincere

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Pray for rain, y’all; and good morning, BrightStar.

I forget. You forget this, too – you are so much more than you think you are. You can do so much more than you think you can.

“The Spirit of GOD, the Master, is on me because GOD anointed me.

He sent me to preach good news to the poor,

heal the heartbroken,

announce freedom to all captives,

pardon all prisoners.

GOD sent me to announce the year of his grace—

a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies—

and to comfort all who mourn,

to care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion,

give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,

messages of joy instead of news of doom,

a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.”

Isaiah 61:1-3 MSG

Step aside with me for a moment … step away from your Monday morning to-do list, DearOne. See yourself as a small child and watch yourself grow into who you are today. Give thanks for all the challenges you have overcome to get to this day. Feel the immense love of our Father who has raised you through every parched season. In sincerity, forgive yourself for your human faults and bad decisions. Allow space between your thoughts for growing … learning space … and space to notice that in forgiving the past you deeply feel your anointing by God Himself.

God Almighty.

God Most High.

God of the Universe.

The God who loves you.

The God who is for you and not against you.

Let His light cover you and empty you, and now refill you.

Bathe in His light for a moment. His light is your light. Open your eyes and see every part of your world brightened by His love passing across your heart.

Wake up.

You are so much more than you think you are.

Go.

January 16, 2017 send the blessing

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Good morning, BlessedOne,

You have been blessed by God Most High.

You.

Pass that blessing on to another.

Who comes to mind this morning? … who needs to be set apart for a blessing?

What project or activity or or journey is weighing heavy, calling, calling with need to be blessed?

We shrink in dread, choose to bless, instead.

Our people, our places, our things – they are sacred because we say they are. You choose what gets set apart. By setting apart those for a blessing, the solutions scale ramps way up.

Enter in to blessing mode –

you don’t have to be ordained,

or certified,

or licensed to do so.

Simply call on your Savior. He powers your light to drop in and reconnect life and hope in those places where apathy and aloofness and bummed have become the norm.

Bless your people,

your haters,

that software system,

road trip,

airplane,

porch.

Bless the payment you make,

the broom you push,

the air you get to breathe.

Bless your boss,

your brother,

your pastor,

deer,

quail,

that dog that barked all night.

Choose who and what. Make a face to face bridge in your mind, touch a photo, maybe trace a heart with your finger … or a feather … feel the light of Your Spirit going out from you and entering in. Holy. Divine.

I’m pointing my heart toward you now, leaning in – may everyone see His Light there, and like what they see.

Wake up. Deliver. Go

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” Ephesians 1:3