Human Kindness

  Lizard Buddies As the Camp Fire in neighboring Butte County ravage everything in its sight leaving a path of destruction and countless individuals fleeing for their lives, a Friend couldn’t sit by as evacuees drove past our church. He wanted to fix them breakfast and headed to the church with a griddle and pancake mix in hand; another friend and I signed on bringing the oatmeal. We changed the marque to invite evacuees to breakfast; giving them a chance to catch their breath, receive comfort and prayer before pushing on; that was the beginning of an adventure in operating an evacuation shelter. Continue reading

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What Will We Hear

Sherry - purple online   “I am looking for those with open ears and hearts willing to hear what I have to say, to take my words to heart and run with them as their own; for those who are yielded in spirit and truth, desiring clean hands and hearts and to live a life of holiness [not perfection]; for one who is surrendered and dedicated to me. Are you one? Do you know where others are? Take My message to like minded ones, stoke the fires of passion burning for righteousness, fan the flames, open the doors of the heart that a fresh breath of heaven can enter unhindered. Today is the day of revival in individual lives for those that welcome Me with sincerity. I have longed for this day of open invitation, I will dine with those who invite me in and make My ways known to them, to give them greater insight of what has been considered the mysteries of heaven. Those who have eyes to see – let them see, those with ears hungering to hear – let them hear, those with a mind set on understanding – let them understand. Those who desire the way, truth, and life – let them come to Me – they will find it.”

Still True

Heart leavesI love you, always have – always will. I know I said it before and it is still true; receive it as truth, not just as a head knowledge but as a heart one. That this truth be an inseparable part of you being, that no matter what life throws at you My love for you is never in question. When the enemy whispers a doubt you will with all boldness and confidence declare “this one thing I know is true – God loves me, always  has – always will. Satan take your lies and get away from me”

Give It A Try

Time with Me is well spent. When you rush around doing all sorts of things, without any focus on Me, it wears you down. When you spend time with Me you rejuvenate, gain focus, and can handle the stressors in life easier. I’m a joy giver – not a joy robber, I give peace to the weary, I am like a cool drink on a hot day; try spending more time with Me and see if life doesn’t go better for you, not that the things to do will change but how you feel in and after them will. Come with an open mind and give it a try.

Forever Faithful

 armour-onlineEver have those days or even seasons when life is tough, when you’re not certain you can go on or take another step; when hope begins to fade and in the dark with eyes cast heavenward, you cry out “I can’t do it alone!”
   Sitting there in silence, with all will to fight ebbing away, with the dark pit of despair once distant now inching ominously closer when suddenly – you have a feeling you are not alone. You have a sense someone is speaking and begin to focus on the sound, tuning in your ears you  begin to hear a gentle comforting voice…
“You are My love, the reason I gave my life. I am and will always be faithful to you. Look to me when you are afraid, downcast, or in distress, I am right beside you, move closer under the shelter of my wings; hear my heart – it beats with love and care for you. Let me be your strength when you are weak; I will lift you up to stand and take each step with you. I am forever faithful, not just today but every day, not just in this moment but in every moment.”
   It is heartwarming to hear His voice and know he sees us and hears our cries. Our tears are liquid words which he understands completely. He doesn’t just tell us he is faithful in His word, but wants us to know personally He is right there with us daily; He is not just offering, but desiring, to do life with us, every moment of everyday; not just in the difficult times to share our tears and sorrow and give comfort, but also in the joyful celebrations as well. He is a God for all times, seasons, and eternity.
   What we do with His offer is up to us. He wants us to open the door and invite him in. The door we keep closed in order to avoid hurt and protect ourselves, can also be keeping the Lord, our help, on the other side as well. He desires to come in and dine with us (Rev. 3:20). What happens when we dine with someone who loves us? Perhaps build a deeper relationship; share about our day, concerns, and joys; receive encouragement and support; or know that we are not alone in what we face.
   What shall we do with His offer? Will we let him in to dine with us; to do life together? Shall we be still and know He is God and tune our ears to His voice, for He is – forever faithful.

Always Have – Always Will

I love you, always have – always will; that is the most important thing for you to know. When you really grasp the enormity of what My love entails, for it covers every part of your life, all else will have less impact. I am there with you in the joyful celebrations, I am a present help in times of trouble, and when doing daily life.

Life and Fulfillment

Orange HibYou are Mine, from the day I formed you I wanted a relationship with you. I rejoiced the day you said yes to my invitation; it has not always been a steadfast relationship – your feet wandered but they returned wholeheartedly to Me. I know the desire of your heart is for me, I see your pursuit to know Me in deep ways, I know I can trust you on an increasing level; continuously stir up the desire and fan the flames of passion – keeping your eyes focused. The life and fulfillment you want is found in your pursuit of Me. Don’t worry about the enemy’s plans – focus on mine, don’t buy into his lies – receive and hold onto my truth and your days will prosper. There is a bubble over you that grows thicker with each encounter with Me. The adversary is scared of Who you carry and will try to slip you up, beware of his ways, guard your heart while you rest in Me; he has already been defeated, the power and authority you need to enforce your position as the victor comes from a life lived with Me. Do not give him any authority I took away and gave to you, you are my heir – a child of promise and purpose. I have good plans for you; these coming years will be your greater years, the more you seek is coming as you stay open to Me.

Focus On Me

peeking sun 2 - RitaAs you pause to focus on Me I become more clear, My ways not as mysterious; your heart begins to understand Mine, there is a deeper spirit communication that transcends mere words. I want to be known not as a myth or fairy-tale but as the Living God – I Am. As you explore My word and seek my face I will become more real to you than your own breath; let Me breathe upon you, don’t be shy or afraid, in Me and My presence is what you have been longing for. Be still and know that I am who I say I am.

My Likeness

simply-pray-1316920-640x480I know you are not where you want to be, you strive for righteousness and to walk in the fruit of the Spirit; yet trying times show that you miss the mark, the high bar you strive for. I admire your aim and encourage you to keep pressing towards it. I don’t condemn your failures; I know right where you are at and love you right there. I’m also your supporter as you dust yourself off and continue pressing forward letting Holy Spirit do a work in you, transforming you more and more into My likeness.

Because You Live

Because you live, my Lord, I can face tomorrow, all fear is gone, joy is mine, life is worth living, my future is bright, in today I take delight; all because of You.