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.

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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.

Unfailing Love

rose after rain-online   The longer I live the easier it is to admit I make mistakes, and am grateful that God’s mercy are new every day. Per Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain.  My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
   A covenant is an agreement, contact, or promise usually between two or more parties for the performance of some action.  In this case the promise is between the Lord and us; the action being that God’s love will remain, it’s unfailing.
   I’m certain we’ve all experienced the hurt of someone leaving us due to conflict, death, moving, or other reason… but Jesus said he would never leave us, and others can’t make Him leave.    
   This doesn’t mean life is going to be problem free, it does mean He will be there with us during the hard times when others may leave us to suffer alone. It also doesn’t mean we will always feel his presence or that we cannot move away from Him. There’s the story of a couple riding in a car sitting close to each other, side by side as the husband drives, but eventually the space between them begins to grow wider until they are eventually sitting at opposite ends of the seat.  The wife longingly says to her husband she misses the time when they sat close together – side by side, to which the husband replies – I never changed where I was sitting.  
   Like our relationship with God, He never moves, He is right where he was, but for whatever reason, friends, busyness, job, etc, we moved away from him, quite possibly without intention or realizing it as it is happening. There’s good news, He is waiting for us to look His way; He’s saying hey – remember me, I still love you; I still want to be your friend. His love is unfailing.
   God still has good plans for us. Jeremiah 29:11 states – “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope”. I want that – don’t you?
   God paid a ransom to save us from the empty life we inherited from our ancestors. Do you feel a void inside?  It’s the shape of Jesus and He’s the only one who can fill it, stuffing it with anything else will not completely satisfy. Are you ready to walk in His unfailing love?   He’s looking our way.

Forever Faithful

Sunrise - mainYou are My love, the reason I gave My life. I am and will be, always faithful to you. When you are afraid look at Me, 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.

The Scepter

The scepter is extended, My throne room is open for you to come before Me as my beloved child. I will not reject or turn you away; I always have time for you.

Hand in Hand

hands heldHow I do love you, from the time I conceived you in My spirit until the time you came forth from your mothers’ womb, even unto this day – I have loved you with an everlasting love. You are My child, I have watched over you, sending angels on assignment for your benefit. I have seen every hurt, tear, pain, joy, and celebration – and been right there with you in them. I know all about you, everything you have done, and still love you. I am the quiet voice in the stillness calling you into a deeper relationship, to know me as I know you. My hand is out stretched – won’t you take it? There is still much life yet to be done – doing it hand in hand with Me is the best way to do it.

Draw Near

arms wide open - onlineDon’t be afraid to draw near to Me, I am not an angry God, a God of justice – yes, But I am also a God of love, mercy and grace. I have peace, I am peace. Come before me with boldness knowing that you come before a throne of grace and mercy; I will receive you, as a loving Father, into my presence.

Full Measure

river-krka-onlineMy love is not dependent on your circumstances; my love transcends the natural situations. My love comes from who I am and flows out to my children; there is no partiality in my love – I love each of you with a full measure.

Eyes Anew

Dove and feather As I sat on the deck swing having a little time of devotions a descending feather caught my eye; it was a long white beautiful feather catching the morning rays, illuminating it as it drifted in a slight morning breeze. The feather came to rest only a few feet from where I sat watching. I was amazed how small it was, then as I went to pick it up it was even smaller, perhaps an inch in length, more like a down feather, soft flexible with hardly anything to it.
   My first thought was, is this an example of heavenly blessings as they leave the Father – big and beautiful, a delight to behold and watch coming, but then we trivialize and minimize them so they are no longer the blessing the Father intended. Does it break His heart when we look upon His gifts with disregard or thanklessness?
   How often do I longingly look out at my small deck, yet rarely sit on it to enjoy the crisp morning air before the heat of the afternoon, or listen to the joyful chirps and twills of the birds as they greet the day, nor simply sit watch the grass grow and marvel at creation and the Creator. I want to see with eyes anew the wonder of creation, to enjoy everyday things and blessings He has given me to delight in.
   Lord, open the eyes of my heart to see the wonder of what you are doing in each new day; to simply pause and marvel at the works of your hand instead of blindly rushing past them to accomplish my agenda. May I never trivialize anything you have done, are doing, or will yet do. I want to be filled, like a little child, with a sense of awe at the works of your hands, for you alone are God and sit upon the throne of heaven. Help me to be still and know that you are God, to pause and reflect, to take hold and delight in you.
   My friend – what about you? What do you see? What are you taking delight in?
 “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires 
and secret petitions of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 AMPC