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.

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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

Unique and Valuable

You are My child, one I loved from the beginning of time. Your value is not what others say – your value is what I say. I say you are perfect in every way, created in My image; you are precious, very valuable and unique. Your uniqueness adds to your value, you bring something to your family and world no one else has to offer. Celebrate your differences and don’t try to be a duplicate of someone else. Learn from others but remain uniquely you, there is a much needed place for you in this time and place you are in. Go love with My love, even the un-lovable.

Love Them

Heart sculpture - onlineLove…wear it on your sleeve, don’t worry about your heart – I will protect it. The world is looking for love, many in the wrong places as they do not find it in the right ones. Love…love them with My love, love as I love, there is nothing greater or more powerful than love, it breaks down walls and melts hardened stony hearts; Love…it’s what My kingdom is made of. Don’t just say you love…show it; express it with your face, actions, and thoughts. Love…it’s what the world needs and desires, love is who I am, what I am…let it be the same with you.

Let’s Talk

What are you contemplating, what things are on your mind? Bring them to Me, let us reason together, I will share My thoughts with you, reveal some things you are unaware of so you can make the best informed decisions. I will share My plans and desires for you but ultimately the decision is yours with the free will to choose; choose wisely, I desire the best for you, the path of blessings not curses, I desire for you to prosper even as your soul prospers. I love you, my child; as a good Father I watch over you, with open arms I welcome you into where I am. Come, come let us sit together for a while and talk heart to heart.

Lamp

My word is a lamp unto your feet, don’t leave it behind as you run your race in life – lest you stumble or lose your way. Think upon Me continually and pray without ceasing, let your spirit be always open to hear the sound of My voice, ready to receive My instruction, guidance, and My love – for love is the game changer in life; receive My love and freely give it away, leave your world, your realm of influence, a better place than when you discovered it. Tend the lamp that it doesn’t grow dim or go out, so that you do not stumble in the dark or lose your way; as you tend it let it grow brighter and the way become more clear.

The Big C

 100_7541.jpg I’ve heard people refer to cancer as the big “C” instead of calling it cancer, others would say the word quietly, or state “we don’t say that word”. In my book cancer is the little “c” and Christ is the big “C”.
   I find it interesting that Christ and cancer can both dramatically change a life; both words are hated but thankfully cancer more than Christ. Yet some accept you more readily if you have cancer instead of Christ in your life. With cancer you may die once but without Christ there is a second death far worse.
   When the doctor walks into the room with books in hand you know the report is not good. No one likes to hear they have cancer, which has now knocked once more on our door. The doctor visits can have more ups and downs, twist and turns, than the wildest roller coaster ride. Doctors in giving comfort say if you’re going to have any type of cancer this is the best type to have, then give a report that it is aggressive and too advanced for surgery, then continue to eliminate the treatment options leaving you with one – but that they are certain it will be successful. They may say there is only one option but I say they haven’t met my God yet.
   When we have a bad report or devastating circumstances in life some tend to keep it under wraps due to fear, shame, embarrassment, or variety of other reasons. The enemy wants nothing more than to keep us silent, tormented and defeated. When there is a battle to be won do we really want to fight it alone instead of having others on our side to support, pray, encourage, and hold us up when necessary?  Looking at biblical examples Moses had help holding up his arms while the battle raged on; Jesus took his disciples to the garden in his anguishing hours, He told Peter, John and James, to stay awake and pray. Ecclesiastes says two people are better off than one… If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. We were not meant to face life alone.
   Whether it is cancer, betrayed by a spouse, loss of a job, or some other life altering situation – don’t give ear to the enemy – THERE IS HOPE, it is found in Jesus Christ. In troubling times we can’t lean on our own understanding, especially when we have no paradigm grid for what we have not been through before. When we do not know what the future holds we can, and need to, trust in the One who does. His word will be a lamp unto our feet and give comfort as we trust Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge Him and let Him direct our path.

Where I Am

white flower - SherrySee where I am – join Me. See where I am going – come with Me. See what I have – it’s for you. I have thought of you from the beginning of time, always desiring an intimate relationship with you. Come, let us journey together through life and one day into eternity.