Category Archives: Encouragement

Invitation to Freedom

23621364_10212631202127447_5913033803280976148_nSome words I feel the Lord is giving me are not as easy to release as others. I contemplated this one for a while this morning. For me it is a good reminder that I am not responsible to carry all the burdens of the world or to pick up other people’s offenses. It certainly doesn’t mean I don’t care for the individual or the situation, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be tempted to pick them up to begin with; I for one have enough cares of my own that I need the Lord’s help with that I don’t need to take on what is not mine to carry. I hope and trust this is an encouragement to someone else as well.

The invitation has been given – come. Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest as you allow Me to carry the heavy burdens you weren’t meant to carry. There is no need to pick up burdens and carry offenses that are not yours, leave them alone, they weigh you down and serve no purpose for you; they rob you of your own peace and joy, let the one responsible for them carry their own and deal (work through) with Me regarding them. Sometimes love means saying no and letting them face their issues being dependent on Me – not you; then you will be free to love, encourage, and support them from a different (higher) perspective as you are not bent over, looking down, under the weight of their problems.

As I contemplated today being garbage pickup day (in my city) what better time than today to release any garbage (burdens/offenses) laying around that will foul the air in our life (physically or spiritually). The adversary would like us to hold onto stuff and let it ferment – souring relationships and lives; let’s toss him (adversary) out with the garbage today and breathe in a breath of fresh air.

 Grace and Peace to you,

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Go

JoAnn beachYou do not need to fear what is ahead; fear is from the enemy to try and stop you. My word is go, but don’t go it alone – take Me with you. I know the way, the pitfalls, and undertows, I will guide you through.

Never Quit

rita fall sunsetThose with listening ears continually seeking to hear will hear. Those knocking will have a door opened. Never quit praying for or pursuing what I have laid on your heart or promised you in My word. The faithful shall see My faithfulness in the fullness of time.

Hope

peeking Sun - RitaDo not fear the storms (difficult times), I know the clouds look black and threatening; let My love and peace fill you in turbulent times, and at all times, so you can face the storms of life with strength and power, and soundness of mind – which will allow you to be a beacon of hope and encouragement to others. Some things are lost in the storms while other are brought forth but not seen until the storm is past. Keep your eyes on Me and your hope alive.

Why Worry

howeth hawaiian sunsetMy child, my child, you worry about many things. Why? Do you not know I am for you, that I am on your side? Bring all your cares and burdens to me then stand back and see what I will do. As you trust in Me and your faith rises, notice the peace that begins to fill you, how the overwhelming circumstances now appear different and you see them in a different light – from a new perspective. When you trust Me with your cares and burdens sometimes the circumstances change, other times your viewpoint changes; either way the heaviness and fear that once bound you loses its grip.

Joy and Strength

Souza flower 4I am your joy and your strength. They come from knowing Me and being in fellowship, a deep communion, with Me. I invite you to know Me more intimately, to know My heart, to understand My ways. To know who you are through My eyes, to see yourself as I do – through my eyes of love for you. You were not just an afterthought or mistake, but one I thought extensively about before your being was formed; I took delight in you then and I still do today. You were no accident, I desired you and planned for you and wanted to have a relationship with you, then and now; come – let knowing Me and My love for you be your source of joy and strength.

Who Will Speak

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have much to say as the time draws near. I am calling all to Me, those that are mine that none be lost for lack of hearing.  I need faithful witnesses in this hour, those who will proclaim the good news. Those who will speak in the opposite spirit than that which is prevalent in the airways, those who will release hope, love, unity, peace, and Me. Words that will encourage the church to stand fast, to be strong and courageous, to not faint as the hour grows near. I’m not yet done calling my people home, but how will they hear unless someone speaks? Your words are far more precious than silver or gold, they are life – eternal life.

Dive Deep

whales tail -onlinePosturing yourself to hear Me is a good thing, the proud and haughty typically do not receive My invitation to talk, yet those who are meek and humble wait in anticipation desiring to hear, desiring to dialogue with Me; to them I am their strength, their guide, their hope, their love, and their God. They recognize their need for a relationship with Me. They know where their help comes from and seeks my counsel and wisdom. Not all who claim to be Mine truly know Me; to some I am simply fire insurance, to others I am life – present and eternal. Each of their own free will chooses, some ignore Me declining my invitation – ignoring My knock or tug on their hearts, while some open but remain superficial – only allowing Me just inside; still others dive deep – surrendering all and find the abundant life in Me which is far more precious than silver or gold. Ah, that all would dive in deep; what about you, what will you do? Come taste and see that I am good, find the joys of a life surrendered to Me.

Pursuit

meerkat-onlineThose anxiously looking for Me and are full of expectation will not be disappointed. Even in the journey to know Me better will be riddled with many hidden treasures bringing delight as they are discovered during the pursuit.

It Is Time

pocket watch -onlineI am here, poised to burst forth in your midst, waiting for the invitation to do so. Are you ready? Are you waiting in My presence – soaking, becoming saturated in the Water of Life that will bring forth what has been buried and dormant for a while? It is time!