Category Archives: Encouragement

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”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.