Category Archives: Hope

Memories

      Memories are a special gift from the Lord. They help us know where we came from, keep us grounded and help us gain our bearing. They keep us from having to re-learn every day that fire burns – as well as warms, and what the distance is for each. Without memories we would not have a testimony of how God blessed us or brought us through a testing.  

   Life’s experiences, good and bad, make up the fabric of who we are today. We may wish to change somethings but then we would be someone else. The Lord purposed our birth order, designed our chromosomes and genes, and planned when we would take our first breath. He thought extensively about us as He knit us together in our mother’s womb.Being perfectly created and living in a perfect world is, well, perfect.  Memories formed in a perfect world are wonderful and bring delight. Yet today we live in a world where sin is found, where not so perfect life experiences leave us with memories of pain, betrayal, the sting of loss, along with feelings of fear, doubt, anger, hopelessness, and brokenness. We become the walking wounded, crippled, and emotionally (if not physically) scarred.

   We go through things the Lord never intended for us to endure in a perfect world, nor wants us to carry in the world we currently live in. He invites us to give our burdens to Him and have our minds renewed. We are in a world abounding with negativity, victim mindsets, and get even type attitudes. Romans 12:2 encourages us to not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. 
   As we bring memories of our hurts, disappointments, and our negative beliefs and feelings about ourselves, others, life, God, etc. to the Lord he gives us revelations, exposes lies Satan has told us; then as we align with God’s truth we come into a new way of thinking, peace replaces pain. The circumstance of what happened does not change, but how it affects us in the present does.
   He can graciously bring us to a point of truly forgiving from the heart the wrong actions of others. Forgiving doesn’t mean the perpetrator is getting away with something or that what was done was right; wrong is wrong. However forgiveness releases us from carrying the heavy weight and burden of collecting the debt and turns the collection and judgement over to the Lord. In exchange we receive freedom from the fowlers’ snare that once held us.
   In having a new mindset we receive peace of heart and mind; we can then use the precious memories of what the Lord has done to help others who have traveled the same path.
   Is bringing our minds to the Lord to be renewed easy – sometimes; is it difficult – sometimes; let’s face it – pain hurts, and we like to avoid it, it’s part of self-preservation. Is it worth it – absolutely!   
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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.

Anchor

Anchor - onlineLord, I hear the sound of Your voice, a rushing mighty wind blowing past me. Where it comes from or where it goes I do not know, but I’m glad it was here, for in the midst I hear Your words for me; words of truth, words of love, words of correction. Your words are what I am dependent on. They give me peace and reassurance, guidance and direction, wisdom knowledge and understanding. Without Your voice I would wander aimlessly lost, with no bearing in life. I would be tossed to and fro and dashed upon the rocks without hope. Your voice is my anchor, my sure foundation, what calms the storm in me. I incline my ears to the sound of your voice, to however You speak, for it is life unto me.

The Guide

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Take My hand, don’t pull away; let me guide you down a way you have not been so you will not lose your way as you go. As a guide I know the best route, the danger zones to avoid, and the path of refreshing so the way is not too difficult. As you keep your hands in mine and off the controls, letting the force behind the movement be mine, there will be a pure flow and ease to what I am doing, nothing forced or made up, not concocted by man or tainted with pride. Many moves [of God] have ended when man took the controls steering it in a direction I was not going. Ready? Willing?

 

Victor

eagle-onlineHear My whispers, don’t be anxious, I am here – you are not alone in this situation. I know it does not seem fair what you are enduring and your right, it isn’t. Let my grace be sufficient to carry you, let my love cradle you and comfort your hurting heart. Let my joy fill you and strengthen you for each new day. Don’t hold on to the injustice, it will only weigh you down, let my righteousness fill you and be the wind beneath your wings to raise you to new heights. As you react with a different spirit than those who attack you – hot coals will be heaped upon them. They will know I am in you, that I am your victor and the victory you walk in. Be strong and of good courage, the final battle will be yours. Grace and peace to you my beloved one.

Ready

cheetah-onlineReady? I am! I am ready to move as you have not seen before, I move among ready people, those with open eyes and hearts searching for Me, desiring something more than what they currently have; those who want personal revival, corporate revival, and a present day reformation. For those who are not content with the same old same old. Those who hunger and thirst for more, for Me, and will not be satisfied with day old manna. Today is a new day, yesterday is gone – never to be repeated, an open future awaits, occupy it and seize each new day as a new opportunity to go deeper than the day before, to knock on the door of what can be. Knock in faith with hope that this is the day of new beginning and that it will start with you, in you, and flow through you. Hunger and seek, never grow weary or satisfied that you stop coming to the well to drink.

Light in the Dark

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADon’t fear the dark. In the darkness is when the candles light is best seen, when the true value of a flashlight with fully charged batteries is appreciated. The beauty of some plants is not realized until they have been in the dark, for only afterwards do they bloom. Similarly, as a carrier of My light, you shine in the dark showing others the way and radiate hope.

Defender

bears in tree-onlineI am as a mother bear in defense of her cub when someone tries to mess with one of My children. I am their defense and defender, their champion in the battle. Do not fear what the world tries to do, call on me, turn your voice and eyes towards me. As you call upon me I will be there on your behalf.

Light

Come in to the light, My Light, it’s where you are meant to be. In My light truth is known, all darkness has to flee. In My light there is no shadow cast over you, there is freedom and victory. In My light there is pure love, love that conquers all fear. Let the light of My love bathe you – setting you free to dance before Me, to dance as David danced. To dance a dance of celebration, of liberty, of joy; the dance of life found in Me. The dance that can only be danced as one is encased in the light of My loving presence.

Forgiveness

sunset silhouette-online   Forgiveness, what a strong and powerful thing it is; it sets captives free. Perhaps not the one who did the offense but the offended one, the one who was wronged, that was hurt; the one who is carrying an unpaid IOU because the offender never came forth to apologize, to make restitution, or even acknowledge they did wrong; perhaps they’re not even aware they caused hurt to another.
   I, as I’m certain many others have, at times innocently said or did something never realizing others were hurt or offended. Likewise, we have also been the recipient of someone’s remark or action that hurt us, whether innocently or with malice.
   Whether actions against us are intentional or unintentional a wound may occur, which when left unaddressed can fester causing an infection of anger, resentment, and bitterness. Unforgiveness is a poison to our spirit and soul leading us to wanting revenge, to hurt as we were hurt, and can even cause hardness of heart. The poison begins to sinisterly fill us and come out in our relationships, words, thoughts, and actions; it affects our attitude, erodes trust, and casts a dark shadow over us. It holds us captive, robs our joy, steals peace, clouds vision, chips away at our patience, raises blood pressure, hinders our relationship with the Lord, and allows the adversary a foothold into our lives; once in he goes to work to bring destruction wherever he can.
   I recently found myself going from being considered a wonderful person, helpful and appreciated, to being reviled by the very same person. Further it was for something they thought they knew about someone else without having all the facts; my guilt was that I knew the other individual. My attempt to speak with them about this and the actions they were taking against me and family members, met with a rage I have never experienced before. I was in shock, hurt further, and even became fearful of their potential actions.
   My heart was certainly not at peace; I found myself being adversely affected mentally and emotionally; which I didn’t like.
   What’s a cure?
   Forgiveness, what a strong and powerful vaccine it is. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but once done heartfelt, its effects are amazing. The individual who harmed me may never apologize or ask forgiveness; nor the relationship be mended. In extending forgiveness for their actions it does not mean they were right, that I am pretending it did not happen, or that they are getting off the hook. It means I turned over the right to collect the debt myself to the Lord, who is the just Judge, to deal with them and bring justice. I chose to do this even if the Lord in His mercy were to grant them forgiveness of their sins – as they come to Him; just as He, in his mercy, forgave me my wrongs.
   Forgiving benefits the forgiver; my heart is at peace, my joy restored.