Category Archives: Hope

No Greater Love

   Love Swans - onlineI know that I am loved though I may not always act like it. I am betrothed to my best friend, the King of kings. I am dearly loved by my Father, I lack for nothing, He provides for me well with all good things, yet I don’t always show appreciation. I am in a privileged group but sometimes cast my eyes elsewhere and desire what my Father says is not good for me; those things others, who are my Father’s adversaries, seem to enjoy.  As I take my eyes off Papa I wonder why they are not good, they look appealing. As I scoot closer to the fence to get a better glimpse my foot slips, I cross the line.

   I begin to be drawn further in by what my eyes behold, the desire to partake grows; I reason that just this once it won’t hurt me to try this one little thing and then I’ll go back; it’s just on the other side of the fire, I can reach it without getting burned…or so I thought! Those who seemed so caring, who once compelled me to join them, now laugh and sneer at me, their masks came off – my eyes are opened, I see the traps they set about me.

   Lured in I’m now trapped by the wrong desires of my flesh that I did not resist or turn away from. My beautiful robes now tattered and soiled, regret fills me as tears of sorrow role down my cheeks. I cry in desperation and fear, despair begins to set in, I long for home not knowing how to return and fearing even if I did I would be rejected, considered unworthy of my Father and Betroths love.

   In the dark of night I begin to see a light, I hear a familiar voice, my Betrothed, my Savior, is calling my name. I want to respond but I am ashamed, voices around me say “He won’t want you back when He learns what you’ve done”, so I remain silent. The light grows brighter – the voice stronger, He has found me in the mire, His face full of love and compassion as He looks at me, I weep. The voices flee from His presence; He reaches out His hand, taking mine He lifts me out of the mess I have gotten myself in. He places his robe on me in exchange for my filthy one. I experience complete forgiveness and a grace I’ve never known. Reconciled – I collapse into His loving embrace.

   Have I lived an exemplary life since He rescued me? I wish! Yet as the years pass I have known no greater love, our relationship grows more intimate; my desire for my Father’s ways grow deeper. The Lord’s extravagant love for me, and you, makes all other love stories in history pale in comparison, and no other will last for eternity.

   This Valentines – who has your heart?

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Come to Me

What are you looking for? What’s your desire? What’s your need? You won’t find complete fulfillment looking around you – look up. Look up and set your eyes on Me, I am the only one who can fulfill you. Don’t be afraid of coming to Me, of letting Me inside, of letting Me have your hurts and fears. I will replace them with love, joy, freedom; with more than you can imagine. It’s time to move beyond the past and move into the future.

Invitation to Freedom (d)

23621364_10212631202127447_5913033803280976148_nThe 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.

Our Time

Sherry - purple onlineCome and rest in My arms, lay your cares at My feet: be still a while and receive My peace; let all striving cease. Drink long and deep of the Living Water, be refreshed and made new (restored). Tomorrow will come soon enough, don’t be anxious for it, set it aside for now and just be with Me, fully aware of My presence; it’s you and Me time – our time.

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.

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!   

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

Hand extended - online

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?