Some 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,
The doors are open come on in. I am always happy to see you, sit with Me for a while, lay down your cares, set the busyness aside and just be with Me. Remember the day we first met and you invited Me in – I do; it was a special day and heaven rejoiced. It has been an adventure since that first day and we’re only getting started. Take My hand and let’s continue on, more awaits.
Come 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.
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!
You think it’s the same old day – think again. Open your heart and spirit to Me and see what I won’t do among you in this day.
Ready? 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.
I tried multiple times to write an article honoring mothers since May contains Mother’s Day. Time was running out when I received an email from the editor asking if there would be a submission for May; all I could do was reply “It is my hope”.
Two days left for submission and alas all attempts at doing a mother’s piece stalled out; normally I get an inspiration and the writing flows with little effort, but not this time. My prayer for inspiration was met with silence; or so I thought. While praying I’m still picturing this inspiring article for moms, I was not really listening and waiting for what He had to say, I wanted Him to go along with my plans.
Thirty-six hours to go and nothing. I finally conceded throwing up my hands saying Lord, what do you want said; this time I had open ears.
The Lord was gracious and took the time to teach me a lesson reminding me of my own prayers; for no writing to be released if His anointing was not on it, as it would not touch lives. That I had not sought His direction but wanted my own based on the month of publication – because I thought it was a good idea. He continued with how I had said, though I make my plans I want him to direct my path. I had made my plans alright, but was not listening to him say go a different direction. I kept insisting on my own way! He reminded me of other prayers and commitments as well…
Everything we do should be in partnership with the Lord, as a team, and there is no I in team work. My attempts were, I, I, I, – not considering my partners plans. A scripture I’ve read numerous times jumps out to me in a new way as I read it today. Proverbs 18:1 tells us “whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire”, (yup that was me),”he breaks out against all sound judgment.” (Ouch).
More than an article to be written this month it was a lesson to be learned, one I evidently needed. I hope this writing inspires others to remember their partner, whether in business, marriage, or other endeavors. We are not always called to do every part ourselves. He calls us to be a part that fits together with the part He calls others to do, so together we fluidly dance the dance of life. The most important partnership we have is with the Lord, the one we must include in the decisions of life if we want the best outcome.
Twenty-four hours to go and I smile. I think of the way the Lord acted like a mother, wisely using situations of life to lovingly teach a child a lesson. Thank you mom’s, biological and spiritual, for all your tender loving care and lessons in life. May the Lord richly bless you with earthly and heavenly blessings.
My heart breaks at unrest; it steals life and joy. Discord tears down and apart the family. Oh that you, My children, would learn to live in peace, with eyes focused on Me, with the good of others forefront in your minds, putting away selfish desires and plans. What is the highest goal and purpose of your life? Is it My calling or your own plans? As you keep the focus on Me, seeking Me and My wisdom, I will liberally pour it out on you – your paths will be smoother, your heart content, and peace will be in your household.
There is a peace that I give which the unbelieving world does not understand, but they can see the evidence of it in the life of believers, those who accept My peace and steward it well. True peace comes from having a relationship with Me and My holy presence residing in you. What the world sees in you will speak greater volumes than the scriptures you share about My peace for their eyes are not yet opened, but they read your life and actions like a mystery novel – wondering what is it that brings you joy and peace in the midst of chaos and uncertain times. Be an open book for them to read; a book of love, hope, compassion, and a greater truth and way of life; be a well-read novel impacting generations to come.
Come to Me and I will give you rest. I know the world wears you down and you become weary. As you sit with Me I will give you rest, I will refresh you and revive your spirit. Let me carry the burdens you were not meant to carry, let Me fill you with My peace and still your anxious heart. I want you to live fully – in freedom, not weighed down with unnecessary cares, trust Me to guide you through the troubled waters. As you trust in Me more fully, you will be able to enjoy life in a greater measure.