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.


Today’s the Day

Rita - church topNow is the time, today is the day, why wait to seek Me. Seek Me while I may be found, the invitation is open. You want the more of Me – ask; you want the breakthrough – I have the answer. What desire is on your heart – none is too great or too small to bring before me. I care about you and what’s on your heart.


A Better Way

Sunrise - mainCheer your heart, put off the clothes of sorrow and regret; this is a new day, a day to rejoice in. A day to turn back to Me with all your heart, soul, and mind, to seek Me whole heartedly and unashamedly. You have a deep desire for more, far beyond where you are or have been; it is possible to go there, leave the past strongholds behind, let them go, be free to pursue your heart’s desire for Me. Breakthrough is possible for those who will abandon their excuses, lay down their pride, give up control and wanting it their own way, and follow after Me with abandonment of one’s self-rights. Those who give up their life, their self-will, will find a better way, Mine.

Life Awaits

Sherry Flower - yellow.Don’t let fear stop you from what I desire to do through you. Fear is an enemy trying to hold you captive and keep you bound. It’s time for a breakthrough for yourself and family, to shed the weight that has been on you so that you can move in freedom and liberty; life awaits, true life and one of abundance I came to give you.


In Marty cloudy sunrisethis day you will have many opportunities to encounter Me; will you see Me? Are your eyes open and looking for Me, are you tuned in to the sound of My voice? Do you recognize My movements or feel a change in the atmosphere as I begin to move? If not you can, let your roots go deeper in Me, move away from the superficial realm and go deep. Spend time with Me and immerse in My word and presence: let Holy Spirit teach you the mysteries of heaven, be an avid student; so much more awaits you. Avoid just head knowledge, you need the heart and spirit engaged.


Grand Love

Bible and flower - onlineThere is a love so grand, a love so deep that it is not comprehensible, that is My love for you. I have sworn an oath and made a covenant signed in My Son’s blood. Those who enter into the covenant have all My benefits available to them. I do not break My covenant with you, it stands for eternity. Wonder what it is? It’s concealed to those who do not know Me, but will be revealed to you as you search it out. Come and seek, search and find; I desire for you to know more of the One you are in relationship with so that you do not miss out on anything available to you.


Devotional Week Jan. 8th – 14th

Instead of the typical weekly posts for the next week I will be sharing a daily post from a devotional written for my church; the theme for our week is Breakthrough.

Inside Out

rose after rain-onlineLet beauty and grace not just be an outside show but emanate from deep within. Do not forget Whose you are, you are of royal lineage; My spirit dwells within you, let it do a perfect work inside and shine through to the outside.

Crossing Over

100_7311   As we cross over into the New Year with resolutions, plans, and intents in hand it may seem like we are facing the Jordan river, crossing over into something new; as we are still (silent) before the Lord we can almost sense Him saying, be strong and very courageous, there are times that are going to be tough, they will not always be easy or necessarily pleasant at the time, yet you will be able to rejoice in the outcome of what I do and how I use you. Be strong and of good courage for I am with you. Don’t back down in the face of opposition, stand your ground, stand on My word, quiet your inner thoughts so you can hear what I am saying, see what I am doing, then let Me speak through you (give you the words to say). Take courage, I’m with you not against you when you are walking in My will.

   Can we say as Joshua did when there was a choice to be made after crossing over, “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”? In the New Year can we let our words be full of life, hope, and encouragement, spoken with genuine care and concern for the individual – even when they are different than us; words that lift them up and not bring them down; that the only thing being torn down by our words are the works and plans of the enemy as we release truth, expose the adversaries’ plans, and love others with the love of the Lord?

   Let’s not fear what others will think as we share what the Lord would have of say, He’s got our back and He backs up His word. We do not need to fear what is ahead, fear is of the enemy to try and stop us. We need to go forth but not go it alone, we need go with the Lord guiding us through; He knows the way, the pitfalls, and undertows. We make better decisions when we choose to do life with Jesus be at the center of all we do; as we go with the Lord his banner of love flies over us.

   As we cross over into the New Year let’s be strong and very courageous, choosing not to be silent or serve other gods. As God was with Joshua, so he will be with us.

Casual Conversation

20140426_113511 Ever strike up a casual conversation with someone in the checkout line and wind up talking about Jesus, then notice the encounter lifted your spirit changing the tone of your day? Or perhaps receive a call from a wrong number leading to an opportunity to pray for the caller?
   I had a recent conversation with Mr. Vern McC…, a gentleman I had never encountered before, the initial contact was made through another individual. He began the conversation saying we had something in common; I was curious and listened on as he stated “we both love God”, that was a good opening line. What followed was a surprise, he stated “we both have a cat that scratches at our door”; at this point I start laughing knowing instantly his reference to an Ambassador article I wrote nearly two years earlier (January 2016).
   In our conversation I learned he lights a 125’ tree topped with a seven foot star. The tradition began in 1983 as a surprise for his first wife when he brought her home from the hospital where she had been undergoing cancer treatment. Though she passed a few years later, the tree lit for his first love three and a half decades ago, has become a Christmas tradition remembering Jesus – his greatest Love. The first Saturday of December, rain or shine, finds a growing gathering of individuals for the tree lighting; there are hymns that include Silent Night while Mr. McC… plays the trumpet, a message by guest speakers focused on the birth of Christ; the joyful celebration on the true meaning of the season continues over hot apple cider, cocoa, cookies, and munchies.
   What would cause someone to faithfully continue a tradition for so many years, in all sorts of weather; Mr. McC… gives a few reasons, first he feels it is necessary to remember how God takes care of him, including giving him another perfect wife; the star on top of the tree is a guiding light for those coming home in the dark – when they see it they know they are almost there. He also hopes the stars’ light will have a spiritual significance – just as the Wise Men followed the star to baby Jesus – that perhaps in some way the star on his tree will guide a wayward soul not just physically home but also to Jesus.
   This Christmas season let’s challenge ourselves to step out and initiate an exchange as we wait somewhere in a line and share the love of Christ in a casual conversation, you just might be the guiding light showing someone the way to Jesus, lifting a burden with a kind or caring word, or make their day in some small way – perhaps even your own day. Chance encounters may just be a divine set up opportunity.
   Hmm, on second thought – let’s carry it beyond the Christmas season, after all – isn’t Jesus Christ Good News year round.