Friday, September 27, 2013

Reflections on Jesus’ Faithfulness



Child, you are my daughter and I love you. My timing is not your timing, but be not dismayed at that revelation. I AM yours and you are mine. Keep on seeking Me and Mine for you. You shall find and learn beauty through delay. I vacillate not nor waver in My purpose/plan/plans for you, fear not but meet each day, maximize on it and keep focused on Me. Sometimes it is not so much where you are but WHO you are, wherever you are. If you maximize on Me and stay pure, holy and ready I can use you in a vast variety of circumstances. I love you (both) and have a plan. I still go before you and prepare the way/doors. I Am THE door. Do all without anxiety, living that moment for itself, taking advantage of that opportunity as it is there.  Then, you , at that moment, have no other (moment) to be concerned, focused on, anxious about or speculating about. Use it to my advantage and I’ll bring forth the increase in them and you. I AM undertaking, fear not. I also have several plans which allow for various ”wills” and choices. And I have My best. Sometimes it doesn’t come about even if you and I are on target because of others but and still ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE ME AND ARE CALLED. You can’t lose. Selah.

Our Lord is the creator of the universe and can choose to communicate with us, His children, is so many wonderful and creative ways. HE wants us to learn to depend on Him and not be anxious and most of all He wants us to know, deep down inside of us that we are His!

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
DIGGING DEEPER
Read these verses and write down what the Lord is saying to you through them today.
Isaiah 43:1-3

Philippians 4:6



My commitment:



Prayer: Dear Jesus, it has been years since that day I prayed to ask You to be my Lord. SO much has happened. You’ve brought me through and been there always, through it all…. Lord, today especially I have some needs. I desire to know Your will for me and to be in the center of it. I need to know regarding employment. I know You desire to have me hear you and obey. I die to my desires and seek to hear You even now. Praying in the name of Jesus, AMEN

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Zig-Zag Fits and Starts

(From my new book, Afternoon Whispers from the Heart of God coming out in late October.)

You are Mine, Child of my heart. Some days we run together, others I coax you along as your path has zig-zag fits and starts. This is OK as you learn from your study of the flowers, bugs and bees in My meadow green. Yes, you learn more of your creator as you study My creation. Riots of color, texture and design to bless your senses with Me. I love and draw you, Child, whether we run or stroll, calling you closer your Savior beckons.

Staying close seems to be the key. The pace may vary but so long as we are holding tightly to Jesus’ hand we are going forward with Him.  Does He allow us to drop His hand and run off? Yes, but during those times He is always longing for us to come back and fellowship closely with Him. It becomes our loss to run off doing “our own thing” apart from the Master.

Song of Solomon 1:4 Amplified Bible Draw Me! We will run after you! The King brings me into his apartments! We will be glad and rejoice in You! We will recall {when we were favored with} your love, more fragrant than wine. The upright {are not offended at your choice but sincerely} love You.

DIGGING DEEPER

Find a pen and be ready to write what the following scriptures are saying. The Lord can apply them to you, personally, today.

John 11:28


Ephesians 1:17-19


Song of Solomon 2:12


My Commitment:



Prayer: Dearest Jesus, thank You that the path you lead us on is full of Your beauty and filled with You. Relationship is the best thing you “invented” – ours with You and then ours with Your Body. Thank You that You give us a choice. We can follow, learn and grow in Your presence or we can run off. We are not “pets” but Children of the King. Please, please help us to be over comers and stay ever so close to You totally ignoring all distractions that come our way. In Your most powerful name, Jesus, AMEN.



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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Child Held, Hugged Closely


Child, you are mine, held, hugged closely in jealous love. Guarded, cherished, I guide you with My eye. You know Me more daily, Walk in revelation wonder of your soon coming King, blessings upon you, Child beloved.

We need to press in and be ever so close to our Lord for Him to be able to “guide us with His eye”. What a word picture from His Word. He is not hollering across the room, not is He whispering into our ear but with a glance He is communicating with us His meaning, go this way or that. A raised eye brow, squinty glance or smile crinkles would indicate other things our Lord would share with us. It is time to watch ever so closely and not miss anything that is on His heart. Oft times, we are distracted, distressed, daydreaming and how much do we miss of His guidance during those times?

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

DIGGING DEEPER

Please look up the following verses and write down what the Holy Spirit is saying for you, personally, today.

Exodus 34:14


1John 3:2


My Commitment:




Prayer: Dearest Father, thank You for taking time, for making time to teach us and “guide us with Your eye”. May we focus on You and be so attuned that we miss nothing of Your vital and love filled communication with us. Please help us to know You better daily and grow more like Your Son. We ask this in His name, Jesus who saved us! AMEN

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

God’s Compassion in Us

 (a devotional from my upcoming book Afternoon Whispers from the Heart of God - coming this fall!)

Child you are my daughter/son, I know your heart. I placed My compassion within you. Step out on the waters and walk towards Me. Touch the children as you can, they reach out to touch you. Selah

There are many hurting ones in our lives who need His touch. We are called to be His hands reached out and His arms extended. Our Lord Jesus has equipped up to reach out in His name while we are here on earth. We can open our eyes to see and our mouths to give an encouraging word. Instead of hurrying through the store with our list and agenda ask our Lord to show us one who needs His encouragement, to know His love or a gentle touch. So many do not yet know Him. The clock is at one minute before midnight. Today is the day to be bold and LOVE in Jesus’ name.

Exodus 2:6 And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

DIGGING DEEPER

Let’s look into the Word together and ask the Lord what these scriptures say to us. Take a pen and write down a bit of what the Lord is saying to you about them.

Matthew 14:29



Mark 6:26



Luke 8:47

My Commitment:



Prayer: Father God, please help us to have ears to hear and eyes to see motivating us to remember to reach out in Your name daily. So many need you still, Your salvation, Your healing, Your touch and concern. We truly can be Your arms and hands here on earth and show Jesus to many, by our love. Help us make this so on a more regular and ongoing basis we ask in His most wonderful name! AMEN

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Show Stopping Sunset


It was one of those exquisite moments that sent me running for my camera in hopes of catching and keeping the memory. The pixels didn’t do it justice but they did capture some of the most incredible view. The next day I was thanking the Lord for the “event” and I sensed Him whispering to my heart:

My Child, you see my hand in the sunset rose, orange and scarlet over and between the silhouetted mountains and trees, created there for you, put into place for your delight, drawing your eyes to Me.
Marvel not nor be surprised at what these hands can do, finishing touches to your day. I can. I do give blessing to you and my Body. I died and rose again to give you life, most abundant life.

This gave me so much to think about. Who or what is the Body of Christ? I know He is the “head” but what about the rest of the “body parts” that He wants to bless, even through the sun sets of our lives?


so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (NKJV)



[ Sacrificial Service for Christ ] I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church…. (NKJV)


When we see God’s incredible handiwork in His creation hopefully our eyes are drawn to Him. My eyes and thoughts were that night last week. The colors, the contrasts, the beauty with the setting of the sun made me think of Him and His creativity, greatness, appreciation for color and wanting to add all of that and more to our lives.

Some who don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord say things like “it must be so boring to be a Christian….” Oh, how wrong they are because they have no inkling of the truth. When I was into things like my professing atheism, partying, drinking, drugs and shallow relationships I was almost always b-o-r-e-d. I have been revolutionized and set free by Jesus Christ, the Creator of the Universe. This is my 39th year of walking with Him. BORED? Not hardly. I could use many words to describe my life and bored would not be on that list.

Abundant life doesn’t include being bored. Satan wished nothing for our good and all for our destruction. What about God?


The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (NKJV)


His promises are true. His love is real. He is oh, so faithful even when we mess up. I know this in most practical ways and in artistic ways also, Yesterday I saw His hand painted sunset. He is always touching my heart and life, I praise Him.

Would you look His way? Would you give in and give up and lift your hands in surrender to Jesus who put the very stars in place? My prayer is that all could know His goodness, forgiveness and beauty, that all could be set free and drawn close to Him. Today that could be your choice: to become a child of the most-high God. I pray it is your day with Him.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

MORNING WHISPERS FROM THE HEART OF GOD

My book is OUT! I also got my very own copies today - if any of you would like an autographed copy, please let me know and I will do it! I think it would come to about $10.50 including shipping (unless you are overseas and then you might need to order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble...


THANKS for considering this! I had a wonderful time writing it and then using it myself for a daily devotional - God's word doesn't return void!


Monday, September 9, 2013

ACCUSER



My heart aches
When communion is torn
This sheep feels shorn
In wintry bluster

The enemy gloats
As relations miss
While demons hiss
Closeness ripped

Who is the accuser?
Destroyer by name
Serving up shame
To heartbroken ones

BUT JESUS…….
My champion bold
My heart, He holds
Knowing my thoughts

I trust in Him
To set things right
By His might
His peace flows

Evidence not seen
He knows my heart
Patience, my part
I rest in Him.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Joy on Your Journey


Shhh, the Spirit of your Living Lord speaks to your spirit “joy on your journey”. He lifts you close over rocky roads, hugging you tightly. Fields of flowers blooming or during winter’s white with crispy, fresh snow your Lord carries you, rest in His closeness. Yield to His Spirit’s wooing, even now Child. He certainly is in control, know this and REST.

Can we grasp that picture? He doesn’t run ahead – we do sometimes though. He doesn’t drop us, nor does He leave us in the middle of that blizzard without His presence. Distance only comes on our end. By choices we make that either build a wall or have us wandering away to look at something intriguing “just over there”, perhaps in a place we shouldn’t be, a distraction from God’s plan or pathway for us. Oh, there is a fire just over that hill! Did He call us to put out that fire? If not, we need to trust He will use someone else to take care of it. Distractions, tyranny of the urgent, “cares of this world” are what the enemy uses to get us off the narrow path where Jesus is and wills for us to be. Focus on our Lord and we can have joy on the journey, through it all.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

DIGGING DEEPER

Find a pen and write down what the Lord is peaking to you through these scriptures today.

Isaiah 61:3



John 16:24



Acts 13:52



My Commitment:




Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, looking at scripture one of the greatest gifts You seem to want us to have is JOY. Help us to be able to receive this great gift from You. Help us also to share this joy so that others will see and know there is something different going on here. Give us openings to share “the master’s touch” with many we see daily. Help us, n our journey to stay incredibly close to You, Jesus. AMEN

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sunshine Child



From my upcoming book, Afternoon Whispers from the Heart of God.

Sunshine Child

Child of Mine, times are coming when your hearing needs to be sharp. Sunshine child, walk free in the light of My smile with My light yoke as I lift your load to carry it and to carry you through. This time is but a moment, eternity beckons. Soon snares will be banished, feet skipping free. You are a soldier now, for a moment, soon to see your Commander’s face, longing no more to KNOW.

Don’t we long to be a “sunshine child” walking in the light of His smile? No matter how cloudy our day is we can do just that with our Jesus. Thank you doesn’t seem like it begins to cover our gratitude and the expression of our hearts towards Him. He is walking us through this life, time in training to become more like Christ. Yes, we have those times when we falter and trip but He is there to pick us up and help us go forward once again. Oh, to become increasingly more like Jesus!!

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in Part, but then I shall know just as I am known.

DIGGING DEEPER

Let’s look up some scriptures and ask the Lord to apply them to our lives for “right now”, today. Grab a pen and make a few notes.

Matthew 11:30


2 Timothy2:4


Psalm 141:9


My Commitment:


Prayer: Father God, we are overwhelmed at Your love that sent Your Son, Jesus. We are so blessed that you teach us and desire us to become more like Him and have provided the very means for us to do so. We praise Your mighty name for Your care and concern. Help us to be faithful and responsive as we put one foot in front of the other on our daily walk with You. In Jesus most incredible name, AMEN


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