In the Silence

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Silence may be all you hear
But if you hear it, is it really silence?
Instead it might be God’s presence
Sometimes He is most present in the silence
Do we listen enough?
Maybe if we listened more
We would hear the Father more
Take time to listen
Take time to be quiet
Sit in the silence and wait for Him
Then listen to what He says
God will speak
He will speak when you are listening…
Are you listening?
What do you hear?
In the silence, do you hear His still small voice?
Listen, it is there
In the silence, The Father is speaking…

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Our Home

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Hide and seek as a child we used to play

as adults, we hide because we have strayed

Far away from where we should be

feeling lost and as if we cannot see

Hopeless to us it seems

so many broken dreams

Nowhere for us to turn

the tears in our eyes burn

Our vision is now blurry

quick, run… hurry

Running away so fast away from it all

but then an outstretched arm and HIS call

I forgive you my child… come home

I have forgotten your sins my child… come home

I have grace for you my child… come home

I love you my child… come home

My dear child come home to ME…

where you belong!

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John 1:4-5

LIGHT

This week, in my personal time with the Father, HE has been showing me light and what it means for me. The verse that really resonated with me involved light. The Message Bible gave such a cool translation!

What came into existence was LIFE and the LIFE was LIGHT to live by. The LIFE-LIGHT blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.   John 1:4-5 (MSG)

As we read scripture, we must do more than just read it. We must meditate on it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in it’s meaning and it’s application for our lives.

In meditating on these two verses, I right away see two words that jump out at me… LIFE and LIGHT. Initially they are by themselves in the verse and then they are connected as one word. To me, this means that one cannot have one without the other, at least in this meaning of the two words. LIFE and LIGHT are referenced often throughout God’s Word and often when referring to JESUS.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”   John 8:12 (NKJV)

I love how GOD uses life and light in conjunction with each other. More importantly, I think it is amazing how when we are truly living we are in the light, which essentially means we are in HIM… so we are living in HIM!

Through the light, JESUS, we have life in the FATHER. Jesus represents the forgiveness, grace and unconditional love of the Father. Light and life, because they represent Jesus, who is GOD, represent GOD too. In this, we know the Father AND He is with us as we walk through our lives…

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.   Psalm 36:9 (NKJV)

There is so much comfort in this knowledge. Not only is God showing us the way, He is providing us grace, forgiveness, protection from the darkness and satan… AND HE is showering His love on us too!!! The Lord’s promises are true, as He is a faithful and loving Father. Our God loves HIS creations, you and me… HIS KIDS so much. All HE wants to do is spend time with us… go hang out with GOD today and feel His love and His presence. Walk in the light with HIM and you will have LIFE, TRUE LIFE!!!

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The FATHER’s Gift

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Forever is all we need

all through eternity

GOD, You are the ONE

who has given Your SON

JESUS cleared the way

for us to be with You today

In this moment, to us YOU call

Oh Father, I give YOU my all.

A life with YOU

too good to be true

But, it is what YOU offer

A LOVE like no other

A gift so amazing

YOU, Father, we are praising!!!

 

My Spring…

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As the season of winter is coming to an end and spring is getting ready to make it’s entrance, I have been observing the changing seasons within myself.

As we go through life, in our relationship with the Lord, we go through seasons. Just like nature’s seasons, we grow at times and at other times, things in us must die.

I believe that spring is a time of new life and growth. Winter, on the other hand, is a time of dormancy and death.

I have been going through a season of winter the last few months. There have been many issues in my heart that needed to die and go away. The Father has taken much care with me during this time as He has been pruning and cleaning out all the yuck in my heart’s garden.  It has been a painful time full of many tears, prayers and much revelation too. At the same time, I am glad for this time with God, because His Presence has been amazing! I feel like I have grown even closer to Him as we have raked and weeded and pruned my heart. Moreover, I have come to understand that this is a much needed process. Why? In order to have new growth, fruit and flowers… we must prune back the dead parts.

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.  John 15:2 (NASB)

God does that for us so He can show us where we need to grow, the areas we need to work on. It’s so cool how He takes care of us like that… caring enough to take the time to help us work on ourselves so we can be better… and be more like HIM.

As I have come out of this season of pruning, my winter, so to speak, I feel like I am about to embark on my spring, even as nature around me is beginning to do the same. I, as a new woman, am about to begin blooming. My spring is coming, and I am excited about the kinds of flowers and fruit I will produce for the Father. And, who I will share with…

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Live Life!

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Life has it’s ups and downs. As we live, we endure hardships, pain, sadness; we enjoy happiness, success, love…

Each of these moments define us, who we are. As we respond the life, our character becomes visible to the world.

Are we kind and loving?

Are we angry and unforgiving?

Do we love even through the pain…?

People are always watching, everywhere we go… watching what we do, how we act. Why? Perhaps to see how… how to endure… how to keep going… how to smile through the tears…

I have had so many of those moments in my life. Did I respond how I should have… most of the time, no, not initially. But often, I came back and did the right thing.

God tells us that He is with us, He will never leave us or forsake us… Do you believe Him?

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)

I do! In fact, there have been MANY times in my life where I know without a doubt that I would not be here today if it was not for that TRUTH… the Father was with me and that’s the ONLY reason I am here now.

God wants to give you joy in the midst of pain, kindness in the midst of anger, love in the midst of hatred. And, He will. Moreover, as you let Him, He will change you into a new creation… a person with good moral character.

I bet each of us, no matter how much we have been hurt, still want to love and be loved. The first step to that is allowing the Lord to cover you with His perfect love.

Then, you come to know His love, the perfect love of God, and you can now tell others about it and share it… In sharing this love, you will be made whole. Your life will never be the same! And neither will the lives of the people you touch… the change is permanent and GLORIOUS!!!

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1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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God speaks to us in many ways. One of them is through His Word, the Bible. As we read and dig into His Word each day, He presents us with revelation, understanding and a direct communication with Him.

Direct communication with Father God… and in that, we experience His love.

I have two verses that I was presented with the other day. As I read them, meditated on them, talked to God about them, I began to see. God showed me His truth and how to apply this to my life.

Here’s the verse, 1st in the New King James Version and then in The Message version…

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The first verse is all about who we are as God’s children. We are to be strong, courageous, keep our eyes open… hold on to our convictions. In other words, what we believe and who we are should be evident to the world. Don’t give up or change what we believe, no matter what.

The second verse is key. Love. Do it with love… love without stopping. God is love, so in love, God is present. As we love, we show God’s nature… we host His presence, the world sees our Father and His agape love.

These two verses are essential to our lives if we are to represent God to the world. Why? It’s simple. we must be steadfast in what we believe to be Truth, so when the world looks at us, they see the Father clearly in us. And, we must be love to the world, because that’s who God is.

Love, love, love… repeat it over and over to yourself. It is what the Creator of the Universe has for you… an unending, unfailing, unconditional supply of love for you. Now, go out and give that same love to everyone around you.

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See, Feel, Know THE LOVE…

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The beauty of each day unfolds

    something we should stop to behold

Let us not miss what is right before us

     may we look up and TRUST

Help us FATHER to understand…

     YOU have a master plan

When YOU draw us near

     in YOUR arms, there is NO FEAR!

YOUR love is so POWERFUL

     how can we not know???

Feel it as it flows down…

     in our hearts… YOU are found!

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My Revelation…

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My life has been a variety of experiences and challenges both blessings and hardships. I know all of us can relate. We each have many stories to share of our life journeys. Even as we look back many years later, we often remember the moments so clearly and the emotions that surrounded that time. Sometimes it even knocks us down with the overwhelming realization of what happened. This is what I found this morning while drinking my coffee and having my quiet time with the Father… He took me back over a period of time in my life and showed me truth. His Truth. He allowed me to see that time in my life as He saw it. And, all I can say is, WOW and let me share…

As this particular time in my life began, I was searching for meaning. I needed to know that there was a reason for everything. I had lost my mom, my marriage and even myself. If I was to survive and not self-destruct… I had to find myself.

I did find a way to God like I had never known before. Being raised Catholic, I believed in God and prayed and knew He was with me, but I didn’t really have a relationship with the Father. I did not know Him, because I didn’t know His Word. I really did not understand that Jesus was there always and that the love of the Father was covering me always. So, to say the least, when I met Jesus and became part of the family, I came to know God better and began to deepen my relationship. But, in that revelation, I lost sight of everything else.

I became a “Jesus Freak” and not in a good way. I became judgmental of everyone around me if they were not like me. I felt like I was doing the right thing and everyone else was wrong. I alienated many people during that time in my life because of my actions. The crazy thing is, I thought I was doing it for God and being a good daughter.

Even in my ministry work and serving at my church, I lost sight of the great example that Jesus himself gave us…

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.   John 13:12-14 (NLT)

When we serve others, we humble ourselves to loving them, just as Jesus did.

I served and worked hard, but it was all about the “tasks” and not LOVE. The most important thing about serving God, in whatever capacity you do, is to walk in love… ALWAYS.

I thought I was loving, because I was in ministry and serving all the time… didn’t that mean I loved the Lord and the people? Not really. Where was my heart? Was I putting the tasks and the stuff, whatever it was, before the people? And, essentially, before the Father?

Had I become like the Pharisees…? Oh no! That mere thought haunted me and made me sad… and in that moment, Jesus allowed me to see my heart. I had been confused and misguided and distracted, but not completely. As, I read His Word more, I came to know Him and His nature and well, my heart began changing. OH, our Lord is so good to us as He constantly guides us… such a good, good Father!!!

As my heart began changing, I knew the Father was taking me in a new direction. I had been shown that I needed to love more, and love unconditionally. But, it needed to start with me… the Father wanted me to know how much HE loved His daughter and wanted me to love myself too. Only then would I be able to to love others fully.

Loving ourselves is often harder than loving someone else. But, you cannot truly love to the capacity the Lord has given us if we cannot love ourselves. Once we love ourselves, we understand the love of God. With that understanding in our minds and His love in our hearts, we can go out and serve others in the fullest magnitude possible!

10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:10-11 (NASB)

I now know what it means to serve God and walk in His love. I also believe that I needed that season in order to be ready to receive what I have currently been given. Each season in our life is a step closer to the Father and part of our path in becoming more like Jesus. My love towards people around me is so much more now that I understand the Father’s love. I am most excited that I constantly strive to find ways to share love and cover others with that most amazing love. I want to show people how. Everyone needs this love… and it is available. We are charged with showing the world so everyone can know the love of the Father. Don’t waste an opportunity… it might not come again.

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Are You Following Your Calling…?

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How do you know exactly what you are supposed to do in life? You have certain interests, certain skills, certain experiences… those things mold and shape you into the person you think you should be…

THE PERSON YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BE…

IS THIS REALLY WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE???

Ultimately, only GOD knows the answer to the question… are you following your calling? GOD created you and me and well, HE knows your ultimate destiny.

BUT…

How do you know what HE has designed you for? How do you know what you are truly supposed to do with your life???

I think, through prayer and a relationship with GOD the Father who created you and me… we learn what HE wants us to do.

We are equipped, through experiences in our lives, with the tools to do what we were designed to do. The coolest thing is that as we go though our lives, that calling changes. GOD equips us in new and challenging ways. Ways, where we often find ourselves in a place we have NEVER been. A place where only THE LORD could have led us!

Are you ready to be in whatever place GOD is putting you? Are you ready to do whatever HE asks? Would you be an Ester, an Amos, a Moses, a Noah, a David, a Mary, a Paul??? be a willing vessel… and then watch HIM use you in AMAZING ways for the GLORY of the KINGDOM of GOD!!!

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