Heaven On Earth

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(Proverbs 8:17-21 VOICE- I love those who love Me: those who search hard for Me will find Me. Riches and honor are the benefit of following Me; so are lasting wealth and justice. My reward is better than gold, even the purest gold; and My profit is greater than the highest quality silver. I follow the way of right living. Follow Me along the path to find justice; I’m ready to meet those who love Me, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.)

A few weeks ago, I was awakened from my sleep by the sound of The Lord’s voice. He audibly spoke to me and said, 8:17. For some reason, in my mind it registered that He was speaking in terms of the time, so I immediately grabbed my phone to check the time only to discover that it wasn’t 8:17. It was actually 4:00am. I didn’t say it out loud, but I thought to myself, “Lord, it’s not 8:17.”. And then He audibly responded by saying, No, not the time. Proverbs 8:17..

Proverbs 8:17 wasn’t a verse that I knew by heart, so I had to look it up. After I read verse 17, The Holy Spirit led me to continue reading the passage through verse 21. So, that’s where today’s focal passage comes from.

Before I go any further, let me just tell you that God amazes me.

As I have shared with you guys several times before, The Lord often speaks to me through dreams/visions, but mostly dreams. Well, right before He had awakened me with the passage of Scripture from Proverbs 8, that’s exactly what had taken place.

In this dream, I saw countless jewels and gemstones all around me. I mean everywhere I looked, I saw them radiantly glistening and sparkling in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. And one by one, The Lord was bringing each jewel before me. I would see the gem in His hand and as He brought each one before my eyes, I could hear His voice speaking to me about each one individually. It was almost as if He was explaining to me the meaning and power behind each one of these precious, treasured gems that He, Himself had beautifully created by the power of His very own hands.

Well, because the sound of His voice had awakened me so abruptly, when I woke up I knew what had taken place in the dream, but I couldn’t remember what He had said to me about each gem. The only thing I remembered was right before I woke up, in the dream, I heard Him say, Now, remember these three: the emerald, the pearl, and the tourmaline..

The odd thing about that was when I heard The Lord say to remember those three, I didn’t see the actual gems as I had been seeing throughout the entire dream, but instead the names of all three were written out in His hand for me to read.

I was familiar with both the emerald and the pearl and those are both referenced in The Bible, but the tourmaline isn’t. I had actually never seen or heard of the tourmaline in my life before I saw it written in His hand.

I believe that the emerald and the pearl represent or are symbolic of the known blessings that we treasure— such as the truth of God’s promises to us in His Word or things that we’ve prayed and believed for and then in return The Lord blessed us with. But, I believe that the tourmaline represents His gracelets or the grace gifts: meaning the great, unknown, undeserved blessings that He treasures, yet desires to adorn us with simply because He loves us and we belong to Him.

I was truly amazed that God would speak to me in a dream about jewels and gems which most of us consider to be of great value, but would then awaken me and give me a passage of Scripture that lets me know that if I’ll just continue to diligently seek and wholeheartedly follow Him, that what He has for me surpasses anything that I could dream of, imagine, or even pray for. His blessings are better than pure gold and greater than top choice silver.

When I speak of God’s blessings, I don’t just mean financial wealth, but spiritual wealth as well. For example, priceless treasures such as being able to enter His Presence, hear His voice, know His heart, access His wisdom, experience His grace, and see His glory. It is God, Himself Who is the greatest treasure and we have the precious privilege of experiencing the fullness of Him through His Holy Spirit living within us. (Ephesians 1:3 VOICE- Blessed be God, The Father of our Lord The Anointed One, Who grants us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms where we live in The Anointed—not because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us.)

Some may read today’s focal passage and think that The Lord is saying that if we’ll just seek and follow Him now (meaning while we’re here on earth), the reward of that is receiving the incomparable blessing that when this life is over, we’ll get to meet Him in heaven where it is there that He will bestow upon us the true treasure that He’s prepared for our lives.

Well, that’s true. However, I also believe that if we’ll make the choice to earnestly seek The Lord and genuinely follow Him, the benefit of that is Him allowing us the privilege of being able experience heaven now while we’re here on earth. And what I mean by that is, He wants us to experience the joy of knowing that He is a good Father. His heart’s desire for us as His children is to bless us far above and beyond all that we could ever imagine. God said, “I’m ready to meet those who love Me, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.”.

That is certainly true for our eternity with Him in heaven, but I also know it to be true for our lives right now; here on earth. (Luke 17:20-21 GNT- Some Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. His answer was, “The Kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be seen.  No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of God is within you.“)

Meeting with God simply means seeking Him in the secret place and intimately reveling in His Presence as we converse with Him in prayer and through worship. (Matthew 6:6 NKJV- But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father Who is in the secret place; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.)

So, Dear Hearts, be encouraged today knowing that The Lord is inviting and summoning you into His Holy Presence so that He can graciously bless you both spiritually and naturally, bestow upon you true riches, fill your life until your treasuries overflow, adorn you with heavenly keepsakes, and gift to you great and incomparable trinkets and tokens of grace that display His endlessly love for you. (1 Corinthians 2:9 CEV- But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love Him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”)

Abba, today, I come to You on behalf of every heart reading this and I ask and pray that You would draw them into the secret place of Your Presence that You may lavishly bless them with the heavenly treasures of Your grace just as Your heart desires. Father, I ask that You would open their hearts, minds, and spiritual eyes to not only see You as God and Creator, but to also deeply know You as the loving, gracious, and perfect Father that You are. Lord, You are better to us than we are to yourselves and we love You, we bless You, and we give You all of the glory. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“We are ever surrounded by undeserved blessings. Even in His silence, He blesses us.” ~ Dr. David Jeremiah

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Our GOD Sings And HIS Voice— Is Beautiful!

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(Zephaniah 3:17 CEV- The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and He will refresh your life with His love.)

It’s been an entire month since I last shared with you guys, so I first want to start by saying I have missed you all and I love you so much!

I’ve taken the last month and a half to truly seek The Lord more intimately, so I have been fasting, praying, and just asking God to breathe His Holy Spirit within me and to let my breath be His breath.

When I enter into God’s Presence and my heart is crying out to Him, “Abba, please let Your breath become my breath.”, what I’m really saying is, “Father, the very same breath that You’ve used to breathe Your Life within my being, use me as Your divine vessel that I may breathe that same Life into the hearts and souls of others”.

I have been humbly, yet boldly praying in faith that His gift of The Holy Spirit would not just increase within me, but that It would consume me. If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you know that my prayer has often been, “Lord, less of me and more of You”. Well, as He has answered that prayer and allowed me the honor of experiencing Him in a deeper way, my prayer has since become, “Abba, none of me and all of You”.

The notion that God wanted to take me deeper in Him had been lingering in my spirit for months. However, unbeknownst to me at that time, my prayer had actually hindered my level of intimacy with Him because I was praying, “Less of me and more of You”, but He was longing to give me and to show me His more which was so much greater than the more that I had been expecting and praying for.

The Spirit led me to fast and pray because His more required that I seek Him with everything that I am and I needed that because there are some promises that He had spoken to my heart and some as far back as almost four years ago that I have been praying over continuously, but I’ve yet see them to come to fruition. I needed Him to speak to me to confirm those promises again because doubt had begun to creep in. And as a believer, you never want that because doubt is like kryptonite to our prayers. I faithfully live with a heart of expectancy. I know that His Words are true and I believe that He’ll do exactly what He’s promised me. It wasn’t that I doubted Him or His ability, but more so myself and if I had heard Him correctly the first time. I started praying, “Lord, remind me again. Send Th Holy Spirit to refresh me with the power and truth of Your Words”.

So, to say that God has amazed me over this last month and a half would be an understatement because He has been blowing my mind. It all started with me having these dreams of me praying. I would then actually wake up to pray about what ever it was that I had just dreamt that I was praying about and as soon as I would go back to sleep, it would happen again— just a continual cycle. So, all night long, I’m dreaming about praying and then waking up to pray. Getting little to no sleep, but feeling more rested than if I had slept all night. It’s almost as if God was testing me and saying, “Will you obey Me calling you to pray when it’s inconvenient for you? Will you honor My requests even if it means disturbing or interrupting your time of rest?”. That may not seem like an inconvenience to most, but if you truly know me, you know that I have trouble sleeping even when I’m tired, so when I do fall asleep it is a rare and needed treasure.

In me being obedient to His call to wake up and pray, He then started speaking to me through my dreams when I’m asleep and then through visions when I’m awake and showing me specific things about specific people, including myself.  So, in remembering the following passage of Scripture, I wrote them all down in my prayer journal and began to pray asking God to give me revelation of them. (Habakkuk 2:2-3 GNT- The Lord gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.). I mean, He has allowed me to experience Him in divine ways and some I don’t even know how to put into words or explain.

The more He revealed to me the more I desired to go even deeper and greater, and so much so that I then began to pray, “Lord take me deeper, show me more, increase and enlarge my territory of spiritual gifts. And He then brought this verse to mind, (1 Corinthians 12:31 AMP- But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces; the higher gifts and the choicest graces. And yet I will show you a still more excellent way; one that is better by far and the highest of them all—Love.) Essentially, what He was saying to me is, ” Desire more, but be careful not to desire My gifts more than you desire Me and don’t lose sight of the purpose to which I first called you to which is to love. First, desire Me because I Am Love and the gifts will follow and overflow.”.

Can I tell you that truly humbled my heart? His purpose for increasing His power and Presence in my life wasn’t just to reaffirm His promises to me, but for a much greater purpose which was to refresh me so that I would to be able to exceptionally do what He’s called me to do— love His people and extend His grace on the level that He desires for me to with no distractions.

I normally start my time of prayer and worship around 12am because that way God literally gets the first of my day, but it was around 10:30pm and I just felt led to pray and worship Him. So, I’m literally pacing the floor just praying and crying. I’m so desperate for His approval that I wanted Him to know that even though I desire His gifts they mean nothing without Him. I just cried, prayed, and laid my heart bare and exposed before Him about that as well as some other things that had been on my heart.

I always sing during my prayer time, and there’s a song that Bethel Music sings called “I Want To Know You”. I started to play the spontaneous worship version of that song which is about 50 minutes long and I just started singing, pacing the floor, and crying out to Him from the deepest desperation of my heart and soul. And I began to sing the words, “Lord, I want to know You. Let Your Spirit overwhelm me. Let Your Presence overtake my heart.and I just continued to sing that over and over again. And when I say, I want to know Him, I mean better than I know myself. … A few minutes before the song ended they start to sing the words, “Lord, put a new song in our hearts” and I stopped singing just to bask in His Presence. The Holy Spirit consumed me and in the sweetest whisper The Lord started to sing to me, “You know Me” over and over again in the same tune that I had been singing to Him. Those words are not apart of the song. That was just God being God.

As His child, He loves me so much that when there was grieve within my heart, He chose to sing me a lullaby to calm my spirit, celebrate me, and remind me of His unconditional love for me. As He sang to me, I laid down on my bedroom floor face first and I just uncontrollably wept with joy. That is the most intimate and the most beautiful moment that I’ve experienced with God to this date and it brought today’s focal verse to my remembrance. (Zephaniah 3:17 CEV- The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and He will refresh your life with His love.) As I wept, He spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t mistake Me lovingly teaching you as Me reprimanding you. You know Me and I love you.”.

He literally refreshed my entire being by beautifully displaying His love for me through the expression of a song. Choosing to sing three simple, yet powerful words to my heart— “You know Me”. I got up off of the floor and I began to praise, worship, and sing to Him like never before. When I stopped singing it was 4:15am, my voice was almost gone, and I had not even realized that so much time had passed by. That’s the kind of time and intimacy that I want with Him every single day.

I’ve shared all of that with you to say this, I want you to know that our God is loving. He loves you with an everlasting love and even if you’ve never heard His voice, know that He is celebrating over you through a song that He’s written just for you. Above all else in your life, desire Him and the beauty and greatness that is Him will follow. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV- But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.) Our God is the same yesterday, today, and always. He is still The God of signs, wonders, and miracles, so know that what ever you have been praying and believing for, He can do! (Mark 9:23 WEB- Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”)

I’m sharing this song with you because I am praying that as you listen to it, God will impart His divine wisdom upon you and put a new song in your heart and spirit that will replenish, refresh, restore, and remind you of His eternal love for you. Please set aside approximately 50 minutes, listen to it in it’s entirety, and truly give The Lord your all because I believe with all of my heart that God is going to do a mighty, Life-giving, and life-changing work within you through this song.

Abba, I cry out to You on behalf of every person reading this. I lift them up in the name of Jesus and I ask and pray that today and everyday forth that Your Presence would manifest and ever-increase within their hearts and within their lives like never before. Help them to keep their eyes fixed on You, Father and as they do, impart Your divine wisdom, peace, and understanding upon them. Lord, release a fresh wind of Your Holy Spirit within their souls that they may intimately know You and all that you have purposed for them. Abba, within this very moment let Your unconditional love consume them, sing to them, and put a new song in their hearts that they may be replenished, refreshed, and restored unto You. Do a mighty and divine work within, through, and for them. I praise You for their lives! And in the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“You are my Hiding Place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory.” – David (Psalm 32:7 TLB)

 

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Thriving Is Simply Realizing Your Worth

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(Job 33:4 NIV- The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of The Almighty gives me Life.)

This morning, I sat here pondering and treasuring the thought of God breathing His Life into our beings. The wonders of The Lord are so complex to me. I’m often astounded when I truly reflect upon His power and position as our Heavenly Father and as The One True Creator of all things, and how out of all of those things we are His most prized possession. He chose to truly hold us near and dear to His heart. He chose to love, to protect, and to nurture us as His very own. (Job 10:12 MSG- You gave me life itself, and incredible love. You watched and guarded every breath I took.)

I find it so amazing that The God we serve not only breathes His Life into us, but that He loves and cherishes us so much that He then protects that precious investment; that indescribable gift that He instilled within us by standing guard and watching over every single breath that we take. To me that shows how deeply valuable we are to Him.

Life is truly this transcendent unparalleled gift given to us through the breath and by the hands of The Lord. He shapes and molds us into this beautiful creation; something to be sincerely treasured— something of the greatest worth. (Isaiah 64:8 VOICE- Eternal One, You are our Father. We are just clay, and You are The Potter. We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.) What a wonderful thought and mesmeric truth to behold!

If you find yourself feeling discouraged or contemplating your value, be reminded that God says: He made you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are greatest among all life and creation on this earth. And He chose to protect His gift of Life within you because He set you a part to carry on His greatness.

Today, I pray that you allow your heart to embrace all that God has created and called you to be. I pray that you understand that He chose to form you into something of worth because He valued His purpose for your life. But my greatest prayer today is that you would come to value His purpose for your life.

I want you to have the joy of experiencing and the pleasure of being exposed to your greatness in Him because in you seeing and understanding your true worth, no one and nothing can stop you from thriving and receiving all of the great and glorious things that God has planned and predestined for your life.

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Which Will You Rely On Most, Your Feelings Or GOD?

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(Exodus 4:10-12 NLT- Moses pleaded with The Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though You have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”. Then The Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, The Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”)

Today’s focal passage reminded me that whether we feel we’re able to do or accomplish something or not, if God says, “Go!” then we must trust Him and do so knowing that He will never send us on a journey where we’ll have to travel alone. He will always be with us illuminating our way.

I think many of us, like Moses have had times or been in situations where we’ve simply felt inadequate. The truth is sometimes our feelings will lead us astray. The enemy is very strategic. His plan of attack will always be where we’re most vulnerable and for most of us the perception that we have of ourselves and how we “feel” will always come into play. It’s vital that we know our worth and that we never let anyone or anything rob us of how valuable we are.

I just want to encourage you guys to trust God’s provision no matter how you feel. His voice will always guide you to greatness! Believe that He has equipped and gifted you with everything that you need to conqueror what ever it is that He’s calling you to do. Embrace your purpose because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Own your gifts and illuminate those dreams that you’ve kept hidden in your heart. And know that whenever you feel inapt, that can actually be a good thing because it puts you in a position to seek God for help. You are mighty in The Lord!

(Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV- Blessed is the one who trusts in The Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.)

Your value is infinite and you truly can do all things! Christ will always be your strength!

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” ~ Jim Elliot

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Set The World On Fire With Purpose

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(Isaiah 14:24 NIV- The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.)

When I read today’s focal verse I felt this indescribable joy begin to arise within my heart and I smiled because I was reminded that the purpose that God has for my life will stand firm and unwavered no matter what. It reminded me that what He has promised me shall be. I find it amazing that God has this empyreal purpose that He planned just for me and each day He whispers the truth of His promises to my heart making me more cognizant of who He is in my life and the greatness that He expects of me. He nurtures my dreams and the desires of my heart with His living water allowing them to blossom right before my eyes.

There is no one greater than our God. Everyday that He allows us to wake up is a day that we get the chance to choose to draw nearer to Him and live that day greater than the previous through His Presence. Every breath that we take has great purpose because every second that we’re alive is a sign from God that He treasures the purpose that He designed and created us to carry out.

If you’ve ever wondered why you’re still here, know that it’s because of the incredible plan that God predestined for your life. (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG- Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.) Take a moment to conceptualize what that truly means. … God chose us, loved us, treasured us, and decided that He was going to bless us before He even gave us life. If you can’t think of anything else to praise Him for, praise Him for that alone because He’s worthy!

My purpose for today’s post is to remind you guys that you are loved, you are valuable, you are beautiful inside and out, and your purpose is vitally needed and exceptionally great! Embrace all that He has created and called you to be! Believe that you are all that God says you are! And trust that all that He has promised you is yours to keep because His promises and His purpose endure forever!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”~ St. Catherine of Siena

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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With GOD, You Can Slay “life” And Win!

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(Isaiah 9:4 VOICE- You will shatter the yoke that burdens them, You will lift the load that weighs them down, You will break the rod of their oppressor.)

The power and Presence of God reigns supreme exceedingly above and surpassingly beyond all things. The beauty in our intimacy with Him is, no matter what we may have to endure in life or no matter how difficult life may seem at times, it doesn’t have the power to defeat us. Though we often can’t conceptualize the blessings and breakthroughs that God has ahead of us in the midst of the weight of our burdens and the brokenness that our hearts bear, the fact still remains that our God is so much greater than all of the heartache, disappointment, fear, and frustration that we allow to consume us.

If we truly believe in God and the promises of His Word, then why do we still try to carry our own crosses instead of entering into His Presence and laying them before Him? (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG- “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”) Jesus gives us the option to exchange our brokenness and our ashes for His crown and His beauty. There is no exchange in this life that is greater than that.

It’s so crucial that we learn to trust and have complete faith in God instead of relying on ourselves because I can promise you this, our efforts will never match or compare to His power. He’s The Foundation in which we live, walk, breathe, stand, and literally exist and there will always be this need for more and this feeling of inadequacy without Him in our lives. I think the reason we often feel defeated and overwhelmed by life is because it’s simply not enough for us to want God to be in our lives. We have to know that we need Him and by need, I mean need as in can’t live without Him and then surrender that need in His Presence. Our lives would be fulfilled in ways that we never could’ve imagined, dreamed of, or even prayed for if we just allowed our hearts to embrace that truth. We want to know and then trust, meaning we want to be able to see before we believe. But God wants us to trust and then know, meaning He wants us trust Him before we’re able to see and know in our hearts that He will provide. (2 Corinthians 5:7 GNT- For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that with God this life will not defeat me. I believe that He has already conquered everything that has the power to break to me as well as everything that I’ve felt has left me broken. And the reason I believe that is because Jesus said it. (John 16:33 AMP- I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.) I believe in every truth that He promised in His Word and that’s what I want for you.

Don’t live your life feeling defeated and merely existing. Live your life believing that God is with you, expecting Him to help you conquer and overcome victoriously, and knowing that He has the greatest reward with your name written on it if you’ll simply trust Him. Live your life with a smile in your heart as well as on your face not just as you overcome, but as you slay the life that involves everything that has tried to defeat you knowing that God has prepared a Life of perfection ahead of you!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Faith Says Failure Is Not An Option

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(Hebrews 11:1 VOICE- Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.)

I think all of us can appreciate the beauty of this verse and the truth that it holds for our lives because so often we get cemented in the here and now unable to envision the promises that God has predestined for our future. Whenever we feel defeated we have the tendency to only focus on what we have the power to see in that moment, but faith is knowing that we serve a God Who’s conquered everything that has the power to harm or defeat us and believing that He has incredible, unbelievable, unseen blessings awaiting the arrival of our believing hearts to give them life.

It’s so much easier for us to focus on the negatives of life than it is for us to believe for the positives because the negatives surround us and to see the positives we have to be able to conceptualize a view or a path above and beyond where our earthly circumstances or situations say we should be. Our lives are not defined by what we can see, but determined by what we believe. (1 Corinthians 2:5 NLV- In this way, you do not have faith in Christ because of the wisdom of men. You have faith in Christ because of the power of God.) God’s wisdom and power will always surpass our ability and understanding, but the benefit and beauty of that for us is He always welcomes us into His Presence with open arms and through that intimacy with Him we have infinite access to that extraordinary wisdom which allows His exceptional power to come to fruition within our lives.

Don’t allow trials, tribulations, or a moment of weakness to define or determine what God has the power and ability to do in your life. (Mark 9:23 NLT- “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”) Live expecting God to do exactly what He’s promised in His Word that He would accomplish in your life. Fear puts limitations on God’s power and says focus on defeat, but faith says failure is not an option because my God can do all things.

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Celebrate The Value Of One

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(Luke 15:3-7 VOICE- Jesus told them a story. Wouldn’t every single one of you, if you have 100 sheep and lose one, leave the 99 in their grazing lands and go out searching for the lost sheep until you find it? When you find the lost sheep, wouldn’t you hoist it up on your shoulders, feeling wonderful? And when you go home, wouldn’t you call together your friends and neighbors? Wouldn’t you say, “Come over and celebrate with me, because I’ve found my lost sheep”? This is how it is in heaven. They’re happier over one sinner who changes his way of life than they are over 99 good and just people who don’t need to change their ways of life.)

We have the honor and privilege of serving a God Who treasures every single one of our lives. In His eyes we are all priceless and have an incredible purpose to carry out, but how amazing it is to know that He would leave everything and everyone else behind just to seek out that one broken heart not only to mend it’s pieces, but to mold it into something even more beautiful, precious, irreplaceable, and valued than before. I just love that He loves us so much and that even when we’re completely shattered and mangled emotionally and spiritually, He never gives up on us, but seeks after us to ensure that we never give up on Him or ourselves.

As I was reading today’s focal passage, I thought about how many times I was that “one” feeling lost and broken in comparison to how many times God sought after me to restore my heart unto His and I simply could not think of or remember a time when He wasn’t there to provide whatever it was I needed in that moment. However, what really tugged at my heart today was knowing that there are so many people who are so lost and so broken that even if He sought after them, they wouldn’t recognize His Presence because in not knowing Him they wouldn’t understand or realize the cause in which He came. (John 10:10 AMP- The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance; to the full, till it overflows.) It’s heartbreaking that so many people have never known or experienced the beauty, truth, and binding promise of the heart of Jesus in that verse.

Jesus said that we are to be the salt and the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV- “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.) Just as salt enriches the food for our bodies, we are to seek after the brokenhearted and enrich their lives with The Word of God. And just as light shines giving us clarity and guidance for the path we are to take, we are to shine and radiate His love and guide their hearts back to His.

Seek after and celebrate the value of one, even if that “one” happens to be you because restoration and transformation takes place in The Presence of God and you will not leave His Presence the same way you entered into It! (Isaiah 60:5 NIV- Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.)

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Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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My Desire Is _______.

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(Psalm 119:33-40 GNT- Teach me, Lord, the meaning of Your Laws, and I will obey Them at all times. Explain Your Law to me, and I will obey It; I will keep It with all my heart. Keep me obedient to your Commandments, because in Them I find happiness. Give me the desire to obey your Laws rather than to get rich. Keep me from paying attention to what is worthless; be good to me, as You have promised. Keep Your promise to me, your servant— the promise you make to those who obey you. Save me from the insults I fear; how wonderful are Your judgments! I want to obey Your Commands; give me new Life, for You are righteous.)

This morning before prayer service actually started, I sat down and I started to pray the passage above over my own life because I desperately want every promise that God has whispered to my heart and told me was mine to manifest in my life. And I know that in order for that to happen, I have to stay focused on Him and what His heart desires from me and expects of me. The moment that you feel that God has called you to do something changes your whole outlook on life and what truly matters to you. You have this vision that is so much greater than the one that you had for yourself. It’s like looking at your life, but through God’s eyes. So now what I desire for my life is so unbelievably eminent I know that I can’t do it without Him.

Last month, my friend Ellie invited me to her women’s conference. The name of it was “Abundantly Loved” and that’s exactly what the experience poured into our hearts. That day set a fire in my heart that has yet to extinguish. … If you know me at all, you know that unless you had come to church with me you probably wouldn’t even know that I was there because even in a church full of people, my heart still requires intimacy with God. I usually sit quietly somewhere off to myself and I spent most of the conference doing exactly what I normally do, but little did I know that my presence there hadn’t gone unnoticed.

A couple hours before the conference was over, all of the women got together to eat and fellowship. And since I was visiting I didn’t know anyone there except for Ellie and bless her heart she was busy serving and taking care of everyone the whole day. She’s one of those people that you have to admire because she lives, breathes, and embodies the essence of what a woman of God should be. Anyways, since I didn’t know anyone, I just sat at the first table that I saw had an empty seat. When I sat down a lady smile at me, introduced herself, and said, “I’ve been wanting to tell you all day long that the glow of Jesus is all over you, especially in your face.”. That was the best compliment that I have ever received. And in that moment, I also saw the God in her because she wasn’t afraid to say what she felt God had put in her heart to tell me even though she didn’t know me. And from that moment on we just laughed and talked as if we were old friends. (Thank you so much, Holly!)

The reason her telling me that meant so much to me is because I’ve truly been striving to give God my all and she saw that in me before she even knew my name. I personally believe that you can’t truly serve God or minister to someone else’s heart until you’ve been broken yourself because pain brings about a humble and grateful heart towards God that nothing else in life can give you. The most beautiful heart is one that has been broken and then mended by God because there’s a sincerity in that truth when you’re trying to minister to another broken heart that is undeniable. There’s a saying that goes, “Thank God I don’t look like what I’ve been through.”, and I’m sure that we can all relate to that in some way. But for me, instead of looking like what I’ve been through, I prefer to look like the wisdom, healing, and strength that I’ve gained from it. And being at that conference that day was confirmation for me that God had already allowed me to do that.

I shared this with you guys to say this: even though we don’t always understand what God is doing in our lives, the beauty in our pain is that the God in us can use that same pain that left us broken to be someone else’s healing. (John 13:7 NIRV- Jesus replied, “You don’t realize now what I am doing. But later you will understand.”) God has a vision to use our lives to be a blessing to someone else’s and to be a part of something so much greater than the hurt that He’s healed us from. I’m sure you’ve noticed that my title for this was, “My Desire Is _______.”. Fill in that blank with, “Whatever God Desires Of Me”. Allow God’s vision for your life to become your vision for your life because your greater lies in Him and only He can bring it to life within you.

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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