In May of 2010, I had a bird family move into my recycled plastic bags in my front garden area. It was strange. God was sending me a message. I needed to pay attention.
I watched the parents build a nest in the bags; meticulous and persistent, bringing in twigs and such. Soon there were eggs and then baby birds.
The parents were vigilant caring for the little ones, just as God cares for us; providing all of our needs and some of our wants.
Soon, the babies grew up. They began to take flight and leave the nest one by one.
There was one little guy left behind; struggling and squawking, needing extra support. A day later, the little guy took off.
There will come a time in one’s life that we may be embarking on a new journey or leaving behind that which does not work or serve any universal purpose. When this happens, God will provide the assistance, time and place to get us “Into Flight.”
“In His Presence is Power!”*
How strong is my spiritual commitment to fulfill this ministry of intercession, deep within the hidden recesses of my life?
“Going Deep means we are sent forth into diverse spaces for healing.”*
Am I allowing my spiritual life to waste away or am I focused?
To “Pause in the Presence” is to go deep, maintain focus and abide with the Risen Christ; in all places, spaces and manner of being.
“There is Power in His Presence!”*
*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life
“Let not your heart be troubled.”(Jn 14:1)
Dear God, I come to you for strength; strength of body, mind and soul. I feel the infilling of Your Spirit and assurance of your presence. Thank You, God, for giving me strength!
Dear God, I come to you for the wisdom to know what to do; choosing the course that means growth and understanding. Thank You, God, for giving me wisdom!
Dear God I come to You for the courage to face every experience; standing strong and firm in the midst of situations that require much of me. Thank You, God, for giving me courage!
“Dear God, I Thank You for standing with me, when I need you most!”
*Text from Daily Inspiration
“Eternal God is our refuge.”
Many are in way over their head financially, emotionally and physically. It’s a load too much for one to bear.
The water is deep and one cannot touch the bottom with her/his feet.
Do not give up. This is the time to reach out and grab the “Long Arm of God” representing strength and protection.
We sometimes want to fight the battles of life using our own power which eventually fades out.
“Spiritual development means the ability to stand still or stand aside” and let God do the heavy lifting; fighting the good fight, “With whom my hand shall be established; my arm will also strengthen her/him” from everlasting to everlasting.
“Give me your pain of being a spiritual pilgrim during these changing times. Give me your burdens. I will carry them for you just as I carried my Cross.”*
“God’s arm is long; it’s holy and heals.”
*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 52
“I will lead you out of darkness and into the Light. Stand strong and tall.”
Is there Light at the end of the tunnel? How do we get there? How does one harness the spiritual power to keep on moving when the going gets tough?
When your faith is tested, let steadfastness have its full effect. So, let it grow and as your endurance is developed, you will be complete, needing nothing. (Ja.1)
We come to the realization that God is in charge and can co-create a partnership that allows his strength to come forth and cover us, “Stand firm. Let nothing shake you. Be full of energy for the work of the Lord.” (1 Cor.)
Prepare to follow a newly charted course; pray and affirm divine order. Call on Shalom Nissi, the God who offers strength.
“Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power.” (Eph. 6)
Give thanks, dear friends, God is at work. Be steadfast in faith. Let the power of the Shekinah Spirit flow through you.
“Keep what is written in the holy book on your lips and in your heart, at all times. Recite it day and night, so that you will be sure to do all that it says. Only then will you be successful on your journey; only then will you act with wisdom. I am telling you: Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed or discouraged for your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh.1)
“You are my rock and my fortress.”
From the beginning of the new season up to this moment, a pattern of growth has been emerging in the midst of darkness.
During prayer, I received a vision of a sprout pushing up through the earth; reflecting God’s strength in times of need, even when life happens or we miss a step or two.
There is strength in the divine that we cannot see. When the tide of life pushes against us and the rain comes down, the little stalk may appear to look as though it won’t survive the battle, “Don’t let anyone intimidate you.”
“Not a single sparrow falls to the ground without God’s knowledge.”
We can take comfort that this is a temporary situation that will not last the rest of our lifetime, “What I tell you in darkness, speak it in the Light.”
The sun will come out from behind the clouds and the ground will dry a bit, “Nothing is hidden that will not be made known.”
During this transformation that cannot be seen on the outside; the little sprout emerges into a plant. It will once again reach up to its source, as a child would reach out looking to hold the hand of a loving being, “All that springs to life, your peace presence brings.”*
“God your Light is greater than the brightest star. Your Spirit awakens all things.”*