“I am holding you in the palm of my hand.”
With “Hope” as our mantra for 2019, one thing is certain regardless of the journey; as Children of God, we need to be “Into the Fold.” What does this mean?
There are times in life when we face challenges; health, finances, relationships, etc. When these trials appear, one may flounder; creating a sense of confusion, abandonment and vulnerability.
As a mother hen spreads her wings for her chicks to gather under for protection and love; we, too, must find a safe space to breathe.
God knows us; loves us and will protect us, “You keep me safe
from all hidden dangers and deadly diseases. You cover me with your wings.”
“I have sealed your name upon my lips.”
“Come to me all who are tired…” (Mt. 11:29)
Come away with me. My yoke is easy; the load I put on you is Light.
I will deliver you from the snare of the fowler.
Do not conform yourself to the ‘what if’s.’ Conform yourself to what is!
What is; this is the hope I offer you.
Take my hand, grasp it tight and don’t let go.
This is a journey for two; me and you.
Have a very Happy Son Day for Sunday!
“The yoke I give you is easy.”
We are blessed and perfect in God’s eyes, regardless of circumstances that come about. However, there are moments in life we like to hold onto stuff.
The burden one carries to keep the wheels of the bus turning by claiming, “I have a problem.” It’s time to switch the channel.
“Tell your problems how big your God is!”
God is not the author of confusion but the director of choices and solutions; “a problem may arise around me, but I rise out of the center.”
Clarity of purpose brings about the power of being.
“I Have Called You by Name and You are Mine!”
No matter how impossible a situation may be, God knows the route and will give us hints along the way. It is important to pay attention to every detail, no matter how big or small. God can make “Rivers in the Desert.”
For this Son Day for Sunday message, I turned to Isaiah 43. It is a chapter filled with words of promise and hope that we are not alone.
Jesus had the same struggles we have. After returning from the Jordan “full of the Spirit, he was led into the desert for forty days” and was tempted at every turn. Hungry and tired, he held on believing, “When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.”
Here is a special message, just for you:
“You have within you the innate ability to rise to the occasion; rise above fear or uncertainty. Find a common purpose or theme and stick to it. Regardless of your labor, the goal is still the same. Seek peace and you will have it. See a higher order at work.”
Don’t linger. Re-awaken in the connection!
“Here I am, doing a new thing; now it is springing up—do you not know about it? I will surely make a way in the desert, rivers in the wasteland.”
“Fear likes to come and visit my courage.”
The fear that is out there is squashing the individual power in each being and the damage within is severe. It robs one of her/his choices and humanity.
There is no power in fear; it only takes and does not give.
We have come to believe that the very things Christ stood for – “love, justice, forgiveness and kindness will not win out in the end; representing an unattainable goal.”*
One of the greatest stresses in life is waiting for God. Now what?
We are to persevere in prayer; hang on and know with certainty that God will never be defeated.
In an ongoing conversation with God via prayer, we exercise the Spirit; clearing the fear, “With God everything is possible.”
“Keep the light of faith every burning – for Jesus alone is the way that leads to the Father. He alone is the life indwelling in our hearts. He alone is the light that enlightens the darkness.”**
“Fear not; for I am thy rod, thy staff, thy strength and thy hope!”
*My Utmost for His Highest
**Come Be My Light, pg. 264
“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Ps. 30:5)
Standing in the Gap – the In-Between space is where you can make the most difference.
It is about who you are inside; what one allows to manifest or come to the surface.
The unleashing of the darkness and Light is here. The world of hate is not waiting. Is all lost? No, never give up hope!
Look closely; there is a glimmer of promise; a slice of the sun shining through the olive trees. Act in your faith.
Be a force for change and carry the Light with you, “I have given you an example to do as I have done.” (Jn. 13:15)
Through the Power of Prayer, one operates in the hidden, the in-between place. This is where balance is found; the gap between Light and darkness and the Light always prevails.
“During the darkest hours of a challenge, I may feel as if it will take a miracle to bring light back into my life.”*
*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 58
“Blessings and promises from God are from everlasting to everlasting.”
When we bless others, God blesses us.
Its okay to wait upon the urging of the Holy Spirit as God’s timing is perfect. “I make myself known to all by the Spirit within.” (Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 83)
Recently, I was being directed to let go of an item that was passed on to me.
Following the cue from Spirit, I found myself at a local thrift store donating this item and other wares that I no longer needed.
As I was handing the icon to the volunteer behind the counter, the power of the Spirit covered me. I felt blessed.
Overwhelmed in the moment and close to tears, I walked away from the counter and went out the door. I took a deep breath and continued on with my day.
Later in the week, God kept his promise; a dear friend presented me with a wondrous gift.
Yesterday, I had a package delivered by the “Blessed Trucking” company.
I am humbled and awed at the power of the Spirit and how God moves in my life.
Hold on to this statement of truth: “When we bless others, God will bless us.”
“God is the creator of the world who does not tire or grow weary.” (Is. 40)