Saturday, January 28, 2012

New School

There’s a phrase Holy Spirit has been whispering to me all week.
“School of unpopular belief (thought)”.
Jesus was of this school.

He took everything man had known about God and turned it upside-down.
He was (is) the New and Complete revelation of who God is.
He came and made God known.
No longer (only) a distant Divine being, but a personal, nurturing, loving Friend.

The ways of man are not God’s ways, nor His thoughts man’s thoughts.
And so, He came to earth so that man could know His ways and His thoughts.
We have been given the mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:16)

I have a devotional which was published in the 1930’s and written by two women who recorded what Holy Spirit said to them for an entire year. 
Here’s what I read this morning, 
“Truly man’s thoughts are not God’s thoughts, nor man’s ways God’s ways. 
When you seek to follow Me in all, it frequently means a complete reversion of the ways of the world…
but it is a reversion that leads to boundless happiness and peace.”

This is the exact revelation Holy Spirit has been giving me!
In fact, yesterday He said to me,
 “Man is arrogant in his idea that he has Me all figured out; 
that there is some formula to relationship with Me which can be mass produced and copied. 
Man places bonds upon man when he “teaches” that 
in order to have “right standing” with Me one must do
 “this and that”, “thus and such”.
A heart which is truly humble realizes that one’s perception and understanding 
of who I AM today can (and will) change tomorrow
 as I reveal to them, more and more about Myself.
I never change, but man’s understanding of Me does
This is growth, progress, forward motion.
The one whose understanding of me never changes has grown stagnant.
(And we know that stagnant water breeds disease).
Yes, there are fundamental Truths about who I AM, 
but the simple Truth is that Christ has given every one access to My throne 
and whoever trust in Him (John 3:16) has My constant guidance and council.
Jesus’ life on earth made Me known.
I am telling you this so that you will share it 
and help the captives realize that they have (already) been set free!”

 Who am I that God would speak so freely to me?
~A beloved daughter of the Most High King 
with access to all of His riches and glory
~that’s who!

And you know what?
You’re a beloved child of this Most High King too!


Friday, January 27, 2012

God Thoughts No. Forty Eight

The other day, 
a friend sent me a text message 
about how he had been feeling some things in his spirit
 that he was being prompted to pray over.
Then the Lord awakened him at one in the morning 
and had him intercede on those things.
He had stayed up all that day and was feeling very tired.

After a while, 
Holy Spirit told me to pray for rest for this friend 
and so I texted back that 
I was, indeed, praying for him to have peaceful rest 
when his “prayer assignment” was finished.

That led to a little “text discussion” 
where the Lord had me say,
 “Rest is good. It is from God. 
He enjoys resting with us; 
like a parent with their baby”.

It turned out to be a two-fold “a-ha” moment for us both.

The Lord blessed me with that beautiful picture 
as both my friend and I remembered how sweet 
that time with our infant children really was.

Then came the “a-ha” that we have been taught, 
“Rest in the Lord” 
(which is great);
But, how often do we hear,
 “Rest with the Lord”?

A child rests in a parent
(or caregiver)
 because he been taken care of by them.
It is a natural process for a small child.

But to rest with that parent 
is to feel love, comfort and intimate relationship.

At first, we learn to rest in the Lord;
 that is, trust Him, refuge in Him.
But to rest with the Lord 
is to have close, intimate relationship with Him.

Rest with the Lord shifts and expands 
our realization of the relationship.
God goes from caregiver & protector to 
caregiver, protector, lover, friend, Dad.

What an amazing thing that God, 
Creator of everything, 
came to have loving, intimate relationship 
with those whom He created

He is not only a God to be revered, 
but a loving, nurturing Father 
to be loved & known!

Oh how He loves us!

Are you accepting that love? 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

God Thoughts No. Forty Seven

Learning to live in the reality of the simplicity
of a life in Christ is astoundingly liberating!

When Jesus said that the Peace 
He gives transcends human understanding,
He wasn't kidding.

For the past couple/three years 
I have held onto those words 
as if my life depended on them 
(in fact it has).

In the midst of chaos and turmoil, 
I have clung to those words and made them mine 
(Jesus said them, so they were mine to begin with).
They have become my lifeline.

At first I had to remind myself of those words-
What did Jesus say?
Oh yeah, Peace!
But as I held tight to them, 
they began to sink deep into the core of my being.
They became real; 
living, breathing entities 
which have sustained me.
Every day (literally) I have had opportunity to 
test them, cherish them, cultivate them and live them.

Some days are easy
and some days 
take a conscious effort to stand on them;
allow them to course through my being 
and infuse me with Peace.

As I purposed to learn to do so, 
the Truth of these words became reality.
The things which used to nearly paralyze me with fear
 no longer have a hold on me.
They lurk and threaten, but they have no power.
I have allowed Peace to rule my life.

Jesus truly does give a Peace 
which transcends all human understanding.
The feeling of true Peace is almost indescribable.

My hearts sings,
My body rejoices,
My soul soars,
My burden is light!
It is amazing!


The most incredible part is that 
this Peace belongs to every one of us.
Jesus said,
 “The Counselor, Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) 
will teach you everything;
that is, He will remind you of everything I said.
I am leaving you with shalom (peace)-
I am giving you My shalom.”
Matthew 14:26-27

Peace belongs to us.
Jesus left it here.
He has (already) given it to us.
It is an unfathomable gift!
And as with all gifts, we have a choice.
We can either pick it up and use it
We can lay it aside and ignore it.

Thank you Holy Spirit for reminding me!
Thank you for your constant guidance;
The One, the only, True Counselor
who, indeed, has all of the answers!

May Peace rule and reign in your heart
~today and always!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

God Thoughts No. Forty Six

The more I press into the Lord, the more of Himself He reveals.
One of the most resounding things He continually reveals 
is that relationship with Him is much simpler than we make it.

So often we approach our relationship with Him 
based upon our relationships with other people.
This is backwards.

Jesus’ life, death and resurrection 
made relationship with Him simple.
Before Jesus, man relied on man for relationship with God 
(through Moses, priests, etc.).
Then Jesus came so that we would be free 
to have direct access to Him.

Yet, still today, 
man teaches that man needs to depend on and rely upon man to 
“learn” how to have “proper” relationship with God.

But after Jesus’ ascension (back) into heaven, 
Holy Spirit came to all men; 
to speak with, to teach, to dwell with and to indwell.

The written Word (Bible) is absolutely relevant 
but so is His spoken Word, 
which He longingly desires for each of His children to hear.

Holy Spirit is as relevant to us today as He was to Abraham.
He is alive and moving just as much as He was at Pentecost.

So why do we insist that we need “learned” men 
to teach us how to have relationship with God?

I have walked and talked with Jesus all of my life.
When I was a child I did not question Him,
I simply believed Him. 
I knew Him.
He was my greatest delight and treasure.

Then as I got older, men began to influence my thoughts and perspective of Him.
By the time I was a teenager I was tightly wound and bound in and by legalism.
Gone were the days of sitting, playing and sharing with Jesus.

Those days were replaced with self-loathing, 
berating of self for short-comings, 
and loads of prayers asking for forgiveness for wretchedness 
which ultimately bred an attitude of Pharisaical self-righteousness.

Many are the people I have injured with judgment.
Many are the bonds I have tightened around others.
Many are the years of my life wasted 
on trying to follow the laws of man 
in order to “figure out” how to please God.

But, God…
Good and gracious Lord…
Plucked me up and out of that situation.

The past five years have been filled with His grace 
as I have thrown out all I was ever taught about Him 
and have become an open, supple, yielded vessel
 to His voice, His mind, His Spirit and His leading.
It has been an amazing journey.

The freedom and liberation which comes from 
an unhindered relationship with Him is phenomenal.
I have, once again, become the open & trusting child I once was.

No longer bound by man or by Satan,
 but FREE in Christ (which is what He gave to all men).

To those I have judged, condemned and bound,
 I am truly sorry.
I pray that each one realizes that Jesus IS Lord 
really means that you are Free.

To everyone who knows Jesus IS Lord,
I pray that your relationship with Him 
would be real, honest and unhindered.

Each one’s relationship with God is personal and unique.
It is the only perfect relationship.
I pray that a revelation of this 
would cause each one to base all other relationships 
upon relationship with Him and not the other way around.
IT is what (has) set us free to begin with!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

God Thoughts No. Forty Five

Jesus summed up the Law with one word

A realization of His Love sets the heart soaring.
He came and has (already) set every captive free.

A caged animal that has been set free
does not embrace or realize it until
he walks out the door and into the open.

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It is only by embracing His Love that one is able to truly Love in return.
When we Love (truly), the Law is fulfilled.

Because we are free in and by His Love,
we are free of the responsibility of others.

It is not (never was) our job to change people.
The “salvation” of others is not (never was) our responsibility.

Jesus’ death on the cross is what “sealed the deal”.
Since He finished it,
 there is nothing we need to (or can) do to add to it.
It IS Finished!

Our job is, simply, to share the “Good News”
 which is-
Jesus IS Messiah;
 the One mankind had been waiting for!

Jesus IS Lord!

So, because we believe (accept, understand) this Truth
and His great Love
has manifested itself in our hearts,
our job is to share it, declare it;
shout it from the roof tops!
Since I have, personally, received the Law (Love)
and have experienced it first-hand,
IT is what compels me to shout it for all to hear.

Freedom in Love creates a desire within
that all would see it-

And Truth is-
Jesus Loves you!

You are (already) saved by His Love
which placed Him on the cross on your behalf.
He became sin so that you would be perfect
-a New Creation
-without spot or blemish.

Now He waits,
by your side,
for you to embrace Him.
To declare that, indeed,
He IS Lord!

It really is that simple!
Accept it.

Accept it and BE (truly) free!
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Friday, January 20, 2012

In & Out of Season

People come;
 people go.

Some are kind;
some are rude.
are both.

In our lives for a reason;
gone at the end of a season.

It matters not who has been there;
or who hasn't been.

What matters most
is how you have allowed them to effect you.

And most of all;
to Love them

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Heart's Cry

O God, my God
I do cry
This poverty
Will you defy?

Jesus, Jesus
No more delay
Lest my soul
Fall into decay

Despair, despair
All this care
Will my hope
You not repair?

Holy Spirit, precious Spirit
Hurry I pray
Lest my heart faint
And give way

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Perfect Love

Oh! What manner of love is this?
Unconditional, perfect and does persist;
Patiently awaiting the one who stands in resist.

Why do you continually reject
The One who hung;
The friend,
 Who gave His life
In order to remove all your strife?

Resist no more,
The One who stands at your door;
Arms open wide
Waiting for you to abide
In His love, from which you can no longer hide.

Embrace, dear child,
The simple fact
That Jesus on your behalf did act.

Turn to Him
On no flippant whim
And in triumph declare
Your heart He did win!

Monday, January 16, 2012

God Thoughts No. Forty Four

Isn't it funny
~Ha Ha
that as soon as I said I had nothing to say,
Holy Spirit gave me something to say?

I was thinking about and marveling at the wondrous love of God
when I had an epiphany of sorts.
Or better said, Holy Spirit made it simple and clear.

God loves you whether you respond to Him or not.
Often, man’s response to that love is based upon one’s own experience(s) with love
-human love.

But His love is made perfect in Christ.
An acceptance of His love
and a determination to remain in relationship
with Him will bring about a revelation of truth.

A revelation of His perfect love changes you forever
and then
you are able to walk in complete freedom
and to Love the way that He loves
~ unconditionally and truly.

Why would we settle then
 for any other kind of love?

I'm An Unbeliever* - The Jesus Trip

I have time to write today,
but nothing to say.
So, instead,
I'm sharing this video.
Be blessed.
Be free!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ebb & Flow

I absolutely love the ocean.
If I could be anywhere right now,
it would be on a beach somewhere.
a cool, balmy beach.

So many thoughts
have swirled around like a whirlpool
in my mind already this morning;
Bits and pieces of Scripture
doing their perfect work in my spirit.

Looking over my posts so far this year,
I realize that my thoughts, moods and emotions
seem to ebb and flow like the ocean.
One day my faith comes crashing in like the surf of a high tide.
The next day my faith is calm and peaceful like the flow of a low tide.
Then the next day my faith ebbs;
 back into the sea of thought, mood & emotion.
What a human mess I am!

The past couple of weeks,
the Lord has been reminding me that faith is a gift
(1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 2)
I don't have to strive for more faith,
I simply need to use the gift I've already been given.

I read a quote this morning;
"Don't trust in your own faith. Faith is trust in the work of Christ."
Without the work of Christ,
I have no faith anyway!

As I share my thoughts in these posts,
I ask you to please pardon
the soggy, dripping gift I present
as it has been swimming around in the ocean of my messy life.
And hey, Jesus just said,
"Lysa, you're a beautiful wet mess;
Just like the ocean that you love so much."

Thank you , Jesus, for that wonderful word of gracious encouragement!

How about you;
 are you using your gift of faith today;
allowing Jesus to have His perfect way in encouraging you?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


People are robbed every day.

Children ~
of innocence.

Men and women ~
of dignity.

Workers ~
 of wages.

Innocent ~
of justice.

Citizens ~
of what’s right.

We’ve been robbed.
It’s not the first time.
Probably won’t be the last.

We live in a place where we have had to turn the other cheek so many times
we don’t know which one to turn next.

Bruised. Bloody. Tired.

What gets me through it all?
And His promise ~
To protect.

I don’t desire revenge.
I desire for people to do what’s right.

I know ~
That would be a perfect world.
And until Jesus returns to rule and reign,
our world remains imperfect.

One can always hope.


Good Days and Not

A ray of light.
Erased by the clouds.

A moment of calm.
Swallowed by the storm.

Forward motion.
Turned around.

A glance at victory.
Blinded by the enemy.

Hope in promises.
Dashed away.

Another day.
Pray no more delay.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

God Thoughts No. Forty Three

Most of my mornings begin with my asking the Lord for a word, a verse or some sort of encouragement.
Hearing from Him first thing in the morning is what gets me through the day.

This morning I was thinking about alot of things; the children, the hubby’s new job, finances, etc.
Before I knew it I began wondering if I really was on the right track.
I could feel doubt and fear beginning to creep up.
I began to question whether I have been hearing God correctly.
As soon as I realized where my thoughts were going, I asked the Lord for an encouraging word.

He said, “Look at Matthew 17.”

Verses 1-8 read, “Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain privately. As they watched, Jesus began to change form - His face shone like the sun and his clothing became white as light. Then they looked and saw Moses and Elijah speaking with him. Peter said to Jesus, ‘It’s good that we’re here, Lord. I’ll put up three shelters if you want – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they were so frightened that they fell face down on the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. ‘Get up!’ he said. ‘Don’t be afraid.’ So they opened their eyes, looked up and saw only Jesus by himself.”

These few verses revealed several things to me.

First, Jesus loves to spend time with us. It is His delight to walk with us and to show us things that our “natural” eyes cannot see; the things of heaven.

The second thing I noticed was how Peter was so quick to want to “DO” something (build the shelters-which is so like Peter!) but while he was speaking about it, God interrupted him.
The Lord reminded me that I don’t always have to be “doing” something.
He desires to bless me anyway.

Third, is the fact that God said, “Listen to him!”
I do listen. I’m pretty good at it.
 Where I struggle is in simply taking Him at His word.
Now I know that in a previous post, I said that my motto was, “Jesus said it so I believe it!”
- And it is my motto. I just struggle with living it every day!

I noticed too, that in fear, they looked down (away from the Lord).
Sure, it may have been reverent fear of God, but it still caused them to look away.
And when they did, they missed out on something (Moses and Elijah left).
Yeah, fear causes us to miss out on things of and from the Lord because our eyes are turned away from Him and focused on the fear.
I can’t even think about how much I have missed because of fear!

And finally, I saw that Jesus touched them.
 And when He did they opened their eyes.
They placed their focus back on Him and all was well.

That is the beauty of the Lord.
 We go through so many things; inflict upon ourselves our own misery,
yet He is always there, ready with a touch; to set us back on course.

With these verses, the Lord reminded me that often, I make things more difficult than they need to be.
When He says something, He means it.
 He has said, “Listen to me, Lysa.
Don’t doubt or worry. Instead, look up! Your redemption is near!”
Yes, He said it and I believe it!

Thank You, Lord, for setting me back on course!

What has He said to you today?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fitly Spoken

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver."
Proverbs 25:11

The other day I was looking back over my blog when I had a fleeting thought,
 “I wonder if people read this and roll their eyes.
I’m always talking about the Lord and His goodness. I wonder if they get tired of it.”

Immediately, the Lord spoke the above verse to me
 then reminded me of something a wise young man said some time ago.

I had made some sort of comment about the fact that most of my blog posts and social media updates are about praising God or telling of His goodness.
The young man’s response to me was,
 “Lysa, you can’t help it. It’s your very DNA.”
He’s so right and it’s so true! I can’t help it.

I’ve known the Lord since before I can even remember.
He has always been the center of my being.
 And I can’t not speak of Him.

Listen, I am a real person with real struggles.
 Like so many others out there, my life circumstances are a mess and things appear to be out of control.
The past several years have proven to be the greatest test that I have ever encountered.
 But through it all, the one thing that remains the same is God and His goodness.

If I hadn’t had this to hold onto, I would have fallen into despair.
In fact, I probably wouldn’t be here today without the knowledge of Him.
Fear, despondency, grief and depression would have driven me to something drastic.
Yes, death.

But, God.
He is amazing.
A true friend.
Holy Spirit.
The guide to all Truth.

These writings are my offering
to the One who gave me life
and who has preserved me.
They are the reason I live;
who I am.

My decision (the Lord's decision really)
to make them public
is so that others may be encouraged;
filled with hope,
driven from despair
and into the loving arms of the One who created them.

I am so thankful to the young man who said those words to me.
They truly are words fitly spoken and I treasure them even more than I would
valuable gold and fine silver.

So, I do pray that what I share encourages you.
Thanks for taking the time.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Simply Ask!

When I went to bed last night, I was dealing with some mouth pain.
I have a wisdom tooth that’s been causing some grief for way too long now and I have another tooth that has been sore for the past few days.
 I wasn’t really thinking about the teeth when I went to bed, but as I lay there trying to fall asleep, a little rhyme from childhood popped into my head.
It goes, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. – John 14:14”
That’s it.
 It repeats itself over and over again to some little tune that, I am sure, the Sunday School Teacher made up but the line is straight out of the Bible and is oh so true!

As the rhyme coursed through my mind, I spoke to my teeth, mouth and gums, saying to them that they are healed & healthy.
 Not only did I speak these words, but I believed them.
And guess what, my mouth stopped hurting and I went to sleep.

For the past two years, I have been conversing with the Lord about John 14:14 (the whole chapter really).
I have been trying to “figure out” how to do the things Jesus said I (and every other Spirit-filled believer) would do.
This morning He had me reread the whole chapter and as I did I realized that in all my attempts at “figuring it out” I had actually missed the simplicity of it.

Here’s what I re-realized; Jesus said it, therefore it is done.
 I can do all things because of Him.
So if I ask it in His name, it is done.
Because Jesus ascended back into heaven, Holy Spirit came to empower me.
And because it is already accomplished in and through Him, I believe that it is so.

John 14:12-14 says, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in me will also do the works that I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father.
In fact, whatever you ask in my name, I will do; so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask something in my name, I will do it.”

Jesus healed and cared for people.
He went about doing good things; things that were “super”natural and awe inspiring.
 It is the Father’s goal that His children would be taken care of; healthy and whole.
And He intends to use us to bring those good things about.
The fact is, God is good.
Sure, bad things happen and evil is all around, but when we serve an all-powerful God who is nothing but goodness, why wouldn’t we expect good, indeed, great, things from Him?
I mean if we believe the Bible, why would we worry, doubt or fear?

Now, I am not saying that I’ve got it all figured out or that I never slip into worry or doubt, but what I am realizing is that it is so much simpler than we make it.
My motto has become, “Jesus (God/Holy Spirit) said it so I believe it!” - plain and simple.
Know what else?
 With that perspective, my heart is light, my mind is clear and my spirit is free!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I just absolutely love confirmation;
when the Lord says or shows me something
which confirms to me that I am on the right track;
hearing clearly what He is saying to me.

This morning, I asked Him what He wanted me to read
from His written Word and He said, “Isaiah 60.”

My thoughts was,
“Lord, you gave me verse one of Isaiah as an encouraging word just two days ago.
You want me to read it again?”

He said, “Yes, but read the whole chapter carefully.”

So I did.

Three things stood out to me.

First, verse 9,
“The coastlands are putting their hope in me,
with the ships of Tarshish in the lead,
to bring your children from far away,
and with them their silver and gold,
for the sake of Adonai your God,
the Holy one of Israel,
who glorifies you.”

Now Isaiah is speaking to Israel; revealing the promises of God
to His people so that they may be filled with hope.
He is promising prosperity!
He is promising to glorify them!

How amazing that this verse parallels my own life
and that He is showing me that He has,
indeed, promised me (and my household) prosperity.
And the fact that He glorifies us is truly awesome!

The second part which stood out to me was verses 19-20,
“No more will the sun be your light by day,
nor the moonlight shine on you;
instead, Adonai will be your light forever
and your God your glory.
No longer will your sun go down;
Your moon will no longer wane;
For Adonai will be your light forever;
Your days of mourning will end.”

My initial response to this was,
“Yes, this is exactly what I wrote about yesterday;
learning to live and see by His perspective.
When I live and see by His perspective,
There is no darkness
Because He is light!”

This is mind-blowing stuff!

And finally, the third thing was verse 22b,
“I, Adonai, when the right time comes,
will quickly bring it about.”

It’s just like I said the other day.
When God says something,
it is done!
It is simply waiting on Him to bring it about
at the right time!

When He promises something we can believe it;
bank on it;
expect it!
There is no need to worry, doubt or fear
because He has done it!

I am so excited
and can’t wait for the manifestation
of all He has promised!


Monday, January 2, 2012


What man sees as supernatural,
God sees as natural.

What man calls a miracle,
God calls a normal occurance.

God sees the beginning from the end.
Man sees only in-part.

What God speaks is already done.
It's simply a matter of it manifesting at the appointed time.

I love the passage in 2 Kings where Elisha and his servant are surrounded by the enemy
and the servant falls into despair; hopelessness.
Then Elisha prays to the Lord for his eyes to be opened.
Here's how it goes,
"So [the Syrian king] sent there horses, chariots, and a great army.
 They came by night and surrounded the city.
When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city.
Elisha's servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do?
 [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.
Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see.
And the Lord opened the young man's eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

Elisha knew his God.
He trusted Him.
And he knew how to see through heaven's eyes.
Now that's perspective for you!

It delights the Lord to share, with His children,
the plans and purposes of heaven.

Jesus told us to pray,
"Your will be done on earth as it is (already)  done in heaven."

I spent a great deal of 2011 asking the Lord
to teach me how to see through His eyes more clearly;
to learn how to remain in His perspective continually.
I have learned that it is mostly a choice.
I can choose to see things from a worldly persprective
 I can purpose to see from a heavenly perspective.
I have made it my habit
 to take captive those thoughts which are not of heaven
and to replace them with God thoughts.
I still have a way to go.
Forty years of wordly thinking hasn't gone away as quickly as I would like.
But I have found that learning to live in heaven's perspective
is as simple as saying the name, "Jesus".
Because all evil flees at His name!

By the power of Holy Spirit and because of
Jesus' life, death & resurrection,
God's perspective is available to everyone who believes
~ in Christ, as Messiah (Savior, God with us).

Woot! Halleljuah!

How about you?
Whose perspective do you want to live by this year?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Gift of 2012!

About an hour or so into the new year,
I received a present-
yes a gracious gift from a gracious Father!

I had sat down and began logging on to social media
to see what New Year posts people were sharing
when the Lord spoke to me and said,
"Read Isaiah 60:1. It's for you."

So, I did and this is what it says,
"ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!"

I am so excited!
The past several days have been filled with excitement and a feeling of expectancy.
The Lord has been whispering in my ear that 2012 is to be a year of new beginnings
~and I believe Him!

We can see that He has already "started the ball rolling".
We can actually see beyond the horizon as things are beginning to take shape.
No longer stuck in the mire of despondency and hopelessness,
but filled with great anticipation and a sense of freedom, hopes fulfilled & promises manifested.

We truly serve a great and mighty God.
Jesus is, indeed, a Savior of varying degrees.
Holy Spirit is so multi-faceted that what we know of Him
only begins to scratch the surface of who He really is.

I am so thankful for the fact that God is always on the move.
His greatest desire is to have loving relationship with His children.
He is always there; with each and every one of us.
It is we who choose to listen-
or not.

I thank Him and praise Him for His wondrous gifts
and for the fact that He chose to bless me
"right off the bat"
with a wonderful gift of encouragement
from His written Word.

What a loving,
extravagant Father!

Praying you realize, see, and grasp
 all that He has for you in this
new year!

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