How many times do we hesitate to come to Him, sit in and soak up His presence because we haven’t been our best, or done our best? Oh you are going to love this week’s love letter from God’s heart to Debra’s to yours!
My dear one, come freely and boldly to Me, where love is enthroned, and receive mercy's kiss. Discover the grace needed to strengthen you in your time of weakness.
Come and spend time with Me that you may be strengthened each day. Come and be empowered to walk through each thing you are faced with, for it is My good pleasure to walk with you through each thing.
When you are feeling overwhelmed or tired, My love, retreat to the arms of your Abba Daddy, and let Me hold and comfort you. There are times for everything, so come for a time of refreshing as you receive My love and mercy.
Let everything that concerns you be drowned in My love this morning, for nothing but Me should dominate your mind. Beloved, be strong and courageous for I will fight for you, and you can rest in My love, in My care that is like nothing you have ever known.
Lord I need you…
All of you
I need your arms around me
To feel your love surrounding
The days may be growing longer
But time seems to wander
It wanders away, slipping through my tense grasp
Being consumed by life’s menial tasks
The stress and the worry take over
And my brows begin to furrow
As I sit and worry about a future that I cannot see
Stressing about trivial needs
When people are dying, begging on the streets
I stop myself, admitting my shameful self-pity
realizing the blessing of His bringing me to this city
At just the right time
Not a penny too short; Right on the dime
Yet, I still worry about the cares of this life
When You, oh Lord, already gave me more than enough to suffice
Nevertheless, I persist in worrying about time
When all I should be doing is resting my mind
Resting in your presence
Singing to the heavens
Because this time is a gift
and I will praise you as long as I live
As long as I can write, as long as I can sing, as long as I can draw, paint, and dance
As long as I am here, Lord, I will use my God-given gifts
Worry I may
But at the end of the day
I will quietly pray
To not let a second of this beautiful life slip away
Oh, I just love hearing, seeing the revelations of others! Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and our guest blogger, Jenn Woolsey! I sense you will truly relate and enjoy today’s word!
A couple weeks ago, we painted V's room. Some of you may have seen the before and after pictures. The room is still in progress, but it's been fun.
I've been reflecting on this project and I've realized something. I like the process of taking a mess and making it better. My whole house is a work in progress. In fact, it has been from the beginning.
In my job, I enjoy the patients who are a challenge. I like to see the improvement in someone who comes in with gum disease, leaves with clean teeth and the opportunity to keep improving. I enjoy putting things in order. I like encouraging others to stay on their course.
This is what God does for me. He takes my mess. He's in the business of putting my life in order. He sees in me what can be…not what is. Through all the plot twists of life, He is creating something beautiful. Some of it remains to be seen…and won't be totally done until He comes back.
Thank God He doesn't leave me in a torn down state.
"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
Happy Monday, and thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Trench Classes United and Abigail!
You weep in the morning though you should rise with grace
As the daylight saves, we tend to lose our place
Our hearts grow weary and our dreams glean leery
Worrying about the day ahead when our mind should be at rest instead
Will spring ever come? Will we ever see the sun?
With fields full of flowers in bloom we reminisce on the past
When we were young and so giddy yet all we feel is pity
Forgetting that today is a new day, a day the Lord has made great
and we should rejoice, and be glad in it
Because right now, this time is what we are given living in a story that is has been well written
So, we wake up with a smile on our face knowing that today is the day the Lord has made
Yes, I will choose to make it the very best day
We fight…without having the right words to say
and In the end knowing it’s our fragile hearts that will have to pay
Pay the price for those words that cut like a dull, rusty knife
Wounding and scarring until someone decides to be big enough to say “sorry”
But is that truly enough?
We act so tough
Like our hearts were meant to play rough
But they were created to guide us
To pull us, yet we fight them
Craving our body’s desires
We throw everything else straight down into the pit of fire
You may be brave enough to take on this world
But that doesn’t mean you always need to roar
Roar when it’s necessary
But love like it’s temporary
Here today and gone tomorrow
not something you just pick up and borrow
Hold on to that love for dear life
Those words aren’t worth feeding your prideful fight
Instead, Fight for light
Fight for love
The one sweet precious gift you were given from above
So be tough in your pursuit of His love
Because one day this world will not be enough
and He will come back and ask “My precious Daughter, what have you done?”
and you can proudly respond
I fought with desire
and let Your love fuel the fire
Have you ever been involved in a self-made pity party and God showed up?
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I was knee-deep in my self-made pity party, overwhelmed by hills of situations that suddenly looked like mountains. I began looking at reasons why I should just throw in the towel, not bother to climb yet another mountain and I started to voice those reasons in the form of questions, crying out, Lord, what am I missing? Why, oh why is this taking so long? Why, Lord, is so and so getting recognized like that? Why is that organization receiving funding? Why does this person and that person have so many followers? Why does ministry have to be so hard?
Suddenly my phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and was shocked, to say the least, because in the back of my mind I kept hearing this prompting to call her and ask for prayer.
Without boring you with the details of the conversation, let me just say that it definitely lifted my countenance and encouraged my soul by reminding me that I was not in this alone. It was like a splash of water on a fire self-started with my playing with pity. In other words, the fire wasn’t completely out; there were still embers burning in my heart, but at least it wasn’t raging and threatening to destroy what God has done in me and through me. Within an hour there was another huge piece of encouragement, a much-needed and unexpected donation.
I got another splash of water a few hours later through another phone call from someone who offered to step up and help with a real sad situation, someone who isn’t even on our team! I knew these were God-incidents and not just a coincidence. The embers of doubt and self-pity were slowly fading.
As I was driving to my deposition the next day, the traffic slowed me down quite a bit and another prompting tugged on my heart. I pulled a handful of scriptures on 3x5 cards out of my console to feast upon. Don’t worry, I was paying attention to the road while testing my memory. This is a great way to distract your frustration in traffic, by the way. 😉
Surprise, surprise! God showed up again. 😊 What do you think was the first one that I read? Do not grow weary in doing good for in due time you shall reap if you do not lose heart! Gal 6:9
What a life preserver! And still yet, He hands me another: The Lord God is my strength; He makes my feet like deer’s feet; He makes me walk on my high hills. HAB. 3:19
Oh, how faithful He is to love me in my most unlovable moments, to show compassion and mercy as an answer to all my questions.
If you’ve ever participated in a pity party, would you pray this prayer with me for yourself: “Oh, Abba, help me look to Your principles and promises to lift me up and out of my pity parties, to make my feet like deer’s feet that I would walk on the hills You placed before me and not grow weary of doing good, trusting You will bring the harvest forward in Your time.”
Faith Filled Friday
My dear one, drink deeply of the pleasures of Me, your God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies I give to all who turn to hide themselves in Me. For I am your God and there is none like Me! Come and learn of Me, come and rest in My Presence, receive of My strength today. Come and walk in the garden of My peace today. Come and let My love fill your heart as you meditate on My goodness.
See yourself walking along side Me as I show you things you did not know. What is the cry of your heart? What is it you would like Me to be for you today? Will you let go and let Me be that for you, without trying to control all the circumstances? For My ways are far above your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. Even your imagination, as good as it is, cannot even come close to My splendor.
Beloved, let Me be the One to WOW you with My creativity that is matchless in all the world.
Life happens too slow – or that used to be so. Looking back now, those were the days of easiness, the days of sweet freedom. Yet I always found myself seeking the next season, never able to “just go with the flow” and having to constantly be in the know.
What comes next? When will my life go as planned? It never did and I knew I had to leave it in His hands. Stop with the incessant planning and perfecting – and start living. Instead I kept dreaming. Dreaming about life as if it were a movie; playing out perfect scenarios in my head. Knowing in the end it was never His plan, and for me, I would have to move on. Onward, ahead.
And as soon as I stopped wishing, I began living, and the pictures, they stopped playing but for me the real movie was just beginning… so fast, with no preview. No time for planning or knowing. The scenes, they just kept rolling. The funny thing is, now life won’t stop spinning – the once “too slow” is now so fast, and when I look back I can’t believe how He shaped my past. So perfectly. So intricately.
Every moment, every worry, all those times I just wanted it to ‘hurry’ – He was moving me to be exactly where I am supposed to be. Am I where I wanted to be? That no longer matters because I am becoming the woman He created me to be. At times feeling unready – but knowing that now I have four hands and two hearts to keep me steady. A Father above, who has gifted me with so much earthly love.
And I stop in awe as I remind myself all over again that my life is in His hands. There is no reason to worry. Nothing is in a hurry. His timing is perfect. His movie forever playing.
Standing on the rooftop; Staring into the sunset
Ready to fly; Ready to scream
Feeling the chill air, the nightly breeze
Darling, hold on to those beautiful wings
Embrace the uncertainty
Knowing that you are becoming exactly who God has called you to be
Now float, float into His embrace
Into the breeze, feeling the mercy
Knowing that this world that tends to bring you to your knees
Is not your final resting place, not your final destiny
Your soul belongs in eternity
Closing your eyes, you are now ready to fly
Trust those wings to carry your burdens
Carry your weight, light as a feather, forevermore
No matter how worn, no matter how torn
Trust in Him and you will soar.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Oh what sweet words of wisdom to walk with for this new year! Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Faith-Filled Friday’s with Trench Classes United. Enjoy this love letter from the heart of God to Debra’s heart now to yours.
Good morning, My child.
True love for Me means obeying My commands, and My commands don't weigh you down as heavy burdens. I never ask you to do anything that you cannot do; and then I give you the strength and the ability to do what I do ask. So My burden is not heavy. If you are feeling weighted down today, take a step back and do a quick inventory: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, then you will find what is putting a strain on you.
Take care of yourself that you may be strong for My work. Rest when you need to rest. Take time with Me that your spirit can be refreshed. Be sharp, be quick to declare My Word. Have a Scripture for everything! Then you will have an encouraging word for everyone you meet along the way.
Everything I do is to make you more like Me. Look at your life, your activities; do you look like Me? Beloved, let your love for Me flow through you causing you to love your neighbor as yourself.
From His heart to yours,