Tuesday, February 25, 2014


God wants you to know…

"My Presence is more than enough. Allow Me to seep into your whole being. I will fill you up. I will carry you through. I will anoint you to do My will, as you listen to Me, as you seek Me, as you enjoy My Love and Presence in your life. I Am more than enough. Return to Me and I will return to you (read Zechariah 1:3). I Am your Father and you are my child. Let go. Let Me. I Am standing at the crossroads saying, "This is the way…walk in it." (read Jeremiah 6:16). My grace is made perfect in weakness. Surrender yourself completely to Me and watch Me work in your life. I love you with an everlasting love. You are Mine and I Am yours, 

Bask in the glory of My Presence. Hear Me roar. (read Hosea 11:10) Hear Me thunder. (read Job 40:9) Be mindful of Me. Return to Me with childlike faith. I Am more than enough. Allow Me to be your everything...your all...your strength and your guide. I love you! I never leave you. I am right beside you always.

Let My Light fill any darkness. As the sun gives light to the earth, so do I give Light to your soul. Open the door and let me in. I have come to redeem you, to restore you, to make you mine and mine alone. The waves may crash around you but you are safe in My Arms. "…if it were not so, I would have told you." (read John 14:2) 

I Am ALWAYS with you. Do not shrink back. Walk out in complete faith. You are My child and can let go...collapsing into the safety of My Arms. I Am your's and you are Mine." 

"But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine." Isaiah 43:1

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." Jeremiah 31:3

"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Corinthians 12:9

"Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19 

"So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Is Life's Bokeh Stealing Your Attention?

Lord, open my eyes to see You more clearly. To see the blessings. To see the love. To see You in the midst of trials, weariness, worry, anxiety...always to see You first. Let all other things fade, become less clear, like the bokeh on my new camera lens. Bokeh: a word mentioned often in photography. Something to strive to achieve in pictures. Bokeh, "the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the image; the out of focus areas in an image around the subject."

When I look to You Lord, You are teaching me to achieve the aesthetic quality of life. To blur out all struggles and strife around me and focus on You. First. Always first. Then and only then can I see the truth of Your life giving, life guiding, life saving love. I can be sure that You are taking care of the blurry areas of my life by focusing on Your clear image of love for me. Thank You Lord, in Jesus' name, Amen.

"Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" Psalm 105:4

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:25-26 & 33

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Horse...A Beast...A Dream

We were riding along, three of us on horses. My friend April leading the way, another friend who's face I couldn't make out, directly in front of me and I was last. April led her horse off the rough pavement onto the steep side of the hill. We followed. I was leery but did so anyways. April's horse stumbled, it's leg twisting badly, it took off running wildly down the steep mountain toward a wet marshland. She was gripping for her life. The second friend's horse became spooked and charged after. My horse remained calm and manageable.

He cautiously went after my friends. I was worried. April's horse ran into what looked like waist deep water. The second friend was able to stop before plunging in after her. Two men were there shouting, "It's quicksand!" They threw a rope to April who was still atop her horse but sinking fast.They tried in vain to pull them out. I told the men to attach the rope to my horse and we'd pull them to safety.  It worked! They were freed.

I then took my horse to the top of the hill, separating from my friends.
I got off to look at something. My horse started grazing up the road, waiting for me. All of a sudden he took off. I began to run after him. I saw him in the distance along with a large menacing beast with horns ahead of him, ready to charge. My horse quickly turned to run down stairs that led to an isolated mountain baseball field full of people watching a game on cement benches.

I ran and made it safely to the stairs ahead of the beast, still chasing my horse. A goat suddenly appeared as I passed through a gate. I somehow knew he wanted to harm me. I closed the gate just in time as he rammed into it. I continued chasing after my horse which I could faintly see in the distance.

I quickly awoke, pondering the dream. It reminded me of life. I was safely walking with the Lord (He was carrying me.) I was able to stay calm and help friends in need along the way. I stayed close to Him, one with Him. He was taking me safely through life's journey. Peace. Calm. Security. But for some reason something caught my attention causing me to get down from His safety and venture off alone. He waited for me. I was standing still. He wanted to take me forward away from looming danger. When He could wait no longer He ran ahead, catching my attention to chase after Him. To seek Him. To allow Him to take me away from danger. But the wild beast was in front of me and alone I was small in comparison. He led me down a side path, with people and gates to protect me. He wanted me to stay focused on Him until we could once more be one again. The Lord carrying me through this life. Peace. Calm. Security. A safe journey. A secure place with Jesus as my constant companion.

Don't let life cause you to lose focus. Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord. Stay close to Him. You are safe in His arms. He knows the way to the dreams He has for you. Seek Him daily in the quiet place. Let Him be your life's guide as you fix your eyes on Him, growing closer until you are one. His eyes. His ears. His heart. His wisdom. His trust. His faith. His forgiveness. His love. A dream come true. The Lord filling you up to overflowing. A new transformed life in and through Jesus Christ.

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2