Decisions?

Do you want to know the direction I am asking you to take but are feeling confused? Confusion does not come from Me. I am not the author of confusion. You have taken hit after hit in recent months from the enemy camp and kept your hope anchored in Me. I have taken notice of your commitment to serve Me and move at the impulse of My love.

I know how you long to know My will and make the correct decisions. You have spent a great deal of time and prayer looking for the answers. I have given you some instructions; which steps to take that are directly in front of you. For now, I am asking you to let it rest. Let your mind rest from trying to figure out exactly when and how I intend to move you forward in the coming weeks. There is nothing more that needs to be decided this week on this matter. I want you to focus all of your energies on being thankful. Trust Me and do not be afraid that the answer will not come loud and clear at the precise moment I desire it too.

I love that you seek answers that I have concealed. I am veiling things for your own protection. By now you know that you can trust Me, then Way, when you can’t see far off in the distance. I have asked you to walk by faith. Confusion doesn’t come from Me. You have asked Me for direction. You have asked Me to make your way clear. I have heard your prayers and have sent forth My Word to illuminate the path beneath your feet. For today and in the days ahead My Word to you is ‘Rejoice!’ Rejoice in the peace that I have all of the details of your life figured out. Rejoice in the truth that I love you and have good plans to prosper you. Prosperity is your portion. There will be no dwindling of your resources as you have feared. Do not hold back your offering of thanks now. I have spoken:

Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
  Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.

You are coming into a new season; of this you have felt certain for some time. Do what I have placed right before you on your path with the most excellent and diligent of care as one awaiting their promotion. Hum and sing and make music in your heart to Me, your Redeemer and the Promoter of your life. Share a smile just for Me knowing that we share secrets. What others might not fully realize, although they are starting to expect, is that you hold the keys to My Kingdom in your hands. Praise Me and show Me your appreciation by scattering your seed along the path where I am leading you. 

 

I Make All Things New

My sweet, sweet, child, I know the weight that you are carrying. I long for you to cast your care on Me and let Me help you shoulder the load. It is too heavy for you to carry alone. Who in all the world can you depend on like you can depend on Me? I have said if someone forces you to go one mile, go with them two, and you have gladly done as I commanded.

You never imagined in all your hoping that what was thought to be one of the greatest gifts from My hand would demand that you climb the heights of a snow covered mountain. You realized in triumphant wonder one day you’d reached the top only to turn around and notice you can’t see the good that has been done; you look around and assume you’re stuck on the top of a mountain in a snow storm. My warmth radiating from the inside of you feels no match for the harsh and freezing conditions around you.

You look around for shelter. Come to Me; I alone can shelter you from the elements that you still believe are beyond your control. You search the outskirts of the terrain for anything you can gather to build something suitable for a fire. Yes! Look around. What do you see that you can surrender to the flames of My love? Ask Me to show you what useful thing you have to offer and as cold as it feels, gather the things I show you and build a fire. The warmth that you seek will not be found in the hearts of your companions at this time, turn away from all distractions and give yourself fully to the task at hand.

You are faced with an icy environment, having been led a long and steep path, following the way of love. You have been led, not to the fruitful valley that you had imagined you were to find, but to a place not fit for human habitation. There were glimpses on the way building your hope for the glorious oasis you were certain was just around the next bend, but now, for days on end, you see nothing but ice.

The world can be so cold, you think. Where is the love that you seek? Where is the life that you long for? Where is the hand that you can hold in unity of mind and spirit, devoid of the cruelty of betrayal? Turn away from these questions now. Turn towards Me, the answer to all questions, and the fulfillment of all dreams. Ask Me to show you what more I want you to give. I am going to show you something completely new; something you hadn’t thought of yet, or not for a long time. ‘Give more when giving has brought me to this eerie place, where without the hope in what I can imagine, everything looks grey and dull?’

Do not be afraid of losing your faith. Even when you are faithless, I am faithful.

Right now, ask Me. Turn away from asking questions of those that are themselves part of your problem, and ask of Me, your solution. I do not want your love to run cold because of your surroundings. Together we will build a fire out of the more I have provided for you to give.

Don’t seek to warm yourself in the embrace of those whose love knows not the warmth of My touch. In your current condition, don’t feel responsible for being their source of heat. I am going to build a fire right in front of your eyes out of those things that I ask you to sacrifice to Me that will melt not only the ice and snow around you as the storm passes by, but will bring warmth to all that step on the path you are walking with Me. Look at your life. Would you hold back burning what could produce a blazing fire on the heights of a snow covered mountain when your very life depended on it?

Ask Me. I will be candid and specific. Obey, and then sit back and watch the scene change like a fast forward time-lapse of the changing of the seasons. It will be no miracle. You’ve been allowing the conditions to take you backwards to a time in your life when I was not known by you like I now am. I am simply going to reverse the lag created by the fear of future outcomes looking like the past.
I make all things new!

‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’ –James 1:22

There Are No Set Backs

I am accelerating the work that I am doing in your circumstance. What would have taken 10 years, without the added pressure of My touch, will be completed in 10 months. Can you take the heat? Certainly you can! I have worked with you to increase your capacity to stand the pressure without cracking. Do not say that you can’t handle one more disappointment or one more step back. Take your expectations off of the process lining up with your need to be in control, and place them onto My promise to answer your earnest and heartfelt prayers of faith.

There are no setbacks. You are experiencing set ups. Each imperfection that comes to the surface is, by its nature, going to produce feelings of angst. These emotions are only markers of what needs to be laid on the altar; guideposts of what not to carry into the future.

‘What is this?!’ You will think, and wonder why I am not blocking the intrusion on your righteousness, peace, and joy. My answer is that these are those things that are no longer useful being brought to the surface. I must remove them from your heart and life for you to move forward in My Kingdom.

Recognize that even when you see dark spot after dark spot bubbling up from the depths of your lives and relationships, My goodness is at work.

Many wounds are healed in layers.

Keep your eyes open for the ways that I will redeem your mistakes, and the mistakes of others, as you exercise audacious faith in My being your Vindicator and Redeemer. Let Me lift the burden. Cast the care of your weakness onto My strong shoulders. It brings My heart delight to turn those mistakes into doorways of blessing for you and others. Receive My grace and watch it in action. Laugh in the face of the accusations of the enemy that says you have blown it.

Boldly asked Me to bless your mess.

OK, got it for yourself? Do you feel better just knowing that I have your back? Now, turn this hope outward towards those on your path that need the same faith from you to believe that I can work miracles out of their wobbly attempts at obedience and sometimes half-hearted efforts at perfection. Look deeper than the surface and wider than the day. Have they really made so little progress as you imagine?

Set yourself free from living under the microscope of scrutiny that imagines I am so small that I am unable to work all things for good. Examine your heart and life before Me; accept My rebuke, then receive My encouragement and restoration. Remember the cross and My promise of redemption. Apply My blood to your sins and transgressions. Claim the redemption of the cross for all of life’s circumstances. Let the anxiety of your imperfections, imperfect relationships, and the imperfect circumstances you find yourself in drive you closer into My heart. Do this and be change from glory to glory.

Enjoy the glory you’re in!

Accept others in their current level of glory. Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t try to change someone else! You are created in My image. Do not use manipulation and control- this is witchcraft. Use My Word, My Wisdom, and My Spirit. Let me change you. Let Me use you to change the world.

Called and Choosen

Don’t hold back your faith in My power now. You have come so far and suffered much in order to please Me and fulfill the call on Your life. Everything is going to work out. Leave that which concerns you in My capable hands. You are blessed and highly favored. I am moving on your behalf to bring about an outcome far greater than your limited understanding can now comprehend.

Right now, as I speak, I am changing the hearts and minds of those that I have called to support you in your mission here on the earth. The hearts of kings are in my hand. I will give you favor with the right people and remove the wrong ones. Let those I remove go without a backward glance. Its my protection of you to remove them. You have armed guards. You are not being rejected. Its not only for your protection but theirs when their hearts turn aside. I have commanded, ‘Touch not the Lords anointed.’

I have been working without ceasing to answer all of your faith filled prayers. Surely you know that I love you far more than you can imagine or comprehend.

Speak to your mountain. Tell it to move. I gave you My Spirit and My Words. Nothing is impossible to those that believe.

I am provisioning you with the people that have exactly what you need. Everything you need for this day is being provided. Stay your mind on Me and on what I have placed in front of you.

Receive my peace and joy. Leave yesterday and tomorrow in My hands. All of the events in your life; years, months, weeks and days are being fashioned by My omnipotent mind to prepare you for the good that I have for you and the good I will do through you.

Rise above the limited mindset that refuses to see My hand of grace moving through the painful circumstances that I have allowed you to walk through. You are not being harmed. You are safe in My hands.

Be on the lookout. I am going to whisk you away on an adventure with one of your favorite people. I knew what you would go through ahead of time and have prepared this excursion to ease your troubled mind. I have nothing but good thoughts towards you.

Stick with Me sweetheart. Let me love on you. Don’t worry right now about loving on the one(s) that have hurt you. They have erred grievously against Me and crushed you. Give your heart to Me today and let me mend it and treat it with the tenderest of care.

You are blessed and highly favored! Called and chosen. Set apart and made holy by the blood of the Lamb. You have everything you need in Me.

Now is the Day of Salvation

No more waiting for the fulfillment of that which was promised to you. Today is the day of your salvation. What the enemy has toiled and maneuvered and manipulated to thwart in your life is not being held back by My hand. Reach out with your arms of faith and take hold of that which is already yours. Not tomorrow, not a week from now, but today. This very day what has been stored up for you is being poured out in abundance over your life. The scales from your eyes are falling off. Your preconceived ideas as to how I would answer the deepest cries of your heart are being removed so that you can perceive My goodness that is already in your midst.

Don’t look back. Yesterday is gone. The pain of yesterday is over. Feel it no more. Root out any false belief that you owe those things that are now dead your mourning. You owe nothing to anyone except a continued debt of love. Love on. Live on. Move on.

Love endures all things, this is your day to believe that the death you have endured, was to build your faith to believe, that what I have put in your lap is the beginning of the fulfillment of My promises to you.

I am proud of you and pleased with you. You have learned to follow the signs that I have placed along your path and My Spirit that I have placed within your hearts with less hesitation. The thoughts that contradict what I have shown you don’t hold the power to create fear in you as they once did. Now you are able to walk by faith! Open your eyes of faith wide and take in the scene before you. Do you see what I see? The possibilities unfolding before you, the path straightening beneath your feet, your provision in full view of those beautiful eyes of faith that you now see by, unimpeded by the fear of death?

Feel the bubbling brook of joy and the waves of peace. These are the indicators that what you are believing for you’re are receiving. Follow joy. Follow peace. Let the dead bury their own dead. No more mourning for those things that were brought into your life only to prepare you for this day. Again I say, NOW is the day of salvation. Do not pray, ‘Come quickly Lord.’ I am here with you already. Pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done’ and open your eyes and see the truth of My Kingdom and My will being made manifest in your life.

Grocery Shopping in Manhattan

I went to go get Forrest groceries while he’s in dance class at Alvin Ailey and forgot to take a cart from his upper east side Manhattan apartment, like any southern girl would. I just about severed both of my arms off trying to get the heavy bags of food back to his apartment.

Several people with their little carts on wheels passed me as I struggled down the street. They were probably thinking ‘She must have just moved here.’

I’ve managed to cook a couple of things to freeze for Forrest. He can take them down as he wants them. I’m right on schedule. I wanted to get out exploring around noon. I’ll be meeting up with Forrest this evening to go see Illuminate, the dancers that were on Americas Got Talent, perform.

I was teasing Forrest yesterday about how much I keep coming to visit after he moved out. He said he doubted I would be making so many trips if he were living in some city in Oklahoma or something. He may be on to something.

I love NYC!

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Arrived Saturday, leaving Wednesday. This will be my fourth trip here since last July when he moved, not including when I flew to Manchester to watch him perform in the Nutcracker in December. I really need to get on the ball with my travel posts! I started a post about my trip to the beach last month and it turned into me chatting it up about several other trips I have been on this year. Perhaps I can figure out a way to break that massive writing up and share some of my adventures on WordPress again soon.

Your Life is a Grand Adventure!

Trust Me and do not be afraid. Trust in the ability I have given to you to be led by My Spirit. Do not allow doubt and unbelief to cause you to second guess yourself after you have made a decision by My guidance.

The enemy wants to tie your emotions up in knots; to riddle you with anxiety by causing you to worry that I am not the one leading you, and that the steps you are taking will lead you into failure and defeat. These are lies sent to infiltrate your mind and draw your thoughts away from Me and My plan; from peace.

The moment you feel yourself sinking and second guessing yourself, draw away into the secret place of solitude with Me. Even if you only have moments or minutes, focus your eyes on the cross and listen as I bring My Word up from your spirit into your mind. Take those words and meditate on them until they calm the waves of worry that threaten My rightful place in your heart.

Do you need conformation that the decision you have made is by My guidance? Ask Me and I will graciously give to you all that you need to walk forward in confidence. I take no delight in seeing My children confused and taking steps of obedience in fearful reluctance because they desire to please and follow Me but are afraid of falling into a trap. My Word is a light to your feet and a lamp for your path. You are not walking in darkness anymore. Step out in faith knowing that I will honor your genuine, heartfelt desire to please me, regardless of the possibility that you will take a misstep. Your wobbly steps of obedience can not mess up the good plan I have for your life.

As you move forward, letting go of what lies behind and pressing towards the good things that are ahead, your sight will improve. With each step of faith that you take, the path before you will appear brighter, for you will gain confidence in Me as you see Me cause all things to work together for your good. There are many things that will remain obscured from your view until the appointed time. I won’t reveal them to you until you are ready.

Seek My face and not just My hand.

Do you need a sign? Ask for one. And then put aside all preconceived ideas of what I plan to do, how I plan to do it, and who I plan to do it through and watch. Wait for me to confirm the steps you are to take. As you lay aside all of your preferences, My hand will move to reveal My ways. Keep in mind that My ways are above your ways. I will show you which way you are to go, but I will not always show you more than a few steps ahead on your path. If I did this, the command for you to walk by faith would not be necessary. As it is, you must walk by faith, that at the next turn I will be there too, showing you the next step; teaching you which choice is right for you on that next leg of our journey.

Your life is a grand adventure! Do not let the threats of danger cause you to recoil from the challenge to plow ahead. I have provided all that you need to live a victorious life in Me.

The provision and relationships that you need will meet you along the way. There is no need to horde today’s provision for fear of tomorrow. Give freely as I lead, without fear of lack.

Let go of those people and situations that are no longer producing life. Allow me to cut away those things that are dead. Do not cling to the corpses of the past. Release your past and past relationships into My loving hands. I will either bring those dead things back to life and restore them to you along the way, as I see fit, or I will bring you into new life in another way.

You must let go of what is dead. I am the God of the living.

Have no opinion as to how I am going to meet your needs. Know only that l, beyond a shadow of a doubt, am meeting all of your needs according to My riches and glory. Taste and see that I am good.

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