Wilderness Wandering

Are you in a ‘desert season?’ Have you been waiting on the fulfillment of a promise past the point of all reason and human hope? Do you feel trapped in your circumstances? Are you suffering lack? Sickness? Weariness?

Do not lose heart! Stoke the embers in your heart and fan them ablaze with passion again.

Encourage yourself in The Lord.

‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’ -Ecclesiastes 3:1

Remember the Israelites and their journey out of bondage and slavery, through the desert, and the battles they fought to take possession of the promised land.

If you remember, Joshua and Caleb were the only men of their generation permitted to go into the promises land after the Israelites wandered and were tested in the desert for 40 years.

2 out of a likely 2.5 million people. Not good odds!!!

‘But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his council. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them.’
-Psalm 106:13-15

I’m pondering my life and holding it up to the light of the Word this morning.

Does my life more closely resemble the spies that spread a false report? The people that accepted the false report as truth? The impatient, grumbling, idol worshipping, giving into cravings and not waiting on the council of God Israelites?

Or is my life a life of faith and rest, like that of Joshua and Caleb, the men that believed God and had confidence that what He promised would come to pass; that they would be able to accomplish what God said they could?

How we see God, what we believe about his character, and whether or not we take him at his word, colors how we view our life and the world around us.

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed…..

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

-Hebrew 4:1-2; 15-16

I Believe In You Completely

Originally posted on Desert Rose in Bloom:

How pleased I am when my children, in seasons where they can’t see My hand in their situations or feel My Presence in their hearts, continue to place their hope in Me and what they are convinced of about My character. I am not a man that I should lie. Do not attribute the disappointing traits of your earthly parents to Me. Spend time with Me letting Me show you the misconceptions you have about My nature. I believe in you completely.

I created you with a purpose. Do you think it is beyond My ability to use you for the purpose for which you were created? To do through you all that I have prepared in advance for you to do?

Spend time with Me letting Me show you the misconceptions you have about your own nature. You are a new creature. I have removed your heart of stone…

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Growth in Humility Opportunity Number 2,000,001

I was so happy to see Forrest taking notes this past Sunday at church. ‘Yay,’ I thought, ‘between hearing, taking notes and discussing the sermon in his small group, he’s really going to be transformed by this word.’

Growth in humility opportunity number 2,000,001 happened yesterday when, after apologizing for overreacting and being quick to anger, I explained I was under a lot of stress.

Forrest whipped out his Galaxy s5 and began reading the notes he took. ‘High stress does not mean we have to lose our poise….’ 😳😁😏 ‘Roots that go down deep…’ 😐😕😇

God had already been bringing the sermon to my heart, but it was a nice touch and further lessons in humility to have Forrest pull out the notes I had envisioned him benefiting from and having them read to me in parent like concern for my decidenly ‘unpoised’ emotional outburst.

Thankfulness, Hearing God Speak, and Walking By Faith

Join me today in taking up arms against the enemy of ours souls by having a thankful heart that expresses itself through attitudes and words that confirm our faith in God and His goodness.

Let’s go forward with expectancy; believing Gods favor rests on us; that He is working all things for good; and that His grace Really is sufficient for us.

If your feeling pressured or hounded to ‘figure things out,’ do not lean into your own limited understanding.
Pause. Close your eyes. Take a few deep, slow breaths and say, ‘Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus.’ Consciously breath in His peace and breath out your problem. Release control to Him.

Remember who you are. Remember Whose you are! You are a child of the Most High God, set apart and made holy by the blood of the Lamb. No weapon formed against you will prosper. Every tongue that rises up against you in judgement, you will show to be in the wrong, for God made him who knew no sin, to become sin, that you might be made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.

Got it? Okay, bask in these truths until your soul is settled down into His peace. Now in this clarity of mind ask God what He would have you do. He may speak something to you immediately. Do it without hesitation. It may not become clear right away. Do not worry. Ask in faith what your part is; ask for wisdom, now return to your daily duties in full confidence that He will reveal Himself and His way to you for whatever problems you face.

If you are not hearing God speak, or recognizing his guidance, look for ways to make more room for Him in your week. Inactivity does not always equal unproductiveness! Quiet time is the perfect time to reconnect with God and your own heart.

Don’t neglect to read God’s word! The exact wisdom, comfort, or encouragement you need could be tucked away in the pages of the Bible. Read it!

Ask for God to open your eyes to all of the ways He speaks to you throughout your days. Your daily lives are ripe with parables that explain the mind of Christ. Pray for ears to hear and eyes to see!

Finally I say, walk in love! If you don’t feel loving, that’s okay. Determine in your heart to act lovingly and to replace every unlovely or impure thought that pops into your head with loving and pure thoughts.

Exercise your love muscle! Your feelings will fall in line eventually. We are called to walk in love, not to feel lovingly.

If you are still not hearing God speak personally to you giving direction, consider that often, in order to hear from God, you must first be willing to do whatever He says. 

Sometimes we want to hear first before we make up our minds to obey. That’s backward. Determine first to obey no matter what, at any cost, then you may find the way was clear all along and it was your own unwillingness or hesitation that obscured it.

Also, once you do hear, obey without hesitation.

Don’t stand on the shore waiting for the water to part when you have heard God say ‘Cross to the other side.’

Begin walking in obedience by faith!

The waters will either part before you as you step in or God will enable you to walk on the water to the other side

How can I pray for you today? There are strength in numbers!

I Am Going To…

Emily Rose Lewis:

Dancing in my living room tonight for myself and Jesus reminded me of this poem, one of my first posts… (DC Vacation Blog Coming Soon)

Originally posted on Desert Rose in Bloom:

I am going to dance as long as there is a breath in my body and at least one working limb.

I am going to love every inch of my mortal body; bags, sags, stretch marks and all.

I am going to enjoy the people God puts in my life, even if it’s just for a short time.

I am going to pray for them, believe the best of them, and see the beauty in their uniqueness.

I am going to dance, even after hearing of the death of a friend, grandparent, or anyone that I’ve loved.

I am going to always strive to learn and grow in my life and relationships.

I am going to laugh at myself.

I am going to laugh at you.

I am going to breath, move and have my being under God’s grace.

I am going to dance at weddings, concerts, churches, jobs, in…

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Desires of Our Hearts Fulfilled in His Time, His Way

I have had a strong desire to visit Washington DC and explore the museums there for nearly two years. I’ve talked about it, imagined it and longed to go.

My friend Alicia lives fairly close and I have mentioned it to her several times; planning possible times and ways I could make the trip happen.

I remember specifically, Thanksgiving before last, when Forrest went home, and I had to stay in Charlotte for work, being particularly fixated on my hopes to travel there. After speaking with my friend about it I announced I would come in the Spring of last year, but ended up visiting my family and friends in Chattanooga and had to put it off, still holding out hope it would take place soon.

In August my desire for the ocean took precedent and we headed to Charleston. That was amazing!  You can read about it here: https://desertroseinbloom.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/delayed-vacation-blog/

After sifting through Forrest’s Ballet audition schedules for this month, things panned out that Forrest is flying to Boston Saturday, the 31st, to audition for their company. (He auditioned for their summer program last weekend in Winston Salem and spoke with the lady about their company and she encouraged him to go to open company auditions.)

The problem was that both Houston and San Francisco’s summer program auditions were being held that same day in Winston Salem; both companies are high on Forrest’s interest list. But, after prayer and receiving an invitation from the father of one of the girls he’s danced with from the beginning in Chattanooga, and whom is now in Charlotte as a level 8 student, to travel together to Boston and have his hotel covered, he bought a flight. This same ballet family are the ones that originally brought Forrest to Charlotte to audition two years ago.

Forrest and Candace as The Nutcracker and Claire in his first ballet in 2009.
Forrest and Candace as The Nutcracker and Claire in his first ballet in 2009.

He made the hard decision to shut the door on returning to Houston this year, but is still holding out hope for San Fran, which leads me to the fulfillment of one of my almost two year old hearts desire to go to DC again.

San Francisco is holding summer program auditions there next Wednesday, Jan 28. I am taking off work Wednesday through Friday, and we are packing and heading to the Capitol for an audition and some sightseeing. We will return Saturday just in time for Forrest to catch his flight to Boston.

I have sent out several couchsurfing requests and am believing on faith for a divine connection for our lodging situation. After a little digging around I found a dog sitter .5 miles from our house to keep our dogs at a VERY reasonable rate.

Forrest is paying for the dogs and for gas, as well as pitching in for food, so this trip is costing me nothing!

If this wasn’t enough of a blessing, I hadn’t thought to add Forrest to my dream of sightseeing in DC again because I knew he had such a busy schedule.

God is good! He fulfills the desires of our hearts in His perfect time and in a above and beyond fashion.


Traveling with Forrest, one of my all time favorite things to do. Yay!!!

And After The Flood, New Life

In some areas of your life you have felt as if you are just drifting along, being carried by the current of circumstances that are beyond your control. In many ways your understanding of your life has been incredibly limited. At times you feel that I have just been allowing you to tread water indefinitely, with no real purpose or end in sight.

What you see as drifting, I see as positioning. I have told you before that your circumstances are not random, and indeed they are not. I am proud of you; you have finally stopped thrashing about as if you were drowning and remembered that I am with you in all things. But you are to grow further, past simply recognizing that I am here and still working behind the scenes, into a place where you recognize that each situation, relationship and trial has been specifically designed to show you something about yourself that you would not have otherwise realized.

Things are beginning to come into focus as you look back and remember how everything that I have walked you through, impurities in your character, and imbalances in your life, were brought into the light and dealt with.

Turn around and see all the dead weight that has been shed throughout the years!

You are not endlessly drifting!

You have been afloat on the ocean of my love. With each storm you have sought out those things within your spirit that weigh you down and hold you back and have cast them overboard.

Look behind you. Do you see the trail of useless things floating away on the currents of life as you sail into the sun, light and free? The darkest nights of the soul, the fiercest tempest, have made you brave and strong, recognizing that which no longer serves a purpose in your life and casting it aside.

Now, not only do you realize that I am with you, but that I am not asleep in the boat.

All power has been given to me in heaven and earth.

I am not only with you, I am for you. I have been preparing you for something greater than you can even now imagine.

Can you see now why I have commanded you to rejoice in your sufferings? The hope that you now have can not be taken from you!

Now prepare yourself. Brace yourself. Raise your level of expectation higher than you have dared to raise it before, because coming into your life this year is a flood of blessing; a harvest from the seeds of faithfulness that you have planted and cultivated these long years.

Look around you now, whatever lingering habits, relationships, or activities that are pointlessly taking up space and choking out life, toss them overboard. I declare today is the day of power to solidify your will against all that clogs the wells of life from springing up within you.

As in the days of Noah, when I caused a flood to rain out of heaven and water to spring forth from the earth to destroy what had been formerly created so that life could begin again through the righteous man, Noah, and his family, so is the floods that have been allowed into your life.

Only the relationships and provision that I have ordained for you will be carried into the new life I am creating, and as with Noah, I have supernaturally brought to you those things which you need for success and survival.

You have believed my promises and held tight to the dreams and visions that I have placed within your heart, sacrificing many of the comforts and securities that come from relying, not on Me, but on your own understanding.

Your faith will be richly rewarded.

Step out of the boat and onto dry land. Receive unimpeded a new life full of grace, provision, favor, creative power, divine connections and relationships, healing power and fullness of joy.


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