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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

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.

No More Agony

My Words to you are healing and they are life. When you open the Bible and read, you are reading My love letter to you. I have tucked away many life-giving promises in My Word. Seek Me there; seek Me with your whole heart and you will find Me. There are promises that I have provided to encourage you and build your faith that I am handling all of the circumstances that you face; working to bring about the changes and healing that your heart longs for both in your own life and the life of your loved one.

Give Me your attention. Focus your mind on Me and delve into the Words that I have given you. They are life. They will bring life to your mortal body and into the body of your loved one.

Speak to Me in the morning, as you walk on your way during the hours of your day, and as you prepare to sleep at night. Ask Me for what you need. Do you need more faith? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. Meditate on My Word day and night.

As you shift your focus from the problems that surround you and the enemies that seem to be knocking at your door, you’re going to have a whole new perspective; My perspective. You will find there is nothing to fear.

I love you. I love those that are dear to your heart. My love is perfect and without defect. Give yourself and your loved one completely into My hands.

Hold onto My promises.

Let go of the cares and worries that are choking out the peace and joy that I have given you. I give you peace that passes all understanding. It is yours right now, not tomorrow, not when healing has already manifested in the natural realm on your behalf, but right now.

I am. I am whatever it is you need Me to be.

I have promised to meet all of your needs. Do you believe that I desire to meet all of your needs? Believe My Words and your prayers will prosper. You’re persistence in prayer pleases Me. Deep within your heart you know that I am a rewarder of those that diligently seek Me. Your diligence will pay off. I have dispatched My angels on your behalf. Don’t doubt for one instant. My ears have not been deaf to your cries for relief. My Spirit is hovering over those things which concern you and breathing My life into them; creating an outcome far better than you can even right now imagine.

Patiently await the appointed time of your deliverance. It will not come one minute too late.

Prepare your heart by spending time with Me and follow Me by acknowledging Me in all of your ways. I am making your path straight. I am healing those things that you are holding before Me in your heart in prayer.

No more agony. Taste and see that I am good. You will not be denied.

Doors Will Be Opened

Run towards the goals and visions that I have placed in your heart with unflinching faith. I am only placing a bridge under your feet for the next couple of steps in front of you. Do not wait for the waters to dry up, the mountains to be moved, or for an opening in the wall that rises up to block your progress.

Move confidently and joyfully forward and trust that when you reach the waters, they will dry up or part; when you come to a mountain, it will be cast into the sea or I will give you wings to soar above its heights; the walls that seem to be barriers to your progress will crumble with your shouts of praise, or a door will appear at the exact moment you are about to be stopped by the blockade.

Sing and praise; use the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart to co-create with Me all of the good things I have in mind to do in and through you. Allow the obstacles and challenges that you encounter to purify your heart and draw you closer to me. Seek first My kingdom and My righteousness and All of these things will be added to you as well. With every bit of increase, sow the first fruits into My Kingdom and watch in amazement as I multiply back to you what your seed, watered by faith in My word, will bring forth in your life.

Give and it will be given.

Bless those that come against you and do not curse them. Trust in my ability to bring justice into your life. Do not expect people to pay you back. I am the keeper of all of your accounts and as you release your enemies in love, I will be released to settle their accounts against you, in My way and in My time. Be on the lookout for how I will be restoring to you what has been stolen in this last season. Remain faithful to me, even when you are surrounded by those that are unfaithful.

Give yourself fully to the work of My Kingdom. Know that even in the areas of your life that are ‘unspiritual’ I am there and want to use you as a container for My glory in the earth. I have placed you in dark places to be a light; a beacon of hope to a lost and dying world. Let My hope fill you as you look to me to meet all of your needs. Come to me for refreshing. Rest with me and be still. Be still and know that I am God. I am the One that meets all of your needs.

Do not neglect to ask Me, even about the small and simple things in your life. Ask Me for wisdom and insight into your dealings and open your eyes to the varied ways I will be speaking to you the things that you need to hear to be clear as to the direction I am leading you.

One step at a time.

One day at a time.

March forward with unflinching faith.

Mountains will crumble.

Waters will part.

Doors will be opened.

A New Level of Glory

I see that you have been striving to reach perfection. Know this, that in Me, you have already been made perfect. Rest in the perfection imparted to you by the finished work of the cross. I am in you and you are in me and because you are hidden with Christ in heavenly places, you have his sufficiency in all that you do and are. Draw on My perfection and you will see it being made complete through your natural life.

There is no obstacle, no sin, no fear, no doubt, no lack, no trespass, no insufficiency in my life and you have died and my life is being manifested through you. Rise up in my power and in my faith that I have imparted unto you.

Ask and it will be given. Seek and you will find. Know that in all things I am working for your good. Your desire to please me in all things brings joy to my heart. You are my precious child and there is nothing or no one that can snatch you out of my hand. You are not subject to the whims of mere mortals. I am the immortal God and I am still on the throne. Nothing can touch you without first being filtered through my perfect love. Do not tire of hearing me say this. Believe it. Let it sink deep down into the depths of your being. I am perfect love. I love you perfectly. You are mine. You are under my protection and there is nothing that can harm you.

You can’t even begin to imagine the magnitude of the tidal wave of blessing that is rushing towards you as we speak. Do you see the waves crashing towards you? Do not fear the waves! They carry with them an anointing of my power and provision like you have never experience before. You will look back at this season as the launching pad of the best years of your life. You have been tested and tried. You have made yourself pliable in my hands. It is time to be released into greater things; greater measures of abundance; faith, love, joy, peace, provision, relationship and fulfilment of promise are upon you now. You sense it by the very strength you are experiencing in the midst of difficult circumstances. You have entered a new level of glory.

Pause and meditate on my perfect love, and peace will flood your heart and mind. You are perfect in my sight. Enjoy the ways that I am working out my perfection in your natural life.

 

Enjoying Heavenly Deposits

Bike ✔️cooler with snacks✔️way more than 5 days worth of clothes✔️A healthy mind, body, and spirit✔️beach and divinely appointed adventures in front of me✔️worries and troubles under me✔️Jesus enveloping me in warm acceptance and approval✔️
heart full of hope, joy, and love✔️everything I need✔️Steps ordered by the Lord✔️mounds of gratitude for the deposit of Holy Spirit as a guarantee and foretaste of eternal glory✔️

A Perspective Shift Changes Everything

Do not allow the divide between what your eyes of faith see that I have prepared for you, and what your physical eyes perceive as your reality, cause you to stumble into an ungrateful attitude of heart that refuses to be comforted in the here and now.

It is My desire for you to enjoy the blessing of peace and joy that flow from an attitude of gratitude.

Your dissatisfaction with what was once considered a blessing is blocking your growth.

You are not yet ready to receive what you long for. I need to be able to trust your motives for desiring greater things. As it is now, your pride is evident in that you truly believe that what you have been given for this day is somehow beneath you.

You tell yourself that it is My reputation that is at stake if you do not step into greater levels of glory and provision. Examine yourself more deeply My child.

Are you sure it is My reputation that you seek to protect?

Your viewpoint on some matters has been tainted by the excesses of your life and culture, yes, even by some of the teachings in the church.

Take pride in your low position.

I am pouring out into your life without restraint the true riches of my Kingdom. Oh how my heart longs for you to know and understand that I am giving you My very best for your life, right in this moment and for this moment. I am Your Father, how do you fail to see this? I know that you at times feel that you lack the ability and resources to give freely. Do not limit Me, and what I am doing, by your own limited mindset and view of yourself and the world around you.

Invest what you have been given completely into the lives of those that I bring to you. You will see how quickly the laws of multiplication, which I have set in motion, begin to manifest both spiritually and physically in your life.

The spirit of fear must be fought with a mouth that is continually filled with praise. Open your eyes and see how the forces of darkness have bound you up by convincing you to believe lies about your current circumstances and Me.

Banish all vain thoughts. Leave behind all pretense by abandoning your faulty systems of measurement.

You have tested My Word and found it to be true; pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Walk humbly before me every day and allow Me to lift you up when, where, how and with whom I decide is best.

This will be easy for you now.

Remind yourself daily that My thoughts are Higher than your thoughts and My ways are greater than Your ways. I will reward your longsuffering with deep abiding joy; you’ve tasted it, walked in it for seasons at a time, but a time is soon coming when there will be nothing that can shake you.

I am glad that you have held on in faith to my promises. Your faith will be richly rewarded in My time.

Once again, abandon yourself to the process.

Every day, with each new challenge, abandon yourself to Me. Relax your grip. Rest your troubled thoughts.

Repent for the time and life resource you have wasted in petty distractions trying to make this uncomfortable season more comfortable. Embrace the uncomfortable days with the same open arms you embrace the days of comfort and you will be protected from many needless battles.

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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 holds 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.

I Will Fulfill Your Deepest Desires

Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you. Give me your attention.

Remove your misplaced expectations towards others and place all your expectations on Me. I alone know what it is you need at any given time and I have promised to meet all of your needs.

There is nothing in this world that will fill the void I created in you. I created you for Myself and it is in Me alone that you will find rest. The deepest longing of your heart is to be with Me; in intimate relationship and abiding with Me you will have passionate, lasting satisfaction for your souls.

Come to Me with a thankful heart. Your attitude of gratitude will peel the scales from your eyes and you will see Me in the midst of your trials.

I am near to you always; in all things I never leave your side. I stand beside you watching your fruitless search for life outside of Me. I am with you in all things. I know your inner thoughts and am there with you time and time again as you seek solace and love apart from Me.

It hurts My heart to watch you groping around in the darkness for something to latch onto; something that will relieve the ache of your brokenness.

Time and time again you return to broken cisterns for a drink to quench your endless thirst. Why do you refuse to come to Me and drink? I will give you living water.

Drink the water I will give you and you will never thirst again.

You chase after the best that this world has to offer, seeking excitement and adventure, never comprehending that the path I call you to walk is the ultimate adventure. The story that I am writing is the only story worth spending your life for.

Do you think I don’t know what I created you for? Do you think I have not written a part for you in My story that far surpasses your fumbling efforts to make a life for yourself?

You hold on to your life, and in the process you lose not only your life, but your very self.

Do you not know apart from Me you can do nothing? Give up! Give up seeking solace in worldly pleasures. They are fleeting and bring no lasting satisfaction. Each compromise draws you further from yourself; further away from me.

I promise to provide pleasures and to satisfy your souls with good things from my overflowing storehouse of blessings. My supply never runs dry. I created you. I placed specific desires within your heart. I alone am the way to fulfill those deep desires.

Follow me and I will lead you. Drop your defenses. Abandon your pointless plans; they will only lead to your destruction. Pray for an increase of faith and for healing from the misconceptions you have held for far too long about Me.

I am good. I am love. I have your best interests at heart. Believe My words, obey My words, and you will find the life you long for.

The Desires of Your Heart Will Come to Pass

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My Word to you today is abandon. Abandon your plans for success to Me. Show me that you trust Me by laying down your preconceived ideas about what success is. It hurts my heart to see you being so hard on yourself because of your perceived ‘failures.’ I know you better than you know yourself and I see your heart; your desire to please Me in all things. This desire pleases Me more than you can imagine. When a mother sees the effort of her young child striving in love and in a desire to please, does she resent or distain her children’s less than perfect efforts? No. Neither do I see in your earnest efforts to please Me any fault.

Daughter, abandon your ideas of what is beautiful. You have spent far too much of your life considering yourself of average beauty and judging your feelings of attractiveness by the worlds standards. You carry within you the reflection of My beauty. I created you to reflect to the world the feminine aspects of my nature. Where others have labeled you as overly emotional, I have seen the beauty of your tender heart, precious in My sight. You have considered your easily wounded heart as a burden, but I know the truth. Your heart is like the womb of a mother, filled with the possibilities of what the people and circumstances you encounter could be. The distance between what is and what could be is a matter of your willingness not to abort what I have deposited inside of you and instead nurture and nourish it through prayer and obedience. Your eagerness to labor and push at the appointed time, until what was once only the seeds of life are fully matured and birthed out of the supernatural into the natural world where their reality becomes visible to the human eye, pleases Me.

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I have seen what you have carried within your heart in nights of weeping and days of fasting. I can see what is taking place in the unseen realm because of your faith and obedience to Me, even though you often feel there has been no return for your efforts to surrender all these years. Many of My most faithful disciples worked behind the scenes in my Kingdom, never having seen the great impact they were having on My world, but for you, My daughter, a day is coming and is very soon near when a harvest will be reaped in Your life that will lay to rest all of your doubts that the voice you have been following has been My voice and that the promises you have been clinging to were in fact, as you have always known in the depths of your being, My promises to you personally and specifically. From the moment I told you to ‘Wait’ and you said “Yes, Master’ I have not ceased working to bring about the miracles for which you have been waiting.

I know that you have not always waited as patiently or as perfectly as you desired to wait, but I see how you have, in each season and trial I have walked you through, sought the better part, the best that I have for you. The burden has been overwhelming for you at times I know, to the point that you have doubted your very sanity in believing Me and My voice, but your mind and your doubts have not stopped you from plowing ahead, sacrificing what seemed like your very sanity if need be to believe that which I have spoken to you will come to pass. Hold on because it is coming soon. The labor pains have been great. The lack you have perceived in your life seem like your constant reality. But I am coming with the provision that has been held back from you for these long years. When I move I will wipe away all lack and you will stand in awe of the harvest that is coming. The cornucopia of blessing that you have tasted in your inner life will be breaking forth into the natural realm.

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You have held back from me long enough what is most useful to be used for the furthering of My Kingdom in your life, the things that you find most repulsive about your past. The flaws that you most despise in your life are gold in my Kingdom and can be used to purchase entrance into the lives of many of my wounded and lost children. Do not be ashamed any more. I have redeemed you. I have redeemed your past, your flaws, and your life. Climb out of your shell and put on the new life that I have died for you to have, full of provision; mind, body and spirit. No more eating the crumbs from the table. Pull up a chair and feast with me. I no longer call you a servant, but a friend. Today is the day that you step into your destiny. Ask whatever you will. Anything you need I will provide because I know that your desire is to be close to me always and to accomplish the work that I have prepared in advance for you to do. I crown you with new life. I am breathing on your life and all of the ashes of yesterday are being scattered to reveal the gold buried deep within you. Take your place at my side. Stop apologizing to Me and to yourself for all that you aren’t and focus your attention on all that I Am. Watch and see what I will do.

The desires of your heart will come to pass.