Embracing Risk to Follow Christ. A Conversation with My Husband, Dave.
God is wanting to do an amazing turn around in your relationships in this season. Feeling stuck? Like you keep coming up against some of the same issues? Like the people around you are holding you back in some way?
Guess what? God wants you to know that your breakthrough is NOT in their hands! God is wanting you to partner with Him against the forces of darkness and those things that are BLOCKING your forward momentum in relational growth. This is the day and hour to move into a spacious place of unity in an abundance of love, joy and peace.
The Word of the Lord today is, “Humble yourself and I will exalt you. Examine your life before Me in the secret place, and I will show you how to come up even higher in Me. It is in knowing Me more that you come to know yourself better. Spend time in My Word and bask in the light of My Presence. Share your heart with Me. I would much prefer you come to Me in humility, asking that I reveal any area where I want you to come up higher, than for you to suffer the consequences of any pockets of deception you are carrying in your heart about yourself and your life. In coming to Me in humility, you avoid Me having to touch your circumstance to get your attention or having to be humbled by someone else uncovering what is in darkness. I am happy to reveal what is needed to remove the blocks directly to you.
It is I who purifies and refines. It is I who reveals and elevates. It is I who heals and redeems. I am the One that can make the changes that you long for. Allow Me to form in you a character that is strong enough to carry the high call I have on your life. Allow Me to have full reign in your own heart.
Defer to My loving ways in all relational interactions. Me Word applies to you. My ways will work through you. My interest in people are to be manifested through you.
To those who have ears, hear Me speak. If you want to see Me formed more fully in others, allow Me to form Myself more fully in you. You are longing for others to see Me as I am because you rightly understand that if they see Me as I am they will be smitten by My beauty and majesty and never be the same.
You are My ambassador. You are the light that is to shine. When you come to Me, believing your light is being extinguished by the darkness in others, you arouse My jealousy. Light can not be overcome by darkness! It is only in putting yourself or others before Me that the light within you is dimmed. When I am on the throne of your heart, no darkness will overcome you.
Set aside your need to be understood by others and come before Me. I know you completely and completely love what I see. You are the apple of My eye. You are special. My personal love for you is uniquely yours. There is a faucet of Myself that I created you to reflect to the world. Come to Me. See Me as I am. See yourself as I see you. See those things in you that are not reflecting My glory and therefore not reflecting who I have created you to be and renounce them.
I love the way you are. I not only notice all the little things that you do that make you, distinctly you, I thought them up. I was there when you were in your mothers womb; I rejoiced with the angels when you were born into the world that I created for you to fill and subdue.
You are My idea and My creation. I have planned out all of the details of your life. I know the end from the beginning. There are things about you that you have yet to discover. When you walk closely with Me I will unveil you, first to yourself and then to others, to bless them with the gift that you are and to help them become more of who I created them to be.
Shift your focus and relinquish control. Focus on Me and cooperate with My work in your own life. You will come into greater alignment with My thoughts, and plans to use you to impact and change those relationships that are in your inner circle. Your influence will have a ripple effect, growing in ever widening circles, as your light shines brighter and brighter. You are called to be a light shining in a wicked and depraved generation to draw more and more people to the beauty of My glory revealed through your life.
Allow the work of the cross to be completed in your own life. The power of My resurrection life in and through can not be contained. The power of the cross always spreads in ever widening circles through those that have truly been transformed by it.
Set your sights higher!’
Broken dreams? Failed relationships? Disappointed expectations?
No matter what things look like in the natural, the future will not mimic the past if you stay in faith and keep your eyes on Jesus.
ASK BIGGER than you have ever dared to ask before. God is a BIG God, and He gives BIG dreams to His people.
It is no mistake that you were born at this time in history. God is raising up Son’s and Daughter’s that know their value and that know how to access the spiritual and natural ‘valuables’ in the treasury of their Father, the King of kings.
‘Ask and it will be given to you..’ -Matthew 7:7
‘You have not, because you ask not.’ -James 4:3
Many have been given a God given vision for 2018, but few are asking in faith for the provision to see what they are believing for to come to pass.
ASK BIG. SOW BIG. BELIEVE BIG. God wants to PROVISION the VISION.
Headed to the post office now to send a few more signed copies of my new book ‘Blooming Where You’re Planted: 52 Prophetic Words for Being Fruitful In and Out of Season,’ to individuals that have purchased them through my online store.
The box of books pictures here are those that have been donated by generous supporters like you! 😀👏🏻🙏 I am taking them to a women’s work release program for female prisoners and sending a portion of them to a homeless shelter in Arizona where a single mother with three children that follows this ministry is currently residing. She reached out to me last week and asked if there was a book fund she could apply to for herself and other ladies there. I was glad to tell her there was!!!
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Even though we know we are children of the Most High God, set apart and made Holy by the blood of the lamb, we sometimes don’t act and feel like the powerful, perfect in His sight, superhero new creatures God created us to be. Just like our life circumstances, we are a work in progress.
Although sin is never a joking matter, our bumbling efforts forward in grace don’t always have to be a source of self-loathing and a measuring stick of how far we have to go. We need to give ourselves and others grace, particularly in areas where there is no rebellion but perhaps just a splash of the realities of growing up in the Lord that aren’t perfecto.
When my son lived at home he figured out a clever way to pick apart my idiosyncracies and uncover to me any hint of detected hypocrisy without getting in trouble. He used humor. Even though he straddled the boarder of disrespect with this at times, he revealed truth in such a way I couldn’t help but choke on my food while laughing it was so spot on and funny.
It’s okay to look at yourself in the mirror and admit your not perfect and love yourself anyway!
Being able to accept and love yourself where you are while working to be more Christ-like is important. Lighten up in life in general but be careful to remain sober minded. We serve a Holy God.
Laughter is a gift from God and is medicine to the soul. Laugh and laugh often.
I laughed so hard while flipping through pregnancy memes night before last I had mascara streaming down my face. My husband came in and smiled while I read them to him. I imagine they weren’t quite so funny to him. This week as my uncomfort level has grown with my pregnancy body and its aches and pains I have not always handled myself with stoic grace. I have made sure to share with him regularly my process, when not with words, with grunts and groans as I waddled about the house and struggled to do things that use to be a cinch, directing my husband with an onslaught of new chores as I get the house ready for the baby.
Yesterday I worked all day in my pj’s and didn’t even brush my hair! I didn’t really realize this until my husband got home from work. 😊 I proceeded to crack jokes about my pregnant reality. He cooked dinner for the third night in a row.
Last night he had a dream. Swans were ‘nesting’ in these trees, squawking, making a bit of a racket. He was thinking they weren’t as beautiful or as big as regular swans. He thought they seemed out of place not floating gracefully in the pond below them.
Hahaha. He would never dream of pointing out my imperfections, even with humor, as my son once did, but my ability to interpret dreams (especially one this obvious!) did it for him.
I’m not exactly the picture of grace and perfection this week as my body fills with extra blood, my weight soars, my circulation struggles and my trips to the fridge and bathroom increase and keep me up at night all while I give a blow by blow account to my husband. I know I haven’t been as charming floating on the water of the Spirit 😂 lately but thank God he still loves me and Jesus loves me too!
I am still beautiful and perfect in the sight of God and so are you, regardless of how you may be feeling or even acting.
I laugh at myself and the reality of my week and I also pray for greater grace to rise above my bodily limitations that I know will tempt me to complain over the next 6-7 weeks.
I pray for each of you too. Live. Laugh. Love.
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The child in me just loves stickers. 😉 Especially puffy ones.
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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!
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.