Sabtu, 21 Februari 2015

Put Your Trust in Me


Put Your Trust in Me

As a child depends on his mother and father to feed and protect him, so should you lean and depend on me. You do not need to fear that you will step out and be devoured or forgotten.  I will be there to help you.
I am a jealous God and I will not allow my Bride to be trampled upon or put to shame. She is my glory and my beauty in the earth. I will not let my beauty be swept underneath a rug and done away with.
As you put your trust in me, I will fight on your behalf and I will guard you with my right hand. You will know that I am your God and that there is no one or no bondage that I cannot reach through to deliver you, says the Lord.

Senin, 16 Februari 2015

You Are My Diamond


You Are My Diamond

Look at a diamond when you put it in the light. It gleams and it shines as the light hits it. It has so many dimensions within it. So it is with you my child. As my light hits you, I should shine through and come out the other side. As every ray hits you, so my glory should do the same in you.
But if you find that my light does not shine through when life hits you at a certain angle, my love, it is these angles that I want to buff and make smooth. For you are the light and the salt of the earth – in you is the hope that the world is looking for. So when you have desired and prayed in your heart to be more like me and be used of me, do not be amazed when the pressures come. For where my glory does not shine through you, there I will buff you and shape you into the diamond that I see you as.
Instead of being ashamed and feeling picked on my child, know that I intend to shine my glory through you and so do not hide away, but overcome and rise up in my image instead. Then as I lift you up as that diamond in my hand, my glory will shine through you, no matter what angle the light hits you from.
My child, allow me to shape and mold you and know that with every part that you yield to me, you will take on my image and be that shining light for all to see. Amen.

The Winding Road


The Winding Road

If you take a road trip up the mountains, you will see that the roads are not straight, but they are winding and they are narrow. The road does not leave much room for error, but it weaves its way around every hill and around every bend - you cannot see what is just around the corner.
And so it is with the road that you are on my child. For it may seem that I am taking you the long way, but the truth is that the winding road is indeed, the shortest path – for it takes into consideration the trees and the wilderness that surrounds the mountains. In the same way, my child, I know the way that I am taking you. I avoid the steep paths and I take you around the bend, so that the climb is not too steep for you.
I make you slow down around the corner so that you do not lose control ahead. I build a bridge across the waters that you cannot cross on your own and I guide you along the best of scenery. For indeed, when you have reached the top, you would have enjoyed an adventure and a journey of many beautiful moments. So sit back and enjoy the trip that I have you on. Trust in giving me control and allow me to drive you along this journey. Amen.

Sabtu, 14 Februari 2015

It Takes Practice

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It Takes Practice

When a child first learns how to walk, it stumbles and falls a few times. His legs are weak as it tries to find balance. So it is with you as you learn something new.
Falling and stumbling does not mean that you cannot do it, it is simply part of the process. So learn to embrace the falls instead of allowing it to deter you. No child gets up for the first time and just knows how to walk. No, it takes practice.
So do not be discouraged at the first fall or the stumble in your walk. Get back up again, knowing that you will be able to do more than even walk, but jump and leap and sprint on those two legs. Stand up again and go at it again. You can do it and indeed, you will do it, says the Lord.
Breathe in my peace and take my hand. Remember that I am with you, even in the middle of the city. I can help you carry every load and be there to support you. I am your anchor my child. I am your helper, so use Me. Listen to my gentle voice and you will see that you are not alone. You will see that I am closer than your next breath. Amen.

Try, Try Again

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Try, Try Again

My child, I am the God of grace. If you have failed a 104 times over, I will give you another chance, as I know that in the 105th time, you will get it right. So do not be discouraged and do not lose hope. Instead get back up again, knowing that I am on your side and I will not give up on you.
When you are down and have failed, the enemy will come in and whisper lies to you. He will remind you of how many times you failed before. But do not listen to him, but know that he is speaking his lies because he knows that you are getting closer to success. He knows that 'try number 105' is coming up around the corner. He knows that if you keep going down this road, you will succeed. He knows his days are numbered and so he will come to discourage you and try to get you off track.
So look up at me and see the truth that I see. The truth is that you are nearing victory more and more every day. To overcome his lies, my child, you must keep your eyes on Me and keep them focused on the goal, then you will see that you are closer than you realize. Amen.
 

Jumat, 13 Februari 2015

Planted By the River

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Planted By the River

Look at the tree that is rooted by the river, it does not wither or fade away, its leaves are fruitful and it does not lack for water. It yields green leaves in its season and gives shade to those that walk by.
So will you be when you stay feeding on my living waters. Sink your roots down deep in Me and feed on me… let me always be near to you, child. When your mind and your heart is stayed on me, life will flow through you, just like the tree planted by the waters.
Whatever you touch will prosper and you will not wither away. By me you will not have to experience drought and desert land. By Me there is life. Stick close then, child and experience abundant life. Amen. 

Kamis, 12 Februari 2015

Everybody Gets a Turn

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Everybody Gets a Turn

Feb 11, 2015 05:01 pm | Katie



In November of last year, I made the decision to move my mom to Nashville. I say I made it, because I did. She didn’t agree with my decision. She still doesn’t. She will tell you today I kidnapped her and she’s looking for someone to take her back to Huntsville.
After successful surgery and radiation treatment for an acoustic neuroma, it became obvious to me that I needed her closer to me so I could take better care of her. It wasn’t as obvious to mom.
She told me she had been taking care of herself for her entire life and she didn’t need any help now.
But she did.
We all need help from time to time. Nobody can make it on his or her own. I haven’t. I grew up in a very loving, Christian home. Mom and dad were always there for me. I can’t tell you the number of friends I’ve had step up for me over the years. Sooner or later, everybody needs help. In this life, everybody gets a turn.
For the last 2 years of my dad’s life, Mom took care of him around the clock. I’m not exaggerating. I don’t know how much she was able to sleep in those 24 months or so, but it wasn’t much and frankly, it took a toll on her. I will always love her for the way she loved my dad. Now, she wouldn’t change anything she did. In fact, she would have given more if there had been a way to do it. She paid a high price for her choices.
So, now, she needs me. We’ve moved her into a new apartment and gradually she’s adjusting to her new realities. For the longest time, she wouldn’t let me bring any furniture in because she wasn’t staying. Now, we at least have few pieces moved in. We have coffee most mornings and talk about things. She still doesn’t like me wearing jeans to the office. She still resents I have to make some decisions for her. The other day she told me to go to the doctor myself since I had made the appointment. Most days, however, we get along.
In our visits, I’ve noticed something new. When we’re talking about something, she’ll ask my opinion. Here’s why that’s interesting. My mother has never asked me for my opinion. Never. Why should she? She gave me my opinions in the first place. Why would she ask for things that she herself had given to me? My mom’s strong—really strong. Now, she just isn’t so sure. She’s lost a little confidence. She’s a little more hesitant to decide. She waits for me to respond. In her own way, she’s asking for help.
She needs me. That’s fine. I’m glad to be here for her. She’s always been there for me. Now, it’s my turn to be there for her.
And I am.
It’s her turn.
It’s my turn.
In this life, everybody gets a turn.