New Vision for Thanksgiving

The holidays are often complicated times for many people. Time with family can bring back heartwarming memories as well as very unpleasant or downright hurtful ones.

There is often a mixed bag of emotions. Sometimes loved ones are missing, other times they are with us, but suffering. It’s hard. Our hearts hurt for ourselves and for those we love.

Thankfully, we are not called to carry this burden alone. Jesus is the great burden bearer and wants us to bring these complicated emotions to Him.

What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily he carries our burdens!

~Psalm 68:19 The Passion Translation

He wants to acknowledge your hurt and pain and grieve with you. He wants to comfort you as you grieve so that He can bring healing. But that’s not all, He wants to then work through you to bring healing to others.

Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

~Romans 15:13 The Passion Translation

I feel very strongly that He wants to impart a grace for us to see ourselves and our family members with fresh vision from His perspective.

Its time to repent for the labels we have accepted for ourselves or have assigned to others. We must confess them and leave them at His feet and turn from these unhealthy habits of relating to one another.

The Lord is restoring and healing families and He wants to partner with His children who will have faith that this year will be different in Jesus’ name.

He wants children who will pray for their extended family and all of the interactions over the holidays and be an agent of love and grace.

The Holy Spirit wants to flow through you to everyone at your table, whether they have been scoffers and mockers or “far too intelligent” to believe in God before.

The season has changed.

The Holy Spirit is drawing our lost family and friends to Himself like never before to bring salvation, transformation and reformation to family lines.

Let’s pray.

Lord, forgive us for the ways that we brought disunity to our family. The Kingdom is family and I want to partner with You to see Your Kingdom come to my family in very real ways. Please give us a heart for the lost and misunderstood in our families and fill us with Your love for them. Help them to see You in us and feel Your Presence when we hug, smile or laugh. We want to see You move in our families and will play whatever part You want us to. We will pray quietly, love lavishly and speak life as You lead for the honor and glory of King Jesus. Thank you in advance for all You are going to do in our hearts and through Your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A Miraculous Way Out

He [Peter] signaled for them to be quiet as he shared with them the miraculous way the Lord brought him out of prison.

Acts 12:17 (TPT)

Peter was securely bound with two chains between two sleeping guards and awakened in the middle of the night by an angel of the Lord who escorted him out of jail.

Peter decided to go to the home of Mary and her son John Mark where the house was filled with people praying.

Needless to say, the people were very surprised to see Peter appear at their door in the middle of the night in such a dramatic answer to their prayers.

As I read this account yesterday, I was immediately drawn to the “way the Lord brought him out of prison.” While letting those words percolate in my heart a question arose.

In what ways has He brought you out of prison?

It was a powerful question.

This blog originated as an opportunity for me to share how the Lord is leading me out of the prison of depression, insecurity, and people pleasing to name a few.

He repaired some cracks in my foundation and fortified my relationship with Him in a very deep and real way. I now KNOW, experientially, in the deepest places of my heart the security only found in being His beloved.

I’m still very much on a journey to experience greater freedom and healing and I hope to continue to share some of what I am learning along the way in case it may be helpful or encouraging.

So now I ask you, friend, in what ways has He brought you out?

Let’s pray.

Father, I thank You for the freedom You have already brought us through the power of the blood of Jesus. Holy Spirit, please continue to work with my brothers and sisters to break the chains that keep them stuck in the past or in unhealthy patterns. Release an anointing for them to experience Your love like never before so that they will KNOW, experientially, in the deepest places of their hearts the security only found in receiving Your love and letting it heal and transform them for the honor and glory of King Jesus. May it be so.

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The Power of Presence

All relationships experience ebbs and flows.

There are times of exciting discoveries about one another. The process of learning someone’s likes, dislikes, what makes them unique, laugh and feel loved.

There are fun times where time flies.

There are hard times and heartbreaks.

I have found that my deepest relationships are those that have stood the test of time and weathered life’s storms.

I feel known and accepted for who I am: no need for performing or pretending. Silence is comfortable and communication that transcends words is natural through the glance of an eye or the connecting of hearts.

This has been true of my relationship with God.

It has taken time to truly discover each member of the Trinity for who they really are and not my perception of them. I needed to move beyond theological knowledge, to knowing the actual Persons of the Trinity, all of whom are equally God.

It is a mystery and a marvel that it is even possible.

I once spent a lot of time anxiously pouring out my needs and struggles. Eventually, I also learned to really listen and just enjoy His presence. Our relationship is growing deeper.

He is enough.

His presence makes me come alive.

There is nothing like His love and acceptance.

The song, “Be With Me” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt has been a blessing to me. It puts words to my experience.

It helps me to slow down and focus on the presence of God and bask in His love. I hope you are blessed by it as well.

 Click to listen to “Be With Me”

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LYRICS:

The world falls away

When I see Your face

Jesus, it’s always been You

And I hear Your voice

Above all the noise

Jesus, it’s always been You

Jesus, it’s always been You

Be with me

I just want You to be with me

I don’t need You to do a thing

Your love is enough

There’s nothing to hide

I’m Yours and You’re mine

Jesus, it’s always been You

I am complete

What more could I need

Jesus, it’s always been You

Jesus, it’s always been You

In Your presence

I know where I stand

I know who I am in Your love

In Your presence

What more could I need

I know I’m a child of God

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Let’s pray.

Thank You for meeting us where we are and taking us deeper with You. Please help me discover even greater depths of Your goodness and love. Take me deeper into Your heart so we can connect beyond words and I can become all You created me to be for Your honor and glory. May it be so.

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

 

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The Power of Perspective

Perspective is everything.

The two orphan kittens we rescued recently were understandably terrified when trapped with the aid of irresistible wet food.

They have no idea colder weather is coming.

There is no understanding that they now have access to an endless supply of wet food and warm living.

Once roaming the neighborhood, the restriction of a cage is foreign and comforting all at the same time.

Humans are suspicious rather than a source of provision and love. 

They don’t know how much love and fun awaits them as they learn to trust us.

Building trust takes time. Every positive interaction is building a bridge to connection.

We patiently reassure them and cherish every sign that they are less afraid and adapting to inside life.

They are starting to sprawl out in their cat bed and slow blink when we speak to them. They accept food from our hands and play with their toys.

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The confines are temporary.

Soon they will have access to the entire house with more places to run and play than they can imagine.

 They will learn the security of adoption with all of its rights and privileges………

 

……..just as I am finally resting in the security of my spiritual adoption in Christ Jesus.

 

Galatians 4:6-7 (TPT)

6 And so that we would know for sure that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts—moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father! You’re our true Father!”

Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs of God through Jesus, the Messiah!

Let’s pray.

Oh Lord, I confess that I have a very limited perspective. Please help me to grow in my understanding of who You are and what You are truly like. Help me to see what You see and to trust You. Please help me continue to fully embrace my adoption as Your child and all that means in this life and for all eternity for Your honor and glory. May it be so.

 

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Never Underestimate the Healing Power of Song

“Lean Back” from Capital City Worship has been such a blessing. Many of us have deep wounds in our hearts that He longs to heal. May we all stay still until the Father’s love sinks in and we truly believe His love is better than any other.

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“Lean Back” (lyrics)

You will never leave

Your love sustaining me

Before I even knew what love was

You’ve brought me here to rest

And given me space to breathe

So I’ll stay still until it sinks in

(Chorus)

I will lean back in the loving arms

Of a beautiful Father

Breathe deep and know that He is good

He’s a love like no other

(Bridge)

Now I can see Your love is better

Than all the others that I’ve seen

I am breathing deep all of Your goodness

Your loving-kindness to me

Click here to watch and listen to “Lean Back”

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!