The Evil One Parades Like a Clown

Forget the clowns and all their shallow happiness. Follow Christ’s crown – for it embodies a joy and assurance that can never be extinguished..jpgThe Evil One parades like a clown – with colors of enticement and balloons of worldly thrills. He dances, draped in his funny outfit, to the clanging cymbals that drown out our heavenly vision. These shrill clashing sounds mask our focus and they fix our attention on the circus of fake smiles.

This sinister circus presents itself daily to us – in the form of social media, peer pressure, television shows, advertisements and the like. We are exposed to the counterfeit form of joy – and imitations will always leave us feeling empty, unsatisfied and cheated.

Dear one –don’t lose sight of the arid skin hidden under the caked theatrical makeup of the clowns. This facade washes off with water. The flags the Evil One waves are – comparison, self-doubt and immorality. He wants you to accept the culture and indulge in the bombardment of self and artificial joy.

After all, self-improvement is preached as a remedy to all that ails us. We buy mounds of books that charge us to be the best version of ourselves; however, we cannot be the best version of ourselves if we don’t know who we are – and have not meditated, memorized and given our lives over to the Word that breathes the fullest life into our bones.

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. – John 6:63

Darling – the best version of yourself is breathing in Jesus, walking the path he has set before you, denying self-absorbent, and fixing our eyes on things that would please his heart. We were given a charge to be his light to the world. This light can only be ignited if we truly take up our cross and follow him.

May we aim to follow and worship him daily – singing songs of praise and abandonment; because we are not our own. We are a new creation. Promise has been painted in the sky over our lives. Look up at that promise – and discern the colors fashioned from God’s unique palate to give us a hope and a future.

March forward toward your promise. Seek the Prince of Peace with all your heart, and you will not have to waste your time trying to figure out who you are and how you can improve your life.

Wave your flag forcefully – for it is coated in the blood that was shed for you. This banner is priceless. Treasure it with your life.

Be bold, be brave, do not fear insignificance. That is a word that will never define you. You are significant in Christ. Meditate on the text reserved for you. It was meant for you. Get lost in his letters, and feel our sweet, mighty King speaking these promises over you.

If you feel you are inadequate, worthless, or not enough, you didn’t get those ideas from God.  – Lisa Bevere 

Forget the clowns and all their shallow happiness. Follow Christ’s crown – for it embodies a joy and assurance that can never be extinguished.

 

 

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Find Your Remedy in My Words

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. Psalm 144_ 12.png

Cast your cares on me. I know your burdens are heavy – they are weighing that precious heart down. Let go and give me your worries. Put all your hefty troubles on my shoulders. Cry out to your Abba Father, dear one. My body was broken for you.

Nestle yourself within my warm embrace. Feel my heart beating for you. I am here for you. My heart bursts with affection over your life, beauty and irreplaceable makeup.

You are mine.

Do not forget you are a child of promise. Do not lose sight of this precious assurance, child. The complex netting of your veins, vibrant color of your eyes and intricate composition of your soul is one of a kind. You were made with a heavenly purpose in mind. I knit you together to be a Kingdom Seeker.

Honor your body, value your life – for you are far more cherished than rubies. You, my dear, are a pillar in my castle.

Stand tall and strong. You adorn my courts with beauty and strength. Lean into me when times seem turbulent. I am always here, sweet one. Hold on to the hem of my robe of righteousness with unwavering faith. I will show you great and mighty things and work through you in breathtaking ways.

Don’t lose heart. Don’t crumble under worldly pressure. Look to me in times of trouble and find your remedy in my words.

Remember your purpose and revere it.

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. – Psalm 144: 12

May Your Name Always Be on My Lips

_What's closest to your heart is what you talk about and if God is close to your heart, you'll talk about Him._ - AW TozerJesus – may your name always be on my lips. You alone are good, God. You alone are majestic. May others see your spirit shining strong and hovering over my life.

Consume me, sweet Savior.

My bones yearn for my Maker. They rattle at the mention of your name. You, Christ, dazzle me. Your sacrifice humbles me. It brings me to my knees in gratitude and awestruck wonder.

“What’s closest to your heart is what you talk about and if God is close to your heart, you’ll talk about Him.” – AW Tozer

Overwhelmed, like a speck of sand looking out over the vastness of your oceans of mercy, I cannot help but weep when thinking of diving into your arms.

You open your arms – fully aware of my imperfections and human depravity – yet, you still call me worthy.

You clothe me in your strength and righteousness – and give me a new name. I hold up my hands empty and trembling and you fill them with your abundant, overflowing grace.

You have charged me to be a light to the broken – a lamp to the lost.

I pray that my soul will always be stirred by your noble theme. Your endless love makes my heart leap – for you are the reason for my existence.

You are the purpose. Your precious blood saved my life, and I will dance and lift my voice to the heavens – knowing you hear me and draw near. May I sing of your love forever.

“I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” – Psalm 66: 17-20

Clean, Supple & Overflowing with Love

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4_ 31-32Let go of all that holds your heart for ransom, dear child. Do not harbor bitterness, rage or envy in that beautiful pumping vessel. Keep it clean, keep it supple, keep it overflowing with love.

Like a balloon that graces the stratosphere when released, liberate those emotions that are keeping you from loving to the fullest, smiling from ear-to-ear and singing for joy at the top of your lungs.

There is no place for resentment in a soul that is occupied by the Holy Spirit. Your soul is my territory and my spirit desires to move and work in a tender, lionhearted soul.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4: 31-32

Unshackle that fear that holds you back from moving forward. Forgive – and do not let the sun set on your anger. You, my child, were called to bless others. Open your mouth and speak life. May your words truly resemble the sweet aroma of flourishing wildflowers.

“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:9

Look to the heavens and feel my forgiveness. Absorb my love and understanding and do the same for others. Unwrap that seal of hostility that ties your heart in tightly. Let this vital organ breathe. Walk as an unscathed soldier waving a flag of my grace and truth.

Bless and you will be blessed, child. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.

I Am With You Always

“… and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” – Matthew 28_20gI am present always. That’s a glorious truth I desire for you to grasp, sweet one. You never walk through deep waters alone. I am right beside you – holding you up in the furious wind. You may think your body will not be able to sustain you in the treacherous climate; but, I am here. Your body will not buckle if you operate in my strength.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14: 14

I will support you. In fact, it gives me great pleasure to fight for you, my child. When you trust in my might and step forward in sheer faith, it delights my heart. You will be like a reed in the wind – shaken but deeply rooted tall and strong.

Listen to the howling of the gales around you and be not afraid. Though they may frighten, commit to memory that my power can conquer all. Place your hands in mine and never let go. Repeat this truth over and over – you are never alone. Call out to me, and I will answer.

“… and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:20

I love you with an everlasting love, child. I have come so that you might have life! Breathe in the life, grace and hope that I offer to you. Command the winds in your life – to be still in my name. They will surrender to your God – for they were crafted by my hands.

Rest in peace. Walk in freedom. Claim these things. Raise your emancipation banner high! You are no longer a slave to sin and death.

Release that burden that pulls you down like a heavy medal around your neck. Leap for joy – because your God sustains you. Remember you were created to choose everlasting life.  Choose life – and live fully committed to my spirit.

When I Rise – Give Me Jesus

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. – Proverbs 8_17The sleepy sun rises in the distance – over the hills, meadows and tall buildings. The warmth of its glow tickles our skin and quickly welcomes us to a new day on this earth. Every single day we have an opportunity to make a mark, imprint on a life and breathe his glory in this rocky terrain.

However, what we set our minds on – impacts what air we will expel onto others. Do we start our days with doubts and worries of events in the future? Do we dread the routine of life to miss out on the opportunity that presents itself to us like crackling fire works?

We must start the day with an outlook – one focused through heaven’s spectacles. May we truly ask for the eyes of Christ each morning. I pray for us – in the morning, when we rise – that we seek Jesus.

“In the morning, when I rise – give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,

You can have all this world – just give me Jesus. – Songwriters: C.S. Brown

Give Me Jesus lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

It’s a precious time – one so intimate and necessary. A time in stillness and quiet when we can truly listen for our Father and set our minds on things above for the day.

Just as an athlete has a regimen of weights, cardio and diet, our fuel comes from the pages of his promises. We desperately need to be centered in his righteousness.

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. – Proverbs 8:17

He has lined his children’s trail with precious gems. However, they are hidden riches and he calls us to search for them, seek them out – and share them with others.

Seek God – sweet one, from the tranquility of your home, from the stillness of your work-space or in the quiet in your car. Open his words and let them change you from the inside out.

He is waiting to speak to us – and show us the path he has ahead of us.

If we seek, we will surely find.

The Simple Moments Define Us

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. – Luke 16_10Simple moments. How often do we discard them and seek for the earthquake, colossal happenings in life? We look for the blessings from heaven that everyone will notice. The big events that show up like fireworks in the night sky. The ones that require a parade with confetti and multicolored streamers. 

 

We wish for the moments that we think will escalate our purpose and journey on this earth. After all, didn’t God call us to do big things? 

 

Yes, God did call us to do big and mighty things; but, it’s easy to discard the hours spent snuggling your smooth skinned baby still wrapped in diapers, that spontaneous heart bursting hug from your toddler, that home cooked meal that nourishes your family’s bodies, that quick conversation with your neighbor, or that fragrant vase of wildflowers on your desk sent from your adoring spouse or  childhood friend. 

 

These are the little things, right? 

 

We look at these moments as mundane. They are everyday happenings; but, these are the moments that define us. These moments are the pieces of the quilt that determine the elaborate cloth design on our exterior and interior. 

 

What design will you choose? 

 

“…the quality of your life and the character of your person is primarily shaped and defined by the 10,000 little decisions, desires, words, and actions you make every day. Even when we experience a life-altering event, we will have 10,000 little moments to respond to it.” -John David Tripp 

 

We must never ever give up on doing big things for God! Never. He has called us to be giant slayers! However, even King David had mundane moments in the field – looking after flocks of woolly sheep. In these moments his character was formed. 

 

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” – Luke 16:10

 

We must cherish the little moments and think of them as building blocks – ones that strengthen character, faith and trust. 

Pick Up That Robe of Righteousness & Keep The Faith

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his headChild, hold your hands out – open your palms to the heavens. Though they appear empty to worldly onlookers, they are gloriously full. You, my sweet one, are filled with my goodness. I have breathed my spirit over your life. My luminous riches sparkle through your eyes. They are pools of my compassion, grace and never-failing truth. You are my witness. You are my voice.

You are precious – never forget that promise. You have been refined by the fire and like a costly diamond – developed into a radiant jewel under pressure. Don’t give up – you are making a difference even though you may feel useless.

Sweet child, you are my hands and my feet. I have commissioned you to speak my message and exude my love on this earth. Waves may feel like they are crashing over your body; but, I have breathed the strength of my victory over you.

Pick up that robe of righteousness – and keep the faith.

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. – Isaiah 61:10

I love you, dear one. I am with you – wrapping you in an eternal love highly sought after. Shine your light to the nations. Never cower in fear – for I am beside you.

Open your hands, child and fill the abundance of all I am offering to you. Step forward – for you are protected and my right hand will save you from despair.

 

Beauty Out Of Broken Vessels

He makes beauty out of broken vesselsChild,

Bring to me your broken pieces. The ones you carry with you and cling on to so tightly – for I make beauty out of broken vessels. I restore shattered pottery into true works of art. You are not as broken as you think, sweet child. Your restoration is just around the corner.

Look to the light. Let it warm your skin and feel my presence all around you, dear one. You are the workmanship of my hands – and I am doing a new thing in your life! Trust in my compass – it has never led you in the wrong direction. You will never slip or stumble following my illuminated path.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. – Habakkuk 3:19

Listen for my voice. It may be quiet – so you really must seek it out. It is calling for you sweet child of mine. Devote time in your day to be still before me. I will speak and show you great and mighty things to come.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3

Let not your heart be troubled. You are the apple of my eye, and just like I know all the stars by name – I know your name dear one. You are my treasure. Trust, wait and seek me out. Expect only the best – for that is what I desire for you!

It’s Your Father’s Good Pleasure To Give You The Kingdom

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12_32.jpgYou are a Kingdom-Giver, sweet Jesus!

When we think we have lost our way, have run out of all options – and are all alone on the treacherous cliff – you call out to us and say, ‘I want to give you the whole Kingdom!’

The ENTIRE Kingdom.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

– Luke 12:32

You want to crown us with gold and wrap us in the robe of your power and might. Yet, we have to embrace this beautiful offer.

Your radiant kingdom is not of this world – it’s heavenly.

Often, we reach for splendor in the fleeting, in the temporary, and we are blind to your very hand that is stretched out in front of our faces with the purity, joy and everlasting nature of your precious promises.

Like sheep, we find it easy to nonsensically follow the herd and overlook the shepherd at the front of the flock! But, how foolish to neglect the one who leads us to safety, provision and rest!

He is the one who has seen our deepest needs, observed our depravity; and he has still claimed ownership over us!

Rejoice, sweet sheep! Your Father desires to give you the Kingdom. Claim that mighty Kingdom promise today!