Scented With The Fresh Fragrance of Spring

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Solomon 4_7.jpgI see you, star gazer. Your wonder has not gone unnoticed. Oh, how I adore the marvel in your eyes. You, my sweet child, reflect my splendor. Never lose your sparkle and zest for life. I plan to use you greatly for my Kingdom.

See – I am doing a new thing in you. I am doing a new thing in your life. You are my precious flower – draped in royal purple and scented with the fresh fragrance of spring.

Soar up to the sun in full beauty. Unfold your petals and show the world your radiance encased in godly passion. You are mine. You are safe – and rejoiced over greatly.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. – Isaiah 60:1

Shine, sweet child.

I know stepping out in faith seems frightening especially when you feel alone; but you will never be alone. I am right by your side – leading you onward.

Reach for me, child. Reach for my goodness. It is in front of you waiting to be grasped.

Never look back. The sun has set on your old life. You have moved on to the glory ahead of you – painted in the sky in vibrant colors.

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Solomon 4:7

Search for me. Seek me – that you may find me. I will clothe you in precious white garments. I will crown your head and speak over you promises that will outlast the earth.

Sparkle, precious flower.

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Since When Did God Become So Offensive?

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. - 1 John 4_4.jpgWhat has our culture become Jesus? One that tramples on your words, one that regards our greatness as supreme, refuses to acknowledge the one that fashioned our bodies, minds and spirits?

Oh, how I long for the days when many would seek and revere you.

Woe to those who have believed the snake lies of the Evil One. They have fallen prey to his whispers of grandeur. How tragic to worship the laurels thrust upon us by this crumbling society. How utterly catastrophic to disregard the greatest sacrifice in human history!

Since when did your name become so offensive to others, God?

This terrible truth crushes my heart. Deep sadness cascades over my whole being when I think of how you are not admired and adored. You are the rightful King. You are the Creator of the Universe and our selfless Savior. We should be washing your feet and adjusting our lives to run after you. You are the one that died for us –that we might have life! You are the Master Artist that fashioned us – knit us together in our mother’s wombs.

May our hearts turn back to the LORD!

May we desire to turn back to you, sweet Jesus. Without you –society crumbles. We become no better than the wicked culture in the days of Noah.

We need an army to rise up and carry the torch of truth into this dark, desperate society. Name calling and persecution should never phase us – for we have a God that can scale walls, walk on water and shut the mouths of wild lions.

Ascribe to the LORD – all who love him! This is a battle.

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. –  1 John 4:4

We will not leave this world unscathed by the darts of the wicked unless we suit up in our Master’s battle armor. May we hold his promises close to our heart and apply them. Let us walk forward in his power. Take heart — precious torch bearers and trust in God to lift us up in this oppressive time!

Charge full force into the waterfall of grace afforded to us by his blood and stand firm!

Your Worth Is Immeasurable

I have summoned you by name; you are mine..jpgWorthy – you are worthy, my loved. Walk with your head held high. You are engraved in my hands.

You used to walk in darkness; but, you now walk in the light of my presence as a new creation. I illuminate the path before your weary feet. I carry you when you feel unable to traverse in this rocky, wearisome world. I am holding your hand and have called you praiseworthy. You are a marvelous creation – and I sing over your life.

You are redeemed by my blood. You are chosen – and welcomed into the gates of splendor. I have made a place for you. You wear a crown that stands the test of time. Unlike other earthly royal treasures – your gems will never tarnish. They will sparkle on into eternity. Your radiance is unmatched for you glow with the burning sunlight of my glory.

Always remember that you are loved, and you are invaluable. Your life was purchased with my lifeblood. I gave all for you, precious one and your worth to me is immeasurable. Oh, how I desire for you to grasp my great love for you, sweet child.

“But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.'” – Isaiah 43: 1-2

This carnal planet can often leave you feeling empty and despised. Do not believe the words of the dust. Brush off these sandy, malicious lies – and speak truth to the void unaware of its eventual demise.

Hold the sword of my words into the night sky and step forward with a heavenly charge. I am so proud of you – my workmanship.

Buckle up, dear child. Grasp your worth – and let this fuel your passion. This world is not for the faint of heart. Fasten my security around your pumping heart. You will need it for the road ahead. The journey is not easy – but the blessings at the end of the rainbow of promise are immense.

 

My Everlasting Garden

Text placeholderI’ve made an everlasting garden for you — dear child. A lush space filled with beautiful fruit bearing trees and endless waterfalls of my grace.

Enter, child. The door is always open for you. I call you to step forward — out of the desert. I see your feet caked with dry sand and your sandals frayed from the arid heat. Lace those sandals up, unashamed.

Come into the covering of my garden. Let the moisture of my mercy wet your tongue and water your soul. Let the canopy of my provision shelter you from the harsh elements.

Admission to my garden is free. You will be fully awed by its flora. You will be overwhelmed by its sweet fragrance. You will be protected by its shield of invisible power. It was made for you.

Watchmen stand at its gate armed with swords of my word and breastplates of my righteousness. My garden is an impenetrable fortress for the weary and heavy laden. It houses the one and only sun — and shines that true radiant glory!

Take my hand and walk with me through this garden of grace. Be warmed by the light wrapped around you. Loose vines will never hinder your expedition in the garden of my mercy. You will see — uninhibited.

Sing with the angels the songs of deliverance and peace. Join in on the symphony of voices — lifted up in one accord. Your voice is precious to me.

You are my beautiful creation child. Walk assuredly with a lantern of oil that will never run dry. I will always provide for you.

May you lead others to the garden of fullness that is waiting for them! It’s your calling — share this beautiful, free gift with the world.

Shine bright, dear child.

 

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. – Revelation 22: 1-3

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.

 

 

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.