Friday, February 25, 2011

Change your clothes!!

So, I really feel like I just need to share this with you today. It is so empowering and God's love is so amazing. But I think we, at least I, sometimes forget that the power of the Holy Spirit is within us. We have only to ask and He is right here to guide, help, comfort, teach, and so much more.

The thing that stood out to me more than anything today, though, is that it is up to me to put on the clothes He has given me. I can choose to bow down to my circumstances and allow them to dictate the outcome, or I can put on the clothing that Jesus has made specifically for me and go out filled with His love and do His work. Seems like a simple enough choice, but some days are harder than others. So Father I lift up to You all those reading this and all those submerged in their circumstances that they just feel Your love right now, hear Your words speaking into their lives, and have the courage You place on them to go out into this world and effect a change for You.

From Love Letters from God pp128-129

"My dear child,

Arise! Arise and shine, for I have delivered you! And at this moment I am here with you. Yes, I am! I'm by your side, waiting for you to turn to Me. Waiting for you to allow Me to help you.

Let go! Let go of the burdens that you're carrying. Let go of the cares you have taken upon yourself. Just let go. Give them to Me. Give them all to Me. Give them to me one by one. Release those cares. Feel yourself lifted higher and higher as you give Me everything that has been weighing you down. Let go of everything that has you bound and depressed and discouraged. Those things are not from Me. In My Son's name, let go of everything oppressing you right now. Just let go! Let go!

That's right! Do it and be free in My Son's name. Be free to be what I've called you to be. My child, take a deep breath; hold it for a count of four. Now let it out. Slowly exhale and as you do, the tension in your body will be washed away.

Again, My child, breathe in deeply. Breathe in the Holy Spirit. Inhale love; exhale love. Allow the Holy Spirit to do a mighty work within you. Allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse you, refresh you. Just meditate on His indwelling you and filling you with peace and contentment.

Again, breathe in deeply, think of yourself as getting bigger and stronger inside as you allow the Holy Spirit to have full reign in you. As you exhale slowly, receive My love flowing through you to your surroundings. Now your presence has created peace in your own environment, because I am with you.

Love is there with you, in you, around you. People are affected by your presence because you walk in love.

Do not allow yourself to be bowed down with the spirit of heaviness. Instead, put on the garment of praise. Lift up those hands that hang down. Lift up your voice to God. Pray in the Spirit. Pray in understanding, and magnify the LORD.

Now close your eyes and continue to praise My holy name, for I inhabit the praises of My people. Shout Hallelujah! You're free because I have set you free.

Love, God"

author Robert Schluter

Sunday, February 6, 2011

so refreshing

I was feeling really stir crazy, so I bundled up and headed outside. It was wonderful! The snow was coming down....there were mounds of snow all over the place. I just walked and talked to Dad and really just felt so much stress leave me. The cold air is so refreshing and the sunshine reflecting off the snow so beautiful! I don't know, there is just something about being out in nature that allows me to get closer to Jesus. It is like the barriers just break down and there is nothing that is in the way of that connection. The noise of the world seems to just stop...even though there is noise out there it isn't the same as being confined somewhere. And when I just still my mind and focus I can actually hear the leaves and the birds and the air (I know that sounds strange, but stillness really does have a sound).
Thank You Father for the beauty that is nature and that I have the freedom to just go enjoy it whenever I feel the need. You are the greatest Artist! You are my Provider, my Healer, my Best Friend, my Love........I could go on and on, so easier said You are my Everything.

Momma said there'd be days like this....

Ugh! That is all I can say about this day thus far. But......I know that Jesus has promised better for me. I know that Jesus has already won this situation and there is victory in His Name that brings all glory to Him.
My normal response to this type of morning would have been to just start comforting myself with food....and not necessarily food that is good for me. I would have just started a pitty party for myself and let the thing last all day long if it felt like it could.
Not today! Today I have a different perspective. Today I know that with faith I can get through. Today I know that the food is not my comfort, my Father is. Today I know that His promises stand and I may not know what the outcome looks like but He does. He will not forget, He will not ignore. can I worry about or stew in something that His hand is already on.
Plan for the day......continue to eat well.....maybe go for a walk in this beautiful falling snow....drink water as if it were coffee and love! My God is with me and won't let me fail in His strength, so how can I not smile. He delights in me!!! See........there it smile! The world may not look as I want it to today, but my joy can't be shaken!
Have a wonderful day my friends!

Isaiah 62:2-4
The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married, for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married."