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10.23.2021 – Rise and shine! It’s time to put on the “Armor of Light”…

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?”—Psalm 27:1

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”—Ephesians 5:11

I used to be too afraid to look into a dark window…

because I was afraid of what I might see.

…my lens was “fear“…

not faith.

But God has been at work in me. 💗☀️

Now,

I like to sit at the window at the darkest part of the morning…

as I wait,

as I anticipate

seeing the sun rise. ☀️✨

And the sun WILL rise!

And just like the sun…

…the Light of Christ WILL rise and shine in this darkness…

“…’the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.’”—Matthew 4:16

There

is

hope.

And His name is Jesus, the Light of the World. 🌎☀️

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”—John 8:12

And not one of His “sheep” is too far from His reach!

Not ‘one’ has gone too far, that He cannot see!

“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?”—Matthew 18:12

For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.“—1 Peter 2:25

“I hear the Lord saying, ‘I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!” So my conclusion is this: Many are the sorrows and frustrations of those who don’t come clean with God. But when you trust in the Lord for forgiveness, his wraparound love will surround you. So celebrate the goodness of God! He shows this kindness to everyone who is his. Go ahead—shout for joy, all you upright ones who want to please him!'”—Psalm 32:8-11 TPT

…and He gives us sight to SEE! 💖✨☀️

That we’ll no longer ‘live‘ in the deception of the darkness,

because we have SEEN A GREAT LIGHT,

and His truth has set us free!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”—1 Peter 2:9

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”—John 3:16-21

And this is our call

“Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you. For you are fully aware that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.

For God has not appointed us to suffer wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage and build one another up, just as you are already doing.”—1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

And this is our hope

“But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”—1 Thessalonians 5:8

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”—Revelation 22:5

And I feel an urgency crying out within my heart…

“WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! Rise and SHINE! It’s time to put on the ‘Armor of Light’….” 🌅

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.“—Romans 13:12

And this is my prayer…

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.“—Ephesians 1:18

Thank You, Father. 💝 I feel Your heart this morning. I hear the urgency of what You are speaking in Your Word. God, You designed US to live and to shine in this time. May we grow to be… the Children of Light that You have designed us to be, shining with YOUR radiance and with the purity of Your love, as we live in this world for now…may we give way, to radiate…YOUR light… a light that is beckoning and calling into the darkness, from the deepest part of Your heart.

-Heather 🌺

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"He filled my heart with a new song..."

10.21.2021 – He filled my heart with a new song…

When I was a little girl,

God put a song deep in my heart. ❤️🎶

But there came a time…

when the fear

and the darkness

seemed to overtake “my song”

…and I shut down my voice.

And there was a season in my life…

when I thought I no longer had

a song to sing.

Fear,

and darkness,

and cobwebs,

and void…

took over my heart.

I thought all was lost.

But one day,

God turned the page… 📖🎊☀️

...and I turned,

and let Him back in.

He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the nightnor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon…”—Psalm 91:4-6

The enemy tried to steal my song, but he didn’t win. 💥

“Lord, you are my secret hiding place,
    protecting me from these troubles,
    surrounding me with songs of gladness!
    Your joyous shouts of rescue release my breakthrough.

Pause in his presence
8–9 I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you,
    instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life.
    I will advise you along the way
    and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
    So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn
    when I take you where you’ve not been before.
    Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.
    Just come with me!”
—Psalm 32:7-9 TPT

And God began to

fill

my

heart

with His song, once again. 💗☀️🎶

“My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
    and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
    the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
    the time of singing has come


14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
    in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
    let me hear your voice,

for your voice is sweet,
    and your face is lovely.'”—Song of Songs 2:10-12, 14

And He gave me a new song to sing. 💖✨🎶

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”—Isaiah 12:2

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”—Psalm 28:7

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”—Psalm 40:3

Father, I thank You for the new song

that You give me to sing…

You fill my heart with hope, and with praises.

You cause my heart to sing, each and every morning

of the new thing

that You are doing in me.

O, Great God

…Thank You. 💖🎶

For even when my heart went dark and dim,

You never stopped singing Your song over me…🎊🎶

Thank You, Lord Jesus! For it was always Your plan, for me to be free, and that I might have Your song in my heart to sing!

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”—Zephaniah 3:17

“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!”—Psalm 96:1

-Heather 🌺

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10.20.2021 – “He always has, He always does, He always will.”

God knows what He’s built inside of us,

He knows what He’s made us capable of, in Him.

Even when we haven’t a clue…

He knows what He’s designed us to be able to endure through.

He knows

what is gained

when we learn

in “living through

the troubles that we face in life.

We grow in trusting Him.

We learn to look forward, expectantlythrough the trial— to see what He will do!

Am I willing

to “sign up” to learn,

to grow in trust…

as I trust Him in ‘this’?

He wants to give me this gift of remembrance

a deeper level of knowing

that even when it gets hard, I know

HE IS FAITHFUL and HE IS GOOD

HE IS

still

loving me with His perfect love…

…even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment…

Even if I do not understand.

Even if I can’t see what His plan looks like in “this” situation.

Can we come to Him with our questions and our troubled hearts?

Can we be openly honest with Him?

He says that we always can. 💝

And in this place

He invites us closer in,

within His open arms…

in whatever imperfect “condition” we find our hearts in.

Can I trust Him…

to make something beautiful,

something good

even out

of “this“?

Because He can,

and He will. 💝🌷☀️

Even if it’s hard to see a way,

even if it’s “impossible“…

even if having to live through it seems “harsh“…

even if “this” isn’t what I would have ever chosen

Can I believe,

(God, help my unbelief!)

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”—Mark 9:24

Can I remember

(God, YOU remind me!)

“Remind me each morning of your constant love, for I put my trust in you. My prayers go up to you; show me the way I should go. I go to you for protection, Lord; rescue me from my enemies. You are my God; teach me to do your will. Be good to me, and guide me on a safe path. Rescue me, Lord, as you have promised; in your goodness save me from my troubles!”—Psalm 143:8-11

…that He’s got something more than good

up His sleeves…

Because He always does. 💝

And one thing that we gain from enduring through the pain,

as we face these “hard things” with Him,

is that we will know, we will remember

again and again and again

…that He will see us through,

and He will give us a new song to sing into the darkness. 🎶☀️

“He always has,

He always does,

and He always will.

He is ALWAYS good,

He is ALWAYS trustworthy…

…even in ‘this‘…

and so I WILL TRUST HIM,

even in ‘this”… 💖☀️

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”—Psalm 107:6

Thank You, Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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EVEN IN HER FALLEN STATE, AMERICA IS A FIREWALL AGAINST EVIL

by Mario Murillo | Oct 16, 2021 | Revival in America | 0 comments

I have a vision for America. Here is how the Lord is restoring our nation, right now. From our inception, we have been blessed for three reasons: To preach the gospel, as the pilgrims’ covenanted with God; to stand with Israel; and to care for impoverished nations and peoples.

Recently, in an interview, I was asked about that vision. I said, “Even in our fallen, backslidden, immoral state, we still stand as a firewall.

“As a firewall, the United States stands against demonic plans. Satan looks at America and says, ‘I can’t do what I want in bringing the antichrist, the beast, and world domination, as long as American freedom exists.’ And when we pray, that essential knowledge must be in our mind.”

I went on to say that I am calling both pastors and intercessors to recognize that we are currently at war with Satan’s plans. In discussing Psalm 11:3-4, I pointed out that David’s plea to the Lord assumed that the righteous are called to act, with focus on the Lord. ‘Lord, what can the righteous do when the foundations are removed? God is in His temple, on His throne.’

How would David know that, unless he was staring straight at the throne of God?

In the midst of his being surrounded by enemies, David, the warrior king, always kept his eyes on the Lord―and so must the embattled believers in America.

In the midst of his being surrounded by enemies, David, the warrior king, always kept his eyes on the Lord―and so must the embattled believers in America.

This war must be won! The Christian righteous have dug in their heels. They’re not going to compromise. That is why our thoughts are that freedom is coming because, as the sheep and the goats are being separated, the power of God will be manifested over America.

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God has called us to stand with Him, to do battle beside Him! The Power of the Christian faith is that anyone at any moment that says to the Lord, ‘Use me,’ has access to promotion, to equipping and to power. So, the fresh anointing is going to be this: People that no one had ever heard of, coming from places no one expected, will do things that people have never imagined.

Jesus said, ‘I send you forth as sheep among wolves.’ What is the predicable outcome for sheep who wander into a pack of wolves? Well, here’s what Jesus is saying, ‘That’s how you look: to the world, helpless. To the world, defenseless. To the world, ineffectual. But you do not recognize that the Lion who is standing behind those sheep, staring at those wolves, is The Lion of the tribe of Judah!

The Power of the Christian faith is that anyone at any moment that says to the Lord, ‘Use me,’ has access to promotion, to equipping and to power.

I am praying for an impartation of fresh anointing over all those who are interceding for America. In Isaiah, it says:

“No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; this is the vindication which they obtain from Me, says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).

We are the sons and daughters of the God of the Armies of heaven. We must shake up our thinking, we must look in the mirror and realize that we come from a legacy of supernatural power. We are destined to do impossible things. That is who we are. That is what is needed in this moment, more than anything else. That is the fresh anointing God is pouring out on His Church!

 

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"The Cure for Identity Crisis"

10.15.2021 – The Cure for Identity Crisis

Felt like the Lord spoke this into my heart this morning,

reminding me…

“Do not attempt to change

who I’ve created you to be

in attempt to fit into

someone else’s mold,

of who they think

you should be.

Look not to the ‘right or to the left’

but look only into

My heart—My Word— to see

Come only to Me. 💝

For I give you true sight to see

who You really are in Me…

…your true identity…

the beautiful, one and only you

birthed and designed from within My heart

from My loving, and creative desire

for You to be(come),

and to grow into,

…the “one and only,

one-of-a-kind you.” 🌷☀️

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”—1 John 3:1-2

Thank You, Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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Rick Joyner and Chris Reed introduce a new season of Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events. Chris talks about a vision he had of a Coronavirus treatment that would come out of Israel. He shares about a dream and a riddle the Lord gave him concerning the significance of the timing of Prince Philip’s passing.

 

Take a look at Rick Joyner's new MorningStar Journal News. Rick is really pulling this off. Incredable accomplishment

 
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"Afraid to See"

"Afraid to See"

Have you ever been afraid

…of what you might see?

Picture this…

Terrors of the night,

shadows that move in the corner of your eye,

“monsters or dead people” in the closet,

or under the bed.

Afraid of the dark, because you don’t know what you might see there…

Scary stories that play out in your imagination…

…things that seem so real that you think you could actually SEE it with your physical eyes…

Fearing things you think you see with your physical eyes, from catching only a glimpse, and blowing it up in your imagination, tormented and harassed by fear…

You assume you know what you would see if you really dared to look…

But you can’t handle the torment anymore…

and so you hide your eyes,

you distract yourself,

you do anything you can think to do

in order to avoid

looking

and actually seeing

…what you fear.

“Stop it, stop it, stop it! No, no, no! Gotta think of something else, gotta think of something else! Gotta get these images out of my head!”

I lived like this for most of my childhood and into my adult life.

But God…

“…And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—John 8:32

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”—Psalm 32:7

It is not His desire, that we “live” tormented by fear.

It is not His desire, that we fear what we see, or what we might see!

And so in HIS LIGHT, He gives TRUE sight!

He transforms our fearful, hardened hearts,

He begins cleaning our lenses,

that we might TRULY, and clearly learn to see!


“The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward…”—Genesis 13:14

“The word of the Lord came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree.”—Jeremiah 1:11

“The man said to me, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.”—Ezekiel 40:4

“Then the angel who was speaking with me went out and said to me, “Lift up now your eyes and see what this is going forth.”—Zechariah 5:5

Look among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days—
You would not believe if you were told.”—Habakkuk 1:5

“The word of the Lord came to me a second time saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.”—Jeremiah 1:13

“Then the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad figs, very bad, which cannot be eaten due to rottenness.”—Jeremiah 24:3

“He said, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer.”—Amos 8:2

“…being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart…”—Ephesians 4:18

To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.”—Isaiah 42:7

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.”—Isaiah 35:5

I will lead the blind by a way they do not know,
In paths they do not know I will guide them.
I will make darkness into light before them

And rugged places into plains.
These are the things I will do,
And I will not leave them undone.”—Isaiah 42:16

“And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!”—Mark 10:51

“Hear, you deaf!
And look, you blind, that you may see.“—Isaiah 42:18

Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.”—Mark 8:25

“…one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”—John 9:25

Thank You, Lord. ☀️ How You transform our hearts! How You clear it all up! How You give us sight, that we might truly see. And then You teach us…to see from Your heavenly perspective. We don’t need to fear. You cleanse our lens, You purify our hearts, that we may see more and more accurately in YOUR LIGHT. Thank You for this journey with You. 💝

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”—Proverbs 3:5

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”—Isaiah 55:8

“Blessed are the pure in heartfor they will see God.“—Matthew 5:8

-Heather 🌺

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“Write every day down…”

10.11.2021 – “Write every day down…”

I love these lines from a song by Jason Upton,

“A lifetime can pass by
And if we don’t watch it
We’ll miss all that it has to say
Write every day down…”

Every day—every “word, every page

is worth… “writing down”…

Because in Christ, our hope, our trust is in Him.

And the pages of our “redemption story”

are in His more than capable hands!

I’ll be honest…

this last week has been… hard, in many ways.

But I’m learning to remember,

that each and every kind of day that we’ve been given

contains purpose,

opportunity,

and tremendous value. 💎

And He saw fit to give it,

with great intention

for us to LIVE it. 💝

Every up, every down,

every triumph,

every valley

every victory,

every mistake, that we’d prefer not to see…

All of these moments are worth “writing down”

as an honest page of our story with Him,

because we KNOW that HE can redeem it all!

And no certain line or page “defines” us…

Because in Christ, He has called us “His.”

He can make something of these imperfect stories,

as He redeems, and somehow makes good use,

of each and every page. 📖✨

And as we keep trusting Him and thanking Him

for every

single

day

we’re bound to find the treasure

in every challenge,

in every hardship,

in every mistake…

…because we know

that when we look for Him, wholeheartedly…

we’re bound to find Him.✨

Lord Jesus, You’re the treasure that we find,

in every single moment—within every single line,

…because we get to write every word, every day…partnering with You.

And so I thank You for it all,

because I know,

that You can redeem it all.

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”—Isaiah 43:1

“You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”—Isaiah 12:1-6

“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.”—Psalm 130:7

Thank You, Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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Spinning Top

Everything and I mean everything is under control! As the earth continues to spin on its axis at a mind-boggling rate of speed (completely undetected by you and me) it has never nor will it ever spin out of control.
Why? Because God is Sovereign! He holds it all together without so much as one anxious thought. "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Col. 2:17, NIV
Stop giving ear to the 'naysayers;, especially the false prophets and religious 'naysayers'. Politicians, doomsday preachers and fear mongers do not have the final say! They never have and they never will.
Your life is not out of control, even if you suffer under the illusion of failure and breakdown. Jesus, Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit and their Word all agree-He uses all things for our good and His Glory!
Look at Jesus.
"We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels--everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment...You yourselves are a case study of what he does!" Col. 2:15-17, 2:21, Msg
Resting in the Sovereignty of God! Ron Ross9654865697?profile=RESIZE_710x

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“…but the Lord looks on the heart.”

10.7.2021 – “…but the Lord looks on the heart.”

“…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”—1 Samuel 16:7 ESV

(Lord, I didn’t really ‘plan’ on writing in this way today, but God, as long as it’s of You, then that is okay…let it be of You, God. May You do, what You have in Your heart to do.)

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I am learning

to be thankful…

for the times that God surfaces and reveals an issue within my heart…

Because I am learning,

that He does it

because He loves me…

because He wants me to walk the good plans that He designed for my life.

I believe that many of the issues that we run into in life

are often issues that stem from within our own hearts.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”—Jeremiah 17:9 ESV

Let’s be honest, it’s much easier to think that it’s always the enemy, or other people.

But if we don’t look at these things that God shows us within our own hearts,

we’re just agreeing with deception and fooling ourselves. 🥀

And so I’m learning to be thankful when I run into an issue within my own heart.

Because I know…

that it’s really an opportunity

to run right into my Heavenly Father,

to run right into the important lesson

that He knows I need

…in order to grow, and to succeed. 🌷

God wants us to succeed—to walk out—to grow into,

that which He’s called us to.

And so He reveals these hidden “snares” within our hearts.

Snares that not only hinder our walk with Him,

but these “snares” can also endanger the lives of others,

…as they can result in

consequences of sin

that we might not be able to see or comprehend.

We see an example of this in the story of Gideon.

Most of us think of a timid man becoming a “mighty man of valor” in the Lord, and that he did become!

But there is a critical lesson in his story that needs to be seen.

It’s a part of the story that I don’t like to see, but it’s something that I need to see…

From the spoils that were gained from the victories, we see that Gideon made a golden idol in the form of an ephod.

“Gideon made [all the golden earrings into] an ephod [a sacred, high priest’s garment], and put it in his city of Ophrah, and all Israel worshiped it as an idol there, and it became a trap for Gideon and his household.“—Judges 8:27 AMP

In my Holman Study Bible notes it says,

“…He asked for a royal share of the plunder, earrings from every man, representing a symbolic token of submission to him. As in Ex 32, where earrings were used in the making of a golden calf, so Gideon used these earrings to manufacture an idol in the form of an ephod, a garment worn by the priests and used as a means of determining God’s will. The amount of gold—more than 43 pounds—suggests that the garment included an idolatrous image. Gideon’s intent was to glorify himself, founding his own cult like the Canaanite kings. The result was spiritually disastrous, ensnaring all Israel in prostituting themselves…”

It seems there may have been some underlying heart issues that Gideon failed to face before the Lord, and ultimately, this led to something that not only affected his own life, but it led to a damaging ripple effect that affected the lives of many others.

I don’t like to see this, do you?

I don’t like to look at this, do you?

….but imagine how much more God doesn’t like to see this?

This is why He so faithfully knocks on the door of our hearts! 🚪❤️

That we might let Him in…

that He might sit with us

and teach us,

and help us deal with these underlying issues within our hearts.

Heavenly Father, because of Your great love,

You allow me to run right into the issues of my heart.

For You know…

what I need to run into—to face head-on with You.

I THANK YOU…

for showing me the issues of my heart. 💖☀️

THANK YOU for walking with me,

THANK YOU for showing me what I need to see,

and what I need to know and learn,

THANK YOU for Your gift of repentance, that I might avoid these “snares.”

That I may walk in all that You have planned for me to do,

that I may walk in all that You have called me to.

That I might LIVE out

the design

that You have in mind.

That I might LIVE this life that You created for me to live, alongside You.

So I thank You, Father, for doing the work that needs to be done in me.

My God, my trust is in You. 💝 You lead me in the way I should go. Help me to trust, and to follow!

-Heather 🌺

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10.6.2021 – “I will praise You forever, O God, for what You have done. I will trust in Your good name…”

“I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.”—Psalm 52:9 NKJV

This morning, I felt like the Lord wanted me to,

“rest, reflect, and digest…”

(I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant… until He led me into a couple of my old journals from 2018.)

Sometimes the Lord leads me back into my journals from previous seasons.

And it’s not so much about Him “showing me something old

as it is

about “revealing something new“…

…something that He’s orchestrated

that I haven’t been able to see

or “put together” until now.

Or He shows me a thing I need to be reminded of—in a fresh way,

something He said or did in my life before,

and that helps me in stepping into

the “new thing”

that I am walking towards.

“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”—Isaiah 43:19 NIV

I always get excited about these times of “remembering and reflecting” with Him,

because when I reflect on what He’s done before,

I get even more excited and expectant about what He’s going to do nextfor what He has in store!

I am hearing this reminder within my heart today…

Trust Him with where He leads you!

We may not understand each step in the moment by moment,

but we must remember that He’s “got the map”

and He knows where He’s taking us—and He’s got GOOD plans.

Our God is pulling the pieces together.

Even if we cannot see or understand

from where we are standing in the moment,

we can know

we can expect,

…and we can look forward to seeing

we can GO AHEAD AND LOOK FOR

this beautiful NEW thing that He is preparing for us to step into with Him.

“The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”—Isaiah 40:5 NKJV

“Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Have you not understood since the foundation of the earth?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth;

its dwellers are like grasshoppers.

He stretches out the heavens like a curtain,

and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

He brings the princes to nothing

and makes the rulersj of the earth meaningless.

No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown,

no sooner have their stems taken root in the ground,

than He blows on them and they wither,

and a whirlwind sweeps them away like stubble.

“To whom will you liken Me,

or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high:

Who created all these?

He leads forth the starry host by number;

He calls each one by name.

Because of His great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob,

and why do you assert, O Israel,

“My way is hidden from the LORD,

and my claim is ignored by my God”?

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary;

His understanding is beyond searching out.

He gives power to the faint

and increases the strength of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall.

But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength;

they will mount up with wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not faint.”—Isaiah 40:21-31 BSB

Thank You, Father. 💝 Thank You for these reminders, that give me glimpses “into the new” that encourage and strengthen me, to keep LOOKING FOR—and by faith, stepping into… the beautiful NEW thing that You are doing…. this NEW THING that You have been preparing in Your heart for Your people since before the foundation of the world!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come—the Almighty.”—Revelation 1:8 BSB

 

-Heather 🌺

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"In Over My Head"

10.5.2021 – In Over My Head

For most of my life,

in many ways,

I’ve felt that I was “in over my head”…

Most things don’t come ‘easy’ for me.

I didn’t do so well in school.

I wasn’t well suited for Speech or Debate class.

I do not consider myself to be sharp, or intellectual…

I don’t typically “think fast”…as much as I would like to be able to.

To be honest,

very rarely am I able to formulate a thought, verbally, that I am truly satisfied with.

This is not a self-condemnation session…

…it’s just an honest assessment of what it is.

But you know,

I have discovered

that I have a desire to learn about the things of God

far more

than I have ever desired to learn

about anything. 💖💡🎊

Oh the depth and eternal value of His ways… 💖✨

And I take great comfort as I reflect on the truth of 1 Corinthians 1-2…

24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”—1 Corinthians 1:24-30 NLT

I am learning to become content in this.

I am learning to trust God in this.

God doesn’t need our intellect.

God doesn’t require a high IQ.

We don’t have to “pass a test” in order to belong to Him.

He simply asks us to follow and trust!

Does He want us to study, to dig into what He wants us to dig into?

To learn, and to put our hands to, the thing that He desires for us to do?

Yes!

But He doesn’t NEED our knowledge, our ability, or our wisdom.

That’s not a requirement.

He just needs our willingness.

HE

is able. 🙌

And because He is able,

WE ARE ABLE.

“For,

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
    Who knows enough to teach him?”

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”—1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT

He gives us the ability, in Christ,

to be able to do

what truly matters in His sight.

Paul the Apostle said,

“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucifiedI came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.“—1 Corinthians 2:1-4 NLT

And I am so thankful

that He desires to use us

even in our smallness,

in our inability,

in our weakness,

in our flaws

…in the most gloriously, surprising ways. ✨

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
    and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.“—1 Corinthians 1:18-20 NLT

 

When I become frustrated with myself,

when I put my focus on my lack or “inability”…

or when I look over, comparing myself with someone else…

I remember this:

God doesn’t ask much from us

in order to do something glorious

in order to do something of ETERNAL VALUE in HIS KINGDOM. ☀️

He just asks us to show up,

to be there, and to trust…

ready and willing to say “yes” to Him.

As His children,

He desires to invite us in…

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”—Mark Batterson

And God shows us this

through the simplicity of a child…

He demonstrates this

through our willingness,

and a few

simple

words.

I love that about Him, don’t you?

I’m so thankful for that about Him.

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in difficulties, in behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”—2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NASB

Thank You, Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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"Our Great Treasure"

10.4.2021 – Our Great Treasure

“The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade at

your right hand.”—Psalm 121:5

 

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.”—Psalm 23:4-5

If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;”—Psalm 139:9-11

“In the day when I cried out,

You answered me,

And made me bold with

strength in my soul.”—Psalm 138:4

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”—Psalm 138:7-8

“You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.”—Psalm 139:5-6

Lord God, I am learning to see

how You make good use

of the “hard times”

to shape,

and to strengthen,

and to BUILD

in me.

How You transform my life,

as I come to know, and experience You

within all of the things

that I go through.

And now I can rejoice and say,

“I know Him…

for HE is the One

who was with me

through thick and through thin.

And now I know

it is within in these times

that I learn

to truly trust in Him.

I

know…

that He is with me till the end!”

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:11-13

And so,

as I am standing where I am...

I will remember Your friendship, Lord Jesus,

time and time again…

For You were there to lead me…

when I was blind, and could not see…

when I had no other friend alongside me.

But with Your faithful hand…

You reached out to me

You came, You claimed me, You saved me,

You set me on Your path of life…

You delivered me,

…and You set me free.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—

From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.”—Psalm 121:1-2

Thank You, Jesus,

for teaching me on this journey…

of what it means

to live this life

—in a blossoming friendship with You.

Lord Jesus, You are

Our Great Treasure! 💖✨

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.“—John 15:15

I rejoice at Your Word

As one who finds great treasure.”—Psalm 119:162

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46)

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

-Heather 🌺

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The very nature of iniquity is warped—deviating from God’s design. Iniquity deforms character, causing it to grow far from God’s plan for our lives—our God-given identity in Christ is marred and perverse. It may be the result of our experiences or our behaviors. Persistent iniquity may even cause us to embrace sin and transgression as “normal”—distorting Scripture to justify ourselves. 
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10.2.2021 – “And I will walk among you and will be your God…”

“And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.”—Leviticus 26:12

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”—Micah 6:8

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.”—Zechariah 3:7

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him…”—Colossians 2:6

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”—Isaiah 30:21

“Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and said to me:

‘Behold, I have put My words

in your mouth.

See, I have appointed you today

over nations and kingdoms

to uproot and tear down,

to destroy and overthrow,

to build and plant.’

And the word of the LORD came to me, asking, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

“I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

“You have observed correctly,” said the LORD, “for I am watching over My word to accomplish it.”—Jeremiah 1:9-12 NKJV

 

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I am in the process of learning

little by little

…gaining understanding of,

seeing glimpses into

the intention and the purpose

of God showing us things.

The ‘secrets‘ and desires

that He shares from His heart, by His Spirit…

…the revelation that He reveals within His Word.

He invites us in.

This is His desire. 💝✨

And it’s amazing to me…

that our God—

God Almighty

would so desire

to invite us into

that which He desires to do.

His Word,

that He is watching over to perform. (Jeremiah 1:9-12)

His glorious plan

taking form

That He would take great care

to create and to design

the time

for us to dive into

a thing that He is wanting to share,

a thing that He is wanting to do,

with me and with you!

What a God…

that He would teach us,

with great kindness, and patience

that He would take the time,

to take us ‘there‘ with Him.

Thank You for desiring this journey with us, Heavenly Father. 💝

Jesus, You remove our shame, and to us You say…

“Come into the light, and walk with Me. For I desire to walk with you.”

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…”—John 10:27

“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”—Isaiah 2:5

You know our weaknesses,

You know our shortcomings,

our struggles, our hindrances…

and yet

for some reason

time spent with us…

relationship

is well worth it to You.

God, that shows me so much about You. 💝

Thank You for inviting us into this journey

of learning

to partner with You. 💖🏃🏻‍♀️

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”—Matthew 6:10

-Heather 🌺

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