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God is Love



I found this old picture of my daughter in her beloved "God's Girl" T-shirt. It reminded me how I live my life with the knowledge that I am His, and I am treasured. The more I see of Him, the more I see in every person I encounter that they are His Girl, His Boy and they are treasured. How soon we forget, or we never were told of this fact.
I can feel in my heart that someone needs this reminder today. God is kind, God is patient, God is forgiving, God is LOVE. If you hear words of judgment, shame or pressure, It is not Him. Reject them and open the Word to remind yourself what our God has said.
Sometimes I get in the middle of self-imposed pressure and worry before I realize it has no true weight because my Heavenly Father is not saying this message to me. It is a matter of reframing what we are allowing in and living with based on the true nature of God. Now in the light of the fact that God is Love. We know all of the following to be true. Remind yourself today if anything contrary to this list has invaded your thought life, your heart or your circumstances. You are His, you are treasured, and He is Love!

That means we can interchange the words Love and God in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. Check this out.

God is Love, therefore…..
My God is patient and kind;
My God does not envy or boast; 
My God is not arrogant or rude. 
My God does not insist on its own way;
My God is not irritable or resentful;
My God does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 
My God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
My God never fails. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 

NOW



I see dreams floating around people like hearts, these Ideas that have followed some of you since childhood. Others have new dreams that just popped up and won’t go away. God wants you to know that NOW is the time to grab them. NOW is the time to put your hands to work in pursuit of these dreams.

Don’t worry about logistics the money, timing, know-how or having the right people to help you realize these dreams. God is the Master Project Manager. He is merely asking you to fully embrace these God-given ideas and watch Him partner with you to make them a reality.

The world needs what God has placed inside of you. You are His choice. It is your willing heart. He is after and NOW is the time to start.

Monday Morning



Good morning guys! It has already been a full Monday in our house. Nothing big going on just the start of a new week and the list of things I saved for "Future Niki". It started with making coffee for my sweetie, quiet time, breakfast for kiddos, animals to feed and dished to clean. Then I got to cut my son's hair with the new clippers I am getting used to and bathing both kids. I stood in my shower taking a deep breath having accomplished much in the last three hours. Then I heard the Father's voice. Do you know what scripture He had to share or great spiritual reflection He had for me?
He had none of the above. Instead, He said the very thing I needed to hear. He said, " You did great on Zachary's haircut!" That is a good friend!
This spirit-filled life isn't all meditation and worship music. It looks like your best friend being the creator of all things and meeting you in real life.
I encourage you to listen as He talks to you about your errands or your dog or how great your new shirt looks on you. We are in a real living relationship, and it is beautiful!!!

Forward



My heart is set. 
My ear is tuned. 

I have chosen forward towards all God has for me and wants to accomplish. 

This is my decision. 
It will produce life!

 Forward looks like choosing to meditate on what the Holy Spirit is saying 
and digging into the confirming Word of God. 

Forward looks like a joyful heart of expectation 
that produces words of thanksgiving 
and sings of what is to come. 

Forward looks like Today!!!


Philippians 3:12-14
I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

I am learning



I learned something new last night.  We had eaten dinner. It was nothing we hadn’t eaten hundreds of times before. Everyone was settling in to watch the last 20 minutes of Trolls, and my daughter starts screaming. Her face is beet red, and she is grabbing her mouth.

As all mothers who have been deemed the  “throw up person” in the house know. You grab the kid and run to the bathroom. She continues to spit and cough and tell me her skin is burning. It was an allergic reaction of some kind. She then tells me it’s hard to gulp (swallow).

I start rebuking the symptoms and releasing healing and peace, I’m praying in tongues, and nothing seems to be changing. Then I closed my eyes, and I saw the Father. My Heavenly Father was massive, powerful, kind, loving, concerned and waiting on me. He reached out His hand, and He said,

“Will you give her to me now? “

I was sitting on the bathroom floor holding and rocking my distraught daughter, but I  could still choose to do it. I saw myself handing her to Him. Instantly she stopped shaking and asked me for cold water. The red drained from her face and she started laughing at the Trolls music she could hear playing from the other room. Her daddy got her a cup of cold water and then sent her off to sing along with her brother.

Man y’all, the real choice of handing our cares and our treasures to Him always produces life. My heart is still pounding as I write this hours later. I want to remember to stop and cast all my cares upon the one who not only can help but who WANTS to help! He is our Good Father.

1 Peter 5:7
Pour out all your worries and stress upon him 
and leave them there, 
for he always tenderly cares for you.

Red Balloons



This morning the Lord showed me red balloons floating up to the sky. They were full of worries and things we are holding our breath concerning. I saw the Father take a needle and pop some of the balloons. Asking us to take a deep breath and quieting our hearts with His love.
Then I saw Him hand us a needle as we rested securely beside Him. He was teaching us how to pop these balloons and take a breath in peaceful trust.
God is showing himself trustworthy. He is demonstrating His faithfulness and to those of us who will respond with trust. He is training us to walk in greater discernment and wisdom.
This all starts in our thought life. He is right there. If you look, some things that have worried you are breaking right before your eyes. Don’t let this praise go unsung. Let it be turned into the beginning of a new level of trust and opportunity to be trained further in the ways of peace. He is a good, good Father. A good parent is eager to teach their children.

Proverbs 3:21-22
My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life:
to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment.
Don’t ever forget how they empower you.
For they strengthen you inside and out
and inspire you to do what’s right;
you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring.

Expect



I saw a little girl standing in the front window of her house. She was watching with wide-eyed expectancy. Her ears were tuned listening, and every movement was noticed as she waited. I knew she was waiting for the ice cream truck to come by her house. I saw no money in her hands. She knew that when that truck came by, she would be more than welcome to come and enjoy its bounty.

The truck rounded the corner and drove straight to her house. In fact, it pulled into her driveway. I saw that no other kids were waiting by their windows. It came where it was expected.
The little girl ran out to the truck, and I watched to see what treat she would select. Instead, she asked for an entire box of popsicles. Without hesitation, the driver handed her the large box. She immediately skipping with it to her backyard where a group of neighborhood kids was playing. They seemed completely unaware of the goodness parked just out front. They didn’t seem to hear it's loud, happy music. The little girl began to distribute the treats to all the amazed kids.

For those of us who will toon our ear and watch with expectation. We will be met by a truckload of refreshment. This refreshment is not meant just for us. We are to gather it and carry more than we need back to our circle, our families, and our communities. We will bring them God's supply of refreshment.

Watch with expectation guys. Continue reading the Word so when it’s song begins to play you recognize it and run out to gather every good thing God has for you. Do not be disappointed when those closest to you are not waiting with the same anticipation. God knew it would be this way. He is going to use your relationship with Him and open hands to bring refreshment through you!

Watch! 
Read!
 Listen!
 Expect!

Ephesians 2:7
Throughout the coming ages we will be the visible display of the 
infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness, 
which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ. 

Good Father




God is our good Father.
His intentions are good. 
His thoughts about you are good.
His reactions when we mess up are good.
His storehouse of everything you could ever need is good. 
He is good. 

If we Pursue a heart picture of God based on the Word of God, this is the picture it paints. Suddenly the darts of the enemy are met by an accurate image of our uncompromising precious loving father. Those darts of doubt, fear, and torment have no place to land.

Even our own self-talk that spirals into a pool of pain. This pool starts to drain from the deep end as the actual image of the one who made us and treasures us is revealed.

In my own life the undone places and parts of me that seem to be in a cycle that never seems to grow past me. Those places unravel as I love on my savior, as I allow the Holy Spirit a louder voice in my everyday life. This is all intentional but what comes of it almost seems effortless.
He is a good, good father and He loves us.

Romans 8:15-16
And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”

Excess



The wave of decluttering that has swept, so many people’s homes has not skipped over our house. The picture above was my guestroom and the final frontier after our move over a year ago. I am on a mission, over 6 trunk loads of clutter has left my home since January 1st. My kids expect to make a drop off at Goodwill on errand day. If they haven’t played with a toy in a while, they know it is fair game for purging. I’m finding the drawers and cubbies that have been cleared of the stuff I move and shift to see the things I really use genuinely refreshing. Instant gratification is so satisfying, and completion still seems so far off.

I honestly believe this “trend” is also happening in the spirit. God is calling His kids to release all the mindsets and added doctrine that no longer serves them. The thoughts that don’t produce life, the looping memories that stir up regret and never lead anywhere else.
The Word of God will bring renewal and clearing away. We merely have to choose to bring it in and release what it highlights.

This is indeed the season I find myself in. I’m totally digging my organized knife drawer and simplified sock bin. Even more the clarity and quiet of the picture painted on my heart is like a refreshing breeze laced with the scent of honeysuckle.

Allow the Holy Spirit to enter the stuffed away places and a well-guarded hoard of old memories. He is waiting to bring refreshment!

Ephesians 4:22-23
And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self - life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.

Don't Pull Away



For anyone who feels like they have fallen short. God wants to remind you there is joy in humanity. Your dependence on God to walk out this life was always the plan. You are seen right where you are.

No, God doesn't want you to give way to sin and open the door to destruction. Even more, God doesn't want you to pull away from His voice because you have stumbled. Instead, God wants you to take His hand and allow Him to lead you in the way of life. To illuminate the level path you haven't perceived before. Allow this stumble to be the momentum into His welcoming arms.

God loves you so very much and has seen every moment from the beginning to end. This did not surprise Him. Your Father has been waiting for this moment to stand beside you. Take His hand.

Acts 3:18-20
But in spite of what you’ve done, God has fulfilled what he foretold through the prophets long ago about the sufferings of his Anointed One. And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence. 

Come Away With Me



I hear the Father’s voice whispering “Come Away with Me.’”
This is how I start most days. This past year has been one of me seeking God’s heart more and making an effort first thing to get up before the people that need me and seek Him.

For years with nursing babies and busy toddlers to manage the idea of getting up an hour before my family was unimaginable. If you are In a holding, nursing, chasing season, please disregard what I am saying and go lay down.

Mama’s, grandmas and men of God who are not chasing after tiny minions. I can not say enough about the fruit that comes when you prioritize the seeking of God’s heart before you are sought after by the world.

This doesn’t always happen for me. I don’t set my alarm for Sundays. Honestly, there are some nights where sleep is avoiding me and getting up would mean a grumpy short-tempered lady greeting my kids at their chosen wake-up time of 6 am. I sleep in on those days.

I would like to encourage you wherever you are. Make a dedicated time to sit and ask the Father what He is thinking, read the red words and meditate on the things the Holy Spirit strategically places for you to live a life of victory! It will be worth it! 

Psalm 5:3
At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
    as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.
    Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar
    and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.

Can They See It???




I stood in my husband’s study and tried to decide on what to make for dinner. Mark talked to me and slowly swayed from side to side with a look of almost wonder on his face. His next statement stopped me in my tracks. “Wow! It’s really coming in!!”  I knew at once what he was talking about. Christmas has come and gone along with a decluttering kick and a virus that stuck around for far too long in our home. It just hadn’t been a priority. I then replied, “Are my grey hairs really that shiny?”
 “You are so full of wisdom it is coming out of your head!” I then went straight to my bathroom for a date with L’OrĂ©al Preference.

It’s not a vanity thing. I am deeply, deeply grateful to be turning 38 years old this week. It’s the fact that I don’t love the glistening distractions around my face and $9 is a cheap fix!

What I am fixated on is that as children of light we are to shine! As people who have received the spirit of wisdom and walk in an intimate relationship with the creator of light, we should reflect it. I want the deposits God has placed in me to be evident at a glance. The highest compliment I can receive is a stranger knowing I am a child of God by my love.

I want to challenge you to assess your heart. Allow the Word of God to fan the flames of passion and hope you received with salvation. Let your love shine, let your smile and joy flow freely. Next thing you know someone will look at you with wonder too!!!


2 Corinthians 3:16-18
But the moment one turns to the Lord with an open heart, the veil is lifted and they see.  Now, the “Lord” I’m referring to is the Holy Spirit, and wherever he is Lord, there is freedom.
We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Hold On To Hope



I just finished this fantastic book by my friend Nicole! Her life has been transformed, and she has been set free from Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Self-harm, Alcoholism, and Depression to name a few.
I read a detailed account of her abusive and dysfunctional upbringing that left wounds so very deep. The life brought by Jesus and the knowledge of His complete freedom made available on the cross is without a doubt the true Gospel! You will rejoice right alongside Nicole as you hear how the labels placed on her no longer apply and she is living a full and free life!
This is not just someone’s story, but there are detailed teaching and references to the knowledge that set her free and what the Word of God says about healing for everyone from every diagnosis.
Don’t hesitate to get it for yourself or someone you know who needs Hope!!
I mean it.  It can be found on Amazon.

P.S. Go follow Nicole. You will be encouraged daily by this wise and joyful lady!!