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High-Five



My kids and I have a thing where after agreeing to future plans or them acknowledge what I have asked of them with joy. We high-five each other. It kinda seals the deal and is a celebration!
Last night as I was thinking over the day. I saw victories and failures. Fruit and weeds. Then I saw the Father. He was talking about tomorrow and the week ahead. He asked me to simplify my expectations and focus on a small list. Then He high-fived me.
That was new, and I totally knew what that meant. It means I hear you, and you hear me. We are moving forward in agreement and joy! Done deal!
I want to encourage you to lay your days out with the Father. Let him paint a picture on your heart of where he wants you to put your hands. Then move forward in agreement and joy! He is your partner, and God is waiting for you to high-five him back!!!

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord completely,
and do not rely on your own opinions.
With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.

p.s. I know this is a thumb's up, but He is so cute! Had to post.

Loosen Your Grip



I hear the Father whispering. 
You see all that needs to be done, and the perceived time is ticking down faster and faster. 
I want to help. I want to take the burden from you loosen your grip. 

I know you wonder how you could ever let go. You want to, but how? Look at my face. It is reflected in my Word. Let me show you how capable, how gracious, and complete my plans for you are. I won't drop a single detail. Your exchange will be for Peace. The pieces I leave in your hands I have already equipped you to carry. 

You will open your hands to me as my love permeates your aching muscles. This is not a test. I didn't bring you to this point of exhaustion. But I will refresh your soul with my kindness, and I will astound you with even the pieces you have forgotten being placed perfectly. I have always known your heart's desire. Let me hold it. Loosen your grip. 

           Psalm 139:1-5

Lord, you have seen what is in my heart.
    You know all about me.

You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know what I’m thinking even though you are far away.
 
You know when I go out to work and when I come back home.
    You know exactly how I live.
 
Lord, even before I speak a word,
    you know all about it.
You are all around me, 
behind me and in front of me.
You hold me safe in your hand.

Awaken



I believe we are awakening to what has always been. The provision for purpose and a people walking in matured Love was God's plan from the beginning. The world has always had it's counterfeit for it. Proclaiming that Love was the answer and all we needed.

Today I am telling you that an awakening to the One who IS Love is here. Scales that have sat on the eyes of generations are falling off. A thirst for authentic connection and the purpose that comes from knowing you belong. This was always meant to be the wind in our sails.
You will know the ones who have joined the ranks of the awakened. They will have eyes to see the people around them with genuine Love. They will move in compassion and kindness. They will stand firm to protect the weaker ones, and their unshakable footing will be Peace.

It will permeate businesses, schools antiquated gatherings of God's people who never grew passed being babies. This is the path of the maturing. The ones who are bringing up families of their own and are not afraid to look different from their fathers.
They instead look exactly like Jesus and the ones looking for Him will run to these Christ-like ones. The people of His Love. The Awakened

Ephesians 5:13-14
Whatever the revelation-light exposes, it will also correct, 
and everything that reveals truth is light to the soul. 
This is why the Scripture says,
"Arise, you sleeper! Rise up from the dead and the Anointed One will shine his light into you!"

Settled



The Father desperately wants to reveal His greatness and true character to you. Not because He needs to be praised. Not because He needs to be glorified. No, God wants you to truly see Him so that the lens you see the rest of the world through is all compared to His steady, loving awesomeness!

God wants every battle and attack to have to measure its self against your knowledge of Pure Love. Respond to His calling on your heart. Run to your secret place were the one who desires to grow and rest with you is waiting. Then when the wolves start howling, and your heart starts pounding. You can take a deep breath and settle back into His majestic, awesome faithfulness.  He is calling.  Will you answer?

Psalms 25:14
There’s a private place reserved for the lovers of God,
where they sit near him and receive
the revelation-secrets of his promises.

Tender



My heart feels stirred up like a pond after a storm. I find myself fighting tears more then I'm comfortable with, and the funny thing is I can not put my finger on exactly why.  That is okay.
I am not trying to sit in sadness. No, that's not it. I am not even sad, I am actually tender. God is doing something in my heart. Pressing with an even hand as the playdough of my heart stretches farther.
I have nothing profound to share. I only want to encourage you. If you feel the sculptor molding you. If you feel a bit undone and yet wholly held. Stay in His hand. Let God finish what He started in you. He won't miss a detail.
You will have the grace to take care of your" must do's." Just don't stand up in your heart until He says finished.
It's okay to be red nosed and held.
You are safe in love and made perfect in weakness.
This is where I sit.

Jeremiah 18:3-6 ESV
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Then the word of the Lord came to me:" O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? Declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Heart's Crying


I can hear it.
I can hear hearts crying today. They are crying from long felt pain and disappointments so deep your cry no longer make a sound. You Father is calling back, and He is asking you to run, don’t walk into His arms. He has sent the answers the first time you prayed. Some of the answers are about to break in front of your eyes. Don’t sit in this pain. Press forward straight into his enfolding faithfulness.

Listen to this song and settle deeply in His secure love. Your story will not end here. Your heart will breath fresh air again. Run!!!


I look up to the mountains and hills, longing for God’s help.
But then I realize that our true help and protection
come only from the Lord,
our Creator who made the heavens and the earth.
He will guard and guide me, never letting me stumble or fall.
God is my keeper; he will never forget nor ignore me. 
He will never slumber nor sleep;
he is the Guardian-God for his people, Israel.
Jehovah himself will watch over you;

he’s always at your side to shelter you safely in his presence.
He’s protecting you from all danger both day and night.
He will keep you from every form of evil or calamity
as he continually watches over you.
You will be guarded by God himself.
You will be safe when you leave your home
and safely you will return.
He will protect you now,
and he’ll protect you forevermore!
Psalm 121




The Kingdom



We had a fantastic day yesterday. Kayley and I dressed up and pretended to be Belle. My son pretended to be a spy, and my extended family joined in the magic. This is hands down my favorite photo of the event. I found myself hiding the memories in my heart as they happened.

The incredible thing about my kids is they believe my husband and I. We have a "We don't lie to our kid's policy" in our home. Sometimes we reserve the right not to tell them everything, but we do not lie. This has served us so well.

I realized when looking at this photo. If I told my children, they were from a royal bloodline. That their royalty gave them the rights to an entire kingdom, they would believe me. The thing is because of what Jesus did, they are truly royal. They have an inheritance of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy that is the very substance of God's Kingdom. I pray daily that my kids will have a personal, profound revelation of who they are and what is theirs. I also hope that they know God would never lie to them, never set them up for disappointment and always hopes for them to be settled in truth.

I pray that as God whispers your true identity to You. Your heart is filled with excitement and a deep sense of belonging. God's Word tells us of these facts. God is who He says He is. We are who God says we are. We have inherited a magnificent kingdom, the Kingdom of Truth.

James 2:5
So listen carefully, my dear brothers and sisters, 
hasn't God chosen the poor in the world's eyes to be those who are rich in faith? 
And won't they be the heirs of the kingdom-realm he promised to those who love him?

Romans 14:17
 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking
 but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Same Message Different Minister



I went to write a Father's Day tribute to my husband. What I was struck with was how different we are from one another. Mark is an exceptional father to our treasures. He is also wholly and completely different than me in how he parents.
In our parenting, I am soft; he is loud, I am flexible, and he is steadfast, I am the nurturer, and he is the teacher. He is different, and I am so very, very thankful. We both know the same Jesus and parenting from the foundation of His love and truth has been the glue to everything. It has also been the grace when we mess up often.

God knew what He was doing when He made it take two people to make babies. Not just two people but a male and female. I am thankful for our differences. It has made our home more balanced and able to minister to all sides of our very male and female children.

If you are a fellow co-parent or if you have found yourself serving beside someone so very different then you. It is time to celebrate! You don't have to check all the boxes or know how to hold all the balls. You have a partner that was designed to carry what you seem always to drop!

Ephesians 4:15
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Happy Father's Day, my Love. 
You are exactly what we needed.
 Let alone you are all kinds of cute. 
I love you, and I am thankful for us!!!

Intimate Sculptor



God held you in His hands and carefully formed your very being. Every detail and freckle was placed with intention by your designer. To think that the one who took the time to make you doesn't care about every single thing concerning you makes zero sense. In fact, the longing of God's heart is to make you whole again.

Do not allow the enemy or even your conscience to convince you that one piece of your story is hidden from Him. The aches in your body that have been there so long they seem to have become a part of you. Don't worry. Your Father knows what He intended to be and what is a lie. He remembers the hidden desires that were never fulfilled. He knows the way you feel best when you move and express yourself. He knows who you are. He made you. 

Now in this acknowledgment, we can lay our whole selves in His hands and in peace allow Him to remove what was added and fill in what was once lost. He is your loving, caring, faithful, intimate Sculptor. 

Psalms 139:14-16 tpt
How thoroughly you know me, Lord!
 You even formed every bone in my body
when you created me in the secret place,
carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something.
You saw who you created me to be before I became me!
Before I’d ever seen the light of day,
the number of days you planned for me
were already recorded in your book.

Correction Can Be Sweet



It has been a challenging week for me as a parent (growth spurt, colds, Big feelings in little people.) So much of my time with my children is spent teaching them emotional intelligence. How to interact with other humans. How to navigate relationships and even decipher their own feelings. A significant way I am teaching my kids is by being honest with them about my feelings and failures. Showing my humanity is humbling to me and empowering to them.

I lost my cool with my son yesterday. I raised my voice and got fussy when a simple conversation would have solved the problem. As I was tucking them into bed, I apologized and asked him to forgive me. My sweet boy hugged me tightly and said," I'm sorry I got frustrated, too, mama." Man...... God is so faithful to teach me.

You know what? My Father God has never had to apologize to me. Not even one time. He is always kind, always loving, never selfish, or defensive. He gives us the loving discipline and emotional intelligence to grow and learn like humans. All while He is perfect in actions and words towards us.

If the voice of correction you are hearing is a voice that should apologize for lacking in biblical love, it is not your Heavenly Father. He is always kind, always loving, and speaking life over you.
Keep the written Word in front of you and remind yourself how the Father truly speaks to you. You will receive truth and give out of that truth. You will know exactly where to run, and your words and actions of repentance will happen quickly when you mess up. He is our Good, good Father!!

Psalms 94:12
Lord Yah, there’s such a blessing that comes
when you teach us your word and your ways.
Even the sting of your correction can be sweet.

1John 3:1
Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children.

Those People



I’m one of “Those People” the ones who can see God in a dumpster fire. The ones who can turn a discussion about ladybugs into a deep dive on God removing the devouring pests from our lives.

There is a reason for this. Not that I like to make everything overly spiritual or even profound. In fact, my mind is filled with show tunes and movie quotes a lot of the time. It is that I see Him in every situation. He certainly doesn’t bring the bad things, but He has never left them unchanged for my good. In the quiet, in between places He is there. The great I AM. Never forcing Himself and always present.

So many Christians are so focused on fighting Satan they forget to see Jesus. I know the enemy has permeated almost every area we see, touch, and feel. I also know that if we focus our energy on talking with Jesus and learning His heart through the Word of God. The things which are toxic or twisted will become extremely evident, and the chance to edit them will naturally happen.

Be far more Jesus relationship minded then devil hunting friends. There is ease and joy and power in this mindset. Let alone a fun, loving and life-giving friendship to focus on!!

 What could be a better use of our time then to acknowledge the ever-present friend who everything good comes from?  Are you one of the people who have eyes to see Him turning every situation into victory? Are you one of “Those People”?

Matthew 13:16-17
 “But your eyes are privileged, for they see. Delighted are your ears, for they are open to hear all these things. Many prophets and godly people in times past yearned to see these days of miracles that you’ve been favored to see. They would have given everything to hear the revelation you’ve been favored to hear. Yet they didn’t get to see as much as a glimpse or hear even a whisper.”

Surrender Your Anxiety



I have watched as people become almost offended at the thought of choosing Peace. The idea that they would lay down what is hurting them the most seems to invalidate the effect this affliction has had on their life. Thought the Word tells us anxiety must be surrendered not taken from us.

The culture and laws of God’s kingdom does not operate like the world we live in. What we lose we find, what we give away we gain! God will not wrestle your cares from your clenched fist. He is ready and willing to receive every single burden you lay at his feet.

This can become your normal, and it will always work in your favor. Just like anything else as you practice. You will gain confidence and strength in laying it down earlier and earlier.

In my life, the burden of what is not mine has become heavier and heavier as I am more accustomed to carrying what Jesus has handed to me. Not what the world or even my own conscience has tried to burden me with. It is a daily practice and the lifestyle we were made for.  Surrender your anxiety.

Psalm 46:10 tpt
Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.
I am the God above all the nations,
and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.

Mama’s, it is time to bring it!!!



It is Summertime!

The sun is shining; the water is warm. It’s time to bring it!
What exactly is “it”? It is your smile, your joy, and your presence with your kiddos.
This also includes your 7-year-old baby weight, your stretch marks, and the cellulite that is as evident as your love for your kids.

The mom at the splash pad is not thinking about you. They are thinking about their own insecurities. Who is thinking of you are your kiddos. This is one of those magic summers in their childhood. Your presence or lack thereof will be remembered. Bring the lumps, bring the bumps, and bring the curves that make for the best hugs possible!

You are beautiful,
you are wanted,
and you are their mama!
Bring it!!

“He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!”
Psalm 113:9

Please share this with every mama you know that need a little reminder.