Tonight I am tired. I don't know what tomorrow looks like except for doing the budget and paying all the bills. Good times.
I am staying up later than necessary, watching cooking vlogs, and accomplishing nothing because it is good for my soul. Not every moment feels spiritual, and not everything that feeds us looks like diligent worship.
Rest, relax. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
I heard God whispering while they were cooking rice. He was asking His kids to give themselves permission to chill and let tomorrow be tomorrow.
I know this is for someone’s heart today.
 


We will never fully know ourselves outside of a revelation of the one who made us and knows every part of us.
It is in the written word of God that our unseen King is shown to us as He also reveals our hidden royalty.
Dive in and expect to see Him. Listen closely as He tells you of hidden truths and promises still to come.
You are fully known, deeply loved, and of a royal calling.

 


Simple words but when they come from a sincere heart and with actions that respond in faith life is released. I feel the deepest part of my heart calling to Him.
I know without a doubt that Jesus is the way out, through, and forward. I want no other options or opinions. Father, I choose you. Have your way in me.
Psalms 86:11 tpt
Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move,
so that I can walk onward in your truth
until everything within me brings honor to your name. 
 


2020, It has felt like just when the enemy has punch us in the face one more time. We feel the shocking blow of another hit. I know the enemy has been relentless but I want to remind you of something. The faithfulness of our God will not be out lived and certainly not outdone. He is faithful to sustain us, faithful to guide us and in every moment leading us to the victory, He already provided.
Don’t rehearse the evil of these days in your heart. Return to the good news and plant your flag. He who called you is faithful: He will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24) Refocus and settle in peace.

 

 


My daughter sat watching me put on my makeup. Then she reminded me to put on lipstick. I offered to put some on her and then the real conversation began.
We talked about how makeup just highlights what is already beautiful. How if your heart is ugly no amount of glitter will cover the brokeness. Parenthood is a road paved with a million conversations that seem to shape my heart as much as theirs. I am so thankful for this gift.
I wrote these words down and they poured out of my heart I heard the Father say, ”I treasure the million conversations I get to have with you.” He treasures the gift of parenting more than we ever could. I am so thankful He patiently guides me all while making me feel seen, known and heard. He is a good, good Father.

 


Stop evaluating your ability, your provisions, and your strength when considering what God has asked you to do. He asked you to do it with the full intention of backing you up every step of the way.

Remember, it is written.
1 John 4:4
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
That also includes you. God is greater than you. You are feeling frozen and discouraged because you are looking at the wrong person to complete this task. He is in you and before you beside you and all around you. Go!!!! 


My heart was disappointed this week y'all. So many plans and expectations are not made real in this absolutely wonky (I am running out of adjectives) season. I went to the Father and told him how my expectations were crumbling. How I wanted to pursue grace and stay exactly where He wanted me but I was disappointed.
He didn't scold me or tell me to, ”shake it off” instead, He listened as I unloaded it all at His feet. Then He said, ”Now I need you to look forward and expect to see my faithfulness.”
I have a choice. I am looking forward. My God is faithful.

 

 

Rejoice in the middle friends. When your days are not at their lowest and you are not in the highest moments of victory. It is here in the middle where character, perseverance, and true beauty are cultivated. The truth is in these relatively uneventful days we find the most important things in life. I am so thankful I am not at my lows and the beauty of mountain tops is always longed for. But I am truly thankful for this middle. I have been here before and the fruit of this place is lasting and true. Moment by moment I am thankful for this middle. Lord, have your way in me.
Here is to you my friends walking in the land between hopelessness and manifested victory. I see you. I am walking beside you. What beauty there is in this place. Keep walking.

Safe

 


Make no mistake. Our King and His kingdom are not shaken. We will not be overtaken or our hearts fooled. We know the one who is truth and can celebrate our settled victory!
If your heart has grown heavy with the weight of even more bad news. Turn off the noise and return to God’s Word. It will remind you of your firm foundation and settle you in truth. You are safe.


I feel a spirit of heaviness trying to settle on hearts and minds tonight. Don’t walk but run to your Jesus! He is our shelter, our provider, the Prince of Peace, and the keeper of our hearts. He is faithful and His faithfulness will be evident in this country and our World. Run! He has peace for you.

I Can't

 


I can’t. I just can’t. To walk in grace and be a worthy representative of Jesus at every moment is beyond me. But here is the good news. As I turn in a relationship daily to my King. As I read and allow the Holy Spirit to remind me of God's Word. My mind is renewed and I am changed from within effortlessly. I will never be a perfect performer but I will display the life of a child well love and lead by Peace and Grace. The world doesn't need actors. They need redeemed and loved humans living in front of them!

Our God is not careless.
When He designed the universe nothing was done mindlessly.
You are no exception. He designed every detail concerning you with great care and purpose.
I have spent the better part of two decades exploring what God designed me to do and the details He so lovingly placed inside of my heart and mind. You are a masterpiece and worthy of celebrating and treasuring.
I pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal more of the wonders that make you uniquely you and unvails more of the beautiful purpose you have been created to fulfill! You are a wonder.

 

Relax


I heard the Father asking His kids to give themselves permission to relax.
”Niki, how do you unwind”
I am sure you would like me to say something holy like scripture meditation or soaking in worship. The truth is I watch stupid YouTube videos about freezer cooking, decluttering, and which Sriracha condiment is the best while I play colorful games on my iPad. It benefits no one but myself and I love it.
You wanna know the truth? God loves when you unwind. When you relax and recharge. He loves you and all that makes you the most balanced version of your self. So here is to the mindless, senseless fun that helps His kids chill out and recharge. We are not robots. We are wonderfully weird humans and He thinks we are awesome!!!
I would love to hear how you chill out.

 

Don't Give Up



Father, my heart waits for you.
The answers I am seeking can only be found in you. I look back at my life and though I have waited longer then I wanted in many seasons, you have never been late. I choose to remember your faithfulness to me and my family. I choose to look straight ahead and expect to see your faithful hand once again. This is where I am setting my heart. I love you, Father. My hope is secure in you!

Arise


I heard a rustling sound in the spirit. I asked God to show me what it was and I was taken to a bedroom. Someone was deeply buried in their fluffy blankets and all the curtains were still pulled shut. But the wind had changed and a solid sliver of light was shining brightly across the bed. The person was becoming restless in their place of slumber. They were waking up!!
Time to take off your pajamas and put on your armor. Stretch widely church.

This awakening is happening one heart at a time. I know you feel the sturring!! Pray for your fellow believers. We were born for such a time as this! 

Honor


Honor, over and over in my heart the Holy Spirit has been talking to about honor in this season. To not only see people but individually love them well and with great Honor. I believe as we see God’s character in greater detail through His Word and relationship. It also shapes how we perceive His people and our hearts towards them.

Ask the Father who He wants to reveal to you today and who He is calling you to show love to as you walk in the honor only a child of the King can walk! This is how we display Kingdom living and here and now! 

He Delights in Victory!

 


Did you know that God absolutely loves to hand you Victory? He delights in you and your success and freedom is His heart’s desire. Return to the Word today friends and let Him show you the way towards everything He has for you.

Sleep

 


I Hear the Father humming a lullaby to His kids. ”Sleep my treasures, sleep! I will stay here all night. You are safe. Sleep!”
If you just can’t settle. Open your bible and let it sing to you the song of your good Father. He knows your rest has been challenged. He knows you just want to be settled. Return to the Father’s lap and sleep!

Good News

 


I heard the Lord asking me to rejoice in the good news reaching the entire world! The wonderful thing about the age of technology is God can and is using it to reach farther than ever before.
He is leaving no one out. This virus and chaos may seem to have stopped normal life in its tracks. But I tell you the Word is being sent out, it is producing life and people are being set free!!!
There is so much good news!!!

Fear



I just had Fear try to attack my heart with anxiety. Seemingly, out of nowhere, I felt like my chest was being crushed. All these "What If" thoughts rushed into my mind. It was at that moment I got up. I went and got my bible and just said, "Lord, show me your promise!!!"
I literally opened my bible and just started reading. The Living Word danced before my eyes, and my heartbeat began to slow. I started rejoicing in the truth of my King and just like that… it was over!
I know I am not the only one the enemy likes to tempt with Fear. Sometimes we don't even see it coming. No matter what, run back to the Word, my friends. Let it remind you of His promises and Victory. Peace will minister to your heart. We always have a choice. Always
(The scripture highlighted is where my heart settled.)
Psalms 115:9-11
O Israel, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.
O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the Lord! He is your helper and your shield.
All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.

To Those Schooling at Home



Hi Mamas,
I hope to encourage all you new homeschool and schooling from home families. I want to encourage you to go easy on yourself. My husband and I planned on homeschooling our kids even before we started our family. I have had years to prepare and plan yet, this is the picture of our “Homeschool Room”. It is also known as our kitchen table. We don’t have a Pinterest worthy room or even a dedicated space. I roll my cart from IKEA over and we just go!
You don’t have to do this perfectly. If God has lead you in peace to keep them home. Then school them in your home, in your real-life spaces, and take it one day at a time. You can do this with His help. He promises!!!


I know wave after wave of chaos and destruction is rushing over the land. It all seems almost too much to wrap our heads around and impossible to reconcile in our hearts. But, our unchanging, never failing, kind and faithful God is mightier then any chaos and any lie.
Lord, We celebrate your mighty goodness! We will not be overtaken.

I Am Rejoicing



Yes, the world is in chaos. Yes, this is a CRAZY time. But, over and over in my heart, I keep rejoicing. To be sent here for such a time and this. To be allowed to witness the faithfulness and kindness of my God to His people. I am rejoicing and honored to speak of His goodness!!!


What the World Needs



What our world needs is a revelation of God’s love for them as each heart receives the love of God for themselves. Our world will be healed. One heart at a time. Because He first loved us.

Faithful



Let your heart settle into the beauty of our King!

Keep your eyes fixed on Him. He is our victory.
He is our peace and worthy of our undivided praise!
It is time to watch for Him at every turn. Our God is faithful!!!

Show Me Your Ways



I am fixing my gaze on the
one who is Truth.
It is the only way not
to be deceived or
become weary.
I firmly place my Hope
in you, Father.
Show me your ways!

The Only Way




All of this can only be done through the love of God. His love that we receive through Jesus. We can only give what we have received. So if you are feeling empty or like your love or forgiveness is growing thin. Return to the one who is Love and who wants you to receive every ounce of forgiveness He has already bought for you. Be filled and then pour out from the abundance given to you. This is the only way.

Let Us Praise Him


One of our greatest weapons is praise. We choose to remember the past faithfulness of the God we serve. We choose to sing of His goodness instead of settling into fear. As we zoom in our focus to the one who is Peace. He is magnified, and lies of despair and hopelessness have no place to stand. Magnify the Lord with me, friends! He is worthy of our Praise and inhabits the praises of His people! Let’s praise Him together!

Go and read Psalm 34!!!

I will Sustain You




I woke up with the words ”you sustain me.” O
n my heart.
The one who has always been faithful will remain. He will still be my friend and the one who defends my life until I am fully satisfied in years.
I settle my heart on the one who has proven himself time and again. You will sustain me.
Thank you for being my very source of life, Father.

What Is My Part



I watched a restrained man begging for help and unable to breathe as men who were sworn to help knelt on his neck and stood by doing nothing. Then he died. 
This is the latest tragedy in a line too long to count. I have been asking again and again. Father, what is my part? How do I help? How do I not hurt? What would you have me do?
I was born in the deep south and was raised to see and respect all people. I was also born into a privilege that has shielded me from more than I know and blinds me to even more. Father, show me.
I want to respond like Jesus. I want to be angry and not sin like Jesus. I want to love like Jesus. Father, what is my part? 
We have to keep asking and then obey. If we want to help bring the change, we have to ask, and then we do something. Father, what is my part?

Don't Give Up



This picture was taken while I was deep into labor with my second child. I can vividly remember the exhaustion and the assurance that I could, and I would deliver her. I had done this before, and I knew for certain that I was made for this. Yes, it hurt a lot, yes labor lasted longer then I thought I could bear but, she came. We were both healthy had months of stretching and growing and get us both ready for birth.
You may be in the long stretch of waiting for the promised life to come. With every breath, your aching and stretching may be screaming at you. Remember, you were made for this. You have been here before with another promise, and it was delivered. You may feel this has taken too long, but just wait. Beauty is coming, and you will hold it in both hands! Press on. Life is coming!!!

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.