A Word for 2019!

This is the year where God’s Providence will be made evident. Where the divine care and preparation of your Heavenly Father will be shown in such great detail, even the unbeliever will stand and marvel. 
Come away when He calls you to spend time in the secret place with Him. 
Toon your eyes to see the workings of the master on your behalf. It has been there your entire life but the season you are living in will make apparent those who are agreeing with His plans and those who are not. Step into agreement and marvel at what was set into motion decades ago is birthed before the nations.  
This is going to be a year to remember, and I for one can not wait to record it!!
My God is Faithful!!!

Psalms 145:13
You are the Lord who reigns over your never-ending kingdom through all the ages of time and eternity!
    You are faithful to fulfill every promise you’ve made.
    You manifest yourself as kindness in all you do.

A Running Start

Happy almost New Year everyone!

In exactly six days 2019 will begin, and if you listen closely enough, you can hear the wave of change and renewal rushing this way. I hear God asking His kids to get a running start into the coming year.

For myself, this running start looked like putting away all my Christmas decorations first thing this morning. (What in the world?) I have never, ever, ever put them away this quickly. I like to let all the glitter and merriment linger for as long as possible. Then last night I had this strong feeling that I was supposed to focus on that today. I still do not know the exact reason why He wanted that taken care of or what it made space for, and honestly, I do not need to know.

The running start God is calling us into doesn't look like striving or straining. It merely looks like focused obedience, and that always produces life! I am not sure what your heart is being nudged to do tonight. It may be to call your Aunt or finish a work project this isn't due for another month. What I do know is if you respond with obedience, you will enter this next year with an ear tuned into the heart of the one who causes all things to work for your good.

I am very curious to see what He has me do next. Perhaps it will be to redo our budgeting spreadsheet or clean out that one closet that shall not be named. Or maybe He will ask me to rest and hold a giant orange cat. Whatever it is I am game. Are you?

John 15:14-15 TPT
You show that you are my intimate friends when you obey all that I command you. I have never called you servants, because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.

Merry Christmas

Mark, Zachary, Kayley and I want to send you guys giant Texas hugs and an expectation of every good gift the Father has for you in the year to come. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart this year. I am excited to see what God has planned for 2019! Merry Christmas!!

Keepers of the Heart

I once heard it said that woman are keepers of the heart. In the household, we are the ones who seem to know how everyone is feeling and if the balance is in order inside each of our family members. This roll has been close to my heart as a helpmate and the mother of two very male and extremely female children.

The way I check on them, the way I let them feel seen and stewart the tender pieces of themselves that they share with me, this is an honor I do not take lightly. Recently I read a beautiful book by a woman who's walk with the Father is so beautiful. She reminded me that as God's children who have been given intimate access to the Father through Jesus. It is our responsibility to take care of God's heart.

The God of the heavens who I proudly call my friend, He daily shows himself to me through His Word, through His creation, through His body and often in conversation. It is my responsibility as His family and His trusted friend to put weight behind every intimate glimmer of His heart.

Often the most honoring thing we can do when someone reveals a secret part of themselves is to linger in the intimacy. Allow them to fill in more of the picture or relish being able to show themselves fully. I want to be this kind of friend and lover of God. It must be approached with intention and a heart that is ready to sit in the quiet places.

I am learning to do this more. Often reminding myself to not move onto my next objective. To not take the morsels that God gives me and turn it into the song of my day never realizing that He was just getting warmed up or that He didn't want me to leave our secret place just yet. I want to hold His heart as carefully as I hold my Children's. I want to be the Keeper of His Heart!

Matthew 11:27
You have entrusted me with all that you are and all that you have. No one fully and intimately knows the Son except the Father. And no one fully and intimately knows the Father except the Son. But the Son is able to unveil the Father to anyone he chooses.

This Picture

Today we celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday. My Christmas babydoll magically has become a kid. What you see in this picture is a family made complete by the love and faithfulness of a good God! He birthed the dream of a family long before these babies came earthside.
God continued to grow the desire to raise worshipers of Jesus and blessings to the earth when we were told it could never be. When our first baby died inside me at 14 weeks, the Holy Spirit never left. He met us in our weeping and only grew the promise of parenthood.

This picture is Mark and I relishing growth, life, and a faithful dream maker.
If you have a dream that at some point felt like it died. Return to the father and find that it never went away. He has continued to whisper dreams of what will be. Grab onto what He deposited with both hands. Let the Holy Spirit renew your hope and Joy in anticipation. You will hold the dream in your hands, and that dream will astound you! My God is faithful!

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.


Return to my Word.
 Set aside all preconceived notions. Come and feast upon my word like a child with fresh eyes. I will highlight a verse or passage, and you will feel your heart leap. Pause there. Feast on every morsel returning to this Word until it has seeped into your bones.
 My words will not lead you in the wrong direction. It will not drain you or detract from the dreams inside you. Instead, it will give life to the dark corners where the thoughts of disappointment have settled. It will drive away fear and replace it with a fresh vision of all I have prepared for you. Return to my word. It is worth your time. It is worth your intentional selection. I will honor your choice as you honor me with yours.

Isaiah 55:6-11
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
 Let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Stay the Course

This is what God has been speaking to me over and over again. I know it is for many of you as well.

Stay the Course

You know the path I set you on. The place your peace is found has never wavered. I know the distractions have mounted and the voices have become louder. Stay the course I set you on. I have not changed. I see the beginning from the end. I will not falter. You will walk into the dreams and destiny I designed for you if you stay.

If you feel weak or your vision has become cloudy, return to my arms. Let me wrap you up in my unfailing love. You think that you are the only one who sees the vision before you that everyone and every circumstance is contrary. This is not so.
I have sent those that will speak life over the seeds of life and vision I have planted in your heart. They are beside you. Though they don’t shout as loud as your advisory. They will outlast him and so shall you.

Stay the course. Fix your gaze. We have land to take back and an inheritance to embrace. I am your promise keeper and the one drawing you ever closer to my heart. I want you more then you want me. Stay the course.

Psalm 119:1-7
You’re blessed when you stay on course,
    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
    doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
    you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
    now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
    keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
    in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
    I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.