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Invitations: Lean In

Listen with an open heart and
Ear
Ancient of days us calling you
Near.

Interupt your plans and draw
Near.

It’s easy to get so busy with life that we miss opportunities to hear what the Lord is saying. Many people think God isn’t speaking, but Jesus promised to send us a teacher who would guide us and teach us. He would reveal things to us. He would tell us what the Father is speaking. (John 16:13)

Does that sound like a God who does not speak?

If we lean in we can hear Him speaking throughout our day.

What is the Lord saying to us through the raging fires scattered across the country? What is He saying in the tragedies we see?

Can you hear Him saying, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come?”

Those secrets could be telling us how to be thankful in the middle of trouble that is coming, how to find joy in the sorrow ahead, and the answers to problems we are yet to face.

Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT)
Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.

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Invitations: Come

Are you thirsty?
Are you broke?
Is your well running dry?
Are your pantries almost depleted?

Do you work hard for nothing?
There is no pleasure in what you do.
You work yourself to weariness and
At the end of the day feel defeated?

Listen to what I have to say.
Pay close attention to My voice.
I am speaking directly to you
Things that will change your life.

I promise if you will listen
Things will change for the better.
You can enjoy the best there is to offer
And have it without strife.

I promise you My love
A love older than time
A love that will never end
A love that is faithful and true.

Under My protection and guidance
You can reach the great beyond
Strangers will see My work in your life
Because of Me they will come to you.

They will want to know me
Because of the life you live.
They will seek to understand
The favor of the Most High they see.

Turn to the Lord
Before it is too late.
Call out to Him
He is waiting and ready.

Change the way you think
Turn from your evil ways
Turn to the Lord today
He is always ready to forgive.

The Lord has a plan for you
To show you His tender love
To plant His word inside of you
So it can shape the life you are to live.

You can have joy
And you can walk in peace
You will see the beauty that surrounds you
As you rest in His care.

The world around you will come to know Him
Because your life will bring Him fame.
His work in you will not be forgotten.
It will be a testimony for generations to share.

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In Isaiah 55 the Lord invites us to seek Him–to come to Him.

There is no promise for an easy life, but He offers security and confidence that He is always with us.  He promises to show us His tender love. He promises to surround us with beauty and joy.

He will not let us starve or be thirsty for Him, because He will always be available. His presence will take the edge off life.

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Word Drops: Refresh

In my dreams last night it seemed that the characters in them were exhausted and frustrated. There were men and women of different professions deciding to give up. They were unsure if what they had to offer mattered any more. They were out of sorts and needed encouragement.

I was very busy in the dream encouraging people not to quit, but to listen to what the Lord was speaking to them and share it with courage. When people started doing what they heard, they began to overcome their weariness.

Thus our word for today is “refresh“.

The Lord is faithful. He has a plan for where He places us. Every believer has an kingdom assignment where they live, work, and worship. We get frustrated and discouraged when we take our focus off the Lord and forget that He is our source of insight and wisdom.

He gives us solutions to problems and ideas for how to start that new project, but we are often too busy to listen. We often discard ideas that He gives us, choosing to go along with what someone else is advising us in order to keep the peace or try to get ahead.

Eventually we become like David in Psalm 32 when he says, “when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” (ESV) 

The Lord desires to help us be the best version of ourselves everywhere we go. He wants to restore our souls and lead on the paths He has chosen for us. We can be refreshed when we re-align ourselves to His will.

Refresh

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

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Word Drops: Quickly

Quit making excuses and
Understand your part.
IMMEDIATELY
Consider your motives and the other’s heart.
Know that bitterness and resentment comes when offenses
Linger without repentance and forgiveness.
Your duty is to make things right and erase the chart.

The Lord is totally into us and our relationships. He loves it when we get along, but He knows there will be times when we have words with the people we care about. Those moments of discord don’t separate us from the love of God, but it gives us an opportunity to draw closer to Him. It gives us a chance to show our love for Him by obeying His word. We are to quickly repent, and quickly forgive.

Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5:25 – 26 that when we have disputes with someone we are to quickly make things right. In the scripture, Jesus points out that both parties are doing something. One is accusing, the other is defending. The accuser is taking the offender to court. We may not be going to court, but the Lord sees what we are doing. He is listening to the prayers and cries of the person we offend. He also sees the unforgiveness in the heart of the accuser.

That is why moving quickly to resolve the issue is important. When we hurt someone, we know it, but in our shame or embarrassment we might delay doing what we know is correct. When we make the first move to reconcile, we will not only make the wounded person feel better, but can strengthen the relationship. The relationship improves because we address the issue, make corrections, and drop it for good (erase the chart). If we are the offended, we are to forgive and make peace by letting the issue go. The case is settled in God’s court.

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Matthew 5:25 – 26

25 “If anyone wants to take you to court, make friends with them quickly. Try to do that before you get to the court. If you don’t, they might hand you over to the judge. And the judge will hand you over to a guard, who will throw you into jail. 26 I assure you that you will not leave there until you have paid everything you owe.

 

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Invitations: Pause

Put everything you’re doing on hold
And lift your hands
Uplift praises to the Lord
Sing a song of worship because His
Everlasting love endures forever!

The Lord is still God. He still loves us. He still heals. He still works miracles. He still delivers. He still saves the lost. He still sets captives free.

If you are in need of ANYTHING, God is the creator of heaven and earth and there is nothing too hard for Him.

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This is an invitation to stop the flow you’re in right now and praise the Lord. Read Psalm 118:14 – 24 aloud. God is listening!

14 The Lord is my strength and my song. He is the One Who saves me. 15 The joy of being saved is being heard in the tents of those who are right and good. The right hand of the Lord does powerful things. 16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high. The right hand of the Lord does powerful things. 17 I will not die but live. And I will tell of what the Lord has done. 18 The Lord has punished me but He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of what is right and good. I will go through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord. Those who are right with God will pass through it. 21 I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me. And You are the One Who saves me.

22 The stone that was put aside by the workmen has become the most important stone in the building. 23 The Lord has done this. We think it is great! 24 This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us be full of joy and be glad in it. (NLV)

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13 Lines on the 13th

In Great pain
I cried Out
To the LorD.
He answered me,
Set me free.
He’s with me.
No more fear.
What can man
Do to me?
He’s with me.
He helps me.
I will win.
My enemies lose.

Psalm 118:5-7

Some people are convinced that Friday the 13th is cursed, but in Christ, we are free from curses. We are a part of a family that is blessed and are destined to be a blessing to others.

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Galatians 3:13 & 14

13 Yet, Christ paid the full price to set us free from the curse of the law. He absorbed it completely as he became a curse in our place. For it is written: “Everyone who is hung upon a tree is doubly cursed.”[j]

14 Jesus, our Messiah, was cursed in our place and in so doing, dissolved the curse from our lives, so that all the blessings of Abraham can be poured out upon even non-Jewish believers. And now God gives us the promise of the wonderful Holy Spirit who lives within us when we believe in him.

 

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Invitations: Win

Don’t let darkness and sorrow win.
Fight for Who you are.
ResIst the urge to quit
WheN life gets hard.

The people around you may not see
The Wonderful person you are INside,
But remember God loves the real you
That you work so hard to hide.

You may not understand
Why your heart hurts so
And relIef may seem far away
But it’s closer thaN you know.

There are trials you Will go through
But that’s part of lIving.
No one’s life is trouble-free.
The key to winNing is forgiving.

Forgive others and forgive yourself.
We all make mIstakes.
We all have regrets.
Starting New each day is what it takes.

To win.

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The darkness is real for more people than you know.

The educator/social worker in me is thinking of young people today. Lifting teens, parents, grandparents, and caring adults in prayer. Remember, you are not alone.

Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, 8.6 percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Girls attempted twice as often as boys (11.6% vs. 5.5%) and teens of Hispanic origin reported the highest rate of attempt (11.3%), especially Hispanic females (15.1%) when compared with white students (6.8%) and White females (9.8%). Approximately 2.8 percent reported making a suicide attempt that required treatment by a doctor or nurse. For those requiring treatment, rates were highest for Hispanic students with black males (4.0%) and Hispanic males (2.9%) having higher rates than white male (0.9%) students. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

 

Psalm 130:7 “…put your hope in the LORD, because with the LORD there is mercy and with Him there is unlimited forgiveness.” (GNT)

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Word Drops: Ripples

Have you ever woke up and remembered a word either written or spoken in a dream?  Did you write it down or just let it slip away? Every now and then I wake up with a word or short phrase on my mind that I either saw in a dream or heard in a whispered voice as I woke up. I write them down and meditate on what they could mean and how the word applies to my life or the life of someone I might encounter.

I also write them down because I believe God still speaks to His children. He speaks through the bible, in dreams, and on occasion with an audible voice. He speaks through nature and many situations we experience throughout our day. God is very creative.

One of my favorite ways He speaks to me is when He gives me poetry to write. I believe God loves poetry because the bible is filled with poetic expressions of love, joy, restoration, hope, and peace.

Poetry is a way to stir hearts with rhythm. Poetry  is also easy to share and it doesn’t have to rhyme. Poetry is art and mixes well with other artistic expressions. Poetry is a song you hear in your heart that is easily translated to print.

This morning the word is “ripples”. As I lay in bed watching the sun rise this is what I could hear the Lord speaking to my heart.

Ripples

My friends, I encourage you to pause throughout your day and listen for the words and rhythm the Lord is speaking to your heart. Write them down. Share them. You never know who else might need to hear the rhythm of your heart.

Psalm 85:8  (TPT)

Now I’ll listen carefully for Your voice and wait to hear whatever You say. Let me hear Your promise of peace—the message every one of Your godly lovers longs to hear. Don’t let us in our ignorance turn back from following You.

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A Faith Nonet

While I’m watching and waiting for Him

I will worship and sing His praise

Tell of His goodness and love

Declaring His promise

Over my journey

That lies ahead

Will not fail

To come

True

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James 1:2-4, “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!  For you know that when your faith is testedit stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.”  (TPT)

 

 

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Assurance

As I promised
Surely I will
Supply all your need and my
Unfailing love for you will never end.
Remember, My Beloved,
All things are created by Me and for My purpose
No one or no thing can separate you from My love.
Come to me and I will give you rest.
Even in the middle of chaos, I am with you.

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