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Daily Psalm: Inspiration from Psalm 1

By the water

I will stand

Listening for Your command

Ignoring the clatter

Of the unwise man

Who cannot understand

Why I must be clear

About what I hear

From the One who gives light

And who is my delight

Both day and night.

So by this water

I will stand

And prosper in the land

Where I am planted.

Art by CiMo 01/20

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My Dream Life is Here

I woke up to my dream life
Where I am not just mother and wife
But a daughter and friend to Him who gave me life.

I woke up to blessings galore
I have family, friends, and so much more
Granted by the One whom I adore.

I am so glad to be awake
Not afraid of the next steps I take
Because the One who is with me makes no mistakes.

I'm living my dream life right now
I don't have to understand how
The One who loves me can avow

I woke up to my dream life this morn
Rejoicing that I am reborn
And live with Him who calms all my storm.

Welcome to my dream life, my friends
Come join me as I ascend
To fulfill the purpose of the One who penned

My dream life.

 

 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 42:9 (ESV)

Tropical Dreams by CiMo ’19
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Love Letter From God #5

My Beloved,

Who have you introduced to My Son?
Are they growing?
Are they showing
Signs they still live?

Where are the ones you touched?
Are they coping?
Are they still hoping
They have something to give?

When you make disciples
Are you leaving them behind?
Are yo assuming they can find
The way through hidden snares and motives?

Where are your spiritual sons and daughters?
Are they still in the Light
Are they standing in the fight
Under the slashes of the sieve?

What are you doing to reassure them?
Do they know the battle is won?
Do they know they are not alone
They are loved beyond what they may believe?

Beloved, reach out again
Let them know it’s time to turn
It’s time to let the fire burn
Because they aren’t abandoned and I didn’t leave.

El Shaddai

Malachi 4:5-6 (NLT)

“Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

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Light Outshines Darkness: Dark Day #3

Betrayed and disappointed
By She who I thought was my friend
She constantly made me promises
But in the end

She lied and turned
Everything into dust
She hurt me
And betrayed my trust.

She said one thing
But did another
And my dreams,
She tried to smother.

So, I walked away
I was no longer available to betray.

She didn’t come to find me
She didn’t seek me out
But the Lover of my soul
Knew what I was about.

He taught me to forgive
He showed me that
She had forgotten how to live.

He opened my eyes
He transformed my heart.
He showed me how
To get a fresh start.

He renewed my mind
He healed my wounds
He caused my branches
To burst out with blooms.

The dark day I refer to here is the almost three years when I stopped attending church. I wish I could describe the heaviness that I experienced every Sunday morning, but I can’t. All I can say is I would walk into my closet and freeze. I struggled every week to go to church and eventually I stopped trying. I decided that If I didn’t love and enjoy it, I wasn’t going

I can’t say there was one particular incident that turned me away, but I had been actively involved in a local church for many years and over time, there was an accumulation of behaviors that grieved my spirit. I got frustrated and aggravated. I shut down and eventually I stopped going

I had been a Sunday School teacher. I sang in the choir. I had been a leader of a bible study group and a member of an intercessory prayer group. Yes, I prayed and worshiped at home. I just couldn’t in my local assembly.

I visited a few churches, but couldn’t shake the heaviness and so I rarely attended more than once or twice.

One night I had a dream. I was taking a tour of a church. The walls and floors were covered with red carpet. The church was split into two level and two sections. When I chose the section where I wanted to sit, I got a phone call from someone at a church I attended when I was young. They told me they wanted to see me. I then got a call from my sister who asked me if I had gotten a call from the church. I told her yes and while we were talking, I got another call. This time it was someone from a different church. That last call was from someone who taught a bible study class I attended as a child. She told me she wanted to hug me one more time.

I decided the dream was a call for me to return. I prayed about it and this time I not only returned, but I returned with a gift for the church. The Lord began to use me to encourage the church through poetry and art.

I am happy to say I have returned with a fresh tenacity to be a blessing to my church family. The Lord transformed my heart and renewed my mind.

The biggest difference I can see in myself is that I am no longer seeking what I can get out of attending church. I now ask the Lord how I can bless others. I ask Him who does He want me to encourage. Because He is faithful, He always answers.

Who does He want you to bless?

Psalm 22:22

I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people. (NLT)

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
One Body but Many Parts

12 There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. 13 We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. 14 So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.
15 Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 16 And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell? 18 God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? 20 As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
21 The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without. 23 The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care. 24 The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. 25 In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
27 You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.

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Heart Deposit #1

A deeper measure of love
Is available for the heart
That is willing to yield
To surrender to His will.

There is a deposit set aside
For the heart that is open
To what the Lord has spoken.
A heart that desires to set love in motion.

Psalm 85:7-9 (TLB)

Pour out your love and kindness on us, Lord, and grant us your salvation.

I am listening carefully to all the Lord is saying—for He speaks peace to His people, His saints, if they will only stop their sinning.

Surely His salvation is near to those who reverence Him; our land will be filled with His glory.

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Live Bait

We all are called
To be fishers of men.
We all are assigned
To draw others in.

We all are equipped
To show the way.
We all possess
The ability to pray.

We all have been sent
To give love and grace.
We all are chosen
To be live bait.

We are the lures
That shine in the sea
Where we have been cast
To set captives free.

Matthew 4:19 (TPT)
Jesus called out to them and said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.”

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Supplications: This Day

Give us this day
And all You plan to give.

May it be filled
With all we need to live.

Fill this day with wonders
That points others to You.

Give us eyes to see
All that You plan to do.

Fill this day with sounds
That sing Your praise.

Give us ears to hear
And wisdom to understand Your ways.

Be all that You desire
To be for us this day.

May our hearts and minds
Be quick to obey.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (TPT)

Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon usthrough the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.

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Cultivate Our Hearts

Lord, help us cultivate our hearts.

Break up the fallowed ground.

Plant Your word in us

So fruitfulness may abound.

Then we can show the world

A truth that resounds.

You are the only true and living God

Whose wonders and miracles are renown!

Hosea 10:12(MSG)
Sow righteousness, reap love. It’s time to till the ready earth, it’s time to dig in with God, Until he arrives with righteousness ripe for harvest.