For Glory and Beauty

In His Marvelous Light” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

{introduction} God desires for us to treat ourselves with dignity. He believes we are worth taking care of and wants us to reflect the same attitude towards ourselves. For me, this came in the form of clothing, but for each of us, it is different. What is important is that our heart is to cherish and treat with care God’s creation, which in this instance is ourselves. With that introduction, this is the vision and download God imparted to me.

{vision} I saw a woman putting a fine scarf over her shoulders. The scarf was the color of a purple iris, and I sensed this symbolized a mantle of royalty.

When I received this vision of a woman clothing herself with a fine scarf, it brought to mind how Holy Spirit has often encouraged me to take greater care in how I dress. It has been a repeated lesson throughout my life, and it has always been a vehicle for restoring my sense of dignity.

I remember the first time this lesson arose. I was dealing with a chronic illness at the time, and there seemed like there was no end in sight. Anyone who deals with a chronic illness knows that sometimes it’s just easier to stay in your pajamas or sweats all day. And particularly if you stay home all the time, there seems to be little point in “dressing up.”

However, I remember the thought that stirred in my spirit one day: if I could accomplish nothing else each day, at the very least I could get up, get dressed, and do my hair. And so that’s what I did. Even if I was staying home all day and did nothing else but rest, I made an effort to at least dress myself and do my hair every day. Sometimes I would even put on jewelry if it was a better day.

Over time, I was amazed at how this simple practice helped my mood. As a result, it’s a practice that has stayed with me ever since. Even though I had good and bad days physically, I realized a part of me felt neglected when I wasn’t making an effort to cloth myself properly. We may not realize it but loving and caring for our outward man, communicates something to our inward man.

Just as children will feel neglected if their parents don’t attend to their basic needs, the same is true for us as adults in how we treat ourselves. We can feel unloved and devalued when we neglect ourselves. Sometimes in saying, “It’s just not worth the effort,” we actually believe, “I’m just not worth the effort.”

The difficulty is that in some areas of Christendom, all emphasis is placed on our spirit man, often to the determent of our outer man. We are called to be humble versus ostentatious. We are warned not to give in to the lusts of the flesh. And while it is very important that we not let the flesh rule over us, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 calls us to glorify God in our body as well as our spirit. So the key is that we must find balance in walking in humility without completely stripping ourselves of our God-given dignity.

In Exodus 28, as part of His instructions for the building of the tabernacle, God commands Moses to make holy garments for Aaron and his sons. Scripture says that these garments were for setting Aaron and his sons apart (consecrating them), and they were for “glory and beauty.” Here the priests of tabernacle (and later the Temple), the spiritual leaders of Israel were invested in garments that were meant to set them apart and reflect the importance of their spiritual status!

I don’t bring this example up as a call for us all to go out and make special priestly garments for ourselves. For now, I am presenting it as part of a challenge I sense from the Holy Spirit. We are kings and priests in the Kingdom of God, and we are also the living tabernacle of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is challenging us to search our hearts and our lives—what are the areas where you have been neglecting to care for your outer man, your home, your possessions, maybe even your family in a way that reflects the heart of God?

(Note: Again, this challenge isn’t confined to how one dresses. Let Holy Spirit lead you to identify which areas of your outer life that you may be neglecting and have fallen into disrepair. He knows your heart best and knows what there is grace for you to address. For example, He may be nudging you to wash your car on a more consistent basis, or replace worn furniture or appliances in your home, or pamper yourself with a new skincare routine.)

Through the Spirit, our Heavenly Father has bestowed “glory and beauty” upon us. We have a royal investment as sons and daughters of the Most High. God loves and values us. And while our Father asks us to walk in humility, we must take care to discern the difference between humility and degradation in our outer life. May our hearts be stirred to live and care for ourselves with the same respect and honor that we would give others in the kingdom of heaven.

Exodus 28:2, 40 (NKJV) “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty…. For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make hats for them, for glory and beauty.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

[ “For Glory and Beauty” originally posted on Waiting in the Wings, reposted in its entirety with permission.]

Marking the Seasons

“In Every Season” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Genesis 1:14-15 (AMP) Then God said, “Let there be light-bearers (sun, moon, stars) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be useful for signs (tokens) [of God’s provident care], and for marking seasons, days, and years; and let them be useful as lights in the expanse of the heavens to provide light on the earth”; and it was so, [just as He commanded].

1 Timothy 6:12 (AMP) Fight the good fight of the faith [in the conflict with evil]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and [for which] you made the good confession [of faith] in the presence of many witnesses.

There is a time and a season for everything. Knowledge cannot change what time is sent to do. We need to stand firm in what time and season God has called us to and not waver from the promises He has established. He will fulfill those promises and bring them to pass as long as we stand firm in His truth and the knowledge that He is trustworthy.

We cannot waver. Even as seasons end and new seasons begin, we have a choice to stand in His faithfulness, His goodness, and His love. His words do not come back empty or void. They are full and completed and filled with His harvest. We get to share in the joy of that harvest if we remain faithful and secure in His truth.

As we reside in Him, we are His light-bearers. Our indwelling with Him brings about a radiant peace that overflows and brings light into dark and broken places. Stand up, beloved, and shine brightly. Be the bearer of light God has called you to be.

Be full of His truth and overflow in His graciousness and goodness. Be the light, truth, grace, and love that God has poured forth in you to those around you. Be you—the you that God called forth and breathed life into. You are His creation!

Now go forth and shine with the brilliance of light He placed in you. You are the bearer of His Word. Breathe it in, and breathe it out onto those around you. 

Be at peace with the changing of days, changing of seasons, the marking of time. Beloved, God is in the seasons. He is in the middle of time. He is the great I Am and nothing escapes His notice. He does not miss one thing, one detail, one piece of time. He is in it all gathering it to His bosom, holding every piece of time tenderly and with great compassion.

He is there, beloved, and He treasures every moment. He brings it all into unity and never stops releasing His power into time to heal all diseases, to restore the broken and disheartened, to bring to fullness all of His creation. He will never stop loving you. You are His and will always be forever His.

Silk: El Shaddai (The All-Sufficient God)

The name of your silk is El Shaddai (The All-Sufficient God). The colors in it are:

  • Magenta representing child of the Almighty
  • Fuchsia representing deep place of the heart
  • Soft gold representing compassion
  • Pale yellow representing gentle touch and Spirit of understanding
  • White representing purity of heart
  • Sage green representing fullness of joy
  • Kelly green representing flourishing

The story of Elizabeth and Mary from Luke 1:36-55 is connected to this silk. Below are some of the key verses that were highlighted (but we suggest reading the whole story for yourself).

  • Luke 1:38 (AMP) Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”…
  • Luke 1:45 (AMP) And blessed [spiritually fortunate and favored by God] is she who believed and confidently trusted that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her [by the angel sent] from the Lord.”
  • Luke 1:46-47 (AMP) And Mary said, “My soul magnifies and exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
  • Luke 1:50 (AMP) “And His mercy is upon generation after generation Toward those who [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him.

God transcends gender. We are created in His likeness so all our attributes come from Him. He embodies both the most masculine strength and the most feminine compassion (not that woman can’t be strong and men can’t be compassionate, but God embodies the full spectrum we see manifested in both genders).

As such, God embodies the nurturing, fierce love that we think of as being a mother’s heart. God’s mother heart is to see His children revitalized, renewed and pursuing the passion and purpose, the good deeds he prepared in advance for them to do. He wants to protect hearts and He wants to birth and bring forth the things He has planted in each one of his children.

His desire is for you. He wants to nurture you. You are His delight and He wants all there is for you. He wants to lavish new things on you. He wants to comfort you at His breast and transform you into the amazing person you are. He sees you as He made you: fulfilling all your potential and expanding and blooming under His watchful care. Watch what He’s doing and follow Him.

The following is from Hebrew Names for God – Hebrew for Christians about God’s name “El Shaddai“.

El Shaddai. The All Sufficient God.
Shad means “breast” in Hebrew…In Genesis 17:1, YHVH said to Abram: “I am El Shaddai. Walk before me and be perfect.” So why did the LORD choose to reveal Himself using this distinctive Name to Abram?

Most English translations render El Shaddai as “God Almighty,” probably because the translators of the Septuagint (i.e., the Greek translation of the Old Testament) thought Shaddai came from a root verb (shadad) that means “to overpower” or “to destroy.” The Latin Vulgate likewise translated Shaddai as “Omnipotens” (from which we get our English word omnipotent). God is so overpowering that He is considered “Almighty.”

According to some of the sages, Shaddai is a contraction of the phrase, “I said to the world, dai (enough)” (as in the famous word used in the Passover Haggadah, Dayeinu — “it would have been sufficient”). God created the world but “stopped” at a certain point. He left creation “unfinished” because He wanted us to complete the job by means of exercising chesed (love) in repair of the world (tikkun olam).

Jacob’s blessing given in Genesis 49:25, however, indicates that Shaddai might be related to the word for breasts (shadaim), indicating sufficiency and nourishment (i.e., “blessings of the breasts and of the womb”). In this case, the Name might derive from the contraction of sha (“who”) and dai (“enough”) to indicate God’s complete sufficiency to nurture the fledgling nation into fruitfulness. Indeed, God first uses this Name when He refers to multiplying Abraham’s offspring (Gen. 17:2).

Several Prophetic Nuggets from our Dyed4you Ministries blog are connected to this. The first is called “Be Fruitful and Multiply.”

Isaiah 53:2 (NLT) My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.

Beloved, like My Son, grow in My presence. Like a tender shoot, I will protect you from the elements and nurture you to your full potential. For I see you even now as a grown tree – full and lush, bearing much fruit – the capacity for life within you is great, be mindful to cultivate that growth, to nourish it with My word, water it with My Spirit, and fortify it with My presence.

For the life within you is greater than just yourself. Allow it to multiply and bring forth increase. Be fruitful and multiply. Refuse to allow yourself to become dry and withered. Find the time – indeed make the time – do whatever it takes to carry what I AM bringing forth through you to full term. Behold I AM doing a new thing, will you not know it? [Sensing Him smiling as He asks because He already knows you will say yes – a thousand times yes]

The second Prophetic Nugget connected to this is called “I AM Your True North.”

1 Peter 1:25 (TLV) But the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was proclaimed as Good News to you.

Beloved, My word endures forever. From everlasting to everlasting I remain. I AM steadfast and sure – unchanging and completely dependable. You can rely on Me. I AM the same yesterday, today, and forever. Those around you may disappoint and shift like sand, but I remain the same.

I AM your truth north – your touch point, your anchor. Let Me be your firm foundation in a world ever changing. Fear has no place as you put your trust in Me for I AM El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One, and I fiercely love and protect My children. My heart towards them – towards you – is unchanging and wholly loyal. Rest in the shadow of My wings for there you will find peace.

A final Prophetic Nugget from our Dyed4you Ministries blog is connected to this.  It is called “Increase Comes Through Me.”

John 15:4 (GW) Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.

Beloved, increase comes from Me. Stay firmly rooted. Life can only come from the source. Draw from Me. Drink deeply from My living water – the flow of My Spirit – be saturated in My presence and allow that rich, life-giving atmosphere to bring forth much fruit.

Deep wells pouring forth, gurgling up from deep within you as My Spirit stirs and hovers over you as you rest and dwell in My presence. Behold, I AM doing a new thing, will you not know it? [I sense Him smiling as He asks that as though He knows already of COURSE you will want to know it.] New life – increase – is coming. Increase is here.

Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE) Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none.

John 4:10-14 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

{sensing} The Lord is drawing you and calling you to draw from Him the Source of all life. Earthly wells will never do for you, only the true Source will do. The earth is dry and barren and it needs His living waters. Will you seek the King’s refreshing above all else? Drink deeply from Him, let yourself become utterly dependent. Have no fear in abandoning yourself fully to your Maker. Let yourself become as a sponge for these living waters, and receive all that He has for you. The lesson to be learned is that Christ is man’s sufficiency.

Do not fret if it seems like He has pulled you away from the thick of things. Do not doubt your commission when He calls you to come away with Him. When He calls His own to the sidelines it is for a time of expanding and refreshing. For when He has finished with you, you will have great understanding and great depth in Him. He will send you forth in His name. At this point, you will have absorbed so much of His life-giving qualities that you will find that you are a life-giver too. Babes in Christ who are thirsty for His Word will come to you for they will know that the King abides in you.

It has been prayed over and anointed with the Scent of Heaven’s Faithful oil as an acknowledgment of one the Father declares as faithful. “I call you faithful,” says the Lord. Your mind inquires, “how can that be? How can I be called faithful?” The Lord says, “I call you faithful. Faithful in heart to me, you will always be.” The scripture that goes with this oil is, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2

Similar to the cedar in the Faith oil, the tree(s) in this scent represent the tree-like stability that one who is faithful demonstrates. This oil also brings to mind the lyrics from Justin Rizzo’s song called “Found Faithful“.

I want to run the race, I want to keep the faith. Help me win the prize of the knowledge of You
I want to be found faithful, I want to be found steady. I want to be found faithful until the end
Don’t want to be ashamed the day I see Your face. Keep my footsteps firm, hold me in Your grace
I want to live before Your eyes, I want to stay before Your gaze. Just keep me steady here (for all my days)

We pray it blesses you!

NOTE: If you’re wondering why I’ve shared this letter, I explain on my personal blog in a post called God Speaking Through Silk why I began sharing these on my personal blog. Later, I felt led to share some on the Dyed4you Ministries blog as well. So I share some here and some there (you can find the ones there in the silk words category). To find out more about the words we birth – including how they are created and what is typically included – visit our About Our Silk Letters and Art Words page.

Wisdom (Proverbs 3) – Part II

Quest for Wisdom” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

This is part II in a series of Prophetic Nuggets from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams that are connected by scripture / theme and were birthed over an 18-month period. It is a set of Prophetic Nuggets based on Proverbs 3 (the Wisdom chapter) separated into six parts and 29 downloads. 

PART II is based on  Proverbs 3:5-8 (VOICE):

“Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead. And don’t think you can decide on your own what is right and what is wrong. Respect the Eternal; turn and run from evil. If you depend on Him, your body and mind will be free from the strain of a sinful life, will experience healing and health, and will be strengthened at their core.”

The first Prophetic Nugget is called “Unshakable Foundation.”

Proverbs 3:5 (VOICE) Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.

Beloved, trusting Me creates an unshakable foundation. For I AM steadfast and secure, a stronghold never broken. So rest in Me completely, and yield to My ways. Trust in Me to lead you, for I will guide you in love. For I know how you are wired, and I know what is to come. I know how best to prepare you, and I know how best to support you. I know what is for the good, for I see everything. 

Trust in Me to lead you, and yield your ways to Me. When you choose My plans over those of your own, you choose in fact the surest path. For I remain the same always, and My love for you will never fade. So yield and rest wholeheartedly, and trust that I will lead you well.

The second Prophetic Nugget is called “Honor to You {Moments with God}.”

Proverbs 3:6 (VOICE) Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.

{Speaking to God} Lord, I give praise to You for every success – for every failure too. Because perceived win or loss matters not, it’s the success of the lessons I’m to learn that matters most to You. I can release any tendency towards perfectionism, for in the end it’s worth naught if I do everything “right” but miss the parts that are most important to You.

{Declaring} So I will yield to You fully, and put all honor in Your hands. For You are worthy of all praise. So to You be all the glory, for its Your hand that leads me. I entrust myself to You, and I rest in Your embrace.

The third Prophetic Nugget is called “Trust Me to Lead You Rightly.”

Proverbs 3:7 (VOICE) And don’t think you can decide on your own what is right and what is wrong. Respect the Eternal; turn and run from evil.

Beloved, human judgment is influenced by opinions and bias, which makes it faulty. Even those who attempt to be scrupulous can still err, despite honest and earnest efforts to be righteous. Because I AM the same yesterday, today, and forever, My thoughts stay true – day-by-day, year-by-year, generation-by-generation. So trust Me to be steadfast in truth.

My Word and My Spirit guide you, if you will let Me lead. I can steer you clear of evil – whether they be obvious sin or unseen ones of the heart. If you trust and respect Me, you know I do not make rules for their own sake. Rather everything has a purpose, and that purpose is good. 

If you find you don’t understand My instructions, you know that you can trust me anyway – even when you don’t understand. So resist the urge to allow a “need to understand” to become an idol. Instead yield to Me and trust Me to lead, and to lead you rightly.

The fourth Prophetic Nugget is called “Yield to My Perfect Will.”

Proverbs 3:8 (VOICE) If you depend on Him, your body and mind will be free from the strain of a sinful life, will experience healing and health, and will be strengthened at their core.

Beloved, I do not instruct you to yield to Me and My ways from a desire to control you or strong arm you into doing what I want. I instruct you to yield because I see the path of greatest blessing. Sometimes that blessing comes from grace under challenge and sometimes from hardships avoided, but ultimately I see the best path. 

I desire blessing for you. When you choose to surrender your will to Mine, you are demonstrating that you trust Me and believe My heart towards you is good. When you resist Me, you demonstrate fear and a lack of trust. Often those choices come from past woundings, so I extend grace even in those moments. However, the highest sense of right in any situation is to yield to My perfect will and trust Me to guide you through. So make the intentional decision to yield, and leave the rest to Me.

Consecrated to God

Refreshing Worship” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Romans 12:1 (AMP) Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.

{vision} I saw a woman waving her arms up and down in worship. Her eyes were closed, and I could sense she was fully enraptured and focused on God. I got the sense that as the motion of her arms was meant to symbolize the rising of incense, I could sense her soul ascending in some way and recognizing its oneness with God. Continue reading “Consecrated to God”

The Anointing of God

“Anointed Songbird” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

There are moments when the psalmist plays, the songbird sings, they move and have their being in the secret place of the Most High God. His anointing fills them with His music and words to impart to His people. One only becomes aware of His awesome presence as it fills the room.

Sing unto Him a song of praise, sing unto Him a song of victory, sing an anthem of your great love for Him, we exalt the Lord. Continue reading “The Anointing of God”

Gift of Refreshing

“River of Life” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Anyone who has ever floated a river knows that you will inevitably come to an area that seems very still with almost no movement.  How can it be that the same river has areas that are fast-moving and then all of a sudden you come to an area of stagnation? In these areas, you will find dark pools, bad smells, more mosquitoes, and snakes because the water isn’t moving. These are the areas where we hear different sounds, feel different temperatures, and have to work harder to keep moving. Continue reading “Gift of Refreshing”

Dyed4you Art Flag: Rapha

This is our Rapha flag, which features our Healing Flow silk. This flag is part of our “Names of God” Dyed4you Art flag line. Each of these flags feature an image of a related Dyed4you silk, the word for which is included as part of the word that goes with this flag. Additionally, these flags are anointed with the same oils as the original silks.

The Hebrew lettering on this flag says: Jehovah Rapha, which means the Lord our Healer. This name comes from Exodus 15:26 (NIV) [emphasis mine] “He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”” Continue reading “Dyed4you Art Flag: Rapha”

Wisdom (Proverbs 3) – Part I

Emboldened by the Sustaining Source” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

This is part I in a series of Prophetic Nuggets from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams that are connected by scripture / theme and were birthed over an 18-month period. It is a set of Prophetic Nuggets based on Proverbs 3 (the Wisdom chapter) separated into six parts and 29 downloads. 

PART I is based on Proverbs 3:1-4 (VOICE):

“My son, always remember what I have taught you; keep my instructions dear to your heart. If you do, they will be your guide to a long, healthy, prosperous life. Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth; engrave them on a pendant, and hang it around your neck; meditate on them so they are written upon your heart. In this way, you will win the favor of God and others, and they will think well of you.”

Continue reading “Wisdom (Proverbs 3) – Part I”

Enjoy the Dance

“Dance with Me” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

{dream} I was dancing in the arms of my Beloved. There was such joy and peace as we swayed back and forth to the music and focused on our love for one another. At some point, the thought came to me that, in real life, I didn’t know how to slow dance.

Suddenly, that concern about not being able to dance caused my feet to stumble as we danced. My feet felt like they were getting all tangled. And yet, the Beloved kept leading us in the dance as if nothing were wrong! I didn’t stumble or fall over, and our dance seemed as beautiful as before. So I just focused on the music and our love for one another.

Now and then, my thoughts would slip, and I would worry about my steps and stumble. But as soon as I remembered where my focus should be, my feet righted themselves. Eventually, I realized my steps didn’t matter, and that worrying about them only detracted from enjoying the dance with my Beloved.

Continue reading “Enjoy the Dance”