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.

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”

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”

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”

His Greatest Craftsmanship

Fathomless God” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

The heavens and its starry host speak and declare God’s story and craftsmanship. They bear witness to His testament. Yet, the heavens have no audible voice. Its declaration of God as the one and only Creator and Sovereign Ruler is not in words but action.

The heavens exist and do what God created them to do. It knows its identity, its purpose, and the source of that purpose. There is no question or doubt. All the universe can do is simply be what it was created to be and do what it was created to do.  Continue reading “His Greatest Craftsmanship”

Worth Fighting For

Whisper His Name” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

{hearing} I will move heaven and earth for you.

You may be battle-weary, beloved, and that’s because it’s time to rest. You’ve done your part, now it’s time for Papa God to do His! As you rest, the Father wants you to focus on His great love for you. There isn’t anything He wouldn’t do for you! Keep His love at the forefront of your mind when doubts arise. You may question whether God is for you or whether you are worth fighting for. But love always protects, and love never fails. Continue reading “Worth Fighting For”

Phinehas Fire (Numbers 25:11-13)

Igniting Hearts” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

This is a series of Prophetic Nuggets from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams that are connected by scripture / theme. It is a pair of Prophetic Nuggets based on Numbers 25:11-13 (TPT) Eternal One:  Phinehas (Eleazar’s son and Priest Aaron’s grandson) has done well. He saved the Israelites. Because he was so zealous on My account, tolerating no compromise, I did not consume the people of Israel with My jealousy. So I want you to declare this: “I, your God, do pledge to Phinehas a covenant of peace, not only for him but for his descendants too. I promise they will always be priests because in his jealousy for Me, Phinehas covered the wickedness of the Israelites.” Continue reading “Phinehas Fire (Numbers 25:11-13)”

A Stroll in the Garden

 

 

 

I have been quietly working and spending time with our Lord. 

Yesterday, I strolled in our garden as the sunset, and I gave thanks to the Lord for all He is in our lives. I noticed the beautiful light that was cast on our garden and its flowers. The sun bathes our garden every day, but there was a mesmerizing new light that filled my spirit with a new spiritual expectation. It was beautiful! 

I heard Him say, “Capture the moment.” And as I looked through the viewfinder I could see much more…

Continue reading “A Stroll in the Garden”