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”
Life is found in love. Many studies have shown that all living things respond to love. Children flourish in loving homes. Wounded adults begin to heal and thrive simply by having someone love and believe in them. Even plants will flourish if spoken to with kindness rather than hate or indifference. Continue reading “Where You Find Life (Love)”
I lay my heart on the altar at Your feet
Come burn in me, come burn in me
I cast my crown on the ground at Your feet￼
Come burn in me, come burn in me Continue reading “Burn in Me”
Psalm 4:5 (VOICE) From this day forward, offer to God the right sacrifice from a heart made right by God. Entrust yourself to the Eternal.
Beloved, entrust your heart to Me. Resist the urge to hold back or try to protect yourself. You are safe with Me. I do not promise a life without trial, but I promise to give you the strength to endure.
Hold on to Me, and honor Me with the offering I most desire: a surrendered heart. Yield your plans to Mine. Yield your will to Mine. Yield to Me, beloved. Yield. Entrust your heart to Me.
God is wanting to acknowledge that making a joyful noise and becoming a changed person looks different for everyone and that it isn’t always easy. There are seasons in our life where lifting up a joyful noise and declaring our love to God is a sacrifice yet our desire is to remain in relationship with Him. As we choose to walk in obedience into the position or place He calls us He will change our hearts and our mouths will be filled with praise. Continue reading “Joyful Noise”
Leviticus 6:13 (JUB) The fire shall burn continuously upon the altar; it shall not be put out.
Beloved, there’s no wrong time to worship Me. When you’re feeling overwhelming gratitude, it’s the right time. When you’re overcome with sorrow, it’s the right time. When trials press in on all sides, it’s the right time. It’s always the right time.
Be intentional to let nothing steal your praise. Make time to lavish Me with your affections, and let Me do so in return. Keep the flame on the altar of your heart continuously burning – may it never go out.
Ephesians 5:10 (AMP) trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him–your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation].
Beloved, one who is moved with true gratitude acts accordingly. Gratitude shifts your heart. It demands action. It moves you. One who gives lip service to thanksgiving but who’s actions and heart remain the same is not truly grateful.
So check your heart, beloved. If you are truly moved with gratitude by My salvation and My love, how has it changed you and how are you reflecting that change to Me?
Let your gratitude overflow in a life spent giving glory and honor to Me. Knowing how to please Me is no great mystery, for I’ve made My heart plain in My Word. So know Me and know My heart, and offer up thanksgiving in a life filled with obedience and praise from a joyful, grateful heart. Continue reading “Be Moved by Gratitude”
Psalm 149:3-4 (VOICE) So let the music begin; praise His name—dance and sing to the rhythm of the tambourine, and to the tune of the harp. For the Eternal is listening, and nothing pleases Him more than His people…
Beloved, your worship brings Me such pleasure – it is a treasured gift to Me. When you pour forth your praise with unreserved abandon from a heart filled with gratitude it is precious to Me – like a sweet, fragrant offering before My throne.
So hold nothing back and bring forth your sound. Lay it all out for My glory because I AM worthy. Let the cadence you set be in harmony with the heartbeat of heaven. Holy! Holy! Holy! Rejoice for I AM your God!
Hebrews 12:28-29 (NKJV) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
Beloved, remember there is no fear in love for perfect love casts out fear. You have had encounters with My heart, brushes with My Presence, and you have known times of sweet unity as My Spirit has poured through you like water. Yes, My love is overwhelming—both refreshing, living waters and an all-consuming fire. And that love for you never changes in its intensity. It is only the fear of losing yourself and being changed as you are swept away by My love that causes you to hold back and causes you to hesitate in reciprocating My love in kind. Continue reading “Be Consumed By Me”
Revelation 4:10-11 (AMP) the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they exist, and were created and brought into being.”
Beloved, what will you do with the honors given you? What will you do with the blessings I put into your hands? Will you use them to build your own kingdom? Or will you willingly and joyously choose to lay them at My feet.
Beloved, cast your crown before Me. Choose Me as the most valuable and precious gift of all. Find Me worthy and spend your life yielded and poured out before Me. For I AM faithful and true, worthy and steadfast – I AM the loving, righteous God. Worship Me. Continue reading “Cast Your Crown”