This week on Instagram I was posting pictures to guess where I would be going on my next adventure…it seems that the only people who correctly guessed were the ones I already told! Take a look at this collage of some of the pictures that I posted and see if you can find where I’ll be in the world.
If you guessed correctly, I will be going to Israel and Jordan (Indiana Jones and Petra). This has been a “bucket list” item for about forty-five years, a true heart’s desire. I’ve wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to go where He was, to experience the Holy Land and its tremendous history. I am going with a group that will be touring the sights and also following the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and hopefully to walk in Matthew 10:8, as the Lord leads*.
Most of the time that I am doing ministry I bring along my artwork; when traveling I make postcards to give personal prayers and words of knowledge for the people I encounter. Here are a few that I’m working on before I go. I pray over the cards to be anointed for the specific person that I meet, to encourage them in God’s great love for them, and it becomes a memory of what the Lord was speaking to them. I’ve run into people that I’ve done “art” for after 25 years and they tell me how much the “words” I gave them were significant to their lives. I want those encounters to be blessed and living for each individual.
Cards in process.
Sometimes I embellish them.
(The two following are just examples to show what a finished card would look like. I may write a scripture or a personal word for a person on the back.)
One Last Thing
To encourage you, my faithful friends, I posted this on Instagram today:
(Even little ol’ me at 4 – God had me in His thoughts.)
Just imagine…you were chosen from the foundation of the world to host the presence of a holy God, to live in such a time as this, and to do incredible things!
Think big and pray bigger!
God is speaking to your heart right now about the dreams, inspiration, and callings on your life.
So many times lately I have heard people talking or teaching on how to hear from God; folks are getting hungry for the relationship they need with Him, so they are asking this very important question…How can I hear what God is saying to me?
First of all, God (the Holy Spirit) are speaking to you always, every day. He can only have the sort of relationship with you that you want or He will seem silent, when we don’t turn aside to hear. We seem to think that He has to speak to you in an audible voice saying, “Do this or don’t do that.” But the reality is that He speaks several languages (ways) in different tones. Sometimes He is quiet and persistent when we have to stop and really listen, sometimes He speaks quite loudly, or through others, sometimes through the verses in the Bible, and other times by things really out of the box.
In the Old Testament the Lord obviously spoke pretty directly to the prophets and kings, and others*, but they didn’t have the Holy Spirit. We now have the fullness of Him to direct our way, to convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgement, and He will be our teacher to guide us. – John 16:13 The Holy Spirit will use anything to open our hearts to hear Him when we have ignored the subtle nuances of His calling; our kids, our pets, jobs, cars, relationships, money – anything that gets our attention. Hopefully, your heart is hungry and you desire to hear His voice – listening continually because you want that kind of relationship with the One that loves you the most.
*”Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12
Think on these things:
Jesus used parables to teach the common people because they couldn’t understand directly, so He had to speak more in agricultural terms or things of the day, things they could understand.
Despite any neglect on your part towards the kind of relationship God wants with you, He is persistent and will never leave you or forsake you.
Ask for forgiveness to restore communication between you and Him.
Be aware of the subtle ways He is speaking to you, – through pictures, music, feelings (yes, they are good when perspectively balanced), poetry, smells, and a multitude of other ways.
He is always personal in everything about you, He is diverse in all the intimate callings of His voice…the whole Bible is a continuing love story between the Lord and His people, even you.
He wants you to have an abundant life, full of hope and prosperity…our perception of who He is can distort that reality, not seeing God as the loving and good Father that He is.
Ask Him for what you want – He will answer you! -“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9
There is so much to find out concerning the mysteries of God and who He is. He makes a way – knocking on the door of your heart. You need to let Him come in, and have fellowship, to learn His Ways. -Revelation 3:20
This post is especially addressing the women today. As I have found recently when involved with all sorts of women in the Body of Christ, in several denominations, the cry is always the same. It is a desperate yearning to be loved, accepted, and appreciated by those around you; to be understood in the deepest fathoms of your heart. Desiring to know that the unique design of your life really matters; your dreams, your hopes, and your vision. Women need to grasp and hang on to the trust in those around them with confidence and strength, returning back the love that dwells hidden in their longing hearts.
Jesus gave Himself freely so that we would know the depth, length, height, and breadth of His love for us. He accepted the outcasts and the hurting souls who needed His love the most. He identified with all of our suffering and pain, with His passion for our hearts to be united with His. Without that love we can do nothing. It sets us on a rock and a firm foundation and restores our souls to the purposes of which we were created. His compassion fails not. His love never fails. He will never leave you or reject you, despise you, betray you, or give up on you. You are loved with the greatest love of this universe and beyond. No greater love could have been given but the love He gave for you. Jesus says to you:
Get to know this love and the faithfulness of His promise to you. He is there waiting for you to come close, finding the fulfillment your heart longs and yearns for. Remember He is faithful. Be assured His heart can be your heart. Seek Him with all of yours.
The Gospel is very simple, we make it more complex than God ever did. Our loving and compassionate Father gives us all we need when we trust in Him. We often ask, “God, what is Your will?”, and that is a great question. Though, I think it is an easier walk through this life if our trust is in Him; knowing that He is leading and guiding us by the Holy Spirit and we believe that what He says is true. We won’t always know all the answers this side of Heaven – it is a walk of faith….but we have a clue:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a good place to start to knowing God’s will for your life.
Rejoice – because you know He has your heart and will always lead you into good things, because He is good and He loves you beyond measure, there is nothing that compares to Him.
Pray without ceasing – because sometimes we are clueless. I want my trust to be confined in His heart for me and the prayers I pray establishes more communication with Him, taking me deeper in intimacy and relationship… then wait on Him to find out what He says to me, by dwelling in that place of intimacy.
Giving thanks – because having a thankful heart really is an act of faith and worship, especially when we absolutely don’t feel like the current circumstances deserve gratitude. Give thanks anyway!