2018 is off and running quickly…we are already half way through January! In a new year people become expectant about hearing from the Lord and anticipating what they can look forward to in the next twelve months. It is exciting to to hear what new beginnings and hope our lives will experience in the days ahead.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts about His purpose for each of us in this season. Our purpose will become more and more defined as the year progresses. As we surrender all to Him, this defined purpose will begin to change our identity. We will see more of His moving in our lives, our outlook, and perceptions of who we thought we once were. This will be characterized by our deepening relationship with Him. He is looking for hungry people. Hungry people draw attention to His favor and anointing. This is a year of new beginnings, begin yours now.
I begin each new year with a Detox…
The detox I’ve used for years is the Lemon Detox. I have more than enough lemons growing on one tree to last me a couple of years. I really makes you feel good with energy to spare; great liver cleanse.
This detox recipe is easy and the ingredients are readily available, but it only gives you the amounts for one glass and I usually drink about a gallon of it in one day. No other food (except coffee which I can’t ignore…busted)!
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
2 Tablespoons of organic, grade A or B maple syrup
1/10th teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
10 oz. of filtered water. Stir and enjoy.
I’ve begun new paintings and creative projects, can’t wait to share them with you! Coming soon!
This is a partial snapshot of a painting I’m working on, continuing my “Angel” series, done with a pallet knife and finger painting. The big reveal coming.
Summer transitioning into Fall is a great picture of what’s going on in our lives now; in our spirit, and in our understanding. It is a time of change and renewal, a season of transforming. We are discovering that the change is sometimes hard to articulate…. we just “know” that something is different. I have been experiencing it in my own life; my thoughts are changing, my heart is changing, I want something new, something tangible, something fresh…I am hungry for the season of change in my relationship with God. Are you hungry for the deep things, the lasting things of the Spirit, and His Kingdom, now is the time to turn, turn, turn? Turn to the Lord, turn to the believing for new things, turn to finding your destiny as you wait for Him. This is a beautiful time of the year when God draws close, will you turn aside to engage His heart?
I’m feeling the impression to bring a word of hope today, inspired for this season. Maybe it will encourage you.
All these years the Lord has been depositing seeds into your spirit, from promises, from encounters, and people speaking into your life. They have been dormant for a while, perhaps a very long time. Perhaps you have forgotten or thought with discouragement that those promises would never come to pass, or you have begun to give up, that you have just been forgotten. Remember God’s promises are “YES” and “AMEN”! Even if you don’t feel or know any specific promise or word given to you, begin to claim what God has promised in His word. There are so many promises in the Bible regarding health, provision, children, etc. His word abides forever, there is no expiration date!
Those promised and inspired words need to be watered with prayer, believing God for them to take root, and an unwavering knowing that He loves you and always keeps His promises. Watering will bring them to life, even after decades of being dormant. Those promises will begin to sprout. This is the day that those seedling will begin to come forth bursting from the ground of your spirit, fulfilled in a way that you can not even imagine. The provision for those promises are from God’s own hand. The soil that those seeds were deposited into is now fertile and crafted to give nourishment to what is to come. They will begin to bring forth fruit, bearing abundance not only for you but the world around you. Now is the time! Now is the time! Now is the time! Water!
The Heavens are open to hear your prayers. The Lord desires your heart and is waiting for you to draw near to Him. Unimaginable resource is available to you right now to answer the desires of your heart. There is no question that God is calling you into an encounter with Him. Are you willing? Do you desire something new in your life? Are you needing answers to impossible situations and relationships? Are you desperate for the provision from Heaven to abundantly supply your financial needs? There is only one tangible answer to all of these questions…Seek first the Kingdom of God!
You say that’s too simple. I say it’s the only way. I have always thought that I was following after God and all His righteousness, though in recent days His Presence had faded and His voice not as clear. I imagined I was right with God, His grace had seen me through some difficult times, and I never stopped loving Him…but I knew my passion and my life with Him was not what it used to be.
So I made a decision to stop everything I was doing and began to seek Him first. Everything is a step of faith and I didn’t feel much different at first, but as I continued to read more of the Word, find time to sit at His feet, and to spend time worshiping Him, He began to draw closer to me. I had to still press in. His voice in my spirit was clearer and His presence was tangible. Then things began to change. Noticibly my blogs which had 10-12 new followers a week jumped to 1,900 in two weeks! My desire to meet and make new friends exploded exponentially, I was even able to join a community of believers that I’d prayed for 20 years to be part of. My thinking became clearer with new ideas and creative thoughts, even opening my imagination to new ways of seeing things. I have new strength and vitality. All aspects of my life are changing; body, soul, and spirit. It is so amazing! God does give you all when you seek Him.
Try believing the Lord at His Word, seek Him with all your heart! Believe!
January is already half over and I am just beginning to set my goals and purposes for the year. The holidays were too busy to even bother with what might happen for an entirely new season. I had to pray!!! My heart was desiring something new (2017), without the complications and constant interruptions of what life has been like for almost two years. My focus of the year is destiny; what it will look like, how the Spirit will lead me in it, what can I do to help it happen, and renewing my mind and ideas to a “new” thing so I can walk in what I know.
Usually, I start out with my annual “Vision” board full of ideas and themes. This year I did a small mixed-media painting with basic dreams and inspiration. (See last year’s board below).
I have high hopes and expectations for this new year.
What is the one word that will keep you inspired and focused these coming days. I choose one theme word every year like joy, or grace, love, worship, etc. and this year it is the word DARE. Part of my personality to be pushing through, taking more than risks, and finding freedom in stepping out into the unknown with determination. I started a new journal for 2017 and one of the first pages I doodled my theme word.
(It reminds my of Brene Brown’s book titled Daring Greatly – excellent read!)
Something new in my life is bullet journaling. I’ve journaled most of my life and it has been a wonderful blessing since I can recall all the Lord has spoken to me and seeing my family and me grow in amazing ways! I love to write!
In journaling though, I was frustrated at times because I had to keep a separate calendar, to-do lists, schedules, and my journaling. I wanted it to be combined so I could journal thoughts, action plans, quotes, and so much more. I know I usually come to the party late (meaning I don’t catch on to the latest fad when it starts, but discover things as I go), and recently I found what I was looking for….Bullet Journaling!
At first it seemed too complex and structured (which I’m normally not) but it kept coming back to me like a boomerang. People were blogging about it, tons of pins on Pinterest, Youtube videos – literally it was chasing me. Finally, I looked deeper and I was intrigued by the all-in-one aspect of its purpose. Going to the website of the originator of Bullet Journaling (bulletjournal.com, click the watch the video button) I wanted to see what birthed this concept. In watching the video it made me more convinced that I didn’t need that kind of structure in my life, it was so complicated to my way of doing things and said, “I’d never!” Not one to give up, I kept going in my attempt to understand and watched Kara of Boho Berry’s video: https://youtu.be/QD08sNRQkpk and found a more creative side to all this hubbub, then there is the man’s perspective: A Dude’s Bullet Journal Walkthrough…Matthew Kent: https://youtu.be/k8tyB7RS284.
You can see Kara’s transition through many months including her second bullet journal, (her life culture is different, but I’m looking at the concept behind the focus re: bullet journaling), and I finally said, “I can do that!”
Not wanting to spend all the money for the supplies that are recommended, especially if I got bored with it, and found out it was more work than I had time for. So I began by using things I already had (Thanks, Dave Ramsey!). – a mixed-media art journal with only 60 pages, something limited so I could stick it out to the end (the paper in this book is heavy enough to stand up to ink bleeds and paint), my favorite pen: Uniball Signo 207 Bold, watercolor paints, stencils, and stamps (so far). I really am working on my handwriting again, I used to do lots of calligraphy but lost my touch from lack of use, so I get to practice all over again.
Here are a few pages that I have done so far and I’m loving every minute of entries (some pages are edited due to personal information, but you’ll get the content:
This is my old style journaling, with just tidbits of color and just regular journal entries.
Sorry, I over edited this page and a cloud screened most of it dark.
January calendar and tasks for the month, Yearly Goals (though it will get longer)!
Three days this week.
I have so many things I want to do in this journal and can’t wait to fill it all in. Meeting my goals and tasks everyday is really helping me to stay on track and be successful. I am so happy!!!! Being accomplished and productive is really healing and inspiring….especially to have more vision and purpose.
Be sure to watch the mentioned videos and know that you don’t have to be perfect, just love what you do .