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.
Easter should be the greatest holiday. It is the day that Jesus paid it all and overcame death and the power of the evil one, forever and ever! His love for us gave us new life and access to our Father. There is no better gift than His gift of eternal life.
“He swallowed up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from all their faces; he will take the reproach from his people and the earth, for the Lord has spoken it!” Isaiah 25: 8
My first job was being the Easter bunny during Easter break; working for a department store in Honolulu. You can imagine how hot it was in that costume in the tropical heat. I made good money for a seven year old though. My older sister played the bigger bunny. It was so much fun…I even got to ride with the governor of Hawaii on the back of the limousine for the Easter parade.
My Easter Decor
The handmade wooden eggs that I decorated so many years ago…an Easter tradition.
Have a wonderful time celebrating new life with your family and friends!
Last Saturday could have been my last…I was taken to emergency where they had to stop my heart and restart it again, absolutely no guarantee that it would work. My son, Peter, was watching the monitor and saw my heartbeat flatline only to come back seconds later. When I was under the anesthesia I had a vision of this long, long road and all kinds of people were coming out to greet me and love on me. Then I woke up. This was all due to stress and not paying attention and taking care of me. I do many things for others and tend to neglect important every day things in my life. Lesson learned. I’ve had to really rest this week and contemplate what I need to do next.
One thing from this experience that I feel strongly about is that my life is truly in His hands. We need to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to us the smallest things, mostly because He is practical and His wisdom is always the truth. I really feel that my experience was a life changer and I have a new perspective on everything around me…the most important things! It makes me think of this scripture:
“but you ignore the more important aspects of your [life]—justice, mercy, and faith….. donotneglect the more important things.” Matthew 23:23 (paraphrased by me)
Obviously, the more important thing for me is to rest and wait on Him, he will restore my heart…I expect a miracle. Live life to the fullest in Him.
Until you know what true love is, your perception is very limited. It isn’t what Hollywood portrays or the intense feelings that wax and wane like ocean waves; falling in and out of love, and it is not whatever feels good in the moment (♥what’s love got to do with it or love the one you’re with♥ – ha!). Love does integrate deep and extraordinary emotions, but it is so much more.
We just have to look at scripture to begin to understand love’s depth, for us and this world. First of all, “God is love” and it is all actualized in Him. He is the ultimate essence of what it means to love and be loved.
“God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son” – His love is so great that He sacrificed the one thing closest to His heart. And He defines pure love in 1 Corinthians 13:
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Most of us can go through our entire lives without knowing the Father’s personal love for us. We know about Him, but we cannot comprehend the unlimited measure of His love and grace for us is. Really, it only comes by spending time with Him, and asking Him to reveal how He feels about you. In His Presence we change, we grow, we transform.
Won’t you ask today for His Love to be showered upon you, and that you would be enveloped in His arms of love. Ask Him what His favorite thing about you is (what He loves).
“Lord, I am asking to see, feel, taste, and know your love. I want to know it for myself. I want it more than life itself. Surround me, envelop me, hold me close. I want all that you have for me. I don’t truly know what your love is, but I want You to reveal it to me. I love you Daddy, I want you, I want to know You more. I need Your love.”
This seems like an odd topic compared to my regular posts, but cleaning has been on my mind lately.
I think the natural world speaks of the heavenly realm and cleaning and organizing have been on my heart the past few weeks. Typically, January is a month to get organized – “out with the old and in with the new”, but this is the first year that my thoughts on cleaning and organizing have not dissipated with the passing of time and I am actually planning on doing the real elbow-grease kind of work. But, I have to ask myself if the Holy Spirit is speaking to me more deeply.
This year will be a change in some significant ways for everyone, in the natural and the spiritual realms. Dreams will begin to come true, prayers answered, new opportunities, new focus, and new vision. People will start coming into their destinies participating with the nuances of heaven. Callings, giftings, and graces will become more apparent and we will begin walking into what we have been chosen for. Yay! I’ve been waiting for this season and glorious outpouring of His Spirit for many years, while I’ve labored in fields where I’ve served others, leaving my own plans and aspirations to surrender to having God’s workmanship develop in my life. Looking back it was hard and unfulfilling at times but the Lord knows the beginning and the end, so I rejoice in His workings, looking forward to the day of actually stepping into the vision of His purposes for my own life.
Maybe we all need to see where we want to be and believe the Spirit’s guidance into new things. Cleaning “house” is not a bad thing and in the journey to clean and organize our lives we can find joy and a new purpose leading us to our destiny.
Be blessed, cleaned, and organized in all realms this year.
Here are some actual links to websites with awesome ideas and plans for a cleaner more organized year: