Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope each day is filled with great delight and spiritual significance in this season of new birth. We have much to celebrate, reviving new hope and new paths before us in the coming year. May all your desires, promises, and expectations be fruitful, coming to pass as we live each day with the blessings of Heaven. Lovingly thankful, Annie
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!
This Saturday I will be teaching a class on card making for the A21 project, which seeks to abolish human trafficking in the world. Its organization raises awareness to the largest human commodity – modern slaves on our planet. This ministry is shouldered by Christine Caine and her husband, Nick.*
A local women’s church group wanted to help this organization and to encourage the 1% who have bravely gotten out of trafficking…so they decided to write words of encouragement and asked me to be involved – teaching and making cards. We will write prayerful sentiments to lift up and edify these people who have suffered at the hands of others. I encourage you to get involved any way you can.
Here are some of the cards we will be making:
Please pray for these victims of cruelty beyond words and consider getting involved.
*Christine Caine is an Australian activist, evangelist and international speaker. Caine and her husband Nick are best known for founding The A21 Campaign in 2008, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that combats human trafficking, as well as Equip & Empower Ministries, which seeks to aid the development and growth of Christian churches and church leaders. In 2015, Caine founded Propel Women, an organization designed to honor the calling of every woman, empower her to lead, equip her for success, and develop a sense of God-given purpose.Caine has written several books, including “A Life Unleashed”, “Run to Win”, “Can I Have (And Do) It All, Please?”, “Undaunted”, “Unstoppable”, and “Core Issues”, and her latest, “Unashamed”, she has spoken about her passion for God, the local church and justice at conferences across the globe
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