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.
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!
Since I’m living in a situation without many distractions I seem to hear the Lord’s voice more clearly (those day-to-day distractions will always impede your ability to hear) and this is one thing the Holy Spirit said to me as I woke up: “Your talents have been buried – now is the time to use them for the Kingdom.” I wrote it in my journal.
Journal page entry
I have been consciously working on doing the things He’s asked me to concentrate on, but I have been using my natural talents and giftings which don’t require much risk or getting out of my comfort zone. (I’m just being very vulnerable here.) When I heard this word from the Lord I felt no condemnation or guilt, only love and encouragement to start walking outside of my own personal box. I felt like I really needed to pray about what it was that He was actually requiring of me and to find out what my heavenly talents were.
So I went back through all my journals to find everything that had been spoken to me by the Lord, prophetic words, dreams, and encouragement that others had seen in me. Honestly, I have developed the ones that I could, but the ones that really put me on the edge of stepping out in more faith were the ones that I had “buried”. (Journaling is an excellent reminder of all that God has said to you.) My heart is to be clear and open to the Lord and if I am not responding to Him the way that I should, I pray, repent, and try to walk in the grace to change.
My encouragement to you today is to ask the Lord what He’s given you and begin to walk by faith and not by sight, to do those things that will bear fruit and give you a passport to His heavenly Will.
Be brave and encourage yourself in the Lord.
Here is the scriptures about talents:
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.'” Matthew 25: 14-29
Life takes us on many and surprising roads throughout our lives, some we never anticipate coming. We can find ourselves captivated by circumstances of which we had no choice, or on grand adventures that reveals our true inner strength and character.
That is where I find myself today, on a road I couldn’t have imagined six months ago. It has been a journey of difficulties and emotional roller coasters, joy, and that rare glorious happiness. I feel like Bilbo Baggins, who never imagined the day that he would set out on a grand adventure to become the thirteenth member of Thorin and Company.
“Up you get, and off we go!” said Thorin
“But I have come without my hat, and I have left my pocket-handkerchief behind, and I haven’t got any money…,” said Bilbo.
“…don’t worry! You will have to manage without pocket-handkerchiefs, and a good many other things, before you get to journey’s end.” said Dwalin.
Many things have transpired in my life and I still haven’t gotten to journey’s end, but God has been so faithful to be my ever present help in time of need. Like Bilbo, I have often wondered where I was going, how long would my journey be, and felt like I was literally battling Smaug himself, at times. One thing is certain- in my “my six month mission trip” to take care of Grandma and look after her affairs, I have grown tremendously – I can feel it in my Spirit. It’s those deep intimate times where you’re alone with God and no one else, that you actually grow the deepest. You cannot trade these experiences for anything else, He has my full attention!
Be encouraged! Even if things don’t seem logical, or you can’t see what’s going on, remember God knows exactly what you need. Trust in His love. Trust that all He has is good for you. Trust that He knows the end from the beginning, and He will never leave you or forsake you.
God’s promises to you are “YES” and “AMEN”!
“Then the prophecies of the old songs have turned out to be true, after a fashion!” said Bilbo. “Of course!” said Gandalf. “And why should they not prove true? Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”
This is a new year and a new day! Things are changing and will never be the same…get ready, fasten your seat belts, we are leaving the old behind and traveling on a new road towards the Promised Land! The dreams, prophecies, promises, and desires that have alluded you in the past, maybe for years, is now within your grasp. It is a new day dawning and an adventure of no limitations is coming, if you want it.
Begin to listen for God’s voice speaking the NEW things that He has prepared for you…things that you have never heard before because He is providing clarity and purpose to your dreams and vision, so that you can walk in a new way! Beloved, He is waiting!