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
Okay, my life is not entirely in my control at this moment. I am totally trusting God for the “whys” right now. I have to say though, that I am so thankful for the miracles He has provided for me and my family. We have a primary home in Santa Rosa, California, and just two weeks ago our neighborhood was burnt to the ground. Without the extraordinary effort of the Berkeley Fire Department, our house would have been part of the 5,000 homes and structures entirely destroyed. Prayer changed everything, the fire stopped short a half a block away from all that devastation. Without the valiant efforts of the fire department hosing our houses down with water, all would have been lost to us, too! The thankfulness that we feel cannot be adequately expressed. We were evacuated in the middle of the night not knowing the fate of our house until thirty-six hours later when satellite pictures showed our house still standing. Praise God! So many of our dear friends and neighbors lost everything and our hearts are so extremely saddened by their loss.
(The following photos are of our neighborhood and personal friend’s homes.)
Though it was a terrifying ordeal, we stayed in peace and found thankfulness in the situation. The area was closed to us for a week because the fires still burned and toxic smoke and fumes made it almost impossible to breathe. We are so thankful for family who took us in and cared for us, and the unbelievable door open to stay at the last hotel room in the area, in Occidental. The air was so clean closer to the ocean. My family is back in our home, dealing with the emotions and feelings of having gone through the “fire”, getting adjusted to new changes and the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
Thank you Lord for Your great mercies and abiding love. You are so good, gracious, and kind.
It will be a long journey for the residents of our town who lost everything…but God is in the restoration business and will provide for needs beyond imagining. Keep praying, this is just the beginning of many days ahead and a new beginning for so many.
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
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!