TAKE MY HANDS…

Be who God is calling you to be!!

Don’t let past experiences keep you from going forward into your destiny.

Don’t let limitations that others have put on you…or limitations you have put on yourself…keep you from achieving and being all God has planned for you.

You are precious and loved! Don’t think less of yourself than God thinks of you.

Shake off all those things that are weighing you down and holding you back. You are FREE!!

FREE TO BE YOU!!

[vision] I see God looking at you with love in His eyes. I see Him reaching out both hands to you and inviting you to come nearer. But, He is waiting for you to take that step towards Him.

Are you ready, beloved? Can you trust Him with your today and with your tomorrow? Can you trust Him with His future for you? Can you lay down your good for His BEST?

I hear Him gently saying,

Take My hands and walk with Me…

What Surrounds You?

A friend of mine posted this photo of a tree in New Orleans.

As I was looking at it, I immediately heard in my spirit, “Be careful what you surround yourself with…it will become a part of you!”

I’m sure that this metal support was put around the tree to help it grow. But, as we can see, there came a point where the metal began to become a part of the tree itself.

The tree is still growing, but we can see that the metal is affecting the integrity of the tree. It’s not meant to be a part of the tree structure – but because of it’s close proximity on a continual basis – it has become part of it.

I hear the Lord saying that we need to be aware of what we surround ourselves with! What are we allowing to transform us? God or man?

Do we surround ourselves with the Truth of God’s Word or do we surround ourselves with manmade truths and opinions?

As in the photo, we can still grow and continue our lives apart from God’s plan…but our lives will not display the beauty and purpose of our creation.

Brothers & Sisters! May our lives be a life of holiness, beauty, and truth in the Lord and not be marred with things of the flesh that will negatively affect our growth.

What surrounds us on a daily basis? What are we allowing to become a part of our lives…a part of who we are?

[photo credit: Will Griffis]

Renewed Purpose!

I am sitting here the day after my birthday feeling a renewed sense of purpose. I desire to be all that God wants me to be! I don’t want to hold myself back with my own limited expectations. I want to live out GOD’S expectations of me.

LORD, I place myself in Your hands! Empower and Anoint me for the days ahead to be Your vessel of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”.

May You be honored in everything I say and do. Forgive me, Father, where I have fallen short! Manifest Your purposes in and through me, O LORD!!

I’m willing…I’m ready! I stand with an open heart, an open spirit, an open mind, and arms opened wide! Fill all of me with YOU, LORD!

I worship and adore You!!

SHIFT YOUR FOCUS!!

I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life where I find myself thinking back on my life journey and having regrets.

It would be so great if everything I have done and everything I have said was perfect. It would be so great to have no regrets…to not have a burden for things that highlight what an imperfect, flawed, and weak vessel that I was and continue to be.

I am not perfect. But, I know One who is! Jesus Christ, my beloved Lord and Savior, is perfect in all that He says and does!

I am so humbled and thankful that He loves me in spite of all of my weaknesses and flaws. I am so humbled that He still can use me for His glory in spite of all of the things that I do wrong.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

And I am comforted in knowing that He has used all of my mistakes and “regrets” to help mold and shape me into who He is calling me to be!

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Brothers and Sisters, if you are going through a time of regret, don’t let it stop you from forging ahead and answering the call of God on your life!  God doesn’t focus on what we lack…He focuses on who we are to become in and through Him!  And we are not to focus on what we lack…but we are to focus on all that we have through His abundance!

So!  Today I choose to shift my focus away from myself and all of what I am not…and I choose to align myself with God and shift my focus onto all that I am through His amazing grace and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit!!

Will you join me?  One, two, three…..SHIFT!!