HIS Whispers Roar Louder Than Our Storms

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(Matthew 8:23-27 AMP- And after HE got into the boat, HIS disciples followed HIM. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but HE was sleeping. And they went and awakened HIM, saying, LORD, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And HE said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then HE got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm; a perfect peaceableness. And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey HIM!)

Yesterday during my daily morning prayer time it felt as if the thunder from the storm literally shook the earth around me. As a little girl, I can remember running to hide in the hallway closet of my childhood home every time a storm would come because for some reason I was deathly afraid of storms and I just felt safe there. Growing up that dark, small space had somehow become my place of refuge through every storm.

I have no idea why, but I had always been afraid of storms every since I was a very small child which was always funny to my family and friends, especially as I became an adult. But in deeply seeking GOD, building a relationship with HIM, and trusting in HIM with my life and not just with storm-related fears, but with my life in general, I haven’t been fearful of it storming in many years. What I felt yesterday was much different than the fear that always struck my heart like lightning during those storms that terrified me as a little girl.

Long before the storm had come yesterday, I was already in the closet. You see as an adult, the closet is very much so still my safe place. However, it has nothing to do with thunderstorms, but “lifestorms” instead.

My closet has become a very sacred place; a place very near and dear to my heart because it’s the place that I have the pleasure and privilege of intimately meeting with THE LORD every single morning. It’s a place where it’s just HE and I. It’s the one place where I can put my fears, worries, and concerns to death which allows my dreams, hopes, and the deepest desires of my heart to be resurrected providing them this everlasting life within me. It’s that place where HIS PRESENCE always seems to amply abound— and in HIS PRESENCE, it is there that I find true love, peace, strength, comfort, encouragement, inspiration, wisdom, understanding, purpose, and joy. (Psalm 16:11 CEV- YOU have shown me the path to LIFE, and YOU make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at YOUR right side, I will always be joyful.)

Yesterday, in the midst of that storm and as the thunder rattled and uproariously rumbled around me there wasn’t even the slightest notion of fear. In fact, I smiled as I felt the peace of HIS HOLY SPIRIT fill and consume my heart. (John 14:26-27 AMP- THE COMFORTER; COUNSELOR, HELPER, INTERCESSOR, ADVOCATE, STRENGTHENER, STANDBY— THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM THE FATHER will send in MY name [in MY place, to represent ME and act on MY behalf], HE will teach you all things. And HE will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you; MY own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.)

I find it amazing that even the faintest whisper of HIS voice speaking to my heart roared so much louder than the thunder from the storm ever could. And as I began to reflect upon that, I came to the realization that even as a little girl who didn’t fully understand what it meant to be in THE PRESENCE of THE LORD or able to conceptualize what it meant to hear HIS voice— there in that dark, small space— HE was always with me. And in HIM being the all-knowing phenomenal GOD that HE is, HE knew that many years later yesterday’s storm would come and as I basked in ambiance of HIS PRESENCE HE would be able to remind me and bring to my remembrance that even as a very small child with no clear knowledge or understanding of what it meant to find peace in HIM, HE was there providing it anyway simply because I belonged to HIM, HE loves me, and knew my need for it. (Philippians 4:19 NIRV- My GOD will meet all your needs. HE will meet them in keeping with HIS wonderful riches. These riches come to you because you belong to CHRIST JESUS.)

What yesterday’s storm and today’s focal passage reminded me of is— our GOD has the power to calm any and every storm. Whether it’s a thunderstorm rattling the world around us or a lifestorm rattling and wrecking the walls of our hearts, each can be calmed, stilled, and brought to perfect peace in HIS PRESENCE. So today, I just want to encourage you to find a place where you can intimately and privately seek GOD’S PRESENCE because when you call on the name of our GOD, HE will lovingly and altruistically come. (James 4:8 NLT- Come close to GOD, and GOD will come close to you.)

HE loves you with this unconditional, everlasting, all-consuming, amazing, incomparable, eternal love and HE’S waiting to hear your voice. In your secret place, HE’S waiting to hold you in HIS arms so HE can whisper to your heart to quiet and calm your every storm. Wherever your storms may rage, trust that HIS voice can and will bring you unspeakable and indescribable love, peace, and comfort just as JESUS had done on the boat with HIS disciples that day and just as HIS HOLY SPIRIT has done with me within the walls of my prayer closet for all of these years.

HEAVENLY FATHER, for every person reading this touch and speak to their hearts like only you can. LORD, in YOUR PRESENCE bestow upon them YOUR love, joy, peace, and strength. Open the ears of their hearts allowing the calming, LIFE-giving whisper of YOUR voice to always roar louder than the thunder within their storms. LORD, never leave them. Be with them always because I know that wherever YOU are there is perfect peace and I want that for each and every one of their hearts. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“When you don’t have the words to say HE hears your heart. When you feel like no one understands HE carries your pain. When hope seems lost GOD whispers “Joy is coming.” ~ Rachel Hamilton

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LORD, Not My Will, But YOUR Will Be Done

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(Number 14:17 NJKV- I pray, let the power of my LORD be great, just as YOU have spoken.)

My prayers at times have often mirrored the exact words of today’s focal verse because planted and deeply rooted in my heart is this beautiful and powerful truth— no word spoken forth by my ABBA FATHER will ever fail. (Isaiah 55:11 NET- THE PROMISE that I make does not return to ME, having accomplished nothing. No, IT is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.) (Luke 1:37 NIV- For no WORD from GOD will ever fail.)

I fully trust in HIS WORD with my whole heart and soul. However, what today’s focal verse truly made me realize is, I often pray like that when my heart is consumed with worry and not when it’s filled with the faith and confidence in THE LORD that it should be spoken forth in. It’s like I’m asking GOD to let HIS promises come to fruition by my will and in my timing instead of trusting HIM to do it by HIS Will and in HIS timing.

And in reflecting upon that, I was reminded of these precious and LIFE-giving words from CHRIST… (Luke 12:27-28,31-32 VOICE- “Think about those beautiful wild lilies growing over there. They don’t work up a sweat toiling for needs or wants—they don’t worry about clothing. Yet the great King Solomon never had an outfit that was half as glorious as theirs! Look at the grass growing over there. One day it’s thriving in the fields. The next day it’s being used as fuel. If GOD takes such good care of such transient things, how much more you can depend on GOD to care for you, weak in faith as you are. Since you don’t need to worry—about security and safety, about food and clothing—then pursue GOD’S kingdom first and foremost, and these other things will come to you as well. MY little flock, don’t be afraid. GOD is your FATHER, and your FATHER’S great joy is to give you HIS kingdom.”)

I know that THE WORD, Will, and timing of our HEAVENLY FATHER is flawless; complete and absolute perfection and I desire to know HIM so intimately that I never ask for anything to be done by my own will. I desire to know HIM so wholly and personally that like JESUS, I simply enter HIS PRESENCE and say, “ABBA FATHER, not by my will, but by YOURS.”. (Luke 22:41-43 NIV- HE withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “FATHER, if YOU are willing, take this cup from ME; yet not MY Will, but YOURS be done.”. An angel from heaven appeared to HIM and strengthened HIM.)

JESUS said that if we will just seek HIS kingdom and put HIM first, then THE FATHER would give and bestow upon us all things including the kingdom of heaven. What an incredibly beautiful promise for our hearts to embrace and behold. My heart’s greatest prayer for you is that your heart would never lose sight of that powerful, life-changing, LIFE-giving truth.

ABBA FATHER, today and everyday, help us to seek you first. Help us to stay CHRIST-focused and HOLY SPIRIT-guided that we would come to know you greater and trust you wholly and completely. Help us as mere human beings to understand YOUR profound wisdom that we would wholeheartedly know and believe that YOUR Will and YOUR timing is immaculate and flawless. Help to us never doubt YOU in any way, but to put our faith and hope in YOU always. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“I am what no one else is, and in the hands of GOD I can do what no one else does. And if I dare set such a truth in motion I will change my world.” ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Fighting The Battles Of Life With Joshua-like Faith

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(Joshua 10:12-14 CEV- THE LORD was helping the Israelites defeat the Amorites that day. So about noon, Joshua prayed to THE LORD loud enough for the Israelites to hear: “Our LORD, make the sun stop in the sky over Gibeon, and the moon stand still over Aijalon Valley.”. So the sun and the moon stopped and stood still until Israel defeated its enemies. This poem can be found in The Book of Jashar. The sun stood still and didn’t go down for about a whole day. Never before and never since has THE LORD done anything like that for someone who prayed. THE LORD was really fighting for Israel.)

As I read today’s focal passage it made me think about how much greater the quality of our lives could be if we all possessed that same unwavering faith in our HEAVENLY FATHER that Joshua had taken into battle with him that day. What would the reflection of our lives mirror if we never questioned or doubted THE LORD’S PRESENCE and power in our lives— but entered HIS PRESENCE wholeheartedly trusting and believing that what ever we ask of HIM in faith, HE would liberally and graciously provide?

What astonished me about Joshua’s battle prayer is the manner in which he prayed. If you notice, he didn’t just ask THE LORD to still the sun and provide the light that he needed to win the battle. His prayer was more along the lines of a faithful and declarative invocation. Meaning he didn’t ask. He simply spoke it forth in faith and trusted that THE LORD would grant his request. To me, the incredible thing about that was— GOD did exactly that.

“The sun stood still and didn’t go down for about a whole day. Never before and never since has THE LORD done anything like that for someone who prayed. THE LORD was really fighting for Israel.” <— I was truly amazed by this and I contemplated why it is that GOD had never answered a prayer like that before and why it is that HE hasn’t done it since. Could it be that it’s because we lack that Joshua-like faith? Could it be because when we enter GOD’S PRESENCE it’s not with the kind of purposeful and tenacious faith needed to still the sun over our battles of life? Could it be because in our hearts we’ve already given up before the battle has even begun and we only enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE out of desperation and defeat and not with a true heart of faith and expectancy?

Today, I encourage you to let Joshua’s unfaltering faith be a reminder to you that when you enter THE PRESENCE of GOD and lay your concerns before HIM, arise with a heart of expectancy knowing that our GOD is JEHOVAH JIREH and HE will provide for those who believe in HIM. (Mark 9:23 NKJV- JESUS said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”)

Just as THE LORD honored the prayers of Joshua and fought for Israel, know that HE can and will do the same in every single battle that you’re facing in your life. (Exodus 14:14 AMP- THE LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.) Enter GOD’S PRESENCE in faith and believe that HE will answer your prayers because your faith allows HIM to still the sun creating the light you need to conquer your battles and live a life of victory.

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” ~ Saint Augustine

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Will You Say “Yes” To HIS Call?

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(Psalm 51:17 NIV- My sacrifice, O GOD, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart YOU, GOD, will not despise.)

As I read today’s focal verse, my heart began to beat with this sonorous and rhythmic sense of admiration, love, esteem, and gratitude for GOD. I instantly felt this deepened, euphoric, and renewed sense of affection for HIM and HIS PRESENCE in my life because resonating in my thoughts and dancing with beauty and grace in my heart and mind, were these words: “My sacrifice, O GOD, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart YOU, GOD, will not despise.”. I was filled with complete and utter joy because sometimes that’s simply all I have to offer to HIM.

By definition the word contrite means: penitent or filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement. I think most of us may perceive today’s focal verse as a welcoming path that directs us to enter GOD’S PRESENCE laying our sins, flaws, and brokenness before HIM in return for HIS love, forgiveness, and grace. And I must say, I believe and utilize it in that aspect in my own life as well.

However, sometimes my heart beats with a sense of contrition that is not necessarily directly due to sin or my mistakes or my shortcomings. Sometimes, I feel the most penitent when I think about the cross and the incomparable sacrifice that JESUS made just for me to have life. HE knew me and foresaw all of the mistakes that I would make and in HIM being acutely aware of all of that, HE still made the to choice to give HIS LIFE for me and to send HIS own SPIRIT to live within me; to love me unconditionally, to comfort me through my every hurt and heartache, to lead me to my greatness, and to give me a heart that deeply desires to carry on HIS legacy and purpose in a world that so desperately and vitally needs HIS PRESENCE, but is so incognizant of it’s brokenness and despair.

I contemplate and wonder— how will I ever be able to repay HIM for it all? I desperately long for HIS sense approval in my life because in my humanness and inspite of my fallibility HE took and accepted me just as I was allowing me to find beauty and purpose within my imperfections. HIS precious and perfect HOLY SPIRIT literally breathed LIFE into my existence.

How do you repay someone who has given their life for you?! That’s what I’ve pondered… But GOD spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t feel guilty about the sacrifice MY SON made for you because HE will forever live on; sitting on the throne beside ME in heaven and within you and my people on the earth. You long to know what you can do to repay such a gift, but repayment is not a requirement.”.

As I thought about what HIS words meant, this verse came to mind. (John 14:15 NIV- “If you love ME, keep MY COMMANDS.) The words that GOD had spoken to me and the verse that HE placed upon my heart simply reminded me that it’s not a requirement, it’s a choice. We choose if we will love HIM or not. We choose whether to follow HIS Will or our own. We make the choice whether we will honor HIM with our lives or not.

I’ve said all of that to say this: my greatest and deepest prayer for you today is that you would choose HIM, that you would make CHRIST the center of your life, and that the ears of your heart would always be keen to the small still whispers of the voice of HIS HOLY SPIRIT breathing and speaking LIFE within you.

Will life always be sunshine, rainbows, smiles, and giggles? Absolutely not. But in those moments choose to seek HIM first. (Psalm 27:8 NKJV- When YOU said, “Seek MY face,” My heart said to YOU, “YOUR face, LORD, I will seek.”) I wholeheartedly know that a heart that sincerely loves and earnestly seeks THE LORD and longs to do and honor HIS Will is a heart that is destined to be preeminently rewarded. (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT- No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what GOD has prepared for those who love HIM.)

We serve a loving and faithful GOD. It’s not always about sacrifice sometimes it’s simply saying, “Yes” to HIS call. (Isaiah 6:8 NIV- Then I heard the voice of THE LORD saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”. And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”) So, I pray that when HE calls, your answer will always be, “Yes, LORD! Here I am. Send me!”. 

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Thriving Is Simply Realizing Your Worth

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(Job 33:4 NIV- THE SPIRIT of GOD has made me; the breath of THE ALMIGHTY gives me LIFE.)

This morning, I sat here pondering and treasuring the thought of GOD breathing HIS LIFE into our beings. The wonders of THE LORD are so complex to me. I’m often astounded when I truly reflect upon HIS power and position as our HEAVENLY FATHER and as THE ONE TRUE CREATOR of all things, and how out of all of those things we are HIS most prized possession. HE chose to truly hold us near and dear to HIS heart. HE chose to love, to protect, and to nurture us as HIS very own. (Job 10:12 MSG- YOU gave me life itself, and incredible love. YOU watched and guarded every breath I took.)

I find it so amazing that THE GOD we serve not only breathes HIS LIFE into us, but that HE loves and cherishes us so much that HE then protects that precious investment; that indescribable gift that HE instilled within us by standing guard and watching over every single breath that we take. To me that shows how deeply valuable we are to HIM.

Life is truly this transcendent unparalleled gift given to us through the breath and by the hands of THE LORD. HE shapes and molds us into this beautiful creation; something to be sincerely treasured— something of the greatest worth. (Isaiah 64:8 VOICE- ETERNAL ONE, YOU are our FATHER. We are just clay, and YOU are THE POTTER. We are the product of YOUR creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.) What a wonderful thought and mesmeric truth to behold!

If you find yourself feeling discouraged or contemplating your value, be reminded that GOD says: HE made you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are greatest among all life and creation on this earth. And HE chose to protect HIS gift of LIFE within you because HE set you a part to carry on HIS greatness.

Today, I pray that you allow your heart to embrace all that GOD has created and called you to be. I pray that you understand that HE chose to form you into something of worth because HE valued HIS purpose for your life. But my greatest prayer today is that you would come to value HIS purpose for your life.

I want you to have the joy of experiencing and the pleasure of being exposed to your greatness in HIM because in you seeing and understanding your true worth, no one and nothing can stop you from thriving and receiving all of the great and glorious things that GOD has planned and predestined for your life.

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