I Give You MY Heart

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(Ezekiel 36:26 NIV- I will give you a new heart and put a new SPIRIT in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.)

This evening as I was just soaking in THE PRESENCE of GOD, I had a vision that left me weeping with tears of joy and praising THE LORD for HIM allowing me to experience and encounter HIM in such an intimate and profoundly beautiful way.

In this vision, I saw myself in a white flowing dress standing on what seemed to be a golden-paved pathway. The pathway was very long and on both sides of it there was this smoke arising that had a sweet-smelling aroma to it. I say smoke, but it was more like a vapor because there was a mist within it.

I knew that I was in THE PRESENCE of THE LORD and I felt this gentle tug upon my heart and noticed that without me ever taking a step HIS love was drawing me closer to HIM. I never actually moved to walk, but before I knew it I was standing right in front of HIM.

I never saw THE LORD HIMSELF, but through this vapor-like cloud I saw HIS hand stretch out and begin to open as if HE was going to place something within my hand. As I opened my hand HE placed within it this beautiful, bright red, heart-shaped ruby.

I closed my hand and drew it to my heart as we naturally often do with the things that we cherish. As I placed my closed hand over my heart I felt the heart that HE had placed in my hand begin beat. When I opened my hand, what I saw was that that little heart-shaped ruby had been transformed and it was now in a beautiful gold setting that was connected to a gold necklace that was somehow already around my neck. And within the gold setting, the heart was pulsating with LIFE.

When my hand let go of this little heart that now no beating with THE LIFE of our LORD, it fell to my chest and it was hanging perfectly positioned over my heart.

I closed my eyes to savor the moment— this precious, LIFE-giving, life-changing moment where I could physically feel THE FATHER’S heartbeat drumming against my own. In doing that, I began to intently focus on the rhythm of HIS heart and the very second I did that, my heart began to beat in perfect tune with HIS.

Perhaps there was more that THE LORD was going to show me tonight, but I was so undone by the river of HIS love that began to wash over me the very instance that our hearts started beat as one that tears of worship and adoration began to uncontrollably stream down my cheeks and there was this praise leaping within my soul that was longing to cry out to HIM and couldn’t be contained any longer.

I’m sharing this with you guys because I want you to know and understand that when THE LORD said that HE would give us a new heart and a new SPIRIT, HE truly and wholeheartedly meant those very words. I think we often have the understanding that it’s just a metaphor of the transformation that takes place on the inside us once we’ve accepted JESUS as our LORD and SAVIOR, but I’m here to tell you that it’s so much more than that.

If we’re willing, GOD will not just give us a new heart, but HIS heart; a heart that doesn’t just beat because of HIM in the sense that HE’S our source of life or for HIM in the sense that that’s how we offer ourselves to HIM in worship, but a heart that beats with HIM and with HIS heart.

In receiving HIS heart, you’ll effortlessly feel HIS everlasting love for you. As your heart begins to beat in perfect rhythm with HIS you’ll begin to hear HIM whispering to your heart HIS beloved thoughts towards you and all of the incredible plans that HE has for your life.

ABBA, as YOU give us YOUR heart and pour out YOUR HOLY SPIRIT within and upon us, give us the understanding and knowing to receive, embrace, and cherish IT not just mere words or as this metaphoric Christian ritual, but as YOUR very LIFE that YOU are so freely gifting to us that we may intimately know YOU and commune with YOU every single day of our lives. LORD, YOU and YOU alone are worthy. We love YOU and our hearts beat with affection, adoration, and gratitude toward YOU as THE ONE TRUE LIVING GOD and THE LOVER of our souls. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Because GOD has made us for HIMSELF, our hearts are restless until they rest in HIM.” ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 15 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me today and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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ZEAL IS A FIRE IN YOUR SOUL!…

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Come Away With ME, MY Love

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(Song of Songs 2:10 NIV- My BELOVED spoke and said to me, “Arise, MY darling, MY beautiful one, come with ME.)

My one word to focus on for this year is “be”. As I was spending the last few hours of 2015 entering into 2016 praying and just soaking in THE PRESENCE of GOD, HE whispered to my heart, “Just simply be with ME.”. And so, my only focus this year is to just continually and intimately “be” with HIM— reveling in HIS PRESENCE and getting to know more of HIS heart every single day.

I’ve been meditating on the entire Song of Songs for the last couple weeks and if you’re a regular here at “AS-KS”, you know that my heart delights in intimacy with THE LORD. But the reason today’s focal verse truly echoed within my spirit is because a few months ago, THE LORD said to me, “I’M taking you higher in ME.” and so as soon as I read— My BELOVED spoke and said to me, “Arise, MY darling, MY beautiful one, come with ME”, those words came alive to me because the deeper THE LORD allows me to experience HIM and to know HIS heart— HE’S still always in the midst sweetly and gently whispering to my soul, “And yet, there is deeper still. Come away with ME, my Love.” .

There have been days when I’m cooking or just doing simple chores and HE’LL say, “Come be with ME.”. You would think that if THE LORD calls you to the secret place it’s because there’s something urgent on HIS heart that HE’S longing to share with you. Well, in my experience, sometimes that’s true and I love those moments, but sometimes it’s not and I love those moments even more because sometimes HE just simply wants to be with me and know that I’ll be obedient when HE calls.

I’m sharing this with you guys because I want you to know that mere words cannot express how deep THE LORD’S love is for you. You are HIS most treasured. HIS heart desires and delights in simply being with you. (Song of Songs 7:10 NIV- I belong to my BELOVED, and HIS desire is for me.)

And as HIS beloved and HE is lovingly calling out to you, “Smile, MY beautiful one. Come away with ME, MY Love.”.

ABBA, today and everyday forth, our hearts will fearlessly and faithfully respond to the deep in YOU whispering to the deep within us to come closer. I ask that as YOU continually draw us near to YOUR heartbeat that YOU would give us a divine understanding of WHO YOU are as THE LOVER of our souls and what it truly means to be YOUR beautiful ones. We are endlessly grateful for YOUR perfect, unconditional love for us. LORD, we love YOU, we exalt YOU, and we are lovers of YOUR HOLY PRESENCE.  In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

The song below is my go-to song to sing to THE LORD when I just want HIM to know that I love HIM and HE’S on my heart. I encourage you to listen first and then sing along as token of affection from your heart to HIS.

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 14 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me today and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Waking Up to the Awesome Wonder of God

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THE SPIRIT Of THE LORD Is Here

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(Jeremiah 1:12 WEB- Then YAHWEH said to me, “You have seen well; for I watch over MY WORD to perform IT.”)

As THE LORD began to write the words of today’s focal verse upon the walls of my heart, I felt those very words come to LIFE within my spirit. And so today, my Loves, I want you to be encouraged and know that our GOD is watching over HIS WORD and every promise that HE has spoken forth— HE will perform. For HIS WORDS are perfect and true and THEY will never fail, but will accomplish the purpose in which HE decided to draw you near and ever so gently whisper THEM upon the tablets your souls. The promises of love and hope that HE has planted within your heart in the secret place will bloom and be established in your life.

Today, as we’ve entered into the new year, let us begin to declare the promises of HIS WORD over our lives and over the lives of the ones we love every single day. For our FATHER is watching and wherever HE sees HIS WORD, there HIS SPIRIT will be to bring that WORD to LIFE. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV- For no matter how many promises GOD has made, they are “Yes” in CHRIST. And so through HIM the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of GOD.)

The song below that I’m sharing with you guys this morning is one of my favorite worship songs. The beginning of the song says “The atmosphere is changing now. For THE SPIRIT of THE LORD is here. The evidence is all around and THE SPIRIT of THE LORD is here.”.

Take just a moment and allow the truth and promise of those lyrics to imbrue the walls of your heart and spirit because as you begin to declare, believe, and stand on HIS WORD, I can promise you that you’ll see everything change not just for the better, but for the very best. (John 11:40 AMP- JESUS said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe in ME, you will see the glory of GOD; the expression of HIS excellence?”)

With that being said, I leave you guys with three things to allow your hearts to embrace and your minds to reflect upon this morning: speak HIS WORD, believe in IT’S TRUTH, and watch for the evidence of HIS PRESENCE as HE performs those very words in your life.

ABBA, we come to YOU this morning first to say thank YOU for breathing YOUR LIFE within us and allowing us the beauty and privilege of entering into this new year. Words cannot express our gratitude for THE LIFE that YOU have gifted to us through YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. YOU are truly a good, good FATHER. And this day, as YOU are watching over THE WORD and promises that YOU’VE spoken to our hearts, we patiently wait upon the power of YOUR PRESENCE to bring THEM to LIFE. We love YOU, we honor YOU, and we give YOU all of the glory.  In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 13 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. I didn’t get a chance to write last week, so I have two features for you guys this week! Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday and Happy New Year! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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1.) by Brenda Bradford-Ottinger at Chasing Holiness

Heaven And Nature Sing

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The Gift That Matters

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