You Are Heaven’s Poetry

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Dear Hearts, I welcome you all to week 6 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m honored to have you guys join me again today and I pray that you’ll join me here every Friday for prayer, love, and encouragement. As I explained in week 1, I may not be writing a message every Friday, but I will have a focal passage of Scripture in which I will be meditating on as I write a prayer to encourage your hearts. I will also be available to pray with or for you throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here. Also, each week I will share with you my favorite post from the previous week’s link-up.  … So, link-up, be encouraged, and spread the love!

(Ephesians 2:10 VOICE- For we are the product of HIS hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in THE ANOINTED, JESUS, to accomplish the good works GOD arranged long ago.)

This morning as I was meditating on today’s focal verse, I just felt in my spirit that I was supposed to remind you guys that your very being is heaven’s poetry. Meaning— your life is the beautiful artistry of GOD, HIMSELF. Beloved, please take a moment to allow your heart and mind to be fully immersed in the beauty and power that lies within this truth. You are GOD’S best and HIS most beautiful and valued creation.

ABBA, I come to YOU this morning on behalf of every being reading this and I ask that YOU would establish in their hearts and spirits how much YOU love and cherish them. Help them to see the incomparable value that YOU have placed over their lives as YOUR treasured sons and daughters. I ask that YOU would open their eyes and hearts to receive the holy plan of perfection that YOU have beautifully and intricately etched within the walls of their beating hearts. LORD, I pray that they would truly come to know YOU intimately that they may fully understand their worth and the phenomenal purpose in which YOU have created them for and called them to. FATHER, I ask that YOU would minister to their souls as only YOU can do. ABBA, I love YOU and I thank YOU for YOUR extravagant love for us.  In the mighty name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

I love songs that express what I truly feel from the depths of my heart for THE LORD, so the song below is another one of my faves to sing before HIM in the mornings as I begin to enter HIS PRESENCE to pray. The song says, “YOUR love is extravagant. YOUR friendship is intimate. I find I’m moving to the rhythms of YOUR grace. YOUR fragrance is intoxicating in our secret place.”.  Beautiful lyrics to sing to our beautiful GOD.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

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

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You Are THE LORD’S Most Treasured Possession

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(Deuteronomy 7:6 MSG- You are a people set apart as holy to GOD, your GOD. GOD, your GOD, chose you out of all the people on Earth for HIMSELF as a cherished, personal treasure.)

I’ve read the focal verse for today countless times before, but this morning as I was mulling over it and meditating on THE TRUTH that lies within each word, I was reminded of a precious encounter that I had with THE LORD one morning a few months ago. I say one morning, but because I write everything down in my prayer journal, I know that the exact date of that morning was August 10th.

On that morning, I was just laying in bed praying as I normally would before I get up to start my day and THE HOLY SPIRIT spoke the name Darryl into my spirit. Often we hear THE LORD speak to hearts in the still small voice or through subtle thoughts that if we aren’t careful, we’ll easily dismiss if our hearts aren’t aligned with GOD’S so we know to be attentive enough to recognize that it’s HIM WHO’S speaking to us. But this wasn’t like that at all…

The very second that HE spoke the name Darryl to me, it completely interrupted my prayer because I felt a deep sense of urgency and uneasiness. So, I began to quiet myself and just sit before THE LORD in a “be still and know” sort of posture because in that moment, I knew that there was more that HE was prepping me for.

As soon as I did that, HE showed me a man and though I couldn’t clearly see the man’s face, I saw that he was an amputee and I knew that the amputation had to do with his legs, but I couldn’t see if it was just one leg or both. I deeply sensed in my spirit that he used to be in the military meaning he was now a disabled veteran and I knew that on this particular morning, he was suicidal. (And when I say “I knew”, I mean those were the things that were being downloaded into my spirit through THE HOLY SPIRIT.) And then I heard THE LORD say three words to me, Pray for himand so I immediately began to war for his life through prayer.

I’m sharing this with you guys to say this— I didn’t know this Darryl, in fact I don’t know anyone named Darryl, but GOD knew. THE LORD knows, HE sees, and HE cares. HE values THE LIFE that HE has breathed into our lungs even more than we do; so much more than we in our finite minds even have the ability to conceptualize.

Whoever Darryl is, I know that THE LORD deeply loved and treasured him and so much so that HE would give me his name, show me the urgency of his situation in-depth, and tell me to pray for him— me, someone who had absolutely no clue he was. That was astounding to me. I also find it amazing that even when he was ready to give up on life, himself, and GOD— THE LORD was right there in the midst.

I can just imagine THE LORD overwhelming him with HIS PRESENCE and telling him how much HE loves and treasures him and all of the great things that are still ahead of him… and that in spite of his situation his life was still needed, his purpose still remained and it was so much greater than the trials and tribulations that he had gone through.

After I prayed for him, I just began to reflect and think about how GOD could’ve just stepped in and intervened to take care of the situation without including me. But the beauty HIM choosing not to do that was in that fact that HE allowed me to experience HIM in such a deep and personal way which not only increased the intimacy and depth of my relationship with HIM, but it also revealed to me how much HE treasures me as well. I mean, HE trusted me to pray and war for someone’s life— literally. And I don’t take that lightly. It’s a very big deal to me.

Today, I just want to leave you guys with this— it not just Darryl and it’s not just me whom THE LORD deeply treasures, but you as well. Every promise that GOD has made to us in HIS WORD is perfect and true and I want you to know, believe, and embrace that TRUTH with your whole heart and soul. When I speak of THE TRUTH of THE WORD, I’m actually speaking of JESUS, so what I’m really asking you to do is to know, believe, and embrace JESUS, HIMSELF.

Even before THE LORD intricately and beautifully knitted you together in your mother’s womb— HE knew you, chose you, and set you apart as HIS cherished and personal treasure because HE had a holy and perfect plan and purpose for our life. There is no one in the entire universe like you. For you are fearfully and wonderfully made; and out of all of creation THE FATHER’S most treasured possession. You belong to HIM, HE is always with you, and HIS heart, mind, and eyes are always on you. (Isaiah 49:16 VOICE- Look here. I have made you a part of ME, written you on the palms of MY hands. Your walls are always on MY mind, always MY concern.)

ABBA, I come before YOUR PRESENCE this morning asking that with each and every breath we take we would breathe in more of THE LIFE and LOVE that is YOU. FATHER, I pray that as we inhale more of YOU, YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would carry that LIFE into every ounce of our beings that we would not just stand on THE TRUTH of YOUR WORD, but as we breathe IT in, IT would be the very source that continually gives us LIFE. Help us to not just know in our minds, but to feel in our hearts, souls, and spirits to the very core of who we are in YOU just how much YOU cherish us and how deep YOUR love runs for us. LORD, on behalf every eye reading this, I ask that YOU would call them by name and whisper, I treasure you into their hearts. ABBA, I praise YOU and thank YOU for these precious lives and I love YOU beyond words. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable TRUTH to be found in this treasure house, THE BIBLE?” Queen Elizabeth II

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 5 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. 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.

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

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I Pray LIFE Over You

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Welcome to week 4 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m honored to have you guys join me again today and I pray that you’ll join me here every Friday for prayer, love, and encouragement. As I explained in week 1, I may not be writing a message every Friday, but I will have a focal passage of Scripture in which I will be meditating on as I write a prayer to encourage your hearts. I will also be available to pray with or for you throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here. Also, each week I will share with you my favorite post from the previous week’s link-up.  … So, link-up, be encouraged, and spread the love!

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

As I began to meditate on today’s focal verse I felt THE HOLY SPIRIT completely consume me. And as I began to personalize that verse and pray it over my own life, my heart began to not just grasp, but tightly grip and take a hold of the beauty, power, and TRUTH within each and every word. And so, as you are here visiting with me today, know that it is not my chance, but by divine appointment that I get to pray THE LIFE held within this verse over your life today. May you feel HIS HOLY and perfect PRESENCE like never before.

ABBA, I come before YOU this morning asking that YOU would help us to open our hearts  and minds to truly understand, firmly embrace, and wholly receive THE TRUTH that is YOUR WORD. For FATHER we know that within YOUR WORD lies the purpose and LIFE that the depths of our hearts so desperately long and cry out for. … LORD, YOUR SPIRIT has masterfully made us and it is YOUR very breath that gives us LIFE. I thank YOU for YOUR LIFE within us and I ask that with each and every breath we take that YOU would continually breathe new LIFE within our beings; mind, body, soul, and spirit that we would operate by YOUR SPIRIT, through YOUR power, and according to YOUR purpose. I ask that YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would infiltrate and consume us in such a way that we would become one with YOU; that our hearts would beat to the rhythm of YOUR heartbeat. ABBA, we long for more YOU. Fill us with the fullness of CHRIST and help us to live, stand, breathe, and rest assured that it is YOUR very LIFE that lives within us and in YOU we lack nothing. FATHER, we love you more today than yesterday. Our love for YOU is ever-increasing as we come to know the depths of YOUR heart for us. YOU are a good FATHER and we thank YOU that YOU never leave us nor forsake us. We honor YOU and we give YOU all of the glory. In the mighty name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

The song below is one of my favorite songs to sing before GOD as I enter HIS PRESENCE every morning. I believe that singing is one of the most intimate ways to worship, praise and just love on THE LORD. The song says, “Set a fire down in my soul that I can’t contain and I can’t control. I want more of YOU, GOD”. I don’t know about you, but everyday I long for more of HIM. I want HIS SPIRIT to ignite and passionately burn within my soul. And so, everyday, I sing to THE LORD and I ask HIM for more of all that is HIM in my life and the beauty in that is— HE never denies me, but freely and graciously gives of HIMSELF. So today, even if you don’t sing, I just want to encourage you to just begin to ask THE LORD for more of HIS PRESENCE in your life and watch how HE will amaze you as HE begins to reveal HIMSELF to you.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

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Heaven On Earth

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(Proverbs 8:17-21 VOICE- I love those who love ME: those who search hard for ME will find ME. Riches and honor are the benefit of following ME; so are lasting wealth and justice. MY reward is better than gold, even the purest gold; and MY profit is greater than the highest quality silver. I follow the way of right living. Follow ME along the path to find justice; I’M ready to meet those who love ME, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.)

A few weeks ago, I was awakened from my sleep by the sound of THE LORD’S voice. HE audibly spoke to me and said, 8:17. For some reason, in my mind it registered that HE was speaking in terms of the time, so I immediately grabbed my phone to check the time only to discover that it wasn’t 8:17. It was actually 4:00am. I didn’t say it out loud, but I thought to myself, “LORD, it’s not 8:17.”. And then HE audibly responded by saying, No, not the time. Proverbs 8:17..

Proverbs 8:17 wasn’t a verse that I knew by heart, so I had to look it up. After I read verse 17, THE HOLY SPIRIT led me to continue reading the passage through verse 21. So, that’s where today’s focal passage comes from.

Before I go any further, let me just tell you that GOD amazes me.

As I have shared with you guys several times before, THE LORD often speaks to me through dreams/visions, but mostly dreams. Well, right before HE had awakened me with the passage of Scripture from Proverbs 8, that’s exactly what had taken place.

In this dream, I saw countless jewels and gemstones all around me. I mean everywhere I looked, I saw them radiantly glistening and sparkling in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. And one by one, THE LORD was bringing each jewel before me. I would see the gem in HIS hand and as HE brought each one before my eyes, I could hear HIS voice speaking to me about each one individually. It was almost as if HE was explaining to me the meaning and power behind each one as these precious, treasured gems that HE, HIMSELF had beautifully created by the power HIS very own hands.

Well, because the sound of HIS voice had awakened me so abruptly, when I woke up I knew what had taken place in the dream, but I couldn’t remember what HE had said to me about each gem. The only thing I remembered was right before I woke up, in the dream, I heard HIM say, Now, remember these three: the emerald, the pearl, and the tourmaline..

The odd thing about that was when I heard THE LORD say to remember those three, I didn’t see the actual gems as I had been seeing throughout the entire dream, but instead the names of all three were written out in HIS hand for me to read.

I was familiar with both the emerald and the pearl and those are both referenced in the Bible, but the tourmaline isn’t. I had actually never seen or heard of the tourmaline in my life before I saw it written in HIS hand.

I believe that the emerald and the pearl represent or are symbolic of the known blessings that we treasure— such as the truth of GOD’S promises to us in HIS WORD or things that we’ve prayed and believed for and then in return THE LORD blessed us with. But, I believe that the tourmaline represents HIS gracelets or the grace gifts: meaning the great, unknown, undeserved blessings that HE treasures, yet desires to adorn us with simply because HE loves us and we belong to HIM.

I was truly amazed that GOD would speak to me in a dream about jewels and gems which most us consider to be of great value, but would then awake me and give me a passage of Scripture that lets me know that if I’ll just continue to diligently seek and wholeheartedly follow HIM, that what HE has for me surpasses anything that I could dream of, imagine, or even pray for. HIS blessings are better than pure gold and greater than top choice silver.

When I speak of GOD’S blessings, I don’t just mean financial wealth, but spiritual wealth as well. For example, priceless treasures such as being able to enter HIS PRESENCE, hear HIS voice, know HIS heart, access HIS wisdom, experience HIS grace, and see HIS glory. It is GOD, HIMSELF WHO is the greatest treasure and we have the precious privilege of experiencing the fullness of HIM through HIS HOLY SPIRIT living within us. (Ephesians 1:3 VOICE- Blessed be GOD, THE FATHER of our LORD THE ANOINTED ONE, WHO grants us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms where we live in THE ANOINTED—not because of anything we have done, but because of what HE has done for us.)

Some may read today’s focal passage and think that THE LORD is saying that if we’ll just seek and follow HIM now (meaning while we’re here on earth), the reward of that is receiving the incomparable blessing that when this life is over, we’ll get to meet HIM in heaven where it is there that HE will bestow upon us the true treasure that HE’S prepared for our lives.

Well, that’s true. However, I also believe that if we’ll make the choice to earnestly seek THE LORD and genuinely follow HIM, the benefit of that is HIM allowing us the privilege of being able experience heaven on even here on earth. And what I mean by that is, HE wants us to experience the joy of knowing that HE is a good FATHER. HIS heart’s desire for us as HIS children is to bless us far above and beyond all that we could ever imagine. GOD said, “I’M ready to meet those who love ME, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.”.

That is certainly true for our eternity with HIM in heaven, but I also know it to be true for our lives right now; here on earth. (Luke 17:20-21 GNT- Some Pharisees asked JESUS when the Kingdom of GOD would come. HIS answer was, “The Kingdom of GOD does not come in such a way as to be seen.  No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of GOD is within you.“)

Meeting with GOD simply means seeking HIM in the secret place and intimately reveling in HIS PRESENCE as we converse with HIM in prayer and through worship. (Matthew 6:6 NKJV- But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your FATHER WHO is in the secret place; and your FATHER WHO sees in secret will reward you openly.)

So, Dear Hearts, be encouraged today knowing that THE LORD is inviting and summoning you into HIS HOLY PRESENCE so that HE can graciously bless you both spiritually and naturally, bestow upon you true riches, fill your life until your treasuries overflow, adorn you with heavenly keepsakes, and gift to you great and incomparable trinkets and tokens of  grace that display HIS endlessly love for you. (1 Corinthians 2:9 CEV- But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What GOD has planned for people who love HIM is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”)

ABBA, today, I come to YOU on behalf of every heart reading this and I ask and pray that YOU would draw them into the secret place of YOUR PRESENCE that YOU may lavishly bless them with the heavenly treasures of YOUR grace just as YOUR heart desires. FATHER, I ask that YOU would open their hearts, minds, and spiritual eyes to not only see YOU as GOD and CREATOR, but to also deeply know YOU as the loving, gracious, and perfect FATHER that YOU are. LORD, YOU are better to us than we are to yourselves and we love YOU, we bless 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.

“We are ever surrounded by undeserved blessings. Even in HIS silence, HE blesses us.” ~ Dr. David Jeremiah

Welcome to week 3 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. 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.

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 The Prayer Couch

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Praying That You Would Be Planted In Holy Soil

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Dear Hearts, this is week 2 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! Praise GOD!!! … Every Friday I pray that you’ll join me here for prayer, love, and encouragement. As I explained in week 1, I may not be writing a message every Friday, but I will have a focal passage of Scripture in which I will be meditating on as I write a prayer to encourage your hearts. I will also be available to pray with or for you throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here. Also, each week I will share with you my favorite post from the previous week’s link-up.  … So, link-up, be encouraged, and spread the love!

(Hosea 10:12 GNT- I said, ‘Plow new ground for yourselves, plant righteousness, and reap the blessings that your devotion to ME will produce. It is time for you to turn to ME, your LORD, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you.’)

ABBA, this morning I ask that YOU would help us to plant ourselves fully and completely within YOUR holy soil that the seed of YOUR promises for our lives would divinely take root and beautifully blossom within and throughout our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits. FATHER, help us to position ourselves that we would be wholly aligned with YOUR heart and purpose. LORD, as we turn our affection and devotion towards YOU, I ask that YOU would come and pour out YOUR blessings upon us just as YOUR WORD says. We know that no word from YOU will ever fail or return to YOU void, but will accomplish YOUR intended purpose. So, we honor YOU, we praise YOU, and we give YOU our worship and all of the glory. We thank YOU that YOUR WORD is perfect and true. FATHER, we love YOU and we wholeheartedly welcome YOU to be GOD in our lives. I pray that YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would rest upon each and every heart now and forevermore. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

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

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My Prayer For You

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Dear Hearts, this is week 1 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! Yayyy!!! So, every Friday I pray that you’ll join me here for prayer, love, and encouragement. I may not be writing a message every Friday, but I will have a focal passage of Scripture in which I will be meditating on as I write a prayer to encourage your hearts. I will also be available to pray with or for you throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here. Also, each week I will share with you my favorite post from the previous week’s link-up.  … So, link-up, be encouraged, and spread the love!

(Psalm 63:2-4 MSG – So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in YOUR strength and glory. In YOUR generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless YOU every time I take a breath; my arms wave like banners of praise to YOU.)

LORD, we worship YOU and we praise YOUR name for YOU are GOD and there is none like YOU. YOU are worthy and we give YOU all of the glory. ABBA, I come to YOU this morning on behalf of every heart reading this and I ask and pray that as we honor YOU and enter into that secret place of worship to revel and bask in the power and beauty that is YOUR PRESENCE that YOU would fill us to overflow with YOUR love, peace, and joy. As we drink from the holy cup that is YOUR SPIRIT may our spirits be filled with YOUR power, strength, grace, and glory. FATHER, as we seek YOU, empower us to truly live: standing on YOUR WORD, continually breathing in fresh winds of YOUR HOLY and perfect SPIRIT, trusting in YOUR Will, walking in YOUR purpose, believing in YOUR promises to us, and resting in the sacrifice that CHRIST made on the cross for us to have the freedom of living in such beautiful and powerful truths. ABBA, I ask that YOU would simply be GOD in our lives like only YOU can be.  We love YOU. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

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


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Just Bring The Cup Of Your Heart, HE’LL Supply THE LIVING WATER

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(Psalm 68:9 NIV- YOU gave abundant showers, O GOD; YOU refreshed YOUR weary inheritance.)

The other day, the sky was clear and blue and the sun was shining bright. It was extremely hot outside, yet still an incredibly beautiful day. And then all of a sudden, and I mean in an instance and out of nowhere— rain just came pouring down. Though the sun was shining and the sky was clear, the rain abundantly showered.

However, just as quickly as it had come, in the very next instance it simply stopped as if it had never started. In that moment, THE LORD spoke to me and said, “That was just a reminder that when the “heat of life” seems unbearable, I AM there in the midst. And I can provide LIVING WATER at a moment’s notice to renew, replenish, and refresh the hearts, minds, and spirits of the ones I love if only they would enter MY PRESENCE.”.

Beloved, JESUS is that LIVING WATER and through HIS HOLY SPIRIT we have an endless supply if only we would bring the cups of our hearts to HIM that HE may pour and we may drink.

  • (John 4:14 MSG- “Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless LIFE.”)
  • (John 7:37-39 MSG- JESUS took HIS stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to ME and drink. Rivers of LIVING WATER will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in ME this way, just as the Scripture says.” (HE said this in regard to THE SPIRIT, whom those who believed in HIM were about to receive. THE SPIRIT had not yet been given because JESUS had not yet been glorified.))

Had I not been outside, I would’ve never been able to feel the refreshing coolness of rain in the midst of the heat. The same can be said in regards to our relationship with GOD. If we never enter HIS PRESENCE, we’ll never know THE LIFE, LOVE, and replenishing calmness that is HIS HOLY SPIRIT when the “heat of life” seems trying and unwavering. THE FATHER says, it is in choosing to seek HIM that we truly find HIM.

  • (Proverbs 8:17 NIV- I love those who love ME, and those who seek ME find ME.)
  • (Jeremiah 29:11-13 GNT-  I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to ME. You will come and pray to ME, and I will answer you. You will seek ME, and you will find ME because you will seek ME with all your heart.)

Dear Hearts, can I just encourage you to intimately seek HIM with your whole heart today? Our HEAVENLY FATHER is longing to be in relationship with you. HIS WORD says seek because HIS heart deeply desires intimacy with you. It is in that intimate and personal time with HIM that HE can pour out THE LIVING WATER that is HIS SPIRIT upon you and shower you with HIS love and grace. It is in that secret place that GOD reveals HIS promises and purpose for the beauty that is your beating heart and HIS breath within you. You are HIS most treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6 MSG- You are a people set apart as holy to GOD, your GOD. GOD, your GOD, chose you out of all the people on earth for HIMSELF as a cherished, personal treasure.)

ABBA, I come to YOU this morning on behalf of every treasured being reading this asking and praying that YOU would help them to seek YOUR face with the understanding that it is in YOUR PRESENCE that they shall find true LIFE. FATHER, I ask that YOU would pour out YOUR HOLY and perfect SPIRIT upon them and shower them with THE LIVING WATER that is YOUR LIFE, LOVE, peace, joy, grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength. Let the purpose and power for YOUR breath within them prevail and every promise that YOU have for their lives spring forth. ABBA, YOU are worthy, willing, and able. YOU are not just sufficient, but YOU are our more than enough. Let YOUR glory rest upon those that YOU treasure. I praise YOU for simply being YOU and I praise YOU for their lives.  In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“CHRIST is not a reservoir but a spring. HIS LIFE is continual, active and ever passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from THE LIVING FOUNTAIN, we shall either grow stagnant or empty, It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.” ~ Albert Benjamin “A.B.” Simpson

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Sharing THE BREAD OF LIFE + (“Fulfilled” Giveaway!)

Before I share with you guys what GOD has put on my heart for you today, I first want to share with you this little lovely treat, so get excited! Yayyy! Haha! 😉

I don’t usually do book reviews or book giveaways, because when I started “AS-KS”, GOD gave me a specific vision and purpose for it. However, today I am honored to give away a signed copy of an incredible book written by an amazing woman of GOD and my sweet friend, Danise Jurado!

Danise is a Women’s Pastor and the Transitions Program Director at the LA Dream Center in Los Angeles, CA. She has a beautiful heart for GOD and for people. She is truly a gift from THE LORD and just an awesome being. The name of her new book is “Fulfilled: Learning To Live The Life GOD Promised” and I can tell you that this is a book that you’ll want to read and be glad that you did.

Within “Fulfilled” Danise shares THE WORD of GOD, her heart, her personal experiences, and helpful and powerful practical tools and tips for life in such a way that it not only captures your attention, but your heart as well. Her words have paved a highway that will lead you to THE FATHER’S heart and to HIS promises for your life.

My favorite quote from “Fulfilled” is actually from the last chapter of the book where Danise writes and I quote, “GOD sees the seed of promise HE has placed within us. It has been designed perfectly by HIM to come to full fruition.”. What a powerful truth!

I really love Danise’s heart, because she loves people so much that 50% of the proceeds from “Fulfilled” will be donated to the LA Dream Center which means that her words will literally be changing lives for the better. To GOD be the glory!

You can purchase “Fulfilled” on Amazon. The Ebook version/Kindle edition is available right now and the paperback/print copy will be released on Tuesday (8/25/15), but you can pre-order now! You can also order through the following links: Barnes & Noble (paperback), NookBooks-A-Million (paperback), or iBooks.

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Be sure to enter the social media contest! The details are in the image above. And as I mentioned before, I will be giving  away a copy of “Fulfilled”! So, if you’d like to enter to win the signed copy that I’m giving away, you can do so by leaving a comment on this post. I am then going to pray over every person who leaves a comment for two weeks, allow THE LORD to guide me to the person who needs it the most, and then on 9/7/15, I will announce the winner and mail the book out to it’s recipient.

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Also, please connect with Danise via her personal webite/blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google +.

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“Sharing THE BREAD OF LIFE”

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(John 6:32-35 GNT- “I AM telling you the truth,” JESUS said. “What Moses gave you was not THE BREAD from heaven; it is MY FATHER WHO gives you THE REAL BREAD from heaven. For THE BREAD that GOD gives is HE WHO comes down from heaven and gives LIFE to the world.” “SIR,” they asked HIM, “give us THIS BREAD always.” “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE,” JESUS told them. “Those who come to ME will never be hungry; those who believe in ME will never be thirsty.)

In my last post, I shared with you guys how GOD has been continually taking me into deeper levels of intimacy in HIM and how HE has been revealing HIMSELF to me in just the most incredible ways over the last few months, in which a couple of those ways have been through dreams and visions.

Well, this morning HE spoke to me through a dream and I pray that I can find the right words to articulate and describe the encounter to you guys on the same level and magnitude that I experienced it.

THE LORD called me to HIM and when I entered HIS PRESENCE, I was standing on what seemed like a large white cloud. There was no one there except for HE and I. It was almost as if HE had met me in a sacred place that was somewhere between heaven and earth. It wasn’t earth because the atmosphere was boundless and empty and all I saw was light all around me. Yet, somehow I knew that it wasn’t heaven either.

Though I didn’t physically see THE LORD in front of me, I strongly felt HIS PRESENCE with me. As I took a few steps forward, there before me was a large, rectangular shaped, wooden table that stood much taller than I was and it expanded as far as I could see both left and right. The table was completely filled with bread. The bread wasn’t in pieces, but instead it was just one large loaf and just like the table, it expanded as far as I could see in both directions. Right above the table was a wooden shelf that just existed in mid-air and on the shelf was a plaque that had the words “BREAD OF LIFE” engraved on it in gold.

After reading the words on the plaque, I heard the voice of THE LORD. HE spoke to me and said, “In this BREAD there is SPIRIT and LIFE. IT is yours. I have freely given you an endless supply. Share IT with MY people.”.

When I woke up from the dream, I was a bit frustrated with myself because I knew that THE LORD had said more to me than that, but I couldn’t remember it all. So, as I started to write down in my prayer journal what I did remember, HE spoke those same words to me again and I knew in my heart that I had remembered what HE wanted me to or what was most important to HIS heart for such a time as this.

After I finished journaling, several passages of SCRIPTURE came to mind.

(John 6:32-35 GNT- “I AM telling you the truth,” JESUS said. “What Moses gave you was not THE BREAD from heaven; it is MY FATHER WHO gives you THE REAL BREAD from heaven. For THE BREAD that GOD gives is HE WHO comes down from heaven and gives LIFE to the world.” “SIR,” they asked HIM, “give us THIS BREAD always.” “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE,” JESUS told them. “Those who come to ME will never be hungry; those who believe in ME will never be thirsty.)

(John 6:63 NKJV- It is THE SPIRIT WHO gives LIFE; the flesh profits nothing. THE WORDS that I speak to you are SPIRIT, and THEY are LIFE.)

(John 14:6 NIV- JESUS answered, “I AM THE WAY and THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. No one comes to THE FATHER except through ME.)

(Matthew 4:4 NIV- JESUS answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every WORD that comes from the mouth of GOD.’”)

(Luke 22:19 NLV- Then JESUS took bread and gave thanks and broke it in pieces. HE gave it to them, saying, “This is MY body which is given for you. Do this to remember ME.”)

(John 1:1-4 NOG- In the beginning THE WORD already existed. THE WORD was with GOD, and THE WORD was GOD. HE was already with GOD in the beginning. Everything came into existence through HIM. Not one thing that exists was made without HIM. HE was THE SOUCE of LIFE, and that LIFE was THE LIGHT for humanity.) 

You see, THE BREAD that was before me on that table in my dream was symbolic of THE WORD of GOD and THE WORD of GOD is in fact— JESUS CHRIST our LORD and SAVIOR. So when GOD spoke to me and said, “In this BREAD there is SPIRIT and LIFE. IT is yours. I have freely given you an endless supply. Share IT with MY people.”, what HE was really saying is, “I have freely given you MY SON and through MY WORD HIS SPIRIT belongs to you, lives within you, and rests upon you. And in HIS SPIRIT there is LIFE. Share that LIFE with MY people.”.

I believe sharing that LIFE with you means that yes, I share HIS WORD with you. But, I also believe that it goes far beyond just feeding you SCRIPTURE. I believe it means that my life should reflect of THE HOLY SPIRIT of CHRIST living within me in such a way that when you see me, you should first see HIM. I believe means that I must love as HE loves and arise to that which HE has called in such a way that HIS glory becomes evident to every beating heart that I have the pleasure of encountering.

JESUS said that HIS WORDS are SPIRIT and LIFE and my prayer is that I would honor HIM and live my life in such a way that my words, like HIS, would also be SPIRIT and LIFE; loving, comforting, encouraging, empowering, and soothing to the soul. I’ve said this many times before, and I am saying it again because I mean it with my whole heart and soul— everything that we need or long for is found in HIM. HE is the key that unlocks the door to THE LIFE that we were purposed for; THE LIFE that sustains us. Where our hearts hunger and thirst, HE is THE BREAD OF LIFE and THE LIVING WATER that fills, quenches, and satisfies. The fulfilled life that we all seek and desire is as simple as making the choice to partake of THE BREAD OF LIFE that is HIM.

ABBA, I come before you this morning asking and praying that the words that YOU speak through me would truly be SPIRIT and LIFE to the heart and soul of every person reading this. May every word that I speak forth guide their hearts into YOUR HOLY PRESENCE. And in YOUR PRESENCE may they realize, understand, and truly embrace their worth in YOU that they may know how precious they are in YOUR sight. LORD, today and everyday forth, I pray that YOUR perfect and everlasting love would infiltrate their beings. I pray that YOUR purpose for their lives would blossom, manifest, and come to fruition that they may thrive above and beyond their greatest expectations. ABBA, let YOUR glory shine and rest upon them. I wholeheartedly praise YOU for their lives. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Here is BREAD, which strengthens man’s heart, and therefore is called THE STAFF OF LIFE.” ~ Matthew Henry

 

I love you guys!

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

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Our GOD Sings And HIS Voice— Is Beautiful!

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(Zephaniah 3:17 CEV- THE LORD your GOD wins victory after victory and is always with you. HE celebrates and sings because of you, and HE will refresh your life with HIS love.)

It’s been an entire month since I last shared with you guys, so I first want to start by saying I have missed you all and I love you so much!

I’ve taken the last month and a half to truly seek THE LORD more intimately, so I have been fasting, praying, and just asking GOD to breathe HIS HOLY SPIRIT within me and to let my breath be HIS breath.

When I enter into GOD’S PRESENCE and my heart is crying out to HIM, “ABBA, please let YOUR breath become my breath.”, what I’m really saying is, “FATHER, the very same breath that YOU’VE used to breathe YOUR LIFE within my being, use me as YOUR divine vessel that I may breathe that same LIFE into the hearts and souls of others”.

I have been humbly, yet boldly praying in faith that HIS gift of THE HOLY SPIRIT would not just increase within me, but that IT would consume me. If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you know that my prayer has often been, “LORD, less of me and more of YOU”. Well, as HE has answered that prayer and allowed me the honor of experiencing HIM in a deeper way, my prayer has since become, “ABBA, none of me and all of YOU”.

The notion that GOD wanted to take me deeper in HIM had been lingering in my spirit for months. However, unbeknownst to me at that time, my prayer had actually hindered my level of intimacy with HIM because I was praying, “Less of me and more of YOU”, but HE was longing to give me and to show me HIS more which was so much greater than the more that I had been expecting and praying for.

THE SPIRIT led me to fast and pray because HIS more required that I seek HIM with everything that I am and I needed that because there are some promises that HE had spoken to my heart and some as far back as almost four years ago that I have been praying over continuously, but I’ve yet see them to come to fruition. I needed HIM to speak to me to confirm those promises again because doubt had begun to creep in. And as a believer, you never want that because doubt is like kryptonite to our prayers. I faithfully live with a heart of expectancy. I know that HIS WORDS are true and I believe that HE’LL do exactly what HE’S promised me. It wasn’t that I doubted HIM or HIS ability, but more so myself and if I had heard HIM correctly the first time. I started praying, “LORD, remind me again. Send THE HOLY SPIRIT to refresh me with the power and truth of YOUR WORDS”.

So, to say that GOD has amazed me over this last month and a half would be an understatement because HE has been blowing my mind. It all started with me having these dreams of me praying. I would then actually wake up to pray about what ever it was that I had just dreamt that I was praying about and as soon as I would go back to sleep, it would happen again— just a continual cycle. So, all night long, I’m dreaming about praying and then waking up to pray. Getting little to no sleep, but feeling more rested than if I had slept all night. It’s almost as if GOD was testing me and saying, “Will you obey ME calling you to pray when it’s inconvenient for you? Will you honor MY requests even if it means disturbing or interrupting your time of rest?”. That may not seem like an inconvenience to most, but if you truly know me, you know that I have trouble sleeping even when I’m tired, so when I do fall asleep it is a rare and needed treasure.

In me being obedient to HIS call to wake up and pray, HE then started speaking to me through my dreams when I’m asleep and then through visions when I’m awake and showing me specific things about specific people, including myself.  So, in remembering the following passage of SCRIPTURE, I wrote them all down in my prayer journal and began to pray asking GOD to give me revelation of them. (Habakkuk 2:2-3 GNT- THE LORD gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.). I mean, HE has allowed me to experience HIM in divine ways and some I don’t even know how to put into words or explain.

The more HE revealed to me the more I desired to go even deeper and greater, and so much so that I then began to pray, “LORD take me deeper, show me more, increase and enlarge my territory of spiritual gifts. And HE then brought this verse to mind, (1 Corinthians 12:31 AMP- But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces; the higher gifts and the choicest graces. And yet I will show you a still more excellent way; one that is better by far and the highest of them all—LOVE.) Essentially, what HE was saying to me is, ” Desire more, but be careful not to desire MY gifts more than you desire ME and don’t lose sight of the purpose to which I first called you to which is to love. First, desire ME because I AM LOVE and the gifts will follow and overflow.”.

Can I tell you that truly humbled my heart? HIS purpose for increasing HIS power and PRESENCE in my life wasn’t just to reaffirm HIS promises to me, but for a much greater purpose which was to refresh me so that I would to be able to exceptionally do what HE’S called me to do— love HIS people and extend HIS grace on the level that HE desires for me to with no distractions.

I normally start my time of prayer and worship around 12am because that way GOD literally gets the first of my day, but it was around 10:30pm and I just felt led to pray and worship HIM. So, I’m literally pacing the floor just praying and crying. I’m so desperate for HIS approval that I wanted HIM to know that even though I desire HIS gifts they mean nothing without HIM. I just cried, prayed, and laid my heart bare and exposed before HIM about that as well as some other things that had been on my heart.

I always sing during my prayer time, and there’s a song that Bethel Music sings called “I Want To Know You”. I started to play the spontaneous worship version of that song which is about 50 minutes long and I just started singing, pacing the floor, and crying out to HIM from the deepest desperation of my heart and soul. And I began to sing the words, “LORD, I want to know YOU. Let YOUR SPIRIT overwhelm me. Let YOUR PRESENCE overtake my heart.and I just continued to sing that over and over again. And when I say, I want to know HIM, I mean better than I know myself. … A few minutes before the song ended they start to sing the words, “LORD, put a new song in our hearts” and I stopped singing just to bask in HIS PRESENCE. THE HOLY SPIRIT consumed me and in the sweetest whisper THE LORD started to sing to me, “You know ME” over and over again in the same tune that I had been singing to HIM. Those words are not apart of the song. That was just GOD being GOD.

As HIS child, HE loves me so much that when there was grieve within my heart, HE chose to sing me a lullaby to calm my spirit, celebrate me, and remind me of HIS unconditional love for me. As HE sang to me, I laid down on my bedroom floor face first and I just uncontrollably wept with joy. That is the most intimate and the most beautiful moment that I’ve experienced with GOD to this date and it brought today’s focal verse to my remembrance. (Zephaniah 3:17 CEV- THE LORD your GOD wins victory after victory and is always with you. HE celebrates and sings because of you, and HE will refresh your life with HIS love.) As I wept, HE spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t mistake ME lovingly teaching you as ME reprimanding you. You know ME and I love you.”.

HE literally refreshed my entire being by beautifully displaying HIS love for me through the expression of a song. Choosing to sing three simple, yet powerful words to my heart— “You know ME”. I got up off of the floor and I began to praise, worship, and sing to HIM like never before. When I stopped singing it was 4:15am, my voice was almost gone, and I had not even realized that so much time had passed by. That’s the kind of time and intimacy that I want with HIM every single day.

I’ve shared all of that with you to say this, I want you to know that our GOD is loving. HE loves you with an everlasting love and even if you’ve never heard HIS voice, know that HE is celebrating over you through a song that HE’S written just for you. Above all else in your life, desire HIM and the beauty and greatness that is HIM will follow. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV- But seek first the kingdom of GOD and HIS righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.) Our GOD is the same yesterday, today, and always. HE is still THE GOD of signs, wonders, and miracles, so know that what ever you have been praying and believing for, HE can do! (Mark 9:23 WEB- JESUS said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”)

I’m sharing this song with you because I am praying that as you listen to it, GOD will impart HIS divine wisdom upon you and put a new song in your heart and spirit that will replenish, refresh, restore, and remind you of HIS eternal love for you. Please set aside approximately 50 minutes, listen to it in it’s entirety, and truly give THE LORD your all because I believe with all of my heart that GOD is going to do a mighty, LIFE-giving, and life-changing work within you through this song.

ABBA, I cry out to YOU on behalf of every person reading this. I lift them up in the name of JESUS and I ask and pray that today and everyday forth that YOUR PRESENCE would manifest and ever-increase within their hearts and within their lives like never before. Help them to keep their eyes fixed on YOU, FATHER and as they do, impart YOUR divine wisdom, peace, and understanding upon them. LORD, release a fresh wind of YOUR HOLY SPIRIT within their souls that they may intimately know YOU and all that you have purposed for them. ABBA, within this very moment let YOUR unconditional love consume them, sing to them, and put a new song in their hearts that they may be replenished, refreshed, and restored unto YOU. Do a mighty and divine work within, through, and for them. I praise YOU for their lives! And in the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“YOU are my HIDING PLACE from every storm of life; YOU even keep me from getting into trouble! YOU surround me with songs of victory.” – David (Psalm 32:7 TLB)

 

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The Power Held Within Our Written Words

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(Habakkuk 2:2 CEV- Then THE LORD told me: “I will give you MY message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.)

As a Writer, today’s focal verse is very dear to me and I truly take it to heart. I believe that just as the power of LIFE or death lie within the words we speak, that same power is held within the words we write. (Proverbs 18:21 NCV- What you say can mean LIFE or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded.)

I journal my prayers every morning and I’ve been doing it for a very long time because there is a sense of freedom for me in knowing that GOD not only knows the desires of my heart, but that HE sees them as well. To me being able to converse with HIM through writing is symbolic of that fact that what I’ve written; my dreams, my hopes, my gifts, my goals, my concerns, my worries, my fears are ever before HIS HOLY PRESENCE and I can trust HIM to intervene and take care of all of the things that are near and dear to my heart.

Just to show you how awesome GOD is, yesterday, I attended a women’s conference at my friend Ellie’s church and in the particular group that I was in, the very first session we had was a class where we were journaling our prayers and Habakkuk 2:2 was the focal point of Scripture. My heart just smiled because even before she told us to start journaling, internally GOD had already given me a vision and my pen was on fire the entire class. I was still writing even as the class was ending.

GOD values writing. The Bible being a LIFE-giving token of that truth. … HE told us to write down HIS message in the form of a vision in Habakkuk 2:2, but I also want to bring to your remembrance that writing was so important to HIM that HE took the time to write down the vision HE had for us as well. (Exodus 31:18 NLT- When THE LORD finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, HE gave HIM the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written by the finger of GOD.)

I believe the reason GOD said for us to write down the vision HE gives us is because there is LIFE in being able to not just envision, but physically see our dreams and all of the incredible things that HE has ordained for our lives right there in front of us. Seeing gives us hope and hope radiantly shines light on the purpose for the very beat of our hearts. Meaning what we see has the power to shed light and bring LIFE to who we truly are and the things we live for. (Matthew 6:22-23 VOICE- The eye is the lamp of the body. You draw light into your body through your eyes, and light shines out to the world through your eyes. So if your eye is well and shows you what is true, then your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is clouded or evil, then your body will be filled with evil and dark clouds. And the darkness that takes over the body of a child of GOD who has gone astray—that is the deepest, darkest darkness there is.)

I really want to encourage you guys to start journaling your prayers because yes, GOD values writing, but HE values that intimate time with you more and it takes us a lot longer to write our prayers down than it does to simply speak them forth. So, just think, the more you write the more time you get the draw near to and be in THE PRESENCE of our SAVIOR.

There’s one other thing that I’d like to share with you guys about yesterday’s conference. In all honesty, the entire day was amazing. I loved every minute of it, but this in particular brought great joy to soul.

As we were all gathered together eating lunch, they had a table set up and filled with all of these beautiful gifts that they were giving away. The table had everything; jewelry, scented lotions and soaps, just all of the things that women love. So, if your name was chosen, you got to go up to the table to a choose whatever gift you wanted. Well, because GOD loves me like that 😉 , my name was chosen and I got to pick out a gift. And out of all of the lovely things laying there before me, my heart was drawn to this beautiful empty box.

Love Box

As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it’s purpose would be. The box was beautiful on the outside, but empty on the inside. That box represents each and every one of us before we surrender our lives to GOD and allow HIM to fill us with HIS PRESENCE, power, love, hope, peace, joy, and all of the greatness that is the essence and epitome of who HE is.

Just as GOD fills us with the beauty that is HIM. I’m going to write down the desires of my heart and fill this box with my prayers and the beauty that is my dreams. I’m going to pray over it every single day and as GOD answers, I’ll open the box to remove the answered prayers and continue to seek HIM for the unanswered ones. This box will hold not only my dreams, but every vision that GOD had planted in or spoken to my heart. And I will be relentlessly and faithfully seeking HIM until everything that HE has promised me comes to fruition in my life. (Luke 1:45 NIV- Blessed is she who has believed that THE LORD would fulfill HIS promises to her!)

If you are family, a friend, a loved one, someone I’ve prayed with, or someone that has reached out to me for prayer, I will put your name in my prayer box, because I love you and I want you to experience the goodness that is our GOD. (Deuteronomy 1:11 CEV- GOD has even promised to bless us a thousand times more, and I pray that HE will.)

I want to encourage and challenge you to not only write down your prayers to lay before THE LORD, but to use that intimate time with HIM to truly revel and bask in HIS PRESENCE. Prayer may not always change your circumstances, but it will change you. And I promise you that any change made in your life through intimacy with GOD, you will not regret because it doesn’t just change you for the better, but for HIS best.

ABBA, I deeply seek YOU this morning on behalf of every person reading this and I ask and pray that YOU would instill within their hearts how much YOU value them and love every moment that they spend in YOUR PRESENCE. FATHER, give them YOUR message in the form of a vision that they may write it clearly to be read at a glance and understand in their hearts the beauty of YOUR intended purpose. LORD, as their eyes set sight on that purpose, fill them with everlasting hope as YOU work in and through them in order to bring that vision and purpose to fruition in their lives. LORD, draw near to them. HOLY SPIRIT, consume them. LORD, today and everyday, I pray that YOUR love, grace, peace, and strength would amply abound within their hearts and within their lives. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“When you’re writing to GOD, simply lay the pieces of your heart before HIM. HE’LL take those pieces and put your life’s puzzle together exactly as it should be.” ~ Tai East

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