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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Knowing GOD As FATHER

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(James 1:17-18 NIV- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from THE FATHER of the heavenly lights, WHO does not change like shifting shadows. HE chose to give us birth through THE WORD of TRUTH, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all HE created.)

Most of us know and believe in THE LORD as CREATOR, which HE is and there is none other. This morning, however, I want to talk to you guys about knowing HIM intimately as our loving, good FATHER, WHO has chosen us as HIS own. (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and approved of you as MY chosen instrument. And before you were born I consecrated you to MYSELF as MY own…)

One of my favorite songs is “Good, Good FATHER” and every morning as I enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE, it’s one of the songs that I sing to HIM because I want HIM to know from the depths of my being what a good FATHER HE has been to me.

The beginning of the songs says, “Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think YOU’RE like. But, I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night. And YOU tell me that YOU’RE pleased and that I’m never alone. … YOU’RE a good, good FATHER. It’s WHO YOU are. And I’m loved by YOU. It’s who I am.”.

As I was mediating on today’s focal passage, I was reminded of those precious lyrics from that song. … Every good and perfect gift comes from THE LORD because it’s HIS nature to be a good FATHER to us. HE, HIMSELF, is LOVE. So, to know that we’re loved by HIM is so much more than just a description of how HE feels about us. Truly knowing in our hearts that we’re loved by HIM, is to know that being loved by THE FATHER is in fact HIM offering us an extension of HIMSELF— HIS very LIFE, in which there is no greater gift.

Beloved, accept and embrace THE LIFE that THE FATHER offers. HE is the endless supply of everything good and perfect; the very source in which you draw your next life-giving breath.

Before I pray for you guys today, I just want you to know and truly take to heart that you don’t have to just listen to the stories of what others think our HEAVENLY FATHER is like. You can know HIM— like truly and intimately know HIM for yourself. You can experience HIM, hear HIS voice, see as HE sees. HE will show you the great and unsearchable things. HE’LL make HIS PRESENCE known to you in ways that you’ve never even dreamed of.

If I could leave you guys with one thing that will change your life for the very best, it would simply be— seek HIM. I can promise you that as you draw near to HIM, HE will draw near to you. There is nothing in this entire world that compares to knowing HIM.

ABBA, I come before YOU this morning asking that YOU would continually draw our hearts unto YOURS. FATHER, I pray that the deep in YOU would unceasingly call out to the deep in us that we may know, encounter, and experience YOU in ways we never imagined possible. I pray that YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would flood us; heart and soul to overflow that even the ones we love may be engulfed by all that is YOU. My deepest cry for every heart reading this is that they would come to know YOU as the loving, good FATHER that YOU are. LORD, let nothing hinder us as we seek to know YOU more. YOU’RE a good, good FATHER. We love YOU and we long for more and more of THE LIFE that is YOUR PRESENCE. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

When I was a little child, my parents taught me by example to pray. I began with a picture in my mind of HEAVENLY FATHER being far away. As I have matured, my experience with prayer has changed. The picture in my mind has become one of a HEAVENLY FATHER WHO is close by, WHO is bathed in a bright light, and WHO knows me perfectly.” ~ Henry B. Eyring

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 7 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.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

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

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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

 

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Wear LOVE Everywhere You Go

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(Colossians 3:14 MSG- And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.)

The NLV of today’s focal verse says— And to all these things, you must add love. Love holds everything and everybody together and makes all these good things perfect.

The words from today’s focal verse truly moved me because in a world where it sometimes seems like everything is going wrong, THE WORD of GOD says, to truly love has the power and ability to make all things perfect.

The more I seek GOD and the more I’m praying, “Less of me and more of YOU, LORD”, the more HE makes me aware of the hurt and brokenness of this world and in the hearts of the people around me. I often sense heartache within a person without even conversing with them and sometimes without even knowing them at all.

So yesterday morning when I saw the image above that said, “Wear LOVE everywhere you go.”, it made me think of the following passage of SCRIPTURE— (1 John 4:7-12 NIV- Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from GOD. Everyone who loves has been born of GOD and knows GOD. Whoever does not love does not know GOD, because GOD IS LOVE. This is how GOD showed HIS love among us: HE sent HIS one and only SON into the world that we might live through HIM. This is love: not that we loved GOD, but that HE loved us and sent HIS SON as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since GOD so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen GOD; but if we love one another, GOD lives in us and HIS love is made complete in us.). 

GOD IS LOVE. So, to truly wear love means that we’ve surrendered our lives to THE LORD; that we’re so deeply and intimately connected to HIM that the people around us don’t see us, but instead, they see HIS heart, HIS LOVE, and HIS LIFE displayed in and through our lives.

“Love holds everything and everybody together and makes all these good things perfect” doesn’t simply refer to love as an emotion, but to the perfect and sovereign PRESENCE of GOD, HIMSELF. What it really means is that, it’s HIS HOLY being that’s holding everyone and everything together and making all things perfect.

I long to love with the heart and love of our SAVIOR and I may not be able to change the world, but I’ve made a covenant with GOD that I’m going to truly wear love everywhere I go and strive to always let my words be a reflection of HIS PRESENCE in my life. And in doing that, I’m praying that every heart within “my world” will be changed.

Today, I just want to leave you with this notion: every time we to tell someone that we love them, we are essentially planting the seed of GOD’S PRESENCE in their lives. So, the more you recognize hurt or brokenness within the heart of another, the more you should tell them that you love them. There is power in the words we speak forth. To simply tell someone that we love them gives us an opportunity to continually water that seed of GOD’S PRESENCE that we’ve previously planted in their hearts which allows HIM to fully blossom in their lives. And where THE PRESENCE of our GOD blooms— all things are made perfect.

Dear HEAVENLY FATHER, I enter YOUR HOLY PRESENCE this morning asking that YOU would instill within our hearts a greater understanding of what it truly means to love one another. LORD, give us the ability to recognize the hurt and brokeness in the hearts of the people around us and capacity to love them according to YOUR standard, not ours. LORD, today and everyday forth, help us to not only love with words, but through our actions and deeds as well. ABBA, through the love that YOU’VE given us and through YOUR PRESENCE in our lives, let our hearts beat with a love that honors YOUR heart. May we truly wear YOUR love everywhere we go. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away, but love stays with us. LOVE IS GOD.” ~ Lew Wallace

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EL ROI— THE GOD WHO Sees Me

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(2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT- The eyes of THE LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to HIM.)

Today’s focal verse reminded me of the sweetest little phrase spoken to me by one of my favorite sisters in CHRIST during our #RaRaLinkup party yesterday. She simply stated, “EL ROI— HE sees and loves you with a perfect love.”.

I was immediately drawn to her words because in truly allowing my heart to embrace them I became very cognizant of how abysmal and unfathomable THE LORD’S love is for me. Each and every word deeply resonated within my heart.

EL ROI is Hebrew for “THE GOD WHO sees me”.

How often do we truly think of THE LORD as THE GOD WHO see us? THE ONE WHO loves us so much that out of all of the millions of people in this world, HE looks down from heaven searching the entire earth to strengthen that one, longing, individual heart with HIS unequivocal love? THE ONE WHO knows us better that we know ourselves and graciously and selflessly sends HIS perfect HOLY SPIRIT to guide us to the greatness that HE’S purposed for our lives? (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG- “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.)

I think it’s sometimes hard for us as mere human beings to conceptualize that our sovereign GOD knows and loves us personally and individually. Meaning HE sees and knows each us to the core of who we are and still HIS love pursues us. It seeks to capture and consume our hearts and when it does, it’s sufficient, it’s unconditional, and it never wavers.

Yes, our GOD is mighty and matchless in power as our CREATOR, but the same can also be said about HIS love for us as our HEAVENLY FATHER. I respect and honor HIM as CREATOR, but I know and love HIM as FATHER; THE ONE WHO sees and loves me with a perfect love.

And so, today, my heart’s greatest prayer for you is that you would know, love, and embrace HIM as THE ONE WHO sees and loves you with a perfect love.

HEAVENLY FATHER, help us to comprehend that YOUR love seeks us personally and individually. Help us to accept and reciprocate such a love that by nature is foreign to us. Help us to understand that it pursues us with the intent to mend, heal, and restore every broken piece of our hearts to the beauty in which YOU created and intended for them to beat within us. LORD, today and everyday forth, help us to know, see, and believe that YOU are THE ONE WHO sees and loves us with a perfect love. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“My trust in GOD flows out of the experience of HIS loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. HE comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.” ~ Brennan Manning

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Your Desperation Has The Power To Lead To Your Destiny

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(1 Corinthians 2:9-12 VOICE- But as THE SCRIPTURES say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things GOD prepared for those who love HIM. GOD has shown us these profound and startling realities through HIS SPIRIT. THE SPIRIT searches all things, even the deep mysteries of GOD. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of GOD are known only by HIS SPIRIT. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but THE SPIRIT that comes from GOD, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from GOD.)

Along my journey with GOD, there have been countless times when I simply trusted HIM to move in my life. I didn’t worry if HE would answer my prayers or not because the moment that I chose to enter into HIS PRESENCE, it was already established in my heart, confirmed in my mind, and settled in my spirit that HE undoubtedly would. However, in my humanness, there have also been countless times when I entered into HIS PRESENCE lost and broken wondering if HE could hear my voice and the deepest cries of my heart.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re going to worry then don’t pray and if you’re going to pray then don’t worry.” and I get the gist of that, but I can’t say that I necessarily agree with it. Being human we will all inevitably have times in our lives where worry will try to defeat us and that’s when we should draw nearest to GOD and pray to HIM with all that we are. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 VOICE- Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to GOD no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is GOD’S Will for all of you in JESUS THE ANOINTED.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that every word that GOD has promised to us is pure, perfect, authentic, and true. I believe that every single word that HE speaks forth will fulfill HIS intended purpose just as HE said. (Isaiah 55:11 NIV- MY WORD that goes out from my mouth: IT will not return to ME empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent IT.)

In believing all of that and knowing it to be true, in my relationship with GOD more often than not, it wasn’t the times that I entered HIS PRESENCE boldly and with confidence that I had the privilege, benefit, and pleasure of experiencing all that HE is and desires to be in my life, but instead the times when I humbly entered HIS PRESENCE broken and desperate, not knowing which way to turn that HE revealed HIMSELF to me in the most beautiful and prolific ways. Those have been the moments that allowed me to feel HIS PRESENCE and experience HIM the greatest. Those have been the moments when HE allowed me to hear HIS voice with incredible clarity. When I came before HIM worried and fearful are the precise moments that HE has whispered to my heart, I AM with you always. Never will I leave nor forsake you.”. In my deepest and most intricate moments of desperation are the moments that led to true, sincere, intrinsic intimacy with GOD.

Today’s focal passage says, “No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things GOD prepared for those who love HIM. GOD has shown us these profound and startling realities through HIS SPIRIT. THE SPIRIT searches all things, even the deep mysteries of GOD. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of GOD are known only by HIS SPIRIT. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but THE SPIRIT that comes from GOD, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from GOD.”, meaning all we have to do is love GOD and allow HIS SPIRIT to fulfill IT’S purpose within us.

I said all of that to say this… Seek GOD with all that you are no matter the circumstance or situation. Become vulnerable and transparent with HIM because you can trust that HE always has your best interest at heart and knows what’s best for your life. And never allow fear, worry, or doubt to keep you from entering into HIS PRESENCE because in THE PRESENCE of THE LORD your greatest and deepest moment of desperation can be transformed into the LIFE-giving, purpose-filled destiny that HE has planned for your life. (Psalm 36:7-9 GNT- How precious, O GOD, is YOUR constant love! We find protection under the shadow of YOUR wings. We feast on the abundant food YOU provide; YOU let us drink from the river of YOUR goodness. YOU are the source of all life, and because of YOUR light we see THE LIGHT.)

I love you guys!

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

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Who Does Your Day Belong To?

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(Psalm 74:16 NIV- The day is YOURS, and YOURS also the night; YOU established the sun and moon.)

LORD, this very day and this very night is YOURS. … What a beautiful and hope-filled truth for us to reflect upon and take to heart. Our days and our nights belong to GOD. HE established the earth and everything in it. So, we too belong to HIM and every breath we take and every beat of our hearts are all ordained and administered at HIS hand and by the sound of HIS voice. When GOD speaks, supernatural, miraculous, life-changing, LIFE-giving things take place. The sun, the moon, and the stars without question are all unparalleled wonders spoken into existence by the voice of GOD, but as you marvel at the beauty that HE’S created around you, don’t forget to marvel at and embrace the beauty that HE’S created on the inside of you.

So often we lose sight of ourselves and the beauty of who GOD created us to be seeking after or dwelling on things that were detrimental to our lives and that were never worthy of our time or our effort in the first place. But how much greater would each day and night be if we chose to seek after the priceless treasures of GOD instead of the things that deter us from HIS promises and devalue the essence of HIS purpose for our lives? How much greater would our lives be if we chose to live knowing that each day and each night truly is GOD’S and that for those of us who believe, HE’S not only fighting every single battle of life that seems to a constant force fighting to break us, but that JESUS said that HE has already conquered those battles and won the war for us?! (John 16:33 AMP- I have told you these things, so that in ME you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)

Know and believe that no matter what you go through and no matter how tedious life may seem at times, absolutely nothing can separate you from the endless love of GOD and HIS extraordinary purpose for your life. (Romans 8:37-39 NLT- Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through CHRIST, WHO loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from GOD’S love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from GOD’S love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of GOD that is revealed in CHRIST JESUS our LORD.)

Awake and arise in the morning with joy in your heart knowing that your day is GOD’S and sleep in perfect peace at night knowing that your night is HIS as well. Nothing and no one can sever the promise of GOD’S love for you or HIS faithfulness to you. So chose to live life fearlessly and faithful and not just to simply exist in it broken and silent. Don’t give up! Stay in faith and refuse to quit because though you’ve endured and suffered through what seems like an endless nightmare, on the inside of you lives a GOD WHO provides the power, ability, and capacity to become the reality of a beautiful dream. You are here on purpose, so live, treasure, and regard your life as such! (Jude 1:2 VOICE- Kindness, peace, love—may they never stop blooming in you and from you.)

I love you guys!

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

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The Power Of Mustard Seed Faith!

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(Psalm 37:23-24 NLT- THE LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for THE LORD holds them by the hand.)

The day before yesterday, I was having a conversation with a dear friend and he asked me to pray for him, and so I did. … Right now, my church is doing an amazing event that we do twice a year called “21 Days Of Prayer” and if you’re wondering what that is, it’s exactly as it sounds. But just to clarify, every morning we have an incredible hour long prayer service for 21 days straight. It’s one of the most life-giving things that I’ve ever experienced and every year it becomes more and more amazing than the previous.

Anyways, I invited my friend to come to prayer service with me yesterday morning because after he had asked me to pray for him, he was on my heart and I really wanted to pray with him in person. But unfortunately, he wasn’t going to be able to attend with me. … Before I left for service I kept thinking about him and how I wanted to pray with him face to face, so I had this “grand” idea that since he couldn’t physically be there that I would just take a picture of him with me and pray over it because that way at least I would be able to see his face. When I got to service, I sat down, placed his picture in my lap, put my hand over his heart on the picture, and I began to pray speaking the promises of THE WORD of GOD over him. As I was praying, I asked GOD to touch my friend’s heart and then give me a sign that HE did. And I mean right after I said that, my phone started vibrating and it was my friend texting me. GOD literally answered my prayer in a matter of seconds.

The reason I decided to share this is because I want you guys to understand what the power of prayer has the ability to do with just a small, yet faithful gesture like something as simple as praying over a picture. (Luke 17:6 CEV- JESUS replied: “If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!”) Now, take a moment and imagine what GOD had the power to do through our prayers had my friend been able to actually attend service with me so that we could touch and agree by praying together. (Matthew 18:19-20 NLV- “Again I tell you this: If two of you agree on earth about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by MY FATHER in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in MY name, there I AM with them.”) The power of prayer truly has no limits. We have the power and ability to change lives with just mere words. How incredibly beautiful is that?!

I said all of that to reflect back to today’s focal verse and say this: know, believe, and understand that our GOD truly delights in us. HE created us and chose us as HIS own. HE cares about every single detail of our lives and when we take the time to enter into HIS PRESENCE with the concerns of our hearts, HE listens. HE listens and HE answers. Know that no word that you speak forth in THE PRESENCE of GOD will go unnoticed. (Isaiah 65:24 GNT- Even before they finish praying to ME, I will answer their prayers.)

I love you guys!

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

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Tattooed On The Very Hands Of GOD!

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(Hosea 14:4 CEV- You have rejected ME, but MY anger is gone; I will heal you and love you without limit.)

I think this verse displays just how extraordinary GOD’S love truly is for us because even when we’re unfaithful to HIM and to ourselves, HIS love for us never changes. (2 Timothy 2:13 AMP- If we are faithless; do not believe and are untrue to HIM, HE remains true; faithful to HIS WORD and HIS righteous character, for HE cannot deny HIMSELF.) As humans our character is sometimes modified by our emotions or our circumstances. Meaning, who we are or in some cases who we become can be shaped by the pain that we carry or by how we feel or by the emotional connection we associate with what we’ve been through. One of the most amazing things about GOD is that HE remains GOD no matter what. And unlike us, HIS love and faithfulness will always stand unchanging and unconditional.

In the midst of this beautiful disaster that we call life, we will all inevitably make mistakes and fall short of HIS Will, but the beauty in our shortcomings is that HIS grace allows us room to be human, but more importantly it grants our hearts the priceless benefit of receiving the beauty of undeserved redemption. In those moments when our feelings or our circumstances have gotten the very best of us and we tend to stray away from GOD are the very moments that HIS heart is longing for us to draw nearer to HIM. It’s in those intimate moments of desperation in HIS PRESENCE that allow us to literally feel the truth of HIS promises to us at work within us.

(Isaiah 49:16 NIV- See, I have engraved you on the palms of MY hands; your walls are ever before ME.) Imagine how much you would have to love someone in order to tattoo a picture of them or even their names on your hands for the whole world to see. In most cases, we wouldn’t dare think of doing such a thing. Now, imagine the fact that GOD has your name and face engraved on the palm of HIS hands and then think about how incredibly great HIS love is for you that HE would do the very thing that you wouldn’t even dream of doing. The verse from Isaiah says, “Your walls are ever before ME.”. To me that means that even when we get lost within ourselves and find it hard to muster up the strength to enter into GOD’S PRESENCE, our presence is always with HIM and every time HE opens HIS hands and HE see your face, HE remembers your heart and smiles because even when we’re struggling to be faithful to HIM, we are still HIS creation and still HIS beloved chosen.

The one question that you’ll never have to ask GOD is, “What do I mean to YOU?”, because we serve a GOD WHO not only shows us how deep HIS love runs for us, but wears a physical display of what we mean to HIM every single day. There is no greater love than the love of our SAVIOR. So, as GOD welcomes you into HIS PRESENCE with open arms remember to take a look at HIS hands, for it is there that you’ll see your face; the very reflection of HIS heart for you.

I love you guys!

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

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The Wait Is Worth It!

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(Mark 4:39 CEV- JESUS got up and ordered the wind and the waves to be quiet. The wind stopped, and everything was calm.)

If JESUS could stop the wind from blowing and the waves of the sea from raging just by simply speaking forth the words, “Be still.”, imagine what HIS words have the power to create, calm, and quiet in our hearts. Sometimes we allow the frustration of self to deafen our hearts to GOD’S voice and blind us of HIS vision for our lives. I think when we give our all or our everything to something or even someone, we want and expect the “power of now” to take action right then and there. Meaning, we want instantaneous results for our efforts. We want to see right then in that very moment that all of our hard work was worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears that we’ve put forth.

However, as my relationship with GOD has grown, I’ve realized that my “power of now” is not nearly as effective, productive, life-giving, or life-changing as the power of GOD is. And sometimes when I’m praying for “now”, HE’S saying, “Not now. Trust ME, I have better for you.” and I’ve learned to trust that. Whenever I allow the self-destruction of impatience to distract me from hearing GOD’S voice, I remember HIM whispering to my heart, “Be still.” just as HE had spoken before to hush the wind and quiet the waves. GOD has the power to calm our every storm. We just have to be still long enough to listen for HIS voice. (Psalm 46:10 NIV- HE says, “Be still, and know that I AM GOD.”)

I know that the best of me is found in HIM and sometimes no matter how much or how deeply I long for the action of “now” to take the reins in my life, if HE says wait then I know that that’s what’s best. Though HE empowers me through HIS SPIRIT that has taken root and blossomed on the inside of me, I am yet still just a mere human being capable of failing, falling short, and making mistakes. I have to remind myself that HE’S GOD; THE ONE WHO created me, gave me the heart to be great, and a gift to achieve it.

So, if I am to entrust my life to someone, who better than THE ONE WHO gave me LIFE to begin with? (Psalm 46:5 NIV- GOD is within her, she will not fall.) Trust and believe that GOD is with you. I promise you that HE won’t let you fall and if HE says be still and wait, know that it’s always worth it!

I love you guys!

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

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