I Give You MY Heart

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

This evening as I was just soaking in The Presence of God, I had a vision that left me weeping with tears of joy and praising The Lord for Him allowing me to experience and encounter Him in such an intimate and profoundly beautiful way.

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

I knew that I was in The Presence of The Lord and I felt this gentle tug upon my heart and noticed that without me ever taking a step His love was drawing me closer to Him. I never actually moved to walk, but before I knew it I was standing right in front of Him.

I never saw The Lord Himself, but through this vapor-like cloud I saw His hand stretch out and begin to open as if He was going to place something within my hand. As I opened my hand He placed within it this beautiful, bright red, heart-shaped ruby.

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

When my hand let go of this little heart that now beating with The Life of our Lord, it fell to my chest and it was hanging perfectly positioned over my heart.

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

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

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

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

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

Abba, as You give us Your heart and pour out Your Holy Spirit within and upon us, give us the understanding and knowing to receive, embrace, and cherish it as not just mere words or as this metaphoric Christian ritual, but as Your very Life that You are so freely gifting to us that we may intimately know You and commune with You every single day of our lives. Lord, You and You alone are worthy. We love You and our hearts beat with affection, adoration, and gratitude toward You as The One True Living God and The Lover of our souls. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.” ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo

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

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

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

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ZEAL IS A FIRE IN YOUR SOUL!…

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Molded To Perfection In HIS Hands

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Dear Hearts, I welcome you all to week 8 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!

(Jeremiah 18:4-6 NIV- But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then The Word of The Lord came to me.  He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares The Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, Israel.”)

The Father is The Master Potter and we are His clay. If only we would fully entrust our lives into His hands— He would mold us to perfection.

This morning as I was mulling over today’s focal passage, I just wanted to remind you guys that you are the flawless masterpiece and workmanship of The Father’s heart and hands. (Song of Songs 4:7 NIV- You are altogether beautiful, My darling; there is no flaw in you.)

Abba, I humbly yet boldly enter Your Holy Presence this morning with an incredibly grateful heart. Simply thankful for the beautiful truth that we are the preeminent creation of Your heart and hands. Father, I ask that you would help us to continuously surrender our hearts to Your heart daily that You may freely mold us to perfection. Your Word says that we are Your workmanship: Your own master work, a work of art, created in Christ Jesus, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used for good works, which You prepared for us beforehand, taking paths which You’ve set, so that we would walk in them living the good life which You’ve prearranged and made ready for us. Lord, today, I ask and pray that you would help us to know, understand, and embrace our worth in You. Abba, we love You and we praise Your glorious name. 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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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 in 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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Angels Watching Over Me

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HIS Name Alone Is Enough

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(Exodus 3:13-14 AMP- And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!)

In reading today’s focal passage, I was reminded of this powerful truth— in and through every situation and every circumstance the name of The Lord is enough.

I dream and believe on a level that even I am often astonished by, but I know in my heart that as long as God is with me I have strength for all things. (Philippians 4:13 AMP- I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.)

But what happens when God calls us to do something that is so much greater than what we feel we have the ability to accomplish? What happens in those moments when we’re seeking His provision, but can’t necessarily feel His Presence or hear His voice?

The answer is, whether we can hear His voice or feel Him with us or not— He’s always there. And we simply have to know and trust that what ever He asks of us or wherever He’s leading us, He’s already prepared the way. (Exodus 23:20 NIV- See, I Am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.)

I made a covenant with God that I would surrender to His Will and blindly follow wherever He leads. Meaning, I don’t have to see to believe. I don’t have to know or even understand to trust His process.

I can tell you from experience that this is a journey that has not always been easy and I’ve certainly had moments when I’ve felt like giving up. But I can also tell you that choosing to trust Him has been the best decision that I’ve ever made in my entire life. I am acutely aware of how His Presence in my life is continually molding me and making me greater in Him. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

As “genius” as I am, I’m still human and far from perfect. In all honesty, I still have moments where I feel inadequate and even unqualified to do the majority of what God has planted in my heart to accomplish. However, the beauty in that is, it’s not about what I feel, but in Whom I trust because in Him— I am sufficient.

Like Moses, I’ve had those “But Lord, what if?” moments and like Moses, God has always reminded me that in all things, in all situations, and in all circumstances— His name alone is enough!

I Am has sent me to you and today I just want to remind you that no matter what you’re going through or struggling with, God is with you. And in those moments when fear and doubt start to creep in remember that He is enough and you are sufficient in Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, today and everyday, let Your Holy Presence ever-increase within our hearts and in our lives. Lord, no matter how tedious the journey help us to trust You always and never doubt. Help us to realize and understand that You are more than sufficient, You will sustain us, and in You our worth and value are incomparable. Abba, whenever we lose sight of that truth, remind us that to simply call on Your name is enough. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“If you took the love of all the best mothers and fathers who ever lived (think about that for a moment) — all the goodness, kindness, patience, fidelity, wisdom, tenderness, strength and love — and united all those virtues in one person, that person would only be a faint shadow of the love and mercy in the heart of God for you and me.” ~ Brennan Manning

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

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Thriving Is Simply Realizing Your Worth

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(Job 33:4 NIV- The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of The Almighty gives me Life.)

This morning, I sat here pondering and treasuring the thought of God breathing His Life into our beings. The wonders of The Lord are so complex to me. I’m often astounded when I truly reflect upon His power and position as our Heavenly Father and as The One True Creator of all things, and how out of all of those things we are His most prized possession. He chose to truly hold us near and dear to His heart. He chose to love, to protect, and to nurture us as His very own. (Job 10:12 MSG- You gave me life itself, and incredible love. You watched and guarded every breath I took.)

I find it so amazing that The God we serve not only breathes His Life into us, but that He loves and cherishes us so much that He then protects that precious investment; that indescribable gift that He instilled within us by standing guard and watching over every single breath that we take. To me that shows how deeply valuable we are to Him.

Life is truly this transcendent unparalleled gift given to us through the breath and by the hands of The Lord. He shapes and molds us into this beautiful creation; something to be sincerely treasured— something of the greatest worth. (Isaiah 64:8 VOICE- Eternal One, You are our Father. We are just clay, and You are The Potter. We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.) What a wonderful thought and mesmeric truth to behold!

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

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

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

I love you guys!

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

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