Interrupt My Thoughts Lord

When negative thoughts and ideas are running rampant and out of control in my mind… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When I am trying to figure out things on my own and I don’t know what to do… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When all I can think about are the possible negative outcomes and not see the positive possibilities… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When all I feel I can do is yell, scream, and cry out from within my heart, mind, and soul… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When I’m thinking about acting out or reacting to a situation by lashing out instead of responding… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When I begin to lose hope and have the slightest thoughts of giving in and giving up… Lord, I need you to interrupt my thoughts.

Don’t wait on me Lord… you have permission to interrupt my thoughts.

By ~ JulieAnne Hollist 12/23/2014

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When I Look Up to The Sky

God always amazes me when He does something out of the ordinary. I received a very unexpected gift from the Lord the other day that blessed me so greatly and I thought I would share with you all about it.

My eldest son and my daughter-in-love are expecting their first baby. My son called me the other day and one of the things we were discussing were baby names. We shared various names we liked or loved with one another. We also discussed our thoughts on unique names, ones we thought were strong biblical names, and about the definition or meaning behind the name. We even talked about unusual names that we have heard parents have named their child such as Abcd!

I once again found myself apologizing to him for having named him after his father. I got pregnant with him at the age of 13 and I named him after his father in hopes that he would not be taken from me because of my age. Unfortunately his name is often mistaken for being a female’s name. In his father’s culture it can be for a male or female. From what I was told it means March the month he and his father was born in.

I went on to tell my son how I love unique names and shared a story with him about the years before I had him. At about the age of 10 I began babysitting my younger siblings as well as for others occasionally to earn some cash. I loved taking care of the little ones so I would often dream about the day I would become a mother and what I would name my children. Many times I would lay out on the grass in my front yard while staring into the clear blue skies and think that I would one day name one of my children Sky. I love the beauty of clear blue skies!

I wasn’t expecting what came next in our conversation to happen at all! After I finished telling him my story he went on to tell him how a woman had told him that in Turkish his name means Sky!!! I looked it up and sure enough there it was! I never knew! Unbelievable! My heart was so filled with joy! I couldn’t believe it!

It was over 30 years ago that I had that desire in my heart & only 3 days ago that I found out that He had already answered it. I just never knew it! God is so incredibly amazing and loving….isn’t He?!?!?

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Well, I know that when God does something like that there is even more to it! My husband and I have been trying to conceive a baby the past few months and we have been standing on several His promises within His Word. To be honest, I had become a little discouraged about it not happening just yet and God used this as a loving reminder that He knows the desires of my heart and that in His timing it shall come to pass.

Not only that but He took me to His Word by using the keyword “sky” and reminded me of one of His promises in Genesis 15:5-6: Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

I can’t help but exclaim….Oh Lord who am I that you are mindful of me? I am utterly in awe of You! I surely don’t deserve it but I gladly receive it & give You all the glory!

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I know from experience that sharing stories like this can help others recognize that God is always there working in our lives even when we don’t know it or think He is! Now I know for sure if unexpected surprises like this are taking place in my life they are happening in yours too! Please share a testimony by commenting below. You don’t know who you will bless by doing so!

~ JulieAnne ~

 

I Am Grateful

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I just wanted to say thank you to all those following and who take time to read my blogs. I pray my blog has blessed you in some way. If something has stood out to you or you have a favorite please comment below. I would love some positive feedback. Thank you!

I am going to be sharing a new post soon. Be sure to watch for it. May everyone who reads this find joy, love, peace, and laughter throughout their day in Jesus name! Whatever it is that you are in need of at this time I pray that need be met supernaturally and in abundance in Jesus name! BELIEVE!

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Why Have You Stopped Dreaming?

Never stop dreaming!

My Faith Shall Be My Eyes

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YES HE IS ABLE! GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH!
I love this verse (Ephesians 3:20-21) in the Amplified….

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Notice it has to do with glorifying God for carrying out and completing His plans and purpose in our lives. He calls us to do great and mighty things. He puts dreams in our hearts. We put Him in a box. It’s time to stop doing that and allow ourselves to be courageous enough to trust Him with the…

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Why Have You Stopped Dreaming?

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YES HE IS ABLE! GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH!
I love this verse (Ephesians 3:20-21) in the Amplified….

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Notice it has to do with glorifying God for carrying out and completing His plans and purpose in our lives. He calls us to do great and mighty things. He puts dreams in our hearts. We put Him in a box. It’s time to stop doing that and allow ourselves to be courageous enough to trust Him with the dreams He has given us. It’s time to seek out His plans and not ours because His plans, His ideas, His thoughts are so much greater than ours could ever be.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

On our own those dreams and ideas may seem so far out of reach…I mean nearly impossible…well they may seem impossible BUT with God all things are possible! SO Pray & pray often! You are not in it on your own! God wants to be involved! SO DREAM BIG I mean beyond your wildest dreams BIG!….& Step out in faith to fulfill those dreams in your heart! Surround yourself with those who have gone before you. Connect with the right people and plug in. Discipline yourself to achieve and accomplish the dream. Read and study all you can about what God has placed on your heart! (2 Timothy 2:15) You do your part and God will do His! His Super added to your natural = SUPERNATURAL results!
HE WANTS TO BLOW YOUR MIND! HAHA!

Now share your dream…your vision with someone today that you can trust and that will hold you accountable to doing something about it!

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My Morning Study 1 Thessalonians 3

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I am listening to BJ Putnam’s cd as I study for tonight’s bible study with my hubby. We are studying 1Thess. 3 (AMP) tonight. There is so much here in this chapter but these are just a few things I have gotten so far from reading it this morning I thought I would share with you.

The first thing that came to me was in the form of a question. “Are you a Timothy?”

Paul & Silas had warned the Thessalonians that they would have to endure troubles, difficulties, & suffering. Concerned about how they were handling it all they sent Timothy to go encourage & strengthen them in their faith. (Vrs 1-5)

God wants to use us to touch the lives of others. Sometimes that means being a Timothy. He was a strengthener, establisher, exhorter, comforter, and encourager to those in need. Many people are hurting, struggling, and going through things in their lives today and need someone like Timothy to come along and build them up. I don’t know about you but I am so incredibly grateful for the Timothy’s in my life that have been sent by God to encourage me during difficult or challenging times! Look for opportunities to be a blessing!

The second thing that stood out to me was about how Timothy was able to return with good news that everyone was remaining in faith and that really encouraged Paul & Silas so much that they praised & glorified God! (vrs 6-9) We don’t always know it but people are always watching to see how we handle situations we are going through. It’s a powerful thing when we rely on God and are able to remain strong & joyful during our trials & tribulations. It can be such a witness & a testimony to others. Most of all, it brings great glory to God.

My favorite part of this chapter is that it ends with verses (12 & 13) that the Holy Spirit gave to my husband when he sought God’s direction in marrying me during a fast. We consider them our love verses. They are the verses we stand on for our marriage. We believe our ministry as a couple is to live a life of extravagant love for God first, then for each other, and let that extravagant love overflow into the lives of others.

Paul’s prayer and declaration over the Thessalonians was that they would increase in their love for each other and that God would continue to strengthen, establish, exhort, comfort, and encourage them all.

That is my prayer for you today my friends. Don’t forget to look for an opportunity to be a Timothy in someone’s life today!  

Have an amazingly blessed and incredible day!

1 Therefore, when [the suspense of separation and our yearning for some personal communication from you] became intolerable, we consented to being left behind alone at Athens.

2 And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in [spreading] the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith,

3 That no one [of you] should be disturbed and beguiled and led astray by these afflictions and difficulties [to which I have referred]. For you yourselves know that this is [unavoidable in our position, and must be recognized as] our appointed lot.

4 For even when we were with you, [you know] we warned you plainly beforehand that we were to be pressed with difficulties and made to suffer affliction, just as to your own knowledge it has [since] happened.

5 That is the reason that, when I could bear [the suspense] no longer, I sent that I might learn [how you were standing the strain, and the endurance of] your faith, [for I was fearful] lest somehow the tempter had tempted you and our toil [among you should prove to] be fruitless and to no purpose.

6 But now that Timothy has just come back to us from [his visit to] you and has brought us the good news of [the steadfastness of] your faith and [the warmth of your] love, and [reported] how kindly you cherish a constant and affectionate remembrance of us [and that you are] longing to see us as we [are to see] you,

7 Brethren, for this reason, in [spite of all] our stress and crushing difficulties we have been filled with comfort and cheer about you [because of] your faith ([a]the leaning of your whole personality on God in complete trust and confidence).

8 Because now we [really] live, if you stand [firm] in the Lord.

9 For what [adequate] thanksgiving can we render to God for you for all the gladness and delight which we enjoy for your sakes before our God?

10 [And we] continue to pray especially and with most intense earnestness night and day that we may see you face to face and mend and make good whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) guide our steps to you.

12 And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,

13 So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!

Against All Odds

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I’m sure I am not the only one who has seen an increase in problems and sufferings that people are facing today. Some things are in our control to make a change, while others are not. Often people will question why something is happening and from a biblical perspective I can tell you there is a great deal of spiritual warfare going on.

The Bible tells us we have an enemy, the devil, who is seeking to devour us. He came to kill, steal, and destroy God’s creation. From the moment we are conceived, birthed, and until we die the devil and his followers are on a mission. That mission is to make sure we either stay as far away from any desire of a relationship with God through Christ Jesus or to try to make our lives miserable if we choose to live our lives for God. (John 10:10 AMP, 1 Peter 5:8-11 MSG)

We are not the first to experience such troubles in life. The Bible is filled with many examples. Job is one of them. He lost all his children, his business, his wealth, his health, and friends all within a very short time. He overcame it all though and stood his ground still giving God praise and honor during His situation and God turned everything around for Job giving him double blessing for all his trouble. (See the book of Job)

Friends, I am so sorry if you are hurting today because of any difficult situations, physical or financial challenges in life, painful choices you have to make, or problems that seem to be piling up….I understand your pain and frustration. I really do. We may have Job-like trials in life but let me reassure you and remind you of the hope we have in God and His promises. (See Jer. 29:11-14) God does not desire any of us to fail, be discouraged, nor depressed with our life. He wants to see us rise above our situation and become who He created us to be. (1 Peter 5:10) He desires us to live to our fullest potential and enjoy life. What He did for Job, He will do for us when we take a stand against the enemy.

We need to cultivate our faith and tap into His grace daily. Grace empowers us to succeed in life. The Bible also tells us that the same power that rose Christ Jesus from death is the same power that is in those who believe in Him and have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior (See Romans 8:11).

We also need to pray in the Spirit and be led by the Spirit of God and not by our flesh. God tells us that the battle is not flesh and blood so we need to put on the spiritual armor He has provided for us. (See Eph. 6:10-18)

Some people choose to give into the enemy’s tactics and give up. While others, as if by some miracle, push through against all the odds stacked against them. These are the life & world changers.

Life and world changers come in all shapes and sizes…young and old…girls and boys… women and men. Every person is as unique as their situation. Some are born right into calamity & God knows… The Bible tells us that He knew us while we were yet formed in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139, Jer. 1:5) He knew all along what situation and life challenges we would face right from the start. Some of those challenges are because of the devil’s devices and others because we suffer from the consequences of our sinful nature and choices and those around us.

Life and world changers are people who despite their lot in life have made a choice to press in and press on (Phil 3:12-14 MSG). They inspire and impact others sometimes without even knowing it just by their life and their testimony. They refuse to give up on life just because of a bad doctor report, loss of a loved one through death, abandonment or divorce or a severe trial such as a job loss or bankruptcy. They are truly overcomers. (2 Cor. 12:7-10 MSG, 1 John 5:4-5 NLT)

Now I am not saying they don’t experience discouragement or disappointment from time to time. Or even get angry and question God in certain situations. Many of them do, however, they do not allow trials and tribulations to dictate their future, their potential, or the possibilities in life. They take life one day at a time and are grateful for it. Gratitude, thankfulness, and trust in God goes a long way.

What about you? Are you a person that is fighting against all odds? Are you a life changer…A world changer? Can people say of you…”Your testimony inspires me…It changed my view of life….I know I can make it now….You gave me hope and now I believe” I don’t know about you but I want to see lives transformed for the better!
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If you have a personal testimony of coming through a trial or overcoming a challenge or have a story of someone who impacted your life because of their testimony please share it here in the comment section. Nothing is too small. If you have overcome anything at all it’s a victory to be celebrated. Also keep in mind, what may be small to you may be something quite bigger to someone else. People need to be encouraged and know their live is not in vain. God uses people to reveal His plans, purposes, and wisdom to others.

Thank you to everyone who shares! God will use you to bless someone’s life today!

 

Just in case anyone has a birthday and you are reading this…. I pray you have the most amazingly blessed birthday ever! May your day be overflowing with joy, laughter, love, and lots of hugs. May you experience the hand of God in your life like never before. May your love for Him and knowing Him personally increase more and more. May you be debt free and have increase wealth, time, and walk in divine health so you can bless others. May you see your dreams come to pass. So dream BIG & don’t stop dreaming! May you walk out God’s perfect plan for your life. Happy Birthday!  

 

My friends, if you don’t know Jesus I declare this is your day. Simple prayer…

Father God, I want to know you personally …for myself. I understand in order to come to you I must go through your Son, Jesus… Because that is Your plan.. You sent Your son as a gift and a sacrifice to redeem my life. I ask for forgiveness of my sins, my mistakes, those known & unknown. I thank you that Jesus died for my sins so that I may reconnect with you and be saved. I believe. I receive him as my Lord & Savior that I may enter into an eternal relationship with you than can never be separated. I will not question it. It’s settled in my heart, mind, & spirit. I am now your child and I am destined for greatness. When trials & tribulations come my way I will trust in you to see me through. I will make a habit of reading Your Word and living it. I will talk with you, not at You. & not just in times of troubles. I will wait and listen. I will pray in Jesus name. I will praise You for who You are. I will learn what it means to walk by the spirit and yield myself each day to walk in the spirit and not by my flesh. I will read Your Word and learn more about You and also how to be obedient to it and live out the Word on my daily life. I will trust Your promises for my life and know that You are for me and not against me. I thank you Father God, for my salvation & life. In Jesus name. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, tell someone! You have just been reborn! Celebrate your new life in Jesus! The angels in heaven are! =)))))

Shalom! Shalom!

I’m Back!

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Hello my friends. I’m sorry I have not posted to my blog for a couple weeks now. I just wanted to let you know that I have not stopped blogging. I was just experiencing some pretty challenging flare-ups of fibromyalgia which made it rather difficult to concentrate, sit, or do just about anything really. But the flare-up has calmed down and God gave me an awesome word that I am putting together. It might be a little longer post than I have normally shared because of the topic and it’s a great topic too! So I am looking forward to sharing it with you as soon as I get it done. Just watch for the updates!

If you haven’t already subscribed to follow my blog, you can do so by clicking the link on the right that says “Follow Blog via Email.” That way you will get an email letting you know when I have a new posting. Thank you so very much to all those who are doing it already! I pray that my postings will encourage, bless, and inspire you in some kind of way.

Until I can get the new posting up (which I am praying will be either end of today or sometime tomorrow) feel free to go back and re-read my other postings. Maybe something new will stand out to you that you needed to be reminded of or there may be something you can share with a friend that will bless them. Something else that would really help me out as well is, if you could please let me know if the blog postings have been a blessing to you by leaving me a comment. I really appreciate all your support my friends.   

I pray that the love of Jesus overflows in your life today and always. Don’t forget my friends it’s not just about you and your needs. Someone out there that crosses your path, whether it’s a fellow believer in Jesus or someone who has yet to met Him, needs to be hugged, acknowledged, encouraged, or blessed in some way. You just might be the answer to someone’s prayer or heart calling out to God! Be a willing vessel. Yield to Him today. You will be amazed at what God can do through you, for you and in you. Just think about it! There is something exciting and exhilaratingly adventurous in being a blessing to someone when they least expect it and especially without them knowing. Just a little over a week ago I spent some time in prayer in the morning. Part of my prayer was that God would use me to be an unexpected blessing in some way to someone that day. Later that afternoon I was with my daughter getting a haircut and a young woman with her two little daughters were at the salon getting her hair done too. She sat in the chair next to me. When I was finished I moved to a chair across from there while my daughter got her haircut. The young woman was trying to get to keep her little girls still the best she could and she seemed pretty stressed. It was all over her face. Then there it was. I heard the voice. The voice of the Holy Spirit telling me to get a gift card for this young woman and pay for her haircut. I won’t lie at first I said is that me out of just wanting to do something or is that You God? I even sort of began to question Him about where the money would come from and of course I am always reminded that He is my provider. Then as clear as day God showed me a vision of me praying to Him earlier in the day about wanting to be an unexpected blessing to someone who needed to know His love. This was the person He had in mind. And wouldn’t you know, as soon as He said that she had to excuse herself from her haircut to take one of her daughters to the ladies room. I jumped up and asked if they had gift cards available and the amounts. I then grabbed my wallet and I asked what gift card designs they had. To be honest they were quite ugly, I didn’t like them at all. But then there it was! A single card hidden behind all the plain ones. It was a decorated envelope, it had an area for me to write “Jesus loves you!” and it even had a little hair clip that had some bling on it! Oh yes! Cannot go wrong with a touch of bling! So I purchase the gift card, sign it, and run over to her stylist and ask her privately to please give it to the young woman who’s hair she is cutting but not to give it to her until we left because I didn’t want her to know. The hairstylists standing around her were even blessed and encouraged by that one random act of kindness! Their faces lit up as they said “Wow, God bless you!” I know in my heart, I have absolutely no doubts that she needed to be reminded that God loves her and that she felt it that day. Carry-out-a-random-act-of-kindness-with-no-expectation-of-reward-safe-in-the-knowledge-that-one-day-someone-might-do-the-same-for-you

Now I am not saying go out there and spend all your money. But trust God to use you in various ways and trust also that if He has you use finances that He will return to you in some way.35958496995708719_6RMjQ4xn_c

Just say this prayer: Father, I yield myself as a willing vessel to be used by you to show Your love to someone, be it a need, encouragement, a hug, or a kind word. I know that I am blessed to be a blessing. Help me to be sensitive to know what to say and how to move or act in obedience to your promptings. I pray that I can impact someone’s life for the better and bring a little sunshine to someone’s dark or lowly day. I give You all the glory Lord because I understand that it You working through me, for me and in me. In Jesus name. Amen.

I would love for you to check back and share what God did through you today! Testify! God is sooooo good! Sending HUGsssss your way and reminding you that you are loved by God too! Have a fabulous day my friends!raok-logo1 

A Father’s Love for His Daughter

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This was given to me many years ago from a sister in the Lord. It came at the most amazing time. I was going through some insecurities and doubts about my calling. She had absolutely no idea. She simply said she heard the Holy Spirit tell her to give this to me. I came across it when looking for some prayers my husband asked me to print up for our daughters from my notes. I don’t believe anything happens by accident. I know He wanted me to see this tonight.

I pray it blesses you as much as it did me.           

My Precious Daughter

My precious, beloved daughter, you are the very delight of my existence, the joy of my innermost being. You are my temple, the home where I abide. I live in and through you. You are my dwelling place. There is no other place I would rather be. you are my favorite one.

I want you to hear and receive my declaration of love for you today. I want you to journey into the innermost places of my heart and hear my thoughts about you. I think of you constantly, without interruption. So many thoughts; so much love. There is no place you can go. There is nothing you can do or not do to keep my thoughts at bay. My heart is always springing forth like an eternal fountain. Drink deeply from this fountain and your image of yourself will change. Your image will become the same as my image and likeness.

Let me touch your eyes, your ears. I am enabling you to behold yourself with my sight, as your ears hear the conversation of love spoken about you in the heavenly realms. Yes, you are increasing from one state of glory to another and you will view me in all my fullness. Every time your thoughts rest upon me and my goodness, my faithfulness, I am filled with glee. You must know I am pleased with your thoughts towards me. (Psalm 104:33-34)

Today I am reaching out my feathers, my wings and gathering you close to my heart, deep within the immeasurable recesses of my love for you. (Psalm 91:4) I am bringing you close; close enough to hear my heartbeat, pulsing as it beats out the rhythm of your life. My desire is for you. Today, like all other days, is filled with new mercies. The old is passed away. The new is come, not might come, not will come, but is come. I am an ever present god. I am always in the present tense.

As I look at the reflection of light in your eyes I see the beauty of the sun rising in the sky. I see the depth of its setting displayed in the deepening hues of color flashing a personification of beauty beyond compare. When you rise up in the secret place, speaking my name into the situations of life, I hear an exhilarating deafening sound, like the Niagara, as it plummets over the cliffs. It ascends with power to my throne; there is power, anointing, and protection in the secret place. There is security here for I shield you all the day, all the night. My adoring gaze Is ever upon you. (Duet. 33:12)

When I watch you rest, it is like gentle winds blowing across the fields of grain waiting for the harvest. Many times I lead you besides still waters and cause you to lie down in green pastures bringing peace and replenishing your soul, your spirit. I love for you to rest. I am filling you, preparing you. Sometimes you get anxious during times of rest, feeling you should be busy. There is no need to do so. Remember, I often went away to rest and pray. Our Father rested on the seventh day. Rest is a good thing my beloved. Even now my wind is blowing, anticipating its journey through your heart. When you rest, I am at work preparing ground for the release of seed I have planted in you, all while placing new things in your heart. I am always doing a new thing. I never rely on old manna and neither should you.

Look up my daughter, look out to the horizon and see your fields are ripe for harvest. I have planned new manna to fill your life each and every day. There is always enough.

Today, I am handing you a new portion of victory in areas where you have seen defeat, in areas where you have dreamed and not seen victory. You see, when you are enfolded, encapsulated within the wings of my presence nothing else but victory is possible. Everything is possible to those who believe. (Mark 9:23) I will impart faith to you. I am close; close enough to envelop you in the very core of my being. My breath is upon you. You have captured my heart.

Remember, all creation groans, even longs for the revealing of the Son of God. Creation in all of its beauty, in its magnificence, stretching out across the earth and heavens can’t compare to your beauty, to the unfolding of your destiny. Creation longs to see you in all your fullness, o daughter of Zion. I will not let it be denied. I will not let my own heart be denied.

Arise my beautiful one. Arise and shine in the splendor planned for you before the foundation of the world. You are the apple of my eye, my beautiful, radiant one….right where you are…right now. 

Extravagant Love

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I got up to spend time with “Daddy” God this morning in prayer and reading His Word and He led me to Psalm 63:1-4 (MSG)
“God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! … I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. 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.”  ♥
Wow! I LOVE these verses! God knows my heart so well!
 
I just wanted share my heart with you today. I really have a strong desire to take my walk with God to another level. I’ve been walking with Jesus for a while now but I want to know Him much more than I did last year, last month, last week, and even yesterday. I want to know Him like never before. I desire to go to another level in my worship, in my praise, in my dedication to the Lord. I want to grow and keep on growing more and more.
I want His light to shine through me and for me to be a true reflection of the love of Jesus in every situation. I want every aspect of my life to bring glory and honor to Him.  
It cannot be just lip service or a thought. I want to eat, breathe, sleep, and live in Him with such zeal and passion that there would be no mistaking me as His daughter.
It’s truly my ♥’s desire. I want to dance with my “Daddy” God. I want to be consumed by His love at all times. I want my love for Him to increase and keep on increasing! Even the thought of it makes my heart rejoice and I feel so alive! & I can’t help it! He is so amazing! So incredible! How could I not want to be closer to Him and know Him more?
 
What about you? I really want to hear from you and know your heart too. So tell me. What do you desire in your walk with God?
What about those of you who are not walking with God at this time or maybe have never have walked with Him? Don’t feel bad or ashamed. We have ALL been there at some time in our life. It wasn’t until I was in my early thirties that I returned to God and took my relationship with Him seriously. It’s not too late for you to turn to Him now. It is about a relationship, not religion and a relationship takes getting to know each other and growing in affection for one another. I cannot help thinking and knowing just how amazing your life will be! Once you experience and begin to know His love for you, you will never be the same. You will have a joy, love, and peace that you have never known before.
It’s as simple as this… just talk to Him. He will speak to you in different ways but most often through His Word the Bible. Get to know Him through His Son, Christ Jesus (Romans 10:9-15). You can learn about Jesus throughout the Bible. If you don’t have a Bible you can always use a resource such as www.biblegateway.com which has different and some easy to read versions. A good place to start is in the book of John. It’s a short book that would take only 21 days to read if you break it up and read a short chapter each day. You will learn about God’s love for you, about the life and character of Jesus which is a reflection of God, and a great deal more. You will love it!
While you do that take a little time to tell the Lord how you feel and what you desire. He longs to hear from you & just a little secret… He knows your heart. He is just waiting for you to go to Him and tell Him yourself. He will not ever force himself into your life. You must invite Him in. Then He can open up the windows of heaven and pour out His extravagant love in you! 
 
There is a few verses I have been meditating on found in Jeremiah 29:11-14 (AMP)… Often times people hear or see verse 11 quoted but there is so much in the verses that follow. I believe you need to read them so you can know His heart and promise to you. Read each one aloud and think about what the Lord is saying to you today.

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.

13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.

Not only does He promise that He has a good plan for your life but He also promises to be found by you when you seek Him in prayer. Yes! He promises to show up and be there for you. To bring you through and out of things that have kept you in bondage, in captivity. Another thing you should know about Him…is when you let Him into your life He will never leave you. EVER! Look at what Romans 8:31-39 (MSG) says about that:
 
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
 
Wow! God promises that absolutely nothing can get between His love for us! That is so relieving and exciting!
So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Call on the Lord today! He is willing, ready, and waiting for you now!
 
I pray that where ever you are in your walk with God now, whether you are a “seasoned” Christian or just beginning your walk with Him that you will experience His incredibly extravagant love today and always!
 
To all who read, follow, and share my blog with others…Shalom! Shalom!