gardens of revel

In my quiet time this morning, thoughts of all the shaking in this country, even across the world, came into full view. I closed my eyes, coffee in hand, and began to just ask the Holy Spirit to speak to my heart.

I began to think about gardening.

Okay, cliche’ I know, and honestly the theme of many biblical parables, but visions of churning soil came to mind, nonetheless.

In the spring when we are preparing to plant new things, we dig up the soil, move it around, add compost, release that which is hard or stale, and allow fresh air and oxygen to gain access to the earth, pulling away any weeds or dead leaves to expose ground ready for new life.

That, my friends, is what we are seeing today.

No longer can Christians merely exist behind a facade of niceties and philanthropy, often sidestepping the truth and conviction in the Word of God. Gone are the days of fitting in, as we are being pressed on every side. Standing in godly conviction now means hate, even now to those who once pursued and led in the ways of the Lord. The idea that we are to be in the world, and not of it, has taken on a fresh lens through which we can now more clearly see hearts exposed, and towers fall.

If we claim to love Christ, while aligning our beliefs and loyalties with temporary and trending cultural values, we ourselves have already fallen.

As terrifying as the world seems right now, this is perhaps the single greatest opportunity for us as believers to walk in a renewed conviction; a fresh revelation as we are being called to dive into His Word, not merely another’s interpretation of it. Fullness comes through the rhema Word of God. Our sole source of wisdom, peace and direction must come directly from the bible, and the bible alone.

Never before have I embraced so wholeheartedly the truth that knowing what God’s word says, studying and praying, are no longer nice little checks on my spiritual and “good person” to do list, but absolute oxygen to my soul. To my identity.

To my very existence.

Do not miss what God is doing in this season. We are being allowed a window of opportunity to choose, to truly know why we believe what we do, to learn WHO He really is, and to step into ALL that God has for us. To seek, absorb, and revel as He reveals…

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inspired. now.

Watching the events in our country over the past twenty four hours, I am heartbroken. angry. thoughtful…

Inspired.

This. This space we are in, is the fruit of decades (nay, hundreds of decades) of God’s people choosing, even demanding, their own way. Modifying truth. Twisting justice. Deferring to anything other than the sacred words of the very One Who created us. We have traded peace and unity with Him and with one another, for cheap imposters of perceived freedom; self-proclaimed autonomy and godship.

God isn’t done waking up His people. Do not be dismayed nor dissuaded by those whose hearts are hard and heads are dull. Eyes have been blinded, and those whose heart is for pointing people to Jesus, is what He is working on in this season. This time of shaking has been one of separating the wheat from the chaff. Such has been the assignment of the Lord for Trump. Darkness is being revealed so no one can say they were not given the chance to awaken.

The Word says it is His will that NONE would perish.

To be clear, I stand for principle, not party. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy. Period. This is where we all choose if we are truly people of Christ or not. Core values don’t shift with the wind or situation. Double standards reveal immorality and immaturity. Some of us have had our own dullness revealed and it is time to repent. There is little time left and we cannot miss the opportunity for clarity.

2021 is the final call for believers to step into their authority and to lead with wisdom, compassion, godly truth and God-designed justice. We must refuse to be moved by the wind blowing through the misguided mouthpieces of the day, and instead choose to sit under the breath of God’s Spirit. Prioritize holiness, time spent lingering in the garden of God’s written word, and under the shade of prayer. Listen. Be strengthened. Receive revelation and bring every opinion, word, situation and choice into the light of divine principle.

The time is now.

wilderness 2021

This morning started with my blanket, coffee and journal as I opened up the bible and asked the Lord what He had for me today. Reflecting on the past year and setting my intentions for the coming 2021, I was brought back to a moment several years ago. Sitting on my dock and crying out to God to give me direction in a time of uncertainty, I had heard in my spirit that I was a filling station. Like an oil tanker which sits in the middle of the ocean to relief travel-weary ships, I was a space where others came to refresh.

While a beautiful picture, to be honest I was also disheartened at the time.

Fast forward to today and I still find myself battling the reality that I am less the fun friend and more the person people can rely on when in need of prayer or direction. At times the logistics of my daily life can seem quite lonely, and my personality a challenge. Being a more of a serious person, and one of extreme transparency, there are times of prayer in which I lament to the Lord about the way He made me and how that sometimes plays out in my relationships.

And yet here is the truth. Because of the way I am made, there is no hiding what is inside. Bitterness or unforgiveness oozes from me when in dark spaces. Frustration or disillusionment is clear. AND, when I am spending time (more time alone!) with the Lord, when I am full of the Spirit, this also comes through with little to no effort – effectively changing the atmosphere around me. And those I spend time with.

When I am my authentic self, the Lord can use me to love on His children. I become His hands and feet.

We are each created for a unique purpose. Sometimes the challenges we wrestle with most, are the very things we need in order to develop and strengthen the elements of our design God intends to use for His good purposes. Similarly, the weaknesses which keep us from reaching our full potential are also brought to the light through trial and obstacles, so God can bring full revelation and restoration. All things are brought to good for those who love Him and are called to His purposes.

If we fight our God-created assignment, however, we can struggle to recognize (and benefit from) the necessary refining being done, because our hearts are not aligned with His will, but rather our own plans. The longer we choose to pursue what we want and fight the very calling we are created for, the deeper our frustration, the more discouraged we become, and the less likely we are to feel fulfilled. Restlessness, anxiety and depression are often indicators that we are trying to travel a road we’ve not been designed for, and therefore not equipped to navigate effectively.

When we buck at God we inadvertently derail ourselves.

In the time of Jesus, God’s people looked at time as so fleeting that their language really only had tenses for the past and the future. Facing down 2021, I believe that if we choose to filter our lives through the lens of eternity, we can begin to process, appreciate and navigate our daily choices and circumstances in a manner worthy of our calling. When we choose to lay down our pride and perceptions, and align our minds, hearts, emotion and will with our Creator, I believe we can and will, begin to walk in the fulness promised to us.

May today be the day you lay down your map and pick up His compass as you turn to face the wilderness…

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. –
2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11