❄What this wintery season of trials and challenges is all about
My writing is on hold for a while but praying, seeking and trusting God is going to a whole new level after my husband was hit by a car on his bike.
He is home after staying a night in hospital. Two small fractures and bed rest for a while. Walking with crutches.
Thank you all for your prayers for complete and quick healing!
Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
God is talking about the favour He is putting on His chosen people, the people of the inheritance.
He is talking about YOU and ME!
Matthew 6:8b (NIVUK) says:‘for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’
It may not seem to make sense but not only does He know everything we need but He also wants us living in wholeness, healing and abundance. So YES He is THAT GOOD!
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:19 (NIVUK)
God is saying to you today “ROLL THAT STONE AWAY!” Whatever you have dismissed as dead in your life, the opportunities, the promises, the visions you once had, it’s time to move that boulder out of the way! (See John 11:39)
BUT GOD has not written off anything He promised you.
Don’t shut the door on the vision He called you to. Don’t give up on the answer to your prayer.
John 11:43-44 (NIV)
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Remove that stone blocking your destiny and take off the grave clothes. For now is the time to release your promise!
Luke 24:1-3 (AMPC)
BUT ON the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had made ready. And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb, But when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
It is a very powerful thing to reflect on what He accomplished for us and the miracle that took place.
Like these women did, come and visit His tomb in the morning and remind yourself that He is not dead but alive and living in YOU! HE IS RISEN!
In a world where beauty, glamour and looking younger dominate our culture, many are on a search to be physically attractive.
He is not that impressed by all our outward efforts to look like the latest pop star. No. His emphasis is on taking care of our inside. Are we shining His love, looking out for people, being kind, gentle and treating others well?
Are we firstly loving Him and therefore radiating His Glory?
1 Peter 3:4-6 MSG
Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.
This sort of inward beauty that God is seeking will cause a fountain of life to pour out of us and shine JESUS on the outside.
John 4:39-42 (NIV)
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Because of their faith and desire to spend time with Him, they inevitably drew out miracles and teaching.
If we carry this same passionate desire for Jesus, we will arrest the presence of God over our lives and cause Him to remain with us.
Let your hunger for Jesus cause Him to stop in His tracks and remain with you today!
John 2:9-10 (NIV)
and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
No. When Jesus transforms something or someone, it becomes of the highest quality.
He is not only transforming our lives for the better but performing miracles in our midst that are above and beyond our highest expectations.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
Daniel 9:20-23 (NIV)
While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision.
Daniel greatly humbles himself. Therefore he is referred to by the angel as “highly esteemed” or “precious to God” (NLT).
Wow! What if we prayed like Daniel and took responsibility from our hearts for the sins of our nation?
What encounters would come from this? What secret truths would God be willing to reveal to us and entrust us with?
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)