"Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
…the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
1 Corinthians 14:1, 3
What does that actually mean to you, beloved?
Think about it.
How do you feel when you are full?
And, enjoy what I put before you, in My sustaining grace and mercy.
There are gifts everywhere for you.
Look for them.
~ Expect Me to show up.
~ Expect Me to come through for you.
~ Expect Me to shine through your life and bring hope and redemption to others.
Keep your gaze fixed on Me and you will not get caught up in things that I don’t have for you.
Nor will you become stuck.
In fact, when you stay in My embrace you will be filled with My heart and will for you…
So much of what I call My people to walk through is for the bigger picture.
It’s not just for the current, present situation that you’re in.
In Me, the waiting becomes a place of strength and connection.
In Me, the waiting becomes a secret place where mysteries are revealed and your security and identity are established—for all eternity.
My child, I know your heart is turned towards me.
I know you love to seek Me.
This is not unnoticed.
This is not wasted.
I am in you.
I am with you.
As you follow Me, you will get to where I have for you to go.
This—your current situation—is not as good as it gets.
There is more.
There is better.
I am more, and I am better.
A tree must grow before it can produce fruit.
There is a process in much of life that is needed—that makes it ready—to receive that for which it’s waiting.
It’s in the waiting that you are prepared to be, and carry, what you were created for.
Come to the table.
Come sit with Me.
Come enjoy Me.
Come in expectation.
Come and receive.
If it seems like I am not coming through for you—or for someone else—know that I am doing a deeper work.
…What it costs to live in Me and My ways may seem high, but in the long-term, it is full of goodness, security, peace, and joy.
And, this is what I want for all My kids.
The victory of it is to be the main testimony of your life.
The marker that points others to Me, and declares My glory.
There is a gift on the other side of this difficulty that the enemy wants to shut down the most in your life.
I love Your ways.
I love how You draw me to pray what’s on Your heart,
and how You answer my prayers…
I love Your goodness and mercy that follows me.
I love how You make a way when there is no way…
I love it that You fill me with peace, joy, and hope.
I love that where You are there is freedom.
I love You, my ever present help in time of need.
What can you do when you don’t see Me coming through for you?
Shift. Shift your gaze.
Move from looking at your circumstances to looking at Me…
When you lock into Me,
You will see My character, My justice, My mercy,
and My promise to you.
…things built cannot reproduce.
Things cannot reproduce, grow, or flourish...
But living things—like the trees that take time to root deeply and grow—get bigger and stronger over time.
Living things flourish as they grow…
Living things bear fruit.
Do you know that I desired you?
That I waited for your arrival upon the earth all these years?
That I anticipated you?
…Don’t doubt this.
In your waiting, know that as you are in Me,
I am in it all, My sweet, sweet love.
My child, you are Mine and I love you beyond words… beyond measure.
…as you live with Me
and seek My face,
and follow My ways,
I have nothing but delight towards you.
… when you struggle, you have My full invitation to come.
As you slow down and live aware—intentionally, instead of just doing the “tread mill” tasks that are before you each day—you will begin to see behind the scenes.
The oil of gladness comes from My anointing.
And, it’s true, My one,
My anointing breaks the yoke.
It breaks off fear.
It soothes and nourishes you—spirit, soul, and body.
My anointing makes you beautiful.
It empowers you to step out and risk… because fear cannot coexist with it.
Whatever flows from your life will be what other people get when they’re around you.
If My refreshing living water, My cleansing blood, My redeeming grace, My healing anointing oil, and My truth and mercy flow from your life, those around you will experience these things.
When you seek Me, and wait upon Me, you will be:
aligned in all things
strong and courageous in the midst of whatever you are facing
amazed at the insight, revelation, and understanding that opens up to you
When I tell you to live by faith and not by sight it’s not just for a spiritual principle of truth.
…if you focus on “sight,” all you will see is what’s in your line of vision.
All you’ll be able to see is what is before you.
But, if you focus on Me and living by faith, you will see beyond what is.
My child, do you think that I don’t have this?
Be aware and tuned in. The enemy wants you to become discouraged.
…but you can’t fail in Me.
It’s not possible to be disappointed when your attention is fixed
on the King of glory, the One who created the ends of the earth and
holds all things in the palm of His hand…
~ Take the challenge!
…I have found that it’s not possible to experience Him
and be stuck in disappointment at the same time.
Just like a camera lens, one will be out of focus.
As you focus on Him, your disappointment will fade.
Yes, My love, yes.
I am at work.
And what I am doing in your life
is growing and developing something in you
that you will need for what I’ve called you to.
And, if you don’t enter into this holy process, there will be:
parts of Me that you will never know,
and treasures that I’ve placed inside of you that you will never discover.
I am working all things out after the counsel of My will.
Trust Me in the crunch and longing of the process.
I am a God of rest & risk.
I am a God of peace & passion.
I am a radical God who loves everyone,
and every bit of My creation beyond measure.
So, My love, join Me in this great adventure of your life.
Whatever you plant in the soil of your heart,
it will grow.
If you plant bitterness, comparison, envy, disappointment, sadness, resentment…
it will grow.
If you plant thankfulness, hope, joy, expectation, love, kindness, truth…
it will grow.
The human heart is the most fertile soil there is—anywhere.
I am mightier and stronger than any attack that can come against you.
Believe that it is My delight to protect you and empower you
to excel, overcome, and succeed in it all.
Remember that this is all training ground.