Hope

 

 

You have seen what you don’t want. You have seen the work of the enemy against you. You have seen the works of men. You have had plenty of chaos and trouble that tried to destroy the tenderness of your heart towards God. You know what it is like to experience the meanness that protects religious and legalistic attitudes. Don’t go down that path again.

Find the path of love, of peace, of righteous living. Find the way of the Holy Spirit and never deviate from it again. Set your face like flint to seek God, no matter the cost or distraction. This is a year when you can reinvent yourself. What you simplified and fortified in the last season will become your dwelling place in the next season.

Marsha Burns

 

 

Spirit to Spirit

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This divine bond is an intimate Spirit-to-spirit connection, a fire to fire—a union that goes beyond that of a man and woman in marriage. It is a bonding in which the Spirit of God says, “You are in Me, and I am in You. Let Me breathe through you. Let Me use you. Let Me flow through you to others. You are flesh of My flesh and bone of My bone.”

 

Carriers of Hope

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“We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all of your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing. ” ― Cristina Marrero

 

Cormorant

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Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein

 

Changing Hearts

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Prayer changes hearts, but it never changes God. God is the same today and forever; He is always full of love, full of entreaty, and full of helpfulness. If you always come into the presence of God, you can have what you come for. You can take it away and use it at your disposal. And there is nothing you can find in the scriptures where God ever charges you for what you have done with what He has given you. God scolds no man, but you can come and come again, and God is willing to give if you believe. – Smith Wigglesworth –

 

God’s Rest

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“Rest and peace are never passive. They are active learning. I like to be active in my peace. I like to think peacefully. I like to feel peaceful, so I am rejecting things that make me feel anxious or worried.” – Graham Cooke

 

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“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too” ― Vincent Van Gogh

 

Heaven

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When you forgive somebody, when you are generous, when you withhold judgment, when you love and when you stand up to injustice, you are, in that moment, bringing heaven to earth….

 

Serene Rhythm

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When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Harvest Moon on Wilderness Beach

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You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” ~Frederick Terral

 

Dancing Flamingos

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When I first heard about the Flamingos coming to Wilderness beach, I was very surprised, never heard of Flamingos coming to the beach. They usually like to hang out in swamps and marshes looking for food. They are social birds that live in flocks, sometimes numbering thousands. This particular flock was not larger then maybe one hundred and fifty birds. Flamingos also have been known to symbolize beauty, balance and grace. They teach you the importance of balance in your emotions, are you leaning too far in one direction? Interesting how they balance so beautifully on one leg when they are resting. The Flamingo is flamboyant and vibrant and offers joy and love, teaching us not to be afraid to show our emotions. So when the Flamingos make their appearance….one wonders! I felt so drawn to go and photograph them, not a soul on the beach except for some gliders flying overhead. Slowly and carefully I walked up to them with out creating too much unrest, they did not seem to mind too much but became disturbed by the gliders. A hundred meters was about the space between us and I sat down to observe them and take some photo’s. The ocean, the Flamingos and myself…it was special and felt like a divine appointment, just another way God speaks to us…

 

Tides

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“Half of me is filled with bursting words and half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life and love into everything yet also nurture my self-care and go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit and contemplate. This is the messiness of life – that we all carry multitudes, so we must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible and soft. Subtly powerful and open. Wild and serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough.” ― Victoria Erickson

 

Beautiful Surrender

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Photography is an art for the same reason modern art is art. Its the process the effort and the thought that’s put into it. Photography may not be as time consuming as other media, but all the elements of art are present. What differentiates a photo from a snapshot is first the art elements(i.e. rule of thirds, composition, lighting, line, shape, form, act. that all would be present in a drawing or painting). Then secondly the meaning that is behind the photograph, which is also present in other art mediums. Fine art photographs are supposed to be worth a thousand questions not a thousand words. A photograph can make a statement, but along with that statement should come the question why. Photography is mostly considered an art form because it is meant to give a completely different perspective on the way our world is portrayed.

 

The Gift

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“Being out there by the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy.

 

Only Believe

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“I think one of the biggest reasons people have difficulty believing in God is because they don’t understand Him. You often hear doubting comments like, ‘If there is a God then why this and why that and how could He allow…?’ Perhaps if people were to invest true, sincere effort getting to know Him they’d discover a mindful Father molding his children for a higher purpose. Because, like it or not, believe it or not, agree with Him or not, He is God.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

 

Hope

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“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” Robert Fulghum

 

Clarity

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“When your purpose and passion are in alignment, your work becomes your calling, your life becomes your dream, and your mindset becomes 20/20 in clarity.” ― Farshad Asl

 

 

 

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Meditate on these things…

 

 

Each new dawn I will attempt to write down words that are on my heart, reaching deeper, as God allows me the amazing privilege of boldly entering His presence.

 

 

Living Water

With out hope we are hopeless, as far as I can remember back into my childhood I’ve had hope and vision. As poor as we were, our house was always the best house with the warmest lighting flooding out of the windows (that’s how I saw it of course )  Coming home in the winter just after dark at about five pm I was usually running to get home in time, so that my mom wouldn’t worry.  As I approached our place I slowed down and look at our windows thinking how inviting those windows looked, the Nabors windows
always looked cold and unfriendly to me.  Even then God helped me to look beyond my circumstances and filled me with hope. We weren’t brought up in God, my mother did her best and raised us on good principles, for that I am grateful. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen even when nothing looks like it will.  I had plenty of those days in my childhood.  Hope keeps us positive and gives us a will to live. Many times we were told not to put our hopes up, maybe that is why today I am forever hopeful.  It says in Romans 5:5 that this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can  now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the holy spirit who lives in us. ( tPt)  I dreamt and had visions of going to America, land of the free, and ended up there years later. My point is, don’t ever give up on your dreams and keep hoping for the miraculous to manifest in your life…don’t settle for less then what God wants to give to you which is the desire of your heart.

 

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Living Water

If you are amongst those less fortunate to have not received an education, you are most fortunate and blessed to have received talents and gifts that can open doors that no man can shut. My whole life has been about stepping into unknown territory, hoping that the unknown territory would take me to my destiny. Our destiny is what we are best cut out for, it’s what gives our life meaning, hope, joy and deep satisfaction. I  discovered though, along the way, that the journey is more important then the destiny. It’s not only about  reaching our destiny, but about what we are learning on the way there. Are we learning how to love, have we died to ourselves and our own negative pride, have we learned to be grateful, patient, tolerant, etc. Preparing for our destiny is all about honing our skills and maturing into them, building character, so that we are able to handle not only what comes…but also what comes against us. It takes time and perseverance to come to a place of completion. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)  You can’t give up, destiny happens over a lifetime it is an unfolding of who we really are. It’s a gift to be unwrapped over time.

 

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Living Water

I have always had a faith that was supernaturally placed within me and a love that is unconditional for my fellow man. This kind of love didn’t always serve me well until I gained some wisdom and understanding and  was able to detach myself from certain people and situations that were very toxic. Trying to love unconditionally and getting it wrong can be a miserable journey, I love my partner/friend unconditionally doesn’t mean I love that person with a purity that transcends my everyday interaction but it does mean that in every interaction, I come from a place of love. That place of love means I act respectfully and treat my partner/friend as an equal. That means I don’t judge or try to control and I don’t hit below the belt and use my partner/friend’s vulnerability against him or her. These conditions are best not to violate… If I love unconditionally but I am not loved ln the same way, it isn’t unconditional love — it’s damaging self sacrifice.  Set your boundaries, a boundary is nothing more then a healthy understanding of my own value, and of which behaviors value and devalue me. Boundaries are not conditions we set that say, I’ll only love you if you do X, or I won’t love you if you do Y.  Is God’s love unconditional? Many people seem to be under the impression that it is, and are quite adamant about it. Yet when we read the scriptures, it shows that God’s love for us is conditional. For example;  It is not the love that will admit us into heaven when we die because John says, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life”  and faithfulness is a condition. ( Revelation 2:10)  Also James 4:8 says “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you”  these are just a couple of conditions in the word of God. There are plenty more… —-for our good. So then,  how does God love us unconditionally, he loves us with electing love unconditionally. “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians)  When we speak of the unconditional love of God it would serve us well to search out the biblical meaning of what the scripture says and find our feet on solid ground… —-for me this has cleared up much confusion and given me something to meditate on.

 

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Living Water

God wants to take us from strength to strength, from victory to victory, and from glory to glory.  In Ephesians 3:20 it says that he wants to do abundently above and beyond all that we could ever ask or think, according to his work within us. So, to the extent that he’s allowed to work in us, will be the extent that he does great things through us. After meditating on this for a while, I envisioned so many people walking away from their dreams, because people are refusing to die to themselves, and let God have his way in their lives. To what extent do you allow God to have his way in your life? I realise now that God is always good but that everything that happens to us, is not always his will for for our lives, but he is always able to bring good from any situation as we trust him. His awe inspiring, all knowing sovereignty means that he can take my weaknesses and use them for his glory. It means that  when people wrong me and the consequences of their decisions fall upon me, I don’t miss out on his favour. Whatever happens to me that is outside of his perfect will, he is able to work together for good, because I love him.

 

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And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundations of the universe. Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in His eyes with an unstained innocence. Ephesians 1 : 4  (tpt)

God is not the back up plan for those of us that did not have a good upbringing, he knew us from the beginning and loved us, and, that alone should give us the confidence to believe that in him, we can do all things and succeed through Christ who strengthens us. When words are spoken out over us, hold on to those words, speak them out, read them over and over again. A prophetic word is an invitation from God for the person who is prophesied over to journey with God in relationship toward his desired outcome. It is to experience him and the reality of what it means to walk in relationship with him, to be guided by him and see his plans for our lives come to pass. The Word given, is to be a true representation of God’s heart and intent for us. Do not give up, if you give up at this stage, you will never get to the next stage. Yes there will be complications, without them, you can not be a conqueror.

 

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Living Water

This morning during my quite time I reflected on my past and everything that I have gone through, no regrets, it made me the person I am today. I now realise that my faith played a big part in my past and without it, I would not have come to the place I am today…standing in faith for God to do what seems to be impossible in the eyes of others. I now also realise how faith and love are connected and that we cannot have one without the other. God puts us right with him by the power of his spirit working through our faith. So what really matters is faith that works through love! Why is faith so hard? Is it that we do not have enough love…how are faith and love connected, have you ever wondered what faith and love have to do with each other?  Galations 5:6 says; all that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love. When faith and love are brought together our entire outlook will begin to change and we will begin to view the world through God’s eyes.  God wants us to walk in love, because his love never fails.

 

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Living Water

Some more of my thoughts on love and the heart,  if we are centered we are living from the heart in a balanced state of love and trust that is in sync with the natural flow of God. Our perspective is one of balance and we tend to listen to the muttering of our own heart when faced with decisions. I think that a heart disorder is the manisfestation of the opposite mindset. If we are having heart trouble we probably tend to take everything to heart, or take things far to seriously. We are not allowing the flow of God in our lives and fighting the current to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. We tend to deny our own needs and fulfill other peoples needs in order to be loved. We seek love through what we do for others…Jesus tells us to love others as we love ourselves, do we love ourselves enough?  I doubt it…something to meditate on and place before God. This has been something that I have had to deal with on my journey with Jesus.

 

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Living Water

We have a wealth of information stored deep inside of us, but we need to learn to access it, it was placed there by our creator from the beginning. When we let go of past hurts and deeply suppressed emotional imprints from our past, those channels unblock and revelation floods in. Yes, only God can do that but we have to place ourselves in an atmosphere of becoming increasingly separated unto God.  Sanctification comes in the realm of the truth, in the presence of the truth.  “Sanctify them by the truth”  John17: 17 The key to sanctification is to know and obey the truth…our identity needs to be found in Christ first, where we no longer chase after the desires of our flesh but instead seek to bring God glory in all areas of our life. Spiritual growth is a process, a progression toward holiness, embrace the process and lets get intimate with the one who is the answer…we can not grow in Christ if we are focused on our sin, failures, or the devil. The more we seem to focus on our struggles the more we become consumed with what we focus on. If we make Christ our focus, then all good fruit will grow out of that relationship, an abiding relationship.  He needs to be our ambition and focus…

 

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Living Water

To be seated in heavenly places with Jesus means entering into His rest and giving up control of everything we do not have control over…then, by constantly using our faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside of us, and the resting place of God’s love will become the very source and root of our life.  Sweet beautiful surrender…that’s where I want to be, nothing is worth holding on too if it isn’t part of His plan and purpose for our lives. Our displacement pushes us into our purpose, I will never fit because I am not at home, not yet. So today again I surrender with a contrite heart and a longing soul for all things good…

 

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Living Water

My thoughts this morning were on forgiveness and to me that covers a wide range of things. Do we tolerate eachother, do we except eachother for who we are, do we show genuine interest in one another? These are just a few things to me that cover forgiveness. Forgiving someone that has wrongly treated us is a small part of the whole, although a very important one. I have learned over the years that we can only get so much from people because none of us are perfect, the rest we have to get from Jesus. He is the only one. So my question always remains;  are we spending enough time with him? To allow him to change us…his nature needs to be formed in us so that we then can be all of the above. I love people so much but only with the measure that Jesus imparts in me…the rest would be conditional.

 

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Living Water

Again this morning…Lord take us deeper, lift us higher…help us to grasp the limitless possibilities of your presence. One minute of God’s presence can accomplish more than years of our striving to get it right in the love department. Everybody needs to get to a place where they get touched by God…cry out for it, cry out for the baptism of fire, do it for the sake of the Kingdom here on earth. Without His power we are powerless and inaffective in our efforts to love others in the way that He loves us, conditionally, yet unconditionally!

Ken Mattox stated this so beautifully…

“There is going to be a remnant baptized with Holy Ghost and Fire, they are going to burn with passion and love, and you are going to catch fire when you are around them because they are lit up. Who wants to live un-lit? I love fire! I think God loves fire. God is fire. Every sacrifice had to be consumed by fire. God is a consuming fire. Israel was led by a cloud and fire. Holy Ghost falls in tongues of fire. I love that God has fire as an attribute of His character. Fire consumes. Fire empowers. Fire enlightens. Fire heats up the situation. I believe God is ready to baptize us with Holy Ghost and Fire.”