The Noisy Now

Sound Waves From MouthThe Noisy Now – demanding, resounding, and LOUD.

It’s an atmosphere built upon words, and words and more words. People constantly talking, about everything and at the same time about nothing. Spend any amount of time on social media and the Noisy Now demands attention. In fact, not only does it demand attention, it makes me feel that if I don’t listen, or watch, or comment or like………….I WILL MISS OUT, BE LEFT OUT. What then? Is it necessary to always be in the mix? I don’t think so. God IS the mix and wherever I am, He is. So I don’t take my cues by the Noisy Now but from all that I glean in the silence of His presence.

If I let it, the Noisy Now manipulates me into its path intent on capturing my time. Live videos, urgent posts, pictures – before I know it, an hour flies by, then two and three. It tries to imprisons me in the grasp of its insignificant sound.

Social media has overstepped its bounds in my life so I pulled the plug, giving it no attention whatsoever unless it serves my purpose. No more entitled people, bent on arguments and constant streaming of every last thought, coming into my head. Out! Out!

This all started when I looked down my news feed on Facebook and actually got stressed out by all that I was seeing. Whether I agreed with it or not, I was tired of it all. It was as if unless I checked into the Noisy Now each and every day, my life would fade into oblivion  or lack significance. This is a dangerous place to be where I blend into every sound that is coming down the line. I will lose my voice here and I will be nothing more than an echo of all that is going on around me. No! No more!

There’s an undercurrent flowing under this noisy now. It seems that we want to be listened to, for someone to show us that our life matters. When it gets to the point where all the noise distracts me, using up precious time, I retreat into silence, into intimacy with Jesus Christ. I value alone time, silence. This is my message of impartation to those younger than me. Be quiet, get alone with Jesus to find yourself, to find out who you are and why you were born into such a time as this.

The Noisy Now is not something I want to get used to, not at all. I don’t want to be a hermit but I want to treasure silence with as much expectation as when I click on every link or picture in social media, hoping it will take me on a new adventure. It doesn’t do that but Jesus will – in the silence.

img_7240This is a message that I want to get across to a younger generation – to get away, to think. Thinking is good for the soul. As a Christian, meditation builds up and strengthens my spirit. I live in the spirit, not in the noise. Life in the spirit contradicts the noise. How can I get any direction for my life without meditative silence where I can think and hear Him?

Times of intimacy with Jesus preserves my sanity, strengthens me, and builds up my identity and faith. Quiet purges away the distractions, setting me on a path to walk in clarity of mind and strength of spirit.

There are whirlwinds of endless words trying to carry me away into confusion or distraction. In silence I gain wisdom and understanding about my life. To my younger brothers and sisters…….unplug and tune into Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In His presence are wisdom, peace, guidance, and direction.

Jesus calls us away, to come apart to spend time with Him. Be still and know that He is God. Don’t be swept away by the Noisy Now.Be still.

Debra

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

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Today…….look no further!

1382384_651791381527683_925388398_nToday, this day, is what we have. Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow but think on Him Today. He is sufficient, able, and fully complete Today.

Today does not ignore challenges and does not disregard present fears. But….Jesus has conquered death and the grave so LIVE as seated in heavenly places. Live with intention and passion!

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes, Matthew 6:33-34

Too much worry, too much fear going around. I am not denying their reality in trying to rule our lives. And I say ‘trying’. If fear tries to get in and worry forms our default position, our lives shift into a constant state of flux, without peace, without rest. Don’t go there. I know it’s hard when we face things that seem like mountains that just won’t move but don’t go there. Give God the chance to show Himself strong on your behalf.

Jesus said not to worry and He meant it. When we project ourselves, through our thought life into the future, we create a path that is hemmed in by fear and worry. Live today with your eyes on the future but walk in His reality today, resting in the moments. Can you really change anything through fear or worry? I don’t believe you can.

It’s great to have goals. It’s wonderful to walk in our destiny one step at a time, believing for greater and greater things but don’t try to work it out. There is beauty in rest. That seems to go contrary to the grain of what many feel today but in Christ there is rest, peace and hope AND He does use it all to work all things for His glory in your life.

What’s something you can release today into His presence and live your life in Christ? For me, it’s this whole move into North Carolina. I wake up  in faith and in trust as He leads me out in my day. I spend time in His presence and seek His face and He directs my path. There’s no 10 point plan or specific rules on how to do this. It’s all about your creative life in Christ and it all starts with intimacy. Get alone for a bit. Get quiet. Worship and wait for Him to speak into your life. He will and your life will be filled with adventure.

It won’t always be safe. It’s a journey of faith. 

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

 

 

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It Won’t Always Be Safe – It’s A Journey of Faith

Here we are in Raleigh, North Carolina. First impression – so beautiful!

It’s our journey of faith and it’s a journey that isn’t always safe and comfortable! 

This past year faith opened my eyes to see that change is my default position. Change guides my daily routine, how I organize my days in the Holy Spirit. Change led us this year, one step at a time to move to North Carolina from Texas. One year ago God simply said, “Head east!”

Never Lose A Holy CuriosityI believed Him and wanted to obey but still struggled inside with a bit of fear.  In all my life, I never conceived of living on the East Coast.

Obedience requires sacrifice on many levels. As the struggle inside me died, the way became clear. As I submitted to His plan, the path opened up one step at a time.

This is our life! We are three hours ahead of you California. We still love you and always will. California will always be in my heart…always. Can you see that I still miss it? My life in the Spirit was formed there.

Is this our last move? I’m not sure. I’m not looking too far ahead. Right now, God calls us to settle into this area, giving our time and our anointing to build up God’s people.

My life message is creativity and journey in Holy Spirit. In creativity, Holy Spirit led us in the journey to get here.

Divine connections landed on our path in the most random places as we were seeking God for confirmation. Meeting people while in Texas that were from North Carolina. There they were, right in front of us (in dog parks, while taking a walk) to encourage us and challenge us in our journey of faith.

Dreams played into my sleep indicating a new way. I woke up with a knowing but remained quiet before the Lord.

Signs in the natural dropped onto our path. We laughed at some of them as God has a sense of humor and speaks to us so individually and creatively that we know it is Him talking to us. I’ll blog about the dimes in a few days.

It’s been a quiet journey to get us to this point. I didn’t talk about it much. I didn’t blog about this journey to get to today.  I wanted to write but God kept restraining my hand and my life to be still and trust Him. I felt out of the mix, on the move, wondering, asking but more in love with Him than anything that would stop me from following my Lord wherever He leads.

A new sound, a sure voice is rising up as I follow His path for my life.

It seems that there is a new migration of people shifting and moving in America. We are meeting so many New Yorkers here in Cary, North Carolina. Lots of Californians. Feels great to be here – God is moving! Are you where you are supposed to be? Location is very important in these days. Be perfectly positioned and placed in Christ and in the earth.

This is a journey of faith. It won’t always be safe. Enjoy this journey with me. I want to impart faith to sons and daughters of God to step out, to risk it all and to follow Holy Spirit.

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

Please share this with those needing to be challenged to journey in faith and obedience  in Christ.

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Run Your Race! Get Moving!

Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, gives a great line in the movie. Right before the last race, the Triple Crown, she says “I’ve run my race. Now go out and run yours.”

And run He did, with such an excellence that He left them all behind, not just to win but to win big. He ran His race. And, it was a very long race. Unchallenged and strong, he did not look back or slow down but kept running because it was in his creative makeup to run. He was born for this race.

I watched this movie again yesterday. God often uses movies to speak into my life. He truly used this one. I cried at the end and I am not a big crier. In fact, at the end of the movie, my husband looked at me and asked, “Are YOU crying?” I was. It struck a deep chord in my life, a resonance connecting with heaven.

Jesus ran His race and now it’s time to run ours with passion, persistence and confidence to know that we are born into such a time as this.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG) Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. 2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. 3 When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!This beats in my heart. When God stirs passion with a word, I know it’s meant for others. I usually walk out the message that God is birthing in my life. 

Run your race. Run it strong. Run it focused. Run from a deep inner passion to know that you know, you are called to run. Run with excellence. Even as I am writing this today, I feel such an anointing of life and light on these words for those who will take them as their own, believe them and take action to see the manifestation in their own lives.

To those feeling ignored or disqualified. Run YOUR race.

To those ready but strapped down by past failures. Run YOUR race.

To those who think their best days are behind them. Run YOUR race.

This relates to many of you. It’s time to run.

Tap into that inner resolve that lives inside of you, Christ in you, the hope of glory. Tap into His grace and strength. Submit to His way, not your way. Believe that anything is possible in Christ…anything He calls us to do is already resident within us, our destiny and empowered by our faith in Him.

2017 – Run……….faith to see and believe in the possibilities that are in God in Christ AND the obedience to walk it out and risk being comfortable.

By the way, I am running this out with each one of you, too.

Debra

Living with Passion and Purpose in Christ,

Debra

It’s Time to Dialogue with our God! The Beauty of His Voice

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It’s Time to Dialogue with our God! Back to Basics!

This is a simple post. Not exactly earth shattering. Not prophesying the future. Simplistic in its nature to get back to the basics of relationship. To engage and focus. That is key to 2017. Let 2017 come at us with all its’ got………our focus and position determines our perspective. Let faith and hope arise.

Let’s put down our phones, shut down our computers, go somewhere to spend time with Jesus. It’s time to dialogue, to talk with God about our lives, our future, and our present.

My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (MSG)

That’s the basis of relationship – communication. I’m amazed at the number of Christians who adhere to its doctrine and its moral law but totally neglect experience – Father, Son and Holy Spirit engaging with a son or daughter to enrich their life with eternal perspective and reality.

How many actually spend time with a communicative God? A God that loves to talk to us as a Father.

How about Jesus and Holy Spirit? They all communicate to their children….that’s us.

I spend time in a listening mode with the Lord. He guides my life, gives me instruction, tells me where to go, and where not to go. I live in the reality of eternity right here and now.

imagesSo, it’s time to dialogue with God, one on one, up front and personal.

With all the noise out there in the form of social media, TV, radio……….it’s too much. The only One who knows everything about your past, present and future is God.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Psalms 139:13-15 (MSG)

I have journals, lots of them. That’s me. Perhaps one journal or even two is enough for you. I’m making this a law. I believe it is absolutely necessary to know the voice of God. It will get us out of some harrowing situations in the future. It will also place us on a path of identity to follow and flow into our destiny. Know His Voice.

Sit, talk, and pour your heart out to the Father. Ask Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. We are in this world but not of this world so engaging with eternity is our reality.

Approach God just as you are and He will straighten you out in the places that are bent, out of shape, distorted from years of lies and accusations. You can start out talking, talking talking BUT at some point you have to learn to listen. That takes faith to sit still and be quiet. It can seem so extraordinarily simple that it appears to be ridiculous sitting in silence, reaching out to a God you can’t always see.

Engage, listen. No more multitasking. Unplug.

Enter into conversation. It’s a two-way street. No more spectator sport where we passively sit in a service and listen, as if we are robots. Gatherings are great but what do you do with the rest of your life?

Here’s what to do (if you aren’t doing it already.)

Get quiet. Anytime is okay – morning, noon or night. I prefer morning and He sets the tone for my day.

Worship.

Adore Him.

Express gratitude and thanksgiving even when all hell is breaking loose around you.

Ask questions……He answers…..it may not be what you want to hear, but He will answer.

One morning, in the midst of some pretty heavy discouragement, I heard Holy Spirit whisper. “This is not the end. This is just the beginning.”

His voice came from inside (Christ in me) while at the same time whispering in an eternal tone that I have come to recognize over the years as His, not mine. Most of the time, God speaks to me in whispers and over the years I have cultivated my ears to hear and my heart to respond.

Don’t you want to know what He thinks about you? What He has for you? Dialogue, listen and learn.

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose in Christ,
Debra

 

 

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I’d love  to speak at your gathering, conference or home group, please send me a message on the contact page or email me at westbrook.debra@gmail.com Please visit Rivers of Eden Ministry page to find out something About Us.