Who Are You Listening to?

QuestionsHere’s a bit of creative expression today. I am writing this because someone desperately needs to hear this.

Reaching out.
Reaching up.
Looking around.

Desperately seeking someone to tell you that you matter, you belong, you are loved.
Trying to find anyone that can affirm you.

But who can affirm, define, or confirm those deepest parts of your BEING? Only God. Not a nebulous God somewhere out there, deep in the recesses of the universe. He is a God that is upfront and personal. One who knows you through and through. He is a Father.

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. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalms 139:15-16

This good Father sent an awesome Son, Jesus Christ into our world, into time, taking on human flesh to be able to understand our struggles and trials in time. Jesus experienced pain, sorrow, and persecution – all in time. He understands our lives here on earth. And, He understands that IN TIME, our only source of acceptance and affirmation is His good Father.

Jesus Himself went to the Father to seek direction, affirmation and guidance in the power of Holy Spirit. As He is, so am I. If Jesus Himself heard the Father’s affirmation upon His life, we need the same thing.

The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” Mt. 3:16-17

God split the heavens with a loud resounding voice and proclaimed, “This is MY Beloved Son, in whom I AM well pleased.” Have you heard God say this over your life? Listen carefully and you will hear. 

When you go here and here and everywhere, or when you look up or down or all around, what are you finding? Are you hearing God affirm your life in Christ? What are you listening to?

Fleeting compliments from those who see you through the lens of their current perspective?

How about words of support and encouragement from friends who truly know you after years of relationship?

Each of these may sustain you for a bit but they both pale by comparison to the ONE who knows you through and through, down to the deepest part of your being. We need His words to us in time to impact our lives right here, right now.

There is a place in each of our lives where our feelings and struggles are hidden from man but deeply seen and protected by God. In this place, we cry out for acceptance, belonging, and unconditional love. This is the cry of the human heart, a cry waiting to be filled only by God Himself in Christ.

People struggling to be heard and to be seen, desperately wanting to know that they matter in this moment of time in which they have been born.

For such a time as this, YOU have been born. It is not by accident. It’s this time. You are in YOUR TIME. Do you know that? If God wanted you in another time, you would have been born into that time.

ClocksYou belong in YOUR TIME, which is NOW.

The ONE who fashioned and formed you in your mother’s womb hears the cry of the heart and explodes within your life with divine love.

Identity and Purpose is found IN CHRIST. He is the way to find YOU, why you are and where you are…NOW in this time. You can’t find YOU until you find Him. Seek Him with all your heart. Follow Him closely as He leads you on a discovery and adventure in your unique creative expression in the life of His Son.

Look around. Listen carefully. That which we so easily grasp onto in order to define ourselves or to find meaning in our lives, slowly evaporates in this forward movement of time. That which IS will quickly become that which WAS and when you discover that, you just keep seeking and chasing after the wind. There’s a better way.

You, dear one in Christ…YOU are eternally sealed with Holy Spirit, seated in heavenly places in your glorious salvation.

What a beautiful word! Salvation…it brings us into identity, purpose and destiny in Christ. It draws us into eternal love and significance.

God knows you. He loves you. Simple and true. Don’t overcomplicate this. Don’t over analyze this. Run into His arms right now. He waits to hear the inner cry of your heart in time….now.

Debra

 

Living with Passion and Purpose In Christ,
Debra

God Weaves His Story Through Your Life

Enjoy the JourneySo often we can lose ourselves in the “Big Picture”, gazing at the horizon of what could be, what may be, or what will come. In doing that, we lose a sense of our purpose in the moment, in the now – discouragement or disillusionment sets in quickly.

Our lives are works of art, created in Christ, loved by the Father and walked out in Holy Spirit.

Look at your life. Look at the story God is weaving through all your experiences, good and bad. There is a picture God wants to show you so that Christ can live His life through you, uniquely and creatively. We are the story and we are the message of our life in Christ.

Take time to get alone to simply BE and allow the Spirit to minister to you and Jesus to speak to you.

What I was as a child, I am now – creative, spontaneous, loving adventure……….Jesus says that we are to be like children in our faith. To believe that we walk out the mysteries of His love and grace day by day.

As adults, we lose this sense of wonder along the way due to life’s pressures along with many other things that come against us and try to destroy our wonder and innocence in the beauty of Jesus.

Childlike faith moves out in simplicity and trust as Holy Spirit leads the way. I think perhaps we need to look back upon our lives as children, not to focus on all the pain, wounds or our negative feelings about what our parents did or did not do……….forgive and then allow the Lord to reveal to you how you are made, who you are, and why you are in such a time as this……….what was taken away due to life’s ongoing pressure is now coming alive in Christ. What’s your story? Look carefully and see all the little things that make you…….YOU.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…Jeremiah 1:5

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…..Psalm 139:13-14

Living with Passion and Purpose……..In Christ,
Debra

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Stretch Out Into Today – Time Is On Our Side

ImageJesus threw Himself into the moment and sanctified time for us now by flowing in the Spirit. Our time on earth is holy, precious and filled with purpose. Do you see your time this way? I will admit that I didn’t always see it this way.

In my life, I felt like time passed me by. I felt pulled back or paralyzed, often lost in my own life, without direction. Now, I wake up and do everything for the glory of the Lord – no matter how big or small. Time is on my side and infused with the glory of eternity. I access my time by faith and obediently walk it out. I throw myself into the moments and in doing that the rush of freedom in Christ overtakes me and eternity beckons me to open my eyes to see, to stretch out into today. I walk by faith, not by sight.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 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 4:16-18

There is no time like the present so stretch out into today. With each passing moment, Jesus attuned His ear to heaven to hear the Father and to see what He was doing. He seized the moments and moved in eternity’s call – stopping for the woman at the well, healing the blind, raising the dead……… Each moment in time presented opportunities for Him when He captured them in faith.

He surrendered His life in time so that time would have no control over our lives. We live in time as eternal spiritual beings. Each moment I have is infused with eternity when I choose to believe and see with the eyes of faith.

Francis Chan QuoteA fear of time breeds anxiety and worry. Time tries to capture us in chaos and uncertainty unless we know, truly know that Jesus opened the door of heaven for us and invited us to live in time, within the boundless beauty of eternal glory. NOW.

So rather than wait, ponder, hesitate, procrastinate…stretch out into today. We have all we need in Christ to move in Holy Spirit to do what He’s called us to do.

Time levels itself out as we stretch out in faith. As we walk forward in faith, time presents itself in various ways.

There is the immediate in which we grasp heaven’s direction now. Moments in time overwhelm us with His beauty and glory. What was is gone and something new is here, breakthrough now.

There is that which is right ahead. We walk towards it as faith lays the path but we have to start now or we won’t get there. We see in the Spirit and walk to the sounds of a different drummer.

There is the future on the horizon. We glance at it, look at it and believe it but always remember it is the now moments in time that take us there. So time presents itself NOW and asks us the question, “What are you going to do with TODAY?”

Time is on my side and God asks me what I am going to do with it – each and every day. (Ephesians. 2:6 and Colossians 3:1)

So go ahead – dream, imagine, live it out in Holy Spirit.

Wisdom draws the boundary lines of what to do, where to go, what to believe for. Without Wisdom, we can easily get distracted and be drawn into places that are outside our heaven ordained purpose.

Jesus hems us in on all sides as Wisdom teaches us how to navigate time within wide-open place of exploration and adventure in Christ.

Wisdom walks with us, sets the pace and directs our steps in a glorious adventure. Sometimes we run, sometimes we walk, and sometimes we just stroll along with Him. Time is on our side.

Stretch out into TODAY! Each day has meaning and value…don’t lose track of the moments. In the moments there are people waiting to be healed, looking for a prophetic word from you. In the moments there are doors waiting for you to open in visions, revelation and eternal treasures in Christ. Stretch out into TODAY!

Debra

In Christ
Debra

 

 

 

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

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