The Fountain Day 190: Jubilant

The rocks at the edge of our family’s boundary have been in a season of expanding.  Do you remember when I described my pushing one over into an expanded position? 

Jubilant:  Feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph.

I watched something interesting occurring in people over the last few years…

I saw that when good people had victory and godliness was restored in parts of the nation, so many people…even believers, criticized those of us who rejoiced.  Why is this?

The enemy hates our rejoicing.  He hates us celebrating victory in the Lord…why?

Because the enemy expressly hates any glory given to God.

Let that sink in…

When we cooperate with those voices telling us to silence our shouts of victory, we are agreeing with the enemy and holding back glory from God. 

I am going to tell you right now; I will have no part of that.  I REFUSE to allow the popular voice to hold back my praise.  I have fought for years to break the stronghold of the fear of man off of my life, and I will never give in to the voice requiring my silence.  In the same way that God told me that I was not to wear a mask during covid, because I’m His mouthpiece, I stand now rejoicing in my King and His swift victory over life!!

LIFE!!!!!!!

When we can’t celebrate saving lives…well, I will celebrate that, no matter who opposes it.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.  Proverbs 29:25

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.  Proverbs 23:18

And let’s not forget that the JOY of the Lord is our strength!!!!

Shout for joy!! Tell of His mighty deeds!! Embrace victory without being ashamed. 

It’s time for the church to wake up to the power of celebration again!

Shout with joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious!  Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds!  So great is Your power that Your enemies cringe before You.  All the earth bows down to You; they sing praise to You, they sing praise to Your name.”  Come and see what God has done, how awesome His works in man’s behalf!  He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot- come, let us rejoice in Him.  He rules forever by His power, His eyes watch the nations- let not the rebellious rise up against Him.  Psalm 66:1-7

One last thought…do you think the Israelites should have not celebrated the Red Sea moment because their enemies were drowned?  I bet not.  We all agree that moment was full of God’s power…why can’t we agree that this one is too?

The Fountain Day 189: The Eagle

I saw an eagle as I sat down to write…

This eagle had been removed from its nest and a lot of trash and really, a mess had been put in its place within the nest…but as I looked, I saw the eagle rise from its uprooted position and come back to the nest…Come back with authority…plucking out every scrap of trash from its nest and sitting with definite authority. 

“The eagle has landed.”, I hear the Lord saying…”The eagle has landed.”  “I am Restoration.”

All is about to be restored.  Every bit and tittle that the enemy has stolen or destroyed, will be restored. 

Man, I can’t tell you how much I receive this word.  No, I can’t say that I know all that it means…because I don’t.  We should each pray about that.

By the way, I don’t know if I’ve ever discussed this on here before, but when a prophetic word is given, there are two separate responsibilities…one.  The giver of the word better be tuned in to God and only speak what God is saying and that’s it.  They should come at it from a position of love.  Two:  The hearer of the word is responsible for taking the word to God and searching it out.  Asking if it is true and for any further detail.

Some words are for today, some are foundational for the future, and some are warnings…

Today’s word comes as a word of restoration…a word of jubilance.  A celebration.  This is the scripture He led me to…

Restoration of Israel’s Remnant                                                                                                                         “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.  From beyond the rivers of Cush My worshipers, My scattered people, will bring me offerings.  On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to Me, because I will remove from you your arrogant boasters.  Never again will you be haughty on My holy hill.  But I will leave within you the meek and humble.  The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.  They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies.  A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths.  They will eat and lie down, and no one will make them afraid.”  Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel!  Be glad and rejoice (jubilant) with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.  The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior Who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.  I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, which is a burden and reproach for you.  At that time, I will deal with all who oppressed you.  I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles.  I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame.  At that time, I will gather you; at that time, I will bring you home.  I will give you honor and praise among the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.   Zephaniah 3:9-20

How should we receive this??  With jubilance!

What a mighty God we serve! 

I receive this word, Lord.  Thank You for encouraging my heart today.  I will keep my hands to the plow as You move on our behalf.  Show us Your glory.  Let all that occurs make it beyond evident that all glory belongs to You and You, alone.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.  Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove You a liar.”  Proverbs 30:5-6

The Fountain Day 188: The Path

How do we know we are on the righteous path?

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.  But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.  Proverbs 4:18-19

I love this beautiful description of our right path…I can just see the first gleams of dawn.  I can also imagine the darkness of the wicked way…it is with great sadness that I watch people stumble.

I can honestly say that I have felt the darkness of the wrong path, and it makes it that much more evident to my heart what is light.  When you’ve walked in the world like I have…though, I wish I hadn’t…at least it makes me more grateful for all the light in my world now.  And God can use it to increase my discernment.  I have walked in extremes…I’ve seen the extremes of worldly darkness and I have also seen the darkness that consumes through the religious spirit.  Both of those bring shame and unmistakable shadow.  A darkness comes when the word is omitted…and a similar darkness comes when the word is perverted for man’s desires. 

In the next few verses, we learn about how intently we should listen to God’s words… 

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Put away perversity from your mouth, keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.  Proverbs 4:20-27

Perverse speech is huge in our world today…but God says, “No”.  I know this won’t be popular and I also know that I’m not infallible in this practice, but we truly should avoid all the perverse talk that has pervaded our culture. 

Life can be confusing.  The church is full of fallible people, from the pastor to the door greeter and everyone in between…The only way to remain on God’s path is to fix our eyes on Him.  He must remain our steady focus.  And we must realize that we are the ones responsible for our own walk with God…not our pastor or anyone else. 

When we focus only on being followers of Jesus, not followers of men…then we will know for certain, the way.  Yes, church is good, and accountability is too, but nothing can substitute a real relationship with Jesus. 

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.  I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.  Isaiah 45:2-3

The Fountain Day 187: Find the source

As we watch so many things unfolding around us…wars and rumors of wars, vax or no vax, CRT, Roe vs Wade backlash, trans this and that…it’s overwhelming…but God keeps directing me to keep it simple.  He keeps reminding me to always look to the root of each “cause” and “complaint”…where did it originate from, who started it (what kind of person were they), and why did it begin…

In my pursuit of keeping life simple, it includes thoughts.  Always boiling down rhetoric and shouts to the original argument, if there even is a real argument to be found.

When we look at many of the above listed things, and if we looked at even more scandals occurring, I think many would be shocked to see/know the nefarious origins of the leaders of each movement.

In my nature, I always want to assume the best of people.  I truly struggle to see a person as doing a lot of evil…but the more I seek out the simple method, the more I see there is true evil amiss…and it’s been around since the beginning of time….read this…I know it’s lengthy, but really think about what is happening…

About that time, serious trouble developed in Ephesus concerning the Way.  It began with Demetrius, a silversmith who had a large business manufacturing silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis.  He kept many craftsmen busy.  He called them together, along with others employed in similar trades, and addressed them as follows:  “Gentlemen, you know that our wealth comes from this business.  But as you have seen and heard, this man Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren’t really gods at all.  And He’s done this not only here in Ephesus but throughout the entire province!  Of course, I’m not just talking about the loss of public respect for our business.  I’m also concerned that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will lose its influence and that Artemis- this magnificent goddess worshiped throughout the province of Asia and all around the world- will be robbed of her great prestige!”  At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  Soon the whole city was filled with confusion.  Everyone rushed to the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia.  Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him.  Some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, also sent a message to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the amphitheater.  Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another.  Everything was in confusion.  In fact, most of them didn’t even know why they were there.  The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander forward and told him to explain the situation.  He motioned for silence and tried to speak.  but when the crowd realized he was a Jew, they started shouting again and kept it up for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!  Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  At last the mayor was able to quiet them down enough to speak.  “Citizens of Ephesus,” he said, “Everyone knows that Ephesus is the official guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, whose image fell down to us from heaven.  Since this is an undeniable fact, you should stay calm and not do anything rash.  You have brought these men here, but they have stolen nothing from the temple and have not spoken against our goddess.  If Demetrius and the craftsman have a case against them, the courts are in session and the officials can hear the case at once.  Let them make formal charges.  And if there are complaints about other matters, they can be settled in a legal assembly.  I am afraid we are in danger of being charged with rioting by the Roman government, since there is no cause for all this commotion.  And if Rome demands an explanation, we won’t know what to say.”  Then he dismissed them, and they dispersed.  Acts 19:23-41

This story from scripture is shockingly like the mob rule we’ve seen lately…particularly after Roe fell…the weeping and gnashing of teeth has been fierce and so similar to the mob described in scripture.  I can tell many who shout and complain, actually have no idea what they are talking about. 

When things seem crazy on the earth, I often look in scripture to remind myself that there is nothing new under the sun.  It’s all happened before.  So why not read what God says about it, pray, listen and then decide how to proceed…

When looking at many of the events occurring today…we can very clearly see this…

Remember what God told us?  Money is not the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money sure is…and unfortunately, it’s often just that simple today.  Find the money. 

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  1 Timothy 6:10

The Fountain Day 186: Never silent, always praising

When we see the Lord move and defeat the enemy, should we ever remain silent?  Should we keep quiet when God moves in a mighty way, because it might offend those who were caught on the wrong side of things?  Are we to tone down our praise so that it’s not offensive??

Absolutely not!!!

Praise the Lord!  Let all that I am praise the Lord.  I will praise the Lord as long as I live.  I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.  Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.  When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.  But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.  He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.  He keeps every promise forever.  He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry.  The Lord frees the prisoners.  The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.  The Lord loves the godly.  The Lord protects the foreigners among us.  He cares for the orphans and widows, but He frustrates the plans of the wicked.  The Lord will reign forever.  He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.  Praise the Lord!  Psalm 146:1-10

When we see God do anything, we should praise Him.  We should never withhold any glory that is due His name. 

I love reading the part that says, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”  It’s a sober reminder that we should never put our confidence in people…only God. 

He should receive all our praise and all our confidence.  Our everything…should be placed on God.  When we keep our focus on Him, then we can rest. 

I will never let the rocks cry out around me…you will always find me praising God. 

The resistance to celebration and praising God is demonic, pure and simple.  It’s part of the spiritual battle that we face daily.  May all of our eyes be opened to that truth…and then may we act accordingly.  If God has done something great and you feel a hesitance in praising Him…pray.  Ask God to reveal the reason for your hesitation. 

All throughout scripture we see His people praise Him after a battle, when He performs miracles, when He sets them free…shouldn’t we do the same?

I don’t care how politically correct our world gets…God hasn’t changed.  His worthiness hasn’t changed.  He is.  It doesn’t matter if people believe in Him or not, one day EVERY knee will bow, and EVERY tongue confess the Jesus is Lord.  That’s a fact.  That’s the truth.  That will not change. 

During the week, last week, so many questioned praising God, even criticized it…but every time I saw someone doing that, as I read what they said, or listened…I could hear God saying, “That’s a lie…and that’s a lie…”  I refuse to cooperate with a lie. 

The battle lines are becoming more and more clear…

“Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.”    Matthew 12:30

The Fountain Day 185: Fools

As we saw the capitulation of almost 50 years of prayers for the end of Roe, it was shocking how immediate the lies began.  One after another spewing, sometimes deliberate, falsehoods.  Many just regurgitating lies that they choose to believe…I say choose because with minimal thought, insight, and understanding anyone could determine them to be untrue.  As I saw some posting ridiculous memes and things, I heard God speak to me, “They just want to believe this.”  In other words, it didn’t matter if it was obviously untrue, they just wanted to be offended.  I also saw some who I’ve loved and respected for years begin to take a position that I found appalling.  Life is life…truth is truth, but so many were either completely denying this or were so concerned with offending someone that they laid down reason and held to a lie.  Then this verse came to me…

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.  Proverbs 18:2

It is true that many have no interest in understanding and only want to speak.  The art of listening and thinking are not too popular.  Everyone is expected to surrender to the wave of woke…it’s unreal.  How disappointing it can be to see loved ones succumb to this.  How confusing it is. 

When the truth is so glaringly obvious to me, it’s hard to see why others are blind to it.  But the fear of man is a strong adversary to the truth.  The fear of man has often caused good people to do nothing or even participate in bad behavior from their broken state.  The fear of man is intoxicating.  It is a snare.  It can take reasoning and lay it aside in an effort to avoid rejection.  It can bring death to the spirit…and create fools.

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.  Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.  Proverbs 12:15-16

This is a time of separate wheat from the chaff.  This is a time of unbelieving believers, or believers who glorify men above Jesus…being separated from those who follow Jesus at all cost.  This is a natural process, and it’s been happening since the beginning of time apparently…

Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God.  But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way.  So, Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him.  Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus.  Acts 19:8-9

It’s time for us to realize that sometimes separation is necessary.  But it’s also a time to see that sometimes, all the believers have left the building…and if that’s the case, who is left in the church?  It’s a sobering realization.  It’s interesting to see that some churches could quite possibly be full of unbelievers, or unbelieving believers…those with “fire insurance” yet no real relationship with Jesus.

Today is a great day to take an honest look at your own heart.  Why are you where you are?  Is it where you are supposed to be?  If so, then rejoice!! If not, then I pray you find the courage to make a change.  The hour is late and there is much at stake. 

The Fountain Day 184: Compassionate God

Our God is a consuming fire, yes, but He is also so compassionate.  Living life in His Presence makes everything an opportunity…an opportunity to grow and an opportunity to experience a measure of His grace. 

His grace…

Don’t you just love it?

Read this with me…

The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.  The Lord is good to everyone.  He showers compassion on all His creation.  All of You works will thank You, Lord, and Your faithful followers will praise You.  They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom; they will give examples of Your power.  They will tell about Your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of Your reign.  For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  You rule throughout all generations.  The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does.  The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.  The eyes of all look to You in hope; You give them their food as they need it.  When You open Your hand, You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.  The Lord is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness.  The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth.  He grants the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them.  The Lord protects all those who love Him, but He destroys the wicked.  I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless His holy name forever and ever.  Psalm 145:8-21

I love the part of this that says, “The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.”  Have you ever felt bent beneath your load?  I sure have…I’ve actually had moments when I stand to walk but am majorly hunched over because I feel so pressured inside.  Maybe I’m alone in this, but I would wager that I’m not…

Life is hard sometimes, but we don’t have to be consumed with it all.

He daily bears our burdens.  It’s even in scripture…

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, Who daily bears our burdens.  Psalm 68:19

Today is a wonderful day to have an encounter with God…

Imagine yourself taking all the burdens of your heart and handing them over to God.  As you do, ask Him to take them from you.  Thank Him for being all that you will never be…He alone is God.  He alone is good.  After this transaction, ask God if He will give you a gift today.  What encouragement does He have for your heart? 

Lord, I ask You now to give everyone who reads this devotional a special word of love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.  The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.  Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.  He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.  He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.  His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.  Psalm 147:4-11

The Fountain Day 183: Waterfalls of His presence

It was no surprise when I sat to write this and immediately, I saw a waterfall.  At this point I’m just laughing at the wonder of it all.  At the wonder of all He is, and how He does the things He does.

Can you see?  I mean, really see?  Do you perceive the things that are occurring?  Whether you aren’t seeing, but want to…whether you think you can see or can’t…whether you have seen before and haven’t in a while…it is time to see again…see into the Spirit. 

See yourself today walking past the geyser of yesterday and before you is…the most wonderful waterfall you’ve ever seen.  The waterfall of His presence.  You are so eager to be in it that you run ahead.  You have had two previous days of stumbling upon His presence, so today you are well aware that somehow, He is in the water…we can’t explain it…but we do know in scripture He’s described as the well that never runs dry, among other things. 

When you stick your hand in the waterfall, the water tickles your fingers…it’s fresh and cold…and brings a feeling of being truly alive.  You feel like your soul is awakening and so you stick your head in the downpour…that’s when you begin to see…seeing the spiritual world around you.

Just as in the days of Elisha when he prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened to see the heavenly armies surrounding them…you suddenly see what is surrounding you. 

This is how we fight our battles…the song states…it may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You.  Indeed.

When you see Who is with you, then all fear of man melts away into nothing.  When you know the God of the universe is guarding your every step, then the threats of the enemy are as nothing to you.  Isn’t this wonderful?!

How does this shift your perspective?  How will this cause you to proceed?

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.  None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  However, as it is written:  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him”- but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit Who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”  1 Corinthians 2:6-16

We proceed with confidence…trusting the Spirit of God Who dwells in each one of us. 

The Fountain Day 182: Spewing forth blessings

As I sat to write, I honestly didn’t know what to begin with and as I placed my fingers on the keys I typed “spewing forth blessings”.  Immediately, I saw the devotional from yesterday about the hot springs and knew today we were moving to the geyser of God’s blessings.

Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6:38

Pressed down, shaken together and running all over blessings.  This is what God has in store for our lives.  He is speaking. 

Many times, we ask for Him to rain down blessings upon us…today is the opposite…He is wanting them to burst forth from within the earth and splash all over us.  What a wonderful word from the Lord!

Close your eyes and imagine yourself walking in that same forest as yesterday…except this time you come across a geyser.  You can feel the something surrounding you.  The sun is shining brightly and a gentle breeze skirts across the ground, stirring the leaves.  You have found His presence again.  Isn’t that amazing?! 

This is when you begin to realize that you can’t help but stumble upon Him.  What a wonderful thing…His goodness is running after you. 

Much to your awe and amazement, the geyser begins to erupt, and fresh water is spouting all around.  This water is hot and as it splashes on you…you realize it’s the baptism of fire.  He has brought it up from the depths of His Spirit to burn away the lusts of the flesh and refine your heart.  It leaves you feeling strong…powerful even, powerful by His Spirit.  Even though it’s hot, it doesn’t burn in a terrible way, no…it burns with refining, and it feels so clean.  You fall to your knees in gratitude, wonder, and joy as tears burst from your eyes.  Isn’t He wonderful?!

“I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me comes one Who is more powerful than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  Matthew 3:11-12

I don’t fully know why these last two devotionals have been constructed this way…but I DO know He is doing something, so I’m following His lead.  Even I have discomfort in doing the newer things…but I commit to Him, and to following His lead wherever that goes…so I pray you are blessed and that these help you to lean into His heart in a slightly different way than normal.

Praise be to God from Whom all blessings flow!!

And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.  You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.  Psalm 12:6-8

The Fountain Day 181: Hot springs soak

As I sat down to write, I looked at my notes and saw “hot spring soak”…when an idea for a devotional comes to me, I often jot down a quick note in my phone so I will remember…it’s funny, though because I don’t fully remember what my thought process was with this note…but as I type, I can feel the Holy Spirit surging through my fingers and I see this…

Now is a time to take a soak…to soak in the hot spring of truth.  Time to allow Holy Spirit to relax your weary muscles and remind you Who He is and what His plans are.

Imagine yourself out for a walk in the woods.  It’s a beautiful day and the sun is shining down on you.  Birds chirp on distant branches and a scurrying in the leaves causes you to observe a squirrel darting back and forth.  There is a calm in these woods…it makes you think of the Garden of Eden.  What a wonderful place that must have been.  I wish I could have  seen it, you are thinking…when suddenly you find a natural hot spring.  After taking in this beautiful site, you decide to go for a soak.  Nobody is around, just you and God.  As you ease each foot into the pool, you can feel the comfort of the hot water.  You eagerly relax the rest of your body into this wonderful warmth.  Leaning your back against the surrounding rocks, you exhale a deep breath and begin to feel the weight of the world melt away. 

While sitting in this relaxing water, you feel the waters stir and suddenly you are aware that Holy Spirit is there.  You close your eyes as you begin to soak in His Presence.  Realizing your mind is a stir, you simply let it all out.  Speak your mind to Him, He’s listening. 

After you’ve released all of the pent-up thoughts of your heart, you long to hear Him speak.  You ask, “Will You speak to me?”  This invitation is quickly welcomed, He was already waiting to be heard.  In fact, He’d led you straight to this rare place of rest and restoration.  He prepares places of refuge for all of us along the way. 

He speaks.

He speaks instruction.  He speaks comfort.  He speaks of the future. 

His words bring direction, comfort, and encouragement…they bring hope. 

This is a welcome respite, as the world has been heavy…and sometimes the future seems bleak.  Yet, you hold the hope of the world in your heart…and you know it.  The One Who laid the foundations of the earth and the boundaries of the sea, is the One caring for you now.  How can you fear?  How can hope be a fleeting thought?  

In His Presence hope abounds. 

You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:11

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:21

But the anointing that you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you.  But as His anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie- just as it has taught you, abide in Him.  1 John 2:27