The Fountain Day 12: Fall Fresh on Us

I had a vision as I was praying recently.  In it, I saw this new year as a snow globe, and I asked the Holy Spirit to come fall on 2022 and to rest on it.  As I prayed, the snow globe flipped upside down, shook and then turned upright again.  I watched as the snow fell from the top and then came to rest on the display inside.  The shaking made the snow move all around the globe and interact with every part of it.  And isn’t that true with our lives?  It’s in our shakings that we become acutely aware of God in us- Holy Spirit.

This may seem a very simplistic vision, but I saw it as a wonderful representation of the way Holy Spirit is with us.  Holy Spirit lives inside of us and when life is turned upside down, we often notice Him more.  We see Him more clearly and feel Him falling on us, and then we rest in that Presence. 

Holy Spirit is my best friend.  Never a day goes by that I don’t talk to, look for, or notice Holy Spirit.  Since I have become more in tune with Holy Spirit, I live life from a much more peaceful place.  I see things that most others don’t notice, and I am able to discern so much more.  I am better able to hold onto the peace that surpasses understanding.

When you are more aware of Holy Spirit, then you’re more aware of God’s goodness all around you.  You are better able to see blessings in everything, and to believe in God using everything for your good.  When my heart is in lock step with Holy Spirit, then I feel much more confident in my choices.  He makes me brave. 

“But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.  This is what the Lord says- He Who made you, Who formed you in the womb, and Who will help you:  Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.  For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.  One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name Israel.”  Isaiah 44:1-5

Today God, we ask You to flip our snow globe upside down and shake Your Spirit around and then let Holy Spirit fall upon our year.  Let our lives in 2022 be saturated by Your Spirit, and the evidence of Your Presence be stronger than ever.  Lead us, Lord.  So many voices and personalities are screaming for our attention.  So many leaders are not leading from Your heart, rather from their desire for personal gain.  Help us to quickly and easily discern the wolves.  Protect us with the guidance of Holy Spirit.  Let our hearts be so in tune to Your voice that we immediately recognize all frauds, and then give us the courage we need to walk away from them.  We no longer want to participate with any fraudulent voice, no matter how popular they are.  We don’t seek popularity God, we seek You.  We don’t desire man’s praise, we desire more of Your heart.  Lead us God.  Apart from You, we can do nothing.  Without You, what meaning does life have?  You are our purpose.  You are our song.  You are our Guide.  You are the Truth.  Wrap us in Your wraparound Presence.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Fountain Day 11: Position

As I sat down to write another day’s devotional.  I gazed out the window and my soul stretched toward heaven, asking for God to comfort me.  I’ve been sick for several days and my body is very tired, and I am feeling needy.  I asked God to hold me.

Immediately, I saw myself in a large, castle-like den with a beautiful roaring fire in the fireplace.  The entire room was covered in the warm glow of that fireplace.  I felt safe.  Then I saw myself wrapped in a soft blanket and I was sitting in Abba’s lap.  He was holding me, and as I was writing He was directing my hands and pointing it out when I needed to add or change something.  This is the tone I hope all of my writing will have.  I long for it to be evident that they come from a position of relationship with the Father.  A place of knowing who and Whose I am.

Maybe you’re wondering why I’m telling you about this encounter.  I’m so glad you asked.  It’s because I want to convey the importance of position.

The Bible gives us glimpses of our position, but I wonder if you’ve ever really taken hold of it.

But because of His great love for us, God, Who is rich in mercy, when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:4-10

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief cornerstone.  In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.  Ephesians 2:19-22

It can be a lot to comprehend, but we are even now, seated in heavenly places. 

I wonder how much your life would change if you fully understood that you are seated in heavenly places.  How would this affect your next step in life?  How would this affect your dreams and the way you pursue them? 

This year I have many dreams I will be pursuing.  Things that are way outside my comfort zone.  Things that I know I can only accomplish if I continually return to the lap of the Father.  Sitting in His den and gazing at the fire.  Being held.  I will live life from this position.

How will you be positioned?  Let’s take a minute and invite God to show you how you are positioned in Him.  To feel His love.  To give your love to Him.

Abba, I am consumed with affection for You.  I love to abide in Your presence.  Thank You for Your greatest gift of love…Jesus.  Thank You for sending Him to die for my sins, so I can be close to You.  You made me part of Your family through Jesus’ sacrifice.  Thank You.  Help me to see myself the way You see me.  Show me what dreams You have for my life and give me courage to reach out and embrace them.  Teach me how to walk confidently wrapped in Your acceptance.  Thank You for loving me.  Help me to love You better, every day.  I know all I have and all I will ever be, is solely because of Your gift of love for me in Christ Jesus.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

The Fountain Day 10: The Molting Season

In an extension of yesterday’s devotional, I want to continue with the theme of moving forward.  Releasing the past.  Letting go so that new things can come.

Molting means: to shed old feathers, hair or skin, or an old shell, to make way for new growth.  For hair or feathers to fall out to make way for new growth.

Have you noticed things changing lately?  I certainly have.  Things have been changing in the world in a seemingly rapid way.  The church (universal) appears to be at a molting point where those who are believing believers and those who are unbelieving believers are being revealed.  The molting in the world is revealing the roots of many things.  Exposing has been occurring for many months now.  God had told me we were in a season of exposing and that He wouldn’t stop until all the roots had been fully exposed.  But He also admonished me not to be afraid.  He told me to trust the process.  This exposing has been way bigger than I anticipated, but He already knew I’d feel that way and that’s why He spoke to me that I shouldn’t be afraid.  What a good and loving God He is, isn’t He?

In my own life I’ve felt the molting.  I feel constantly drawn to release the old seasons of my life, so my hands are empty to receive what is coming.  The intensity of God revealing to me that I must let go of the past, has been very real and has led to many deliberate, although challenging decisions being made.  He’s been in the process of leading me to set unshakeable boundaries around myself and my family.  Places where we will refuse to compromise.  Things that are non-negotiable, so any request that violates those areas is an automatic “No”.  I see that having those guards set up in advance allows us to have much more freedom.  And we will waste far less energy fighting against others or having to mull over decisions.  When your mind is made up and God has established clear and defined boundaries, then you can rest so much easier.  He’s also allowed me to see some roots that had still remained intact within my heart.  Things I thought I had been completely healed and released from, but in reality, their root system was still under the surface and threatened to trip me up in the future.  He wants the “letting go” to be complete.  What I am seeing now, is that places where I have been asking God to bring feeling to, inside my heart, He’s now revealing that those places were covered by these roots that must be pulled out completely. 

Will you allow for the fullness of the molting season? 

Watch as the scars of the past are revealed and then they fall away.  If you will make a conscious decision to allow for the revealing and release, then rest assured, He will bring a fullness to you that you never imagined possible. 

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.  The wild animals honor Me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to My people, My chosen, the people I formed for Myself that they may proclaim My praise.  Isaiah 43:18-21

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

The Fountain Day 9: Set Fire to the Past

Before we move any further into this year, there is something we need to address…the past. 

I have a strong burden on my heart.  That burden is the knowledge that we can only move forward in this season if we will let go of the hurts and disappointments of the past.  Imagine it this way, when we refuse to forgive and let go of the past, then it’s as if we are tethered by the ankle to a tractor trailer full of all the things we refuse to let go of. 

God reminds us of this…

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.  Psalm 103:8-14

We must be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive others. 

I was recently struggling over some things God had asked me to lay down, and when I faltered, I repented to Him and asked Him to pull me out of my muck and mire.  Then I saw Him.  He reached into the mud and pulled me out…what was shocking though, was the fact that I was already completely clean and pearly white as He was pulling me up.  My sins are forgiven.  I am clean.  That was a reminder I truly needed because the enemy is a professional accuser.  It sometimes feels like his full-time job is to accuse me of any and everything.  But God doesn’t.  I was made new at the cross.  I have given myself to Him. 

This encounter also began to better shape the way I see others.  We are all “in process”.  None of us is perfect and all of us are a work in progress.  You have no idea how far I am in God’s process for my life, and likewise, I have no idea how far along you are in His process for you.  Therefore, forgiveness should be a constant in all of our lives.  Even toward unbelievers.  Especially toward unbelievers. 

As we move into today, and the rest of our journey through the year, let’s come to the bonfire and release the past.  Our own past offenses and let downs, and those who have hurt or offended us.  Let go of all disappointment and delay.  Today is a new day.  Tomorrow is replete with promise.  Will you pray with me?

God, I love You.  Today, I ask for Your forgiveness for any time that I have held onto offense, disappointment, self-loathing and unforgiveness.  I surrender each of those to You now.  You are not only a good Father, but an honest Judge.  I trust You with my entire life, even the pain of betrayal and disappointment. 

For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord.  Psalm 117:2

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.  He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.  They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.  Psalm 18:16-19

The Fountain Day 8: Crushed

This morning it occurred to me that many of our favorite foods/drinks in life are so much tastier once they are crushed.  Coffee beans are ground and then they become wonderful coffee.  Their aroma fills the air much more potently when crushed.  And they make the thing most of us long to sip on first thing in the morning, only after being crushed.  Fruit is delicious, but most of us love when it is crushed and made into sweet jams and jellies too.  Crushed herbs flavor our foods, bringing that extra spice of life.  Yes, crushing indeed enhances the flavor of many things.

The same applies to us.  For those of us who are willing to endure the crushing, there is a great reward.  I have realized more over the last 5 years of my life than ever, that crushing is a largely voluntary process.  We have chosen to walk the steady walk of obedience to the Lord in the midst of crushing, but I realize that at any moment, we could have stopped and decided to take some matters into our own hands.  It was a great measure of self-control that has led us to restrain and refrain from certain things.  God has called me to not work outside of the home.  I’ve known this for quite some time.  Years ago, He spoke to me that if I would step out of work to tend to my family, then He would bless our business. 

I can hear some of you thinking….”Well, you don’t have a business anymore, so I guess you missed that word.”

I understand you feeling this way, but you couldn’t be more wrong.  I knew that my stepping away and choosing obedience, would bring crushing before it brought the richness of abundance.  But even as I type that, I know I’m wrong.  What’s actually happened is, obedience brought immediate fruit to things in our household.  No, it hasn’t exactly reflected in our pocketbook so much, but we’ve discovered treasure beyond the things that rust can destroy.  Family blessings.  Closeness.  Depth. 

In a world consumed with titles, glorifying busyness, being an influencer, etc. We have opted out and have found something far greater.  It’s in the slowness and the stillness that God is found.  It’s in the quiet that He is heard more clearly.  It’s in serving Him, not my schedule, that a healthy rhythm of daily life is discovered.

Yes, I have tasted and seen what this world brings, and it pales in comparison to the fruit of the Spirit.

Crushed.  Yes, I have been.  But I wouldn’t change it because I’m emerging from this season as a sweet and tender spirit that knows Him even better than before.  He’s the honey poured over my crushed fruit to sweeten it into something truly pleasant to the pallet.  He’s the scalding water poured over the coffee grounds of my life, as they lay crushed before me, bringing forth the daily drink of awakening.  He makes EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.    

Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins.  If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.  Matthew 9:17

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, Your servants, see You work again; let our children see Your glory. And may the Lord our God show us His approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful. Psalm 90:15-17

The Fountain Day 7: The Shadow of Doubt

A couple of weeks ago, I was praying about some things I’ve been struggling with and suddenly (almost with my earthly eyes) I saw this giant black figure standing in front of me.  It was holding a black leash and it was attached to a black collar around my neck!  I was so startled and taken back that I didn’t know what to do.  I immediately began praying and asking God what it was, why it was allowed to have a hold of me, and what I should do about it.

“I break this in Jesus’ name”, I said.  But I knew it wasn’t gone.  So, I kept praying, but I told nobody.  Not a single soul, because I felt a mixture of shame and fear, wondering all the “what’s” and “why’s” you could imagine.

This week, as my kids and I were praying together over their dad’s work, one of them said, “I had a vision.”

Then they went on to describe the exact same figure with the leash and collar, but when they saw it in their vision, the collar was around their dad’s neck!  Imagine my shock as I knew this was definitely God showing us something very significant because none of my children knew anything about what I had seen previously.

I told all my kids that I had seen the exact same thing over myself and as it moved it yanked me around.  The figure was so large that I was practically helpless to resist. 

They all prayed with me about it, but we really didn’t receive answers except…when they prayed over both their father and me, they saw us defeating it with the Word of God.  They saw Chris with the Bible coming up behind his collared self and as he wielded the Bible it turned into a literal sword that broke the collar off.  They saw me with the Bible coming up behind my collared self and when I wielded it, it became a painting of a sword and that obliterated the hold of that black figure.

So, I continued to pray for days and days, until this morning.  Here I am at 5am.  I woke up seeing that figure and hearing, “shadow of doubt”.  I knew I needed to get out of bed right away and share all of this with you, because I now know that this is likely a problem for many of us.

Today, we are going to break the hold of the shadow of doubt. 

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately, the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  Mark 9:23-24

Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7

God, I come before you now.  I ask for Your forgiveness for any unbelief in my heart and mind.  Lord, I DO believe, help my unbelief.  Right now, I sever, break and destroy any hold that the shadow of doubt has over me in Jesus’ name.  You said, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)  I resist now in Jesus’ name.  I resist the shadow of doubt.  I see that what I doubt is not You.  I fully believe in You and all You do, but it’s me that I doubt.  I doubt my abilities.  I doubt that I can fulfill that which You have called me to.  I doubt the influence You have said I would have for Your kingdom.  I doubt my own self.  Today, I stand before the shadow of doubt and say, “I curse you, doubt.  I bind you and curse you to the dry places.  I am no longer led about by your whims.  I am no longer at your mercy.  I stand before you in the spirit of the living God and say, leave me and never return.  I was bought with a price and created to accomplish many great things for the kingdom of God.  I will not be thwarted.  I will not be defeated.  I will not relent until I see ALL accomplished that God has laid aside for me.  Not for my glory, but for His.  The Father of lights surrounds me as a shield and right now, I break any and all agreement with doubt.  I stand in faith.”  “Thank You God for loving me enough to show me this spirit.  I ask for You to fully defeat it.  Lead me in boldness and certainty today and every day that follows, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

The Fountain Day 6: Unthwarted Success

I feel the burgeoning bud of success throbbing within the confines of my heart.  I feel marked for “more.”  I feel that everything I truly put my hand to is successful.  Today, Lord I come before You and ask that You would remove any and everything from within me that would eschew success.  Any kind of self-defeat, self-loathing, false humility, poverty spirit, shame, guilt or anything else that would rob me of the success and advancement You have set aside for me, must be gone now in Jesus’ name.  I reach past all family lines and break through all generational curses in my bloodline and I grasp onto the Vine.  The One that I have become grafted into.  I no longer live from an earthly generational line.  I am one with You.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the Gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.  John 15:1-8

If I remain in You, then I am assured to have unthwarted success in all I do.  I will bear fruit in any season when I walk closely with You. 

Remove all doubt from within me.  I can do every single thing You ask of me.  I will accomplish ALL You have planned for me.  You are the One Who makes the crooked places straight.  God give me a plumb line into Your heart.  Keep me so centered upon You that I am no longer distracted by the world.   Awaken my spirit to know Your plans for my life.  Expand my mind to receive the height, depth and width of Your desires for my life.  I know sometimes I struggle to follow You because where You are leading me seems far too good to be true.  Yet, other times Your plans are so far out of the box that my mind struggles to see so far off the beaten path.  I surrender to You, my idea of success.  I surrender to You my ideas for the future and ask that You would breathe into my mind, clear out the fog and let me see clearly into Your ideas.  You say, I have the mind of Christ…So let me see.  Let me see what You see.  Give me a glimpse through Your eyes.  I am desperate to move further into Your kingdom.  I am consumed with desire to dive into the deepest place within Your heart that I can.  Don’t leave me wanting, Lord.  Come and pull me under.  Take me to places that I don’t even know exist.  You are so infinite that I know so much of You has yet to be discovered.  Reveal Yourself to me.  I long to know you better and better.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Fountain Day 5: Drowning the Enemy

There is an enemy of our souls.  He stalks about looking for those to devour.  Some deny his existence.  Some give him far too much credit.  Others even feel sorry for him…I can’t even imagine this.  He is real.  He does hate us.  But we are not subject to him. 

Like a lion without teeth, he walks around proudly boasting of himself.  Wreaking havoc wherever and whenever he can.  But I know a secret.  He only has power when we agree with him.  Let that settle into your heart, and I will write it again so you can read it again. 

He only has power when we agree with him.

“Agree with the enemy?!”, you say.  “I would never agree with him.”

Would you not?

Every time fear, doubt, disbelief, discouragement, bitterness, unforgiveness and many other things, speak to us and we entertain them, we are agreeing with the enemy.  Every time you believe less of yourself that what God has intended for your life, you are agreeing with him.  When you live out of a poverty spirit, you are agreeing with him. 

Now that you realize this, what will change in your life?

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5

DO not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2

We are called to take every thought captive.  To renew our minds.  To acknowledge the power of our tongue.  We must begin to take this seriously.

God has far too many unrealized plans for all our lives, for us to waste time agreeing with the enemy of our souls. 

To steal, kill and destroy is his agenda.  But I know One Who has come to give you life!  Not only that but He desires that you have abundant life and live it to the full!!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  John 10:10

Today, I want you to drown the enemy.  Imagine you are standing in the Fountain.  God’s truth and His peace are gentle flowing all around you.  As you take a step closer to the gushing water in the Fountain’s center, you suddenly wince.  You’ve stepped on a pebble.  Where did that come from?  A previously idle thought begins to stir within you.  The Fountain isn’t for you.  You’re not good enough, or strong enough, or holy enough…Whatever the thought is, it carries a feeling of unworthiness.  Now imagine yourself picking up this offending pebble.  Hold it in your hand and look at it.  Are these thoughts you’re having true?  Still holding this pebble, extend your hand out to the Father and show it to Him.  Ask Him what He thinks about this thought that you suddenly stepped on.  Is it a truth?  Is it a lie?  Once that determination is made and the pebble is revealed as the lie that it is, see yourself handing it to the Father.  Let Him remove it from you completely.  Now, ask Him for a truth.  What does He think about you?  Close your eyes and ask Him to show you how He feels about you.  And now, this is the hardest part…believe what He says.  Don’t try to qualify it or say it’s too good to be true.  No.  Instead, let Him speak His love over you, and all you need to do is say, “Yes.  Thank You.”

Look in your hand now.  There’s a pearl in it. 

When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!  Matthew 13:46

From this position of being blessed by God, go out and enjoy this day and all that it holds for you. 

The Fountain Day 4: Word Curses

Over the summer, I found myself being taught a lot of new things about spiritual warfare.  Our family has been in a long wilderness season.  This season has lasted for many years now, with only brief respites of relief.  The last 3 years, that season has greatly intensified.  The longevity of this walk has led us to many ends.  Pride has been sacrificed on the table to receive greater servings of grace.  All of our expectations about what life would look like were laid down, and every dream was released to seed.  From that place of being laid bare, from the humility that comes with losing so much, I found myself hearing, seeing, and feeling God so much more.  When life is stripped away and there is nothing left but Him, that’s when we find truth.

God led me to listen to a certain person who does daily Spirit led prayer times.  Every day while exercising, I began to listen to her.  I immediately felt stirred by her passionate prayers.  Much warfare was happening in these broadcasts and my eyes became open to some things I had not yet known.  There are days when the Spirit falls on me so intensely during these prayers that I am no longer listening to her at all, but find myself sometimes yelling out prayers as I walk.  Other days, I forget that I’m outside and I find myself weeping through these prayers.  It’s been such a blessing and release to me.

On one such morning, she was leading prayers to break off word curses that have been spoken over us. 

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.  Proverbs 18:21

She spoke of breaking curses that we knew were spoken over us… but then she began talking about breaking those that we didn’t know had even been spoken.  This was the moment heaven came crashing over me.  I had been victim to many word curses spoken over me, yet away from my physical ears.  I didn’t hear them, but I was still living under their attack.  Wow!!

I found myself so stirred that I began to pray in the Spirit passionately.  Suddenly I saw a person I know.  That person was standing over me as I laid on the ground, and they had their foot on my throat.  In essence, they were choking out my voice.  As I continued to pray in the Spirit, I broke the curse and saw the person’s ankle break.  Then I felt Holy Spirit guiding me to release a blessing over that person.  That was definitely God because, I’ll be honest, that’s not what I felt like doing.  Yet such release happened when I did.  I continued to pray in the Spirit because I felt something wasn’t finished, and then I saw another person that I know.  This person was speaking and as they did I could see the words coming out of their mouth almost like a ribbon and they were cursing me.  So, I pressed into the Spirit further and then I saw the person’s neck jerk sideways and when that happened the curse broke, and I released a blessing over the person.  Again, Holy Spirit kept me tethered to forgiveness and blessing those who cursed me. 

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  Luke 6:28

I continued on my walk and was so shaken and excited about what had happened.  Suddenly, I saw a snake on the ground at the bottom of the hill.  Startled, I jumped.  But then I realized the snake was not only dead, but it’s head was cut off.  I felt the spiritual connotations of this moment and as they were still sinking in, I arrived at the top of the hill and saw a beautiful white horse that I had never seen before.  I felt God’s presence all over this.  Think of it, a dead snake at the bottom of the hill and a beautiful white horse at the top!! If that wasn’t a message from God, then I don’t know what is.

Word curses are real, whether we want to admit it or not, but we do NOT have to live a life subject to them.  Ever since this happened, I have prayed for God to break any and all word curses spoken over me.  And I intentionally bless myself daily.  Many years ago, I discovered the importance of speaking blessings over my own self…it’s easy to bless others, but something special occurs when we learn to also bless ourselves!  From that place of blessing, we can then bless others more!!  When we live life from a position of knowing we are blessed, then we have much more mercy and grace with the world.

Before you head into this day, I want to leave you with a blessing.  So ,as you read this, I hope you will speak it out loud. Really hear and experience the words and bring you heart into a position to receive.

God, I release blessing over myself.  Thank You for creating me.  Thank You for giving me a unique purpose.  Thank You for loving me.  Thank You for wanting to know me.  I receive every blessing You have laid aside for my life now, in Jesus’ name.  I choose today, to walk as if I am certain that I am blessed, and my life is a blessing to others.  As I share You with the world, I know my blessed life will draw others to You.  I choose to soak in the blessings of heaven right now, Abba.  Release the full measure of blessing over my life and let it spill over into the lives of my family.  Let us drip with Your blessing and teach me how to be a greater blessing to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Fountain Day 3: Grounded

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:16-19

We are to be rooted and established (grounded) in love.  This thought dances through my mind a lot.  I root myself to receive the power to grasp God’s love (as the scripture above states)…Power comes from grasping the enormity of God’s love for us, and it leads to all the fullness of God.

As I stretch into the day, I consider this.  Sometimes, I will kick off my shoes and let my feet fully feel the ground beneath me and I imagine myself being rooted and grounded in love.  God is love, so when I root myself in love, I am rooting myself in Him. 

Oftentimes, I feel God intensely when I am outside, not a building in sight.  Only the trees and flowers surround me.  Watching birds and butterflies skirt through the sky.  Looking out at the horizon.  Noticing the clouds in the sky.  Admiring the many shades of every color.  There is a stillness in the bustle of nature.  There is a knowing.  A knowing that God is God.  I become acutely aware of His magnitude when I gaze upon His handiwork.  It’s a feast for my eyes and I’m so hungry that I gobble it up.  Oh, the beauty of this place.  And just imagine, Heaven is so much more beautiful!

Look!  There He is.  The butterfly that keeps flitting so close to your shoulder.  Can you feel His presence as you watch it fly?  He has promised to meet us when we seek after Him with our whole heart.  I just love it when He uses something like a bird, dragonfly or butterfly to remind me of His presence.  Like a kiss from Heaven He comes, just hoping we notice Him. 

Stop today and kick off your shoes for a moment.  Let yourself feel.  I love the way the rug in our living room tickles the bottoms of my feet.  I rub my feet on it and allow myself to simply feel.  I love walking outside and letting my feet feel the ground underneath.  It’s almost as if it has a heartbeat.  It like you can feel the roots of everything under the ground, growing and stretching deeper.  Or maybe that’s just God reminding us that He is alive.  The Giver of life creates all living things.    The Heavens declare His glory, the earth and everything in it.

Take a moment and enjoy the word pictures painted by the following scriptures. 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.  Psalm 19:1-6

Doesn’t that just stir you heart?!  I don’t know how I could ever read that and not be in awe of His glorious splendor.  As you enter this day, hold onto this perspective and I guarantee you will find God in many places!!