Cheerfully Expectant

Romans 12:11-13 (MSG) Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

Be expectant. I long to move through My children, but few are truly willing to step out in faith or to live a life that makes them vessels I can work through to operate in My supernatural. In the same way you can’t give a young child a knife for fear they will damage themselves, too many of My children lack the maturity needed to operate in acts of the supernatural. I will not give them anything that I know will cause them to stumble or will harm them.

Continue to make choices and live in such a way that prepares you for what I have in store for you, beloved. Stay in My word. Set aside the cares of this world. Don’t get caught up with the drama of man. I AM all you need. Walk in humility. Extend much grace to others. Always look for the good. Always assume positive intent. Seek to bring unity and love. Look for ways to promote others above yourself, for you can count on Me to find ways to raise you. You don’t need to look out for your own interests, I have them firmly in mind. Grow and encourage My children. Act with My heart. Be My hands. Love like Me.

Time for Joy

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NLT) A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

Beloved, there is a time for every season under heaven, and now is the time for joy. So let your heart be full with gladness, and may laughter ring from your lips. For the time of joy is upon us, and it’s time to enter in.

Embrace My joy with triumph, for the time of testing has been long. But victory is upon us, so rejoice, beloved, in song. Give praise because you’re able, and praise because it’s due. Allow the joy to overflow because it is here to refresh you.

Rejoice in the Fullness of All You’ve Been Given

Psalm 84:12 (TPT) O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what euphoria fills those who forever trust in you!

Beloved, though challenges will always come, when you find your hope in Me, true joy and peace are yours. So allow My radiant countenance to reflect from your face. Let the heat of My love warm you, and stir the coals of your own fiery blaze.

In My Kingdom is truth and love forevermore. What more would you choose? Rejoice in the fullness of all you’ve been given. May your eyes be fully open, and may your heart fully see. Continue reading “Rejoice in the Fullness of All You’ve Been Given”

Fullness of Joy

Psalm 84:4 (TPT) What pleasure fills those who live every day in your temple, enjoying you as they worship in your presence! Pause in his presence

Beloved, in Me you’ll find fullness of joy – not simply joy, but the fullness of it. A joy that is complete. Missing nothing. For I AM that I AM. And I AM the God who created you. I intimately know your frame.

Yield to My plans. Surrender your will to Mine, and rest in Me. Cast your cares on Me and walk in the freedom I have provided for you. Refuse to be shackled by worry, fear, or grief. Instead trust your heart in My hands and find joy in My presence, and allow that joy to strengthen you for what lies ahead. Continue reading “Fullness of Joy”

Find Your Joy in Me

Isaiah 40:28 (AMP) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become tired or grow weary; There is no searching of His understanding.

Beloved, you have been created by Me. I knit together your innermost parts. I know how you have been designed, and I clearly see the giftings I’ve placed within you. Yield as My anointing flows through you – you are a worthy vessel, for I have chosen you.

Seek out the depths of My heart. Pursue Me for the wisdom of the ages. For I know the hidden things, and mysteries are all known to Me, and I have lovingly created you. I cherish every detail of your frame. You are My beloved one, find your joy in Me.

Overflow with Joyous Trust

Psalm 37:3 (TPT) Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on his faithfulness.

Beloved, one who is loved need not walk in fear. So allow your heart to overflow with joyous trust as you rest yourself in Me. Know that I will always do what is right, and I AM faithful to you. I AM El Aman – the faithful God, and I delight in My beloved.

So fix your heart on Me, and refuse to be dismayed. No storm or trial is enough to pull you from My gaze. My eyes are ever on you – you are beautiful to Me. I AM forever steadfast. So find your foundation in Me.

Watch as I Manifest Renewal

Isaiah 61:3 (TPT) …to give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes, the oil of bliss instead of tears, and the mantle of joyous praise instead of the spirit of heaviness…

Beloved, I don’t patch things with a bandaid, or simply smooth things out so you don’t see the trials that were there before, no – I AM a God of radical transformation. I bring beauty from ashes, and joy from mourning. Nothing is too hard for Me.

Resist the heaviness that would try to cling to you, and embrace the mantle of joy that is yours. Burst forth in praise – in hopeful expectation, and watch as I manifest renewal in your life. Continue reading “Watch as I Manifest Renewal”

Rise to the Challenge

Romans 5:3-4 (VOICE) …We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters…

Beloved, embrace trials with joy knowing growth comes in its midst. Refuse to be reluctant and drag the unpleasantness out, but rather trust your heart to My care. Take hold of My hand, for I will see you through.

Allow Me to develop your character. For like a diamond formed under intense pressure, so tribulations can bring forth shining beauty in you if you cling to Me in the process. So rise to the challenge. Be strengthened and beautified through the hardships that come. Beloved, hide yourself in Me. Continue reading “Rise to the Challenge”

Sow in Tears, Reap in Joy

Psalm 56:8 (VOICE) You have taken note of my journey through life, caught each of my tears in Your bottle. But God, are they not also blots on Your book?

Beloved, My precious one, nothing about you or concerning you is below My notice. Each moment of heartbreak has My heart echoing your cry. I feel your pain deeply. So precious is each tear that I collect each and every one.

But, beloved, remember that I bring forth beauty from ashes. I AM the God who turns mourning into dancing. So rest in the knowledge that though you may sow in tears, you will reap in joy. Hold fast to Me, beloved, and trust Me to make it so.  Continue reading “Sow in Tears, Reap in Joy”

Embrace the Season

Psalm 126:6 (VOICE) Those who weep as they walk and plant with sighs Will return singing with joy, when they bring home the harvest.

Beloved, for all things there is a season. A time to mourn and a time to rejoice. Resist the urge to fight the season you’re in. If it is a time to cry, allow yourself the grace to do so knowing that a time for joy will be just around the bend. 

And beloved, once the time for joy has come, release your garments of mourning and choose to step into the new day. Know that grief and joy are a part of life, and there is much to learn from both. Embrace the season you are in, and learn what you can from it. 

Remember that contrast is a part of life. Darkness contrasts the radiance of the light, just as the pain of sorrow contrasts the sweetness of joy. Allow each season and all the contrasts that paint the story of your life to be what they are – in all their bold beauty, just as you are loved and embraced in all your strengths and weaknesses as the beautiful creation you are. And trust that I AM at work for good in it all.  Continue reading “Embrace the Season”