Declaring into the Year!!!

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Lord, You are ALREADY ahead of us! You have already gone before us and You are ALREADY far into this year. You have already declared how the year is going to go, so we partner with Your Word and with Your declaration over 2019 and the years to come!

We declare not only that this is the day that the Lord has made and we rejoice in it, but this is the year that the Lord has made and we commit to rejoice in it. We are rooted and grounded in the love of God and the eyes of our understanding are opened to truly see Him. We have a sound mind, we are stable in our emotions, and we abide in Him. Every area in us that is not surrendered to the Lord, submits and surrenders to Him, NOW, so that we hear His voice clearly and we are continually filled with His plans, His intentions, and His promises for our lives. We see the goodness of the Lord and we are surrounded with His favor like a shield. We are surrounded about with an army of angels that protect, guard, and defend us. No harm comes to us or to our families.

Our marriages are rejuvenated, refreshed, whole and bear good fruit. Our husbands seek God continually and stand strong as the spiritual leaders of our homes. We, who are wives, surrender to God and submit to our anointing as helpers, nurturers, and spiritual deliverers of our husband’s dreams, purposes, and Godly plans. We, who are single, experience the depths of God’s love and intimacy while we are in waiting. As singles, desiring marriage, our husbands hearts are knit to our hearts, even NOW, and they hear the voice of God to be drawn to find us…as wives.  As singles, content in singleness, we experience peace that passes all understanding in our relationship solely with HIM!

All of our children are taught of the Lord and GREAT will be their peace. Our families that are broken and lost will be repaired, rescued, and saved. Our broken hearts will be mended and our souls will be filled with joy. We are blessed with trusting relationships and partnerships that help us advance the Kingdom of God! We have spiritual and natural seeds to plant into this year, because He gives seeds to the sower. We will see good ground that we are to spiritually plant and naturally plant into this year, and these seeds will spring up and bear good fruit. We will experience increase spiritually that will manifest naturally. We will walk continually in the plans and intentions of God. We will experience new encounters with God and depths of intimacy with Him that we have never known. His reach in us will expand our reach to others. 2019 is a year that is ALREADY set and ALREADY blessed by God. We expect it, we receive it, we declare it, and we establish it in Jesus Name!

Happy New Year!

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Unwrap it!

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Some of us have it to give and some of us are in need and can’t give. Some of us are surrounded by family and loved ones and some of us are lonely, with family and loved ones living in other spaces or we have loved ones that are no longer living. Some of our families are unified, celebrating together and some of our families are broken right now, celebrating separately. Some of us are surrounded by happy smiling children, excitedly expecting today and some of us are surrounded by emptiness and wish we could be filled enough to hear the squeals of a child’s excitement. Whatever state you are in, unwrap it!!! Unwrap His presence that has been given to multiply your joy, exceed your abundance, overcome your lack, supply your need, increase your gratitude, overtake your loneliness, overwhelm your brokenness, relieve your pain, bear your grief, fill your emptiness, overflow your peace, and explode His love. This gift He has given levels all of our grounds…levels all of our states…levels all our spaces. This gift levels ALL of us. Whatever state you are in, this is the one gift we ALL need in common. Unwrap It! Unwrap Him! Unwrap Presence….The Greatest Gift! May you all be filled with the Presence of Jesus Christ today that truly makes this a Merry Christmas!
#thepresence
#thegiftweallneed
#thegreatestgift
#livingempowered
#MerryChristmas

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬ NKJV)

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The Pursuit

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Don’t you know I will go to the ends of this world for you…even when you don’t want to be found. I still whisper my rhythm to you, even when you put earbuds in your ears to stop my sound.

I pursue after you when you go from relationship to relationship, trying to get that “feel”.  I move mountains that are impossible, just so I can get to you, your brokenness to heal!

Mine is one that you cannot compare…try it and prove me wrong…only if you dare.

Trust me! My reach is so wide, so long, so high, and so deep…so much you can’t deny.  I made it so you can never escape my pursuit, no matter how hard you try.

My pursuit is never ending…long after you leave this earth. This dance of mine with you lasts for eternity…forever and ever I’ll prove your worth!

You can believe in me, trust in me, hope in me…forget me NOT.
I’m yours. Do you hear me? YOURS!
Without end….
Signed forever and always,
The Love of God

#lovespeaks #intimacy
#RESETretreat #livingempowered

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭18-19‬ NLT)

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Thought for the week

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I have a simple question to ask you…

Can God trust you?

Can He trust you with His heart…to accept His perfect love in full, as He gives you all He is! Can He trust you with His promises…to be your navigator, your sidekick, your best friend, and your partner to travel this eternal life journey! Can He trust you with His secret whispers…to listen to Him, to hear Him, to yield to Him, to cherish Him! Can He trust you with His intimacy…to be transparently open with Him, unfiltered, uncovered, and excitedly awaiting His deposits! Can He trust you with His seeds…to incubate them, nurture them, grow them, and spread them without end, with zeal and passion! Can He trust you with His protection…to protect you, defend you, and fight for you when life comes to knock you down! Can He trust you with His provisions…to give you inheritances that you have never imagined! Can He trust you with His fire…to do in this earth what He does in heaven…to be the power couple that this world could never duplicate…even if they tried! Can He trust you with His very being…to give you all that He is, so that you become all that you are!

Can God trust you? 

“….Of all my house, he is the one I trust. The one I talk to face to face.” (Numbers 12:7 NLT)

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Thought for the week

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for EVERYTHING, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Since the beginning of creation, God has determined there would be times and seasons. Just as our natural selves can recognize a season change from summer to autumn, so our spiritual selves must be able to recognize and  understand the change of seasons and times in the spiritual  realm. It is God’s heart desire that we recognize our spiritual seasons and times, so that we can be in time with Him, be in sync with Him, and move in rhythm and in pace with Him. Our degree of frustration with the station of life that we are currently in is decreased when we have an understanding of our time…His time! 

Is it your time to build, is it your time to tear down, is it your time to grow in dependence on God, is it your time to absorb, is it your time to be released, is it your time to hide in His presence, is it your time to address your inner trauma, is it your time to put in order what is out of order, is it your time of unremarkable blessing, is your time to let go of what is familiar, is it your time to embrace the new that’s next? Ask God to reveal the specific time that you are currently in. Recognizing your time will help you move through this season with peace, focus, strength, faith, strategy, and determination. What time are you in? May your inner barometer sense your time!!!

#livingempowered #timesandseasons #shift

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Thought for the week

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One of the greatest truths that I have discovered is simple yet weighty. God pursues relationship with us! He pursues relationship with us with such passion that he can’t leave us alone until He has real relationship with us. And even when we have real relationship with Him, He pursues more and more of us…wanting deeper and deeper…greater and greater. But what happens when your heart becomes hard because of life’s disappointments, discouragement, or when God doesn’t meet your expectations? Can you believe that God STILL continues to pursue relationship with you even when your heart becomes hard, even when you refuse to go “there” with Him, EVEN when you turn and go away from Him? He’s not put off by your anger, by your hurt, by your disappointment in Him, by your offense, by your hardened heart. Our God still speaks, and He STILL wants a personal relationship with you! He STILL pursues you and is STILL pursuing you now, even as you read this . He won’t stop pursuing you. His pursuit of you is everlasting, it will not end. He stands at the door of your heart, continually knocking and eager to enter once again. And He will continue to knock, until you let Him in!!!
#eternalpursuit #Godpursuesyou #everlastinglove #realrelationship #livingempowered

“Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭6‬ NLT)

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Thought for the week

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Close your eyes and picture an open space outside filled with beauty and the sounds of life! Feel the fresh wind blowing, see the beautiful picturesque sky, hear the birds chirping and the oceans waving, sense the freedom to do whatever in this open space, to just “be” in this open space without hindrance or limitation. This open space has no clutter, no time restriction, no pending responsibility, no program, no agenda. It is freedom. It holds opportunity. It speaks boundless purpose without boundary. This open space is what I want for you, My love. In this open space, I can come in without restriction to meet with you and be whatever, do whatever, encounter…whatever. Can you clear the clutter? Can you make for space for Me? Can you? Trust Me, I’m worth the space!!! #awaywithHim #innerretreat #intimacywithHim #livingempowered

“Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear My voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with Me”. (Revelation 3:20 TPT)

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Thought for the week

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Now here’s a question for you: How do you currently see God? Does the way you see God affect how you currently live? Does it change the way you currently see the world? The way you see God changes everything. It changes your self image, your image of others, your worldview, your everything. How do you see your God? Today, I see Him as my Heart Re-Shaper. He is re-shaping my heart to transform into His heart…so that I love what He loves and my heart breaks for what His heart breaks for. In this reshaping, I’ve had to let go of my perspectives, my agenda, my plans…in exchange for His perspective, His agenda, and His plan. This sounds good…but letting go of ME is not easy. Truth be told…the struggle is real. But it is this daily question that God uses to relentlessly reshape my heart. How do you see God? This week, spend time to reflect…the way you see God changes everything!!!
#livingempowered #seeGod

“Then Jesus and his disciples walked together. On the way, he posed this question to his disciples: “Who do the people say that I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptizer, others say Elijah the prophet, and still others say you must be one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭27-29‬ TPT)

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Thought for the week

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On our empowerment call a few weeks ago, we learned that faith is an action word, not just this “thing” we have. It does not just stand still, listless, and inactive. Faith requires active motion. It requires your “GO”, as Evangelist Victoria Bates taught. Since that empowerment call, I’ve had to exercise great faith and “GO” into areas that I considered unfamiliar and impossible. My faith was powerful because I didn’t stop to second guess the impossibility, but I actively moved with God..I actively followed His “GO”. What a liberating feeling to witness faith having powerful action that moves impossibilities!!! What are you personally believing God for? What steps will you need to take to move towards it? What action will you take to match your faith? How about you put your feet to your faith…Will you “act-ivate” your faith and just GO! 

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2:14 NLT)

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Thought for the week

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Last week in my devotion time, the Holy Spirit asked: Who are you striving to be? What accomplishments are you standing on? Do you know who you REALLY are and what your identity is built on? Before I could even answer, He spoke…Know that You are a daughter of the KING! You don’t have to earn or work for this position with your Father. You don’t have to create this name for yourself. You don’t have to strive to become who your Father has already declared you to be. You just ARE!!!  It can’t be erased, it can’t be nullified, it can’t be changed. It is secured! Your position as daughter is rooted in your Father before you were even born. It just is! So, Crown Up! 👑 You are the daughter of a KING! This week, rest confidently in your identity in God, your Father; stand up in the authority, boldness, and inheritance that comes with that identity, and let God, your Father, perfect His name in you.  #crownup #livingempowered

And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (‭Galatians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NLT)

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