Lord, You Are Welcome

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“I may be broken, But You are welcome, I may need your healing and I say You’re welcome, I know You’re able, In spite how I feel, And I am depending on Your Word reveal, You are welcome” – ‘You Are Welcome’ by Psalmist Raine

We have to let God into our brokenness. From my own experience with this, I know it’s not an easy thing to do because it can cause us to feel open and exposed (like an open cut). But Who better to be open and exposed to than the One who created us?

Years ago, at a women’s conference, I wrote a letter to God. (I wish I still had it, and I may actually go on a hunt for it.) I don’t remember what I wrote to Him, but I do remember the response to it after it was read to those around me. Someone said, “You trust God with your fragility”. I couldn’t fully grasp it then, but it is now a peace that I am continually learning to stand in. God knows how fragile I am. He is hypersensitive to the cracks and missing pieces of my vessel and He is even more aware of how the cracks came about. And I trust Him, in my fragile state, to love me, to cover me, to fill my empty spaces and to still use me as a vessel for His glory.

Our brokenness is not a deterrent for He to come and reside in us. Our brokenness is not a hindrance for He to use us, but instead, our cracked vessel is the perfect place for a full and illuminating God to reside. The image above reflects exactly what I picture in my mind when it comes to the Spirit of God dwelling within our broken vessel. Let me share a secret with you that Christ shared with me, lean in close: it’s in our brokenness that His grace and mercy is able to shine through and light the way for people to come to Him. It’s our brokenness that shows the world that God accepts broken and tattered people. That perfection and wholeness is not the prerequisite for us to be able to come to Him, but instead, it’s a surrendered heart that He desires. And it’s in our brokenness that the Spirit of God is able to shine through and show as the glue that holds us together.

Brokenness doesn’t cause God to push us away, but when we give our broken selves to Him it causes Him to pull us closer. It causes our vulnerabilities to be fully exposed to Him in ways we aren’t aware of and causes Him to spread His blanket of love over us. It opens us up to be able to experience Him as Daddy, as Abba, Father.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.” Psalms 51:17 NKJV

Confess your sins before Him. Confess your brokenness to Him and experience His love in ways that are unfathomable. Today, take some time, some real time, to really lay your brokenness down before Him. Pour out your heart withholding nothing from Him, and watch what happens. You are His beautiful broken vessel, pieced together by Him alone.

The song below is one of surrender to God. I pray it becomes your personal confession to God! Lord, You are welcome, have Your way!!!!! 

‘You Are Welcome’ by Psalmist Raine 

I may be broken
But You are welcome
I may need Your healing and I say You’re welcome
(And) I know You’re able
In spite how I feel
And I am depending on Your Word reveal

You are welcome
You are welcome
You are welcome
(Lord) have your way

You are welcome
You are welcome
You are welcome
Have your way

You are welcome
Welcomed in this place God
You are welcome
Welcome into this broken vessel
You are welcome
Now God I give You permission to have Your way
Have your way
(Ayyyyyyy)

You are welcome
Welcomed into my situation Oh God
You are Welcome
Welcomed into my every being
You are welcome
Now I give You permission to please
You are welcome

Video link to the song: Psalmist Raine and The Refresh Live DVD “You Are Welcome” feat. Erick David Townsend

The image and the lyrics above were retrieved from online and I do not own any copyrights to them. The video was retrieved from YouTube and I do not own any copyrights to it. 
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IMG_1317 (1)‘Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” ‘

Luke 8:43-48 NKJV

As we come face to face with the start of a new year, which will bring its own share of mountain tops and valleys, let’s make it our commitment to go after the Lord this year with the desperate urgency of the women above. With everything that life had brought her thus far in her life, she was broken, empty and completely depleted. But this low place was the perfect place for her to have the encounter of a lifetime.

In spite of everything you have come up against this year, just know that it is a setup to have an encounter of a lifetime with Christ. She could have lost all hope. She was afflicted with a disease for 12 years that no one could rescue her from. It was so bad that it caused her to not be able to see her family, live a full life, or fulfill her purpose in life. But with just one encounter with Jesus, her desperate thought and action to touch Him set her free!

‘For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” ‘ Matthew 9:21 

As we leave one year and enter into another, let’s decide to make this our heart’s cry. And to be made well can mean different things to different people. Maybe your ‘well’ is having a healthier mindset. For another, it may mean to finally let go of fear and walk in confidence. For someone else, it may be finally grabbing ahold of your purpose or your identity. And for another, it may be literally seeking Christ to heal you of a sickness or an ailment that is plaguing your body. Whatever this ‘well’ is for you, it can only be gotten in the presence of God.

Grinding to the top won’t get you what you need or long for and neither will getting a certain job, or finally getting into a relationship. These are not the remedies that will fix the wounds that have been opened in your life. It is only the presence of God that satisfies and fulfills. It is only spending time with Him that will produce the promises you are looking to manifest in your life. Everything you desire is connected to Him. He will provide the wisdom you are in need of to know what to do, how to do it, what to pray, and who to connect to. He will also be the One to provide the strength to let go, say yes, yes no, move on, stand up, and press forward. This new year, choose Him!

So, cheers to a new year with new adventures, manifested prayers, promises fulfilled, broken ties, nights of prayer and incredible encounters with the Spirit of God that will shake the earth to its core!

‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ‘ Matthew 6:33 

Enjoy this lyric video of ‘Give Me You’ by Shana Wilson below. God Bless!

 “Give Me YOU” SHANA WILSON lyrics

All Bible verses have been retrieved from bible.com. Shana Wilson’s ‘Give Me You’ video was retrieved from Youtube. The photo image was retrieved from online. 

Be Humble

The devotional that follows is not one that I have written. Repeat, THIS DEVOTIONAL WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME!

I was reading on the YouVersion Bible App this morning, catching up on a devotional I’m doing with a good friend of mine (sshhhhh, I’m a few days behind…lol). And while on my stroll through, I walked into the arms of a devo beauty talking about humility. It was such an awesome reading, I thought I’d share it with you all. Humility is not always an easy thing to walk in. Pride can slide in really quick, and knock the humility right out of us if we aren’t careful. I was really blessed by this reminder this morning and it is something I will be meditating on.

As you read it, allow it to challenge your thinking and sink into your heart. When you’re finished, whisper a prayer to God. We could all use some help in this area😊. I hope you enjoy. God bless☺️🤗

“Our church has a lot of influence, and with that comes a stewardship of influence. I feel responsible to leverage the influence—the platform—we’ve been given. Additionally, we live in a culture that applies constant pressure through social media to “build a platform.” It seems so natural to want to be insta-famous. And that’s not all bad.

Many people use their platforms for good. However, that pressure can become dangerous very quickly. It’s actually quite easy to justify self-promotion. I find in myself a growing obligation to clarify when an idea was mine or to make sure others know that I created the thing others are applauding. It’s sad, but it’s true . . . and it’s so dangerous.

1 Peter 5:6 says: Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

This is so clear. My role is to humble myself under God’s leadership and sovereignty. God’s role is to do the lifting. When my heart is healthiest, God is doing the lifting. When my heart is nastiest, I’m jockeying for position and fighting for credit and applause.

Today, focus on humbling yourself under God’s leadership and sovereignty. Let what God says about you be what defines you. Take the role of a servant and embrace it, whether anyone notices you or not. Take advantage of every opportunity to lift someone else up, even if it means you might not get the credit or the applause for something you initiated.

Your job: to humble yourself.
God’s job: to lift you up.

Clay Scroggins
North Point Community Church”

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV

“This devotional content was retrieved from YouVersion Bible App. I do not own its contents.”

December Writing Prompt

Happy Friday Everyone!

As a writer, I am often searching for things to help get my creative juices flowing, and when I find the right something, it’s always such a blessing to me. In my efforts to be a place of encouragement and inspiration for all those who read my blog, I would like to offer you my own ‘something’. Below, I have attached a writing prompt for the month of December, with its link underneath it. I pray it will not only encourage you but that it will uplift you, motivate you and draw you closer into who God is. Enjoy and God Bless!

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December Writing Prompt

The Lord Is In This Place Too

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”          Psalm 23:4 NKJV

Elevation Worship has a song called, “Here Again”. The first time I heard it, I honestly did not understand what it was fully saying. But as I listened to it over and over again in the stillness of my room, its lyrics began to pierce my heart.

Have you ever gone through a time in your life that made you feel like you were in the deepest pit you’ve ever been in? Have you ever had your heart broken? Lost a loved one? Got let go from a job? Felt like you were walking around aimlessly or directionless? Received an expected bill with no money to pay it? Gotten a terrible test score? Have you gotten some unexpected, painful news? It’s in times like these that life can seem hopeless. As if it was caving in and there is no way out; tears seem to sit tirelessly on the porch of your eyelids. I know this place all too well. Maybe you’re sitting in this place right now, and you don’t know where to turn to.

“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” Psalm 120:1 ESV

“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the Lifter of my head.” Psalm 3:3 ESV

My life has been a myriad of ups and downs, as has all of our lives. And it is in these times that we can easily forget God, and we feel forgotten; not only by those around but God Himself. The pain sets in, and we can begin to feel the pressures of life. And if you’re anything like me, you can shift into superhero mode really quick; grabbing a hold of the falsehood that we can handle it all by ourselves.

This is such an empty and burdensome mindset to have, yet as human beings, we dig our boots in and we let this mindset settle on our heads, like a hat wrapped around our chin in winter. Don’t get me wrong, enduring and pressing on in the face of adversity is a good thing. But without God, without His boost, without His direction, without His strength, it is all in vanity and can cause us to be like a hamster on its wheel. It is when we forget to seek God, or even just remember that He is with us in that place, that we begin to take wrong turns.

“Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

In this passage in Deuteronomy 31, Joshua was getting ready to take Moses’ place, and lead the Israelite’s, God’s chosen people, into the land God had promised them. They had been wander in the wilderness for 40 years, and it wasn’t because God left them. It was fear that kept them from moving forward. It was their inability to remember that God was with them no matter what they came up against, that caused them to suffer for so long.

This is the same thing that happens to us; we forget God in the face of adversity and we carry a burden we were never meant to. A burden I tend to carry around is that when life happens, I have to keep it all together and just to figure it out myself. But this is not what God desires at all!

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”     1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV

And on the day I heard “Here Again”, playing it on repeat, I sat on my bed, in the late hours of the night, as tears streamed down my face, I heard these lyrics:

“Not for a minute, Was I forsaken, The Lord is in this place, The Lord is in this place, Come Holy Spirit, Dry bones awaken, The Lord is in this place, The Lord is in this place”

As I listened, I was reminded. As I listened, I was overwhelmed by the Lord’s presence. As I listened, my sorrow turned into joy. As I listened, I was reminded that Christ was with me in the past, right now and that He would still be with me all the days of my life. I was reminded that He is with us even in the times we’ve forgotten Him, that He has never forgotten us.

Below is the link to the song “Here Again” by Elevation Worship. I pray it revives your heart, and your sorrow is turned into joy.

Here Again

Here Again (Extended Version) | Live | Elevation Worship

And remember: YOU ARE LOVED. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. YOU ARE NOT FORSAKEN. YOU ARE THOUGHT OF. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN LEFT TO FEND FOR YOURSELF. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN LED TO THIS PLACE, ONLY TO BE LET DOWN BY GOD. HE IS ETERNALLY FAITHFUL EVEN IN THE MIDST OF OUR FAITHLESSNESS AND DOUBT. YOU ARE LOVED!

The video was retrieved from YouTube. Images were retrieved from google images. Bible scriptures were retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com. Lyrics were retrieved from http://www.azlyrics.com.

 

Leaning on the Beloved

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A few weeks ago, I was searching the word for scriptures on love, and I stumbled onto Song of Solomon 8. Looking for more understanding of the text, I began looking up different commentaries.  As I searched online, I found a commentary written by enduringword.com, and as I scrolled down the page, my eyes landed on verse 5,

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness, Leaning upon her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5a NKJV

As I read further, there was a quote given from the preacher Charles Spurgeon who was known for his radical preaching and style. He beautifully paints an illustration of his understanding of this bible verse and how it compares to Christ and His church. 

“She leaned because she was weak and needed strength. She leaned because the way was long. She leaned because the way was perilous. She leaned because the path was ascending, going higher and higher. She leaned because her progress took her more and more away from others and more and more to her beloved’s side. She leaned because she was sure her beloved was strong enough to bear her weight. She leaned because she loved him.”

“Beloved, there is no part of the pilgrimage of a saint in which he can afford to walk in any other way but in the way of leaning. He cometh up at the first, and he cometh up at the last, still leaning, still leaning upon Christ Jesus; ay, and leaning more and more heavily upon Christ the older he grows.” (Spurgeon)

The picture Spurgeon painted set a fire in my soul and has helped me understand more and more of what our life with Christ should look like. When I read the scripture for myself, I see the trust and reliance the women placed in her beloved. She knew she needed him to make it to her destination and she loved the closeness her dependency brought. She knew that he could hold her weight (her baggage) and she willingly rested on him without fear. She was not frustrated with his help, but instead, she welcomed every ounce of it. She even trusted his navigation skills, without question, to get her to the place she needed to be. She did not fight against his hold, but instead, she sunk into it allowing his body to be what kept her standing and going. She was okay with the help of her beloved and she did not refuse it. What a beautiful picture that has been set before us.

But I now wonder, what my walk with Christ looks like. Does it mirror this depiction or does it clash with what God truly desires? How about yours? Does it exude the beauty portrayed above, or does it pale in comparison? Be honest with yourself.

In a world that tells us we must be independent at all times and stand on our own two feet, and if we want something then we have to make it happen on our own, this picture causes a conflict to arise against the lifestyle we have become so accustomed to. Though the world tells us one thing, God desires something entirely different.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 NIV

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” Exodus 14:14 NIV

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

 “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” Psalm 127:1 NIV

In all of these scriptures, the common thread is that apart from dependency on God, we can do nothing and can go nowhere meaningful. I don’t know about you, but being successful according to man’s standards, yet missing the plan and purpose of God for my life, is something I don’t want to be a part of. No matter how rich or seemingly influential I could become, if it’s at the expense of my purpose in God’s will, then the world can have it all…no matter how big or how small it may be. Truly meaningful success and influence in the world can only come from being in the will and purpose of God. God told the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Leaning on Christ, as we walk through this life, will bring us to the expected end that God Himself has ordained for us. Think about it, it’s nothing like following a set of directions only to get to the end and the final result is not at all what you expected. But many of us live our lives like this, and Jesus, our Bridegroom, just wants us, His Bride, to look like the Shulamite woman in Song of Solomon 8:5. He wants His love (that’s us) to lean on Him as we journey through the ups and the downs, the mountain tops, and the valley lows, in this thing called life. Our lives here on earth is only temporary, and then we’re gone. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t want to get to the end of many days and realize I leaned more on myself and the ways of man and not on the One who gave me life. And because of this, many people were left untouched by Christ through my life, my purpose left no mark in the earth for the Kingdom of God, and ultimately my life meant nothing because it was not lived out the way God desired. 

“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days FASHIONED for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:16 NKJV

In this scripture, the word fashioned means, “to mold into a form, to plan and to frame. Did you know that God has already written the days of your life? That He has already shaped the path that He wants each of us to live out? We are not always mindful of the activities we choose to take part in and if they are what God wants us to do, and because of this, we are not always walking on the path He designed for us. But know that He has created a path specifically for you with your purpose in mind. Every manufacturer knows the purpose of their product. They know what they created it for, what it can do, the limits it can go without breaking down, and the work it is able to do at its maximum capacity. In the same way, God knows what we are capable of, but it takes a leaning and dependency on Him to bring it forth in the earth.

He knows the journey is not always the easiest or the most enjoyable at times, and He even knows the loneliness that comes with life, and that is one of the reasons why Christ walks beside us. He wants to be there to support us, to walk with us, and be the strength for us when we are weak. He desires to be our resting place and our guiding light. We can get nowhere fast without Him, but it’s only with Him, leaning against Him, can we make it to the expected end He has fashioned for us; journeying together and leading us to all those He desires for us to influence and share the Gospel to. Directing us, in His strength, to make to impact He designed our lives to make. 

So will you lean on Him, and journey with Him? Will you trust Him with your life and destiny, no matter the cost? 

 

All scripture passage were retrieved from, https://www.biblestudytools.com/.

Love is___________

While reading my devotional yesterday from “100 Favorite Bible Verses”, it suggested that wherever you see the word love or it, place your name there. As I inserted my name, I realized how easy it is to miss the mark of giving out and showing the love that God gives to us. I realized that even the smallest shifts in our attitudes can taint that love that God desires to be seen through His children. I repented, asking God for forgiveness and help to show His love to the world, even in the tough moments of life.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

To show love to people, is to show Christ to people. Today, do your own personal love inventory and place your name where you see love and it, and in your weak places of love, repent and ask the Holy Spirit for help. We aren’t meant to do this on our own; loving people can be hard. This is why it is so key for us to lean on the Holy Spirit for strength and help. It is in our weaknesses that God’s grace comes in and bridges the gaps in our lives. It is not by our own might nor by our own power but we overcome bleak areas in our lives by the Spirit of God. So let us lean on the One whose love is perfect, and allow Him to teach us, bridging the gap and developing in us His perfect love.

God Bless!