he speaks

I was reminded of this fact regarding creation this morning:

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

Psalm 33:6,9

Each thing that the Lord made at the foundation of time was spoken into existence. His very word has the power to create.

The Lord also reminded me this morning that He is not finished creating. He is not finished speaking things into existence. He gently whispered to my spirit that He will speak stability, unity, wholeness, and intimacy into my life. How long have I tried to manufacture these things in my life? I have only succeeded in producing short-term counterfeits.

My breakthrough will come when He utters the name of each of my needs. When the time is right, His voice will usher in the provision and transformation that has been on his agenda for so long.

He knows your need. He knows that you are powerless to bring it to pass. Draw near to Him and wait for Him to speak…

set it free

Just a quick blog. Two days in a row… I know. Someone call a doctor!

You know that saying, “If you love something, set it free…” ? The idea is that if you release something that you care about, if it’s meant to be yours, then it will come back to you. If not, then you’re better off without it.

I don’t think it’s necessarily scriptural, but I know that God works similarly to this principle. When I hold onto things, it goes from being a blessing from God to being luggage that I must carry around. When I hold onto things, I am unable to receive anything new from Him because my hands are full. When I hold onto things, I miss out on the blessing I would receive by giving it to someone else.

I learned this lesson anew today. Back up to a few weeks ago… I was packing up baby clothes to take to my sister (who just had twin boys two months ago) and there were some items that I didn’t think I could part with. Of course, my little Levi can’t wear them anymore… but they were so adorable and I was tempted to hold onto them as keepsakes. The Lord pressed me a bit, and I reluctantly folded them up and put them in the pile for my sweet little nephews. Tears…

Today, I received some hand-me-downs from a remarkable friend, who has been loaning me baby boy clothes since Levi was born. I took her the 3 bins of 12-18 mo clothes I had on retainer… and traded them in for a bin and an oversized bag of fall and winter 12-24 mo clothes.

Well, if I didn’t cry (again) while going through the fabulous new wardrobe for my boy. There were some pieces that are identical to the favorite items that I gave to my sister! I received this blessing because I let go of what I had.

Great lesson… one I’ll probably have to learn again and again! God is so good, even in the little things. He is always, always good.

Let it go, friends, whatever it is.  Set it free!

cycle of praise

I was reading in Psalm 67 today…

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us,

2 that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.

4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly
and guide the nations of the earth.

5 May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.

6 Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.

7 God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

I saw the simple cycle of praise and blessing. In the first two verses, we see that God showers us with grace and makes His presence known in our lives so that we will know Him personally.  He wants our reaction to be joy (v. 4-5). When we praise Him for the things He is doing and for the ways He is making Himself known to us, then He is inspired to do more (v. 6-7).

How often the Lord blesses me… and I don’t show my appreciation! Today this psalm reminded me to thank Him for all that He has poured into my life. It reminded me to look for the evidence that His blessings flow on a daily basis.