Monthly Archives: March 2017

Wading Through Muddy Waters

Blameless Wade Thru Mud

Wading Through Muddy Waters

The massive strength needed to trudge through the muddy waters resembled more of a controlled, predictable gait, mirroring the confidence honored from the instincts that guided her next move.  She moved so swiftly, you’d never know her lack or hunt.  Her consistent fortitude simulated being well fed, full of faith and contentment exhibited by the play-like wading through the thick muddy waters all in the game of provision.

Her work is never affected by slim pickings, cloudy days, depression, bloating or PMS.  She is grateful for her daily bread.  Her comforts and submission are turned to the One who knows all things so there is nothing interfering with her loyalty and integrity.  Not even the pathetic whines that require way too much wine to numb the senses.

She finds rest and peace, ready at a moment’s notice, to please her master.  She knows Him and believes He has her best interests at heart even when she doesn’t see its fruition and the relentless hunger pangs remind her of the deficit.  Her mind stays focused on the trust that He will provide for her need, provision and protection every step of the way. 

She is reliable and a true hero.  Because her convictions rule her faith walk, each stride produces character traits that do not change like the raging storms and people around her.  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).  

I don’t know about you, but when financial struggles strike our very heel, I would sure love to wade through the muck and yuck of those muddy waters with vigor and freedom mirroring such trust and confidence in my Lord’s provision rather than trudging through it fearfully, barely able to keep my head above water.  All that does is waste precious energy anyways in being exhausted emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

If we could only remember to put our hearts and devotion into seeking and hearing our Lord and believing in His promises while walking by faith and not fainting by sight, all these things would be given to us with peace and vitality.  We just have to be patient and wait on the Lord and His timing by saying “thank you.”

Victory will come through trust when we dare take our eyes off of ourselves and our problems, get out of that bad neighborhood girlfriend, and look towards our amazing Lord who goes before us to pave and prepare the way. 

He blesses us with the gift of others who help encourage and pull us through all the muck and yuck and some that will even dare sit right smack in the middle of it all as we cry out for help.  They understand what it’s like and know our tears will turn into joy in the morning.

Don’t give up on Him, Beautiful Beloved.  He will provide!  I know, I’ve been there before and God delivered in such a profound and dynamic way, it was almost too overwhelming to receive.  There’s a reason for this very season and it will pass before your very eyes carrying that blessed miracle of provision.

Talk about being brave!  Money is a hard master to control and a deceptive one at that.  Just look who’s coming to protect and carry you, Beautiful Beloved.  We must never lose sight that the King of all kings comes first, the Lion Himself, to guide His precious princess lionesses who make sojourning this side of heaven exciting, and then comes His delectable provision and feast.  Integrity rules!

Blameless On The Hunt

These girls are wading through muddy waters with bravery and strength.  No depression or isolation here to suggest anything but victory.  They are well nourished and adequately provided for.  These friendships courageously plow through life being Brave And Determined warriors (#BADwarriors)!  They are beautiful and confident beloveds leading each other to the finish line in sync with integrity.  They remind each other of the provision right around the bend.

Beautiful Beloved, don’t let your perceived lack take over the power and place that only God can offer and sustain.  God is your master, not money; let Him deliver!  Perfect peace that surpasses all knowledge can be obtained through financial crises if only you will trust Him and His timing!  “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26).  God is not ignoring you, He sees everything and cares for you.  Give Him some room to work as you rest at His feet.  He’s got it covered.

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Brave, Beautiful You!

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Beautiful Blue You

 Beautiful Bouquet of Blue Butterflies!

Automatic obedience?  I’m a work in progress and a tad bit slow, but that’s what makes my gifts extraordinaire!  Those golden nuggets strategically placed just awaiting my presence makes this journey so exhilarating.  I am nothing short of a little girl skipping merrily along with my Easter basket in tote hunting for those hidden treasures my Lord has placed along the pathway just for me.  He loves my excitement as I squeal with delight as I find them, just like any good father would when blessing His children.

This morning I was challenged by my Lord during quiet time to embrace a time-out by hiking to clear my head and encounter His beauty and promises through nature.  I wrestled with Him through excuses like, “With my maxed-out day, you want me to go hiking?  What about my high pain level?”  Through my typical Tammy Tantrum and objections, I happened to shrug with an attitude to boot demanding, “I better see my rare and beautiful blue butterflies then.” 

Call me a spoiled brat!  I am and so PROUD OF IT!  Here my Lord asks me to take a break from all the demands vying for my attention and my spoiled and pathetic attitude barters with the Lord God Almighty demanding this encounter with MY (me-me-me) rare and beautiful blue butterflies that I haven’t seen in years.  My daddy knows what these butterflies mean to me, much like He knows the joy and peace I receive when He paints those magnificent portraits at sunset in the sky, JUST FOR ME!

These absent blue butterflies guided me quite a few years back on the Ravine trails that brought hope and assurance at a time sojourning this side of heaven crossed roads with an uncertain pathway that I needed clarification on.  Being aligned with His will is vital during a time when significant decisions are needed.  My faith and Spirit residing within me knew exactly what it needed for clarification:  “Just follow the blue monarch butterfly.” 

I did.  That obedience led me to one blue butterfly that guided me to another blue one that was stuck in the mud.  The amazement was that there were over 50 other blue butterflies just waiting for it to be released nearby.  This community of butterflies surrounded this one stuck beauty and refused to leave until the meticulous use of leaves pried it from the mud.  Talk about splendor as I sat and watched a bouquet of blue butterflies emerging from the ground I was sitting on.

Each step began with pain and a lot of grumbling, but once the tunes were on and I started worshiping the Lord, my mind started clearing and I watched nature blossom before my very eyes.  I was no longer rushed, just enchanted.  The crisp coolness from the gentle breeze excited my senses along with the fragrance that the orange blossoms offered as I skipped joyfully along with awe and praise.  Those initial grumblings were replaced with shouts of joy as I praised my daddy for this gift.

Praise not only changes our attitude, but it ushers down the presence of the Almighty and turns our gong sounds into sweet lyrics towards God that proclaim how amazing He works.  He not only blesses me with the road in which to take, answered prayer; but He affords me the luxury to speak life into a few of my beautiful girlfriends who are going through really hard and trying times right now.

My girlfriends have honored and graced me with complete trust where their bleeding and tattered hearts are exposed and shared with my heart for consolation.  I know their pain.  I can remember that pain.  Those sobs of anguish and convulsions of deep fears and despair that pour out of their tender hearts echos pain I once walked through and was graciously delivered from.

Beautiful Beloved, God sees you and hears you.  Your world hasn’t fallen apart, it is falling into place.  I know you are feeling blue right now, and I wish so compassionately that I could take your pain away.  But what I can offer you is to remind you how loved you are, continue to offer you a shoulder to lean on, a warm heart filled with lots of hugs and love, and a quiet presence to continue to allow you to cry, be prayed over, and supported as you’re surrounded by beauty and hope.

Don’t forget to cleave to the Truths found in the Word.  You were created and designed by God for His glory (Isaiah 43:7) and you are His masterpiece and work of art (Ephesians 2:10) so do not lose heart.  He is reaching down to help you get back up and fly, beautiful blue you.  Meditate on Psalm 116:1-7 as God bends down to deliver you:

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice;

He heard my cry for mercy.

Because He turned His ear to me,

I will call on Him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,

the anguish of the grave came upon me;

I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:

“O Lord, save me.”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;

our God is full of compassion.

The Lord protects the simplehearted;

when I was in great need, He saved me.

Be at rest once more, O my soul,

for the Lord has been good to you.

Praise the Lord, Beautiful Blue You.

He Hears You and Will Deliver You!

Blameless Blue Monarch Butterfly

 

You Are So Beautiful!

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You Are So Beautiful!

You are so beautiful!  No matter what you think or what I think, you are so beautiful!  Every imperfection and battle scar and idiosyncrasy just introduces and highlights the depth and layers of your unique beauty.  Look at yourself.  Look into your eyes.  On the surface they may resemble a green marble with brown hues due to years of sun damage or even pale blue, but look at how they twinkle radiance when you take the time to grace your uniqueness. 

Beautiful, our beauty is skin deep, not just superficial makeup that we paint on each and every day.  There is a reason we arise and are called blessed.  Those that witness us see us as beautiful.  They see through our veils of deceit and polluted lenses.  They see us through the life of Christ.  They see us through the lens of purity.  They see us as a light that illuminates darkness.  We are beautiful because there is no one like us.  God designed us in His image (Genesis 1:27) in every color, style, shape and size.  He did this because without each other, there is no beauty in the bunch!

And Beautiful, I challenge you to chew on these Truths in the Bible every day.  Write them on the tablet of your heart.  When you realize who God says you are, your worth and value, you will understand what it means to be confident without need to compare yourself to others and conform to what society dictates as being beautiful.  You will radiate your beautiful self by standing tall wearing your crown securely, because you will know and experience how loved, cherished and pursued you are. 

Remind yourself of these Truths and speak them over your life daily:  I am beautiful because I am God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).   I am beautiful because I know I have royal blood running through my veins and that I am God’s temple and His spirit resides within me (1 Corinthians 3:16).  I am beautiful because my beauty portrays a woman of virtue, a woman of God.  I am beautiful because I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and God’s works are wonderful.  And when God says He makes everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11), that means He created ME in HIS image (Genesis 1:27) and I shall never forget that I am His work of art (Ephesians 2:10).

I become more beautiful each and every day because even though I may be outwardly wasting away, inwardly I am being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).   And because I have searched the scriptures and have received the wisdom that God says about me, I know I am beautiful because my Lord says, “She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed” (Proverbs 3:15-18).

I am beautiful; look at me!  When I smile, you can see the depth of me.  Never forget, Beautiful Beloved, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  Now that’s beautiful!

Charm may be deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but God says in 1 Peter 3:3-4, “Do not be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.  You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

Oh, Father God, I pray that you let all of us Beautiful Beloveds taste and see what you see and start to believe.  Help remind us to meditate on Your Word, Your Love Letter, day and night so we can remember what fine works of art we are.  Help remind us that we are altogether beautiful and there is no flaw in us (Song of Songs 4:7), not one. 

Let us pray:  Oh, my Lord, Your love surrounds me like the great expanse of sea.  Let me feel Your Love crashing over me.  Immerse me with your living waters and swing wide open the floodgates of your Truths upon my heart.  A downpour to wash over me and make me clean.  Oh, how your Word was once nothing to me, now is everything before me.  Oh, how Your Love has set me free!

Remember, Beautiful, in closing, what a beautiful name it is, Jesus Christ, and He is our King.  Don’t believe me, listen to The Name of Jesus by Hillsong Worship.

Until next time…

Live, Laugh, Love!

 

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Thank You For Being Beautiful You!