The Father’s Favour

Father, You are righteous and just, perfect and holy. You are without beginning, without end. There is no measuring of Your days for You flow endlessly like a mighty river rushing into the ocean. You are the Creator who is uncontainable just as the oceans would not be contained had You not drawn a line in the sand and said, ‘this far and no farther shall you come.” Your spoken words set the tides in motion, the moon to wax and wane and the sun to give us light, life and warmth.A place provided

Would you trust Him fully beloved and live in surrendered obedience to His Majesty? He has plans for you that are good. You have heard for years that He has plans to give you a hope for your future and plans to prosper you and cause you to bear fruit.

Don’t be complacent with the word of truth. Lean hard into Him when your circumstances appear to contradict His word of promise. Your circumstances will change, His word will not.

If you would join Him at the river and experience His indwelling presence and power, your roots shall grow deep. Difficult news shall not shake you nor shall calamity strike you down before your time. Instead, you shall bear fruit and bring forth that fruit in its season at the right time.

Be mindful, beloved of our God and His ability and desire to teach you and lead you in the way He intends for you to go. Do not be stubborn like the mule; instead be pliable and trusting in His hands. You always have the choice to follow or not, but it is there in that sanctified purpose where He enables you to get wealth.

Wealth is not always the currency of our day. It may be golden treasures from His word, a supernatural ability to lean your entire being upon Him. His plan is to go before you making crooked places straight and opening doors for you with just a whisper and a breath. His favour on your life is greater than gold.

He knows your way beloved. He knows your rising and your sitting. He fully understands and discerns your thoughts. He knows why you do what you do and why you think and feel a particular way. We can hide nothing from Him.

His word, more powerful and precise than a lightning bolt will divide your soul and spirit; piercing and separating your joints from the marrow and all of you lays bare and open to Him.

Never fear the division of the word for it brings us into alignment with Him.

In the piercing and dividing, He gives you clarity and wisdom as He positions and aligns you with His purposes and plans. Your spirit, soul and body will synchronize with the thoughts and intents of His heart. His word will be alive in you even as Jesus lives within you and the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead shall quicken your mortal body to the abundant life He has promised.

This is fruit bearing beloved. This is why we must allow the Gardener to shape us as He prunes our dead and straggling branches. There is great beauty in the pruning so never run cringing in fear from the shears.
He is creating in you a work that will bring Him much glory, honor and praise. He loves you beloved with a fierce and jealous love and He wants all of you. He loves you and His blessing is upon you, surrounding you with favour as a shield protects a warrior.

Go forth in peace and joy, flow in the mighty stream of love. You will be a light of hope to those who are walking in darkness simply because He lives within you and nothing can hide the light of His presence in you.

Your Redeemer walks with you and there is hope for redemption for all.

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For those Days When Trust is Hard

Every single one of us go through experiences that cause us to make choices one way or another for God.  His Word tells us that each day is one that He has made and that it is a day to rejoice.

He causes each sunset to give way to a new sunrise that brings us fresh opportunities for obedience in areas both small and large. The choice of attitude we adopt is always up to us.

Surrendering to love, surrendering to trust in the Father’s plan and purpose for our lives will give us joy we never dreamed existed!

Obedience borne of love will see us in an attitude of praise, gratitude and trust regardless of our circumstances.  We will choose to rejoice.   The Word we have hidden in our hearts is to rule our emotions; without questioning the relevance or reasons we are simply to rejoice.

However, when the days in our lives come that threaten to topple the tranquility of the life we enjoy what gives us balance and stabilizes our hearts?

Nothing will stabilize us, bring peace to our souls and quiet our racing hearts but the Word of God that we have hidden in our heart.  Hiding the Word in our hearts is a discipline and a choice and it isn’t the easiest and most pleasurable pastime but it works and is effective!

The Word of God will rise to quiet the straying thoughts in our heads that threaten to take us way off course.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad is what the apostle Peter tells us when we face trials and hardships.  Our hearts will be able to rejoice when we make the choice to worship our unchanging God of mercy and might, compassion and companionship.

His friendship, His loving touch, His spoken words, His whispered encouragement and comfort all come to mean so much more than anything outside of Him can bring to us.

He is worthy of our praise and adoration, worthy of our worship and exultation regardless and in spite of anything we see in the natural areas of our life.

Repeatedly His word proclaims that He has goodness stored up for those who love and trust Him.

God has such a precious steadfast love for us, He takes great pleasure in the prosperity of His children and we are prosperous when we wait for Him and hope in His mercy and unfailing loving kindness.

The deepest core of our being waits earnestly and expectantly for the Lord for He has promised to be our Help and our Shield.  We can rejoice because we are one with Him.  But it is hard, so very hard sometimes to wait with patience.

Let us never grow weary in waiting upon Him, for His mercy and loving kindness is upon us in proportion to our waiting and hoping for Him.  We can rejoice in our afflictions for it is in the afflictions that we have cause to look for, hope for and wait upon our God.

Today I am calling out for His mercy. I need Him to undertake for us like never before.  I have neither strength nor ability to deal with the situation of today.  I need Him.  I need Him to release a buyer for our home.  I need Him to encourage us and show us His mercy by showing us how He has been busying Himself with our every step.

Psalm 37:23  The steps of  a righteous man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way and He busies Himself with his every step.

We might lament and say, oh, what if He does not delight in me, what if I am not considered righteous?  Read on…

Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour who saves!  He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in silent satisfaction and in His love He will be silent and make no mention of past sins or even recall them; He will exult over you with singing.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For our sake, He made Christ to be sin so that in and through Him we become righteous.

Proverbs 16:9  A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

2Corinthians 5 establishes for us that we are the ‘good man’, because He has made us to be the righteousness of God in Christ.  This is His Word and it is forever settled in heaven.  Selah.

Proverbs confirms the Lord is directing our steps, has directed them in the past and continues moment by moment to direct and establish our steps.

And Zephaniah? He confirms the joyous fact that the Lord rejoices over us and delights in us.  God is in our midst, loving us, pleased with us.

Jesus lifts up the hem of His garment, rises and dances because of His great joy and love for us!

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 30:18  - and therefore the Lord earnestly waits, expecting, looking, and longing to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving -kindness to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed, happy fortunate, to be envied are all those who earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him, for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship.  - from the Amplified version

Where do you need a touch from God, what are you believing God for in your days?  I pray these words will bless your heart and inspire faith and trust in the One who loves you more than we can ever imagine.

Oh, and if you want more words to inspire your heart to deep intimacy with Jesus, grab a copy of my book Beckoned by the King at this link:  I know you will love it!

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The Field of Our Hearts

We have treasure buried in the field of our hearts; treasure we can depend on and trust in.

The treasure shines bright, it never loses its value, and its currency is even greater than gold.

However, for many of us we have covered that treasure with worldly thinking and a worldly focus.  Soon, this field of our hearts is a mound of dirt rather than a field of good, rich soil bearing good fruit.

Trusting in God with all of our heart requires a stripping away of the layers of dirt and veneer that cover the untruths needing removal.  We don’t think about the lies and falsehoods we believe until we are confronted with a situation.  In fact, until a difficult situation arises, we are not even aware of what our hearts are truly trusting.

Where is your heart trusting?

As in the process of the sale of our house, the Lord showed me how I have been trusting in my own dreams and perceptions.  I have been looking at approximately how much money we might end up with after the sale, focusing on that and I hear the Spirit of the Lord say, “the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness peace and joy.  The Kingdom of God is treasure buried in the field of our hearts.  The Kingdom of God means focusing on the intangible and not on what we can see.”

Our beloved God wants us to look at Him alone and be so enamored by His beauty, grace and kindness that we lift up holy hands in worship, praise and adoration.

Psalm 63:4  I bless You every time I take a breath (Praise You Jesus, I bless You Father), My arms wave live banners, (I bless You Lord, I bless Your Holy Name, Worthy are You Lord, Worthy are You, Lord),  of praise to You.

The simple physical act of lifting our hands before the King can bring change to our circumstances.  How?  When we come before Him with closed hands, we are holding onto what we perceive as ‘ours’.  However, the truth?  We are stewards and the only treasure we possess is the immeasurable greatness of the glory of God in the field of our hearts!

The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy, he goes and sells all he has to buy that field.  Matthew 13:44

We possess this glorious treasure, this divine Light of the Gospel in our frail human hearts.  Our hearts are the field and the field can be pure or strewn with litter and covered with mounds of earth.  These ‘mounds of earth’ are covering up the treasure.  The mounds of wrong thinking and perceptions shade and bring eventual darkness to the field of our hearts.

If we were to ‘hide precious treasure’ in a field we wouldn’t be leaving telltale marks of its hiding place so the enemy can easily come in and steal from us.  No!  We keep a pure heart and a heart wholly trusting in the Lord and in His promises.  Hiding His promises in our hearts so we do not sin and hiding His Word in our hearts to keep pure.

The Treasure is Valuable

The value of the intangible Treasure of God can be lost when we keep our eyes too long focused on the riches of this world.

The treasure of God’s glory never loses its value; we just allow it to feel of diminished value by looking at the glittery pseudo-gold of the world.

Can you see as you lift up your holy hands to the Lord, palms upturned and fingers spread wide; can you see all that you have been holding onto slip right through your fingers…

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Don’t hang on

Let it go

Empty hands

Lifted to God

Are filled

Nothing is ours

All is a gift

Everything belongs to God

We steward

Obey His Word

Lift holy hands

Breathe and bless His Name.

He is good.

God is the giver of every good and perfect gift and God our Father has already given us all we need for life and godliness so will you trust Him with your whole heart?  Will you ask Him where the mounds of earth are so you can uncover the treasure buried in the field of your hearts? 

 To God, all of who we are is laid bare.  The truth of who we are reveals itself to us as we hear the voice of God tenderly speaking to our hearts. As every moment of every day of our lives is lived in the light of His holy purity, our conscious thoughts are more apt to be God-focused and God-centered and ultimately our subconscious thoughts take care of themselves. 

That which is underneath receives a constant cleansing as we renew our minds with the Word of God.  Like a magnet to metal and moth to the flame we are inexplicably drawn to the center of our Father’s heart.

Holy purity is seen in the lives of those who are wholly consecrated and set apart for the glory of God, those who have emptied their lives of self’s desires-not just for God’s praise for works well done, but in order to be full of something much greater. 

How can we carry the weighty worthiness and honorableness of God Almighty in anything less than sanctified lives?

Will we die so that He may live through us? Will we  die to our will, our way, our wantonness?  Will we let His glory bring light to our understanding so we might know how to put on the newness of truth in our minds and how to walk and live and talk like God in true righteousness and holiness.

The breastplate of righteousness guards the glory of God within us even as it breaks the power of sin’s dominion over us by our consistent good and right choices enabling us to walk in the love and peace of God.

Your life and all that you are is a gift; have you abandoned yourself in your pursuit of God and the giving out of what He has given you? 


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Faith and Fishing

I realized the other day that the selling of our home is much like FAITH and FISHING!

Very loosely, our realtor can be likened to our Father God…very loosely likened but I think you’ll get the gist.  Our realtor is good, we trust him, our plans align with his and he is working on our behalf.  That sounds like our Father doesn’t it!

I can’t see what he is doing day by day, I just have to trust his integrity, trust and believe that he is doing what he said he would and could do ~ sell our house.  He knows our time frame and my job is to trust our realtor.  Trust that he will accomplish the plan.  That sounds a lot like faith!

We don’t have to second guess decisions we have made that have carried us to this point in time.  We waited on the Lord so we would have total peace before Bruce chose his retirement day.  We figured (he) figured out many scenarios regarding finances and life in general and came to a mutual agreement that September 1, 2015 would be his retirement day.  We are on the ten week countdown.  After thirty years with the same company, that isn’t much time…

The timing happens to coincide with these projects that are being planned for North East BC.  (read post here where I share how I trusted in those plans) That coinciding is not an ‘accident’ because the Lord and Bruce and I are working and living cooperatively.  Together, trying to mesh hearts and wills and lives.

God gives grace for those times we miss it, but this time of selling our home is not one of those times of ‘missing it’.

We have to trust God’s word of truth that a man plans his way but the Lord directs his step.  Proverbs 16:9

When we apply that truth to our circumstance, when we rub it all over our days, the Lord truly can be the One in whom we have confidence.

Oh and fishing!  How does our house selling relate to fishing?  Well, we have a great home (the lure), we are in a great location (where the fish are biting), the lure has been let down into the water (when it was advertised for sale) and now we have to do what any good fisherman will do well.  WAIT!

The Lord says, ‘Be still and know I am God.  Be still in your waiting and have confidence in Me.’

When we took our grandson fishing a few years ago,DSC_0089 Bruce taught him how to tie the (hmm, I am content to take the readied line and drop it over the side of the boat, enjoy the sun, the sparkles on the water, the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves, spotting the eagles’ lookout) Bruce was teaching him how to prepare the line and how to count the lengths as he let his line down.  Anyways, the point of this is that Jeremy would reel his line in every few minutes for one reason or another ‘just to check’.DSC_0077 - Copy - Copy

He hadn’t matured to the point where he was able to trust that his Grandpa had taken us to the perfect spot, given him a proven lure and was operating the boat at optimum efficiency for catching fish!DSC_0107

When I tie these scenarios together, I come up with this:

I can trust the Lord my God.  I can look back over forty years and remember many of the difficult circumstances and know that the Lord led me and navigated the way through the wilderness.  He allured me with His love in the dry and barren places and made His sound known to me.  I have seen His faithful provision time after time, always right on time.  He has provided and blessed and stretched and taught me how to dig my roots deeper into the soil in His garden of grace and truth.  He is not going to take His eyes off me now, nor will He stop thinking about me or cease in plans of goodness for a future filled with hope in His promises!

The Lord is my helper, I can and will trust and be confident in Him.


Can you think of areas in your life where you need to trust and just be confident in the Lord your God?

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I’m All In Faith Sea

DSC_0706So when my friend Heather Mertens asked me if I would like to share a prayer once a month  for her closed ALL IN Prayer and Praise group on Facebook, I felt pretty humbled because she has some great warriors in the group.  I said yes of course, because I can learn so much from y’all.  Hey, as a Canadian I do like that little bit of slang!

I am choosing to use my blog for my prayers, simply because I like writing out my prayers and posting them.  I think many of you like it too…Continue Reading

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