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Europe 2013 Tina 059My Child~

You want love, joy and peace in your life, right? Guess what? I can impart all these things to you if you will let Me. If you allow My Spirit to work within you, you will experience more love, joy and peace. You don’t have to work hard to experience them; you just have to cooperate with Me to allow them in your life!  (Galatians 5:22-23)

First, and above all, you need to know that I love you. No matter what you’ve done, no matter if you love Me or hate Me, I love you. (Ephesians 3:18-19, Romans 5:8)

As you experience My love, you can begin to walk in love and share love with others. You will be happier and so will they.

Open the door for the woman pushing the walker. Pick up the jar of mayonnaise that just fell on the grocery shopper’s toe. Make a favorite meal for your family. As you walk in love you will know Me more for I am Love. (1 John 4:8)

As you realize that I love you, you will have joy. And that joy will bring you strength.  (Nehemiah 8:9-10) Have you noticed how negative emotions sap your energy and strength? Don’t focus on negative thoughts, focus on positive ones! Walking in joy instead of negativity will increase your strength. Try it! Spread happiness and cheer wherever you go and you will notice a new light in your eyes and a bounce in your step!

If you want peace in your life, you can take it from Me; for free. You do not need to be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27) Isn’t that wonderful? There is no need to toss and turn on your bed at night. Turn to Me and realize that I care for you more than you can imagine and I will always be there for you.

Come to Me now. Allow Me to love you. Feel My love surround you and wash over you. Feel your sadness turn to joy and your anxiety turn to peace. Just experience Me. Know that I am with you, loving you, holding you, caring for you and guiding you. Get quiet for just a moment and experience ME. Then, after you have spent time with Me, go out and walk in My love, My joy and My peace. I am always with you.  (Isaiah 41:10)

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Hiking to Deer Creek Falls, Grand Canyon National Park

Hiking to Deer Creek Falls, Grand Canyon National Park

Sometimes life doesn’t go as we would like and we find ourselves in situations that we would rather not be in. And those situations can last a long, long time.

I felt God telling me the following as I watched my family leave for a hike in the Grand Canyon….something that I used to be able to do, did all the time and now really miss being able to do.

May the following words bless you if you find yourself on a different path than you used to be on.

My Dear Child~

You wonder why you can’t do the things you used to do. You see others doing what you want to do. They are heading down a path that you used to be on and you aren’t on it any longer. I can see that you are sad and discouraged. You wonder if you will ever go down that path again.

May I say to you that your path is not their path.

If you pause and assess the situation, you will see that you have trained others so they can take over what you used to do. You have passed on the torch to others and they are carrying it well. And even though you want to be part of what they are doing, I want you to be doing something else.

Asking why something has happened may not help you as My ways are not your ways and you won’t always understand why I allow what I allow. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Instead of asking “Why?” ask “What?” What can you be doing to help others given your current circumstances? Another question to ask is similar: “How can you bring glory to God now?”

You are a unique individual. There is no one like you, there never has been anyone like you, and there will never be anyone like you. (Psalm 139:13-16) So, if your path has changed, that is because I need your abilities in a different area. Sit back, take a look inside at what makes you tick, take a look at your circumstances and apply what you’ve been gifted with to help others and bring glory to Me.

If you are confused then talk to Me. I love it when you spend time with Me. I will clarify what it is that you need to know. (1 John 5:14-15) Consider Job, who had many questions during his trials, I heard him and responded. (Job 38-41)

Take heart, My Child. While your path may have changed, your usefulness has not. Your talents are most certainly needed. But they are not needed (at least at this time) on the path you used to be on. They are needed in a different area. So, stop looking where you used to be and take a moment and assess where you are. Then, don’t ask “Why?” but ask “What can I be doing given my current circumstances?” and  ask “How can I bring glory to God?”

And I will answer.

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My Dear Child~

I know that you are hurting now. Things look very bleak, life doesn’t seem fair, and you have no desire or strength to go on. Just persevere for a little while longer. Often hard times precede good times.

Let Me show you a few examples from My Word:

Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers and wound up in prison (for years) in Egypt. Eventually he became second in command to Pharaoh and saved many lives.  (Genesis 50:19-20)

David was looked down upon by his family. Though he did nothing wrong, he had to live in caves because King Saul wanted to kill him.  David eventually became king over all of Israel. (2 Samuel 5:1-5)

Moses had to flee after murdering an Egyptian and spent 40 years tending livestock in the wilderness. He was later used to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. (Exodus 12:31-41)

Esther was an orphan but she was chosen to be queen to King Xerxes. Her uncle suggested that her royal position should be used to spare the Jews from destruction. Esther bravely decided to approach the King on behalf of her people.  (Esther 4:12-16) The Jews were spared because of her bravery.

Job was a righteous man (Job1:8) yet he lost his children, his livestock and his health through no fault of his own. Later, Job received many blessings. (Job 42:12-13)

Finally, consider My Son Jesus. Although innocent, He was beaten and left to die a cruel death upon a cross. But that was not the end. He rose again! His death paid for everyone’s sin so that people could have a relationship with Me. (1 John 2:1-2)

What seems bleak, unfair, or the end, may be the means through which I will help many people. And you may be part of that grander plan. So, hang in there My Child. Keep persevering. A brighter day, a day when you will understand the reason for the difficult times, a Resurrection kind of day may be just around the corner!

Oh, and in case you are wondering where I am during those hard times….I am right beside you.  (Isaiah 43:2) (Daniel 3:19-27)

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God’s Heart

My Child~

Do you know what tugs at My heart?  You do! You are always on My heart! I am always thinking about you! (Psalm 139:17-18) I love you when you go to church and I love you when you mess up and make mistakes. I love you when you help others and I love you when you are selfish. (I don’t like the selfish part but I still love YOU.)

The hurting and the vulnerable tug at My heart the most:

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

The Lord is my Good Shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You need to know that I am your Shepherd and I am able to lead you to restful places and restore your troubled soul. I am always with you and I will always comfort you. I will fill your cup to overflowing and will surround you with goodness and lovingkindness. You need not fear any bad thing when you are with Me. (Psalm 23)

My Child,  I am Love. Let My Love surround you and abide in you.  Let My Love totally saturate your being. (1 John 4:16) Know deep down in your soul that                I LOVE YOU!

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God has been challenging me to walk in love 24/7.  Every thought, motive, action and interaction with myself and others is to be love based. It’s disconcerting how often I slip out of love and into frustration, irritation or worry. God then reminds me that He is Love and He is always with me so it is possible for me to always walk in love. I challenge you to join me in a 24/7 love walk this month!

My Dear Child~

I hope that you know and understand that I love you so very much.  You are my special creation and I treasure you. (Psalm 139:13-18) Make sure you treasure yourself also. There is no one like you. No one with the same looks, abilities, voice, eyes or genetic make-up. You are special! Love and celebrate yourself! I do!

Do you know what I want from you?  I want you to love Me, love yourself and love others.  (Matthew 22:36-40) That’s all.  I don’t have a long list of “Dos” and “Don’ts” for you.  If you love Me, love yourself and love others, you are doing what I desire.

How can you show your love towards Me? Walk in love. (2 John 1:6)

What is love? Love is being patient when you’d rather show your irritation. Love is returning kindness when others hurt you. Love is being happy for others when they possess something you want. Love doesn’t boast about possessions or abilities, but is humble about one’s accomplishments. Love is not self-seeking; it seeks to help others. Love refrains from becoming angry quickly, but seeks to understand the situation. Love forgets the wrongs of others and focuses on the good instead. Love is never happy with evil but is joyful when the truth is proclaimed. Love always protects others, is willing to trust, and hopes for the best. Love will never, ever give up on anyone.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Are you loving others in that way? It is what I want you to do.  (1 John 3:18)  (John 13:34-35) It takes effort to walk in love on a daily basis, but it is worth it. You will bless others and find joy and blessings for yourself if you live a life of love.

And don’t forget…..I love you!

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My Dear Child~

You wonder if I love you.  The answer is YES!! I am love, did you know that? I love you so much that I sent My Son into the world for you.  (1 John 4:9-10) You see, sin separates us.  (Isaiah 59:2) If you are separated from Me, then your life is not the fullest and the best that it can be.  I want you to have the most abundant life possible!  (John 10:9-10)

While you were still doing wrong, when you didn’t know Me or care about My ways, I was seeking you.  I am always searching for My Children who stray.  I want them back with Me. (Luke 15:1-10)

My Child, seek to understand and be rooted in this love of Mine. It is there that you will find your security and have the proper foundation to live your life.  Dwell on how broad, long, high and deep the love of Christ is for you. When you are filled with Christ’s love you are filled with Me, since I am love. (Ephesians 3:17-19).

You may think that you are unworthy of My love or that you have done too many wrong things to be accepted by Me.  That is simply not true.  Moses was a murderer, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Abraham was a liar, Noah got drunk, Jacob was a deceiver, Jonah was disobedient, Sarah had unbelief and Rahab was a prostitute.  Yet all these people, and many more were forgiven and used by Me.  You are never beyond My love and My forgiveness.

It is never to late to return to Us.  One thief waited until he was dying to turn to My Son and he was welcomed home.  (Luke 23:32-43)

Our love for you is constant and unending.  Accept Our love. Accept Jesus’ sacrifice on your behalf and come home to Us. We are waiting for you with open arms.  (Luke 15:11-32) Come sooner rather than later. In fact, come now. Don’t wait until your dying breath. Your life on earth will be richer and full of love if you turn to Us now.

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This week, I’ve enjoyed listening to Don Francisco’s song  Only Love is Spoken Here

Out of that song and the Scriptures, God shared the following with me.  I hope you enjoy both the song and the devotion.

My dear Child~

Did you know that I am love? (1 John 4:16) When you are hurting and need someone to hold you and love you, come to Me.

When life is hard and you feel weary, burdened, stressed and beat down, come to Me.  I will protect you, strengthen you and give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28-30)  (Psalm 46:1-3)

When you have failed, come and talk to Me about it. There is no need to fear. I want to love you, restore you, and assure you that you are My Child. (1 John 1:9) (1 John 3:1)

Stay for as long as you need to.  I’m in no hurry.  After you feel loved, restored and refreshed, then go and share My love with others. They need it. And you are the perfect person to offer it to them.  (John 13:34-35)

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My Child~

With the start of 2013, I know that you are looking forward to new and better things for your life.  Do you know that I am also a fan of new and better things?

When you allow Christ to be your Savior then your old life has passed away. The wrong that you did is tossed aside.  All things are made new again!  (1 Corinthians 5:17)

Once you become a Christian and you “mess up”, don’t worry.  Just turn to Me and confess what you did.  I will make you clean once again.  (1 John 1:9) Your sin will be removed from you as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)

Once I forgive your sins, My Child, I no longer remember them.  (Isaiah 43:25) So, may I suggest that you also forget the transgressions in your past?  If you keep bringing yesterday into today, it will be harder for you to move forward into the bright, new future I have for you. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

There is a brand new year in front of you.  Come, let’s go together.  I am happy to be your guide.  (Psalm 48:14)

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I have been in awe this past week reflecting on the fact that the God of the universe chose to live among us.   What a humble, loving, amazing Savior and King we have!   I hope you all can internalize and embrace that God truly is with us.

Have a glorious, blessed Christmas Day!

God with Us

My dearest Child~

You wonder if I love you.  I most certainly do.   I love you so much that Jesus, My Son, came to live among you.  (John 1:1-5, 14)  (John 3:16)  He came to you in the most helpless, humble form of all, a baby.  He lived among you not as a king, but as a carpenter and teacher so you could approach Him without fear. He demonstrated love, mercy and tenderness and He taught you about Me.  He died a horrible death so you could be forgiven and always be in a relationship with Me.  (1 John 2:2)

When Jesus returned to heaven, He sent a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to live inside you.  (John 14:16-17)  The Holy Spirit is always available to help you.  You are never alone, My Child.  So when you are confused, frightened, or lonely just turn to Me.  I am as close as your next breath.  (1 Corinthians 3:16) You don’t have to struggle, worry, be anxious or depressed.  I am always available to love, guide and comfort you.

I am not some far off deity that is unconcerned about you.  You don’t have “to do” anything to get to Me.  You see, I’ve done it all.  I came to your earth to show you the right way to live.  I died in your place so you wouldn’t have to suffer or be separated from Me.  I will come and live inside you to comfort and guide you always, if you will let Me.

I am the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace who was born to you.  (Isaiah 9:6)

I am Immanuel.  I am God with you.  (Isaiah 7:14)  (Matthew 1:23)

Always remember that, My Child.  Always.

Merry Christmas.

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