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Fallen Apples West Fork Oak Creek Canyon Whispers From the Father

Fallen Apples
West Fork Oak Creek Canyon
Whispers From the Father

These apples reminded me of the bible verse “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)

And while these aren’t golden apples, and there is no silver in Oak Creek Canyon, I was reminded that words have the power to heal or to harm a person.

Here is what I heard the Father say to me….

My Child~

Words are powerful. They can heal and encourage a person or they can break their spirit. (Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 12:18) You know that don’t you? I bet right now you can bring to mind those who have cut you through, and those who have encouraged you….all by the words that they spoke.

May I suggest that you always speak kindly to others? The right word spoken at the right time can be a huge blessing to someone. (Proverbs 25:11)

You have no idea what another person might be going through in their life. Even if they are rude, mean, spiteful, hostile or spewing garbage in your face, respond with love and kindness.  A kind and gentle word from you can quiet their spirit. (Proverbs 15:1) And when you bring peace to others you are demonstrating that you are My Child. (Matthew 5:9)

Choose to speak kind and encouraging words to someone today. (Ephesians 4:29) It will make their day, and yours too!

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Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Dear Child~

Do you know that I created you to do good works? (Ephesians 2:10)  Yes, I want YOU to do great things with your life!

Do you think you are too old? Moses was 80 when I called him. (Acts 7:17-36)

Do you have trouble speaking in front of people? Moses did, so I gave him a helper. (Exodus 4:10-14)  (These days I would recommend a Toastmaster’s meeting; check it out, they are awesome 🙂 ).

Do you think you are too young?  Joash was seven years old when he became king. (2 Chronicles 24:1)

Are you inexperienced? So was David. I called him to be a king when he was a shepherd boy. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Does the task seem too big? David confronted a giant.  (1 Samuel 17:1-50)

Are your resources too small? The disciples had that problem when they were asked to feed thousands of people. (Matthew 14:13-21)

The point is, all you need to do is offer yourself to Me. If you are willing to be used, I can make up for anything that you lack.

I have even been known to use a donkey and a fish to accomplish My work. (Numbers 22:21-34) (Jonah 1:17) So don’t be surprised when I call you.

Perhaps you will be called to love children. Maybe I will ask you to help the sick, the poor, or your next door neighbor. Perhaps you will be the doctor who will solve a great medical mystery. You do have a calling…..a calling that is designed specifically for you. Are you listening?  I have great things for you to do! Let’s get on it!

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Grace and Peace

A Quiet Place Whispers From the Father

A Quiet Place
Whispers From the Father

My Dear Child~

Many times in the Bible you will find the following words: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2) Do you know why it is there? It is because I want you to experience My grace and My peace.

For by My grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:8-9) And by My grace you receive favor and blessings. (John 1:16-17)

I also give My peace freely to you, so don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

If you are feeling unworthy, unloved, condemned, troubled or afraid, find a quiet, peaceful place and spend some time with Me.  Allow Me to love you and bestow on you My grace and peace.

Once you are filled, go forth and spread My grace, love and peace to others. They need it too.  (Ephesians 2:10)

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While on a family vacation this summer, our son Matt was the DJ in our car, playing songs from his iPod for our enjoyment. One song became my favorite:  Live Like That  by the Sidewalk Prophets.  (Click on the words to listen to the song…it is well worth your time!)

This devotion came from that song.

My Child~

How are you living your life?

Do you help others and show love when everyone else walks away? (Luke 10:25-37)

Are you taking time to help the least fortunate of My Children? Those without food, clothes, water, or shelter? The lonely? The unwed mother? The drug addict? Those who are sick? Those in prison?  (Matthew 25:31-40)

Do you take time to sit with Me, feel My love, learn from Me and worship Me? (Luke 10:38-42)

When people see you do they see Me? (John 14:9-11)

Do you long for the world to know My love? (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Do you love Me and others with everything you have? (Mark 12:30-31)

Does everything that you say and do point to Me?  (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Are you living your life to the full with excitement and enthusiasm? (John 10:10)

Are you living like that My Child? I hope so! I want you to!

Others need to know Me and My love and they are looking to you for answers. If you Live Like That, you will be pointing them to Me, which is good, for I am the answer to all their questions.

As you go out into the world, remember that you are My ambassador and I am always with you! (2 Corinthians 5:20Psalm 46:7)

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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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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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I initially started writing these thoughts based on Mary’s being turned away from the inn and having to give birth in a stable.  Then the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut occurred.  We don’t know why Adam went on his killing spree but I wonder if feelings of loneliness or rejection were part of his problems.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families.  God wants us all to know that we are wanted and loved by Him.

You are Wanted

My Child, have you ever felt left out?  Rejected?  Unwanted?  Cast away?  Shut out?

Maybe you’ve been the last person chosen for a sports team.  Or, you grew up in a home where there was little to no parental involvement.  Perhaps you had no one to sit with at the lunch table at school and you rode the bus alone.   You aren’t invited to parties and no one asks you to dance.  People look at you, turn away and whisper.   Your spouse or boyfriend walked out on you.  Your ideas are scoffed or laughed at on the job or at school.  Perhaps you are excluded from activities because of a mental or physical handicap or chronic illness. People consider you too tall, too short, too ugly or too dumb to be included in their group.

Take heart, My Child, for other Children of Mine have also been rejected, unwanted and excluded by their family members or other people.  But I never forgot about them and I am always thinking about you.

David’s father, Jesse, summoned all of his sons but David when the prophet Samuel came to his home to anoint the next king of Israel.  He left David outside tending the sheep.  (1 Samuel 16:1-11)

Joseph’s brothers tossed him into a cistern then sold him as a slave to merchants traveling to Egypt.  (Genesis 37:12-28)

Daniel’s beloved king was forced to cast Daniel into a lion’s den.  (Daniel 6:10-16)

Mary, a pregnant teenager, gave birth in a stable because no one made room for her in the inn.  (Luke 2:4-7)

These Children of Mine were all rejected by others as you might have been. But, you need to know that even though others have rejected you, you are always included in My family. Right now My Son Jesus is preparing a special place just for you!  (John 14:1-3)   No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, I want you, I’m looking for you and I wait for you with open arms.  (Luke 15:11-24)

Don’t turn to hatred or violence because of your rejection.  Turn to Me!!

Here’s the end of the story for my other Children:

David became the greatest king that Israel ever had and reigned for 40 years.      (1 Chronicles 28:4)

Joseph became second in command to Pharaoh in Egypt and saved many lives.  (Genesis 45:4-8)

Daniel survived the lion’s den and continued to prosper.  The king issued a decree that all the people were to reverence the God of Daniel.  (Daniel 6:19-28)

The poor teenage girl became the mother of the Messiah.  (Luke 1:26-33)

Like these other Children,   I have special work that only you can do so don’t worry when others exclude you.  You are part of My family and I love you.  Come to Me and feel My love and acceptance.  Then, look around you My Child.  There are others who have been excluded and left out too.  Go and show them My love.  (Ephesians 2:10)  I will be with you.

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You are Special

 

My dear Child, I want you to know that you are so very special to Me.  I created you and you are wonderfully made.   You are a one-of-a-kind person.  I ordained where, when and to whom you would be born.  I think of you all the time and I love you so very much.  I am always with you.  Do you know these things?

Even if others have said that your birth was an accident, it was not.  Remember that My Son was conceived in the womb of an unwed teenage girl. That inconvenient, embarrassing, unplanned pregnancy was orchestrated by Me!  Members of your own family may have belittled you, walked away from you, forgotten you or rejected you, but you are always wanted, always loved and always included in My family.  You are My dearly loved Child and you need to know and remember that.

Perhaps you are now faced with an unexpected pregnancy.  No pregnancy is unplanned as far as I’m concerned.  Just as I planned Mary’s pregnancy, I plan each life that is to be born.  If you will listen to My voice, and follow My leading, great things will come from that little life and your life will be blessed as well.

Just like Jesus’ birth and life was planned for a certain time and place in history to fulfill My purpose, your existence is planned for now.  You have a role to fulfill, My Child, and only you can fulfill it.  Perhaps you will become a doctor and heal the sick and make great medical discoveries.  Perhaps you will minister to the poor and needy or help restore broken lives.  You may become a teacher who imparts knowledge and wisdom to inquiring minds and encourages students to reach for their highest potential.  Or, you may be like Esther or Joseph who intervened on behalf of a people group to save lives.  Your role may be to encourage and love those in your neighborhood, at your job or within the walls of your own home.

Remember, My Child, that you are one of a kind!   You are uniquely created and gifted with certain abilities that allow you to love and help others.  There is no one else on the entire earth exactly like you.   So, go out into the world as My dearly beloved, one-of-a-kind Child and use what I’ve given you to serve others. They need the love and special touch that you, and only you, can give.

Genesis 45:4-8     Esther 4:12-14    Psalm 27:10 and 139:13-18

Matthew 1:1-25      Ephesians 2:10

 

 

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