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Undaunted Painting by Davis Maho

Undaunted
Painting by Davis Maho

It seems that my life is full of “I Can’ts. I can’t go backpacking with my family. I can’t eat certain foods because they make me ill.  I can’t travel easily right now due to food intolerance issues. I can’t function like I want to because of chronic fatigue syndrome. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. I hate it.

Perhaps you have some “I can’ts” in your life too. They aren’t fun. In fact they are awful.

But God reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) That doesn’t mean that I will be able to backpack or run races or even function like I want to, but it does mean that what God wants me to do I will be able to do. He will give me the strength to persevere and accomplish what He has planned for me.

I went to a Hopi show at our local museum recently and met my son’s friend Davis there. He is a painter and had several of his paintings displayed. One painting, of a warrior maiden named He’e’e’, spoke to me. The title of the painting is Undaunted.

That is what I need to be. Undaunted by my circumstances. Full of I cans instead of I can’ts.

I can do what God asks me to do. He has allowed the awfulness of chronic fatigue syndrome and food intolerance in my life for a reason and I will do the best to serve Him and accomplish what He wishes for me to accomplish while I’m in this state.

I will be undaunted.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

And so can you….

(To see more of Davis’s work see this link.)

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Embrace the Now Whispers from the Father

Embrace the Now
Whispers from the Father

My Child~

Please stop dwelling on the past. Thinking about the past will not allow you to move forward and that is what I want……for you to live in the present.

So you made a mistake. Guess what? So do all My Children. Let it go! No parent wants their child dwelling on their errors. You talked with Me about it; you learned from it; so move on!

Someone treated you poorly? Discuss it with them if you can and leave the rest with Me. I will bring good out of your pain.

Don’t keep looking behind you. Don’t live in the past. Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes. Don’t dwell on your hurts. Don’t use the past as an excuse to stay stuck where you are.

I have forgiven your past mistakes and taken your sin from you. (Psalm 103:12) I will deal with those who have hurt you. (Romans 12:19) I will make all things work together for good.  (Romans 8:28)

I want you to live in the present. I want you to focus on loving others and doing the best you can now, for Me and for My glory. I want you happy. I want you free. I want you living an abundant life. (John 10:10)

So stop looking behind you and concentrate on the present moment. There is a whole wide world waiting for you to embrace. But you need to be free of the past to fully embrace the present.

Are you with Me? I am with you!! Let it Go and let’s move forward!!!

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven.”   (Philippians 3: 13-14)

 

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I Love You Whispers From the Father

I Love You
Whispers From the Father

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18

I love this verse, because it puts the responsibility for peace on us, but only to the extent that we have control over the problem.

We are not responsible for how someone else thinks or acts (unless, of course they are our child…then we better take some responsibility! 🙂 )

When we get dumped on, accused of wrong doing, maligned, or otherwise find ourselves in an unpleasant, strife filled circumstance with another person we can do something. We are supposed to do something.  We are to seek peace.

If we have done something wrong, we can admit it, apologize for it, and ask for forgiveness. If we don’t understand the situation, we can try to clarify the issue and seek resolution. We can aim to solve the problem peacefully.

But we can only do so much. We can only resolve the problem as far as we are responsible. If we have done what we can and the other person still wants to be argumentative or live in strife, that is out of our control. That is their issue.

When we have done what is possible, when we have done what depends on us to do, when we have tried to live at peace with others, when we have done all that, we can rest in God’s peace, knowing we have done our best. He will take the problem (if one still remains) into His own hands.  And since He is now taking care of it, we must leave it with Him and move forward.  (Philippians 3: 13-14)

We are to be at peace.

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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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You are Able Whispers from the Father

You are Able
Whispers from the Father

My Dear Child~

I want you to know that you are able to take on anything.  Yes, ANYTHING! Whether it is a new adventure that leaves you feeling just the slightest bit intimidated or whether it is a long-standing problem that has yet to be solved, you CAN accomplish what is necessary.

How? All you need to know is that I will go before you, I am always with you, and I will never leave you. So you do not need to be afraid or discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Consider David. The whole Israeli army was afraid of the giant Goliath. But not David. He took one look at Goliath and said “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands.” And that is exactly what happened. David was victorious when others were intimidated. He triumphed because he knew I, the Lord, was with him. (1 Samuel 17)

Now consider Joshua and Caleb. They were two of the 12 men sent to scout out the Promised Land. Ten of those 12 men reported that the men living there were stronger and bigger than the Israelites, and their cities were fortified and large. Caleb, however reported that “because the Lord is with us” we should not be afraid and “we should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (Numbers 13 and 14)

I was pleased with Caleb’s spirit and attitude, for he was willing to obey Me and follow Me.  (Numbers 14:24) The ten men who shared a bad report about the land…..well, they died. Only Joshua and Caleb survived. (Numbers 14:36-38)

Caleb continued to have a “can do” spirit. At age 85, he was very willing to go in and possess the land. He knew I was helping him, and that gave him courage. (Joshua 14:6-15)

Finally, consider Noah. I asked him to build a very large boat because there was going to be a great flood upon the earth. Can you imagine the years it took him to accomplish that? And the ridicule he endured? It had never even rained before, and he was willing to believe Me and do what I asked him to do. Because of his obedience, he and his family survived the flood. (Genesis 6-8)

How about you? Do you have a “Can Do” spirit? Those who have made great discoveries or helped others have all had it.

And you should have that spirit too. You can accomplish anything that I put in your heart to do. Anything. Be assured that I go ahead of you, I am with you, and I will never leave you. (Deuteronomy 31:8) You can do all things because I will strengthen you for the task. (Philippians 4:13)

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This past week I had some circumstances that caused me to worry.  God graciously drew me to Himself and spoke to me the following. Make sure you click on the Bible passages.   May you be encouraged by these whisperings too.

Worry

 My Child, today I sense that you are worrying.  The worrying is making you stressed and sad.  Please come to Me and let Me help you with your concerns.

Worry cannot fix anything and it will only ruin your day by making you feel poorly.  Worrying takes from your life because it creates stress and anxiety.  Worry will tie your stomach up in knots, give you headaches, make you feel sad and/or cranky and cause sleepless nights.  It is not productive for you to worry; it is only destructive.

I know all about your worries and concerns.  I know what is bothering you today.  Instead of fretting over your problems, turn to Me.   Let Me hold you and talk to you.  If you turn to Me and sit in My presence, My peace will surround you and your worries will fade away.

Do what you can to correct your worrisome situation, then go to bed tonight knowing that you did all that was in your power to improve it.  If you wake up and cannot sleep, then focus on Me and say to yourself, “God loves me.  I am His Child.  He will help me with this.”  While you are waiting for your situation to turn around, help others with their problems.  As you bring joy and help to others, you will also bring joy and help to yourself.

Leave your worries and concerns to Me.  I will handle them.   Just watch and see.

Psalm 34:4     Isaiah 41:10-13     Matthew 6:25-33     Luke 10:38-42    

Galatians 6:7     Philippians 4:6,7      1 Peter 5:7

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