The Warm and Fuzzies

Can you remember the first time you fell in love?

I don’t mean when you were twelve, and you developed a crush, but more, the time when it seemed like there’s only the two of you in a room full of people. Or, when you want time to stand still, as you talk about your hopes and dreams together.

When you’re in love, life just seems that little bit better, a little bit richer. You see life clearer, or maybe in technicolour.

Do you remember the ”warm and fuzzies” you get every time you think of that person? Or, when your heart skips a beat the moment, you see them? It’s because everything is new and exciting, and you want that feeling to last forever.

Even after twelve years, the love for Kieren, my Husband, has deepened, strengthened, and become more intimate, as we have journeyed through life together.

Yet, when I think of Christ’s love – true love, it’s sacrificial, it shows that we need to put others before ourselves and forgive each other when issues occur. Yet, the thing that I feel we forget most to do, is to renew our love for one another, every day

Love is a choice.

We choose whether we are going to love each other, or not. We determine whether we forgive. We decide whether we put others first.

I want to get the ”warm and fuzzies” over Christ, daily.

I want to remember that God’s mercies are new each morning.

I want to remember to transform my mind into becoming more like Christ, and less like me, because then each day I will be filled with ”technicolour” as I see the world as God intended.

Therefore, let’s remember to fall in love with God (and each other) all over again – let’s make everything new – and then tomorrow, let’s do it again.

”This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

What’s Holding you Back?

Rebekah was a faith-filled woman. She was someone who chose to put her trust in God, even though, to those around her, her choice may have seemed ridiculous.

In western society today, people would think that Rebekah was crazy (I do) – she intended to travel with a man whom she had never met before now, and live in a land that she did not know, to marry someone whom she’d never spoken to – let alone seen in person

There was no ”swipe right” to confirm or disregard a face. No social media ”stalking” to check out that person’s whereabouts over the last six months. Or maybe a coffee date in a well-known store, to ensure that people would have seen them together…

Rebekah made a split-second decision that would affect the course of History because when she was asked a question, she did not hesitate.

How many of us today, are still praying about an opportunity that we were asked about?

God prepares us for our destination. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get a memo with the manifesto on. However, there is usually peace surrounding that crazy idea.

Am I saying, that behind every life-changing decision, is God – no I am not. But, God will speak to your Spirit, and deep within, you will know, without question, that this is from God

So my question to you is…if you know this is of God…

Will you go?

Fly Away

Initially, I read past this verse this morning, but I felt like God was drawing me back, to linger, to ponder, to reflect…

Do you ever feel like you want to press ”pause” on life? To run to God, and just ”be.”

David showed me this morning that sometimes, no matter how close we are with God, there are times when it is ok to want to ”fly away” from the circumstances we are facing or the craziness of it all, and rest.

David was in despair over the betrayal of a close friend. To him, he described the need to have wings like a dove. This bird stays low and doesn’t fly far, but will take shelter as soon as they can.

Sometimes there is a need just to get away from it all. To spend time with God in His presence, His refuge, and strength, because there will always be the hustle and bustle of this world, but as David spoke on, we have to make time and be in the stillness of God’s peace, so that we can restore our soul.

True peace can only come when we retire, with God, in solitude.

So today, I encourage you to ”fly away”, and cry out to God with your deepest desires, your heartache, or to just cry because of exhaustion…God’s waiting

The One Thing Needed for Revival

Cliché?

A little…but actually it’s the truth

Many people assume that revival starts in the hearts of unbelievers, yet when you think about it, a believer needs to burn with a passion for what God has called them to do, before anyone hears the name, Jesus.

I see it, as a person ”catching” a Holy fire and then running with it, so that the flames touch others, and therefore, it burns into those people’s hearts, and so forth.

Revival is not meant for one person. Generally, you can trace a fire back to its source, but revival is meant for THE Church.

God’s heart is for His church to catch the fire, so it spreads amongst the nations. One last great revival.

So what fuel do we use to get this going?

Repentance

(Oh my goodness I used that word! 😆 – Yet, it’s the truth)

Even some Christian’s still do not like this word, which is why there’s still work to do in the hearts of God’s children because we have forgotten that it’s not about us.

True revival points everything towards Jesus. We need to worship the one true King because it’s all about Him. It’s all about worshipping God, praising Him, and giving thanks.

It’s about repenting of that hatred still in our heart.

Repenting of the unforgiveness.

Repenting of the idolisation of others.

Repenting of not loving everyone, as God loves us.

Repenting of anything that God can see, but we can’t…

Why has repenting become such a dirty word? It’s simply realigning our hearts, with God’s

God is calling us into a heart of repentance, because it brings us into the Light, and therefore, God’s true Presence once more…

…this is no longer a side glimpse, or standing on someone else’s shoulders to get a peek…this is being engulfed, drenched, and encompassed by His love that everything else fades into existence. This is as if we are surrounded by the Saints and Angels worshipping God, as His glory is revealed over, and over, and we are bowing down in reverence to it all

And let’s be honest – once we have tasted and seen that kind of revival, we will never abandon God again, because we will call on the name of Jesus, as this Holy Fire sweeps through THE Church and out into the very depths of the world

“Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more.” Psalms‬ ‭80:18‬

Leading the most Exciting Life

Life should be fun…

…full of laughter, adventure, and endless joy, but after it’s all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?

I came across this quote yesterday by Spurgeon, and it got me thinking (surprise surprise) on life.

What are we ultimately wanting from life? What are we seeking? But probably, the more important question should be – What would you like to be known for?

We have all been placed on this earth, by God, for a purpose, with purpose. This discovery to our soul is simply founded by our relationship with God, because, as we journey with Him, we discover not only who we are, Who’s we are, but also what we have been called to do.

I want to be someone who isn’t afraid to step out with God, and that, no matter what He asked of me, I will put my faith in Him, rather than my circumstances.

I want to be known as an individual fearless in my faith.

Should life be boring? Absolutely not!

God gave scientific discoveries or books of knowledge, to those of us who love to think.

He gave waterfalls to those of us who love to be in awe of the wonder of this world and tramp five hours to see a glimpse of something breathtaking

He gave snowflakes to those of us who love the magical qualities of each flake, in beauty and unique design.

And, He gave stars to those of us who want to look up, and gaze at what could be.

Life can be as exciting as we want it to be, and therefore, I pray that we experience everything that God wants to show us, and that, we put our trust in Him, to give us our best life.

He is, after all, the God of exciting, endless, possibilities

” I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ” Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬

Accepted to Righteousness

Revival has become a sticking point, and in many ways, is now a taboo subject

Yet, I have read that revival comes time and time again, when there is a hunger for God, a need, or a desire, but unfortunately, we now live in a community that acceptance is demanded – no matter what the cost.

We are a race that seeks to be known for how we feel, rather than what is right in the eyes of the Lord

Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)

This Scripture does not say that loves means there is no sin. Therefore, we can decipher what is right or wrong from the Word of God.

Yet, we have a society that thinks love is acceptance, but a Father loves their children, not necessarily the behaviour, or accepts what they have done

The Word is alive and active, so when we apply Truth with reality, something shifts so that we see our lives for what they truly are – a mess of ashes that God wants to restore with a Crown of Beauty.

When will we hunger and thirst for Christ’s return again?

When will we love everyone the way Jesus loves us – without compromising righteousness, over fear?

I want revival, and I want it in this lifetime

This world is dying, because it does not understand the need for a Saviour, and the worst part is, we accept death as apart of life

Revival comes when we realise that this life is only but a moment in time, and for us to experience its fullness, we need God

Experiencing God’s Power

I reflected on the quote above this morning, and I hope you will do the same…

We all know that we have been called by God, to do things in this lifetime that are beyond our comprehension, and also, in our weakness, we find God’s strength.

But the thing that plays over in my mind, is the fact that we can become so over-familiar with the call on our lives, that we no longer seek God.

I think back over the warriors of our faith – the great cloud of witnesses who are looking down upon us, and cheering us on each and every day – they all desired God more, sought after His presence, and obeyed God’s direction

So many of us are afraid of seeing the Spirit move because we want to be in control, that we stop powerful shifts in people’s lives

Let’s stop and remember that God can do more in a second for an individual than we can in a lifetime, but when we move with the Spirit and are filled with God’s power, God uses us to move in ways that we have only read or dreamed about

My prayer is that humanity will stop trying to control their circumstances, and turn to face God (daily) because that my friends, is when Jesus will return

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