Tag Archive | Hope

Reflection Direction, add Salt

There’s fire that burns within–

This is a new chapter in your life, and yet there is much of the old that carries through–as seasoned wine–it is wisdom learned. So, embrace the new but weigh the old, all are good to prepare you for what’s ahead.

You will flourish if you look to Me for guidance, and keep a check on your heart; it tends to wane if there is not fresh activity, but rest is necessary. Take time to be calm and replenish–stay in peace.

This season can be volatile, especially, if you focus on the events taking place in the world. It is important to be informed, but what are you feeding on? Will it bring life or speak death to your spirit?

Balance is imperative

My Word is your plumb-line.

Connect with those of like-faith, but do not neglect to be among those you don’t agree with. You are a light for them to see–in you, they see Me.

Be You!

Be genuine and leave their hearts to Me. It is not for you to change and rearrange–that is My place–I AM the One they must face.

“As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions.” Romans 14:1

“Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7

So, you want to be about My business . . .

Begin by asking yourself this question . . . When they see you, do they see Me?

Who are they? —Everyone you see–they’re looking back at Me. I dwell within

Show them I AM!

“Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” Colossians 4:5-6

“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.” Romans 10:17

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 4:29-5:1-2

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13


I invite you to scroll down to the message, “Books for Inmates,” to learn how you too may participate in sending the Lord’s Compassion to inmates in prisons, jails and rehabs nationwide. Please consider joining this ministry to place “Comfort in the Challenge,” “His Voice in My Heart” and soon to print, “His Voice in My Heart, Vol II” in the hands of those hidden from society, but not hidden from God. These books are filled with messages from the heart of God. Messages of love, hope, healing and freedom; as well as many amazing, true testimonies of the miraculous power and love of God. This author is not taking anything from the first three published books. All money will be invested in books to help those struggling to find new life. We offer hope and the Good News of, truly, a new life in Christ!

Thank you, for prayerfully considering partnering with us to touch the hearts’ of this hurting nation! All donations are tax deductible. Scroll down to “Books for Inmates” for more information. Again, thank you!

“‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:37-40

Books for Inmates

The Gift of Compassion

The Gift of Love

Your generous donation provides vital books to inmates in jails, prisons and rehab centers nationwide! All donations are tax deductible and will be used for printing and shipping thousands of books; offering hope, healing, and comfort to a nation of people hidden from society but not hidden from God!

Thank you for being a part of this life-giving ministry outreach. In partnering with us in this mission, you are partnering with Jesus and helping to set the captives free!

The Gift of Comfort

To Donate go to: http://www.nationofwomen.com/contributions. Scroll down to the ‘Books for Inmates’ image as shown above. Click on the donate button and type ‘prison books’ in the comment section, when it takes you to the fill-in page.

Please give confidently and with a joyful heart. This author is not taking anything from the proceeds of her first three published books. Please make checks out to Nation of Women Ministries, 619 Roberts Cut Off Rd., River Oaks, Tx 76114, and write ‘For Prison Books’ on the check.

Donations will be handled by the publisher, Cindy Neathery, of Nation of Women Publishing, Fort Worth, Texas, for printing and shipping books. Thank You!

To order books go to: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing/authors Scroll down to Lori J. O’Neil

For further verification, you may visit Prison Book Project of Titusville, Florida. There, Joyce and Ray Hall will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You might consider partnering with their ministry! Thank you so much and may God Bless you!

To visit Prison Book Project go to: http://www.prisonbookproject.org


“Lori O’Neil’s latest book, His Voice in My Heart, is so well written and truly penned with God in her heart. Her Testimonials are especially significant to me along with all the love she conveys in every word, sentence, and book she has written. Lori is an amazing writer and I look forward to book four. Thank you, Lori, for this gift!”

Barb Z.

All proceeds, from ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ books ordered, will be sent to Canaanland Ministries of Autaugaville, Alabama. An amazing ministry with a 40 year history of restoring men from a life lost to addiction, to a new life in Christ. Please consider a tax deductible donation directly to Canaanland Ministries as well, by visiting https://www.canaanland.com. Your generous contribution will be helping them to fulfill the vision the Lord has placed on their heart–a Canaanland in every state!

All contributions and proceeds from orders of ‘His Voice in My Heart’ and, soon to print, ‘His Voice in My Heart Volume II,’ will be invested in books placed in inmates hands. Thank you for opening your heart to this ministry and its mission!

“‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:37-40


Planting His Garden

I had a special visit in the night from a reader in Nigeria, to a post that was published in 2013. The title of the post is “Unending Harvest.” Not remembering what it was about, I decided to pay a visit myself. The post is so perfect for “Giving Tuesday” that I decided to re-post it today. “Unending Harvest” speaks God’s heart of what “Giving Tuesday” is all about.

Ironically, last night I said to my son,

“Who started this “Giving Tuesday” thing that everyone joins in on?”

It is like I was led again to that post in answer to my question. . . God started “Giving Tuesday” (long before man made it a day) and Giving Sunday and Monday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday and well, you know.

It is wonderful that everyone rallies on a special day to give, but I join God’s heart in the matter–every day it is special to give.

Every day is a gift that’s been given to you–a gift to be shared.

This “Giving Tuesday,” is the perfect time to thank those that have given funds to help us place “Comfort in the Challenge” and “His Voice in My Heart” books in prisons, jails and rehabs all over the country–Thank you, God Bless you!

Linking arms with you has been a wonderful blessing!

I am so thankful, and delighted to report that ‘together’ we will be “planting” 3,310 books. I believe the harvest is unending that will come from these books; as God’s Messages speak to hurting hearts–bringing hope, healing and freedom to a nation hidden from society, but not hidden from the Lord.

“‘Now I will arise,’ says the Lord, ‘now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.” Isaiah 33:10

There is still time to give. The order has not been placed yet and after it has, the publisher will hold all donations for the next book “His Voice in My Heart, Vol II.” It has been written, now being edited and scheduled to be published and placed in the spring. Thank you, to all who link arms in planting the Lord’s Garden–It is colorful, it is beautiful, it is Love!

Unending Harvest (previously published December 11, 2013)

Do you know that My Garden produces year-round?

And I invite all to come and plant in it. When My Body joins together to tend, My Garden, there is never any lack for harvest.

Blessing flows–continuous abundance!

Plant seeds every day, not vicariously but purposefully, joyfully–given at every opportunity. Give of your time, money, talents, a kind word, a helping hand and more.

Plant every variety of seed you can think of, for I love a colorful garden.

Plant with joy,

for I love a cheerful giver–it brings Me great joy and the joy of the Lord is ‘your’ strength!

‘Prepare’–to–‘receive’

“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread. He is ever giving liberally and lending, and his children become a blessing.” Psalms 37:25-26

“From the fruit of his words a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” Proverbs 12:14

“I know, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness; in the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen thy people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to thee. O Lord the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep for ever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of thy people, and direct their hearts toward thee.” I Chronicles 29:17-18

“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.

As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.’

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” II Corinthians 9:6-10

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:3-4

“In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” Ecclesiastes 11:6

Below are links to order books for yourself or donate to send books.

A project that is bigger than we know, and has only just begun. Thank you for your generosity. Your donation is tax deductible, and will be used entirely for books sent.

Book Order Link: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

Prison Book Donation Link: https://www.nationofwomen.com

*Donate at the butterfly link. Please designate in the comment section that your donation is for the prison books. Thank you!

*You may also visit the Prison Book Project, contact, for further verification of this project, by clicking the link below.

Prison Book Project Link: https://prisonbookproject.org

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

*All proceeds for “Comfort in the Challenge” books purchased, that are not for the book project, will go directly to Canaanland Ministries of Autaugaville, Alabama. Thank you for supporting this vital ministry!

Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

Do not hold back from supporting ministries that are preaching the gospel around the world. They serve the Lord and are reaching places you may never see. When you support the preaching of the Gospel, you support the Lord’s work and hasten our coming Lord, King Jesus

Human nature tends to shoot their best supporting foot, just because it steps a little different than the other. May we all take on the ‘nature’ of God and receive His peace and understanding for one another!

Thank you for sharing this and for your generous donations, in partnership, to reach the world!

Lori J. O’Neil

Special Announcement!

Hello Friends!

I have a special announcement to the world–the Lord has indicated to me that it is time to send the books!

Please let me explain . . .

You may have read previously, when I wrote about the Lord asking me to compile a book of His messages. As I began to do that, ‘prisoners’, arose in my heart so strong that I began to sort messages for an additional book for them as well. It was soon clear that one book was to be two; and ‘His Voice in My Heart Volume II’ has now been written and scheduled to be printed in the spring.

All along it has been strong on my heart to send the books to prisoners.

So when the Lord indicated it was time, I spent an excited and near sleepless night, culling over blog posts on “Inmate Blogger.” A special website, hosted by Suzie Bosko, that gives a platform for inmates to share what’s on their hearts’. So as I read and collected addresses, it was 4:30am when I began to look into the protocol for sending books; only to find that individuals can no longer send books to prisoners; with the exception of ordering from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I was stunned and asked the Lord, “What do I do now?” He didn’t make me wait, not even five minutes, but immediately led me to a ministry in Florida that has, for 26 years, been doing exactly that — placing books in prisons all over the country. I barely slept two hours that night, but I got my answer!

I called “Prison Book Project” the next morning and received from, Joyce, a warm and enthusiastic reception. They have a roster of 2,715 prisons, jails and rehabs all over USA and some outside the country, including our wonderful, faithful troops in Afghanistan, that they send books to–wow!

So I am scraping all I can and my publisher is in process to send 2,500 books.

And today it is strong on my heart to offer to anyone out there, feeling a stirring in their heart, to join us in this special project–please do!

We welcome all contributions, big or small!

To donate, please go to https://www.nationofwomen.com, this is an affiliate ministry of Nation of Women Publishing, my publisher. At this site, funds can be donated toward the purchase of books to be given and it is a 501c3 non-profit, your gift is tax deductible. Visit the secure link above and from a computer, click on the contribution tab at the top. From a smartphone, click on the 4 small lines in the upper right corner and then select ‘contribution’. On the contribution page click on ‘donate here’ button under the butterfly. Please include a note in the comment section that your donation is for the prison books. You may also send a check to the address provided on that website.

All money will be used to purchase books to be given. I will not receive any money from this. Please understand that, for this project only, Canaanland will not be receiving the proceeds, since no proceeds are coming in. All funds are going out, in given books. Canaanland is still and always will receive any proceeds from ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ books, purchased otherwise. I do urge you to continue to purchase, to help that wonderful and much needed ministry!

If you would like further verification of the validity of this project, please do call “Prison Book Project.” of Titusville, Florida. I want you to give with confidence, knowing that your money will entirely be used for this special prison ministry. Visit https://www.prisonbookproject.org for details and contact information.

Please consider acting quickly, as we will be placing the printing order very soon, before the end of this year. I hope to greatly increase that order, beyond what I can possibly do on my own. Together we can bring healing, hope and the Love of Jesus to thousands of hurting men and women all over the USA and beyond! Any monies received after the order has been placed will be held by the publisher in anticipation of Volume II, now written, but in the process of editing; and these will be sent out to prisons as well.

I invite you to re-blog* this to your website–please help me reach the world!

Together, let’s join our hearts’ to bring the Blessing and the Love of God to those that may be hidden from society, but not hidden from the Lord!

If that one is you, you are not forgotten–you are loved!

“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36

“–‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:40

Thank you and God Bless you,

Lori O’Neil

Two new books available to help you in these challenging times . . .

“Comfort in the Challenge.” Published in 2019, and written in dedication to caregivers. A book inspired by God, in provision, before awareness of Covid 19. Read it to be comforted, and encouraged. All messages are spoken from the Heart of God as fresh bread. All proceeds from “Comfort in the Challenge” go directly to Canaanland Ministries of Autaugaville, Alabama. Canaanland has a wonderfully successful 40 year history, dedicated to helping men, desiring to overcome addiction, find new life in Jesus!

“His Voice in My Heart,” published in 2020. A journey of messages God has spoken over the past seven years. In sorting messages for “Comfort in the Challenge,” ‘prisoners’ welled up in my heart so strongly, that I began to sort messages for this special assignment as well. “His Voice in My Heart” is filled with His messages to comfort, challenge and bring restoration; along with several inspiring true testimonies of God’s healing and provision. “His Voice in My Heart” is a special book in your journey to freedom!

The messages are spoken from the heart of God, but are not meant to replace the Word; rather, they serve to lead you to it, give practical application, and encourage understanding of the Word. It is the Word of God that saves, heals and delivers–Jesus, is the Word. Included in both books you will find many scriptures for your study in the Word.

Both books may be ordered from, Nation of Women Publishing, found by clicking the link below.

Book Order Link: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

Prison Book Donation Link: https://www.nationofwomen.com

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

Do not hold back from supporting ministries that are preaching the gospel around the world. They serve the Lord and are reaching places you may never see. When you support the preaching of the Gospel, you support the Lord’s work and hasten our coming Lord, King Jesus

Human nature tends to shoot their best supporting foot, just because it steps a little different than the other. May we all take on the ‘nature’ of God and receive His peace and understanding for one another!

*Please note: For some reason the re-blog button does not show up on the homepage. But I discovered that if you simply click on the title of this post, “Special Announcement” at the top of the page, it will take you to the individual post page; which has a reblog button at the bottom, right next to the “like” button.

Thank you for sharing this and for your generous donations, in partnership, to reach the world!

Welcome 2020!

Hello Everyone, Happy New Year!

EXCITING TIMES–We are no longer teenagers–

It’s TIME for the world to grow up!

2020 is going to be a GREAT YEAR

 

A New Year is the Perfect Time to Begin a New Book!

Now Available, My First Book–

‘Comfort In The Challenge’

“You don’t have to look far to find someone coping with a challenge. It may be a friend, co-worker, parent or child. Maybe you need only to look within. The list of trials in life is endless–the challenge within. But God knows the need, and He knows the heart of the one you love–He knows YOU!

‘Comfort in the Challenge’ is filled with messages spoken from the heart of God. Inside you will find that God loves you and He cares about you, personally, and what you care about matters to Him. He wants to take that care, in exchange, with His thoughts of Love, Hope, Healing, and Direction. He speaks to the need, He speaks to You, to bring you–‘Comfort In The Challenge.'”

© 2019 Lori J. O’Neil

Click to Order: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

All royalties for the life of this book will go directly to the ministry, Canaanland, of Autaugaville, Alabama. Canaanland, takes in men that have lost control of their lives to addiction and crime. Their tremendous (40 year) success rate has often prompted the judges of the surrounding area to offer, Canaanland, as an alternative to jail time. But, Canaanland, is not a bail from jail; it is a golden opportunity for those who truly want a new life! I have met some of these men and they are so full of joy that they absolutely shine–truly transformed by the love of God!

Canaanland charges nothing for a year stay; including room and board for their families as well, if necessary. I find the true dedication of Canaanland, in surrounding these men with love, and the life-changing power of the Word of God, to be unsurpassed. All is made possible through the dedication and hard work of these men, and generous donations of partner support.

It is their vision to have a ‘Canaanland’ in every state and my vision, for this book, to help them realize this goal. Will you join me in helping these men and their families receive a new life? Will you consider purchasing ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ for your friends, loved ones and yourself–for Canaanland? The books are beautiful and I am over-the-top excited for you to receive yours!

Click this link to Order Today: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

Thank you, and God’s Blessing upon you always!

Lori J. O’Neil

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

Info Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

The Season in Your Heart

You are not to be controlled by the seasons, rather, you create, from the ‘season’ in your heart.

Look Within.

Do you see sunshine or despair?

Do you wander in there?

I have created the seasons for your life–they are in there, but you must find them.

If you allow emotion to carry you–you are either running or exuberant, but emotion is not a season; it is a fleeting moment in time.

I want you to find the ‘season’ I have for you now.

It is not a moment, and it will not ‘carry’ you, but you are to operate in it. Use it as a springboard for your faith or for understanding to wait, but seek to understand the meaning of NOW.

All are good, for all will be revealed through the ‘season’ of your life.

Find Me in it–I AM there!

“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10

Readers, my first published book is now available–

‘Comfort In The Challenge’

“You don’t have to look far to find someone coping with a challenge. It may be a friend, co-worker, parent or child. Maybe you need only to look within. The list of trials in life is endless–the challenge within. But God knows the need, and He knows the heart of the one you love–He knows YOU!

‘Comfort in the Challenge’ is filled with messages spoken from the heart of God. Inside you will find that God loves you and He cares about you, personally, and what you care about matters to Him. He wants to take that care, in exchange, with His thoughts of Love, Hope, Healing, and Direction. He speaks to the need, He speaks to You, to bring you–‘Comfort In The Challenge.'”

© 2019 Lori J. O’Neil

Click to Order: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

All royalties for the life of this book will go directly to the ministry, Canaanland, of Autaugaville, Alabama. Canaanland, takes in men that have lost control of their lives to addiction and crime. Their tremendous (40 year) success rate has often prompted the judges of the surrounding area to offer, Canaanland, as an alternative to jail time. But, Canaanland, is not a bail from jail; it is a golden opportunity for those who truly want a new life! I have met some of these men and they are so full of joy that they absolutely shine–truly transformed by the love of God!

Canaanland charges nothing for a year stay; including room and board for their families as well, if necessary. I find the true dedication of Canaanland, in surrounding these men with love, and the life-changing power of the Word of God, to be unsurpassed. All is made possible through the dedication and hard work of these men, and generous donations of partner support.

It is their vision to have a ‘Canaanland’ in every state and my vision, for this book, to help them realize this goal. Will you join me in helping these men and their families receive a new life? Will you consider purchasing ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ for your friends, loved ones and yourself–for Christmas? The books are beautiful and I am over-the-top excited for you to receive yours!

Click this link to Order Today: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

Thank you, and God’s Blessing upon you and yours this Christmas and always!

Lori J. O’Neil

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

Info Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

 

I AM The Cure

Anxiety has become an epidemic of great proportion, but they treat the symptoms with a substance that will not cure, only pacify.

I want to heal them.

I want to remove the fear–wipe away every tear.

I AM the cure.

“With them indeed is fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah which says: ‘You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. for this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.'” Matthew 13:14-15

Many expect instant answers for relief from the pain; invested a lifetime without any gain; yet give me just a moment–refusing to stay.

Yield to My Way; the Way to be healed–yield!

It takes time to build a kingdom and yet moments to tear it down. Just turn away and destruction begins–until you yield again–turn My way and enter in.

Resisting is the key–resist Satan and he will flee. But resisting isn’t passive you see.

Aggressively order him to leave!

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

When anxiety comes–command fear to go; order pain away. I didn’t leave you defenseless, but you must come to your senses–it’s all in My Word. I will heal your body, but you must guard the words you speak. I will deliver you from shame, but you must find the time to seek.

Yield to stay–I AM the Way you seek…

Guard what you speak!

“And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.” Matthew 8:13

“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.” Matthew 9:20-22

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened.–” Matthew 9:27-30a

“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal.” Matthew 9:1-2

“And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” Matthew 9:6

“And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Matthew 8:14-17

“”Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who build his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”” Matthew 7:24-27

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

“Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!” Psalms 128:1

 

Exhale to Breathe

An empty heart is quiet and feels nothing–as if numb. You think you cannot go on and you really don’t care anymore for you are weary–spent.

There is so much hope for you, for you are in the best position to be filled!

For there is room for Me.

You see, when one is casting about–struggling with feelings, thoughts and emotions, I AM just more noise in the midst of their chaos.

I lead My sheep beside still waters that they may drink.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.” Psalms 23:1-2

You cannot drink in the midst of your struggle. You must be calmed, quieted. For you to be filled, I must be welcomed–invited.

Empty out that I may come in.

Releasing all the turmoil, struggles and fears to immediately receive My Peace, Comfort, and Hope is like exhaling to breathe again.

Fresh Air–No more despair.

The exchange that must be led by you.

For I do not force Myself upon you; I wait for you to realize that you need Me. I lead you to a quiet place, then offer you a drink.

“As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.” Psalms 42:1

Fresh water–the substance of life; It is and–

I AM

“How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings. They feast on the abundance of thy house, and thou givest them drink from the river of thy delights. For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light do we see light.” Psalms 36:7-9

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

“Teach me thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name. I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever.

For great is thy steadfast love toward me; thou hast delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” Psalms 86:11-13

 

 

Hope Springs Eternal

The substance of a heart is much like the substance of faith. You cannot see the substance of a person’s heart, for it is hidden inside, but you have an idea of its makeup and, by outward expression, you receive an understanding of how it feels, reacts, responds. You speak to that person and you can tell if there is love within.

So it is with faith–you don’t see it, but you have an impression that it is there, and it is revealed by the outward expression of hope. In other words when hope takes action, a response of faith springs forth–hope springs eternal.

If you put action to your hope, faith emerges, and as faith emerges, you are encouraged. As you are encouraged faith grows–springs out of your heart as a stream of life…

Flowing

Allow this faith to flow from your heart, through your mouth, mixed with the Word, and it shall not return void or empty. Hope shall spring eternal.

Your answer will come!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Rom. 15:13

“He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water'” Jn. 7:38

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.” Prov. 18:4

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1 KJV

“–because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” II Cor. 4:18

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” II Thess. 2:16-17

 

 

 

Gifted Hands

Stir up the gift that is within you by the laying on of hands.

This practice has been greatly misunderstood. Many are the novices that are too quick to impart and extend their hand to another, foolishly, speaking anything that comes to mind; often of the flesh and not through My Spirit. Others have demeaned this practice and refused it as foolishness.

My Word says not to be ‘quick’ in the laying on of hands. It is meant to be an impartation in the Spirit. The elder blesses and exercises faith over the younger in the Lord. This is not determined by age, but the impartation of wisdom in the Spirit. There are times when a child shall lead.

Exercise faith through the laying on of hands…

  • Impartation of the anointing
  • Expression of wisdom, when spoken through faith in the Spirit
  • Strengthening faith in the one who receives by point of contact

All are good when done in faith through the wisdom of the Spirit and spoken rightly.

Let all things be in order, by faith, and in love.

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’ And he laid his hands on them and went away.” Matthew 19:13-15

“And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant; and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise’?” Matthew 21:14-16

“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you.” I Timothy 4:14

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20

“Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor participate in another man’s sins; keep yourself pure.” I Timothy 5:22

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2

“Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who will no longer take advice–” Ecclesiastes 4:13a

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.” Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25

“Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy 4:11-12

“So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; but all things should be done decently and in order.” I Corinthians 14:39