☔️️ Puddle jumping with the two little ladies that keep my wonder and child-like faith alive. 🌱✨ I have SUCH a sweet and faith-building testimony to share with you.. these two little ladies that I watch are in the foster care system and get picked up every morning I am with them by Mr. Ted. They just love Mr. Ted. 🙈❤️ We weren't going to be able to see him for a few weeks because he needed major heart surgery. Last week I asked Mr. Ted if the girlies and I could pray for him, because he had heart surgery the next day and was very nervous. We wouldn't see him for weeks while he would be in recovery. We prayed and declared peace and healing over his heart..To my surprise and delight, Mr. Ted OPENED THE DOOR to pick up the little ladies THIS MORNING! We all did a happy dance when we saw him and he said "THE DOCTOR SAID I DIDN'T NEED HEART SURGERY ANYMORE! I couldn't believe my ears." Happy tears and happy dances filled our time together and our Lord Jesus was glorified. His love just wrecks me more and more everyday 💞 we can live unafraid and full of child-like faith 🙌🏼
Weaverville. This tiny little mountain town that's birthed some mighty heroes of the faith; reminds a little of Nazareth. John 1:45 "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" -- I am captivated by how God delights in small beginnings. He exalts the humble and those who are truly faithful in the little..those faithful in their small beginning are the ones entrusted with much.
It's hard to describe the feeling I had when visiting Weaverville today. Such a humble little town hidden away upon a mountain. The solitude and peace I tasted of in this little town gave me a greater understanding of the heart position the Lord desires us to be in. What good comes from Weaverville? Just like the God of the universe forever made a name for a little town called Nazareth, by sending the savior of the world to spend most of his life there..forever depositing a lasting legacy upon that city.. I felt that today in Weaverville. Such a sacred and humble peace. A reminder of how God deeply values small beginnings and seasons of preparation. Young David would have not been entrusted the epic mission of taking down Goliath before armies if God had not seen his faithfulness of taking down the lion and the bear when no one was watching. David faithfully served the Lord with excellence and a pure heart right where he was and He was the highlighted son of Jesse anointed to be King.. the youngest and most unlikely. It's about our faithfulness to the Lord, not despising, but treasuring our days of small beginnings; whether in Weaverville; Nazareth, quiet green pastures shepherding sheep, San Clemente, or wherever the Lord is starting out your story, we serve a God who deeply loves every moment of our journeys, and champions us to be fully present in the season of solitude and intimacy with him because these are the very moments of preparation we unknowingly sow into that God delightfully takes note of.
Redding CA. I am humbled and filled with vitality and great expectancy for the future, the more moments I spend here. This place is a city of healing. The miracles I am witnessing, lives being saved, healed and delivered. The stories of faithful and passionate worshippers..children of agod scattered across the nations, gathering in Redding as one family celebrating our joyful salvation and drinking deeply from the fountain of living water.. Revivalists being equipped and sent back out to transform their cities all over the nation and globe .. Redding? Who's ever heard of Redding? What good comes out of Redding? Well God duly noted the deep hunger and passionate pursuit of a handful of revivalists tucked away on a mountain and delighted in using them to shake the nations with revival. The rad thing about Bill Johnson.. Beni, Kris, Cathy, Danny, Eric .. these heros are just as baffled that God would use them to be forerunners of this revival sweeping across the nations. They were just hungry for more of God and were letting the world satisfy that deep craving for intimacy with God and seeing a His Kingdom come. This moves the heart of the Father.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled" Matthew 5:6
"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master." Matthew 25:23
The life stories of these powerful leaders in revival are just so simple and full of faithfulness to God along the jounrey. We have been chosen by our Lord Jesus to keep this thing going, he passed the baton to us.
"The reason the Son of God came was to destroy the works of the devil" 1 John 3:8
"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these" John 14:12
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.." Zechariah 4:10
So mighty warrior in the faith, don't let anyone look down on you for any reason and do not despise the day of small beginnings.. be faithful to the Lord in your heart, hunger and thirst for more of Him and you can only imagine the mighty works He can do through your little, surrendered and available life. ❤️
Ladies, you are so worth being pursued. 💐💕
That deep desire in your heart to be given flowers..that's God-given and beautiful. Don't ever let that desire die. That hope you have to be known and treasured for all you are and all you aren't? There IS a man out there already praying for you and the day he'll meet you. Save yourself for the one who will pursue your heart with passion. Know that regardless of how you've been treated in the past, or even how you've messed up in the past, you are absolutely worth being chosen, loved and treated how you've dreamed since you were a little girl. Wait patiently for the one who will fight for you, and enjoy every moment of pursuing your passions in the mean time.
The good news is, even when that man walks into your life with a bouquet of flowers and all the right, affirming words -- he won't be the one to complete you. You were created for a deeper, eternal love. A love that has pursued you with passion to the point of stepping down off of His throne in heaven & dying for you, fighting the gates of hell to protect you, all to restore close relationship with you. He did it all to be with you. And He is the one who gives life to the flowers on a thousand hills--and delights in growing them for you 🌻 so even when Mr. Handsome comes into your life with the bouquet you've dreamed of, you can let it remind of you Jesus' passionate pursuit of your heart. Remember to always keep Him as your first love.
But rest assured, you are absolutely worth being pursued. Wait patiently for the man who will reflect Jesus' unconditional love for you. ❤️ and enjoy every moment of learning how to love yourself well and receive the healthy love you deserve. Only then can you love others well.