At the Crossroad of Decision

Jeremiah 6:16 “This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Look, Ask, Walk, Rest. Four words. These four small words boiled down, give us God’s thoughts in making a decision. Look to see where He has been working and already starting to lead.

Ask Him what He’d like you to do.
Walk in obedience in the direction He is asking you to go. Rest in Him, rest in your decision. Sometimes, it is a wrestling match and yet, I know He will win…and I want God to win in my life!

He whispers to me, in a matter of time, this decision will be settled and I will bring it to fruition. Just watch now and rest in me. Oh, how I am starting  to enjoy this part of the decision-making!

Rest, not worry and wait. Love me and enjoy me in the process, His heart whispers to mine.

Praise you, Lord!

A Heart That Stirs

Exodus 35:21 (NKJV)
“Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.”
Is your heart being stirred? Is God creating something new in your life? Or, is He asking you to bring an offering to Him? He could be asking for a tithe, but my thought is He also asks for us to give an offering of something else– our hearts. Our heart is where our decisions are made, because we decide out of our affections what we love and what we want to do. Our beliefs create our emotions. Our emotions then create our reactions and our responses. If I am reacting in ways which are explosive, violative or snide and snarky, fearful and doubting, there is something about my core belief that needs to be explored. In God, I can ask Him to examine my heart, my will, my affections, my mood. I can pray to have Him point out what is the root of my belief. My identity is formed around these beliefs. Instead, I need to let God help me form my identity in Him.  God is love and He loves you and I perfectly and unconditionally.
When we allow God into our hearts, we can make space for Him to fill us up. Now, we will start to make decisions happily based on His desires for us. And, our identity is based upon His love for us and not upon what the world
or what others feel about us. Then, we can go about doing God’s work, touching other lives with His precious love and grace.  So, rise up! Listen to the stirrings in your heart. Make some positive Holy Spirit inspired changes and throw off the garments of old beliefs! Then go confidently in Him.  Thank you, Lord for your loving touch upon my life today. I will listen to your stirrings, empty myself and make space for you to move fully in my heart and life. Amen.
Excerpt from Holly’s upcoming book:

“Reigning Fire: Discovering Holy
Spirit Grace In Your Fiery Trials”

Three Things About Today

Zechariah 4:10 (NIV)

1. Don’t despise the day of small things. God is working out something good and amazing for you in the quiet, ordinary, slower days.  Those seven eyes are the eyes that range to and fro throughout the earth, looking for hearts that are fully devoted to the Lord, looking to do His will, even in the small and seemingly unimportant days. All the days and moments are important to God!

 “Who dares despise the day of small things,  since the seven eyes  of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen plumb line  in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

 For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

2. “You are the apple of my eye and I love you,” says God, The Almighty One. Whoever messes with you, has to answer to me! In God, you are a treasured possession–highly valued and cherished. Do you know this? Do you believe it? It is true! Once we know how much we are loved and cared for by Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him, then we can go and be His ambassadors, spreading His Good News and love.

Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

3. “Not by might, nor power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.

I guess, I need to get out-of-the-way and Let God be God! I am going to cooperate with what He (Holy Spirit) asks me to do and then, I’m going to let Him make it happen. Do I have to do my part?

Absolutely. But, I can relax right in this moment, ask for His help, guidance and direction. Next, I actually do my part! Then, I let go of the outcome, leaving it up to God to bless my efforts, give me

favor, without me looking for accolades outside of myself. Blessedness occurs when God gives me a divine hug and a kiss with a willingness to give Him all the praise, honor and glory. Amen to that.



The Alabaster Jar

The Alabaster Jar.

While Jesus was in Bethany, a woman came to Him  with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as He was reclining at the table. The disciples were angry. “Why did you waste this perfume on his head?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold for a very high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26:6-9) Jesus knew their thoughts and where their thoughts came from. He asked them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a
 beautiful thing to me.”
This woman did not hold back what was hers to give away and neither does Jesus to us. What is your Alabaster jar of costly perfume? What do you love and what is more precious to you possibly even more than Christ Himself?
Is it your husband, your children, your career, your education, your status, your pets, your hobbies or worldly possessions? Nothing compares to the great love of Jesus! He is the Lover of your soul and the lifter of your head. He is your Redeemer, your Deliver and Healer.
 He is your Shield, your Strength and your Rock. He is your EVERYTHING!
The woman in this passage showed an extravagant love to her Lord. In Jesus’ day, this perfume or nard was most likely a costly heirloom, passed from generation to generation. It was a precious commodity to this woman. Nard was sealed in a  one time use, marble like container.  The vessel had to be sealed well, so the perfume would not evaporate. You had to break the neck of the container to pour out the contents. Once the vessel was opened, there was no turning back. It had to be used up all at once or be wasted.
We are so blessed that Jesus’ love does not evaporate when we mess up our lives! Quite the contrary, really. He is just waiting to flood us with His loving presence and forgiveness. He woos us back to Him with an everlasting love. We just simply have to ask His forgiveness and turn away
from our sins.
This woman gave all she had to Jesus. She knew once she opened up the perfume, it would all be gone. None of that mattered to her. What mattered to the woman, was anointing Jesus and being obedient to what she was called to do. She was not seeking to take from Him as many believers do today.
Am I giving all that I am to the One that is All?  Am I serving others or or just seeking to be served?
 Am I giving out of a heart filled with love or a heart desiring to receive all that I can get? Am I surrendering, submitting and
giving my ALL to the One who gave His ALL?
As a result of this woman’s faithfulness, love and kindness,
Jesus states: “I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
(Matthew 26:13)  We’d all agree, “Well done my faithful servant!” is the blessing she would receive.
Lord, help me to give of myself to those around me. Help me love others deeply and use the gifts you have blessed me with,  faithfully administering God’s grace and love.  (1 Peter 4:8)
(excerpt from Holly’s book, “Flowers of Grace: Discovering
God’s Lavish Love and Extravagant Promises”)