Way, Truth, Life

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
— John 14:6

I am the way the truth and the life

If I want to travel Your way Jesus, You will surely open up the gate to bring on struggles and strife.

Through suffering to get through the struggles and strife a door within my soul will open revealing the truth of my heart.

Understanding and accepting the truth conquers pride and leads to surrender and repentance.

A humble, surrendered, repentant heart will open the gate to the final road that ends in life.

Find His way, accept His truth, enter into His life.

Once upon a time

A crazy thing about my mind, I think, is my ability to trick myself. Nobody wants to believe they have any major faults within them. Personally I like to believe I am a pretty good person. Patient, gentle, giving, law-abiding, non-judging, practicing Christian (at least to the best of my abilities) are some of the attributes I would say could describe me.

Sure I have a less than desirable side too that comes out here and there. I’m well aware I have some imperfections, but hey, nobody’s perfect, right? So long as I’m doing my best, not hurting anybody, and not telling anyone else how to live, all is well and good it would seem.

And as long as my final destination, is what may come, from the best of my abilities here on Earth, I’d be right with such ideas as these. At least while I still live.

Therein lies the problem. The final destination I have in mind, is so far beyond my abilities, it’s almost being cruel to myself even entertaining the thoughts that I could end up there. Seriously, my chances are less than a high school dropout getting into Harvard. And to make matters worse that’s only based on who I know I am or who I believe I could be, it’s not counting those parts of me I trick myself into believing insignificant, or not even worth contemplating because they wouldn’t apply to me.

So there I was, according to me, a good person, living the best she knows how to live, all while dreaming of one day reaching a place, that short of a miracle, could never be reached. Then, I got my very own, “once upon a time” fairy tale story.

The beautiful thing about it is, I know the end is guaranteed to be happy no matter what I may run into along the road I walk getting there. For me having that guarantee is more than I could have ever hoped for or dreamed of especially as I’m known to veer off and get myself lost more frequently than I may be worth.

Once upon a time, I met Jesus!

I may have thought of myself as a good person before. That’s  When my standard was the world.

Romans 10:3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Isaiah 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Now the standard could no longer be the world. Once I met Jesus the standard became Jesus. Now every hope of someday reaching that place was lost. No effort of mine could erase the bad things I have done and no future effort could possibly be enough to stand before Jesus and plead my case for the right to enter that place. I suppose had I not felt the unconditional, unexplainable, unmatchable love of Jesus, I would consider my chances completely hopeless at this point.

But I did! I did feel the love poured out for me like a tsunami enveloping my entire being.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), Ephesians 2:4-5

My happy ending, yet to come is guaranteed not by my own efforts, not by my own behavior, but by His grace through His love and mercy!!

Praise Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit!!

Now my final destination will be that place and through no effort of my own!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

In a world where nothing is free and even the basic necessities of life come only through trading time and labor for money to pay for, grace is a hard concept to swallow. It’s to good to be true, is the first thought. Even the most giving of people always seem to have a price for their giving. I’ve heard them say the gift is from the Lord but come to church or lunch or something. Sometimes it’s a gift yet they mean to choose how it will be best used in your life. All small prices to pay for sure yet a price just the same.

This gift though, grace, Jesus death in place of mine, His suffering so I wouldn’t have to suffer, and all I have to do is say yes. Yes I believe and accept this sacrifice for my guilt, my wrongs. Then I also get to go to that place in the end.

Imagine, what kind of love is this? Love that would cause one to give up everything that’s rightfully theirs including their own life just to have someone like me say yes I accept you, yes I want to be your friend, yes I want to know you. It’s a love this world has never known. God who owns it all, Who’s all powerful, Who’s the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the God who created me and created everything this Earth has to offer for me, truly loves me. Even though I took for granted the very life He gave me, even though I turned away from Him, even though I loved the world instead of Him, He loved me so much He made Himself a man so He could be the true sacrifice to save me from that which I deserved. He loved me so much He took my punishment upon himself. What kind of love is this?

Honestly I don’t have a clue what love this is but I do know that I will spend the rest of my life seeking Him to find out. And at the same time, I will spend the rest of my life, singing His praises, for loving me though lost, so much, that I’ve been found.

Until next time may God bless you and keep you as you seek Him with your whole heart.

 

You are not an accident

To my daughter who was left to tread the muddy waters alone. As your little ones look to you for structure, guidance, discipline and love I see every single piece of the shattered heart you so courageously hide for the sake of the innocent.

 

To my son sitting there on the park bench alone, wondering if you could take your own life, instead of seeing the sad disappointment in the eyes of your family, having lost everything as payment for the years of hard work and sacrifice you so loyally gave. I know, through the hopeless desperation you feel, strength is your outward adornment, to save your loved ones from the fear and worry you know so very well.

 

To my young daughter who runs in the night, unsure of your destination, so long as it is far from his sight and also to my young son who has not a friend in the world, as life deals you the double tragedy of, the sudden loss of your family and your home.

 

To all my son’s and daughter’s who sacrifice every dream, every party, every holiday spent with family, every 1st of your growing child, and so many others sacrifices’ including your very life, to keep your country safe and secure. You may think no one notices what you are truly suffering, the things you go through without so much as a thank you from those your risking your lives to protect. I see, I see the deep grief from loss and I know the struggle to continue serving a world so un-appreciating and blind to what it truly takes so they can sleep in peace at night.

  

To all my children who can’t breathe, even a breath of relief, from the sorrow, heartache, and relentless pain you know and live each day of your life.

 

You are not an accident. You are not alone. You are not unworthy.

 I’ve been waiting for so long to finally have this opportunity to speak to you. Time is short and right now the most important thing to Me, is this message getting to you.

 

Will you hear what I want to say?

 

My Word that was written for you says, Psalm 139:15-16 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

You see David, a man after My own heart, wrote that as he was Inspired by My Spirit. He was beginning to understand who he was in Me and how much is My love for him.

 

My child, as David did, can’t you understand?

You are NOT an accident! Take a moment to comprehend what I just said to you. YOU ARE NOT an accident.

You and all your attributes, all your flaws, everything that makes you, you, is on purpose. I did not go on a bathroom break, take a long lunch, accidentally drop the mold, or have an oops moment, when I created you. I was so very focused and determined, as I knit you, making sure all of My thoughts about you were woven together to make you, you, and very, very much on purpose.

 

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

 

You can go forth throughout the Earth and search for an equal to the special you truly are.  From mountaintop to mountaintop, ocean to ocean, city to city, from the heights of the heaven’s, to the depths below, there cannot be found, another like you.

 

The enemy hates you because you’re My favorite. The enemy will go to any extreme, to stop you from realizing how magnificent and unique you truly are. He steals My love from your heart and your worth from your thoughts.

 

1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

 Don’t believe his lies. Don’t let him steal your special and  most of all don’t let him steal our relationship, it means so much to me.

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

 

You suffer so much at the hand of our enemy. Yes your enemy is My enemy. Not one arrow he shot at you has gone unnoticed and will not go unpunished. I have caught and saved every single tear that fell from your eyes not allowing a single drop to hit the ground.

I have grieved your thoughts, your prayers, your time and your praise because of our enemy and his deception.

 

Nothing is hidden from me in all heaven and on Earth.

Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Your mind May trick you into believing you can hide your worst parts from me as you hide them from the world, your worst thoughts, desires, etc. But nothing can be hidden from me including the very reason such worst parts of you exist. I am aware the enemy wants you to believe you are beyond help, he wants you to believe you are bad, evil to your core, yet he doesn’t know you like I know you. I know the number of hairs on your head.

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Luke 12:7

 

I know your heart, the depths even you have been blinded from seeing.  

I watch with tears as you battle, thinking you are alone, For your struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

I am right there wanting so much for you to accept my help.

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

The enemy disguised as light blinds you from the need and desire to seek me and know my voice because he would lose his control over your thoughts. Darling child learn my frequency my voice and guard your heart against any fake counterfeit trying to lead you astray.

 

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; John 10:27

 

The enemy says you’re addicted to drink, a drunkard, worthless. I say I love you and long to spend time with you.

The enemy says you’re an addict never going to stay clean, he says you are unworthy to be in the company of the church. I say I love you and you can come into my house.

 

The enemy says you are mean and full of hate, that no love exists in your black heart. I say I love you, allow me to be the wall of protection for I will guard your heart and save you from past hurts happening again.

 

I’ve longed for you to hear My voice, for you to feel My love, my arms wrapped around you, carrying you through the storm, for you to see My good works in your life. Oh how I yearn to be close to you. How long would the enemy be able to feed you lies about My character, My attributes, My mercy and My love, I often thought.

 

Child,

I long for you to truly understand, you are special! Even all your scars , brokenness, attitudes and temperaments. You are loved so much that when I sent My one and only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 I did that for you and even if only you accept Him, no other person in the world, just you, I wouldn’t change a thing. Jesus would have done all that He suffered for just you. You are so very important! You truly matter! It’s time you realize just how unique, amazing and special you are. There never has been, and never will be, ever again, anyone like you! Created within you, is something no one in the entire world has. One reason I GOD love you so much is because you, are the only you, I ever created. You are not replaceable.

 

You, are that one special gift I blessed the rest of the world with that no one else can offer the world. You, and you alone hold the right to decide if the world will receive the gift I placed within you. I took My time first, thinking about you, then, skillfully putting you together.  Psalm 139:13-14 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

 

I know you haven’t always loved me, I’ve heard your angry cry’s as you often blame Me, I am aware of your chaotic thoughts as your understanding of your circumstances evades you, I watch your time fill up leaving no time to get to know me causing a canyon between us to form and yet, I want you to know it’s ok. I still love you. I still long for you to come home.

 

Listen to the TRUTH. You are not, I repeat, you are not, an accident, a second thought, an oops moment, a doesn’t add up, a wrong side of the tracks, a born into the wrong family or at the very least, wrong generation, etc. creation.

 

Understand, you are a very on purpose, vitally important, and much loved creation.

 

You see your only real mistake or problem is in the believing the lies of the enemy about yourselves and others.

 

To truly understand who you are, you only need ask your Creator and Savior. The key is knowing My voice so you can discern My answer, and that requires relationship.

 

The enemy would much rather you have religion instead of relationship and he will block every attempt you make toward relationship, in hopes that you will become discouraged, disappointed, disillusioned, most of all distracted. See you, can’t outwit him or win against him, but Jesus did, so then, by My Spirit living within you, you have authority over the enemy. Use your authority and help others to do the same. Come home to your Father Whom loves you.

 

Love,

Your Heavenly Father

 

These words were spoken to my spirit I believe from the Holy Spirit.

Until next time, may God bless you and keep you, while you seek Him with your whole heart.

 

P.S. Thank you truckers in Canada and around the world for standing for our freedom and for being an example of true patriotism. You did it, you’re doing it! May God bless you and your mission. May God bless all who have joined in and stand with you!

 

 

True gratitude

Today, of all days in a year, is a day to pause and truly reflect on our attitude of gratitude. I believe Father God spoke to my spirit saying, “true gratitude is not just a feeling of being thankful, true gratitude is being content in the right now without any expectation of the future or crippling bondage of the past.” In a world that seems to use God as if He was a genie in a bottle, always ready to grant our next wish or fix our next problem, I wonder if God feels taken for granted.

As He consistently pursues our hearts, forgives our selfishness, listens to our prayers, catches all our tears, and longs for us to just notice. We get wrapped up in the world, chasing something to fill that void only He can fill. Today though, as it is after all Thanksgiving, maybe today is the day we will truly pause, reflect, and take notice of the Majesty, Power, Mercy, Goodness, Patience, Gentleness, Kindness, Love, Forgiveness, and Steadfastness of Almighty God.

Today I choose not to act like a spoiled daughter of the King, instead being a humble servant as I lay down my crown and choose to acknowledge Father God’s provisions and blessings bestowed upon me. I choose to rise up from the desert wilderness of complaint and instead be watchful of His work and speak out His Goodness as I see Him turn my ugly into beauty, my curse into blessing, my sorrow into Joy, my broken into masterpiece, and my hate into Jesus kind of love.

Oh what an Awesome God we serve!

Father God loves us so much that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life- John 3:16.

Today as we enjoy the turkey dinner, friends and family, even those of us who may not have family or friends or turkey dinner might find the blessing in our storms, circumstances, chaos or troubles and may we choose to speak out so the world can know just how grateful we are to serve a truly Good, Loving, Compassionate God, Who didn’t even withhold His most precious Son from us, but instead sacrificed Him so we too can be called the children of God.

Praise God!

Thank you Father God for Your Goodness, Mercy and Love, thank You for pursuing even someone so undeserving  as me..

Until next time may God bless you and keep you as you seek Him with your whole heart.