“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2 NIV
There is something so sweet about the secret place. Sometimes it is a lonely place… You may feel forgotten, alone.. But as I grow older I’m learning this is the sweet spot of life. Tucked away, hidden, God is developing, equipping, growing and birthing things deep within that no one can take away, making you unstoppable. I’m also learning to pray more about the situation, than talk about it. I tend to talk about things, vent, yet that leaves me in the same position as to where I started. Yet when I pray about whatever I am going through, things begin to happen, change, and God works on my behalf and “fixes” things that I could never do on my own! I encourage you today, whatever you are facing, create a secret place… This place is where you will find everything that you need.
Sometimes God takes you to places where only you and He can go. While your family and loved ones might want to travel with you, there are parts of your life’s journey where it will just be you and God.
I believe that it is in these moments where we are completely stripped raw…and we find out just how much we trust God, and how much we depend upon our own ingenuity.
He will use our journey to perfect us, to flush out the flaws, to work in us and through us…but will we allow him to? It’s so much easier to do things for ourselves, than to wait for God’s answer…but is our answer the best answer? Or is it a temporary fix?
I have found that God will allow us to find the deepest abyss, and when we are all out of answers…He is still there. He is still waiting. And He is still ready to show us unmerited love and limitless GRACE.
When the hard times come, I am not always grateful in the moment. But I am often reminded that He has a much bigger plan than I could ever dream of…and I need to trust that this leg of my journey will be significant when I look back and say, “AHA! Thank you for pushing me to THIS place!” Your GRACE finds me!
“Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” – Joel 2:23 NIV
He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. —Psalm 147:4
As I meditated on this verse, I can’t help to think about how the Bible celebrates the mighty power and infinite understanding of God who “counts the number of the stars” and “calls them all by name” (Ps. 147:4). Yet the Creator of the universe is not a remote, uncaring force, but a loving Heavenly Father who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (v.3). “The Lord lifts up the humble” (v.6) and “takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy” (v.11). He loves us so much that “He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7). We truly serve a GREAT God! I can’t think of anyone like HIM. Whatever it is you are facing today, know that He is right there with you! He knows you, He cares, He loves you and He will work ALL things together for your good.
“Searched all over, couldn’t find nobody. I looked high and low, still couldn’t find nobody. Nobody GREATER, Nobody GREATER, Nobody GREATER than you!!!”
Bask in His presence, spend time reading His word, stand on His promises today friends!
Rejoice in The Lord ALWAYS!
Whatever you water will grow. Each thought is a seed. You can’t control which seeds decide to land in the garden of your mind; they arrive on the winds of life without permission or warning. Water the fear, and the fear grows like a hydroponic plant in a sun-drenched greenhouse. Water the truth, and you find yourself in an increasingly sustaining state of hope, joy, and serenity. It’s a choice. I know it doesn’t always feel like a choice, and it is a practice that you will grow over time with patience and commitment, but in the end, it is a choice: to allow fear to run the show or to take the risk and open your heart to love. “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” – Ephesians 4:15-16
Are you growing? Are you watering the truth in your life? Remember you are a flower. Don’t water your problems, ineffectiveness, your doubts and your fears. Just a thought.
We are called to take His light to a world where wrong seems right…[See Matthew 5:16] Be The Spark!
During my walk today I was thinking out loud about a series of things as far as personal goals, ministry and my family. Part of it was my album release party due in the fall which I am super excited about. I started to beat myself up for the length of time it took me to get to where I am now with my project. Then, I had to stop and thank the lord for some of the positive things in my life and how He has brought me from a mighty long way. I started thanking Him for this music project, the experience of writing, composing and recording has been simply amazing. It has been an amazing journey by far with some amazing producers. Certainly not the way I envisioned it but just perfect and then I was quickly reminded that God’s ways are perfect. His plans are better than mines. His thoughts are not my thoughts, not even closed. I was reminded that when the lordship of Jesus is a settled issue in the Christian’s life, all other issues are settled. I am the Lord’s. He is the head of my life and everything goes according to His plans when you’ve submitted your plans and lives to Him. Anyways, I know a lot of you have been praying for me and patient with me through this entire journey but you must know that your prayers are not in vain. We are getting really close to the finish line. Recordings are now completed. Let me tell you that God is going to get the glory out of this project. Ok!? Keep praying and Hang in there! Album coming soon! Meanwhile, do download “Neva Give Up” and “Higher” on iTunes : Listen to Flore on @AppleMusic.https://itun.es/us/pzkdB
He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. — Psalm 23:2-3Thoughts
When we are exhausted, depleted, and on the edge of burn out, we need to have our souls restored! But who can restore our souls? Only the One who will lead us beside still waters! The Lord is our Shepherd. He alone can fully bring the nourishment and replenishment that we need. Yet why do we sometimes find it so hard to set aside time to be with him? Could it be that we keep our lives so busy that we miss out on the one thing that matters most?
As you have shown me time and time again, dear Father, I know that being with you restores me in a place within my heart that no one else can reach. Forgive me for seeking nourishment and refreshment from places that are unholy and unhelpful. Reinvigorate me with your presence and power so that I can serve you more victoriously. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.