God Hovers over the Darkness

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, ‘let there be light’ and there was light.  And God saw the light was good.  And God separated the light from the darkness…” (Genesis 1:1-31 ESV)

… I was going to do some studying and found myself procrastinating… So, decided to take full advantage of procrastination and do some writing – which was really praying.  I didn’t really know what to pray into, my situation hasn’t changed (besides my resignation – yes that happened.)  But my prayers are the same – even my prayers for the world and friends and family have not changed much either.  In short, I felt like I was repeating myself.  So, I gave God praise and thanks for bringing me into a new day – I thanked him for the light that we have in the world to prevent darkness from taking over.  None the less, as I was praying, the Holy Spirit took over, as He often does and this is what came out and felt it needed to be shared… But first as a little aside, the bible often refers to darkness as everything that is evil, corrupt, and sinful in the world and without God (essentially).  However, in this context, I came to know that the darkness that is referred in the writing below, is about the troubles we have in this life. It is the kind of darkness that is associated with uncertainty and troubles we are faced with in life.  Jesus himself said, that in this life we will not be without trouble.  It is an expected thing, but He will give us a sense of peace that will overcome those troubles – that will surpass all understanding.… He – Jesus is the light that hovers over our darkness…

Without further ado, this is what was written:

“… Light shines to prevent us from being in complete darkness.  We are never truly in darkness.  In these moments, there is always a little bit of light – the light from the moon and stars – the light that leaks under the crack of a closed door.  There is always a source of light.  There is always a little bit of light… unless you are in a dark room intended for (photo) development…

There is a season for both.  There is a season for both – there may be times where you think you are in complete darkness – but your eyes adjust and you can see – but still, in that space there are pockets of light – pockets of hope.

Then there’s a season where you are plunged into a darkroom.  In this season you cannot see – no matter the length of time you try to allow your eyes to adjust – but here you need to rely on other senses – sense of touch, your hearing, memory – your memory acts like a map location of the room – you even have to go at a slower pace – so you don’t stub your toe, so you don’t drop the film and the film can be unwound, removed from the camera and placed into a cannister to be taken into the developing room.  Here you will fumble. Here care needs to be taken – so the thing you are holding on to is not dropped into complete darkness.  Then you will be forced to search the room – until you find it.  If you find it.  The dark room requires careful precision – to allow for the development process to happen.

Development takes time.

Development takes time.  It is not instant. 

It is not instant.

But in here – the development room – the light is different.

There is light but it is different.  It is subtle – it is gentle – because this development process needs gentility – it cannot be rushed if you want to develop the best pictures.  It cannot be done in full or harsh light – this light is gentle and humble – just as you are – gentle and humble.  You may scoff at this, but your greatest strength is your humbleness and your gentleness.  The world is loud and makes a lot of noise, but your gentleness is a great and revered strength.

Do not allow the world to steal your gentle and humble nature – do not conform to the ways of the world.  Do not listen when they say you’re not enough or that you lack confidence because you are not loud enough or don’t make enough noise in this world.  The world is noisy enough – the world is loud enough… You are in the world, but you are not of the world.  You do not need to be like the world. 

You are enough.  You are enough just as you are – you lack nothing.  Do not let the world steal your nature – keep your heart soft.  Forgive – for your heart – not for the benefit of those that hurt you.  Forgive – you do not need to let them back into your life – just forgive them for your heart.  The world will say, this is unforgivable but… Gently, I say, just forgive them for your heart and continue to love – never stop loving. 

Never stop hoping. 

Never stop dreaming. 

Never stop laughing and finding joy. 

Never stop. 

Keep persevering.

Keep going.

Keep going.

If you’re in the darkroom waiting to be developed, preparing for development – here, you’ll be getting ready – to remove the film and transfer it to the cannister.  Be careful in here and remember your other senses will be heightened – use them.

If you are in the dark room and ready to be developed – in here the light will be different – the light is softer – it changes how things look – you may not see the images clearly – until you are taken out of the dark room into the light of day.  There you will see the work that has happened while you were in the dark room – and the images will be perfectly crafted.   Whichever stage of development you’re in, take care – this stage calls for a change of pace – no need to rush.  No need to rush – even if you feel a sense of urgency to get through the development process – it’s ok but go at your own pace.  You may need to take more care – but you will get there.

Stay humble.  Stay gentle – do not let the world steal this from you – especially when you may not look or sound like the rest of the world.  Keep going my love.

Keep going, my love is with you.

My love is with you.  My love is with you.  My love is with you. 

My light is with you.  My light is with you.  My light is with you…

God’s love and light is with you.  Jesus is with you.  Jesus is God’s light and love, and He is with you.  God hovers over the darkness, He will guide you, protect and sustain you.  He is always with you and will always provide a source of light.  God was there at the beginning – hovering over the face of darkness.  He created light – and separated the light from the darkness.  Just as He will separate you from the darkness of your troubles with His love and light.

Remember this:

…When I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness; the Lord will be a light to me (Michah 7:8 ESV)… For it is you who lights my lamp; the lord my God lightens my darkness (Psalm 18:28 ESV)…

…  The night is far gone; the day is at hand.  So, then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light (Romans 13:12 ESV)… (and then you will know where you’re going)  … Jesus said to them, ‘the light is among you for a little while longer.  Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.  The one who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.  While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may becomes sons of light’ (John 12: 35 ESV)… I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness (John 12:46)… And I will lead the blind in a way they do not know, in a path that they have not known I will guide them.  I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.  These are the things I do and I do not forsake them (Isaiah 42:16 ESV)…

… In this life, we will have troubles – we may find ourselves plunged into darkness, but we will have peace.  We will not be forsaken, and we have access to a great source of light and hope – Jesus.

…Thank you, Jesus, for your great light in the darkness.  Thank you, Father God, for your love and your light through Jesus – thank you for separating the darkness from the light.  Thank you for giving us a source of light – so when we are in the night – it is never completely dark.  Thank you for dark – for without the dark we would not have access to the light.  I will say that again – thank you for the dark – for without it, we would not have your light. Thank you for hovering over the darkness – thank you for never leaving us in the dark.  Thank you for guiding us – for making us slow down so we do not drop that thing you want us to develop in the dark room.  Thank you for your gentle and humble light.  Thank you – thank you for Jesus – I cannot thank you enough for your light and love.  You are worthy of all the praise and glory – for all the magnificent things you do, have done and will continue to do.

Thank you, Lord, – my heart is yours and I surrender it you – so you may transform it in the dark room.  I may not be able to see your work clearly, but I know when I step out into the light of day, I will be able to see the exquisitely crafted images you have created in me. I cannot wait to see your work.…  Continue to lead, guide, and transform the blind.  Continue to hover over the darkness and separate the light from the dark… (Oh, my heart aches and swells at your goodness and faithfulness…)  In Jesus’ glorious name I pray, amen.  Amen. Amen.

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Elizabeth New

2021

Re-share Video: It’s not safer in the shallow// what are you anchored to? Michael Todd// Transformation Church

This convicted and challenged me in ways that can only be done by the Holy Spirit and felt urged to pass it on. It seems that God is calling us into a deeper relationship with him, calling us to be truly anchored in Jesus and calling us to trust in Him in ways we haven’t before. To me, this is a wonderful double edged sword – it’s both exciting and terrifying – to let go of the things we want to control and surrendering them to God.

I am right in the middle of this myself.

I am in a position (job) that I know is not my place, it served a purpose as a transition job – to enable me to see what is not me – and to show me that it would lead or push me into where I am meant to be. I am in a position that isn’t held down by a contract – and in that space there was uncertainty, confusion and anxiety about the future. I thought, this is surely a spiritual attack – for God does not intend us to feel uncertain, confused or anxious. I prayed into this and it was revealed to me, or more, my perception was flipped, by the grace of God, to see that there was freedom in that space – I was not bound by a contract which meant I had the capacity to decide to go or stay. I could persevere as we’re called to do as followers of Christ or I could step away and trust God that doors will be opened and I will move into the next opportunity – and that it doesn’t end there.

I was also reminded that I had a future – even though I can’t see that far ahead – all I can see is the confusion, uncertainty and fear that comes with it. But how amazing is God’s grace – His grace in providing that freedom of choice. I have known the last few weeks that I have needed to step-away and trust God. I have known that I cannot pretend to put on a happy-face in an environment that is only going to suck the joy out of me. God will sustain me and Jesus is my strength and my joy but… I know I cannot pretend. I know I cannot sacrifice my joy for the expense of experience and money. I cannot do this because my son needs me, my family need me – my friends and community need me and at my best.

As I was watching this sermon, towards the end – I had a vision of myself letting go of the rope I had been holding onto and I knew (again) what I need/needed (it hasn’t happened yet) to do… In a moment of hot transparency, I’ll admit I was/am scared to let go. I am scared that once that door closes – that’s it. I am scared of going back to where I was financially. I am scared that I won’t move forward but will go backwards. I’m scared to let go – I’m scared to fall backwards into the trust fall – because what if I am not caught and keep falling? These are legit fears. Fears that God has been working through. I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:10-14 (NLT):

This is what the Lord says, ‘you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord…”

I may not be able to see it now but God has a plan and a future for me – one that is good and not filled with disaster. And the same applies to you too – where ever you are and whatever you’re going through – His plans for your future are good.

To me, this is a reminder that says, in those days of waiting and longing to be moved out of this season and into the next – pray and He will listen. Surrender all your thoughts, worries, concerns – hand them all over to your God – your heavenly Father. He will listen. Your words will not be forsaken – you will not be forsaken. If you search for him with all your heart – through prayer, the word, and worship and you will find Him. He will be found by you and you will truly know that you are not alone in what you are going through – He’s right there with you. He always has been there and always will be there for you and with you.

He has a good future planed for us – and I look forward to seeing what that is.

So, with that in mind, I am going to let go of this rope that I have been wanting to hold onto – slowly uncurl my grasp and see the rope rush through my hands led by it’s weight – I let go completely splaying my fingers and moving my arms outward and away from my body. I let go. I’m free. I’m scared but I trust you God. I can’t do this on my own or in my own strength – but I trust you. You are my strength. I pray that you too will make this declaration over your life – and pray that this settles in your heart and may God grow your strength and trust in him. In Jesus name, amen…

… And so, the message, in the video below is a reminder of what or who are we anchored to – that it is about letting go of our own ropes – and trusting God (as frightening as it may be to let go and trust) with all our heart. And when we’re firmly anchored in Jesus – we won’t be tossed every which way when the storm comes. (And even more than that – it’s about being or showing that anchor point to others when they’re in the storm too. Passing on the love of God.)

The Hand of Jesus

The hand of Jesus is upon you. He draws you close. His hand cups your cheek.

This morning, in church I took a moment to close my eyes and be in the moment as the church sang their praises to God.  During this still moment, I saw the hand of Jesus cup my face and his forehead rest upon mine.  I was so touched by this intimate moment; I was overcome with emotion.  I wanted to share this with the church but felt I needed to stay in that moment… to unpack that moments meaning.  It meant that Jesus was/is near, his touch is tender, and gentle – filled with love – his care is in his gentle touch.  His care is in drawing himself close to you – forehead upon forehead – so all you can see is him.  So all you can feel is his warmth, and his breath upon you.  He draws himself close to you so all you can see is Jesus.

His hand, his gentle touch upon your cheek says more than these words ever will.  These actions say, “I care, I am here, I am with you, I will wipe away your tears.  I will rest my head on yours – keep your focus on me dear child.  Be in this moment with me – be in my presence.  Be in my presence.  Breathe with me.  See only me.  See the change in your own breathing – there is peace in this moment – keep me in this moment – be and breath with me in this moment – stay in my presence.  Stay in my presence.

To me this says, regardless of what you are going through whether it is a small trial, a big trial, or maybe you are in a season of smooth sailing – keep your eyes and focus on Jesus.   He is already there with you, he is close to you, the hand of Jesus is upon you, in fact – he is so close that he is blocking your vision of the turmoil of the world around you – my dear brothers and sisters, I implore you to keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus. 

Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3) … Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2)…. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2)…  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8). 

Heavenly Father,

Thank you, Father for all you do.  Thank you, Holy Spirit for your guidance and promptings.  Thank you, Jesus for being a lamp upon my feet – for lighting my path and that I may follow you. I know I cannot do life without you.  Thank you, Father for Jesus – my life is so rich and blessed and all the better with Him in it.  Father, thank you that your love flows freely through Jesus – he draws us closer to you. 

Thank you for this moment, for making it known that the hand of Jesus upon our lives – not just our lives – but, his hand is touching us personally.  Thank you, for his love, his warmth, his comfort and peace.  Thank you that Jesus draws himself so close to us that he will block our vision of the turmoil in the world and our lives. 

Redirect our focus back to Jesus when we drift and get distracted by the world – redirect our focus back to your word, back to your presence through prayer and worship – send us running back into your great Holy and loving presence. 

We will keep our eyes, mind and focus on you Jesus – our peace rests with you – you renew our minds.  We love you dear Lord and Saviour with all our hearts, mind and body.  In your name we pray, amen. Amen.

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Open my eyes, that I may see and behold wondrous things…

Out of the mouth of babes:

“…and 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 nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:16, New King James).

A few weeks ago, I received an email with a book excerpt.  I can’t remember what it was called or the authors name – sorry I can’t give them the credit they deserve!  But the crux of it was on the state of the world without Jesus.  What would the world be like if Jesus wasn’t born?  The author said, there’d be no new testament.  There would be no church, or not as we know it today – there wouldn’t be the church spires pointing skyward to remind us of our heavenly Father.  There wouldn’t be the love, grace, mercy as we know it through our salvation in Jesus nor would we have access to the Holy Spirit.   Now the author wrote it much more eloquently and creatively than I did – but none the less, it stuck with me.

At the dinner table, I asked Immanuel about his last day at school and remined him that the church nativity play was just around the corner.  I commented on how blessed we are to have Christmas – because without Jesus we wouldn’t have Christmas and the celebrations connected to it. (And perhaps we would have different celebrations, but it wouldn’t be the same.)

“So, everyone who celebrates Christmas is a Christian – but they just don’t know it yet.”  Those were my son’s musings.  I agreed and could see he was right.

“Yep. They are blind and can’t see Jesus.”

“Being blind would be horrible.”

 (Yes.  Especially spiritually blind – I know what it’s like to be spiritually blind and I know what it is like to be able to see the truth of Jesus – and there is no way that I would ever want to go back to that darkness.)

“It would be horrible to be blind…” He repeated and I could see him thinking this through.

“Yes, it would be.” And I couldn’t agree more with the words that were coming out of his mouth.  And he repeated it again – to accentuate the importance – that everyone who celebrates Christmas is Christian but they just do not know it yet… and I’ll add in – because their eyes have not been opened to Him – to Jesus yet.  ‘Yet’ – I keep adding in ‘yet’ because at some point, I know it will happen – my hope rests in knowing it will happen but… for some, it just hasn’t happened yet – and when it does – there will be marvellous testimonies that point back to glory and greatness of God.  This alone – fills my heart with excitement and joy and I wish I could come to know those stories… those stories that are being formed and waiting to come into being.

After Christmas, my son asked, “why doesn’t grandpa go to church?”  I could see he was trying to make sense of his world, to work out why do we go to church when no one else in our immediate family does.

“… because Grandpa doesn’t believe in church or Jesus.”

“… But he knows it exists… he knows it exists… he knows it’s a thing.”

“Yep. True.”

I didn’t really know how to answer this. 

I mean, how do you explain to a ten-year-old that some people see the brokenness of broken people connected to the church and the world – and connect it back to God.  The world’s brokenness combined with brokenness of people muddies the image of God.  Thus, forcing people to deny the existence of God.  But, it is probably more complicated than that – it always is.  Especially when you add in spiritual warfare –  and the devil is prone to come in, take, twist and hide by placing a veil over head to mask the truth – to keep us in darkness.

God’s word gives us knowledge and understanding into how the world operates from a spiritual perspective.  It informs us on how people are blind to the truth and how people seek worldly wisdom, and the cross becomes a message of foolishness.  God knows the truth of the world and how it operates – none of this is new to Him and He’s steps ahead of us all – and his word provides us with insight and understanding.

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:1-23 NIV)

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction!  But we who are being saved it is the very power of God.  As the scriptures say, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.’

So, where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.  Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.  It is foolish to the Jews who ask for signs from heaven.  And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.  So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  This foolish plan of God is wiser that the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.  Instead, God chose things that the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.   And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world, things that counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.  As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God has united you with Christ Jesus.  For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself.  Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.  Therefore, as the scriptures say, ‘If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.’” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31 NLT)

… So… I may not have all the answers to all the questions that my son throws at me – but I know, God’s word holds those answers.  He knows those that are in the world and how they operate the world.  His word gives us insight and understanding – and the means to combat it.  I may not be able to remove the veil blocking people’s vision of the truth, nor can I change the heart of my own father.  But God can.  I can pray for those who are spiritually blind, for those that ‘celebrate Christmas but don’t know they’re Christian yet’.  I can pray, show love, grace and kindness and God will do the rest.  I can do my best to represent God and Jesus to those who see the message of the cross as foolishness – but I can’t do that on my own.  I am not perfect – and will most likely slip-up especially when I am tired… and I still need Jesus and the Holy Spirit to teach and guide me in all I do.  I still need God in all I do.

… In this season, we celebrate the gift and life of Jesus.  And can be reminded of God’s promises and all He has done and accomplished in giving us Jesus; and all that is connected to him.  Jesus is the best and greatest gift we could ever receive.  It is not something we can buy instore or online.  It was a gift that was freely given to us, that came at a great cost – from the giver’s perspective – and for one which I will be eternally grateful for.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your word.  Thank you for making your word flesh.  Thank you that your word is a spiritual sword and we’re able to pierce the lies of the enemy.  Thank you for giving us the best and most expensive, self-less Christmas gift – a true treasure.  Thank you for Jesus’ grace, mercy, love and teachings.  Thank you for the Holy Spirit – that we’re never alone and are guided by you and into truth.  Your love for us is immense and unconditional and our love for you comes from all of our heart, mind, body and soul.  Lord, we pray for the people of the world – for those that see the message of the cross as foolishness and for those who are spiritually blind to Jesus.  Like Saul, I pray that they may have a life altering encounter with Jesus.  Heal their blindness, enable them to see – enable them to see His greatness, your Greatness, your wonder and Glory and all the blessing you have waiting upon their lives.  Give them a story; a testimony that only you could write – being the author and finisher of their faith.  My love for you is immense and I want nothing more than others to experience what it is like to be in your light, and love.  In Jesus name I pray, amen.

‘Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.’  (Psalm 119:18 ESV)

Dear reader, may your new year, 2021 be filled with God’s grace, peace and blessings.

Until next time, God willing, W.A.R on with praise and prayer. 

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Your Heavenly Father Provides

About a week ago, I logged onto Facebook and was notified that I had memories – of things that happened on this day a year ago and beyond.  I scrolled and found this from 6 years ago – 14th of December 2014:

“Went to make bread to discover no yeast in the cupboard and used last dregs of coffee grind this morning.  The thought of dragging Immanuel (*) to the supermarket filled me with dread so I asked my dad if he had any spare at home and yes!!  So now I am with coffee and in process of making bread!!  I can function now.  (Thank you!!)”

I can remember asking or writing about this.  At the time, I had just become Christian and a week prior to that date – I had stood up in what became our church and told the congregation my testimony.  And this Facebook status was a half-censored testimony.  The parts I left out were the parts that pointed back to the glory of God – such as: ask and you will receive – go to your (heavenly) Father and he will provide all you need.  I also left out the part where I probably had less than $20 is my purse to see me through until being paid the following week.  And dragging my son through the supermarket was a small amount of dread – the larger portion of dread was getting to the checkout and not being able to afford all the items that I couldn’t say no to with a hungry four year old by my side.  The dread I felt had to do with the shame and guilt that comes with the embarrassment of saying: ‘um… I don’t have enough money – I’ll need to take out a few items…’  That was not how I envisioned doing life – as a single parent scrapping what I had left together and at times (most times), too embarrassed to ask for help.

The gratitude in that post was being thankful to my earthly father for meeting those simple needs – of coffee and yeast.  But it was also a gratitude post to my heavenly Father for allowing my earthly father to have the grace to provide for me.  He could have said ‘no’ but he still chose to say ‘yes’.  I was in need and in that moment, I went to my Father and I asked and by his grace I received.

I felt, as I re-read that memory – I felt the Holy Spirit say – this will be your next post – this will be your testimony in this moment – it will be the thing that keeps someone going.  So, I don’t know who this is for – or who you are or what you may be going through – perhaps it’s a season of financial hardship, or single parenting – but I felt I needed to write this to encourage you – to say it won’t always be like this.  It won’t always be like this.  It will pass.  That is a promise – I am declaring that over your life – it will pass.  It will pass.  It will pass.  It will.  And one day, you will look back on this day as a memory – you will see and remember the struggle – but you will also know that in that struggle you were protected, sustained and provided for – because God’s love for you is unconditional – just like my own and your own earthly Father’s love. (Whoa!! That’s hitting hard – straight in my spirit – tears were rolling as I wrote that!!)

For me, it took six years to move out of financial hardship.  Six years from the time that FB post was written but about 10 years in total.  That’s a long time to be struggling to make ends meet – and for some it can last a lifetime.  But in it, there is a lesson.  I’ve learnt having little to no money is stressful and limiting – and yet, it is humbling.  It enables you to see and experience how generous others can be when you are in need.  I can remember, when my son was four, I found out he needed glasses – and this filled me with dread – as the first thing I wondered was – how am I ever going to pay for it as lenses and glasses frames can be costly.  I mentioned this in passing to a friend and a few days later she handed me some money to contribute to the glasses.  And some was even her birthday money (God bless her) – she sacrificed her birthday money to help meet the needs of my son.  That is just one example of the generosity I experienced – which came through the love of Jesus and from our Heavenly Father.  He always came through – he always provided for us – he always sustained us!

I have also learnt that God is the source – everything comes from Him.  I may do earthly work and money may appear into my account, but that money still comes from God.  And He is the one who has enabled and equipped me, made a position for me to work in and made my account grow.  Now, I know that the bible says, you cannot worship money and God – as money is the root of all evil.  And blessed are the poor for they will be rich in spirit.  The thing that stands out to me the most is key word – worship – don’t worship or idolise money – don’t place your focus here first –  in your desperate fight for money it may take your focus away from God – it may take you down a wide, messy and destructive path and further away from the plans and blessings He has over your life.  (An example that comes to mind, it may be a little extreme but sometimes when I come across stories in the news of drug syndicates getting busted – I don’t celebrate their incarceration or feel anger or hatred towards them – but I could see that at the bottom of all of this – these people were money hungry – and perhaps that is because they know what it’s like to have little to no money – so when something brings in the promise of big dollars – like drugs – all they’re seeing is the end result – but the result is never enough and its an insatiable hunger – so without realising it they are worshiping money – idolising it and will do whatever it takes to get their hands on that money – leading down a wide path of destruction.  That’s what I see when I see these stories pop up – and perhaps there is more to it than that – there always is.  It also reminds me that we live in the devils playground, and he will tempt us – tell us that we’re not enough and try to take us away from God, in whatever form that comes in – and it may come in the form of money…)  

And perhaps, this is a reminder to place your focus first on God – worship God first and your needs will be met.  In the memory mentioned above, I went to my (earthly) father first when all I wanted was some coffee and yeast and my needs were met.  I feel so strongly, that the Holy Spirit wants me to remind you – just as you would go to your own earthly Father or Mother or person you trust – that God wants you to go to him first.  Go to him first – tell him all your needs, your worries and concerns – go to him first as you would your own family or friends.  He already knows your needs but He still wants you to go to him first.  Go to him first and know in advance you will have your needs met – He is the good Shepheard, and with him, you will lack nothing.

Matthew 6:24 -34 (NIV) says:

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own….

(I love God’s word and I love how the Holy Spirit works!!  As I was writing the above – the verse on money and not worrying about tomorrow came to mind.  I looked them up to include them here but didn’t realise they were connected and in the same chapter.  And for me – that’s when I know God’s in this, and I am not simply writing this out of my own strength.)

So, my dear reader – whatever you are going through right now – it will pass – it will.  God will and is sustaining and providing for you as we speak – keep your focus on Him first – go to Him first and the rest will fall into place.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for all that you do for us and for all that you continue to do for us.  We love you and trust you and know that you will not forsake us – forget us – for your love is unconditional and you know all our needs and will meet them.  Lord, we’re sorry when we do not turn to you first but try to do things on our own – to meet our own needs first – then when that doesn’t work we turn to you.  I guess, at times, we still have that rebellious child in us – we want to be independent – where we can try and do things on our own.  But we’re slow to learn because we can’t do things on our own – we need you – because without you, we make or eventually will make a proper mess of things – not intentionally of-course – but this is to acknowledge that we do need you – first and always.  We need you all the time and in all aspects of our lives.  And we’re sorry when we forget and don’t put you first or go to you first as you want us to.  Yet you are so kind and patient and wait for us to turn to you – and when we do – you’re so pleased and listen; you’re quick to listen to all we have to say (and slow to anger). And you guide us, refine us, keep us (safe, protected and provided for) and enable us to keep moving forward.  Thank you Father, we return our gaze and attention to you and to Jesus – and may the Holy Spirit gently guide our us back to you when our eyes are/become distracted by the world – in Jesus’ mighty and glorious name I pray, amen.

Thank you for reading, may God bless in this season.  Until next time, God willing, W.A.R on with praise and prayer.

*Changed my sons name for privacy reasons.*

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Dreams, Visions and God’s Armour

This morning as I walked into town to run a few errands, this song came on (see below) which I hadn’t heard for a while.  It was perfectly timed and was a great reminder that Jesus is the head of our lives and Church – He calls the shots – and He will lead us to where we are needed to be.

This morning, I had a dream that I asked a male friend… How to do I say this?!?… It’s a little embarrassing – please don’t judge me!! … I asked him, if he would sleep with me so I could have another baby.  (There I said it.)  I also added in, that he didn’t have to be a part of the babies life – if he didn’t want to.  It was a no strings attached kind of scenario. (Now, I also want to add in that I didn’t actually know this friend in real life and nor have I actually thought about this.  So, this concept of asking a friend was new and strange to me.)  Now, if Hollywood is anything to go by – we know how this scenario could play out – one falls in love with the other or both do or it takes a nasty turn – however that may look – and that is also subject to your imagination.  You could say this dream is about my underlying desire to have another baby – but obviously, being single and out of wedlock, it is basically impossible at the moment.  However, if I was desperate enough to make this happen, I could potentially do anything from IVF to adoption or asking a friend for help in this department.  But this dream isn’t just about my underlying desires coming to the surface – it was highlighting something else.

The understanding that I came to – was highlighting our underlying desires and how we can take matters into our own hands rather than submitting our desires to God and trusting Him with them.   It also highlighted that if God is not in something – we can make a proper mess of a situation, and a situation which may be been avoided had it first been handed over to God and our focus returned to him.

Trust in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your ways to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways; when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:4-7 NIV)

And:

Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2)

And:

But first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Seek the kingdom of God – seek Jesus – set your mind on things above – not of things on the earth – you are in the world but you are not of the world and from there the desires of your heart will be added to you.

Pray and believe you already have it – do not doubt.

Be still before the Lord and wait.  The world is loud, busy and fast – but remember you are in the world and not of the world – therefore it is ok to be still and wait patiently.  Don’t worry about or compare yourself to others who are succeeding in their ways because they have taken matters into their own hands, but – wait patiently for the Lord and trust He will give you all you need/desire in His time not yours.

His timing is always perfect.

His timing is always perfect.

His timing is always perfect.

All of this is a reminder to reset our gaze and (re)focus onto things above us, to the kingdom, and with Jesus.  As the song says (below), “I’ll go anywhere – anywhere you call me to, as long as I am with you… you are the captain of my soul…”  Jesus is the alpha and the omega – He is the begining and the end and He will lead us to where we need to be in his time.

Jesus is the head of the army. He is the light and the love we carry into the darkness.  We are the warriors He leads into and through a battle.

We are the young, we are the bold, we are the fearless, we are the strong, we are the brave, we are the dreamers, we are the ones who carry love into the darkness.   We have a fire burning inside, nothing can stop us…

These lyrics induced a strong vision, a vision which I have had before – and perhaps this was a reminder… I saw an army of warriors in (God’s) armour in a march with a lead-warrior at the front carrying a staff with white banner/ flag which flew high above everyone else. It flapped in the wind over the warriors heads.  This flag was carried into battle and it was carried in a victory march.

Jesus is the warrior and He is the regal flag which flies high above everyone else.  He is there in your battle and He is there in your victory.  He walks in front of you, behind you and beside you and with you.  In your battle, you are not alone and it is already won – for the one who has gone ahead of you has already overcome the world.

I feel, this is a reminder that we must continue to submit ourselves to the Lord, submit our desires to him – realign our focus to Jesus and the Kingdom and be ready to carry his love to where He calls us to be.  And trust that while we are putting Jesus first and going into battle with him (whatever our battle is at the time), in our selflessness, the desires of our hearts will be added to us in his time.

The Armor of God

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV)

May God’s peace be with you and may he continue to protect you.  Stay safe. Until next time, God willing – W.A.R on with praise and prayer. Xx

Elizabeth New

(Nov. 2020)

 

 

 

Video repost: Know your role. (Bishop T.D Jakes)

I haven’t posted for awhile due to being busy with work and starting a new job – by the grace and swiftness (is that a word?!?) of God – which also came with it’s own set of challenges, which may be saved for another story for another day.  I recently ‘stumbled’ or was led to this sermon on YouTube and felt it needed to be shared on this platform.  This sermon delves into so much, one thing being: knowing your role – knowing that you have a God given set of talents/skills and attributes – that will be different from the person next to you.  And knowing that sometimes their abilities will look better than yours but being ok with it.  The world is competitive and we will compare ourselves to others (and perhaps this is also exaccerbated by media/social media too)- and if we allow it, this comparitive/competitive nature will drag us down.

For me, this message was timely – perfectly timed actually – as it touched on themes that I had been grappling with and presenting to God in prayer through writing.  You could say, this message was an answer to prayer!!  I love how He moves and will provide us with what we need, when we need it.

God is good.

So…. I don’t think I can post this without a little context of what God has been sharing me – in building up my confidence for this new job.  A few weeks ago, I recieved a call offering a new job – completely out of the blue.  I had 24 hrs to think about it which really, is no time at all.  I said yes, however I felt pressured to say yes – as I mentioned it to work colleagues as I felt I needed to talk it through with someone.  I sent an email the same afternoon accepting the offer – and I was due to start the following Monday.  It was complete whirl-wind decision and it was frought with emotion – as I actually liked my current job, the people I worked with – it was a tight knit team – and I knew this wasn’t going to be the same in the next job.

In hindsight, I was being prepared for this decision – as the weekend prior to getting the call – I had written something during prayer, led by the Holy Spirit that said to – “keep doing what you’re doing and you will know when it is time to move on.”  I remembered this word – and knew I was meant to move on to this new job but my mind was resistant to accepting and catching up to this – perhaps because it happened so quickly and I did not have the time to process this call to move on.  So, I attended the orientation day – and was completely overwhelmed by all the information and expectations as a new graduate nurse on the ward.  I left thinking: ‘I can’t do this – it’s all too much – too much responsibility.  I feel like I know nothing.  I have a piece of paper that says I have a degree in nursing but I feel like I know absolutely nothing at all.  I am not equipped for this.’

The truth is, I am and was eqipped for this – a path was being made for this moment.  I can remeber, days before getting the phone call, looking out the lounge room window and looking down into town at the hospital (we live on a hilly part of town) and wondering: ‘when will I be there (at the hospital)?’  … It may have happened sooner than I expected, but it was about God’s timing.

Honestly, it took me a couple of weeks to adjust to this sudden change.  My son became sick at the end of my first week and I had also freaked out and wondered if I could change my mind and say no to this new role.  In short, I was allowed some time off to be with my son while he was sick – which was exactly what I needed too.  God’s hand was all over this situation and displayed through my manager and her grace in allowing this time and space.  In this down time, I seeked God in prayer and through writing.  It was revealed to me on several occassions that this was where I was needed to be – even though it may not be where I wanted to be.  But it was where God wanted me to be – to shine His light into the darkness.

This theme of being a light in the darkness kept coming up – even when I’d approach him in prayer the following day and present him with the same sense of dread.  It was revealed to me again, that I may not be there for long (or as long as I expect) but all I am required is to rise to this moment, shine and go – leave at the end of the shift.  Do what I have to do, shine God’s light in a way that only I can do it – with my authenticity and then go.

I feel this theme connects to this sermon (below) in knowing your role.  I may feel like I know nothing – but I won’t know until I am properly on the floor and finished the orientation shifts –  of what I know and don’t know.  I also know, nursing is a team environment – so, I will never fully be on my own and will be able to draw on others experience and knowlege – and I am ok with that.  I didn’t get this role on my own, I was called into and brought up and into it by God.  I know I am meant to be there for a season – however long or short that season may be – I’ll do what I have to do –  ‘shine and leave’.  In this season, I’ll listen and empathise with patients, I’ll be gentle and kind especially as I change dressings and clease tender wounds.  I’ll rise to conversations and banter if time permits it and allow space for a laugh to be shared at the bedspace.  I will care for the person and value them as a person while they may be at their most vulnerable. (The heart of Jesus and the love for all people is right in the middle of all of that.  God’s light.)

Having said that, I know I am making an impact with the people I am caring for – as one elderly lady said, as I was taking her blood pressure:

“Do you know what you are, dear?”

“No, what’s that?”

“You are the three D’s.”

“The three D’s – what’s that?”

“You are delightful, delicious and de-lovely!”

“Oh! (Laughs slightly) That’s so lovely and kind of you to say!!”  Her comment made me chuckle a little – more because I didn’t expect it and hadn’t heard anyone use all those words together for awhile. It certainly made my day a little brighter and I would have easily returned her sentiment.

I felt all of this needed to be passed on – remember to shine your light and go.  I don’t know what you have been called into – but where ever you are, you are meant to be there for this season.  All you need to do is shine your light (that is Jesus and the love of God) into the darkness – in a way that only you can do it and then go.

Arise, shine and go.

May God bless you and keep you!

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV).

 

 

Until next time, God willing, W.A.R on with praise and prayer.

 

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(Video) Expect to Hear the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer.

I felt I needed to share this here.  I went looking for something to watch on YouTube and paused on this one for a little longer than usual – so thought I should watch it.  I won’t say to much about it other than –  it is a good word.

It is based around this verse of scripture: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”… (John 10:27 NKJV)

 

Here is my heart, Lord.

Praise, Prayer and Worship.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this new day.  Thank you for the breath in my lungs.  Thank you for all that you have given me – thank you for meeting all our needs and so much more.  I am grateful to see a new day and experience whatever the day brings.  I thank you for your guiding hand – thank you for always being with me – thank you for walking through the day and night with me.  Thank you.

Thank you for your endless grace and mercy.

Thank you for your love – your boundless kind and generous love.  You are so, so good – everyday – in every hour and minute of every day.  Your love endures through the darkness – your love gives light in the darkness.

Here is my heart Lord.

Here is my heart Lord.

Here is my heart Lord.

I submit my heart to you, dear Lord.  Seek out my heart, oh Lord – turn any parts of stone into flesh.  Make my heart new again – renew my heart oh, Lord.  Heal the wounds that have turned to stone.  Heal the wounds that have turned to stone – bring your healing and your forgiveness into this space.  Wash out the dirt and grime and make these broken parts new again.  Make these broken parts new and whole again.  Bring the broken parts of me to the surface – the parts I can and cannot see – the broken parts I have forgotten but you know that need healing.  Stir them Lord, bring them to the surface – allow me to see all these broken parts in its anguished beauty.

Here is my heart Lord – here is my heart.

I submit all of it to you.

I submit all of it to you.

Heal all these broken parts, dear Lord and make them whole again – enable me to be the best version of myself – one who gives praise and glory back to you for the healing and blessings you bestow upon me.  May you continue to heal, bless and protect them – my brothers and sister in Christ – me – us – from the evil one – be our shield – one that protects and deflects flaming arrows from the enemy – so we may stand firm in the new creation of who we are in Christ – so we may stand firm in faith when the world shakes.  We will stand firm in your love.

When the world shakes, we will not be shaken.

When the world shakes, we will not be shaken.

We will not submit ourselves to fear.

We submit ourselves to you dear Lord, our light in the great darkness.

Here is my heart Lord.

Here is my heart Lord.  Speak what is true.

I have everything I need Lord.  I lack nothing. Yet I seek and crave your wisdom, your knowledge, grace and kindness.  I pray that you may drench my heart, soul and mind with your wisdom and grace.  And I pray this drenching is turned into action – may the transformation that happens internally come out in what I say and do.  May this be like the fruit of your spirit.

Here is my heart, Lord. Instil your wisdom in my heart, mind, and soul.

I know your wisdom does not look like the world’s wisdom – the world may not even agree with your wisdom – but those that know you, will know it is your wisdom that speaks through.

Speak what is true.  Speak to me.  Speak through me.

Speak to me, my dear Lord.  May my words not be my own – but yours – speak through me, my dear Lord.  Holy Spirit guide me and give me the words I need to speak – just as you already have.

Here is my heart Lord.

Speak what is true.

May these words reach those that need it.

Lord bless their hearts and their lives.

Make your presence known in their lives.

May their hearts swell with joy and bask in your love, grace and glory.  May they hunger for your wisdom and continue to seek you and praise you in every season; on every mountain top and in every valley.  And may they find you. May they find are you always with them and will always be there with open arms – welcoming them home – you warmly embrace your dearly beloved children.  May you wrap them in your love, your tender warmth and protection – wash away all worries of the world – for they are temporary.  Yet, your love endures.  Your love endures through all seasons and circumstances and nothing will separate us from you.

I thank you dear Lord – for all and everything.  (I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude, but I know you know my heart and authenticity.)  I thank you for all that I have – for all that is good – for all that comes from you.

You are glorious and I am so glad you chose me.  I am so glad you brought me out of the darkness and into your splendid light.

Here is my heart Lord – may your will be done in – with and through my heart.

I pray all of this, in your dear name Jesus, amen.

Amen.

 

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.  When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.  For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.  Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation!  For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.  Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in Asia.  We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die.  But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely on God, who raises the dead.  And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again.  We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.  And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety (2 Corinthians 1:3-11 NLT).

 

My dear reader, at this time, the world is far from peaceful.  I do not know the context of your life, and whether or not you are feeling the effects of a shaken and stirred world but I know the world as a whole is aching, and this ache is affecting many lives.  I was led to the above verse of scripture as I went in search of “something else” but I believe it is exactly what I was meant to find.  It speaks into the context of an aching world now – it speaks into the context of our lives – in all our varied troubles.  God, He is always the source of our comfort.  This comfort, is then paid forward as we’re able to offer comfort to others just as we were comforted in our troubles.  It is another greatest expression of love – it builds our faith and encourages us to keep persevering – for we have and know the truth.  There will be times in life where we will feel overwhelmed and crushed – we will try to rely on our own strength and abilities to get through our troubles – but when we get tired of fighting and feel the effects of exhaustion – we may think we will never get through this struggle.  But, it changes when we stop relying on ourselves and learn to rely on God again – on the God who raises the dead – on the God who makes the impossible possible.  The God who rescued others from mortal danger and who will also rescue us.  We can place our confidence in him and know that He will rescue us again.  He will.  This is a declaration – and there is certainty in His word – His word never changes – His promises are never broken – His word has stood the test of time and will continue to stand once we pass from this world.  Stand firm in the certainty of the character of your heavenly Father, give Him your heart, rest and rely on Him and know whatever you are going through – you will be rescued and will continue to be rescued from the troubles of the world.  I will continue to pray for your safety, and I ask, may you continue to pray for all our safety… Then in time, many people will give thanks to God who has graciously answered many prayers by bringing us into safety… To be honest, I cannot wait to see how God brings us through this troubled season.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by your troubles, you don’t have to do it alone – reach out to others – and rest and rely on God and be reminded that you will be rescued and brought through this.

My dear reader, thank you again for taking the time to read these many words.  I wanted to write something, but I didn’t know what I wanted to say – but it’s never about what I want to say – it’s always about what the Holy Spirit wants to say in this space and being open and receptive to those words.  Throughout this writing session, I thought it would be about something else – but it went somewhere else again.  (I hope that makes sense?)

As I sat down to write; to pray. I was listening to Spotify through my phone.  This song came on, Here is my Heart by I am They… A few of the lyrics went like this – Here is my heart Lord… Speak what is true…  I then found it on YouTube and as I was writing, I listened to it on repeat.  It’s truly beautiful and touched my spirit. I have attached a link.  I hope it blesses you and ministers to you as it did to me.

Until next time my dear reader, God willing, W.A.R on with praise and prayer. Xx.

 

 

 

 

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A time for new growth – in this season you will thrive.

I wanted to share this prayer I wrote on the 1st of September 2020 as we entered spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  It holds so much goodness in it – I was caught in the flow of prayer and praise.  Mostly praise.

 

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for today.  Thank you for the start of spring – thank you for the start of a new season.  Thank you for the promise of new growth – thank you so much for the delicate blooming flowers – thank you for their burst of colour that breaks through the stark winter – growth happens from the inside out.

Growth comes from the inside – out.  What comes out is the result if inward growth.  In the season of winter, growth can look dormant – or dead on the outside.  But what cannot be seen – is what is happening on the inside.  Buds are forming – clumping, moulding together – growing bigger.  Once the warmth of the sun hits these buds – it encourages them to open, blossom and bloom to the sun.  in this moment, they shine and sparkle in their gentle beauty and burst of colours.  This season is beautiful – but don’t forget the season you left – winter was just as beautiful – for quiet growth was happening inwardly – preparing you to shine your splendid colours and delicate beauty in the spring.  This new season is for you – this new season will be great – there will be fresh spring rain and delicious warm sun – under these conditions there will be accelerated growth and you, my dear will thrive!  You will thrive and that is a promise.  You will thrive – that is a promise – you will experience accelerated growth in this season.  I’ll say that again, you will experience accelerated growth in this season.

How great this is!  How great this is!

Thank you for this promise.  Thank you, Jesus, – for this promise of growth – thank you. Heavenly Father, thank you for growing me in this season – for you are the one and only who enables us to grow – you cut us back and make us grow up.  You grow us up in this season.  Thank you, Father, this fills my heart and spirit with joy – peace and love – all of your love.  Your hand is always at work – making us beautiful – making us bloom and grow in the season we are in.  One season always leads into another and needs to happen in each of these phases.  You are the most glorious artist and creator – thank you for moulding and forming us in your image and making us in the likeness of Jesus.  We thank you and love you forever more – my words and praise can’t even cover how grateful I am, nor can I come close to describing how I am actually feeling right now.

Thank you – my heart is yours.  My life is yours.  Grow me, oh lord, into the person you want me to be.  Grow me into the person you want me to be.  Grow me and enable me to be someone who gives you honour, glory and praise.

While there is breath in my lungs – I will praise you, oh lord.  I will praise you while there is breath in my lungs – and in every season – even in the depths of winter when new growth looks hopeless from the outside – but I will remember that growth comes from the inside – from the depths of my heart.  Lord, you make the soil of my heart right.  God you make the planted seeds grow in the right seasons and under the right conditions.  I thank you for every season and value each season for I know you are in it.  You will never go out of fashion and will continue to sustain me.  Thank you – you are my bread and living water – you sustain, nourish and fulfil me – you satisfy my hunger and thirst for things of the world.  Yet I hunger and crave more of you.  I hunger to know you – to experience your grace, your love, your magnificence – your power and authority.

Lord, I am more than grateful that I can be in your presence – that I can be with you.  I never want to leave you – my heart breaks at the thought of not having you in my life.  I can’t get enough of you – yet I am satisfied with only you.  I am satisfied with only you.  You are the light of my life.  You are the light of my heart.  You, oh my dear Lord are the light of my heart.

You are the light of my heart.

You are the light of my heart.

You are the light of my heart.

You were with me right from the start – you brought me out of the dark and into your wonderful and glorious light.  You were right there – from the very start – my dear Lord.  You were there – right by my side – right from the very start.  I am so glad my eyes were opened to you – for you are the great and first love of my life.  Thank you for your kindness and patience – thank you for persevering in pursuing me and bringing me into your light.

I never want to leave you and I know nothing can separate me from your love.  Nothing can separate us from your great love – nothing at all.

Your beauty and grace astound me and I look up to you in awe and reverence.  I look up to you in awe and reverence – daily.  Your love is great and constant and holy.  Thank you for all you do and for all of who you are.  You are so much greater than I will ever be – but I know, in your time you will build me up.  You will build and grow me – this I know – and I know I cannot do life without you.  You give me strength when I am weak.  You make me brave when I am filled with fear.  You build me up – you grow me out of nothing and into something else.  Thank you – I thank you for all that I have.  Thank you, my dear Lord.  I thank you with all my heart.  My heart and my life are yours and I hope I can give you the honour and glory you deserve and are worthy of.  I love you dear Lord with all my heart – all my heart – every inch of it is yours.

Seek my heart Lord and make it pure – make it pure – so that all that is good in your eyes may blossom and bloom all for you – all for you.  I love you with all my heart, mind and soul.  I love you with all my heart, mind, body and soul – all of me belongs to you.

I love you and thank you – in your mighty name, Jesus I pray, amen.

Amen.

 

Before I go, I’ll leave you with these verses that stood out to me:

“…Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:17 ESV)… You will recognise them by their fruits.  Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased trees bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fine.  Thus you will recognise them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16 – 20)… Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23)…A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45)… whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8)… And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7)… I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26)

…Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say rejoice! (Phillipians 4:4).

… I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)… Or do you not know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from GodYou are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So, glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV) … For all who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God (Romans 8:14 ESV) … the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the spirit, let us walk by the spirit (Galatians 5:22-25 ESV)…

…  the seed that fell among the thorns stand for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures and they do not mature.  But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop (Luke 8:14-15) … For this reason, since the day we heard about you we have not stopped praying for you.  We continually ask God to fill you with knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the spirit gives.  So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:9-10)… The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a Cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of God.  They will still bear fruit in old age; they will stay fresh and green (Psalm 92:12-14) … I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.  So, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow (1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV).

(May you)… grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever! Amen (2 Peter 3:18)…

 

Until next time, God willing, take care.  Keep on keeping on and W.A.R on with praise and prayer. Xx.

 

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Author: Elizabeth New

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