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Year after year

I was led this morning to the book of 1 Samuel and the first thing that jumped out at me was the phrase "year after year". How many of us are like this.  We have so much and yet we are still crying out to the Lord for things that have not happened or come to pass yet.   And we look at others and see what they have and compare and it causes us to not see the love that is poured out to us. Hannah's husband would say to her "Hannah, why are you weeping? ... Why are you downhearted?  Don't I mean more to you than ten sons? The Lord would say this morning.  Am I not enough?.   See my love poured out to you.  See what I have given you.  Come to me, find your peace and your joy in me, not in what you have or don't have, what is or isn't done yet, but in me alone.    Those 'things' don't fulfil you but come to me and find rest for your soul.  I will satisfy you and give you rest and peace for your soul.  Psalm 62  Truly my soul finds rest in God my sa
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Impossible Made Possible

The words I have been hearing of late in my spirit are "Impossible Made Possible". This can be really challenging when we are believing for things and as yet don't seem to have come to pass.  Especially when you are tired, feel disappointed, no longer feel like you have the faith to believe even for a little thing. You know the word of God, you, in your head believe the word of God, but the heart seems to be far from it as it seems the hearts works by what we see and hear rather than what we believe.  Our emotions often can dictate a situation rather than the truth. But then the Lord speaks and reminds us of "Impossible Made Possible" and He encourages us to believe again, to hope again, to trust again where all of those things perhaps have been whittled away due to circumstances.  He encourages us in a small thing that comes that perhaps we weren't expecting.  A testimony we hear that speaks straight to our situation or someone else's, a person saying s

My times are in your hands

Reading a wonderful Psalm this morning, Psalm 31:14-24. My times are in your hands... v16 Let your face shine on your servant, save me in your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame, Lord, for I have cried out to you; v19  How abundant are the good things  that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them  from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling  from accusing tongues. Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, " I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart,  all you who hope in the Lord." This psalm really encouraged me as I was pondering at the time  how we tend to &

It's never going to be the same again

Several years ago Jim and I owned a caravan at Pauanui Holiday Park.  It was a permanent caravan that was ours that we could go over to anytime.  But after owning it for a few years, the next season we were in dictated that we sell that caravan.  We have gone back since and wandered through the campsite remembering our times there and all the good times it held, and at times wishing we still had that, but now in going there, we can barely recognise the place we had, because it too has changed so much and it is not how it was.  Recently Jim and I went down to Queenstown where our daughter now lives.  But it was an area that I went to for some of my time as a child.  I grew up for a time spending my holidays at Lake Hayes in Arrowtown.  And now after going back there all these years later, can once again barely recognise what it was like in the past now things have changed and developed so much since that time.  The once carefree memories of a child now caught up in the busyness and pros

If you want to see the view, then you're going to have to climb the mountain.

Apathy or expectancy? If you want see the view, then you're going to have to climb the mountain. This morning praying with Jim and we realised that we have slipped into some 'apathy' about a few things. And when we slip into that place, there is a sense that we have given it over, or left it for God to do with a come what may attitude, instead of stepping out, preparing, planning and advancing in our heart and mind when He has already given us the yes and amen and He is waiting for us to step into it. I believe too many of us leave it up to God, give it over to God, in a sense abdicating the authority He has given to us to rule and reign and take dominion on the earth. A word that I have heard being given to the body of Christ of late is to 'wake up' but what does that look like on a day to day basis. And for myself it's the faith, the action and the expectancy, all coming together from a place of 'rest' and 'trust' in God, that there is a yes

Prophetic pictures: Burnt Flesh, Big Fish, Expansion, Signs and Wonders

A couple of weeks ago I have had several visions which I believe is a prophetic picture of what God is currently doing and what He is about to do.   Fi rstly, I saw ahead on the highway a huge explosion with black smoke billowing up and as I came to it I saw people had been burnt and I could smell the smell of burnt flesh.   Our God is consuming fire (Heb 12:29).  His love is in the fire.   Something the Lord has been talking to us about is the fall of the acts of the flesh, the strength of man.  This vision I saw was a representation that of the fire of Gods love is coming and going to burn away the things of the flesh, the things that were not of the Lo rd, the things that may have been good in their time but today is a new day.   Perhaps the familiar things we are so used to that we don't even know it's there.  The way we might speak, the way we might act, the way we might respond that are familiar with us but aren't necessarily of the Kingdom nature we have in Christ. 

How's your 'vineyard'?

I have been reading through the book of Song of Songs and a couple of scriptures that jumped out at me as I read it this time was all vineyards. In Song of Songs it reads 1:6  "My mother's sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect." So often we can be looking after other people's vineyards, other peoples fields, and our own can come into a state of neglect, often without even realising it.  In the scripture above it writes they 'made me take care of',  but often it's not other people making it, rather we sometimes can't say no,  or perhaps we have lost sight of what is important, or we have just got busy and we haven't even noticed. I know as a mother we often look after our children's welfare before our own.  In our job we can look after the welfare of the business we are working for, or if we are the boss, the employees in our care.  In marriage we become familiar with one another that &#