6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
At times God may ask us to step out when we feel we’re not ready and the spirit of fear bombards us with worry on every side. God speaks to us in a voice of peace, and it may not always make sense to us, but His is the voice of Truth – His truth stands forever.
Trust is where it all began…
It was 2009 during a dry, lonely season in my life when I had an unexpected encounter that rocked my paradigm. During the experience I had a vivid vision of being in a white dress in what seemed to be a grand forest. My first inkling was, “Is this The Garden?”
There was a calmness, a brilliance, a presence of #Love there. Like a little girl I was full of questions- “Father, why…?” I asked. He revealed his heart and love for people from the Beginning, in imagery and passion, an intimate experience I will never forget and could never have imagined on my own…
These words I remember my Father saying there were the most striking to my heart: “Do you trust me?”
Yes. I do. I will follow His way, always. Even when I don’t understand, I will choose Him. Forever… #IamMyBeloveds #HeisMine #trusttheAuthor #theLovestoryofalltime
My Beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away…
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.”
The Battle of the Sexes Relationships Series from The Porch Young Adult Ministry at Watermark Church
The Porch, a young adult ministry at Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas, recently launched “The Battle of the Sexes” series on love and relationships. I’ve been blessed by messages from The Porch for years now and am enjoying this series since relationships often come up as a topic among friends. To be inspired by this series yourself visit the series page here: http://www.watermark.org/media/series/350/
The Porch also has had other series about dating and marriage. Check out Part 1 of their Cupid: Dating Myths message below and find more powerful messages on the website: www.theporchdallas.com
Directionlessness is one of the greatest troubles of our time…
Purpose is one of my favorite topics and this episode of TBN’s Praise the Lord show hosted by the pastor of my church, Pastor Mike Hayes, is about how you can pursue purpose intentionally. I was really inspired by what he and others such as Keith Craft, Dr. Chuck D. Pierce, Isaac Pitre, and Del Way had to share:
Through any trial you’ve been through, the harvest and lives you can impact because of what you endured is greater than the dry season you experienced. You may have been squeezed by circumstances & confused by people who seemed to leave your life – but it had purpose beyond what you can see.
In my quiet time I heard “the desert purified your praise and depth of your love.” I know it’s a word of encouragement for someone else too. Restoration and new beginnings – that’s what I believe for you this year and beyond…
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
You survived and are stronger, your spirit is more resilient than you know. Suddenly surprises & the fruition of dreams & tears you sowed lay ahead…it’s winter but springs are coming, baby! Seek your Father and you’ll find Love, fulfillment, clarity, direction, new creativity & all you need… Your story is powerful and sharing it can influence the lives of many, bringing refreshing hope to others. Dreams bloom in due season for purposes deeper than you can imagine and you were made to Flourish for such a time as this – dare to step boldly into your purpose and nourish your divine dreams…
- Julene, Editor DreaminSoul.com