Editor’s Inspiration: You and Your Dreams Were Made to Flourish

The righteous will flourish like the palm tree, they will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:12-13


The beautiful thing about purpose is that everyone was born with it – the question is will you choose to fully embrace and move in it?


You’ve caught glimpses of it ever since you were a child, when your hope and wonder was still fresh and you explored the world with joy and wide-eyed awe. You’ve always imagined making an impact in the unique way you were created to – so what are you waiting for? You’ve already been chosen…

Deep down you know you weren’t made for the ordinary, you may have been rejected or always felt like a mis-fit – but it’s because you are from more royal origins. You were made to live out a story greater than your wildest dreams, grander than your highest hopes, to love boldly, sowing seeds of healing and setting others free.


This beautiful purpose crafted and written for you, and those you are connected to, is more captivating than any fairy-tale, more riveting than an epic legend or film…So why do we constantly seek outward, aimless distraction, yearning for merit-less validation, entertaining meaningless excuses and powerless foes like fear that dull and pull us away from our real-life reverie?


This year is ours to be found and to seek, to create, dance and play on purpose with childlike belief, to cultivate, thrive and flourish, to savor the love we were made for and finally live out that dream courageously. This 2015 we’re waiting in eager anticipation for you to come awake and realize the truth of who you were always meant to be…free.


But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

Trust and Believe: With God Nothing is Impossible

Do not fear – no matter how your life may seem, a miracle is always possible – we were created for the extraordinary…

She thought she was an ordinary girl – but little did she know that she was made for extraordinary purpose that would deliver the gift of light to the world. When she surrendered her life to manifest what seemed impossible, she found out that the greatest dreams are birthed through great Love and miracles…

It may have seemed like a strange way to save the world but there’s such mystery and beauty in the way Love came down to be with us, rescue us from darkness and experience life as us so we can live with Him forever. Just as Mary let God’s dreams flourish through her life – plans that were greater and deeper than she could imagine – let’s do the same and be carriers of love and the greatest dream. Remember in this season and in the upcoming year that with God, nothing is impossible.

God is always greater than our circumstances and His purpose and promises are forever true. He is a God of miracles, marvels and great love for you and I, represented in the present He sent to live among us – Jesus, God incarnate, love personified…Trust that God’s dream and love for you is greater than your own will – He can do the supernatural in our lives if we surrender to a higher story. #letLovelead #Believe #bestill #bethemiracle #anythingispossible

“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.” Luke 1:45

- Julene

Word: God Did Not Give Us a Spirit of Fear But of Love… 2 Timothy 1:7

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.

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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.

Truth and Love: It All Begins with Trust

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

God is calling you to go deeper into His Love! Your past may have been difficult but it doesn’t eclipse His everlasting Love or plans for your life…He’s been giving me visions of a garden and speaking and singing Song of Songs into my spirit – I believe its a true reflection of His heart for us – we are His Beloved and He is ours, forever and ever…

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.”

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

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