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By Mary Lindow

Last year on December 21st 2020 (which was the 1st Day of Winter) Steve and I drove to pick up salads for our dinner. It had been a challenging month having just had his Mother pass into heaven while in WuhanCovid-19 lockdowns in a nursing facility. 

 

To be honest, we were a little weary and tender in heart, and still had preparations to do for our Family Christmas Day dinner and celebration with our Son Joel and his wife Angela and our 4 Grandchildren. Our youngest son Tim and his wife Liz were in Texas with her family. This had also been during the most severe time of lockdowns and restrictions in our State.

Everything felt hard, and dark, and mean.

 

As we were driving away after picking up salads,

my sister texted and asked if we were going to look for

the  “Christmas Star”,

Or, the two planet convergence taking place that evening at dusk. I had wanted to see this and had forgotten! So we aimed the car West and watched the sky!

 

We live at an altitude of 5290 feet above sea level and have a glorious view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. At this specific time of year the sun sits at a very low angle in the western sky and when it dips behind the mountains, there is an almost greenish-aqua reflective light, and at 5:15 MDST we saw the "Christmas Star" or two planets very closely spaced together (to human eyes) start to take shape in the Western sky.

 

We quickly drove to a favorite hilltop location, not too far from our home where we often go to walk and enjoy a complete 360-degree view of our surrounding area and state. We thought that at night and away from city lights we’d have a great place to see this phenomenon and view it away from too many people. This event marked the first time since 1623 that the two planets Saturn and Jupiter have passed this close to one another and also marked the nearly 800 years since the planets aligned at night. As a result, some have referred to the planetary alignment as forming a "Christmas star," in reference to the Star of Bethlehem, since the event falls only a few days before Christmas.

 

As we drove in thinking we’d take the dirt road up to the hill where there was a parking area, all around us there were HUNDREDS of people parked on the dirt driveway up the hill and on the side streets of the neighborhood surrounding it!

 

HUNDREDS of people were standing on the hill, looking Westward and upward, looking for the "Christmas Star".

The most unusual thing was taking place though.

There was a hushed "awe" in this big crowd.

 

People were either talking low or they were whispering, as if this was a sacred moment not to be disrespected by loud noises. No one was talking on his or her cell phones! WOW!

 

You could feel the questions and the cries and thoughts of those standing there watching and looking up into the sky.  You could sense the desperation of many wanting to know what to do in such and strange and dark time on planet earth and wondering why this event was taking place at this time!

 

We drove around the entirety of the hill's lower neighborhood road,

looking in amazement at all of the people, and a sudden wave

of what I would call "travail" moved me to tears and prayer.

 

Steve and I began to cry out the Father to touch the souls of those looking up into the sky, knowing that all of them are fully aware of the troubled days that they were living in. We prayed that they would risk and speak from their weary hearts to the God who hung those radiant planets that were glowing in the sky, just for them, just at this very moment in time.

 

God SO Loves the World!

He sent his Son...

…So the world might know His full expression of deep commitment to the people He created with the tips of His fingers and the breath of His being.

 

We saw more than just the "Star" that night!  We saw people, engaging in wonder!

 

Of course we know it wasn’t "THE" Christmas Star shining so very brightly in the sky, on the longest and darkest day/night of the year! (The Winter Solstice), but doesn't the Lord create things that would show signs and wonders in the heavenlies?

 

WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN THAT NIGHT,

DURING THE CUSTOMARY SEASON ON EARTH WHERE PEOPLE CELEBRATE

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, WHEN THE EARTH WAS IN SUCH TURMOIL?

(And still is!)

 

Because He knows that if He can use something to draw people to himself,

He will do it! 

 

Psalm 57:10-11 says,

“Your love is so extravagant it reaches to the heavens;
your faithfulness so astonishing it stretches to the sky!

Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens.
May your shining glory be shown in the skies!
Let it be seen high above all the earth!”

 

Of course it’s was not the actual date of the birth of Jesus Christ in December,

nor was this the actual star that was seen by the shepherds and Wise men.

But God knows mankind knows the stories and that there was a Star to guide them, so, He wastes nothing in order to draw all men to himself.

 "This is what I will do in the last days— I will pour out  MY Spirit on everybody

and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions

and your old men will experience dreams from God. 

The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants,

men and women alike, and they will prophesy

I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above,

and mighty miracles on the earth below.  - Acts 2:17 -19

 

These planets would be closest to each other in the sky on Dec. 21, appearing only a tenth of a degree apart but they would remain in close alignment for a few days and would be easily visible to the naked eye when looking toward the slight southwest west just after sunset on first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

NOW! THIS IS THE PART WHERE THE KINDNESS

AND SUPERNATURAL TOUCH OF GOD,

TOOK PLACE FOR STEVE AND I!

 

We had had a very intense and sad family upset with some stressed out relatives the night before and had done a bit of damage control and counseling of everyone, but our hearts were hurting over words that had been spoken and the pain that they had caused for many. (Holidays can often bring out the dysfunctions and anger in some people who tend to not address personal issues.) We gently but firmly coached a few involved to see things more accurately and to go and correct there bad choice of words and apologize. They did, but the upset left everyone feeling grieved and raw.

 

On Christmas Eve we like to take a tray of home baked treats to a few of our neighbors and wish them a Joyful Christmas. I had asked Steve to run a final tray across the street to some neighbors who hadn’t been home earlier.  As I was standing at the kitchen sink rinsing out a bowl that had held cookie dough, I was talking to the Lord and sharing my heart and sadness with Him about missing my precious Mother in Law, the strangeness of the dark world of a bio-terror weapon that was causing such fear and sickness, and the grief I felt after the tense family situation. 

I asked Him to pour over Steve and I, his holiness and peace and I asked him to receive an offering of praise out of this sorrow, thanking him for coming to earth as a Savior in such a dark and wicked world.

 

I then had a thought that reminded me, that the “Christmas Star was still visible in the sky on that night and I realized the timing right then would be perfect to view from our front porch. We have this unusual glow in the West in the winter months when the sun is setting and I could see the hue as I walked toward our front door, which has glass in it. 

As I stepped out onto the porch I could see the two stars, which were a bit more separated at this point, but absolutely clear.

 

What took place next was something I have no explanation

as to where it came from, but the timing of it

was so precise and overwhelming

that I just stood there in awe, and wept.

 

A CHORUS OF VOICES BEGAN SINGING SILENT NIGHT, Holy Night, Son of God, Loves Pure Light, Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of Redeeming Grace, Jesus Lord at thy birth, Jesus Lord at Thy Birth.

There were no instruments accompanying the voices and it wasn’t coming from a house or car nearby. It was out in the open air and reverberating over our street, softly and simply.

 

Steve was coming back across the street about the time the voices began to sing and we stood there on our lawn looking at the stars growing brighter as the sky grew darker, and marveled at this singing.

It was just one song. Then no more. 

(We wondered if there was an outdoor service somewhere and maybe the sound was travelling, but the words were very clear and understandable.)

 

THE MOMENT WAS AS IF WE WERE SUSPENDED IN TIME, and the Presence of God softly fell on us and around us, and soothed our weary souls. 

We felt His Rest come upon us, and understood the awe that the shepherds must have experienced on that first real nativity night when, “Suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”  

-Luke 2:13-14

 

ALL I CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THESE EVENTS IS THAT GOD ALMIGHTY

SEES AND KNOWS EVERY MINUTE DETAIL OF OUR EVERY DAY.

He sees our struggles and our sorrows and our love for Him as well!

 

WE ARE IN A TIME LIKE NO OTHER TIME BEFORE ON EARTH, and yet the history of evil men and women attempting to stop the power of the Savior and the King of Heaven moving on earth among His people, has been a non-stop war since time began.

 

We are to be expecting HIS evidence in the earth with great exploits

and moves of His Dynamic Force.

 

He is not unaware of our great need for His Help and Protection from filthy and evil men and women who are given over to demonic possession.

 

We live in day and age where it will take Divine Intervention

to shake the lukewarm believer out of passivity,

and for the world to know that God is Sovereign.

 

BE READY AND EXPECT SIGNS AND WONDERS.

Test them. Be alert.

Be Ready to tell of the Wonders of His Love.

 

LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM!

AND

LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING OF THE WONDERS OF HIS LOVE!

 

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Before we go into today's podcast, I would like to let you know that this is a prophetic word from the Lord and it’s addressing where the majority of people are right now, and where many others have been. 

I’ve also been prompted by the Holy Spirit to begin sharing with you several  near-death experiences that I have had in past years as well as a few truly humbling and powerful supernatural events with the Lord that were not at all something I asked for nor expected.  

 I would like to ask you to please take the time to listen to this specific podcast as well as the next two or three.

The stories I will be sharing will not only move your heart to joyful tears, but also stir courage and hope!  

At the end of this Podcast, there is a Spontaneous Prophetic Song of the Lord that flows with the prophetic Word you will hear beforehand.

Please sit back and enter into worship and listen to what the Holy Spirit of God would sing over you in this time.

 

 God Hears All - God Sees All - God Will Not Fail You

 “A Word And a Song From the Heart of the Father”

By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

 

As the days begin to change and the seasons take their course, so am I also beginning to adjust the path you have been treading out.

“I have been keeping track of all of your sorrows,

Collecting them and all of your tears in a bottle.

I have written down your tearful sorrows…

…In My journal.”

Psalm 56:8

 

MANY HAVE PASSED YOU BY ON THE ROAD OF SORROW THAT YOU HAVE HAD TO BEAR, too busy to stop and comfort, too concerned about what others might think of your condition. Others are only focused on their own forms of grief and have yet to learn to comfort others in their weariness and tiredness.

 

I HAVE ENCOURAGED ALL OF YOU WHEN OTHERS ARE HAPPY, BE HAPPY WITH THEM!

If they are sad, share their sorrow. (Romans 12:15) Even the Samaritan, one least likely to reach out, stopped and cared for the man battered, hurt and sorrowful left on the road.

Many who claim spiritual piety and goodness, turn their heads and hearts when they see another brother or sister aching in sorrow or tragedy.

Let it not be heard about you my child in the heavenly realm, that you protected your own comforts or your own position and turned away from a brother or sister in their prolonged agony.

 

I HAVE BEEN TESTING THE HEARTS OF MANY WHO LAY CLAIM TO A WILLINGNESS TO DO ANYTHING I ASK OF THEM, but sadly then “pass on the other side" in order to avoid involvement with what "appears to be" one who is struggling or failing. As you do to others, so in your time of need will it be done to you!

I YOUR FAITHFUL REDEEMER HAVE HEARD THE HEART WRENCHING CRIES FROM YOUR PRAYERS, and I am even now giving you strength and empowerment to stay firm and continue to believe that I will restore all to you that has been shattered, stolen, or shamed!

"It is God who gives us, along with you,  t

he ability to stand firm for Christ has commissioned us.

He anointed us!"   -2 Corinthians 1:21

 

I HAVE ANOINTED YOU EVEN IN THIS SEASON OF SORROW!

And I will bring a fresh and pure expression of Godly living and giving into the earth through those we who see that they are being prepared as good Samaritans and who themselves are also being cared for by others who require nothing in repayment.

Many are hearing my voice calling to them to bring relief to those who have been faithful in obeying my voice but have been persecuted heavily for doing so!

 

OBEY MY COMMAND QUICKLY! ACT NOW!

Bless them, help them heal, providing for them like I would! You will be greatly rewarded for this effort.

“As you give them even a cup of cold water in my name,  

You have done it for Me!”   - Matthew 10:42

 

As you have been faithful to believe that I have better plans and a better way than the schemes of men, Very soon I will wipe away your bitter tears and despair.

You have begun to understand what it is to fellowship with My sufferings!

In the days ahead, you will also share in the first fruits of harvest.

"God, who has called you into fellowship

with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."  -1 Corinthians 1:9

 

COME JUST A LITTLE NEARER TO MY HEART NOW. THE NIGHT IS NEARLY OVER.

You will see that the time of sorrow and weeping will pass, and a breaking through into the greater plan for you is in motion. I have been into the future for I AM all that you will need.

YOUR ONE SIMPLE ACT OF OBEDIENCE SETS INTO MOTION WAVES OF MY REDEMPTIVE GRACE AND PURE HOLY CLEANSING.

The Nations are waiting for those who will only speak out of clean motives and pure hearts. I have prepared you for this time in the earth and I will fulfill all I have planned concerning you.

ENTER IN BY HUMBLING YOURSELF FURTHER BY DOING SIMPLE ACTS OF MERCY AND SELFLESS GIVING.

Remaining anointed…

… Even in times of sorrow.  

 

The spontaneous prophetic music and lyrics that you are about to listen to were not edited in any way and were left just as they originally were expressed.

You are hearing the prophetic words and music exactly as they were recorded and might even hear my voice falter at times because of the strong presence of God touching me as well while recording. 

Those who stood faithful in intercession while I recorded made it like heaven on earth as they bathed the studio in the beauty of prayer and in the honoring of the Presence of the Lord.

  May the Heavenly Father sing and rejoice over you as you sit back and listen!

“Heaven is Watching You”

Prophetic Song of the Lord

 

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

My heart aches and yes, even trembles a bit at the broad measure of deception that has had a huge increase in these difficult days.

Spirits that imitate the voice of our Savior are cloaking themselves as Angels of light and also come masquerading as the Voice of the Holy Spirit in order to distract and lure believers away, slowly from sound convictions, godly warnings, and above all, THE still small Voice.

The Bible tells us that deception; doctrines of demons, and false prophets will increase.     The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some would depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

It feels as if those days are upon us and though we might try to withdraw or hide, we cannot escape them; we must overcome in the midst of them, for this is the will of God concerning us.

Strange as it may seem, the danger today is greater for the passionate Christian than for the lukewarm and the self-satisfied. 

 

“THE SEEKER AFTER GOD'S BEST THINGS IS EAGER TO HEAR ANYONE

WHO OFFERS A WAY BY WHICH HE CAN OBTAIN THEM.”

~A.W. Tozer

The type of person Mr. Tozer is speaking about, longs for some new experience, some superior view of truth, some operation of the Spirit that will raise him or her above the dead level of religious bumpiness they see all around them, and for this reason these people are ready to lean a concerned ear towards the “new and the amazing” in faith, first and foremost if it is presented by someone with an attractive personality and a reputation for “enhanced” saintliness.

HOWEVER, our Lord Jesus the great Shepherd of His sheep has not left His flock to the ruthlessness of the wolves. He has given us the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit and yes, the natural ability of common sense watching, and He expects us to apply ourselves to their help all the time.

 

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good," said Paul. -I Thess. 5:21

"Beloved, believe not every spirit," wrote John, "but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" -I John 4:1

"Beware of false prophets," our Lord warned, "which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." -Matt. 7:15

 

A TIME FOR DIRECTIONAL ADJUSTMENT

We are in much need of a directional adjustment as believers in the Body of Christ right now as the world turns itself upside down with malice, dictatorships, and political posturing. We
need to be certain that nothing of the world and its behaviors are hidden in our own
hearts. We must hear that magnetic pulling voice of the Holy Spirit, and obey it
without turning left or right.

”So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you;
 do not turn aside to the right or to the left. “ -Deuteronomy 5:32

 

NOTHING THAT COMES FROM GOD WILL MINISTER TO OUR PRIDE OR SELF-CENTEREDNESS.

N O T H I N G!

If we are tempted to be conceited and to feel superior because we have had an incredible vision or a radical spiritual experience, or if we feel extraordinarily more well informed or gifted with educational pursuits and feel the need to inflict our “superior-ness” upon others, we should fall immediately to our knees and repent of the ugly and fleshly, self-serving thing! We have fallen and have been duped by the arrogant and self-deceived enemy of our souls, Lucifer.

“For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

- 1 John 2:16

 

LOOKING FOR CONTINUAL SAFETY AND HELP?

When we walk in the way of surrender and tenderness with our ears tuned in towards the frequency of the ”still small voice of God”, we actually walk in a safe haven or overshadowing safety of the Presence of God. Training our spiritual ears to hear the voice of the Father creates and provides a lifetime “guarantee” of knowing when the storms or troubles will arise as well as intense persecution.

There is a promise for direction from a place of Divine Protection and direction whenever it’s
needed.


”Therefore my heart is glad  and my tongue rejoices;

My body also will rest secure.” - Psalm 16:9

 

REST AND WAITING IS CRUCIAL

The man or woman with an honest heart will find no difficulty here. It is the hardest thing the mind and body to do!

Learning to rest and wait when the world is screaming at a fevered pitch, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?

It is a hard learned yet reachable discipline if we will lean into it and ask for God’s help. 

Yes, only HE can train us in this discipline of rest and waiting. Our flesh will never give into it willingly. 

Hear and then HEED the Voice of God calling you to enter into His rest. It is a place of pleasant
minimalism and uncluttered guidelines. His Presence silences all of the noise of the day
and noise of the Head.

ANY REAL WORK OF GOD IN OUR HEART WILL TEND

TO MAKE US UNABLE TO ENJOY WORLD'S FELLOWSHIP.

 

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." -I John 2:15

 

It can be declared clearly, that any spirit that allows “give and take” with the world…

...Is a deceiving spirit.

 

GOD’S PRESENCE IS A PLACE OF SAFETY FOR THE WEARY

Dear child of God!
There is no judgment or shame there.
It is a restful place of learning to take up an easy yoke and a light burden. 

Perhaps right now…. as you read this…you might need to get away from music in
headphones or speakers, away from the ring tones on your new awesome phone with all of those cool new applications, and enter into
the safe haven of God.

Lay down the weight of worry and frustration. The anger at life all bottled up in
rage and gloom! All you need to take with you into the place of refuge is a willing and listening heart.
Ready to trust the Divine Protector and Provider.


May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, Even as we put our hope in you. -Psalm 33:22

PLEASE SIT BACK AND LISTEN

TO THE FOLLOWING SPONTANEOUS SONG FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD!

IT WILL SING LIFE INTO YOUR WEARY SOUL! 

 

CAPTAIN OF YOUR SOUL ©

Spontaneous Prophetic Song of The Lord

 

There is a river of life; there is a river that flows

From the city of God, There is a river of life

There is an ocean, Deep and wide and strong

And there is a pathway, in the water wide and long

 

There is a Master, Captain, at the helm of life

And there is Someone standing,

Steering the course in the fog at night

Even though the times that you can't see Me

Even though the times that you can't hear Me

I am the echo in the night

 

There is an ocean deep and wide

And there is a river flowing by your side

And even though the darkness might come

Remember the promise I've given you

I will guide you in the storms of life

 

Come with Me a while and see, that I am He

The Captain at the helm

Come and see that I have a course now set

In the heavenly realms

 

There is a river, a place for you to flow

There is a river, there is something more, For you to know

 

Let me take control, let Me drift your life away

For in the darkness of night

You can hear Me better say

 

I am the Captain of your soul

And I am the Master of the storm

Remember when you can't feel

Remember when you can't set your sail

Remember when there's no breezes

Remember there is a voice that pleases

 

There is a river, there is an ocean

There is a Captain at the helm

 

And though you might not see Me

And though you might not feel Me

I am still in the heavenly realm

I am still in the heavenly helm

 

Captain of the sea

Captain of the storm

Come and rest with Me

 

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit 

 

PLEASE TURN UP VOLUME ON THE PLAYER PROVIDED HERE!

While spending time preparing to share and minister, I was impressed to have the recording equipment running when I went to the keyboard to minister unto the Lord and then to people attending the meeting. As we worshipped and waited upon the LORD In His Presence, this recording was captured unedited and was recorded ‘live”.

It is a timely word to the Body of Christ right now as we are all sensing major events and many changes ahead. There is also a glorious time of adoration and worship right after the prophetic song in response to the LORD’s words sung over His people.

 

The flow and adoration and boiling of Praise and honor was so beautiful and unusual.

I think that you might just want to sit back and use this message and music

as a time to enter into the Glory of His Hand!

 

“HEAVEN IS WAITING TO POUR OUT MY GLORY”

Spontaneous Song of the LORD and Music

by Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

 

Heaven is calling you child

It’s opening up, the eyes of glory.

Heaven is calling out to all

Who long to hear My voice

 

And I speak a word of truth in an hour

when darkness seems to rule.

Even though the world is lost in pain and grief.

 

Open up your eyes and see My face,

I’m looking for a people of My grace.

 

Heaven is waiting to pour out my glory

As I roll back the veils of ancient time

But first I need to see; your love is just for Me.

And not simply of, the things I do through you.

 

It is a time – To look into the Master’s eyes.

It is a time – To look into the glorious skies of hope

And see…

…See Me.

 

So listen with your spirit man!

LISTEN with your spirit man

And raise up lives, holy to My Cause.

 

It’s not a time for dreams and wishes

No it’s not a time for that.

The time is now for those who will arise!

 

It is the season of MY dreams

It is the season of MY Destiny as King!

 

So look for the Glory, in each salvation story

That’s where I’ll manifest, My Hand.

I’ll manifest across the land

 

Come into the Glory! Come into the Glory!

Come into the Presence of My Hand!

Come into the Glory! Come into the Glory!

Come, into the glory of My Hand!

  

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"THE MESSENGER " ~Mary Lindow

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MARY:

Dear Readers,

Again, I would lovingly encourage you to please choose to listen to this message in the free audio/podcast form since it was taught and shared in a conference where the Holy Spirit enhanced the message, as well as giving a prophetic dream to one of the Pastors the night before this service.

 A supernatural confirmation about what the Lord was about to have me teach was expressed in the dream and the Lord gave the Pastor a song to sing in the dream as well which further confirmed the message!

You will be tremendously blessed when you hear him (risk) and sing this song at the beginning of this conference session.

 

A Prophetic Teaching

“HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE”

The Lord Is The Friend Of Those Who Are In Despair


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By Mary Lindow


So, I went with him,

And when we were climbing the rocky steps up the cliffs…

…My beloved shepherd said to me,


"Oh my dove, while you are there

in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock,

in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff.

 

Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice.

For your voice is sweet. And your face is lovely.”

 ~Song of Solomon 2: 14

 

I am starting this message with a few references from portions of the book,  

“Free To Be You: Living From Your God-Given Design”

This was written by a precious, humble and brilliant woman by the name of Sylvia Gunther. You can find more reading and devotionals on her website,

The Father’s Business

 

ALL OF US HAVE DREAMS IN OUR HEARTS that seem too wild or unachievable. To pursue them could mean great gain, but it could mean great loss and pain.

So.

Much like a rushing river whose power cannot be fully harnessed, we build walls to contain it, often without even knowing we are building them. We go through life bumping up against things, like the expectations of others, fear, and rejection that lead us to quietly start laying bricks, just a few at time, until one day we wake up and realize we have walled ourselves off from our own heart. We are no longer living out of our true selves.

But like all walls built by man to contain what they cannot control, the levee breaks. The wall crumbles.

 

The Creator, the loving Artist who was so intricately involved in knitting you together in your mother's womb, is longing for you to discover the masterpiece of you.

 

He desires for you to discover the joy of living out of everything he has put in you for life and godliness. This journey requires you to take the time to take an honest look at your story. It will require peeling back some layers to get beyond what you do to why you do what you do.

 

TRUE FREEDOM IS WAITING when you cease striving to fit into everyone else's box or stop trying to make everyone fit into your box for them, and become exactly who God designed you to be — a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of art.

 

THE PEOPLE AROUND US SHAPE US ALL.

How has that affected you? 

How would you be different if you were assured of complete freedom and affirmation to be who you really are?

To answer these questions we have to look at a few levels, such as family, friends, church, and community — levels of expectations, behaviors that we have learned either by force or in order to please others, and what we’ve been taught to value.

Under all these layers of expectation, there lays the true you.

The Master Artist knew the precise colors, tones, and brush strokes he wanted to use when he painted the canvas of you.

Some of us have allowed others to paint over that creation with their own agenda of who they need us to be. Vivid colors have been dampened and hidden.

Here is the glorious news!

The original canvas is still there, and God delights to strip away all that was not in his plan and wants to restore the beauty of you.

 

THE MASTER ARTIST SMILED ON THE DAY YOU WERE CREATED.

He dances and rejoices over you with singing, wooing you to join him on a wild voyage of discovery.

Will you accept his invitation? 

Are you ready to take an honest look at your own life to discover your true heart?


IMAGINE THIS!

There you are, struggling and hanging on for dear life, trying to find a toehold or finger hold to grip and hang onto on a steep climb. The sun is beating down on you and your ropes are fraying.

 

LIFE IS SEEMINGLY GETTING HARDER,

the world around you is swirling and shouting out bad news about terrorist plots and Ebola outbreaks, your job is not producing any sense of delight, there are fights in the family, fights in the church, you are tired, thirsty, beat down and afraid…

… And you don’t dare look down for fear of falling, failing or perhaps giving in to gravitational pull and just letting go.

You are sweaty; you are exhausted, and feel as if you have little to offer.

 

AND THEN THE VOICE OF THE ONE...

...Climbing not too far away from you, dares to say:

“Oh my dear! While you are hanging there in the clefts and toeholds of these rocks, let me give you a bit of shade, a shelter here under a cliff.

Let me see your face! LET ME LOOK AT YOU!

Let me hear your voice, I WANT YOU TO TALK TO ME!  For your voice is sweet to ME and your face is so lovely right now.”

 

As you hang there…

…Stunned at these words coming at you during this desperate attempt to climb to higher ground and to find rest and safety, you are shocked, doubtful and almost angry!

 

“YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING LORD!

NOW? HERE?

“I am a desperate, weary, exhausted mess!”

This is the HONEST cry of a person who is in the midst of adversity that threatens to sweep them away.  

The reasons for broken heartedness are more numerous than I have time or space to address.

My intention is to show you that the Lord is the friend of those in despair.

 

THE LORD IS YOUR REFUGE DURING THIS TIME.

Do not be mislead into believing another human can address the healing needs of your soul, for only THE LORD can see the extent of the damage that has been done to you, and only He can truly heal your broken heart.

Continue to SPEAK OUT-LOUD to this companion on the CLIFF! Bring Him your wailings and suffering. I suggest you do so verbally, in the privacy of your room or a place you go to pray.

Many people are fearful of letting God see all that is going on within them as they wrestle and hurt. They think that God does not want to hear their moaning and that God will not understand their pain. 

They fear that to allow God to see all the emotions churning within them would cause God to be angry with them. They might look UGLY in their current desperate state. THAT THEY ARE WRETCHED UNBELIEVERS!

 

HE SAYS THIS TO YOU AND I TODAY!

“Be not afraid to let me see you.

To let me hear your voice — Your prayers and praises.

Your hopes, your sorrows.

 For sweet is your voice to ME.

You are Perfection in My Eyes.”

 

And then at the hardest place, where you are sweaty, barely able to hold on much longer Jesus relieves us from such discouraging thoughts.

In the holes of craggy and broken rocks, which resemble stairs, He, the one climbing alone with us speaks.

 

LET ME SEE YOU! FACE TO FACE!

Don’t be afraid or ashamed to look at me! Come boldly into my presence, and LET ME KNOW YOU, AND YOU – ME!

Sweet is YOUR voice, and YOUR face is comely; (no – It does not say HOMELY)!  Your face is lovely! YOU as an individual person are accepted by me, and are pleasant in my sight.

I know that we don't see Him as He really is all the time. There are times we’d rather run from Him rather than run “to” Him.

I think there are times I see Him as pointing fingers at me for my sins, rather than standing with open arms in love.

If we saw Jesus as He really is, I think we would be more likely to run to Him.

 

I ALSO WONDER IF WE ARE JUST SOMETIMES AFRAID TO BE DESPERATE FOR JESUS.

To be desperate for Him means that we would have to face our brokenness.

To see and admit our need for healing.

We would have to admit we are in need.

That we got off course.

That we are hanging on a rocky place and we are getting scared and weary of the exhaustion.

And we are all often, these things! We do need Jesus!

Of course we will be reminded, often by others who are masking pain and doubt, that desperation isn't attractive.

 

DESPERATE PEOPLE AREN'T PRETTY.

But this is who Jesus came for. He came for those who could acknowledge that they can't do life well on their own and for those who are empty and want the fullness that Jesus offers.

We must relinquish our unattractiveness and ugliness and be willing to run to Jesus!

It doesn't come easy either! Accepting the fact that we have bought the lies others have spoken over us is not easy!

 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN GOD CALLS YOUR NAME? 

Can you hear the tone in which He says your name?

Do you know what it feels like? 

Do you feel the brush of heaven’s breath coming near your very soul? 

Do you feel the warmth of it all?

 

AS HE CALLS EACH OF OUR NAMES, 

HE MAY SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. 

Sometimes, many times - as a matter of fact, He reminds me, 

“Let go of the past.  There is nothing there for you.  Go forward.  

Do not pause in the road I’ve laid before you and look back for one

moment!”

 

Close your eyes today and “hear” his voice as He speaks softly.  Listen with your heart.  Close out all the sounds.  The ticking time, the screaming laundry or dishes, the buzz of your phone demanding that you respond. 

Climb up under a shaded spot  - under his shadow, Right at His feet and soak in His presence on purpose.  Not by accident. 

 

LOOK AT HIM FACE TO FACE ON PURPOSE TODAY AND HE WILL MEET YOU THERE.

Listen to what He tells us in His word - at this very moment.

Isaiah 43:1-3 

Read it out loud.   Insert your name


But now,  _____(insert your name)

The LORD who created and formed you says:

“Do not be afraid, for I have rescued you.

I have called you by name; you are mine. 


When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!


When you walk through the fire of oppression, 

you will not be burned up.


The flames will not consume you. 

For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One,

Your Savior.

LOOK AT HIM! 

LET HIM HEAR YOUR VOICE!

HE LOVES TO BE WITH US!

HE LOVES TO SPEND TIME WITH US!

As you do this openly and humbly, 

your own heart and life will be restored. 


But you must listen when He calls your name…

… And ANSWER.


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