An Invitation

Hi Friends,
I am praying that this speaks to your heart in a profound way and that in the daily-ness of today you will seek Him for specific ways to take Him up on the invitation. 

From the Father’s Heart:
Come. Come and see (Psalm 66:5). Open your “eyes” and let your “wings” take flight (Isaiah 40:31) – in My goodness, in My mercy, in My victory and power.
 
Taste and see (Psalm 34:8) that I am good (Psalm 107:1) and that My mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). 
 
It’s a new day. Forget the past (Isaiah 43:18, Philippians 3:13), the fears, the wins and loses – lay it all aside, and come. 
 
Come hither. Let Me just love on you a bit and soothe all the rough edges of your mind that the turmoil of this world has caused. It’s all “no big thing”. Nothing is too big for Me (Jeremiah 32:17), too impossible or “written in stone”; I am the great change-maker. It’s not about the past. It’s all about My plan for the future (Isaiah 46:10b, 11b). So, look forward. Move forward. Take this step – the next one (Proverbs 4:25, 26, 27). And stop bullying yourself, thinking that will keep you in line. 
 
Release Me to have perfect freedom in your life.
What does that mean?
Belief! Believe Me. Believe in My ability more than your lack thereof. Bottom line! Period. For I am able to DO whatever I desire with a willing vessel. 
 
Just say “yes”. 
 
I will direct your steps. Just one step at a time. That’s all. One step after another. 
 
Don’t listen to the hang-ups. They are just resistance. Don’t give into them, and don’t be surprised. Press through to the other side of this obedience – and then the next and the next. Believe that you CAN “take this land”. I have positioned you for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Possess your possession (Joshua 18:3).
 
I will help you. I will enable you and make it divinely EASY.
You just have to take the HARD steps of faith. 
It’s ok. All of life is easy/hard.
 
“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The LORD’S lovingkindesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:21-25
 
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With pen and paper, seek the Lord’s answers to a few helpful questions. Just write until you get some clarity:
-Lord, I choose to look forward and take the next step. I don’t want to just assume I know what that is. I lay aside any preconceived notion that may not be of you and ask that you show me. What is my next step?
-Reveal to me how I bully myself. What accusations of the enemy am I currently entertaining without even realizing it?
– I believe in Your ability, and I am willing. Search me and know me, and show me any and all “residue” of unbelief that would put limits on Your work in and through my life.

Lord, I believe You!

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Do You Need a Push?

“On the day I called, You answered me; 
You make me bold with strength in my soul.” 

Psalm 138:3

From the Heart of God:

I am All-Powerful. You can dare to dream with Me.

Yes, of course, you want the encouragement and affirmation, but be honest – even that doesn’t work when you get it.

What you really need is to just push through. Eyes on Me (Hebrews 12:2). Just keep moving forward. 

Pray and allow Me to make you bold.

Serve the one who wants what you have to offer, and don’t be stymied by the rest who don’t.

Be who you are. Do what I have called you to do, and don’t look back (not even to see if anyone is following).

Be relentless against any and all doubt. Don’t “invite it in for brunch”. Don’t entertain it. 

Let’s walk forward and just do the next thing.

Friend,

Name that one task that comes to mind right now, call out to Him to make you bold with strength in your soul, and go walk in dependent, bold, confident obedience.

“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” 2 Corinthians 3:5

He loves to show Himself strong in His people.

I’d love to hear about your bold move!

Traci

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What Matters for Eternity?

“O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalm 34:8

From the Father’s Heart:

I am for you (Romans 8:31), not against you. You are My servant whom I have chosen (Isaiah 43:10).

I draw you near to hear Me. 

Don’t allow the enemy to distract you and make you feel “less than” and steal “this” from you—this precious time with Me. Draw near and see. See Me for who I am—high and lifted up (Isaiah 52:13) and in control. And see yourself for who you are—My child. Draw near and partake of all you have for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Enter into My REST and know that you are BELOVED. 

Beloved of God. 

Rest in that love and take delight. Then do all out of that settled-ness of spirit and mind empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Behold, I make all things new (Revelation 21:3,4,5). Nothing is impossible for Me – not a thing (Luke 1:37), so behold the greatness and the glory of your God. Look full in My wonderful face and let all of earth fade away with its fears and considerations. 

Eternity.

What matters for eternity?

This is the clarifying question, so come and seek. Come and rest (Matthew 11:28). Come for your assignment and follow Me (John 10:27)! I will lead you to lead others on the inexplicable, incomprehensible path of life laid out before you (Ephesians 3:20). 

Step by step.

Take today’s step—the step right in front of you.

Listen and Write (spend some time in prayer with pen and paper asking the following questions):
-Lord, your sheep hear Your voice. I draw near. What do you want me to hear today?
-Lord, show me how I have been made to feel “less than” and have retreated so that I can combat those lies with the truth of Your Word. Remind me of the lies that I have taken to heart, and tell me Your truth.
-Remind me of what really matters for eternity; I choose to let this set my daily priorities.
-And show me today’s next step of obedience, the one that gets me closer to
Your desired destiny for my life.

Blessings to you,

Traci

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When Life Hurts

When the pain feels like too much!

This I recall to mind,
Therefore I have hope.

The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘Therefore I have hope in Him.'” Lamentations 3:21-24

It’s been a very emotionally heavy week for many around me (and therefore for me as well). I hate it! Oh, to be mindful that everyone around us is unfortunately all too familiar with the pain of living in this fallen world whether we see their pain or not.

We know that we will “encounter various trials” (James 1:2), and Jesus said, “‘ . . . in this world you have tribulation . . ‘” (John 16:33). Yet the times of pain still understandably surprise us and catch us off guard. It is in these times that we must recall to mind (remind ourselves of) what we know to be true and find our hope in Christ

Friend,

He makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert (Isaiah 35:6) – impossible provisions out of unlikely sources. 

He is big ENOUGH for even “this” (and each and every “even this” that crosses our path). 

Let’s look to Him and keep things in the “perspective of the miraculous”. He will give us eyes of faith to see beyond the circumstances to the provision that we may grab hold of.

“walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

Trust in Him at all times; pour out your heart to Him, for God is your refuge. (Psalm 62:8).

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Lord,
Show us today what we need to recall to mind that would settle our hearts and give us peace and hope. We praise You that Your lovingkindnesses indeed never cease (no matter how it feels) and Your compassions never fail. For great is Your faithfulness. Nothing can separate us from Your love (Romans 8:35-39). We “take courage” right now because You “have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

We worship you and come to You to help us in this time of need. 

“God is our refuge and strength, 
A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Blessings to you,

Traci

You may also want to click and read God’s Protection in the Midst of Turmoil if you also find yourself in this place.

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What About the Consequences?

There is not a single “useless” step of obedience. No matter how small and insignificant it may seem or how big and impossible, be assured of this: anything God calls us to do will not be wasted or inconsequential.  

There are consequences to our obedience.

We typically only think of this idea in the negative connotation and agree, “Yes, there are consequences to disobedience”. 

Yet because He has a plan behind even the simplest of instructions, there WILL always be consequences as you obey – consequences for you and perhaps many others whom you may not realize your life touches.  
Trust Him. 

No call of His is without purpose, and there is never a WASTED step of obedience! Never. Not one little step is worthless.

So, step out in faith in your big God and allow Him, in His mighty love, to quiet all of your fears.

Destroy the “speculations” (what if . . .) and “every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God”. Destroy all the lofty FEARS and “shakings” that are raised up against your real knowledge of Who He is and has promised to be, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). 

As those FEARS arise, immerse yourself in His Word. 

As you see Him – in His Power – in His Word He will get BIGGER in your whole soul, and the fears will HAVE TO submit. YOU SERVE A VERY BIG GOD!

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

What is God purposefully asking you to do today? Not sure? Then ask Him and listen. Submit to trusting Him and walking that thing out in real life.  

Stop just contemplating obedience. 

 Obey. 

And watch as the consequences unfold beyond anything you could “think or imagine”.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20, 21

Hi friends,

Be encouraged!

In addition to this truth, He gives us everything we need to walk out the steps of obedience that He calls us to. And He is strong in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10). May we all TRUST Him and step out in obedience to His call today and tomorrow and the next and the next. Simple little steps of faith can lead us places we never dreamed. But we must start walking – one step at a time – by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).

This post was originally posted in 2012 on my previous blogspot here, and I found myself quoting some of these truths yesterday. So I thought I would share it again. I’d love to hear the steps He’s calling you to and to join you in prayer in those areas. Let me know. Click the link to this post and leave a comment or contact me.

With love,

Traci

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In His Hands

Show up. Be willing. Be used. 

Be used as the beautiful instrument that you are in the Heavenly Father’s hands, living out His song of LOVE for His people.

Oh, what He can do with you!

Being used by Him truly is where the JOY is: being His hands and feet, a conduit of His love and grace, experiencing His love in fullness as He pours it out through us unto others. So, when we protect ourselves by not showing up, we actually forfeit the best life has to offer.

May we LOVE and care for others (even in intercession) more than our own comfort (and more often than we give into fear and retreat). Let’s trust Him more than we fear the unknown.

May we stop protecting ourselves. 

Do not be anxious, but pray!

If we all obeyed this simple instruction every time we felt a sense of anxiety, there would be so much more prayer and therefore so much more power and the promised result of peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6, 7

Oh Lord, raise up an army of “alive” believers – alive in every way! “Dead to sin and alive to God” (Romans 6:11). Believers who believe You.

And, Lord, we each come before You and say, “May it begin here with me, the one I am responsible for, that I may be able to say, ‘Be an imitator of Me as I am of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 11:1) – a prayer request You must delight to answer! 

Make Me more and more like You, to ‘walk in a manner worthy’. I give myself afresh to you today.

Lord, make me a vessel, an instrument of Your love.

Show Me today’s step of action to live this out. I choose to obey.”

Friends,

I am praying for your protection and courage today. May you experience His peace and grace in any and every trial you face. Take His courage and move forward in His strength. 

Blessing to you,

Traci

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You Can!

“. . . be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9, 10 ESV

Let’s get serious – starting right here and right now, concerning ourselves– not just about the “life” that we want people to see, but about the life that is lived in secret before God alone: the moments that no human eyes see, along with the thoughts, the intentions, motivations, and the meditations of our hearts. 

(Oh, search us, Lord God, and show us, that we may repent and return “in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” -Acts 3:19.)

God, the Holy Father, who loves us and wants what is best for us, is always presently present, AND God, the Son, is always interceding for us, an ever-present HELP. Let’s not quench (1 Thess. 5:19) or grieve (Eph. 4:30) the Holy Spirit whom we NEED desperately. Let’s live in authentic holiness– wanting “to please Him in all respects” and longing “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10), honestly living the holy life that God calls us to inside and outseen by man or unseen, knowing that all is seen by our holy God who calls us to be holy in all our behavior as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15, 16). If He calls us to it, we can’t say that it isn’t expected of us or that it’s not possible.

Holiness – what a life goal! made up of moment-by-moment goals of obedience, depending upon the Presence and Power of the Living God in Whom “we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28). 

Such a goal would certainly keep us on “the way that is narrow that leads to life” (Matthew 7:14), where there is abundance (John 10:10). May we not allow this promised abundance to be stolen away from us by “shiny things that distract” or by our own laziness or certainly not by this world and its foolish ways. 

Let’s determine to know what that path of life is with a true knowledge of the Word, the “doctrine conforming to godliness” (1 Timothy 6:3), and may our lifework flow out of a heart of love for our Holy God, who has loved us so well and has provided all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2, 3).

May we live a holy life of “response” to our Heavenly Father.

We cannot be too serious about Him!
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Take some time with the Lord, with a pen in hand, and ask:

“What do I want people to see in my life that is not really authentically true of me when no one is watching?” Invite Jesus in to really show you every area. There is no hiding. Realize that you don’t want to hide anymore. Put pen to paper and hash this issue out honestly with Him. 

Then repent. Name sin for what it is, lay it at the foot of the cross to die, and CHOOSE to rely upon the power of God within you to bring about the needed change.

Realize that if it is a godly “want” for your life, it can be authentically yours and true of you by the power of Christ in your life. Don’t give into the enemy’s “lies of impossibilities” that are only meant to rob you. 

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it . . .’” Matthew 16:24, 25

Do you wish to come? Take any necessary steps.

What are your “today” action steps?

Prayerfully read through the book of Ephesians this week and journal through the truths found there. Believe Him. Take Him at His Word. Live. 


So glad you are here today. I pray that this encourages you in some way for “life change”. If someone comes to mind that would be encouraged by this too, please share. And if you aren’t receiving these weekly devotionals in your inbox and would like to, let me know by clicking here.

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Do You Ever Wonder About God’s Timing?

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9

From the Heart of God:

I am not on your timetable, but you’re definitely on Mine. You wonder at times if I even have one. Yep I do, and you know it. I hold time and eternity in My hands, and nothing slips through the cracks forgotten – no small detail, and certainly not big ones. 

I have already put all the ingredients together (before time even began), and things are always IN PROCESS. People tend to hate “process”, but it is what life is made up of.

Embrace life to its fullest; don’t allow what is “not yet” to rob you of TODAY.

Start a gratefulness journal and lean in. Put your “ear to My heart”. Hear it beat: rhythm, process, steady, dependable, strong for you, for you, My love. 

Lean in, press your ear and hear. Write it down, and give thanks for all My many blessings. 

You’re not forgotten, looked over, or taken for granted – NEVER these, in My heart. Seek My heart on things, not just how they feel, seem, appear, what’s practical, or shiny and pretty.  

Lean in and hear My heart. 

I have given you an open ear to hear it’s beating, not only for yourself but also for those I place in your path.

I invite you to lean in.

There is a process of putting ingredients together – each individual part being absolutely necessary and not to be missed! There’s then (think of bread baking) the time of kneading, of resting and rising, and cooking – when you finally smell the fragrance and know it’s almost done. Most of this process is easy as it just happens and yet hard as you must WAIT – “easy/hard”. Don’t grow weary of the work or the wait. It WILL YIELD!

There is a day coming when all that you have been waiting for will be seen. It will be right there before your very eyes, and it will be worth the wait. You will say, “This is it!” I will release that proclamation to your heart. “And you will know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame” (Isaiah 49:23b).

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Wait upon the Lord, and as you do, sing His praises.

“You keep him in perfect peace
  whose mind is stayed on you, 
  because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
  for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

I pray that this encourages those of you who are in any season of waiting, as many are. May we all trust Him and His perfect timing. If you aren’t receiving these weekly devotionals in your inbox and would like to, just let me know by clicking here.

What is your plan to lean in to hear His heart today? He is a “rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Believe!

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13