SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND

By Marsha Burns
Archive 2018

 

APRIL 2018

April 30, 2018:  Trust Me to bring you along what seems to be a narrow and treacherous path.  I tell you honestly that this path will soon take you to a new, rich and abundant plateau.  Know that I am with you every step of the way and I will not allow you to slip or fall, says the Lord.  Be sensitive to the leading of My Spirit.  Psalm 17:5 Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.

April 29:  Embrace all that brings life and awakens you from spiritual slumber.  I have given you the grace to endure difficulties and uncertainty, but much of what has burdened you is coming to an end and will give way to a season that can bring great joy and peace.  However, you must let go of any grief that has prevailed or set a tone in your life.  Let Me lift you up, says the Lord.  Isaiah 42:9  Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

April 27, 2018:  You are on the right track, but you have to stay focused and have patience.  Spiritual discernment is more vital than ever in finding your way in the current environment, which is unfamiliar and strange.  Know that I am with you and will bring clarity and direction as you move forward, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

April 26, 2018:  Examine yourself to see if you are honestly trusting and believing that I will direct your steps.  When you walk by faith and live in the Spirit, fear will be replaced by the assurance of divine order.  I will prepare the path and lead you in the way you should go.  Nothing is impossible with Me, says the Lord.  Luke 1:37 "For with God nothing will be impossible."

April 25, 2018:  Breakthrough is the hallmark of this season.  But, you have to do your part by putting forth the effort to succeed.  Instead of just allowing life to happen to you, move to the place where you make decisions that will benefit you both spiritually and naturally.  Do not be a bystander as life passes you by, says the Lord.  Rather, be a positive force in your environment.  Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

April 24, 2018:  There are things you can do now that have been impossible in the past for a variety of reasons.  The doors are opening and possibilities are presenting themselves for your consideration.  Be sensitive to current opportunities to move beyond where you have been stuck.  The days ahead must be taken one step at a time instead of one leap at a time.  Prepare for a methodical and consistent process, says the Lord.  Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

April 23, 2018:  When you feel uncertain and undone, trust Me.  I know the way you should go and what is best for you, says the Lord.  And, I will prepare the way.  Let Me lead you in perfect timing so that all of My will is accomplished in and through you.  Put away all fear and doubt as you put yourself in My care.  Proverbs 16:9  A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

April 22:  Beloved, you have now crossed the bridge of transition into the new season and entered through the door that opened to the path ahead of you.  However, you have encountered fog so that you cannot see more than one step ahead of you.  I tell you not to be afraid or allow the feeling of being unsettled to overtake you.  You are in a place of silence, but that will give way to a time of purification and of preparation for what is ahead, says the Lord.  Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

April 20, 2018:  There are tasks that you need to perform that would be better accomplished if you simplified the process.  Ask Me to show you how that can be done.  I will lead you in the way of efficiency, which will give you hope and strength to get on with it, says the Lord.  This action could give you the new beginning you long for.  Psalm 25:4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.

April 19, 2018:  Find the place where you have peace in your spirit and in your soul and make it a bulwark, a fortified place.  Peace will be a guard against fear and worry.  It will become a place of strength and confidence in My ability to give you wisdom and keep you safe, says the Lord.  Be at peace with yourself and with everyone.  Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

April 18, 2018:  Stand firm on your commitment and dedication to kingdom life.  Things that undermine consecration abound, but you must set yourself apart for My plans and purposes.  When everything around you pulls and exerts a force against sanctification, press in.  Come close to Me, says the Lord.  Let your light shine in the darkness.  Luke 11:33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light."

April 17, 2018:  There are things you have not understood with regard to where you are and what you can do.  It is like pieces missing in a puzzle.  Now, take the time to seek Me for wisdom and direction.  I will show you that which has been elusive, but you must position yourself in neutrality so that My pure word to you is not skewed, says the Lord.  Proverbs 8:6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things.

April 16, 2018:  Hush!  You must learn to quiet your mind and emotions so that you can establish yourself in the flow of My Spirit.  There is too much noise in and around you, and that noise will hinder your ability to hear Me, says the Lord.  Concentrate on getting silent inside, and listen intently for My instructions to you.  It is the only way you can get on track spiritually.  Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

April 15:  As you continue on your spiritual journey, you must keep in mind that love is the primary thing.  Let your love for Me and for one another override every other emotional reaction and mental response to life and circumstances.  If you will do this first, obedience in all other areas will follow, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

April 13, 2018:  When you seek and ask Me for wisdom, I cause you to be extraordinary.  The impossible becomes possible.  All you have to do is ask believing that I hear and answer your plea.  Do not waver in faith or purpose.  Let Me show you the way to supernatural accomplishment.  I can do in and through you that which you are unable to do on your own, says the Lord.  James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

April 12, 2018:  I am preparing you for the next phase of life.  The past is behind and has become part of your history, but it is not vital to where you are now.  You will benefit greatly by staying connected to Me, says the Lord.  Stay relevant to My plans and purposes for your life, and be sensitive to that which is required of you at this time so that you are free to forge ahead.  I am with you every step of the way.  Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

April 11, 2018:  Beloved, it is My wish that you learn to be gentle with everyone.  The world is full of harshness and severity, but you must be kind, tender and understanding.  Only then, will you be led by My Spirit into blessing and abundance.  Remember that what you sow is the substance of your harvest.  Matthew 7:12a  "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."

April 10, 2018:  Times are changing, and you must adopt a mindset of flexibility.  Be sensitive to My leading, and be ready to make changes that will insure that you are where you need to be.  My path is a narrow one, and your obedience is the key to walking with Me, says the Lord.  Stay close!  Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

April 9, 2018:  There are many things that will draw your attention away from Me.  But, you must be like the watchman on the wall who looks for potential danger and takes precautionary action to thwart disaster.  I would have you be awake and alert and ready to overcome the powers of darkness sent against you, says the Lord.  Watch!  Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

April 8:  Your encounters will reveal situations that would not only become distractions, but could cause you to feel disoriented.  You need to keep your feet planted firmly on what is true and good.  Entertaining any fantasy at all will result in a long and unfruitful ride.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and look to Me for guidance.  Be alert!  1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

April 6, 2018:  Be bold and strong.  Resolutely leave the past behind.  Do it on purpose, and set your heart on what you can do to move on.  Nothing will change the mistakes that you have made.  Be finished with regret and the dread that overwhelms you.  Ask for and receive My forgiveness.  I will be with you in your new beginning, says the Lord.  Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

April 5, 2018:  When you find yourself mired in disappointment and discouragement, you must struggle to get free.  Change your focus to find your hope and strength in developing a strong and viable relationship with Me, says the Lord.  My kingdom is your bulwark, a place of safety both now and forever.  Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

April 4, 2018:  When you lose focus do not go the route of condemnation.  Rather, make the necessary corrections that will lead back to the path of righteousness.  Return to Me for wisdom and healing of the heart.  I have not forsaken you, says the Lord.  You are precious in My sight.  Proceed with confidence in My ability to move you in the right direction.  Isaiah 44:22b  Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.

April 3, 2018:  In a vision I saw a pristine landscape with flowering trees.  There were graceful dancers celebrating life—new life that comes with spring and new growth.  And, I heard the Lord say that we are entering a time of new spiritual growth that will be very beautiful yet somewhat fragile.  We need to move softly and with precision so that we can be aware of the change that growth brings and to hear His voice with greater clarity.  We must not take this time for granted but rather worship God with all that we are and all that we do.  Psalms 65:10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.

April 2, 2018:  In a vision I saw a cooking pot on the stove that was boiling over, and this is what the Lord said about that:  Even though peoples and tribes of all different kinds seem to be boiling over with disputes and vitriol, it should not be so with you.  You belong to Me in a spiritual kingdom where mutual respect and peace exist.  There will be wars and rumors of wars, but you must maintain peace in your heart, says the Lord.  Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

April 1:  I am leading the way so that you can follow Me on the perfect path that I have set before you.  But, you must develop a surrendered heart so that you do not go your own way or from a vantage point of self-interest.  You are Mine.  You are not your own.  I have purpose for your life that you have not yet realized.  Let Me take you to your destiny, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

MARCH 2018

March 30, 2018:  Can you be trusted with prosperity?  Before you is the spiritual land of milk and honey, but if there is a shift in your focus away from Me the blessing will melt away like the spring snow.  It is easy to obsess about the fulfillment of your wishes and desires instead of making My eternal kingdom your primary point of interest and attention.  You must order your priorities to put first things first, says the Lord.  Numbers 14:8 "If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey."

March 29, 2018:  I speak to multitudes who have seemingly lost hope.  Examine yourself to see what it is that you are hoping for.  Hope in the world or in humanity will always disappoint.  But, if you set your expectations on Me and My kingdom and live according to My will and purposes, I will lead you through the maze of despair.  I will bring you into light, says the Lord.  Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

March 28, 2018:  Self-restraint is particularly important in these days.  You must monitor your thoughts, words, and actions.  What you put out will come back to you multiplied.  Stop and assess your current situation as you look to see if you are reaping what you have sown.  If you are feeling judged or persecuted it is more than possible that you have judged and persecuted others at least in your thoughts and words, says the Lord.  Do not delay in making adjustments that will produce a better harvest.  Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

March 27, 2018:  Even though the world seems to be filled with evil and hatred, you are not of the world.  You have the ability to create an environment of love and respect.  How you feel and what you do will make a difference in your atmosphere, and it is more propitious to do what is good and kind rather than what is selfish and defensive, says the Lord.  Let My Spirit lead you.  John 17:16 "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."

March 26, 2018:  You may be feeling stagnant, but rest assured that this is a time of of preparation and positioning.  You will be tempted to yield to spiritual laziness that comes with stagnation, but I would have you shake yourself awake and sharpen your awareness and discernment.  And, I will show you astounding things, says the Lord.  Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

March 25:  Ask for wisdom in your current dilemma, and I will show you how to proceed.  I will reveal pieces of the puzzle that you have not yet considered, says the Lord.  Trust Me to take you in a proper progression so that nothing is lost, stolen or destroyed that is still of value.  My ways always bring life and liberty to all concerned.  Be strong and persevere.  Romans 5:3-4   And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

March 23, 2018:  Refuse to stew and pout over difficult situations.  Instead, use those times to learn and practice self-control and patience.  Things may not always work out the way you want them to, but there are always valuable opportunities to do what is right and good despite inconvenience and frustration, says the Lord.  Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

March 22, 2018:  Protect your personal, spiritual space and refuse to allow division or strife to rule in any part of your life.  Find your place of peace and safeguard it.  Otherwise, you will find yourself in chaos and confusion.  You cannot walk in the Spirit and be angry and divisive at the same time, so you must choose the course you will take, says the Lord.  Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

March 21, 2018:  Beloved, I want to help you see and hear spiritual truth.  To do this you must look without fear, prejudice, or expectation.  You cannot allow anything to color or distort what I show you, but rather take it at face value.  When you see something do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.  Look with eyes wide open, ears ready to hear, and a heart ready to receive, says the Lord.  John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

March 20, 2018:  You can only take one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other, until you get through this tedious time.  Make the most of every day as you strive to do the best you can do to stay on track spiritually.  You are establishing a foundation on which to build your future in My kingdom.  The foundation is the least interesting yet the most important part of your structure, says the Lord.  Luke 6:48 "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock."

March 19, 2018:  My blessings in your life are inevitable if you stay on course and walk with Me, says the Lord.  All you have to do is keep your focus on Me and be obedient to My Word.  Do not be distracted by looking for worldly fulfillment or material blessings.  Set your heart on that which is everlasting.  2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

March 18:  There are plenty of reasons for you to see your life as less than perfect or even very bleak, but I want you to realize that your pilgrimage in the world is temporary.  You have heard the phrase "hope springs eternal", and I want to assure you that I have given you the ability to rise up in hope regardless of your circumstances.  But, you must choose to trust Me and have faith in My ability to bring you through every difficulty.  Position yourself to be an overcomer and believe in Me more than you believe your hardships, says the Lord.  I am with you in all things.  Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

March 16, 2018:  You must exhibit honesty and integrity in all you say and do.  When you profess the saving grace of Christ and do not live up to the Gospel you are not a credible witness.  It is not enough to be a hearer of the word of truth.  You must also be doer, says the Lord.  Only then will you be trustworthy.  James 1:23-25  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

March 15, 2018:  In-depth evaluation is critical to understanding why certain aspects of your life and circumstances are not working according to My will and word, says the Lord.  Be brutally honest with yourself so that you can discern with precision where the problem lies.  Do not be afraid of what you might find.  Then, it will be relatively simple to make the necessary corrections.  Psalms 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

March 14, 2018:  With a little effort you can now put the past behind you.  You cannot look ahead and move forward while still being stuck in the past.  You must choose one or the other.  Just remember that you can do nothing about what has already happened. Focus on what is relevant to your life and relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Freedom awaits!  Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

March 13, 2018:  Even though it seems like the attacks against you have been relentless, you must not give in to discouragement and despair.  Steel yourself and stand strong regardless of your temptation to give up.  Opposing forces will ultimately serve to strengthen you.  I am with you to show you the way to victory.  Trust Me, says the Lord.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

March 12, 2018:  I want you to reach higher and go further spiritually than you ever have.  You must do this deliberately.  Do not think that spiritual growth comes automatically.  It takes time and effort move forward, says the Lord.  Focus and seek to know Me more intimately.  Jeremiah 29:14 I will be found by you, says the LORD.

March 11:  I am moving My people to higher spiritual ground.  In order for you to be part of that company, you must individually release others from offense and division.  My Body is not fragmented; it is a whole unit.  You must forgive each other and love one another in righteousness from a pure heart, says the Lord.  Only then will you be available to advance spiritually.  1 Peter 1:22  Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

March 9, 2018:  Be alert to that which I will bring to your remembrance.  It will have to do with what I have shown you in the past by way of correction.  But, you did not spend the time necessary to actually deal with the underlying attitudes and motivations.  This will be your second time around.  When you truly see and overcome, you will be able to progress, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 10:6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

March 8, 2018:  Pay attention to what I am showing you about yourself--things that need to be adjusted in the way you perceive and deal with life's circumstances.  It will be beneficial to you and those around you if you just calm down.  Trust Me to give you wisdom.  One of the most important things you will do now is to put everything into proper perspective so that you do not overreact, says the Lord.  Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

March 7, 2018:  In a vision I saw a man pluck a piece of ripe fruit from a tree.  He ate the fruit and planted the seeds that would grow other trees.  And I heard the Lord say, "You will not only reap at this time, but you will also sow seeds that will produce a long-term, significant harvest that will last for years.  Be thoughtful and deliberate in your planting."  Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

March 6, 2018:  Many of you, My people, have been too concerned about what other people think, or about how you think they see you.  That has resulted in an attitude of self-consciousness that will keep you from walking in spiritual freedom.  You have to let it go.  What matters is that you receive direction and correction only from Me, says the Lord.  Stay close.  Job 5:17  Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.

March 5, 2018:  There are many voices and opinions that would draw you away from truth and purpose.  Be sure that you maintain a strong position in Me, says the Lord.  Put forth the effort and take the time to evaluate and discern what you see and hear.  Make a clear distinction between good and evil, and always choose that which is right and good.  Hebrews 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

March 4:  When you find yourself in a position of correcting others, make sure that you do not do so from a haughty position, or one of lording your power over them.  Rather, keep an attitude of humility that stems from a desire to help and strengthen others.  Problem-solving is most effective when all parties involved are assured of their liberty and equality.  Exercise your respect for others, says the Lord.  Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

March 2, 2018:  I would have you make a distinct separation between the precious and the vile things in your life and circumstances.  Keep and accentuate the good things while you remove those things that are detrimental.  It is My desire that you draw closer to Me, but you must continue to go through the process of purification, says the Lord.  Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the LORD: "If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before Me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them."

March 1, 2018:  You have been through a distressing time, but you must position yourself to move on.  You cannot do anything about the past, but you can embrace My will and purposes for your future.  Go forth with open mind and heart.  You have learned some valuable lessons that enhanced your wisdom with regard to your ability to handle challenges in the days ahead by trusting Me, says the Lord.  James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

 

FEBRUARY 2018

February 28, 2018:  I speak to those who are feeling a little lost, and I tell you that you are not lost from My sight.  I see you and know you.  You are precious to Me, says the Lord.  I will open the way for you to see that you have a hope and a future with Me in My kingdom.  If you make one tiny step towards Me, I will take a giant leap towards you.  Seek Me with your whole heart.  Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

February 27, 2018:  Regardless of what you have had to endure, you must regroup.  Put yourself in My perfect order and prepare for the next phase.  There are things for you to learn and understand, things for you to overcome, and things that will delight your soul.  I am your strength.  Set your heart on My will for you so that you can fulfill your destiny, says the Lord.  Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

February 26, 2018:  Make this a time of rejoicing.  Bring to remembrance all that I have done on your behalf.  And, be glad for what I will do if you ask in faith without doubting.  I have made a way for you in times of despair and in your wilderness experiences.  Even though you have endured times of darkness, light will shine again in your heart and life, says the Lord.  Draw close to Me.  1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

February 25:  Keep your eyes wide open and watch as I expose corruption on every level.  But I speak to your hearts, My people, to never take advantage of anyone for your personal gain.  Treat each other with high regard and respect and without prejudice.  Your love for Me is proven in how you treat others, says the Lord.  Be kind and generous in your attitudes.  Matthew 7:12a  "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."

February 23, 2018:  For those of you who feel like you are walking through thick fog, this is a temporary condition.  Let Me lead you through when you cannot see beyond where you are now.  You belong to Me.  I've got you.  Do not be afraid.  Soon the fog will lift, and you will begin to see clearly, says the Lord.  This is a time to trust Me like never before.  Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

February 22, 2018:  Wake up and stay awake.  The days are evil, and this is not a time when you can snooze spiritually through life.  It is imperative that you make a determination to  consciously stay connected to Me, says the Lord.  I am your place of protection and safety.  I alone can lead you out of darkness into light and life.  Refuse to allow anything to disrupt your place of peace in Me.  Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."

February 21, 2018:  These are days when life seems to be bittersweet.  You must be willing to take the bitter with the sweet, but also refuse to allow the bitterness to overwhelm you.  Step back from your current experience so that you can see the larger picture.  Only then can your faith be restored and your hope renewed.  Know that I am leading you in ways that you cannot fathom at this moment, but eventually you will look back at this time and see the necessity of it, says the Lord.  Be strong!  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

February 20, 2018:  I saw a wooden boat turned upside down on the shoreline of a frozen lake, and the Lord said, "You have been beached for a season.  The environment has been harsh and you have been relatively sidelined, but the time is near for you to launch out on the waters of My Spirit and do what you have been called to do.  You will begin to navigate life in a way that will fulfill your destiny and be rewarding at the same time."  Psalm 20:4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.

February 19, 2018:  The Lord said, "I am releasing a wave of healing for those who have suffered abuse at the hands of others.  You are no less loved or treasured in My kingdom.  You still have scars that will remind you from time to time of past trauma, but you will no longer feel the pain.  I am transporting you above those disturbing experiences to a place in the Spirit where you can trust Me to deal gently with you."  Isaiah 40:11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.

February 18:  In a vision I saw a woman in deep and sincere worship.  Then, I saw a shepherd with his sheep in a pasture that had been over-grazed.  He began to lead his flock up a fairly steep path until they arrived at a high-mountain valley.  The water was cold and clear, and the meadow was  coming alive with new growth--sweet and tender vegetation.  There was a sense of new life and fresh excitement.  I believe the woman represents those who worship in spirit and in truth, the flock those who sincerely follow Christ, the true Shepherd.  The overgrazed pasture represents the stagnation of trying to feed on religion.  It is time to move up to higher spiritual ground where we can find fresh anointing and revelation of the Kingdom of God that will nourish and satisfy.  Matthew 7:13-14   Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

February 16, 2018:  It is good to be reminded that your life on earth is temporary and that your life in the Spirit is eternal.  My desire is that you will find Me and stay connected every day.  Seek to do My will in every situation and never stray from the reality of My presence, says the Lord.  Prioritize your days to reflect your relationship with Me.  1 John 2:17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

February 15, 2018:  Draw close to Me so that you can find a place of peace.  The stress that you have endured is taking a toll and has created a sense of fear and dread.  That is because you have taken matters into your own hands instead of trusting Me to inspire and direct your activities, says the Lord.  You must quiet your mind and emotions as you rise up in the Spirit and relax.  I am with you!  Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."

February 14, 2018:  In a vision I saw bottles of rancid anointing oil, and I heard the Lord say, "Many of you, My people, need a fresh anointing of My Spirit.  You have tried to survive spiritually on the memory of a time when you were aware of My presence.  But, the past does not provide life in the Spirit now.  You must ask again for a new infilling so that you can live and walk in the Spirit presently."  Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

February 13, 2018:  Put your confidence in Me because I will never fail you.  Refuse to allow difficult circumstances to undermine your belief and trust.  I will give you the wisdom and strength to overcome.  You can rely on Me to lead you through this time.  It might feel like you are stuck and not moving forward, but very soon you will be able to continue on with a renewed sense of freedom and expectation, says the Lord.  2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

February 12, 2018:  I have told you many times that your strength will be exhibited in simplicity, says the Lord.  And, it is true even now.  I am bringing you to a new level of simplicity in which you must let go of things from the past that have complicated your life and ability to grow and to prosper.  I will show you things that have cast a shadow over you and hindered your ability to fulfill My purposes.  Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

February 11: Accept and embrace change as you do the seasons.  The changes you face are inevitable whether you receive them with joy and expectation or with resistance and dread.  Make it easy on yourself and be willing to move with My Spirit in freedom and fluidity.  You can trust Me to cause everything to work together for your good.  Let My glory be known in all you do, says the Lord.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

February 9, 2018:  Release yourself from all frustration and come into My rest and peace.  I will make the path ahead of you straight and certain as I lead you in righteousness.  Do not be afraid as you enter new territory that is unfamiliar to you.  I am yoked with you and will ease your burden, says the Lord.  Matthew 11:29-30 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

February 8, 2018:  Unusual things need to be accomplished before you can move on.  You must be focused and lucid in this narrow time frame because you will be required to do things that are outside of the boundaries of your normal routine.  You will need the wisdom that is beyond your own thoughts and consideration--the wisdom that only comes from Me, says the Lord.  Ask and I will provide answers.  Trust Me.  James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

February 7, 2018:  The bombardment of too many voices and too many opinions will take you out of the place in the Spirit where you can hear My voice.  Stop the outside noise by getting alone with Me in a quiet place, and listen.  Separate yourself from conflict and confusion, and listen.  Be still, and listen.  I will speak.  I will direct you by My Spirit, says the Lord.  Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

February 6, 2018:  When your peace is disturbed by circumstances, look to Me.  I will lead you in the way of tranquility.  Even though your soul is in turmoil, I am with you to calm your storm.  I will bring you into quiet rest and establish you in a place of peace.  Be still and deliberately seek My face as you yield to the work that I am doing in you right now.  Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.

February 5, 2018:  Gather your strength and allow only those things that require your attention to draw from that strength.  This is still a time when you must simplify in order to fortify your life experience.  Keep in mind that I am the source of your strength and the power of your purpose, says the Lord.  I will impart to you a supernatural ability to discern and see with clarity as you make choices at this time.  Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

February 4:  I am extricating you from things that have kept you bound and have kept you from personal intimate relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Be sensitive to things that draw your attention away to fleshly endeavors and away from seeking My face.  Position yourself by prioritizing your time and energy in ways that will bring glory to My kingdom.  I will give you the strength and direction to make the necessary changes that will lead to purity and righteousness.  Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

February 2, 2018:  Beloved, when things get rocky and cause you to feel unstable, remember that I am your place of stability and security.  Look to Me for comfort and safety in these changing times.  I will help you regroup.  You will be able to move forward with confidence in the fact that I will lead you in the way you should go so that you do not falter, says the Lord.  Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

February 1, 2018:  Do not allow your faith to be shaken by adverse conditions and circumstances.  Stand strong in what you know to be truth.  I am with you and for you.  You are precious in My sight, says the Lord.  Let me bring restoration and healing to your soul.  Let Me raise you up in strength and power.  I am your very present help in times of trouble.  Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

JANUARY 2018

January 31, 2018:  Maintain your confidence in Me, says the Lord.  The enemy would have you condemn yourself for falling short of self-imposed goals.  But, this will only serve to get you out of the flow of the Spirit.  You must repent--change your mind--and receive My forgiveness and then forgive yourself and begin again.  Rise up and walk in the Spirit.  Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

January 30, 2018:  Life's trouble offers teaching moments for you to see and learn.  Difficult circumstances give opportunities to overcome and to grow spiritually.  Nothing is wasted in My kingdom.  Your choices in life produce results.  What you must consider is whether or not you have faith in Me to bring you through to the optimum eternal outcome.  I tell you honestly that you can trust Me, says the Lord.  Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."

January 29, 2018:  Do not be drawn off course by focusing on Spirit manifestations.  Evidence of My presence will be present when you seek to know Me.  When you only look to find the demonstration and proof of My existence in the natural realm, you miss the true power of relationship with Me in your life, says the Lord.  Set yourself to know Me.  1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

January 28:  Set your heart, your faith, and your will to receive all that I have promised.  All that I have made available through the plan of redemption is yours to have for yourself.  But, you must settle that issue in your own heart and to know that My love and blessings are not just for a chosen few, but for all who believe, says the Lord.  Acts 10:34-35  Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him."

January 26, 2018:  Be alert and watch for doors to open that have been closed for some time.  You can now move ahead in unexpected and surprising ways.  Do not be afraid of getting off track.  I am leading you in ways that will be greatly beneficial to you.  Never forget that I am with you and for you, says the Lord.  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

January 25, 2018:  In a vision I saw a man launch himself off a cliff with a paraglider.  He seemed to be falling, presumably to his death, but then he caught a thermal and was lifted up to soar above the land.  And, I heard the Lord say, "Many of My people have launched themselves into things that seem to be failing, but I tell you honestly that I am with you to cause you to rise above failure into a position of victory."  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

January 24, 2018:  Stay calm when you are faced with difficult circumstances.  You cannot be led by My Spirit unless you are quiet enough to be directed.  Fear is the first sign that you are not connected to Me, says the Lord.  It is imperative that you rise above emotional responses to a position of faith so that I can show you the way and direct your steps.  Trust!  2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

January 23, 2018:  Do not allow complacency to interfere with the spiritual work being done in your life.  I will bring conviction regarding issues where you must change your mind in order to get on the right track.  Stubborn refusal to give up fleshly attitudes and motivations will result in your getting stuck spiritually.  You cannot progress until you deal with these issues, says the Lord.  Quiet your soul and allow Me to lead you forward.  Psalm 81:12 So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.

January 22, 2018:  I am aware of your restlessness, which comes from the atmosphere being somewhat stagnant.  Use this time to put down roots, to dig deep in search of divine mysteries.  Come close to Me, says the Lord.  Let Me speak to your heart and reveal spiritual truth.  Let us have sweet communion.  2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

January 21:  I see My sheep scattered and unable to focus.  Too many things to consider and circumstances to deal with will spread you too thin and wear you out.  Gather yourself up, prioritize, and get focused on what really matters.  Guard your personal boundaries so that other people don't exploit or take advantage of your time or energy.  But you will also have to separate the legitimate draw on your resources from the frivolous and unnecessary, says the Lord.  Set a watch.  Nahum 2:1 He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.

January 19, 2018:  I speak to those who have been traumatized by the things you have endured, and I say to you that I am your Healer.  Allow Me to bring comfort and to give you the strength to move beyond the pain.  You will always remember what happened to you, but it will not always hurt.  Set your mind and heart on rising above the things of the earth to walk and live in the Spirit, says the Lord.  Isaiah 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

January 18, 2018:  Take the time to delineate spiritual reality, and set yourself to stay in the light and truth.  Be done with deception and darkness.  If your desire is to be transformed into My image, you must forget about the past and focus on that which is spiritually relevant and eternal.  Embrace all that is godly, says the Lord.  Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

January 17, 2018:  Many of you are on the absolute threshold of a greater understanding of My kingdom, which is necessary in developing a genuine relationship with Me, says the Lord.  But, you must push past spiritual laziness that becomes an anchor to your soul that restricts curiosity.  It will take desire and great effort to overcome complacency, but the end of that journey will be worth your time.  Proverbs 15:19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.

January 16, 2018:  While in the Spirit, I felt the rhythmic motion of being rocked by waves.  Then, I could see that I was in a small boat on a body of water in the middle of a beautiful landscape.  And, the Lord showed me that it was an example of being one with Him.  I was one with the boat, the boat was one with the water, and the water was one with the landscape.  The boat was a symbol of Jesus, the water was the Holy Spirit, and the landscape was God the Father.  Nice!  John 17:21 ...that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

January 15, 2018:  I am doing a deep and profound work in your heart, says the Lord, which will take you to new heights spiritually.  It is time for you to progress beyond where you settled for less than is possible.  Discouragement has taken a toll and at times has even paralyzed you.  Now you must get up.  Shake off your self-imposed limitations.  Take the first step in becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.  Deuteronomy 1:21  Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.

January 14:  Do not limit yourself You are able to do far more than you ever thought you could, but you must first believe that you can accomplish all that I have set before you.  I would have you get at the root of every limitation, and isolate the foundation of the lie that has created unbelief.  This is most certainly a work of the enemy against your soul to keep you from divine potential, says the Lord.  Break out and break forth!  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

January 12, 2018:  I am looking for those who will become true seekers in My kingdom.  I am searching throughout the earth to see who desires to come into My presence.  You have to take the first small step in My direction, and I will take a giant step to meet with you, says the Lord.  You must believe that I exist and that I care for you.  Then, you can come. Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

January 11, 2018:  I speak to those who cannot seem to break out of old cycles of existence.  You are willing to move on, but you are also afraid to take the next step for fear of failure.  This is a time when I will open doors of opportunity, but you cannot seek My face or hear My voice in your current condition.  Fear involves torment, but it will take faith to proceed.  It is impossible for you to live in faith and fear at the same time.  You must choose, says the Lord.  2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

January 10, 2018:  Beloved, it is My desire that you would reach a level of being habitually conscious of My Spirit.  That is to walk and live in the Spirit and never deviate from being one with Me, says the Lord.  This will take deliberate effort and determination in the beginning, but if you persist it will become as natural as breathing.  John 4:24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

January 9, 2018:  I had a vision of Jacob's Ladder with angels ascending and descending.  It was as though they were in a dance.  There was a constant stream of those going up as they passed those coming down.  It was a very graceful and  beautiful flow.  And, the Lord said, "I want you to know that I send angels to minister to you in your times of need.  You are not alone."  Psalm 91:9-11  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

January 8, 2018:  Be at peace and insulate yourself from those who stir up strife and cause contention.  You can only maintain genuine peace when you abide in Me, says the Lord.  Keep the truth of My word close to your heart so that you can develop proper perspective and see with clarity, says the Lord.  Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

January 7:  In much the same way that you would position yourself and do the work to receive a promotion in the natural realm, it is My desire that you take your place spiritually and do all that is necessary to receive the greatest benefits of My kingdom, says the Lord.  This positioning will take thought and deliberate effort as well as strength of desire and purpose, but you will not regret it.  Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 

January 5, 2018:  I am with you to guide you into My will and purpose for you.  Do not be afraid.  I will speak to you in ways that are easy for you to understand.  And, I will direct you.  However, you must position yourself to be sensitive to My Spirit.  Spiritual awareness is developed as you spend time in My presence, says the Lord.  Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

January 4, 2018:  Sometimes you forget about my grace.  You have My full acceptance and favor when you belong to Me.  And, I will help you and empower you to go through difficulties that arise.  Rely on Me to guide you through the maze of confusion and bring you to a place of supernatural strength, says the Lord.  You are precious to Me.  2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

January 3, 2018:  Do not worry about what lies ahead.  You have this moment today to make the most of your life.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord.  Refuse to lag behind by focusing on the past or what might have been.  And, resist the temptation to project out into the future.  Whatever you presume for the days ahead will not be what you think.  Live in the truth of where you are now.  Matthew 6:34a Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.

January 2, 2018:  You have questions about how to proceed, and there are complexities involved in your decision-making process.  However, I will give you wisdom and guidance if you ask.  Ask in complete assurance that I will impart supernatural insights that will take you where you need to go, says the Lord.  I hear and answer the prayer of faith.  James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

January 1, 2018:  Simplicity is a place of strength.  When things get too complicated you lose concentration, and you could even lose sight of purpose.  Just get down to basics--the essence of who you are and what you must do to express yourself honestly, clearly and understandably.  Refuse to allow things in your life to get too complex or tangled, says the Lord.  Psalm 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.