SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND

By Marsha Burns

Archive

JANUARY 2020

January 31, 2020:  Take a step back and carefully evaluate your priorities.  For some it has been a wild ride, and you need to take a break from things that produce stress and hopelessness.  Put your hope and faith in Me, says the Lord.  I am your guiding light in the darkness.  Enter into peace and rest there.  Matthew 11:29 "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."

January 30, 2020:  Do not waste time on regrets from the past. What's done is done!  Rather, use past experiences to gain wisdom and to modify your views and behavior presently and for the future.  Beating yourself up will do no good.  Set yourself to seek Me for the best way to deal with every situation you encounter, says the Lord.  Position yourself to exhibit My nature.  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 29, 2020:  Beloved, do what it takes to obtain and maintain spiritual focus.  The cares of the world will inevitably take you down.  But if you keep Me as the center of your attention, I will bring clarity and solutions to every problem.  Seek Me for wisdom and direction.  I will show you the ways you can succeed, says the Lord.  James 1:5-6 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. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

January 28, 2020:  Prepare to advance to a level of spiritual awareness and acuity that will take you to higher heights than you could have imagined.  Your faith and dedication to do My will is of utmost importance.  I am looking for those whose devotion to Me is unbridled and unrestrained, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

January 27, 2020:  I admonish you to always speak the unvarnished truth.  When you lie to one another, you open the door to a lying spirit and will also believe lies told by others.  Keep yourself in the light and truth.  Repent and be cleansed so that you can begin to discern the truth from error, says the Lord.  Ephesians 4:23-25 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.

January 26:  Most of you, My people, are still transitioning into the spiritual and natural position that I have prepared for you.  Stay flexible and alert to the leading of My Spirit, for it will be as though I am taking you by the hand so that you will not miss a step, says the Lord.  I am with you.  Hebrews 13:5b  For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

January 24, 2020:  I heard in my spirit, "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."  Darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the people.  Do not become part of the darkness, but rather become a beacon of light and a source of truth and strength in your environment, says the Lord.  Remember that light dispels darkness.  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 23, 2020:  For those who feel lost and aimless this is a time to reevaluate your goals and direction. You may have to adjust your expectations.  More importantly you cannot thrive without having a vital relationship with Me, says the Lord.  I will give you the wisdom, insight, and the inspiration you need to succeed. Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

January 22, 2020:  When the world around you seems so bleak, you must find your place in the safety of My presence.  I will shelter you and give you peace, says the Lord.  I am your strength and your salvation.  Draw near and put your faith in Me for understanding and guidance.  Be strong.  Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

January 21, 2020:  Beloved, move toward and embrace places of light and life.  Refuse to allow the darkness to envelop you.  This will require examination, discernment and deliberation.  You must make a conscious decision to walk and live in the light and truth, says the Lord.  It is the only way to spiritual health.  1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

January 20, 2020:  Make sure that you are under My protection and that no one has violated your personal boundaries.  You must maintain your spiritual space so that you cannot be taken advantage of or exploited in any way, says the Lord.  I will give you the discernment and wisdom to know if there have been any breaches.  Proverbs 2:7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.

January 19:  Your persistence in faith and your obedience in action will now begin to pay off.  Nothing is impossible to Me, and all things will be possible for you as you walk and live in My Spirit, says the Lord.  Be diligent to stay connected and to always seek My face.  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

January 17, 2020:  Expansion is the order of this season.  You can reach higher, go deeper, and search wider to know Me more intimately and to accomplish that which is set before you, says the Lord.  Refuse to allow a sense of not being capable to cripple your efforts.  Go forth with courage and expectation.  Isaiah 54:2 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes."

January 16, 2020:  Let the past rest.  You can do nothing about missed opportunities, mistakes you have made, or poor judgments.  You must deliberately let go of regrets.  At the same time you can acknowledge the things you did wrong and make calculated adjustments.  However, the only way you can do better is by living and walking in the Spirit.  I will give you the wisdom necessary to succeed in all that I have set before you, says the Lord.  James 1:5-6 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.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

January 15, 2020:  Silence your internal confusion, chaos and the worries that you harbor.  The uncertainty of outcomes and lack of understanding aspects of your life have kept you from peace.  I will reveal the truth of the things that concern you so that you can trust Me with the development and result of those issues, says the Lord.  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

January 14, 2020:  Take a breath and settle down, says the Lord.  I know your sense of urgency and impatience to get a move on, but right now I need you to be tolerant and long-suffering.  Otherwise, you will remove yourself from the flow of divine destiny.  Keep yourself in My Spirit and take life as it comes with the grace I will provide.  Romans 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Let Go Of Me:  I’m looking deep inside to see what it is I hide.  Could it possibly be my pride or the times I believed the lies…to me?  I remember You who died and the many times I’ve cried to be forgiven where I defied Your desire to abide…in me.  Come to Me, My Lord; rise up in me, My Lord.  I do believe Your Word; I want to be restored.  I want to know Your love; send Your Spirit from above like the soft touch of a dove so that I can let go…of me.

January 13, 2020:  Go beyond your spiritual boundaries.  Look, listen, and discern all that I am showing you.  There is much clarity to gain and things to understand.  This is not a time to get lazy and be distracted.  It is a time to focus more completely on what I am doing in, around, and through you, says the Lord.  Go forth!  Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us.

January 12:  Pay attention to the things that disrupt your peace.  You must quiet your thoughts and emotions in order to be restored.  Peace is the platform of the soul from which you can access My presence, says the Lord.  Refuse to allow chaos of any kind to interrupt your ability to stay calm.  Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

January 10, 2020:  Many of you have struggled with complications and difficult situations, but a season of refreshing will wipe away the tears of agony.  You are entering a time of rest and restoration when you can quiet your soul and enter into sweet communion with Me, says the Lord.  I will help you recover.  Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

January 9, 2020:  In a vision I saw a man wandering through the countryside in search of the meaning of life and seeking God for wisdom and direction.  Then, the clouds rolled away, the sky cleared and in the brightness of that moment he knew that all he had to do was have relationship with God, continue to seek Him, and his destiny would be fulfilled.  Romans 6:22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

January 8, 2020:  Take a close look to see what stands between Me and you, says the Lord.  It is My desire that we become one and stand in the unity of My purposes for all of mankind.  Let there be peace and goodwill in your heart towards one another so that peace can reign in your heart towards Me.  Allow love to be your standard.  Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

January 7, 2020:  When life and circumstances become more difficult than you can bear, you must look to Me.  These are temporary conditions, which will not last forever.  Set your heart and mind on spiritual truth and My goodness, says the Lord.  I will give you the strength to endure until the times of refreshing come.  Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

January 6, 2020:  This is a time when you can begin again by renewing yourself in divine order and eternal purpose.  Make your way through the maze of life's complexities to find the simplicity of life in Christ.  It will take an undivided heart and single focus, but you can do it.  It is a matter of priorities.  2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

January 5:  I was in the Spirit and saw two mountains with a valley running between them.  Someone was standing on an outcropping, a high place overlooking the valley below.  Conditions were perfect for his own voice to be echoed back to himself.  He began to shout things to encourage himself.  He shouted conditions and attitudes that would create victory over his circumstances.  He shouted words of faith in God.  He shouted what he wanted to become, and strength came into his spirit, soul, and body.  The more he shouted, the more he believed, and the stronger he became.  1 Samuel 30:6b ...David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

January 3, 2020:  It might feel like you're moving at a snail's pace, but if you just keep moving you will get where you are going.  Encourage yourself by knowing that I will give you the wisdom and strength to accomplish all that I have given you to do, says the Lord.  Don't give up!  Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

January 2, 2020:  It is easy to get overwhelmed, but know that I am well able to bring you out of the feeling of being deluged. I am your help in all kinds of trouble.  Do not go down with negative emotions.  Deliberately seek to be at peace and trust that I am with you.  Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

January 1, 2020:  Be strong and steady so that you can find your place of stability.  I am your Stabilizer.  Look to Me for direction, guidance, and wisdom.  I will show you where to go and how to get there, says the Lord.  Put your faith and trust in Me.  Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.