Sunday, January 31, 2010

He IS Ever with Us THROUGH the Winter!

Well, it is still winter here in Michigan...and some things which have happened of late caused my heart to stir and The Lord reminded me of His bird called the "Cardinal".
It is quite a tall bird (8.75 inches/22 cm. with a 12 inch wingspan) compared to the little ones who come to the feeders with him.
But the cardinal has a very, very gentle spirit....and he will yield - allowing the other little birds to feed first, while he patiently sits and waits for them to finish....or he will quietly feed beside the others.
Now, this photo was taken last winter during January of 2009 when we had very bitter, cold winds and snow here in Michigan.
The wind chill was -20F/-30C. THAT IS COLD!!!!!!
During the winter, many of our summer birds migrate south. But not the cardinal.
He stays all the time during the tough winters. He never leaves.
And he always gives us great joy whenever we see him, because he stands out so brilliantly - oftentimes against the faded sun of winter.
You see, the papa cardinal is symbolic of the Blood of Christ.
And as the cardinal never leaves us in the winter...neither does Jesus.
When we go through the winters of life's bitter, cold storms...
~or the fires which burn 7 times hotter....
~He is always there with us....
~And when the winter is done....
~He will bring the song of the turtle dove.
This is His Promise....
~For He Who Promised IS Faithful and True.
Be Blessed Today, Beloved of His Heart!
Hebrews 13:5b (Amplified) "...for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up, nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will not], [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]"
Song of Solomon 2:11-12 "For, behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Harvest Time

This year has begun with the gunshot at the starting line which marks our "off and running". The Lord continues to bring home His message to my heart that "It is Time". And He confirmed this by having my sons give me a new watch for Christmas....because He told my oldest son, "It is time."

My old watch is a "Relic"...and I like the interwoven silver/gold-plating on this watch. But it is symbolic in that a "relic" is out of the past...and definitely indicates the old, ancient things. The new watch is silver and is a "Caravelle" Bulova. What we didn't know was the meaning of "Caravelle" until Christmas morning when I opened my watch.

A "Caravelle" is a noun. Nautical Any of several types of small, light sailing ships, especially one with two or three masts and lateen (Latin) sails used by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries. I cannot tell you all of the significance of this, but I can tell you that the ships represent ministry and movement on the seas which I believe are indicative of His ministry supported on the sea of His Holy Spirit. (Mid-December marked the submission to the IRS for our 501c3 ministry application.)

So, this morning during my time with the Lord, He answered a question of mine in this way. I know that it is not only for my husband and I personally, but how He is speaking to others who have been waiting and waiting for His Time.

May He bless your heart with His words.
"It is a new time for you. I have prepared you for this time. You have sown My Word into you and now it is harvest time, and I alone know where the harvest is ripe for harvest. Not every crop is harvested at the same moment/time. Everything in your life I am bringing together for such a time as this, and you shall be amazed, My love, for it is I Who do the work-not you.
I have orchestrated it all; for it is not by might nor power of your own, but all that I do in and through you.
Seek first My Kingdom, listen in ways which I will speak to you and obey as I tell you, and I shall bring the harvest.
Just as the farmer prepares the ground, plants the seed, waters the seed, removes the weeds and then waits for the fullness of the seed to mature, so do you and I do the same. You cannot make the seed grow. You can only provide the most conducive (best) conditions for its growth, but you cannot control the sun, temperature or rain. You do what I say and leave the rest to Me. And when the field is ripe for harvest, I will take you there for I know where the fields are ripe for the picking.
Some harvest will come as a result of My seed planted inside your own heart (that you've sown in your time with Me), and some of the harvest will be a result for see sown through your mouth and actions, and some seed will produce harvest from the work others have done. You shall Glory (rejoice) in My hand and heart.
Be of good cheer for I see every tear drop you have sown. I have heard your prayers. And I alone know THE TIME for what, all that I have ordained through you; My Precious Vessel; prepared by Me for such a time as this. I AM a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Me. It is not your words, but your heart that I desire. It is the integrity of your heart and life before Me; for I alone discern the motives of the heart; for what is impossible with man is possible with Me. Nothing is hidden from My sight. All is naked before Me. As Jesus hung naked on the Cross, so are you naked before Me. Every thought, word, deed and motive is naked before Me. I see the seeds inside of you and I see the fruit of that seed.
Bring your heart before Me, and I will root out all that which is contrary to My Spirit, My Word and My Will. And after I have removed it for you, then shall My love come and fill these places, too. All I do, I do for your good, because I love you with an everlasting love and My delight is in you.
The old is gone; the new is here. Rejoice and be glad in it. Your Redeemer draws nigh."
Matthew 5:5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Psalm 66:10, 12 "For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined."..."We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment."
Luke 12:2-3 "For these is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops."
Mark 4:26-29 "And He said, "The kindom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by the day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself, first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Genesis 14:18 "Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
Isaiah 18-19 "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

Crista Simmons - LifeCare Ministries and Healing CentersRichland, Michigan, USA
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