Give and It Will Be Given To You

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Each day of the year I am seeking the Lord regarding how I can give to my readers…”His sons and daughters!” It is a constant joy to hear His words of love and encouragement for you and to be able to scribe them for you to read. My husband and I love to travel our nation and the nations to reveal His love and to declare His faithfulness to all who have ears to hear.

But today is about giving back. 2019 has been a busy and fruitful year and 2020 is going to exceed our wildest dreams as we transition into all that He is asking of us. These major transitions (which we will announce soon) will require a huge amount of support and resources.

Will you give us your best offering on this day to give back…#GivingTuesday?

Luke 6:38 says,

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

To the measure that you give, it will be given back to you…to overflowing!

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Thank you for your generosity and we decree Luke 6:38 over your gift and your household.

It’s Time For Your Earthly Circumstances to Align With Heaven

By Kathi Pelton

I feel something rising up in my spirit! It’s the sound of things suddenly and dramatically shifting. It is the sound of your earthly circumstances that have been held out of alignment by demonic forces to suddenly be pushed back; everything comes into alignment with heaven.

The enemy has greatly feared the posture of surrender in your life, the “yes” you have given to the Lord and the authority you are willingly stepping into. He has sent battalions of demons to thwart all who are transitioning into new positions and new mantels. They have held you back and caused the very circumstances needed to make the transition to become a raging river of resistance.

But watch what happens now! I hear the sounds of heaven’s army forming together. I heard the Spirit say the words, “My artillery regiment has arrived with ‘weapons of war’ that will defeat those who have been sent against My people.”

Even now those that have held you back and caused your earthly circumstances to be out of alignment with heaven’s provisions and resources are being defeated. The sound I hear is like when heavy equipment is pulling two weighty pieces of metal into place and connectivity. Though the enemy could not touch heaven he has been able to touch your circumstances which caused everything to become misaligned. But now the shift from defeat to victory has arrived and everything needed to be aligned with heaven for your transition now comes!

The transition needs full alignment with heaven to “cause everything to work together for good” or “sync up” (align).

Doors will now suddenly swing wide open, new provisions will suddenly break through, new forms of resources that have been unknown to you will suddenly appear, positions will come available, heavenly favor will come upon you and like the gears of a clock coming together (wheels within wheels) you will be aligned with heaven’s provisions and timing.

No man will take credit because is will be so supernatural and so miraculous that only God will receive the glory. What the enemy meant for evil has set up the perfect scenario for the Lord to receive all the glory. Your impossible will become the miracle that reveals His goodness. He will display His might and power as He commands this heavenly artillery regiment into a great victory that causes “all to cross over together!”

Stand up! Go to the riverbank of the obstacle that is standing in the way of your cross over. Step into the rushing water and watch as it stands up like a soldier that stops to salute you as you pass by. Honor is being given to you as you pass over. I see you being saluted as you transition to the other side. God is not only being given glory but He is commanding honor to be shown to you and metals of honor to be pinned upon you. Your rank is being elevated and your authority is being upgraded.

“Who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

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A Free Gift For You!

A FREE GIFT FOR YOU!

Our ministry, Inscribe Ministries, has a gift for you today! Giving Tuesday (December 3rd) is all about giving to your favorite non-profit organizations but today we want to give back to you.

Here are three chapters (days) from our “Sounds of Christmas” book for you to read and enjoy.

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And when you are hungry for more we will send you the full PDF download of the entire book for any donation of $50 or more; not just today but through December 3rd.

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Of course, you can always purchase this beautiful book (paperback or now in a hardbound deluxe edition)

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Thank you for supporting our ministry!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

#givingtuesday #freegift

Your Pause Has Purpose

by Kathi Pelton

We are in the midst of a great “crossover” time in the body of Christ. It is a time of great movement and leaving the familiar to enter the land of promise and inheritance.

Yet, for many, their crossover began but then was seemingly “stopped” right as they stepped forward. For my husband and I, we began crossing over and after a couple of steps we heard the words, “Now pause.” This was very confusing but we obeyed. Then the Lord took me to the Book of Joshua where I read this,

“Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’”” Joshua‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭

“TAKE A FEW STEPS AND STOP THERE…pause!” Why the pause or stop? Because God sent the priests in first that carried His presence so that the river would dry up and the rest of the people can cross over first! What if your pause is so that by faith you can stand in the river and watch it part for others to pass through? Your pause and our pause may be to intercede, encourage and carry His presence for others to cross over.

This journey of faith can often cause us only to see our walk and our call but we have been called to make sure that the whole family crosses over and no one is left behind.

If you stepped out in faith to cross into the land of inheritance and after only a couple steps you found that you had to stop then maybe this word is for you and your pause has great purpose upon it! So stand with purpose and stand as one carrying His presence so that the multitudes can cross over ahead of you. Rejoice that you have been called as a priest and take joy that you can be one who is making a way for all to crossover.

“Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.” Joshua‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭

Stand! Hold the ground until all have crossed over.

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Our ministry is in the midst of a “great crossover” into many new things. With this crossover our need for prayer and financial support is much greater. Will you stand with us in prayer and financial support? To give to our ministry go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

He Is Mightier Than The Storm That Rages Against You

by Kathi Pelton

“But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these!” Psalms‬ ‭93:4‬ ‭

Has your life been impacted by violent winds and waves sent to knock you off of your feet? If so, know this…THE LORD IS MIGHTIER THAT THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SENT AGAINST YOU!

I felt my spirit rise up this morning as I declared, “I am arising in the might of my God!” My life was personally hit hard over the past six weeks with waves that sought to knock me over! But what they’ve done is knock me to my knees where I found the strength of my God!

“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

He is mighty to save you! You may feel knocked down but you are not knocked out! It’s time to shake off the disorienting and stunning hits you took and rise up “in His strength and might!”

This is your “Rocky” moment! The enemy is rejoicing and dancing in victory just a bit too soon. He thinks you’re down for the ten count but suddenly I hear the count go from “one, two, three, four, five…” to “five, four, three, two, one!” There is a reversal and I see God’s people rising up in victory. As the count is reversed the sound is like liver punches upon the enemy that is taking him down by the might of God. As you are rising up, your enemy is going down!

“…It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Zechariah 4:6

The battle belongs to the Mighty One; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Suddenly you will rise and laughter and joy will fill you with renewed strength. There will be no trauma left, no mark left of what hit you because there is a supernatural reversal.

Get ready to rise and finish 2019 with a unprecedented victory! You may have been the underdog but because you have put your hope in the Lord, He is coming in might and power to save you and restore you.

If you are down today after a “knock down blow”, while you’re down begin to declare, “I will arise in the might of my God!” The listen as the ten count is reversed and the victory is yours.

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Stand up with us today and sow into your victory! We have been doing some extreme sowing because this is reversing the wave of lack sent by the enemy against many. Join us by sowing into the reversal of lack to abundance. Give wherever the Lord leads you. If you’d like to sow into our ministry go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

The Enemy Has Overplayed His Hand

by Kathi Pelton

I heard the Spirit of the Lord say,

“The enemy has once again overplayed his hand! Watch now as I overturn his table.”

What I saw were demons sitting around a poker table and they were laughing and mocking God’s people saying, “The deck has been stacked against them!” They were throwing outrageous bets in a huge pile of money because they were holding a “cheating hand” that was devised to bring great destruction to many. Their confidence was high and therefore they were betting on their high odds of success.

When the deck is stacked against someone it means to arrange things against them. Stacking the deck is to cheat by arranging the cards to be dealt out to one’s advantage.

There has been some serious cheating going on that is about to be exposed! The enemy has overplay his hand and become foolish in his confidence. The Lord is about to overturn this table and all of the “winnings” will be turned over to God’s people.

I also saw how the enemy is using the media to “card stack.” Card stacking is a propaganda technique that seeks to manipulate audience perception of an issue by emphasizing one side and repressing another. The technique is also known as “illusion of truth”: repeat an idea enough and people accept it as reality.

The card stacking that the enemy has done against the president and his administration is about to be exposed! There has been a duel strategy happening; it has been against those who stand for righteousness individually and as well as against our nation. But the enemy has overplayed his cheating hand!

Watch as tables are overturned and the wages that have been bet against God’s people turned over to the very ones that were bet against. This is real money that is about to be shifted to believers as recompense for the assault against them. The thief and liar behind this table that was set against God’s people will be found out, and he will lose his hand.

The only table that will remain is the table of the Lord where we will feast on His blessings in the presence of our enemies,

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalms‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭

The next twelve months will be a time of overturning demonic tables and the tables of blessings being set up in the presence of our enemies.

I hear the words from Psalm 2:1-12,

“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain. The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’” Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!”

The enemy has been laughing but THE ONE WHO RULES IN HEAVEN LAUGHS! Watch as the laughter of the enemy turns to screams of defeat. For the Lord laughs at his cheating plots. Like Haman, the devil and his demons will become the victims of their own plots.

“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32

Do not be afraid of what has been devised against you because His Kingdom is unshakable and His light exposes the darkness. Victory is near and it is sure.

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Will you help us this month? We have an urgent need as we go into November for our followers to stand with us and give financial support so that we can make ends meet and move forward to continue the work we are doing. To give a gift of support go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

He Makes The Darkness Tremble

by Kathi Pelton

As many of you know, I asked for prayer yesterday (and wow, I got it!). I have an amazing prayer team that covers us, our ministry and our family so I don’t normally “go public!” Yesterday I did because I knew that the name of Jesus makes the darkness tremble and that my faithful friends and followers would speak His name and each time they would that light would dispel darkness.

I don’t know if what I’ve been dealing with recently is warfare, just being worn-down or witchcraft (or all three) but I do know that, whatever the case is, His name sheds light and changes the atmosphere! Just the mention of His name makes the darkness tremble! Through His grace I can handle difficult circumstances and physical challenges (not that I invite them!) but when I can’t find the One my heart longs for it becomes time to make the darkness tremble at the mention of His name!

There has been a increased level of warfare coming at God’s people. I don’t say that to glorify the enemy or to focus on the battle but as God’s people have been arising with such beauty, unity, power and surrender they are taking back ground that has been long held by the enemy. His “kingdom” is being shaken by the unshakable Kingdom of God! A great army is arising…dry bones are coming to life! This has created a great battle in the heavens and on the earth.

As we witness tragedies like the death of Toby Mac’s young son, the suicides of well-loved and known young pastors, and the intense warfare over our leaders and president, we must remember that we have a name that we can all upon who rescues and saves. When I’m at a complete loss I will often just sit and repeat His name over and over. His name washes over me like waves of mercy that remove the fog and confusion. Within His name is every answer needed to rescue and save us from even the greatest despair.

As I read about the loss of Toby Mac’s, and his wife Amanda’s, sudden loss of their precious son, all I could do was speak the name of Jesus as a prayer over them. Jesus knows what it is like to feel the weight of the deepest grief and our Heavenly Father has also watched His Son die. He is acquainted with with our sorrows and deepest grief.

“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” Isaiah 53:3

Jesus took all grief, sorrow, sin and hopelessness upon Himself on the cross and purchased victory. We are no longer hopeless, even in death! We are comforted by the victory of eternal life and a grace that carries us into His resurrection. Jesus not only made the darkness tremble but He defeated death and the grave! He is always the joy set before us; there is no circumstance in which we have been left to utter hopelessness. His life and light gives us an abiding place where hope is alive.

When you feel the darkness closing in around you, declare the name of Jesus and watch the darkness tremble. When death surrounds you, Jesus brings the hope of resurrection life! When sorrow overwhelms you, Jesus comforts you and lifts you up out of despair. When lack is all you see, Jesus blesses your “small offering” and feeds the multitudes; leaving you with much more than you began with (see Mark 8:8). Victory is sure, no matter the circumstance; for nothing can reverse what He has already done!

We do face sorrows and suffering but not without hope. We face battles but with victory assured, because the greatest battle is death and that has already been defeated!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

The darkness cannot separate you from the love of God that is in our precious Savior! He makes the darkness tremble and He opens graves with resurrection life! Just the mention of His name brings light and life.

Thank you to all who mentioned His name over my life yesterday! You brought light and lifted me above the darkness. Let’s do that for those in need today. Let’s call out on the name of Jesus for those suffering and in deep grief

. We are an army of light and His name is written upon our hearts. We will arise and declare into the atmosphere and into nations the worth of Jesus. We will shout about the victory of our King.

Let’s join Him in making the darkness tremble today! Release so much light that even graves burst open with resurrection life! An army of light is rising up declaring the name of Jesus!

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Tent or Tabernacle?

by Kathi Pelton

Over the past three days we hosted a 50-hour worship tent in Portland, Oregon for the Awaken the Dawn movement (#tentamerica). When we were asked about sharing testimonies that came forth from our tent I began to ponder what I wanted to share. Although we have testimonies of healings and people experiencing deep touches of God’s love and presence; the true testimony for me was the tent itself. It’s three days standing has become a picture that is forever etched upon my heart.

Our tent was donated by a local church that owned an inexpensive “summer tent.” Purchased for under $100, they were perfect for a warm day event but not for a three day heavy storm. It did have “flaps” that acted as walls, yet they were little more then thin plastic tarps with clear faux windows (and small Velcro strips to hold them in place). The instructions enclosed with the tent clearly stated that it was not meant to remain up overnight and should NOT BE USED in wind or rain.

The weather forecast for our three day (50-hour) event revealed large storms approaching. Our venue was at a high place in our city so the wind is known to be much worse in that location. But, “in faith” we raised our flimsy tent and prayed for God to keep it standing.

The night before we were to start our 50 hours of worship I had a pretty sleepless night as I heard the rain beginning to pour and the wind blowing outside. I thought about how I was about to put thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment and musical instruments (that I didn’t own) into a tent that specifically says, “Do not use in wind or rain.”

The next morning, as we arrived at our tent to set up the sound equipment, I found a completely drenched tent that had taken a hard beating the night before from the harsh weather. My main concern was the sound equipment and the safety of the people who would be coming to worship.

As our team unloaded the equipment we decided to put two heavy duty pop up canopies over our stage area to protect it in case the tent failed; so we had “tents within tents.” We knew that nothing would keep the rain from coming in from the ground so we made sure that all electrical supplies were above the ground so that we would not electrocute our musicians! Then we took zip ties and reinforced the thin walls. Lastly, we used waterproof tape to seal any openings where water was leaking through.

After getting all of the sound equipment, instruments, chairs, lighting, tables, and decorations (even rugs) set up we were ready to go! It looked amazing and so inviting. The excitement was building but so were the black clouds outside. People arrived and our first worship team was about to start up when “boom!”…five minutes before it began all the electricity short circuited leaving us in the dark. As everything turned dark a torrential downpour began that was accompanied by huge gusts of wind. Our faithful worship leaders pulled out an acoustic guitar and began to sing in the dark. Our small team rushed around in the dark and rain trying to figure out how to get our power back on. Some of us searched for circuit boxes, some held the poles to the tent to keep the winds from giving us a “Wizard of Oz” moment, some worked in the dark to seal more leaks. All the while I prayed my heart out for supernatural help! But the worship went on! After about forty minutes of this we suddenly had power again. Our faithful team was soaked to the bone but they went right back into worshipping the One who is worthy of our offering.

Worship was continually beautiful but through each set our tent was taking a beating that surely should have destroyed it within the first hour. The heavy rain poured upon it and the winds whipped it like a kite in the wind and yet it stood!

Due to the harsh weather and need for “all hands on deck” our little team spent the 50 hours onsite more than taking breaks to get much needed rest. We were compelled to protect the sound going forth! Prior to the event the Lord kept saying to me, “Protect the sound.” I didn’t fully realize what He had meant until all of these things began to happen. We would protect the sound through prayer and remaining present!

Hour after hour the most amazing sounds of worship intermingled with the sound of the abundance of rain came forth. And hour after hour this flimsy summer tent stood like a lighthouse in the storm.

It was as if the harder the hits came against this tent the more resilient and steady it became. This cheap tent became a priceless, supernatural sign and wonder to all who came in. As it endured the storms it gained “character” and to us was no longer a cheap, plastic tent but now a true tabernacle of praise. I thought of the words from Romans 5:4-6,

“…endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

By the time we reached the half way mark, our tent had proven its ability to withstand the worst of storms and our confidence and hope grew! It was not going to disappoint us because the love of God was being poured out in it!

As I watched this tent, it became a picture of the Christian life. Storms come upon us that reveal the weak areas that need the strength and love of God. We endure storms that “should” take us down but as we remain in Him we are held up and our character is built. Then hope is produced and that hope does not fail or disappoint us! It is a hope given to us by the Spirit of God. The same Spirit that helps us to endure storms and grow in the hope of Christ was holding up our tent. In our weakness His strength is made manifest just like in the weakness of our physical tent His strength was being made manifest as we put our hope in Him.

What began as a cheap tent became a castle! It stood like His constant faithfulness that is sure and unshakable. So, yes…tents saw healings, experienced deep worship, made proclamation, experienced unity, saw orphans put in family and homeless sheltered…but what happened with our tent will forever impact me.

Our tent became a testimony of how He takes the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and how He takes our weaknesses and in that place causes His strength and faithfulness manifest for all to see!

So. now I am happy to boast in our weak tent because it revealed the strength of our God! He turns paupers into princes, orphans into sons and daughters and plastic tents into tabernacles of praise.

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Will you stand with us at this time by sowing into our ministry? We just hosted a 50-hour worship tent after returning from two months of ministry travel. Due to all of these expenses our ministry account is running quite low with many needs coming up. If you would like to help us during this time you can donate through our ministry website at: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

You can also send a US check or international money order in USD to:

Inscribe Ministries

15959 SW Sundew Drive

Tigard, Oregon 97223 USA

Angels Are Removing The Dark Clouds of Gloom and “Shadow Storms”

by Kathi Pelton

Early this morning I saw dark demonic clouds that has been sent over many of God’s people in order to distract, discouraged and dishearten them.

There is so much activity in the spirit realm right now over both individuals and over territories (nations/people groups). Great battles are being fought to take land and to occupy territories that have long been held by the enemy. God’s people have been arising like an army of light that will walk in unity, joy, peace and the fear of the Lord. This has the enemy scrambling for ways to cause them to “break rank”, dismantle unity and cast shadows to cause human fear because he knows that their fear of the Lord is one of their greatest weapons.

As I saw these dark clouds (much of which were shadows that appear larger than the actual size) over people I suddenly saw the angels of God coming to blow them away and expose them for what they were. Some were actual demonic clouds filled with dark assignments to send a storm over people who had become a threat to his rule. Others were nothing more than what I will call “shadow storms.” I saw it like when people use their hands to make shadow figures appear on a wall that look like monsters or wild animals. The enemy is actually using the brightness of the light that these people carry to cast a shadow that looks fiercer and larger than it actually is; or to give the appearance of being something that it actually is not. It’s a like “smoke and mirrors” to create fear and block the light.

The Lord is dealing with the actual demonic dark assignments that have been targeting true, significant threats to his camp and God is also exposing the shadow games that were sent to cause fear and to stop forward movement in those becoming a threat. His warring angels have been commissioned to disassemble the demons, expose the “trickery” and to blow away the darkness.

On another subject; I felt that the Lord wanted to remind some of you that there is a great sifting occurring at this time. This sifting will separate the “sheep and the goats.” It is difficult to watch this process, especially with people that you had great hope for. But do not be dismayed because many will return later when they come to a place of deep repentance after dwelling in darkness.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing are being exposed, false doctrines are being exposed, mixture is being exposed and impure motives are being exposed. Pray for a deep humility that allows true repentance to come to these people and places that have tolerated mixture and compromise.

Again, do not be overly dismayed by exposure of what was already there! Of course there is grief when we see these hidden things exposed but it is necessary. Just because you see it doesn’t mean that it didn’t exist already. Thank God for the exposure so that the opportunity for repentance can come. If they will not repent then it is better that no one else is influenced or led astray by their hidden agendas.

If you have been dealing with a dark cloud that has discouraged you, ask the Lord to send His angels to blow away the darkness and ask the Spirit of the Lord to comfort and encourage your soul back to the place of joy. The enemy is putting on quite the show and the joy of the Lord may be the answer that shakes off the heaviness. Also, remember that an uncompromising fear of the Lord is both a shield and powerful weapon against human and circumstantial fear.

It’s time to dance and praise Him in the darkness of night,

“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms‬ ‭134:1-3‬ ‭

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Rejoicing and Weeping

by Kathi Pelton

I don’t often take the time to just scroll through social media but this morning I did. As I did I found myself rejoicing at posts that announced great news (the birth of a baby, a miracle, a reunion with a loved one, etc.) but then as I scrolled further I’d come upon some of the most painful, heart wrenching posts I can imagine. I went from praising God for His goodness to pleading with Him for comfort and mercy within mere seconds.

We are all in different seasons; some are in seasons of great joy, new beginnings and seeing long awaited desires fulfilled. Others have suddenly been swept into loss, grief and pain that leaves them barely able to breathe. And of course there are those who are just journeying along in a season of “normal everyday life.”

We have all known and experienced these three very diverse season in life. So where is God in the midst of tragedy while another is dancing for joy?

He is in both. Though we cannot comprehend why tragedies occur, especially to those whose lives have been committed to Jesus, still they do. I have lived through them and through them found a different aspect of God that changed my life for the better. The tragic or painful seasons were where I had to live “in the deep.” It is there that I learned the truth of His faithfulness when every circumstance and emotion screamed out, “Where are you God?”

Life is a journey of hills and valleys, grassy fields and desert sand, jumping for joy and falling down in deep grief. We don’t get to escape any of it and yet we do get to discover that our God is faithful through it all. His goodness does not change, His promises do not end and His love does not waver.

How is it that God can be bending down to comfort and help the one going through the deepest pain and in the same moment dancing over the one who has found Him or who is celebrating a great victory. How is it that one experiences a miracle while another a tragic loss. He’s not a God of contradictions but rather a God who is near to all. He can weep and rejoice without contradiction. He can perform a miracle one moment and leave us wondering why He didn’t in the next moment. Or maybe we don’t understand what a miracle looks like? God is not limited to one expression or confined to an “either or”…He is the God of “Both and…”

Just as I found myself this morning rejoicing one second and in tears the next as I viewed posts on social media; even more I was aware that God was with all, in all and faithful to all. His faithfulness is as true in the tragedies as in the triumphs. His love is as complete and undiminished in the pain as it is in the promise fulfilled.

One of my favorite verses to meditate on and to speak on is Hebrews 11:11. Those who know me will often hear me emphasize the truth hidden within this verse,

“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:11‬ ‭

The part that has impacted my life isn’t the promise fulfilled but rather the words, “…she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”

The promised didn’t come for years and Sarah and Abraham wavered in their emotions about the promise. But she began with the conviction of His faithfulness. I, too, have chosen to “consider” (judge, discern) Him faithful in my life and daily choices. That is my life standard. I have determined that though seasons change, my emotions change, my perspective varies and my circumstances change…HIS FAITHFULNESS IS UNCHANGING!

I may need to be reminded of this in a time of pain and I may need others to help hold me on this truth when I do not understand the journey; but I choose this as my truth and my anchor.

We can rejoice with one and weep with another without contradictions. We do not have to understand the “whys” to declare Him as faithful. One day we will all understand and know that our faith was and is justified. Until that day, determine one thing…HE IS FOREVER FAITHFUL! In everything “consider Him faithful.”

Seasons come and seasons go but His steadfast love endures forever. This is your anchor.

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