Leaning On Your Beloved

By Kathi Pelton

Yesterday I was on a Zoom call and a beautiful discussion began regarding the words in Song of Solomon 8:5 that says,

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?”

We shared deep things about how 2020 has brought the Ecclesia globally into a desert place where He is teaching her to lean upon Him once more.

As we spoke, tears ran down my cheeks as I not only embrace what God is doing today but also remembered these very words that completed a journey God sent me on to save my life 25 years ago.

Though I was already a Christian (even in ministry), I went through the darkest desert experience imaginable for three years. This painful and dark time, which felt like a tomb, concluded with the most amazing and beautiful resurrection where I heard those words spoken to me by the One who I learned to lean on in that desert time— my time in the tomb.

That three year time period began when the Lord spoke to me the words from Hosea 2:14 that say, “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.”

Jesus took me by the hand to “win me back once again.” There was a great battle and wrestle for my life but Jesus spoke so tenderly to me in that desert place. He fought for me and He won me.

The next verse says, “I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.” Hosea 2:15

He had freed me from captivity when I came to know Him as my savior but once again He was going to use the “Valley of Trouble” to restore me and transform me. I was ready to go through the painful process of a metamorphosis that would change everything— transform me into who He created me to be.

I believe that His Bride is in a similar place here in 2020. God’s people have experienced freedom from captivity before but as 2020 began we were brought into a “Valley of Trouble” to be transformed once again. To have our vineyards and fruitfulness restored and to learn to “lean upon our Beloved” once again.

In the beginning of this year I discovered a song called “Lean Back” (by Capital City Music) that captured my heart so deeply. Right before Covid-19 began to shut down our nation I was literally playing that song on repeat every day and soaking in the beauty of His love. Then as we went into quarantine I would hear the words once again from Hosea 2:14, “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.” It was, once again time to “learn to lean.” Here are just a few of the lines in the song,

— You’ve brought me here to rest
And given me space to breathe
So I’ll stay still until
It sinks in

— And I will lean back in the loving arms
Of a beautiful Father
Breathe deep and know that He is good
He’s a love like no other

— You will never leave
Your love sustaining me
Before I even knew
What love was

I knew that once again, we were being called back to first love. We were being given space in time to “breathe again” while the whole world was saying, “I can’t breathe!” His sons and daughters were being called into a rest that set us apart so that we could become a true resting place for the Lord (a dwelling place). The breathe of God was giving us life and first love.

“For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it. I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy. “Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”” Psalms‬ ‭132:13-18‬ ‭

Here we are now, entering September, and I am still in that place of being set apart to fully learn to lean upon my Beloved like never before. I believe that many are. Though there is busyness all around us, there is still a place of rest and dependency that has found breath, life and first love renewed. I feel constantly undone by His beauty and goodness in the midst of such a contradicting time on earth. As people scream hate and act in violence, my soul has found “a love like no other.”

I deeply encourage you to yield to this time in the desert, in the “Valley of Trouble”, and let Him speak tenderly to you and restore to you all that has been lost. Then, you will hear the words,

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her (or his) beloved?”

It is there that we will find rest and become a resting place— a dwelling place for Him.

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Rise Up My Love…Your Spiritual Winter is Over

By Kathi Pelton

I awoke this morning with the sweetest scent wafting through my room. I immediately began to see in my spirit lilies, roses and fresh baked pastries. The atmosphere was filled with His goodness and the sweetness of His love. Everything felt fresh and new.

Then I heard the familiar words from Song of Solomon 2,

“My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:10-12‬

I heard the phrase in my spirit, “Everything is coming up roses.” He is saying, “Arise!” He arose so that we can arise with Him. The Rose of Sharon is calling out to you, “Rise up from your bed of despair, from the grave of hopelessness, from walking among the tombs and live again!”

Arise from the place that has left you bent down and receive His invitation to enter into the garden of His love. He has prepared a banqueting table of the sweetest delicacies you have ever tasted. The flowers are always in bloom, the food of His banqueting table has been set out and the angels are singing songs of invitation and intimacy. His banner over you is love!

“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, And his right hand embraces me.” Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:4-6‬

It is such an intimate invitation to you, His beloved bride. His hand will lift you up and His arms will embrace you. The sweet taste of His goodness will sustain you and heal you. His shade will cool you and He will cover you with a canopy (banner) of His love while blowing the cool breeze of His breath (His Ruach) upon you. His wind will refresh and revive you.

God is announcing the end of your winter and calling you into this intimate place to revive you with His love. Come! Arise Beloved! His hand is reaching out to lift you up. The door is opened to you—enter this garden of restoration and love.

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Come Back To The Table

By Kathi Pelton

When the global quarantine began in March I was taken into a powerful encounter with the Lord. In this encounter I saw the Lord knock on the heart of His bride’s heart. She quickly and readily responded and opened the door for Him to come in— but He could not enter because her heart was too crowded. It was filled with so many things; even spiritual things (teachings, methods for ministry, etc.). Her heart was so full of thing about the Lord that there was no room for the Lord. He then asked her if He could clean out the clutter in her heart so that He can come in and reside. She responded with a “yes.” As I watched this process I was surprised because He emptied her heart of everything— until there was nothing left but room for Him. Then he brought in a small wooden table and two chairs. He proceeded to set a loaf of bread and a glass of wine upon that table. Then He sat down in one of the chairs and said to His bride, “This is all you need. Come sit at the table with me and dine upon the finished work of the cross.”

For many weeks I did just that. I sat with Him, took communion and feasted upon the intimacy and simplicity that was at this table. It was everything to me and everything I needed— His tangible presence, the constant reminder of the grace provided by the cross and a space made to breathe Him in.

Then, as the time of Pentecost came and went I began to add things to my schedule again. Then as unrest hit our nation like a shocking flood of trauma, I gradually began to focus on the solution and how to respond to help others and heal our land. Though these are not bad things and though I was spending a lot of time with the Lord, I had left the table that He set up in my heart and was running through the streets looking for Him.

Today, the Lord stopped me and gently whispered to me, “Beloved, return to the table that I set up in your heart.” Come as you are, dine with Me for I am all that you need.”

Suddenly, breath filled my spirit and I felt a clean, white garment placed upon me. I knew that the table is where I will receive all that I need in the days ahead. This is where my cup will overflow with all that I need and desire will be fulfilled. This is where I will breathe in the breath of His life to refresh my soul. I will eat and be satisfied by His goodness and mercy. I will receive wisdom for the day and be baptized in the flood of His love. This is both a bridal chamber and a war room— for oneness is produced here and mysteries are revealed here. I will begin and end each day here to once again. When and where He goes, I will go but my spirit will remain at the table.

God is calling us back to the table set for two. In the midst of our enemies— He sets a table and invites us to sit with Him and dine with Him.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil; My cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5

We must begin in this place and even as we go out— our spirits must remain at His table. It is here that we receive His blood, His body, His breath, His fragrance and the light, clean garment that refresh us and clothes us in His strength.

Let His love fill your cup and then drink deep. Feast upon the fullness of “Christ in you” and listen to His voice— His whisper is revelation and wisdom.

It’s time to come back to the table!

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Thank you to all my readers who have stood with us in prayer and financial support during this year. There are no adequate words to express my deep gratitude. Please know that my husband and I pray for each of you continuously— for grace, peace, restoration and multiplication to overflow upon you.

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It’s No Longer Time To Survive But It’s Time To Thrive

By Kathi Pelton

I often think that we aren’t aware of when we begin living out of a 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑙 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠𝑒𝑡. It is like an old default setting that was hardwired into our souls that we depend upon when things around us begin to be out of our ability to control them.

For me, I learned early on in life to be an expert at 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔. This did not serve me well when it came to issues of surrender or intimacy because the thought behind every surviver mentality is that there is something bad and tragic to survive. And I had a lot happen that reinforced that belief.

In my early years of walking with Jesus, I began to understanding that I couldn’t grow without letting go. I had to learn the difference between surviving and overcoming. Surviving kept me alive but didn’t allow me to thrive because it was rooted in trauma and self-preservation. The kindness and love of fhe Father began to teach me that overcoming was what He desired which is rooted in dependency and trust; not in me or my self-preservation but in full surrender and yielding to Him alone.

This was not an overnight process because the hardwiring to survive and the expectation of being left alone was at my core. It was a process of facing frightening times and deep fears and choosing surrender rather than protection. I had to allow my heart to risk loving and being loved. Surviving put a lock on my heart but overcoming was to open that door 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑜 𝑙𝑎𝑦 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝐽𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑑𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑚.

I remember when my family brought a foster baby into our home. I could feel my heart falling deeply in love with this little boy. Somehow I knew deep inside that he was only “on loan“ to us. I had a choice- I could merely care for him and survive losing him or I could open my heart and give him all the love he deserved and I had wifhin me to give. So, knowing that my heart would face incredible loss I gave it fully to him. For four years I loved that little boy with everything in me. It was so beautiful! Most days I’d lay down with him during his nap time and just stare at him, pray for him and tears would often flow as I overcame what I knew was coming. Sure enough that day came but through the terrible pain I had no regrets because I hadn’t held anything back. He would carry throughout his life all the love that I’d poured into him even if he didn’t remember me. And I would always have the memory and beauty of four years of loving the sweetest little boy. It’s been six years since then and I have no regrets. I learned to overcome so that I could experience deep intimacy rather than merely survive and experience only the shallow places.

There is a healing that is being offered by the Father that takes your hand and walks you into the deeper waters of surrender and trust so that you can experience the fullness of beauty, intimacy and encounter. Will pain still come? Yes, but you won’t merely survive pain but thrive in the midst of pain. Surrender has been the greatest gift because it allows me to 𝑙𝑒𝑡 𝑔𝑜!
In that place I find that I experience being held by the arms of my God when I feel like pain leaves me unable to breathe. His love and intimate presence becomes my breath and my overcoming strength. It is then that I thrive!

My life is so much richer from having loved when loss was a high risk. I’ve done that many times now. Actually, all earthly love (except for our love for Jesus) has that risk. But the choice is to self-preserve and hold back or to lay it all down and love fully knowing that the the 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙎𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 will carry us through the times of loss and pain. I have always gained far more then I lost when I’ve given all of me.

It’s time to give 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 to the One who gave all of Him for you. Ask Him to reset you to the default of an overcomer not merely a survivor. Again, overcoming takes dependency, surrender and letting go of control. It’s so worth rhe cost!

It’s time to thrive while you’re alive- not only survive. Holy Spirit come and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Help us to let go and find where you are in the midst of storms so that we can lay down with you…𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑠.


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Find Beauty!

By Kathi Pelton

Every morning when I wake up my amazing husband brings me a latte while I’m still in bed and for the next hour I sit with Jesus— worship music awakens my soul, His presence becomes my sunrise and peace prepares my heart to “be still and know that He is God!”

My routine was changed a bit today when I answered a text and my eyes were drawn to a notification on my phone from a page called, “View from my window.” It’s a FB page that has almost 2M followers that is dedicated to this quarantine time. People from all across the world send in photos of the view from their windows at home. I began to look at the photos from people’s homes and was captured by the beauty of creation! I was so drawn into each unique setting— both the ones with profound views of mountain peaks as well as the ones with simple views of a swing set that their children play on. They spoke of such personal beauty and the stories of the lives that look out upon these scenes.

I began to be overcome by His love for each life and each family that these “window views” represented. He see such beauty in each one. Like an adoring Father, He sees the beauty that the rest of the world may just walk by and miss. He sees through the windows of their souls and knows each one so intimately— even if they’ve forgotten Him. Their beauty–and your beauty–takes His breath away! The view of you is His favorite thing to look upon! You ravish Him!

Here in Virginia we’ve been blessed with such a beautiful spring! Most days have been sunny and have provided breathtaking sunsets that keep this quarantine time kissed by beauty. But yesterday grey skies rolled in and I had one of those day where my whole focus had to be on “business” work— which always drains me. As I began to feel the depletion of joy (because I need daily visual and spiritual beauty), I heard the Spirit whisper to me, “Just stop for an hour and come see Me.”

I set my laptop aside, my phone aside and my work aside. Then I closed my eyes to “behold His beauty.” Time with Him is like a stroll through a garden of fragrant beauty— flowers, spices, light, color and intimacy.

“My lover has gone down to his garden, to his spice beds, to browse in the gardens and gather the lilies. I am my lover’s, and my lover is mine. He browses among the lilies.” Song of Songs‬ ‭6:2-3‬ ‭

I want to encourage each of you to not get stuck in the mundane! Yes— here in quarantine there is still work to be done, children to be raised, meals to be prepared, messed to be cleaned and problems to be solved. But do not forsake time that is set aside to behold beauty; behold His beauty and behold the beauty that surrounds you. Search for Him and search for places that refresh and restore your soul. Go find a simple flower and gaze at it until you see His face appear in creation.

As a child, before I knew the Lord, I was growing up in one of the most beautiful settings in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. My family was often in chaos and turmoil but I remember that in the midst of an overwhelming atmosphere I would often walk outside and lay on our grass under the towering pine trees and just look up at the vibrant blue sky and breathe in the mountain air— it would reset me and enable me to go on. I didn’t realize that it was God who had set me in a “cathedral of His creation” that I could escape to and be restored. What a gift.

Today my family lives on what was once a Civil War battlefield in Virginia. Sometimes when I walk the battlefield trail I think about those that were there experiencing such despair in the midst of so much natural beauty. I wonder if at times they stopped and looked up at the very trees that I am gazing upon and found a moment of beauty that reminded them that there was something more?

I don’t know what you are facing in the midst of this time of a global crisis but whatever it is— be sure to stop and find beauty. I remind myself each day that the sun still rises and sets with all of its brilliance, the wind still blows through the tall grasses causing it to dance, the waves still crash upon the shores, the birds still sing the songs of creation and the colors still reveal the vibrancy of a beautiful Creator. Find His face, His beauty and His garden. Go taste and see— it is His banqueting table set before you; even in the midst of your enemies.

Beauty waits to have you come behold it.

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Are You Feeling Disorientated?—How To Find Peace and Joy When Nothing Is Familiar

By Kathi Pelton

As a prophetic community we love the “yet to come” words that speak of alignments, a new era, crossing over and breakthrough but we rarely know how these prophetic promises will play out. We are surely in the midst of finding out that His ways are not our ways!

We are living through a time of such tragedy and triumph. God is using this devastating global pandemic to accomplish and fulfill many of the words spoken over the past couple of years. Darkness is revealing the only hope known to mankind and a great awakening is happening first to His own sons and daughters but it will not be contained— it will pour out to the hopeless and desperate.

Yet, as this “shut in” lingers I am getting more and more messages from believers that are beginning to fight a sense of feeling disoriented and even struggling with a sense of depression knocking at the door of their souls. They are realizing that nothing is familiar and things may never be the same again. The unknown and unfamiliar can surely challenge our sense of security and the comforts of the “predictable.”

I’ve become quite accustomed to the unfamiliar! The Lord has rarely allowed my life to remain comfortable in the “familiar” or free of change but this new global landscape is a “whole new world!” What do you do when your soul is longing for something sure, something unchanged and something familiar?

The longing for “home” (the familiar) is not a bad thing because home is where we are supposed to find family, comfort, a sense of identity and security. It’s where you are welcomed and warmed. Yet even home has become unfamiliar as we are told that we cannot leave it or have friends/family come into it. Within the walls of homes many are grappling with so many uncertainties. Lost wages, the threat of sickness and not knowing how to find basic needs have invaded these sacred spaces.

I can imagine that when the children of Israel crossed out of their 400 years in Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness to enter the “land flowing with milk and honey” that they experienced some disorientation and times of longing for the familiarity of the wilderness. There was a new landscape, new enemies and a entirely new way of living. What was familiar was now passed away.

So…here we are! We’ve crossed into a new world– a new landscape– a new reality. God is doing deep and unsearchable things and yet it’s a bit like we’ve been spun in circles and then asked to walk forward without stumbling. I have found that there is a place where I am reoriented and brought into a peace that surpasses circumstances. It is found in the secret place where I spend time with our unchanging, unshakable and faithful God.

If you begin to feel the weight of uncertainties creeping in or burdens knocking on the door of your soul (like an unwanted package being delivered) there is a place where proper perspective is restored and everything is certain and unchanged! It is in Christ alone! Every concern and confusion can be brought before His throne and exchanged for hope, peace, joy and love. In that place we see that nothing has changed regarding His faithfulness or His promise that we will never be left or forsaken.

The American church has had so many distractions and so many things to fill the longings of the soul that this is truly a “wake up” call. Where does our help come from? Where does our hope come from? And where does our joy come from? Don’t give into the temptation to avoid what is happening by drowning yourself in binge watching a show or endless social media— go to the source of every answer and find all that you need by getting alone with the One who created you! Begin each day there and then balance will remain throughout your day; keeping you unshaken.

We are alway so amazed when we go to a poverty stricken African nation and watch the joy coming forth from the people as they dance in His presence with such abandonment. Why? They have had to find their joy in Him alone. They know that He is their only hope and source of life. Now, suddenly, those with virtually everything needed are confronted with all their certainties removed.

But have certainties been removed?? No! Because the only true certainty is found in God alone. He is our help, our hope and our healer! There is joy to be found in His presence— overwhelming joy.

The other day I went into the secret place to meet with Him and I was almost immediately met with the “joy of my salvation!” I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a deep revelation of my salvation and the salvation purchased on the cross for every person who has or will ever live. I began to weep with such joy and gratitude that it was like a fountain sprinting forth from my entire being. It was unexpected and such a gift. I left that time feeling more sure, more secure and more joyful then I could ever imagine.

Everything you need emotionally, spiritually and physically is found in Him! Begin each day by letting your feet wander to Him where you can walk with Him in eternal places. Go before Him and let His love reorient you to what is real and what is eternal. When those moments of confusion or depression come to deliver darkness upon the doorstep of your life; quickly run back to where He dwells. Learn to live there, abide there and make it your home.

I am praying peace, hope, joy and love on each and everyone of you.

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This Is The Most Profound Encounter I Have Ever Had— And It’s For You…

By Kathi Pelton

Since this virus hit our world I began hearing the Lord inviting us to come and sit at His table.

Then, He took me into a vision that became an encounter. In this encounter it was Springtime, as I could see the cherry blossom petals blowing all around. I saw Jesus knocking on the heart of His Bride (the Church) and she opened the door but He could not come in; for it was too cluttered. It was crammed full (overflowing) with “spiritual things” yet nothing of true eternal value. Then our Bridegroom asked her if He could clean her heart and she said, “Yes, give me a clean heart.”

He then proceeded to pull EVERYTHING out. When it was completely cleared and empty of everything but His presence at work, He brought in a small table and set it in the middle of this room (heart). Then He places two chairs at this table. After setting the chairs down He placed a loaf of bread and a glass of wine on the table and He sat down. He then spoke and said,

As the bride sat down at this table of intimacy and began to partake of Him the glory of the Lord filled the room. She fell on her face at His feet and began to pour herself over His feet.

Come My Bride, come eat of Me and drink of Me— let us dine together on all that you need.

– Let us say “yes” to Him; come clean our hearts, set up His table and partake of His body and blood. May His glory fill the temple and power from on high come upon us as we pour ourselves out over His feet. –

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Find Him— Hold Him! And Do Not Let Him Go!

By Kathi Pelton

For a week now the the words found in Songs of Solomon 3 have been echoing through my spirit; awakening desire, longing and first love.

““I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?” Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go…” Song of Solomon‬ ‭3:2-4‬ ‭

As we are physically “shut in” and asked not to go out into the streets and public squares— may our spirits go out into the streets like the Shulamite and search in desperation for the “One our hearts love.” May we go and seek Him until we find Him.

There is an awakening happening as we physically stop and spiritually run. It is an awakening to turn our full attention and affections toward Him. Not in the public square or in front of men but behind closed doors; in the secret place where “we will hold Him and not let Him go!”

There is a hunger stirring in His bride. It is a desperate hunger and thirst to find Him, hold Him and never let Him go.

During this time of a physical “shut it” let us run in the spirit— run in our desperation, in our longings and from our posture of being lovesick and find Him once again.

He is waiting…

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His Secret Garden Is Being Unlocked In You

By Kathi Pelton

Years ago when our family still lived in California I would take long walks every morning. My route was the same each day and on that route I’d love to look at the beautiful yards that lined the streets. But there was this one house on one of the streets that had a yard that was full of weeds; overgrown and clearly never tended to. It always grabbed my attention as it stood out in such contrast to the well-kept yards all around it. One day as I passed by it I just stopped and stared at it for a very long time. I found myself lost in the potential that it had. I could tell that at one time someone had planted a flower garden within it but many years had gone by without a gardener to tend to it and now weeds choked out it’s once held beauty.

That day, as I stood there dreaming of what I’d do if it was my garden, the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Kathi, every person you walk by has great potential. Within each person is a secret garden filled with beauty was created to display different aspects of My image. Will you stop and dream with Me when you see a broken person that has not been nurtured or tended to with love? They are My secret gardens that I want unlocked.”

I knew that when He said “dream with Me” that it implied prayer, seeing beyond the natural, speaking identity, sowing into them and nurturing them. I said, “Yes.”

That “yes” began a journey of seeing with new eyes. I learned to look at people through the eyes of their Creator. Not one single person was ever created outside of His image and His beauty. Not one!

My husband and I found ourselves taking teenaged boys into our home that were broken, bruised and orphaned. These boys were so damaged that it truly took a revelation of “who God created them to be” to be able to walk day after day through their anger, their depravity and the brokenness that had become their identity.

One of our boys was easily triggered by little things in everyday life. His anger would come out with such venom that we needed a divine strategy of how to calm his pain. The Lord had shown me who he was created to be and even the plans for his life. He asked me to begin to speak that beauty over him in these moments of rage. The next time this young teen was triggered I looked at him and said, “Son, that’s not who you are! You are beautiful, kind, caring…” As I began to speak to “who he was” (rather than address what he was doing), he began weeping. He would let me hold him, calm him and restore him to peace. He expected someone to tell him who he had been taught he was (angry, unwanted, hateful, stupid, etc.) but what he received was a love that called him into his true identity. Today this young man is walking in that beautiful identity! The secret garden was unlocked and tended to with love and care.

This morning as I waited before the Lord I felt two things deep on His heart; one was how His people see themselves. The second was how His people see the broken (especially in the younger generation).

Far too often even those who know the Lord view themselves through their pasts or what the natural world has taught them. They see their weeds, their thorns, their hardened soil rather than partnering with God to unlock the hidden beauty (the secret garden) of who He created them to be. It is only when we believe that we possess beauty, value, potential and great purpose that we partner with Him to see it unlocked. As long as we can’t see beyond the weeds we will lose hope and become overwhelmed by the tangled mess. But God does for us what I did for our teen boys; He speaks true identity, beauty, purpose and potential. He invites His sons and daughters into the discovery of His image within them. When we allow our ears to hear the truth we begin to be transformed.

I often say that God has truly surprised me “with me!” Before knowing the Lord I saw absolutely no beauty and no potential beyond surviving and hiding behind masks. Every time I look at what the Lord has done in my life, I truly stand in awe because my “garden” was so locked up that I didn’t even know it existed. Finding “Him in me” has been the greatest treasure hunt! If you haven’t begun to find the treasure called, “You” then it is time to go exploring with the One who created you.

We must also begin to see beyond all the false identities, the masks that block shame, the confusion, and the shock of a world that has forgotten who they are and who’s image they are created in. We must ask the Spirit to begin to reveal His true identity that is beyond what is seen or being lived out in the world around us. Then we can pray, speak life, call them forth and unlock the garden within them.

The world is full of locked gardens but finding His image in them is the key to unlocking the true beauty. Though my initial reaction to that unkept yard was to look the other way or judge it as “unwanted”; the Lord used it to unlock a call on my life to see beauty beyond the natural sight in people.

God is longing to unblock our spiritual sight to see beyond the depravity and brokenness. He longs for us to see beyond the deceit and confusion. He wants us to speak life and to declare, “That’s not who you are! You are beautiful, valued, desired, longed for and deeply loved.”

Speak it over yourself and then speak it over a world (and generation) that has forgotten who they are. It’s time to unlock the beauty!

I want to leave you with the words I hear Him saying over you and over His created ones today from Song of Songs 4,

“How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with courses of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, come with me from Lebanon. Descend from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon, from the lions’ dens and the mountain haunts of leopards. You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon. Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.” Song of Songs‬ ‭4:1-16‬ ‭

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Receive His “Kiss”— It Will Transform You!

By Kathi Pelton

During a time of worship the other day I asked the Lord what He was doing with His sons and daughters in that moment. Almost immediately I began to feel His forehead touch my forehead, the tip His nose touch the tip of my nose and then I felt His breath. I then realized that the Lord was greeting me (and His loved ones) with a “Honi.” Honi (pronounced HO – nee) is the traditional Hawaiian greeting. The english translation is “to kiss”, but actually, the original greeting was touching forehead to forehead, nose to nose and exchanging breath.

I have spent time in Hawaii and received this beautiful greeting. It is very intimate and vulnerable. The interesting thing is that since that moment (many days ago now) I have not yet stopped sensing this beautiful “greeting” cease. I still feel his head against mine, His nose touching my nose and His breath warming me with “the breath of heaven.”

The Maori people, indigenous to New Zealand, greet with “hongi” which is the same actions as the Hawaiian greeting. When you hongi, you touch forehead to forehead, nose to nose and exchange breath just like the “Honi.”

When the breath is exchanged during the “Honi” it is called, “ha”, or divine breath, which is held within each of us. When we exchange divine breath through the nose, it is the part of us that comes directly from Spirit. The breath of God.

It is believed that this type of greeting will reveal the the “intention” of the other person. The intention of the heart or motivation of the heart is what God transforms so that we can walk in purity and unity with one another. He is not only revealing the intention of His heart to His sons and daughters; which is pure, life-giving, merciful, kind and full of agape love but He is also imparting the purity to our hearts.

During this extended “Honi” that I have been experiencing, I asked the Lord to impart the purity of His intentions to me. His “Ha” (breath) is doing just that! I see Him standing before His people as they are in worship and prayer with their faces turned upwards toward Him and He is placing His forehead against their forehead, His nose against their nose and He is releasing a divine “Ha” or breath upon them. He is imparting to them (to you) both the revelation of His intentions toward them and also imparting the purity of His heart into them.

Like so many, I long for the motives of my heart to be pure! Yet, all to often I find selfish motives mixed into so many things that I do. But still, I will not stop until He makes my heart and my motives pure. So— I take pleasure in this lingering “Honi” (“Hongi”) and I receive His divine breath; the revelation of His pure intentions toward me and the impartation of purity for my heart.

2 Corinthians 13:12 says,
“Greet each other with a sacred kiss.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be greeted by one another with pure intentions and motives? All too often we have been greeted with impurities that have left many feeling used, unwanted or divided from one another. Our “Western Handshake” is void of breath and does not reveal or even require the intention of the other to be revealed or intimacy to be entered into. God has come with a “sacred and holy” kiss— a Honi.

Receive His greeting and allow yourself to linger there. Linger until His breath has brought revelation and impartation. Don’t break the intimacy of this “kiss” or “breath of God” that will transform you.
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