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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FIVE MINUTE RESET

Think on these things…

I bless you with a five minute reset into heavenly perspective!

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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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A Mic Drop Moment

By Kathi Pelton

Last night during our “Movement Night” at our church here in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Aaron Custalow shared such a powerful message. Toward the end of his message there was a moment when Aaron shares an encounter he had years ago where he had been striving to please God and running so hard for His Kingdom but it derived from a place where he was trying to “earn God’s approval” or to “return something to Jesus so because of the price He paid on the cross.” The things he was doing (preaching, praying, fasting) weren’t wrong but it came from a place of striving. God wanted his heart and for him to run with Him; not merely “for Him”. At the end of the encounter Aaron is taken to heaven and placed on the Father’s lap. He turns and sees Jesus sitting at the Father’s right side and He looks at him and says, “Aaron, I’m not mad about the cross!” (Mic drop!)

Those words penetrated the atmosphere throughout the room. How many sons and daughters in the family of God are striving but not in the grace and rest of Jesus but in a driveness to somehow earn what has been freely given? The works are good, the running hard is good but the motivation of the heart is not aligned with sonship and the absolutely free gift that Jesus gave us on the cross (we were the “joy set before Him”). When Aaron repeated the words that Jesus spoke to him, “I’m not mad about the cross” I could feel it penetrating hearts that had been striving with a sense of “I’m not doing enough!” My heart was more free to “strive to enter into His rest.” It felt like a moment of deliverance from striving.

Yes, we should give our all for the sake of His name and so that He receives His full inheritance! Yes, we should give our “yes” to all that He asks! But we do it to run with Him in joy, freedom and in rest. The price He paid did not come with a disclaimer or some small print that we forgot to read that said, “You still owe Me something.” It was and is free and HE’S NOT MAD ABOUT WHAT HE PAID! HE’S NOT MAD ABOUT THR CROSS!

These words felt like a trip wire for many returning to first love. Somewhere along the way the running after Him turned into our job or our work but we lost joy and passion. First love causes us to run but we don’t tire and we don’t leave His side. We just want to be with Him! He becomes our motivation and we do more than ever before but we don’t weary because we run from the place of “there is no where I’d rather be and no one I’d rather be with!”

When my husband and I were dating I hardly slept; I just wanted to be where he was! I’d work an eight hour day and then go to be with him and often at 3 a.m. we’d still be talking, holding hands and not wanting to leave each other’s side. When I slept I’d awake with my first thought being, “When can I see him, hold him and be in the presence of his love again today?” That is what first love looks like.

I could feel the atmosphere changing last night and I knew that it is just a taste of what is coming. A return to first love is coming to those who have walked with Him for many years and many new believers will come in as they fall in love with the One that the Church has fallen back in love with.

There is an atmosphere around a couple newly in love! It is alive, it is full of hopes, dreams, joy and it is single focused. When first love comes back upon His bride (His Church) in the way that I am seeing, it will a corporate atmosphere change. People will be drawn like a moth to the flame. We will run and not grow weary!

I find myself groaning in prayer often these days for a handful of things; two of them are for my heart of come into the fullness of first love once again and the second is that the motives of my heart are pure (purely devoted to Him). I believe that first love will cure the heart motives issue in many! We will do what we do because we just can’t get enough of Him and our thoughts are always on what brings joy to His heart.

Be encouraged! It’s as if the ceiling is cracking open and soon we will be under an open heaven of His manifest love. And remember; “He’s not mad about the cross!”

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Leaving The Shallows

Leaving The Shallows
Kathi Pelton

When my kids where young and we spent a lot of time as a family at lakes and at the ocean, I was always shouting out to them to “stay in the shallows.” Why? Because it is a safe place for young children to play.

As new believers we do the same thing in our infant state. We start small by playing “in the shallows” of God’s love. There we begin to learn His ways, His faithfulness, His character and His truths. Every once in a while new believers go immediately to the deep waters but often end up disillusioned or overcome because true faith requires knowing the One that you are putting your faith in.

I often see many believers (who have walked with God for many years) “stay living in the shallows” their entire lives. They know God, they know His promises and they have seen His faithfulness yet they still want to play it safe. Fear of the “deep end” keeps them in shallow places.

I was definitely one of those young believers that needed a constant lifeguard because I was never satisfied with the shallows and was constantly jumping into the deep end without knowing how to truly depend on Him. My strength was my source in those days and it rarely lasted very long before I found myself sinking and drowning in my soul (thank God for rescue angels and friends!).

I have now walked with Jesus as my Savior for 38 years (and four years more “exploring if I should commit). About 25 years ago my husband and I knew it was time to dive into the deep end of faith— we were ready to find Him there. The difference was that we had learned that “in our weakness He manifests His strength!” We understood that we were about to be made very weak and come to the end of our strength so that we could learn to rely fully upon His strength. We knew it would hurt and stretch us but we knew the discover of Him was worth it!

Even more than the natural risks we were began taking 25 years ago (by moving to another country, leaving everyone we knew and loved, leaving the familiar; leaving the shallows)— the risk of facing things being completely out of our control and coming to the end of our strengths was what sobered me the most. But it was at the end of my ability to control my life and circumstances that I began becoming intimately acquainted with His loving faithfulness. It was at the end of my soul’s need to understand and comprehend that I began to learn and experience “the peace of God that exceeded my understanding.” And, it was at the end of my physical, emotional and spiritual strength that I was weak enough to find His strength that comes with great power!

Sometimes I wonder to myself, “Why don’t you just stay in the shallows where it is safe?” But in the shallows are not where faith is needed, my love is tested and my weakness made strong by His strength. It is not where dependency is so tested that it turns into intimacy. It is not where “oneness with God” is made manifest in my life.

There is a time, when we are babies in Christ, that we “play in the shallows” so that we begin to become acquainted with who He is; because those formative days are needed to know how to live the depths. Knowing Him and His ways are vital because your soul must learn to depend upon His Spirit that lives within you. But as we grow we outgrow the shallows and must venture into deeper places.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

There is risk in living in the deep places, not visiting or occasionally jumping in for a momentary plunge, but actually living there. It is a risk because it requires full surrender! It requires not playing it safe, not being able to figure it out, not comprehending it and not being in control. It will take you to weakness so that you can discover true strength. Not your strength but His.

All of these requirements do not equal misery (as I once believed) because when God takes over what happens is that you come into true dependency which ushers in true rest for your soul, true peace that silenced the warfare of doubt, true joy that no longer depends upon circumstances and an “awe and wonder” as you watch His strength do what you could never do!

I love “gifts and talents”; they’re beautiful and amazing, but they will only highlight “you” until they are fully surrendered to Him in the deep places. Just look at Hollywood! So many gifted and talented people who have gained fame but become completely lost in the wreckage of their own limited strength. I have spent years traveling and being acquainted with amazingly “gifted and talented” believers (even ones who are well-known); but only a remnant of them have moved beyond their “gifting” to discover Him in absolute surrender. Their identity had to die to discover His within them. Many who didn’t learn this have fallen away.

I love surrounding myself with people who have learned to live in the depths; beyond the place that they are in control. These people don’t put on airs, pretenses or masks. They don’t jostle for position because they have gone so low that only God is lifted up. They call me deeper and make me aware of the places that I’ve yet to surrender. They have been made into His likeness and I see His image within them.

The shallows aren’t bad when you are a child, but don’t stay there. If you desire true joy, rest, peace and love you must come to the end of circumstantial joy, rest, peace and love. Intimacy is waiting for every believer but it is found in surrender. It is found in letting go of “you” to grab hold of Him.

He’s inviting you now, “Come deeper My child.”

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7

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Get Out Of Your Head!

By Kathi Pelton

Have you ever found your mind trying to intellectually comprehend a matter of faith? It’s like a blind man trying to picture in his mind something he has never seen or felt. Your mind must yield to the faith that your heart and spirit know to be true without the demand of comprehension.

Next time your mind begins to try to take the lead on a matter of faith, tell yourself, “Get out of your head and into your heart.”

The believer’s heart trusts God! There is no wavering, no figuring it out, no wondering or even doubting…just pure childlike trust. His children’s hearts sings continually that He is a good, good Father! The heart that beats from the posture of faith finds rest in the place of surrender and abandoned assurance in who He is and in His promises.

On the other hand the head will try to filter faith through circumstances and natural things. The unyielded mind will try to usurp faith with natural reasoning which will quickly rob the believer of peace. The head will always try to understand what the heart is sure of so why not just remain in the heart?

Of course God gave you a mind and gives you wisdom and understanding of how to walk forward in decisions that need to be made and actions that need to be taken. But your trust in God, your rest and your peace must surpass your understanding. This happens in the place of abiding in your heart and spirit; not in your head.

When your thoughts are leading you on paths that rob you of peace and trust then you can know that the enemy is alluring you down a path where he intends to kill, steal or destroy your faith. Once he does this he replaces peace and trust with anxiety, panic, doubt, unbelief and fear. You will always know that you are being persuaded to leave your posture of faith and trust when your thoughts begin to rob you of peace and take you into “understanding.” Remember, God’s peace surpasses natural understanding.

God’s people need to quickly learn to train their minds to submit to their hearts (your spirit) when it is going down paths that do not honor God’s truth. Wondering minds that stray from truth need to be bridled and brought back to the assurance of faith.

Refuse to show compassion to the flesh when it spews unbelief because it breathes death upon the faith that dwells in the spirit, giving life and breath.

Become ruthless with training your flesh and mind to come into continual alignment with trust and faith. When you begin to align with unbelief it merely creates a an atmosphere of being a doubting, worry, anxiety and self-pity. The flesh must learn to submit to the Spirit if God and align with where your heart abides.

This quote by Bill Johnson speaks to this matter so well. He said,

“Questions raised in the atmosphere of trust release revelation but questions raised in the atmosphere of distrust release unbelief.”

You can have questions but they must be question from the heart of trust rather than from the place of distrust and doubt. When your thought process begins in doubt it will quickly lead you to unbelief. Your mind must be submitting to truth and trained (even bridled in necessary) to let your hearts (spirits) create a continual atmosphere of trust. Then revelation, wisdom and peace will flood in and make a path that is filled with faith, trust and joy.

God is good! His faithfulness is sure and unchanging from generation to generation. If your mind is not creating an atmosphere filled with the truth of His goodness and faithfulness then go back to your heart. If your heart has been soiled by the unbelief in your mind then ask His Spirit to create in you a new heart that is pure and undefined by unbelief. His Spirit will lead you back to truth and to the paths that lead you forth in joy and peace!

““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8-13‬ ‭

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His Heartbeat Is Your Breakthrough!

by Kathi Pelton

Over the past few weeks I have begun to hear the sound of the heartbeat of God during times of worship. Each time this happens the beat (rhythm) awakens the atmosphere with life, healing, light, love and breakthrough.

Then the Lord began to show me another aspect of the sound of His heartbeat. Twice now, when I have heard the sound, I was taken up to see what it is doing to the darkness and strongholds over lives and regions. When the sound of His heartbeat comes into a room and it is recognized and partnered with it becomes the force of a battering ram against strongholds of darkness. It is the sound of breakthrough!

When two hearts are joined as one there is something that happens– oneness, unity, alignment, agreement and strength. When the pulse of God’s love is joined with the longing of His bride it changes atmospheres, transforms lives and breaks through demonic strongholds and assignments. The joining of His heart and our hearts breaks down walls of division!

During some recent gatherings the worship leaders began to sing prophetically the words, “Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?” As they sang these words the sound of His heartbeat was heard in the room and dividing walls broke down, ushering in a oneness with God and one another. As we heard the sound of His heartbeat we also saw the sound pounding the forces of darkness like a battering ram to knock down the strongholds that opposed God and His people.

Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear the beat of His heart. Then join your heart to His and watch what happens! Watch as oneness of hearts break the divisions and watch the sound breakthrough the resistance! First love will be awaken, great joy will fill your heart and families will be restored.

Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of the Bridegroom and His bride becoming one heart…the sound of His sons and daughters becoming one family!

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A Night To Remember and Rejoice

by Kathi Pelton

The third night of Hanukkah this year is coinciding with Christmas Eve— the eve of our Savior’s birth. As we remember another night of the miraculous light that burned in the temple we also remember the announcement of the angels that the miracle of a virgin giving birth would bring light into the world.

Luke 2:8-20 –And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

“Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”

Good news of great joy! This light, who’s name is Jesus, has never dimmed or stopped burning. The oil of His love, joy, grace, mercy and kindness still fills the temple and the hearts of all who believe. All the earth us filled with His glory.

Tonight as our family lights the third candle we will remember our Savior and the eve of His birth; his young mother had no room to lay her head as she prepared to bring forth the greatest gift known to mankind. We will remember that He came, He lived among us, He revealed His Father to us and He paid the price for our sin in order to reconciled us to God. Tonight will bask in the joyous and triumphant miracle of His resurrection on the third day!

We join with all the angles to announce “tidings of great joy” to a world that is searching for true joy. Because He lives we now have become a light that shines in the darkness with the miraculous oil of His love and salvation. The miracle oil still burns today. Joy to the world— the LORD HAD COME, let earth receive her King!

The hope of Israel came! He came as a miraculous light in the form of a tiny baby. Yet, the government rests upon His shoulders and His Kingdom has no end. Rejoice, rejoice…Emmanuel has come and is with us always!

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice. From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Hanukkah!

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Rejoicing and Weeping Together: This Is Family

By Kathi Pelton

This week families all over our nation gathered around tables to share in the celebration of Thanksgiving. As I viewed many pictures of families smiling together I thought of the “stories behind the smiles” that often are much different than what a social media post relays.

This past week one family that we know lost their wife and mom in a car accident. Another, spent the day remembering a child that they lost recently and still another faced pending cancer treatments. Behind our family photos we are feeling the ache as we prepare for some family members to move 3000 miles away, one child was not present and is facing homelessness, one has just fallen in love and can’t stop smiling, and one couple going through the pains of infertility. A true mix of joy and pain.

There is always incredible beauty and deep felt pain in the background of every picture, every life and every family. No one is exempt from the joy or the pain. But what makes it all worth it is that we are a part of a family. We rejoice together, we weep together and we risk experiencing pain to experience the joy and beauty.

Why did Jesus go to the cross? It wasn’t to give a “hero of the day” social media post…it was to make a way for His family to be together for all eternity. Family was the “joy set before Him” as He endured the cross. Before the creation of man and woman; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit weren’t bored or unhappy but they knew that making a family in their image would be good! When sin, pain and heartbreak touched that family they knew that no sacrifice was too great to gain them back.

This is what God is still longing for! His mission has not changed. He wants to bring back all the sons and daughters who have gone astray or who are not experiencing family. There are still members of the family missing from the picture! He rejoices with the family gathered around Him and yet there is deep pain for the ones that are missing. There are stories behind the smiles that compel Him to send His sons and daughters to leave everything to try to fulfill the longing to see His family united as one.

Our family moves many times and the majority of those moves have been to go where His heart is calling us to in order to fulfill His longing for the family in that city and nation. This is the story for many who have said, “Here I am, send me.”

God loves family!! He is the One who sets the lonely in family. If you are lonely then there is family for you! They are all across the world and waiting to receive you. Don’t sit alone…find family! Wherever we have been there has always been a family there to be a part of. Is it a perfect family! No, there is pain, brokenness, imperfections and dysfunction of some sort within every natural and spiritual family but there is love, joy and beauty to be found if you’re willing to embrace the “weeping and the rejoicing.” You can’t have one without the other.

As we enter into the holiday season, let’s remember that perfection isn’t the goal…family is. So sit with the broken and comfort them, hear the voices of the ones who feel unheard, hug the ones who feel unloved and ache with the one who is struggling to find hope. Then and only then will joy come and rejoicing come. May the story behind the smiles in pictures be one that says, “Through it all I have been well loved!” That is what makes family.

Let us love well! As we finish this year and prepare for a new year let us strive to be more present with the one standing in front of us, let’s listen more attentively, love more deeply, give more readily and “feel” more sensitively.

A social media post is merely the cover photo of a book that tells a much longer story. It’s a story of joy and pain, successes and failures, gains and losses, tragedies and triumphs. The story is what makes true family; not the picture. Our God isn’t looking for the perfect family, He’s merely wanting every person ever created to be a part of His family. Let’s see His dream come true by loving well…in weeping and rejoicing we can truly be a family.

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November and December are the months of the year that most faith-based ministries experience a large decline in giving. Will you stand with us by making these months known as the best giving months of the year? To give a gift to this ministry, go to: https://www.inscribeministries.com/

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.

http://bit.ly/2qBnRxx

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.

www.inscribeministries.com

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

http://bit.ly/2ORTZoK

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