It’s Restoration Time!

by Kathi Pelton

Joel 2:25-27 has been going through my spirit for many months,

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,

The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,

And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”

Every time I read these verses, one particular line stands out to me,

“… My great army which I sent among you.” (vs. 25b)

We often get so excited about the restoration part that we miss this line. So why am I pointing it out? It is for perspective and for deep understanding of how loved we are as sons and daughters.

This may sound strange, and you may wonder what I mean. How can an army of locusts sent among us prove the depths of the love of our Father?

Many years ago my husband and I were launched into ministry in a very public way, yet there was still much refining in our hearts and in the intent of our hearts that still needed to occur. At one point in our journey our amazing Heavenly Father looked upon us and knew that we needed the discipline that only a loving father can bring. He sent among our lives what only can be described as an army of “swarming and crawling locusts.” This season of difficulty, which looked to our eyes like destruction, was actually the time of discipline that would lead to repentance for the sake of restoration. It was the Father sending His great love upon us in the form of chastening.

I cannot imagine the depth of love that it took our Father to send such discipline upon our lives. The pain that came upon us was devastating. The “locusts” came and exposed every area of compromise, rebellion, pride, and unfaithfulness that was masked under all of the “good works.” This “army sent among us” stayed for seven years and I truly did not know if we would survive. I was often convinced that it was a demonic attack against us for all the years of ministry we had done. Although I am sure that the enemy took advantage of this time, I am more convinced that the great mercy of our God sent this among us in order to save us from our own hidden sins and generational strongholds.

It is easy to blame the enemy for everything that comes upon us but during those seven years, time and time again I became keenly aware of all that was being brought to the surface and exposed that neither my husband nor I had allowed ourselves to deal with. God was extracting the precious from the worthless. He was refining us, disciplining us (because He loves us so very much), and saving us from the things that would have ultimately destroyed us.

I won’t take the time to go into how deep and severe this seven year period was but I will say that I don’t know if I, as a parent, could have allowed my children to face such excruciating pain and not intervened. But the depths of His love allowed the full process to take place, knowing that He was there to save and deliver us from the very things that would have destroyed us. It gave me a greater understanding of how He could send His Son to die for us!

Psalm 78:8 says,

“Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.”

God was assuring us that we would not be like those who had gone before us; stubborn, rebellious and not giving our hearts fully to Him. During those long and agonizing seven years He humbled us, gave us hearts of obedience, hearts fully yielded to Him. He knew the deep cry in us to be like Him and in His mercy He disciplined us and answered our greatest longing.

Many of you have gone through long periods of crisis and what only can be described as an army of locus sent among you. But what if it was (or is) the greatness of the love of your Father that sent this “great army among you” in order to save you?

We came out of those years refined and have seen gold produced. We are learning not to resist repentance but to understand it as a gift of freedom that we may quickly embrace. The fire of His love still remains upon us, keeping us pure and holy unto Him. And now we live in the time of restoration; we dwell in the beauty of verses 26 and 27,

“…You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.”

Though many of you have been through a time of a “great army being sent among you,” there is a promise that springs from this time and it is the promise of restoration! I truly cannot thank God enough for His discipline and for sending the army that exposed all that was hidden. He delivered us from so much! How great is His love! How vast is His wisdom and how good are His ways!

If you are in the midst of this sort of sifting and refining, humble yourself before the Lord quickly. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the gifts of humility, obedience, and faithfulness, and to cause your whole heart to be turned toward Him. Not only for your sake but for your children and your children’s children.

“…because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6

It is better to humble yourself before you are humbled by the Lord. This is a time where God is creating a people who will walk in humility, obedience, and faithfulness, whose hearts belong fully to Him.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10

Oh, how deep His love is for you and for me!

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Be Still…God is in Control!

by Kathi Pelton

Last year a friend sent this photo of the still waters of the harbor where she lives and wrote the words,

“Be still and know that I am God.”

She did not know that the night prior I had gone to bed with a bit of a wrestle in my soul against concerns that were out of my control. Whenever this “wrestle or stirring” in my soul begins to occur (disrupting peace) I become aware that the enemy seeks to steal my peace, my stillness (posture of trust and abiding in His faithfulness), and create striving. The enemy comes to make waves in order to block the view of Jesus.

When Jesus called Peter to walk to Him upon the water, they were on a stormy sea with waves that would have easily hindered Peter’s view of the Lord’s outstretched hand. As the waves blocked his view, fear set in and Peter began to sink beneath the raging sea. This is such a clear illustration of what the enemy tries to do with the storms of life and the waves of circumstances.

The One who calms the seas calls us to come out from the natural into the supernatural (walking on the water of faith) but the one who stirs the waters of fear will always try to block our view so that we will sink under the powerful force of the natural (seen) realm so that we will abandon faith for fear.

God speaks over the storms of life, “Peace be still”

He speaks over your life, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Our faith in this truth calms the storms of our souls and takes us into the supernatural ability to walk upon the water. Faith makes a pathway in which we can walk out to take hold of the outstretched hand of the One who has authority over every natural, created thing.

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6

Do not fear! If God is for us then who can stand against us? Who can stop the Lord Almighty? No one…not one!

Today, speak in faith to your soul, “Be still.” Walk out upon the natural storm that surrounds you and do not sink under the waves that rage with fearful intimidations of doom. Take hold of the outstretched hand of Jesus who will lift you above the natural into the supernatural stillness, peace, and rest of abiding in the shadow of His wing.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-2, 4-16‬

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I Heard The Lion of Judah Roar “REDEMPTION!” Over Your Life!

Kathi Pelton

God gives me a lot of dreams during the night that are revelations into what He is doing or about to do. Last night I had a dream that I initially woke up from and thought, “What was that?!”

At first I just put it aside as a weird dream but as I went to spend time with the Lord this dream came back to me and it became clear that the Lord was showing me something. I hesitated sharing it because it was visually disturbing but God was purposeful in His choice of descriptive pictures therefore I will share it with you as He shared it with me.

In the dream I was taken into a room with a toilet in it. As I stepped into the room this toilet began to back up with solid sewage that I knew was coming from within its tank (not the sewage lines or pipes). It was years worth of waste and this old waste filled the bowl; yet didn’t spill onto the ground (it was contained). I was aware that the tank where it was wrongly being stored was now empty of the waste of old and it could be flushed away. Now it could work properly and give a continual flow of clean water. Waste would go to the proper place. (End of dream)

When I began to spend time with the Lord He revealed to me through this dream that we are now in a sovereign time where trauma, pain, regrets, disappointments, betrayal and wounds of the soul that have remained stored in our souls (our soul tanks) from past events will suddenly be released. As they come to the surface they will not spill out on the floor and negatively affect our lives, homes, relationships and surroundings but they will be contained and washed away from the soul “as far as the east is from the west.” No longer will your soul be a tank filled with wounds or wasted places from the past but it will work for your benefit.

The Lord says, ‘I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. Once again you will have all the food you want, and you will praise the Lord your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will my people be disgraced. Then you will know that I am among my people Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other. Never again will my people be disgraced.’”Joel‬ ‭2:25-27‬ ‭

This is restoration time! It is vindication time and it is time for the wasted years to be restored. I hear Him saying over you,

“No more shame, no more disgrace, no more lack, no more waste!”

The miracles of deliverance are now coming upon you. There is a flushing out of the carcasses of old and the plagues that have swarmed you. God is about to make His name known among all who look upon your life and you will give Him all of the praise for the wonderful work He will do.

“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed. It will be yours again. He will give you a good life and make you more numerous than your ancestors. God, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love God, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live.” Deuteronomy 30:3-13

These are His words to you today! The old, wasted places are being washed away and His new and miraculous deliverance is now upon you. He is Restorer, Redeemer and Deliverer. The Lion of Judah is coming upon the land of your life and roaring a command of restoration! The roar literally sounds like the word, “RESTORATION!”

Roar with Him and call forth the restorative work in your life. Agree with His word and echo His roar.

Now is the time!

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The Beauty of Tears Offered As Praise

Kathi Pelton

Last night my husband and I sat with four young people that we love deeply. A couple of them were experiencing profound pain, so we put aside the night’s “agenda” and we sat with them, held their hands, held them and then all six of us began to weep together. We wept with deep intercession and tender love. Jesus was so present there weeping with us.

Then the young man began began to offer his pain as praise declaring, “You are worthy of my praise in the midst of pain.” His tears became drops of worship like the costly perfume offered over the feet of Jesus by Mary. The pain in the room was so real but the praise offered in the midst of the pain released a sweet aroma that filled the room with His presence and beauty.

We were all undone as we entered into the hope and the offering of praise in the face of pain.

Romans 12:15 says,

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”

We have become well-acquainted with both weeping and rejoicing with the ones that we love. We know that pain lasts a night but “joy comes in the morning.” Sometimes the nights are long but surely morning will come and then together we will rejoice.

All too often we are quick to try to “cheer someone up” rather than merely sit with them while they let their tears flow. What if we stopped and wept with them with no answers or words? If we would do this we would probably experience what we witnessed last night: a time where in the midst of pain the alabaster jar is broken and the costly perfume of praise that was formed in the pain is poured out upon His feet. Each one of us entered into the weeping and then received the anointing of the perfume that was released.

The words, “Nothing is wasted, nothing is wasted…” were whispered through the tears and I want you to know: your pain is not wasted, your tears aren’t falling upon the ground but rather upon His feet. Not one is wasted.

Jesus wept!

He weeps with you and turns the tears and pain offered as praise into an oil that anoints His feet and fills the atmosphere with the sweetest and most costly fragrance. Because the offering out of pain is far more costly.

For those who are in a “night of weeping”—let it flow out until it intermingles with His presence where it will becomes a sacrifice of praise that fills the room. It is so beautiful.

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Oh, how He loves you! A Valentines Note from Jesus…

For those of you that feel a pang of pain on Valentine’s Day because you don’t have that “someone special” to spend it with or who will shower you with their adoration; the Lord wants you to know this…

You can never be more loved and adored than you are right now! You take His breath away, you capture His heart and cause His affections to be poured out over you like rain. His love for you is deep, wide and fierce. He will forever be your Bridegroom who gave His all for you. If you had been the only one, He would have still poured His all out to purchase you for Himself.

Today, He chooses you as His own. You are His beloved and He will shower you with a love that will not fade like vases of flowers. His love will bloom brighter day after day.

Happy Valentines Day Beloved ♥️

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From Hope Deferred to Desire Fulfilled

By Kathi Pelton

It was August of 1987 I was jolted out of a dream—where my greatest desire had been fulfilled—back into the reality of my constant state of hope deferred. In the dream I held my baby daughter. It hadn’t felt like a typical dream; It seemed I had actually been taken somewhere and held my desire fulfilled for the very first time. I had never felt such love or beheld such beauty. When I awoke it was as if she was torn from my arms, and deep waves of grief flooded my soul.  

 

My husband and I had been trying to conceive a baby for years with no success. We had gone through all the medical tests and the problem was with me. I had been going through fertility treatments for over two years at that point, with no sign of improvement. I’d often find myself wondering why so many women who didn’t want their babies or who considered them “disposable” could conceive but my husband and I, who ached for a baby, were left barren. I knew God had not abandoned us but I did not see His plan in this. 

 

Four months after my beautiful dream, we received a call from a pastor who had recently counseled a fifteen-year-old mother; four months earlier she had given birth prematurely to a little girl and this mother wanted to give her up for adoption. The pastor had heard that we wanted a baby but were unable to conceive, and the Lord put it on his heart to call us and ask if we were interested in adopting this little girl. 

 

We were overwhelmed with excitement and immediately said “yes!” Although it took nine months from the day of that phone call to walk out the miraculous story of getting our daughter, not only did we get to bring her home just before her first birthday, but I was four months pregnant when we did! We found out that she was born the same month I had the dream of holding my baby daughter, and the name that her young birth mother gave her meant “longed for” or “desired one.”

 

Now, thirty years later, I am watching our youngest daughter and her husband face the same pain. After years of trying to conceive a child they are in that painful grip of hope deferred. I see the pain in their eyes and the helpless struggle that her husband feels to comfort his wife as she silently aches inside. As her mom, I keenly understand the pain, the constant ache, and the many thoughts of “Why?”

 

The beauty of my story of adoption and the pain of my daughter’s journey of hope deferred made the recent news of the late-term abortion bill in New York State that much more of a sting. The issue has been before us for decades, but for whatever reason this particular ruling has acted as a tripwire that woke many out of the spiritual stupor of prayerlessness. It ignited a burning desire to see this horrific, defiling waste of life stop. 

 

As I prayed the Lord showed me that the church has been in a continuous “ebb and flow” of prayer regarding the issue of abortion. With every ebb the enemy would take that time to advance his agenda to kill the sons and daughters of tomorrow. His deceptions and lies would advance his cause to rob God, and rob the world, of the very inheritance the Son died for. Each year nearly sixty million abortions occur worldwide. Sixty million! 

 

If that fifteen-year-old girl had given into the “ease” of solving her unwanted pregnancy through abortion, our daughter would not exist. That beautiful baby that fulfilled my greatest longing would have been merely a statistic that only our God truly grieved for. 

 

Most abortions are not performed on teens, but rather women in their young twenties. If only they knew that what they carried in their wombs could fill the arms of a couple that longed to cherish and love a son or daughter! If only they understood that even before this child’s conception, God dreamed of this life, made plans for this life, and knew this life  intimately. 

 

If only we, as His people, had stopped to pray. 

 

Something has happened, and it has awakened the church and awakened women to rise up and fight for these little lives that cannot fight for themselves. Their mothers have been blinded and deceived by the enemy of God, the deceiver who has written a different narrative telling our culture that a life is not a life until it is outside of the womb. God forgive us for our prayerlessness and for not facing the evil giant called abortion. 

 

Together we are now going as one, in the power of His might and the name of His Son, to face this giant until it is defeated. No more ebb and flow, but rather a continuous flow of resurrection power coming from those who have received LIFE!  May the word adoption replace abortion and may hope deferred be replaced by desires fulfilled. 

Choose life!

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The Breakthrough Challenge

By Kathi Pelton

Many years ago the Lord began to teach me how to deal with the circumstances that hit all of our lives that produce stress and anxiety and cause our thoughts to be fixed on the things of earth. He challenged me to “take Him at His Word!” Then He led me to Philippians 4:6-7 which says,

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

He then broke it down for me in order to teach me how to live from heaven to earth rather than earth to heaven. First He highlighted the words, “Be anxious for nothing.” My thought at the time was, “Wow, thanks for starting with the hard part!”

But then He said that the key for being anxious for nothing was in verse 7 which reads,

“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

He showed me a vision of His peace being placed over my heart (soul) and mind (thoughts). Since anxiety is rooted in our thoughts and emotions first—causing our bodies to react—I realized how much sense this made. I began to pray each day, sometimes numerous times a day, for His peace to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

Then I went before my Prince of Peace and through prayer and supplication made my requests known. Supplication is merely the act of humble and earnest asking. Some definitions of supplication call it “begging” but I discovered that in the absence of anxiety and the presence of peace, it remained a humble posture of asking. Begging is tied to anxiety and doubt that the one receiving the request will respond.

Lastly and most importantly, “…with thanksgiving!” We don’t enter into thanksgiving only when we see results, but we enter into thanksgiving by faith and because He is worthy of all of our thanks. We finish our personal prayer for breakthrough in both peace and praise. It’s like a holy sandwich…prayer and supplication held together by peace and thanksgiving!

These two verses transformed my life! Discovering a life of peace in a world of trials and tribulations changed everything. It didn’t happen overnight but as I took the Lord’s challenge to “take Him at His Word” it caused His Word to become a part of who I am and it rewired my emotions and my mind to be aligned with peace, prayer, and thanksgiving. Every time I find myself feeling the weight of circumstances or experiencing the rumblings of anxious thoughts I go back to praying daily for His peace to be the guard upon my heart and mind. Then I take my requests humbly before Him and spend the rest of my time in thanks and praise. I honestly see amazing breakthroughs in my life and around my life because I have taken Him at His Word and it never comes back void!

Today will you enter into this breakthrough challenge? Will you take Him at His Word and apply it to your life until it becomes a part of who you are? If you do you will mark this day as the day that you began to live in peace and continual breakthrough.

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Mind the Gap: An Exhortation From the Lord

Kathi Pelton

We all have a soul and a spirit. Our souls can either be under the control of the flesh or of the spirit. It is the will of a man that decides what controls the soul. God does not violate our will. He loves us so completely that He allows us the free will to choose who we will serve and how we will live.

Today, I heard His Spirit say to me,

“Kathi, tell My people to ‘Mind the gap.’”

When I ask Him what He meant by this I immediately saw a picture that had the word “soul” on one side and “spirit” on the other with a gap in between the two. Then the Holy Spirit said to me that the gap represents the will of every man and woman.

The past couple of years have been years of transition and alignments that have invited God’s people to yield their will to the ways and commands of God and to train their souls to be submitted fully to the His Spirit. It is a time of great purification and a call to holiness.

We must understand the times and seasons that we are living in and transitioning into. They are great times of victories and fruitfulness but they are also times that we will face giants and battles that require those victories to be won through yielding fully to God by submitting our souls to respond and obey the will of God.

One of the greatest battles that many are facing in this hour are concerning our souls and who (or what) is controlling our thoughts and emotions. God is training His people to yield to His will even while they find themselves in the grip of emotions and thoughts that scream for their way rather than God’s way.

“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.” Isaiah 55:8-9

This process is making a way to break through old and familiar ways that are not aligned with His ways. The “familiar” patterns that do not align with God’s often cost us victories and bring us into warfare and battles that God did not intend us to face. It is the mercy of the Lord that He has “turned up the heat” of the Refiner’s fire in order to purify us and save us from pain and losses in the days ahead. There are too many defeats that have been faced in past seasons because the souls of man have not be submitted to the ways of God.

We must MIND THE GAP! Our will is to be submitted to His will and His ways. The enemy comes to agitate, aggravate and cause offense in order to bring forth (provoke) a reaction from the soul rather than a response to His Spirit. The devil prowls in dark places seeking to strengthen his control over your soul (thoughts and emotions) so that he can assure your future defeats. The soul submitted to the will and ways of the Lord will dispossess the enemy’s strongholds as they listen and obey Him even when the instructions don’t make sense to the human mind. God is assuring victories ahead as we yield to the refinement.

We are in what I would term as “pre-battles”. These are the lions and bears that we must face and defeat before we face the giants in the land ahead. We have crossed over into the Promise Land and the giants aren’t far off now. We do not have to be afraid if we will take heed now and learn to “mind the gap” of our wills in order to embrace His ways.

As you go through each day be sure to pay close attention to those moments that your soul is being stirred to “react” (in fear, frustration, despair or offense). It is in those moments that a lion or bear is before you and you will need to yield your will and respond out of your spirit to gain the victory. Breathe deep and call upon His Spirit to help you!

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Call upon His peace to guard your heart and mind (to still your storm tossed thoughts and emotions). Then by an act of your will bring your soul into submission to the control of the Spirit. Then you will receive your victory and learn the ways of peace, which are His ways. We will be “giant-slayers” and bring fear to the enemy’s army as we allow this great work to take place in our lives.

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Stay In The Moment

Kathi Pelton

There were so many things that I have learned throughout the past years as the Lord continually goes deeper and aligns my life with the plumb line of heaven. One of the most amazing things has been a simple and foundational truth that was somehow not being lived out in my daily journey to the full degree that the Lord desired.

That truth comes in this simple phrase,

“Stay in the moment!”

The Bible speaks of this in many different ways,

““So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬

“Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Luke‬ ‭12:22-28‬ ‭

In the “seen” or natural world I could easily find so much to worry about; and for many years I did just that! What a waste of time and joy. The enemy, who is a thief, takes great pleasure in casting shadows upon God’s people in hopes that they will abandon His peace and promises and take up the heavy yoke of worry. Whether it be finances, jobs, health or relationships, he comes to attack the natural areas seeking to disrupt the spiritual areas. If we begin to focus on the problems we will lose faith and let go of the peace and grace that today offers through faith.

I personally had a number of things throughout 2018 that could have easily stolen my peace (which is one of the greatest gifts the Lord has given me!). Each time the enemy would come to “cast a dark shadow” on a natural circumstance I’d hear the Lord whisper to me,

“Kathi, stay in the moment; remain in Me.”

As I allowed the Spirit of the Lord to reign my thoughts and heart back into the moment, His peace would flood me and guard my heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). If I ever allowed my mind to wander into the shadows I would immediate loose my peace and meet a spirit called “dread”. Dread holds hands with fear and the result for those caught in their trap is panic and anxiety.

God has called us to stay in the moment, stay in the day and stay in His peace. This is how we remain in Him. In that place you will hear His whisper of instruction and you will apprehend faith through prayer and praise. Peace will flood you once again.

There was a particular situation that I was facing in the latter months of 2018 that “in the natural” could have caused great anxiety and worry. Each time the enemy would extend his hand to offer me worry and to cause my mind to wander down his dark path, I’d once again hear the Lord speak, “Trust me daughter and stay in the moment.”

When the situation that I was facing finally materialize, there was almost immediately provision for every need that stood before me. Had I allowed my heart to worry about tomorrow it would have wasted two months of my life. Instead of allowing dread and fear to rule my soul, I allowed my faith to be joined with His peace and promises which did not fail me!

We can make our needs known to Him through pray but then we must enter into the thanksgiving that He has heard us and will answer us. Dread and fear are a killer of faith and peace and where there is no peace there is no joy.

I encourage you to make 2019 a year that you train your soul to “stay in the moment!” Remain in peace, in rest and in the confident assurance of His provision for tomorrow. Remain in Him! Put worry under your feet and let His peace guard your heart and mind.

He is forever faithful!

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Christmas Eve: The Wonder!

Christmas 🎄 Eve is my favorite day!

I love the wonder and excitement in the face of children, the carefully chosen and colorfully wrapped gifts nestled under the tree, the stockings hung and filled with little treasures, the Christmas story being read by fathers, the smell of freshly baked cookies coming from kitchens, new Christmas pajamas being worn and little ones being cuddled and the glow of Christmas lights that bring peace and joy to all who see them.

May this day be all of those things and more for you and your family. Most of all…may the lasting joy of the Savior that was born to us be what makes this Christmas one to be treasured and cherished throughout the years to come. Love came down and He still brings wonder, excitement, gifts, treasures, warmth, embrace, light, joy and peace to all who let Him in.

Merry Christmas Eve from the Pelton family!

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