Category Archives: Rest

The Rose

It’s the close of day, the Gardner strolls through His Garden, His eye upon each plant, each blossom and each new bud. He keeps close watch on His rose garden, for it is His Masterpiece.

As He strolls along, He notices a bud, about to burst forth into full bloom. Immediately He stops, checking the structure of the plant, giving it life giving water, adding some extra love(fertilizer) to aid in it reaching its full potential.

“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is” ~Coelho

Each rose and each new bud in this garden is so special to the Master and He will do whatever it takes to help it reach it’s full potential, whether that be through pruning or transplanting, each step of the process will be done with Love❤

The following morning as the sun rises, the Gardner enters His Garden once more and begins his morning stroll, admiring the works of His Hands, but suddenly He notices something very startling, for where there was a clean swept path before, there are now wilted petals lying along the path he is walking, so he follows the trail and the sight that meets his eye is horrifying!

The very bud, that was about to burst into full bloom the night before, is Gone! And upon further inspection, it appears hands crushed it, because where there had been potential beauty, there was now utter destruction. Not only was the bud completely gone, the plant itself was already wilted and it looked like life was gone.

The Gardner sprang into immediate action! With the gentlest and most loving hands he picks up the pieces, the broken, the wilted and the crushed. He begins to breathe Life, mending each wounded part, and the pieces that seemed so devoid of life begin to start changing from dark to beautiful. What had been crushed, began to be restored and come back into alignment. Color and life begin to come forth, and as the Master continues His work, the bud begins to show signs of blossoming once again.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”
~Jeremiah 29:11

With the Master’s gentle and loving care, the blossom begins to open and a flower emerges, a rose more beautiful then ever blooms. Its stem stronger then before, its roots deeply rooted, and its colors more vibrant then ever before, it is the proof that despite the destruction, the Master redeems and restores Everything, even to deeper levels then before.

My brothers and sisters, the Master’s Garden is the earth and we are the roses! And you are not reading this by mistake, because this message is for you!

“Of one thing I am perfectly sure of, God’s Story never ends with Ashes” ~Elliott

We all have a heart, a spirit and emotions, and unfortunately we all have hurts and pain, and each of those hurts affect us emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Will you allow the Father to gather the broken pieces of your heart, your spirit and your emotions? Will you allow Him to hold you in His loving hands? To restore what is broken and shattered?

He delights in making beauty from the ashes! He restores! He redeems!

“And provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” ~Isaiah 61:3

“Fear Not”

•Fear• an unpleasant emotion caused by belief that someone or something is dangerous, be afraid of, painful, threatening

My friend, have you ever been so afraid, so scared that you literally trembled in your shoes? Maybe it was something the Father was asking you to do, and you were positive you could not do it, and the Spirit of fear took over, because it was just too scary and out of the box for you.

My brother, my sister, let me remind you of something:You Are Not Alone! Just listen to the words in Isaiah:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10

Now let the words penetrate your heart, soul and spirit, allow them to take root in your heart!

Did you know Fear is actually, False Evidence Appearing Real? See, it even spells fear! And here’s something else to consider, when something is false, that means it’s not true!

Is it any wonder that the phrase, Fear Not, appears in the Bible 365 times? A new promise for Every Day of the Year! I believe that the FATHER knew that fear was going to be a struggle for all of us, and if we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we struggle with fear. Yes, I know that’s not an easy thing to do, but when you admit something, you recognize that there is a problem and there is tremendous freedom in that.

So in this very moment, Where ever you are, whatever you are facing! REMEMEBER! The FATHER is on your side and He is saying, “My Child, I am with You! You are Not Alone!”

Even now, as I am writing this, I am reminding my own heart to not be Afraid, but to take the Father’s hand, and allow Him to lead me, because the Father has asked me to do some things that are scary and my heart wants to be fearful, but I will not walk in fear, but in freedom! My spirit is encouraged by the words in Isaiah,

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” ~Isaiah 43:19

Finally, my friends, Rejoice! Rejoice in the fact that you are not alone and that we serve a God who is mightier then any mountain you may face! He loves you unconditionally and your Name is written in the palm of His hand🖐❤

Rest in His Arms, allow Him to hold you, still your heart and feel His Love❤

Because of Him!

Vinny

•He Will•

▪Two words▪ A promise from the Father▪ “HE WILL”

Providemake available for use; supply.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
-Philippians 4:19

You know those times when it seems you can’t go on, yet you continue on somehow, that’s the Father giving you supernatural strength. He’s providing for you, He knows your every need. So to each sister and brother that reads this, may these words reside in your spirit, the Father Will Provide everything you need, you can rest in Him.

•Heal• cause a wound, injury, or person to become sound or healthy again.

“For I am the Lord, (Jehovah Rapha) who heals you.” -Exodus 15:26

To the one who has experienced tremendous heartache and pain, my heart weeps with you. My spirit rejoices that we have a Father that will Heal, He will knit the broken pieces back together and Heal your heart❤ Will you trust Him, and the work He wants to accomplish within you?

•Restore• return someone or something to a former condition, place, or position.

“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” -Psalms 23:3

Imagine a piece of paper, clean and white, then ink is applied and the paper is forever changed with the ink marks upon it, never to be the same. Our lives are like the paper, we obtain scars and pain in areas of our lives, we think we could never be the same, but the Father Will Restore, will you allow Him to take you through that process?

There is nothing that our Heavenly Father can’t do, we must simply Trust Him and Believe He will. Whether it’s trusting Him for Provision, Healing or Restoration. HE. WILL.❤

Listen to the anointed words of this song, He Will.

https://youtu.be/fn4qY0pC4Z4

Until next time,

Vinny

Isaiah 40

Have you found yourself wondering just how you were going to do that one specific thing, one more time? Or that thing you are currently facing, you know it’s just about to be a reality and you know it’s going to a tough climb?

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.” -Isaiah 40:28

Brother and Sisters, Rejoice! Our Father does not weary! He is the Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the end of the earth. He created the trees, the water, the animals and He created you and I, and He will Not leave us! He understands our struggles, our problems and etc., He understands so well, that our humans minds can not possibly grasp how much He cares and understands what we are going through.

“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall.”
-Isaiah 40:29‭-‬30

Take Heart, dear friends! The Father knows our physical bodies get weary, that’s why He gives us Strength to keep on going, even when times are hard and the Storm is raging.

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31

Oh my heart leaps with Joy at these words! But those who wait upon the Lord, shall renew their Strength… Such beautiful words of Life and Comfort!

“…the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by his letting us have our way in the end, but by his making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what he taught his disciples to pray: Thy will be done.” -Elliott

Whatever season of life you are in, May the Father give you supernatural strength and courage to keep on walking forth.

“You are loved with an everlasting love. And underneath are the everlasting arms.” -Elliott

“Rest, My Daughter”

Amidst the hustle and bustle, the hurry and scurry; we go here, we go there, we do this, and then that, yet we are no closer to finding fulfillment, we just go, go and go some more.

“By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere.” – Elisabeth Elliott

We know the account of Mary and Martha, but which example do we follow? Do we have the heart of one, yet do the other? I know we have schedules, routines and etc., but what is more important to us?

And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. “But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
-Luke 10:39‭,41,42

Allow me to share a story with you: There was a young lady who grew up in a family, a home where spending time alone with the Father was not taught. There was always a routine she followed, but every once in a while that routine got interrupted and whenever that happened, it seemed life just got chaotic and so upsetting. There were many struggles, many hurts in her heart and so life was extremely hard. Whenever she was gone several days, she could NOT stop thinking about the things she could/should be doing back home. One day, there was an encounter, a life changing encounter where she met Jesus and for the first time began to understand just how much the Father loved her. As time went on, she began to realize that spending time alone with the Father was an act of worship and the relationship with her heavenly Father began to grow. Her heart and spirit began to understand that Rest was important, Resting in the Father literally changed the course of her entire day.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
-Matthew 11:28‭-‬30

In this season of life at this moment, between the holidays and the new year, I hear the Father saying, “Rest, My Daughters, Rest. Quiet yourself in my presence, take this time to hear me speak, slow down, and embrace every moment, Remember I love you with an everlasting Love”

My brothers and sisters, may you find complete rest and healing in the Father, the ultimate Healer of all things Broken and Torn. Take time to quiet yourself in His presence.

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
-Isaiah 49:16

REST

Does the valley seem too dark?

Does the Mountain look too tall?

Does that next step seem too scary?

Does the task before you just seem too daunting?

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
~Matthew 19:26

Our lives and schedules get hectic, our patience wears thin and soon chaos breaks forth. My friends, let’s reevaluate, Are we resting in Him, the One who gives Ultimate REST?

So wherever you find yourself at this very moment, maybe as a Mother you are just weary. May I just a moment and bless you, sweet sister you are doing an incredible job, I believe motherhood is a calling, a very important one and you are impacting young souls for the Kingdom. May this scripture bring comfort and Rest to your weary spirit: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28‭-‬30

“The process of shaping the child…shapes also the mother herself. Reverence for her sacred burden calls her to all that is pure and good, that she may teach primarily by her own humble, daily example.” ~Elizabeth Elliott

Perhaps you are in a season of waiting, and you wonder if that prayer will ever be answered. Will the time ever come that God says, “Go”? Waiting is a season that is tough, but it’s also a time of growing in your walk, drawing closer to the Father, resting in Him and may you find comfort in this precious promise: But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

“Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less. -Charles Spurgeon

It is okay to Rest! The Father gives the best embrace and in Him there is rest!