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Beside Still Waters

 ■He leads me beside Still Waters, He restores my soul■         Psalm 23:2-3 

  Life is busy, painful and messy, but we have a Good Shepherd who specializes in restoring and Healing the pain that is deep within our Hearts. Will you allow Him to take you to the Water, the crisp cool water that refreshes the Mind, Body and Spirit? 

  In that water, there is Healing, healing from pain, pain that was so deep that you never thought you would ever tell anyone. My friend, those wounds that are so raw can be healed in The Name of Jesus. The Father is the gentle Shepherd, He sees your pain,He longs to heal you. He sees your loneliness and He desires to have a relationship with you.  Will you allow Him to draw you closer to Him on this journey of Healin? 

  “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”             John 4:14 

   The beautiful thing is that The Father never leaves you, instead He is always with you.  That journey of Healing, you won’t have to travel it alone, He will walk right beside you, and when the tears fall heavily and your feet grow weary, He will carry you.  He is a Good, Good Father, do you Trust Him with your deepest secrets? 

  Wherever you find yourself at this very moment, have You allowed God to lead you, lead you to that place of Still Water? Will you allow Him to restore the hurt, the pain, and those things that are in your heart? 

 My friend, I encourage you to allow God to heal you, I can’t promise the Journey will be easy, but I can promise that it will be a life changing experience and as the Potter that shapes the clay, molding it into a beautiful Masterpiece.   So the Father desires to paint a picture, more beautiful then you can possible imagine, on the canvas of your life. 

 Rest in Him, and allow Him to have His way.   

❤.. Vinny 

To Be Still 

          ■Be Still and Know I am God■         When the psalmist penned these words, I wonder if perhaps he was experiencing extreme trials that were threatening to shake his faith? When trials come our way, or things don’t work the way we think they should, we often want to question God, when in reality we should be trusting God. 

  To be still: Hush, to quieten 

  So to Be Still, is to quieten ourselves before The Father, which means all our worries, questions, plans and fears need to be laid down. Those are the very things that distract us, taking our eyes of the Father and turning the focus to us.   See, when you quiet yourself you are turning over all the problems to the greatest problem solver there is.  

 Being still, helps move our focus to The Father, and what He wants in our lives, instead of what we think we ‘want’ or need.  After all, who knows us better, then the very One who created us, He knows the very thoughts and intents of our hearts, before we even think or say them.  

 Then Know That I am God, when you quiet yourself, suddenly your perspective can change, because God is the One whom you have your focus on, because you quieted yourself and all that other ‘stuff’ had to go.  Even though you may feel like the storm is still beating down upon you, you can now have peace, peace beyond your understanding, because all those things are now in God’s hands and You don’t have to try to figure things out anymore.  Just rest in the Father and let Him lead you.  

  So wherever you find yourself at this moment, may it bring comfort and encouragement to your spirit that The Father is waiting, patiently waiting for you to quiet yourself so you can experience that intimate relationship with Him.  

 He is the One who created you and He has so much planned for you, so many things He wants to reveal to you. Will you quiet yourself and Listen? Will you get rid of all the worry, doubt and fear and turn to the One who can make the mountains move? 

 Rest in His Love, be encouraged by His Grace and continue to serve Him.  

Thankful for Him,

Vinny 

Grace 

•|| His Grace is Sufficient||• Each one of us faced something different today, yet the Father saw each of us as one of His children and He loves us all abundantly. Perhaps for you it was a difficult day because of a trial that you are currently walking through, for another it may have been a trying day with your children, yet for another it may have been a day that was just tough in every way possible.

My friend, don’t be discouraged by the fact that today was just “plain hard”, but be encouraged by the fact that it was God’s Grace that brought you to this moment right now. I know not all the moments in your day may have looked glamorous, but my friend, God still wants you, He still cares about you and He has things He wants to show you.

The question is, “will you turn to Him?” Will you allow Him to show you how to walk forth, not in defeat, but in Victory? The enemy wants you to get all discouraged, because things didn’t go as they ‘should have’, Don’t heed to His lies, it only leads to destruction.

Instead turn your eyes upon Jesus, and listen to His voice, He will lead you to green pastures, He restores and heals what is broken. He is the good Shepherd and His sheep know His Voice. Will you listen? Will you cultivate that relationship with Him?

As you lay the cares and ‘stuff’ of today at the cross, I pray that you will receive a fresh anointing from Heaven. May the Love of the Father just be poured out upon you,may you receive His Love nd be encouraged greatly by the fact that you don’t have to fight this battle alone, but that God’s Grace is Sufficient and in our weakness His strength is made Perfect.

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 in Him.

The Journey 

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long▪ ~Psalms 25:4‭-‬5

The Journey of Life is NOT easy, there are days when the sun shines, but there are also days when the path seems extremely narrow and the mountain in front of you seems to loom so huge and you wonder how you will have the strength to climb.

My friend, the answer is Jesus, He will help you, He will give you the strength to climb that Mountain step by step and He will carry you through the dark times. It’s okay to not completely understand the path God has you on, but it’s important that you Trust Him to Lead you along.

The feeling when you arrive on the top of that Mountain is quite exhilarating, in fact it feels so good that sometimes we tend to lose that sole dependence on God in those times. Rejoice in those moments, Praise God for the Victory and keep your eyes on Him.

Friends, the valley is where growth happens, it’s a place where the flesh has to let go, the heart must learn to Trust and Rely on God for Strength, for Courage, and where your spirit must learn to yield to the Father’s will. It’s a place of tears, of heart aches, and pain; however, in the midst of the Valley there is Peace, Peace in knowing that you are not alone, that God is with you and He will not let go. Praise Him in the Valley, He’s painting a picture with your journey.

So my friend, whether you are in the Valley or on the mountain top, may I encourage you to Rejoice.

Rejoice because God is good, He’s a Good, Good Father and He loves you beyond measure. Praise Him, because the plan He has for you is, one of Him working all things for the good of those who Love Him. Rejoice, because He is a good Shepherd and as one of His sheep you can hear His voice when He speaks. Rejoice, because He will never leave you or forsake you, instead He will carry you.

•Praise the Lord ! Praise, O servants of the Lord , praise the name of the Lord ! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens• ~Psalms 113:1‭-‬4

Friends, the journey isn’t easy, but the Reward at the end of Our lives will be for Eternity.❤

Thankful for Him,

Vinny

From Ashes to Beauty 

Your heart is broken, torn and bleeding and you wonder if you could ever possibly heal? The loss/heartache you just experienced has your mind reeling with questions and you want answers. Perhaps this particular season of life is extremely hard, the storm is real and you hardly have the strength to keep your head up.

We have all experienced pain, pain so deep that it threatened to steal everything within us, even our joy. Loss, loss so great that it seemed that our hearts would never heal. Trials, trials so hard that we were shaken to the very core, perhaps there may even be a little seed of doubt being planted in mind, whether God really cares about what we are going through.

Dear ones I know the pain is real, the wound is deep, and the storms harsh, but may I encourage you with the words from Deuteronomy 31:8:

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

I can not possibly fathom the pain of loss and suffering you may feel at this very moment, but my heart aches with you. I pray that Abba Father would hold you close and begin to heal what was broken and that on this journey God would reveal to you greater things of Him.

God is Father of redemption, He Restores, He Heals, He Redeems and that my friends is quite a wonderful, encouraging thought during this difficult season you may find yourself in. And when He brings restoration, Healing, and Redemption He does it such a way that is beyond our comprehension.

He brings forth Beauty from the Ashes and paints a beautiful picture on the Canvas of Life. He takes the broken pieces and forms them into a beautiful journey, that is a testimony of His Mighty Hand, to bring Him Glory.

So wherever you find yourself as you read this, be encouraged dear one, that altho it hurts, there are millions of questions, and the pain is real. Abba Father does care and He loves you beyond what you can possibly imagine. And He will:

“Console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3

Because of Him,

Vinny

Father’s Day 

•||Father||• a man who gives care and protection to someone or something.

To each one of us, Father’s Day means something just a little different. To many, its the day that you celebrate your Dad, you dote on Him with lots of special things and I bless you in that. Don’t ever take that relationship with your earthly Father for granted. Tell him you love Him, that you appreciate His Godly Example of Love and Leadership.

To others, it’s a heart aching reminder that your Father is no longer here on this earth. My heart aches with you, I am sorry for the loss you have experienced and may you experience a fresh anointing of the Heavenly Father’s Love and Grace today, as you remember what a great Father your Dad was.

And to others, today is a day that is a reminder that your relationship with your earthly Father is far from ideal. May I encourage you, please don’t ever stop praying for Him. He may have made many mistakes, maybe even hurt you physically or emotionally, and for that my friend, I am very sorry, pain from such a hurt is deep. May God’s Loving arms hold you close and heal that broken part of your heart. The Heavenly Father is the best example of Love that has ever existed and I pray that you would experience that Love today.

And now, to each and every Father, may I just say Thank you! Your example of leadership, Courage, and Love is greatly appreciated, and as you provide for and lead your Family in a way that Honors the Heavenly FATHER, I pray for a fresh Annointing of Boldness and Strength for you. May the FATHER who is the greatest example of Love, give you much wisdom and courage to lead your Family. And may the words from Ephesians 3 be an encouragement to you.

•I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:16‭-‬19

Blessings,

Vinny

In The Storm 

Time goes on, yet our hearts ache, our emotions are still raw, and a hundred questions tumbling in our mind. Reality seems so harsh, so real, and so bleak in such a situation where it seems impossible to go on. It seems everyone around us is carrying on with life just fine, but this storm, trial, and heartache has us hurting, hurting with a pain that we never dreamt possible.

My dear fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, my heart aches with you. Our individual trial, storm, or heartache may look completely different, but there is a common bond that binds us, and that is because of Our Heavenly Father, He is the One who cares about each trial we face, and He is the One we must look to, to find Strength and Courage to keep Going. 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

To the one who is grieving because of loss, my heart goes out to you. I pray specifically that The Father would bring comfort and healing to your heart and even when the pain and loss seems too great to bear, may these words in Isaiah bring comfort and encouragement to you. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

And then the words of Paul in Ephesians, wow, what a powerful message of blessing is packed in this short passage. My prayer for you, as you walk through this storm, is that you would be filled with the fullness of God, and that can then be used as a ministry to other hurting souls.❤

That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16‭-‬19

And then finally, from the ashes comes beauty, just like the sunshine after the storm. God can use every trial, every hurt, every storm to make something beautiful and Lets give him all the Glory🙌 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21

And so when the storm seems to be shaking you to the very core, look to the One who will give you strength and Peace. May God’s presence be ever real to you. And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39

Blessings,

Vinny

Don’t Give Up

On this life’s journey we will face trials, we will face loss, we will face heart aches and pain. And if we are honest, none of the above feel good at all. Why? Our human nature or flesh hates change, it despises pain, therefore; there will be a conflict between the earthly and the heavenly. Reality is, it doesn’t feel good, we become weary and discouraged and we feel like giving up.

So to the one who is weary and tired of the battle, I speak life and encouragement to you and May these words from Isaiah 41:10 be like a breath of fresh air to your weary soul: Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.

To the one who finds themself in a situation where it appears all you do is unnoticed and unappreciated. Please listen and hear these words: But as for you, be strong; don’t be discouraged, for your work has a reward.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

To the one who is struggling, you are Not Alone, God loves you beyond what you can possibly imagine. And may I encourage you to keep going, keep your eyes on the Heavenly Prize. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9

And to all of you may you receive a fresh anointing from God as you serve Him in whatever way He has called you. May you be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone you meet. May it be through His eyes that we see every person we meet.

Keep shining, and Don’t ever Give up!!
Blessings,

To the One who is… 

Our hearts hurt, our emotions are raw, our mind is reeling with a hundred different questions, but somehow words cannot possibly express what we feel. We look outside and the world doesn’t stop, the road is still filled with traffic, the stores in town still open, and the clock ticks onward. Our feeble minds cry out, “how can things possibly go on, don’t they realize just how much it hurts?”

To the one who is hurting, I cannot take the hurt away, but I am sorry for the pain you feel, my heart aches for you and with you. May God’s loving arms be wrapped around you and May God’s presence be more real then ever before. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

To the one who is grieving, I am sorry for the loss you have experienced, my heart cries with you. I can’t possibly not fathom the ache you feel from losing someone dear to you. But I know that Abba Father in heaven cares deeply for you and He loves you beyond measure. Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! 1 John 3:1 HCSB

To the one who is questioning “Why”, I pray that God would reveal specific things to you, and May the Holy Spirit bring comfort and peace to your heart, mind, and spirit. May God be the One whom you run to in the tempest and the trial.

To the one who is weary in Body, soul and spirit. I speak encouragement and life into you, May your eyes be fixed on Jesus and may His Holy Spirit bring rest to your soul. 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 40:30

To the one who feels all alone, like no one could possibly feel what you are feeling. I speak to you, these precious words: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

So whatever you are experiencing, my heart aches with you, and tonight may God’s loving hand begin the healing process in your current experience. I pray a blessing of comfort and peace upon you,and may you experience rest, sweet rest that comes only from God who loves you and cares about you!!

You are Loved and your Name is written upon the palms of the Father!

Blessings,

Vinny

To Every Mother 

  Just coming through Mother’s Day and I having the special privilege to celebrate my own dear mama.  I was reflecting on how special Mothers really are and how they are so worthy of being celebrated.  I personally have the privilege of having many dear friends who are Mothers and it is such a blessing to me, watching them serve and love their children.  Motherhood is such a high calling andd today, I want to bless you in your calling.

   So to the Mother who is exhausted and spent, because she was up most or all night taking care of her child that would not sleep because of sickness or whatever the case may be. God has given you this child to nurture, love and care for, and you are doing this to the best of your ability.  May God be your strength and remember in God’s word He says: My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.   2 Corinthians 12:9   

  To the Mother, who has lil ones that always want to ‘help and yet it would be faster if you just did it yourself.  You give those precious lil hands an opportunity to help you and in the process, you are making memories with your lil ones that will last a lifetime. May God bless you richly with much patience, love, and wisdom for these precious souls He has gifted you with.   

  To the Mother who wonders if her son or daughter will ever ‘get it’ , be it a math problem or something else they are attempting to learn.  You as their parent, have the special privilege of encouraging them and teaching them to not give up.         And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.                         Galatians 6:9

   To the Mother who is wondering whether it really matters or if anyone notices what she does daily.  May I just say Thank You, thank you for serving your family, thank you for loving the way you do, thank you for not giving up, thank you for being a shining example to those around you.  May God renew your Spirit and may His loving arms be a warm embrace to your heart. 

  To the Mother who has taken in the ‘orphans’ and loved them as your own, to you I say, Thank you, it blesses me to see You taking others under your wing and loving them as they were your very own. May God richly bless you for your kindness and love.  

  To the Mother whose heart is burdened for her child, because of choices they have made.  Please don’t ever stop praying for them, a Mama’s prayers and her unconditional  love have spoken loudly to many a prodigal son and daughter.          The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.                        James 5:16 

 To all Mothers, thank you for all you do, Serving, Loving, and being amazing! Your example of being Jesus speaks loudly and I appreciate you.  May God continue to give you strength, courage, wisdom and much love as you continue in life, you truly are an inspiration! 
Blessings,

Vinny