“Mama”

First I want to honor each and every Mother that reads this. And let me start by saying this, you are Amazing! Motherhood is a very high calling, not only are you training the next generation of the church, but you are raising godly men and women who will impact the world. The level of serving and dedication you put into being a mother, truly is changing the world!

Thank you for serving and loving your family well! I know there have to be days you literally almost fall over from exhaustion, because you feel like you have given every last drop you ever had within you, but the next morning you are back up and going with renewed energy and a rejuvenated spirit. You are such an example of Jesus! Thank you! I pray blessing and a fresh annointing from the Father over you!

To every Mother, who hears “Mama,Mama” multiple times of day and it feels like your supply of patience and grace have been completely emptied and sucked dry. Thank you! Thank you for taking the time to minister to every need your child has, I promise you, it will make a difference in their life, even if you never get thanked for it. I pray the Father would give you even greater levels of grace for each day that is difficult! “His Grace is Sufficient”

Thank you for keeping things running smoothly at home, while your husband is working to provide for his family. Thank you! All the behind the scenes things you faithfully do, that noone ever thanks you for, like the toilet paper ministry, as I call it (you know, always changing the empty roll to a new one). The delicious meals you prepare to nourish your family, the endless stacks of dishes you wash and the never ending loads of laundry you wash and fold on a weekly basis. Thank you, for being willing to do all the things that don’t get noticed, yet you serve willingly and well!

Thank you for pouring into your children’s lives daily, for encouraging the gifts that you see rising in them. Thank you for nurturing each one of the souls that were granted into your care. Thank you for loving the ones who are away from their Mama! ❤

From the bottom of my heart, I again say Thank you! And I pray that the Father would pour out abundant blessings upon you as a Mother, that you could continue to serve and love well. ❤

“You Belong”

“And you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. -1Corinthians 6:19‭-‬20

I saw you slip into a chair at the table, then sitting there by yourself. In the little time we had to chat, I could tell you were lonely and the sadness in your voice confirmed that. You seemed desperate, wanting to be friends, yet you hesitated not knowing whether you could trust me. In my spirit, I could tell you longed to know you were loved and that you belonged. We parted ways but I will never forget you. Our paths crossing was not mere coincidence, it was by divine appointment. If not for both of us, then certainly for me.

I want to tell you, I can relate, relate because I was that person. So if you will allow me to share a few things with you, some things that I have experienced, learned, and still am learning on this journey of life.

Deep within each of us are desires and two of them are, to Be Loved and to know We Belong. These two desires are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. The Father created us for relationships, and it truly is a beautiful thing

” For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well”
Psalms 139:13‭-‬14

Now throughout our journey through life, there will be heartache and hurts, and each time we get hurt emotionally or even physically, and we don’t know how to properly “handle or process” the pain another wall goes up in our heart, because it hurts, and when something is painful our tendency is to make sure it doesn’t hurt again, even if it’s not the best way to prevent it. Then from these hurts, stem lies straight from the pit of hell, and a seemingly endless cycle starts, where you are hurting and so you (often unintentionally) hurt others to cover that pain.

Just hours after I met you today, I was reminded of an incident that happened a number of years ago, at a time when I didn’t even recognize that rejection and loneliness were such a huge part of my life.

It was a Friday night, friends were gathering for an evening of food and games, and I being invited, had already committed to being there. I get to the location where the event was planned and because of the loneliness within my own heart and spirit and the lies the enemy was making me believe, I could not even get out of my own car. I actually left and went back home, crying most of the way home.

It wasn’t that anyone had talked to me, or even knew I had been there. The pain of having been rejected in the past was so real in my heart, and I was so lonely that it forced me to give up, what should have been an evening of fellowship and fun.

Although the enemy may have won that evening, the Father has the final word! He has healed me from That! There is Victory in the Finished work on the Cross! HALLELUJAH!

But now, thus says the Lord, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”-Isaiah 43:1

My friends, I want you to hear this: “You Belong” I know your heart is hurting, there’s pain, but I want you to know “You Belong” The Father created you with specific purpose, in fact He knew what each day of your life would be like, before He even formed you. He cares about every detail about you, and He wants to give all pain to Him, so He can heal you!

“Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” -Psalm 100:3

A Good Good FATHER

A wee child stands at the window, and by the actions of the figure it is easy to tell the lil one is eagerly awaiting, watching and waiting for someone to appear. Suddenly! Before you can blink an eye, the tiny figure dashes down the steps and out the door, not stopping until it is in the arms of the one whom they have watched and waited for, the Father figure, the daddy whom they love so dearly. With the eyes fixed upon the familiar face of the one she trusts, the wee one begins to tell of the days adventures.

Have you seen the above story unfold? Friends, let me tell you it is such a beautiful thing to see, and it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. The moment that Little One sees her Daddy, Nothing will stop her until she is in her Hero’s arms, safe and secure, it is with reckless abandon that she runs to Him.

Do you know? Do you believe that the Heavenly Father does the exact same for you? He awaits daily in eager anticipation with arms open wide, just patiently waiting, but the choice is yours, will you run to Him with complete abandon? Will you run and not stop until you are safely in His arms, where you know you will be safe and secure?

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” ~ 1 John 3:1

Do you hear him beckoning you? Asking you to come to Him, to be in communion with Him, He so desires an intimate relationship with you.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. ~John 10:27

My friend, just as the little girl did, I encourage to run to The Heavenly Father with complete abandon and allow Him to hold you in His loving arms and share with you the plans He has for you.

And while your earthly dad may not have nurtured and cared for your heart like He should have, if this is the case, I am sorry for the pain and rejection you have felt. The Father will, I promise He absolutely will care for you and your heart in the most loving way, He will heal the wounds, the pain, and brokenness. He can be Trusted! Will you allow Him to? Will you Trust Him?

He knows you better then you know yourself! He wants to heal every part of you! He wants to make you whole!

“O Lord , You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.”
~Psalms 139:1‭-‬3

“Fear Not” (part 2)

Are you aware that in the Bible, the words “Fear Not” or “Be Not Afraid” are written 365 times? That is a daily verse for every day of the year, isn’t God just so good to remind us in His Word daily, to not fear, but trust? And in just several of the verses I want to take a look at in this blog post, I want you to take note of a theme that’s just absolutely incredible, and was huge blessing to me.

Remember the story of Zechariah, he was in the temple, as a priest his job was to burn incense and the angel of the Lord came to him and:

And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. -Luke 1:12‭-‬13

And think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the angel of the Lord appearing to her:

But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. -Luke 1:29-31

Think of the shepherds in the fields, heeding their flocks of sheep and Suddenly there was a bright light, the Glory of the Lord:

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:10‭-‬11

My Brother, my sister have you caught the theme yet? Each time they were told, “DO NOT BE AFRAID” or “FEAR NOT”, it was followed with good news! Amazing good news that would radically change their lives! And as I read these passages I felt the Father speak to my heart, “Child, do you realize that so many times because of the fear in your life, you miss out on the incredible things I want to show/do in your life?”

Recently on a day that I was really struggling with fear, it was about to paralyze me, and I was crying out to the Father to help me and He brought this verse to my mind immediately:

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

Once again a powerful message of Good News!

So whatever you are facing, may I challenge you with something? What message is the Father wanting to speak to you when you are feeling afraid? He is a loving Father who loves you so much❤

“He Makes it Beautiful”

Do you find yourself in a season where you begin to wonder, what good could possibly come out of this particular season? Let me encourage you with some incredible news! You are Not Alone in this season of Life.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you” -Isaiah 43:2

Also may I remind you that every single thing the Father has ever made, is good! There’s absolutely nothing He’s ever made that’s imperfect.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
-James 1:17

If something is imperfect or not good, it’s because it’s not of God! But once again there’s good news, He Restores! And when He restores, it may hurt through the process, but I can assure you of two things! Our FATHER is faithful and He restores everything to perfection!

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” -Philippians 1:6

Consider Jesus hanging on the cross, death staring Him straight in the face, yet He was surrendered to the Father’s will, dying for our sins.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed” -Isaiah 53:5

Three days later, He arose! The victory over death now won and because of that glorious resurrection! We now have Hope, Hope beyond the grave. Freedom, freedom from sin and bondage! Hallelujah!

So again, I remind you! He Makes ALL things beautiful for His glory! It may not feel Glorious in the moment, but my dear brothers and sisters! Stay faithful, keep your eyes on the prize

You take what is
And you make it beautiful
When love floods in
We’re resorted forever more
With breath that brings the dead to life
With words that pierce the dark with light
Only by the blood are we set free.
With mercy strong to carry shame
And nail it to a tree You alone
Hold the power to redeem
-Lauren

Daigle, Power to Redeem

The Hurt and The Healer

It was early morning, the stars were still shining, the moon so full and bright, and the first light of dawn was just coloring the eastern horizon. All was peaceful and quiet, but that was about to be shattered!

Inside The house, a young lady was fast asleep, but suddenly she awoke with a start! Almost Breathless by the pain and the intense ache she felt within her heart, a pain unlike she had ever felt before! Whatever was this and what could possibly be happening to her? As she lay there, quite uncertain what could be happening, the tears began to stream down her young face.

The pain was so real and so intense! Her chest felt like it had a gaping, raw wound that was steadily growing larger as her heart was ripped from her body, shredded into millions of pieces and then demolished completely with the biggest and heaviest piece of equipment in the world.

The tears continued and so did the questions. What was happening? Why this intense ache and pain deep within? How could she possibly go on? What about the shattered pieces of her heart that were hardly recognizable as the life-giving organ it was intended to be? What good could come from any of this?

Through the tears and pain she heard the Father speaking to her, in the most gentle and loving voice; “Daughter, will you allow Me to Heal? Will you trust me with the shattered pieces? Will you accept my Love?”

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
~Psalms 34:18

Totally spent of all energy and battle weary, she spoke a barely audible, “Yes” and that very instant she felt the presence of the FATHER! It was so real and she felt the Father’s LOVE embracing her. In that embrace, she felt Loved, Secure and at rest. A rest so beautiful, so full of peace, and so refreshing. As she drifted off to sleep, she felt strong arms ever so gently rocking her.

Brothers and sisters, we all have had things happen to us that cause hurts, pain, and scars. I know it sounds scary to walk through those painful things, in fact some of them are so painful that we have locked them into this little room in our heart and have vowed to never let anyone see it.

May I encourage you, there is a Healer that can heal every painful wound that we have There is a great Physician that can make ALL things new, even the most shattered and broken parts within us!

Will you allow Him to have the key to that room within your heart that has been locked for so long? Will you allow Him to hold you as you walk through that pain and find freedom?

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

The Father loves you❤

“I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God” ~Elliott

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

Of Mountains and Valleys

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth.” -Psalms 121:1‭-‬2

•|Mountain|• a large natural elevation of the earth’s surface rising abruptly from the surrounding level

•|Valley|• a low area of land between hills or mountains

That place on the mountain or that place in the valley, to us they may seem so opposite but may I challenge you to consider how similar they really are!

•|The Mountain|• ▪the place to worship and bask in the Father’s presence ▪the place of victory attained by complete surrender to the Father ▪the place that feels closer to the Father.

•|The Valley|• ▪the place to worship and bask in the Father’s presence ▪the place where complete surrender is needed so victory can come ▪the place to draw closer to the Father

Both present the opportunity to be God Conscious (being aware of the Father’s presence) versus self conscious (where the focus is on ourselves)

The valley being the place where our need for more of the Father is recognized on greater levels. Our focus needs to be God Conscious, so we don’t focus on ourselves. Also His leading is needed, because the next step isn’t always clear, and this is where our Faith can be strengthened and these precious words are true

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” ~2 Corinthians 5:7

The Mountain being the place where we recognize how incredible the Father’s presence is and how we need to stay God Conscious so we don’t place our focus on just that Mountain top experience, but on the One who led us to Victory!

“In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also”
~Psalms 95:4

So wherever you find yourself, in the valley or on the mountain. May the words from the prophet Isaiah bring peace and comfort to your spirit.

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

Keep on pressing towards the Goal!

“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