“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

In Her Shoes 👠

There was once a young girl, scarcely more then a child, who loved to play in water puddles, her favorite thing to do was to step in the water then step out and walk across a dry surface, leaving behind a trail of perfect footprints. 👣👣👣

One day as she stepped out of the water and walked away, looking back at her foot prints she noticed something was different this time, the footprints were no longer perfect, both prints were now crooked and odd shaped.

And just like that, the young lady began to walk with just a slight limp, which then turned into a major limp as several years passed. Those around her began to notice the limp, asking what was wrong and the young lady didn’t know what to say, nothing hurt she just couldn’t help but walk like that. The young lady was almost a teenager, so of course, her appearance was important to her, but with all the questions about her stature and walking, she became super self conscious, blaming herself for not walking correctly and unknown to many people, the young lady was in a very dark and difficult season of her life.

Many trips were made to the doctor’s office, therapy was scheduled orthotics were specially made to help her feet, and from the very first time the young lady saw them, she hated the orthotics, they were so ugly and deformed her shoes. A surgery was scheduled and done, yet the limp was still there.

Several years passed, the dark season continued and another surgery was scheduled, this time a major one. The pain that followed was almost unbearable, but it did help. The biggest change came when a decision was made, a decision that would transform her entire life.

All this time, for 12 plus years she had been wearing orthotics, constantly dealing with lots of pain, barely being able to walk by the end of the day and always so self conscious of herself, especially her feet. She was told she would have to wear orthotics for the rest of her life, but then..

As she came into the light, she began to experience a relationship with the Father, finding freedom and healing as bondages and curses were broken off. She finally understood that the Father loved her unconditionally and that changed her life radically! She began to notice that it no longer bothered her that her feet looked a little different.

One day she decided that she needed new shoes, and she felt the Father telling her, “this pair of shoes I want you to experience something new and different, like you haven’t experienced in over 12 years”

“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

She bought the shoes, wore them numerous times and never once used the orthotics in them. Even better, she had/has zero pain in her feet at all, she was healed! Praise God

Brothers and sisters, we serve a Father who can heal and restore EVERYTHING that is broken and hurting within us! Will you trust Him to do it? He want you to be Free!

I am the person in this story and I stand amazed at how the Father continues to bring healing and restoration in our lives. Praise God!

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

He Will

Cover- conceal, hide, protect, secure,to muffle

Refuge- shelter, safety, protection from danger

Faithfulness- loyal in affection, constant, reliable

The Holiday season is nearly upon us and for some it is a joyous, delightful time, yet for others it is a season that is difficult and my prayer is that you would comfort in the words below.

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

-Spurgeon

Some of you are anticipating the holiday season, yet there is a pain in your heart, a loss that is so keenly felt. It may be the first, third or fifth holiday season without that dear loved one, whom the Father has taken home. Oh my friend, my heart hurts for you and the cry of my heart is that you would find REFUGE in the arms of “Jehovah-Rophe” The Lord who Heals you. -Exodus 15:26 I pray that the Father would give you an abundant portion of Grace and Strength through this holiday season.

For some of you, this season of waiting and learning to TRUST, isn’t exactly where you thought you would find yourself this holiday season. Oh my friends, it is my prayer that even in this season of Learning to Trust, that the Faithfulness of the Father would be more real to you than ever before. Just listen to these words: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
-Lamentations 3:22‭-‬24

For some of you the Holiday season is one you tend to dread, whether it be becausr of strained family relationships, your own life status, or whatever the case may be. Oh my friend, you ARE NOT ALONE! The Father sees, hears and feels your pain, He’s gently knocking on the door of your heart, asking, “will you allow me to heal those wounds, mend those relationships and carry that burden?” I pray that you would feel the COVERED by the Love of the Father unlike ever before. He Loves you and just let these words bring Comfort and Healing to your heart. “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
-2 Corinthians 6:18

And in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place. Deuteronomy 1:31

“No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” -Spurgeon

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!

Comparison or Contentment

The secret to contentment is . . .
not comparing
not competing
not complaining. Unknown

Comparison: the act or instance of comparing; the quality of being similar or equivalent.

Contentment: a state of happiness and satisfaction

This journey we travel isn’t always easy, there are paths to travel that are extremely tough. Each of us have different valleys we walk through and different scenarios we face, and if we dare be honest with ourselves, its easy to compare the journeys and be less content with where God has us.

Let’s take a look at several different scenarios that might move us compare our journey with our neighbors: •While in the valley, walking through a difficult season it is easy to look at others who have it “seemingly easier” in outward appearance, and think, if only my journey were that easy. • We hear an amazing testimony from a friend and suddenly our own testimony seems very insignificant because we didn’t experience what that person did. •Someone’s gift/talent is used to glorify the Father, they are walking in what the Father has called them to and because of you not having that particular gift or calling, you think you are pretty untalented or not as important.

The person you are comparing yourself to in Scenario 1, is not equipped to walk the journey you are currently on, only the Father holds the pen in your story and you are the One who must be obedient to walk in what He calls you. May He give you Grace abundantly to walk forth in your journey! But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:7

The testimony you heard from Scenario 2 was one of tremendous breakthrough and healing, you rejoice, yet it left you wondering why your testimony couldn’t be more significant. My friend, your testimony is very significant, Jesus died on the cross for you! The testimony you heard that seemed so significant, I would dare to say, that person has walked some very dark, very painful and lonely times themselves, once again the Father holds the pen in their story as well. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Revelation 12:11

Honestly, scenario 3 is a reality for most of us, but may I challenge you to walk in the calling and gifts the Father has given you, you are very important to the Father and He wants you to glorify him in what He gives you! “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29

A spirit of calm contentment always accompanies true godliness. The deep peace that comes from deep trust in God’s lovingkindness is not destroyed even by the worst of circumstances, for those Everlasting Arms are still cradling us, we are always “under the Mercy.” -Elizabeth Elliott

May the Father give you Grace and Anointing for each season of your life. Rest in Him!!

Seasons of Life

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Do you find yourself in a season of life that just doesn’t really make sense to you? You begin to question what this all really means, because this is a part of the journey you never imagined yourself to be on.

There are so many seasons in this journey called life and it looks a little bit different for each of us, but we all have one thing in common, the FATHER orchestrates each season of our life and He writes our stories so beautifully.

I think it’s important that we realize that although each of us are in different seasons of life and different scenarios, we must love and encourage each other. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

To the one who is in a season of pain and heartache, my heart goes out to you. This is a season you never really imagined you would be in, and I pray that the Father would heal the wounded pieces of your heart. He can make beauty from the ashes, and although the pain is heart wrenching, He can and will heal those wounds. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalms 147:3

To the one in a season of waiting, oh my friend, I know the Waiting season is wearisome and there are times you will just want to cry and give up, but I encourage you to Trust, Trust the Father. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Brothers and Sisters, I know the different seasons of life are not always easy, but Don’t Give Up! Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2

Keep Fighting the Good Fight, the Father loves you ❤

Thankful for Grace,

Vinny

Giving Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

If I am honest, this isn’t exactly the easiest post to write and you may understand why as you read it, however; the Father has given the words so I want to be in the pen in His hand.

Giving thanks is pretty simple, right? We thank God for our blessings, for His protection, His Love and for so many more thing, which is absolutely important. Then we get to the part of the verse which I know I have skipped over so many times. “In all Circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for You”

All circumstances, means all the time, no matter whether it feels good or not so good. I clearly remember the months and years, I spent feeling all depressed and sorry for myself, because of ” unfair and painful things” that happened to me, I also remember thinking that there is no way that I will ever be able to Thank God for anything that has happened in my life. But then the Father changed my heart and showed me so clearly that I need to thank Him for all those times in my life that were so heart-wrenching and tough, and if I am honest, my initial response was, “those seasons of my life were so painful and none of it should have never ever happened.” Yet, the very moment, I chose to thank God for those Times, something changed, something shifted! It wasn’t about me anymore, but about Giving Praise and Thanksgiving to the One who Heals the wounded, Cares for the orphan, and Loves us unconditionally.

To 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

In the words of Isaiah, It describes what the Father does for us, AND THEN we have the special privilege of doing these very things for the hurting, the broken, the lost and the unlovable, as an act of worship to the King of Kings!

Brothers and Sisters, I know each of you have experienced pain, loss, and rejection in some way, and for that my heart weeps with you. I know there are things that happen to us that seem unfair, we don’t understand how anything good could ever come from any of it.

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
Psalms 147:3‭-‬5

Praise and Thank Him in the Storm, I know it will hurt, in fact; it may be some of the deepest pain you may felt up to this point. Friends, when the focus is off ourselves and on the Father, the flesh has to die and God can receive the Glory!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34 

Worship Him In the Beauty of Holiness, because He is the Holy One!

Because of Him,

Vinny