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Thursday, May 31, 2007

(Dad speaking:) Until you can learn to be happy in any situation, you won't be able to be happy even in a situation that you think is just right. Happiness doesn't come because of the situation—it comes from inside, and from the Lord. So if you wonder why you go from one situation to another and all of them seem inherently flawed, it's because the Lord wants you to learn not to depend on circumstances. He wants to show you that you can be happy anywhere, if you accept His will for you and allow yourself to be content with what He's given you.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Life wasn't meant to be perfect! Learning to handle difficult situations that you're faced with is one of the greatest tests in life. Difficulties, hurts, disappointments, heartbreaks‚ and suffering can either make you better or worse. And if you are worse for it, that's not the fault of the difficulty or the situation, because you are the one who chooses how you react to that difficulty and how it affects you. It's natural to be sad, it's natural even to have times where you're discouraged or are recovering from battle wounds. That's perfectly normal and nothing to be ashamed of. But from there on, whether you choose to recover and be strengthened or stay in that wounded, "down," discouraged state, is totally up to you.


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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Basically, it's the life of faith that helps us to reach that place where Jesus is enough. It's the trials and battles; the things we lose and sacrifice; the things we forsake—and learn that we don't need; the times when we see Him supply for us, satisfy us, and make us happy despite our not having the things we may think we need. It's the forsakings, the hardships, the fulfillment, the abounding and abasing, all our experiences lumped together that take us step by step—and in reality almost forces us—to the place where we truly feel and know that Jesus is enough; He's everything to us, and compared to Him, nothing else matters.



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--This one is for Connie :)

If you fight today′s battles, this week′s battles, this month′s battles, and eventually finish with this year′s battles, you will never have to fight the exact same battles again. Battle by battle, victory by victory, you will win your place fighting by My side into the End.—Jesus

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

There are times when you're hindered in receiving the message because you lack faith, and you lack faith because you're afraid of the consequences or ramifications of receiving counsel from Me. This lack of faith is often attached to questions that you view as "heavier questions," ones that will affect more people or have a bigger impact on your Home or your own life. If you ask a simple question, one that you don't think would be that big of a deal even if you were to "get it wrong," then you can more easily resist the temptation to fear and you can more easily relax and receive.

But when there is a question that affects more than some little decision, then you often worry or fear, which quenches the flow of the Spirit and the flow of the message. That fear is the opposite of faith, and it comes from feeling that you are responsible for the message, that you have to do something to ensure that it's right or it's good. You fear that you'll get something wrong and you'll be blamed or you'll hurt others, and this fear keeps you from opening up completely. It's a hindrance in the spirit, a blockage, and in some cases, if the fear is strong enough, it can cause the message to be incomplete or can prohibit the message from getting through altogether.

To overcome this fear, you must realize that to Me there are no "easy" and "difficult" questions. They're all the same to Me. I can answer a simple question as easily as a so-called difficult one, depending on your faith.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

His truth is just the opposite! When you're at the bottom, you're the very closest to the top! God's way up is down.--Down, to where we're so humble our pride doesn't even hurt us that much any more; down, to where we're so yielded we don't have a big fight every time He asks something of us; down, to where we let go of any strong opinions that run contrary to what God wants us to do, and we accept what He says and believe it; down, to where nothing else matters but His Word, because His Word is Him and we're clinging to Him for life itself! It's when we finally get to that point that He can mold us and make us into something useful--useful because we're humble and we trust Him.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Take on My nature, and I will help you to know how to use praise in even the saddest and most personally troubling circumstances as a rescue rope, a blanket of comfort and warmth and encouragement to those who are struggling. If you are taking on My nature, your praises will be full of My heart of love, My understanding, and yet My perspective that I have a plan, I am in control, and thus you can praise Me with faith that I'm going to take care of you and everything is going to be all right in the end.



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Sunday, May 13, 2007

In each heart there is an especially tender, sensitive sore spot--a place in the heart where trials are more difficult and painful to bear than any others. This is a place where I enter, where I work as the Potter molding the clay, and where I allow My most trusted children to be tested and sorely tried. For if in spite of the great difficulty and battle, one of My soldiers can still yield even that part of his heart which he holds most dearly and which is most sensitive of all; if he can accept that I test and squeeze and even break and shatter it, then I know that he is indeed of the caliber that I need in My avant-garde troops.

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If you are casting your burdens on Me as you go and letting Me carry your load, if you are desperate to let My Spirit lead you, then I carry you and sustain you. I help you to operate in My Spirit, which lifts the heavy pressure, gives you peace and rest in Me‚ and enables you to be a sample of My love to others in your work and the responsibilities you carry. The work is there, but I am carrying the load of the work, not you. Because of this, you are able to be a sample of My love through your interactions with others on a work level; you impart peace and trust in Me; you are led of My Spirit.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

If you were able to see what I have in store for each sacrifice you have made, you would be willing to make every single one. But you won't be able to see your reward in full until your service for Me on Earth is over, so I say to you what I said to My disciples when I was on Earth, "Blessed are those who having not seen have believed. Great is their faith!"

After all, this life is a life of faith. It helps to maintain a heavenly perspective on Earth, even though it is difficult to do. By calling on the keys of heavenly vision, heavenly thought power, and full possession, you will receive a greater dose of My mind. You will be able to say as David Livingstone said, "I have never made a sacrifice!" You will know that it doesn't matter what you are asked to do here for Me, because what I have to give you in return is far greater than any sacrifice you have made or could ever make for Me.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

You long to change the situation. You want to right the wrongs‚ heal the hurts‚ and bring relief and restoration, as well as victory and strength, to the dear one who is suffering. You wish you could make everything right and bring good from this pain. Yet if you multiplied your feeling by the thousands, it would still only come close to a fraction of what I am feeling for your loved one and this complex situation. I am moved with compassion to help and to heal. My heart's desire is to restore and make whole. My deepest craving is to bring good out of the seeming wrong and bad. The difference between your desire and Mine is that I can make My wish come true. And I will. My heart's desires are always fulfilled. But I understand the need for time and patience in the process. Trust Me; there is not one thing that I allow in the lives of My little ones that cannot be transformed into something good, something beautiful, and something precious.

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Some paragraphs that stood out to me from "Shooting Straight #6"! It actually helps me TTL for the MANY mistakes I make. - And see the Lord's plan in, for one, keeping me humble, and especially reminds me to keep the mindset of "forgive others as I'd have them forgive me".

"...if you're struggling to leave the past behind and see those on your team in the new light I'm asking you to, come and have a "leave it all behind" heart-to-heart talk with Me. Ask Me for My heavenly perspective and some fresh insight on the person you're struggling with, how they've changed, and how you should look at and treat them now, according to all they've learned. Ask Me to show you footage of them doing the things they couldn't do before, and doing them well. I'll show you, and help you realize how foolish and illogical it would be to continue thinking they can't do it, or will always do it in the wrong way they used to.
Ask for the humility to realize that you've made your fair share of mistakes as well, and that I haven't given up on you because of it. Ask Me for a key-powered boost of love to help you look at and treat others the way you want to be looked at and treated--fairly and lovingly and with eyes of faith, seeing the potential and the growth and progress. Ask Me to help you realize the dangers and consequences of not forgiving and loving and moving forward.
You'll find that as you free others from the chains of the past, you will find personal freedom to progress yourself, and the end result will be success!"

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Thursday, May 03, 2007 Gold, Roses, and Thorns

(Jesus: ) Learning to have a broken heart but not a wounded spirit is the job of every shepherd. A broken heart brings compassion, understanding, strength to lift another's burdens, and vision to see the light at the end of the darkest tunnel. My shepherds all need broken hearts for the sheep. A wounded spirit sees only the pain, the apparent inability to overcome, the sorrow and loss. It is so focused on the mud that it no longer sees the stars. You have to help the wounded spirits to regain their focus on what is truly real, on Me, on the promise that I will never leave nor forsake and that nothing can ever separate them from My love for them.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Only those who fight with no fear of loss in their hearts conquer all. They have nothing to lose, therefore they gain all things. They conquer all, for they are not defending personal claims or possessions, but are rather fighting for the honor of the Kingdom. They proudly open their arms to the battle, and they smile into the fray, for they know that it can only serve to better them. They know there is no loss in this battle--only victory.
One soldier who fears no loss is worth more than a host of soldiers who fight with reservations in their hearts. Therefore, strive to have no fear of loss. Place all in My hands. I shall keep it there and then you need not fear loss. You will not lose.

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