May you be established in the peace and love of God. May you know the blessings of his grace surrounded and wrapped in his glory presence. May overflowing joy be a waterfall of continual refreshing.
Upon you there is an arising glory and grace. It’s your time to shine. You are being filled to overflowing with God’s loving-kindness. Even though you have had times of despair, it is the ebb and flow of this loving-kindness that has kept you.
Do you see the ray of sunshine illuminating your path? The way is opening up before you as you take a step of faith. The table of the Lord is prepared where He is waiting to meet with you. There is a resting place at His table of fellowship where He will refresh your soul.
There is a rainbow in the clouds, if you look up you will see this sign of hope. God’s promises to you are His cord fastened to His anchor of hope. May the Father’s love and faithfulness steady you and bless you with peace.
The Lord re-named my blog for writing and videos. It is now called, A Poet’s Perch. Perhaps my bird’s eye view will enable others to see a glimpse of grace in the midst of the ebb and flow of life.
Last year was a time of great change for Randy & I. As we stepped out into the unknown of re-location, the Lord began to direct me to spend the summer months resting and detoxing from ministry. As He began to put His finger on issues in my heart, wrong beliefs affecting my attitude, He clearly spoke to my heart: “you don’t know how much the past season wounded your soul and I want to heal you”. I accepted His divine invitation.
As I waited on the Lord in my “Re” season I penned these words on June 13, 2019, a living prayer.
Papa help us…deliver us…take us…lift us.
Bring us out
Bring us up
Reform your people.
Re-order my day
Re-order my way.
Re-make my heart
Re-make my start.
Reveal Your plan
Re-establish Your hand.
Recommit I do to You
Reunited to Your truth.
Restore my destiny
Re-lift me on Your wings.
Re-boot my capacity
Re-launch into heavenlies.
Reignited burning bright
Re-awakened Holy Light.
Re-calibrated move forward
Returned to You Lord.
Re-aligned for Your Divine
Re-purposed to shine.
The scripture He led me to during my Re-season is Jeremiah 31:25:
For I satisfy the weary ones and [d]refresh everyone who languishes. NASB
I encourage you to read Jeremiah 31:15-26, maybe even all of chapter 31 and hear what the Lord is speaking to you.
I have much I could say, but I’m going to leave this simple.
May you discover the “Re” God has appointed for you.
Shalom & Love,
The Lord is re-establishing His covenant boundary lines in your life. You will sense and know His protective love surrounds you. It is His keeping power leading you in peace as you trust and rest in this reality.
Tracee Anne Loosle
There is a saying among Christian circles: “Go where you are celebrated, not just tolerated.” Once upon a time I believed this as truth. I chose to go where I was being celebrated, giving God my “yes” and taking up the cross.
I would soon discover the Lord took my “yes” seriously. I quickly learned taking up the cross and laying down your life is not the fairy tale of being celebrated, but the reality of putting on a servant’s apron and getting low. It’s not going to the head of the table, or (what we see today in a celebrity mindset church) being the next “who’s who” on the platform. It is embracing what Jesus endured on the road into Jerusalem, where the crowds shouted “Hosanna!” one day, and “Crucify him!” the next.
Serving a well-known ministry, I was in the hidden place, not out front. I enjoyed this place. It was incredible to sense the amazing presence of God, to see His glory, to receive His heart from heaven (the kingdom of love) and to release it on earth… But some around me saw the gift of God on my life and felt I should have a more public place.
I heard the words through multiple voices in this season: “Go where you are celebrated, not just tolerated.” I took it as a confirmation the Lord was inviting me to the front to be celebrated. I accepted the offer to serve another ministry, whose leaders felt I needed a more public place. They were precious lovers of God. I jumped at the chance to go. It felt like favor had made a way for me.
I desired to serve the Lord. I had made the promise to go wherever He led me. I love Him so much! But this “celebrated” move was not the Lord’s place or His positioning. My zeal, mixed with religious duty, produced striving and seeking to be recognized. I wanted to be seen. I had been rejected much, so to have this kind of acceptance and invitation made me feel special and celebrated.
While on one of the organization’s amazing ministry trips, the Lord revealed to me a scenario He was going to allow to unfold. He showed me how he would allow the heart of one to turn against me and this person would go to one of the leaders. This would cause the door of ministering alongside them to close. This was because I was not serving where He had called me.
He had not led me to this position. He instructed me to die to self and go back and serve where he had called me. I wept the tears of one who knew I’d gone my own way and not the way of Love. It all played out as the Father had allowed me to see. It was very painful. I was being crucified. His instructions were to remain silent and go to the cross.
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:23-25 (NASB)
I returned and served the ministry I was called to for many more years. I learned precious truths in serving a humble man of God. And I felt God celebrating me as I found myself in him.
The same temptation came again, where dear ones would see the anointing on my life and want me to go places I was not called to. I had to war with the temptation of going to be celebrated. The Lord would allow others to be removed from my life, and my heart would be tested.
Yet through it all I experienced great joy. I found the path the Lord has laid out to be filled with wonder and blessing. In each dying to temptation, religious duty and the need for approval died as well.
“The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”” Romans 8:14-16 TPT
I found my place as a loved daughter; my position in His heart first. Everything else flowed from abiding where He placed me and led me.
I have discovered the statement “Go where you are celebrated, not just tolerated.” has left many feeling like outcasts. They go from place to place looking to be celebrated by man. They see certain ones promoted and their own gifts left unopened. They wander to the next place feeling forsaken and forgotten.
Unfortunately this kind of culture leaves people feeling rejected because of an unholy expectation. Many fall away into despair. This feeds the enemy’s plight to keep the sons and daughters of God orphans. The orphan mentality is bondage.
Too often we only celebrate the highlighted ones. Yet the Father celebrates all His children. He desires to pour out His Spirit on all flesh. The Spirit empowers us to live a life of power and freedom from the enemy. The Spirit in us cries out the truth of our identity as sons and daughters.
“Yet all of this was so that he would redeem and set free all those held hostage to the written law so that we would receive our freedom and a full legal adoption as his children. And so that we would know for sure that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts—moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father! You’re our true Father!” Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs of God through Jesus, the Messiah!” Galatians 4:5-7 TPT
When we learn to abide in Him, and only do what He asks of us, we find the joy of being loved and secure children of God. Discerning the Father’s heart and path for us is key. It is not to tolerate the fairy tales of man, but to know the truth of being sons and daughters of God. The love of our Father grounds us, bringing us into stability. When we know our identity in Him, we can lead others to Him – our good, good Father.
Stones are being rolled away and what you thought was dead is coming to life. Promises are blossoming and will burst forth by the grace of our Father who loves you. Don’t look back with regret. Keep your eyes focused and your heart thankful. You are being showered with the refreshing rain of restoration. Joyfully,