SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND

 

by Marsha Burns

 

 

John 3:8
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 

 

APRIL 2015

April 1, 2015:  Be on the alert for things that will interrupt your routine.  They will not necessarily take you out of your spiritual flow, but you will need to stay calm and make adjustments that will allow you to do what you have to do and still be in the Spirit.  Deal with disturbances without procrastinating, and take them in stride, says the Lord.  There is purpose in accommodating disruptions, which you will see and understand after the fact.  Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

April 2, 2015:  For those of you, My people, who are stressed because of your work load or circumstances, take a deep breath.  I tell you truthfully that everything is going to be all right.  No need to worry.  Take every opportunity to relax even if it is for a few minutes, and re-focus on knowing you have My Spirit to comfort you and lead you to peace and safety, says the Lord.  You are not alone.  Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

April 3, 2015:  Rise up from the depths of discouragement and despair.  Regardless of difficult situations or the fierceness of the storms in your life, I am still with you.  You can trust Me to bring you through to victory.  Remember that the purpose of a storm is for you to seek Me, find Me, and trust Me.  You live in an imperfect world, but you serve a perfect God.  Live as though you believe that, says the Lord.  2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

April 6, 2015:  Regardless of what you have to endure in this life, you must keep in mind that I am your Savior, your Deliverer, and your Safe Haven.  In this world you will have trouble, but I will help you and bring you through to victory, says the Lord.  Have faith in Me.  2 Corinthians 4:6-9  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

April 7, 2015:  Get ready to emerge from a transitional time when progression seemed to have stalled.  It's not that you haven't accomplished what was necessary, but forward motion was difficult and hindered at best--almost like walking through mud.  You will soon sense a time of release as you move with less restriction and greater freedom, says the Lord.  Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

April 8, 2015:  I see those whose hearts have become dull or even dead to life in the Spirit.  I call you forth from being spiritually deaf to hearing My voice again.  I call you forth from spiritual death to live in the Spirit again.  Shake yourself awake and rise up to be alert and vibrant.  These are times that require your alertness and attention, says the Lord.  Come forth!  John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"  And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

April 9, 2015:  You must learn to protect your own spiritual and natural space, especially as chaos, confusion, and division continue to get worse.  Come into My place of safety for you and refuse to get entangled with situations that steal your peace, says the Lord.  Make a conscious effort to maintain a strong connection with Me.  2 Peter 2:20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.

April 10, 2015:  It is time to awaken to greater awareness, discernment, and higher purpose.  You cannot move to this new spiritual level when you are still half asleep.  I am calling you to come up here.  Quiet your soul and feel the moving of My Spirit; hear the sound of My voice, and follow My leading.  You are on the threshold of a great awakening, says the Lord.  Be sensitive.  Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."

April 13, 2015:  Be sure that the word you receive from Me is applied where it is intended.  You must have discernment to understand the relevance and places of effectiveness of that which I speak.  To do this, allow Me to give you the wisdom to know the intent and how you will be affected, says the Lord.  John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life."

April 14, 2015:  I speak to many whose hearts have been torn and minds scattered.  You are trying to find peace, but having lived in crisis for so long, you have lost your bearings and are not able to find your true self in Me, says the Lord.  Your identity has been compromised.  You must stop running and re-establish yourself in a place of spiritual safety and stability by drawing close to Me again.  I am with you.  Psalms 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.

April 15, 2015:  For those who have taken on more than you can effectively handle, it is time to tie up loose ends and to simplify.  It is not good for you to be overextended.  Pull back where you can, and get your priorities in order so that you actually have time for Me, says the Lord.  For, it is in the time you spend in My presence that you will be restored, renewed and invigorated.  Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."

April 16, 2015:  There are adjustments to be made before the new season is in full swing.  There are decisions to make, things to let go of, and things to acquire.  This will not necessarily be a wide swath of change, but will be minor adjustments that will keep your life on the course that is optimum for you, says the Lord.  Let Me lead you in the way of righteous change.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.

April 17, 2015:  Come into order on every front.  The days ahead require your full attention, so you must not be distracted by trivial matters that can be dealt with at this time.  Do not procrastinate, but take care of things that remain unresolved.  I will give you the strength and guidance necessary to take first things first and move forward with precision, says the Lord.  Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

April 20, 2015:  You can either live in the soft breeze of My Spirit or in the whirlwind of your own making.  It is the difference between walking in the Spirit and living in the flesh.  The choice is yours.  But, it would be good for you to quiet your emotional responses and knee-jerk reactions to circumstances, and let Me lead you in the way of peace, says the Lord.  Luke 21:19 "By your patience possess your souls.

April 21, 2015:  You might feel like change is being forced upon you, but I tell you truthfully that if you will embrace this time of adjustments, you will benefit greatly in the days ahead.  Don't be reluctant to let go of that which has outlived its usefulness.  You cannot move forward and stay stationary at the same time.  Allow Me to show you the way, says the Lord.  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

April 22, 2015:  In a vision I saw a round corral filled with horses.  They were in the middle of an open range and waiting with wild anticipation for the gate to open.  And, I heard the Lord say, "You are in a time of waiting for the gate to open so that you can experience more of My kingdom and advance in spiritual understanding.  As flowers come forth in springtime when conditions are right, so will new life in you come when spiritual conditions are right."  Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

April 23, 2015:  You have been through a troubling and unsettling time, but you will come out on the other side in victory.  You will not be weakened by your experiences; you will be strengthened and have new understanding of what it takes to overcome and succeed, says the Lord.  I continue to be with you and to lead you into righteous responses to difficult situations.   John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

April 24, 2015:  Life experience for many of you has been like being in white-water rapids with the roar of the river ringing in your ears.  You are about to emerge from this treacherous stretch into a time of when navigating life will be easier and will even have periods of absolute peace.  Maximize the benefits by putting trauma behind you and calming your soul, says the Lord.  Be comforted.  Mark 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.


MARCH 2015

March 2, 2015:  Some things are just not predictable because of free will and change.  In these matters you will just have to wait and see.  This is a time when you will be able to learn to let go, stop trying to control, and exercise patience.  You can only respond to these situations when you have strong faith that everything will work to your ultimate spiritual benefit, says the Lord.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

March 3, 2015:  It is My desire for you to edify, to build one another up.  There is a myriad of ways you can do that, but you must give from a genuine desire to see others receive help and not from wanting to feel better about yourself.  Some of you may be able to give financial aid while others may encourage with kindness or help with tasks.  Take a step in the right direction by truly caring for your fellow man, says the Lord, and I will reward you in kind.  Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

March 4, 2015:  When circumstances become difficult, and you want to run and hide, run to Me.  Find your refuge in Me.  Regardless of how tough life gets, I will receive you and comfort you.  I will be your port in the storm and will show you what to do about your current dilemma. Come into peace in My presence.  Quiet your soul.  Know that you are going to be all right, says the Lord, for I am with you.  Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

March 5, 2015:  The road has been rocky, and life experiences have been problematic and even dangerous.  But, I have helped you in every circumstance.  You are Mine; you belong to Me.  Set your heart on peace, and let My peace permeate every fiber of your being, says the Lord.  Do not be afraid.  Rather, do all that is necessary to clean up the mess caused by the trouble that has come upon you, and be strong.  Philippians 4:6-7  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

March 6, 2015:  Settle yourself in a place of peace regardless of the turmoil around you.  Overcome the urge to start a fight or get in someone else's quarrel because it will create a situation that you will not want to deal with.   You will benefit greatly from being a peacemaker, and put your trust in Me to bring forth justice.  Rise up and walk in the Spirit instead of trying to satisfy your flesh.  Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

March 9, 2015:  You are beginning to deal with all kinds of change in your life--from slight to radical.  Change requires adjustment.  If you refuse to be flexible and are unyielding and rigid, it will be a painful experience.  Do all that is necessary to accommodate the process of adjusting to things that are different than they were.  Let this become a time of spiritual growth as you seek Me in all things, says the Lord.  My love for you never changes.  Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

March 10, 2015:  Now is the time to upgrade--to take the next step.  I speak to you spiritually to rise to a higher position, greater discernment, and closer relationship to Me, says the Lord.  But, you will also see this process playing out in natural circumstances as a sign of what is happening in the realm of the Spirit.  Pay attention to those things and go with the flow and moving of My Spirit.  Psalm 24:3-4  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.

March 11, 2015:  Step out into the light.  Let go of everything that has kept you shrouded in darkness.  These are days where the quality of your life can improve dramatically, but you must have patience as you deliberately move away from places of bondage and embrace the liberty that awaits.  Do not doubt in your heart My ability to set you free, says the Lord.  Luke 18:27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

March 12, 2015:  Release yourself from all regret.  You cannot change the past, but you can use your past experiences to gain understanding of what motivates yourself and others.  You can access wisdom from the evaluation of the past that will help you become a better human being.  Most importantly, you will have opportunities to learn the value of forgiveness, says the Lord.  Matthew 6:15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

March 13, 2015:  I am well aware that you have been in the doldrums and that it has been more difficult to think and be aware of the nuances in your surroundings.  This phase of what seems to be sleep-walking will soon be a thing of the past as you begin to awaken.  Know that you are not alone and that many are enduring a similar annoyance, says the Lord.  Rest in the hope of better things.  Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

March 16, 2015:  You are in a time of preparation that will equip you for the days ahead.  Do not be afraid that you will miss what I am about to do, says the Lord.  When the time comes you will able to see clearly and know without reservation how to respond and move with the flow of My Spirit.  The events of this season will make you ready.  Psalms 31:19 Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men

March 17, 2015:  Be on guard, beloved.  You will have opportunities to get involved in quarrels of various kinds.  But, you would do well to back away from conflict.  If you can bring positive instruction, do so with a humble and contrite spirit.  Otherwise, such an encounter could escalate very quickly into something you really do not want, says the Lord.  A soft answer will turn away wrath.  2 Timothy 2:24-26  And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

March 18, 2015:  Be thankful and express your gratitude by extending a helping hand to others.  What I have given you is not yours alone, but is a blessing to those you show mercy to, says the Lord.  You are not your own; you are Mine.  You are designed to be My hand extended, and My mouth to encourage and exhort.  Let your heart reflect My heart.  Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

March 19, 2015:  If you will steady yourself and seek My face, says the Lord, I will reveal to you things that have been difficult to grasp.  Bring your inquiry before Me, and be assured that if you ask, I will answer.  But, you must lay aside your own speculations and assumptions and come with a heart wide open and ready to receive.  Do not be afraid.  Luke 11:9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

March 20, 2015:  You've been waiting for the right time to step out and accomplish what has seemed to be beyond you.  Now is that time.  But, it would be good for you to ask for wisdom in the process of being led step by step along the way.  Rest assured that I am with you and for you, and I will speak into your situation and bring peace to your heart, says the Lord.  Trust Me!  Psalms 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

March 23, 2015:  You have come a long way.  Don't stop.  Keep pushing through to the next thing.  You will know the next thing because it will appear like a guest at your door, and you will take one step at a time, one day at a time, until you accomplish what I have set you to do, says the Lord.  At the end of this process you will know yourself better than you ever have before.  Job 23:11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.

March 24, 2015:  I have brought to your attention the futility and fragility of earthly life and values.  Allow difficult circumstances to divide and separate light and darkness, truth and error, as well as eternal and temporary so that your hope will be in Me alone, says the Lord, and not in things of the earth.  Make sure that your emotions and decisions reflect spiritual life and not your carnal nature.  2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

March 25, 2015:  So, you thought this would be easier, but it has become more difficult and complicated than expected.  Do not despair or give up.  Ask for wisdom and direction.  I know the way you should go, and I will establish you in divine order as you yield to the leading of My Spirit, says the Lord.  Let Me establish your steps and direct you to a good outcome.  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

March 26, 2015:  You are in a time of transition between that which is coming to a close and that which is just ahead.  There will be a very distinct difference between where you have been and where you are going.  You are about to ascend to a higher level of spiritual existence.  Letting go of the past is vital to your freedom in moving ahead.  Stay clear and clean so that you can hear My voice and discern My leading, says the Lord.  Ephesians 1:4 ... He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.

March 27, 2015:  I will bring you to a level of spiritual maturity that you have not yet achieved if you are willing to move past childish behavior.  In your willingness, I will point out moments of petulance--times when you are not reasonable or sensible.  I will show you when you are being silly and self-centered so that you can recognize immaturity, have a change of heart, and develop a better attitude, says the Lord.  The choice is yours.  1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

March 30, 2015:  How you treat others is important to Me, says the Lord.  Meanness and hard-heartedness come from the kingdom of darkness, but you belong to Me.  I want you to be kind, loving, and forgiving.  If you have faith and believe that you belong to Me, your actions need to reflect the light that comes from My kingdom.  It is time to make an honest assessment of your behavior and make the necessary adjustments.  Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

March 31, 2015:  This is a time when you will have opportunities to re-evaluate areas of your life that need adjusting.  The temptation will come to throw everything away and just start over, but that is not the best course of action.  Not everything needs change, so you must not overreact and do more than is required.  I will give you the wisdom you need to do the right thing, says the Lord.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.


Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459


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