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."

SMALL STRAWS BOOK 

SEPTEMBER 2021

September 27, 2021:  Beware of those who would try to take advantage of you or make you into their image of you. You are made in My image, and you must only follow My lead. Stand strong and resolute in who you are and do what you have been called to do, nothing more and nothing less. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

September 26, 2021:  Arise from the darkness of your soul and come into the light of the Spirit. Leave behind all thoughts of fear and worry. Step into the realm of strength and hope where you will be transformed. You will be amazed at the clarity that will come as the result of this choice. 2 Corinthians 4:6 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.

September 25, 2021:  I keep hearing these song lyrics: I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way, Gone are the dark clouds that have made me blind, Its gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day. And, I heard the Lord say that things that have been hidden in obscurity will now become clear and open the door to resolution. John 12:46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

September 24, 2021:  Self-examination is good from time to time as an aid to keep you on course. But to dwell on your mistakes, shortcomings, and faults only produces condemnation and degradation, which is not helpful. You cannot change events from the past, but you can learn from them as a part of your growth process. My will for you is to walk in the Spirit and focus on spiritual things instead of your carnal nature. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

September 23, 2021:  Your life exists in steps, not leaps. Take each step as it comes, one at a time, and make every step be righteous and deliberately in one accord with Me. Then, I will be with you to help you make good decisions as you progress. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

September 22, 2021:  The noise of your internal turmoil will drown out My still small voice. You must quiet your soul and find a place of peace so that I can lead you through the maze of confusion. I am your strength and your help in times of trouble. Lean on Me. Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you 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.

September 21, 2021:  Draw near to Me and let us have sweet fellowship together. Put aside all distractions and let Me fill you with My love and anointing to strengthen our bond of unity. Come and receive a boost in courage to move forward with confidence and serenity. Come! Jeremiah 29:11-13 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. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

September 20,2021:  Even though there is trouble on every side and difficulties to contend with, you must not lose hope. I really am with you. I am as close as your breath. Stand on the solid ground of faith. I will not leave you nor forsake you. I will bring you through to victory. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 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.

September 19, 2021:  Break free from the things that have held you captive and kept you in bondage. It is time to deal with issues that have held you back and hindered your ability to become all that I have called you be and to accomplish all that I have set before you. Examine your life so that you can see clearly where you must fight for your freedom. Be courageous. John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

September 18, 2021:  You are a work in progress. Do not give up before you see the fruit of what I have called you to. When you get overwhelmed, step back and look at the big picture. Regain your vision so that you can see clearly where you are in the process. Keep your faith strong in Me instead of emphasizing the state of your performance. 1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

September 17, 2021:  Now, more than ever, put forth the effort to live righteously. Evil and corruption abound in the world. But you, My people, are called to live in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Arise to the position of your calling. Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

September 16, 2021:  It is time to let go of grudges and forgive those who have offended you. Unforgiveness leaves a stain on your soul. You need to remove this stain so that you can be healed. Love covers a multitude of sins, but bitterness and hatred create an open wound. Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

September 15, 2021:  Refuse to drown in the sorrows of past regrets, but rather see how far you have come. You have been redeemed. The power of redemption now rules in your life. Accept the grace that has brought you through the valley of the shadow of death into eternal life in Me. Move forward in that grace and leave the past behind. Be filled with My love for you. Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

September 14, 2021:  Your spiritual sense of a shift in the balance of power is causing a feeling of insecurity. However, your security does not come from external conditions but from the strength of your relationship with Me. Do not pin your hopes on things of the world. Your only hope is in Me, the Lord your God. Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

September 13, 2021:  There is a widening chasm of separation between light and darkness, good and evil, strength and weakness. Beloved, I have called you to the place of light, good and strength. Refuse to allow anyone or anything to keep you from your rightful position. Choose wisely in every situation and be resolute. Proverbs 3:31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

September 12, 2021:  You worry and fret over many things which you have no control over. And it accomplishes nothing. Set your mind on spiritual things instead of dwelling on earthly conditions where you have no authority. It is a waste of time. Matthew 6:25-27 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add onecubit to his stature?

September 11, 2021:  Do not despair. When you look for Me, you will find Me. But, you must set your heart to know Me, to believe in Me, and have relationship with Me. That is your way to spiritual and natural prosperity. Your obedience to My leading is everything. Draw near and let us have sweet fellowship together. 2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

September 10, 2021:  I wonder how many of us have been aware that the heavens seem to be brassed over and that it is harder to find God than it once was. In seeking Him in this regard, I heard the Lord say that He has moved further away to encourage His people to wake up and draw closer to Him. It is time to awaken; these are the times of the Great Falling Away. We need to run to Him and seek Him in earnest. Psalm 30:5-8 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Now in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord I made supplication.

September 9, 2021:  I am your bridge over troubled waters. You can have faith in Me to help you through every challenge and to give you the knowledge and understanding you need to progress. Let go of the fear of the unknown and the doubts that keep you from taking the next step. I will do in and through you things you could not have even imagined. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

September 8, 2021:  Many of you, My people, are living beneath your potential. It is time to set new, achievable goals for yourself with a plan of action. Your first course of action is to set aside time to genuinely come into My presence and ask for wisdom and direction. I am not a God of stone who cannot hear or respond. Come. Jeremiah 29:11-13 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. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

September 7, 2021:  There are things in your life that are regrettable, things that you wish had been different. But wishing will not erase what was. Set your sight on doing your best to move forward with determination to fulfill your spiritual and natural purpose. And do not look back. Psalm 20:4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.

September 6, 2021:  Use this new beginning to set a course for yourself of spiritual strength and righteousness. Discard past mistakes and poor judgements. It is time to be renewed and not reviewed. Look forward and not backwards. Let My voice be the one you hear instead of the voice of failure and condemnation. Onward and upward! Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

September 5, 2021:  The changes that take place at this time will require all of the concentration that you can muster. You must be focused and deliberately walk and live in My Spirit. Your nature must become My nature if we are to become One. You cannot walk in the Spirit and still try to gain access from outside of yourself. I am in you! Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

September 4, 2021:  Remember who you are in Me. Your circumstances will change, but I will never change. I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is no instability when you abide in Me. You can regain a sense of being solid and strong by quieting your emotions and having faith in My ability to lead you through this time of turmoil. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

September 3, 2021:  When you are feeling overwhelmed, do not despair. Let Me put you in the perfect flow of My Spirit and establish you in peace where you have no stress or anxiety. You can trust that I will move you through this turbulent time with grace. There is no need to worry. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

September 2, 2021:  You have made it through some difficult times, but you also learned a lot. Growth often comes through trials and triumphs. Rejoice in the fact that you have made some significant headway in overcoming the challenges you have faced. But do not become complacent. There is no victory without a fight. 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

September 1, 2021:  When you feel like the wind has gone out of your sails and you are in the doldrums, take that time to draw near to Me. This is a perfect time to shift your focus from the outside world and all of its noise to internal peace and spiritual depth. I will fill your silence with My presence. Psalm 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.

AUGUST 2021

August 31, 2021:  Change is a part of life and a necessary ingredient in progression. Let Me lead you with grace to the next phase of existence as you let go of things that hold you back. Details of your life must be held loosely with an open hand so that your life can flow in the Spirit and in divine order. Do not be afraid. Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

August 30, 2021:  Trouble abounds and you can see it all around you. However, I have called you to be at peace. Do not become part of the problem but be part of the solution. You can do nothing about the masses. You can do something in your own sphere of influence through unselfishness and consideration for others. Be kind. Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

August 29, 2021:  Dig deeper to know what is in you that needs to be refined, and reach higher to establish yourself more completely in the Spirit. The flesh profits you nothing, but living in the Spirit is everything. Compromise is not an option. James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

August 28, 2021:  Be still and hear what I have to say to you. Where there has been confusion and uncertainty I will bring clarity so that you can see and understand what has been holding you back. You will be able to identify the obstacles that have blocked your progress. And I will give you foresight to know what you must do next. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

August 27, 2021:  There are many voices and many points of view, but there is only one truth. Listen for My still small voice to lead you through this maze of opinion and speculation. Truth is what you seek. Quiet your soul and come to Me and I will show you the way. John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him: If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

August 26, 2021:  Refuse to get stuck in a rut of negative thinking. My message to you is one of positivity. It is one of redemption and promise, but you must get on board with what is eternal. Do not allow your outlook to be based on that which is temporary. 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.

August 25, 2021:  Set yourself apart to seek My presence. This is especially necessary in the midst of the hubbub in the world around you. It is easy to get caught up in the noise and turmoil even when you are not directly involved or responsible for it. Your devotion to Me is everything. Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

August 24, 2021:  How we see ourselves and others depends on our perspective. We all look at things from our own angle and our unique ability to understand what we see. But if we are to see clearly we must look through the eyes of the Spirit to see from God's perspective. When we align ourselves with Him we will always perceive the truth. Matthew 7:3-5 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the speck from your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

August 23, 2021:  Another level of breakthrough is imminent. Your patience and perseverance will pay off and take you to a new level of spiritual maturity. Even though your recent challenges have been difficult, you have learned valuable lessons that have strengthened your character and sharpened your discernment and understanding. Nothing in My Kingdom is wasted. 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.

August 22, 2021:  I have set you to be light in the world that dispells spiritual darkness. As the darkness abounds more and more, your light must shine brighter and brighter. When you maintain relationship with Me, you will not walk in darkness. Push back the darkness where you find it, and do not allow it to overtake you. John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

August 21, 2021:  These are days when presumption abounds. But you, My people, must be careful to speak only what is true without supposition or assumption. Faulty assumptions lead to faulty behavior. You are called to be one with Me and to speak and act according to all that is righteous. Psalm 19:13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

August 20, 2021:  It is imperative that you position yourself to live and walk in the Spirit at all times. Rise above all confusion and align yourself to be in absolute agreement with all that is righteous. Then, you will find yourself in divine order where you can accomplish all that I have set before you to achieve. Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

August 19, 2021:  Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to be kind and considerate of your fellow human beings. Be generous in your attitudes towards others, and be helpful when you can. But, I say, do this from a heart that has been regenerated through My love for you. Recognize and understand My grace and great mercy. Do not forget that you are being transformed into My image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

August 18, 2021:  There are issues that must be dealt with. You have put it off long enough. So set aside all sense of dread and fear of being inadequate for the task. I will show you the way to breakthrough. Trust Me. 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.

August 17, 2021:  Take each new day with calm deliberation of how to make the best use of your time and resources. Know that you can rely on Me to help you in all things. Allow Me to be your partner, especially in uncertain times. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

August 16, 2021:  Patience is a virtue. Especially be patient with those who do not fit the mold that you have designed for them. Be assured that your selfish expectations will rarely, if ever, be met by others. Give them the space they need to learn and grow. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

August 15, 2021:  Those who received My directive and correction are now positioned to walk in greater clarity of purpose. You will enjoy a sense of simplicity as you move forward with Me in divine order. Stay focused. John 3:21 He who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

August 14, 2021:  Life's circumstances have taken a lot out of you. Take time to relax and rejuvenate. Seek the place in the Spirit where supernatural energy can be poured into you. This will require that you be calm and quiet in order to receive. Isaiah 40:31 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.

August 13, 2021:  When you get overwhelmed and feel like the world is crashing in on you, remember that you are My special treasure. Quiet your soul and allow Me to light your path. My grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

August 12, 2021:  I will lead you through these harrowing days with precision. But you must stay spiritually connected to Me and rely on Me to give you the wisdom and direction you need. Remain calm and refuse the temptation to be impulsive. Trust Me. Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

August 11, 2021:  The changes you make at this time will serve you well. Give yourself the leeway you need to make adjustments, and do not be self-critical. Refusing to indulge in irritation and frustration will require that you rise above the flesh and keep yourself in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

August 10, 2021:  Many of you, My people, feel like you are hanging in limbo. And even when that is true externally, it is not true internally. If you will quiet your soul you will discover that I am showing you things that will bring correction. This can be a valuable time of spiritual growth if you will pay attention to my leading. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

August 9, 2021:  You have been waiting for resolution on several fronts, and your wait is nearly over. You will now be able to tie up lose ends and resolve issues from the past and present. This will bring a sense of relief and give you the freedom to move forward. Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

August 8, 2021:  When you answered the call to come into My Kingdom, I asked you to do what is right in every instance--not what is convenient. I want you to be objective and honest in all things. Do not be swayed by emotional prejudice, but be righteous. Psalm 5:12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

August 7, 2021:  These are times to expect the unexpected. And when you encounter difficulties and delays shift your focus from worldly to spiritual. Seek My face with diligence and expectation that I will help you. Your patience and perseverance will be rewarded. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

August 6, 2021:  The temptation is great to make comparisons and measure yourself and others according to arbitrary standards, but it is not good. It is an effort in futility and has no positive outcome at all. My desire is that you look to Me for direction, guidance, and correction and allow Me to lead you in ways that will have a good outcome. 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

August 5, 2021:  Even though you seem to just be slogging through, you are making progress. This is not a time to retreat or give up. Keep moving. Breakthrough will come and you will find a new sense of normal. Remember that you are not alone; I am with you. Psalm 94.14 The Lord will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession.

August 4, 2021:  The one thing you need more than anything else is the Holy Spirit. He will be your constant companion and will help you by giving you wisdom when you do not know what to do and by directing your steps when you do not know where to go. He will bring health to your spirit, soul and body. Ask Him to abide in you. Romans 8:8-11 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

August 3, 2021:  When you have grave concerns remember that nothing is too big for Me to accomplish. Bring your troubles to Me; come in faith believing that I hear and answer your prayers. I can do what you cannot. Come! Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

August 2, 2021:  Come into rest where you throw all of your cares on Me. My presence is the only place of restoration and rejuvenation. I know what you've been through and the stressful burden you have carried. Let go of everything that has sapped your strength and vitality. Come and be renewed. Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you 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.

August 1, 2021:  Make sure you nourish your spirit with that which is pure and holy. Be diligent to feed on the truth and righteousness of My word instead of things that disrupt your peace. You are what you eat! Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

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Bill and Marsha Burns
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Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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