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 

APRIL 2021

April 21, 2021:  Refuse to allow disappointment to cause you to give up. You are not finished by any means. Strengthen your resolve and arise from the proverbial dead ashes of the past to fulfill your destiny in My Kingdom. Remember that discouragement kills faith. Reset your heart and mind to believe that by My Spirit you can be extraordinary. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

April 20, 2021:  Do your best with what you have been given. To do that you must focus on what you can do instead of what you cannot do. Know that I will give you abilities far beyond what you believe your limitations to be. Do not be afraid to push yourself beyond the boundaries that you have set for yourself. My Spirit will help you rise above current restrictions to achieve things you never thought possible. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

April 19, 2021:  In a vision I saw a huge forest, so big I could not see its boundaries from my aerial view. In that forest people were scattered throughout. They were lost and not able to find their people. Even when they called out for help, no one came because the forest was too thick and their voices would not carry much beyond their location. And I heard the Lord say: I will bring My people from afar and gather them like wandering sheep into My fold. I will dry their tears and give them hearts of hope and joy. Ezekiel 34:12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.

April 18, 2021:  Dark spiritual forces are trying to close in and choke out or obliterate the light of the Spirit of the Lord. Quiet your soul in an effort to realize the importance and necessity of pushing back the darkness with your faith and embracing light and truth. Break through difficult times by walking in the Spirit. Psalm 43:3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.

April 17, 2021:  When you are devalued or belittled your tendency might be to retaliate and give it back, but the right thing to do is to take this and every opportunity to express My love. You have received forgiveness to cover all of your sins and it is a righteous act to forgive those who have sinned against you. You have heard the adage, "To err is human, to forgive is divine." Exhibit My heart in every situation. Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

April 16, 2021:  Find a place in your soul and surroundings where you can be calm and quiet. It is imperative for you to get some relief from stress and tension. Come into My presence where there is no fear or anxiety. It is an atmosphere that is beyond human emotion where you can regain spiritual strength and objectivity. Come! Psalm 95:1-3 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.

April 15, 2021:  I was thinking of how David ran with his slingshot to plant a stone in Goliath's forehead and that we need the same resolve in attacking difficult challenges and problems. God was with David, and He is with us to cause us to be able to do all that He is requiring of us. We are well able by the Spirit of the Lord to be overcomers and more than conquerors. Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

April 14, 2021:  Nothing is really ever static. Change is ongoing and inevitable. So when everything seems to be unfamiliar and foreign do not resist. Set your heart and mind to move with the flow of transition. Instead of clinging to the past with stubborn refusal to advance, your best course of action is to adjust your attitude to embrace the newness of what life has to offer. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

April 13, 2021:  These times call for extraordinary perseverance to endure the difficulties and delays in achieving your goals. Refuse to allow agitation and impatience to impede your progress. What you do now will define your future in many ways. Seek Me for direction. Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and suppication in the Spirit and watching with all perseverance and supplication.

April 12, 2021:  In a vision I was looking at myself in a large mirror and it suddenly began to shatter and fall in pieces to the ground. Behind the shattered mirror was a path leading to a bridge that spanned a river and revealed the beginning of the road beyond. I believe this vision has to do with getting past self examination and scrutiny to achieve breakthrough. I also heard in my spirit the lyrics of a song by Simon and Garfunkel: "Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down."  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 11, 2021:  This time of great consternation has taken its toll, but I am giving you greater wisdom and understanding that will facilitate my purposes for you at this time. Take a breath and trust Me to show you how to achieve what is set before you with a degree of simplicity that you did not expect. I will show you the way. Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.

April 10, 2021:  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.  Be sensitive.  Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."

April 9, 2021:  You can now move in the direction of rectifying aspects of your life that have gotten off course. This will take some effort on your part, but I will give you the wisdom and direction you need to proceed. Be diligent to stay with Me, not lagging behind or going ahead of where I am establishing you. Be spiritually sensitive so that you can find and remain in the sweet spot of the anointing of My Spirit. 1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

April 8, 2021:  Do not despair. The trials and tribulations that you have endured have tested your courage, strengthened your resolve, and fortified your endurance. Your desire to live a sanctified life has increased, and you are in the process of drawing closer to Me. The realization of the importance of life in the Spirit will forge a path of righteousness, peace, and joy. Stay the course. Hebrews 12:1-2 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, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

April 7, 2021:  This is a time to adjust how you see yourself and what you do. Remember that there are no favorites in the Spirit realm. Every human being is precious to Me and equally valued with none better than another. Your focus must not be on comparisons and competition. Seek only to become one with Me with eternal life as your goal. 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.

April 6, 2021:  Rely on My strength and grace when your routine is upended and circumstances become unfamiliar. I am your Rock, and your very existence is founded on that solid foundation of faith in Me. Refuse to get irritated or worried. Stay calm and cry out to Me.  I will help you. Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

April 5, 2021:  Examine and enumerate the issues that are a concern to you. Then deliberately release them to Me with faith in knowing that I will bring those things to completion in perfect order; just as I am also revealing those things in you that must come to justice and correction. Do not despise this time of sanctification and purification. Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.

April 4, 2021:  I have overcome the world, and when you abide in Me you also can overcome all that keeps you bound to the earth. It is time for you to arise from your own tomb of bondage to flesh and fear. I have given you the power to live in My Spirit and to walk in liberty. I am calling you to come higher spiritually.  Elevation is the hallmark of this season. Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

April 3, 2021:  Times are changing and things are not like they used to be. Be flexible and willing to adapt and modify. Press through the urge to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Stay calm and take one thing at a time. Consider seeking out reliable help when you need it. Above all remember that I am with you and will give you extraordinary wisdom when you ask. Idle down. James 1:4-6 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

April 2, 2021:  Do not get in a hurry; there are more hurdles to jump and things that have to be dealt with before you can access the next leg of your journey. Take every day as it comes and every challenge as it is presented. You are well able to overcome, and the knowledge and insights you gain will be extremely important in the days ahead. Stand strong. Proverbs 2:3-8 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.

April 1, 2021:  Look forward to breakthrough on several fronts. It will be like a stubborn roadblock finally being removed so that you can progress. This advancement will smooth the way for renewal and establish hope for the future. The frustrations you have endured will become a distant memory if you stay the course and look to Me for wisdom and guidance. Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

MARCH 2021

March 31, 2021:  You will have opportunities to re-evaluate areas of your life that need adjusting. The temptation will come to throw everything out the window and just start over, but that may not be 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.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

March 30, 2021:  Do what you can to establish and maintain spiritual and emotional balance. It is imperative that you stay strong and steady especially when faced with uncertainty and upheaval. I will give you wisdom in accommodating change. You will once again find a sense of normal but not without effort and putting your trust in Me. Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

March 29, 2021:  When you are weak, I will make you strong. I will comfort you and lift you up when you are down, and I will help you in times of trouble. Do not be afraid, I am with you to establish you in peace and safety. Never doubt My love for you and go forth in the assurance of My presence.  Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

March 28, 2021:  The windows of heaven are open to pour out a greater measure of My Spirit on those who are hungry for heightened spiritual clarity and gifting. It is there to be received by those who have a desire to grow and produce the fruit of living and walking in the Spirit. Position yourself and set your heart to burst forth with renewed desire and vitality. 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

March 27, 2021:  Refuse to allow frustration to derail your efforts. Do your best to stay calm and be methodical in your process. Trust Me to give you the wisdom you need to accomplish all that is before you. Quiet your soul and do not be afraid. You will not fail.  You will come through this challenge victoriously. 1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world�our faith.

March 26, 2021:  You are still 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 in the process of ascending to a higher level of natural experience and spiritual existence.  Letting go of the past is vital to your freedom in moving ahead.  Endeavor to stay clear and clean so that you can hear My voice and discern My leading. 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 25, 2021:  Stay centered in My presence. The circumstances that you face at this time will require more patience than you thought necessary. Be strong and unwavering as you plow through the necessary steps required to fulfill your responsibilities. Refuse to get overwhelmed and keep pressing on. The end will justify the means.  Psalm 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 24, 2021:  When your heart is overwhelmed with suffering in the world and even in your own circumstances, I am greater than your heart. Look to Me for guidance and comfort. Refuse to get bogged down in hopelessness and despair. There is a hope that transcends that which is temporary and establishes eternal life. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 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.

March 23, 2021:  Endurance is your spiritual super power. Your life on earth is not a sprint, it is a journey that requires fortitude. You have come this far, and it would be a shame if you were to get tired and give up. Keep pressing through no matter how difficult circumstances become. I have given you the ability and strength to overcome if that is your desire. Hebrews 12:1-3 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, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

March 22, 2021:  I had a dream that repeated over and over again the same series of interactions in an uneventful narrative. When I woke up, I thought, "That was stupid." Then the voice of wisdom came. This is the way of the world. If you desire to achieve a different outcome you have to change your outlook and what you value. You choose. 1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world�the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life�is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

March 21, 2021:  When you find yourself in the monotony of every day looking the same as yesterday and the day before, it is time to begin to make plans that will get you out of the rut. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, but just something to create interest and variety in order to alleviate boredom and tedious repetition. No one is going to do this for you, but one thing you can do is spend more productive time in My presence as you seek to grow spiritually. Psalm 27:8 When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."

March 20, 2021:  To those who feel useless and out-of-touch I say do not despair. What has felt like a choke hold will be released and doors will open before you that will put you on the road to recovery and progression. Refuse to sit down in a mood of desperation or wallow in self-pity. Arise internally and see your possibilities. I have given you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 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.

March 19, 2021:  Temptations will come to regret past decisions and actions, but I tell you that you must leave it all behind. You cannot change the past, but you can make changes that will affect your future. Go forward with faith that I have a plan and purpose for your life. Get in the flow of My Spirit and let Me lead the way.  Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.

March 18, 2021:  When you encounter a problem that is beyond your control or not a quick fix, take a deep breath and refuse to get stressed out. Impatience will not help, so settle yourself to do nothing until there is actually something that you can do. And come into My presence to find that place of peace that is available to you as you abide in Me. Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

March 17, 2021:  I will cause you to search the height and depth of your own soul and spirit to see what you really believe and to reveal the places in you that are not aligned with the truth of My Word and will. This is a prime opportunity to make adjustments before you forge ahead. Do not be afraid to be honest in your self examination; it is the way to spiritual freedom. John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those 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."

March 16, 2021:  Take a good look at the things you have postponed. When you procrastinate because of dread, remind yourself that you will have to face the facts sooner or later. Putting off what you need to do will not make it better or easier. If you need help ask. If you need wisdom ask. Refuse to allow this issue to cause you to get stuck. Psalms 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

March 15, 2021:  In a vision I saw a sailboat not moving because of the lack of wind, and I heard the Lord say:  The wind of My Spirit will soon move you again. The worst is behind you, and you are ready to proceed with new hope. You are on the cusp of better things. The time has come for spiritual and natural progression as you leave the past behind and reach forward. Philippians 3:13-14 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.

March 14, 2021:  Remember who you are. I do not speak of external conditions; I speak of the depth of your being. You are solid and strong as you stand on the rock foundation of the Spirit. You are more than a conqueror and victorious in all things. Do not settle for less than who you are in Me. Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

March 13, 2021:  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.  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 12, 2021:  Regardless of the bizarre nature of current circumstances, I never change. You can count on Me to be the same. My word is true and powerful and is the solid rock on which you must stand. Refuse to succumb to pressure, fear, and worry. Get grounded in Me because I am your strength in times of trouble. Luke 6:47-48 "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock."

March 11, 2021:  Do not lose hope. You have not been given more than you can handle, but you must manage your time and stress level by seeking Me in every circumstance. You can attain the peace you desire as you earnestly walk and live in My Spirit. I will strengthen you and give you the confidence necessary for you to succeed. Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 March 10, 2021:  Dedicate time to come into My presence and to search the height and depth of your own soul and spirit to see where you really are spiritually. Allow Me to reveal the places in you that are not aligned with the truth of My Word and My will. Being one with Me means that we are in complete unity of thought, word and deed.  John 17:20-21 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."

March 9, 2021:  These are times when it is difficult to find your center of balance and sense of stability. But the truth of the matter is that the only solid and lasting stability is found spiritually when you stay connected to Me. Days, months, and years continue as they always have and it is up to you to set your sights on that which is eternal and not temporary. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 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 8, 2021:  When you fall short of your goals, put things in perspective. Many of your goals are self-imposed and difficult to attain. Then you beat yourself up when you fail. Know that My goals for you are reasonable and attainable. They are to seek Me with all your heart and walk with Me in spirit and in truth. I have sent the Holy Spirit to be with you and dwell in you.  Receive Him.  Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

March 7, 2021:  The road has been rocky, and life experiences have been problematic and dangerous.  But, I have been with you to help 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.  Do not be afraid.  Rather, do all you can to put the trouble behind 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, 2021:  Take advantage of every opportunity to be kind. Remember that every act of material and emotional generosity is a seed sown in the unseen realm. And every seed will produce a harvest that will be multiplied back to you. This is a spiritual law that cannot be broken.  But also remember that any mean-spirited act of selfishness will also produce a harvest. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

March 5, 2021:  This is no time to give up. You have come this far, but you have not arrived. Forgive those who have hindered or obstructed your progress, and then gather your strength and determination to move forward. You are not alone; I am with you to help you accomplish that which is ahead.  Be strong.  Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father�s God, and I will exalt Him.

March 4, 2021:  Keep pressing through the issues that have caused great consternation. Ask for wisdom in what you must do next, and I will speak to your heart and give you direction. But it will be in My still small voice which can only be heard when you silence your flesh. The world shouts. I whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12 Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

March 3, 2021:  Many of you, My people, need a time of restoration and refreshing. I have made that available to you, but you must quiet your soul and earnestly seek to receive this spiritual rain. You cannot be refreshed as long as you are still anxious and fretting. Calm down and trust Me with your life.  Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

March 2, 2021:  As you set your heart to walk with Me continuously, you will find that your capacity for compassion is growing. I am a compassionate God, and I see and know the difficulties and issues that hinder your progression. Trust Me to give you the strength and wisdom to navigate burdensome times. Do not be afraid. Psalms 27:14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

March 1, 2021:  Position yourself spiritually to receive all that I have for you. For those who are living beneath your potential, it is time for you to rise up and live according to My grace and empowerment. Allow Me to lift you up above what you have imagined. That which has seemed impossible to you is possible with Me. Luke 18:27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

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