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."

February 22, 2024: Stay within the boundaries of your authority. You have no authority over that which you have no responsibility. Strive to walk and live in divine order and in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord, and you will be shown what to do in every situation. Avoid getting overwhelmed by what might be or what could be. Live each moment as it comes. Proverbs 4:23-24 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.

February 21, 2024: When there seems to be no way to progress, I will reveal solutions to even the most difficult of problems. I will make a way where there seems to be no way. Do not be afraid. I am your God of hope, your rock, your fortress, and your high tower. Rest in Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 43:18-19: Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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.

February 20, 2024: Stay current with where you are in life and circumstances. The only thing you can do about the past is recognize where you could have made better decisions and move forward. Live this day applying your experience and knowledge to do the best you can with what you have and who you are, and trust Me with your future, says the Lord. 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.

February 19, 2024: Recognize and acknowledge that times are changing, and what once worked for you no longer does. Be flexible and give careful thought to what you need to do to continue on. Stubborn resistance will only make matters worse. Put aside your fears and trust that I am with you all the way, says the Lord. 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.

February 18, 2024: Gifts of the Spirit are made of Spirit and are not of natural substance. You cannot access spiritual things when you are in the flesh. Clinging to flesh is in opposition to the work of the Spirit and will hinder your ability to access supernatural power. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

February 17, 2024: These are times when you must scrutinize how you treat others. Always choose kindness and consideration because that is what you desire for yourself. You will get as good as you give. If you want to be loved, you have to love those around you. 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.

February 16, 2024: You may feel like you are in a state of limbo. That is because you are uncertain about what your next steps should be. But, I tell you honestly, that you must not worry about the future. Do the best you can with today as you take one moment at a time. I hold your future in My hands, says the Lord. Believe it and receive it. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

February 15, 2024: Self-centeredness comes from a place of insecurity within you, which I want you to release to Me, says the Lord. When you find selfishness overruling your ability to be kind and generous, take time to rise up in the Spirit and receive the blessing of My care for you. Establish more concretely your relationship with Me. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

February 14, 2024: You will begin to see some progress in solving the most difficult of problems. I have opened the doors to solutions that you never could have imagined. In these days you will have to think outside the box of normalcy, but do not be afraid of the unfamiliar. I am with you to carry you through, says the lord. Trust Me. 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.

February 13, 2024: This is a time to set things right. Ask, and I will show you where you have gone wrong and how to proceed. Remember that presumption and fear are your enemies, and they will take you off course in a heartbeat. Take inventory to see if you are exhibiting the fruit of My Spirit, says the Lord. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

February 12, 2024: For many of you, My people, you will begin to have a breakthrough in your circumstances and health. You will receive revelation that will change your perspective, so that you can begin to thrive where you have only survived. It is time to rise up out of the ash heap of stagnation and self pity, and be encouraged. 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

February 11, 2024: Remember that you have embarked on a new era. You have come full circle and will have opportunities to begin again. But, you will have to take every opportunity to make more righteous choices this time around. Keep your focus clearly on doing what will produce the best outcome morally and spiritually, says the Lord. Refuse to allow selfish ambition to drive you. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

February 10, 2024: Take time to deliberately relax, and deal with things as they come so that you are not always projecting out to what might be. Hold your plans loosely so that you can be flexible with what actually transpires. Trust that I am with you to direct every step if you will allow it, says the Lord. Proverbs 16:9 A mans heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

February 9, 2024: When issues of life seem to be overwhelming, be still and wait for My leading, says the Lord. Know that I am with you to bring you through every challenge and show you the way to victory. Refuse to allow fear to be the force that moves you. Be at peace. 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!

February 8, 2024: In a vision I saw a sailing ship on a calm body of water with no wind in its sails. And, I heard the Lord say: Even though you are in a time of being in the doldrums, I have not left or forsaken you. Use this time to examine your spiritual condition and draw closer to Me. This is a momentary condition that will soon pass. Be patient. 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.

February 7, 2024: Refuse to allow the stress of life to overtake you. Stress is a byproduct of fear; fear of failure, fear of poverty, fear of rejection, etc. It is not My will that you live in fear. It is my will for you to live a life of faith, believing that I am with you and will be your guide, says the Lord. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

February 6, 2024: In these days of chaos, it is even more important for you to stay on course, and do what I have given you to do, to see what I have given you to see, and to know what I want you to know. It takes very little time to come into My presence and quiet your soul so that you can perceive My will. Do not neglect your spiritual duty above all else, says the Lord. Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

February 5, 2024: Examine yourself to see if you have failed to repent for being unkind, judgmental, or deceptive. And, forgive those who have come against you in any way. It is time to clear the slate so that nothing can prevent you from receiving the highest and best that I offer you, says the Lord. Luke 6:37-38 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 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.

February 4, 2024: Listen for the sound of silence and be comfortable with it. When nothing is stirring you to deep thought or action, you must stir yourself so that you do not lose your edge. Take the initiative through a desire to know Me more personally and intimately, says the Lord. Explore the depths of spiritual truth and delight yourself in the light of revelation. Be still and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

February 3, 2024: Think about where you are and where you are headed both spiritually and naturally. There are things you need to prepare for, and this is a time to get organized for what is ahead. Organization will simplify the process if you will take the time and make the effort now. Seek Me for the wisdom you need to accomplish what is set before you. Proverbs 16:9 The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

February 2, 2024: You can very easily get overwhelmed if you try to do too much at once. Narrow your focus, and take one issue at a time instead of looking at the overall picture. Be reminded that nothing is too difficult for you to accomplish, and remember that you do not eat a meal in one gulp; you chew and swallow one bite at a time. Psalm 61:2-4 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. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

February 1, 2024: This is a time to wrap up loose ends, but you may be reluctant to do so because you are afraid to make a mistake. When you begin to panic, settle your soul in the knowledge that I am with you to guide you through this process. When you have accomplished what you set out to do, you will realize that your worry was all for nothing. Go forth in the power of assurance that you are not alone, says the Lord. Matthew 6:24-27 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 one cubit to his stature?

January 31, 2024: Settle issues as they arise, and stay current with the relevance of your life and times. Let Me be your guide and your very present help in trouble, says the Lord. I know your heart and the intentions of your soul. I am your strength and your shield, and I will bring you through to victory in all things. Psalm 28:7-8 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 will praise Him. The Lord is our strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.

January 30, 2024: Refuse to allow discouragement to gain a stronghold and defeat you. Stand firmly on the Rock of Salvation and know that I am with you to give you supernatural strength to endure even the most challenging of circumstances. Keep your faith strong. This too shall pass. Isaiah 41:10-12 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. Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them—those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing.

January 29, 2024: Never expect to receive more than you give. Be who you are in Me, and give as I direct you to give; no more and no less. Stay on the path that I have chosen for you without regret, and be content, says the Lord. Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

January 28, 2024: You are about to launch out on a brand new beginning, which will be a time of exploration and discovery. You can move ahead when you have sufficiently left the past behind. Refuse to allow anything to hold you back from this spiritual adventure. Fear is your enemy, and faith is your friend. 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.

January 27, 2024: The mistakes that you have made will be highlighted in your life, and you will have the opportunity to go back and make corrections either naturally or spiritually. This is a time to review and repent of the things that were unbecoming a believer in Christ. Let all your sins be wiped away, and be renewed, says the Lord. Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

January 26, 2024: Every day can be a good day when you choose to follow My lead and depend on Me for strength and health, and when you walk and live in the Spirit. Everything else dims in comparison to your spiritual service, says the Lord. Prioritize what you deem to be important so that you walk in strength, peace, and prosperity. 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.

January 25, 2024: Refuse to allow your life to become fruitless. Do what you can to maintain mercy and goodness. There is no reason to give up or give in to circumstances that drag you down to the depths of despair. These are days of overcoming, but they will require your care and attention. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

January 24, 2024: It is good to look back and review where you have been and what you have done for the sake of repentance and new beginnings. But, you must not get stuck in the past or renew old slights or divisions. This is a time to take a backwards glance as a compass to get your bearings and establish direction for the days ahead. Remember that I am your North Star, says the Lord. 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.

January 23, 2024: Find and maintain that place in you that is innocent and pure, and do not step out beyond the boundaries of holiness. Your physical and spiritual well being depends on what you decide in every situation. Give careful consideration to your thoughts and intentions, and choose righteousness, says the Lord. Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.

January 22, 2024: Look carefully with eyes of the Spirit, and you will see that you have supernatural help behind the scenes. Never doubt the length I will go to for your protection and prosperity in all things. These are days when you can rejoice in knowing that I am with you and for you, says the Lord. Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.

January 21, 2024: You are about to enter a new phase of existence, but there are things that need to be finished before you can forge ahead. Make the best use of your time and opportunities to deal with issues that would hinder you in the future, says the Lord. I will give you discernment, wisdom and guidance to do all that is necessary. Isaiah 45:2 I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.

January 20, 2024: You have been through a patch where everything seems difficult if not impossible to accomplish, but you have learned some lessons in this period of time. You have learned that frustration only makes things worse and that patience is a virtue. And, that if you will quiet your soul, you can find the Spirit and get divine help and guidance. Psalm 119:105-107 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.

January 19, 2024: The challenges of these days for you are not to gain victory over the enemy as much as to recognize when you step out ahead of Me in presumption or take steps as a result of your own logic and personal bias. You must quiet your flesh and allow spiritual discernment to lead. Do nothing in your own strength and understanding, says the Lord. Psalm 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.

January 18, 2024: Troubling times create troubling circumstances. This is a time to trust Me in every situation, and know that I will direct your steps. Refuse to dump down in discouragement and fear, which can be contagious, so protect yourself from going down with the crisis of others, says the Lord. Walk in faith that I am with you. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

January 17, 2024: This is a time when you can rearrange parts of your life, environment and activities to better suit your needs. Allow Me to lead you in that direction and show you what you can do, says the Lord. You will be delighted with the results. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

January 16, 2024: You need to be restored and strengthened. The joy of the Lord is your strength, and that joy comes from praise and worship. Let it spring up like fountains of living water. Let it wash over you in cleansing, healing waves, and be renewed by its power, says the Lord. Psalm 27:6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

January 15, 2024: It is time to fix things that have been broken and ignored. You have procrastinated with the hope that it would just go away or fix itself, but neither of those options have been fulfilled. You must take the necessary steps in order to bring resolution, says the Lord. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

January 14, 2024: This will be a season when you can overcome and forgive yourself for mistakes of the past and move into a phase of creativity and productivity beyond what you could have imagined. Rejection must be a thing of the past and not something that defines your life. 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.

January 13, 2024: If you will allow it, you are entering a new season of hope. You can be stronger spiritually than you have ever been, full of mercy and good fruit. However, this will not happen without your cooperation with what is available to you. You must take advantage of every opportunity to prosper spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. 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.

January 12, 2024: Stay current. You might need to run to catch up, but it will be worth the effort. Trying to live in the past never works. Live today by paying attention to what is and what needs to be done now so that you can be obedient to My leading, says the Lord. Do your best to live and walk in the Spirit. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

January 11, 2024: When you find yourself in a situation that causes you to panic, do your best to stay calm. Be sensitive to My leading. I will bring you through to a place of peace and safety as you focus on where you are and where you need to be. I will guide you through this maze of discombobulation, says the Lord. Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

January 10, 2024: Be still and know that I am God. Great and precious promises are yours if you will only dare to believe. The spiritual principles are simple, but applying them to life situations can be complex. Keep your vision clear and your motives pure as you focus on Me, says the Lord. The flesh always wants to muddy the spiritual water. Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

January 9, 2024: There is trouble all around you, but you do not have to be affected by what is happening outside of you. You need to settle yourself inside and deal with the issues that directly affect you. This will require walking and living in the Spirit instead of being consumed with flesh issues. Establish yourself in peace, says the Lord. 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.

January 8, 2024: You are entering a season that will be like no other. Do not be afraid of change or challenges. I have been with you every step of the way, and I will continue to go the distance with you, says the Lord. Lean on Me for direction and guidance as we go forth together. Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

January 7, 2024: This is the beginning of a new trend of identification. You will develop your personal identity with greater precision and express yourself more completely apart from outside influences. The result will be that you will know who you really are in Me, says the Lord. This will be a dynamic revelation that will carry you into a new era. Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

January 6, 2024: Do not underestimate the power of My presence and My ability to intervene in your life. Allow Me to take the lead and direct every step you take. I am not a myth or a legend; I am a real and powerful being that you can interact with and trust to help you through every dilemma you face. Put your trust in Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

January 5, 2024: Do not stress about what could or might happen tomorrow. Know that your place of safety and security is in My everlasting arms. I will hold you and protect you regardless of these trying times and unsettling circumstances. Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, Destroy!

January 4, 2024: You can make plans for the future, but you must live and be present right here and right now. Your plans are not yet reality. Stay real and deal with the issues that present themselves today, one minute at a time. That is where you can exercise your faith and trust that I am indeed with you, says the Lord. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

January 3, 2024: Quiet your soul, and deliberately make Me your partner in life, says the Lord. I am with you to bring you through every situation. Lean on Me and trust Me to keep you on the path that I have chosen for you. There is no need for fear or trepidation. Be strong and resolute. Psalm 56:11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

January 2, 2024: Your inclination for the new year is to make great, sweeping changes, but that will not be in your best interest. There are things that need to be adjusted in what you do, so make the adjustments in small increments instead of throwing out the baby with the bath water. Keep your focus on Me, and fine tune your spiritual ear to hear and heed My leading, says the Lord. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

January 1, 2024: Make this day a new beginning as you leave the past behind and forge ahead in faith that I am for you and with you every step of the way. You are never alone. I am by your side to show you the way and direct your steps, says the Lord. I am your fortress and high tower, your very present help in trouble. Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

DECEMBER 2023

December 31, 2023: Stay focused and centered on your relationship with Me, says the Lord. Do not deviate or entertain distractions that remove you from your place of peace. I am with you to bring you through every challenge. Be strong and of good courage. Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

December 30, 2023: Keep pushing on regardless of the difficulties you face at this moment. Stay strong in spirit, and the rest will follow. Your prayers will be answered in due season, says the Lord. Be patient and hold on to hope and faith, says the Lord. You are precious in My sight. 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

December 29, 2023: Strengthen your resolve to move ahead with the confidence that I am with you to succeed, says the Lord. This is a time of new beginnings when you must deliberately leave the past behind and take your first steps into a new era. There may be similarities, but it will not be the same. 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.

December 28, 2023: Refuse to allow the past to mar the present. Everyone has unpleasant memories, but they should have nothing to do with where you are today and what you have been called to do. Wipe your proverbial slate clean, and begin again, says the Lord. Allow your heart to be cleansed and prepared for the future. Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

December 27, 2023: Do not be afraid to move into unfamiliar or uncharted territory. Growth comes with seeking Me for wisdom about taking your next step. You will not be given more than you can effectively handle. Trust Me to give you the proper guidance and direction necessary to advance, says the Lord. 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.

December 26, 2023: You are entering a season of preparation to do all that I have called and chosen for you to do. You are on a spiritual journey that will bring out the best in you both spiritually and naturally. You are becoming My emissary to represent Me and My kingdom on your place on the earth, says the Lord. Follow my lead. Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

December 25, 2023: Things that you have been fussing over will now become crystal clear. You will realize that all the angst that you have entertained was without reward. Now it is time to settle yourself in the knowledge that I am with you regardless of your situation, and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, says the Lord. 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.

December 24, 2023: Be sensitive to the conviction that comes when you deviate from the path that I have set you on, and be ready to punish disobedience by being obedient to My leading. I have a plan and purpose for your life, which will require complete submission to My guidance and direction for you, says the Lord. Micah 4:2a Many nations shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.

December 23, 2023: Do not dwell on what might happen, or could happen, or should happen. Leave the future in My hands, says the Lord. I am well able to take you through daily challenges and to give you the grace to deal with every situation. There are lessons to learn and wisdom to access all of the time. Trust Me; I am with you. 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.

December 22, 2023: When you feel like you have been berated for something you did or did not do, refuse to allow criticism to haunt you. Instead, you must forgive and release it so that it does not fester in you. Come to Me, says the Lord, and leave your hurt feelings on the altar. I will heal your broken heart. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

December 21, 2023: Make your plans, but hold them loosely. A plan is not yet reality, so you must be pliable and move forward with the ease of flexibility. Otherwise, you might find yourself discouraged and let down. Remind yourself that I am the only true constant in your life, says the Lord. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

December 20, 2023: Live life today with the passion of a child seeking to become all that the Father has planned for you. You have not been overlooked or forgotten. You are His own special treasure. Proceed with the knowledge that you are one of a kind and precious in His sight. Go forth with that understanding. 1 Peter 2:4-5 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

December 19, 2023: Do the best you can with where you are and what you have been given to do. And, when things seem to be too difficult or beyond your natural ability, lean on Me. I am with you to give you the strength and courage to forge ahead. Replace fear with faith, says the Lord. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

December 18, 2023: Refuse to get overwhelmed with your circumstances and all that you need to do. Depend on Me to stretch your time and give you the energy you need to accomplish all that is necessary. I will surround you with grace and mercy in every situation, says the Lord. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

December 17, 2023: Many of you, My people, have allowed fear to creep in and overtake you. You must quiet your fears and come to Me for assurance that I am your protector. When you do not know what to do, ask, and I will assuredly impart wisdom and guidance. I will lead you in the way you should go. Be calm and trust Me to do what I have promised. Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out Abba, Father.

December 16, 2023: Hold your plans loosely so that when things are not as you thought they would be, you will not suffer disappointment. I want you to flow with the moving of My Spirit, says the Lord, and not according to your own thoughts and desires. This is a time of heightened spiritual awareness if you can rise above earthy concerns. Ephesians 5:14-16 Therefore He says: Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

December 15, 2023: This is a time to simplify your life. Revamp, update, and put things in order. Otherwise, the complexities of existence can overwhelm you. Do this in preparation for a new year and new beginnings. Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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.

December 14, 2023: You are in a countdown to breakthrough. Every day takes you one step closer to a new beginning. I will open your eyes to see what you have overlooked, and it will be like going from night to day when you suddenly have the revelation of what I am doing in your life. Take this time of preparation to draw closer to Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 42:9 Behold the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

December 13, 2023: I seek those who have a charitable heart to do My bidding, says the Lord. I want you to be My hands and My feet to do all that I send you to do. Let there be no hesitation or regret. Walk in the faith that I am leading you in the path of righteousness to carry out My will. Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

December 12, 2023: I have a plan and a purpose for your life, but you need to be quiet and listen for My still small voice. There are things I want you to consider before you move into this new season. I am with you to show you the way to victory, says the Lord. 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.

December 11, 2023: Take every opportunity to be kind, loving, and generous. There is much evil, deception, and hatred in the world, but you do not have to be part of it. Rise above what you see and hear to exhibit My character and nature, says the Lord. Remember that you reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

December 10, 2023: Things will come to light that will require an adjustment in your thoughts and plans. Make these adjustments with the grace that I provide. My grace will keep you in a place of righteousness and safety as the new season unfolds before you. You will not regret your position of integrity, says the Lord. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

December 9, 2023: Forgiveness is the order of the day. Yes, you have been wounded by words and actions of others, but the self-pity and bitterness will devour your soul and cut you off from the sweetness of relationship with Me, says the Lord. You can do nothing about what has transpired, but you can proceed with the relief and cleansing that is the result of letting go. Ephesians 4:30-32 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 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.

December 8, 2023: You have had to endure some setbacks and disappointments, but I remind you that all things work together for good in the long run. Do not settle yourself in the mode of defeat, but learn from the past and move forward with resolution to not make the same mistakes. Remember that you can ask for wisdom, says the Lord. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

December 7, 2023: Settle yourself and take control of your wandering mind. Focus your attention on what is instead of what might be. Otherwise, you will waste time on things that will never happen. Live each moment in the confidence that I am as close as your breath, and all you have to do is ask what you will, and I will answer, says the Lord. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

December 6, 2023: Refuse to allow these hectic times to keep you from doing your best. Conditions can be daunting, but you can access supernatural endurance to overcome every obstacle. I am your very present help in times of trouble, says the Lord. Believe it and receive it. Psalm 46:1-5 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

December 5, 2023: When you get overwhelmed, dumping down into self-pity does not help. You need to be quiet, and calm your inner turmoil. Be pragmatic instead of entertaining theoretical considerations. Maintain sensibility as you consider your options, and stay present with Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 30:15a For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.

December 4, 2023: The corrections that you made in your life will serve you well in the days ahead. It might have been stressful, but you will not regret it. The hardest part is over, and you can forge ahead with greater confidence and strength, says the Lord. 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.

December 3, 2023: Cast down every thought that rises up to bring you into condemnation, and then position yourself under the protection and strength of spiritual truth. Those thoughts against yourself are counterproductive to your spiritual growth and well being. If there is truly a need to repent do so, but do not allow yourself to get stuck in things of the past. 1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

December 2, 2023: Do not concern yourself with possibilities; it will only lead to distraction. Trust Me to perfect those things that concern you, deal with distractions quickly and then refocus. The enemy will do what he can to quench your spiritual desires to serve Me, says the Lord. Be strong. Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

December 1, 2023: Believe Me when I say no weapon formed against you shall prosper. I am with you to bring you through even the most difficult of circumstances. Find your strength in Me and stand strong on the truth of My word. Never doubt that I am with you, and I will bring you through to victory. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.

NOVEMBER 2023

November 30, 2023: Do not worry about the future. Whatever you think it is going to be or might be is only conjecture. Stay current and deal with issues as they arise today. I am with you this day and right now. Make the most of it and leave the rest to Me, says the Lord. 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 one cubit to his stature?

November 29, 2023: Like an arrow that flies straight to hit its mark is the willingness of an obedient heart. You are living in perilous times that will require a listening ear and a heart of obedience to do My will, says the Lord. There is much to be done, and some of the things I require might seem unreasonable or even bizarre, but I need you to trust Me completely without wavering. Isaiah 50:10 Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.

November 28, 2023: This is a time to be prudent with your resources. I speak of your time, energy, and finances. Take care to not over estimate or extend beyond what is reasonable. Set your parameters and do what you can to stay within those boundaries. You will be glad you did. Proverbs 22:1-3 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold. The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all. A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.

November 27, 2023: When you feel overwhelmed, remember that I am with you to lead, guide, direct and protect you, says the Lord. All you have to do is take one step at a time; one day at a time. Refuse to worry about tomorrow. Just do what has been set before you to accomplish today. 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 one cubit to his stature?

November 26, 2023: I have sanctified and set you aside for Myself, separated from the world and worldly values to spiritual and eternal values. I am raising up a people whose hearts wholly belong to Me without compromise or hypocrisy. You are called by My name and no other. Be one with Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.

November 25, 2023: Evaluate where you have been and where you are going spiritually as you prepare for entry into the new season. Make peace with yourself and others so that you do not take any baggage from the past with you. A new day is dawning, so deal with issues that will hold you back from optimum harmony and joy. Isaiah 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

November 24, 2023: This is not only a time to be thankful, but also a time to forgive those who have used, abused or offended you in any way. Cleanse your heart of the darkness that comes with malice, and set your heart on allowing My light to shine through you, says the Lord. 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.

November 23, 2023: The things that you have speculated and been worried about will take care of themselves. Quiet your soul and go through the day by My grace, says the Lord. My grace is sufficient. 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.

November 22, 2023: You are in the process of wrapping up loose ends. You will be able to conclude and carry out plans that are still in the works before entering the new spiritual season. I will give you the wisdom and help that you need to accomplish what you have set out to do. There is no need to be stressed out. Only believe, says the Lord. 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.

November 21, 2023: There is a higher level of spiritual purity and perfection for you to explore. Refuse to get stuck in what you already know. Reach beyond what you consider to be your limits. You are entering a season of discovery and spiritual growth, says the Lord. Make the most of it. Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

November 20, 2023: You can make plans for the future and do your best to achieve your goals, but there will be surprises along the way. Your best course of action is to trust Me completely because I hold your future in My hands, says the Lord. And, I will show you the way to fulfill My purposes for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

November 19, 2023: You have faced difficulty and uncertainty in your transition into this new season, but now things will smooth out somewhat as you are able to see more clearly the path that you are on. Resist every temptation to be afraid of what the future will bring. Stay present with Me, says the Lord. Trust and obey! Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

November 18, 2023: Order and continuity in your life set the stage for peace and tranquility. You cannot do anything about areas where you have no authority, but you can do something about where you live and who you are. It will become a reality when you walk in the Spirit of the Lord and allow Him to be a dominant force in your life. John 14:25-27 These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 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.

November 17, 2023: Pay attention to what you sow into the lives of others and refuse to allow seeds of disapproval and contempt to take root. The truth is that you will not enjoy the harvest of bad seeds. You will enjoy the harvest of the seeds sown in the kindness and respect that you show others. Be mindful of how you treat those around you. Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

November 16, 2023: Strive to keep your life as simple as you possibly can. It is the complexity of life that creates confusion and discombobulation. The important thing is to maintain your relationship with Me, says the Lord. Out of one mind, one focus, one purpose springs quality of life everlasting. Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

November 15, 2023: Forgive those who have been irksome, and move on. Their intention was not to be annoying; it was your mood that created irritation. So, repent and receive forgiveness. Vow to do better in the future. You cannot do anything about what has already transpired. Set yourself to always walk and live in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

November 14, 2023: Follow My lead in making changes this season. Change should never be the product of boredom or a whim, but should be well thought out and a necessary improvement to your life. It should have an element that simplifies and fortifies where you are and where you are going. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

November 13, 2023: Refuse to obsess about what might happen in the future. It is a waste of your time and energy. The events of today are enough to deal with without adding trepidation to the mix. Stand in the faith that I am with you and will lead you in every circumstance. Rest in that assurance, says the Lord. Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

November 12, 2023: Our dwelling place in heaven is not a house of rooms filled with all the conveniences and accoutrements of earthly living, but is a place in the Spirit where we can be one with God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all eternity. Live your life worthy of reward. John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

November 11, 2023: Much of the internal work of your soul and spirit is designed to restore you and repair the damage that has kept you from being completely whole and functional. Allow this work and be thankful for the opportunity to experience a new level of spiritual liberty. 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.

November 10, 2023: You have reviewed the past, and it is time to let it go once and for all. There is nothing you can do to change it. Rise up out of the dead ashes of what was and determine to move forward with confidence that I am with you and will not leave you nor forsake you, says the Lord. Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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.

November 9, 2023: To those who have been persecuted for your achievements, shake it off. It is better to do well and even be excellent than to do nothing and be accepted. But, you must also maintain humility and not gloat. You did not get to where you are today without help along the way. Give credit where credit is due. John 14:25b-27 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 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.

November 8, 2023: When you are conflicted and do not know what the best choice is, ask Me for wisdom. I never fail to give you direction and show you the way without equivocation. There is no need to get stuck in a place indecision. Be still and wait for the answer, says the Lord. James 1:5-8 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. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

November 7, 2023: Do not be anxious or afraid of what you might have to face in the future. You have today to do the best that you can to live a good and honest life that glorifies the Kingdom, says the Lord. You cannot even live the next hour before its time. Stay present with a righteous soul and tender heart. Seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12-14 Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

November 5, 2023: I want you to release the dread in your heart to Me. Do not allow fear to rule in your soul with regard to what might happen in the days ahead. The issues of today are enough to deal with in righteousness without adding supposition. Avoid wasting your time and energy on a fear-based future, says the Lord. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

November 4, 2023: Time is your most precious commodity. You would do well to spend it doing good for yourself and others as directed by My Spirit, says the Lord. Spend time in My presence where you can access wisdom as you are being refreshed and renewed. Refuse to squander your time in division and hatred. Spend your time wisely as you surround yourself with love and goodness. Ephesians 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

November 3, 2023: There are things that need to be put in proper order both physically and mentally. Ask for wisdom in accomplishing this task. I will give you the strength and clarity to deal with the issues that require your attention. Trust Me to direct your steps, says the Lord. Psalm 119:132-133 Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name. Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

November 2, 2023: You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time. Settle that truth in your spirit when someone is in disagreement and trying to bring correction to you. You are called to be obedient to My leading, says the Lord, and not to be a people pleaser. 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

November 1, 2023: In a dream I was cleaning out a storage unit and found boxes and boxes of old cassette tapes. I built a fire in the fire pit, and began to systematically throw them into the fire. About half-way through the project, I started to panic about maybe needing them again and I wouldn't have them. Then, I realized that I no longer had a cassette player to listen to them on. I believe the dream symbolized the need to let go of the things of the past that have no meaning or purpose in the present or future. 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.

OCTOBER 2023

October 31, 2023: You must let go of the past, and stop worrying about the future. You have today to do the best you can with the time you have and the circumstances that you have to deal with. Establish yourself in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord, and let Me direct your steps. I will not lead you astray. I am your place of safety and refuge. Be strong and of good courage. Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

October 30, 2023: To those who have been injured either physically or emotionally, access the substance of healing that is available to you through My Spirit, says the Lord. This will take quiet determination and faith, and you must let go of the symptoms and how you feel. Set your heart and soul to receive. Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

October 29, 2023: When you are in a holding pattern where there seems to be no change or progress, this time of waiting can either be fruitless or fruitful. You can do nothing, or you can take advantage of this time to examine your attitudes and motivations and make positive and lasting changes. Do not let this opportunity pass you by. Galatians 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not another.

October 28, 2023: Be reminded of how God orders your life when you depend on Him. He knows the beginning from the end and is aware of everything in between. When you put your life in His hands, He will orchestrate your movements with precision. Know that you are not alone; you have been bought at a price, the precious blood of Christ. Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

October 27, 2023: To those who are in need of a different outcome, you must make adjustments to your method of operation. These are days when it is imperative that you look through the lens of truth and reality regardless of how compelling deception becomes. Begin with being honest with yourself, and do not blame others for your shortcomings. John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

October 26, 2023: This time of transition is nearing a close, and you will begin to settle into the new cycle. It might resemble where you have been, but there will be things of the past that will fade away, and a sense of renewal will be evident. For some it will seem like never-ending upheaval like a storm passing through, and for others it will be like a gentle breeze. Keep your spiritual focus either way. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

October 25, 2023: Doors are opening for unique opportunities. It may be subtle, but take extra care to evaluate possibilities. I will give you the wisdom to know how to respond to these rare moments. Maintain an open heart and mind in your consideration and reactions to situations that come your way. Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

October 24, 2023: Examine your heart and make sure that you have no ill will or unforgiveness towards anyone, for that would negate the blessings I have in store for you. This is an opportune time to get your heart and mind aligned with My word and My will, says the Lord. Be generous in your attitudes; there is no need to be snarky. Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

October 23, 2023: Even though you feel strange and a little off balance, I am holding you in the palm of My hand, says the Lord. I am your Rock and your place of safety. You will regain your spiritual equilibrium as you make your way through this time. Do not be afraid. Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.

October 22, 2023: I will lead you to a high place in the Spirit, says the Lord. Progression will be your theme as you move with Me. I have things to show you, but you need to make sure that your reach is beyond your grasp; that your expectation is beyond what you can see in the natural realm. That which seems impossible will become possible when you align your will with Mine. Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

October 21, 2023: In a world of turmoil and despair, you must find your peace above and beyond the natural realm. Arise in spirit and know that I am God and that I will lead, guide, direct, and protect you when you put your trust in Me. I am your firm foundation and your very present help in trouble. Believe it! Psalm 46:1-4 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

October 20, 2023: Come into My presence, says the Lord, and be refreshed and renewed. Seek and you will find. Ask and it will be given. Come in faith and the assurance that I know everything about you, and that I care for you. I am only as far away as your breath. 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.

October 19, 2023: These times can be disorienting, but in your spirit, you know that you are okay and still connected to Me, says the Lord. Be quiet and patient. You are not in the land of Oz, you are where you need to be, doing what you need to do at this time. Trust Me. 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!

October 18, 2023: To those who have a tendency to push yourself too hard, set aside time to rest and recuperate from the demands of life. These are times to be good to yourself and allow for recovery as you replenish energy stores. Deliberately spend time in My presence where you can access health of body, soul and spirit, says the Lord. Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.

October 17, 2023: There is a widening chasm between the righteous and unrighteous, which will change the dynamic in relationships. This interruption will continue as some people you have been in touch with in the past and present will just seem to fade away. You must rise up and walk in the divine flow of My Spirit. Otherwise, you will try to fill the void created by these changes apart from My will, says the Lord. Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

October 16, 2023: When nothing seems to make sense, go back to the last thing that did make sense and work your way forward. Take the time to evaluate where you might have gotten off track. You have done nothing that cannot be fixed. Remember that you can ask for wisdom and direction, and I will give it, says the Lord. Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

October 15, 2023: You are living in perilous times, and you often think that the peril is outside, in the world and in external circumstances. However, the most peril is found in the condition of your will to go on or not. Remember that discouragement destroys faith. Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

October 14, 2023: Do not worry about what has been or might be. There are enough issues today to deal with. Stay focused and walk in the Spirit so that your spiritual connection is sure. Live each moment as it comes with your faith intact. I will never leave you nor forsake you, says the Lord. Deuteronomy 31:8 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

October 13, 2023: This is a time to evaluate where you are in life and what you do. Change is just around the corner, and you would do well to make the necessary adjustments as you progress. I have already imparted the wisdom you need for the transition to be smooth, says the Lord. Put your priorities in order. Isaiah 58:8 Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.

October 12, 2023: Resist the temptation to be frustrated because of things that are out of your control. Take a deep breath and relax. Be patient and trust that everything will work out without you having to worry. I am with you and for you, says the Lord, and I will bring you through even the most difficult of circumstances. Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

October 11, 2023: You will have the opportunity to simplify your life and circumstances. However, it will not be immediate. It will be one step at a time and one thing at a time as you move into the next phase of your existence. Be alert and stay present with Me, says the Lord, as I direct your steps. Isaiah 52:12 But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

October 10, 2023: Look to the horizon; there is a new day dawning. It is a day that gives you the opportunity to choose how you respond. It will either be positive or negative. You can either rise to new heights or plunge to lower depths. You can allow Me to be part of your day or not, says the Lord. Choose wisely. Romans 6:16 Do you not realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.

October 9, 2023: Release yourself from your past along with all regrets, embarrassment, and disgust. You can do nothing to change what was, but you can make a difference today by doing your best to be righteous and steadfast. You are no longer that person. You have a clean slate and a new future ahead of you. Be glad and rejoice, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:15-17 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

October 8, 2023: In a vision I saw a man navigating a minefield. Every step was calculated and deliberate as he searched the landscape for even the slightest or most subtle signs of danger. His senses were heightened so that nothing would escape his attention. I watched this man as he followed an invisible path through difficult terrain, and I heard the Lord say: Even though you are making your way through what seems to be ominous circumstances, I am with you to direct every step and bring you through to victory. Do not be afraid. Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

October 7, 2023: There are situations that require clarity. You will have to quiet your soul so that you can receive My instruction, says the lord. Panic will only lead to confusion. Stay calm in order to hear My voice and move forward with assurance that you are following My leading. You just need to settle down. Isaiah 30:15a This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.

October 6, 2023: When you are going through difficult times, do not stop. Keep pressing on until you find the peace that surpasses all understanding. It might not be easy, but you will look back on these days as being a time of enlightenment and spiritual growth. Stay the course. 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.

October 5, 2023: You are entering a new chapter in your life. You know your story so far, but it is time to embrace the future as it unfolds before you. Set your heart and mind to live each day with the grace and strength that I provide, says the Lord. I am your fortress, your high tower, and your place of refuge. Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

October 4, 2023: Rise up out of the dung heap of self-pity, and put your trust in Me, says the Lord. I am able to do what you cannot. But, you must pledge your allegiance to Me instead of allowing the enemy of your soul to drag you through the mud. Set your will to be strong and resolute. Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

October 3, 2023: There is so much uncertainty and negativity in the world around you that it sometimes seems beyond your ability to cope. Take time and put forth the effort to see the positive and to be reminded that you are standing on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. Establish yourself in the certainty of the power of the Holy Spirit to protect you. Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

October 2, 2023: When you feel overwhelmed, do not take yourself too seriously. Get quiet and examine the situations that make you feel threatened, and be reminded that this is momentary. It is your emotional response to being uncertain of the outcome. This is a time to be strong in faith and trust that I, the Lord, am with you to bring you through. You are in My hands. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 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.

October 1, 2023: In a vision I saw a fork in the road where a traveler would have to choose which way to go, and the Lord said: You are coming to an intersection in life where you must choose the direction that your life will take. The choices will be clear, and you will be able to distinguish between the two. One path will draw you closer to Me, and the other path will take you further down the road of worldliness and self-interest. Choose wisely. 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own?

SEPTEMBER 2023

September 30, 2023: Remember that you have embarked on a new era. You have come full circle and will have opportunities to begin again. But, you will have to take every opportunity to make more righteous choices this time around. Keep your focus clearly on doing what will produce the best outcome morally and spiritually, says the Lord. Refuse to allow selfish ambition to drive you. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

September 29, 2023: I have opened a path before you that will enable you to maneuver through hindrances and difficulties that you have had to endure. You will be able to experience a new level of freedom that has been almost impossible to attain. You cannot do this on your own, but with My help and guidance you will break through, says the Lord. Psalm 25;2 O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.

September 28, 2023: Look to the horizon, and catch a vision of where you are going. Identify your destination, and stay focused as you continue your journey. Put the past behind you, and do not forget your ultimate goal and spiritual purpose. Guard your faith as your most important asset. You can choose whether to be a victim or an overcomer. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

September 27, 2023: Get quiet and stay still. Listen for My voice in your spirit as I give you wisdom and direction for the days ahead, says the Lord. Know that I am with you when you feel alone. I have not abandoned you. You are Mine, and I am yours. Remember that as you take the next step in your spiritual journey. 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!

September 26, 2023: This is a time to evaluate the complexities in your life and move in the direction of simplicity. Ask for wisdom in making changes that will not only be expedient for you, but will be more beneficial for everyone concerned. I will show you the way and direct your steps in the process, says the Lord. Isaiah 45:2-3 I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.

September 25, 2023: I was reminded of the scripture about God making the rough places smooth, and it resonated with my spirit that He is indeed doing that now. Many of us have been through difficult, if not nearly impossible circumstances. We need to take heart that He is with us to make things easier than they have been. To that I say, Amen. Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

September 24, 2023: You will have opportunities to be more effective in My kingdom than you have ever been, but you must make good choices. Put Me first, live a life of faith, be honorable, have integrity, and treat others with respect and dignity. Come to Me in the secret place of your spirit, and allow Me to transform you, says the Lord. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

September 23, 2023: Complacency is like the morning fog that moves in silently to obscure the light. Strive to overcome the darkness of this world that can become a prison of hopelessness and despair. Shake yourself awake and diligently seek to abide in the Spirit where you can walk in faith and hope. Your effort will be rewarded. Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.

September 22, 2023: I will show you things that you need to recognize from the past; things that will reveal a need for correction. But, you must not dwell on times of rejection and reproach, which could cause you to lose heart. Rather, review difficult times objectively with an eye to make adjustments and then move on. This is an opportunity for freedom and greater spiritual strength. 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.

September 21, 2023: When something you are trying to do becomes too difficult, consider that it may not be in your best interest or might even put you at risk. So, stop and reconsider the reason for your efforts. Wait until you have clarity and until you know for sure you are in the flow of the Spirit. Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

September 20, 2023: Prepare your heart to receive all that I have for you in this season of change. Not everything will change, but you will notice that your body, soul and spirit are already being positioned to accept it. You can feel it, and you know that you are not the same as you were even a week ago. You are already making adjustments. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

September 19, 2023: Set yourself to stay calm, cool and collected when things seem to not be working out the way you intended. Refuse to become irritated or agitated. Take the time to check your attitude and be determined to move through every difficult circumstance with grace and faith in Me to show you a better way, says the Lord. Quiet your soul. Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

September 18, 2023: Establish yourself in faith and hope, but do not try to imagine what the future holds. You have today to do the best you can with where you are, what you do and and what you have. Settle yourself in the peace that comes with knowing that I am for you and with you, says the Lord, and leave the rest to Me. Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

September 17, 2023: You are in the process of spiritual refinement. You are being tested and purified so that I may find you fit to carry out My purpose in you and your place on the earth. No one can take your place or do what I have intended for you. You alone can carry out your singular objective as you yield to the work of My Spirit, says the Lord. Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

September 16, 2023: This is the first day of a new spiritual year. It begins with a time of sifting and sorting. There will be things to keep and things to throw away. This will not only pertain to the physical realm, but more importantly will be an exercise of the soul. Internal work will continue with greater clarity than ever as you experience spiritual refinement. I will lead you forth with grace and give you the wisdom and ability to do all that your destiny requires, says the Lord. Believe it and receive it. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.

September 15, 2023: Choose peace. Be at peace with yourself and others, and make this day one of tranquility instead of turmoil. Come into My rest and allow Me to establish you in quiet contemplation as you reflect on all things good and noble. Seek sanctuary in My presence and be refreshed, renewed and restored, says the Lord. Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.

September 14, 2023: Rise up and receive all that I have for you, says the Lord. I have a plan and a future for you, so do not despair when you find yourself in difficult circumstances. You have the ability to overcome and become all that I have called and chosen you to be. Be done with the mundane and arise to your spiritual position. Psalm 104:31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in His works.

September 13, 2023: Do not waste your time worrying about what the future holds and what you would have to do to accommodate what is coming. You have today and this moment. You can make your plans, but be sure to hold them loosely because it is certain that what lies ahead of you will not be what you envisioned. The best you can do is trust Me, says the Lord, to lead, guide, direct and protect you. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

September 12, 2023: When you reflect back on your life, do not just remember the challenges, difficulties and failures; remember the times of overcoming, being triumphant, and succeeding. Your life has not been just one or the other. You have had highs and lows. The high points have given you courage, and the low points have brought instruction and correction. Be thankful in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.

September 11, 2023: When you feel as though you do not belong you must remember that you belong to Me, says the Lord. You belong in My eternal kingdom. You are not an outcast where it really counts. You are precious in My sight and loved beyond your ability to imagine. Rise above all thoughts of being unloved or not cared for; you are Mine and I am yours. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

September 10, 2023: I heard in my spirit the phrase patient continuance. And the Lord said: Stay on course. Do not deviate from your purpose in My kingdom. Distractions will come that would cause you to lose focus and drift, but you must remain steadfast and immovable. Deliberately choose to be loyal and faithful to Me. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

September 9, 2023: When you are feeling lost and discombobulated, stop and take the time to get reoriented. Take inventory of who you are, what you are doing, where you are going and see that your relationships with others are clear of criticism, judgment or misunderstandings. Let your love shine with a pure heart. 1 Timothy 1:5-6 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk.

September 8, 2023: Establish yourself in unwavering faith so that you can transcend your flesh and carnal nature. It is through righteousness and by the power of My Spirit that you overcome the works of darkness. You must walk in the light to get free and stay free, says the Lord. Romans 8:5-6 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

September 7, 2023: Allow Me to lead you in the way you should go, and do not allow divisions to come between you and others because of race, creed, color, physical appearance, politics, or religious affiliation. Rather live and walk in the Spirit and let your love flow for everyone. Superiority and hatred have no place in My kingdom, says the Lord. Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

September 6, 2023: You cannot advance spiritually or naturally when you continue to feel sorry for yourself. It is like being stuck in the mud. Rise up and set new obtainable goals. Even if you have to take small steps, every step will strengthen your resolve to extricate yourself from this dark place. Psalm 37:23-24: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down.

September 5, 2023: Set your heart, mind and determination to treat everyone with the same respect that you desire for yourself. Be sure to reflect My character and nature in everything you do, says the Lord. Release yourself from prejudice and judging others from your place of strength to their position of weakness. Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

September 4, 2023: Last evening I looked out our west window to behold a stunningly beautiful sunset that lit up the bottom of the clouds like rows of glowing coals. I hurried to get my iPad to take a picture and in those few moments the colors had already begun to fade. And, I believe this was a sign that when a golden opportunity arises, we must not take it for granted or tarry. Get it while the getting is good. Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.

September 3, 2023: Take a moment to reflect on how your life changed in the last season, and realize that you not only survived; you are beginning to thrive. You are in a better position to take the next step in fulfilling your destiny. You have had supernatural help in what you have accomplished. Be glad and rejoice. Psalm 77:14 You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.

September 2, 2023: I am releasing a new wave of creativity for those who possess a sensitivity to nuance. Some of you have put away your gifting because you did not deem it to be worthy or worthwhile. Now is the time to pick it up again and use your creativity as a form of worship instead of a form of personal satisfaction, says the Lord. Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

September 1, 2023: You can make your plans for the days ahead, but you must hold them loosely with an open hand because you do not know exactly what the future holds for you. Focus instead on maintaining honest and unfailing relationship with Me, says the Lord. And, trust that I will reveal all that you need to know when it is time. Do your best with where you are and what you know about today. 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.

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Bill and Marsha Burns
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Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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