The Song I Want to Feast On

A man walking towards a cross with sunbeams

Blog by Kristen Hicks

Can we talk really quick about how many times I have written this first line and then erased it? It was a few. I am struggling. I know lately I’ve talked about how I am in this season of wrestling with the Lord… on everything, but the place I am finding myself in at this moment, is more like I’m just holding on. I’m not even trying to win anymore. Because I know I’m gonna lose. And deep down, I know that losing this insane wrestling match is actually a victory.

“I can’t do this anymore.” That is the phrase that keeps echoing in my head. It has so many layers to it, so many meanings, so many depths. “I just can’t, not like this. Not in this way.” Because truth be told, I’m not even sure if I believe this anymore. It seems to have gotten twisted, misinterpreted, become about something that it was never supposed to be about.

It feels like a crossroads, or rather a balancing act, like I’m walking on a type-rope and if I step to the left or the right, I will face sudden death. How did I get here? The more I wrestle, the more I realize how I have no idea who the One I’m wrestling with actually is, nor what He is doing. And that, I am learning, is exactly why I’m in this vulnerable position.

Have you ever been in this place? The place where you are begging the Lord to tear you down and then build you back up the right way. Or like I told Him yesterday, “Can you just cut me down and grow me back up the way I’m supposed to be?” I’m not sure one would even call it correction. Nope, I think the more suitable term is annihilation.

I can see the Light, the dawn that is breaking forth before me, behind me and inside me. And I am determined to hang on. I WILL NOT LET GO of the One that I know without a doubt in my mind, has the blessing on the tip of His tongue. Don’t misunderstand me, the blessing I am seeking is not greed, it is not power, it is not fame or fortune, in fact it has nothing to do with anything that this world can offer me.

It is simply an identity. A name change. Not for anyone else to know but me.

In the secret place, in the most Holy of Holy place, in the intimacy of where my spirit, soul, and body collide together and come into agreement with LOVE Himself. This is what I’m holding on to. This is what I’m seeking. I am staring intently at His face as I put one foot in front of the other, to make it across the threshold of death.

Hope. Hope is in His eyes. NOT fear. He is sure, He is certain that I will make it. The more I stare at Him I can feel His Spirit calling, whispering, singing into me. Trust is building within me. Confidence is surrounding me. Faith and Truth are holding onto me. The more I stare the more I know… I KNOW I AM HIS! 

With every step, my theology shifts, my perspective changes, my thoughts become clear, my heart beats louder, stronger because it can feel the Presence of the One in whom it beats for getting closer.

This is no ordinary encounter, this is different. You see, a couple days ago I asked the Lord to show me my convictions. You know, those things deep inside of me that I know, that I know, that I know.

It shocked me. It has nothing to do with doctrine or systems. It has nothing to do with what others around me believe. It isn’t complicated. It has nothing to do with the times we are in, nor what I think church should look like. It has nothing to do with the season even; nor whether or not I identify this place as a storm, a pit, a wilderness, or a cave. No, none of that really matters. It has nothing to do with authority, gifts, talents, or positions I might have. It’s not a puzzle, or something to figure out, or need an answer on. It has nothing to do with how much pain, tragedy, mistakes, sorrow, circumstance I have gone through. None of this matters when it comes to the conviction in my heart.

It is simple. So simple that a child understands it. And the truth is, I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE!!! Not when LOVE IS STARING ME RIGHT IN THE FACE!!!!

The conviction is this: HE. LOVES. ME. Period. End of story. There is NO question to this statement. No confusion. No theology. No perspective. No doctrine. No person. NOTHING! Nothing can come against this!!!

I’m DONE making it about ME! Or making it about someone else. I’m done making it hard. I’m done making it complicated. Because HE is WORTHY of so much more than that!!! He is worthy of a Bride that is IN LOVE WITH HIM, just for WHO HE IS!!! Not one that is love with with what He can do! He is worthy of a Bride that sees His eyes. Sees His heart. Sees is intentions. And sees HIS WORTH and can’t help to inhale HIS LOVE and exhale HIS PRAISE!!!!!  Not one that lives in FEAR of what He might do. But believes, BELIEVES, whole-hearted that HE IS GOOD!!!! In ALL things!!!!

Can I please just stop making it about me? Can I please start knowing my place as a CHILD of God? And all that that means, all the promise that that holds, all the direction, all the hope, all the LOVE, all the intention and position of what that means.

I feel like Paul a little bit right now when he said:

“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash- along with everything I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant- dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn’t want some petty inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from TRUSTING Christ- God’s righteousness.” 

-Philippians 3:7-9 MSG

Please hear my heart. I am not trying to vent, or hash out my feelings on a platform. I am simply just trying to remember!!! Remember my FIRST LOVE. Remember what it was like to JUST LOVE JESUS. Remember the simplicity of Him and His heart and what He came to do. I want to KNOW Him. More than I know anyone else in my entire life. And I want to love Him with ALL that I am. I want to be a part of His story, not fit Him into mine. This is my heart. This is the conviction I want to cultivate, to live out, to die for, and to live for. THIS IS THE SONG I WANT TO FEAST ON!

Trust is NOT a Suggestion

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Blog by Kristen Hicks

Ugh…

Yep, that is the way I’m beginning this blog entry… you’re welcome. Because for lack of better words, that is how I feel about this particular subject at the moment.

I feel like this word “trust” has been the only answer I’ve received lately from the Lord when I have asked some of my million questions. However, it is also becoming one of my million questions. “How the heck do I trust You with this?”

So again I say, “UGH…”

One day, not too long ago I was getting in the shower, not really thinking about anything in particular, when all of a sudden I heard the Holy Spirt say… “Trust is NOT a suggestion.”

“Ok… thank you…. Lord, I appreciate that random word, even though I wasn’t really asking or looking for anything at this moment of getting in the shower”, I respond, a little caught off guard.

He continued, “Every single time I tell you to trust Me, and every single time it is spoken in scripture, I am not suggesting that you trust Me, I’m commanding it.”

“Oh…” at this point, still shocked that the Holy Spirit would choose this moment out of any moment to share this insightful revelation with me, I began to be baffled at the fact that when someone tells me to “trust God,” or even if I tell someone to “trust God”, subconsciously it’s really being spoken as more of a suggestion.

Several weeks later, I was at camp and we were talking about the story of Daniel and the lions’ den and something dawned on me that I’ve never really thought about. When Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, he prayed out of trust NOT fear. He had built such a deep relationship with the Lord that I imagine that even if his heart was heavy with the thought of being attacked and eaten by the lions, he prayed to God because he KNEW God and he TRUSTED Him. Not because he was afraid of the lions.

The amazing thing was that the rest of the week of camp, in every single story, I began to see this pattern, and it all came down to the same thing…Trust. Do I have such a deep, unmasked relationship with the Lord that no matter what is done to me, no matter what circumstance, situation, tragedy, danger, you name it, I find myself in, I TRUST HIM?

This is HARRRD stuff. This is no ordinary mindset. But then again the Lord never created any of us to be ordinary. We were created to be FREE.

I have found myself lately realizing that I have NO IDEA how to trust the Lord. Especially, when it comes to emotions of the heart. How in the world can I change the way that I feel? How can I not be in fear? How can I change my heart in disappointment, in rejection, in pain? What about struggles that won’t seem to go away, or heartbreak that I can’t seem to get over, or those stupid circles that I am still running? Is it ok to feel this way? Am I not trusting God if I feel this way?

Sometimes, I find my answer in the definition. I have realized over the years that although words are spoken, I don’t usually have a full understanding of what they mean. “Trust- n. Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. v. Believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of. Synonyms: confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence, reliance, rely on, depend on, bank on, count on, be sure of….” And I’m sure it could keep going.

As I’m sitting here reading this, all I can think is THIS IS THE GOSPEL!!! This is the very foundation of life itself! I used to think I was good at this trusting stuff. When it comes to finances, when it comes to protection, I have mostly trusted God. But not out of relationship, more so because I had to. Because if I didn’t I would fall flat on my face. But is that even really trust at all?

I think most of the time, I’ve misinterpreted trust with “going with the flow.” Having no expectations at all. Just going with, “Well God’s got this.” Only because I had no other option.  But I don’t think that that is what He’s calling me to with this. This is speaking of trusting God as a last resort kind of thing, not as THE FIRST!

I don’t know about you, but when I look at it like that, I find myself VERY humbled at the thought of how often I do this. It’s human nature to want to be in control of stuff, but that is also where we fall short. That is the very thing that needs to die within us. That is the very mindset that needs to change. The mindset that I only trust God when it’s out of MY control. Yea that sucker needs to die!

What if I did trust God as first resort not a last? How different would my life be? What does that even look like? I think it’s ok to have emotion. I think it’s ok to even doubt. Just as long that you bring it all to the feet of Jesus and work it out, and filter it through Him. Maybe that’s what trust really looks like.

When I woke up this morning, I felt like I was immediately met by mercy. What followed was the Lord keeping it simple. He said, “Just today, I want you to make a choice and choose to cling to Me in every single thing that you do. That’s it.”

I DO NOT have it figured out yet. I apologize if you were hoping that when you finally made it to the end of the forever long blog, that I would give you the answer. I don’t have it. The only thing that I have is a word, “love.” Trust is found in LOVE, itself. If it were an equation, I think that it would look like TRUST=LOVE.

On the way to lunch today, I was thinking about something I wrote in a past blog. It was this: “Fall in love with Jesus and find the courage to let Him love you back.” As I was talking this out with my friend, Ronda, at lunch, we came to the conclusion, that this statement isn’t exactly wrong. It’s just backwards. The truth is, we can only give back to God what He first gave us. We can’t love Him without first letting Him love us. So the statement is this:

Find the courage to LET JESUS LOVE YOU, then you will fall absolutely, head over heels, in love with Him back! 

So today, I’m not gonna try and complicate it. I’m not gonna even beat myself up for actions or the way I feel, or put restrains on my emotions to make myself get it, or get in line with it. I’m just gonna come before Jesus with it all. All my worries, all my emotions, all my heartache, struggles, pain, disappointments, and all the things that I don’t know how to deal with or have answers on, and just lay them down. Today, I’m going to make a choice, and choose to cling to the Father. As I was just writing that line, I saw myself literally hiding behind the Father, clinging to His shirt, like a child would, when they are unsure of someone or something. This is a process. It’s not meant to get in a day. But I do believe that this is the road to true FREEDOM! This is the road to SURRENDER!!!

My friend, Kourtney, send the this quote the other day that I want to end with because I feel like it fits. You might have to think about how it fits, but I am confident the Lord will show you. It

was this: “Do not wait for courage, LOVE alone can move you to jump- and courage will meet you there.” -ShePaintsTruth

Love you guys!

Deep Calls To Deep

Water fall / morning light

Blog by Kristen Hicks

Yesterday, I had this weird moment. It’s happened before, but never has it been quite like this. I was on my way back to my Dad’s house after running to town for a bit, and it was as if I couldn’t get there quick enough.

There was something stirring in my spirit. Something deep. Something heavy.

I ran inside, put my stuff down, and went to the basement. I felt like I was literally running. Like I was holding my breath, grasping for air. It’s hard to explain. I finally got downstairs and grabbed a guitar.

I sat down and began to play and I just started singing out. Not even words at first. You know those verses in Romans 8 that say,

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” (vs. 26-27 NLT emphases added)

That was what I felt coming out of me…groanings. It was like in that moment, I needed to just sing. I needed to worship. I needed it like I needed water, or food, or breath. I love that the NLT version uses the word “harmony” when talking about God’s will. If you read my previous blog, I talked about coming into “agreement with a greater song.” In this moment, that is exactly what was happening. When we find ourselves without words before the Father, and allow the Spirit to bring something new out of us, whether it be in song form or just a groan itself in prayer, when we just LET IT OUT, it collides with His voice, the song that the Father is singing. It doesn’t clash the way that sometimes our prayers with words do. You know what I’m talking about. Those prayers that are driven by flesh and soul wounds. No, when the song of the SPIRT rises up within you it creates a harmony to the melody that the Father is singing. All my music people out there know, that when a harmony is done right, when it is pure, and it collides with melody, it sounds like…ONE VOICE.

Sitting down here tonight to write this blog I didn’t have much to go on. All I knew to write about was this one particular moment. As I always do when I write, I had turned on a youtube instrumental worship song. In the song video that I had chosen, the first thing that was on the screen was a waterfall with the words, “deeps call to deep.” Coincidence? I don’t believe in those. I knew to look up that verse. As I read it, I figured I needed to post the whole Psalm.

Psalm 42

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise amount the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the highest of Hermon-from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep, in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me-a prayer to the God of my life. 

I pray to God my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?’ My bones suffer mortal agony, as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ Why, my soul, are you downcast? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” (Emphasis added) 

Ok I know that was a lot but I wanted you to get the full picture. This is the song of the Spirit. Something was stirring within this guy. Something deep. Something heavy. But he allowed the song of his spirit to supersede his soul. In spite of what he felt, in spite of being tormented and taunted by the enemy.

Then there is this connection. After reminding himself of who God is, and all the things the Father has proven Himself to be, he says, “Deep calls to deep.” The deep things within him call out to the deep things within God. This may be gross to some of you, but when I think about this, I picture an umbilical cord. It’s a connection like no other. This is worship. This is coming into agreement with a greater song.

“In the roar of your waterfalls”, Ezekiel 43:2 says that His voice was like the roar of rushing waters.” 

“All of your waves and breakers have crashed over me.” The waves of His grace, love and mercies continuously fall on him. As well as the breakers of His justice and His truth. The things He uses to break down your walls, your insecurities, your doubts.

Then it talks about the day and the night. The Light and the darkness. And I love the fact that it is in the darkness that he is reminded of the Father’s song. The song of deliverance. The song that will lead him out of the darkness and into the light of day.

When I was in my moment, yesterday, I felt led to sing, “No Longer Slaves.” This song doesn’t just carry the anointing of truth, it carries an authority. A reminder of not just who you are but WHOSE You are. And that reminder isn’t just for you. It’s for all those demons that torment and taunt you. It’s the song of the Father’s heart! It’s a song to be reminded of and sing in the darkness of the night! It’s a song of deliverance!

As I was singing this song, a new little melody came out of me and it was this:

“Let it Rise within you

The confidence of Truth

You are and will forever be

A daughter of the Most High King” 

It was as if this little melody was what the Lord wanted to bring out of me in my moment of worship with Him. How sweet is it that the Lord is so intentional in His ways? He doesn’t EVER waste time. He doesn’t overlook a moment of opportunity to pour out His love into us. We just have to realize He is doing it. We have to choose to respond in the moment when we feel Him calling, when we feel Him drawing us. Because as simple as the little melody that came out of me was, it is a profound truth. It’s a song that will disarm in the enemy. It’s a song of deliverance.

Take A Walk

Road in a beautiful forest in the morning

Blog by Kristen Hicks

I woke up this morning with a heaviness on me. Have you ever woken up and felt that? Ugh it’s terrible. I started crying out to the Lord,”What is this? Can you please help me understand? Can you please show me what to do? Show me how to get out of this once and for all?”

I was finding myself in the middle of a circle that was far too familiar. Do you have one? A circle? I’m pretty sure we all do in one way or another or at least we have all experienced one at some point in our life. An attitude that we can’t seem to get under control, an addiction we can’t seem to give up, a habit that we just can’t seem to break, you know what I’m talking about, you can fill in the blank. Just a vicious cycle.

And then there’s the lies that comes with them. The enemy isn’t going to miss an opportunity to make you feel worse, no way! “You’re never going to overcome! People don’t know who you really are? You’re a hypocrite, a fake! This is who you are! This is all you’re ever going to be! God doesn’t love you! He can’t stand the sight of you! You’re just a disappointment to Him!” Blah, blah… blah, blah, blah…. And then you suddenly find yourself believing them. Because the truth is, you haven’t “truly” overcome them yet or at least that’s what your actions seem to say. Some people don’t know. What if they did? Would they consider you a hypocrite or a fake? And suddenly you find yourself in agreement with the lies, and that only lands you in a deeper mess than you were before. Can anyone out there relate?

So here I am, laying in bed this morning and this is the situation I am finding myself in. When I cried out to the Lord, all I really heard Him say was, “Go on a walk today”. So I got up get ready and headed over to my dad’s to get a little work done.

On my way there, I again hear the sweet, soft whisper of the Lord’s voice. “Kristen, you are in a wilderness season. The thing you need to know about this season is that it’s meant for you to wrestle with Me and overcome the enemy.” (He actually said it a little different, with a little more detail, but it’s a little more personal, so this is a paraphrase.) He also said that I was going to look back on this season one day, and it was going to be one of my favorites. Tears started to fill my eyes as I thought about Jesus in the wilderness. I have heard so many people teach on that passage lately, but I had not yet put it all together.

So after I worked a little at Dad’s, met him and Tina for lunch, met a friend for coffee, I then headed over to Hobbs to take my walk. I had this song echoing in my mind. It was “Open Space” by Housefires (Look it up).

Here’s the funny thing about a good walk. It helps you get somewhere. Shocker, I know. Not just physically, but mentally. It allows your brain to process and breathe, and gain a new perspective.

So here is where I was on my walk….

I have a million questions! Like seriously, I don’t know what the HECK in going on in my life at the moment or what the Lord is doing. That seems dramatic, it’s not really, but it feels so far out my control that it’s scary, but I know it’s good. It feels like nothing is making sense and yet everything is making since all at the same time. I keep feeling like at any moment, I am going to completely fall on my face or find out that I’ve been wrong this entire time about everything. I feel like I’m never going to truly overcome certain things or be set completely free.

Are you now seeing where the heaviness might be coming from?

BUT……. (And there is the game changer word)

The place I ended up today was this…

God wants me to wrestle with HIM, not with the enemy. He wants me to ask my million questions. I just have to be ok with the fact that He might not answer all of them. He wants me to dig deep, get messy, uncomfortable, while He examines every single area within me. He wants to shine His light on the dark corners. He wants me to let Him prune my branches, examine the fruit. He wants to wrestle with my theology, my mindset, my attitude, my heart, my motives, my life in general. He wants to point out ways that I unknowingly agree with the enemy and pull me into “AGREEMENT WITH A GREATER SONG.” (That will preach guys…Melissa Helser.)

Something flew out of my mouth to a friend of mine today. Something I had never thought of but as I walked the Lord really allowed me to understand it. It was this:

The Lord wants us to wrestle with Him not so He can cripple us with a limp!!! He wants us to wrestle with Him so that we come out knowing how to LEAN… ON HIM!!!!!! So that we come out knowing how to lean while we walk!!! Isn’t that AWESOME!?!?!

The story of Jacob wrestling with the Lord has never made sense to me until now. Imagine that, God’s beloved, Israel! Wrestling with God and coming out with a limp! That is so incredibly powerful and beautiful!!

So here I am, in the most important sporting event of my life! Wrestling with Jesus, to the point that when I come out of this wilderness, I will truly be set free from the endless circles. I will know how to overcome the lies and traps of the enemy. But not with my own understanding or cleverness, not with my own strength, not even with my own man-made weapons of rules. This is the greater song that I am coming into agreement with!!! This is how He meant it all along!!! The song of His Word!!! The song of His Heart!!! I WILL overcome by “taking a walk” out onto the battle field with the limp of leaning on the Overcomer Himself!!!!

You Are My Constant

Sunrise over the sea. Con Dao. Vietnam

Blog and Song by Kristen Hicks

When I was younger, my parents divorced, and part of the custody agreement was that my brothers and I would switch between each house every week. So one week we would be with our Dad and the next week we would be with our Mom. I remember when I got a little older, I was so thankful for my brothers. They were the constant in my life.

A couple years ago I remember, I was housesitting at some friend’s house and the Lord began to completely wreck me with the revelation that He had become the true constant in life. I even wrote a blog about it in that moment that you can read here.

Lately, He has once again been reminding me of this truth, that He is our true constant and that His faithfulness is astounding. I have heard so many stories lately that have completely wrecked my heart. There is so much going on in the hearts of people. Fears, insecurities, heartbreak, anxiety, restlessness, loss, shame, doubt, addiction, struggles, frustration, sickness, pain, so much, so many things.

But He doesn’t change. He doesn’t lose sight of us, even when we feel like we have suddenly lost sight of ourselves, or lost sight of Him. He isn’t afraid of our mess, He isn’t surprised or thrown by the “suddenly” of life events. He doesn’t turn His back on us, when we begin to question Him. There isn’t a restless nor anxious spirit within Him. He is sure, He has no doubt in His mind. There is no addiction, no struggle, no demon that can’t stand against Him and win! There is no heartache, no sickness, and no pain that He isn’t strong enough to heal.

This is my Father! This is the One I love! This is His heart! This is His character! He is the One! He is the Only! He is the One I will lift my voice to and praise with every single fiber of my being, in every single season that I go through. Because His goodness outweighs my circumstance! I will let His voice be louder than any other, including my own! His love will carry me through, it will overshadow, it will lift my head, open my eyes, and speak directly into me, and into every situation I bring before Him! It will produce something that is far more than I could ever imagine or hope for! He Himself will come alive in me in the midst of my weakness and show Himself strong! That’s just the kind Father He is!

He just was, He just is, and He will forever be….my Constant!

This song is based on Psalm 46. I highly recommend that you take a second and let the Holy Spirit not only speak this Psalm over you but that you allow Him to write it on your heart and show you what it really means to rest in Him.

Lyrics to You Are My Constant

Verse 1

There’s a peace I find in the morning, and a love in every sunrise

And as I sit and stare at its beauty, tears fall from my eyes

Cause I know….I know…You have fought for and won my soul

I know…I know…

Chorus

That You are my Constant, You’ve never left my side,

You have carried me through it all, while all the while opening up my eyes

You are my fortress, You are my secret place

And I know no matter what may come my way,

I will run to You and rest in Your embrace

Cause You are my Constant

Verse 2

Through the waiting and trials, the struggles and the wars

Still I will declare that I am completely Yours

In the midst of confusion, heartache and pain

I will lift my voice louder still and praise Your Holy Name

Cause I know… I know…You have chosen and claimed me as Your own

I know… I know…

Bridge

Though the mountains they may fall, and the seas may rage and roar

Still I will lift my voice to the One who reigns and is Lord of it all

In Your truth I’ll fix my gaze, as Your voice completely outweighs

Every fear and every doubt that comes against that…

Inspire A Stranger

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Blog by Kristen Hicks

So I have a challenge for you guys! I The Lord has been talking to me a little lately about being unseen. I feel like we all go through a season, if not multiple seasons (some even our entire life), that we feel overlooked, forgotten or unseen. I am actually learning this to be a good thing. When we find ourselves doing things that we don’t get noticed or applauded, we can shift our minds and our thinking to a heavenly perspective. We are placing our hearts and our minds in a position of finding our worth in the eyes of the Father not in the eyes of man. So once again, it is counter-culture. It feels backwards and goes against our flesh not to do things to be seen by man. However, the joy that is awarded to us by the Father, when we do things His way, is unmistakably more amazing! He looks upon us with a beaming smile and joy, as we begin to look more and more like His Son. He’s a proud Father! Not because of what we do or don’t do, but simply when we turn our eyes and hearts to Him and view ourselves in the reflection of His eyes. You won’t be able to help but be moved with compassion to inspire, serve, and love on others, not for any approval at all, but because you know whose you are and you know you are loved and seen and heard by Him! And because you are moved by your love FOR Him!

So my challenge is this: Go get before the Father, stay there until you see His smile! Stay there until you can look yourself in the mirror and KNOW you are His child. Then go inspire someone else, and pour out this new found joy that you have found in the Father’s eyes. Here are some ideas just to get you started:

  • Make a meal for someone
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Go buy things to put in the Little Food Pantry
  • Write a letter of appreciation to someone.
  • Write our a scripture, a prayer, or just encouraging note and leave it somewhere for a stranger to find.
  • Be a secret friend to someone. Find out something unique about them and buy them a special prize.
  • Bake someone cookies!!!
  • Visit a senior center and “adopt” a grandparent and just sit and talk with them.
  • Learn to crochet or knit and make blankets for a local shelter
  • Pick up liter in a park
  • Tutor a student that is struggling in a particular subject
  • Give someone a hug that looks like they need one.
  • Give someone a laugh
  • Let someone go in front of you at the checkout line or in traffic
  • Send out encouragement cards to whoever the Holy Spirit puts on your heart.
  • Mow someones lawn
  • Go through your closet and take whatever your don’t wear or use anymore to a local shelter.
  • Pick up lunch for your spouse and take the kiddos to the office and eat lunch together
  • Pay for a coworkers lunch
  • Offer to take an elderly person to a doctor appointment and keep them company.
  • Invite someone to dinner that you wouldn’t normally hang out with
  • Pay for a stranger’s meal
  • Give someone a flower
  • Randomly offer to babysit a friends children for a few hours
  • Send a text prayer to someone that the Holy Spirit has been laying on your heart.

Enjoy!!!