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Exchange of Truth

The Lord has had me thinking about truth… His Truth… It is absolute, unchangeable, desirable, life giving… and because many times WE exchange that truth for a lie, we are open to all kinds of problems.

As I’ve been meditating on this, my Beloved reminded me of one of my favorite scriptures;

Psalm 119:32  “I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free”

When I heard it the first time, something happened in my spirit, my heart lept, I felt free, I’d never thought of His word as a place I could run… there was a sense of safety in this, protection, a sense of peace….

I closed my eyes and said these words over again…. I felt like I was running in an open field, down the laneway of our childhood vacation cottage, a place of safety and beauty.

I run in the paths of Your Commands…. Wow, I can run in the path of Your teachings, Your desires for me, Your words of life… because You have “Set me Free” from the weight of all I was carrying, from the heaviness of loss and guilt and fear and rejection, the sense of bondage to the past… 

What the Lord had done inside of me when I returned to Him, gave my heart wings.  His truth had cut the chains that had bound my heart from so much pain, and set me free… Free to Hope for the future He had always planned for me, gave my heart wings to live and breath new life, HIS life, and I understood that my desire was to run in the path of His word, to run in life, free to feel protected by His Word, with a sense of safety that no matter what, He was beside me, within me, leading me, directing me guiding me on this path of life… and I could Trust Him…

Freedom and Trust came because He set my heart free and His Word, His guidebook for living gave me all I needed to fulfill the plans He had for me the very thing that my heart desired…

Over the years, this scripture continually speaks to me… He keeps my heart free. Through the difficulties and challenges of life over the years, and those that I’m sure you have faced over the years…. You can run with freedom into all He has for you, because He holds your heart, He leads you in His ways that bring Life and freedom, joy and hope…We need this truth now more than ever!  Don’t lose site of His Word.

What a beautiful Word He gave me, what a beautiful exchange… Do you sense it?…

It’s there for you to receive… All you have to do is Let Go of what was and let Him catch your heart, and give you a new vision, and new Hope..   He who is faithful..will do it!

May the Lord watch between me and you, while we are absent one from another…..

Till we meet again

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Dance of the Beloved

One of my first revelations that brought about a Divine Exchange in my mind, emotions and beliefs about myself, was an encounter I had with my heavenly Father…

At the time, I has recently rededicated my life to Jesus, surrendered my future to him, but struggled with thoughts, beliefs, ideas about myself… Much healing would come.. He knew, He understood.

In a moment of time, He came before me in a vision. The room was dark around the endges and I couldn’t see why, but then HE showed up..He came up to me, looked at me with such love and asked “Will you dance with me?” I thought this is strange. I asked “Me, Why would YOU be asking me to dance. There are many others… He repeated the question. “Yes YOU. Will you dance with me” his hand still extended.

I looked at Him, His eyes so intent on me… I said “okay, I will”…

He took me into His arms, and brought me into the centre of the floor, and began to lead me in a dance, like in a waltz, around the room. I noticed the disturbance around the edges of the room, and looked at Him… I remember Him saying very clearly to me… “Wendy, I am making an open display of you to the enemy, so that THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHOSE YOU ARE!“You are Mine, forever mine“. As I looked closely, I saw the arrows being shot from the sidelines, and all the while, my Lord kept His back to them, absorbing the arrows into His back, protecting me from them, and all the while I began to understand that He was letting every enemy I had and would have, the I WAS HIS and HE WAS MINE…

I had chosen Him, chosen to surrender my life to Him. I didn’t know how I would work through all I needed to in my personal life and BECOME ALL that He had planned for me, but He reassured me in that moment…..

I was NOT alone, He would protect me, He would lead me in all my ways, and anything that would get to me HAD to come through HIM first.

He is MY BELOVED…. And… I AM HIS….. and so are YOU!

Song of Solomen 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you”

Painting by W.Pierce

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Beginnings

Wow, the day is here! Here I am. 

It has taken many years to get to this day, but I believe NOW is the time.

Even when we procrastinate, and dig in our heels, God knows what it is going to take to get us to where He wants us to be, and where we really want to be, especially if we are continually asking Him to work IN us, MOVE us into His alignment  (perfect will) for our lives. HE IS FAITHFUL!

I’m more than grateful that in my life, my Beloved, has proved this over and over.  HE IS FAITHFUL!

What more can we want.  His eye is on us always, He hears our voice.  He is in the delays, the denials, and the challenges, no matter how difficult they are.  As we continually pursue Him, even in the darkest of moments, no matter how small the step, clinging to His hand, and love for us… He is working.

One of my favorite times with Him, was when I was finishing Bible School many years ago… I was asking Him about something specific, and He said very clearly “Wendy, just because you don’t SEE anything happening, doesn’t mean that I’m not WORKING to bring things together for you.

Wow, what a revelation for me… It brought peace to my heart, a deeper trust that He knew where I was, that what He had promised to me, He had not forgotten, and that He WAS working.

 Now, it is time to share what the Lord has been revealing to me…One day at a time. 

The various things you will see and that I will write about will include some of my own life’s journey, revelations I have had as I pursue my Beloved, and His pursuit of me,….  Yes, He pursues me…and You! These revelations are not just for me, but for all who will hear.

So, lets begin with this journey of Divine Exchange.  My/Your life for His, my/your hopes for His best hopes for me/you, and a deeper understanding and revelation of Who We are to Him, one that I never would have imagined and continue to pursue with all of my heart.

My hope is that this will encourage you, to begin your own journey, or pursue Him in a deeper way, and ultimately for You to truly know you are deeply, extravagantly and unconditionally Loved and Accepted by the ONE who created you….

“May the Lord watch between me and you, while we are absent one from another”!…  Until we meet again

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Divine Exchange of Identity

Identity….

This word holds different meaning for all of us; it brings up thoughts and feelings of how we have seen ourselves from early childhood to the present, as we asked and have/or we continue to ask ourselves, Who am I, where do I fit, What is my purpose?.

How that gets answered is different for many of us and sadly to say most of the time, we come into agreement with an identity that is shaped by our world, our parents, our siblings, our experiences RATHER than by the One who CREATED US.

A sense of unworthiness, of being of little real value or a sense of no true purpose invades our minds and our core belief about ourselves, then these thoughts and emotions are reinforced by a world around us full of competition or and comparison.  We accept an identity far less than our Creator planned for us, and Far Far less than our true value.

When this is our state of being,  we can never truly take our rightful place in God’s plan for our lives, as long as we only see ourselves from our natural minds perspective of who we are, or we allow ourselves to be shaped and pushed into the box others create for our purpose.

God is bringing His sons and daughters into their true identity in this hour so that we can be people of the Kingdom of God that He always created us to be, and desired.

We can accomplish so many things, that God has called us to, and still carry around a sense of insignificance.

Why?  Because, at the core of who we are do not see ourselves AS God sees us.

My encounter with God in this area was powerful!… In moments I learned so much.

As I was praying, asking the Lord, why I was struggling within myself, the Word Insignificance came before my eyes, like a banner that grew larger and larger, and then in a moment, He said.

That is not truth.  YOU are significant… You are made in MY IMAGE and MY LIKENESS… I spoke into you before you ever were conceived in your mothers womb…. I spoke into you WHO you are, What you will do, All that is within you, I spoke into you, and I CREATED YOU LIKE ME… with the ability to sound like me, to look like I do in your actions and deeds… You were created to REFLECT ME and I AM in YOU.

So many memories came up, words of how my past experiences made me think about who I am, and the value of who I am; as I was thinking them, seeing the words, experiencing the emotions, I heard him say… these are not real.  The experiences were real and the thoughts you think about yourself seem real, but they are not because THEY ARE NOT MY TRUTH about you. 

The only Truth is MY TRUTH, and  it was as if the Lord was melting away the thoughts that had been cemented in my mind, distorted emotions in my heart began to melt away, like wax of a lit candle, and The light of HIS WORDS began to take  hold in my heart and mind.

I AM made in HIS IMAGE, I AM CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS, I AM WORTHY, I AM FULL OF THE GLORY of GOD with PURPOSE and INTRINSIC VALUE, that HE SPOKE INTO ME BEFORE I WAS CONCEIVED, AND HE CONTINUES TO SPEAK THEM OVER ME.

WOW,,, IT was like I was there, at the beginning when He spoke me into being, I was renewed, with a PURE sense of WHO I AM.  I saw that I was FILLED with the glory, nature purpose and presence of God as His daughter!

I had recently learned something powerful, that He brought back to my remembrance.    That In the garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply”  which meant – to build a kingdom of people, made in the image and likeness of God, to govern the lands they possess in ways that represented Him, and His Kingdom.  That was what He originally intended His sons and daughters to do.

All throughout the Old Testament, God continually said to Israel, His people, Follow me, Be Holy as I am Holy, You will be my people, I will be your God.    They understood what that meant. When a smaller country was being taken over by a larger country, in exchange for the larger countries protection they would supply grain, money etc., and they would be protected by the larger.

The larger country would place a statue of the leader in the smaller countries to make the people remember who their Leader was, who was in charge.

In the same way, God told His people you are made in my image and likeness.. put no other Gods before you, no other graven images, and do not give or be given to those around you.   You are mine, and I am yours, BE HOLY as I AM HOLY…  you can do this because you are MADE in My Image and Likeness. 

In the midst of all that is going on around us, we may forget this… We were Made In our God’s Image and Likeness, do BE as He is, in this world.  We are to be and bring forth sons and daughters of HIS KINGDOM, and wherever we find ourself, we are to rule and govern the spheres around us, so that they reflect the Kingdom of God here on this earth; our lives, our homes, our jobs, our communities, regions, countries.

Wow!!! In this there is renewed purpose, and renewed strength to stand in WHO He has called us to be, regardless of those around us, regardless of the experiences of life.

The more we renew our minds to this truth, the more we understand that ALL we need we have in HIM, and this becomes a powerful TRUTH we live from.    We can live the reality of the scripture. “If God be FOR us, who can be against us! “

The Word comes alive anew and we are able to move into those places that we have previously not been able to as we see ourselves through the eyes of Our MAKER, Our LORD, our greatest ENCOURAGER! Trusting this truth becomes ALIVE within you in a fresh new way, and you step into what your creator has for you in this season of your life with confidence and courage. May the Lord watch between me and you until we meet again! Blessings, Wendy