Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tender Mercy



Good morning my little one. I love you with great affection and compassion. I am the God of tender mercy and father of all comfort who holds your heart in moments of distress. When you are feeling angry or confused, I hold you. When you are feeling sad and lonely, still I am there with you, holding you. When you feel despair and think you're helpless and cannot go on or deal with the problem in front of you, I am with you. I am in you as the energy to do your life. It is so easy for your mind to give up on a problem or a person. But I never fail and I never give up on anyone. My power is the incredibly gentle power of love. I never force anything or anyone, yet I endure all things and believe all things for all people and all times.

I love each person into being and I hold him or her in that love binding you all to each other. Whether you see it or not, you are part of an unbreakable community of love. I want you to see it. I want you to live in the joy of this union.

 You are not to worry about broken connections in the families of origin that you come from. Instead let me heal them as you look to me, the only true connection this world can ever know.



2 Corinthians 1:3 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Flow



I hear these words of encouragement leap up in my heart as I listen today. 

"Today is a new day, beloved. Today is a day to grow even more healthy by letting the holiness that exists at the center of your being infuse all your thoughts and actions. I am the holiness, in all my love for you and the intimacy we share. Together we are this glorious health that springs up eternal in your heart. This health lives and breathes through ideas and thoughts and words, images and dreams and desires. Let the living center of your being breathe in all wonder and delight. Look at the fountain and be still. Drink from the fountain and be satisfied. Listen to the fountain and let your heart be glad. Dance beside the fountain and let our ecstasy be complete."

John 4:14 But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water satisfying his thirst for God, welling up, continually flowing, bubbling within him to eternal life. (AMP) 




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Do you see what I see?



My little one when you look around and see only darkness it is because your eyes are filled with darkness. When You see as I see you can see my life in all people and in all things. When you see my light, my energy, my joy, my peace and my life flowing through you and through all people, you will be filled with joy and hope. This is what it means for your whole body to be filled with light. Let your eye be whole and single as you see reality: I am your only true reality and I am the resurrection and the Life!!

 Take a moment right now to see as I see. See my energy that holds all things together by the power of my will. See my love that draws you to each other in bonds of joy and compassion. Do not see the flesh with all its delusions of grandeur and delusions of failure. Instead see my spirit at work in you and at work in all the world. See my life, my light and rejoice!

 You see what is broken; I see the power that is still holding all things together. You see what is hurting and in pain; I see my power to heal working through you and all people.

 Do you see how this works now? Everywhere you look you see limitation in flesh and failure. But I come alive in you because I am constantly and fully aware of myself and my power and my love, I see nothing but the places where my glorious plan and my perfect work is succeeding!

 Oh let me open the eyes of your heart that you may see all things filled with the light of my love! Oh let me open your ears that you may hear the glorious universal rejoicing! Oh let me share with you in every one of your senses and emotions the full flow of my living water that abounds in you and in all things that live and move and have their being in me!

 I want you to see my life and my light and my love at work in your children. See me joyfully spilling out in their words and their gestures, their play and their feelings, their attention to you and to each other!

 When you see this you will believe fully in what I am doing and you will feel no pressure to accomplish anything on your own.

 Oh my beloved! I would have you see your beloved-ness right now! See it! Feel it! Live it! Love me in the midst of my abundant love for you. Love yourself within the cataract of my ecstatic union with you. Love each person and draw near to their heart because they are one with you even as I am one with you. Let compassion and empathy flow in you like a torrent of joy.

 In this moment I would have you feel fully in your body what the spiritual realities are like. Do not hold back. Let the ecstasy and the intimacy flow over you in a waterfall of life.

 Do not hesitate for a moment to taste this sweet living water. Taste and see that I am good! Bury your face in the depths of this flow and drink great drafts of delicious life-giving elixir!

 My life flows rich and full in the face-to-face awareness of mirror rejoicing!

 Let all tiredness be borne in the rich energizing flow of this communion. As glances of love pass between us in this eye to eye, expression to expression synchrony, let your ecstasy be amplified constantly in the shining face of my love upon you.

 Let my joy be in you and let your joy be mature. This full joy always draws you back to me no matter what else you may be feeling. Your most difficult and overwhelming feelings simply wash you back onto the shore of my love which always stands stable beneath your feet. All you have the need to do is stand firm on the secure foundation of my love and all overwhelming feelings will simply wash over you

 As they wash over and through you, you will be transformed by my love that holds you firm. Let your mind be renewed by the transformative power of my spirit even as you walk through the fire of feelings, the flood of feelings, the earthquake of feelings or the great tornado of feelings. In all of these you will not be shaken, because you have received the kingdom of my love which is unshakable! You have heard the still small voice of my love which calls you by name and creates for you an eternal identity in my perfect embrace!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Listen closely

Beneath the sound of my inner critic, I hear His still small voice . . .

That's right. You heard the idea of My thought, but you did not hear the tone of love I intended.

Is the voice of an Encourager ever accusatory or angry? The answer is simple. Never! 

If you hear an angry, critical, punitive or accusing voice, you know it is not me. The voice of the Encourager is always encouraging. Your heart will always be lifted and urged forward with great hope when you hear My voice. If you're hearing something different than that, you did not hear me, you heard something laced with anger by the subtle device of fear. You heard the voice of an enemy, a delusion and a lie. Cast that specter aside and listen more closely for the voice of My love within you.

You will hear me, and what you hear will cause you to trust more deeply in My Love, and in your own True Heart!

The better you learn to hear my voice, the more my voice will echo through you to every person that you love. 

Of course I am always encouraging you to learn and grow, but I am never giving you a guilt trip about your past or sounding even slightly disappointed about where you are right now. 

I'm pleased with you right now. 

When I look at you I see you for who you are. I see nothing but my beautiful nature, full of growth and potential, life and joy. How can I be anything but encouraging when that is what I see?

I see you for who you are. You are an expression of my life!



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Design and Destiny

Good morning my little one. I love you! I am the star from on high who shines for you in the land of darkness and guides your feet into the way of peace. Trust in me. Look to me to know who you are. Rest in my loving presence and realize that in my body I bring together man and God. In this place with me, you are fully Known and fully loved. Embrace all the benefits of your belovedness and enjoy your day in my presence.

I want to walk you out of shame and back into joy. No one ever taught you how to come back from Shame and I'm going to do that for you this year. I want you to meet with Someone who can help you back to joy, with the tools and the training to lead you to Me. I want you to live in love not in fear. I am your source of love and the cradle of your existence.

 Let me be your all in all and I will lead you into freedom from all the damaging thoughts, emotions and physical symptoms that you are experiencing. I am your healer and the great physician. Believe in me above all things and trust me with your life.


 Focus on the breath. Enter into the peace and awareness of my spirit in you. Let me carry you through all your days and bring you back to the path of peace every time you stray or turn aside in fear.

 The way of fear is not the way of life for you. My love is your source of life and your true path through this world. Let me surround you with my love. Let me fill you up with my love. Let my love spill over into the lives of every person you love. This is the joy of the fountain. This is your design and your destiny. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Living Water


Have you ever experienced the tenderness of God flowing through you into another person’s life? Would you like to be part of this work that God is doing through my life? I want to invite you to participate in ministry with me. I have been serving at Grace Ministries International for eight years now as a discipleship counselor who leads people into the joy of their salvation. As I live in the grace of God, and embrace my union with Him, He lives through me to reach those who need to know His love. God has called me to express His love in listening, compassion and conversation filled with truth. On a daily basis I see people come alive to an intimate relationship with Jesus. They discover the confidence that comes from knowing how He has transformed their spirits and given them a new heart.

Perhaps you would consider investing in this work of the Kingdom. Ministers at GMI are supported as missionaries so that we have the freedom to share the message of Christ with people regardless of their ability to pay. There are opportunities to give financially or to provide prayer support by being in contact through our newsletter. However, there may be other ways you are led to share the abilities and resources God has put in your hands.

My goal is not just to generate financial support or one time donations but to develop lasting relationships that will lead to more effective ministry. If you are lead to join our financial support team, click on the link below to donate, or Email me if you would like to discuss more fully how our support works.

This letter may answer some of your initial questions about what I do and how you can participate, but I welcome the opportunity to begin a conversation and share what God is doing through me.

charles@gmint.org /404.271.5947

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

He Enters In.

I want to share a story with you . . .

The other day I found myself in an interesting new situation, making a discovery I had not expected to make. Our family had just finished eating dinner and was preparing to go to the YMCA for a brief time of swimming with the kids before bedtime. Owen came up to me, sippy cup in hand, with a big smile on his face, but it was the kind of sly smile you have when you’ve just done something “wrong” and you know it, and you don’t care. I immediately looked behind him, at the couch and chair in our living room, and saw that he had chosen to spit apple juice all over them. In fact, he was still in the process of dribbling the last of it out of his mouth onto the ottoman. So far, the situation was not that new or interesting, but what happened next was.

First of all, of course, I felt angry. Of course I wanted to “swat him upside the head.” I even thought that it might be my duty as a father to punish him, severely! All my programming and wiring told me that this is what I should do, but underneath all of that, underneath all the emotion and the sense of outrage and even the sense that I HAD to do something to make him never do this again, I found a love that I had not expected to see, in my heart.  I began to speak in carefully guarded tones to Dawn. “What do you do when your child spits all over the furniture and then laughs in your face about it?” I desperately wanted to control his behavior on all future occasions when he might feel tempted to do such a thing again and yet, something in me, dare I say it was my spirit, told me that I could never control him. I could not, by punishment or fear, truly change his choices. Sure, I could probably terrify him into never doing it again, or even patiently make him suffer some “consequence” that would “teach him a lesson” but Jesus was asking me in my heart to do something different. He was asking me to follow my heart and enter into this with Owen.

At first, Dawn wanted to just quickly mop it up and let it slide, and go off to the pool, but something inside me said no. I didn’t want to punish Owen, or just “teach him a lesson”, but I did not want to just let this go either.

“I feel sad,” I found myself saying,”because now Owen and I can’t go swimming. We need to stay here and clean up this mess. I don’t want our couches to be ruined.”
The look on Owen’s face was not so sly or triumphant anymore, which isn’t a surprise. In fact, he started crying. As we spent the next half hour spraying spot remover and scrubbing the couch with moist towels, Owen cried again and again, “I sad. We have to clean the couches. We can’t go swimming.” Over and over he repeated himself as he cried quietly and sometimes not so quietly. And again and again I was moved to wrap my arms around his skinny little shoulders and hug him, to cry with him, and to tell him how sad I was that we couldn’t go swimming.

Now, I knew that as a consequence this was probably working well. I knew that he was learning what he really wanted to do, in place of what he had actually done. I knew that the environment of love (instead of fear) was providing a place for him to learn and grow.  Nobody learns well when they’re afraid, and punishment brings fear (1 John 4:17-18). However, I was so surprised at what was happening in my own heart. Instead of feeling self-righteous and smug as I doled out a consequence on my son, I felt grief and sadness as I participated in the suffering with him. I felt longing and connection and compassion for him, and it felt so good! It was the exact opposite of anger. As I cried with him and hugged him, and helped him get ready for bed, God was speaking into my heart. Jesus was simply saying to me, with a triumphant note in His voice, “See Charles, this is the way I am with you. Always remember that I enter into suffering with you. I took all the pain of your choices into myself. It is the whole reason I went to the cross. We learn together the tough lessons of this life. I never leave you or forsake you. Instead I feel what you feel with you, and I patiently teach you to follow your true heart’s desire, which is to love.”

A week later, Owen was still lisping about how he didn’t want to spit on the couch. Will he make other mistakes, and will he probably spit on the couch again? Yup. I can’t control him, and more and more I find don’t want to. Instead, I get to show him who he is and set him free to be fully himself, discovering his true desire through many mistakes and heart-aches. He’s a wild one, full of mischief and spit. I can’t control him, but I can love him. The lesson I learned that day – loving my kids in the midst of the mess is the best thing I can do for them and for myself, and that this is how Jesus loves me – is one I will carry in my heart forever, along with the joy of being fully loved.