Decorate Your Season

What an unprecedented season that we all have entered. I must say… unexpected, uncharted, unscheduled and very much unplanned. That was what our lives was looking like even coming to the close of the year when we hoped to be literally free and clear by now.

That hasn’t quite yet ended yet. We are still in the midst of the unknown. How uneasy and very much unsettling. For us at home –this even meant “our home”. Surely we thought we would be all moved and settled in by now in the next location but sure enough –another day turned into another week and another month and still in this year we weren’t even sure it would happen for us.

We put our home of 20 years up for sale … to leave the state! Offers came flying in immediately. Our plans and parting shortly followed, only to be interrupted by days of disappointment. Encouraging each other was running thin and encouraging myself certainly had its limits.

So I did what only I knew I could do… missing my family as we set “our plan in place.” I decided to decorate anyway! I was surely devoid of the season right before my eyes. Families at home, together, sharing and merry— and us we were miles apart in unfamiliar territory. We were in the trenches, no matter how you looked at it. This long awaited process was wearing us all down on the inside as the days grew to weeks.

I encourage others all the time in harsh experiences— DECORATE YOUR SEASON anyway! Just! Like! That! Go on and celebrate! Bake a cake! Get the ornaments! Make what you can happen HAPPEN! Move! Keep going! Then it happens to you and hits you so hard!

So I bought the ornaments — no tree!

Bought the tree — no home yet!

As my heart sunk in further and I felt the weight of my situation. Because nothing is going how we planned or imagined. I never felt so empty inside. I could not even explain but hold back the floodgate of tears of discouragement.

I lit it allll up in the guest room with my beautiful Georgia family that is with us throughout this wearisome process! He came in with my tree… put it where I was staying and I took all the ornaments, lights and stuff out. I put on the music, enjoyed my favorite Pinot and got in my element! Time to pull out all the stops regardless.

It was very different, surreal but I still found some lovely! And I slept the whole night through with those lights on and the scripture I kept reading each of the other long sleepless nights!

“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for He grants food to those He loves.” Psalm 127:2 NIV

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is how it should be! Considering I wont have the home YET! I’m not all together with my family but this I know— way too many went through hardships this year especially! Maybe we don’t feel like there is much to celebrate. But there is! This is more than the season to be jolly! It is the season to decorate no matter what you see, what you feel, what you loss or what you miss!

Even when things don’t go as we plan and may feel like huge disappointments and setbacks. They are set ups to design on the dime. I didn’t think we had it in us— but we were made for more. We were built to win! We will have it all in place where and when and how it needs to be all in God’s matchless timing. Even when the details are no where and I mean NO WHERE in sight. I can’t wait, but He helps me to. He helps you too!

He helps us to decorate ANYWAY! Because there is so much more on the way for ‘21! Its right on the horizon! An amazing expansion to new life, new ideas, new opportunities, new homes, new health, new relationships and more than we could have dreamed! So let’s decorate this season. ♥️


DECEMBER DECLARATION

Today I will hear good news!!

You worked things in my favor and on my behalf.

When I couldn’t see a way, You were working.

When I didn’t have the feelings in alignment, You were working.

And as the battle got fierce You reminded me…

My daughter— its already DONE!!!

Because all I kept asking was WHY does it always have to be in the trenches?

You showed— why NOT!

This is how I perform miracles Christina!

Amen!

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 NLT

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.””
Matthew 19:26 NLT


Heavenly Hug

You ever needed that one big hug in the moment of uncertainly?

A moment of frustration, pain or anguish?

A moment of despair or discouragement… like you need that one big hug.

The moment that you are mentally exhausted. Emotionally spent. Spiritually drained. Physically tired.

I got an email this morning from Pierre Jeanty’s auto-list. It caught my attention right away…. “You’re emotionally exhausted. There’s a heavy burden laying on your heart. As if it is pinned down under a weight too heavy for anyone to lift off you.”

Then he goes to the “bullseye target….” I’m like get out of my prayer room!

Here is the boom — “You’re emotionally exhausted from trying to give DEAD THINGS all the life you have to live. Let them go!”

Yeah — that was real necessary and on point of what is needed to be heard. When you have done all that you could over and over to the dead things you actually come out of it feeling pretty dead inside. That is what the enemy targeted for. Mission accomplished.

Mission aborted — right here:

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40: 28-31 NIV

A heavenly hug with words. Everyone gets tired, weak, weary, stumble, fall and the like…but if we HOPE in the LORD and not in dead things, we are going to live. And I mean really live. Free and unbound by any toxic situations. All the things trying to emotionally drain you like a vampire sucks the life out of its prey.

I’m done. I just need my heavenly hug.


Finishing Touches

I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Philippians 1:6 TPT

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
Philippians 1:6 MSG

What you think you should do — DO IT! Go with the inner promptings as God leads you to do great and mighty things. Don’t wait. Don’t delay. Don’t sit back and do nothing but step out with abundant faith. Even if you don’t see all the pieces in place — as the word shows us above in The Passion Translation, He will put His finishing touches to those things. What a beautiful promise.

Many times we get stuck in our own heads. We get stuck with what we see now. We get stuck with inconsistencies and limitations that we see in the natural. But we have to go beyond that realm and trust that God is the one that can do those things we cannot do or see. He leads us right to it. We just have to respond. We cant sit and not respond. We MUST respond.

Yesterday during a prayer meet with my GA sisters, the Lord quickened me to go to Daniel Chapter 3…. in this particular passage, a decree went out to bow down to a gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar created. However, these three young men REFUSED to do anything that would be contrary to the God we serve. They even told the king to his face in front of all his staff –how humiliating that must have been.

But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:12-18 NIV

What impresses me the most about this passage is that the blazing furnace was never a threat to them. They turned it up 7 times up and rather then sit in fear their faith was turned up 7 times! Parallel to that blazing furnace was their blazing FAITH!

This is the EVEN IF MOMENT — that means that even if you don’t see a way or how everything is going to work out for you. Even if there is a pandemic. Even if you don’t have all the resources in place.
Even if you don’t have the job yet.
Even if you don’t have the spouse yet.
Even if you don’t have the vehicle yet.
Even if you don’t have the home yet.
Even if you don’t have the ministry yet.

I will still serve God — I will not bow down to doubt, lies, fear, failure, disarray, sin, chaos or whatever it is that tries to get in my way. Even if all else fails and even if God doesn’t do it yet… we will not back down or bow down. We trust God and we will worship our God. He is setting things up for us and WILL bring it to a flourishing finish. His finishing touches seal the deal for us.

Stay FAITH-FILLED. Step out in faith like the way that these men did even in a trying season like we are experiencing today. Things can still happen BIG for you and I. I am excited. I am grateful and thankful to be a part of a season that is loaded with miracles. 🙂

With love & grace,

Christina