Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Hurt & The Healer

The Hurt is deep, the pain is real and the pilgrim with his head bowed low, struggles to stay upright, the path upon which he trods is rugged and ever so narrow. As he attempts to put one foot in front of the other, He hears something, it sounds like someone is calling him, he stops, he listens and then the most gentle of voices beckons him:

“Come my child, just come and bring me everything; the pain, the hurt you are carrying, is a burden and I long to bear it for you.”

●Cast your burden on the Lord , and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved● ~ Psalms 55:22

The pilgrim lifts his weary head and looks upward, straight into the face of the Father, who lovingly reaches out His hand and invites the weary pilgrim to come and with just a couple steps He is safe in the arms of the Father, who lavishes much Love upon the weary pilgrim’s spirit and body. Then once again the Father speaks:

“Child, I long to heal the hurt that you feel, I know you see ashes, but there is beauty that I am desiring to show you, but my child, will you trust me? In my Holy word I have said, what I start I will also bring to full completion. Will you Trust me with it all?”

The pilgrim begins to weep, He knows that He has tried to carry on in the journey on His own Strength, he’s tried to ease the hurt with carnal things, He looks to the Father now and nods, as the burden is passed over and suddenly the mountain looks very small, because now The Father is in control and His strength will sustain the Pilgrim in His continued Journey.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6

My friend, you and I are the pilgrim. We have Hurts and Pain that is so very real, many things we don’t understand. Will we just listen to the Father’s Loving call and run to Him? The pain can be healed by the Loving Father’s touch, and out of the Ashes Beauty will Rise.

Where there is Pain, there is also a Healer that can heal, the most broken parts of our Spirit. Will you Trust Him?

Because of Him,

❤ Vinny

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The Father’s Love 

A lil girl stands at the window, and by her actions it is easy to tell she is eagerly awaiting, watching and waiting for someone to appear, and suddenly she dashes down the steps and out the door, she doesn’t stop until she is in the arms of the one whom she watched and waited for, Her daddy. With her eyes fixed upon the familiar face, she begins to tell of her day and all the adventures she embarked upon that day.

Have you seen the above story unfold? Friends, let me tell you it is a beautiful thing to see, and it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. The moment that Lil girl sees her Daddy, Nothing will stop her until she is in her Hero’s arms, safe and secure.

Do you know? Do you believe that the Heavenly Father does the exact same for you? He awaits daily in eager anticipation with arms open wide, just patiently waiting, but the choice is yours, will you run to Him with complete abandon? Will you run and not stop until you are safely in His arms, where you know you will be safe and secure?

▪See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are▪ ~ 1 John 3:1

Do you hear him beckoning you? Asking you to come to Him, to be in communion with Him, He so desires an intimate relationship with you.

▪My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me▪ ~John 10:27

My friend, just as the little girl did, I encourage to run to The Heavenly Father with complete abandon and allow Him to hold you in His loving arms and share with you the plans He has for you.

And even though your earthly daddy may not have nurtured and cared for your heart like He should have, The Father will, I promise He absolutely will care for you and your heart in the most loving way, He will heal the wounds, the pain, and brokenness. Will you allow Him to? Will you Trust Him?

You are written on the Palm of His hand, and He will always be with you.

Thankful to be a daughter of the King!

❤ Vinny

Beside Still Waters

 ■He leads me beside Still Waters, He restores my soul■         Psalm 23:2-3 

  Life is busy, painful and messy, but we have a Good Shepherd who specializes in restoring and Healing the pain that is deep within our Hearts. Will you allow Him to take you to the Water, the crisp cool water that refreshes the Mind, Body and Spirit? 

  In that water, there is Healing, healing from pain, pain that was so deep that you never thought you would ever tell anyone. My friend, those wounds that are so raw can be healed in The Name of Jesus. The Father is the gentle Shepherd, He sees your pain,He longs to heal you. He sees your loneliness and He desires to have a relationship with you.  Will you allow Him to draw you closer to Him on this journey of Healin? 

  “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”             John 4:14 

   The beautiful thing is that The Father never leaves you, instead He is always with you.  That journey of Healing, you won’t have to travel it alone, He will walk right beside you, and when the tears fall heavily and your feet grow weary, He will carry you.  He is a Good, Good Father, do you Trust Him with your deepest secrets? 

  Wherever you find yourself at this very moment, have You allowed God to lead you, lead you to that place of Still Water? Will you allow Him to restore the hurt, the pain, and those things that are in your heart? 

 My friend, I encourage you to allow God to heal you, I can’t promise the Journey will be easy, but I can promise that it will be a life changing experience and as the Potter that shapes the clay, molding it into a beautiful Masterpiece.   So the Father desires to paint a picture, more beautiful then you can possible imagine, on the canvas of your life. 

 Rest in Him, and allow Him to have His way.   

❤.. Vinny 

To Be Still 

          ■Be Still and Know I am God■         When the psalmist penned these words, I wonder if perhaps he was experiencing extreme trials that were threatening to shake his faith? When trials come our way, or things don’t work the way we think they should, we often want to question God, when in reality we should be trusting God. 

  To be still: Hush, to quieten 

  So to Be Still, is to quieten ourselves before The Father, which means all our worries, questions, plans and fears need to be laid down. Those are the very things that distract us, taking our eyes of the Father and turning the focus to us.   See, when you quiet yourself you are turning over all the problems to the greatest problem solver there is.  

 Being still, helps move our focus to The Father, and what He wants in our lives, instead of what we think we ‘want’ or need.  After all, who knows us better, then the very One who created us, He knows the very thoughts and intents of our hearts, before we even think or say them.  

 Then Know That I am God, when you quiet yourself, suddenly your perspective can change, because God is the One whom you have your focus on, because you quieted yourself and all that other ‘stuff’ had to go.  Even though you may feel like the storm is still beating down upon you, you can now have peace, peace beyond your understanding, because all those things are now in God’s hands and You don’t have to try to figure things out anymore.  Just rest in the Father and let Him lead you.  

  So wherever you find yourself at this moment, may it bring comfort and encouragement to your spirit that The Father is waiting, patiently waiting for you to quiet yourself so you can experience that intimate relationship with Him.  

 He is the One who created you and He has so much planned for you, so many things He wants to reveal to you. Will you quiet yourself and Listen? Will you get rid of all the worry, doubt and fear and turn to the One who can make the mountains move? 

 Rest in His Love, be encouraged by His Grace and continue to serve Him.  

Thankful for Him,

Vinny 

Grace 

•|| His Grace is Sufficient||• Each one of us faced something different today, yet the Father saw each of us as one of His children and He loves us all abundantly. Perhaps for you it was a difficult day because of a trial that you are currently walking through, for another it may have been a trying day with your children, yet for another it may have been a day that was just tough in every way possible.

My friend, don’t be discouraged by the fact that today was just “plain hard”, but be encouraged by the fact that it was God’s Grace that brought you to this moment right now. I know not all the moments in your day may have looked glamorous, but my friend, God still wants you, He still cares about you and He has things He wants to show you.

The question is, “will you turn to Him?” Will you allow Him to show you how to walk forth, not in defeat, but in Victory? The enemy wants you to get all discouraged, because things didn’t go as they ‘should have’, Don’t heed to His lies, it only leads to destruction.

Instead turn your eyes upon Jesus, and listen to His voice, He will lead you to green pastures, He restores and heals what is broken. He is the good Shepherd and His sheep know His Voice. Will you listen? Will you cultivate that relationship with Him?

As you lay the cares and ‘stuff’ of today at the cross, I pray that you will receive a fresh anointing from Heaven. May the Love of the Father just be poured out upon you,may you receive His Love nd be encouraged greatly by the fact that you don’t have to fight this battle alone, but that God’s Grace is Sufficient and in our weakness His strength is made Perfect.

But they who wait for 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. Isaiah 40:31

Rest in Him.

The Journey 

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long▪ ~Psalms 25:4‭-‬5

The Journey of Life is NOT easy, there are days when the sun shines, but there are also days when the path seems extremely narrow and the mountain in front of you seems to loom so huge and you wonder how you will have the strength to climb.

My friend, the answer is Jesus, He will help you, He will give you the strength to climb that Mountain step by step and He will carry you through the dark times. It’s okay to not completely understand the path God has you on, but it’s important that you Trust Him to Lead you along.

The feeling when you arrive on the top of that Mountain is quite exhilarating, in fact it feels so good that sometimes we tend to lose that sole dependence on God in those times. Rejoice in those moments, Praise God for the Victory and keep your eyes on Him.

Friends, the valley is where growth happens, it’s a place where the flesh has to let go, the heart must learn to Trust and Rely on God for Strength, for Courage, and where your spirit must learn to yield to the Father’s will. It’s a place of tears, of heart aches, and pain; however, in the midst of the Valley there is Peace, Peace in knowing that you are not alone, that God is with you and He will not let go. Praise Him in the Valley, He’s painting a picture with your journey.

So my friend, whether you are in the Valley or on the mountain top, may I encourage you to Rejoice.

Rejoice because God is good, He’s a Good, Good Father and He loves you beyond measure. Praise Him, because the plan He has for you is, one of Him working all things for the good of those who Love Him. Rejoice, because He is a good Shepherd and as one of His sheep you can hear His voice when He speaks. Rejoice, because He will never leave you or forsake you, instead He will carry you.

•Praise the Lord ! Praise, O servants of the Lord , praise the name of the Lord ! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens• ~Psalms 113:1‭-‬4

Friends, the journey isn’t easy, but the Reward at the end of Our lives will be for Eternity.❤

Thankful for Him,

Vinny