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Have you ever been so overcome with the intimate love of Jesus that you feel totally undone?

  • Over the past many months, through some great emotional trials, I have leaned into Him… like in a wine press.
  • He actually became my strength.   The hardest times in our lives are the very times He most reveals Himself.
  • Every issue you may deal with in life, if you would only allow Him into it, you will find extreme comfort, growth, and an intimacy with Him that will stay with you forever…why?  Because once you experience it you won’t want to lose it.
  • Nothing compares to it… Nothing!dad worrying
  • Recently, I was very anxious about something that I had to do and the outcome for someone I love.   I fervently sought Jesus for His peace to flood me.   I was relentless to find His presence in the midst of my fear.   I pressed into Him and would not stop.  I figure if he says His strength is found in my weakness then I needed to believe it and literally not stop until I felt it.
  • Because I was sure weak!
  • And right when I needed calm most, it happened.   It felt so foreign in the face of what was happening.  I slept like a baby in His arms.  I had no doubt He was right there.
  • Then, He started talking because I was so in the realm of listening to Him. He speaks to us all the time, by the way, but we aren’t listening; or we explain away what we hear, not believing that God is actually speaking to us.
  • Every night I pray before sleep taking authority over the enemy bringing in evil or fear into my mind and dreams…I, with the authority He gives us, post sentries (angels) over my unconscious mind while sleeping, to not allow anything in that isn’t from God.  It works every night.

While in this trial, however, as I went to pray, before the words were out, I clearly heard Him say to me:warrior angel

  • “Yes, Dixie, I have already posted My sentries over your mind tonight and no evil or fear shall overtake you.”

.He knew my prayer and already answered it before I asked and spoke it back to me!   How awesome is that?

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!”  (Isaiah 65:24)

This was one time I wasn’t doing all the talking…I shut up and listened.

He then began speaking to me about the present situation and told me that He was actively involved in the outcome and that, “He had this.”  Every single time I started to fear and take the anxiety back, I clearly heard Him say to me,

  • I have this, Dixie”…or  “Take a breath, Dixie”  “Lean into me Dixie.”…  All day that day, His words were constant in my spirit.
  • It took everything in my will power to stay focused on Him alone when everything around me looked like it was crashing and I knew, that once again my faith was being tested with emotional pain like I seldom experience, and I found that He was more than enough.
  • Going back several years ago when my life came crashing down around me and it seemed all was lost and I thought my life was over… I even thought my relationship with Jesus took a hit that might never come back…even in that darkness and agony, I found Him there.

Or I should say– He found me there.

  • And He said, “Nothing will separate me from you, Dixie.  My love for you and my faithfulness to you will become the most important thing in your life, even when all else fails.”

And there He was, ready to lead me into a world unknown to me then, but I found it was just the beginning of a new season of my life with Him… before I taught about Him…now I really know Him–intimately.

  • When our hearts long for Him alone,
  • When our souls thirst for Him,
  • When the yearning inside of you moves you towards Him,

… And you know that He knows the secrets of your heart and nothing is hidden from Him,chosen-by-god

  • And He sees deep inside of you and every part is revealed,
  • And still He chooses to cherish you,
  • His love will dissolve you…
  • And you will feel undone in His presence.

Do you desire this kind of relationship?   Believe me, if I can find Him in these places, then so can you.   Would love to hear from you about your walk into His secret place…

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38)

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A client recently said to me, “I wonder sometimes why others look at me and think I have it so together. They say ‘You lead a wonderful life!’   They confided that they could assure me that they are far from wonderful.  Walk a few days in my shoes, they say.”busy-stressed-lady

  • I began to share with them that they do know Someone who is wonderful.  Without Him walking besides us I would drown in our own delusions.
  • If you are feeling lost or alone right now, allow me to take your hand and whisper a sweet, “I know”.
  • The struggles.
  • The unbelief.
  • The fear.

I can relate to the fear that weighs you down at the whisperings of your enemy that it might always be this way.

You want to know what I want?

I want to sit there in my lack, holding my basket, and watch Jesus fill it to overflowing.

I want to step out of my boat, and skim across the water to Jesus!Relax Gods in Control 1

  • For too long I have wanted Him to calm the storms before I leave my boat.
  • I have wanted the water to part into dry land before I put my foot in it.
  • I have wanted Him to tell me where I am going before I depart on my journey.

But, not so, with Jesus, my friends.

  • He is looking for a church without spot or wrinkle.  Boy, do I have wrinkles.  Those you can see, and some you can’t see.

If we want to be mighty warriors we have to learn how to fight the mighty battles. Sometimes it might just be with only a lantern and a horn.

And sometimes He says to fight the battle by being still and waiting.

Most times it is believing what I cannot see; and always ever learning that it is Him that will fight for me.

  • But He can only do the fighting as I surrender my control.

And I have resisted so.  I hate waiting, don’t you? Sometimes I have allowed circumstances to be my dictator.  And then I am loaded down with despair.
Do you just sometimes want to stop the struggle and surrender?  Surrender is exactly what He wants.  Just to let go once and for all.

We get tired in our own strength, don’t we?

  • Yet, surrender is what He is looking for.  We cannot do it in our own strength.  As long as we want to try, He will stand back and allow you to try.  He is a gentle man.  He has all the time in the world.
  • But when I finally give up trying to make happen with I want to happen, and just relinquish my plans, He comes walking towards me.

I see Him approaching me with such love and desire on His face I come totally undone.  Once again, I am totally sold out to Him, no matter what is going on around me.

I don’t want my own concerns to obliterate the heavy loads others carry.  I want to see their hearts and their fears and help them get to the root of their pain and see it disappear as the light comes in and dispels the darkness.  I can’t do that as long as I am fighting for air myself.  So, I continue to hold myself to that standard of faith, to not look at my own issues, but the issues of others. Leaning on Jesus

  • Each day is a new day with Jesus.  I have no idea how or where this life will lead me. Sometimes we are in a part of our journey that not even a lantern would illuminate.   I can only see one step ahead of me, but you know what?  That is enough.  I have what I need today.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.
  • All I know is right now I have got to lean hard into His loving embrace.  I hang onto His arm tightly like a little girl.  I will not let Him go.  I would rather hold His hand through the howling winds and thunder, than be on a silent seashore without His presence.
  • Awakening and owning isn’t about acquiring stuff, or a big name.  It is about embracing who we are in HIM.
  • We can’t love Him with our whole heart if we are asleep in our secure lives, can we?

To love Jesus is about taking the risk to stand on the mountaintop with lightening striking all around me. We can’t out love God.  To take a step towards Him means that He takes five steps toward you.  We were created for relationship with Him.

I hate to say it but if I were so secure in my earthly life, with all that I needed, and I knew where I was going every day, would I really continue pressing into an intimate relationship with Him?   Would I be motivated enough?

I do wonder.

And I pray we remember these times of molding on the potter’s wheel, always.

  • “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

  • Life can be painful, even dangerous. But God’s healing grace is our safety cable. God’s grace enables us to move forward in life with confidence, knowing that when we fall, we find safety and security in the love of Jesus, our master Potter . Even in the midst of our worst performance, he never leaves us; he never forsakes us. A covenant is a promise, an agreement, a contract. If you’ve been wondering how you can know and experience God’s healing touch in your life, there is no better way than through coming to understand the new covenant.
  • We desperately need a deep sense of value as a person in order to function mentally and emotionally in the way that God intends. Having a sense of irrevocable value can and will affect our attitudes and actions. If we merely try to change our behavior without realizing that it is our quest for value that is motivating much of what we do, then we engage in a fruitless endeavor. We might spend our entire lives hunting for love and acceptance from the people around us, but the hole at the center of our being can only be filled by the Healer Himself. He designed us in such a way that we need Him housed within us to be made whole.

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Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)

Therefore do not worry, saying “What shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or what shall we wear?” for after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

You talk about a passage that hits us right where we live. This is it. You’re about to hear one explained in this PODCAST!

The operative word in this passage? Jesus said it three times: “Worry!” As in, “Do not worry!”

I can even summarize Jesus’ message even more concisely than that. How about just one word? “Relax.”

Jesus assured the precious people on that hillside that day (and us!) that when it comes to the pressures and problems of life, they and we CAN Relax! As if to say, “I’ve got your back. I’ve got it covered. I can handle it. I will handle it.”

His message, as explained in this podcast, reverberates with a blazing bright message of hope and encouragement.

Allow Jesus to dispel your dark clouds of worry, and to replace them with His matchless peace.

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