I am writing this newsletter as I fly home from visiting family for Thanksgiving. There is no place that gives me greater joy in this life than to be in the will of God. I have never been away from home for a holiday. I have cooked a turkey for as long as I can remember; yet this past year has tested my fluidity, flexibility, and comfort level. I found myself in situations that stretched my ability to hear, discern, and trust what God was doing.
I began 2023 on a sabbatical. In January, the Lord told me to remain hidden for eight months. Immobility is foreign to me because I am a planner, goal setter, and scheduler. God was thrusting me to learn new skills, pathways, and adventures. Each day was different. My Type A personality was threatened!! I was chastened and it felt uncomfortable saying “no” to preaching and ministering in a pulpit. My new pal was my Ipad. God allowed me to teach, mentor and pray from my home office, nothing more.
In retrospect, I had become familiar with the ways of Holy Spirit, or so I thought. He was changing my perspective. Now the real adventure was beginning. I could identify with Abraham. He went out not knowing where he was going (Genesis 12:1-4).
Last December I planned to see Phil Wickham in concert, and within hours of the concert I was having emergency eye surgery. I wondered why God did not prepare me when I purchased that ticket?!?!
I made plans to see friends in Northern California, and the day before the flight I had to re-route to Florida for an extended stay due to a family emergency. I asked God the same question. “Did I miss hearing from You?” I had always trusted in my discernment, so what was this all about?
The October mission trip to Brazil helped me realize that life can change in a moment and suddenly things can turn upside down with unexpected moments, surprises, and emergencies! I literally fell down an escalator that was going up! I was upside down headed up feet first! All is well, thankfully!
As a prophetic voice, it can be unnerving to lose all sense of knowing, discerning, or understanding the season you find yourself in. I have learned the most beautiful lessons this past year, and I have been changed. Holy Spirit is likened unto the wind; you don’t know where it comes from, and you don’t know where it’s going (John 3). There is an ebb and flow to this life and the birds of the air understand this. They ascend to a higher plane and at times, they dovetail to the earth. They are wind driven.
When you lose all sense of when your whirlwind comes, keep trusting. His Word is your anchor always. And revisit the memorial stones of your life. If you have not established God’s goodness as your paradigm, you may lose heart.
Another wonderful lesson I have learned is how special my friends and family are. I am ever grateful for the people in my life. Loyal relationships are a gift. We can walk through any season when someone is holding our hand.
The Body of Christ is being challenged to make the necessary adjustments to meet the challenges of the hour. We have been placed here on the earth IN this hour and FOR it. We are learning that our old navigation system is not working in this new era. I remember when I got lost several years ago and I could not use my GPS to get home because my grandson changed the settings. I called my husband, and he told me to simply follow the sun which was setting in the west. I made it home. Simply follow the Son and trust.
I remember laughing often this year. The day after my fall I saw the humor in the escalator incident; it must have looked quite comical!! Joy is a gift! I had not lost my peace despite misinterpreting what He was doing. Peace is a gift! “You shall go forth with joy and be led by peace. The fields shall clip their hands.” (Is 55:12)
Jesus will always have a glorious bride. The preparations may seem unnerving at times, but we were born for such a time as this!
I can’t close this newsletter without thanking my family for showering me with such loving support year after year! I also want to thank my pastors, Mike and Debbie Sirianni, for always being there with words of wisdom, direction, love, and support! I also want to thank my intercessors who are always there when I have special prayer needs and concerns.
I continue to work on my second book, “Prophetic Dimensions,” and hope to complete it next year. I also have a trip to Cambodia and Thailand next year, as well as a possible return to Brazil. Thank you for your prayers for these goals and opportunities.
Next year I will continue the Mentoring Leadership Live each month via Zoom. Anyone is eligible to take part in this who is a recurrent giving partner of at least $10 per month. You may go to my website and the “Donate” button for ways to set up giving. I also have a monthly daytime Zoom I call “Coffee Chat with Ruth,” just for my partners. We anticipate having another prayer day at St. Francis Retreat Center in Stoneville, NC and all partners will be invited. We just had a special prophetic night for all our partners as a special Christmas gift for them. Everyone who joined the Zoom received a prophetic word from me and a member of my team. I thoroughly enjoyed making that gift available to my precious partners.
And finally, please mark your calendars for February 29 – March 2 for the East Coast Seer Conference at New Day Church High Point. Special guests will be Stacey Campbell and Matt Sorger. Registration is now open, and you’ll find that information on the New Day website (www. https://newdaychurchhp.org), my website (www.impactministrytriad.com) and Impact Facebook pages. Make plans to attend this powerful conference next year!
Thank you so much for your support during 2023. I cherish your friendships and prayers more than you know! I wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!
It is not common for me to begin a newsletter by quoting what someone else wrote, but this is a very timely and short article that I read this morning by Smith Wigglesworth.
“The only bird that dares to peck an eagle is the crow. He sits on his back and bites his neck; however, the eagle does not respond nor fight with the crow. It does not spend time nor energy on the crow. It just opens its wings and begins to rise higher in the heavens. The higher the flight, the harder it is for the crow to breathe, and then the crow just falls due to lack of oxygen.”
Learn from the eagle and don’t fight the crows. Just keep ascending.
We are living in an hour where many crows would love to bite our necks. They may come in the form of distractions from people close to us, weariness, unexpected mishaps, and perhaps even hopelessness.
Recently I experienced several mishaps that in hindsight could have been serious, if not deadly. One was a tumble off an escalator in Brazil, and the other was a truck that ran us off the road. I did not view these as demonic attacks (or a bite on the neck from a crow). I had the opportunity situations Lord in deep gratitude for angelic protection, and I had to look deeply to find wisdom and insight in the situations. I needed heaven’s view, so ascension was the answer. I am still human, and after the initial shock of these mishaps and some bruises, I had to regroup and see the reality of His divine plan, His divine Wisdom, and the need for reevaluation.
I heard it said recently from a leader that we never know the power of God until we face conflict or trials. I learned that life can take a swift and sudden turn without warning despite being prophetic. This is where we see the beauty of who He really is. He is forever our Great Shepherd.
As this is the year of Psalm 23, I personally experienced a few pivotal verses becoming a NOW reality.
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” He provided sudden help in each situation through others’ immediate intercession.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures.” The Lord had me in hiding for 6 months.
“He restores my soul.” He was healing my heart this year from some grief and disappointment.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. You are with me!” I always felt His presence, and my two close calls were only shadows.
“He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” I had His word and promises to feast on.
“He anoints my head with oil.” A shepherd pours oil on the sheep’s head to keep the bugs away!
“Goodness and mercy surely follow life!” I am stronger and more grateful than ever!
Perspective is everything in this hour. Though gross darkness is over the earth, we are becoming brighter lights. Climb higher. Ignore the crows. We are needed in this hour. We need each other and we will even more in the days ahead. But the Great Shepherd tends to, herds, feeds, and guards His flock.
Look at your life this past year in light of Psalm 23. You will be amazed at what you will discover.
I so look forward to the summer months - cookouts at church and more time for writing, praying, resting, sunbathing a little bit, and family fun.
“Man plans his ways, but God directs His steps,” it says in Proverbs 16:9. In
seasons of sudden twists and turns how should we be? Of course, we should be submitted, pliable and discerning. But when the winds come, the tides turn, and the unexpected comes swiftly, how should we be? The Holy Spirit is likened unto the wind. We don’t know from where it comes, and we don’t know where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit according to John 3:8. Look at the birds of the air, they neither toil nor spin. This speaks of worry. When the winds shift, can we navigate effortlessly and freely or do we toil, fear, and push against its current?
On June 20, I headed to Moravian Falls for a private prayer retreat and then I planned to go to Sacramento for a few days to meet up with some friends for time at Bethel in Redding. I planned it for well over three months. I was all packed! Summer here we go! The mountain retreat was awaiting my arrival! Woo Hoo, here I come!
While in the prayer cabin the morning of the 21st, I got a very unexpected text that shook me to the core. My older brother Richie had suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in critical condition in Jensen, Florida. Tears streamed down my face as I desperately wanted to go be with my family and wait this out with them! My prayer time turned into the cry, “What do I do?” I tried to wait, but that did not seem to be an option. I wanted to go home but it was pouring outside, and I was in the mountains with all its twists and turns. I waited a bit, texted a few people, and then drove home. All I knew for certain was to cancel my trip to California.
My mind raced and I felt tossed in the wind. There was not a fiber in my being that was at peace. Why didn’t God tell me, prepare me, warn me not to plan the way I did? In times past there would have been a sense, a dream, a restraint…something! But there was nothing. Some prophet, huh? So, I cancelled my trip, not sure if I would recover the $750 I had already spent on the flight. It did not matter. Family mattered. And then the flight course changed. Florida was calling. A ticket was booked, but I was rerouted. Thankfully, I was already packed for hot weather. God is in the details!
I spent the entire month of July with my brother every day from morning till night by his side, assisting and encouraging where I could, praying and waiting. My heart hurt to see a strong, brilliant man who took my dad’s place growing up reduced to complete dependency on others for basic needs. He needed Jesus, and perhaps I could finally lead him to the One who gives life!
I watched and waited for even the smallest opportunity but there was none. The wind seemed still. So, I felt to just love, serve, and just be there. That is all. In my restraint, I learned that silence speaks louder than a multitude of words. I had been on silent mode like my phone is so often. For six months, I knew the restraint and discipline of silence. At Holy Spirit’s direction, I had not preached in a pulpit in six months. My agenda had to take a back seat to the wind of the spirit. My brother was not a project. I listened and waited. I always look for a lesson to learn or a revelation to unfold. I only knew to love.
I am reminded of the book of James that says that faith without works is dead. It would have been easier for me to preach to him once again as I had so many times in the past. But helping him cut his food and comb his hair was harder. These were the works. I felt the pleasure of God on the simplest deeds.
So where is this going for a newsletter, my friends? Learn to discern the wind. Sometimes it takes you on a journey upward; at other times, you dovetail downward. This is life. Be prepared for the unexpected and the opportunity to be still. Psalm 46:10 says to be still and know that He is God. Our lives are not our own. That is why the Helper has come. Discern the wind.
As I am now making the descent into Newark airport, it is really choppy; however, it’s necessary to land in this particular path because it’s to our destination. In this hour, the Lord wants us to be very discerning. Discernment is our safety net.
What a privilege to be invited into the life in the Spirit! We can choose to learn from all our experiences.
As I look back on my summer, I would not have changed a thing. I would rather be in the will of God than choose my own path. Jesus Himself needed the Spirit. Imagine the King of Glory needing to learn the ways of the Spirit for full obedience? How much more do we!
I bless you with amazing grace for a greater sensitivity to the way of the Spirit. Set your sails and go!
On Passover this year I held a Seder dinner at my home for our church small group. It was something I had never done before. I had the materials and all the food items, but I was still a bit uncomfortable leading and having confidence. Thankfully, we all laughed as the dinner progressed and the small mistakes seemed so irrelevant. Grace became the overall theme of the night. The beauty of our God displayed through the Passover lamb still amazes me! Such kindness and mercy!
As I lead several prayer calls throughout the month, the overall theme seems to be the kindness of God and the simplicity of valuing His presence. This is what revivals are made of. There are times I wish I could go back in time and present the lamb of God to my children and family from that place. It has taken time and personal growth to fully embrace the freedom that Jesus brings into a life. And yet within that freedom, there is a cost.
As the people of God, we have a responsibility to represent Him well. Truth and mercy must meet. Psalm 85:10 says, “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.” “The kindness of God leads us to repentance.” Romans 2:4. I honestly believe that from my own experience, brokenness and contriteness are invaluable for longevity and fruitfulness.
We need both elements at work in our lives to bring balance.
As I have been challenged to reexamine my purpose, my position, and my understanding of the times in which we live, I look for adequate words to define what I am sensing.
We as a prophetic people positioned on the earth for this hour have been given the responsibility to confront hard core issues, but with deep compassion and love. One of my mentors said the most loving thing we can do is to speak the truth. The truth is revealed through the Passover lamb, our Deliverer, our Helper, and our Soon Coming King.
So, I am compelled by grace to speak of holiness, righteousness, and the fear of the Lord.
The church has entered a new era. We have not walked this way before. I sense the shift in the Body of Christ to awaken to the beauty and reality of the mission of Jesus. Let’s be sober minded, fruitful, and more engaged in the harvest than our nice worship services and comfortable seats in the church. I love my church family, prayer, worship, and fellowship with the Body, but there is more awaiting us on the horizon. The bride is being made ready. We are in the process of the inner working of the Spirit. Motives are being revealed and we are finding ourselves more in the heat of the battle than ever before. But rest assured, we are growing in maturity and purification. Grace empowers us to walk through difficult seasons. Truth frees us to understand a Holy, yet Beautiful Savior. We would do a grave disservice to people by only camping out at His kindness.
I had an encounter with the Spirit of the fear of the Lord a few years ago. I have come to love His presence; He purifies my heart. I love His word and so I detest sin. I love the work of the Spirit of Truth. He leads me to the altar.
So as spring has sprung, let us wear truth and mercy as a necklace. Let us be ever so sensitive as to what the Spirit is saying as we speak grace and truth to people and the lost. The work of the Spirit is an ebb and a flow. Let us be ever so sensitive to embrace balance.
Loving Him and you!
There is a place in time where God instructs us to let go of everything familiar and enter unknown territory. I have found myself in such a place; what about you? I have just ended a six-week sabbatical and a 40-day communion fast. I was not looking for direction or a word for 2023, I just needed healing and rest.
While at a prophetic gathering in Dallas, I surrendered to my need for the Helper to help me process loss, busyness, and my need for self-care. I had always loved sitting at the feet of Jesus and lavishing my love on Him, but this time was different. Jesus wanted to wash MY feet. The position felt unfamiliar and uncomfortable, so I found myself unplugging from most all ministry and choosing to stay at home, coffee in hand, snuggled securely on my sofa. It was an entirely new realm of obedience; doing nothing, and without guilt! I had no agenda and little by little, the silence highlighted the things I needed for transition into the new era. I also became very aware of my need for transparency and vulnerability as a prophetic minister.
Here are my takeaways as my identity became crystal clear.
I am reminded of a scene from The Chosen where Jesus rescues Peter from sinking in the sea during the storm. Peter was not looking for an assignment or a word. He fell into the arms of the Master and wept, “Jesus, never let me go,” was his cry. All he needed was security on his journey.
Don’t spend time rehashing memories and the need for security of the season behind. God is doing something so new; we can only see one step at a time. Trust Him wholeheartedly. Perhaps you need a sabbatical or a time of reflection. As yourself, “Who am I? What do I value? Is Jesus enough?” Come to the table of the Lord and find rest for your soul. The Lord IS your Shepherd, which means best friend in Hebrew.
Remember the importance this year of Psalm 23:
Yahweh is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace near the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where He restores and revives my life.
He opens before me the right path.
And leads me along in His footsteps of righteousness.
So that I can bring honor to His name.
Even when Your path takes me through
The valley of deepest darkness,
Fear will never conquer me, for You already have!
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of Your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for You are near.
You become my delicious feast.
Even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of Your Holy Spirit;
You give me all I can drink of you until my cup overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
Only goodness and tender love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!
I love you my partners and friends,
Thank you for being in prayer over the various areas of ministry Ruth is currently involved in:
Women on the Frontlines
Shiloh Global - Leader of Prophetic Intercession
For Such a Time as This (Abner Suarez) Daniel Company Prophetic Intercession Team
New Day High Point - Leader/Mentor for Prophetic Gatherings and Schools
Currently working on second book, Prophetic Dimensions”
I really sense God is bringing a major shift in how we do church and how we do life. Some of us are going to have to lay down even our gifts because it's not about words anymore, it's about impartation. Everything is going to happen in the atmosphere. There are going to be sovereign moves in the atmosphere. There is so much angelic activity that you can just sit in your chair, discern what's happening, and receive what you need. So, there's going to be a restraining of gifts, even vocal gifts. God alone can do it God; can do anything and that's His best. We've shifted into a new era. We're trying to discern what it is and it's God and God alone.
We have to surrender all the tools that we use, all the worship. I'm not saying we won't worship, I'm not saying we won't have gifts, but the primary way God is going to minister to His people is going to be so sovereign that it'll pull you into such a depth of intimacy and understanding of His heart that it will strip us of the need for attention, the need for affirmation, the need for anything but Jesus and Jesus alone. There are sovereign moves; there is sovereignty this morning, and everything that was said was the Lord. Trust me, I'm a prophet, but the Lord has silenced me these last few months and I was trying to discern in my heart what is going on. But you know, the more that we trust, the more we rest, the more we see.
I had a dream last night and people were coming over to me and they were prophesying over me and I said, “I don't need a prophetic word, I need impartation.” Impartation is the substance of the life of God that will resurrect every dead thing in us. I believe there are angelic hosts, there are so many angels. There are fire angels in the atmosphere, there are healing angels, there are glory angels in the atmosphere. COME LORD JESUS AND DO WHAT ONLY YOU ALONE CAN DO!!
There are storm clouds brewing on the horizon. What will you do, how will you prepare, and what is important for you to protect? Up until now there have been wind gusts and small breezes enough to scatter but not enough to shatter your perception of what I’m doing in the earth. I warn My people: Clothe yourselves in grace and wash yourselves in fresh oil. Gather together for corporate wisdom and for revelation. Shakings will come. Are you prepared?
I shake the heavens and the earth. Only those who are rooted and planted and grounded in the knowledge of who I am without wavering shall ride out the storm. Gather the sheep, gather the children. Deposit My wisdom in their hearts. I raised up one remnant. There will be another shaking and yet another remnant. Be intentional. Ascend to the mountain of the Lord with a pure heart, not for expectation of gain whether it be monetary or personal fulfillment but because you hear My voice to come up here and I will show you things.
Not everything you see with your eyes is the reality of what I am doing. I have been purging My bride and I will continue to do so because I am jealous. I am a jealous God who watches over My people with tender care. We are living in an hour of sobriety, there is a dividing line. Who will stand on the Lord’s side? There’s a price to be paid and only those who have unwavering faith and who remain in the secret place out of site of man, not merely to gain positions or move in gifts, but because they know My wisdom. They have sat and have sought to discern the ways of God. My ways are certainly not your ways, and My thoughts are not yours.
I am very passionate about My people. I am very passionate about righteousness and holiness. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy but make no mistake, righteousness is a holy standard that only comes from purging and welcoming the fear of the Lord into your daily life as well as your public life. My glory will be poured out, not for selfish gain but that you would become the refuge in the days ahead. Peace comes at a price. Peace comes as you disengage from meaningless works and as you disengage from chaotic and negative conversations. Know the hearts of those that are close to you.
Joy is empowerment and strength. Even as Nehemiah had to battle against powers and principalities to complete the work, he had a revelation that joy would empower him to finish well. This is not a rebuke to the church but an admonishment to come close. Remain close to My breast. Friendship with Me is not as friendship is known in the world. Friendship with Me comes at a price. I don’t desire anymore sacrifices, just a broken and contrite heart. Holy Spirit is all you will ever need to empower you to live out in these days. I have a trusted people that have been strengthened through adversity and will help lead those who are as lost sheep. My glory is My glory, and no one can boast.
You have seen an outpouring, you have known My presence, and you have seen signs and wonders. But what will sustain you in the days ahead will be hiding the hiding place of God. Hide, remain hidden in your personal space, but go out into the world and represent the nurture and the care of God Almighty to those that will freely turn not out of fear but because My body represents me well.
I admonish you this day to strengthen one another, speak the truth in love, walk in holiness, stay powered by My presence, remain in My word, and you shall surely enter the land of Goshen.
The Word of the Lord came to me to buckle up your bootstraps to take the remaining territory of injustices. This is not a war of words but of action. Arise gatekeepers! Watchmen watch!
Preachers preach rallies for people to recognize their spheres of authority. Just as Joshua could not look back, neither can you. The new era is upon us and although in the natural it may seem frightening and may create disillusionment in many, the Lord says, “Look and see what I have done! Your prayers, decrees, and cries for justice have been heard! I am not finished yet with this nation!”
I am reminded of Harriet Tubman who heard the voice of the Lord and became a front-line warrior to liberate hundreds of slaves. There is slavery still among my people in their minds and emotions, but I will raise up those who are not afraid and have ears to hear. I am releasing a great prophetic dimension and it is for those who will step in. Each one has an assignment, each one has a territory, and each one has a region to possess. Look around, this is not for the faint hearted nor only for those who have a microphone in their hand. It is for the totality of my body of believers.
Be encouraged, stand strong, and link arms; this is not for those who are isolated or remain independent of my body. Step into counsel, strategy, and teamwork. Continue to grow and move in love; the war is won through love, mercy, and truth. I trust those that trust me. God is releasing strategy rooms. Learn how to navigate between rest and responsibility. Every good warrior has been upfitted, healthy, and is sober minded. You will never go to bed all alone; look around and see the angel armies that I have released. Fear not and be strengthened by the power of my spirit. The new era has many surprises awaiting those that will listen, hear, and obey. We are positioned in the earth for this hour and in this hour, you are my trusted warriors.
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Blessings and love to you all,
What is God doing on the earth? How can I co-labor with the Lord to be an effective warrior in this hour?
Let’s begin by revisiting the word of the Lord. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void.” God spoke to the chaos. “Let there be light.” Genesis reveals that darkness was covering the earth. The creative spoken word set divine order into the earth.
Our greatest weapon is our voice! In this critical hour, some things remain the same. As you and I are endeavoring to be used of the Lord, let the church of God arise and decree and declare peace over the nations. Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established.” A decree is an official order issued by a legal authority. All authority has been released to us, His bride (John 14:12). “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)
What shall we say? What shall we pray? First, “Ask of me, and I shall give you the nations as your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth as your possession.” (Ps 2:8) Second, pray I the spirit (Rom 8:26). “The spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” I preached a message a month ago about our spirit language being critical in this hour. There is a fresh release of diverse tongues coming upon watchmen and intercessors. Our language, our voice (tongues) is like a rudder on a ship setting its course. (James 3:1-12) Prayer in the spirit is your greatest gift in these days! Use it!
Lastly, when you have a revelation of the goodness of God, your current perception of your existence makes sense! We have been positioned here on the earth at this time and for this hour. Esther’s arise! Watchmen watch! Sound the alarm! Let your voice bring the earth into divine alignment with heaven! To know the goodness of God is to understand His Glory. When Moses asked to see His Glory, God said, “I will make my goodness pass before you.”
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab 2:14) The goodness of God shall be revealed as we perceive, receive, and uphold the knowledge of God’s goodness, the people of the earth shall rejoice. Fear, terror, and desperation of world events shall be overshadowed by God’s goodness as we decree, pray with our spirit language, and release the goodness of our God. The onslaught of the enemy is to discredit the character of God. We are to speak forth with our authority and pray the same to see the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God! (Rev 11:15)
I have personally consecrated 2022 to the ministry of prayer and intercession as my highest priority. Ask Holy Spirit what your assignment is in this key moment in history. History belongs to the intercessors!
All is calm, all is bright. That’s what I keep hearing in my spirit lately. Silent night, holy night. The Christmas season is once again upon us. How are we? Let’s be honest; how are we REALLY? Is our spirit calm or is it nervous, stressed, fearful? Is our personal outlook bright or is the dark and eerie? Do we have that unsettled feeling and can’t put our finger on why?
Especially this Christmas there can be all kinds of reasons we may not feel very calm and bright. The busyness of the season can be the #1 reason. We want everything at Christmas to be perfect, whether it’s the gifts we buy for others, the food we serve, or the parties we attend. Sometimes we expect too much and then we’re disappointed. This year we’re once again still feeling the affects of the pandemic and that may have brought fear into our lives. Jobs may have been lost or even family and friends have been lost. No matter how much cocoa we drink and Hallmark movies we watch, we just can’t get into the True Spirit of Christmas. Where’s the joy? If you are not calm inside and your outlook isn’t bright, maybe it’s coming from inside us and not external circumstances at all.
It is SO easy to get distracted and this year has been one where the enemy has been hard at work bringing distractions. BUT JESUS!! We’re about to finish out this year 2020 and we’re still standing! We may be a little tattered and torn, but we made it to this season and Jesus came on that first silent and holy night so that we can stand and proclaim His goodness. He came that we may have life and live it abundantly. What love! What grace! What hope! Don’t rush through these glorious days celebrating the coming of Jesus. Soak up all of Jesus you can contain. Then we will spill over onto those desperately needing Him. May our hearts beat out of our chests as we experience His love; others will feel that heartbeat coming from us, and they want it too!
Let’s turn our hearts toward our Savior. If we’ve moved away, let’s return to our First Love. He loves us completely and came to bring us immeasurable love and joy. We see Him when we look at our children’s and grandchildren’s face as they laugh uncontrollably, and we find ourselves beginning to laugh along with them. They are so carefree and trusting. Oh, that we’d be like a child again. Even the busyness can be filled with joy! It’s all about perspective. Jesus is the reason for the season so let’s keep Him at the center of all we do, whether we’re baking, making lists, and checking them twice, running errands, or pondering all He has meant to us through this trying year. Let’s look at that glass of eggnog and say it is half full; or better yet, let’s say it’s completely full! Let’s decree and declare that the fear out in the streets will not cross over the threshold of our hearts and homes. Let’s not give it any legal entry. Let’s be intentional about being full of everything He came to bring…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! When we are fully full of Him, we can then spill over onto others who desperately need to know His love.
Impact Ministry prays you and yours know His complete love this Christmas; that you would be full of His love and grace. We pray that even in the difficulties you may be facing, He is your Strength and Great Comforter. Ruth and the team at Impact love you completely and pray blessings over you now and in the days ahead. For of His fullness, we have all received, and grace upon grace. “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” (John 1:16)
Also, Ruth asks that I share with you how very grateful she is for such an outpouring of love, intercession and support she has received in the days following Andy’s passing. She has felt it from all of you.
Much Love and Many Blessings,