Doing Life With Your Tribe In 2017
I am experiencing the joy and honor of connecting with people who share the same Kingdom mission. Yes it means doing life with your “tribe”.
I believe this is one vital mandate for the coming year.
As you trust God to align you with brothers and sisters who share the same spiritual DNA, you become a key forerunner of bringing heaven to earth.
I was praying about this the other day and Holy Spirit said this:
“I am bursting up and out of your heart. You can trust Me with the timing of your heart’s hopes and desires, especially when it comes to connections. The waiting is not a bad thing. Continue to go deep in My Spirit. Contend in the Spirit….for yourself and your family/friends. Lean into Me. I will be your wrap around shield…”
God knows your desire for real connections that are like gold, priceless. I believe He can move in a way to connect you by the Spirit with friends who will fight for you and with you. Once you meet them it will be like you have known them for years. He’s good about this, you know. God loves relationship.
One piece of advice is simply this… BE INTENTIONAL. That is what my husband, Dave has always stressed to me. Without knowing I was writing this blog post, he taught about the value of relationships that night as he shares at a ministry facility (A Better Way Ministries) for men fighting addictions. He said:
“Accountability will change your life! If you cannot become vulnerable, you cannot overcome fear. Find a safe place, find a friend to share!”
So, look for and discern alignments in relationships and peers. Invest in them. Encourage them. Walk with them, even if they are experiencing speed bumps or momentary messes. Contend in the spirit for their breakthrough.
God knows you need a tribe to encourage you amidst your journey to walking in your destiny. Stay in His Presence friend. Seek Him out in the midst of your darkness or your questions that don’t seem to have answers right now. He is here. His glory is on you. Open heavens are with you every place you walk.
This is the year for favor to arise for you. You are being called out from a hidden place to walk fully into your destiny.
He’s given you a mission, in the Vine. It’s not an agenda. It’s not about people being an inconvenience. It’s about relationship, starting with Him first.
So here is a short word in the Vineyard to remind you God knows you long for restoration and for real friends, connections, who will love you through any process. He is about relationship.
Listen to the Vinedresser
“Dear child, I understand when hope’s dream seem to drag on and the delay for real connections and restored relationships seem no where to be found. I am here dear one. Put your arms up and let me pick you up and hold you as your heart aches from a stone throne, an arrow shot, or a word that bruised.
“Hand over this pain that has shattered your heart. Forgive and release those who have hurt you.
“Allow the beats of my heart to remind you I am close even when you feel lost in the coldness of isolation or crushed by betrayal in a relationship. Let me pull the arrows out and pour the oil of My spirit in that gaping wound. The process may seem like it is slow but know the timetable is in My Hand.
“I am all about restoration, connection, and validation. As you receive the first connection in an intimate relationship with Me, there lies the fulfillment for your heart’s longings. Find it with Me first. Stay clinging. Keep hoping and believing.
“I am about relationship Child, not control or performance. This is not an inconvenience, but the foremost intentionality of my Heart for you.
“Now as I set you down, let’s dance. In the rhythm of grace I put a song back in your heart. Stay in motion to the sweet tune of My overflowing love. You will find your real love in Me. Yes, this can be a slow dance at first as you learn to hear the beat of My heart in tenderness for you. When you are ready, you can twirl and dance like David danced.
“Look dear one! As the healing comes in your own heart, look for those gems in friends I bring across your path. From the overflow of your first love with Me, connections will come. It’s how I designed you, being connected to Me, in the Vine.
Love the Vinedresser
(From the Devotional: “Listen To The Vinedresser: 31 Declarations Of Who You Are In The Vine”)
Thank you for staying connected here. We are praying for you.
In the Sweet Spot, In the Vine,
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