For February being a small month, I sense it is packed with a lot of heavenly activity. It’s the Gideon of the year. God is stirring on the creatives. The painters, the writers, the messy thinkers with ideas that jumble around in their heads like stored items in an attic. The chefs are revising or writing new recipes. Authors are being birthed for the first time and some are being called back up from a time of feeling set aside. Storytellers and bloggers are being enlisted and reinstated. This is a month of conception, labor, and birth. This is a month we remember why we fell in love and a season to prepare to tell the love story.
The point of today’s word is to share this-when we return to our first love it can stir up the gifts and passions within us that may have been lying dormant or musty. Many, if not all of the things that Jesus has for us are only going to be birthed through our intimacy with Him. They will not come because of a moment of inspiration. These treasures, seeds, or deposits are going to come to fruition because of relationship and time we spend drawing near. Getting close to hearing his heart to see and feel what he has etched in the secret place, that can only be read like brail-hands on.
Sisters, we are His spokesman, His pencils, His paintbrush, or His canvas. We are the lines where he writes his musical lyrics. We are books, chapters, blogs. We are messages in a bottle. Sometimes we are a smile at a grocery store. Everything that we have to bring to this world, if we want it to be of any meaning and of substance at all, must first come from our intimacy with our King.
February is a time to belly up to the table, scootch in closer to the fire, draw near, tuck away, return to our first love. The moment we felt the spark, the fire, the passion to pursue the dream, vision, idea, or the heavenly blueprint. God is saying, return to this inspiration. What were you reading, watching, doing when you felt that sudden fervor? What were you journeying through, praying about, or experiencing, when a new thought popped in your heart and head?
For many, Holy Spirit is hovering over this valley of distant dreams and dry bones. This desert is filled with forgotten, misplaced, disappointed, buried under life’s demands, lay our embers of visions. Jesus is scanning the wilderness looking broken dreams and aborted visions
He is also looking for creative wombs, willing vessels, adventures, and planters. This is a season of preparing for the birth. This is a time of conceiving a new dream, planning for the coming dream, and getting your spirit and life ready for the at hand promise. Like parents planning a pregnancy, they begin the prep of getting their bodies ready. Pregnant ones, prepare a nursery. And those holding their birthed promises are learning how to nurture and develop it for its intended purpose.
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One [you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit], and all of you know [the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error].”1 John 2:20 AMP
“So you must be sure to keep the message burning in your hearts; that is, the message of life you heard from the beginning. If you do, you will always be living in close fellowship with the Son and with the Father.”1 John 2:24 TPT
“But the wonderful anointing you have received from God is so much greater than their deception and now lives in you. There’s no need for anyone to keep teaching you. His anointing teaches you all that you need to know, for it will lead you into truth, not a counterfeit. So just as the anointing has taught you, remain in him.”1 John 2:27 TPT
This month, GGG is opening its doors for those creatives. We want to come alongside you and encourage you in your gift, call, and passions. If you have a message, testimony or even something stirring in your heart let's chat. Share your writing. Risk a submission. This is where the rubber meets the road. Saying yes to the birthing moment or the rekindling. Risking hope again is huge. Especially if you have laid something down due to disappointment. Jesus is hovering, brooding, and his presence is intimate. He is sharing his heart with his beloved. He is calling for us to be his pencils, voice, parable tellers to share a love story with a broken world.
Now is the time to shake off the fear of failure or even failures themselves. Now is the time to step up and step out. The way Elisha handed Jehoash an arrow and told him to strike the arrow, don’t do as the king did, half-heartedly and without faith. If God is telling you to strike the arrow, strike the arrows with such faith and belief for victory your arms grow tired!
“Elisha told him, “Get a bow and some arrows.” And the king did as he was told. Elisha told him, “Put your hand on the bow,” and Elisha laid his own hands on the king’s hands. Then he commanded, “Open that eastern window,” and he opened it. Then he said, “Shoot!” So he shot an arrow. Elisha proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s arrow, an arrow of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.” Then he said, “Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground.” So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times. But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.”
2 Kings 13:15-19 NLT