Word from Abba: Keep Your Eyes on Me

Keep your eyes on my loving gaze towards you my beloved child. I am ever for you in my constant faithful delight and love over you. Though there are people around you with varying opinions concerning you. These may be people you respect, close friends you’ve endured difficult seasons with, or they may even be your parents, the opinion that matters most, is mine. 

I only highlight two to three things I want to work on with you each season. I give you the grace through my presence to mature and bring you to a greater place of freedom in these areas. You are not alone. 

Though there maybe conflicting opinions, perhaps even attacks from others I am inviting you to put your hands to the plow and not look back. Sometimes I help end relationships in your life that are not beneficial to you in the long run. Relationships that you can’t even see that are hindering your growth towards me rather than helping. 

Though it’s difficult, and your heart aches, come and gaze into my eyes and see my love for you. Come close and let me comfort you. I am your compassionate High Priest. 

  • Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. -John 10:7-16
  • “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’” -Luke 9:62 
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Word from Abba: True Treasures

I know I have been writing my blogs from the perspective of the Lord speaking to us, His beloved children. But I just wanted to interject today’s post with a testimony of how the Lord has been leading me to this place of waiting and resting in His presence. Finding a haven in God. 

Though the world deems it foolish. Though my flesh fights against it and the enemy tries to lure me away with list of things I need to do and am not accomplishing when I’m quieting my heart before the Lord, God draws me to Him and teaches me how to esteem the things He esteems. 

There are needs everywhere! Brokenness, unfinished tasks and rooms left to clean. I used to try to tackle and accomplish them all. But in the midst of that endeavor, I discovered that the minute I finished one thing, there’s always something else waiting for me. In addition to the stress of unending lists, the enemy usually tells me I didn’t do the task good enough.

Does my life just amounts to check lists and tasks? If it were so, I’ve got a lot of unfinished business ahead of me before I die. 

Life is not about how much I can accomplish, but rather how close I can draw to the Lord. How deep can I go into His chambers, His Holy of Holies and gaze into His eyes? 

I’ve got it wrong so many times. My priorities have been straightened out time and time again tenderly and gently by God. Slowly, I’m starting to get it. No matter how good it looks like from the outside, no matter how busy I am with “good” ministry works, at the end of the day what really matters is my relationship with God. 

Am I listening, abiding, leaning and trusting Him today? Or am I planning and controlling every minute of my day? Not letting Him into the life He so desires to be a part of?  Or do I allow pauses, thankfulness and glances towards Him? 

Lord help us all draw near You and give ourselves to that which truly matters. 

“And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42

“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 4:11

Word from Abba: It’s ok to Rest in Me

Though everything around you will accuse you that you’re being lazy and unproductive, it’s ok to take time to be with me and rest in me. In the time you spend resting and looking to me, conversing with me, you’re doing a much greater work and giving your energy to what truly matters. 

Productivity in the world’s definition is getting a lot done. Productivity defined in my Word is time spent with me. You can do a lot on the outside but actually not getting anything done at all. 

Quieting yourself and letting me hold your burdens, pains and problems, you will be able to focus on what truly matters and gain true wisdom from Me. 

Let us face this day together. Let me be there for you and tackle this day with you. 

Word from Abba: All that You Need

The world tells you endless things you need, making you feel poor no matter how your financial circumstances changes.

The truth is I am all that you need. Yes, the world tells you that you’re foolish for following my footsteps, for not valuing its treasures but my eternal Word says you’re storing up true treasures in heaven that you will enjoy for all of eternity. Treasures that will not erode away. Treasures that will withstand the test of my fire and time.

The words and opinions of man are here today and gone tomorrow, they are but a vapor. Their words change and sway with the shifting sand, but my Words are eternal. The material things you possess does not give you true lasting pleasure, it is my presence that brings fullness of joy and peace that surpasses understanding. I have blessed you with wealth and materials to be a tool in your life not an idol you look to for joy, peace, identity and love.

Invite me into the pain of your needs and lack by thanking me for what I have blessed you with. Let me show you how rich you already are. 

Matthew 7:26, James 4:14, 1 Peter 1:7, 18 

One of the Most Beautiful Love Stories: Dustin’s Parents

When Dustin shared with me his parent’s love story, I was deeply touched. I’ve been trying to get a hold of the article Dustin’s mom, Barbara, wrote for a contest in the Ladies’ Home Journal. As a result of winning the essay contest, her and Dave, Dustin’s parents won a trip to London to meet Margaret Thatcher in addition to many other wonderful prizes. Below is the story. Read it and you’ll see. God writes the best love stories. 

I couldn’t help but tear up as I finished the article. This is the Bridegroom heart of God for us. He is not easily angered, but so patient in loving and washing us with His love and Word. So faithful in convincing us of the truth, we are His beloved. 

p.s. I’m going to Chicago for a week, then to Minnesota for another support raising trip so I’ll be M.I.A for the next two weeks. I’ll try to post when I can…maybe just some instagram photos. Blessings to you all and pray for our trip if you feel led! 

Word from Abba: Don’t Look Back, Look Up

Where are you looking? Inside yourself? Into your past failures and recounting them again and again? 

I have called you to put your hand to the plow and not look back. There are only a few things I highlight each season, a few words I speak to you. Hold fast to these words that weave a ladder that takes you up higher to me. My words are light, life and your daily bread. Treasure these things that are alive, that lead you to life, provide the sustenance you need for this day and greater light for the path you’re traveling. 

Let go of the past. Let go of the past failures. These baggages that hold you back and weight you down from the height which I’ve called you to. Remember what I say, write down, read, sing what I say. Hold fast to what I say. Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back, look up into my loving eyes that are always with you. 

MarriageMondays: The Incredible Worth of A Woman

Every year, on Mother’s day weekend, Mike Bickle preaches his message titled, “The Incredible Worth of a Woman.” 

It wasn’t until the end of the message when the Lord touched me with the revelation of His Bridegroom heart. Mike gave an invitation to husbands and men that are engaged to come to the front to commit to honoring and cherishing their wives.

I myself didn’t feel it necessary that Dustin go up there and commit to honoring me since I felt he already does such a great job loving me as my husband. But as he got up unashamedly to answer the altar call, my heart was moved by God’s Bridegroom heart for me. 

God whispered to my heart, “Sunny, I value and honor you so much. You are my Bride, and I will take a stand for you. I am not ashamed to show the world my love for you.” I tried to hold back my tears to no avail. My heart was moved by my Bridegroom’s love. 

Mike then invited women to come and pray for and bless these men. As I put my hand on the shoulder of an older gentleman, I looked around at all these married men who are taking a stand to cherish their wives as Christ cherishes the church, my heart was moved once again. 

Oftentimes the world portrays and encourages men to be chauvinistic, macho hulks that barrel women over. Many times that’s what women experience growing up and in their lives. But last night before me was a vision of the true desire of God, for husands to cherish their wives and for marriages that proclaim Christ’s love for His Bride to the world. 

A woman’s desire to be cherished, honored and taken care of are good. These are godly desires that our Father in Heaven put in our hearts. God is raising up sons who reflect their Abba’s heart for His daughters. As we ourselves embrace Biblical feminity, we in turn are calling godly men forth, giving them opportunities to be who the Lord called them to be as men. 

Lord, grant us grace to embrace the role You’ve ordained for us. 

Click here for Mike Bickle’s notes from last night’s message.

Word from Abba: When You are Scared

When you are scared. When you find yourself suddenly awake in the dark. When you have no answers. When the right thing to say or do escapes you, let me be there for you.

I will rise out of my bed. I will walk into your room and sing a song over you. I will remind you of the many promises I’ve made. Ones that I will never break. I’ll weave them into little pillows for you to hold close and fall back asleep with My peace.  

When things are not going well, when you’re not doing ok, when everything seems to be falling apart, it’s ok to let me know how you’re doing. I want to know. I’m not just waiting for perfection, I’m waiting and longing for you, right where you’re at. 

Look at these moments, these difficulties and challenges you face throughout the day as blessings. Little doors for me to walk in and show you again what I mean when I say I love you. 

1 Peter 5:7, John 17:24 & 26, Malachi 4:2

Word from Abba: My Good Pleasure

You wake up with a ready list. A list of things you need to accomplish today. A list of areas you want to do better. A list of your own failures. Your mind is filled with many thoughts about your own evaluation of your life.

Look at the birds, they do no know how to grow what they must eat. They have no barn to store up the seeds they need. Yet I feed them. Look at the flowers in the field, they only rest and bloom. They do no manual labor, yet they continue blooming. 

If I take care of the birds, flowers and grass, how much more so do I desire to take care of you my beloved child? I know what your needs are. Even the needs you feel are too small to bother me with. 

It is my GOOD PLEASURE to give you the Kingdom, to provide for you what you need. What I instruct you to do, I do it with you, I provide and help you. 

Luke 12:22-34

Word from Abba: What Do I Say?

My child what do I say about you? Remember my words. Let these words sink in. Let me slowly write it, rewrite it, and write it again upon your heart. 

Let go of the words of man. Let go of your own evaluation of yourself, for those are mere man’s words but My Words are eternal. Those are words made with eyes that see only the earthly, through broken veils and hearts. 

My words are declared in the heavens. My words are true. My words are clean. My words do not return to me void. My words I’ve made into a banner and wave above you day and night. The angels see it, the cloud of witnesses see it, now I want you to see it. You are loved, treasured, valued. 

The words of men are a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. My words are written forever. Let my truth hold your hand throughout your day and as you fall asleep at night. 

Psalm 19:7, 39:5, Isaiah 55:11, Song of Solomon 2:4