2020 Vision

“When there is no clear prophetic vision,
people quickly wander astray.
But when you follow the revelation of the word,
heaven’s bliss fills your soul.”
Proverbs 29:18 TPT

Time to confess, I cast off constraint and I have been a lazy slob today! It was almost lunchtime by the time I got out of my warm, comfortable bed. Shocking, I know!

It’s not like I have been completely unproductive; I have dipped into three different books that I’m reading at the minute. I’ve checked year 6 Maths homework and a couple of emails from school.

Once the sound of hungry bellies started reaching an uncomfortable level, I courageously rose from my comfort zone to feed the helpless humans that I am in isolation with. The bull mastiff was so happy to see me emerge from my bedroom, I almost felt guilty for being so lazy.

With this sense of uncertainty infiltrating the atmosphere, I have noticed a little bit of apathy creep in. What’s the point getting up at our usual time, when we have the whole day to do what needs to be done, right? It’s not like we have to be anywhere. And before you know it, it’s nearly 4pm and you haven’t done any of the many things you still need to do.

Remember at the end of last year when every well known prophetic voice was declaring that 2020 would be the year of visions being fulfilled? Who would have thought that it would look like this? Although this has made me re-evaluate my vision, I haven’t abandoned it; even though I have been tempted to check out.

In the middle of this uncertain period of darkness, God is teaching me to see with new eyes. One of the things the Spirit has challenged me with, is by asking me what my life will look like, when I come out of isolation. Do I throw off constraint and chill out for this period of time, eat what I want, sleep for as long as I want, catch up on Netflix and check out? Tempting, very tempting. Or do I see this moment in history as an opportunity to connect and readjust my vision according to the plans and purposes of God? Do I use every minute as a stepping stone to work towards those plans that God put on my heart?

I sorted out everyone’s food and finally got in the shower to make myself presentable. Praying as I tried to get my head out of Lazyville, the Holy Spirit directed my thoughts back to the vision that I wrote down in my journal. This is the reason why I get up and get ready for the day. This is the reason why I don’t sleep my days away.

When we look at the extreme impact that this virus is making on the world around us it is easy to think that our personal vision is not important right now. But I have felt so strongly to encourage you that your vision for 2020 is still important. It is very important. It’s time to refocus on the personal, prophetic vision that God has given you. Yes, we want the world to be delivered and healed. We want to see revival; a mass exodus out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.

I’m sure that is on God’s agenda too, but He also care about your individual life and His plans for you have not taken a backseat. What if the kind of revival He is after will start with you? In your home and in your family? He did not make a mistake when He gave you that vision for 2020 at the end of last year. His plans for you didn’t change, so don’t check out. Stay the course.

God has given me a message to deliver; a book to write and a family to raise. For one, they will need to learn how to cook a meal for themselves once in a while, so my work here is certainly not done! I don’t have the time to stay in bed until lunch time; I have to get up and show up. Today and every day.

Can I encourage you today, to go back to the word and the vision that God has given you for 2020. If you don’t have one, you now have a wonderful opportunity to ask the Lord, He will give you one. You have permission to dream big with Him. What do you want your life to look like when you come out of isolation?

Do you want to be ten pounds heavier but all caught up on your favourite Netflix series? Or do you want to emerge with vision and purpose, established in the Word and empowered to run your race with Holy Spirit fire? What if you can come out of this with a stronger family unit? What if you can come out of this with an intimate, deep relationship with the Creator of the Universe?

What do you want your life to look like when you come out of isolation?

Dream about it.

Write it down.

It might look dark right now, but the Light will come. Will you be ready when He does? Will you be ready to run?

Greater things are yet to come!

Get ready!

HeartPrint:

Today I hear the Father whisper: “Anointed One. Do not be distracted by circumstances that appear to contradict the plans I have for you. My vision for your life is full of purpose and power. Ask me, and I will show you the great and mighty things that I have planned for you, even before you were born. My plans do not demand power or might, but it WILL require you to connect with my Spirit. Ask me to open the eyes of your heart, for I want to show you the way. Now see.” ❤

One Hundred HeartPrints

“A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.” –  Dr James Dobson.

On the 7th of November last year, I saved my seat on the ‘Unlocking your book’ mentorship programme. As part of this course I committed to write the book that has been growing in my heart, since the day I encountered the heart of the Father.

That happened ten years ago. It was a day that changed everything, as I watched the Disney movie, Tangled with my son. Caught off guard by a loving Father, who was committed to calling me out of darkness.

My heart was awakened to His love as I watched the King light a lantern for his lost princess. As that tear rolled across his cheek I realised that my Father didn’t just tolerate me; He celebrated me. He wasn’t distant, judgmental or condemning towards me. He understood the torment that I was going through and He wanted to hold me close. He wanted to untangle my heart.

This was a holy invitation to discover my divine origin. My true identity and my inheritance as a child of God. To learn what He thinks and says about me; and there are a lot of thoughts He has about me. They outnumber the grains of the sand and not one thought is bad! Every thought He has about me are thoughts of love and peace.

Every thought He has shared with me, has left his imprint on my heart. That is why I call them HeartPrints.

The Words He whispers to my heart has transformed me and I wanted to share this with every child of God. Especially the ones who are still stuck in their towers of condemnation, doubt and fear. This is why I signed up for this assignment. This is why I am having my book unlocked this year. It is time for lost children to come home and be untangled.

This is why I started this devotional blog. It was so much more than a daily practice of my writing. It was an opportunity to sit with the Father as He whispers His daily affirmation to me, forever imprinting it on my heart and in this blog. I knew this was not just for me, so I share it with the world.

I believe that it is time for God’s beautiful children to be awakened to who they are. We are not defeated or overcome, no matter what that Gothel is whispering in our ears. We are beautiful, redeemed, pure and holy. Treasured by God, the Father. Purchased by the blood of the Son. Empowered by His Spirit. More than conquerors and mighty in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Today marks the day of a hundred HeartPrints.

One hundred Words of the love and affirmation of the Father for you!

One hundred thoughts He thinks about you.

You are His Beloved, and He is not just pleased with you, He is proud of you. You bring Him the greatest joy and delight. I pray that you will know this and be rooted and grounded in this truth. So deeply grounded in His love that no storm can uproot you. I pray for you Beloved, because you are needed in the Kingdom for such a time as this.

May you rise up in the intimate knowledge of who you truly are and the powerful truth that the Father speaks over you. You are His special treasure. The precious blood of the Lamb was shed for you! You are more valuable than you can possibly understand.

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT

You are loved!

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Faithful Child. I am so proud of you. It is in little steps of faithful obedience that great battles are won. There is power in steady endurance as you lean on my Spirit to move you forward. Keep in step with me and see where I will lead you. Greater things are yet to come. Keep believing. You will see my faithfulness revealed. I am your exceedingly great reward. Your Father.” ❤

Unseen

We have had some lovely weather in the UK this week. Glorious sunshine accompanied by a soft breeze, made it bitter sweet being stuck at home. It has allowed us at least to play out in the garden more than we normally would, so it is a blessing indeed.

Yesterday, as I was praying in my bedroom, I noticed some stormy clouds gathering above our house. I noticed the trees swaying in the wind and I thought about how I could tell that it was windy outside; even though I can’t see the actual wind, I can see the effect of it by the movement of the branches and the leaves.

I thought about the effects of another unseen force. A little virus that has caused a whole world to shut down. Nobody can see this invisible bandit that has infiltrated our world, but we’re all experiencing the effects of it. Physically. Emotionally. Financially. Practically.

Something to small to bee seen with the eye, and yet is has an incredible impact with repercussions we haven’t even considered yet.

As I pondered this, I heard the voice of the Lord speak straight to my heart:

Beloved,

You cannot see the power of the words you speak. Yet, it carries life or death. (Proverbs 18:21)

You cannot physically see the Word when you declare it. Yet, I watch over my Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)

You may not be able to see the power released through my Word. Yet, it is alive and active. (Hebrews 4:12)

Not one of my Words will fall by the wayside or drop to the ground. (1 Samuel 3:19)

It accomplishes ALL that it is sent for. (Isaiah 55:11)

Greater is the power in my Word than the power of the unseen enemy in this world. (1 John 4:4)

Release my Words.

Speak my Word.

It shall be done.

The Spirit of the Lord.

Today, I pray that every child of God will be awakened to the power that is at work within them: the Love of the Father, the Word made flesh and the life producing power of the Spirit. May we all stand, firmly rooted and grounded in the truth that we are loved by the Creator of Heaven and Earth. That we are created in His likeness and because of our relationship to Him, we are given authority over all the power of the enemy.

This is my prayer for you!

This is my prayer for me too.

Let’s raise a mighty roar that echo the shout of our mighty Saviour: “It is finished!”

May the world see the effect of the unseen force released through the mouths of the children of God.

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”
Romans 8:19 NIV

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Glorious Child. This is not a time to shrink back in despair or fear. Don’t allow your heart to be distracted by the cares of this world. Rise up in your true identity and in the power that I have bestowed upon you. You we built for this: to be effective and not affected. To impact the world around you with Life, Hope and Peace. Release the Faith inside of you. Just a mustard seed will do. The Kingdom of Heaven is backing you!” ❤

Cocooned

A few days ago, my daughter felt a little stuck with a home school project. She had to create an illustrated mini story book and she was struggling to come up with a story line that was short enough to fit in six tiny pages. There were three pages to illustrate and three pages to write.

My gorgeous girl is not short of creativity. It was the limitation of the task that was the obstacle for her. She had already written a novel in her mind and now she didn’t know how to get it into a mini book. So we talked about the story, and I helped her to organise her thoughts into three parts.

Page 1

The story was about a little caterpillar who was afraid. There was a bird in the tree that was threatening to eat it. The caterpillar wished that it had wings, like the bird, so it could fly away; but she couldn’t fly, because she was just a little worm.

Page 2

One morning the caterpillar woke up and it was dark all around her. “Oh no!” she thought, “I must have been eaten by the bird. I am probably in its stomach!” Just as she thought her life was over, she saw a little bit of light come through a crack in her cocoon.

Page 3

The cocoon broke open and the caterpillar felt something strange. She felt two big wings unfold around her, pushing what was left of the cocoon away from her body. She had wings! She could fly! She flew away from the bird and lived happily ever after.

I didn’t pay much attention to the story; I was just so relieved to know that Zoe could get on with her homework. Later on, I felt the Holy Spirit speak to my heart.

He was showing me that we are all cocooned at the minute. We might feel that everything is dark around us. Maybe we are starting to doubt the promises that God has given us, thinking that the enemy has the upper hand, but that is not true.

It is in the darkness that our wings are developed. Just like the little caterpillar kept feeding himself, we have fed ourselves on the Word of Life. It is growing in us and producing everything we need to be able to fly above the challenges we are faced with.

I pray that you will not be intimidated by the darkness around you, but used this time to rest in the faithfulness of the Father. Allow his Word to dwell in you richly as you start to stretch out in faith. Start to put into practice what you have learned when you were feasting on Truth. It will not disappoint you now.

It is not time to shrink back in fear. You are not a little worm, you were designed to soar. It is time to spread your wings and fly.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
Romans 28:8-30 NIV

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Beautiful Child. Have I not put my glorious DNA within you? You were created in my image. Created in my likeness. You were designed to overcome. To fly above the trials life brings. Let go of fear and doubt. Allow the Light of my Love to break into your heart and reveal who I have created you to be. Stretch out your wings of faith and be lifted up by the Wind of my Spirit. You are my glorious one! My Beloved.” ❤

The Mock Exam

“Imagine all those kids who wrote their mock exams this year and didn’t fully prepare,” my husband said as we were chatting about the current events and the impact that the corona virus potentially could have on life as we know it. He felt a deep empathy for those kids who thought they still had an opportunity to write the actual exam, only for their school year to be dramatically cut short.

God has been speaking to me a lot about being prepared. My biggest takeaway from this pandemic is that we really can’t expect a life without any curve balls. I’m not advocating walking around expecting disaster either, but for me this season has felt a little bit like a mock exam. At the very least it has made me consider the unpredictable nature of the world we live in.

I am finding that the only thing that has kept me steady in this weird situation we all find ourselves in, it that my God is not unpredictable. He is about the only constant assurance that I can anchor my soul to. I am grateful for the little exams I have had to write along the way, even though I failed many of them. Spectacularly. Ha!

As I sought the Lord this afternoon (in my new isolation pod – my car), He took me to the passage in Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus is walking with his disciples and he gives them a little mock exam. You see, things were about to get unpredictable and Jesus had to prepare his friends for what was about to come. He asked them some questions. Was this perhaps a way to see if they had been paying attention in class? Would they be able to pass the exam that was to come?

“Who do people say I am?”

The disciples offered some suggestions. Some people thought that Jesus was John the Baptist, some thought he might be a re-incarnated Elijah or one of the other prophets of old.

As I looked at this passage, I imagined Jesus asking me this question. Growing up in church, I could tell you a lot about Jesus. I could tell you who the pastor said He was. I could tell you who my mother said He was. I could even tell you what my Philosophy lecturer said He was. I had a lot of knowledge about Him, but I didn’t really know Him.

“Who do you say I am?”

Simon passed the exam! He knew that Jesus was the Messiah, because in that moment, the Father revealed it to Him. He answered: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.”

What was that moment like for you, when you realised who Jesus was for the very first time? I remember driving home from a night shift, when I worked as a care giver in London many years ago. I had a flat tire and had to wait for the road recovery assistance team to come and help me change a tire. Embarrassing, but true.

As I waited for them, I had a magazine from Creflo Dollar ministries in the car. I managed to pull into a service station and sat in a nearby cafe, drinking a coffee and reading this article that explained the gift of God’s grace to me in a way that lifted the veil from eyes. I realised in that moment that I did not have to pay for my mistakes, because Jesus already did.

This information wasn’t new to me. I had known this from the age of six, but in that moment it became alive in my heart. That flat tire was one of the greatest gifts of my life. But it was only a glimpse of what was to come.

An intimate knowledge of God.

Jesus said: “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” (Verse 17).

There is something spectacular that happens when we move from head knowledge to intimate knowledge. When we develop an ear to hear the voice of the Father for ourselves; not having to rely on the second hand revelation of others. The Father wants to reveal himself to us. He wants to show us His nature; that His heart towards us is good.

I spent many years believing that grace came from Jesus in order to shelter me from an angry God. But Isaiah 53:10 says that it pleased the Father to send His only Son to die for me, so I can become part of His family. Understanding the heart of the Father towards me, has made all the difference. It has set me free. Free to love and be loved by my Creator and to discover His heart towards me.

Discovering our destiny and calling.

What I love most about this passage is how Jesus calls out Simon’s destiny and assignment, moments before he would write the biggest exam of his life. Simon gets an identity overhaul. He even gets a new name, Peter!

“Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the power of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you lock on earth will be locked in heaven, and whatever you open on earth will be opened in heaven.”
Matthew 16:18-19 NLT

Wow! What a calling. What authority that was given to Peter in that moment.

Do you know that the name Simon means? It means “listen.”

Do you know what the name Peter means? It means “rock.”

Do you know what happens when we walk close enough to our Saviour; when we hear His voice and listen to His teaching? We become rocks. Rocks that are solid, when all the world is shaking. We become firm, immovable, unshakable when everything around us is falling apart.

Everything these disciples were expecting were about to take a one hundred and eighty degree turn. They were preparing for an empire to be overturned, but saw their Messiah executed. They didn’t have the ability to see what was about to happen in the future. They didn’t know that their disappointment would be temporary and that their friend, and Saviour, would rise from the grave.

There will be times when life takes us on a journey we did not intent to go. Knowing about God is not enough to prepare us for the exams of life, we need to have an experiential, intimate knowledge of Him if we want to stay rooted and grounded when the storm comes. We need to be intentional listeners who pay attention to what our Teacher is showing us in the daily circumstances we face.

Who is Jesus to you? He is asking you today: “Who do you say I am?” I believe that He wants to reveal something about His nature and His heart towards you in this uncertain season. He wants to be your Rock when the world is shaking all around you. He wants to be the arms that hold you when you’re feeling lost. He wants to be the answer to your mock exam.

Take a minute to ask Him to show you who He is. He wants you to be prepared. Not just for this moment in time, but for all time. For anything that comes your way. Because He loves you and He doesn’t want you to be shaken when things get unpredictable. He wants you to be able to stand strong in your faith and trust that His plans for you are still in motion.

It is time to step into the calling that He has prepared for you. You have the keys of the Kingdom; the power to bind or release the power of Heaven upon the earth. Now is the time to rise.

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father saying: “Glorious Child. Created to stand, when all the world is shaking around you. Do not fear. I am with you always. My plans for you are still good. I do not change my mind. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. I am constant. In me there is no darkness at all. As you remain in me, and my Words remain in you, you will stand firm. In my Light. In my Glory. Forever.” ❤

Homework

This morning I found my son behind my laptop, looking really distressed. He started with the work his school has for him for this time in isolation, but I could see that he wasn’t really getting started with anything. When I asked him which subject he was focusing on, he started to look a little flustered. He told me that his anxiety was out of control.

He wasn’t really worried about the work he had to complete; his anxiety was induced by a culmination of everything going on at the minute. On top of that, he started thinking about a lot of things that people have said to him in the past. My not-even-thirteen-year-old-yet was worried about his reputation. Imagine worrying about what people think about you, when you’re in isolation!

So we put the homework aside for a minute. We sat down in the kids’ lounge and we talked. As we unraveled the twisted, tangled up thoughts in his mind, I started sharing with him about David. The future king of Israel did not have a great reputation to start with either. Even his own brother questioned his motives just moments before he slayed Goliath.

David was so insignificant, that his own father didn’t think it would be worth calling him in from his shepherding duties to be considered for the position of future king. But God looked at David’s heart. David was His close friend. God knew him intimately, because David spent most of his life in the field in communion with God.

This is where David did his homework; in the field with the sheep. In the seemingly insignificant moments, God was preparing David to rule over His people. Homework prepares us for the exams we write in life. Sometimes we an pour all our time into Maths and English, but neglect the weightier matters of the heart. What will good GCSE results do, when we’re unraveling when the going gets tough?

Looking after our hearts are just as important. We can be consumed about building and preparing for a successful, prosperous life, but a smooth ride is guaranteed for no one. All the Maths and English homework cannot prepare us for natural disasters or pandemics. But there is a kind of homework that can prepare us for anything: spending time with our Creator and allowing Him to prepare us for the journey ahead.

He knows what’s coming and He knows us intimately. Building our reputation and friendship with Him is really the only thing that truly matters. Everything else flows out of that. When we know His voice and follow His directions, He will lead us perfectly. When we find anxious thoughts flooding in and taking our hearts over, we can run to Him and he promises to console us. To help us unravel the twisted, tangled up thoughts that are trying to make us shrink back from our calling.

When one of David’s biggest exams came, he was able to say:

“Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control,
the soothing comfort of your presence
calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.”
Psalm 94:19 TPT

This morning, we put away the Maths and English books. We got out our journals and our Bibles; we spent some time quieting our hearts to listen. Holy Spirit, what do you want to say to us today? Can you come and sit with us for a while, calm us down and comfort us with your presence? Will you help us to sort out all these anxious thoughts and tell us more about the plans you have for us? Plans to prosper us. Plans to give us hope and a future.

God spoke to my son. He told him that real power does not come from the physical realm, but from within the heart.

Your heart is powerful.

Don’t allow the enemy to tangle it up in anxious thoughts.

Make some time today to do some real homework. Quiet your heart and listen. The Creator of Heaven and Earth has incredible plans for you. His thoughts about you outnumber the grains of sand on the earth. Wouldn’t you like to know what they are?

HeartPrint:

Today I hear the Holy Spirit whisper: “Quiet One. How I love to sit with you and bring you peace. When I see you anxiously planning for an uncertain future, I just want to rush in and quiet you with my love. Let me help you. Ask me, and I will show you the way ahead. For there are remarkable plans for your life and I am here to prepare you for it. There is no risk of failure when I am with you. I am always with you. Now and forever.” ❤

Antidote

What a beautiful day it was today. The sun was shining and I didn’t have to wear a jacket. That is fairly unusual for the North West of England at the back end of March. I think?

The day didn’t start very joyful. Being on lock down seemed to have gotten to everyone in our household today. My son was growling at his laptop as it kept buffering; not ideal when you have almost completed a home school task and it didn’t save your work. My husband was growling at my son for growling at his laptop. I was growling at my husband for growling at my son… well, you get the picture.

My heart started sinking the minute I walked into the kitchen to make my first cup of coffee. I miss my normal routine; dropping the kids off at school and coming home to a quiet house. Getting my Bible out, putting some worship music on and having the space and time to talk to the Lord. Time to focus on my writing, even if just for a half an hour. It was my half an hour.

Where most people are finding themselves in isolation, I seem to have lost mine. Ha! I look forward to a little bit of isolation once the kids go back to school. I keep hearing people talk on social media posts, about all the projects they are going to do now that they have to stay at home. Seriously? Where do you get the time?

When I did my chores and projects during a “normal” day, I could organise them in the order I wanted to. I could do them without any interruptions. Writing a piece of anything without having to stop the flow of thought, now seems like such a beautiful, precious gift. One I will never take for granted again. Ha! Needless to say, I started feeling a little sorry for myself.

If they discover an antidote for the corona virus, I would be delighted. But today, I just needed an antidote for frustration. I found myself ruminating on everything that was wrong with the world. That is never a good destination to move towards.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22 NIV

In this time of uncertainty we are finding ourselves in, I am vigilant about the kind of thoughts I allow to take root in my mind. I cannot afford to engage with anything that is not true, honorable, pure or of good report. This is challenging when bad news is broadcast twenty-four-seven.

So, today I decided to kick frustration out of the house. I sat with my son and told him that it’s OK to be frustrated with the bandwidth. I gave him some time off; I am the headteacher after all. My husband and I took a nice, long stroll in the beautiful sunshine and we admired the beauty of the neighborhood we get to live in. I jumped on the trampoline with my daughter. I sat in the garden and read a few pages of an inspiring book. I cooked a beautiful dinner. We made a fire and roasted marshmallows.

Not every day will go to plan. Some days will go better than you plan. Better than you can ever hope for, dream or imagine.

Today was a beautiful day.

I am so grateful to God for the wonderful people in my life. I don’t have to take care of them; I get to love them and look after them. In fact, this is the most important work that I am called to. There is no project on the planet more important than this one.

Today, I pray that you will be able to shut your eyes to the crazy world around you and open them to the blessings that are all around you. May you discover new dimensions of the love of God as you see the beauty He has blessed you with. God loves you; His plans for you are good, no matter what is happening in the world. You can rest in the knowledge that He is still working all things together for your good.

HeartPrint:

Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Precious Child. There is a wonderful future and wild adventures awaiting you. Greater things are yet to come. Find me in the days of waiting. I can be found; even in the places where you don’t usually look for me. Even where the path diverts from your the one you normally take. I am waiting there too, Love. For I am with you. Always.” ❤