"The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ " (Deut. 33:22)
God wants us to get into the habit of turning to Him in confidence when we're in a bad mood; when we feel neglected or rejected or fearful. When we reason within ourselves that we need something to "cheer us up" when we feel depressive thoughts setting in or we've been discouraged in some way, God wants us to think of praise as the remedy. It is, you know. PRAISE RESTORES JOY, AND WORSHIP RESTORES PEACE.
Beloved, don't turn to the so-called remedies the world supplies (like exercise, TV, or overeating) for they don't have power to last. Vices (sex, smoking, drinking) engaged to mask our pain will only make things worse.
Instead, apply the Balm of Gilead to your hearts, dear ones. Exchange all worry, anxiety, and stress for the truth of Abba's great love for you. As your creator, He alone holds the key to the restoration of your heart. He will gladly free you from perceived lack in the "coping" places - everywhere you feel you may not be able to hold on. God knows you, beloved; allow His Spirit to lift you above your circumstances and bring you lasting joy in the security that comes from knowing He is our cure. He is our restorer, refuge, and hiding place FOREVER.
"Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who
fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
His descendants will be mighty on
The generation of the upright will
Wealth and riches will be in his
And his righteousness endures
Unto the upright there arises light in the
He is gracious, and full
of compassion, and righteous.
A good man deals graciously
He will guide his affairs with
Surely he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be in everlasting
He will not be afraid of
His heart is steadfast,
trusting in the Lord.
His heart is established;
He will not be afraid,
Until he sees his desire
upon his enemies.
He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His horn will be exalted
The wicked will see
it and be grieved;
He will gnash
his teeth and melt away;
The desire of
the wicked shall perish."
"I love you, beloved. 'A broken and a contrite spirit I will not despise', and a broken and a contrite spirit you have.
I bless you with all that is in Me to dedicate and bless your soul unto Mine, beloved... everyone that is near you can't help but feed off of My 'Network of Ideas' on how they could be a better person. Some receive it negatively, some receive it positively, but all are 'bombarded' with the 'Fruit' that could be theirs every time they are near you.
Keep trusting Me, keep submitting to Me, and I will bring you through with Honor. With Honor, beloved, I will bring you through. I will bring you through. I declare it. Amen."
(Excerpted from the personal journals of Sharon Joy Gramling, 6-25-07)
"The independence that America clings to is not the independence that I have prescribed: independence from the flesh and its demands; independence from the shackles and pain of the bondage and tyranny that independent life (as they prescribe it) lends.
I seek to free them from bondage. Allegiance to Me is true independence for, when they say independence, what they mean is 'FREEDOM', and true Freedom is only found in Me. You have celebrated your Independence Day many times over, beloved, as I have brought it to you. I have brought it to all My Children who hunger and thirst for Me, and My 'mantle' of FREEDOM is upon them."
". . . where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM (Liberty)." -- 2 Cor. 3:17b
(Excerpted from the personal journals of Sharon Joy Gramling, 7-4-07)
"My word to you today is that you are blessing Me and being blessed by Me continually. Speak to Me every day and Let Me know what's going on inside you by your language and interpretation. I will set you 'right' where need be, but mainly I want to share your heart - mainly I want to 'hear' your heart and what you wish to share with Me.
Just as I talked with Adam in the 'cool' (peace) of the Day, so I wish to converse with you and know your thoughts and have you know My thoughts. Intimacy is a two-way street, beloved, and I wish to go 'all the way' with you, traversing the various byways and highways and pathways of your thoughts. I wish to 'explore' you, beloved, and I wish to take you with Me, learning everything about you and Me, for great is your commissioning, great is your depth of 'knowing' and 'understanding' Me pledged to be... I made a promise, and I shall honor it; I will never leave you, nor forsake you. Taste and see. Amen."
(Excerpted from the personal journals of Sharon Joy Gramling, 6-28-07)
"Wisdom and Strength and Honor and Glory will compass you round about as you give way to My Throne and its influences on you. My Throne gives Life, beloved - not death. Its Life will overtake you and surround with 'plenty' in leniency and forgiveness, for I Am the Judge, and My Word is your edict, My Word is your Guidepost for behavior in all things, and I will be with you to transform you into [My Image] and My behavior in all things near and far."
(Excerpted from the personal journals of Sharon Joy Gramling, 6-18-07)
From the day we're born 'til we're placed in a hearse - nothing confronts us that couldn't be worse.
Take heart, beloved, and encourage yourselves in God's truth that no storm is ever as dark as it seems!
Beloved, take heart - just because something seems out of reach doesn't mean you can't get it. Trust God, and only "believe". If you are willing, all the riches of His Kingdom are yours to possess and enjoy.
Remember, ALL THINGS are possible to those who believe.
God bless you.
"I love you. My work is dependent upon your obedience, and I have your obedience - I know that. Know that you have My Love, dear one, in spite of your circumstances or your beliefs. Belief systems are, by man, made only by his circumstances and their effects on his psyche.
I deal in Truth.
Truth stands beyond your circumstances, beloved. Let My 'Truth' enter your belief systems and shatter any 'false' impressions you have of Me. For instance, I Am not a 'god' whose love of you will be spoiled by the first (or any) mistake you make. I Am a God of compassion, liberty, and understanding. I Am not a 'god' who makes men's behavior god over My response - for men often do and say things that are not in their hearts. I Am not led by the 'manifest' behavior of men, but by the Faith which encompasses Me when their true hearts - often tentative and afraid - reach out to Me in strength, which I give to them in Mercy.
EVERY MODICUM OF STRENGTH COMES FROM ME, and I Am blessed even when/if you use but a hair's breadth of it to approach My Throne, for it is a reflection of your True heart and so it "heart-blesses" Me. Whenever I Am "heart blessed", I Am blessed indeed. Heart-to-heart blessing, feeding, communing with My Beloved is what I most desire, what I pamper you with, what I nourish you with once I know that is your desire toward Me. Simple knowing of it is all that I require from your vessel to Me.
You "know" by greeting Me with pleasure, with the same heart that I show to you each day in just being glad to see you; in starting the day afresh and anew with gladness in speech, JOY in Holy Ghost, and blessings beyond compare in the righteousness of My Words wrapped around you.
Let Me know that you desire Heart-to-Heart Love from Me to the rest of your body, mind, soul, and spirit, and I will feed you on it for the rest of your life.
Nothing arduous or painstaking do I require for My children to have JOY in Me and enter into "Heart-to-Heart" fellowship. It's the same as 'truly' smiling at a loved one in the morning before you begin your day. So come in to Me in the smallest vessel of your heart and receive My rapt attention and greeting for the day. It will carry you in strength until we meet again."
(Excerpted from the personal journals of Sharon Joy Gramling, June 9, 2007)