Breaking through

Breaking through

It happened today. I can hardly believe it as I look out to the once icy, frozen lake there it was. Water had broken through the ice and was once again flowing on the outside.
It brings me so much joy to see the water flowing because it means that spring is here! I love everything that it implies.
New growth

Birds singing
Bike rides
Temperatures that are warm
The water flowing also reminds me that a breakthrough is coming.
I’m reminded of Jesus talking about the living water that is available to us!  He is working to flow through us, to break through the ice that has stopped things up! He longs to have a breakthrough in those icy places of our hearts.
David saw first hand the power of God as He fought the Philistines. I love that he says it was like water breaking through!
So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The LORD did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 2 Samuel 5:20
I desire for Him to break through the chains that have so long bound me to past mistakes and regrets. I crave the freedom that only God can give me. I want that breakthrough!
The Holy Spirit is like that water flowing through us, pulsating into our hearts and lives if will allow him to bring us His truth and power.  Only He can break through into those tough area’s .  It is then that breakthrough can come.
But we have to want it! We have to remove the obstacles for him to break through. You may not even know what those obstacles are. If you’re anything like me, it means we need to stop and ask God to show us what those obstacles are. We can live with them for a long time and not even recognize them as obstacles.
For example, I would pride myself in being strong! I can do things by myself. There lies the problem. It’s an obstacle. If I can do it by myself, why do I need God? What do I need the Holy Spirit for? Why do I need the body of Christ?
That obstacle of not needing anyone must be removed from me so that I can embrace community, so that I can allow God to work through me, so I can step aside and let Him do His good and perfect will!
I had for so long lived with this obstacle that I didn’t even recognize that it was stopping me from allowing God to break through.
What’s your obstacle? Where do you need God to breakthrough today? 

The Final week of winter

And so here it is, the final week. The temperatures have begun to rise, the snow is melting, grass has been seen in lawns all over the neighborhood and birds are back. I even saw some geese flying over our house this morning. I had a twinge of excitement because I know that they are fully aware of the signs of the times.
When your life has been cold and even the sun in the sky does not feel warm you long for spring, for something new to come. I can’t tell you the joy that I have when I see little flowers begin to push their way through the frozen ground to get to the sunlight. It’s a sign that spring is here.
I’ve been studying recently the signs of the times when Jesus shall return and what we should be looking for.
Come Lord Jesus come!
I wonder if we long for his return as much as we long for other things?
I know I get so caught up in my life that I sometimes forget the one who gives me life. If indeed He is a reason for being, living, loving, then looking to His return and living like it should be our utmost desire in our attitude, behavior and speech.
Blessed are those who have not seen and believe.
I  love how the amplified version says it
Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me. John 20:29
Spring is coming, Jesus is coming! May we approach spring with excitement because it reminds us that Jesus will come again.


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