A New Season - Sacred Intent
After spending some time to focus in and reflect on my priorities, I’ve come to a decision regarding His Love Prevails. My sense of direction regarding this blog has become nonexistent, and thus, I’ve decided to scrap His Love Prevails and instead start anew with fresh direction, purpose, and intention.
I desire so much to glorify Christ in every regard - even while on Tumblr. I also wish to grow deeper in our relationship, dear reader, as I want nothing more than to build you up, encourage you, pray for you, and simply get to know you more.
Whispers & Dancing & Beauty;
Have you ever had those moments when the Holy Spirit whispers a simple, yet precious truth to your soul? If you have had even had the smallest glimpse into the eternal gaze of the Beloved, then you know exactly what I speak of. It’s in those lovely moments that our hearts are soothed, comforted, at peace; it’s in the screaming yet still whispers that God nurtures our anxious souls, and we are forever changed.
Often, it’s a simple revelation, one with very few words, and filled with truth so satisfying and overwhelming that our hearts seem as though they could burst. From His Spirit flow eternal springs, words of life; and He beckons us to come and drink.
I struggle with beauty. To say the least, I never feel truly beautiful. And to be completely transparent, I’m incredibly insecure about who I was created to be. Both outward and inward beauty seem to be the bane of my existence; I often find myself “striving after the wind”, as Solomon would say. My feminine heart cries out in longing to be thought beautiful; this is both a tragic and lovely aspect of being a woman.
Yet, in the midst of insecurity, of immense discouragement, He was there. And we were dancing.
My safe haven, my place of comfort and refuge is so very vivid in my mind. My heart’s deepest longing are manifested as my quiet place with my God. As a little girl would giggle and dance through a meadow with a flowing skirt and flushed cheeks of pink, so it is when I spend time with my Beloved. With the sun on my face, and the breeze tossing my hair, we dance. He lets me stand on His toes and He holds me as He tells of His precious love for me.
Tonight all it took was a simply whisper, with but only a few words;
“You are beautiful, my beloved.”
Peace, comfort, and His overwhelming presence washed over me, filling every dark crevice that exists within my soul. And I believed Him.
Do you hear Him calling out to you? Do you feel Him draw close to your anxious heart? Do you see Him running after you, all in pursuit of your soul, with a fire of passion and love set aflame within His gaze?
You are beautiful. You are precious. You are loved. He whispers His sweet love over you, and is calling you forth to dance with Him, the very Lover of your soul. Will you take His hand, beloved? He is waiting.
~ Alyssa Marie
(This is my first post in a long while, and I’ve missed you all dearly! While I’ve been limiting the extent of my Tumblr use, please feel free to correspond with me on here; I’d love to catch up with everyone! Also, while I may not be on here as often, follow me on Twitter for daily updates. I love you all!)
Stillness, silence, solace;
The air weighs heavy and stale,
Longing and searching for nothing -
Mere comfort, comfort…
In the eye of the storm, calm and still;
The budding of precious morning,
Raging seas are violent within -
Oh, crippling, crippling…
Yet this darkness is far from eternal;
Darling, the fog is always its darkest,
Shadows are always their longest -
In the morning, the break of morning…
Sorrow persists on through night;
It won’t last, it won’t withstand,
Light breaks and sun bursts forth -
Hope is rising, Love is coming…
Rescue is near, rescue is here…
I’m a writer, a musician, a creator, an artist of sorts. Thus, I suppose it’s safe to deem myself one who is likely overly emotional, sensitive, and (inevitably) neurotic at times. I’m also an INFP; I base my actions and perceptions of situations neither on logic nor reason, but often on feelings alone. As a result, I tend to overreact and certainly become overdramatic and simply insecure, even when it makes little sense to be this way.
Though my slightly unstable mental state can sometimes seem to be quite the detriment, it also serves as a source of color in my life. God wired me this way, and I am blessed, indeed. I love with my whole heart; I passionately, irrevocably, ardently, zealously love with all that I am. This kind of love comes naturally to me. And it’s often messy and emotional, but the reward for doing so is precious. It frequently happens that out of this zealous and illogical state that my greatest breakthroughs and inspirations occur. Again, this is how God formed me; He made me to love, and to love deeply and fiercely.
It seems that from the very first time I understood brokenness and people’s need and capacity for love that God lit a raging fire within my soul to pour out on behalf of the lost. As I said, this does not come without the messiness. It’s often painful and frightening, as I make myself vulnerable and open to pour myself out on behalf of others, all the while opening myself to receive the precious and beautiful blessings that come from allowing brokenness to overcome and ultimately be transformed into beauty.
This particular season of my walk and faith has been an interesting one thus far. It’s all new to me. Just as the winter snow starts to melt at the budding of spring and the white blanket begins to thaw as a new season bursts forth, so my brokenness is fading away; beauty is being exposed from underneath the layers of my stale and hardened heart.
God’s heart is passionate and furious and unstoppable in pursuit of our souls. His love is unrelenting when it comes to captivating the heart of His beloved. While I’ve longed to fiercely love God with every fiber of my being and beating heart, God is revealing to me a profound and yet simple truth that is beautifully painted all through Scripture.
God’s love is overwhelming and unconditional; we love because He first loved us.
The longing that I have to love wholly and irrevocably in the way God created me to do so could never compare to the desire God has to pour out His love upon those He calls “Mine”. My desire to fall in love with God pales in comparison to God’s desire to fall in love with us. His love is furious, eternal, unconditional, and unending. He longs for intimacy and depth with His beloved children. He is relentless in His pursuit to capture our hearts.
I urge you, Beloved - seek the Lord that you might know the depth of His longing and love. Come forth to the springs and drink that you might receive eternal life, love with the author of intimacy Himself.
For His name and renown,
Purpose and passion
So good, so convicting, so true! Be blessed, my loves! :)
There is so much brokenness and need in the world. The more I find out about it, I can’t help but want to do something about everything.
But we can’t.
It’s good to care. God’s heart is full of compassion for all that is broken in this world. He sent Jesus Christ to redeem it and to proclaim freedom, healing, restoration, hope… life. We have been commissioned to share this good news, while demonstrating it through how we live our lives.
I believe God calls each of us to specific assignments and purposes for His kingdom. He has created you the way you are for a purpose. Isn’t that awesome?
You may be thinking, “Well, I still am not sure I know what God is calling me to.” You might be in a limbo, just waiting for the light inside your head to click on. Or, maybe you think you know, but aren’t sure.
Passion is powerful. Ever experience a time where you felt as if you could feel God’s heartbeat? God grabs a hold of our hearts with His compassion and opens up our hearts to feel the way He does. My pastor has always said, “What makes you cry? What makes you angry?” It goes on: What fills your heart with joy? What makes you rise up and speak up? What pains your heart? What generates the deepest compassion in your soul?
Something came to mind, right?
Something in your heart that you can’t shake; you care so much about it and can’t help but feel the need to take action.
Have you considered God planted that something inside you so you would be moved to do something about it?
We must give our lives to what God puts a burning passion in our hearts for. God put that passion within you for a purpose.
We are called, and there is so much we could do for the kingdom. Yet, how many respond and are willing to commit to spend their lives for that cause?
Jesus said in Luke 10:2 that “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore to send out workers into His harvest field.”
Let’s pray. Let’s ask God (just as Jesus instructed His disciples!) to send us out to serve Him wherever He leads, no matter what the cost, because we want to build His kingdom. We are not doing anything for Him, but rather with Him. Pray for God to raise up a generation of sons and daughters to be selfless servants for His purposes– the good news of Jesus Christ.
We are the body of Christ, made up by many parts and joined together one in the Spirit. We need each other. We are diverse and we may not have the same callings. But we can honor and support one another. We can humbly learn how to serve one another and join together for the purposes of God. We can be united in the passions and different gifts that God has given us with the desire to see Him be glorified and the world redeemed through Christ working in and through us. (Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and Romans 12:3-8)
God has created you for purpose, He has made you the way you are for His glory! He has placed passion in your heart for a cause straight from His own heart. He has given you His Holy Spirit to enable you; “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13).
I would really love to hear what passion and purpose God has put within your heart. What do you feel He has called you to? Tell me why it stirs your heart. And then I want you to tell me something –even if it is simple or small- that you are going to do this week about it.
Send me a message. Or write about it. Share with someone in your life who can support and encourage you! (Whatever you like). I want to challenge you to take action in some way. Let that passion own some purpose. Don’t sit back and wait when there is something inside your heart that calls you to take action!
I don’t want to just write things that people will read and say, “Oh yeah! Totally agree!” Because while that may influence, how much does that matter unless it produces fruit?
There is a harvest waiting.
With love in Christ,