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February Encouragement

Blessings to you on this first of February,

”Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." John‬ ‭6‬:‭35‬ ‭ESV‬‬


I would like to begin by sharing a bit of my personal story in transitioning from 2023 to 2024 and then, move into explaining the greater application.


As 2023 was winding down, I became more and more hungry for the Presence of God and His Holy Scriptures…to be still and know He is God, to dwell with Him and soak Him up. As 2024 arrived, I have continued in this vein of deeper longing for MORE of our Lord and I believe He is drawing all of our hearts to this sweet place of greater intimacy. Will we accept His invitation?


”I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.“ Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬-‭20‬ ‭NLT


‬‬One day as I was describing my heart to the Lord, I said, “Lord, I feel like I am unraveling.” Some things in my life took an unexpected turn that proved very challenging and I knew He was reminding me to TRUST Him here in the place of “NO CONTROL”. I then felt the Lord prompt me to look up “unraveling” in the dictionary which was very insightful:


To separate or disentangle the threads of a woven or knitted fabric, a rope, etc. To free from complication or difficulty; make plain or clear; solve ,informal. To take apart; undo; destroy (a plan, agreement or arrangement)


In the midst of so much changing and beyond my control, TRUST in the Lord is an essential non negotiable; trust without walls, borders or limitations. This trust leads to rest. The definitions I uncovered led me in a personal prayer, “ O God help me! Steady me as I trust in You and keep me rooted and established in love
(Ephesians 3:17)…In the mess & unpredictability of what I feel, help me see above the complications and difficulty; help me throw off the obstacles and entanglements (Hebrews 12:1)…by Your Holy Spirit, make plain and clear to me Your ways and thoughts which are higher and better (Isaiah 55:8-9) …solve in the very core of me and my world what is hurting and problematic. You are the Way Maker! I surrender to You! Take apart, undo and destroy every plan, agreement or arrangement of my own or the enemy’s. I come out of agreement with any plan that is not Yours and call upon You to align my life with You. Amen”


As I have continued through this month, I see the Lord longing to draw each of us to Himself. It’s at His feet that we find all we’re in need of…worshiping and waiting in His Presence is the answer. A revelation and deeper knowledge of divine love will fill us with “all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19) …His goodness pressed into all corners of life and the cracked deficient places, bringing healing, wholeness, and transformation in every dimension. (Edited from InTouch 1/6/24)


I want to close this letter of encouragement by sharing the Holy Scriptures with you because the Word is alive and powerful! …allow it to permeate your soul, think upon it more than the issues of life, read it aloud again and again so it fills the atmosphere around you, pray it as often as you can, discuss it with your community so it releases the life contained within it!


“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬-‭39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬


“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ ‭NLT‬‬


”This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”“
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬-‭9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


This is my prayer for you in 2024 & beyond…

”The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’“
‭‭(‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6‬:‭24-‭26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) I rejoice in our God and His kindness to us and our world. He indeed is with us!


Blessings in Christ,

Veronica Leach, President
SM Valley Community of Prayer

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