Cleaning Out Your Closet for Greater Joy

So, why in the world would I show you all my dirty laundry? Well, not laundry. I would never show you that! But, why would I show you my mess? Because the Lord impressed something so precious on my heart, as I walked through the mess, stepping over wires from my husband's studio, and trying to find a square foot to set my bags down on after work. 
 You see, I just finished speaking at a lovely weekend retreat called Revealed Retreat: Discover Who I Am in Christ. I challenged the ladies to give the Lord the deepest parts of their hearts - even the rooms of their hearts that they have shut the doors on for years. In the fight to stay positive and to keep from drowning in pain, sorrow and despair, people tend to avoid difficult conflict that arises when dealing with broken relationships and pain from the past. It's easier to ignore things and to just keep stuffing. These are things that may give us PTSD, if we decide to unpack them.

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting – Day 13 Praying for Your Family

The prophetic ingathering of Israel's children to their homeland is a beautiful picture of the Lord God redeeming and delivering families. Isaiah 49 is a complex Messianic prophecy about the foretold Messiah and his purpose -- to restore and redeem Israel and to be a shining light to the Gentiles. Jesus -- The Messiah -- …