I absolutely love how the Lord so clearly directs every step of our journey as we press in to seek His desires for each of us in every season. This past weekend our family had the opportunity to attend a large family gathering in celebration of July 4th, and to enjoy the summer that has finally arrived. We ended up getting home into the wee hours of the a.m., with plans to attend another fun get-together with friends at a lake the following afternoon. We planned to home church prior to taking off again for the day. I woke up early, even though we had told everyone to sleep in so we’d be well-rested for another long day in the car, sunshine and water activities. A part of me wanted to go back to sleep, yet I sensed the urging to get up, make coffee and meet expectantly with the Lord before anyone else awakened.

My desire to meet with the Lord won over my desire in to stay in bed. No sooner had I sat down with my Bible, when I sensed the Holy Spirit drawing me out to my front deck. We live in the midst of 10 acres of 60 foot pines, and every kind of central Minnesota wildlife imaginable are all around us in full orchestration early each morning. Oftentimes, a hummingbird will suddenly feed on the nectar in the flowers right next to me, and sweetly remind of long awaited promises from my Father I am anticipating to manifest ‘suddenly’ in our family’s circumstances and in my call.

I filled up my coffee and quickly moved with my Bible onto the deck to listen. The birds were in full chorus as I sat in waiting. In less than a few minutes, the Holy Spirit prompted me to open up my Bible. Immediately, the Scripture that opened began to connect a number of dots between recent events, years of journals and prayers, and a dream I’d had recently. Confirmation quickly ensued of having completed this past season and receiving His permission to follow Him immediately into the new season He has already prepared and set forth. I wept as the words literally jumped off the page, quickening in my spirit. This word was so personal and so intimate. I planned to only share it with my husband. However, after hearing the word, my husband asked me to share with our entire family during our time together with Him. I was a little hesitant, as I felt the word was too personal to focus on as a family.

Then our oldest son, who happened to be home in order to partake of weekend festivities, came upstairs and shared briefly his frustration with a dream he’d been having repeatedly. As I began to share the Word with my family, not only did the Lord kiss me and encourage me, but in the very Scripture He gave me in my quiet moments with Him, He gave the very Scripture, encouragement, and direction our oldest son needed to clarify the meaning of his dream, as well as confirmation of this next season he’s about to step into.

The Scripture I was given that precious morning, minus all of the personal connections/interpretations He’d given me, is the best way to conclude this post, as well as to encourage each person reading this wherever you are on your journey, to all He has called you to. It’s time to get about our Father’s business, stepping into all this past season of ‘fine-tuning’ has been purposed for, in order to go out amidst the very people He desires to make ready as His Bride, all in preparation of His return. We don’t need to concern ourselves with the details of when that is, as much as we need to get about His specific leading and details that prepare the way for His Kingdom. We have graduated into a new level of our sonship, and the journey ahead is filled with all that we need as His vessels to manifest the heart of Heaven of Earth.

Song of Solomon 2:10-14

Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate, all ears, all eyes—ready!
My lover has arrived and he’s speaking to me!
Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
The whole world’s a choir—and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios.
Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.
Oh, get up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Come, my shy and modest dove—leave your seclusion, come out in the open
Let me see your face, let me hear your voice.
For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing.’

‘Come and look, sisters in Jerusalem. Oh, my sisters of Zion, don’t miss this! My King–Lover, dressed and garlanded for his wedding, his heart full, bursting with joy!’
-Song of Solomon 3:11 (MSG)

‘Come with me from Lebanon, my bride. Leave Lebanon behind, and come. Leave your high mountain hideaway. Abandon your wilderness seclusion, where you keep company with lions and panthers guard your safety. You’ve captured my heart, dear friend. You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love!’
-Song of Solomon 4:8-9 (MSG)