Today's Scripture and Message:

Matthew 24:42

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.


Matthew 26:40-41

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.


James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


Being in the Present Moment

Dearest Bride,

Where have you been hiding, My dear one? You have not been listening for My voice. Do you truly long to hear the voice of your Beloved? If so, strain your ears day and night, so I may speak to you. Remember that I am here.

You forget to be prepared for My coming as you busy yourself with your day. You have gotten into a habit of fixing your attention on the tasks before you, or on what has happened in the past, and you are not available in the present moment to hear Me. I am in this very moment. I am not in what just happened, or what will happen. I am in the present moment. Take this moment and be with it, for it is rich in possibilities. This present moment is a gift to you. Come back to Me. Do not listen to the idle chatter in your mind. Come back to Me in the now, over and over again, and I will refresh you.

Find Me in My Word. Speak to Me with My words, and you will be pleasing to Me. I love to hear you say what I say. Remember to say what I say, and not what fear and doubt says. Ponder life, not death. Ponder hope rather than fear. I am hope, and when you are in hope, you are in Me.

Be aware, My dear one, of the many distractions that lead you astray; they have become normal to you, and you do not even recognize them as distractions. Do not be led away by distractions. I know the plans that I have for you, My Bride, and I call you to come closer to Me. Do not run in the opposite direction, but come closer to My heart of love.

Life in the Spirit differs from life in the world. Do not forget to whom you belong, and where your true home is. It is a challenge to be in the world, and not of the world. By coming back to the present moment, you will find a serenity you have not found before. Tell yourself the truth, and you will not be lost. I am the Truth.

Oh, My Bride, I am here. If you only knew how special our times together are, you would not distract yourself from them so automatically. Believe that you are My Bride and act like it, for I have indeed called you by name. You are chosen and betrothed to the One who calls you.

Turn more and more to Me, as I will teach you many things. I love to have your ear and your heart. My heart quickens when you make time for Me, as I am already here waiting for you. Do not keep Me waiting for you, as I long for intimacy with you. This is My promise to you. I will be with you always.

Do not fear. Doubt less and stretch your faith-- then you will see how your faith grows. At My feet you will find a banquet of wisdom and love. Where do you choose to sit? How do you choose to be fed-- by Me or by the world? I allow you that choice, and I invite you to choose life in Me. Do not be estranged, but know instead that you are already with Me. Your spirit knows, and your flesh doubts. Starve the flesh and feed the spirit. Our relationship is unique. Value that. Focus on that, and not on what others have with Me.

I know best what you need to grow, and what you need next as My Bride. Trust the Bridegroom to know more than the Bride. Surrender to Love Himself, and you will not be lost, but found. You will die, but you will also live. Lay aside your garments of control, and put on the garment of trust. I will adorn you, My fairest one, and I will not shame you. Allow Me to reveal to you who I am, and who you are. Step out of the dark and into the light of My presence. In My presence, you will find peace. Be at peace in that you do not have to earn My love you already have it. Do not hide in shame, as I already know your sins and I still call you to Me. I know that you have betrayed Me, and I give you chances each day to make better choices. You do not need to perfect yourself. That is what I do best.

Stand before Me unashamed, as I see you through eyes of love. I am your Lover, and only I am to be the Judge. Do not judge yourself. Love the one whom I love.