Thursday, June 30, 2011

Morning Meditations: In My Father's House

Good morning, child of Mine. How the earth sings My glory if you could but understand the language! It involves trust on your part to acknowledge it.

The birds do it constantly. They live such simple lives yet it is in simplicity that they learn to glorify Me. I provide food and shelter for them, and they are grateful.

Do you know I provide the food and shelter for you? I have opened doors for jobs, for opportunities, for education. I have guided your life much more than you could ever realize here on this earth. Because of Me, I have allowed you to "own" the land your house is on, or the furniture in your apartment. It is all Mine. You are but a sojourner here.

"In My Father's house are many mansions," Jesus said. Soon you will share in the riches of Heaven with Us. But while you are here on earth, take time to be like a bird, trusting Me to take care of you and stopping to give Me praise often!

Briarley Hill Retreat

Daily Scripture

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.

My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.

You know the way to the place where I am going."

John 14:1-4

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Morning Meditations: I Chose You to be Mine

Do you ever wonder where I really am? Being omnipresent, I am everywhere. The only thing I want you to understand about that is that I am always with you, My chosen child.

Does it bother you that I say you are chosen? Since before the creation of the world, I knew of you and chose you to be My own. No matter your background, or even if your mother or father made you feel unloved or unwanted, I planned you. I made you. I CHOSE YOU to be Mine. To walk with Me. To be My beloved child.

Yes, you will fall. And no, you will never, ever be deserving. But it doesn't matter because Christ paid the cost for our relationship.

Oh, the pain of those days! The pain of seeing Him Who rules with Me going through such agony and pain at the hands of those We loved. Days pass much faster for Me than for you, but those days passed SO slowly....

But such joy when it was over!

Now the world can know of the victory We have over the devil.

So come close, dear chosen one. You are dearly loved. I could not have paid for you with anything more precious to Me than My dear Son, Jesus Christ.

Come near. You are deeply loved.

© Briarley Hill Retreat

Daily Scripture

And I pray that you,

being rooted

and established in love,

may have power,

together with all the Lord's holy people,

to grasp how wide

and long

and high

and deep

is the love of Christ,

and to know this love

that surpasses knowledge-

that you may be filled

to the measure of all

the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Morning Meditations: In the Stillness of the Morning...

In the stillness of the morning, you sense My presence more.  Some people stay up very late and don't take the time in the morning to commune with Me.  They are missing so much!

Starting the day with Me is allowing Me to protect you when I cover you with My armor of righteousness. 

Wear it proudly.  Feel it's weight.  Know it is My love that has "cocooned" you.

I am smiling because there is joy in our communion,   
such joy when you come to Me fresh out of bed.   

Fall on your knees and wait until My presence settles over you.  There you are at the threshold of the kingdom of God, kneeling at My throne.   

I hear your prayers, dear one, for I am right beside you.  Such reverence is precious to Me.  Pour out your heart and your soul, for the King of the universe hears and will answer your prayers.

Then rise up, and get ready for the day.  Because you have given Me permission to cover you with the protection of My love, all things are possible. 

If you will but believe.
Daily Scripture

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Ephesians 6:14-17

Monday, June 27, 2011

Morning Meditations: Today Will Be a Day of Victories!

You are here with Me now, dear one, and nothing is more precious to Me.  Reach out and touch My hand.  I am that close.

Today will be a day of victories for you.  Victories you may not see yet, but in your walk with Me, they happen.

Behind the scenes the real battles are going on as evil pulls and pushes at you. But if you put on My breastplate of righteousness in the morning, I arm you with the protection against it.

Someday you will know.  I will tell you of the fascinating things that you could not see through your earthly eyes. The battles are real, dear one, and I long to protect you with My armor.  The evil everywhere cannot touch you when you wear it.

When you first arise, come to Me and but ask for it.  I will surround you with the protection.

Let Me take care of you, for you are so precious to Me.

Daily Scripture

Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

Deuteronomy 20:3-4

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Morning Meditations: The Closeness I Long To Have With You.

I long to speak to you in the quiet moments.  Did you leave the busyness of your life yesterday to come apart and commune with Me?  You will draw so much strength from it if you do.

Today, put one foot in front of the other and just plow ahead.  I have a special task for you that only you will know of.  If you allow Me to guide you, I can fulfill a ministry in you just by your daily walk.  Others will be blessed.

So much I want to tell you is in My written  Word.  The Bible is your guide to live a complete life with Me.  Stories of how I led the Israelites, of how I led Paul, and personal promises to you of how I will lead you. 

These are hints of the closeness I long to have with you.

Carry it with you when possible to read words directly from Me to you.  Let it warm your very being.

Then close your eyes, and think of Me,
for the very same God of the Bible is right beside you,
 longing to love you.

Just put one foot in front of the other.  This will be a great day!!

Daily Scripture

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:20-21


Friday, June 24, 2011

Morning Meditations: Today Is A Day of New Possibilities

Good morning, dear child.  Today is a day of new possibilities.  Close your eyes and be filled with My joy, for I am right here beside you.

Oh, the love I have for you, the joy I long to share with you!  Fill yourself up with My presence and we will face the world together.

This world is in such turmoil, but you needn’t be.  I have given you the promise of My abiding care and guidance.  This should allow you to face even the grimmest predictions and problems with peace.  The “peace that passes all understanding.”

Let others be amazed at the peacefulness of your countenance during such times.  You have the Holy One on your side.  What possibly can you fear?

So, gather yourself together this morning, wrapped up in the knowledge of My love, and face today with your head held high.   

I will be beside you all the way!

Daily Scripture

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:6-7

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Morning Meditations: Close your eyes and feel My presence.

Child, I am here with you now.  Close your eyes and feel My presence.  Draw My closeness in with every breath.  During the day, find a quiet room and do this.  These moments with Me will give you the strength you need to carry through.

When you feel tempted to draw away from Me by the busyness of life, come back to your quiet place, and close your eyes and draw Me in with every breath.

Today will be a wonderful day for us.  Face it with courage and joy.  The little things in your life need to be done with as much fervor as the big things, as I have appointed them all to you.  Keep your eyes focused on the dream I have given you.  With Me beside you, we can accomplish it, even when others say we can't.

There are no "no's" in My world.  The vision I gave you is the vision I will give you the strength and knowledge to fulfill.  Seek only to do My will and we will accomplish it.

And when you feel like you've reached your limit and can't go further?  Find that quiet place again, close your eyes, and breath Me in.   

I will surround you with My love and strength.

Daily Scripture

for I know that through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

Phillipians 1:19-21   

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Morning Meditations: I Have Chosen You To Be With Me

You are scared this morning?  Don’t you know I am with you?  Close your eyes and sense My presence.  Feel My peace drop over you like a blanket.

Today is a sacred day between you and I.  It will be the day you remember that I walked with you.  You can make it happen.  We can be that close.  Others crowd around but it is My relationship with you that keeps you focused.

I am the Master of the universe, Maker of Heaven and Earth.  Where would you be but for I? 

Yet I have chosen you, just you, to be with Me.

I long for intimate time with you.  Please spend it with Me now.  Read My word.  Let Me speak to you of past glories and past stories.  And over all, My love for you through all existence.  It is the written story through all generations, ending with the story of your salvation through My Son, Jesus Christ.

Let’s make our own story.  The story of how I walked with you. 

Just you.

I am here, dear one.  I am here.

Daily Scripture

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me,
   because the Lord has anointed Me
   to proclaim good news to the poor.
 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
   instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
   instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
   instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   a planting of the Lord
   for the display of His splendor."

Isaiah 61:1, 3   

© Briarley Hill Retreat

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Morning Meditations: You Are My Heir

All the earth is filled with My glory.  From the rising of the sun until it’s setting, My glory shines over all.  You have but to open your eyes to see it and to think of Me. 

But you go through life without stopping to praise Me, without stopping to call out My name for your deepest wounds.  You go through life as if it were all about you, and making the “mighty” dollar.

Don’t you know I have the whole world in My hand?  And that you are My child? 

You are My heir.

Free yourself of the world and come live in My world where you are aware of My love and presence.  Where you stop to wonder at the beauty of the majestic rose, gaze upon the magnificent mountain, the beautiful stream, and the tiny bird. 

Sense Me.
Be aware.
I am here, there and everywhere.

Wherever you are, I AM.

This is the real world.  Come and walk with Me in it.

Daily Scripture

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
   who alone does marvelous deeds.
 Praise be to His glorious name forever;
   may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
 Amen and Amen.

Psalm 72:18-20 

© Briarley Hill Retreat

Friday, June 17, 2011

Morning Meditations: I Am Close Beside You.

Oh, child, you are in My embrace this morning.  Never doubt and never fear.  I am close beside you now and always. 

If you do not always feel My presence, it is because you have allowed the world to push Me away.  Television, internet, loud music, all these things make deeper communion with Me challenging.

Take time to put Me on in the morning.  Allow Me to don the full armor of righteousness, love and joy.  Wear it with pride.  Hold your head up like the child of the King that you are.  Together we can face whatever challenges are ahead.

I hunger for these quiet moments between us where I can infuse you with My love.

Imagine you are hooked up to an IV, with healthy blood filling every part of your body.  Come and connect with Me and let Me send through you the infusion of My love into every part of your being.

Imagine how you will feel when My love is coursing through your veins!!

Oh dear one, so much is available to you if you will but allow it!

  Come to Me now.

Daily Scripture

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Ephesians 6:14 - 15 

© Briarley Hill Retreat

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Morning Meditations: Infusing Your Soul.

You feel like you have strayed away from Me because you have not been spending deep time with Me.  You have been praying, but not taking the time to really come apart and "listen" to My still small voice in your soul.

It is not "straying," because you are My child, but our relationship suffers when you talk to Me and don't take the time to listen.

Listen to Me, beloved one.  I have My arms around you and I am whispering in your ear.  You are missing so much!  What I want to share with you is the joy I feel at having you as My child.

Let Me infuse your soul with laughter!

Make the decision every morning, and during the worst of times to say "I choose You!" - then carve out some time to come apart with Me to listen and learn. 

The peace inside your soul will be your sign that My presence is strongly with you.

Don't let the world and it's busyness cause you to stray.  You are Mine and I am yours. 

Come see what that means!

Daily Scripture

Since You are my Rock and my fortress,
   for the sake of Your name lead and guide me.

 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
   for You are my refuge.

 Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
   deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

Psalm 31:3-5

Monday, June 13, 2011

Morning Meditations: I am the God of Miracles

I am the God of miracles in your life.  Miracles that will be used to bless others, to touch their lives so they will know of My great love for them. And miracles for you, dear one. Expect them today, knowing I will be there to provide and care for you.  

Just letting go and trusting Me is a gift from Me to you. It may seem hard at first, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes.  

Believe, dear one, that I am with you, for I am. I am beside you, waiting for you to reach out your hand to Me.  Take it now, for you will never feel such love.  

Close your eyes and reach out and touch Me. I am with you now. Your fears will fade when you realize and envision My presence with you.  

Let's start the day together now.  
Expect a miracle! 

© Briarley Hill Retreat

Daily Scripture

Your ways, God, are holy.
   What god is as great as our God?
 You are the God who performs miracles;
   You display Your power among the peoples.
With Your mighty arm You redeemed Your people,

   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Morning Meditations: In the stillness.

Come to Me in the stillness of your mind.  Reach for Me from the depths of your soul. Stand ready to march ahead with Me to the battle I have prepared for you.  Together we can do it.

Have you ever wondered why I put you where you are?  I put you  there at this time and at this place because I have called you as My own, and I have chosen you to carry out My work exactly where you are.... among the people you work with, your friends and your family.   

They need to see Me in you.....the Me that only you and your personality bring.  

I have filled you with an everlasting love.  Share it with others.  Bring them home to Me.

You are My beloved child of whom I am so proud.  Have joy in that, in the very depths of your soul.

Daily Scripture

As for God, his way is perfect:
   The Lord's word is flawless;
   He shields all who take refuge in Him.
 For who is God besides the Lord?
   And who is the Rock except our God?
 It is God who arms me with strength
   and keeps my way secure.

2 Samuel 22:31-33 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Morning Meditations: Don't fret over small things.

Dear one, don't fret over the small things in your life.  

Today is a day of new possibilities with Me.  What seems huge to you is only small in My world. 

Take on My world and let Me handle it.

I want you to focus on Me, on My presence in your life.  Every moment.   

Rise with Me above the clouds, above your problems.  I will give you that strength. 

In Me alone you will have that courage.

Your courage will be a silent testimony of our relationship.  Silent in your heart, but screaming towards the devil.                     

You have obtained victory, dear one.
You are Mine and all heaven rejoices!

Daily Scripture

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."

Mark 10:27

Monday, June 6, 2011

Morning Meditations: How many times I have longed to hold you.

Good morning, precious child.  You are here with Me now.

How many times I have longed to hold you to Me but you keep stepping away.  Come and let Me enfold you in My arms so you can feel the warmth of My love.

This sacred connection between us is My gift for you, never farther away than your thoughts.  Use it to climb to the highest possibilities of your goals.   

I have given you a vision of what I want you to accomplish here on earth.  With the strength and power of the love connection between us, you can do anything.

Go forward today with that knowledge.

Daily Scripture

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you
alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:13-14 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Morning Meditations: I look at time much differently.

The beginning of a new week.......the end of a month.

These things represent time. I look at time much differently than you.  I look at time as a bridge between you and Me.

Cross over the bridge this morning.  Take My hand and step into My world.  Together we will be free of the problems and pain you are going through.  No more loneliness.

Come with Me.  Breathe My love in deeply.  Hold My hand as we smile and laugh and run through the grassy pastures together.

When time necessitates you to let go of My hand and return to your world, use this experience to trust Me and remember that I am ever with you and around you with a passionate love for you, My precious child.

                This is My gift to you this morning.

Daily Scripture

The Lord
is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise Him.

Bring joy to Your servant, Lord,
   for I put my trust in You.

Psalm 28:7, 86:4


Morning Meditations: Here with Me.

You are here with Me this morning.  Take My hand and let's wander through time again.  Let's see where we can go if you remain connected to Me.

All the things in your past are behind you now.  What remains is only a memory, whether happy or sad.  I have given you peace over them, even the most painful ones.

Look ahead to the future now, for your connection with Me is of utmost importance.  Together we will fly through time, ending up at the Father's seat of Mercy.

Take one step at a time, knowing I am beside you.  Face today's challenges with total and utter confidence.  For you are an heir of My love.

Hold your head high, breathe deep and face today with courage!

Daily Scripture

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs-
heirs of God and  
co-heirs with Christ,  
if indeed we share  
in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.  

Romans  8:16-17 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Morning Meditations: Face the day with courage and love

Good morning, dear child.  Face the day with courage and love, always looking for ways to ease the load of others.  My presence in your life makes you more aware of their needs. 

You are My representative to the world.

Keep that love and assurance for you, too.  If there are closed doors, do not be afraid to open them, for walking through them with Me is a new dawn....a new adventure.   

You never know where I am going to lead you, but the new path will lead you closer to Me.

Let Me hold you in My arms this morning.  Close your eyes and feel My love surround you.  Remember this moment throughout the day and draw strength from it.


Daily Scripture

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,  
the glorious Father,  
may give you the  
Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you  
may know Him better.  
I pray that the eyes  
of your heart  
may be enlightened  
in order that you  
may know the hope
to which He  
has called you,  
the riches of His glorious inheritance  
in His holy people, 
and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Ephesians 1:17-19 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Morning Meditations: I am with you.

Dear one, you are facing the day with warmth and love.  Know that I AM WITH YOU NOW AND ALWAYS.  

Every moment you are awake, I am by your side, guiding you.  Take every step with the assurance of someone loved very much.  This will give you the confidence you need to face every situation.

At the end of the day, think back on what happened and notice how I was with you.  Remember that, and if it was special to you, write it down.  If you are discouraged another time, go back to those pages and remember how I was with you then, and know that I will be with you no matter what happens, or wherever you are.

Face the day with the courage of a much beloved child of the King!


Daily Scripture

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.  

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you-
guard it with the help  
of the Holy Spirit  
who lives in us.

2 TImothy 1:13-14

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fermented Raw Foods Class: June 6th at 6:30 pm

Monday, June 6, 2011, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
"Fermented Raw Foods Class with Alyse Muldoon and Brian Hetrich"
Briarley Hill Retreat B&B, Poolesville, MD
Come and learn how why fermented raw foods are good for you and how to make them. You will learn to prepare the following foods, as well as taste them:
- Sauerkraut
- Kim Chee
- Pickles
- Coconut Yogurt
- Lemon Cheesecake
- Ginger Beer

Cost: $35
Register at: or call: 301.407.0727

Morning Meditations: It is Me.

Dear one, you are faced with new challenges today.  Listen to the still small voice inside you.  

It is Me.  

I am communicating with you through it.  Listen carefully and follow My lead

I will never leave you "out to dry".  I will be with you in all situations, providing the answers and the way through each problem.

Later, come to Me in quiet, celebrating our time together.  Each day is precious between you and I.  Every day is numbered.  Remember to walk with Me through it.                                      

And have joy.
Inner joy.

One day we will be together and true joy and understanding will abound.  

Until then, listen.

Listen to My urgings.
They are My love song to you.


Daily Scripture
Teach us to number our days,
   that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12