REJOICE

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Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again, rejoice.

Philippians 4:4

I am stuck and in need of a breakthrough! The attacks from the enemy are relentless! His goal is to distract,  isolate, and destroy! I sit in my prayer spot and cry out to God, hopelessly and helplessly.

And this is what He said:

“Just relax and trust ME. Don’t pray from defeat. Pray from victory. See me standing beside you. You are in the mind frame of doing this on your own and it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m here to help you. I am your shield of victory. I will give you the strength, power, and words.

It all looks so HUGE!

To you it is!

To ME…it’s nothing.

You are misunderstanding–receiving the wrong messages. Put your eyes back on me, on our relationship, on our quiet time. Find joy in this and I will multiply it.

Fasting, praying, breakthrough, joy–it’s all too much for you. Open your hand. I will restore you. Put your focus on ME. My love for you. I will break it down into pieces you can chew. I never give you too much at one time. I know what you can digest and when the time is right, I will give you more.

Let up on yourself and trust ME!

My faithful love endures forever.

As long as you are hanging onto ME, my promises–you can do this. You can do anything I put before you.

Trust ME!

The enemy is after you because your BREAKTHROUGH is on the way. He feels threatened and you know why!

You know why!!

He doesn’t want to lose not one!”

EXPRESSION

 

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New pictures!

Out with the old!

Pictures of me in a prayer circle, expressing heartfelt prayers. I hear my Heavenly Father’s direct words. Words of life flow from my mouth, words of love directed towards you, Father God and to the others in the circle, and the ones in the church. I hear faint whispers of praise, love, thankfulness, and worship, spoken in my own language as well as in different prayer languages coming from the ones I stand hand in hand with.

Your Presence felt, your Voice heard–total elation, peace, love. You fill our hearts, the church and all the people who come to us for prayer.

Holy Spirit, speak life into this new picture:

You are part of this wholeness! You bring your own God-given gifts to the circle. Let nothing hold you back–childlike freedom and expression. Expression with your Heavenly Father as you are intended to have. This is good! This is your freedom which has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ!!

What a beautiful picture this is! Thank you!

Emotion overtakes me as I soak in His world of expression! The freedom to speak as He directs–to hear Him so incredibly clear and in turn, the privilege to speak those words forth to the ones before me. Expression in my movement–hands in a conversation of their own, body gently swaying back and forth due to the activity of the Holy Spirit within me, my face of concern, love, peace, reverence, and comfort as His Divine Presence comes through me.

Childlike emotion!

“UNHINDERED” which is the Word He gave me!

Jesus said:

You’ve been reserved most of your life! You’ve always held yourself back in conversation and action, feeling so fearful of being thought of or even called an “idiot.” You are NO LONGER hindered! Come to me in childlike expression. You have no worries of others. Your focus is just ME! I do not find fault in you! You are RIGHTEOUS because of the blood of Jesus! The Holy Spirit lives in you.

Express!

This expression is intoxicating to others. This wonderful way of communicating gives people hope, joy, kindness, the opportunity to reflect on what this expression is all about. It’s good! It’s a gift! I gave it to you! Don’t be afraid to use it. Yes, it’s been a very long time since you’ve used it and it does feel foreign, but once you get started, it will become easier and you will see what this gift of mine can do for others. I will help you!

Here’s your new picture!

It’s you and ME in a deep and intimate conversation and nothing surrounds us but the freedom to express. Look at my own expression! Do you see me! There’s no more hiding, do not put me in the shadows. I cannot work through you if you push me to the side! Let people see ME in you! Let me work and let me use your divine gift of expression! Let MY light shine!

You have your own special gifts, personality, characteristics, and purpose. You are not like another. This would be boring and I’m certainly not boring! There is much joy when one comes to ME in faith! I have much to say and show each of you; you were created so  I could do just that.

I knit you together with MY own hands. Don’t hide what I’ve freely given you. You were made for greater things!

*****

Inspired by, “4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice,” by Dr. Mark Virkler and by my sister in Christ, Karen!

 

 

HANDS AND FEET

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My heart explodes with praise to you!
Now and forever my heart bows in worship to you,
my King and my God!
Every day I will lift up my praise to your name
with praises that will last throughout eternity.
Lord, you are great and worthy of the highest praise!
For there is no end to the discovery
of the greatness that surrounds you.

Psalm 145:1-3 (TPT)

Is it just that easy?

“Ask anything in my name, and I will do it for you!”
John 14:14 (TPT)

I spent yesterday evening on the prayer team at church. There was a vacancy so I volunteered, knowing that I will never improve if I don’t accept the opportunities that God puts before me. I have to tell you, last night was nothing less than glorious. All praise to Jesus!

My husband and I arrived early for the Dream Team Rally. How patient and encouraging he was as I pulled him from one event to another. I introduced him to a few friends, we had a brief conversation with each one and then found our seat at the front of the church. Words of wisdom, thanks, prayer, and a song were shared throughout the fifteen minutes of prep time. We were dismissed and instructed to head to our serving positions.

Carl (my husband) and I found our seats closest to my prayer position and settled in for worship and our own personal encounters with God. As the Worship Band came on, we stood to sing along with them. Shortly into the first song, I felt pulled to the two ladies standing in front of us. The one was filled with the Holy Spirit, I felt His Presence and couldn’t help but worship all the more.

Reminds me of Luke 1:41 (TPT)

At the moment she heard Mary’s voice, the baby within Elizabeth’s womb jumped and kicked. And suddenly, Elizabeth was filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.

In our church service, there are about fifteen to twenty minutes of Response Time. People are free to receive Communion, pin something to the cross, light a candle or receive prayer. As the Pastor is praying for us in this time, the prayer teams make their way to their positions, to which I did. I hadn’t been there long when the spirit-filled woman came to my side. She said that she was not in need of prayer but would like to pray for her friend. As we joined hands and bowed our heads, I felt this instant energy within me. It was a feeling of safety, homey, welcoming, joyous and peaceful all at the same time.

I nervously started out with “Heavenly Father, we thank you that you supply all of our needs” and then like a river, the words just flowed. I don’t remember what I said in its entirety. I can recall words but nothing else. Towards the end, I felt such a desperate need to be heard (I’m not even sure if those are the right words) but I squeezed this woman’s hands just a wee bit harder and from the depths of my heart I stressed the word, “healing!”  Then, it was over! The Holy Spirit had nothing more to say so neither did I. The woman and I quickly exchanged pleasantries and she walked off.

I do hope to sit near her again! She gives off a heavenly intoxication that I long to be in range of!!

At this point, I was on fire for God and the church! With hands stretched high, I pleaded for healing, freedom from bondage, marital reconciliations, Salvations, and Divine Encounters for all. It was a holy moment totally orchestrated by God’s loving, all-knowing, powerful hand.

Let me backtrack a little bit because His work didn’t just begin at church.

Before I’m due to volunteer with the prayer team, I set an hour aside so that I can pray, anoint myself by the power of Jesus Christ, and worship. I cannot be an asset to His Kingdom if I don’t seek Him first. This life is all about Him. We are here for His purposes and not ours. What good is it to serve if we don’t sit and ask Him for help and direction. I learned this the hard way! Trust me!!

I am currently on a mission to memorize scripture; I’m working on Psalm 145:16-18. I love this Psalm and I find myself praying it, of late, before each quiet time because it sets me in line with God. The words are beautiful, moving and I’m easily transported from my own concerns into praise. I’m quickly opened to His Heavenly Presence which is what I desire most.

I thought I’d write the two verses down on an index card. I spent a good forty-five minutes in quite with this Scripture as my fight song for the battles that I would face later in the evening. When finished, I stuck the card into my back pocket with the intention of using it with whoever stood before me in need of prayer. I actually forgot it was there which, I believe, was God’s plan from the get-go!

Carl and I went to the grocery store after church because he was in need of a few things. While he was in there, a black sedan pulled up in the lot across from me. A family got out and I recognized the woman right away.  She was a woman from church. Three weeks ago, she was standing in front of me as I was serving on the prayer team. The Lord pulled my eyes in her direction as I waited patiently for the Pastor’s prayer to finish which would queue me to meet my prayer partner at the front of the church. As I took note of this woman, the Lord spoke to my heart:

“Go over to her and ask her how you can pray for her.”

I paused as this woman wiped at her eyes. Whether she was crying or she had something in them, I’m not entirely sure. At that moment, I felt that she was emotional so I left her in her reverie and rushed to my prayer partners side. Throughout the Response Time, I couldn’t help but relive that quick moment at the back of the church. I’ve heard stories of other prayer warriors experiencing the same sort of thing. God brings a person to their heart and they either go or they don’t. Here came my moment and I walked away.

As I was leaving church on that particular night, I saw her outside sitting at a picnic table. This was my second chance. There was nobody in sight, she was alone, and all I managed, in passing, was, “Have a blessed week!”

Feeling terribly disappointed, I prayed to God when I got home and on into the following couple of days. I asked Him to put that woman before me again so that I could do as He requested. I asked for forgiveness and a third chance!

I attended church a couple of times after those failed divine appointments; I didn’t see her, but as I was sitting in the parking lot at the grocery store (waiting on my husband), she got out of that vehicle. I sat there shocked and amazed! She and her family joyfully walked towards the front door of the grocery store.

What am I to do? I certainly could not run up to her and say, “God told me at church several weeks ago to pray for you!”

To do this while standing in the middle of the parking lot just didn’t seem like the logical answer. In my moment of devising some sort of prayer attack, the Lord reminded me of that Scripture in my back pocket. I immediately jumped out of my car and stuck it on her car window; I felt God’s hand all over me as I realized what He had been up to from the second I wrote it at my desk (I don’t carry Scripture in my back pocket but I will certainly start) to the second that I stuck it underneath her windshield wiper. Of course, my thought was to stick around and watch her reaction as she pulled that paper from her car. The Lord said to me:

“It’s not for you to know!”

I obediently pulled away.

It was a glorious evening at church, standing hand and hand with a fellow believer pleading on her friend’s behalf for healing. The miracles didn’t stop there! Nor will they ever! The Lord gave me my third chance in the parking lot of the grocery store. How pleased and thankful I am that God’s hand is in all the details of our life. It’s not anything that we do. He does it because He loves us.

He loved us first!

Thank you, Jesus!

Psalm 145:16-18 (TPT)

When you open your generous hand, it’s full of blessings,
satisfying the longings of every living thing.
You are fair and righteous in everything you do,
and your love is wrapped into all your works.
You draw near to those who call out to you,
listening closely, especially when their hearts are true.

 

HELP ME ABBA FATHER

C&R CAMPHome from a three-day camping trip in Georgia, I felt determined to set my heart on hearing from God in the area of podcasting! Yes, I’m still hemming and hawing over what to do, at least I was this morning. Thankfully, in my prayer time, I heard from my Abba Father, and I’m now clear on what my next steps are, Hallelujah!

I parked myself in my folding chair, positioned just right on the balcony, leaned back to enjoy the slight breeze and the sunshine, and clicked on Dr. Charles Stanley’s message, “Why We Need Spiritual Discernment.” As I intently listened for words of wisdom from my favorite Pastor, I felt myself drift into a deeper state in order to completely open myself to whatever the Holy Spirit had to share with me. I no longer heard Dr. Stanley, the cars whisking by, the neighbors and their dogs nor the construction work on the other side of my apartment. I was zeroed in on what mattered most and that was hearing from my Heavenly Father.

Almost immediately, I heard Him whisper:

“Why don’t you get your journal from your office and write down these points that I’m about to share with you.”

I paused Dr. Charles and quickly walked into my office, found my journal and made a beeline back to my chair in the sunshine. I didn’t want to waste a minute of the Lord’s time! No sooner did I sit that I heard that very same whisper again:

“Equipment.”
“A brief rundown of the blog.”
“Where I was.”
“Where I am now.”
“Pre-recorded podcasts.”
“Tone of voice.”
“Reading.”
“Mission in doing the podcast.”

Obediently, I wrote them all down and understood completely what I was to do with each one.

After some reflection, I began to talk with Him through my writing.

Let me explain.

I find that when I write, because of the time it takes, it allows God space to talk with me and He does this as I write my words. I guess it’s kind of like a prayer but one that I can see. Often times, I will write His answer without even realizing that He’s answering until the entire thought is written out and I’ve had some time to reflect on it. As I do this, the thought becomes broader, alive and easier to grab onto.

Again, I questioned God:

“What am I trying to find out?”
“I’m trying to discern whether I’m to pay for the Podcasting Plugin?”
“Am I in your will, LORD, by doing this?”

As I’m writing this, the Lord shows me a moment that happened while my husband and I were driving into town while camping in Georgia.

It was a downpour of day! Constant rain, dark clouds, and gusts of wind. Our camper is only 21′ long and it gets awful tight in there when in it for long periods of time. I was feeling a little stir crazy, wanted to eat, aimless and in need of a good cup of coffee. I’m totally spoiled by my machine at home; The freeze-dried stuff is no longer sufficient. I suffered through a cup of tea in the wee hours of the morning but that did nothing for my coffee craving; It only multiplied as the day wore on.

We jumped into the Suburban and headed out on an excursion in search of coffee and some odds and ends from Walmart and the grocery store. As we were driving down the two-lane road, I found myself eyeing all the quaint houses sitting perfectly on their acres of grass. Country! This sort of scenery always reminds me of my grandparents back in Iowa. We used to travel all over, seeing family and friends and I just loved the views as we went from one destination to another! That old-timey feel really resonated with me then and for some reason it still does!

As I’m watching all the pretty little houses blow by my passenger window, I’m in deep thought over my podcasting dilemma. I’m remembering past conversations with God, Scripture that He’s shown me, and that awesome feeling of agreement that can only come from Him. I felt sure that I’m to persevere with it! As I’m feeling some excitement from the thought of this new adventure with God, my husband begins to sing, “This Little Light of Mine.”

I can assure you, this is not a song that often comes from the mouth of my husband. He had no idea what I was mulling over in the passenger seat which indicates to me that this moment was all God.

If you aren’t familiar with this song, I encourage you to give it a listen. My favorite part of the song goes like this:

“Don’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine! Don’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

If you follow Our Heavenly Prize, you will remember my post, “Shine Your Light,” which has much to do with this song and the divine exchange that took place between my husband and I.

What did I take away from this?

I’m taking it as a confirmation that God is involved in the details of this podcast; He has His hand in it and He’s announcing to me not to give up. He always gives me a push whenever I intend to shut it all down. Satan has ramped up his attacks in order to persuade me to give up but God always shows up and beats him down. The desire to keep going is fanned by His holy flame which is why I felt the need to get down to business with God this morning. I need to hear HIS final answer.

Again I wrote in my journal:

“I am looking for YOU.”
“Jesus, I am asking, seeking and knocking! I’m praying for your Spiritual discernment in all areas of my life.”
“But, this morning, I’m looking for YOUR WILL in podcasting!”
“Help me follow after YOU!”

I picked up my Bible (NLT) and flipped back to the Concordance in search of discernment.

The first Scripture I’m pointed to is from Psalm 119:125 (Footnote):

Faith comes alive when we apply Scripture to our daily tasks and concerns. We need discernment so we can understand, and we need the desire to apply Scripture where we need help. The Bible is like medicine; It goes to work only when we apply it to the affected areas.

I feel that familiar alert go off within me as I read this so I grab my pen and write it down. This happens quite frequently as I read the Bible, praise God! There are certain Scriptures that I read, that speak to me and when this happens, I can’t help but write them down. And, as I previously explained, as I write there is some sort of exchange that happens spiritually, a conversation begins. I don’t fully understand what is happening but I am fully aware that the Holy Spirit is on the move, indicating, teaching, throwing seeds, planting…

As I’m writing about Psalm 119:125, my thoughts drift towards Mark 16:15 (NLT):

“and then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

Isn’t this what I’m doing when I write and what I will be doing when I start my podcast?

The Footnote says:

“Do you ever feel as though you don’t have the skill or determination to be a witness for Christ?”

Yes!!

“You must personally realize that Jesus rose from the dead and lives for you today. As you grow in your relationship with Christ, He will give you both the opportunities and the inner strength to tell His message.”

As I finish writing this footnote in my journal, the Lord speaks:

“This can be done!”
“Show them that it can be done because I AM limitless!”
“What are your worries?”
“They are worries which limit my work in your life as well in the lives of others.”
“Show them it can be done BUT only by MY strength.”

Then He shows me Proverbs 1:1 (NLT Footnote):

“The book of Proverbs focuses on God. His character, works, and blessings–and it tells how we can live in close relationship to Him. It contains deep spiritual insights drawn from experience.”

I’m certainly not comparing my writing nor my future podcast to the book of Proverbs but the content that I aim to provide (in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit) is just as described in this footnote. My focus is God! My spiritual experiences with Him in the hopes that it will spurn another to look in His direction, either for the first time or on a deeper level. I want to share Him, His character, works, and blessings so that whoever reads this will be encouraged and blessed!

What I share, whether it be through writing or podcasting, is my personal testimony of what God is doing in my life! God can absolutely use this to bless another and He will. He already has! THAT’S JUST WHO GOD IS!! I’m not doing anything special but telling of my encounters with Him. He will be the one that sets my testimony on fire in the heart of another.

This is what we are told to do, share the Good News. I put no human effort or wisdom in what I write! All glory goes to God! Same will be true for the podcast.

I will step out in faith!
He will not allow me to fail!
I will not worry about tomorrow!
He will take care of tomorrow!
What a great relief?
I will only think about today?

And, with this revelation, He continues to show me more Scripture to solidify what I’ve just learned:

James 1:5 (NLT)

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.”

How simple is that!!

Just ask my generous God, and He will give it to me!

I will do this! He’s supplied me since November 2017 with wisdom to write blog posts! Why wouldn’t He do the same for podcasts? If my heart is in the right place, if I stick close to Him, and if I’m aligned with Him, why wouldn’t he supply me with things to say?

Proverbs 5:2 (TPT)

“so that wisdom and discernment will enter your heart and then the words you speak will express what you’ve learned.”

Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you DO supply all of our needs! Thank you that when we ask, seek and knock, you open the door. Even when the door isn’t immediately opened, there is always wisdom while waiting. You don’t waste a single moment to move mountains in our life. We may see them in a complete standstill but as we continue to trust and have faith in you, you teach us, prepare us and equip us for the moment that mountain is removed. Where would we be if we just sent up our request, you answered, the mountain vanished and there we stood. I am almost certain, we wouldn’t know what to do next. Thank you that you answer our prayers, in your own time, and in your own way. Waiting expectantly and patiently for you is truly a blessing. So, thank you for your blessing!

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!!

 

 

 

LET’S NOT GO BACK THERE

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GALATIANS 5:1 (TPT)

Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free–not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.

In conversation with a friend, I could clearly hear the Holy Spirit say to me:

“Go ahead and share your blog with your friend!”

I couldn’t and I didn’t because I’m often told by the enemy, at least I think it’s him:

“Nobody cares!”
“It’s stupid!”
“You are prideful!”
“You are foolish!”
“They will think you are crazy!”

Sometimes I agree and sometimes I push forth in obedience. On this particular day, I agreed, ended our conversation and walked away in relief that my secret was still safe.

It isn’t often that God shows me who to share it with; I’d rather keep it hidden due to its sensitive nature which tells me that I’m still in that same old human mindset. I imagine that if God were truly my focus, I wouldn’t care who read it or what was said about it.

My heart’s desire is to share the work of God in my life, through my writing and in my Podcast which is a work in progress, in the hopes that it will draw people to Him. I pray that each one will see that God is real, that He is at work and He does speak! 

I ran into this same friend, the next day, and the Holy Spirit spoke:

“Share it!”

I immediately glanced around just to see who else was in the area, contemplated her  Internet access, wondered if she’d really be interested, and questioned whether I was actually hearing my Heavenly Father correctly.

I did not follow through and it wasn’t until I got home, and heard several times “to share,” that I finally gave in. How disappointed I feel! Why should the Holy Spirit have to tell me, over and over, to move? And, the only reason I do is to be free of His request! How disrespectful and rebellious I am!

I called her! I stumbled over my words and felt foolish as I told her about my blog. The minute it spilled out, I felt regret:

“It’s called, “Our Heavenly Prize.”

As I sit here reflecting on that telephone exchange, I’m reminded that Jesus gave me the name. I didn’t hem and haw over the title, He brought it to me! I knew in that instant that it came from Him. Where is the “foolishness” in that? The God of Heaven and Earth looked upon me and graced me with a name. This is His gift to me and this is how I thank Him, with doubt in who He is. Can He not use anything and everything for His greater glory! Absolutely!!

Forgive me, Lord, for choosing my own comfort instead of your glory! Forgive me for putting limits on You! Supply me with the strength to cast all my cares onto You as I step out in obedience!!

John Piper’s sermon, “How To Seek The Holy Spirit,” features Scripture from 1 Peter 4. When I read it, verse 14 spoke to me in regards to my conversation with my friend!

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part, He is blasphemed, but on your part, He is glorified. 

The Spirit of glory and God rests upon me and you! If we do nothing if we say nothing, then where is God and His glory? At a dead halt because of disobedience. We don’t know who He is trying to reach or what He’s trying to accomplish in our own lives. We can’t see as far ahead as He can! We do know that His plans are for good so obey and watch Him work!

If we trust and have faith in Him, if we keep our eyes on Him, not thinking only of ourselves and what we can see in front of us, then obedience is an easy task. He will supernaturally come into our circumstance, which we sometimes see as doubtful and scary, and intervene. This is when His glory will take shape and all will see Him! Hallelujah!!

He will not let us fail!

What is God telling you to do?

He’s telling me to throw all cares to Him, walk in the Spirit, and be obedient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHINE YOUR LIGHT

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Matthew 5:14 (NLT)

You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

I’m feeling confident in you, Jesus, because of how you’ve shown yourself to me in the past couple of years. This blog has been your tool to uncovering and purging me of things that held me back from what you’ve planned for me; the work that you’ve designed me to. It’s so difficult to pursue you when darkness is a constant presence. I’ve since learned that the darkness has no strength at all. When we call on you in times of need, You are faithful to answer. You’ve done this in my life and I’ve become greater in faith because of your love for me! Thank you, Jesus!!

Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

How true this is! You carried me through a potentially great moment of fear this past Saturday. Fear did not touch me because you held me in your hand! What a feeling this was. I was actually in a state of shock!! Where is that old familiar fear? Wow…you amaze me, Jesus!! I walked in your miraculous strength!! How blessed I am by you, Abba Father!

Transformation comes from your mercy and grace! Thank you, Jesus! Let me always be thankful for YOU!! Don’t let me get ahead of you!! How disastrous this would be! Keep me in line, convict and correct so that I can experience more of YOU! I welcome more and more of YOU!!

Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

I desire to share you, Jesus, but in the right way! Put my heart in alignment with yours! I pray to be unhindered by fear of man, just as you showed me on Saturday night (more details on this miracle at a later date). There is “something” within me that is itching to get out and I believe that some of this has already been unleashed; I know there is more to come. I know greater things are in the midst. I am your vessel to do with as you’d like!

Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I delight in you, Lord! I can prayerfully sit with you all day long but I know there is work that I must do. You know the desires of my heart and how grateful I am for this because there are some days that I don’t act as I should. Yesterday, a prime example, but you assured me this morning that each day is a day to experience YOU! My eyes are set on You because I know what you’ve done thus far in my life. Hallelujah!!

Lord, as of right now, there is an area of my life that I am diligently seeking you in! I have a vision and I’m not quite sure where it’s coming from; is it me, the enemy or You. I’m wavering because I’m unsure! Lord, I rely on you for direction in this. I pray on my reluctance, to no avail, but I wait patiently on You because I want to be sure. I know that you will answer in your own time which is how I want it.

It’s the same sort of fear I felt on the prayer team. The clamp has returned but it will not remain. I just want to be sure of YOU before moving further along. I look expectantly for your Will, dear Jesus!!

My prayer is to give this experience a try! If I don’t try, I stay where I am, wondering what would have become of it if I did take a leap of faith. If I were to step out, trusting You in all things, this would give you opportunities to use me in new ways. If I stay safe, I become stagnant in my use.

Clear the way for me and let me represent you as you guide and support me in this new thing!

Matthew 7:7 (NLT)

 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Hear my prayer as I seek your answer! I wait patiently until you open the door! Thank you, Abba Father, for your tender loving care!!

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

POWER LIVES IN US

jesus-cross-summit-cross-37737.pngWhat are these formless creatures belching and groaning at me, as I slept soundly in my bed on Saturday night? I was surrounded by faceless demons lurking in shadows of red. There was a distance between us so they were unable to reach me. It didn’t matter because terror still overtook me. My body moved in strange ways due to their attacks. My mind filled with visions of death. I desperately looked for an escape. Nothing!  Realizing I could not fend them off, I screamed, “I plead the BLOOD of JESUS!

I woke with fear! My heart racing and my breathing difficult to gain control over. I jumped out of bed, reliving the terror as I walked to the bathroom.

“Where in the world did THEY come from?”

I swallowed my last sip of water and headed back to my bedroom, wondering if the dream would continue once I settled into my comfy spot on the right-hand side of the bed. My eyes closed and for one mere second, there was fear. From within, prayers flowed out. There was no fight from the enemy. He was GONE!!

Peacefully, I fell asleep in the arms of my Protector!

As I sat in quiet that morning, Jesus reminded me of the Power that lives within me.

John 14:12

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”

Tuesday morning:

Drinking coffee, I pick up the study book, “The Believer’s Battle Strategy,” by Christie Punch Michaud. I am using this in her class at Seacoast Church which is called, “Battles to Breakthroughs.” At the end of each chapter, there is an opportunity to go deeper into the Battle Tools. The Holy Spirit spoke to me through some of the featured Scriptures.

I know it is difficult to experience the same joy that I do when reading the following Scriptures and I believe it’s because it’s my Holy Spirit encounter. I share them with you, in the hopes that you will seek your own relationship with Almighty God. He is alive and well and ready to show up! He will do the same for you! We are equal in His eyes. There aren’t any favorites! We are loved unconditionally, without discrimination! All we are required to do is give Him the time.

I pray that as you read each Scripture, you will feel the Power that lives within you, In Jesus’ Name! Amen

1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned like a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

Zechariah 4:6, 7

Then he said to me, This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel [Racinda]: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s [Racinda’s] way; it will become a level plain before him [her]; and when Zerubbabel [Racinda] sets the final stone of the temple in place, the people will shout: “May God bless it! May God bless it.”

Ephesians 4:14

Then we [I] will no longer be immature like children [a child]. We [I] won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We [I] will not be influenced when people try to trick us [me] with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

Instead, we [I] will SPEAK the TRUTH in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

This is a direct message of the Power that lives in each believer. We face mountains, trials of all sorts! We will conquer because Jesus is our Lord!! I encourage you to take five minutes to thank Him for His saving Grace and expectantly wait for His presence!

Heavenly Father,

How grateful we are that you hold each one of us in your Heavenly Hands. You know right where we are and You know just what we need. Lord, this morning, I pray for all of those that don’t know You. I pray that you would open their eyes and show them how lovely and kind you truly are. This life is not meant to be lived without You. You have so much for each of us if only we’d give you our hearts and our time. Lord Jesus, do a miraculous work in those that live life in their own strength.

For the ones that know you, draw us so tight to You that all we can do is drop to our knees and praise you. How we desperately need Your presence in our life. We rely on You to keep us in Your Will so that we can serve you to Your Maximum potential. Remove those giants that stand before us…fear, anxiety, confusion, disorganization, time, people, loss…whatever the case may be, bring your peace into each of our lives so that we can focus on You and Your goodness, so that we can hear you and move forward in what You have placed within us. There is nothing greater on this earth than to sit before you and pray, to serve You and your Kingdom! Help us do this!!

Thank you, Jesus, that you have reconciled us to our Father in Heaven. Thank you for Your blood, Jesus. We are saved and sealed because of what you did at the cross. We rest in Salvation! As your children, we rest because we are guaranteed eternal life with You.

Praise be to God for His unconditional love! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

 

BE STILL

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My emotions were high yesterday afternoon!

“Where is this coming from?

THERE WAS SO MUCH NOISE!!

People moving in next door.
Movers chatting loudly in the hallway.
A constant up and down thud of footsteps and dolly wheels on the stairs.
The weekly lawn crew circling about with powerfully loud leaf blowers and mowers.
A deafening machine parked at the end of the street.
The construction site next door.

GET ME OUT OF HERE!!

I left the apartment with my bike in hand for some peace and quiet!!

The elementary school had just let out and there were kids EVERYWHERE!!
Loud voices screaming to one another.
Cell phones to their ear or in hand, slowing their pace and blocking my way.
Erratic after-school drivers in a hurry to get where?
Dogs with owners gazing off into the distance.
Even the Christian music that I enjoy as I ride has suddenly turned sour!
What is happening?

Serenity now!

Finally, my apartment is up ahead but first I have to get through the cloud of dust that has been kicked up by a man and his riding lawn mower. Not sure what his mission is?
I held my breath for fear of some sort of lung infestation!

Walking into a hot and humid living room, the dog welcomes me with giant jumps to my chest and back! He needs to go out…of course, you do!!

The noise pollution has NOT stopped. I have no choice! So back out I go!!

While on my walk, I get a photo from my husband. He’s spilled milk all over the kitchen floor.

All I could do was laugh!

Attacked…indeed!

A quick walk with the dog and home to my desk! The place where I meet God each day!
I look down and there sits the “feeling wheel” from my class, “Battles to Breakthroughs” which I attend on Tuesday nights (I will share more on that at a later date).

Let’s see where I am?

Irritated…you betcha!
Hateful…yep…guilty!!
End result…I’m ANGRY!!

I open my Bible in search of Scripture to combat anger!!

After reading a few, I came across Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.

How faithful and loving He is! I immediately feel the peace of God settle upon me. I close my eyes and sink into His heavenly Presence! Thank you, Jesus!

Heavenly Father…thank you that we can come to you at any moment in the day and you hear our pleas. How faithful and loving you are! Where all this “noise” comes from is not our concern because you are GREATER! In the midst of great difficulty, YOU are greater. You will keep us in perfect peace when our mind is focused on you. We trust you, therefore, what comes against us has no strength. Lord, I pray today that we would turn our thoughts to you in all circumstances…that we would thank you for Who you are and for what You’ve done for us! There are some of us that feel lost, some that are depressed, some that don’t even know you and some that want more of you. I pray that you would gather all of us up and speak life into our hearts. Remind us where our peace comes from. I pray that we would seek you through prayer and Scripture as soon as we feel ourselves losing divine peace! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Philippians 4:6, 7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

PROVISION

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Good morning!

Praying that each one of you is blessed today!!

I wasn’t sure where I was headed in my time of quiet this morning so I simply asked Him, “LORD, where would you have me go?” He faithfully pointed me to Exodus which comes from the reading assignment at the back of my Bible (NLT). He’s made it quite clear that sermons, devotions, and other religious books are terrific and most helpful but His Word is far more critical, so I’ve been trying to follow His wise advice. To be honest, it’s been quite a few weeks since I referred to the reading plan because I’ve been in the midst of conversations with Him and He had His own Scriptures to share with me. I haven’t felt the need to utilize a structured reading plan. This morning, I obviously needed it!

My Scripture for the day was from Exodus 16:1-36 and I could get no further than the fourth verse. I like to read the Mind of God out loud so that distractions cannot wiggle themselves into my thoughts which does happen. I can be merrily reading along and the next thing I know, I’m thinking about work, food, or family. All good things for sure, but when sitting with God, I want to hear from Him. I need to hear from Him.

Exodus 16:4 says:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day.

Awesome, the Lord is going to rain down food and these people can collect as much as they need for the day. God is good, but I didn’t read it like this and this is the second time (that I can recall) that God has supernaturally altered Scripture to fit my current circumstances. Not that He hasn’t used it in the past, supernaturally, but the last couple of times that I’ve read, I felt as if I’m seeing it on a deeper level, below the surface of what is written. When reading, I certainly see the divine words as they are but I’m understanding differently, spiritually? I sat stunned and urgently prayed to God for more of this!

Verse four filled me with great hope, love, and reward. He assured me that His supply does not come in dribs and drabs but in RAIN!! All we have to do is go out and collect and our needs will be met for THAT day.

We do this by not going outside and collecting but by taking time each day to sit before him, preferably first thing in the morning. He desires to be our provision and so much more but we have to take action. We cannot sit back and expect our Father to do it all. Life is not like this and neither is He.

How can we “collect?”

By reading Scripture (most important because this is the mind of God), praying silently or boldly out loud, listening to a Bible App, cranking up praise and worship music while lifting up our hands and singing or softening it and letting it wash all over us!

Philippians 4:8 says:

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

God will feed us!

Heavenly Father…thank you for your promise this morning. Thank you that when we seek you, with our heart in hand, we will find You. You never disappoint, never fail, nor never leave. You are the same today as You were yesterday. How we rely on You!! Thank you for your provision today. Thank you that you’ve already determined the day. Your plans are always for good. Lord, I pray that each of us has the desire, motivation, courage, boldness, and strength to walk in Your Will today. Feed us, Heavenly Father, throughout the day, keep our focus on You, and let us reflect your brilliant light on others, all in the power of the Holy Spirit. We love you Jesus and we give you all the honor and glory, In your Holy Name, Amen!!

DISCIPLESHIP

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It’s not what I think,
it’s what YOU think.

It’s what YOU reveal.

It’s not my choice,
it’s all YOURS!

I’m leaving control to you, LORD.

Trusting in you LORD to
bring to the surface
whatever needs dealing with.

I am YOUR child.
I am in YOUR hands,
and I trust YOU.

No more rules and
regulations!
No more punishment!
No more doubt!

YOU lead!
I will follow!

YOUR love is PERFECT!
YOU are PERFECT!

There isn’t an ounce
of perfection in me,
but with YOU,
I’m exactly who and where
I’m supposed to be.

Genesis 49:23, 24

Archers attacked him savagely;
They shot at him and harassed him.
But his bow remained taut,
and his arms were strengthened
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.