Monday, June 29, 2015

His Voice Makes the Difference

Jesus did not come to overthrow governments. The people actually wanted him to be king. But he said His kingdom was not of this world. He came to bring the Kingdom of God to the hearts of men. He came to transform the hearts of men. Political power was not appealing or necessary for a Man from another kingdom.

Laws are used as an outward sign to show us what is right and wrong, in the eyes of men. But God's laws are written on our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him.

We can read His word for ourselves. We can ask His Holy Spirit to speak to us regarding it. It is all intertwined-- much like a good novel (but better and more powerful), we must read it in its entirety to grasp the full meaning-- see the correlations--but His Spirit makes those black and white words come ALIVE and will speak to us personally of our own condition. He gives us commands, and guidance and promises that make much more sense when we study it in context and not just cut and paste His words.

There is more for all of us to learn-- and we can go directly to Him for answers. In His word, in prayer-- He still speaks. He will bring clarity where there is confusion and show us the way.

When I've heard enough opinions, I get away with Him. He begins speaking. His voice trumps mine. Everytime. I don't even want to hear my own voice.

Lord, help us all.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Pit

"I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God..."
 ~Psalm 40:2-3

A slimy pit

-what a perfect description. Basically impossible to climb up and/or out of a slimy pit without help from above.

If you've ever found yourself in this situation, and were rescued, praise for the One who rescued you is inevitable!

And not only does He rescue us, He then sets our feet on SOLID ground. He becomes our firm foundation....the reason for my very early morning PRAISE!

HALLELUJAH, to the Most High God!

He rescued me.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rain, Rain...NEVER go away!

Sitting on my sofa this morning near the window, I heard raindrops and turned to see the refreshing rain pouring from the sky. I immediately jumped up and went to gather my plants from the front porch to move them onto the sidewalk so they can drink up the goodness, because we all know that plants THRIVE with rainwater-- especially when it has been hot and humid. The natural rainwater is filled with all they need-- so much better for them than that which  comes from the water hose.
I watched as they soaked it in-
I could almost hear them say, "Thank you!"
I had tears in my eyes as I saw our souls-- sometimes dry and parched-- waiting for a RAIN from heaven to give us what we need-- a rain that is better than anything that comes from THIS world.
We have to position ourselves to receive that flow-- just as the plants need to be moved from the porch so they don't miss the opportunity.

He is pouring out His Spirit on ALL flesh

 --that means anyone who moves toward Him--getting into position to receive the fresh water-- the nourishment for our souls-- that is unlike anything else this world has to offer.
Once you taste of HIS fresh water, NOTHING will ever again suffice. You will crave more, and more! You will grow-- you will become rooted and grounded as He continually waters and feeds you from HEAVEN!

Position yourself to receive from Him

Kneel. Lift your hands to the heavens and tell Him you are thirsty and dry, and you want His LIVING WATER to pour over you and through you.  Just as the summer rains come again and again, He will continually refresh you. As often as you move into His flow. He will fill you, even to the point of overflowing. And from the overflow, you will refresh others.
If you are living in a "desert", time to move to a new climate/habitat. The RAINforest sounds like a plan!

Don't miss the opportunity.

Saturday, June 13, 2015



It's something we don't hear as much about anymore. I don't know of as many people that possess this character trait as I once did. There are so many mentions of perseverance (or the synonyms; diligence, endurance, persistence, steadfastness, patience) in the scriptures-- beautiful lessons for us to learn .

PERSEVERANCE is basically when we continue doing something TO THE END-- regardless if it is fun, attractive, easy or appealing. I have noticed that most of us lose our steam (and commitment) when the "new " wears off-- when the going gets tough-- when "in the meantime", life gets all "sucky" (for lack of a better word).

I don't believe I am alone-- when I look back on my life and see things I should have completed, times I should have hung in there just one more day, maybe,  wondering how things might have been different, how I might have been different, had I persevered to the end.

That seems to be a major difference between me and my ancestors-- persevering TILL THE END! I think that was something they learned when they were young, whereas, our generation has been bombarded with a " if it feels good do it, otherwise, don't waste your time" mentality. We tend to throw in the towel before we've ever even busted a sweat!

Perseverance always precedes something wonderful

A college degree follows YEARS of hard work-- time, effort, research, hands-on experience.
A farmer's harvest follows months of hard work, planning and preparation. These are just a couple of instances where perseverance is key to reaping the benefit.

Read the first chapter of the book of James. There are so many golden nuggets there to glean. He basically reminds us of the importance, of not letting go of our faith when it is tested. When perseverance (or endurance) is COMPLETE in us, the bible says WE WILL LACK NOTHING!

There is also a reward for perseverance-- He has promised us a Crown of Life-- a victor's crown, so to speak. One that marks us as OVERCOMERS-- we finished the race set before us!

Lies are whispered in our ears, "Just give up-- you will never be able to do this." How do I know they are lies? Because His word says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
I don't want to start out from the gates all powerful and full of strength, only to give up and quit in the middle of this race, when it becomes difficult. Not only do I want to finish,


I want to emerge from the trials here as a woman of worth-- strong and pure, not just a shadow of who I was created to be.

Ladies, (and men), this is a call for you to persevere TO THE END! Do not give up-- LOOK UP! You CAN do this-- and the reward (both here and eternally) will be more valuable than anything you've received up to this point. I promise it is worth hanging in there. HE tells us to endure, persevere, be diligent, persistent, patient and wait on the fulfillment of His promises.

"Waiting on God" is an active phase-- not passive. We are moving in closer to Him-- filling our spirits with His words (both spoken and written) and seeking Him for wisdom, and peace, and strength.

As with anything worth receiving, work is involved --but we "work" using HIS strength! How cool is that?

Galatians 6:9 tells us, "Don't be weary in well doing, for in due season, we WILL REAP, IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP ."

Do.not.give.up. Ever.

Fight for this! Don't lay down and die and lose your reward. Don't fall for the lies that you don't have what it takes to finish, and to finish well! Because you have been fully equipped to persevere TO THE END, and emerge the victor! YOU are an OVERCOMER!

Plant your feet- regain your balance-- focus and begin again. It's not over and

 you ain't seen NOTHING yet!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mustard Seed Faith

I know people that need miracles. I know people that believe in miracles. I know God still performs miracles.

Sometimes, the problems in our face are so huge that it would seem as if "huge faith" is required to make a difference, but His word says something different.

~Matthew 17:20 "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

It's because we are believing in HIS power-- the One who created us ( from dust and a rib)--yeah, Him.

Is there anything too hard for Him? What circumstance is too hard for Him? We have nothing to lose by believing, but so very much to gain!


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Some Things are Worth Fighting For

God reminded me of yet another powerful lesson this week. I can't even go into all that has transpired, but a roller coaster ride would be the best description. If I lived by my emotions and things going on around me, I would have been easily led to the brink and fallen off the deep end (and I have lived that miserable existence in the past and it was NO WAY to live, just let me tell ya).

I watched as God has "parted the sea" so I could walk right through it. I watched Him make a way when there seemed to be no way. I watched Him "come on the scene" and immediately bring peace and reconciliation and wisdom and trust and power and love and hope to all hearts that were willing to receive.

I've been reminded how important it is to take our concerns to HIM, rather than sit in fear and watch it turn into a mountain before our terrified eyes.

CONCERN leads us TO God-- we go to Him for prayer-- wisdom, peace, etc. 

FEAR causes us to step AWAY from His presence and try to rationalize and control things we have no control over, causing even bigger problems.

None of us will get out of this life unscathed. We get bumped, bruised, scratched and muddy by the battles we face. But I am here to announce, that the only fight left in me is the fight for what is right! I will fight to get closer to HIM-- THAT is worth fighting for.

I'm learning what the scripture "Fight the good fight of faith" really means.
It is a fight--with eternal rewards. But I'm getting to see some of the rewards now too.

I love when my heart can say, "God is good" when circumstances try to convince me otherwise.  He is just waiting for us to hand over the "reigns" so He can show Himself mighty on our behalf.

In turmoil? Have a problem you're trying to fix and getting nowhere? Miserable fearing what's to come? Think you have to fix, control or manipulate an outcome?

GOOD NEWS! If you fight to get to Him, you can lay it all at His feet. HE will fight your battles for you. While you REST! And I'm not talking about resting once it's all over with-- I'm talking resting right in the middle of it. It can be done. It has been done.

My lips shout HALLELUJAH! I don't know what else say.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Resurrection Power

When I awoke  today, I thought of the followers of Jesus who also woke that first day after witnessing His gruesome death; probably the darkest morning they had witnessed.

But they didn't ALL stay to witness His actual death (His mother, and brother and Mary Magdelene were among some who stayed till the end). Most of His followers, even those closest to Him who broke bread with Him and proclaimed their allegiance, fled the scene in fear for their own lives (much like many followers today would do if ISIS was in our midst killing Christians on the spot when pointed out, as is happening in our world today).

We share more with Jesus' disciples that we care to admit. We proclaim our undying love for our Lord, unless our own comfort or safety is jeopardized. Also, much like His disciples, we often have a hard time truly believing what Jesus has to say. He told His followers in advance that although He would die soon, He would rise again in three days. Not only did they not want to believe He would die, even after those words were fulfilled, His promise of a resurrection 3 days later, also did not resonate.

I'm sure while many saw Jesus beaten beyond recognition, and then hung to die on the cross in a horrendous manner, and  hearing of threats of the same fate for themselves, the trauma of those events would make it hard to believe any promise of good to come-- even if Jesus was the One who made the promise. Their eyes remained on the circumstances surrounding them, rather than the truth of His words spoken. And we do the same.

Sometimes, we are so traumatized by the circumstances around us, that we are unable to focus on the voice of the Lord-- the Voice of truth-- speaking precious PROMISES (not wishes) that we do not truly grasp-- promises left unfulfilled many times, until we change our focus and begin to believe and act upon His words.

The scriptures tell us that EVERY one of His disciples were SURPRISED when He was resurrected. EVERY one of them. He promised it in advance-- they watched Him perform miracles when they walked with Him before His death. They saw every word that came out of His mouth be proven, over and over again. Yet, they were SURPRISED when His promise of His resurrection was fulfilled.
We share another flaw with them. Often, rather than expecting Jesus' promises to be fulfilled, we are shocked- surprised-even suspicious when His words come to pass.

His disciples were transformed by His call, inspired and educated by His life and example, devastated by His death, and shocked by His resurrection.

I believe much of what is written in the gospels is to show us all a glimpse of ourselves. Regardless of the good we have done, or the hope and miracles that may have come through our own lives as we follow His lead. And even when we proclaim our great love and devotion for Him, we all have issues that need brought before Him. Blind spots- hurdles we have yet to overcome- because it is hard for us to fully believe what He says is true.

Hindsight being 20/20, we know how this ended, so it is easy for us to say we would have understood and believed Jesus till the end. We would like to believe that we would all be counting down those three days, patiently waiting for Him to rise again, with faith like a rock. But I have to wonder if we would have been able to "see what He saw" deep down, rather than looking at what was transpiring around us.

The best news?

 Of course, the remission of our sins through His death-- we can now stand clean before a Holy God because of His great sacrifice. But something we often overlook, is that after he died and was resurrected, He gave us another promise (and THIS time, the disciples decided to take Him at His word.) He promised that once He left, the Holy Spirit would come and live in our hearts- continuing to teach us, lead us even while His physical presence was no longer on the earth.

In the book of Acts, after the Spirit had come to them: "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  'For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.' "

We have not been left alone to deal with the craziness this world has to offer. He is still calling disciples-- and now calling on us to make disciples of those wanting to follow Him, even while we ourselves are still learning. But His Spirit inside us is the game changer. We now have the power through His Spirit to overcome. We are no longer slaves to sin. We walk FREE! But we must believe that. We must listen to His words. Meditate on them. Act on them.

Even the most horrendous life can be resurrected through His power.

Transformation is possible to Him that believes.

Fix Your Eyes on JESUS

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you" ~Philippians 4:8-9

Who is ALWAYS true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy?
One and only One comes to mind.


When my thoughts are diverted by anything but, so goes my peace.

Keep my eyes ever focused on you, Lord.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

What's in a Name?

Does our name matter? 

 In the bible, names were given that gave insight to the purpose and calling for that person. As often as we hear our names called in a day, it is one way our calling is being re-affirmed. I was very careful choosing the names of my sons, and when I call them by name, I am also calling out who they are and will become.

In the book of Jeremiah (1:5) God told the prophet Jeremiah,
"before I formed you in your mother's womb, I knew you, and called you..."

John 10:3 says that His sheep hear His voice and He calls them by name.

Isaiah 43:1 comforts me on a deep level. "...Fear not. I have
redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine..."

GOD KNOWS MY NAME! He CALLS me out and tells me I am HIS!

 BEFORE He formed me in my mother's womb, He called me and had a special purpose for me.
It doesn't matter who or what others say I am. GOD, my Creator, chose me as His own. HE has given me a new name. My name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life!

I will answer only to the name He calls me. Regardless of my past, my flaws, struggles, and any name that could be attached to me that I don't want, I will not answer to that name. The name I answer to is what is important.


 He says I am His beloved. I am a daughter of the King of Kings! I am forgiven! I am redeemed! And that's only the beginning.

I am confident, but not in my own abilities-- I am confident that in my calling, I am fully equipped by Him to carry out that which He has called me to do.

I know who I am in Him. Because I know how much He loves me, it is much easier  for me to trust Him-- because it is hard to trust someone if I don't feel that I am loved by them.  Isn't that true with all of us?

Rest assured, YOU ARE LOVED! You can trust the One who knew you before you were formed and calls you by your name.

Do you want the crumbs or the whole cookie?

"Don't settle for crumbs when a FEAST has been prepared for you."

God has so much more for you than you could ever imagine!  All He has for you is to nourish and strengthen you-- to cause growth so we will be STRONG and ready to run the distance.

I say this often, but I mean it--- with all that is in me-- We're not meant to just SURVIVE this life-- hangin on by a thread-- He has given us the power to OVERCOME! Don't settle! GO to Him---get the "feast", not the crumbs. He is not serving up sloppy seconds, either. YOU can go DIRECTLY TO HIM, on your own!

TODAY is a new day. His mercies are new every morning, the Bible says. I believe that. I've found it to be true. He wants to pour out His love on you. RUN, don't walk, to Him. "Crumbs" only last for so long-- if you are hungry for more, belly-up to His table-- enjoy all He has to offer from His feast prepared especially for YOU!

You are loved and from His love He has provided an answer for your every need.

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."~Psalm 34:8