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We are in His hands! Something to celebrate!

Sounding the trumpet!  And I enjoy giving words of encouragement to the body of Christ.  It’s not about me; it’s about our Savior.  Don’t follow me; I run into walls.  Thank you for visiting.  God bless, Donna Sikes

John 13:34 kjv – A new commandment I give unto you.  That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another

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Be encouraged 3-21-20

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We don’t know what the day holds, but we know Who holds us.  Be encouraged and draw on His strength.  He definitely has an endless supply of it.

Raising grandchildren, I pray for His strength a lot.  He always comes through.  I tell these things to hopefully help somebody else and not to brag.  I don’t have anything to brag about.

He let me know one day to stop focusing so much on what I have to get done and rest before Him.  I kept having to ask for His peace because I had so much to do.  Rather, I had so much I thought I had to do.  I heard, ‘stop some efficiency’.

I came from the corporate world, which now seems so far away.  And thankfully so.  I was wrapping my day in a tighty little package and lining all my ducks in a row.  I could do three things at one time and no duck strayed far from the line.

I will take my life I have now instead of any life the world has to offer.  I’m very humbled and grateful for the Lord and where I am today.  My prayer swing is my resting place before God and I ask for nothing more.

Psalm 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet 3-20-20

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I’m finding myself longing to sit with Jesus alone in silence.  I know there is chaos out in the world, but my world is in this swing in the woods and that has been my comfort zone for many years now.  No matter what I hear or see out there, I come back to my prayer swing.  Jesus gives us His peace.  Right now the bees are showing out because they know spring is here.  They don’t bother me and I don’t bother them.  The wind has a nice pleasant breeze, and once in awhile the sun pops out.  The birds are landing on the bird house over the ivy.  They sing a song and fly away.  The grandchildren are running all through the acres in the back field and back again, dust on their faces.  When the day is done I have the couch on the back porch to rest and give thanks.  There’s nothing like a whippoorwill calling at night while the crickets chirp around it.  Thank you Lord for your peace, your provision, and your protection.  But most of all, Your mercy and grace.  We are so blessed.

Blessings to you today – 3-18-20

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I am in prayer for ya’ll today.  Jesus is walking with us and that will give us His peace.  He has gone before us and though we may be a little caught off guard for a moment by events, He is not at all.  His steady hand holds us up today and we are so blessed.  His living word tells us these things and on that we rely and place our faith.  I love you all.

 

God’s Peace and Promises 3-11-20

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I found it hard today not to get caught up in this craziness all around.  I think I even scared a couple people myself.  I thought this can’t happen .  I headed to the store so my granddaughter could pick out her birthday present.  I looked up and said a little prayer.

 

While in the store, an elderly lady that was bent over in stature kept going through her purse to find her money.  I quietly asked the clerk to ring her things with mine.  I don’t normally tell these things but God had a purpose for this.  The sweetest little lady I’ve ever seen put her arms around me and told me God is going to bless me a million fold.  I told her He already has.  This was his instruction to me of what I need to be mindful of.

 

I looked up as I was driving back home and saw an angel in a cloud.  As she glided with the wind I saw she had wings and her hands were in praying position.  It was all I could do to hold it together.  God’s peace flooded over me like a river.  His peace is there for the asking and remember to pray without ceasing.  He gives His angels charge over us.

 

I was then reminded of a vision-like dream I had October 6, 2018.  I found myself holding onto an iron farm triangle bell.  I looked down and knew if I didn’t hang on I would fall.  I looked back up and heard ‘hold on’!  I knew the three corners were God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

 

I just thanked the Lord and praised His Holy Name for letting me see Him again today.

 

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People are like Sheep…BUT – 3-10-20

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In January of 2016, I sat with pen and pad and wrote what was so strongly on my heart:
For years I couldn’t wrap my head around how the holocaust could have even happened, or how a people could have ever been held in slavery, or even the idea that foreign troops could ever invade a country like America that once was such a mighty force to be reckoned with. And how the rights could slowly even be taken away from free people. I began to see ostrich’s heads in the sand (not a vision) until they were plucked out. I’m the ostrich with my neck AND feet buried. Head in the iPhone. Head in Facebook. Head in the TV.  Sinner with pride. The enemy stands back, watches and laughs. We are held captive before our rights are even removed. We tell each other to think positive, be the positive. Pick a rainbow colored sand for our heads to dip into. Not just a dull ordinary sand. And don’t rock the anything goes boat or we will kick you out. Leave us to our closet sins. Silence as we pray to our gods. Hear not the minister called by the Great I AM to repent and put on the full armor of the one true God to march. Yet listen to the one that tickles the ears buried in the sand. And I hear the silence of the people as they rode the train to their deaths.

I recently posted a dream where we stood in silence and drew on a window we knew would never be used again and we knew the window was called Liberty.  We drew on another window we knew would never be used again and we knew the window was called Freedom.  I was drawing a train on the window.

I had a conversation with my husband this morning.  He is more concerned at the panic than the virus.  I told him we can’t do anything about the panic but it is causing schools and businesses to close and people to be locked down in their homes, therefore we need to get what we would need should that suddenly happen to us.  We found out since yesterday of a couple counties near us where schools are closing.  My husband said something that brought back the train I had drawn and also the writing I included above.  He said, ‘people are like sheep’.  Suddenly the words came to me ‘people are like sheep led to slaughter’.  And I remembered the silence of the people as they rode the train to their deaths.  I remembered the silence in the dream as we knew we would never again use Liberty and Freedom.

Romans 8:36 As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

BUT…the next verses are what we need to stand on because when we call on the name of Jesus we have a Savior.  Verse 37-39 – Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We should be so loudly shouting for joy in the face of adversity.  We have one that has already conquered, and THAT is the shepherd we follow!

 

Higher Love 1-10-19

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Words can’t do this justice but I’ll try.

There are so many broken. I asked God was there anything that can be said to those that are hurting so bad for so many reasons.

January 10, 2019, I had a dream in the night that was so precious. I can’t think about it without the tears flowing down my face.

I was watching plates and cups that were like fine china. Their colors were a brilliant blue and bridal white. I didn’t see God but I knew the light shining on all this fine china was Him. The light was coming from my right from up high.

All the china was in awe, very still, and silent in His presence. There was so much peace and love. Then the light focused on a cup in the back. It was so broken and shattered. It’s beautiful brilliant blue colors were laying close by, and one by one they began to find their place as the cup was so lovingly put back together. The Father gently and lovingly said ‘you are so beautiful and wonderfully made’.

As the pieces kept being put back together, the Father said ‘I know everything about you…and I still love you’.

I hope this brings comfort today. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a fragile dish used to show how God works. He left the ninety-nine to look for the one. (Matthew 18:12)

Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalm 63:7-8
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth thee.

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for thou art my praise.

Haggai 1:13
Then spake Haggai the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

This morning the song ‘Higher Love’ by Lilly & Steve Winwood got stuck in my head. I haven’t heard it in years. It reminds me of needing God’s love.