GRACE! 1-10-20

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Sometimes as I’m waking the adversary comes in and attempts to plant thoughts in my mind to ruin my day.  If I’m not fully awake and don’t have use of all my faculties, his scheme works for a bit.  It makes me think of those that don’t lean on Jesus that this happens to and they go on believing they are nothing and nobody.

As I was waking on January 8th, 2020, thoughts ran through my head that I’ve done it all wrong.  God is so fed up with me he gave me over to the adversary and that’s who I hear from now.  I was trying so get awake and thinking, ‘Oh God, please still want me’.  It wasn’t long that a voice came in and it wasn’t a smooth voice.  It was a voice like one that comes storming out of a waterfall and echoes far and near “GRACE”!

I had no trouble whatsoever getting awake and standing at attention.  My day began with a bounce and the song that says heaven came down and Glory filled my soul played in my head.  I’m so thankful for His loving GRACE!  The gift from above through Jesus Christ, and His tender mercies.  I’m thankful I don’t have to make this walk alone, and I don’t have to fear that I ever will.  He will never leave me nor forsake me.

When we call out to the Lord, He rescues us.

 

 

 

Blood Pressure Down – 12-24-19

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Let the peaceful sound of birds and crickets lower your blood pressure. Life can be very stressful if you get caught up in it. I stopped by the huge lake in our town as I was going home and soaked up some sunset, hence the picture. The water was like glass.

Have you ever sat and watched a cork bob in the water? Your world is stopped and there’s nothing but the soft ground below you, the never ending sky above you, and that expanse of water in front of you that you can’t see through. It’s holding mysteries that you are waiting to see bob that cork.

Even the birds wait to see and the crickets cheer you on. The rabbit peaking out of the woods smells the coffee in your thermos and the sandwiches in your basket. Don’t forget Grandma’s layers of chocolate cake. They’re the best.

The story of Martha and her sister Mary in Luke 10 remind me of sitting before the Lord waiting for the cork to bob while the world around you bustles by.

I have those bustling times too. One of those bustling times, the Spirit said to me ‘drop some efficiency’.

That sounds like the perfect gift for the day we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Sit at His feet.  He’s one we don’t have to buy a present for.  He just wants our presence.

The Dark Road to Recovery – 12-17-19

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I have been praying for a young lady very dear to my heart.  I have tried so hard to figure out just where things keep going wrong.  She seems to be headed in the right direction and the next thing I know, she’s veered off again.  She never quite finishes what she needs to get her on the right path, and it is so crucial that she does because this is not just about her.  She has precious children that need her. My heart aches for them, and for her.

On December 17, 2019, I believe the Lord showed me in a dream what is happening with her and so many others.  In the dream, she was being driven in a car at night.  She was in the front passenger seat and it was her side of the car that I was seeing.  I knew that everything was going well.

Suddenly, she stopped the car.  It was like she couldn’t stand it; she just had to do it.  She got out of the car and began walking toward the direction she had come.  As she walked in the darkness, a person came up to her, then another, then another.  I watched as she had a small group there with her now, but she was in danger.  None of them had her best interest in mind.  They were out for self no matter what it caused or cost her.

As soon as my eyes opened, I knew she had allowed the Holy Spirit to guide her.  That was the driver and the safety of the car.  She only lets that go so far and she has to take control and do it her way.  The Holy Spirit won’t interfere with free will.   So she goes back and thinks things will be different now.  Her old acquaintances she calls friends come around and she’s so happy to see them.  It gives her a sense of home and comfort, but she doesn’t see it’s not a home and the comfort is short lived.  Then she finds herself back where she was and an outcast to family and true friends and without her children.  Now she has used all the excuses she had to use others to help her.  Everyone is wise now and no one will listen.

When we lose everything, we have no way to look but up.  I continue to pray now with more hope than ever, but that’s all the help I give.  I will be there for the children, but the end of her has to come so she will say ‘Jesus take the wheel’.  She will be grateful for the safety of that car – and for the driver.

If this is you out there, I pray for you too.  And I especially pray for the people that care so much for you.  I pray they can let go of the situation and hold on to the prayers until you lose yourself.  There is a driver and a car waiting for you, but He’s a gentleman.  He won’t take away your free will.  Don’t ask God or family ‘why won’t you help me’, but ask yourself ‘why won’t you help me’.  He will lead you where you dare to go alone and He will always be with you.  The word REPENT means to turn away from, so repent and turn away from what is hurting you and ask for help from the One that can.

More than once in my life, I have opened the bible to these words: (I usually use KJV but felt I should use NIV on these.)

Isaiah 43:2 NIV – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Haggai 1:13 NIV – Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people:  “I am with you,” declares the Lord.

And never forget to pray for strength.  I’m an old lady raising grandchildren so I have done it many times and I have never been disappointed.  The One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)  When you resist the devil he will flee (James 4:7)  He will protect you like in the car I saw and it will be your hiding place from those wanting to harm you.  (Psalm 32:7)

So cry out to Him today; He hears you and will deliver you from all your troubles. (Psalm 34:17)  Forget the former things and don’t dwell on the past.  He will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

1 John 5:4-5 – For everyone born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

 

The Right Thing 12-6-19

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A precious sister in Christ called me with so much excitement that she couldn’t contain herself.  She yelled, “I got a God story!”  I said, “Tell it!  Tell it!”

She said, “My husband was getting my new tv put up that I got on clearance for $75.20 and he dropped it.”

I said, “That’s your God story?”

She laughed, “No!  He told me to put it back in the box and tell them it broke in the box.  I told him we have to do the right thing and God will honor it.”

She kept talking to him to get him to understand and finally said, “You get it?”  He said, “Not yet I don’t.”

She called the store and they had two left and said she could have another one for the same price even though the sale was off.  She stopped by her mailbox on the way and a check was in her mailbox for $75.20 where she had not been using rewards on her credit card for years.  I don’t think she even knew she had rewards.

She was jumping up and down and went on to the store for her tv replacement.  The district manager was in the store and told this sweet sister that she didn’t owe anything for the tv.  I imagine her husband got the message of the two times blessing.  Doing the right thing and honoring God in it reflects His honoring us.  The Lord knew she was trying to show God’s blessings in a lesson before it even happened and He honored that according to her faith.

I just love God stories.  It feels like a snuggle under a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa.

God bless you at this time of year that we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  Spread the God stories around.  Those stories of light will kick the dark stories to the curb.

Blessings and Love ~

(picture above taken by me on a frosty gift of a morning)

It’s time – 11-9-19

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It is time to stand on God’s promises.  Press in and get under His wing.  He said He will never leave us nor forsake us.  Stand for the truth – there is a Jesus, our Savior.  He is the son of God.  He died on the cross and said ‘it is finished’.  God will fight for us and give us strength to endure.  When we are weak, He is strong.  He has shown us many times that He has taken care of His people in times of trouble, and He has not stopped.  We have to stand on what we know now and not what we think.  Have no fear.

I saw a scary time in my life with my first mini-stroke.  I walked into the ER and asked ‘well, what do You think of this’?  I opened the bible on a table and was a Isaiah 43:2.  It reads – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

That was His promise to me, and with that, He carried me through.

We are coming into a time that is unchartered territory for most.  But though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, His unfailing love for us will not be shaken or His covenant of peace be removed.

He tells us that no weapon forged against us will prevail.  No one can take away what He has given us.  Press in with fasting and prayer.  He gave me Isaiah 58 in 2015.  He gave it to me twice before I realized he was telling me to read it and hold it dear to my heart.

Seek His face and ask Him your questions.  Do not depend on man to give you the answers.  We confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive.  He will hold us in His righteous right hand and never leave us.  Do not be afraid nor discouraged.  This is not our home.  We are just passing through.

God bless you and your family.  We all have family of the blood and of the heart.  God knows what is near and dear to us.  I opened my bible to read the other day and was at Jeremiah 39.  I read – Behold, I will bring my words upon this city of evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.  But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.  For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord. I knew He was speaking to me in this time from a message given in a time long ago.

Trust in the Lord and the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you.  Look up to no man, no politician, none other than the Lord.  Look up and trust in Him.  He will lead you to where you need to go, what you need to do, and what you need to say.  Total trust in Him makes all fear flee.  No debate and no strife, just total trust in the Lord.

God bless you is my prayer.  Stay strong in the Lord for He alone is our sovereign God.

Only One 10-18-19

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I saw two studies recently where a small boy was placed on the street in the cold without a coat.

Out of the hours filmed, only one person stopped to even ask each one ‘are you ok’? And one of those that stopped was homeless; he gave his coat, money, and words of encouragement.

We serve a God that sends manna from heaven in the desert and multiplies a little boy’s lunch to feed the masses. He makes a way for us to do that. I’ve seen it so many times and it astonishes me at His loving mercy. I pray I will be that one that has faith and love enough for my neighbor as myself.

Exodus 16:35

Matthew 14:14-21 emphasis on verse 16 when Jesus said ‘YOU feed them.’

Isaiah 58:10

Luke 10:25-37

Peaceful Silence 10-13-19

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Words are so powerful ~ We cut and we kill, but give account we will.

I love the silence and I’m more aware of its power lately as I feel the need to keep silent.  Words and the heart say so much as words tell us what’s on a person’s heart.  Out of the heart the mouth speaks, and guarding our tongue keeps our soul from trouble.

If I had known the power of words in my youth, not even half of them would have escaped through the gate that should have been so guarded.  I sat in the swing this morning with the feeling of the Holy Spirit coming over me and felt the need to repent of words.

I opened my bible to Matthew 12 where it spoke of words – so powerful a verse.  Whether writing or speaking, guard the words that escape.

The flesh man cannot live in the wilderness, fasting and being alone with God.  Hurts and unforgiveness dealt with there in the secret place of peaceful silence.