Counting Blessings – 2-19-20

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Counting blessings is the best way I know to get out of a slump.  It lifts our spirits and glorifies the Lord.  When it feels no one really cares or listens, just count blessings.  I get tickled sometimes remembering a commercial where a woman would drag herself on the floor by her collar.  I’ll tell myself to stop it and count blessings.

The Lord tells us that we are blessed when remaining steadfast under trial, and when we have stood the test we receive the crown of life and that God promised it to those who love Him.  He also tells us not to fear for He is with us and that He will strengthen us and uphold us with His righteous right hand.  We can’t go by our feelings but by what we know.  And when we stop and remember what we truly know, we are so blessed from now through eternity.  There is so much going on in the world, but we have known this was coming through the scriptures, and the Lord has been speaking to so many that it is near, and even at the door.  We stay at the ready with oil in our lamps and unafraid.  We stand firm until He comes for us.  We won’t lose hope but stand fast.  The real test is when all the dreams and visions we have been given come to reality.  He has also shown us His protection.  That is when we stop, look up, and know that He is God.  Receive all that He has to offer and give thanks for His provisions and protection.

God bless you!

James 1:12          Isaiah 41:10          Matthew 24:36          1 Corinthians 15:52

Psalm 46:10          Matthew 25

Glorifying His Name – 2-11-20

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I wanted to give praise to the Lord tonight for getting me through so much.  I am so thankful.  I have felt Him with me all my life, in the good times and in the bad.  There have been times I shut Him out because I didn’t want to go His way.  I had my own path ironed out.  He let me go and see how that would work for me.

In the past ten years, He has been so close and answered my prayers in such a way that I knew He was there.  After our daughter passed away, we took in her two small children, ages 1 and 2.  I was about 55 then.  So you can imagine my age with a house to take care of, office work, laundry, and now two babies like having twins.  Sometimes I would sit in the chair with one on one side and one on the other.  They would cry because they were sleepy so I’d cry with them.  About an hour later I’d wake up realizing we had all fallen to sleep.

Jesus was with us.  He gave me the ability to spin a yarn so after I tucked them in at night I would type away on a book.  They were about living life in the country in the 1940’s.  I published one in print and the rest were e-readers.  I was just happy to accomplish something that relaxed me so much.

On the days I would be tired and had so much facing me, I’d ask God for energy.  I remember miracles some days where I got everything accomplished and felt like I could still run to town, which was probably six miles as the crow flies.  I don’t like complaining at all.  My mama’s siblings picked cotton before they could even go to school.  My mama was too little so she sat under the shade tree.  No, complaining always makes me feel guilty.

One day I was so busy I’d have to ask the Lord for His peace.  He’d give it to me, but then I’d have to soon ask again.  He’d give it to me again.  He finally said, ‘stop some efficiency’.  I had studied the story of Martha complaining to Jesus about Mary sitting at His feet.  I soon realized that good part would not be taken from me and it was a good thing.  I would swing for hours as I watched the children play, and I’d pray.  So it became known as my prayer swing.

I asked the Lord to give me rest one time and fell asleep in that thing for an hour.  But not with the children playing in the yard.  That was about ten years ago and as I look back now, I wouldn’t take anything for any of it.  We learn and grow in our struggles when we rest in our faith and trust in Jesus.  He walked the dirt roads in our woods with me.  He spoke to me in so many ways.  He answers prayer.  I know it’s a dark world out there, but we don’t have to be a part of it.  God meets us right where we are in whatever our circumstances are and He wraps us in His peace and protection.  He makes a way.  He is everything to me.

So tonight I just wanted to publicly thank Him for all He has done for me.  There is a place that He has prepared for us and my hope lies in being with Him through eternity.  He has shown me so much.  So if you read these posts on this site, just remember that it was in my struggles when He showed me these things.  It was in my prayer closet He gave me revelation, and it was in my swing He spoke to me.  With everything to juggle each day, He made a way for us to have time together.  And it continues even today.

Many mornings I wake with a song in my head and don’t even know the words to it.  I can usually google a couple words and the song will come up.  Recently it was Some Through The Fire.  And I can ask Him a question and turn in the bible to His answer.  And why not?  He’s right here by my side.

Prayer closets and prayer swings are a good thing.  There sure is a lot to pray about.

Repost of Protection from 3-11-18

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I had called this Deception B4 Rapture.  Yes, that was true, but the main thing was the light to get what we need from while walking in the darkness of deception before the rapture.  It stayed on my mind to repost this and this morning two other sisters in Christ had similar dreams with the same meaning so that was my confirmation.

On March 11, 2018, I dreamed I was walking with two grandchildren. We had left some people that were going to sleep. (There are many going to sleep these days.) We walked into a land that was something like Alice in Wonderland. We would meet creatures or see abandoned rides like in an abandoned theme park. The land was dark and dreary. There was no color anywhere, and nothing was as it seemed. We would see a light in an abandoned home and would be able to go in for food or rest, whatever we needed, then move on. Sometimes we would find a ride that was functioning and could get on it like a slide to go faster or something we could sit on to move quicker, and there would be another light in an abandoned home that we could go into, then move on again. There were others on rides but no one laughing. I would pick up trash here and there but there was no place to dispose of it, and nobody else cared or wanted to talk about it. It was as if they just rather ignore it.
I saw the grandchildren’s mother and she was trying to tell me something. She passed away years ago so I knew she wasn’t supposed to be there. Nothing there was real, except the light in the abandoned homes.  If I had not known her face before me then was a deception, I could have been led into another direction.
This land was full of deception and people I saw were like the old saying – Asleep. They just hadn’t laid down yet.
The children and I were separated a bit, but as I began to walk toward what I felt was the center of this place, I saw the children again. They were walking toward the center and there were a few others that made it. We were finally out of that dark and dreary place of deception.
When we got to the center, it was very colorful. We looked up as the sky changed. It appeared as if we were standing at the bottom of a pool and looking up to the sun beyond the water’s surface. There weren’t many of us gathered there, but I saw the lady in front of me as her arms left her side and flew upward, then she was gone. It was as if she were shot out of a cannon. Then a small person went up and the water or air made a swirl behind her in the shape of a heart. Someone close by yelled ‘that was one of the angels’! I believe they may have been speaking of the children but I don’t know. Then my arms left my side and flew upward, and I was gone. I felt myself going very fast, then I woke. I know we will meet Jesus in the clouds as scripture says.
On March 12, 2018, my dreams were all about rapture. One door would open and I would hear ‘almost home’. Another door would open and I would hear ‘catch away’. I dreamed all night of rapture but the only memory I have of that night were the doors and what I would hear as they opened.
I thought I had heard the phrase ‘catch away’ before but couldn’t remember. I looked it up to make sure it was biblical. I found it in Matthew 13, specifically 19-21. A commentary said that some may have started out as being an excited Christian and just fell asleep or abandoned it. Maybe the hardship or persecution was too much. The scripture explained the dreams.
The main thing for the body of Christ is to stand strong. I kept thinking when God’s children are gone, there will be no light left. The only light we have in us is the light of Jesus.
On April 15, I saw a comment about we are in the time of deception. This dream is symbolic of God’s protection and provision when we went into the lighted, abandoned homes. Because of that we made it through and persevered. Our ears and eyes were open to His leading and He led us out. He took us home. I’ve had more on that and have seen more on that so it’s being called to our attention. May God bless and keep you in all your ways as you lean on Him with hope, faith, and trust.
Psalm 27:11 2 Chronicles 7:15 Proverbs 3:5-6 Psalms 28:7 Matthew 6:25 Deuteronomy 28 Psalm 91

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)