Believe 5-21-20

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The Christmas ornament in this picture came from a charity in the mail with another one like it a few years ago.  After Christmas I packed the tree ornaments away.  One of these ornaments showed up in the house later so I put it over a picture.  The other one showed up after that one so I put it over something too.  They still hang in the house.

These are reminders for anyone that comes through the door.  They are reminders that we need to believe now more than ever.  We are at, what is being called, the ‘new normal’.  I keep hearing that everywhere I go now.  The latest was at the teller window at the bank.  She was wearing a mask and said this is the new normal for when we open the lobby.

I had a vision of a playful scene when things went haywire in Hawaii and heard the words ‘things will never be the same again’.  I knew it didn’t just mean Hawaii.  I have held on to that with the belief that we are in God’s hands.  Fear and faith can’t reside together.  The Lord has been warning many of us of the devastation that has come and some still to come.  Destruction comes in forms other than rockets and missiles.

We can’t force anyone to believe, but the shakings from God can.  This is why believers pray for God’s peace at this time.  We know He has to do what He has to do.  We see the chaos, but we sit in our secret place with the Lord and listen for ‘His’ voice.

Some scriptures that I came across this week are very encouraging.  I don’t usually just read the verse but the chapter.  This Book was given to us for our walk with the Lord.  I came to realize the words are alive and resonating in our spirit as we read.  They give encouragement and sometimes they are the rod.  I’m thankful for the rod as well as the staff.

Jesus is the only one that could have cast a stone but he didn’t.  It is very encouraging that He does not condemn but gives life.  John 8

We rejoice as we are clothed with garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness.    Isaiah 61

He is our light and as we walk with Him in truth we fellowship with one another.  This is our God’s tender mercy whereby the day spring from on high hath visited us.  Luke 1

I think often how God has shown so much to those in the dessert places or shut up in prisons.  Hence, we sit alone with Him.  What stands out to me in Jeremiah 39 is when the Lord says that He will bring His words upon the city of evil and not for good.  He will deliver him in that day and not into the hand of the men he feared.  He will not fall by the sword because of His trust in Him.

In Isaiah 43  – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  They won’t sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire you won’t be burned.

His grace is sufficient and His strength made perfect in our weakness.  Thank God for the perfect shepherd; we don’t want for anything.  So grateful for the green pastures, the still waters, the restoration of our soul, and the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  We walk through the valley but fear no evil for He walks with us.  2 Corinthians 12, Psalm 23

I had a vision awhile back where He said to hang on to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  There was an urgency about it.  God bless you and yours as you walk with our Shepherd in His guiding light.  Be not shaken with the things of this world as He transforms us and renews our minds to dwell on Him.  He has shown me He is with us in these storms, so with us He is.  I pray that you take comfort in that.

Our faith is not in the Internet! – 5-14-20

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I took this picture years ago and I use it often!

The Spirit is moving!  I woke to this during the night.  Sure footed and steady as you go in faith!  Do not let anyone steer you to the left or to the right!  (Proverbs 4:25-27)

We are sons and daughters of the Most High King!  God has His hands on us as we keep our eyes on our God!  Though we are in a dark world that is NOT our home, we are focused on Kingdom things!  Any healing needed, let’s pray for one another and walk in one accord.  Because of the steps we take with our Lord, the devil hates us.  He does not like our prayer life, our smiles, laying our addictions and strongholds at Jesus’ feet.  He does not like us reaching out to others.  He does not like that step we are taking in faith for a ministry called to do.  (1 Peter 5:8-9)  He does not like us even passing through.

As we step forward in our calling anyway, pray for one another.  Pray for our children and tell our children to pray!  We can pray over their lives, but they have to pray just as we do.  Tell them to touch the hem of His garment themselves,  believing!  Let’s move heaven with our prayers and telling our loved ones to pray.  Step out in faith building as we go in Jesus’ name.  Anything built in faith and prayer with Jesus cannot be touched.  Look up where our strength cometh!  God is not against us, He is for us!  (Hebrews 12:27)

We cannot stress if the Internet goes down or posts disappear.  There is not one town without a believer to stand up in person.  We can stand six feet away and still hear their words.  Jesus walked through this world of darkness as He passed through.  He stood in a boat in the water and was heard.  He walked through it praying to His Father in His steps and He listened for His Father’s voice.  (John 12:49) He spoke to people in every place He went.  He never once said, “I’m sorry, I keep rebooting but nothing is happening.  All my posts are taken down.  I can’t help you now.  My ministry is over.”

Yes there is a shaking, and it is of God’s making.  Keep walking as the bricks fall down.  We are on solid ground.  Keep shining as the sun’s light is hidden.  We have the light of Jesus in us.

(Philippians 2:15, John 8:12, Isaiah 58:10)

 

The Lord Reminded Me of His Protection in This Time – 5-13-20

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Three dreams came to mind over the weekend.  In all three, I was alone with the two grandchildren I am raising.  At the time of the dreams or in all this time after, I never considered where everyone else was.  After the dreams kept coming back to me, the questions came.  Why were we alone?  Where was everybody else?

I have, within the past few weeks, been living alone day and night for four or five days out of seven with these children.  We live in the woods, so in those days we don’t see anybody much unless there is a package delivered on the porch or we go to the outside window of a pharmacy or restaurant.

These are the three dreams:

In March of 2016, I had a dream where I was driving over a bridge or dam and the clouds just came alive swirling around.  Tornadoes came down all over the place.  I knew we were going to be picked up.  I looked toward the back seat to check on my young granddaughter that lives with me.  She was very calm as she looked from the tornadoes to me.  There was nothing but calm and peace on her face.  We were picked up by the wind but it only lasted a minute before we were gently put back down again.  I continued to drive forward when I came to the end of the bridge or dam and had to go left or right.  Water like a raging river flooded the road I had to turn onto.  I knew it would take our breath away for a minute but we would be alright.  It took us on in and we floated along with the current.  For something to be so horrific, we felt so at peace and so much love.  No matter how the storm rages, we may see it with our eyes, but we won’t feel it with our hearts.  Our faith will carry us through.  God bless you Christian in your walk with the Lord.  End of dream.

It was months later that I opened the bible to Isaiah 43:2 and was reminded of this dream.  – When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when though walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  God will save us either from the fire and water or in it, but He will see us through.

Later I had a stroke and asked the Lord what He thought about it as I entered the ER.  I opened a bible on the table to Isaiah 43:2. God is so good to us.  He will never leave us nor forsake us in our hour of need.

 

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.

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 h0ear ‘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

 

August 6, 2018

I had a dream after I went back to sleep at 4am this morning.

I heard alarms. They weren’t like the alarms we usually hear. I heard the storm coming outside, and I could hear it was tearing everything up.

I couldn’t see outside because the blinds were closed.  The storm was so strong that it sucked everything out of the air.  I wanted to look out and I was headed toward the window by my bed, but then was stopped, pulled back, and held down on the bed. I was sitting with my torso held chest down and my head down and turned to the side. I kept trying to get up to get everybody to safety.  No matter how hard I tried or what I said, I couldn’t move.  I finally stopped trying, and I knew to be quiet and still. It kept being brought to my attention that our youngest grandchild that we are raising was in the bed next to me.  He was sound asleep, so I could only be still and hear the noise as I tried to figure out just how it must look outside and hoping it didn’t come in.

At first, I thought it was the storm holding me down.  It was so powerful and so strong that I thought the evil in it had contained me.  I woke so distressed and thinking ‘oh no, I wasn’t ready and I couldn’t help anybody’.  Later in the morning that scene came back to me and a peace came over me and I knew it wasn’t the storm holding me down, it was God protecting me.  He let me know the youngest grandchild was safe.  If the youngest was safe, then the others in the house were safe.  I believe this represented all God’s children that love Him so much being under His protection.  He held me quiet and still.  He wouldn’t even let me look out.  Quiet was emphasized.  He will be with us in the storm.

Isaiah 26:20 KJV

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. (end of scripture)

I had ‘felt’ it was the enemy holding me down.  We have to not go by our feelings during this time, but by what we ‘know’.

Afterwards things had changed. Adults weren’t friendly toward me and they said things behind my back. Things felt different when I went around people standing together and talking. I could see a text one sent to another about me.

I saw a person that didn’t believe in the Bible. She was excited about a battery-operated light some were buying. It was a huge box shaped battery with an old fashioned light bulb on the bottom.  The box would stick to the ceiling.  I believe this represented a false light.  People that don’t believe in the Bible will only be focused on the earthly light and the false light offered to them.  They won’t realize there is a Light to protect us.

I turned on the radio after dropping the grandchildren off to school and heard an old country preacher say ‘gather the saints’.  There was a song afterwards that said ‘not by my power’ and ‘count the world as loss’. I had never heard it before.  After these dreams and visions, the Lord always points the way to answers.

Zechariah 4:6 was on my phone in the search engine when I tried to find a song with those words.

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

We have no power over this storm, but we serve a mighty God that does.

I read where trying to act without God stems from the root of pride. I’m thankful when He crushes my pride. I fought pretty hard to handle things myself in that storm before I knew to stop.

I’m thankful for Psalm 91 today. We are no match for what the Bible tells us is coming but it lets us know our God is. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will never leave us nor forsake us.

God bless!

Get out of that dark corner 5-12-20

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Over the past few days there would be a scripture, maybe a chapter, maybe a verse, I would read that I knew to keep with me.  I could see as this was happening to keep these close because something was coming together.  This morning it finally flowed.

Scripture tells us to be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God.

If you’re like me lately, I can find myself worrying about everything and not laying it at the Lord’s feet.  I have to stay focused in order to do this, and the problem at the moment is focus.  The battlefield is definitely in the mind.

Worry can keep our light hidden.  It will put us in a corner crouched with a crowd of others.  Arise, shine, for our light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon us.  And we look up from that crowded dark corner and whisper, “Who?  Me?”

And He says, “Yes, you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but I have risen upon you and My glory appears over you.”

So we get out of that corner and walk toward His light so that He can fill our lanterns with oil until our cup runneth over.  We walk out of there not trusting in what we feel right now, but trusting in what we know.  We place the burdens at His feet in faith as we give thanks for His protection and provision, but most of all His mercy and His grace and love.  For which without any of the last three, we would not be here at all to shine.  We would be in the darkness to never see a light at all.

Because of our surroundings, we think it is dark around us as it is around the world.  But nay my brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is a Light around us, a glory like never before.  He tells us that we believe in Him, therefore greater works we do.  He will answer our prayers as we ask with a contrite heart to glorify His name.

If we ask for an egg, will He give us a scorpion?  We are so imperfect but if our children ask for something, we still give good gifts.  So think on the perfect Father and how much more he gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask.

The stork in heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; do we not know the judgment of the Lord?  Do we not know the time we are in?

This is the time we must focus so that we don’t worry and we lay it all at Jesus’ feet.  Keep a trained mind, stop the thoughts we know should not be there.  Know the Light within us and let it shine so that the ones in those dark corners can see it – not to be led to us but to the Lord.

Keep a praise on our lips for your glory Father.  No offering we could offer for it is finished by the perfect Lamb.  Keep us mindful that our sacrifice to you is a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart.  Strengthen us as we stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but our hearts and minds are stayed on you on that mountaintop, from whence our glory comes and our cup runneth over.  We praise your heavenly name as we do the works of the Father with the light of Jesus within us.  Faith and not by sight, for our eyes CAN see!  BEHOLD, OUR KING!

Not yet! 5-4-20

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On my mind a few days, is when the Lord brought me out of a dream on 4-17-18 as I have had happen before.  I left the dream and was looking over a checkered finish line.  I looked out from behind the line to where the race was still going on and saw an old walking stick or staff carved out of wood.  It was coming toward the finish line very fast, tearing up the dirt with one end of it.  The stick got to about a quarter inch of the finish line and abruptly stopped.  I heard ‘not yet’.

I felt I needed to look at Matthew 24 again.  I’ve been led to that chapter many times in the past few years, having dreams, etc. on different parts of it.

I knew some things were quickly coming to pass but the end was not yet.  It was further instruction to stay the course and hold on.  He was letting us know to prepare our hearts and minds.  I had Isaiah 58 on my mind all day the day before this happened, mostly the first verse.  The Lord told me to read that one morning in 2015.  He told me twice before I opened my bible and was at Isaiah 58.  I wasn’t accustomed yet as to why something like that would come to mind.

Another thing on my mind is perseverance.  Hardships we are going through will build that up to finish the race.  Perseverance means doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.  And succeed we will with the Lord’s help.

We need to repent and keep our hearts and minds right with God.  Pray on these things.  Other related verses – Hebrews 12 and Acts 20:23-24.

James 1:12, Galatians 6:9, Romans 5:3-5 – stay strong in the faith.  God bless you and yours!

Light of the world – 4-27-20

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Love covers a multitude of sins.  When we ask God to show us, we see things so differently through His eyes and through His heart.  That light comes into us and we see His love everywhere.

We don’t feel the need to lash back at the people so physically angry with us for holding them up on the isle in the grocery store for thirty seconds or on the busy highway.  We look at them and smile while praying that whatever is going on in their lives, God will touch them with His comfort and peace.  None of their anger comes nigh to this empty vessel filled with the light of Jesus.  We instead discern the need for prayer.

We don’t pass by the widow on the street needing a dollar when we have two, and we pray God will help her make a way.  We don’t feel hatred for the young person paying for groceries with an EBT card.  We don’t know the pain nor the road that person has traveled.  We don’t know the broken promises endured nor the failed trust they’ve grieved.

We don’t hate on the ones holding protest signs with fists in the air.  We pray for strength for ourselves as we pray for all these.  We don’t know the fear in their hearts that brought on so much rage.  We don’t know their family at home that is hungry nor the home their family has lost.

We focus our well being on what we are able to do for Christ and not for ourselves.  He is the light of the world and He shines through us in this darkness.  He is everywhere.  He takes care of us.  There is enough hate in the world, and there is enough of the spread of hate.  And for those we pray especially hard.  In our empty imperfectness, we rise above with Christ and see through a different light as He fills us.  He gives forgiveness, not the rage to fight back.  His grace is sufficient for every day.

For you see, when the darkness falls so heavy that no man can see, it is only His light that will shine.  And no man wants to be left in the dark.

John 8:12      Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Matthew 5:14-16      Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Ephesians 5:8      For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Isaiah 58:10      And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day.

Romans 13:12      The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

John 1:5 (and it never will)

Isaiah 42