Monthly Archives: October 2015

OUR Brand is JOY

19693_491506860886978_1220456359_n maxresdefault our brand is crisisIf you have ever read this blog before, you know one way God reaches me. It is through movies. 🙂 Yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere, our house had a little speed bump come up. It happens sometimes, in the healing process. It is especially common when families, grow together. 🙂 Many of us know enemy tactics. But, do we really UNDERSTAND the strategies of Heaven?

For example, the one gift we can give God is to surrender ALL, stay repentful, and work in unity. It does not seem like much, but, the obedient sacrifices, are worth so MUCH to Him. He will honor them, so greatly, because each one is a seed. It is a seed, through Jesus, who is our tree of LIFE. I say this, to say that yesterday was interesting to me. I called my husband and asked him a question. It was a simple question. I said, “Honey, Could I go see a movie?” Now, I asked him for one reason, and one only. God led me to, and my husband deserves to be honored. Because, my request, was simple and sincere, He honored it.

I went to the theater, and I began to ask God what movie to see. At first, logic told me to see one movie, then another caught my eye. So, I asked the people at the desk, about reviews. Afterwards, I knew God was calling me to see, ONE in particular. The movie is called “Our Brand is Crisis.” I will come back and add more to this entry. I am going to let that germinate a bit, and we will pick up later. God bless you.

In His Grace and Glory,



Okay, we are back and ready to share more of this review, of the film. 🙂 The movie begins with a strategist, played by Sandra Bullock. She has gone through the ringer. She made some very bad choices, and they led to the downfall of many. But yet, she got another chance, to help a candidate. They came to her for assistance, because despite, her fall, she had a good reputation. Looking at our lives, I can so relate.

I have had deep humiliation, pain, embarrassment, shame, hurts, rejections, and more. What about YOU? Can you relate??? As I was watching the film, I not only related to her character, I could see JESUS in it. There is NOTHING that we endure, that He has not. That is VERY good news indeed. Therefore, when we face difficult circumstances, WE can REST in His victory. In the MANY victories, that JESUS brings, WE can REST. His name is, just that, VICTORY.

So, in the film the strategist, goes through much difficulty to help this candidate. There is warfare, that the movie, only touches on. What really stood out to me, was the character who opposes her. This man, in the film, is just dripping with evil. He goes for the jugular, with her. Does the enemy not do this, with us? I won’t give away the plot of the film. I will say though, that there is A LOT there, in the film.

It helped me to see, even deeper just how MUCH God fights for us. it encouraged me, to be even more grateful for the fact, that HE is designed to be my advocate. Jesus is my strategist. He leads and orders every step. Through the power of the Holy SPirit and Heavenly Father, WE see victory happen. BY His LOVE and through His Grace, we exist. He will send many angels in disguise to assist us. Will WE be wiling to receive?

Or, will we be so busy entertaining the evil, that WE miss God’s hand in our lives? Eventually, God has to step back. He will LOVE us, and never leave us, but He may watch for a bit. Because, if WE are not willing to TAKE and apply the strategies of Heaven, then sadly, He has no choice, but to let us have our private hell.

When God revealed to me, I was in agreement with evil, I had to denounce it. I had to divorce it. How? Through the LOVE of JESus. i encourage you, to seek HIS will for your lives. Because, HIS will is the ONLY way, that will work, long term. It is better to be willing to die to us, so that HE can live. I am a testimony of His healing. More every day, He brings Heaven, in place of hell. He does so, because WE are and have been submitting to His desires for many years.


They’re watching. Even the angels are watching. Continue speaking TRUTH, that is rooted in Holiness and Righteousness. Be not religious, or believe I can be limited. My LOVE can, will and HAS conquered. But, will you FULLY do it My way? Many are saying they are for ME, but I see. I know who IS and is NOT for me, and who will be. My BRIDE will be spotless, without wrinkle. She will not attempt to LIMIT my LOVE, in any way. She will be purified, and united with ME. I will cleanse her, of all of this world. She will be given new strategies, and even more, Heavenly instructions and wisdom. So, my precious ones, are you willing to MARRY ME? Can you DIVORCE yourselves from THIS world? Will you let my WORD wash you, white as snow? Are you ready to withstand the FIRE, by my Grace and mercy as well as LOVE. For, I must be your anchor, My shalom, indeed, your portion. This day, for many a New Beginning comes. It will arrive, from Heaven above, on earth as it is, indeed in heaven, your HOME.

This film, helped me to see that, NO matter what it looks like, when we walk away from the evils, THERE is indeed much JOY and GREAT victory there. Our brand in NOT Crisis, it is JOY and HIS name is JESUS. ~

In His Grace and Glory,

E and Fam


31 Oct 2015

Come play in MY treehouse

He speaks to me through movies, His word and so much MORE. New open doors, are everywhere. 🙂 HIS LOVE is what is in store. He is requesting us, to come AWAY with HIM. Meaning, Jesus wants us to come play in HIS treehouse. His tree house is beautiful. Yet, when planted on earth, must be planted, where He chooses. You know why? WE are part of it. WE are seeds in HIS TREE of LIFE. You know what is awesome? As WE eat more from Heaven’s table, more LIFE from our TRUE HOME arrives.

JESUS is the tree house. 🙂 He is requesting we come and spend TIME with HIM. In all we do, HE desires to be forefront. In return, He will fill us with so much JOY overflowing. WE are living proof. 🙂 🙂  JESUS is singing  this OVER us tonight.

Nora Jones:

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song
Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us, with their lies
I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come
Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you
And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

This is a time, that is so exciting and inviting, for His faithful ones. JUBILEE!!!!!! Jubilant JOY, for each obedient, girl and BOY. Those others, will be handled, and loved on with care. But, know this, Jesus will be there. He will handle it. The Lion of Judah NEVER quits. Can’t you hear HIM ROAR, with the sound of LOVE… A new choice, a consistent one, must be made. WE cannot justify old traditions, or things of man. For the spirit grieves, as death is often honored, if only by the ignorance present. He has warned many, and soon ALL will BOW at the name of JESUS.

Full Definition of TREE HOUSE

:  a structure (as a playhouse) built among the branches of a tree. 

HE is the VINE and WE are the branches. What tree are we playing in? I want to eat GOOD fruit. I want to be used to produce, GOOD and HOLY fruit. What about you??? Is it a consistent choice, to choose life? Do you want to come and play in the treehouse, of LOVE, known as Jesus?

Years ago, we had various circumstances, that required “play therapy” for our kids. It was how WE as a family, began to grow and heal. In the kids, that were in process, of being adopted, many secrets were hidden. That opportunity, to give them play therapy, was an opportunity to eat of the tree of life.

When Adam and Eve, fell in the garden, it was because they ate of the tree of good and evil. Was that because, God did not want them to know truth? NO. It was more, because God did not want truth, to become manipulated. When Adam and Eve defied and betrayed God, they were so ashamed and afraid of His reacttion. Don’t we understand this? I know, I do.

That treehouse, has thorns, thistles, and broken branches. Ones, that have been damaged, and are barely hanging on, and others, trying to cut the good branches, hidden in between, off. The one of good and evil, houses a lot of confusion, and many questions. THIS leads to MORE questions. DO you see??? The LIFE treehouse, has butterflies, and beauty, and rainbows, and JOY and ALL the fruit you can handle.

The fruit of the spirit leads, the TREE, as it ALWAYS brings and bears, HOLY fruit. The branches, are anchored, by holy roots, and not corroded, at all. THEY are anchored in Jesus. ANY other tree, has roots to the world. SO, you know that we have experienced and awaken, to much of Heaven. We have begun, more each day, to choose LIFE, and play in that tree. WE purposely EAT of the FRUIT of Heaven. LIFE has change and is growing into, HEAVEN on earth. 🙂

Going to share a note, with glympses of HEAVEN, our HOME.

Messages from Butterfly

January 28, 2014 at 12:39pm

OK, so I tried typing this on the ipad to NO avail. BUT GOD. SO now I am at HIS laptop. 🙂

He is so funny By the WAY….because today He sent me a baby rainbow in the clouds. Not the first time, just a reminder. I almost tried taking a picture. But He said, “No some things are just for you to see. ” A reminder of HIS promises….that HE alone keeps them. GLORY!!!!

Then, He reminded me of a few things. First on Christmas, which we don’t celebrate per se, but the place where we were was having a big Holiday dinner; a raccon showed up. Now, I don’t know what ya’ll think abt racoons. But we, just LOVE them!!!

This one was the cutest most hugable, precious, joyful, loveable, being ever. You know why? Because Sarah Beth was using it to say hi. IT was ONLY my husband and I that saw her. It remains a beautiful memory. I was talking about Sarah Beth, our butterfly, being an angel in disguse, and a dog came into the church. It was really AWESOME. It was like her arriving to the party, saying hello!

This morning I was tired, have been really working hard in HIS Grace as He is moving all over the place. I was so wanting to go back to bed, but GOD led me to just REST and bathe HIM in. So, I was doing just this, in a special place where HE continually baptizes me and cleanses me. I LOVE any kind of water. It can be a pool, a bath tub, it matters not. It is ALL healing!!!!!

Well, I am just laying and relaxing, and all of the sudden the song “BEAUTIFUL” comes on. It is by Kari Jobe and so annointed in HIS LOVE. Including the LYRICS here…


Here before Your alter, I am letting go of all I’ve held, Of every motive, every burden, Everything that’s of myself

And I just wanna wait on You, my God, I just wanna dwell on who You are

Beautiful, beautifu. l, Oh, I am lost for more to say, Beautiful, beautiful, Oh Lord You’re beautiful to me

Here in Your presence, I am not afraid of brokenness

To wash Your feet with humble tears, I would be poured out till nothing’s left

And I just wanna wait on You, my God, I just wanna dwell on who You are

Beautiful, beautiful, Oh, I am lost for more to say, Beautiful, beautiful, Oh Lord You’re beautiful to me

Beautiful, You’re beautiful, oh You’re beautiful, Beautiful, beautiful

Holy, holy, holy You are, You are Holy, holy, holy You are, You are Holy, holy, holy You are, You are Holy, holy, holy You are, You are

Beautiful, beautiful Oh, I am lost for more to say Beautiful, beautiful Oh Lord You’re beautiful to me

You’re beautiful Beautiful, beautiful Beautiful, beautiful Beautiful

While listening to the song I began to hear giggles. I said, “Hi baby girl! Did you come to check on me?” She just smiled. I said, “thank you for sharing this song. I know how much you LOVE it. Thank GOD for using you still.”

Then, to confirm that she was very present, as was the Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus our brother, and the Holy Spirit, something else awesome happened. You ready for this???

The very next song that came on was called “Butterfly” by Julie True.

GOD has not forgotten us, we will weep and we will rejoice….in HIM and HIS LOVE not necessarily the circumstances, but GOD who rises above them in us and causes us to FLY as HIS eagles!!!!!

One other thing that happened, I was not going to share, but it was impressed upon me by our awesome GOD to do so. This was the 4th song that deeply touched me today, and I keep typing 4, I thought in error. BUT GOD. He is doing many many many creative miracles in and on HIS earth.

The other song that made me weep and CRY out HARD to GOD today….was this one. It is by Addison Road.

“Hope Now”

If everything comes down to love Then just what am I afraid of When I call out Your name Something inside awakes in my soul How quickly I forget I’m Yours

[PRE-CHORUS] I’m not my own

I’ve been carried by You

All my life

[CHORUS] Everything rides on hope now

Everything rides faith somehow

When the world has broken me down

Your love sets me free

When my life is like a storm

Rising waters all I want is the shore

You say I’ll be ok and

Make it through the rain You are my shelter from the storm

[PRE-CHORUS] I’m not my own

I’ve been carried by You

All my life

[CHORUS] Everything rides on hope now

Everything rides faith somehow

When the world has broken me down

Your love sets me free

[CHORUS 2] Everything rides on hope now

Everything rides faith somehow

When the world has broken me down

Your love sets me free

You’ve become my hearts desire

I will sing Your praises higher

Cause Your love sets me free Your love sets me free Your love sets me free


I pray GOD uses this to BLESS you ALL in some way. I can tell you it greatly encouraged me, and I thank GOD for HIS cleansing power, strength and purpose for ALL of us. Please receive it and pull back from the familiar, because the SNOW will melt and spring will come, in HIS KINGDOM first.

Yesterday at the Steven Curtis Chapman concert, which was one HUGE worship service, he and they sang certain songs that were just gut wrenching because of the newness of what we are experiencing. yet there was much healing in the tears. As this happened GOD wrapped HIS arms around me and held me. Butterfly gently stroked my hair. Oh, the wonders and power of our GOD. Who always gets the GLORY.

We have a door that tends to close when not propped. I did not touch it, and all of the sudden I walked in to hand something over the shower, and it began to close. I believe it was GOD using our butterfly to remind us that the wrong doors are closing, and the right ones opening. That, of of course they are here with us. No matter how dark it appears, the LIGHT will always shine.

Mark 16

Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 And when the Sabbath was past [that is, after the sun had set], Mary Magdalene, and Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome purchased sweet-smelling spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body].

2 And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen.

3 And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb?

4 And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large.

5 And going into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting [there] on the right [side], clothed in a [[a]long, stately, sweeping] robe of white, and they were utterly amazed and struck with terror.

6 And he said to them, Do not be amazed and terrified; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.

7 But be going; tell the disciples and Peter, He goes before you into Galilee; you will see Him there, [just] as He told you.

8 Then they went out [and] fled from the tomb, for trembling and bewilderment and consternation had seized them. And they said nothing about it to anyone, for they were held by alarm and fear.

9 [b]Now Jesus, having risen [[c]from death] early on the first day of the week, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons.

10 She went and reported it to those who had been with Him, as they grieved and wept.

11 And when they heard that He was alive and that she had seen Him, they did not believe it.

12 After this, He appeared in a different form to two of them as they were walking [along the way] into the country.

13 And they returned [to Jerusalem] and told the others, but they did not believe them either.

14 Afterward He appeared to the Eleven [apostles themselves] as they reclined at table; and He reproved and reproached them for their unbelief (their lack of faith) and their hardness of heart, because they had refused to believe those who had seen Him and looked at Him attentively after He had risen [[d]from death].

15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole [e]human race].

16 He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [[f]from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.

17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;

18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.

19 So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.

20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it).


Today at Walmart we saw a bird, we knew it was a “holy racoon experience again.” Then we saw a deer jumping through the field on the way home. Thank you GOD….


We continue to speak FORGIVENESS. WE forgive even GOD…because He needs os clear of obstacles. GLORY GLORY GLORY to our mighty GOD!!!!

In His Grace and Glory,

E and Fam

28 Oct 2015


This entry, has required MUCH prayer and fasting. Because, ya’ll, I have to write about my DEATH. I was no like, “Yay, I am so excited, at first.” But GOD. Now, I am thrilled to share of HIS GLORY AND AFFECTIONS!!!! so, HERE WE go. 🙂 I start out, to say, that THIS began in VERY deep intercession. Around Tuesday of last week, I felt the LORD tug on me. I knew He was drawing me into HIM, even DEEPER. I began to think about Sarah, our daughter. When HE drew her in deeper, she seemed to DIE. I say, seemed to, because often, on this earth THINGS look different. It takes HOLY discernment to REALLY digest it all.

Okay, so, I was sitting b4 Jesus, really missing our girl. Not, necessarily, grieving, but just healing from the deep INTERNAL LOSS. As well, as the external loss, but more just focusing on HIS healing in process. So, I sat, and just RESTED. He would not let me connect with anyone, but my spouse. He would come in, and bring me “food and water.” The first time, we experienced this, was when she went HOME, almost 2 years ago. My husband was quite bothered by it, and sought the LORD. Who then told him, to just leave me be. SO, he barely spoke to me. Now, THIS time was very different.

My husband spoke to me, and quite frankly was pretty terrified. I could FEEL it. On my birthday, God had given me a word regarding my LIFE. My 39th B-day would be a time, I would conquer disease. Will explain more about that, in a second. But, when it happened, I think I thought I would wake up, instantly feeling better, looking better and well JUST BEING better. Yet, God had way more important plans, and strategies, I could not SEE. On Tuesday, the 13th, He began to be VERY strict with me.

He let me know, that I must not let in a soul, but DAVID, till otherwise instructed. SO, I, knowing the importance in His tone, agreed, and did as commanded. For 4 days, I sat with GOD and just died, a little more each day. I did listen to His word, on the 16th, and I had many trying to encourage me, to fight. But, I had NO FIGHT LEFT. So, Jesus fought for me. I say this, to tell you, “HE will fight for you, but YOU must be still and LET HIM.” I had to, and God is NO respector of persons.

On the 17th, and really the night of the 16th, something was bugging my husband. Finally, whatever it was backed down, and he left me, to be with God. On the 17th, it continued, and God said, “Let’s do this.” So, He used me to kind of poke at, and nudge my spouse. When this happened, eventually, ALL Hell broke loose. It ended in our room. This room, our sanctuary, is indeed HOLY GROUND. The place where we are has quite a history. I say this, to explain, that IT is a place of DEEP REST too.

At exactly 7:15 am on the 18th of this month, October, I DIED. I mean that in EVERY sense of the word. It was and IS the deepest level of DEATH, that I have EVER experienced. BAR NONE, it is the most powerful resurrection, I have ever seen, thus far. But, it was NOT just a simple resurrection. It was and IS known as ETERNAL RESSURECTION. I was given a choice, to go or stay, in a sense. I knew I needed to stay here.

As far as the details, suffice it to say, that SO MUCH evil, was involved. BUT GOD. I glory not in the enemy or His attempts, but IN MY JESUS, who overcomes. HE does it. He took me over, and as they crucified, and slaughtered me, to the very nth degree, so they did HIM. THIS is what HIS LOVE is truly about. IT is about MOVING forward, ONLY in HIS Grace, LOVE and MERCY. Faith, Hope and LOve, but the Greatest of these, is LOVE.

You see, my fellow readers, friends, family, and more, I was plucked from HELL. So long ago, I was removed from that place. But this, was the time of the promise. The time HIS HOLY seed was brought back, for HIS GLORY, and forth. I LIVE NOW. I was totally DEAD and NOW I CAN LIVE!!!!! Not, again, but REALLY for the FIRST TIME EVER!!!!!!!!

23 Oct 2015

JESUS My Embassy

11702785_10200801803564457_8496415044547532650_n 12088398_10154429756829762_998645038414098042_n Embassy_of_Cameroon_United_StatesWhen praying about this entry, it became VERY obvious the topic. Was thinking of foreign countries. They have an embassy. Let’s look at EMBASSY defined. But, before we do, what does it mean to you? Because, when I consider it, I think of a SAFE HOUSE, or HARBOR. I think of a place, where EVIL should NOT be able to touch ME. I think of movies, like “The Saint.” Incidentally, my hubby’s favorite movie, is this one. 🙂 So, now to get to the “world” definition.

noun, plural embassies.
1. a body of persons entrusted with a mission to a sovereign orgovernment, especially an ambassador and his or her staff.
2. the official headquarters of an ambassador.
3. the function or office of an ambassador.
4. a mission headed by an ambassador.
JESUS….is MY AMBASSADOR!!!!!!! Also, ALL of the above 😉
Do we really grasp THIS? Do we really comprehend how DEEPLY He fights for us? I can tell you, that I did not. I mean, I had some ideas, but ultimately no clue, just HOW MUCH HE LOVES US. I wonder how many, on earth, REALLY do???
In the movie “The Saint,” the man goes under cover. Why? Because, He had a mission to complete. Now, He is doing it, in some ways for wrong reasons, at first. But eventually, He makes the right choice. Have we not all begun there? I know I have before. But Jesus, NEVER did. Through Jesus, we can be made whole and FULL.
All these individuals, claiming all paths lead to heaven, are just wrong. ONLY JESUS does. Only HE can save us, deliver us, LOVE us and we NEED and deeply DESIRE. ONLY HE deserves absolute 100% of our LOVE. Do WE believe? Do we run to HIM? Do we choose HIM?
Because, HE is our embassy. He is the ONLY answer. The ONLY TRUTH. The ONLY REAL LOVE. So, where are we, in relation to HIM? Do we show HIM LOVE, or disrespect? HE is EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING WE NEED!!!!!!!
My embassy, and YOURS. Come to JESUS, and be FREE. It is THAT simple.

Jesus My Embassy

Revelation 12:9ESV / 2 helpful votes

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Revelation 1:1-20ESV / 2 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …

1 John 5:19ESV / 2 helpful votes

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

1 John 4:20ESV / 2 helpful votes

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 Peter 2:9ESV / 2 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Hebrews 5:5ESV / 2 helpful votes

So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;

Hebrews 4:15ESV / 2 helpful votes

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

2 Thessalonians 3:3ESV / 2 helpful votes

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

Colossians 1:13ESV / 2 helpful votes

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

Ephesians 2:8-9ESV / 2 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2 Corinthians 5:20ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Romans 12:2ESV / 2 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Acts 2:38ESV / 2 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 13:27ESV / 2 helpful votes

Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”

John 3:16-17ESV / 2 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:16ESV / 2 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Matthew 6:5ESV / 2 helpful votes

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Matthew 4:6ESV / 2 helpful votes

And said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

Matthew 4:1-11ESV / 2 helpful votes

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple …

Matthew 2:15ESV / 2 helpful votes

And remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Hosea 11:1ESV / 2 helpful votes

When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

Isaiah 53:1-12ESV / 2 helpful votes

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. …

Isaiah 41:10ESV / 2 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 7:14ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Proverbs 13:17ESV / 2 helpful votes

A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

Psalm 22:1-31ESV / 2 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. …

Numbers 8:1-26ESV / 2 helpful votes

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” And Aaron did so: he set up its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the Lord commanded Moses. And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, …


22 Oct 2015

Free to be ME

12166887_10207993635856946_547456957_nToday I was speaking with a dear sister of mine. I am so grateful for those who often don’t even know, they are angels in disguise. When talking to her, I was so touched by Heaven. Every time, God uses her to counsel me, and I’m set free, even more. I had no desire to write today. I mean less than none. i have always liked to write, when I am calm and completely at peace. But, God wants me to do this broken. So, here we go…

In order to make the point, He wants made, I need to give a bit of background. In some ways, this last week was one of the most challenging, of my life. Not for any reason, that is obvious to most. But, because God called me into HIM. Usually, when He does this, I have plenty of time to prepare. I am usually allowed to let those who are connected to me, know. But, THIS time, that did not happen. I was caught, pretty much off guard, when God did not just ask for time with me. Yes, He is a gentleman, but this was more like, and order from a Holy General.

It was more like, if I did not take the time with HIM, there would be dire consequences. So, I did. I obeyed Him, knowing I would likely be misunderstood, and it was a risk. But, I have learned, often the hard way, what happens when I disobey. Very few times, has God been so stern with me. In fact, the last time, I was in a hospital. But, that is another story. This time, it was like I was lost in time. I know it may be tough to grasp that.

You see, God is NOT a vending machine God. He is a loving Father, brother, and for me, like a mother. God is my family. He is the ONLY family I really ever let in. I grew up, looking like I was a spoiled brat. But, the TRUTH is, I just wanted acceptance. No one ever wanted to hear, what I had to share. People would pretend that they did. But, they really didn’t. I was a lot like Joseph.

My “family”, did not understand me. They put up with me, until my mom died. Then, my dad passed, 15 years later. My dad passed only 4 weeks, almost to the day, after my only child birthed. I haven’t talked much about how I felt. You see, as I kid, I was basically told not to feel. So, when my feelings got too intense, I went to a very bad outlet. It was like a drug. In fact, for 10 years, I would say I was a lot like an addict. I was addicted to causing myself harm. I did not realize that it was an addiction, until today. Truly, it was like this light bulb came on. All of the sudden I knew, I was addicted to that.

I grew up in a religulous environment. Yes, I mispelled that on purpose. It was not just religious. It was so much more than that. I was born into a family, of broken individuals. No one knew how to be free. Yes, we went to church, as a family. But, the same church telling us God loves us, would speak death over us too. It is like I was birthed into a curse. I tried to stay positive, and rely on God. But, it was like, He was this foreign being to me. I just could not plug in.

I made A LOT, I mean A LOT of very bad decisions and choices. I own it too. It really is a miracle, for me to still be breathing. It is a miracle, that God loves me, still. I dealt with and exhibited, abuse, and manipulation, and control. Because, I thought then, that was normal. To this world, it is normal. But, I don’t want to be of this world. I never did. Yes, I go through times, where I just want to be HOME. But, doesn’t everybody? Don’t WE ALL want to experience REAL LOVE? Isn’t it a desire that God gave all of us, to be what He wants?

I believe God wants us to be ALL that WE can be through HIM. But, our brokenness, can be a curse, when it is all we have known. You see, I was birthed into a family affected by many things. That is absolutely true. But, thank God, that by His divine Grace, the buck stops here. You know why? Because HE says so. He says so, and THAT is enough.

I was watching a film, that I have watched many times. In the film the woman is a writer, and a mom. She has young children. I have been there, and done that, and I am certain now, that I will do it again. But this time, it is going to be VERY different. This time, I realize that ALL God really wants from me is one thing. He wants the same thing from all of us. Any guesses???? He wants me to LOVE Him, and to allow HIM to LOVE me, in the amount that HE chooses.

The last part has been REALLY tough to swallow. In fact, it has been so tough to swallow, that it has almost killed me, literally. I know in my mind that God is sovereign. He is not just in control, He is OVER everything. This means, He does not and will not let anything take HIM away from us. NOT EVER! Now, THAT my friends and family, is GOOD NEWS. When tough things have happened to me, I have asked God one question? That question is, “Why can’t I just get over it?”

I finally have the answer? Because, I actually cannot do that. I never will be able to get over it. I admit, I am a bad mom. I am not a great wife. I’m not saying that to speak negative. It’s just, that these things are true, when I do them. The ONLY time, I am successful, is when God does it. He blesses. He LOVES without requiring me to change instantly. His GRACE really IS sufficient. THAT is a miracle. HIS LOVE is the miracle WE need.

We can get so trapped, by even the way the church views things, or our friends. But, HIS LOVE will reach us, if we accept it.. It is through HIS LOVE that you and me can BE FREE. There are many circumstances, that have just devastated me. It was not because, God was last place. It was because, I thought it was a different plan. It is so hard to understand, how you can do EVERYTHING He requires, and still it happens differently. Often, it happens in a way that CUTS us to the core.

But God. My favorite words, the last few years especially, have been 3 words. Not, I love you, or thank you God. My 3 words have been a plea. Jesus Just Breathe. I did not realize, until today how significant those words are. Do you know those three words, tell such a story. I would not be surprised, if the Heavenly Father said those words to Jesus. In a particular situation, and that is the crucifixion.

I have watched a crucifixion. Not in the same way that some have. Still, VERY real and VERY impactful. at one time, it was like I had PTSD. But the truth is, I had HTSD. That last one, stands for Heavenly Truth Stress Dismantling. I am so grateful for it, know that. Though, I would be lying, if I said it was easy to endure. Because, it has NOT been. There has been MUCH persecution. But, His LOVE has overcome. If I am an overcomer, it is for one reason alone. HE NEVER FAILS.

So, as my friend, and dear sister, spoke to me today. It is a NEW DAY, and a NEW TIME, and sometimes it will feel really uncomfortable. But, God says, “YOU are FREE to BE.” So, I tell you today, the 18th, which Biblically represents Bondage, that He is waiting to break you out. It is TIME. Choose His FREEDOM. He wants you to fly on HIS wings, in PURE JOY.

I LOVE YOU all. I don’t know who, if anyone is reading these words. But, I pray that even if no one does, they touch Heaven today. You are SO LOVED, and so AM I. Lord Jesus, I repent for anytime I have hurt someone you love. Not just that I LOVE. i repent for having expectations that have not been pleasing to you. I ask for you to COME and bring Heaven to this place. Because, I am READY NOW, to fully let you LOVE me.

Bible Verses About Freedom – COG (Children of GOD) that the world sees as Christstained are FREE

Christians have freedom over sin and darkness when we follow Christ, so learn and memorize verses about freedom in Christ Jesus.

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  • 2 Corinthians 3:17

    17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
  • John 8:36

    36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:12

    12 “Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything.
  • Galatians 5:13-14

    13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Galatians 3:22

    22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
  • Galatians 5:1

    1 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.
  • Ephesians 3:12

    12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
  • Psalm 119:45

    45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
  • Psalm 118:5

    5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.
  • Acts 13:38-39

    38 “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
  • Romans 6:22

    22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
  • 1 Peter 2:16

    16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
  • Colossians 1:21-23

    21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation– 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
  • Romans 8:20-21

    20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
  • Romans 8:1-4

    1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
  • Galatians 2:4

    4 [This matter arose] because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.
  • Isaiah 61:1

    1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
  • Luke 4:18

    18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to to release the oppressed,


His word, is OUR story. It’s time we remember how it ends. It ENDS with HIS LOVE conquering. No matter what it looks like. HIS LOVE is victorious, EVERY SINGLE TIME.

In His Grace and Glory,

E and Fam

18 Oct 2015

A Phantom Jesus?

Before anyone freaks out about the title, let me explain it. 🙂 A few days ago, I was sitting with my husband. He wanted to hear some music, from musicals. At first we started, by listening with our “kids.” But, then we retreated to go to sleep. He requested a song from a famous Broadway show. I bet by the title, you can guess which one. It was “Phantom of the Opera.” I listened to the lyrics, for maybe the first time ever. I mean, I had sung them before. Even with passion, I had vocalized the words. But, until that day, my  39th Birthday, I had never realized how much DARKNESS was there.

Many are believing in a phantom Jesus. One that just lets us do and be, whatever we like. The problem is the REAL Jesus is often, getting shafted. Do we realize how many reject HIS LOVE daily? I would say billions, in one way or another. The REAL Jesus is about LOVE. But, disobedience comes with consequences. Sometimes those consequences are obvious. Other times, they are a bit more subtle. The Phantom Jesus allows us to take Grace for granted, and never says a corrective word to anyone.

Just look around you. I am certain you will see many serving this Phantom. It is sad really. SO many affected by religion, and justifying bad choices, that do not honor God. But, yet it is NO surprise to the REAL Jesus. In the show that I mentioned earlier, the main character is filled with evil. In fact, He has been overtaken by it, and yearns to torment and bring it to others. Is this NOT like our enemy? I never considered the parallel before, until recently. The times that God put something together, and satan, would come in and try to destroy it.

The enemy may come to steal, kill, and destroy, but should he get to? Where is our authority? Do we not remember who we ARE in Jesus? Because, the phantom is simply something that looks like God, but is anti. It is appearing to be good, but clothed in evil that may look pretty. Isn’t it time, over 2,000 years later, for the REAL Jesus, to be respected? The one who is moral, kind, loving, compassionate, correcting, healing, and so much more; deserves HONOR. He dies on a cross, the most gruesome death. He took on HELL and had victory then, and NOW.

It is because of HIS valor that WE exists at all. EVERY single gift we have, we ow to HIM. Yet, the church has fallen away from it’s first LOVE. It has, as a whole lost it’s anchor. No wonder the earth is crying out. No wonder there are floods, and stormy weather. Heaven is calling us, into our HOME to be made whole. But, will we respond with JOY? Or will we respond with ANGER? It’s a choice. It has always been a choice.

Know that when you choose JESUS, you choose LIFE. There is a season to learn and Grow. In fact, there is Grace in that place for a while. But, Jesus loves us too much to let us stay in darkness. He is a rescuer. There is Grace to grow, yes, and Grace to learn, but not Grace to stay stuck in the muck and mire. His refining FIRE is present. But, will we receive, from a good place, or a bad?

In my life, I have had a lot of Phantoms. It seemed that I was always searching for the REAL Jesus to show up. I took a lot of bait, and fell into a lot of pits. But, even when I could not SEE, He was watching over me.

07 Oct 2015

Jesus’s Intern

The world is so different to me. I don;t live much in it. I live from Heaven, and I highly recommend that. However, you must know, that when you do, you will indeed be tested. The fires of hell will hunt you, but Jesus will extinguish them. He is a conqueror. Even when we fall, and skin our knees, He is a victor. HE keeps on going and HE alone can win the race. So, who are we? What is our purpose exactly?

The disciples, were a lot like interns. Here is the definition of intern.

  1. 1.
    a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.
    1. a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.
      synonyms: apostle, follower

      “the disciples of Jesus”

      Do you see the difference? JESUS

      He is the KEY, and only HE makes the difference in our hearts.

      I watched a movie yesterday, with one of our kids. We were out, celebrating my birthday. I really wanted to watch this movie, but something drew me away. It was crazy to get there. We were late, and I was seriously exhausted. Yet, I was the only driver, and for various reasons, could not go home. I had no choice, but to just keep going. To keep riding the wave of Heaven, on earth. Despite, how it felt to my flesh. So, I kept going, ONLY by the Grace of God.

      Why? Because, my first job is a disciple of my KING. I am a holy intern. I work through Jesus, and with HIM. Often, it is not one or the other, but both. I constantly have to surrender my expectations, of everything. Because, if not, then I can become a hindrance to God, and not a blessing. That is not to say, I stopped being loved or cherished. Because, He will always LOVE me. ALL good parents LOVE their kids. But, in that LOVE often comes discipline.

      Interning For Jesus

      John 3:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

      Zechariah 7:1-14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

      In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of the Lord, saying to the priests of the house of the Lord of hosts and the prophets, “Should I weep and abstain in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me: “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? …

      Revelation 7:1-17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

      After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, …

      Revelation 3:1-22 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. …

      Revelation 2:1-29 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. …

      Revelation 1:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

      1 John 4:1-21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. …

      1 John 3:7-8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

      1 John 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

      1 John 1:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

      1 John 1:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

      Hebrews 4:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

      2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

      1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …

      Philippians 2:14-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

      Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

      Ephesians 5:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

      2 Corinthians 6:17-18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

      1 Corinthians 7:25-38 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, …

      1 Corinthians 7:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.

      1 Corinthians 7:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”

      Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …

      Acts 2:41 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

      Acts 2:38 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

      Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. …

      Acts 1:1-2:47 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” …

      John 17:1-26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. …

      John 11:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

      John 1:46 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

      John 1:1-51 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. …

      Luke 22:42 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

      Luke 15:1-32 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. …

      Mark 16:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

      Matthew 18:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

      Hosea 1:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.”

      Daniel 12:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

      Isaiah 52:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.

      Isaiah 3:1-26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. …

      Psalm 119:1-176 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! …

      Genesis 3:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

      Genesis 3:1-24 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” …

      I was thinking of when Jesus was in the boat. The storm was ALL around HIM. He slept. I had a similar experience just today. Now, getting to sleep, was a feat, but finally I slept. I did not just REST I was able to sleep in peace. I knew and KNOW that my God, and boss has everything covered. Does that mean I never react in a negative way? I would love to say no. But, to be honest, sometimes I do. What I also do, is go to HIM about it.

      He then remind me, “My Grace is sufficient for you. My power is perfected in your weakness.” So, by now you have probably guessed, that the movie we saw, was “Intern.” This film was really tough for me to watch, in parts. God has a habit of sending me, and us to films that contain our life. I suppose to prepare us, for the day when the story, that is ours, is ON that screen. The movie, primarily was about an older intern, who has to adjust.

      He gets paired with a boss, with a VERY type A personality. Many of us have experienced this before. In my case, my husband was that way, before we married. Even now, that tried to rear it’s ugly head. But, I have seen God change his heart. My husband, since our youngest daughter passed, has not been the same. Neither have I, but his has been very different. When something like that happens, eventually we have to come out. We have to take Jesus’s hand together, and move forward.

      Back to the movie. It was tough for me, because the man who was her intern, was like a dad. My dad went home o Heaven, 4 weeks after our daughter. I miss him. As I watched the film, I realized how much. But, yet, it gave me hope. As I watched LOVE tear down walls. It encouraged me, yet drained me. Have you ever experienced that? Life is not perfect. AS “interns and disciples” of Jesus, perfection is not guaranteed, right away. But, it is a promise, eventually. How much are we willing to learn? How much are we willing to grow? How much are we willing to consider?

      These are questions, that Jesus is asking us. Just being a COG, qualifies us for the JOB. But, to do it well, requires surrender, receiving HIS LOVE, Grace, Mercy, Peace, Hope, and all the good things. THE GOD STUFF, the gifts and blessings. They come and came at a HIGH price indeed. So, are you ready, to say NO to everything but Jesus?

      In His Grace and Glory,

      E and Fam

03 Oct 2015

Jesus’s Rainbow

Jesus’s Rainbow

A while back, I was on an adventure, and God spoke to me. What I hear was simple. “Come play in my treehouse. Now, at first I took that as something specific, that I and our family had been working with. But, later, I realized that it was more than that. What Jesus was saying, was, “Climb up my rainbow of promise.” Perhaps, at the time, I was more reactive to things. In fact, up until VERY recently, it was much more natural for me, to react from pain, than respond fully from LOVE. Is this a struggle for you too? Parenting, is a piece of cake, in relation to say, marriage. Though, not, on purpose trying to compare the two. It’s just marriage is about union with another, and in essence with what that person carries.

I choose UNION with Jesus. I get picked on, and persecuted because of it. This does NOT mean I am perfect. The scripture that came to me, was “be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.” This means, through surrender GOD perfects our ways. In our weakness, HIS Grace is indeed sufficient. There is Grace to grow, learn, play, cry, to exist here. Jesus’s rainbow is all about the promises of HEAVEN. Be not conformed of THIS world, but be transformed, by the renewing of your mind. What transforms us? The LOVE of GOD. How does it do so? Through knowing His words are true, and letting that truth penetrate the pain in your life.

This world can be full of “headaches.” You know who is the healer and lifter of our head? Jesus. The hardest part about growth is that, if there is anything hidden, it comes out. The degree that it does so, is between each individual, and God. I used to believe that Grace was given when we messed up. That is a lie. Grace is given, by a measure, to obedient children of God. Not to say the disobedient ones, never receive it. But, those ones, eventually have it cut off from them. Grace is a gift and a weapon. For us to climb up Jesus’s rainbow, we have to OPEN more of our hearts and minds before HIM.

This world, often shoots or tries to kill it’s wounded. But, Jesus picks up and hugs them. He reaches down and gives them kisses, and LOVE. If we have experienced memories of others that beat, hurt, or try to destroy wounded, those must be given to God. As we do this, HE will redeem them, and bring us new memories, and remove the old hurts. We cannot beat ourselves up, when we appear to fail. Just as we cannot beat God up, He created us. WE are treasures b4 HIM, gifts, and precious jewells. It hurts our awesome amazing GOD, when we try and agree with tormenting ourselves, for a mistake or bad choice. This is why repentance is a gift.

01 Oct 2015

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