On Good Friday, Catholics and other sects who have decided to follow the Roman calendar of the high feasts will celebrate the day that Jesus died. It’s sad that this day isn’t tied to Passover which is so clearly a part of the story. But that’s another topic…
I’d like to draw your attention back to the people who asked the Romans to kill Jesus. They go by the fancy names of Pharisee, Saducee, and High Priest. These are fancy bible words. Which means that I usually read over them like the names in a Dostoevsky novel. Bt lets take a deeper look. The Pharisees were the religious leaders and the town council and the religious court system in Jerusalem. What is the equivalent today? For the Catholics that would be the Pope and the Bishops. The very people we loo up to for spiritual guidance. For Protestants it is your bishop and your pastor and your favorite television evangelist.
Let me say this again. The people who killed Jesus were the popular pastors, the high ranking bishops and the most powerful Jew on Jerusalem. So if he were to come today it would be the pope, some big names on TBN and the neighborhood pastor. Does that sink in differently now?
Looking a bit deeper, who was Paul? He was a zealous Pharisee who was paid by this same high council to exterminate, persecute, jail, and kill the followers of Jesus. So that adds your favorite evangelists to the mix of people who were violently against Jesus.
There was also the crowd. The group of you and I who listen more to the religious people than to Jesus and the Father and decide to follow along. We too have shouted for his death.
What was it again that Jesus did so wrong? He went about preaching and teaching to huge crowds. He healed them all of infirmities and demons. He hugged little children and forgave sinners. He never sinned.
I caught myself saying Pharisee slowly and heard fair-I-see. Watching Les Miserables I realized something. The law is always fair, or seem that way, as I see it when I am enforcing it. Yet the fair-I-sees were the ones who killed Jesus. They could not see it his way, they were blinded by fairness or law and not able to see grace.
Likewise I then said Saducee slowly and heard sad-u-see. So these people too were sad that Jesus could see prophetically what the Father was doing, so they were jealous of his insight. How may times has tradition killed new insight?
As we go into this spring season, please celebrate Passover with your family and think about how the religious leaders treated Jesus. Use this as a time to reflect on how much you have religion vs a personal relationship with Jesus Himself, and what He did for you and me.
It took a few times to get started on this BLOG entry. Anyone know why. 😉 Before anyone gets too excited this is NOT about money. This is about God’s definition of RICH. His word says in order to be prosperous we must seek first the Kingdom of Heaven. Yet, look at this world and what it seeks.
Do you want the harvest that lasts?
There is no judgement here intended, because we have been captive to the world and bound by it before. It took the constant LOVE, GRACE and MERCY of God to set us FREE! Whom the SON sets free is free indeed!!!
So many have said to me, and likely to my spouse, “I wish I had that kind of faith.” Great news, you don’t have to wish! We don’t have the kind of faith they see, it is GOD’s. Our faith started small, as a mustard seed, like many of you. God called us to join it with HIM and HIS FAITH.
When we did this, He began to produce orchards of trees with Godly fruit! We have seen visions and many glimpses of what God is doing behind the scenes. Now for those of you who do not understand this, that is OK In the beginning, the only way we knew it was real is GOD would bring them to pass.
Our goal is not to make anyone like us, and our prayer is that God transforms each person in the Body of Christ for HIS purpose and GLORY. Every day we commit to meet people where they are and not judge. To LOVE as JESUS did. Some say that is too nice, but there is a time and season for everything. There are times for every level of HIS LOVE.
In the beginning when the evil arrives, we fight it with LOVE. There may be a time that as God steps in and disciplines in process, it does not look loving. But if you want to be RICH, seek GOD. Ask HIM to rid you of what must GO!
He took 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish and fed 5,000 people. There is nothing impossible for God. Many have sold their lives and souls to the world. Look around, and you can see it. Many are lying and saying they love GOD. They are rich in money, but not in LOVE. It may look pretty from the outside, but darkness is in charge behind the scenes.
There is absolutely NO PEACE!
So, we ask today Do you want to be RICH??? It is RICH to be FREE, it is RICH to be JOYFUL, it is RICH to be LOVING. The money is a minor part of it. It cannot be forefront. We have been RICH in money before. We lost everything in some people’s eyes. We often had not a dollar to our name. But, we had GOD and still do, and more importantly HE has US!!!!
We were led to walk away from everything we knew. We left everything behind and followed HIS path. It was a HUGE LEAP of FAITH in HIM. The biggest we had ever taken, and consider we have had major supernatural healing happen. This was even more of a challenge, believe it or not, and yet it was such a no brainer. Because we knew that if we stayed, we would be disobeying God.
We have learned the HARD way not to do that! Obedience is better than sacrifice, however at times it IS a sacrifice. Thankful that as we hide in HIM more, it sure doesn’t feel that way. 🙂 So when were we more rich? Was it when we had lots of money in the bank? Or is it now?
Because I believe it is NOW, with what at times seems little to spare, we have PEACE. For almost 8 years we have been bombarding Heaven with our prayers for this. This peace which we have cannot be stolen, and GOD will restore, replenish and resurrect ALL that was. That, we can be certain of.
We forgive our enemies and trust GOD to deal with them. When God calls us to handle something we do, and He doe sit so it succeeds. Perhaps the question “Do you wanna be RICH?” is similar to Do you want to be well? Jesus asked that.
In the Psalms God reminds us that when we look for our enemies, they will have scattered!
So, do we as a BODY desire to do it HIS way on HIS terms? Meaning giving up comforts, and following HIM so He can make us fishers of men? Only He knows for sure. But know this, when your heart is pure and naked before HIM, He honors that.
Yesterday I looked at a tube of toothpaste that we brought with us from WA when we moved. We have had that same tube of tooth paste for months. God has caused it to be brand new every day and sustained us. I know it is a simple thing to us, but not to HIM.
Every little thing is beautiful, an a gift of LOVE that we must treasure. So today, ask yourself do I want to be rich in the world or in God. It is convicting, and yet when we choose HIM FREEDOM eventually comes.
Our prayer if for those willing to be RICH in GOD, that LORD you purify us for your GLORY! Any evil forces that are causing problems we surrender to you and we thank you Father for having your way and Holy Spirit for doing so in LOVE.
Today, on the 16th of this month, the biblical number of LOVE it is impressed upon me how important change is. Yet, how often do we fight it tooth and nail, and kicking and screaming? Change can be a GREAT thing, but it can also feel unbearable and crushing at times. One thing we know for absolute certain NOTHING happens without it.
It is inevitable that LIFE and our world is constantly changing. with TV, we change channels when we don’t like something. When we have families, change happens when more children are added to the mix. In school, change happens from year to year as we graduate from grade to grade.
So why is it, that we as people are quick to point out changes in others, and not so much in ourselves? Well, we have a theory on that. Could it be because pointing out what needs to happen in others is easier? I mean this world is all about doing things the easy way right?
There is even a store with an EASY button. Here is the conundrum though, God says it is NOT supposed to be easy. We are NOT supposed to get comfortable in a place and stay there. We are, on the contrary, called to push through the comfort and seek HIM even more.
Not that we should never enjoy God and what He does in our lives. We absolutely should!!!! But, only enjoying it, and not sharing it, is not what we are asked to do. Our family has had a lot of stuff, and less stuff. The less we have, the more grateful we become!
Yesterday, we made a purchase, one we were not 100% sure of. It was not hugely expensive, and that is why we made it. We got home, and it did not work for the purpose it was designed for. So, the natural thing to do is to take it back.
Praying about whether to do so, or pass it on? Or, should we hold on to it for later. HIS timing is perfect, ours is NOT. He never makes mistakes, or poor choices, but WE do. Thank GOD for GRACE! His grace truly is sufficient and we are grateful that it is perfected in our weakness, NOT our strength.
Case in point, my wonderful husband faithfully was up all night with GOD again, till 7am. We have a tradition of Saturday morning brunch. He usually cooks it. So, I was led to wake him lovingly. and ask if he was willing to do so. He dealt with it in humor, and I am grateful. He now trusts that God will give him strength to carry out the task!!!
Now, for those of you who do not know our testimony, THIS is amazing!!! It is truly God’s love in action! Now, had He said no, that would have been ok. Because God gives us grace to learn. His heart is for God’s ways and HIS purposes. For that reason, it is a blessing to be married to him. 🙂
If we are NOT prepared to change, it is going to come anyway, and ultimately the more we fight it, the more forced it will be. So why not just submit? Bad changes happen, but we have the choice and privilege of standing on God’s word and promises. What a beautiful gift and treasure!!!
God says where our heart is, our treasure will be also. So, is your treasure in change? Cause I am learning to LOVE change!!!! God makes changes for HIS purpose and our good. He works according to a measure of FAITH.
Are you willing and ready for GOD to change you? Because THAT is the way circumstances begin to change as well. This is something we have lived and walk out daily. Years ago, I prayed for God to please change my spouse. Someone in wisdom said, he will change you first. He did, and it was hard. In some ways, like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. He is faithful though, and getting out of the comfort zone was and IS so worth it!!!
People say often to us, I wish I had that kind of faith. Our response, we have faith in GOD, not US or anyone else. He does NOT FAIL! He does not LIE! He can use anything and anyone for HIS purposes! HIS LOVE is eternal! You can too! Anyone can have faith in HIM, all it takes is a beginning. We began with faith the size of a mustard seed!
So today, as a family, we encourage you to seek GOD for what changes need to happen. You will be amazed what He reveals. Change is good, effective and fruitful! Be transformed today!!!! Love to you ALL!
It is coming one way or another, it HAS to! So choose to embrace it and GOD who brings it!
Today, when I was woken up I felt strongly led to write on this topic. The topic of judgement. It is not a really fun topic like LOVE, JOY, PEACE etc…but it is a needed one. The word of God says we are to be fruit inspectors. It says we will know people by their fruit. Now, there have been some times in my life where I had majorly rotten fruit, literally. Let’s talk about that. It smelled, it had gnats, it got moldy. Can anyone relate?
This picture is a reminder that when we choose LOVE, the FEAR dies, and so does the rotten fruit!!!
Yesterday, I was making a smoothie, and partially because we live in hot climate, bugs are more obvious. As I was getting the fruit, I began to think about the power that had been given to those bugs. Meaning, that they have irritated the dickens out of me before. I used to get so annoyed, and I used to try hard to make them leave.
But, here is the point, those bugs have a purpose. Why did that purpose bother me? I felt led to stop the purpose. Now, this is likely because THAT is how I was originally trained. I grew up in a household where a LOT of FEAR was present. Not to say FAITH was never there, but when the major challenges arose. It was not often the candidate in office.
This is likely because that is how my parents were trained, and their parents before them, and so forth and so on. I remember when I was young someone saying to me, ” you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” This because the vinegar kills the bugs. I never understood this then. But, thankfully now have an understanding about HIS Grace.
God’s grace is sufficient, enough so for us to pay attention to the FRUIT of our lives, and that of others. To judge from a place of HIS LOVE, not from a place of a judgmental spirit. Because doing the latter will only produce rotten fruit.
We, as a family have many friends and family members with rotten fruit. But, we also have many that have beautiful, sweet fruit! You become who you surround yourself with, and also WHAT you surround yourself with. That is just a fact. One of the things we have had to repent for is accepting the rotten fruit in our lives.
People have this defeatist attitude at times. We have all been there, where we are like, “well, there’s nothing I can do about such and such.” Saying out loud, “it is the way it is.” Well, it does NOT have to be the way it seems! Am here to say YOU have, by God’s authority, been given the ability to say, ” NO! I will not accept the ROTTEN fruit!”
Now, let’s elaborate a bit. That does not mean we don’t accept hurting people, or people who have tough circumstances. I had someone say to me once that because we were so focused on where something came from, we were missing ministering to the people the compassion of it all. I believe that can be true, we CAN miss that. But, saying NO to rotten fruit is more about rejecting the stuff, not the people. Meaning, rejecting the BAD like sickness, pain, etc, and honoring the good.
So, who are we to judge? I cannot count on both hands the amount of times I have heard someone say this, ” don’t be judgmental.” It is like a broken record, even from my mother, God rest her soul. I 100% agree we should not be that. However, I do think there is a fine line between observation and judgement.
Whatever people think of us, GOD loves us. Because of this, we are honored to receive that LOVE and work for HIM. It means we have more FREE time, and we can enjoy way more time together as a family in HIM. there is way more PEACE, JOY, HOPE, REST, and LOVE in our lives now. Because we starting seeing the fruit of GOD’s LOVE. Not only seeing it, but working with GOD to help others see it too. 🙂
As God’s children, we are HIS mouth pieces. He does not have to use us to share HIS LOVE, but He chooses to. We were created for many purposes. But, the number one purpose was to LOVE!!!
Today, on Valentine’s Day, who are we to judge? Well, we are God’s babies, that is who!
He said in Genesis that we were given dominion over the earth!!! That is the ability to speak to it, as He did. For it is HE in US that does so!
So are you all tired of getting judged and criticized. Waking up irritated and empty? I am 36 years old, and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who I was, and not nearly as much learning who GOD was, or wanted me to be. Thankfully, He reached out to me and showed me HIS LOVE and that it was safe there, and always will be.
God bless you ALL, we are praying for you daily. If anyone has a request feel free to FB me, or comment.
Happy Day of LOVE! When we inspect the fruit and surrender the rotten stuff to GOD, He makes it luscious and beautiful!!!! Let HIM transform your fruit!
OK, so today it is impressed upon me that we talk about revenge. Because it is really popular nowadays in the world. How many times have we heard a child say, or said it ourselves, “they asked for it!” Even so, we should not retaliate. Because that makes things so much worse. In the beginning, when it first came out, I liked a show called Revenge. But as the show went on, I grew weary of it.
My husband says that watching shows relating to the enemy is “game film.” We have watched a lot of it, covered in prayer, and in some cases with people who unbeknownst to us, were really not just dancing with the devil, but serving and worshiping him. Sad huh? However, God protected us, and we are grateful every single moment to live and breath and be used to minister HIS LOVE.
So, the point is this, at first we felt betrayed, angry, hurt, and took it ALL personal. Then, we felt really convicted fast, to let it all go. In fact, we were convinced that our lives and lives of others depended on it.
Revenge comes from hate not LOVE. Don’t know abt ya’ll, but we would much rather receive LOVE. Sometimes LOVE is tough, and we have to walk away, after we have given all we have to give. For us, the best way we can LOVE people is to pray for them. Pray that GOD covers each person, with HIS LOVE.
The only way things will ever change is when WE want them to change. SO, we have to get fed up with the world and it’s ways and want more. Do you all want more? I’m not talking about more STUFF! Because that is a plenty all over the place in our lives. Are you tired of barren land? Do you want good things instead of the bad?
Do you want MORE peace? Was thinking this morning that world peace lies within US! Seriously, the peace is ours, for the taking, we just have to dine on it! In Psalm 23 it speaks about a banquet in the presence of our enemies. Let me just say this, we have had many many many dinners with enemies of GOD. Am certain we will have many more too. 🙂
The goal is to love people where they are, not judge them but be aware of the fruit. Meaning what is their life producing? Our prayer daily is that all the sweet fruit that God produces in us, and through us to others multiplies in HIS world and body. Like a spiritual earthquake!!!!
We are not here to condemn, we are here to encourage and build up. But, there is a time for reproach. There is a time for everything. We must be gentle in the way we do this. My husband said yesterday, that there was a gentleness in me that He had not seen before.
I prayed about it, and I believe that this is why the gentleness appeared. After 36 years of beating myself up, and telling myself I am awful, something broke. I finally realized that just IS NOT true, and that I had to forgive myself 100% to be whom GOD desired. So, I delved into HIS word, and really got FED. I just read and let it wash me clean. I didn’t even have to say I forgive myself out LOUD, I just had to receive HIS forgiveness and LOVE.
Am I perfect, absolutely not. Will I ever be? NOPE
But, I serve, and we all do who choose HIM, a perfect GOD!!!! Hallelujah!
He says VENGEANCE is HIS, so let us step back and let HIM do HIS JOB!!!!
Even if they asked for it, let it go, and give it to GOD, who is the ONLY one who CAN handle it ALL!
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, but then, as I became a man, then I put away childish ways and thinking. Now, this verse can apply to a man or a woman. But, how many do it? I like TV for example, but would not die without it. As a kid I just had to watch certain shows, or it seemed like my world would end. Do we do that as adults?
What is REAL? Are the things discussed in movies real? As a kid I remember thinking, “wow that’s fake.” This was when watching a show, seeing interactions with people, and many other scenarios. There were other times, I thought, “wow, that looks so real!.” There was a reason for that. It is real, and the portrayal of the fantasy does not make it any less real.
Abuse is REAL, Hatred is REAL, and so is LOVE. This is a time where we must stand for TRUTH. The only TRUTH I have ever known to be spot on 100% of the time, is the word of GOD. Does this mean that reading the word will create no problems. No, it does not. It states clearly that we will have persecution.
However, reading it, and letting God use it to heal you will eventually STOP those problems in their tracks. Many people judge us and say we are too religious. But, the fact is, we are NOT religious at all, just in LOVE with GOD.
If you were dating someone and you could see a future with them, you would talk about them a lot. I know, cause before I really fell head over heels for HIM, I did this with others. So did my spouse, but now all we want to talk about is GOD.
In the times we live in, what used to be helpful to us, is NOT in the same way. God has not changed, but we as HIS people have. Some for the good, and some, well have clothed themselves in FEAR.
I would like to propose an experiment, for 24 hours, watch your words. Not to say don’t speak, just pay attention to what is said. I am participating too, because words are powerful. The power of LIFE and DEATH is in the tongue.
Even just this morning I had to apologize to God for not choosing my words wisely. This has been a strange week, and God knows. His Grace is sufficient, and weakness has been evident from me. But, having said that, we don’t serve a God who says we are awful. We serve one who loves to hear us say we are sorry, and picks us up and loves on us again and again, as long as we are sincere.
Would love to hear your thoughts on what is REAL…
To us, the only thing that matters is GOD is REAL, and HIS LOVE is HEALING.
Trusting that He will turn it ALL around for HIS good, and the GLORY. ~
Today we are talking about FAITH. When you see the phrase WTF, what does it mean? In the world it means something to do with sex and perversion, a word that we have asked God to remove from our minds. But, you all know it still. But, what if it meant something else? For example, what about Where’s the FAITH?
Right now there is a veil between God’s world and ours, but the word of God says that He will remove it. This means, those things we have been frightened of, we will come face to face with. It is why we have been given WEAPONS of warfare that are spiritual.
This is not an easy post to write, I keep getting distracted, wow. The point is simple, we have in FAITH in GOD and that HE can and will complete HIS plan, or we don’t. He says we begin with a mustard seed. Then, we go to HIM and ask HIM to row our FAITH. It is VERY personal.
Be prepared when you ask for FAITH to GROW, HIS FAITH in us, and our FAITH in HIM, it will seem like all HELL is breaking loose. The enemy wants us permanently distracted, so he sends problems. Think about it, when we are focused on GOD, the first thing that happens is that anything but shows up. However, He is still present and has already WON the battles and the WAR!
We have come face to face with evil, many times. it is God’s grace that we lived to tell about it. The world has trained us to have faith in it, the devil in some cases has trained us to have faith in him. GOD needs us to have FAITH only in HIM.
His word says that people perish for lack of knowledge and vision. This means, when we are not willing to see what GOD is wanting to show us, we can die in process. There is a safe way to die, and that is to SELF spiritually, and emotionally. But, the world has greatly distorted it. Death is a new beginning, but only for those who have welcomed God through the LORD Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The physical death often happens first when we are unwilling to experience the other kinds, to the degree that God desires.
All of the wisdom that God desires to share means nothing without it. So, daily our prayer is that whatever God does for us, He will do for others. That HIS LOVE multiply throughout the body. As he leads, we are here for any who have questions. But, only as He leads. We will never say, we won’t pray for someone, unless prompted not to.
This is a beautiful time, a TIME of transformation for many. Many are saying they have FAITH and it will no doubt be TESTED. So as Jesus said to many in scripture, Where is the faith? Choose today, to have faith only in HIM and HIS promises.
It will work, so step out in HIS FAITH!
God wants us to be partners with HIM, and only HIM. When we agree to this, everything else truly falls into place, and oh the peace that ensues!!! Not even the devil himself can steal it!
Definition of faith ~
Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
This morning, the first time God opened my eyes, at 3 am it felt like a weight on my shoulder, so , was led to speak PEACE over myself, and all the body, and all in the house as well. Was then reminded that today is the 29th, this means departure in biblical numerics. Then it was revealed that overcoming SIN is about just that, departure. Bad things leaving, and good things arriving.
I was typing really fast, and mistyped a word, to a dear sister in Christ. I immediately apologized, and can only TRUST that GOD is bigger than WORDS, or in this case even letters. But, that nagging enemy began to taunt me about it. Thankfully God used my husband in a powerful way. He said, “it’s fine, God has it.” Just that simple phrase, was like new air to me. A reminder from GOD, that because we are surrendered to HIM, and HIS LOVE, no matter what comes against US, that LOVE will and HAS conquered ALL!!!
Don’t misunderstand, it does not mean we take no responsibility for our words. In fact, quite the opposite, we should take some of the responsibility in the learning and healing process. It is important for us to, simply go to God and say we are sorry. It is that simple. Because He has chosen to forgive, long before we arrive.
Digest that for a moment, the LORD is always with us, just waiting for US to come around to HIS side and HIS way. Now, prior to being lead to write this entry, I looked at my husband David, and said something to him. I said, a while ago I was shown that we have responsibility God has given us. Specifically that I was sorry for not doing my part and being supportive of him, and in turn, leaving open doors for attack.” His jaw dropped, and then he said, “thank you, and when did this happen?” I said, “I cannot recall an exact date, just felt like on this day, we were to praise GOD for freeing us from sin.” We do this daily, sin and praise GOD, because at least once it happens. However, the amount of times has been transformed dramatically by God’s love.
My husband was freed more times than we can count from addiction, anger, retaliation, rejection, cancer, and more. I was freed from self harm, barrenness, judgmental spirit, control, and more as well. Whatever it is, whatever the WORD…diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, cancer, jerk, and way more obscene ones, God’s LOVE is the cure.
We have visited many places, some spiritual, and some not, but the fact is this, without GOD’s LOVE at the CORE of our being, we are not, and will never be FREE. ~
GOD is bigger than words, but choose them carefully, and ask HIM to guard your tongue so that for HIS Glory, He can make us into all He desires for us, and in doing so we will walk in DIVINE HEALTH, FREEDOM of CHRIST, and JOY that cannot be stolen from anyone!!!
BTW, that issue that came up where I made a typo, and got railroaded by the enemy, it was abt 15 min ago, and I gave it over to GOD and praised HIM, and He took care of it. 😉
Cause as He said before, and we will be reminded of again…
IT IS FINISHED!!!!!
Our prayer is that ALL who are willing to receive the sacrifice that JESUS CHRIST of NAZARETH paid for us, will and GOD will SHINE in ALL HIS GLORY!!! This comes with more supernatural BLESSINGS and LOVE than we can grasp, however are WE willing to BELIEVE that GOD and HIS LOVE is bigger than the words of THIS world?
Re-mission: to again set on a mission. This word is used by doctors instead of healed once, cancer symptoms appear to be gone. However in my personal cancer battle I found I could either hit pause, or go through cancer and resume. For me I was led back to cancer a second time. Then during the second battle it changed my life mission. I left corporate America, got healthier, dove into ministry and am in a completely different place now and free of cancer. The spirit that was involved with cancer, had to be addressed as well. Thankful to God.
Re-deem: to again deem. When I think of how to use deem in a sentence, I only think of to deem worthy. So I interpret this as to reestablish the worth of the individual being redeemed. Too many of us get saved and feel like an old shoe. Passively walking out some servants life being the least of them. Lets look back at the turn the other cheek story. In this time there was to Charmin so no one touched others with their bathroom hand. Only two face slaps existed and they meant bad servant or good friend. So that story tells us to step up and when people call us a bad servant (including ourselves) we are to convert that relationship into a good friendship. That requires that we are deemed worthy. It is more than self worth and pride. It is being validated by the being that created the world. A God who loves us.
Saint: I noticed, because God revealed, that sin and saint are pretty similar. To get from sin to saint you just add a t. You just add a single cross. The cross is the end of saint the rest is in God.
Today what I am reminded of, from our beloved is the Choice is always ours. In a world where it appears that almost ALL our choices are being stripped, that is a comfort. In a movie I have always admired, the main character states triumphantly this, “They will never take away our FREEDOM.” It is only part of the speech, but is the end of it, and likely the most memorable. Can anyone name the film? It was Braveheart and Mel Gibson was portraying the title role. When God woke me today and put it upon my heart, mind and spirit to write. My first thought was, “Oh that bed is so comfy, and it’s foggy outside this morning, just inviting us to sleep more.” My next thought was GOD is bigger than that. So, I got up and obeyed instruction. There is such peace in that.
Not like if I had chosen to sleep, God would have made me pay. He is, contrary to the belief of many, NOT that kind of GOD. He gives us choice. In that instance, it was the choice to sleep more, or to wake up and be refreshed in HIM, and have the LOVE of GOD restore what was to be seemingly a sacrifice.
All the way back to the Garden of Eden, there was a choice available. God, in HIS infinite wisdom knew what that choice would be. Many it seems make the choice that something can be handled on our own. I include myself in this, because there are times still where I, from habit want to take it from GOD. But, HIS LOVE keeps reminding me that at the CROSS is where we were redeemed, so at the cross is where it must go and stay.
Funny, the world teaches us to set boundaries on some level, yet He and HIS LOVE is absolutely and equivocalness BOUNDLESS. Is it possible people in general focus so much on these things because failure is a FEAR? Because we cannot fail GOD when we are seeking HIM, and choosing HIM daily and asking HIM to dwell within us all the more. Could it be however, that because of the deep hurt almost ALL of us have experienced, we shut out the world, and indirectly, shut off God. Like a water valve that gets “shut off,”God is still running behind the scenes. 😉
Asking these questions today because it needs to be addressed that no matter what comes in this world, the choice is ours. Do we RECEIVE or REJECT the LOVE of GOD? I am now 36, and there have been many times where I really thought I would not live to be this age. I did not watch my words, or ask God to speak them, and a lot of death creeped in. Meaning, a lot of negative word curses were spoken, from my very own mouth. Doing so, was indirectly rejecting GOD and what He had made.
Talk about convicting, this one was a doozy. Thankfully our GOD is the best! He is so kind, loving and compassionate as well as patient. He showed me daily that as I would, and we would as a family unite and partner in HIM, use the tools He has given us, there would be peace, safety and BOUNDLESS blessings in the process. Some tools He has led us to use we have already touched on in previous posts. Along with the armor of GOD, we have been led to anoint ourselves daily with oil, do communion daily, pray as a family daily, and separately with hubby as well, and Sarah E when asked one on one. Years ago, we prayed, in fact David prayed, that GOD make our family a House of Prayer. This prayer is being answered, and wow it is humbling. We are grateful.
God is not usually forceful. Feel led to say that more than once. God is not usually forceful. He is overall a God of peace, but when we disobey HIM, and stand in REBELLION, which the word of God says simply is witch craft, He has to discipline us.At that point, He can become a GOD of war, heavenly war. So, here feel led to share this, A relationship in and with GOD is like a garden. Interesting that it began there. 😉 We must go to HIM and let HIM teach, guide, and essentially water our lives. Also, we are required in the process, to be used by HIM to plant other seeds as well. God picks weeds, and He does what is called pruning. Speaking from very personal experience, that can hurt like HELL. But, the only thing burning away is what needs to go. This is what we must remember. Father know’s best, 100% of the time.
God has led us to long seasons and short seasons in friendships. As people who primarily do ministry, it can be a challenge at times to give to the friendships what is needed to sustain them. So, glad we have a GOD who loves us and them as our mediator. His prayer line is always open and available. Would like to encourage some of you who have gotten to a place where it just feels hopeless, to cry out to GOD. His word says He catches every single tear. He answers the cries, and when we complain, waits for us until those seemingly frustrations often bring us to humbling tears. Oh, how He loves us!!!!
So, this day is the 27th, and yesterday something absolutely BEAUTIFUL, GLORIOUS and HUMBLING happened. Our sweet gal, Sarah Elizabeth, rode her first horse. Well, it was a pony, but it was sensational! I am so beyond words thankful that God looks out for us. He had sent me to an event at a local church, and I sensed today would be the day. It was a milestone indeed. I am still in tears just thinking about it. On this day GOD resurrected her JOY. It seemed to be fading for years off and on, and yesterday in an amazingly safe and loving way, GOD restored it!!!! It was ALL over her FACE! I am so glad God led D, my hubby to take a video. This way, I could experience LIVE the JOY that He was blessed to see first hand! Our Father GOD, brother Jesus, and Holy Spirit, are like this, meaning GOD united rejoices every time we receive even a glimpse of JOY.
When we got here, to this place where we are with GOD, both in geographic locale, and otherwise, I asked HIM for JOY. He answered and is answering in abundance. 🙂 We were really going through it, and to some, in fact would say many, some of the choices we were making seemed to not make sense. However, we had to do, and be led to do, what needed to be done. So, we picked up and moved across country. The second time for my husband and I individually, and the first as a couple, yet second move as a family.
This is to show that in a relationship with GOD, we are second. As well we should be, because He makes the BEST choices always. His word says the last shall be first and first shall be last. We could easily fall into bitterness for the battles that have been endured. But, to be really honest, we are simply glad to have survived them, and live to tell about how GOD delivered us. He is indeed MIGHTY to SAVE 100% of the time!
The choice is yours, “whom will you serve this day?” That is a question God asks us in HIS word. Today is the number 27, which means preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, we choose GOD, now and forever, to be HIS and for HIM to use us when needed and BE our balance and VISION. Hallelujah that no matter what comes, that one thing REMAINS.
His love never FAILS! The choice is ours receive it or reject it?
Love to you all, always holding you in prayer. He loves YOU so much and so do we!!!