Yuck—waiting

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Heart pounding, body aching and an irrefutable overwhelming stench of the impossible robbed her of her breath. What now? Would her legs propel her forward? They shook in weakness; unable to stand fully erect she fumbled for the keys. Where to now?

There was nowhere to go…

I have read Exodus, the Israelites miraculous escape from the Egyptian oppressors, several times but it struck me today with a new insight. The power and difficulty of standing still and waiting.

The Israelites flee through the desert only to reach an impassable place, the Red Sea. The Lord does not hide his intent. He on purpose puts the Israelites in a place they can’t escape from and sends a force against them they can’t defeat. What is He teaching us for today?

And then…

“all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.” Exo. 14: 21b

There is no mention of the time required to dry the soaked seabed for all the animals, carts and people to move through or how long before the Egyptians pursued. We can only imagine the terror and panic God’s people felt.

Some of my waiting periods have been hours short, some days long and still others years of groaning. No matter the amount of time, the terror of the “enemy” right behind us is physically present and the glory of the Lord is above us.

I confess there are times I lack the proper amount of trust and awe of the Lord. The circumstance seems too hard. If this is true of you, let me encourage you. Read on further after God orchestrates the miraculous escape.

And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” Exo. 14:30

They didn’t put their trust in Him fully until after His mighty display of salvation was complete. I believe because He shows us this scripture that we can display the faith now for this moment, that will be given to us after we receive our deliverance. God is outside of the restraints of time. We do not have to wait. Do not wait until you see the deliverance to believe it.

Praise now;

believe now

because of who He says He is.

The Israelites had waited for over 430 years for a miracle and their faith was lacking. Even if you haven’t seen a miracle for what feels like 430 years believe for it, anyway. Join forces with other Christ followers who can remind you of the God you serve.

 

Prayer: Let our eyes concentrate on You. Let our focus be on the ever-present God more than capable of a miracle. Silence the terror of the enemy; the disease, financial ruin, syndrome, or our children’s struggles so we might hear Your still small voice. Remind us to remain still and see the glory of the Lord move. Give us the strength to stand, for however long that takes. We put our trust in You. Increase our trust, Lord. Grant us the awe and trust of the Lord at the level of our future selves, who have already walked out on the other side on dry land. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.

 

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Impossible… I don’t think so.

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 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26  (NIV)

I found this little block of inspiration at Hobby Lobby and have it as a reminder above my keyboard. I work for God and not man and with Him all things are possible.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You have called me to what appears to be impossible. I acknowledge You in all things and believe that You are greater than anything the world has to throw at me. Sustain me during this time and keep my eyes on You. You are my redeemer and savior. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Look, Mom!

To Strengthen a Mother's Heart

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“Look, Mom!  Come on, come on- they hatched, they hatched.”

There is nothing like the enthusiasm of a four year old. My daughter is creative, intelligent and her enthusiasm holds no bonds.  This of course means my house is in a constant state of chaos as it staggers under the pull of her latest creative explosion.

As you can see in her enthusiasm to see the newly dyed eggs hatch, into baby chicks. She helped the hatching. By squeezing them till they exploded she didn’t even wait for the paint to dry. (only for my back to be turned)

Did baby chicks receive liberation from their shells?

No, definitely not.

My daughter lacked the understanding that hard boiled eggs did not in fact house cute fuzzy chicks desiring a good cuddling. They did however house a big mess.

Proverbs 19:2  (NIV) Desire without knowledge is not good—    

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Hope carried.

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My heart is aching, ripped open, and left without words.

The Lord has bound my heart to a sister in Christ, as we walk together neither knew why he was strengthening our relationship. In the wake of a tragedy unfolding—it is obvious now.

There are times we must carry the hope of those we love. Those the Lord has bound us too on this journey of life. Nothing is easy about our walk, the Bible warns we will experience trouble (John 16:33). Yet we are still taking off guard when those we love are faced with what appear to be insurmountable things: death, divorce, and abandonment.

I do not ask Him to take away the pain but ask for spiritual eyes to lift up His will and sovereign plan so that I might agree with Him. I refuse to agree with the enemy’s plan for death.

Rise up caregiver’s heart and stand in the gap, and carry the hope of those that God binds your heart to. Joy will come in the morning.

Prayer: Give us the strength to do what you have called us to do. Help us to say our best yes to You even when we are unsure of the outcome. Teach us how to carry the hope of those who falter. We stand in the gap for our loved ones and plead the blood of the Lamb over their eyes to see Your great work, their ears to hear Your voice in the empty times, their hearts to a depth yet uncovered to receive the fullness of what Christ has for them. Teach us to stand in the pain not unflinching but unrelenting to the lies of the enemy. We say yes to Your sovereign plan. We say yes to provision for our hearts. We say yes to hope and no to anguish, despair, and hopelessness. In Jesus, mighty name. Amen.

 

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23 NIV)

Worship from Revelations

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Taken from the book of Revelations, this worship was spoken or sang by the servants of God, whether that be from the Saints or the angels, it is typed below in the order it was presented.

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. Worthy are You, our Lord and our God to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.

Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.

Salvation to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.  Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.

We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came and the time came for the dead to be judged and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.

Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear. O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before You,For Your righteous acts have been revealed.

Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgements.

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God;

Because His judgements are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.

Hallelujah her smoke rises up forever and ever. Amen. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

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Then John heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. Behold, I am making all things new.”

The last quote is declared from God Himself,  seated on His throne.

I suggest declaring this worship out loud over your household in acknowledgement of His glory and Lordship over this earth.

Whose telling?

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If we aren’t telling who is? The truth is no one. This should scare you into action. We live in a world with so many people lost, hurting and turned away from the Light, the source of their salvation. Who can reveal the Light?  Who can tell them the importance of forgiving those who hurt them?

The world tells them they are their own savior.

The world tells them they have failed, but pretend its all okay.

The world tells them to seek revenge on those who offend or pain them.

 

Are you willing to shut your mouth and keep Your Savior hidden?  Are you willing to cling to your unforgiveness instead of seeking the healing Christ died for?

Don’t let those you love only hear from the world. Show them first how to forgive and love in your actions toward them. Do not try to talk of His love while you hold a grudge your unrighteous heart will not bring Him glory.

Choose forgiveness,  Choose to speak of Your Savior,   

Choose joy instead of revenge.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I actively forgive those who ridicule, persecute and slander me. You are greater than all their hatred. I refuse to live a life of unforgiveness leading to sickness and ultimately death in the physical and spiritual.  I choose life. I choose salvation. Show me what I am choosing.  Grant me special revelation of the glory of God. I praise You and worship Your holy name. King Jesus.

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Crazy? or joy-filled?

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I never have been one to get upset when my children display their uniqueness to the world in how they dress.  Instead, I rejoice in their joy and envy their courage. My four year old shown above has on a tutu and Santa socks pulled all the way up to show off their awesomeness. My other daughter went through a one and half week phase of dressing like a dinosaur complete with a hood and very long tail (it was very difficult to get her into her car seat)

As the mother, I suppose I am the one who is supposed to be teaching them but more often than not I am humbled by what they teach me.

I praise God for allowing me to be their mother. What a privilege.

I wonder if God feels the same way when He sees us do scary or unusual things out of obedience to Him. I believe He does a mixture of pride, chuckle and “way to go kid”.

All your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13

Of all the things I could pray for my little wild gifts, it would be this.

 

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for my children. I do not deserve their sweet presence in my life. I agree with Your Word that all my children will be taught by the Lord and great will be their peace, I pray this over my children and children’s children. Grant them joy in their everyday life, peace in times of trouble and wisdom that only comes from You. Embolden them to fearlessly pursuit Your heart. I plead the blood of the Lamb over all my children. Let Your will be done in their lives. Thank You, Jesus. Amen