Flattened dreams = No praise?

Dreams of chocolate chip goodness wafting through the house promises of a warm, gooey and tasty delight.

“I should have checked to see if we had all the ingredients kids, sorry.”

Promises shattered we stared into a bowl full of ingredients but devoid of baking soda. Without baking soda, the mixture would be flat, dense and unrecognizable as cookies. All of that work not to mention drooling for nothing?!

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What is the one ingredient if left out of your spiritual life will create flattened and lifeless Christians?

                        Praise:

  • Is our purpose
  • Is the highest form of warfare
  • Is arguably the most individualistic ingredient in our Christian walk
  • Is a point Christians seem to ridicule the most (to raise hands or not to, to dance, or sway or even to bring out banners, flags etc. or to stand with hands folded across our chest)
  • Praise scares the daylights out of Satan and his minions because it negates every curse he could ever think to lay on us

 

What is stopping you from praising?

Your circumstances? God forbid.  Praise releases you from your rotten circumstances and unleashes God’s promises into your life.

We cannot go down aisle #4 and pick up some praise to add to our Christian walk but we can begin where we are at and build from there.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

 

When we begin to take account of His promises and live not by sight but by faith. Praise naturally explodes from within us.  You can’t hold it back any more than if you tried to hold your breath your body would burst out into life.

If your life looks like a rotten pile of steaming junk, do not speak life and strength into your rotten circumstances.  Speak glory and praise onto the Lord of your salvation.  Did He save you or not? If He saved you once, He can do it again.

 

Please pray with me to release God’s will.

 

I praise You for Your promises You say You will supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  How great are the riches found in the depths of Jesus- I seek those riches, grant me my heart’s desire to know and walk within Your promises.  I proclaim that I seek the Lord, restore my heart to You as You grant me my heart’s desire- Your Presence.  You know the plans you have for me and they are for good.  Help me to rest in Your goodness.  Darken my eyes to the world and awaken the eyes and ears of my heart to Your Kingdom.  Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  My life is Yours and I praise You for my finances for what You have given me and for the provisions that are to come.  Every knee shall bow to the glory of Christ Jesus and I bow now.  Your ways are so far above my ways.  Holy, holy, holy great is the Lord God almighty and greatly He is to be praised.  I lift my life as a living sacrifice available for Your great plans.  I desire my obedience and praise on earth to match my obedience and praise I live out in heaven.  My joy leaps within me let my praises lift You higher.  Please forgive me of where I had You seated in my life previously.  Cover me in the blood of the Lamb who is worthy to be praised.  Awaken the sleepers let the shofar blast be sounded- I will be found in You.  I proclaim and declare as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  Teach me what it is to abide in You and You in me. My great and glorious Lord I praise You. Thank You, for loving me.  Amen.

Does God ask you to praise for His benefit or yours? (consider this question as you enter this time of thanksgiving)

What do you need to praise for?  Let me know and I will praise with you.

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So excited!

FullSizeRender (30)            Grace started gymnastics yesterday on the drive there she said,  “Mom I am so excited, I think my feet are going to fly off!!!”

What if we had that level of joy?  What would our lives look like?

John 15:9-11 (AMP)

 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love[and do not doubt My love for you].  If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.

To receive over-flowing joy we need to remain in our “secret place” with the Lord and willingly lay down our desires to His teachings.  I don’t know about you but I need help to continue to lay down my will to fulfill His teachings.

Prayer:  Jesus, I say yes to my joy being made full, complete and over-flowing. I proclaim and declare that I will remain in my Father God’s love.  Help me immediately and complete obey Your will.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen. 

Is the Word of God- living?

Is the Word of God- living? If your answer is yes- what does that mean?

The Lord revealed to me this morning what it is to agree with Him that the Word of God is living and active and cannot return to Him void or useless.

A friend called for intercession regarding a speaking engagement at an upcoming conference.  The Lord opened my mouth and had me  pray that the Word of God given to her would be spoken into the people with such fire and life that the presence of the Word now living within them would create deliverance not only in that room but in the market place, home and every subsequent location those listeners entered.

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When we agree with scripture, it penetrates into the deepest parts of us, ignites with submission to the presence of God and delivers His people without any action on our part other than entering the room. This truth has left me in awe and praise all day long.

 

Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)

12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [a]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [b]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

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Isaiah   5:11 (AMP)

So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;

It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),

Without accomplishing what I desire,

And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

 

Pray:  Teach me to pray.  I confess that my prayers are little and without proper awe of the Lord. Deliver me from this ignorance.  Teach me, my heart is willing and my entire being desires to hide the Word of God within me, to meditate on Your Word and be ignited by its living presence.  Reveal to me the depth of Your scripture as deep calls to deep I ask that You grant Your daughter the eyes, ears, heart, and mind to see, feel, and know the fullness of scripture.  Reveal so that I might operate as a useful and willing tool to enter where I am sent, carrying Your healing truth and salvation within me.  Thank You,  Amen.

Every Story

“She’s the mother so she’s in every story.”

            My friend is planning her mother’s ninetieth birthday party and has begun to collect stories she’s quoted in saying, “She’s the mother so she’s in every story, but I am looking for the spectacular ones.”

We mothers are in the story yes, but definitely not in every picture.  Let’s be honest mothers are rarely in any pictures, in fact we have to usually pay someone else to take them for us.

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I am not in this picture but definitely in the story these are my children and their cousins. I told the kids to do “something silly” as a distraction while all the adults cleaned up.  It was one of their favorite memories even though it was completely unplanned and “just something to do to keep them busy.”  These spontaneous things are when life happens.

If I had to choose I would definitely choose to be in the story not the picture. Being fully present in our children’s lives is so important.  More than we know.

1 Peter 3:4

but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God. (AMP)

         I know when I get distracted and let errands and things come before time with my children I most definitely lose my gentle and peaceful spirit.  Let’s face it we need that gentle and peaceful spirit to make it through the day.

Prayer:  Lord, I need help to be fully present with my children let my concerns and anxieties fall as I concentrate on listening and engaging with them. I desire to please You, Lord in thought and deed toward my children and everyone I encounter.  Let a gentle and peaceful spirit be present in me even when it is not my natural reaction to my current life situation. Thank You, Amen.

 

NOT a cookie cutter!

 

Right now I am being stretched, pushed, and pulled becoming more than I am.

“What am I Play-Doh” I lamented at my walking partner. She didn’t even pause, in stride she blurted, “Yep, pretty much -you are His clay.”

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I cried out to God in need of encouragement and frankly relief. He gently reminded me the alternative. You are not a cookie cutter- a mass produced blob. You can’t be less than who you are. You are not a square, a dinosaur, or some other shape someone else wants you to be. God created you, His original creation design with so much more in mind. This stretching is a restoring. A restoring to the fullness of everything He has for you.

You can stand on the Word.

Romans 11:29
for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. (NIV)

This verse left me wounded and yet energized. It begs the question who is trying to revoke the gift? I didn’t have to look far for the culprit. In my case, I myself was willing to lay it down or at least shelf it for a time, to “rest”. If God’s Word said my gifts and His call to me toward relationship are irrevocable who am I to stand in the way?

Are there ever times that you stand in the way of God?

Prayer: Have Your way God. I refuse to be disobedient. Restore me to my original creation design. Your flawed masterpiece- Heather, asking to be molded into Your image and not my own. Thank you, Amen.

Foaming at the mouth!

“Have you ever seen your mother foam at the mouth?”

This rhetorical question became the challenge of the day my children wholeheartedly took.

When I questioned this scheme Gabe responded, “You taught me to aim high mom.”blog 6-21

The rest of afternoon was filled with scream fest 2017(at least my kids are creative) and a surprise attack spray bottle game.  This game consisted of trying to catch someone off guard and spray them in the face, while of course squealing in delight.  No one could leave a room for fear of ambush.

I pray this over you and myself.

Colossians 1:11 (in quotations)

I pray: being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience” to carry out the plans He created for you before your birth.  May your patience and endurance run deeper and stronger than your to do list so that you might experience God’s joy in your everyday life. Help us to rest in your joy in all the moments of our lives. Thank You, Amen.

Home before Dark

 

“Home before dark, my special girls.” Grandpa called out, as he bent to kiss the top of Grandma’s head. My sister and I smiled as we finished our breakfast.

We waited for Grandpa on the front porch; the squeak of the swing kept us company as Grandma sang our favorite songs.  Our spirits soared, as we discussed which flavor of ice-cream we were going to devour.  The beauty of the sunset, hushed us momentarily. Darkness settled in stealthy at first, almost drifting in, but now it was fully settled and oppressive in its finality.  The anxiety began to scurry out, the “what-ifs”.  Hadn’t Grandpa promised to be home before dark? If I am so special why do I need to wait? What happened?  Tension grew, as we watched Grandma force smiles through stiffened lips, in between hurried glances at the horizon.  The message, “We should worry”, was heard loud and clear.

Grandpa’s rust red truck burst over the hill; relief flooded us.  The answer to our question would he show up, was answered.  Why the delay- I still do not know.

Hosea 12:6

Therefore, return [in repentance] to your God,

Observe and highly regard kindness and justice,

And wait [expectantly] for your God continually. (AMP)

            The Hebrew word for wait and hope are the same.  If you are waiting you are hoping.  The waiting with expectation puts our hearts out there to be hurt.  When we are given what we think is the lesser thing or worse yet when life is immersed in pain- this is hardly what we expectantly desired.  It wasn’t the ice-cream treat.  We are left feeling unloved and unnoticed as our hearts lay crushed.

For God’s word to say, we should wait continually, not so subtly implies we may need to hope and pray through ‘impossible’ situations.  When we wait, continually expecting the Lord to show up, there is sweetness in the release.  The trick is the release– not to let the anxiety, worries, and “what-ifs” scurry into our lives and take control where God should be in control. I openly confess I haven’t mastered the skill of full surrender yet. I have a hard time submitting control if the waiting has anything to do with my children.  My own pain and struggle is tolerable, but to see my children flounder is torture.

Lord Jesus, we submit our longings and our pain to You.  We proclaim and declare we will not lean on our own understanding, but release our worries to You, no matter how long we wait.  The creator of the Universe has got this and He will show-up.  We praise You for the victory already obtained and we praise You when we do not get what we wanted, when we wanted it.  Grant us the peace that passes human understanding as we continually wait with great expectation for our King.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

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