His face shine upon you!

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Prayer: I put the name of Christ upon myself and those I love and He will bless us. The Lord will bless us and watch, guard and keep over us; The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten us and be gracious( kind, merciful, and giving favor) to us; The Lord lift up His(approving) countenance upon us and give us peace(tranquility of heart and life continually). We agree with Your word God and seek Your face. Put Your name upon us and we will be filled with joy. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Prayer adapted from, Numbers 6:24-27 (AMPC)

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Awaken the sleepers!

Awaken the sleepers

Over and over again at all times; in prayer, when my mind goes idle, as soon as I close my eyes and as soon as my eyes open I hear, “Awaken the sleepers.”

This has gone on for months today I ask what does this mean?

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Ephesians 5:14 (AMP)

14 For this reason He says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”

 

            Who are the sleepers?  We would be tempted to say only the unsaved but…

 

Romans 13:11(ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

         

He is speaking to the saved. We must wake up.

 

How? By our own works? – Never

 

No, just as we were saved we will be awoken by His grace and His grace alone.

 

Psalm 51:12(AMP)

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation

And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Pray: God, forgive me I have allowed the joy of my salvation to be dulled by the world.  I am busy but not productive in the righteous work of the Lord.  Forgive me. Awaken my heart to Your will and desires for my life. Open the eyes and ears of my heart to see Your mighty work.  I praise You, I praise You with every molecule of my being.  Light me afire with Your glory and let me rest in Your presence.  Love you, Amen.

 

The Word proclaims it is good to operate in joy and be sustained in willing surrender to Christ. To rejoice in our freedom gained by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let us do just that.

 

Malachi 4:2 (AMP)

2 But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall.

 

Why? Should we awaken?

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Luke 10:2-11 (AMP)

2 He was saying to them, “The harvest is abundant [for there are many who need to hear the good news about salvation], but the workers [those available to proclaim the message of salvation] are few. Therefore, [prayerfully] ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; listen carefully: I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus,  I declare myself available a willing participant in Your master plan.  Send me to the saved and unsaved to remind them to praise for their salvation. I pray for an awakening of the harvesters. Your joy is our strength. Jesus, sound the shofar and awaken Your beloved. We surrender our lives to You our great redeemer! Great is Your faithfulness and steadfast is Your love. Thank You, Amen.

 

Is anyone else hearing- Awaken the sleepers?

Whether you or anyone operating in the prophetic please connect them to me. I am curious what further wisdom He is releasing to others.

 

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.

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. 

Courage and Trust

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Great is the glory of the Lord. You grow in might and stature within my heart with every breathe I receive from You.

Cleanse our speech and purify our words to impart Your truth to those we love. Break apart anything within us that blocks our union with You.

Grant us the knowledge of who we are, so that we might face all challenges with courage and walk upright with integrity.

Lord God, merciful God it is our deepest desire to be filled with the fullness of God, that we may have the richest measure of the divine Presence. For we are convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither this present age nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Help us to sit in the stillness of Your peace and let Your love become fully realized in us. Let our trust in You be complete so that we run beneath your wings to find refuge. We declare His faithfulness will be our shield and rampart at every storm.

Your joy gives us strength to be the fulfillment of Your love to our family and friends. Pour Your favor and anointing out upon us and our families so that we might carry out Your will.

We lift up our voices to praise You our living God. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, holy, holy, holy is the Lord, God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come. All blessing and praise and honor to our King.

Amen.

Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 91:4, Rev. 5:12

Tragedy Struck, Joy Found

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Be still.  How many times have I been told this in various ways throughout my life? If I’m honest more times that I care to admit.

To be shown stillness by human example is humbling. I was at Write to Publish, a writer’s conference, when a living model of stillness stood before me.  Joy Ware Miller, radiated peace.  As I listened to her presentation on Logos, her voice flowed with light and life and her inner peace soothed me. Where did this light and life come from?  She navigated the computer program with ease and confidence, but this was certainly not the source of her gentle-strength.  I was intrigued.

Jesus reveals himself in our lives if we seek this knowledge.  Depth of strength and peace evident to others comes only from Jesus, often through enabling us to triumph over tragedy.  I sat down next to Joy, calmed by her presence and curious about her story.  We were at the Write to Publish conference, in the hallway designed as passageways from one location to another.  In this passageway, the Lord taught me a wealth of information beyond what could have been imparted in the classroom. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it (Matt 7:14 New Living Translation).  Joy, submitted to Christ’s authorship of her life, and the results are breathtaking to behold.  As I absorbed her story, God transformed my inner being, deepening my understanding of Christ’s mentorship. That one choice to stay, and be still, listening to another woman describe her movement through life, changed my path. As she described my worst nightmare as a mother, she moved from pain to understanding in what I perceived as light speed. Her only boy left the safety of their home and never returned. She walked through this pain to emerge triumphant and empowered, to deliver Christ’s message.  I will be eternally grateful that I found that path, in the hallway of the http://www.writetopublish.com  conference. Joy Miller offers Christ’s transforming message in her book, There’s A Party in The Pit…. And You’re Invited! She can be reached at www.iJoyinspirations.com.  Joy Ware Miller is an author, speaker and radio host.  I will be reviewing her book in a later blog entry.  Parents on Call, is her ministry to reach parents who have lost a child.

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Pray: Lord Jesus, thank you for slowing me down and giving me divine connections, people who help us to see you.  Jesus, I need your presence in my life, and I ask that you continue to bless me with your mentoring hand.  I surrender myself to your transforming path for me.  You know best, and I will humble myself before you in order to receive your wisdom.  Thank you, Jesus, for your gentle guidance.  I love and need you. Amen.

Should is make-believe

Stop shoulding:
Stop telling yourself , I should be able to do….., my kids should be able to do that… I should be doing more, achieving more…

or worse yet the shouldn’t s

I shouldn’t have to work this hard. My husband shouldn’t be doing that… I shouldn’t feel this way.

There are hidden deceptions lurking just below the surface, with all that shoulding, ready to steal our joy. One lie is that I can’t be happy without… We begin to question what does that mean if my kids can’t do that and so and so kids can. Will my kids ever be successful, happy etc. Whatever is going on in my life am I doomed to it forever? All these deceptions and make-believe scenarios, are time suckers and leave us exhausted.

God isn’t a make-believe or imaginary God. He is a real and ever present God. Ask for His wisdom and eternal perspective, not our fleeting and faulty view of reality.

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

God has a specific plan for you and your family that does not involve wasting your time shoulding. Get out of the make believe in your head and begin looking to God’s promises for you. According to one person’s count there are 3,573 promises within the bible. What does God’s heart have for you?

Pray: God reveal Your heart to me. I need Your presence in my life. Help me to let go of the “shoulds” and embrace the joy of now and live. You are a great and mighty God help me to remember with You for me, who can stand against me? I ask You to help replace my shoulds with thank you Lord. Thank you most high and sovereign God. Have your way within my life as I surrender my and my families future to You. Grant me Your wisdom and even a sliver of Your eternal perspective. Grant me Your revelations, Lord.
I love you and thank you Jesus. Amen