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.

 

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Failure alert!

My best new communication move has been the “shut up” technique.

My colossal failures in communication have always occurred after I tried to go it alone. When I tried to coerce them into understanding that I was just trying to help them.  Attempting to force my heart intent and motives onto someone on a completely different place on the path than me. (insert laughter here or in my case most definitely my foot)

Needless to say it did not go well (understatement of the century)

It turns out the Maker of the Universe, the One who created the person I am failing miserably at communicating with may have some excellent pointers on how that person operates.

 

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When I finally sought His counsel, He instructed me to “shut up, be still and know that I am God.”  When I let Him be the Lord over both of us- things began to move. He was very busy working things out and into her heart and mine.  His gentle pruning needed time to take place and manifest.  Once this was done He created a pathway of easy, gentle communication I never could have established.

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

I had been concentrating on speaking to be heard so that I could get the answers I needed to make decisions for the mission in front of me.  I missed Ephesians 4:29 by a long shot.  Never once did I consider that all communication should be a vehicle to distribute blessings.

Has the Lord taught you any communication tips that we can take into the Holidays and New Year? I would love any pointers I can get.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of my hasty words I rocket at people without regard for their heart.  Help us to re-frame our words to be a blessing to all that hear us speak.  Not just in times of prayer and love filled conversations with people we care about but with all people we interact with.  Let the Holy Spirit speak through us without any hindrance.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Beauty, Depth and Height

Why did the Lord create such beauty, depth and height in our world?  I refuse to believe it is just because He can.  I believe it is because every molecule of nature lines up to teach us of the Creator and lead us into the desire to praise Him. Each small portion of creation teaches us how greatly He loves us and how He delights in surprising us with the works of His hands.

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Depth: Mammoth cave- Kentucky 

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Ephesians 3:14-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, continue to unveil to us the fullness of Your love. Help us to put on and walk out our identity in Christ. We can do nothing apart from You and desire a deeper understanding of Your greatness. Thank You, for Your presence in our lives. Let every molecule of our beings praise Your glory.  Amen.

Truth

Truth

            I wince as high heeled strappy shoes bite my heels.  I kneel to rub and find relief.  As I straighten I see my old friend’s husband he stands frozen as wedding guests whizz past him oblivious to the gaiety around.

“Hi, how’s it going?” I inquire. He startles; recognition uncurls. The weight of his 6 foot- 4- inch frame crashes into mine. Unaware of the awkwardness of the embrace, he remains motionless.

“Where’s your wife?” I probe.  Composure crumbles.  Reeling, my held breathe escapes as I prop him onto a high stool.  The moment his body touches the support, he spews forth his daughter’s neuro-psychologist report. It’s devastating.  Number after number daggers of 40 and 45 pierce him as he spoke, his face contorted with pain.  He manages to say his wife left them unable to deal with “such” a damaged child.  He was left to stand in the wake.

Silent, I unfold a scrap of well-worn paper with a simple drawing which had brought profound relief and healing to me.

His eyes transfix on the picture as I smooth it against the crisp white table cloth.

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Time stops, my voice a whisper. All the while, the celebration continues around us.

“Your child and the fullness of her beauty did not change upon the addition of a number given to you by some human paid to quantify and qualify life.  No where in creation is there a number written on a child.  Numbers and labels spoken to you are not to be written into her heart or, yours.

You will see but a glimpse of the beauty she possesses here on earth. The depths of her is yet to be revealed.

Each person is created before time, knit together in love and sent to fulfill their own purpose.  Her purposes are not your own.  Do not be confused; your daughter does not belong to you; she is a gift given only for a moment by a great and glorious God for His perfect will.

I unfold the rest of the picture.  It’s edges crackle, reluctant to expose its treasure.

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“Consider the rest of the picture she is not left alone to drift. The stem travels down strong and steady with one purpose to find strength rooted and grounded in Christ.  See the roots, as she withstands adversity; they grow deeper.  I tell you there are not many on this earth who will have as strong of roots as hers.”

Do you see a place on this flower for a number?  Would you damage its flawlessness to etch into its delicate petals?  No, let her beauty stand as a testimony to the great God who gave you her.” I implore.

His red eyes scraped mine, searching “What purposes- what are you talking about?  Did you not hear her IQ scores; 40, 45, 50? What can God do with that?” His arms fall in defeat, they crash against the table, the paper stands.

I push on as I recall the discovery of this truth for my own life, it unfolds as I speak- a crackle of pain emerges.

“Each person is sent to their own specific people group only they can reach.  Can you touch the hearts of all the therapist and evaluators with your courage?  Can you lift up someone with a flash of your smile?  Why are you remarkable?  Her very existence and valor to conquer each and every challenge is an inspiration.   Can you reach other people who are mentally challenged- will they trust you and know your common struggle?”

“She can do that and more.  Your wife will miss out on daily miracles; you will be gifted to see.  Your daughter will reach many, not despite her numbers but because of them.  There was no mistake made, only a miracle.  Receive the miracle and participate in the joy.”

I press the folded paper reduced to a 4 by 2 inch rectangle into his hand and walk away, praying it would expand to cover his heart and hers.  I do not look back I no longer need the paper, the truth is etched within me.©

Empty…

Gratefulness= a great fullness, complete, over-flowing, without angst or ache for anything more.file9431246807003

Rejoice in all things, my ears received that Truth but my heart has not fully developed the understanding of the need for thankfulness to experience the joy.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things” (Philippians 4:6-8).

Somehow I missed the word thankful, my shallow eyes sadden me.   I had always concentrated on the part that I have to do, not the part that I have to be.  The doing part is the guarding of our hearts and the taking our thoughts captive.  The being part is the thankfulness.

Some of you may be wondering about the depravity of my soul.  Questions such as what has she done or how dark and deluded is her heart?  This depth of conviction was activated as I listened to myself in the simple act of complaining.  Complaining is a deadly past time that should not be endured. It eats at our hearts and burns out our joy.

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Cast it out and embrace- Gratefulness=Great Fullness.

Prayer: I trust You Lord Jesus. Take me where I must go and I will entrust the fullness of me, to Your care.  So that I might witness and see with renewed eyes the gifts You have given.  Thank you Father God I am grateful for Your friendship and kindness, but most of all during this sliver of time Your faithfulness.  Love, your daughter Heather.

 

GRATEFUL

ADJECTIVE:

  1. feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful:

Synonyms: thankful · appreciative · indebted · obliged · obligated ·

in someone’s debt · beholden

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When I read this definition it brought home the absurdity of my state of being- ungrateful.  There can be no doubt that I am indebted, obligated and beholden to the Lord Jesus Christ for all things.  I somehow forgot along the way to let my thankfulness penetrate to my heart.  So that out of the overflow of my heart- thankfulness would be spoken.

Gratefulness is the only logical state of being for a Christ follower.

‘Stand in’

ABBBY SICK

The ER nurse turned to my husband and said “You are her Savior” as my husband held my youngest daughter down, while they jabbed at her with the second attempt at an IV. Her pathetic screams easily penetrated the hallway where I waited with my sons. He quickly replied, “No, I am not her Savior, Jesus Christ is but I will be His stand in”.

My God has provided me with such a wonderful earthly father to my children. He is a great ‘stand in’ or representation of Christ to my children. They experience their father’s sacrifice and love in his daily interactions with them.

John provides stability, a sense of self, protection and fierce love to our children. Just as Christ does. This weekend John was with me every moment as we woke up our youngest daughter, every two hours to get two ounces of fluid down her with a syringe. I could not love John more than I do when I see his self- sacrifice for our children. He provides for them as their father what I cannot and I am eternally grateful. He gives them an understanding of what a father’s love is, and this understanding frees them to run into the arms of Christ without reservations of the consequence.

In prayer for a friend’s daughter that she might experience stability I received a gift far greater than the prayer I was providing her. I received a greater revelation of what my identity as God’s daughter does for me, now on this earth. You cannot fully integrate a sense of peace and stability into your life until you accept and acknowledge that you are Christ’s daughter or son. In prayer  I began to realize that my understanding of my identity was not fully developed. God is faithful to provide what we need, when we humble ourselves and ask for help in prayer.

 

Prayer: I pray for stability. For Christ’s love to surround me and penetrate to the depths of my understanding of self. Provide for Me a cocoon of protection so that you might transform my life of doubt into a triumph of obedience. Provide stability not as the world provides it but as You do My conquering, Savior. Thank you, Jesus Amen.

Shadow of a doubt.

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Shadow of a doubt

A flame does not create a shadow. Light is incapable of tolerating darkness it only knows how to dispel it. John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (NKJV). We cannot tolerate a shadow of a doubt.

There’s nothing like doubt to crush faith. It never starts out as a crushing pain but more as a subtle inkling. A minor itch of the mind that begs for scratching. The itching of the deviant named ‘doubt’ is what starts that crack in our shield of faith. Hindering our ability to grab a hold of the promises of God. Casting out doubt is a daily necessity. We must diligently tend to this chore.

Pray: Lord Jesus I cast out doubt in Your precious name and authority. Let me live in your boldness of faith, so that I might reach out and grab hold of the lost. Establish within me Your dwelling place, a tower of refuge from which to draw strength. Grant me wave after wave of Your love so that I might sit in the stillness of Your truth and rest. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.