Yuck- was that you or me?

“Don’t pick it up for goodness sake- No, no, no- drop it! Yuck. What is that or should I say was that? No, I mean, no don’t look at it, I don’t want to know.”
“I think it was cheese gone horribly wrong.”
“No, no it’s too big- definitely a hotdog” insist my sons.
“Don’t analyze it boys. Whatever it is, it just needs to get thrown out. Okay, who’s doing it?”

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(Of course, we all know this task falls on the mother- and in this case, it most definitely did but only with the help of triple bags. You will be relieved to know I did not look or breathe as I hurled it toward my outdoor far away from my house garbage can – happy to have it gone.)

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The enemy gives us many opportunities to pick up “offense”. To look at something nasty and analyze it, categorize it and spend hours researching it. We of course call it airing our grievances or complaining. But what is it really? What are we trying to gain?

Yes, plans of action need to be created. We need to answer the question, what should be done to avoid this in the future? (Never allowing food in the van again would be a smart plan of action in my case)

               We are under no charge or even obligation to point out someone else’s faults. In fact, we have no rights to point out anything someone else should “work on”. We lie to ourselves and say we are telling them in love for their own good. Do not believe Satan’s lies.

Remember this: Matthew 7:5
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (NIV)

                The Holy Spirit has more than enough power to go about His task of convicting God’s children. When the Holy Spirit brings a person into and under conviction- forgiveness and miraculous changes, can, and will take place. When a person puts another person under condemnation, they are doing the direct work of Satan.

Consider and answer the question for yourself- Where is Satan?

                  Satan is not God and therefore is not omnipresent. Meaning he can only be in one location at a time, (his minions of course are all about). Where is Satan himself?
When I read Revelations 12, I read Satan is in heaven doing his job of accusing us night and day. What do you read?
This leads us to the next question is Revelations prophecy of the age to come or is it present day?

Revelations 12:10 (NIV)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

            (read the entire chapter of Revelations 12 to see the context and determine if it is present day or in the days to come)
If it is in the time to come then Satan is in heaven right now accusing us night and day.
If Revelations 12 has already happened – Then what are we seeing?
I myself believe that Satan is right now in heaven accusing Christ followers night and day but he will be thrown down at the appointed time.

This makes me ask, who are those left on earth to accuse the Saints? Demons for sure but also the brethren themselves turning against each other to accuse and condemn other Christ followers.

Do not be the voice, or hands and feet of Satan.

Lord, help us to remember:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12

Do not work for Satan!

               Drop your offense, anger, resentment and pride at the foot of the cross and go into battle for your “enemy”. The one who stole from you, the one who accused you, the one who hurt your child, the one who disrupted your plans- pray and fight for that one. Stand.

Luke 6:27-28 But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV)

                 Prayer: Lord Jesus, how easily I am offended when my plans are thwarted. Thank you, for showing me where I need the cleansing blood of the Lamb. I praise You for this current painful situation. Use it to reveal to me what sins need to be removed from me. Pour out Your blood all over my life and my situations. I need Your healing and forgiveness. Please forgive me for not immediately following Your word and praying for my enemies. Grant me the mind and heart of Christ so that I might not stumble but that I might be granted the privilege of immediate and complete obedience to Christ. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Amen.

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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.

Heal our nation…

Heal our Nation

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Lord Jesus, there is none higher or more glorious.  You are our sovereign God.  As a nation we humble ourselves before the Lord.  Pour out Your, healing.  We ask for the forgiveness of the sins of this nation: murder of the innocent, worship of money and power, self-will and indulgence.  Please forgive us, we are undeserving of Your grace and mercy but beg for it anyway.  Save this nation for the sake of the remnant and we will worship You, with new hearts a lit with a passion to bring You Joy our Lord and Master.  We pull down and cast out entitlement, indulgence, power, money-lust and coveting in Jesus name.  We pour over our nation a new desire for right standing with God a burning commitment for prayer for revival.  Drench us in Your mercy as we seek Your face.  Heal us; bind up our wounds by the power of the blood of Jesus, Amen.

Please be in agreement with and pass this on to other prayer warriors. The Lord’s word says that if we humble ourselves, He will heal our nation.  Please join me in humbling ourselves.  Thank you.

James 5:16 (AMP)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].

Why pray?

Why pray?

The short answer is:  To release the power of heaven onto earth.

If you are at all honest with yourself, then you acknowledge that you need a jump start in your prayer life.  I know I do.

I recently had a bizarre encounter with a friend who had become an ordained minister over a year ago.  His conversion story is quite the dramatic one.  Somewhere in his wandering he picked-up the pesky concept that it is an insult to God to pray for what we need.  He believes that, 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. When I called him to pray. He then went on to tell me that people that pray and ask for release from sin, and help in their daily life, were essentially saying that they didn’t believe God had made them new.   I asked him how giving up praying was going and he had a horrific litany of woes.  Here’s the thing, he still has a ministry he is leading and reads the bible a minimum of an hour a day. What had he stopped doing when his life took the major downward spiral?  He gave up prayer.  He said that he spoke scripture over his life (estimating more than 2 hours a day), but never actually talked to God personally.

Believe that you have the right, obligation and privilege to pray.  Walk boldly into the throne room.  Wait expectantly upon the Lord.

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

My favorite part of prayer time is the shut-up time.  When we pray with God, a dialogue not a monologue.  Our prayers are magnified.  When we listen to what the maker of the Universe feels that we need to be concerned about and pray about, all of a sudden there is vast movement in the atmosphere.  Lives are transformed and not just our own.  Ask the Lord who He wants you to pray for. I have discovered more often than not, it’s not me.

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Pray: Lord Jesus magnify my prayer life.  I come to you and ask for mercy and grace.  Reveal to me my heart, help me to know how to pray.   Let your love engulf me so that I might rest in your strength. Reveal to me your plans for my life so that I might walk in obedience.  I proclaim and declare my obedience to Christ.  Give me the next step and I will take it.  Thank you, Jesus for Your presence in my life.  I wait expectantly for your still small voice. I acknowledge you in all things and lay down myself so that I might hear from you. Who would you have me pray for today?  In Jesus mighty name I pray amen.

The movement of God

God moves in the time between the strike of a question mark and the capitalization of the next sentence in the story of our lives.
When I ask God a question, He often moves in ways far beyond my understanding. Okay so when I say often, I mean always.
It is 2 ½ years ago today when I asked the Lord for someone to disciple me. I was very specific in my request to the Lord. I needed someone who was farther along in their journey with Christ in the gifting of intercession or prayer. When asking God for help we may think that we know what we need or even more laughable we may think we know what we will get. He will always give exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think.

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My petition for a disciple was no exception to the rule of God’s faithfulness and overabundance of love. It was an awkward moment calling a woman that lives across the country, whom I had never met to ask her to be my disciple. She was strangely unfazed by this unexpected phone call. We talked about where I was at in my walk and she in her walk and then we prayed. We have never stopped praying sometimes we pray daily, hourly or sometimes not for weeks.
What we never expected was that two hearts in agreement in prayer under the will of God can transform not only the heart of the person being discipled but the disciple herself. The ripple cast out by our faithful prayers, reached places we would never have dared fathom. There are times during these 2 ½ years where she held me up but just as many times when I held her up. I am eternally grateful that our Great and Glorious God hears not only the words of our prayers but our hearts as well. He knew that I needed a disciple, and whom to give me and he knew that my disciple needed me, our union has been a beautiful blessing in my life. Never think that the quest to come alongside a fellow established our budding Christian is not worth the time or effort.
What Christ grants you when you are in obedience to His Word cannot be measured. Matthew 28:18-20 requires obedience, it is a call to discipleship. But listen to the overflowing God at the end of this scripture, His promises are exceedingly above what we could ask or think. “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. ”
Pray: Lord Jesus help me to not be afraid to ask for someone to be brought into my life to disciple or to be under discipleship with. You are faithful to give us what we need and not what we ask for and for that we are eternally grateful. Hear our hearts Lord even when our words fall short. Provide for us in only the way the great Jehovah-Jireh can. We praise you God. Thank you, Jesus Amen.

‘Stand in’

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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.

Fall forward

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALearning to walk isn’t easy, it’s about trust, as we fall forward.

As you practice walking,  you only get more controlled with your falling.  Walking should never be taken for granted.  There is a trust inherently needed to move.

We have ‘right thinking’ when we suppose that it’s not safe to move, if we do so by our own power.

Lord Jesus we ask that the Word become flesh to us, so that we might live out- Ephesians 1:17-23

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives us a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].  And [I pray] that the eyes of our hearts [the very center and core of our beings] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that we will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called us, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),  and [so that we will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength,which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.  And He put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church,  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].

(modified from the Amplified version to create a prayer for the church)

Lord Jesus hear our prayer fill us with your wisdom and knowledge so that we might walk the walk you have laid out for us.  Grant us the ability to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. So that we might walk where we thought it impossible.  All things are possible with you Christ.  Thank you, Jesus Amen.

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