Sunday, September 30, 2012

Exposed!

As I move forward in what the Lord has called me to do, I realize that I need to be exposed.  Meaning people have to see sides of me that they are not use to seeing.  Sometimes, we hide certains aspects of ourselves because we care about what people think of us.  God does not want me to care what people think of me, He wants me to care what He thinks of me.  If I spend time and energy trying to cater to people, then they are not going to get the blessing that God would deliver through me.  Because, see I'm trying to give people what I think they want, but God wants to give people what they need.  Lemme say this again "when you are basing your actions on what people are going to think of you, God is not able to use you to give them what they need".  Lemme say this again, "When you are trying to please people instead of God, you are robbing the people around you of what they need through you".  People need to see you exposed in order to be blessed by you.  It is impossible for you to be a blessing to people if you are scared to put your life on display for them.  Lemme say this again, "It is impossible to be a blessing to people unless you allow God to put your life on display for them".  Let people in!  Let them see inside the window of real life for you.  Don't hide your life from others.  The aires that we put on for people keep them from knowing the One true God!  If we are putting on aires for people, it keeps them from coming to know the one true God.  So if you are too scared to show your real self and allow people to see your strengths and your weaknesses then God can't really use you.  Lemme say this again "God can't use you if you are not willing to allow people to see your weaknesses".  We only want people to see our strengths, that's our pride.  But it is written "God's strength is made perfect in weakness".  Lemme say this, people can't appreciate when God lifts you up if they've never seen you down.  People can't appreciate God's deliverance in your life if they didn't know you needed deliverance.  People cannot appreciate your liberty in Christ if they never knew your bondage.  Stop trying to hide your weaknesses and let Christ use them.  Say to Christ "Here are my weaknesses"  use them for you glory.  Stop trying to hide...... Declare "I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus because it is written "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him".  When the devil tells you that you have to hide anything in your life declare that it is written "“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Stop boasting in your strengths, boast in your infirmities instead.  If you can see Christ in my infirmities, if you see God's strength in my weakness, then I'm not hiding. Because I don't want anybody to see me, but rather Christ!  It is written "He must increase, but I must decrease".  When I use to read that scripture, I just thought it meant showing less of my personality, less of myself.  But I see that it meant that I needed to rest from "my works" and let Christ work through me.   Even better, let the finshed work of Christ be evident in my life.  Hallelujah!

Friday, September 28, 2012

A fresh word!!! (revised)

I have to write in this blog, when I don't it's like I've missed my fresh revelation of God to carry through my day.  It's fresh manna for me from heaven, it's my food for the day.  I'm late coming on today and boy have a suffered as a result.  I am so drained.  It's never too late with God, so here goes.  Holy Spirit have your way!  The enemy will use things and people to keep you from getting a fresh revelation of God everyday.  He will cause you to think you can meditate on what you have, you don't need anything fresh.  However, in the book of Exodus when the Isrealites were in the wilderness (thank you Jesus) ......When they were in the wilderness, God fed them with fresh manna from heaven.  First of all "manna from heaven".  Wow!  I would love to have anything that comes from heaven.  Joseph Prince said that he believes God wants us to have a touch of heaven on everything we do.  So every morning there would be manna from heaven waiting for them.  They were to gather  every morning enough for that day.  They were not suppose to have any to remain until the next morning or it would stank with worms.  This speaks alot to me because the "Lord's Prayer" says "give us this day our daily bread".  We shouldn't let the devil make us think we don't need a fresh word from God every morning.  That fresh word gives us a fresh revelation of Him.  We so need it!  It makes such a difference in my day and how I function and operate.  Today,  I know God is telling me not to rely on the manna from yesterday, it accomplished the purpose for which God sent it yesterday.  But it will not accomplish what you need today.  Get a fresh word! While I may have alot to do, I pray I will devote myself to coming before God to get a fresh word every morning

I use to think that God did not want to give me a fresh word every morning.  Lemme say that again, I use to think that God did not want to give me a fresh word every morning.  I was wrong.  See, I found out that God wants to speak to me as I write.  I never really know what I'm going to say when I start my blog posts.  As soon as I put my hands to the keys, God starts to speak.  God feeds me through this blog.  So He requires me to do a blog post in order for me to get the spiritual food I need for that day.  I'll say it again "He requires me to do a blog post in order for me to get the spiritual food I need for that day".  It's His purpose for me to do this

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Don't look back

Rest from dead works, rest from striving, rest from trying to figure out the answers yourself.  The scripture that comes to me is Genesis 19:26.  God saved Lot and his family from the fire and brimstone that destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord told Lot and his familly not to look back as they were escorted out of the cities.  However, Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.  That's pretty intense.  There comes a time in our lives where God is trying to take us in a certain direction and we need not look back.  Don't look back at the former things, don't look back at former works, don't look back at former solutions.  Behold God is doing something new, when we are looking back we cannot move forward.  "We cannot move forward, while we are looking back".  We cannot move forward into a new annointing, a new blessing, a new ministry, etc.  While we are looking back, we cannot move forward in new relationships.  If you continue to read the text that follows this scripture you will see that even though God saved Lot, Lot was still full of fears.  These fears affected his family.   The Lord wanted him to flee to the mountain, and he was scared and asked to go to a small city called "Zoar" instead.  So they spared the city of Zoar so he could flee there.  But check this out.  After God spared  Lot by delivering him to Zoar, he decided he was afraid to dwell in Zoar, so he went up into the moutains.  Isn't that where God wanted to lead him to in the first place.  Lot was a fearful man and his family suffered as a result.  He had children with his daughters as a result of being in such an isolated place.  Nobody that was left in his family was of the right mindset.  His whole family was affected by his decisions and by his fears.  When God is moving us to a new place in our lives, obedience is not enough.  We must move fearlessly.  "When God is moving us to a new place in our lives, obedience is not enough.  We must move fearlessly"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Go where God leads!

My husband and I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter and a 4 month old son.  My daughter will be 5 in November.  My daughter and I have gotten to spend alot of time together and do so many fun things together over the years.  Since our son has come along our relationship has changed a bit, as it should.  She have a little more responsibility.  On top of that she is at the age where she is held alot more accountable for her behavior.  I feel like our relationship has hit this place where it's out of balence.  God has put it on my heart that my daughter needs to see me serving outside of our home.   He has also laid it on my heart that we are not gonna get the right balence back in our relationship until I do it.  At this point, a healthy relationship with my daughter is completely reliant upon, my taking her with me to serve.  Hallelujah!  I'm so glad that God is guarding my relationship with my daughter, it is so precious to me. 

In my blog posts lately, I have been on the topic of "dead works vs. faith works".  In order for God's annointing to flow in our life and our relationships, we need to cease from dead works. 

As I am taking steps toward where God is leading me, I sense things being loosed in my spirit. I feel the shifting taking place. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dead only for a time

Had to do another post today.  I normally only do 1 a day but this is just on my spirit.  Your faith works will activate God's annointing in your life.  "Your works done from faith will activate God's annointing in your life".  You gotta do it to live in His annointing.  Remember when you die and are raised up again as a believer your works will pass through fire and any dead works will burn up, but the works that are done in faith will come through the fire.  ONLY Those works that come through the fire will be rewarded.  Remember you are already saved, you already have eternal life.  However, although your sin is not remembered are recorded.  You works done from faith will be remembered and rewarded.  The last thing is this:

Your dead works will not stay dead if you start moving in faith in some other areas of your life.  "Your dead works will not stay dead if you start moving in faith in some other areas of your life".

Ezekiel 37:1-14

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Dry Bones Live

37 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
 
AS YOU STEP OUT IN FAITH IN SOME OTHER AREAS OF YOUR LIFE, THE AREAS OF YOUR LIFE THAT SEEM DEAD WILL COME ALIVE AGAIN.  GOD WILL BREATHE ON THE AREAS OF YOUR LIFE THAT SEEM UNPRODUCTIVE AND UNDONE.  THE THINGS YOU KNOW ARE PART OF WHAT YOU NEED TO BE DOING BUT YOU ARE GETTING NOWHERE IN.   "STEP OUT IN FAITH WHERE GOD IS LEADING YOU AND THE DEAD AREAS IN YOUR LIFE WILL BECOME ALIVE AGAIN"

"Faith works" vs "Dead works"

The following scripture has been brought to my attention twice since yesterday:

James 2:20
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead.

I paused on this scripture because I have heard it taught in many different ways.  I don't know if I have always heard it, in it's proper context.  Because today it meant something different to me then it ever has.  Maybe it's just where I'm at in my life right now.  I have not prayed for this yet but something has been on my heart lately;  I have come across some "only God could of showed you that" teaching lately.  It's not necessarily something I come across often in the body of Christ, even though I should.  That is the teaching with the greatest power in my life.  Education is great but revelation is even better.  I have found it on my heart that I need God to show me some things that only He can show me.  I have found myself in the same position that I found myself in right before I got saved.  The church where I got saved had a pastor that preached every Sunday "only God could of showed you that" teaching.  When I got saved one of the things I said to God is "I want what he has" talking about the "only God could of showed you that" kind of teaching in my life.  I have not felt this way in years, but I heard Joseph Prince say some things in one of his sermons and I said, "only God could have showed him that" and I want it!  That annointing.  I don't even know why.  God's wisdom has always been the character trait that has most amazed me about God.  As I go back to this "faith without works is dead" and I look at the other text in the chapter, I realize that 2 of the examples of faith they used was Abraham sacrificing Isaac and Rehab hiding the spies.  These instances meant putting family and home on the line.  I have felt a nagging in my heart.  I don't really know what it is, not sure about it.  But your works have got to come from faith.  They can't come from any other place or it is sin.  The bible says whatever is not from faith is sin.  I believe that Jesus came so that we could have peace, joy, victory, and even excitement in our lives.  But those things will only pour out of faith.  Many of us are living a partially dead life, with alot of dead works.  That's why we are uptight all the time, that's why we don't have any joy, that's why we worry, that's why we are sick.  But the thing is, we are not doing it on purpose.  We don't realize our works are dead.  Matter-a-fact we think what we are doing is glorifying, but is it really? If u don"t have joy, if u don"t have peace, if u don't feel like you are really living, then your works are dead.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Foundational Testimonies

I don't know if you have ever noticed that there are some preachers and it seems that they always preach about the same thing.  There is a reason for that.  That one thing is usually based on a foundational principle that God gave them to live their entire life by.  It's the testimony God gave them...................and yes your whole life can be based on 1 key testimony given to you by God.  One pastor I had use to preach about "Holiness" all the time, to the point where even his wife would ask him "Are you going to preach about Holiness again?"  But it's what God gave him to preach about.  Joseph Prince preaches about "Grace" alot.  That's what God gave him.  Even those of us who are not bonafide preachers, have something as believers that God has given us to share with the world.  Some conviction that came in the form of a testimony.   Mine has to do with "motives".  I guess it's based alot on the scripture whatever is not from faith is sin.  This scripture has had to take on a rather extreme form in my life.  Keep in mind that we all have different strengths and weaknesses.  Many times our testimonies, ministries, and messages are birthed from our weaknesses.  For me "ambition" is bad.  For me "determination" is bad.  This is just for me, because God has shown me that for "me" it leads to a "striving" spirit.  The Holy Spirit cannot flow in your life when you are "striving".  The hardest thing about this for me,  is that often times I have to step back from work that needs to get done until my spirit is right.  That's not easy to do but I have experienced that when I don't it causes sickness in my body.  Lemme say that again, when I operate from a wrong spirit, "it causes sickness in my body".  If I live my life by this, I stay symptom free.  Recently I got ambitious about getting my home clean and my allergies flared up worst than they had in years.  I know the weather is changing and people are getting allergies, some will look at this post and not receive what I'm saying.  But I know anytime I get really exagerated symptoms whether an extremly stuffy nose are extremely soar throat, it has to do with my striving spirit.  I caught myself this past week. But it also made me realize, this is a life principle that God wants "me" to live by.  This is not for everybody.  It's like the below scripture reference:

20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

Many times we are too concerned  aboout the differences between how God works in our lives.  We want to know,  "why do I have to do this but this person doesn't?".  Jesus is saying "What is that to you, you follow me".   Following Jesus manifests in different ways among believers.  Each believer is led according to their unique purpose, their unique strengths, and their unique weaknesses.  Don't compare yourself to other believers.  The bible says those who compares themselves, by themselves are fools.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Liberating not limiting

There are many scriptures in the bible that I have looked at as limiting but now, I'm seeing them in a whole new light.  I'm realizing that God meant these scriptures to be liberating not limiting.  As I was getting troubled about all the things I wanted to get done at my home, God said "Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is it's own trouble" (Matthew 6:34).  There was a time where I took this scripture to mean "You have enough troubles for today, don't take on tomorrows troubles too".  It was really kind of a gloomy scripture to me.  But today I realize that Jesus is telling me I don't put more on you then you can bear, my yoke is easy and my burden is light and I want you to learn that, so don't take on unnecessary troubles, don't take on challenges that were meant for another day.  The challenges of today are all I want you to deal with, this is so you can have all the things I promised you; peace, joy, abundant life.  After all that's why I came, that's why I suffered, that's why I died.  I did not do all of that to allow "life's troubles" to take away the benefits that I died to provide for you.  Walk free, walk light today and know that no trouble will overtake you.  Most of all the most important thing I want you to do today is enjoy the relationship you now have with the Father. 

Be cautious of what you have been taught by the world.  If you want the joy of the Lord, you have to live by kingdom principles.  The world says to plan your life out.  The world says you need to worry about your future.  Kingdom principles say not to worry about what you will eat, what you will wear, what you will drink; don't worry about tomorrow.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.  When you look at how the word "added" is used in the bible, you realize it means that you don't have to strive for these things, fight for these things, or earn these thing but rather God will do it.  Matthew chapter 6 is a great chapter for understanding the difference between how the world operates and  Kingdom principles.  Remember they are liberating not limiting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Christ Did!

Last night I went to bed meditating on Joseph's Prince devotional.  He was speaking about how when Jesus was on the cross, was the first time he referred to "God" as "God" instead of Father.  The scripture was Matthew 27:46 (My God, My God why have You forsaken me).  The devotional talked about how God had to turn his back on Jesus because His eyes could not behold the sin that He took on for us.  Remember Him who knew no sin, became sin.  Jesus had to become something that would cause His own Father to turn His back, so that God's face could shine on us.  Can you imagine? The pain not only physically but emotionally.  He was alone, for us.  But at the same time, God was pleased with Him because of how He loved, but He couldn't embrace Him in that moment on the cross and say "Son, I am so pleased with you".  At a time when any human being would need it most,  God had to turn His face because Him being Holy could not behold the sin that Jesus took on.  The pain and agony that Jesus went through. He became separated from His Father, so that we can be in a right relationship with the Father.  He became sin so that we could be free of sin.  He left royalty and became poor so that we could be rich.  He laid down His life so that we could have life.  His body was bruised so that we could be healed.  He became despised, so that we could be accepted.  He became naked so that we could be clothed in righteousness.  He become like us (taking on the form of sinful flesh) so that we could become like Him.  He became a man of sorrow so that we could have joy.  The chatisement for our peace was upon Him so that we could have peace.  How dare we reject any of the benefits that come with being a child of God.  How dare we take credit for any good thing in our lives.  How dare we act like we can do anything to become a better Christian, when He did it all for us.  How dare we refuse to acknowledge and rest in His finished work.  How dare us to think we can add anything to what He's done for us, as if to say "it was not finished" when Jesus said it was.  Rest in Christ and stop thinking you have to fight for what He did.  In returning and rest you shall be saved.  In quiet and confidence shall be your strength.  Don't let the world tell you different.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Seasonal Blessings

Last night was rough because it was the first night that I had Carson in his crib all night.  He is 4 months old.  He was waking up alot, needing to be soothed.  Prior to last night, Carson would maybe spend part of the night in his crib then part of the night sleeping on our huge ultra-comfortable sectional sofa downstairs with myself or my husband.  I knew that we would not be able to do this but for so long, but I also knew that I would know when it was time to go with the crib for the whole night.  I am one of those people, whereas I don't want to loose sleep if I don't have to.  Well, the time came.  The night before last I realized that the sleep I was getting in our prior sleeping arrangement was diminishing and Carson needed to get use to being in his crib.  So we did it and he did rather well, but it was the first night so I was up about 3 times in the middle of the night before he slept on thru.  But I know it was God's timing to put him in the crib because even though I was dead tired this morning, it was so much better than sleeping on the sofa.  I was very thankful for him to be in his crib and for me to be in my bed.  Hallelujah!  Praise Jesus!

I guess the point of the post is "timing".  When we do things at the right time in our lives, it is a blessing, no matter what happens.  I believe it is important to seek God's timing in every area of our lives.  To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  It's important to know and understand the seasons we are in so that we may behave accordingly and get the blessings of that season.  There are blessings for every season of life

Monday, September 17, 2012

Don't be afraid of ministry

Don't be afraid of ministry.
Don't be afraid of your desires.
Don't be afraid of your design.

This is for the women!  We care deeply for our families, protective even.  But God cares even more deeply and He will protect them.  This is from God, "You can't protect them".  Pray for God's protection.  I'm going to say it again "You can't protect them". Pray for God's protection.  Lets disarm the flesh right now in the name of Jesus.  If you have been holding off and saying "no" to ministry, your desires, and your design to try to protect your family, I want to tell you right now "You can't protect your famil, only God can".  I say this to women because we put so much of ourselves aside for our families, and I'm not saying that's a bad thing.  But I am saying sometimes we do it for the wrong reasons.  I am a big advocated of putting family before ministry.  However, it is getting more weighty on my heart that our design, our desires, and our ministry are intertwined.  We are doing our families an injustice by not living according to our design.  God gave us to our families based on our design, they need it!.  God gave us to our families based on our design, they NEED it.  Don't deny them.  It's been on my heart for a long time that my family needs me to operate exactly how God designed to operate, so I can't be scared of it.  But at the same time I have to submit to the Lord in this, so my motives stay pure.  Walking in your designed purpose for your life can only be done with God.  It is impossible to do without God. 

When ministry invades

If you are like me, there are some things you have been praying to take place in your life.   My question to you is, what are you going to do when those things start to come to pass.  Do you think it's going to be convenient when God actually starts answering the desires of your heart?  Do you think your going to be able to tell God "I want that, but not yet"?   Trust me on this, when God starts answering your prayers, it will not be at a convenient time or season in your life.  Lemme say this one again, "it will not be in a convenient season in your life".  You know how people say "Watch what you pray for".  Well,  there are some things I noticed about how God has designed me and what that means for my purpose in my home and outside my home.  Based on that I have been praying for a long time about how I would like to see my life unfold.  These prayers have been based on God's revealed purpose for my life.  I have desparately wanted some things in my life.  God is starting to move on those prayers, and I almost closed the door on a work God is beginning in my life, because "I'm thinking, it's not a good time".  But God reminded me of what I have been praying for.  God's blessings are never convenient and that is so we continue to have to rely on Him in the midst of Him blessing us.  Lemme say this again, God's blessings are never convenient "this is so we have to continue to rely on Him in the midst of Him blessing us"

Oh my gosh, this just hit me "Don't be scared of your design".  Oh my gosh, God is speaking to me "Don't be scared of your design". 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rewarding yourself

This is off the beaten path of what I've been posting lately, but it's on my mind.  This is definitely for women.  most of the women I know work ver hard.  Whether they are at home or working outside of the home.  One of the areas of home that I struggle with the most is getting the household chores done that need to be done on a daily basis. Keeping the kitchen clean, doing laundry, decorating, and projects that desparately need to be done.  There is a program that I've done before but couldn't' keep up with, called "Flying".  It is the FLY lady program.  FLY stands for Finally Loving Yourself.  This lady teaches women how to get your home under control.  One of the 2 most important componants of the program is rewarding yourself.  I never felt that part was very important so I didn't take it seriously, but now I realize how important it is.  But I realize she is trying show us how important it is to maintain balence in our lives.  The rewarding helps to maintain balence.  You need to indulge in something that is going to recharge you if you have your hands full with your work.  This is even good towards maintaining your relationship with God.  Matter-a-fact the reason why I've started the program again is because I want to get some things under control in my house so I can have more time to spend with God.  I already spend plenty of time with kids and hubby, but I would love to have more time to study the word of God.  Anybody interested in the program can go to www.flylady.net .   

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Miracles on my mind.

Why did Jesus perform miracles?  It seemed to be a major instrument in His ministry.  That gives me chills.  I would define miracles as something no man could ever do.  Like no man could ever feed thousands of people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish; and have leftovers.  No man could ever turn water into wine.  No man could take a blind man and make him see.  Jesus did countless other miracles.  I just have to ask "Why Jesus, what did you want us to take from the working of miracles?"  Miracles are amazing and exciting but there is something else, I know it is.  What does the performing of miracles do for our faith.  I have miracles on my mind and I want to pray for some miracles for people this week.  I wanna do this not because I need some excitement in my life but I wanna know and see how miracles bring glory to God.  I wanna know How God desires to use miracles in the lives of believers today.  I want to learn something new about God in this area, about Who He is and what He wants our mindset to be in this area.  Deep in my heart I think many of us lead a boxed in life when it comes to this area.  Myself included.  I just think we box God in alot.  I believe some of us have done it for so long we don't ever realize we are doing it.  I can't speak for everybody but I have a heart that desires great things in my life, I want action, adventure, and big risks to take in living a life for Jesus.  I wanna put myself out there and say "God whatever you wanna do, God use me, God use me". 

Does there have to be a problem or something wrong with you for God to perform a miracle in your life.  I don't think so.  God loves to show us who He is, His power, strength, and glory.  There is a quote from one of my favorite books that says "Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful.  In the world we live in, we evaluate and analyze way too much.  Use men as a example.  Men love to be strong on our behalf.  Most good men, love to provide beautiful, nice things for their wife and loved ones.  It's not because we've been so great to deserve these things.  They do it because it's a part of their nature.  They do it because of the fulfillment it gives to them.  They get that from God.  God wants to show Himself strong on our behalf just because it's a part of His nature.  He performs miracles to show us how great He is. Miracles have everything to do with Who God is and nothing to do with anything we have done.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Look at the cross and LIVE!

My heart is so full today.  My heart is full with the love of God and the awesome power of the cross.  Praise God!  I'm just so thankful that I wake up to a God who wants me just as I am.  A God who appreciates who I am in a way that nobody else can, because He made me for Himself.  He did not make me for anybody else, not my mother, not my father, not my husband, not my children.  No, God made me for Himself.  I belong to Him.  He is the one Who takes care of me.  He made me to need Him.  There is a place on the inside of every human being that longs for God.  He put that place there on the inside of us.  This is the place where our true identity dwells.  He did that because He is jealous for us and wants us to always be His.  In the Book of Isaiah God says "Everyone who is called by my name Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him".  Hallelujah! I was created for the glory of God and He has made it very clear that He has created me, He has formed me, and yes He has made me.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made!  Hallelujah!  I'm not conceited!  No, I'm not prideful.  I just believe that God's work is good!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

START WITH GOD

This morning I was ready to start doing invoices which I have fallen a great deal behind on, when I hear God say "Start the day with me".  I say "I really need to do the invoices, remember I started the day with You when I listened to the scriptures on that t.v. show this morning".  I still hear God say "Start the day with me".  So hear I am starting the day with God.  This morning I was starting out the day looking at my house, my work, my day wondering how I was ever going to do it. I was looking at how untogether my house was, I was looking at the invoices that I must catch up on, I was looking at the appointment my husband and I have with next day blinds at our house at 10am.  I was looking at all these things instead of looking at Jesus.  When we wake up in the morning, what we look at has a huge impact on how our day is going to unfold.  It's almost predictable.  I am reminded of Peter walking on water.  The bible says in Matthew 14:30 that as soon as Peter saw that "the wind was boisterous" he started to sink. I wonder if Peter would have started to sink if he kept his eyes on Jesus?  I don't think we can sink if we keep our eyes on Jesus.  I think all things are possible if we keep our eyes on Jesus.  I know that sometimes you feel like if you don't focus on all the other things in your life something might fall through the cracks.  But Jesus will not let your life fall through the cracks if you keep your eyes on Him.  If you keep your eyes on Jesus your life can be bigger and more exciting then you could every imagine.  The eyes and the ears are so essential to living a successful life with God. Don't focus on the tasks at hand focus on Jesus.  Cover each task of the day in prayer before you begin so instead of your hands being on it, the hand of the Lord will be on it and bless it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Make room for God, He will provide

God has the blueprint for your life.  He knows how it needs to be built.  Just as he gave Moses and the people of Isreal the instuctions on how to build His temple.  God was very detailed and specific in these instructions.  He is the same way about the blueprint for our lives.  He has it planned out and knows what it should look like all the way down to the smallest most minute details. This is ministering to me right now as I type.  Living out our destiny in the Lord has implications for every part of our lives.  Because each person has a different destiny, our lives are obviously going to function differently.  I can't look to other people to tell me how my living out my calling is going to make the rest of my life look.  I think up until this point it has scared me.  It has scared me to shift my focus from some things that I have been focused on for the passed 5 years.  As God is opening up doors for me to minister to others, I realize some things have got to be put aside.  I'm not a superwoman, there is no such woman and we cannot do it all even though we would like to.  I'm realizing that this is the time and the season where God is asking me are you ready to make room in your life.  Ministry cannot birth in your life if there is no room for it.  God is showing me that I have to make room in my life for what He wants to do with my life.  I have to make room in my life for what He wants to to in my life. Anybody know that it is hard to manuever in a crowded room.  Well, it is hard for the Holy Spirit to manuever in a life that is too crowded with other things.  Just the same, God cannot expand your ministry if your life is crowded with too many things because you can't manuever that way He needs you to.  My daily to do list seems to have tripled since moving to our new home in VA and now I sense God restoring and encouraging me in ministry.  I am ready for that shift.  But with a daily to do list a mile high, some things are going to have to be sacrificed.  All the things that I have on that daily to-do list are very important to my role as a homemaker and helpmeet.  But what comes to mind is when Abraham sacrificed Isaac.  Isaac was very important, goodness it was through Isaac, Abraham's seed, that all the nations would be blessed.  Abraham knew this when He was willing to sacrifice him because God told Him too.  However, God sent an angel to Abraham to stop him and then provided the sacrifice.  God provided.  When God calls you to do something and you already have a mile-high list of things to do on a daily basis, if you are willing to sacrifice what's necessary to obey God, He will provide.  As a wife when it comes to responsibilitites such as cleaning house and things like that, I have seen God do through me in a couple hours, tasks that would take me days to do if I'm in my own strength.  God will multiply the little things you do and the time that you have in order to do great things in and outside our homes. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I need to breathe

I cannot run all day long jumping from one thing to the next.  I need space in between to breathe.  I find God gets lost in the busyness. There is a scripture I have been meditating on; "For thus says the Lord God, Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strengh.  Why is it when life gets busy and I feel like I have opportunity to catch up on things, God seems to want me to stay at such a slow steadfast pace.  When I get opportunities I want to run like the wind to get stuff done, I do have 2 young children.  But God doesn't seem to think that way.  Sometimes I feel like going at a "God pace" it takes forever to get stuff done.  But everytime I'm like "Ok, some time is cleared up, ready, set go; I need to clean, organize, throw stuff out, give stuff away, catch up on work,................then God says something like "You are troubled about many things" or "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strengh. God doesn't really allow me to move quickly in anything if I'm following His leading.  That's just me.  He desires me to move about in a restful way and for quiet and confidence to be my strength.  I had to stop this afternoon and thank God that He wants to bless me with a life the is restful.  Jesus told His disciples that His yoke was easy and His burden was light. He says to "learn from Him."  He says take His yoke upon us and learn from Him.  Jesus what do you really mean by that?  If Jesus yoke is easy and His burden is light, why do we carry such heavy burdens as believers?  Just curious.  I really want to live by the word of God.  But if I am carrying heavy burdens and walking around yoked up all tight then I'm definitely not walking in the spirit.  The bible walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. I guess I better get to walking and stop running.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Don't underestimate GRACE

2 Cor 12:9 says "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness".  This is the 3rd day in a row that God placed this scripture in front of me.  In my devotional today, it spoke about how grace is when you can admit your need or weakness and receive help from another.  Isn't that what Jesus does for us through Salvation?  We admit that we are sinners and that we are not able to fix ourselves and that we needed the One who was without sin to die on our behalf.  To receive God's wrath for us, to stand in our place. 

In the world we live in, it is not popular to ask for help.  In most cases if you do it do much, it is frowned upon.  But this is not so in the Kingdom of God.  In the Kingdom of God being able to accept grace has changed the world.  How much more powerful would we be in our lives if we learned to accept grace and offer it on a regular basis.  That's power!

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