Friday, December 20, 2013

A need......

Isaiah 9:6
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called:  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

As individuals with different needs, we experience God in different ways.  Today was the first time that I recognized how wonderful a counselor the Holy Spirit is.  You need the Holy Spirit to be different things, at different times to you.  The Holy Spirit is God's Spirit.  As I prayed for direction today with some things going on in our business.  This is what the Holy Spirit communicated to me:

"When God is ready to do something in our lives, it always starts with "a need".  He allows us to experience that need.  That is how it is when we get saved.  We cannot be saved until we realize our need for Jesus.  It is the same with everything else in our lives.  God has to show us our need first, so we can turn to Him and then He makes the provision.  It is our realized need for Him that draws Him closer to us. It's been that way since time began. Many times your need is your greatest blessing.  If you turn to God , it will allow His power to flow through your life. 

God's redemptive plan for all humankind, started with "a need".  When Adam sinned it separated us from God.  The need was that we needed to be reunited with God.  That is everybody's most important need.  God made a provision, He sent His son Jesus. What is amazing is how God chose to do this. He could have just wiped out sin completely from the world by destroying every person on the face of the earth, because that's the only way he could wipe out sin from the world.  But He loves us and what we realize is that the most important thing to Him was not that we be perfect, but that we are in a right relationship with Him.  God knew that if we were back in a right relationship with Him, we would start to become more like Him with every passing day.  When you think of how God chose to correct the problem of sin in our lives, it is the most loving act you would never be able to conceive with your own mind.  There had to be a punishment for sin because God is Holy.  Who was going to take the punishment?  All of God's wrath had to be poured out because He is righteous and sin had to be punished because He is just.  Who was He going to take it out on?  Who was going to pay this massive debt that mankind had accumulated against the Creator of heaven and earth.  Only 1 person could do it.  That person had to be perfect, without blemish.  Isn't that something?  Why wouldn't he say I'm going to find the most evil person on the face of the earth and then take out all my wrath on him?  Why didn't He make Satan pay for the sins of all humankind.  He is the one that deceived us.  Why not punish the one who started it.  Because God wanted to show His love for us above all.  So He took the only person who was totally innocent and made Him pay for all the sins of humankind.  Think about it for a moment, what is God trying to communicate to His children?  He sacrificed someone innocent for your sake and my sake and none of us are innocent.  The bible says "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".  Think about that for a minute.  Who sacrifices the innocent for the sake of the guilty.  Someone who truly loves and cares for "the guilty".  Someone who doesn't want to punish you, but wants to love you.  Just think about it;  the only way God's wrath was going to be satisfied was to sacrifice the innocent for the sake of the guilty.  That's how He loves us.  WOW!!!  To take it a step further, He decides not only would this person be totally innocent, and without any sin, but it would also have to be someone very close to Him, the closest person to Him.  That was His Son.  His only Son.  It's not like He had another Son.  It's not like He had another child.  He sacrificed His only, innocent son.  Only a perfect man could take the wrath of God being poured out on Him for all humankind and not be utterly destroyed.  Only a perfect man could pay for my sins and your sins.  You can't pay for your own sins, just in case you didn't know.  We try to pay for our own sins all the time. But the fact is that Jesus has already paid the ultimate price for your sin and your account with God is settled.  He just wants a relationship with you.  It's always started with "a need".  As we approach this Christmas season and reflect on the birth of Christ, we have serious needs.  Just as God provided abundantly and completely when He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us, just like Jesus paid for our sins in FULL!!!  Whatever your need is, God will provide out of that same heart of abundance, love, and complete provision. God bless you this Christmas season.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Whatever you feed will grow

Life keeps me pretty occupied with 2 young children and a home to run.  I sometimes wonder how well I'm really doing in that area.  Only God knows.  One of the things that is on my spirit today is "Whatever you feed is going to grow, whatever you let starve is going to die."  Many dreams are aborted in this fast paced culture, because we don't take the time to feed our dreams over a period of many years.  We want things to happen so fast.  When they don't, we "abort" our dreams.  I always have before me a 10 year mindset for ministries and businesses.  My family is first priority in my life.  But even out of that ministries and businesses are birthed.  Now, there are only 4 things, outsid of my family, that I don't want to allow to starve and "die":

1.  WomenNTune
2.  My Book "Can A Mom Take a Break???"
3.  The Parent Support Group I facilitate at my daughter's school.
4.  My friendships with all the women in my life. 

These things did not and are not going to grow over night.  It takes years of nurturing for something to grow to what you want it to be.  That's why it's good to choose things that you are passionate about.  Things that mean a lot to you.  The things you choose to pour life into, have to be worthwhile to you, in order to create any lasting impact on  your life or the life of people around you. All the things I mentioned above are areas of life that Jesus has dealt with as a ministry to me for the past 7 years.  But now they have grown from Jesus's ministry to me to Jesus's ministry through me.  When you are in a rush you don't enjoy the process.  Plus there is a seasoning that happens to things in your life over a period of time.  Everything you do should contain salt & Light.  Whatever God puts your hand to, whether it be business or ministry has the potential to grow into something amazing.  But you have to let God season it and you over a period of time. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zechariah 4:6 - Bible study

When God says in Zechariah 4:6 "not by might, not by power but by My Spirit says The Lord of Hosts".  The fact He called Himself "Lord of 'hosts' in this particular scenario caught my attention.  When God uses a specific title for Himself, the context surrounding the usage is very critical in understanding what He is speaking to us.  As I read this what came to me was that He is talking about His spirit.  A spirit needs a host.  Think about how we use the word "host". Like when you host something at your house.  You are welcoming people inside your home and serving them.  Our bodies can be used as a  host for the Holy Spirit or for evil spirits.  But, whether you host evil spirits or the Holy Spirit,  God is still Lord.  He is The Lord over every host.  But I believe He needed to say this because He is talking about His spirit here and Christians are, in a sense, "hosts" to the Holy Spirit.  But I also think he said this because He uses the word power here; and "hosts" as it is used in this scripture also comes from a primary root in the Hebrew, meaning mass of persons like army or servants.  God is saying that my Spirit is in You and I'm The Lord of you and I'm going to work in your life through my spirit because you are my host.  But He is also referring to the army of hosts that serve Him.  An army that we cannot see.  I believe although He says "not by power"; He is referring to human strength, but He points to His power here referring to His spirit in us as well as the huge number which forms His army of heavenly hosts.  They work for God on behalf of His people.

Hebrews 1

13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?[i]
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Raw Human Honesty is attractive

God changes your relationship with things and people.  When God does this, you have to be willing to change your mind.

Romans 12:2

New King James Version (NKJV)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

I am in a place where God is changing my relationship with some things around me and some people around me.  The devil has tried to keep me from lining up with these changes.  The devil has told me, that if I change my mind then I wasn't really committed.  The devil has told me "if you change your mind" they are gonna reject you".  The devil has said "if you do this ministry differently, it's going to get you in trouble"  Right now, my body is trying to be attacked with pain so I don't get this blog out.  But as soon as I confess the bottom scripture over my pain it leaves:

Colossians 2:15

New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

What God showed me today, is that being able to change your mind is an essential part of our growth in our walk with God.  It doesn't indicate lack of commitment or love, it indicates growth.  We are human and prone to error everyday in everything.  We have to be open to allowing God to re-direct our paths at all times, even though we are prone to human error, we don't necessarily have to "walk" in human error.  We can make mistakes everyday and still walk in the divine path the  God has set for you, but you have to not be afraid of your own mistakes and willing to share those mistakes with others, because it will bless them. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Getting Motivated

I have spent years being motivated by many different things and people.  I have been motivated by trends of the season, by people that hold different roles in my life.  I have been motivated by happiness and I have been motivated by sadness.  I have been motivated by envy, I have been motivated by jealousy.  I have been motivated by pride, I have been motivated by curiousity.  I have been motivated by ambition.  I have been motivated by sickness.  I have been motivated by clutter and I have been motivated by organization.  The most important person I have been motivated by is Jesus Christ. 

Most of the sources of motivation I listed above are really not healthy motivators.  Most of them yield very short term results.  I say that because I have wrestled with the Holy Spirit for years with the struggle of wanting to impress people.  I was concerned about what people thought about me.  I am a homemaker and writer.  I have found that being worried about what people thought about my home, has been a big motivating factor behind when and how I did certain things.  It's one thing to respond to people out of love, it's another to respond to them a certain way because you are worried about what they may think of you.  That is not love. 

Now God has revealed something very powerful to me about being a wife and mother.  Have you ever read about the Proverbs 31 woman?  Let me refresh your memory:

The Virtuous Wife

10 Who[b] can find a virtuous[c] wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates
 
These versus of scripture use to piss me off so much I would close my bible.  Why???  Because she was so perfect and I knew I could not live up to that description.  For years I asked God why would He put that in His word if He knew we couldn't do it.  This year He communicated to me that I should not focus on her actions but on her spirit.  So I stopped focusing on what she was doing and I stopped praying to be able to do what she was doing and I started praying and asking God to reveal her spirit to me.  That was the beginning of my journey to really becoming more like this Proverbs 31 woman.  God has just given me another piece that has blown me away.  God has me in a season of life where He is ready for me to put my hands on a lot of different things.  He is saying to me that some of what you are doing or all of what you are doing is going to prosper.  That means  at least one thing is going to prosper, that's a promise.  But if you are doing nothing, then nothing is going to prosper. But what if everything you did prospered.  If you are only doing 1 thing, you are not giving yourself a chance to prosper in many things. 
 

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6

New King James Version (NKJV)
He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
As you do not know what is the way of the wind,[a]
Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.
 
The next piece that God gave me yesterday is below:

Proverbs 10:4

He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich
 

Proverbs 12:24

24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
 
So now, God has given me the correct motivators in my life.  It's not that I had never read these scriptures before.  This time these scriptures came alive inside of me.  That is what the Holy Spirit does in the lives of believers.  God tells us to be diligent.  Busyness is not the same as diligence.  It comes down to the source of your motivation.   When you are motivated by the Word of God, it will produce exactly what God says it will produce and you will have lasting results!!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Something is going to prosper!!

I did not think I would be writing another post today, but Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 is still on my mind.  It just seems like this scripture is expanding on the inside of me.  The scripture is below

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6

New King James Version (NKJV)
He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
As you do not know what is the way of the wind,[a]
Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.
 
This scripture has been on my heart for 2 weeks and God has been highlighting different parts of it every week it seems.  This week, what's really on my heart is "And in the evening do not withhold your hand".  I hear so much in this portion of the text.  I hear God saying "don't just do one thing".  I hear God saying, "don't just plant your seed in the morning".  I hear "spread your seed around".  Don't withhold your hand from anything God has put on your heart to do.  I hear in these scripture versus that something I do is going to prosper or all that I do is going to prosper.  Don't put all your apples in one basket during this season of your life.  It's time to spread your seed around and it's time to get your hands on a variety of things in your heart.  If you do that, something is going to prosper or everything is going to prosper.  But either way you look at it,the time is now.  Check out the video below for more:
 
 
 

A special time for women

I am so excited about what the Lord wants to do in the lives of women. God has shared with me that He wants a time of refreshing to come for women. Over the decades women have worked themselves into a frenzy. We have managed to get our lives very busy and very stressful. It is causing illnesses such as cancer and heart disease in our lives. Stress is a silent killer. Stress is the root cause of many diseases. The disease itself is merely a symptom. It's not just about being healthy, it's about understanding how much God desires us to be able to enjoy our lives and have peace and balance in our lives. WomenNTune is here to bring women into a place of refreshing joy and peace in our lives. Would you join us? The video below covers the devotional for this week:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My time or His time??

Good Afternoon!!!

This is the first day of kindergarten for my daughter.  My 15 month old son Carson is home with me.  Well, since he was born, my daughter and him have been home with me for most of the day everyday.  Today I was tempted to just go on a rampage when he took a nap, he can finally take a long nap without his sister waking him out of it and I was so tempted to do all the things that I have not been able to do with my daughter at home; clean, organize, take a quick shower.  But then I realized that I didn't want to take possession of my time, I wanted to commit it to God.  This is the first day of a new season for me, and before I decide what I'm going to do with the time that I have, I want to commit it all to God. 

It's like the tithe, many times we already have plans for our money before we get it.  But if we give it to God first, we have to believe He will perform the supernatural with the rest of it. 

My devotion today was Psalm 118:28

Psalm 118:28

New International Version (NIV)
28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.
 
 
I may not smell too good right now, but I say "God I give my time to you first"
My house may not be the cleanest, but I say "God I give my time to you first"
I have projects to finish around the house, but I say God I give my time to you first"
 
 
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

God speaks

This is just a candid post about what God has been saying to me lately.  I have been reading this book called "Mission of Motherhood".   The thing that has really stood out to me is how to follow Christ's example in how He treated his disciples for raising my own children.  Christ took so much of His time to be with them, talk to them, teach them, find out what they were thinking, and He allowed them to witness His ministry on earth first hand.  Christ did not give everyone the time He gave to His disciples.  He spent a good part of His time pouring into them.  he was equipping them to change the world and that is what we should equip our children to do as well, but make no mistake about it,  it requires a huge sacrifice of time, energy, and your own agenda.  It means to lay down your own life.  Somehow this Word from God has taken up root in my heart and I Feel it growing in me..  I am going to tell u something powerful.  Do you know that as soon as I relax and give myself over entirely to God's  purpose, I start getting phone calls from friends and family in need.  The key to getting God to use you in the lives of others, is surrendering yourself to the needs that are in your own home.  But wait a minute, this does not look like what u think its going to look like.  Sometimes you think you are suppose to have certain things together.  But God wants to use you with things just the way they are.  he wants to use you in the state you are in when you surrender to Him.  There is a certain posture, and it looks different for everybody, that we have to be in to live a surrendered life.  But to often we get out of that posture trying to "fix things up". But no........................at the very moment when you are willing to "surrender all" again, pause and look around you.  Don't try to fix anything, you are right where you are suppose to be..........It might not look like it but you are.  You might look like a hot mess!!  Don't try to fix it,  God will fix it.  Jesus tells us
Matthew 6
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of 
these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?


Do you think God wants you to look beautiful?  He does!!! Aren't the lilies of the field beautiful.  Matter-a-fact how much beauty resides in God's creation as a whole??? A lot!!!!  Don't look to the worlds devices to be beautiful,  God has His own way to beautify His people.  You wanna know how???

Psalm 149:4

New King James Version (NKJV)
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation

Wow it says that salvation beautifies us!!!! salvation means a whole lot more than being
saved to live for eternity in heaven with God.  It is chock full of benefits for you to believe God for right now!!!!i know we often don't understand how all this works, but you have to let God work His ways, they are not out ways, But they work and His works last forever

remember God brings beauty out of unexpected places and His spirit moves in area of chaos and brings order

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Before you were born

Genesis 1:26 - 30  & Genesis 2:7

I am writing on the topic: "What did God whisper to you before you were born?"  Look at what God says:

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

I want you to keep in mind that God had not actually formed the man yet.  That did not happen until Genesis 2:7:  Look Below:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being

So, in Genesis 1:26-30 God created male and female and he spoke to them.  He prospered them, gave them authority, and gave them provision.  He spoke all this to man and the women before they actually took on the form of human flesh.  This was all in God's mind before it actually existed.  He spoke it all before He did it. 

Look at what God says to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”


All of this really got my attention last night and today.  Because before you and I were born, God spoke into our lives exactly what we were going to be, what we were going to do, and how he has provided for us.  Do you know that everything that will be has already been in the eyes of God.  Do you know that all the questions you have for God have already been answered before you were born.  Do you realize that while you are praying to walk in the purpose God has ordained for your life, God has already seen you fulfill your purpose.  These things have already been deposited.  God has also already made provision for you, that was also deposited in you before you were born.  It is all there!!!

Even Jesus's purpose on this earth was fulfilled before He was born and took on human flesh.  Look at Revelation 13:8 (NIV)
8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[a]

It says here the Jesus was slain from the creation of the world.  What does that say to you about the unfolding of your life.  If you look back at the first versus I mentioned in Genesis, you will notice that God did not only speak to the Son and Holy Spirit about us but then God repeated Himself when He spoke to the man and woman about the dominion they would have.  All this happened before their physical body was formed.  What does that say to you about your life???Stop searching for what's already been ordained for you from the foundation of the earth and start talking to God.  Stop searching high and low in this world for your answers and start talking to God.  When you walk with Him, you will walk in your destiny and you will do it with authority and grace.  Before you were formed, God said ".................is what you are going to be,......................is what you are going to do............................is what I have provided for you".  God can fill in these blanks for you.  The world cannot. 

Keep in mind, that God is not the only one who sees and knows these things.  If you see in the first versus I mentioned in Genesis, there is an "us".  God spoke with others about these things.  Those others are Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  So Jesus and the Holy Spirit both know everything that God knows.

 

 
 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

What if

What if as Christians we REALLY followed Jesus's example of how he responded to things in the bible.  I believe that sometimes as Christians we walk in some of Jesus's example, but not all of it.  I keep thinking about the bible as a whole and what it really means to live out the word of God in my everyday life.  I don't mean trying to keep the "commandments" of the law.  I don't mean trying to be "righteous".  I really mean my faith in God.  My faith in God to be everything that He says He is to me.  My faith in Jesus that I truly do sit with Him in the heavenly places.  My faith in Jesus that I can do everything that He says I can do in His name.  I feel like you get to a point where you realize that you have to have faith ALL THE WAY,  Or none at all.  I'm just pondering right now.  I have found in my life that the more I am at rest about everything in my life and trusting Jesus that I am who He says I am and that my family and I have what He says we have, the more I experience the peace, joy and movement of God in my life.  But there are times where my faith wavers.  I stop right here to examine the devil in this area.

There is an area of my life where I was strong in faith and now I waver.  I keep hearing God say, don't underestimate the power of simple things.  What are the simple things.  For me, it's taking communion daily.  Just that simple act can catapult you into everything that God has for you that day.  Back to the devil.  The devil will have you to put off the simple things.  You will hear "you can do it later". That's the enemy.  Like I said there is an area where I was strong in faith and I sense that faith wavering.  I believe I hear Satan sharing with me what the physical consequences will be if I'm wrong in my faith.  But you know, that's where Satan is stuck on stupid.  Because you can't go wrong in faith.  Without faith you can go wrong big time.  The bible says that whatever is not of faith is sin.  It also says that "without faith it is impossible to please God.  Those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him". 

Satan's main agenda is to get you to question God's goodness to you, to make  you think that God would withhold something from you.  The bible says that He will not withhold any good things from those who walk uprightly.  Before you start questions if you walk uprightly.  Don't worry about it, God doesn't look at your walk but at the perfect walk of Jesus in whom you have every blessing of the righteous, upright person.  Not because of anything you have done, but because of what Jesus has done. 

My son has had a fever since yesterday evening.  I turned to the Word of God to see what the remedy is for a fever.  In the book of Luke, Peter's mother-in-law was sick with a fever and they asked Jesus to heal her.  Jesus stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her.  Simple remedy right; "rebuke the fever".  He did not say take her to the physicians, he did not say give her medicine.  He did not say give her a cool bath, he did not say put a cool rag on her head.  He simply rebuked the fever.  Many times as adults, we don't receive such simple remedies very well.  The devil tries to convince us that life is more complicated than that.  The bible says that God uses the simple things to confound the wise.  I am encouraged to stand on the simple truths and remedies in the word of God for myself and my family. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Marriage as women

I'm so excited about this particular blog post because of how marriage plays such a major role in understanding our relationship with Christ.  I also know as women we experience marriage differently than men.  That's the way God designed it.  It is so beautiful.  Keep in mind that our husbands are the head and represent the role of Christ to the church, in our homes.  I'm still absorbing this truth from God's word, but the more I line myself up with this truth in my marriage, the more joy I have in my marriage. One of the major things that the Holy Spirit has kept on my heart concerning marriage is to allow my expectations that I place on myself to line up with my husband.  There have been many a times where I have overwhelmed myself with demands.  Those expectations I have placed on myself did not come from God or my husband.  But when I relax and allow my husband and God to be my guide in terms of the demands I place on myself, I never get overwhelmed.  I am learning to rest in my husband just as I rest in Christ.  I am learning to enjoy my relationship with my husband as I enjoy my relationship with Christ.

Very important to appreciate being able to experience these relationships uniquely as a woman.  A women's physical body speaks proportions about how a women responds to relationships and the way she responds to life in general.  It's definitely worth some exploration.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Why not explore that???  What is one major thing physically that makes us different from a man?  I would say the fact that we can carry, nourish and give birth to babies from our bodies is pretty major.  One thing that has been on my heart in terms of not placing unrealistic demands on myself, is to operate how God designed me to operate naturally.  What do we do well, naturally, as women?.  We carry things on the inside of us.  As women we can carry a lot more weight on the inside of us than men can.  We are designed that way physical and therefore we are designed that way spiritually as well.  Men, are physically designed to carry more on the outside.  Women are designed to carry more on the inside.  Men, when presented with a problem or issue, they are naturally inclined to want to fix it right then and there.  While women, like to think about things, ponder things.  It takes us a little longer to make decisions.  God designed us that way.  If you read in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  You will notice it says on a few occasions that Mary, the mother of Jesus, carried things in her heart.  It didn't say Joseph did that, it said Mary did that.  We as women, nurture things and ideas that reside on the inside of us.  Just like we nurture babies as they grow and develop on the inside.  That's why men don't understand us, because many things happen on the inside of us, where nobody can see.  We don't even show right away as a baby is growing inside of us.  Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean that there is nothing there.  Exercise liberty to allow things to marinate, brew, and be nourished on the inside.  When it's time for others to see it, God will bring it out.

I want to stay with the word "nourish" for a moment.  We are designed to nourish and feed things.  This is starting to change the way I do everything, even teach my kids.  As women we have a enormous capacity to understand the unique needs of individuals.  Because God designed us to "nourish"  it is part of our purpose as women.  In marriage,  I'm trying to step back and focus more on nourishing my family than anything else.  I'm praying and asking God to help me to begin to walk totally and completely in my power, natural & supernatural ability to nourish.  When my husband comes home from work, he should get nourished by me in whatever way he needs everyday.  I should be able to feed him in so many capacities.  I should be able to give him what he needs to continue to grow and blossom in the Lord.  Continued tomorrow................

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

You absolutely Can't serve 2 masters

As I was laying down this morning.................or maybe it was last night, but God spoke Luke 16:13 to me:

13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon

I've started off this week a little weary, haven't felt up to doing my devotion at night after the kids went to bed. Summertime, I'm on a different schedule.  Both my young kids are home with me all day.  My 1 year old just started and walking and has also decided that he doesn't take long naps anymore.  By the time night falls, I am exhausted.  As I thought about this scripture, I was reminded of my children.   I know He is talking about money in the text, but this scripture applies to any area of your life.  God wants to be in control of every area.   He wants to be your master.  I realize He is telling me, that I can't let my children be masters in my life.  He is not saying I shouldn't serve them.  He is saying they should not be in control in any area of my life.  God has shown me over and over again that when I let something or someone else get some control over my life, I get weary and burnt out.  But when I let Him have all control, I'm always being renewed.  Kids have control always being drained and burned out, let God have control always being renewed. 

If you are tired and weary in your Christian walk, step back and consider whether or not you are giving control of your life over to anyone else  or anything else but God.  If you are, that is likely the reason why you are burned out.  Don't look on the outside, look into your heart and mind to see what's going on in there. 

God's ways are very opposite of the world.  Many times when we give God control, it can be uncomfortable.  You can tend to feel like you should be doing something other than what He has you doing.  You can tend to feel like you are not being productive enough.  You can tend to feel like you are not being responsible.  But God says that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  When God has control over your life, it can feel awkward and weird for awhile.  You might feel like you should being doing things another way.  But if you continue in His ways, it will eventually become your way of life and it will eventually feel "right" to you.  His ways are right.  But in the beginning, it doesn't "feel" right.  But you have to continue in it. Repetition, repetition, repetition.  I have been listening to podcasts for months now, from different Pastors that encourage me.  I keep listening to the same ones over and over again.  It's gets difficult, I get tired of listening to the same thing over and over again.  But understand, that faith comes by hearing.  There are things you need to keep hearing over and over again until you start seeing the manifestation of it in your life. 

Always remember that God's ways flip the world's ways on their back.  As you go about business, raising your children, tending to yourself, building friendships, etc...............Keep in mind that God might have you go about it a little differently then you might expect and you should be open to that. 

I speak to you as a person who has lived out in the world.  My need for God was expressed in many destructive ways in the world: Sex, alcohol, pornography, drugs.  Trust me, I don't stand where I stand because of myself.  It is solely because of Jesus.  He pulled me out, He rescued me.  But I also stand here able to proclaim these things because as a Christian I have been in leadership and I have fallen.  I have fallen victim to my own pride and I have been a target of the enemy.  But for years, what might of appeared to others as a long, dry spell in my life, was really God teaching me, healing me, building me back up again.  I stand here to today, having been rescued from the world and having been built up again after a major fall in my Christian walk, to tell you these things that I say on this blog.  I have a deep familiarity with some things of the world and some things of God.  I know what I'm saying is true because I have lived it

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Free yourself to be free

The bible says that "Whom the Son has set free is free indeed".  Do you see the emphasis on free.  Not only free, but free for sure, free for certain, abundantly free, doubly free, so free.  There is such emphasis on "free".  Why do you think God had to tell us this.  He wants us to live this truth out.  He wants us to grab hold of this truth and run with it.  If you have been saved and washed in the blood Jesus Christ than you are "free".  God is saying you are surely free.  Free to go, free to fly.  Why aren't we going?  Why aren't we flying?  How many people have felt sorry for an animal that has been wounded and then when they are all healed and you open the cage for them to go free, they just sit there.  Or when an animal has been in captivity so long, when they are set free, they don't go free.  There are even prisoners who have been in jail so long, that when they finally have an opportunity to be free, they would rather stay in prison, than be free.  See freedom can be a scary thing, when you have been in prison for a very long time.  But we have to trust God. 

God has said to many of us, "You are healed, go free".  We are still sitting in our prisons.  The prison door is opened and God is saying "Go ahead, you're free" But we have become such "friends" with the bondage in our lives.  But the bondage is our enemy.  We are just comfortable with it.  I think it's because we "feel we have a sense of control there".  Bondage is small, but freedom is big and we have to trust God to roam free.  Some things that seem good, we have to step away from because it's bondage for you or for me.  It takes faith to step away from something that seems "good" so you won't be in bondage to it.  It takes faith, to believe that while that may be "good" God can produce something so much better. 

As we are going about our day and we hit areas of bondage, it feels like an "obstruction".  It is an obstruction.  It is an obstruction in our freedom and an obstruction in our anointing.  If there is an obstruction, the flow of our anointing gets hindered.  We can't have that!  There is a Godly land, a heavenly land that we can roam free in right now, but we can only do that under the anointing of God.  It's the only way.  Many of us ride the fence everyday of our lives between freedom and bondage.  A little freedom, a little bondage.  That can't work, you have to choose!  Honestly we have to be willing to throw everything on the altar of God for our freedom.  Ultimately, we have to be willing to let go of everything to walk in freedom.  I didn't say we "have" to let go of everything, I said we have to be "willing" to.  The reason why I say that, is because some things that we have to be willing to let go of are things that are not inherently bad, but are bad for us; because for us, as individuals, they cause bondage.  You can sense when you are about to walk into an area of bondage in your life or when you have stepped out of freedom into bondage, because you feel a tightness, an anxiety.  It can be described like a mental paralysis.  You sense your "flow" has come to a quick holt.  Somehow you stepped out of freedom into a prison cell.  You can start to recognize the signs of this happening in your life and you can back out of that prison cell, and place your feet where Jesus has planted them and that is in freedom.

Now, the most important thing that Jesus calls us to do as His disciples is to "love".  I have noticed in my life, when I have stepped into bondage, my capacity to love gets immediately hindered.  It's like an obstruction.  Sometimes we refuse to walk in the freedom that God has given us because we feel like if we do so, we will not be able to love our families the way we need to.  But the opposite is true.  When you walk in complete freedom in Christ, your capacity to love becomes greater.  Many times we think when we walk in completely freedom we are taking some things away from those who are closest to us, when the opposite is true, you are adding so much more to their lives. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Your "love walk", get your joy back!!!

When I got saved, I really experienced Romans 5:5

Romans 5:5

New King James Version (NKJV)
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us

But adversity entered in and pain, hurt, and just the business of life.  I got away from my first love.  God is truly my first love and their was a love poured out in my heart to give to others when I had God as my first love.  But I got away from that.  It has remained in my heart, but I have not acted on it.  I have not made time for it.  Which means I have not made time for the people that it is suppose to be directed towards.  This "love walk" has really been on my mind.  Am I really loving people?  I made a decision last night, that I'm getting back to the "love walk" God gave me in the beginning.  Sure, I was a baby in Christ.  Sure I was prideful because I was a new Christian.  But with all that I was on fire for Him and it caused me to love others.  I made mistakes that hurt people in my immaturity and my pride, but don't we all at some time or another in our lives.  But because I did that, I shelved my "love walk".  I didn't want to be prideful anymore, I didn't want to hurt people by being to bold.  But we shouldn't shelve what God has given us in the beginning because we stumbled.  Maturity comes, it does!!!  As little children in the Lord, God gives us grace for our mistakes just like we do with our own children.  Other people might not offer you grace, but that's ok.  Don't let that reflect on the grace God wants to give you.  He wants you to grow and make mistakes in liberty under the protection of His wings.  Don't shelve the love that He has poured out in your heart, because He has designed you to "walk out that love" in a very specific way.  People will disappoint you, but God will never disappoint you.  Let us start responding to God and stop responding to people. 

Psalm 51

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Balance and juggling isn't even in the Bible!

Balance and juggling isn't even in the Bible!

Bondage, stands out like a sore thumb

God is showing me some things about bondage in our lives and I just had to get it out today.  This blog is such a learning platform for me, because it is the place where God chooses to pour into me.  This week I realized there is an area of my life where I have some serious bondage.  It has to do with my children.  I do a lot of "good" things with my children.  But I do it from a posture of anxiety, worry, and even fear.  These things can take "good" things and turn them into "bad" things.  I know I do not stand alone and that there are many parents operating in fear when it comes to certain areas of their child's life.  But I want to stay focused on my journey right now, it might help somebody else. 

God showed me some severe bondage in an area concerning my children, but He also showed me how anointed I am in that very same area.  Do you realize that the areas of the most severe bondage in your life is also the areas where you are greatly anointed.  What hope we have in this!!!!  Understand that the devil is mostly concerned about the areas where we are anointed.  Those are areas where he focuses most on keeping us in bondage.  But God has got something very powerful for us in those areas as well.  God is reminding me of my anointing in the lives of children this morning, despite the severe bondage I'm experiencing in this area right now. 

Isaiah 61:1

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
 
Normally when God sheds light on an area of bondage, it's because He is ready to set you free in that area.  He is ready to speak liberty into that area of your life and He is ready to open the prison doors in that area where we are bound.  There are signs in our lives that indicate areas of bondage.  Anytime you feel like you have to prove something for somebody, you are operating in bondage.  I don't know if you have noticed, but when people talk to you about certain things you hear their voice change from a gentleness, to a very aggressive tone and it's like they are fighting with something.  Many times it's mistaken for "passion" or "conviction".  But it's bondage.  They are in fact fighting with something, but it's not you or anything on the inside of you, they are fighting with something on the inside of themselves.  Most of the time other people are the target of our bondage.  Meaning that we project something onto them that we are really fighting with.  When we hear that defensive aggressive tone coming out from ourselves when addressing something or if it comes from someone else just know that it is an indication of bondage. 
 
I'm very excited now about what God has shown me in my life, because I'm excited to be free!!!!  So now, I'm talking to God and I'm like "Ok God, now what do I do?"  First of all, we can't free ourselves, Jesus has to do it.  He is the only One who can.  What's on my heart is to wait with expectation.  Do I put everything I have been doing in that area on "pause"?  I don't think that is what I'm being called to do, I believe as I take steps in that area, I should do it with a believe that I'm stepping out of bondage and into liberty.  When God shows you an area of bondage, right then and there he is opening the prison doors.  But you have to walk out.  You can't stand in the prison and say "now what do I do?"  You have to step out of the prison and as you do, you step into a greater degree of liberty and freedom in your life!  God bless
 
 
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

The heart, morore than just an organ...........

Today my devotional was John 14:27:

My peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled. Neither let it be afraid.

This is what Jesus said to His disciples and He says it to the Body of Christ today.  In dissecting this scripture it tells me that my heart might try to be troubled, that there is a temptation to be afraid.  But He gives a direct commandment here, not to let your heart go there.  When you feel your heart tip toeing towards being troubled and afraid, reel it on in.  There is absolutely not reason for you to be troubled or afraid, not because you don't have trouble in your life, not because you don't have adversity and trials going on right now, simply because Jesus said so.  If Jesus said "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid".  Then Jesus is saying there is absolutely no reason on the face of this earth that you should allow yourself to become troubled or afraid.  The bible says to "guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life".  It is very important that you tend to your heart and take active steps to keep your heart free from trouble and fear.  This means something different for everybody.  But I will tell you that most diseases out here are stress related.  Stress kills people and it is a toxin that makes your body sick.  That is how I see stress now,  I know that when I allow myself to be stress, it is literally putting poison in my body and I'm not going to poison myself with stress.  Stress is a root cause of most illnesses we deal with today.  Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life.  If you end up with a sick heart, you will also end up with a sick body.  The bible says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  Be careful what you put in your heart and what you allow other people to put in your heart.  Watch your conversations with others, make sure they don't poison your heart.  Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life.  If you have a healthy heart, you will have a healthy body.  The heart is such an amazing organ that God made. God refers to the heart many times in the bible, which should tell you that this is a physical organ with a major spiritual function in our lives.  The heart is a physical organ with a major spiritual function in our lives.  Some people just look at the heart as an organ, but it is so much more than that according to the word of God.  Read up on what God says about the heart in your bible.  Be blessed and guard your heart.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What soothes your heart, pay close attention

We live in a culture where we rarely pay attention to our hearts cry or the hearts cry of others  We can't hear it over the T.V., radio, social media websites, and all the things we burden ourselves down with on a daily basis.  Ever so often we get a taste of something and it provides a soothing in our hearts.  This comes in the form of many things.  A word from God, spending time with a friend, having a clean kitchen,  hosting people at your house, beautiful smelling perfume, spending time horseback riding, playing fetch with your dog, hanging out with your kids, going to the movies with your husband.  The specific things that provide a soothing balm to your heart, are signs.  They are signs that represent the life that God has called you to live.  Many of us are not paying attention, we are just running and running, busy and busy. 

I use myself as an example on this blog, hoping that my journey helps someone else.  God has called me to a ministry to women in my home.  He has called me to provide comfort, rest, and intimate connection.  For me, when my home is set up for that to happen, it soothes my soul and I want to step out on it more boldly.  I had a friend over a couple days ago and I had candles lit, the house was tidy, and we sat down on the couch with our feet up and chatted while our kids played around us.  But it was such an anointed time of comfort and closeness.  This was a balm that soothed my soul.  Many times the things that relieve and soothe our souls, have a lot to do with God's purpose for us.  When you live out your purpose, it will provide comfort and rest to everyone around you,  because that is the ministry of Jesus Christ, to provide rest for our souls.  He didn't say he would provide "work for our souls"  he said "we would find rest for our souls". 

In my last blog, I talked about "a blueprint" on my heart.  We all have one, we just have to pay attention to the "signs".  For me, now that I know my purpose is linked to the things that soothe my heart and that it will provide comfort for others, I need to exercise some discipline and fight my flesh for those things.  For example, if I want my home ready for the ministry that God has given me in my home, it's important that I keep my dishes done, my kitchen tidy and the couch neat.  I have young children, so there will be toys, but even in the midst of toys there is an atmosphere that God has anointed me to be able to provide. 

Horseback riding is something my dad introduced me to when I was younger.  I fell in love and still love it today.  I have been wanting to get back to it for many years, but horseback riding lessons are not cheap.  You are talking about $50.00 per lesson.  But if that is part of my blueprint, then I get rid of expenses that are not part of my "blueprint" so I can fund that things that are a part of my blueprint. 

We have to start trimming the fat and lining things up with what God has placed on the inside of us, God only funds His purposes.  If you are constantly spending your money on things that won't feed you, then you won't have money for the thing that do feed you. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

It takes time, start setting up now

The other day, God laid something on my heart:
"Things take time, start setting up now for what you want to do"

I'm 36 years old and I have said for years, God has a blueprint stuck to my heart of what my life is suppose to look like.  From the largest details to the smallest details.  It's time for me to start doing everything according to that "blueprint".  Many of us have the same thing on the inside of us.  But we rarely line up how we go about life according to the blueprint God has laid on our hearts.  Rarely, do we make decisions according to that.  It comes a time where God is ready to birth that life that He promised you long ago.  When that time comes, you must prepare.  You must take everything in your life and line it up with what's on your heart and if it doesn't line up, it's got to go!  Everything has got to start to line up with what God has called  you to.  Now, some people hear the word "called" and they automatically think a specific ministry.  I am using the word "called" in terms of your life overall.  I have been called to a certain type of life, not just a ministry.  God has given me a blueprint of a life that I have been called to live out.  But until now, I haven't been lining things up and measuring them by that blueprint.  But you have to do that, in order to get rid of the things and the people that will take precious time, energy, and resources that you need to be putting elsewhere.  Many people are not happy, many Christians are not living the "abundant life" that Jesus said He came to give us.  I have asked God about this for years.  "What does this abundant life look like?  What does it feel like?"  I believe God is getting ready to answer these prayers.  But there is money, time, and energy that needs to be poured into it.  That means I need to spend my money on things that line up with that blueprint that God has given me, that means I need to do my work in a way that lines up with that vision.  I need to deal with family and friends in a way that lines up, I need to treat my husband and kids in a way that lines up.  "It takes awhile, start setting up now for what you want to do with your life"

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who do you work for???

I am so excited, because God just gave me a revelation about a scripture today that freed me from some bondage. Alleluia!!!  I was chatting with someone today about how sometimes when I sit down to spend time with God in the morning, I feel pulled and distracted by all the things I have to do that day.  How I feel a little conflicted at times with my daily responsibilities in addition with all God is calling me to at this time in my life.  Well, one of the things she said to me was do things as if doing them for Him.  Right before that she said to ask God to help me with my responsibilities.  The wording that this women used, it's like God shined a light on this scripture in a way I had never seen before:
 Colossians 3:23
New Living Translation (NLT)
23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

When I use to read this scripture it was in the context of "if I viewed certain tasks as if as I was doing it for God, then I would work harder at it".  But God showed me something different today.  Today I saw it as "If am doing things as if for Him that means I'm going to do the things "He" has told me to do, and that doesn't necessarily include all the things I load myself down with or what somebody else might try to load us down with.  I see it this way:  Lets say your boss at work says to you and your co-workers "We are going to shut down early and I want to take all of you to lunch."  Do you feel free to do that or will you be thinking about all the things you have to do at the office?  If the boss says come and let me bless you today, are you going to feel torn between you workload and what your boss wants to do for you?  Honestly, the truth is that you don't determine what your workload is going to be for each day, whoever you are working for is in control of that.  Who are you really working for?  Are you working for yourself or God?    If you are working for yourself than your "to-do" list will always get in the way of you spending time with God.  But if you are working for Him, he will be Who you seek out for  your workload; and Jesus said that His yoke is easy and that His burden is light.  The yokes we place on ourselves are often not easy, nor are the burdens we place on ourselves, light.  Which one do you want?  Who are you working for; yourself or God????
\Matthew 11:28-30
New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Based on the scripture above, who do you want to be working for?  What should we expect when we work for Jesus?  Rest............................even as we work, we will have rest.  Choose Jesus today, choose rest.
 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Do what you have to do

Get in the spirit this morning.  The bible says walk by the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  If you don't feel the spirit, find a way to touch the Holy Spirit find a way this morning to connect with God's Holy Spirit within you.  Put on your worship music.  Whatever is going to move the Holy Spirit within you, seek it out first thing in the morning.  The bible says "seek ye first the kingdom of God" .  The bible says the He is the God who answers by fire.  God is a consuming fire.  Touch the fire of God this morning and it will consume you, it will set you on fire for Him.  Do what you gotta to set the fire ablaze.  Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly!  But you need the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will guide you right into the abundant life. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Angels are watching

Get ALL the benefits of marriage.  There are so many benefits that come with being married.  There are so many benefits with taking your husband's last name.  My husband and I are together because God brought us together to become husband and wife.  I love my husband dearly, but God showed me when I got married to take advantage of all the benefits of being married.  There are legal and spiritual benefits, when you choose to practice marriage according to how God has designed it to work.  That means the husband is the head.  When you submit and come under your husband's authority, not only do you have legal rights that come into play but there are also spiritual rights that become yours. 

1 Corinthians 11 (NLT)

7 A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 10 For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.[e] -  Don't see this as a limitation, see it as a liberty
 

(New King James)

  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels
 
Please don't get caught up in the literal sense of head covering here, but look at the spiritual implications.  First of all, this word says that "angels are watching" us.  Isn't that a blessing!  Angels are watching us.  As women, do we want to have authority in the heavenly places?  I believe we do, since Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against power and principalities, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Yes, we as women want authority in the heavenly places.  Well, angels are looking at your "head".  Do they see a symbol of authority on your head?  Married women, submitting to your husbands will give you a symbol of authority on your head.  Single women, make sure you have a church home and you are under the covering of a pastor, so when the angels look down on your head, they see authority.  If you want to have authority in the heavenly places, than the angels need to see authority when they look down at your head.  Remember we are talking spiritual authority.
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Where is God pushing you????

There is nothing like a fresh revelation from God and I believe God wants to give that to us everyday.  Often times we don't prioritize seeking Him out for His daily manna of fresh revelation.  When you start doing it, you'll find that He will also pour into you at random times of the day.  It is a pleasant surprise!  This is what He did for me last night.  I was sitting there thinking about how difficult it is to keep my house in order and that no matter what I try, it doesn't seem to produce the results I want.  In my spirit I heard "If it's not the ordained time for your house to be in order than it's not going to happen" then I heard "If I'm not pushing in that area then you shouldn't be pushing either.  Focus on the areas where I am pushing".  God basically told me, "Push where I'm pushing".  Then I realized He was talking about Psalm 127:1:

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.

Remember, we all have our daily responsibilities, but there are times where we need to push ourselves in specific areas.  Line up your "pushing" with God, ask Him where He is "pushing" right now in your life.  Then you start pushing as well in that area.  Let the other areas be business as usual and save your "pushing" for the areas where God is pushing.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Don't back away, come closer

I have been talking about "The Wall".  You know that wall you keep hitting in your life.  You are trying to move forward in areas and you make a little progress and get a little leverage and you hit this wall within yourself.  Immediately we want to shrink back from the wall, shrink back into our comfort zones.  Many times we don't even know we have a wall in our way.  We just figure the timing is wrong or that God is not ready to do something through you yet.  Once you have hit up against this thing enough times, you realize "wait there is something here, that won't let me pass".  Normally, "the wall" does not just pop in one area of our lives concerning one thing, you will find that you hit it in every area of your life.  How big is that!!!  I mean big in a good way, because do you realize that if God makes this wall come crashing down what is going to come flooding into every area of your life.  Do your realize that this wall is the only thing standing in your way in every area of your life.  I pray that you get a revelation of this.  Paula White said something like this "One moment of illumination and revelation can change the direction of your life forever".  God has just shown me my "wall".  Just like they encircled the wall of Jericho for 7 days and it came crashing down.  I'm walking around my "wall"  It's getting ready to come crashing down.  At that time, the floods gates are going to open in my life.

I reinterate, don't shrink back from "the wall" walk around it.  Examine it.  Find out what the history of it has been in your life.  See where it's been holding you back and then wait and anticipate the monumental level of deliverance that is going to take place when God brings it crashing down!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Wall in your way

Hitting walls in your life.  Many times the walls are within ourselves.  We are human and that's ok, God can help us with that.  Are there areas in your life where you feel like you want to move past a certain point but you never seem to be able to do it, and you shrink back into your comfort zone.  Times where you are moving, moving, moving in a certain direction than there is a certain something that enters the picture to challenge you and you shrink back.  Why do you think  you shrink back from certain things?  I've seen this in my own life, an avoidance going on.  A rigidness keeps you from being able to be flexible and just flow.  It feels like a wall you can't get past.

There is a time that we arrive at in our lives, where God is ready to bring down every wall that has been holding you back.  Trust me, there is a time where God is ready for you to be able to flow freely in all that He has called you to be.  Trust me, there is a time for this.  When the time comes, God shows you "the wall".  The wall that has been holding you in so many areas of your life.  You find yourself standing in this place where you absolutely can't turn your back on the wall and go back to "business as usual".  So you stand there facing this wall.  You know you can't turn back, you don't want to turn back, you know you want what is on the other side of this wall.  So you're standing there, looking at the wall, with a revelation of your history with this wall.  What are you going to do?  Are you just going to stand there?  No, you are going to believe that by faith this wall in your life is going to fall down (Hebrews 11:30)

The people of Isreal marched around the wall of Jericho for 7 days and then it came crashing down. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mad for all the right reasons.....

Luke 14:26

New King James Version (NKJV)
26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

Lord, I finally get it!  I've prayed about this scripture for years.  But with the coaching of Minister Joye Davis, I have finally received what God is saying through this scripture.  It's because of what I've receive that I'm even back typing in this blog again.  I believe doors are opening right now because of this revelation.  Below is my testimony of this revelation:

On day while my son was taking his nap, I was doing my devotional and he woke up.  I wanted to cry, because I wanted more time with God.  I was mad.  I didn't know if it was a healthy emotion.  But God showed me that it was.  He told me "That's good, that's how I want you to feel about your pursuit of me".  Then yesterday my son would not go down for a nap and I got in the car so he would fall asleep and I would get some quiet time with God in the car I heard again "That's good, I want you to take desperate measures to get in your time with me.  I want you to get mad when you have to be pulled away from that time".  I realized what I thought was unloving towards my family was really what God wants from me.  In essense you do have moments of hating different people and your very life, because you just want to bask in God's presense and praise God because it's what He wants.  While I don't let that take me from my responsibilitites as a mom and wife, I now am able to treasure these feelings.  Many of us are scared to give ourselves over completely to God because of the intense emotions it stirs up in us to do His will.  We are scared of what it might do to our relationships and our very lives as we know them.  But guess what?  It will bless everyone around you and add so much to your life.  The enemy always wants you to think that God subtracts from your life, that's how Satan keeps many people out of the Kingdom, by making them think they would lose something in living for God.  But it's a lie!  The bible says Satan is a liar and the father of lies.  He invented the lie, Satan told the first lie ever to Eve in the Garden of Eden.  But Christ came to give to you, not to withhold or take from you.  Christ came to add not to subtract.  Christ came to give you life and life more abundantly, not to make your life dry and boring.  So please, get your eyes off of people and look at what the Word of God says about who He is.  Don't let Satan tell you who God is, because he will always lie about it.  Pray to God to show you who He is.

 

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