Friday, September 22, 2017

Dead or Alive????

One day, when I was cleaning the kitchen, I had a bunch of stuff in my hand.  Some stuff was trash, that I wanted to throw away, and some stuff was not trash.  Would you believe that I went to the trashcan and tried to throw away trash, while trying to hold on to stuff that wasn't trash, in the same hand.  Who does that?.  When I threw my trash away, immediately I was like "Wait, did I throw something away that wasn't trash?".  Honestly, I didn't know.  Because it all felt the same in that one hand. 

I realized that when you are holding onto too much stuff at one time, everything in your hand begins to feel so natural, that it's hard to tell the difference between what you are suppose to be letting go of and what you are suppose to be holding onto.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Matthew 16:25-26

Many of us are trying to save one thing or another.  We are trying to save money.  We are trying to save our kids.  We are trying to save face, in front of others. We are trying to save others, especially in light of the recent natural disasters.  We are trying to save relationships.  In some cases, we are trying to save things that are "dead" in our lives.  

Jesus flipped "dead" on it's back calling what seemed "dead, alive. And calling what seemed "alive", dead.  We have to see things with spiritual eyes, that can only come from a relationship with God, in Christ.  Even though I struggle like everybody else.  I see things that others don't see, I hear things that others don't hear.   The Holy Spirit can change the way you see, the way you hear, and the way you walk through this life.  I have a long way to go, but as a result of a crisis my husband and I went through, God was able to really transform me in many ways.  The testing of our faith is such an amazing tool for our growth.  

"Dead" doesn't mean what we think it means, nor does "life" mean what we think it means.   I hear the voice of God most clearly when I live a lean life.  Meaning that I don't fill my life up with too many things to do.  It seems that the faster my pace, the less I hear God's voice.  The slower my pace, the more I hear of God's voice.  Something to ponder........................

Monday, September 18, 2017

What is in a name?

To those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children
Of God John 1:12

I keep wondering about this statement "believed in his name".  What does it mean to believe in Jesus's name?  I always hear this statement with something in the middle.  Like "I believe I'm healed in Jesus's name".  What does it mean to believe "anything" in His name?
John 16:23-24 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 

The scripture above really caught my attention.  I have read this scripture quite a few times.  But this time some specific words jumped out to me:
"in My name".  

You the past, when I have prayed.  I would say "in Jesus name" almost as more of a way you are suppose to close out a prayer like a Jesus stamp.  INSTEAD, I feel like God is showing me something more about what Jesus really meant.  I feel like He is saying that "Whenever we ask something that is contained in His name, we will have it.  Like

"I pray for peace in Jesus's name"
"I pray for strength in Jesus's name"
"I pray for healing in Jesus's name"
"I pray for joy in Jesus's name"

All these things are contained in the "name of Jesus Christ".  And there is so much more in that name.  "In Jesus's name" is not a stamp you place on any old prayer just to get it up to God.  That's not what He meant.  He wasn't saying that you have to say "in Jesus's name" to get God to hear your prayer.  He was saying that if you ask for whatever is contained in my name, you can have it.  

I'm saying this to you because, until recently, I thought "In Jesus's name" was just a stamp to get my prayer up to God.  I believe this revelation will guide our prayer life to begin to pray according to the heart of God.  It has definitely changed the way I approach my prayer life. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A glimpse of light in darkness

 One of the most important parts of the morning is my coffee mug.  As I rise early and it's still dark,  I creep downstairs and I know I don't need any other light except the blue light on my Keurig .  I quietly fumble around in my cabinets for a coffee mug.  Then a get my creamer out of the fridge.  As a look at my Keurig, I see the water level is low, but it looks like there just might be enough water for one cup.  I take a chance, risking the disappointment of those flashing words on the screen "needs more water".  But my risk pays off and it turns out I have just enough to meet my need at that moment.  What I blessing it is!!  With pure delight, I run upstairs to my room, quietly as not to wake anyone.  My alone time with God is so important. Still without any lights on, I open one of my blinds.  So I can bring in the daylight thinking about God.  I know that in the morning if I get up and seek Him.  He gives me exactly what I need for that day.  I am praying that as I reach out to you, you will find hope, peace, encouragement, and connection.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Love & Crisis

I am bursting with stuff to share, but really haven't known if it's the time to share it.  Or even if this is the platform.  There have been some foundational lessons that God has been teaching me.  Gosh, I haven't blogged so long.  I don't know where to start.  I long to connect with my readers on  a more personal level.

 I don't know how many of you are married.  But statistically marriages will go through a crisis about every 10 years.  It could be health, financial, loss of a loved one, parenting issues, etc.  My husband and I went through our first crisis last year, and guess what?  Last year was our 10th year of marriage.  Ours was financial.  Honestly, it went on for about 2 years but reached the worst of it last year.  We were in danger of losing our home.  The only reason we are in our home today is because God used our family and our church to help us.  But it was rough for awhile and it truly tested our marriage.  We had the worst arguments of our marriage during this time.  But we had decided we were going to let this make our marriage stronger not weaker.  There were times, we were ready to give up.............. but you never let a temporary situation cause you to make a permanent decision that you will regret.  So many great things have happened as a result of our crisis.  It has forced me to let go and trust God more, it has humbled me.  It is still humbling me.  We are doing better but we have alot to dig out of.  As a result of this crisis, I got a job after being a stay at home mom for 9 years.  I got a job at my kids' school with an amazing staff that has become like a family to me.  God gave me a purpose at my kids' school. It wasn't just to be there working, His timing and His purposes were evident.  Now one of my new daily prayers is "God whatever you do, do it in a way that keeps me humble"  Life is better when I'm trusting God.  It takes away the stress and anxiety.  Even now I have to remind myself of that, as of late I have been anxious about a couple changes with my work

I have stopped being so overprotective of my kids.  God has shown me, with Jesus, that the reason why Jesus died on the cross for us, is because God knew, at the beginning, that we were going to forsake Him.  That His creation would fall into sin.  As a loving Father, instead of trying to stop us and control us, He provided a way to help us rise up again.  That's what good parents do.  We don't try to control our kids, we provide a way for them to rise up again when they fail.  Just like us, they will fail over and over again.  Just like we don't have to be afraid to fail and we can take comfort in knowing that God already has a way to lift us back up, we don't have to be afraid of failure for our kids and they don't have to be afraid either.  We want our kids to live boldly and God wants us to live boldly. 

So, if you are like me and you are asking the question "How could God let this happen?"  It's because He is a loving Father, who doesn't want to control us. That wouldn't be love.  Love does not control.

         "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is no puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil........................."(1 Corintheans 13:4,5)

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