Let Me Count the Ways

When I think of the many ways innumerable times when approaching the singular thing they all have is my need of You in spite my state Defender Protector Companion Teacher Healer Restorer Peace-Giver Judge Emancipator Helper Beloved Savior The Way The Truth and The Light Beams of You, secured enlightenment straitened paths thru a pondering time as the Word is read and drops in heart! ... agitations fall away as Your Spirit falls like rain! Once again I bring to you prayer recycled in new words I’m clothed in praise of THANKFULNESS. Unrobed from sadness and deflation grave attire I’ll wear no more! In You divine expectancy arises and with your savor I want more! Job 37:23-24 “Mighty

Knowing God Through Others

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. I had been struggling at work for some time with negative emotions. God was silent on the matter and I felt the Lord wanted to teach me something important. I have been task orientated all my life and not relationship orientated in the workplace. Task-oriented is an approach in which a person focuses on the tasks that need to be performed in order to meet certain goals or standards. Relationship-oriented is an approach in which a person focuses on the motivation and the general well-being of team members. I was having

Thanksgiving

"In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:18 With the holiday season quickly approaching, Thanksgiving is here. The historical facts of this celebration was begun by the Pilgrims and neighboring Indians in 1621 with sharing a meal from their first crops in the new land. With only half of the pilgrims surviving the journey to American, then landing on the East Coast in the middle of winter with limited supplies and contagious diseases abounding—these survivors had much to be thankful for. It was a 3-day celebration with their friends, including food, fellowship, entertainment and prayer. There was no pumpkin pie, mash potatoes, turkey,

Be Free

Recently preforming “The Stool” for our Highlands Ministries Fundraiser. This skit hit home for me. Because time after time I have given my burdens over to God, and asking for help and all is good. God has taken care of them and no longer do I feel the weight of them. Except....for one...I have given this one particular situation to the Lord several times. Due to the fact each week I am faced with this situation and overwhelming feeling over and over. Countless times I pray, I hand it over to God and I pray some more then BAM!!! Situation back in my face. So then I’m like ok God if you are not going to help I’ll take it back. That’s where I fail, as most of us do. Because every time we start

Being Led

I, the Lord, can see that you are eager and wanting My witness, in your pursuits and answers to questions. My Word is full of examples of how, by My Spirit, My people were led to victory and freedom, and heard My instruction about what to do next. I rightfully, and with your cooperation and love for Me, want to guide even with the most difficult and persistent afflictions. For the most part...great is the weight one can bear for a time, but we are all in need of a sign and a rhema word, to take us thru to completion and emancipation! Lean in with gusto, Beloved, and set your mind and heart with this very thing: "the thoughts and plans I have for you are of good; to prosper you and exemplify

Hang On

When we turned on the sprinklers to water our grass in Montana, the robins flocked to our yard to stand and watch for worms. Suddenly, one would grab the end of a worm and pull and pull until the worm popped out of the ground. I never saw a robin let go of the worm. He just braced his feet and hung on. His perseverance rewarded him with a tasty snack. There may be an area in our lives where we need to use the perseverance and patience of a robin. Maybe an in-law who is difficult to love, a child who needs consistent discipline, holding a teen-ager accountable for her actions, or continuing with a Bible study. If so, we brace our feet, hold on, and continue doing the right action for the curr

Don't Be Deceived

“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” Romans 16:17-18 NASB The greatest ploy of the enemy is deception. You see it as the first trick of the devil when he deceived Eve in the garden and one he uses all the time. The terrible thing about deception is that you do not know that you are being deceived. We have to be very mindful and always testing what we hear first to the Word of God. Growing up in Church I have been

Share the Message

“Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, “See, we did not know this,” Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?” Proverbs 24:11-12 NASB I recently listened to a sermon using this text and was deeply convicted. I’ve been reading statistics on the lost, on those who have no Bible, and the repercussions of generations to come if we do not rise up and evangelize. We are deeply moved when commercials come on with starving children, war affected countries, those in need. Yet, we walk out of our doors surrounded by

Dedicated Service

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1 In Children’s Church, we recently had a couple of lessons on Samson. I purposely broke the subject up into a couple of lessons. We always talk about Samson’s down fall…Delilah. We did talk about the fact that Samson was unequally yoked and he hung around with the wrong people. This behavior cost him his strength and the full purpose God had for his life. But before we got into the sin that crept into his life, we talked about his Nazirite vow. Samson started out living a clean life in devoted service to Go

The Real Path to Holiness

Have you ever had trouble with a sinful desire or habit in your life? Me too. On the other side, did you ever overcome something only to fall into self-righteousness by giving yourself all the glory and recognition for the victory? Yep. That one’s me too. In truth, I have missed the mark on both sides so many times that I’ve struggled with the very possibility of living a righteous, holy life. So, recently I have been praying “Lord. I thank you for Your Grace and your Mercy. I thank You for the right-standing that I have with You in Christ. But Lord, I want to know how to live a life that doesn’t abuse Your good will. I know Your Word says to be perfect even as you are perfect. So, teach me

Grace

Brandon and I were recently presenting on de-escalating behavior strategies to a group of educational professionals. We explained restorative discipline verses punitive punishment. We explained restorative discipline as having grace but correcting the behavior through love. Punitive punishment is drawing a hard line and every small mess up has a harsh consequence. As we were presenting, The Lord put on my heart that under His blood we live by restorative discipline (grace) and not by harsh punishment. At times, the enemy attacks the mind and we believe something bad happened as a punishment but in the following verse, it describes grace. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the thro

Get Specific

How many times in our life do we get in a hurry? If you’re like me I look for every way to cut a few minutes of time out of a situation so I can move on to the next task for the day. This even sometimes creeps into prayer life and how we talk to God. What I mean is that we begin to get generic and group things together. We say things like thank you Lord for our Blessings or heal the sick in our families and friends. But if we look at Psalms 66:16 the back end of the verse talks about telling what he has done. Come and hear, all who fear God, and I will tell of what He has done for my soul. It doesn’t say to just say thanks for everything and move on, but rather spend some time on it. If yo

Submit Your Thoughts

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 NASB I’ve been listening to a lot of teaching on the thought life and quantum physics. What’s particularly interesting is how much our thought life dictates our emotional and physical health overall. For instance, did you know that if you have a negative thought, be it a trigger of a bad memory, strong emotion or whatever the case. And you suppress it, pushing it down and you refuse to deal with it, (and it will continually resurf

Kindness and Truth

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4 NASB This was in my reading for today and spoke volumes to me. So often I let the worries of the day and the situations affect my behavior. As I was reading in Proverbs I was almost rushing through it when I stopped and had to re-read the 3rd and 4th verse. Do not let kindness and truth leave you! Bind them around your neck, and write them on your heart. This means in every way, in every step, in every situation. This means when you are not treated the best, because it is not just about how you trea

Going Home

“We’ll be home in two more days,” Larry said. “Are you ready?” We zoomed past the slow vehicle while traveling in our RV. Our four months in Oregon in 2012 while volunteering with the Sower ministry and then sight-seeing was completed. Larry and I love to travel. We enjoy visiting museums, historical places, amusement parks, flea markets, national and state parks. The marvelous scenery God has provided is unforgettable. Seeing family and friends is a highlight. It is exciting to plan our trips and then see the places we envisioned. But after a while, we are ready to go back home. Home is where I am most comfortable and have easy access to my possessions. I am familiar with the area, and kno

Which Way Are You Headed?

Years ago, I was driving down the road and the Lord gave me a poem. It was about the story of Peter walking on the water. I wrote it down but have since misplaced most of it. I only remember the last stanza, but it still captures the essence of the message: You see it’s not about running, or even walking on water. Christ won’t be offended, If you jump in and swim. Though bombarded with questions, God sent only One Answer. Since you caught sight of Jesus, Are you moving t’ward Him? In this poem, The Holy Ghost was telling me to focus on the big stuff and not get bogged down in the trivial things. We often think that the fantastic part of this story is about walking atop the waves. This just s

The Lord Will Provide

“Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you. ”So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him”. Genesis 22:1-3 The story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his and Sarah’s only son, Isaac, is beyond understanding. For sure, it was a test that was never expected. Abr

God Brings Good Out of Every Circumstance

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) One of the statements under “I Am Secure” in the “Who I Am In Christ” in the Freedom In Christ Discipleship class list is based on this verse. Read it through a couple of times. What does it say to you? It’s important to note that the verse doesn’t say that God causes all the circumstances of our life, just that He will work in them for our good. If something bad happens we can be tempted to blame God. But that would be to ignore the reality of Satan and also the fact that other people have free will and sometimes use that free will badly in a way that aff

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 As believers, we are called to present our bodies as a sacrifice that is acceptable to God. When I read this verse I started thinking, would my sacrifice be pleasing and acceptable to God? The following verse talks specifically about separating from the world and transforming our minds. We frequently talk to the youth about using ca

Honor Part 2

Veteran’s Day began at the conclusion on WWI. In November of 1919 President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in American, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” The day was designed for “thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will.” As there are today, in 1918 there were parade

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