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14 Jun
2014
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As Daughters of the King Most High

After picking up my teen daughter from a Christian camp, we got to hear all about the week’s adventures. In one such adventure, one of the girl campers wrote a mean spirited note intending to hurt another girl camper, and posted the note on the door of the girl’s room, for all to see on Wednesday, the next morning.

In reaction to this, my daughter and her roommates decided to return a hateful act with a loving act. Since they didn’t know who wrote the mean spirited note, they went to work writing loving notes to all the female campers, posting them on the doors of all the rooms. After getting permission from their leaders, they stayed up until 1:30 A.M. hand writing these precious notes and posting them on all the doors. Each note included a bible verse, and was about half a page long. Ephesians 4:2-3 was in their hearts as they truly were “bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

King of KingsNot the Work of my Daughter

Many of these loving notes specifically reminded the camper that, as a daughter of the Most High King, she was a princess, dearly loved. But this was not the work of my daughter and her roommates. Though she is very sweet and kind hearted, all she did was listen and obey, for this good deed was sprung from the Spirit of Christ at work within them.

To back up that statement, please note I was on my knees daily for my daughter while away at camp. And I believe it was on Wednesday when I prayed very specifically, and very fervently, that she would find her identity in Christ, asking God to show her in a personal way that, as a daughter of the King of kings, SHE is a princess, dearly loved by her Heavenly Father.

1 Little Prayer + Jesus = Uncountable Blessings

What joy I had when I heard how He creatively answered that prayer. And I prayed only for my daughter, however, as Christ multiplied the little boy’s simple offering of loaves and fishes, He decided to multiply that simple prayer to include ALL of the girls at camp that week. Isn’t He wonderful? “God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” 1 Tim 6:15-16

18 Feb
2014
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The Acceptable Year of The Lord

light for my pathAn answered prayer is such a sweet thing. I just told The Lord in prayer that I want to be “acceptable” in his sight. This has been a concern lately, or more of a feeling. I don’t feel acceptable in His sight. Though I know intellectually that Christ made me acceptable, I just haven’t been feeling it lately.

Then I asked The Lord to guide my reading of scripture because I really wanted to hear His reassuring voice and the Spirit tenderly responded. I providentially opened to Isaiah 61. Isaiah 61:2a communicates Christ’s two very different missions, performed at very separated times, in one breath of the prophet.

“To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God…”

And I praised God that In His forbearance and great mercy, I live in this age, the acceptable year of The Lord. He has cleared my account by the blood sacrifice of His only Son.

The Holy Ghost was reassuring me that, indeed, I am acceptable in His sight by the work of His own goodness. If I am covered in Christ’s righteousness which He has freely provided, I will surely pass through the fiery wrath of God on the day of His promised vengeance.

7 Oct
2013
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Fear Not, For I Am

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Thank you Heavenly Father,
this morning You provided such an appropriate verse, responding precisely to my prayer, what I was thinking and feeling, what was on my heart.

You are so good and worthy of all praise.

I asked that I would not fear, I prayed for it last night when I was sleeping, and this morning as I woke, and You immediately responded with Isaiah 41:10,

“Fear thou not; for I am with the. Be not dismayed; for I am thou God. I will strengthen thee; I will help thee; I will uphold the with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Fear diminishes as faith flourishes, in any situation imaginable. If the Uncreated God is with me, fear simply cannot be.

The absolute best reason not to fear has nothing to do with living in a safe environment. Rather, I will not fear because God is,

and He is with me.

3 Oct
2013
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So Alive with Faith

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Heavenly Father, Savior of the world, Holy Ghost, I feel so alive with faith this morning. Knowledge that the whole world is Yours and someday, when Your kingdom on earth is restored, You will be All in All, covers me like a garment and I am overwhelmed. I see nothing without seeing You.

Yesterday I prayed that the seen would be unseen and that the unseen would be seen, and this morning I am overwhelmed, seeing You everywhere.

You cover Yourself with light as with a garment, and Psalm 104:1-35 was full of light this morning, even exceeding the sunrise, which also declared Your glory.

28 Sep
2013
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Your Will be Done

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This morning I asked Jesus to establish the work of my hands, specifically this work selling goods online, mining this rich land for the benefit of the His brethren in poorer countries.

Especially those who are hungry and in need of food, who are strangers, who are naked and in need of clothing, who are sick and in prison and are in need of visitors. I asked the Lord to make the following things the desire of my heart.

– That the orphans in Africa would have food and love in Christ’s name.
– That the persecuted brethren in prison would be supported, that they would know they are not alone.
– That poor villages would have wells drilled, that they might have both clean water and living water in the name of Jesus.

The Lord immediately confirmed my request by graciously providing Matthew 25:31-40. The Holy Spirit chose to speak the very passages that were heavily on my heart as I was praying.

23 Sep
2013
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Sell What You Have

20130923-090044.jpgI’ve been praying for guidance concerning whether or not I should put effort into designing and creating a line of dresses on Etsy.

I have a dress that I wear often which I’ve had for perhaps eight years. Not kidding you, every time I wear it, a woman will spontaneously come up to me and either compliment the dress or ask where I purchased it.

It sounds as if I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not, this has really happened for about eight years. It would greatly surprise me if I ever wore that dress one day and didn’t receive a woman’s comment about it.

Recently it donned on me that I should research the style of the dress online to see if it is readily available. In it’s exact form, I found it to be an extremely rare style. So, I’ve been asking God if I should learn how to sew.

This morning, the Lord provided Luke 12:33, which I take as an answer to my question.
“Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves moneybags which do not grow old, a treasure in heaven that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor math destroys. For where your treasure is, they are your heart will be also.”

I have always wanted to help those who are starving and desperately poor. I believe the Lord is calling me to do what I can in this rich country for the poor in other countries. I have a dress style that is apparently rare and desirable.

Between the continual feedback I have gotten over the years from strangers off the street, and this verse, perhaps the Holy Spirit is calling me to learn how to sew, so I can reproduce this style and then “sell what I have”.

Beautiful ‘God Things’ Between You and Your Savior

 

Prase God‘God Thing’ # 1, A Call to Study the Book of Daniel: Saturday, June 8, 2013

I don’t understand the book of Daniel.   Yesterday morning I read Daniel 9:26 and decided I needed to better understand it, especially the part about a flood.  “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”  I decided to start a bible study in Daniel at my own pace, thought this one by It Is Written might fit the bill.  I printed up the first lesson, ready to come back to it at the right time.

Providentially, the following morning at church, our pastor left the book we were working on (Revelation) and preached on the book of Daniel, quoting the above verse.   …Okay, Lord, I’m listening, but I’m very slow to understand so it will take time to digest this book, but you have my attention.  This will be my first serious attempt to study biblical prophecy.

‘God Thing’ # 2,  Answered Prayer at Church: Sunday, June 9, 2013

On to another “God thing” from this morning, as many call it in my circles.   Months ago I asked a woman at our church if we could get together for a meal.  We exchanged phone numbers, then I promptly lost the number, and haven’t seen her at church since (we go to a big church).  Over the past few days I’ve been feeling convicted about this and so this morning, before church, I prayed for her and wrote her name in my to-do list, fully intending to look for her number even if it meant cleaning out my entire closet.  If you have ever seen my closet, you know just the thought is a grand undertaking.   Then, while at church, though I barely recognized her because it has been a while since I saw her last, there she was right in my path.  I told her I had just prayed for her that morning.  We exchanged phone numbers again and this time I recorded her number in my day planner right away.  Thank you, Lord.

‘God Thing’ # 3, Better Health by God’s Hand: Sunday, June 9, 2013

And another “God thing” that just happened.  I’ve been praying for a friend at the nursing home, who is paralyzed from the neck down from a terrible disease.  Over the past month, I’ve had the privilege to see God grant her better health after years of going down hill.  At one point her health was so bad she had to have all her food mashed up and she could only get out approximately two sentences within a half hour of my visiting.  Her mind was all there but she had no way of communicating, it was terrible.

She loves the Lord and she’s thrilled about feeling better.  Though still paralyzed from the neck down, now she can communicate far better and it feels so good.   My daughter had her bible class praying for her, and, of course, she prays for herself, and I pray for her regularly.  I believe prayer moved the Lord to heal her as much as He did because the disease only goes one way, and that is downhill.  It is a gift from God that she can communicate again, it’s another ‘God thing’.

She has a lot of faith & it is beautiful.  Since we saw so much improvement over the past month, she thinks God will do a miracle and give her the ability to walk, “I’m going to do cartwheels” is what she tells me.  She insists that I help her get out of bed, and I go along with it until I feel like its gone too far & she could get hurt.  If God’s going to do a miracle, He won’t need me to help her.   We then discuss God’s will, and praise God that Kathy will most certainly be doing her cartwheels in heaven, because of the work of Christ on the cross.

‘God Thing’ # 4, God’s Encouragement to Walk Circumspectly: Monday, June 10, 2013

Light ShineAnyway, Kathy and I speak on spiritual matters and yesterday she asked me about sin in my own life.  I told her that I am always learning, and growing in Christ.  That I strive to ‘walk circumspectly’ with the help of the Holy Spirit.  When that word came out of my mouth, I thought it a strange choice, then I was privately amazed it somehow got from my mind to my mouth without it being butchered because I’ve never actually said it before, and I’m not a gifted speaker by any means.  Okay.  I just used the word circumspectly.  Cool.

Before this morning could not have told you where ‘circumspectly’ was in the bible.  Though I probably could have told you it was somewhere in the epistles, it certainly isn’t a favorite verse or a well worn page.  And though I wasn’t thinking about what I said yesterday, this morning I opened my bible to Ephesians 5, and when I got to 5:15, “See, then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise…”, I recalled the word falling from my mouth yesterday.  Curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to look up the word on Blue Letter Bible to see how often it is in Scripture.  “Circumspectly” is only used in Ephesians 5:15.  Cool.  Another ‘God thing’.

Best not to over analyze about what the Lord is ‘trying’ to say to me when He does this kind of thing.  Best not to read hidden messages into a very simple and obvious one.  He is the Good Shepherd, and He guides us with loving encouragement, or, sometimes, sharp rebuke.  I’ve learned to just smile, and look to heaven, thanking the Lord of creation that He should be mindful of man, of me, and then look for the next good thing He has already prepared for me to do.  He’s amazing.

Looking for Your Own Wonderful ‘God Things’

If I were to only tell you one of these ‘God things’ you might brush it off as just coincidence, and I would understand because I would do the same with only one such experience.  That is why, dear friend, I am trying to maintain this journal.  But I can’t keep up with God, I simply cannot write down all the ‘God – things’ that happen each day.  This entry is nothing special, it is a typical daily walk with the Lord.  There was a time when I was a believer but I didn’t see God at work in my every moment.  At that time I could go a week without praying or reading Scripture, and think I was just fine, though maybe I’d feel a little guilty because I neglected my Lord.  If I were to do that now, I know I would miss so much!  My eyesight would become dull, God would let me go my way, and oh, how I’d miss His guidance!  Ours is a walk with God.  Ours is an intimacy with God, this is our claim as children of the Most High.  “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost…”  Heb 6:4  It is impossible for the believer to go any other direction but toward God because it is such a wonderful journey!  If you haven’t seen God in your daily life, then, by all means, jump on board and seek Him with everything you’ve got!

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”  Heb 11:6.  God still rewards those who diligently seek Him in faith.  And the best part is that often His rewards are simply reminders that you are walking with Him, He rewards faith with Himself.  I write these things down because it is my prayer that you would read this and start to believe that if Hebrews 11:6 is relevant for a simple stay-at-home mother of 4, it is also relevant for you.  I sincerely hope you will get excited about the Lord and want to seek His will with all that is within you.  And as you seek first the Kingdom, with opened eyes ready to see God at work, I am confident God will reward you with your own seemingly little ‘God – things’.  Wonderful things that will remind you God is there, that you are walking with Him, that He is your friend, beautiful ‘God – things’ that are just between you and your Savior.

28 Apr
2013

The Eternal Significance of a Turtle

 

(Journal Entry: 6-12-2010)  A Turtle’s Journey Across the Road

Yesterday I prayed for an eternal opportunity for the day. I got through much of the day without seeing the opportunity, and was praying about it in the car driving to pick up the pizza.  Then I noticed a little turtle crossing the street.  It was trying with all its might but it was very slow and didn’t have much of a chance.  I drove past with a strange notion that maybe that was my opportunity that I had been praying for; maybe God wanted me to save that turtle.  It seemed a bit impractical because I was suppose to be picking up the pizza, not saving turtles, so I hesitated and drove by it. 

Though I drove past, I continued to feel compelled to go save the poor thing so I turned the car around.  I was too late.  After finding it smashed on the road, I had the sinking feeling that God had prompted me to save it in the first place, and if I had been more careful to listen to Him, right now the little turtle would be happily continuing his little turtle journey to the pond on the other side of the road. 

The Lord graciously reminded me that my hesitations can bring much bigger consequences than smashed turtles.  I must learn to respond immediately when prompted by the Spirit. 

(Journal Entry: 6-13-2010)  Do Not Ignore It

Update: I opened to Deuteronomy 22 today, and God used verse 4 to speak plainly regarding yesterday’s lesson.  “If you see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it.  Help him get it to its feet.”  I believe I was suppose to get that turtle.  Maybe not so much because its wrong to let a turtle die, but because I felt a nudge of the Spirit, and ignored it until it was too late.  Seems the Lord is training me to recognize what that nudge feels like, so that in the future I can respond immediately.

(4-28-2013, Almost 3 Years Later)  To The Street Corners

This morning during prayer I became grieved over my own lack of vision and joy.  Christ suffered so severely in my place and my life is hidden in Him for all of eternity, and I lack vision and joy?  I considered various times recently I could have become dead to myself and alive in Christ, but chose to be dull instead.   

On Friday the 26th I was picking up the pizza and saw a woman wandering down the street, not trying to get any place quickly.   I had the notion to stop to speak to her about the things of eternity.  Though it would have only been a 5 minute stop, I was concerned the pizza might get cold and so went on my way. 

This morning I felt strongly that I had ignored the Spirit’s nudge that Friday, and so asked for grace.  God, in His mercy and kindness, chose to respond to my prayer by providing Matthew 22:9 & 10.  When I read “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.  So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find…”, I knew Christ was speaking plainly to me regarding that woman on the road.  I believe I was suppose to have stopped, as the Spirit had prompted.  

This whispering of the Spirit in Mat 22 “go to the street and invite to the banquet anyone you find”, reminded me of three years earlier, when He confirmed His prompting to save the turtle by providing Deuteronomy 22, “If you see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it.” 

I marvel at how He cares.  Why are You mindful of me, Lord?  You.  Infinite and Almighty, you are there with me while I pick up pizza, prompting me to stop for both turtles and souls.  Who am I that You should care and see and record each deed, each word, each thought, “a scroll of remembrance was written in His presence”  Malachi 3:16.  Because of your love and grace, You are mindful of me, God Almighty; Oh, that I would more mindful of You.

Coincidence: The Thief that Stole the Glory Due God

 On Wednesday, March 13th, I awoke with Hebrews 11:6 on my mind and my heart.   The quiet darkened bedroom a lovely sanctuary containing this unspoken verse, spoken only to my soul. 

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

And then in the moments that followed, still in the darkness of that quiet morning, the Lord began the conversation.  Though I had not read that verse recently, and though I rarely read Hebrews, and though by no means intended to, I opened my bible precisely to Hebrews 11 and the first thing I laid my eyes on, the very first thing I read, was Hebrews 11:6. 

A chill ran down my back as thanksgiving poured from my mouth because the blessing of His presence was so evident.

The next day, on March 14th, I spoke to an ‘atheist’, though I think she was probably more of an agnostic.  She told me that both of her parents were born-again believers.  Being a mother myself, my heart was heavy for these believers who were most likely heavily praying for their atheist daughter.  She told me that her parents became Christians on their honeymoon, by the same evangelist, on the same day, but at separate times during the day and without knowledge of the other one’s decision.  It was only later in the day that they realized they both had the same experience. 

After telling me that she said, “isn’t that cool?”  And of course, I agreed enthusiastically and proceeded to ask her how she perceives such evidence for God’s providence.  She shrugged her shoulders and quickly answered with one word, “coincidence”. 

What a thief this ‘coincidence’ word is to the glory due God’s name. 

God Provided the Donkey and Colt

I told her that it couldn’t possibly be coincidence.  The Lord then used my experience the morning before to explain to this young lady that not one sparrow falls to the ground without the Lord knowing about it, that it is all Providence, not coincidence.  I recounted heartily how God had spoken the morning before, how the verse was on my heart while I laid in my bed and then the Lord provided it exactly that morning during my devotions.  I described the chills that ran down my back, that I knew beyond any doubt that it was God, not coincidence that gave me that verse in the quiet and then in the written word. 

And she said, “but that has never happened to me personally”. 

I told her just because she hasn’t personally experienced God, that others haven’t had personal experiences.  I told her she has never truly sought the Lord for herself, but has depended upon her parent’s faith, and so now she has concluded something that isn’t so.  

She was, in fact, experiencing God at that very moment, if she’d just have the faith to see it.  The Lord used the very verse He provided the morning before, that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  That verse was actually intended for her, it was not only mine!  She had not personally experienced God because she has never diligently sought Him for herself. 

She agreed with me that it was true she had never diligently sought God for herself.  I left her with a hug and a 15 page packet about the scientific evidence that God exists. 

I have no doubt that all this occurred because God truly does reward those who diligently seek Him.  I am sure this young woman’s parents have been praying for their daughter, that she would come to a personal faith in Christ.  I believe that was why I woke with the verse on my heart on March 13th, and then I immediately opened to the verse for my devotions, and then the next day was given opportunity to use the experience for the glory of the Lord in the life of another.  The Lord works in mysterious ways, and He most surely does reward those who diligently seek Him.  Please pray that this young woman would come to faith because the Lord’s hand is upon her already.

16 Mar
2013

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

For a couple of weeks now I’ve been praying that the Holy Spirit would lead in what to pray.

Though I normally get right to my morning devotions, this morning I rather randomly checked my email first and opened only one message before beginning to pray.  The email was from the Jerusalem Prayer Team concerning what is happening right now in Israel.

In the email Mike Evans, the founder of this organization and a personal friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu, says, “I am leaving in the morning for Jerusalem to stand in the gap as your Ambassador. Please pray for me on this trip. President Obama will arrive in a few days to promote his “peace plan” that calls for dividing Jerusalem and returning most of Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) to the Palestinians. This is a spirit battle that you must fight with me. ”

This news was laid heavily on my heart and I cried out to the Lord on behalf of Jerusalem and the Lord’s chosen people, praying earnestly for the peace of Jerusalem as scripture commands in Psalm 122:6. sacrifice

As always, I then asked the Lord to lead me in the reading of His Word, and He did.  I never know where He will lead.  I never know if He’ll speak about what I just prayed about, or if He’ll bring up something from days ago, or if He’ll rebuke, or teach, or direct, or comfort.  I only know He’s there, and that I’m there with Him because of His grace.

Immediately after praying about this threat to divide Jerusalem, the Lord provided comfort and answers through His Word.  By the hand of Providence, I unexpectedly opened scripture to Ezekiel 36 & 37, chapters of prophesy which are very applicable to our time, and to this very hour…

The first words given this morning were Ezekiel 36: 1-6, “And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD!  ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because the enemy has said of you, ‘Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession,‘  therefore prophesy, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because they made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you are taken up by the lips of talkers and slandered by the people“—

‘therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which became plunder and mockery to the rest of the nations all around—’therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with wholehearted joy and spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country.”

I believe America will be open to the wrath of God if we continue down this path of enmity toward Isreal and toward God, and it greives me greatly.  I fear what will become of us as a nation.   Our only hope is in Christ, who has made a way of salvation for those who believe.  Maranatha.