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Now I know what it all meant…Deep Change and Loss.


Yellow and Blue Flowers

Yellow and Blue Flowers

On friday God sent me to Psalm 27:10

“When father and mother forsake me, the Lord receives me.”   It was preparation for loss and, not the loss of my left incisor either! If you read this post on my babyblog, you’ll understand that statement.

The loss of my tooth was the means to get me in prayer before another change! One that will feel like a deep loss.

Some vast changes are taking place in my life and I hate change. Especially change that seems as if it is a break, instead of just a change. Right now I cannot go into detail, but I should be able to in a few days.

I am just hoping in Christ that by the time it is revealed I won’t feel so abandoned. Vital people in my life always seem to go…and though I am not battling in the old way, I am battling the confusion and loss. I just keep remembering what a very good friend says often, “more will be revealed.” She also says that what God reveals He removes…don’t appreciate that one right now!

So until I can feel openly, I will stay in prayer by what God has given:

Psalm 27:10 and this one, that will prepare me for my future…I must heed this one!

John 5:43  I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

I will receive the one that the Father sends! My loyalty is in the Father and my obedience too!

Blessings  =)


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Praying God’s Word ~ Beth Moore


Breaking Strongholds
Breaking Strongholds

I bought a new book that is confirming my prayer style. After reading Andrew Wommack’s a Better Way to Pray, as many may know, I began to pray only God’s Word.

 
Having been taught over and over again, by the Word and by my Spiritual leaders, I finally came to the conclusion that one cannot pray God’s Word incorrectly! Repeating back God’s promises to Him has a twofold effect.
 
1. It causes one to have communion/communication with the Father without interruption. Mainly because we are speaking His language and His words.
 
2. It pulls God’s Word from our heads into our hearts. Praying God’s Word settles matters in our heart, in the natural, and in the spiritual.
 
Having realized this prior to purchasing my new treasure, many breakthroughs and prayers have come into being. They were literally prayed into the natural from the open heaven where they were stored for me and my family!
 
In Praying God’s Word, Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, Beth Moore’s introduction caused me to reread it to my husband in tremendous excitement! In his quiet manner he agreed that this was confirmation of what we had begun to do and to receive. I was even more excited by his agreement.
 
All I can say here is that unity, Godly unity, in a marriage is electric. It courses through the spirit, the veins through the heart and into the home! It is tremendous. One knows, as it is ignited, that heaven is the limit for one’s life as this specific unity is achieved.
 
The Word says that “two or more in agreement”; 2 Corinthian 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. On the testimony of two or three witnesses every word will be confirmed”.
 
Every word will be confirmed!!!! I am here to testify to that!
 
When God’s Unity enters a marriage that is the three in witness, God (the Trinity), Husband and Wife. Confirming God’s Word, His  promises, His mercies… His all… of it. It is an immeasurably vast promise in a marriage and must be maintained, diligently! The good news…Once marital unity is developed in Christ, maintaining that unity is helped by the simple acts that brought the couple to that unity. Staying in and Praying the Word…you are already trained and maintenance is profoundly simple.
 
Back to Beth Moore’s Book! Having only completely read the Introduction and the first two chapters I have an excitement about what is to come.
 
I was shocked by much that I had already attained on my own mission to only pray God’s Word. I simply came to be in this place so that I could speed up my maturity and breakthroughs. Many of my Church family had become weary and I was concerned that I would get there, and wanted to delay and avoid that place, frankly. Yet she by the second chapter brought me to a question that I must attend to in my life.
 
Beth says that she came to a place in here life where God was repeatedly bringing the same Word/Question to her. As an active Christian, I find that God does this often. IT is a comforting reaffirmation, most times, that one is hearing God. However, there are the times when in our Spirit we know that God is directing us to a thing that needs attention. That thing is most times a stronghold. Like Beth, I could not get this one out of my head, and heart, to be transparent.
 
With credit to Beth Moore and God, alone, I will share with you a familiar passage of the determined Christian’s life:
 
 
 Several weeks passed, and I still didn’t get it. Finally one morning even Oswald Chambers had the audacity to bring up the subject in thaqt day’s entry of, My Utmost for His Highest. I looked up  and exclaimed, ‘ What is this all about?’ I sensed the Holy Spirit  speaking to my heart, ‘Beth, I want you to believe me.’ I was appalled. ‘Lord,’ I answered ‘ Of course I believe in You. I’ve believed in You all my life.’ I felt He responded very clearly. Adamantly. ‘ I didn’t ask you to believe in Me. I asked you to believe Me.
 
I sat very puzzled for several moments until I was certain that the Holy Spirit had faithfully shed light on my pitifully small faith. I sensed Him saying, ‘My child, you believe Me for so little. Don’t be so safe in the things you pray. Who are you trying to keep from looking foolish? Me or you?’
~~Beth Moore
 
Like Beth, that has changed my life for the last two days…and counting. Dramatically. 
 
I see myself as very strong in faith. My friends and family have stated that they rely upon my faith, and pridefully I have enjoyed that. Reasoning in my head that somehow I was strengthening their faith with my strong faith. Well, we all know that we all get the same measure of faith, therefore if they rely upon mine, they are not growing in Christ, and…if I am not showing them how I got where I am (with the Word), then I am standing in prideful judgement of their lack of faith, while strutting mine…or something along those lines.
 
So, I believe in God. I’ve made the common Christian term, “I know that I know…”, and the like. However, do I believe God? I must ask myself this for two reasons.
 
1. It is impossible to please God without faith.
 
2. Because this concept has not left my heart and soul for two days…
 
Beth tells us in her book, “Believing God is never more critical than when we have strongholds that need demolishing. Believing God is  rarely more challenging.”
 
Why?
 
Because we, ourselves, have battled these strongholds for years and years to little or no avail. Even in our measly little successes we don’t completely demolish the entire stronghold. Often times leaving remnants of the fortress, in fragments, here and there. Therefore leaving us feeling useless and deprecating. Even as Christians we feel this way, though we ‘know that we know’ we are none of these things in Christ.
 
We can believe in Him, allowing surface faith. Or…we can have the breakthrough! However, we must believe Him.
 
“You do have what it takes. You have Jesus-the Way, the Truth, and the Life. You MUST Believe Him. Believe HE can do what He says He can do. Believe HE is WHO He says He is. And BELIEVE who He says YOU are!” ~ Beth Moore
 
I’ll leave you with a prayer from the book, about Overcoming Unbelief (chapter 2); saying a prayer like this daily will assist you in beginning to renew your mind in the area of belief.
 
Specifically Believing God…
 
Father God,
Your Word declares that we, Your people, are Your witnesses and Your servants whom You have chosen, that we may know and believe You and understand that You are He. Before You no god was formed, nor will there be one after You. (Isaiah 43:10) You have chosen me, God, for the express purpose of knowing and believing You. I can’t really begin to know You until I choose to believe You. I can’t really begin to know You until I choose to believe You! Make me a person of belief, Lord. AMEN.
 
Praying this way will begin to help us to believe God at His Word. It will help us to line up our thoughts and beliefs with God.
 
I leave you here with blessings and the encouragement to put your hands on this book and these concepts in your spirit. Next I hope to convey in words my awe at the concept of demolishing strongholds…How demolition in the natural correlates to demolition in the spiritual.
 
Blessings!         =)
 
 
 
 


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My God is Good List! Testimony Alert =)


This week has been a week of multi-blessings for the Hutchinson’s!
 
The Hutchinsons
The Hutchinsons

Wow! We need an updated family photo! =)

Just over 7 years ago, my husband and I began the process of being obedient to the will of God for our lives. In unity.  We got married and stopped living in sin.

Since then it has been a arduous process of back and forth, success and failure, in our daily walk with God. As individuals, a couple and a family. Times have been good, bad and indifferent!

It’s been a life, spent well, in the diligence of discipline.

We have persevered with tenacity to control our actions, emotions and impulses. As well as, simply get things in our lives and selves in right standing with God!

We have pursued righteousness. And trust me! There is more, much more to do. We, like everyone else, will know we have made it when we see Jesus, face to face.

In my search for God’s Voice this morning I found this scripture: Genesis 41:47
47 “Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly.”

July 2009, marks 7 years that my husband and I have been on our journey, together. True to His Word, God is having   “our Ground” bring forth our fruits abundantly.

Mid-July it seriously began, however, in fear and misunderstanding, we delayed the consistant flow a bit. Thanking God that He knows His children and was not surprised or disappointed. He knew His plans for us. Jeremiah 29:11

(LOL with those who know what that means to the Hutchinsons).

So here is the list that began in mid-July:

1. Don’s boss told him he was sending workers to measure our roof and have it replaced!
2. I won 2 writing contests and received 2 nice paychecks from Helium.
3. My pay at work began to come in more regularly.
4. All this time our bills were being paid, we don’t know how we managed it!
5. A friend of one of the boys came and informed him that his father was looking to develope the land on Chapel Street.
~ now this one is a confirmation on what God told me about 2 years ago! ” they are coming for the house!” when I heard that I knew to hear it and trust God, so I told Don.
6. Don’s boss confirmed that he was going to take care of the roof.
7. Don gave a testimony at church! Yay! Don, it was his first!
8. A publisher bought an article from me! Praise, Honor and Glory to God! (Yesterday!!!)
9. And now…my new keyboard is in!!! Confirming that I am to continue to write.

So where is 10? you ask. Right around the corner I say!!!!

We put numbers on lists, essentially limiting God. However His abundance is limitless.

Abundance was described as: more abundantly in the bible! More abundantly! So I am leaving the 10th to God!

Check out how Abundance is described in the Bible:

Psalm 36:7-9
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
9 For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.

John 10:10b
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Hebrews 6:17-18
17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might[a] have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

God intends to fulfill every promise He gave to us, contained within the Bible, for each and every one of us! Everyone, the believer and the un-believer alike. It is for each of us.

~ Selah ~
“The peaceful, silent pause, in the music of my life, wherein I hear God.” A.Hutchinson
Blessings! ❤


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Pursuing Silence…So that I may hear God….


This time last year I got the urge to take out this devotional…exactly this time last year. Exactly this day’s devotional. God is a God of order…

The new transformation of my life?

Learning to be silent. My thoughts are this. If it is not edifying, if it is opinion (unless requested and positive), if it is at all contrary to the thoughts of God (!) I desire to be quiet.

I determine to demolish my opinions and the constant sound of my voice.

I desire to speak wisdom and God’s Word. Therein is the challenge, and I know that this is about to get difficult, because I share it.

So my silence, my quiet is not personal to you. I love you.That is exactly why I have chosen God’s Word and not mine!

My silence is an assignment from God. I ask only that you understand.

Blessings ❤

Do it Yourself
Determinedly Demolish some Things…

“Casting down imaginations and every HIGH THING that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (1911-1917)

Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as predudices, which the saint (believer) has to destroy by neglect; and other things which have to be destryoyed by violence, i.e., by the Divine strength imparted by God’s Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but to stand still in and see the salvation of God; but every theory or conception which erects itself as a rampart against the knowledge of God is to be determinedly demolished by drawing on God’s power, not by fleshly endeavour or compromise (vs.4).

It is onlywhen God has altered our disposition and we have entered into the experience of sanctification that the fight begins. The warfare is not against sin; we can never fight sin: Jesus Christ deals with sin in Redemption. The conflict is along the line of turning our natural life into a spiritual life, AND THIS IS NEVER DONE EASILY. It is done only by a series of moral choices. God does not make us holy in the sense of innocence. and we have to turn that innocence into holy character by a series of moral choices. These choices are continually in antagonism to the entrenchments of our natural life, the things which erect themselves as ramparts against the knowledge of God. We can either go back and make ourselves of no account in the Kingdom of God, or we can determinedly demolish these things and let Jesus bring another son to glory.

God is a God of order…

Progressive Moon

Progressive Moon

~ Proof of God ~

~ Proof of God ~

Shhhh…I’m listening for God.  =)
Blessings ❤


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Mondays…


Solitary Mondays

Solitary Mondays

Mondays have become an issue for me. I am finding that I become depressed on Mondays again.

While I continue to force myself to be productive, the sad and low feeling is not lifting much. I want to sleep, and I don’t want to get out of my pj’s. I hope, regularly, that no one will call or worse, come over. It is terrible.

I wonder if it is because I have been out of my vitamins for several weeks. Basically just the Biotin, Women’s Multi and the supplement for my skin and hair…can they really have such an effect. Because if I think about it, I feel low if I am not fully occupied by a task.

On the upswing of this…I have begun to clean house regularly. Some may find this odd, that it is such a big deal, but for me it is, and it’s a long story.  I see to it that the kitchen is clean and all the dishes are done each night. I am making dinner myself at least 4 out of 7 nights. And I am keeping my area from becoming cluttered with books and papers. Laughably this is huge for me.

I dread becoming depressed again! I refuse to become depressed again! I will not fall into this, yet I am having a very hard time on Mondays! And it’s my day off!!!!

I do love my job though…so being off is not that big a deal in the I hate my job sense! =)

So what to do? Do you have any pick me up suggestions? I welcome those who would share with me their tips to raise the low spirits! Leave them in the comments section…let us help one another here. Who knows yours may cheer my spirit and those of others!

It is true that when we help one another it frees God up to help us !

Here is a prayer that I am using for this…

I thank You now, Father God, that you lift me up when I am bowed down. I am strong in my Lord and my heart takes courage. I am established on righteousness, the right standing in conformity with your will and order. I am far from the thought of oppression or destruction and I do not fear! I am far from terror and it shall not come near to me.

Father I thank You for our thoughts and plans for my welfare and peace. My mind is stayed upon You, for I will not allow myself to become agitated, disturbed or intimidated, cowardly and unsettled, any longer!

In Jesus, I loose my mind from wrong thinking. I tear down the strongholds that have allowed bad perceptions. I submit to You, Father, and I resist fear, discouragement, self-pity and depression. I will not give place to the enemy in my thoughts. I will not harbor resentment or hold onto anger. I surround my self with praises for You and shouts of deliverance from this lowness. I will continue to overcome by the word of my testamony and the blood of Christ.

AMEN.

Scriptures against depression:

Psalm 9:9-10                                       Ephesians 4:27

Psalm 42:5-11                                     Luke 4:18-19

Psalm 146:8                                          2 Timothy 1:7

Psalm 31:22-24                                   1 Corinthians 2:16

Isaiah 35:3-4                                        Philippians 2:5

Isaiah 50:10                                         Hebrews 12:12-13

Jeremiah 29:11-13                             Isaiah 60:1

Isaiah 26:3                                            Galatians 60:1

Jon 14:27                                              Nehemiah 8:10

James 4:7

Blessings! I think writing this helped a little! Hope to hear from y’all! =)