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Walking in Son~shine…oo… I’m walking in Son~shine…oo…

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Tea with Father God

 

Walking on Sunshine is the song stuck in my head since I woke up from my after church yesterday. The funny thing it is stuck in the heads of 2 of my friends and was mentioned on a morning news program I watch…I believe it is the direct result of the weekend we just spent with Father God!

I have had quite a weekend. Our church held an annual women’s conference, as usual. Not only did the majority of this particular conference teach, it confirmed and elevated the women, me included. Each morning I spent my quality time in the LORD’s presence, preparing to receive from the lady ministers speaking. I was not disappointed, not only did I receive I was blessed and rewarded, as well.

On April 8th, I wrote out a prayer; I’m not sure if I shared it here; if I have and you read it please forgive me my repetition.

Father, I thank you that transitions are from You – and that You have things in hand. I ask, LORD, that we gain some forward movement. I remain in unity. I remove myself, with your permission and agreement, from those who are not in unity with the church. I ask only that the seperations be natural, positive and understood. I switch, now, to prayer in the spirit, as I know not what to pray. AMEN.

Before the end of my quiet time with God I received answer, from a song on Pandora Radio.

Pandora Radio is a computer music formating channel or site, that allows the individual to format “radio stations” with the music they prefer. It’s a great way for me to listen to only Christian and Secular music with the same positive messages. Check it out by clicking the line above.

Anyway…the song’s lyrics were “Your healing is here, in the River of God; freedom is here, in the River of God…” When I googled the lyrics I was continually led to a beautiful song that was not the song that spoke to me…so on I listen for it to come back around, even now, days later. 

On Friday,  a beauiful April morning, I was spending time with God…preparing to receive at that night’s beginning of the conference…my devotional was on receiving what has already been given to us…what was already ours. The long and short of it is we have been graced, through the atonement, Righteousness, Healing and Salvation. As children of God we must learn to just receive these. Because of religion, teaching, and upbringing we waste time trying to earn favor that we already own.

Yes I said ALREADY OWN…Luke 1:37-39

For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the LORD; be it unto me according to thy Word. And the angel departed from her. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into the city of Juda.

The city of Juda means to be Excellent. Mary decided to own what God was doing in her and determined to walk in that excellence NO MATTER what she saw or believed. She decided to believe God.  That is what the last of those scriptures are saying…she, with haste sought out the excellence God had put into her…the result…obviously, the Salvation of the World.

You see we run…to strive…to earn…to prove ourselves worthy in the eyes of the Father. Yet in the parable about the prodigal it clearly tells us that Father ran to meet us…while we were still away off…another scripture says that ‘while we were still sinners God loved us’. Nowhere in the Word of God say we must toil, strive or prove ourselves worthy of the love of Father God! In fact it says the exact opposite! Go check…

Could this really have been clearer?

Yet, I still am obese and feel unhealthy, heck, am unhealthy…so how can…????….I stopped there.  This is what I was, even then, still saying to myself. So I determined to be like young Mary and just believe.

Just a bit of FYI…I looked up Prodigal and the definitions are these:

1. characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure.

2. Recklessly spendthrift.

…and then 3. YIELDING ABUNDANTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just exactly how do the definers get from  definition to the third without question? I stand amazed and saddened that the world has become this deceived. Please do me a favor and when looking up a definition go to the bottom and read up…very often the archiac or obsolete definition is the one that is biblically correct; which in my humble opinion is the truth of the word defined.

Prodigal means yielding abundantly. It did not matter what that boy went out and did…abundant inheritance was still his! His father proved that upon his return.  Just like Father God does for us, we must just receive it, it is already ours!

So the conference followed the thread that God had already begun in my time with him that week! He is amazing. We were asked at the very start, that same evening (the 9th) to just receive what God had for us, individually. We were asked to enter into an intimate time with God at this event, not to pay attention to the woman to either side of us…that this conference was between each woman and God. Praise God most everyone took that instruction and that is just what God did…He spent time reinforcing within me what He had given to me!

Friday night we were encourage to make a Habitation for God in our lives. The story lies in 2 Kings 4:8-10…this woman, like many women today, was thirsty for God, she wanted him to live in her household. So she prepared a place for Elisha to stay when He was preaching in town. When we allow God to inhabit our lives – being mindful of Him brings our hearts desire, brings provision and favor.

This confirmed what I now call Morning Tea with God…I am receiving and obeying and the result was a “Good Girl!” from Dad right up front! So satisfying!

Creating this habitation has resulted in what the speaker described as spiritual virginity. When I, you, anyone, purposes time alone with God each day we become cleansed of the worldly things we encounter. An example is this: when I sit down to this laptop each morning it is me God, His Word, and devotionals and a cup of tea. Praise music or quiet…I read what God put in my e-mail box through the hands of me…if I get nothing out of them then it is on to a devotional book or my journal in search of what He wants me to have that day…it is never hard to locate, it, now, is always the scripture or teachings that stirs the spirit in me. I have done what the woman in 2 Kings did and much like the scripture in Exodus that says ‘prepare Me a habitation, a tabernacle that I may dwell in you midst.’ Like the woman in 2 Kings God has returned to me the things that are mine, were always mine and all of the earnings that would have come from that!!! I now watch less tv…have noticed very distinct eating habit changes and my friends are once again being weeded. Even the Christian friends, which frankly feels funny, but God is always my first choice.

Revelation 14:4 describes the bride of Christ. I have determined to rise up and be the bride He is coming for…and He so graciously confirmed throughout the conference that I am deserving of that snow white bridal gown!!!

So off I go to pray some more and get some work done. More tomorrow about the conference. Honestly, it is still manifesting in me what God has given. So as I allow Him to melt me; spiritually and physically; to saturate me… I will be who it is He made me to be.

Blessings Loves.

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Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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