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A New Beginning


That time is now. But let us look at the logic here. Whenever a thing ends something new begins. Just like matter does not cease to exist, but simply changes form. Beginnings eventually have an endings, and endings inevitably lead to new beginnings.

My home church is at the final point of a total transition. This can be a devestating thing for believers who are new or immature in Christ or their faith. Having been apart of my church family for eight years and a leader for five years, this coming ending has had it's ups and downs.

Blessedly we believe that God handles all situations in our lives, so while every individual and each family went through the throws of change, each had different outcomes.

Tomorrow, June 27th, is the very last service we will have as our current church. As well as in our current building. A special praise and worship session is being practiced as I write, while workers clean and prepare for the closing of the sale of our church building, next week.

A Step of Faith celebration service is being prepared by our outgoing and incoming pastors. We, as a family, with some new and some moved on congregants, will celebrate the new things God has prepared for us.

Our spiritual pastors/parents are stepping out in faith, with the new ministries God has for them. We, the church family will be stepping out in faith, too, with a new pastor and a new church, to bring the Word of God and His love to a new community.

Does this end mean a new beginning? Absolutely, a new beginning, a new level! Excitement and expectation are mixed in the air with nostalgia and the knowledge that we will soon be missing people we love. Still knowing that soon they will return to visit with the exciting news of what God has done in their lives. While we will have grown, as a church family, and be able to share with them all that God has blessed the church with.

As the Word of God says, "Behold I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19

God has made that road through our fears and frustrations of this transition. That desert of frustration now has fresh flowing water running through it, feeding the new church so that we may prosper and run with the commission Jesus gave to us so many years ago.

We are stepping out in faith to our new beginning.


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† A Called Out People.


•*¨*•.¸¸♥ JOYFUL♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•

As my healing focus progresses in Christ I must Glorify Our God!!!

I Praise Him in the morning, afternoon and the expanses of the night! I give Him all the glory and the honor for my very existance and the ability He has bestowed to me to stand in His faith for my life.

Above all else in my life I EXALT HIM for His eternal faithfulness to me in ALL areas of my life.

Each day I seek His faith in my life. Each day as I become more obedient in what it is I must do to walk in divine health. Each day Father God sends something or someone to bring more knowledge and understanding to me in the areas of my life He is working on.

For this I am eternally grateful to my God! ♥

Just now I checked my e-mail and recieved in my inbox a correspondance from a newsletter that I must have subscribed to when I began my journey to healing 2 or 3 years ago.

God’s Healing Word

In it the gentleman explained why he had been away and the newletter disappeared. He had a serious crisis of faith and lost all interest in the things he had been doing. Now he is back and intends to pick up where he left off! Hence the e-mail.

Of course the e-mail was about Christians and healing! God has funny ways of moving in my life…this e-mail spoke to me. God is so very faithful. Here is the part of the e-mail that spoke so loudly to me:

I want to focus attention on our
physical body, its importance as it relates to Jesus
and the Church (The Body of Christ), Right now in many
if not most churches, there exists a big disconnect
between the two that explains why there is so much sickness
and suffering within the Body of Christ.

Christians are a called out people (I Corinthians 1:9).
That means we are set apart to live our lives differently
from the world, not just in spirit or in mind, but in body as
well (Romans 12:1-2). If this were not so, why else would
Jesus suffer in body on our behalf (Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24).

What caught my eye within the e-mail first was this:

“For it is through Christ; His body, that life and healing are made possible.”  as paraphrased from the following scripture.

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. ” Colossians 1:17-10
Now I don’t know anything about churches who do not understand that our healing was provided at the Cross; completed at Atonement, because our church understands this. This is mainly why I am able to walk in joy while I have such a dire diagnosis!
However, like me, many Christians have health issues, whether minor or severe. Let’s face it after the Fall of Adam our bodies no longer are impervious to illness. Our bodies, now, are meant to waste away, naturally. However, NOT, from illness or with pain. Rather in the natural course of old age.

1 Corinthians 1:7-10 explains how we should be walking, or what we should be walking in as a people called out…

“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

When we were called into fellowship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, we became healed in every area of our body and spirit. This is a TRUTH. However, walking in it is not as much a mystery as it is a discipline.

God’s grace – His empowerment of us has and will equip us to acheive all the things we need and desire. Nothing is impossible to those who believe.

Mark 9:23 “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” This particular scripture is in reference to the healing of the child with fits.

God’s Promise is this: Whatever you believe, whatever you can picture in your mind, you will recieve! God meant for His children to thrive. Not just Christians, the Word does say He came for the lost and we Christians are no longer lost…many of us just don’t have full understanding as yet…God intended that ALL thrive and live and enjoy an Abundant Life.

God’s Kingdom has no limits – His children are only limited by their inability to think and petition largely. Only God and The Word are our limit, and The Word says I am healed!

Psalm 107:20 “He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

Our God is limitless! We are created in His image, the saved and the unsaved alike! We are NOT limited to the things, conceptions, philosophies or diagnosis of this world!

IF WE CAN BELIEVE IT WE WILL ACHEIVE IT!

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE TODAY??? I BELIEVE IN MY HEALED BODY! Very soon the docs are going to find NO signs of Hypertension, Heard Disease, or Congestive Heart failure in this body of mine!

I was healed by GRACE ~ A Gift from God that cannot be returned! It can only go unused or unwrapped…Well I am unwrapping my Health today and every morning in the presence of God!

I AM HEALED!

fyi: When you begin a sentence with the phrase ” I am” you are calling on the name of the Soverign LORD…He looks down and pays undivided attention to what you say next… Your I AM is a representation of Christ in YOU…use it wisely.

Blessings Loves and Be Well. 

 


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How Quickly A Life Changes~♥ † ♥~


Change Unfolding

Search me O LORD! was my prayer. He did and I entered into another level of transition! I have come to understand that change and transition are a daily thing. From moment to moment, or better, Glory to Glory, we are not the person we were a moment ago…

UNLESS…we refuse to move.

Like many I dreaded, hated, loathed change…which in simple terms means I was deathly afraid of change!! Seriously, that is what it is for most of us. We profess loathing while within we croach in fear of an unknown future…not realizing that each second that ticks away is eating that future away.

So in my quest for health, and the resulting diagnosis of serious and possibly very dangerous heart and lung issues, I have been being taught how to change my mind, alter my perception…become who God made me to be.

For my loyal readers, if I should be so blessed as to have a readership, you know that I have been on my second tier of personal transition. God and I have dealt with the mental and emotional things and have moved on to the physical and health issues. Funny how God works, all the teachings, devotionals, motivationals and preachers are on Change Your Mind and Change Your Life.

So this whole CHS and high blood pressure stuff has me on a diligent schedule. Up to now I did what I wanted. When I decided to begin a more healthy lifestyle I implemented all the things that we’ve heard for years!

More fruits and vegetables…more water…more protein than fat…the gammut. For me, who was unaware of the level of ill health I was in, the water, especially, was the wrong choice…some of the more water based fruits and veggies didn’t help either. Yet I looked forward to just feeling better soon, when these changes had time to have an effect on my body and health.

Of course I coupled these natural changes with prayer and time with God. “Search me, O Lord!”. I prayed for my body to line up with what the Word of God said…

~ no weapon formed against me can prosper.

~ God sent His Word and I WAS healed.

~ By Christ’s stripes I was healed.

I know I WAS healed, even before I was born. These trasitional things are simply the removal of worldly beliefs and teachings and familial training.

Well the increased water intake and the prayers did their job…I filled up with fluid and stepped into the enemy’s trap of the family curse! I had developed Congestive Heart Failure! I was admitted to the hospital on June 2, 2010 and my life began another change. I was being forced to change how I dealt with my diet and my body. My eyes were opened to what the obesity, my sedentary nature and my indulgent diet had wrought in my body.

Yet there was no fear. Only a peaceful understanding that what God reveals He removes. The bad stuff anyway! I had asked and had finally gotten to a place where God knew I was going to be faithfully obedient. I was ready and had truly set a goal in my spirit to heal for the Kingdom of God. I had sought God and He had faithfully answered my prayer.

So, how quickly does a life change? As quickly as we permit it to.

I have become accustomed in 4 weeks time to get up at 6am and check my weight, take my medicine and then spend my morning with God! While I nourish my body with a healthy breakfast, I nourish my body with the Word and Visitation of God. I am healing…with a purpose! I pay attention to what my body tells me. When I feel up to it I do chores around the house, and I went back to work this week. Being the church secretary isn’t all that strenuous, however going to work and being productive can be mentally tiring, especially in a church. When I am tired I rest. If I ache or have pain I stop and assess the situation. Honestly these are things I just plowed through in my life…right up to June 2, 2010! Like I said I am healing with purpose…

To be fruitful in the Kingdom of God and here in the earth.

Another Word of God is that we have been given Dominion. Yet many, like me, don’t walk in that dominion because we don’t realize we even have dominion over ourselves…our lives, bodies and spirits. We just believe, like an atheist somehow, that things just happen randomly to us and we must tolerate and muddle through! How do people, even Chrisitians, come to a place where they are inadvertantly and literally taking the stance of atheistic thoughts and perceptions?

I don’t have the answer to that, but I am blessed that my eyes have been opened.

I visited my beloved 87 year old grandmother on Father’s Day, because I was in her neck of the pines. My aunt and a neighbor were over and everyone was glad to see me. During our conversation about how good I looked it came up that I developed this condition at the same age as my grandmother did. For her she ended up at 45 in a wheelchair battling heart issues for the next 42 years and counting.

Ironically, as I told them that no I was not going to keep the family inheritance of CHF because my inheritance was God’s Family Inheritance, I remembered, again, that I had told a very dear friend the opposite of what the martyred women of my family adhere to.

I said to my friend that I would not, that I adamantly refused to sit down in a chair, at 45, and stop living my life!

I stand firm on that declaration today! 

So there you have it. Our lives change from moment to moment, and if we do it correctly it changes from Glory to Glory.

God meant for us to live a Life More Abundant, and that is my intent, my goal. I know that I know that this time next year I will be healthy and at the beach with that friend who I made my declaration to, taking pictures of her surfing at 43 years of age!

My friend told me once of an incredibly spiritual experience God had gifted her with as she sat floating on her surf board on the Atlantic Ocean. She said it had begun to rain and the rain drops hitting the placid glass surface of the ocean was music and her heart just began to sing out in Praise!

I believe those special times with God, where He gives us a glimpse of His heaven, come when we are being diligent in our obedience to Him and seeking His face and His Kingdom. I look forward to those moments with God. The ones that are just for me, the ones that when explained lack that majesty that exsisted in that moment!

I would like to encourage those of you who want to change your mind and life to get ahold of the book Working with The Law~11 Truth Principles for Successful Living by Raymond Holliwell. It will change your way of thinking and change your life..all pun intended! I got my at a very affordable price and in excellent condition by purchasing it used from www.amazon.com. Gotta love Amazon.com, they have everything!

Blessings and Be Well my Loves!   †


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No Weapon Formed…what was that diagnosis???


Get Well Bouquet...

♥ Hi there! It’s been a month since I last posted! Sorry about that! There is a good, well particially good reason.

In my quest for health I got ill.

You see, when you pray for God to search you and your heart is right, he does. If He sees that you are ready to move on a change that is necessary he then honors your request. I must have been ready.

On June 1st., I attended our Ladies Bible Study. I almost did not go due to fear, no panic. I had been having increasing difficulty breathing and being in my upstairs rooms and bathrooms worsened it. We don’t have airconditioning in our home, so the 2nd floor is naturally more hot and humid, especially when showering.

I had often battled the fear that I would one day not be able to shower because of the breathing issues. Well, I am here to tell you that fear, even unspoken, will manifest itself! I was taking a shower to prepare for bible study and I got to a point when I could no longer breath adequately. I quickly rinsed off and got out and put on my robe…I called to my son, who did not hear me, and I became more frightened.

Very frightened and angry that this was occuring I began to cry and pray to calm myself. It took awhile. I dressed and returned downstairs. I called my trusty “won’t let me off the hook” friend and told her what was happening, in tears of course. I was waffling on going to bible study. However, I knew that if I gave in and stayed home that would be a dire mistake. I just knew that I knew that that particular decision was a milestone. So I called JR, and she offered to pick me up.

Bible study was positive and uplifting, as it always is. I shared with the group, briefly, what had happened when prayer request time came around and I asked for prayer. The ladies made their views clear and I promised to call my physician in the morning. I had been avoiding this for a very long time because I have no health insurance! Prayer time came and went and we went home.

My husband was aware of the situation because he was actually my first phone call. Being that he does not “believe” in doctors he does not push me to see one if I don’t pursue it. However, he does not block me either, so he told me to keep my promise and call the doc. I wanted to see him, because of the no insurance thing, but knew there was a possibility he would tell me to go to the ER.

The next morning, after a night of laying my hands on and praying that my body line up with the word of God, I felt better, much better. I kept my promise though. Just as I thought the doc told me to go to the ER, because the symptoms I described could be heart, lung or kidney related and I would have to have tests that were expensive and the ER was the best route, unfortunately. So I went.

Here is why I’ve been gone for so long…

I was admitted to the hospital for…get this!…Hypertensive Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure with Pneumonia! Quite the mouth full. Now remember how frightened I was in the shower??? While I was not happy with the diagnosis, I was also not frightened by it! So I was either in a state of grace or the peace of God, or both.

I’m starting to believe they are the same place!  🙂

I was in the hospital for the better part of  5 days, and on light activity for 2 weeks. Multiple medications and frustration left me not allowed to drive for 2 weeks. I was required to weigh myself each morning, at the same time, with the instructions to return to the hospital if I gain 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in a week. I also am to watch my fluid intake…no more than a liter a day. Oh! And NO salt, ehhhh!  Daunting and worrisome, I was happy to be home.

Each day I have lost a pound, of water weight, of course. With only a few days where I was faced with a bit of gain, however not outside of the rules. I had my 7 day follow up with my regular doc, who agrees with the instructions. With a few notes. On very hot and humid days fluid intake is necessary, so I am to be watchful but drink when thirsty. And to call Deborah Heart and Lung Center for my Cardiac follow up, as they are ability to pay! No bills.

The two weeks were long and I have had bouts of depression. Mostly due to the limitations. I have fought it with prayer, but I didn’t do any writing, blogging or any of my usual productive things. I love to write and take pictures…didn’t feel like it. I have been tired, asleep and emotional. It is frustrating at the least.

The one thing I have not forsaken was Church. Even sitting, in the beginning, the Praise and Worship and the Word have fed my spirit. As many of my readers know my church is changing Pastors and location. These things are firming up and I am excited about the newness and the forward movement! We are going to the next level as a church, while my Spiritual Parents step out into the new ministries God has for them.

I’m doing well. Soon, I look forward to the prize of being myself again, just a bit less salty. Oh and thinner! Did I say I’ve lost 30 pounds in about a month. People do not try this at home with out medical assistance! Of course it’s water weight, but hey, here’s hoping that my obesity is connected and as much weight as possible be removed by these means! : D

I’d like to leave you with a few scripture I have been using and have prayed before and during this. In fact a devotional from             Proverbs 31 Ministries I recieved on June 14th, while I was in a bout of depression I might add, confirmed that this diagnosis of mine and the medical treatment plan were due to the prayer I had been praying for months, for God to remove anything within my body that was not working for or fruitful for the Kingdom of God! ** JUST A SHOUT OUT HERE TO MY FATHER GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS TO ME!!! ALL THE GLORY IS HIS!**

The prayer I had been, and still am, praying for months prior to this health issue was very similiar to the scripture in the devotional highlighted above.

“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 (Amplified)

I had spent many a prayer time asking God to remove the wicked or hurtful things in me…who knew, like the lady in the devotional it would be such a dire diagnosis?

Praying scripture is infallible! Just as the Word itself tells us God’s Word is infallible.

“But you are a shield around me O LORD; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” Psalm 3:3

David cried out to God to be his shield. That is good enough for me! God is ultimately the one who lifts our heads up away from our current circumstances. When we cry out, God answers.

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God…then call on Me when you are in trouble; I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:14-15

There is great value, importance and powerfulness in our praise and worship to God.  Our praises are powerful enough to neutralize all of the adversary’s forces. Because…

“God inhabits the praises of His people.” Psalm 22:3

Are you seeking God’s presence in your crisis, as I did? Take it from me the fastest response and entrance into the presence of God is praise. Verbal, outloud declarations of His positive and faithful presence in your life!

Praise is seeking the Kingdom of God…Prayer is seeking the Kingdom of God…and afterward all these things will be given to you!

Blessings Love and Be Well!  ♥