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Few Words Thursday ♥ Wisdom from the Spirit


HOPEannFAITH is attempting to get the most across with the least words, on Thursdays.

To join me, just leave a link to your personal post, or leave your Few Words in the comments. Join me for this adventure toward profound posting!

I encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 2, in its entirety.

Essentially it speaks to the wisdom we receive when we are Mature in our Christianity. However, this seemingly short, easy read of a Scripture holds so much more than the simple idea the world has of wisdom!

This speaks to the intimate relationship one has with God when they’ve reached the maturity in Christ where one just knows, beyond any and all circumstances, that God LOVES us and no matter what.

 He’s got this!

VS. 4-5 says: “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit‘s [of God] power, so that YOUR faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

He’s got this…all of it…

VS. 7  profoundly states: No we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began…”No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him – but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.

Glory is defined here as the fullest enjoyment, admiration and honor of God; the object of God’s highest praise; ceaseless delight.

This states that God feels a fullest enjoyment and admiration of us…that God honors us…that He delights in us ceaselessly!

The last four verses of Psalm 91 states the same…that God honors us!

When we’ve reached that level of maturity in Christ so much occurs…we begin to understand the depth of Love God has for us.

We know God…enter an intimacy with Him where He reveals wisdom that He has hidden just for us…understanding, knowledge, Wisdom…the tools to know Him, Truth and His Love!

Blessings Loves

Please Welcome Holly to our “Let My Words Be Few Thursdays”!

I am Honored to have her join me…Please go and read her first “Few Words Thursday” Post and give some love in her comments!

Here’s Holly; Freedom @ withoutado:  http://withoutado.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/freedom/

Blessings Loves


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Resolved to inquire of the LORD…


Good Morning Loves!  ♥

I am very grateful to be writing right now.

Andrea - Writer: Write down the vision and make it plain...Hab. 2:2

 

I had to change my perspective. In my heart I decided I wasn’t a writer!  In my head blogging was not writing…so I even got lax!

I was losing heart!

Well all my blogging friends, I’m sure you will be glad to know that Blogging is Writing! Like you all need me to tell you. However, I am grateful that all of your dedicated blogging was instrumental in getting me back to my calling!

 Keeping me safe and warm in your words while I struggled to find mine.

I find it amazing how quickly thinking like the World, even in one small area, can cause a Spirit to fail.

Yes…fail.

Far too long I have failed at God‘s merciful restoration of my passion to write.

Too long I have wallowed in my perceived inadequacies. Even coming to the point of truly buying into the “I don’t have the time…”

Really! I am a semi-retired social worker who enjoys the freedom  of a very part-time gig as the Church Secretary! NO time??? REALLY!

The last several days…weeks, of devotionals and motivationals have been a reality check.

A Spiritual Reality Check!

 I thank all of you, and I thank God for all of you.

First it was Habakkuk 2:2 from Kim Potter’s motivational…Write the Vision Down…

Next was Lysa TerKeurst encouraging us to study one or two words in a scripture for depth of meaning…and another place, at the same time I got Joel 2:11-13 “Even now…” and …

Revelation 2: 1-7  RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE, from where I don’t remember.

This morning I read a post from Proverbs 31 Ministries; Losing Heart by Marybeth Whalen…which spoke to a devotional note from yesterday, and I am sorry, I do not recall where this came from.

I really do glean from many devotionals and motivational blogs, all sharing and teaching God’s Word!

The note said something to this effect, ‘ my feelings indicate what I am going through in a situation and that these feelings cannot, should not, dictate my reaction.’

2 Chronicles 20:3 “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.” and now I remember where I got the above note!! 🙂 Lysa TerKeurst’s blog!

Thank You, Holy Spirit for bringing that to my memory. Scripture is so true! Praise God!

Lysa was taken by the fact that Jehoshphat’s name was sandwiched between his dilemma and his solution.

God presents us with a choice in our circumstance, our situations and even our trials and tribulations!

We have a choice….between our Alarm and our resolution.

Resolution: the act of answering or resolving. Something that is resolved, having firm resolve. A decision or determination.

RESOLVED TO INQUIRE OF THE LORD…

In this mornings devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries I gleaned this gem:

“Therefore, since through God we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1

Have you ever lost heart in something you wanted to do? A goal? A passion? Your calling in Christ?

What is on your heart to do? Have you lost heart?

Losing heart is so very easy if we look to our natural circumstances.

Really! I decided I didn’t have time in my ‘busy’ existence.

Yes! existence, I wasn’t living! I was becoming overwhelmed with my personal decisions about what was important and what I could manage to do. Everything ran together and my focus was scattered.

This happens much too often in my life these days! Therefore this day…

I am resolved to inquire of the LORD…

Only through his mercy do I have this ministry of writing.

Even though I battle feelings of inadequacy in this area I REFUSE TO LOSE HEART!

I am going to use the scriptures that spoke to me from Marybeth Whalens devotional today

, and I thank her, deeply!

Paraphrased:

…always pray and do not give up. Luke 18:1resolve to inquire of the Lord!

…remember we are being renewed daily. 2 Corinthians 4:16…renew your mind in the Lord!

…focus on the harvest to come…it will come if we do not give up! Galatians 6:9…focus on the things of the Lord!

…have comfort in your ability to approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12-13…where the Lord is there is Freedom!

…remember that nothing compares to what Jesus endured for us and His ministry. Hebrews 12:3…the Lord endured the Cross, sin, inadequacy, trials…so that we would not have to…His true ministry was to Save All the World.

Nothing…NOTHING compares!

In Christ we can do all things!

” I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. ” Philippians 4:13 – Amplified.

I thank You, Father, right now for the women who are dedicated to sharing and teaching Your Word out here in the blogosphere. I thank You that You have shown mercy on me and restored my skill and passion for writing, and that You have chosen me to join the ranks of women such as these! I am excited and daunted by this task, and give all the Glory to You LORD! May I please You with my words. May I Glorify only YOUR NAME.

I resolve, LORD, to inquire of You alone when I feel my hope and my passion waning again. I will inquire of YOU. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What is it that you have been losing hope in Love?

I encourage you to resolve to inquire of the LORD…there you will find the definitive answer to your dilemma. There you will find the only true answer.

Blessings Loves ♥

 

 

 


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” Even Now…”


“Let My Words be Few” Thursday

Here at HOPEannFaith I am challenging myself to be concise in my writing, and I invite you to join me. It is my hope to write spirit filled, inspirational posts touching our Spirits, not just our minds and flesh. I also hope this will improve my writing skill set, while deepening my spiritual walk. If you would like to join me in this challenge simply leave me a link to you ‘Let My Words be Few’ blog post or simply leave your post in the comments, and I will link your post into mine for that week. Your post can be about anything positive! The goal is to be inspirational while using the fewest words. You can see I’m still working on that, so there is NO word count requirement. You may use the Thursday if you like, but it is not a link…I don’t know how to do that!  🙂 I’m a writer not a techie! Just manually link the picture to my blog from yours and we will be good to go, and your readers will be able to join us.

In a very few words…not even mine…

I read Lysa TerKeurst’s Blog this morning…about concentration on the meanings of a few words in scripture…and Joel 2 was my next read…So this post will end with…”EVEN NOW”…meaning no matter where…now matter how long…no matter what we perceive as too “bad” to be forgiven…”Even Now…we may return to our first love.

Now my day…

Went to mid-week service last night, like every Wednesday evening! What a great way to end a dreary, rainy day! Spring flirted a few days ago with 80* in the sun!!!! …then…gloom, cold and rain…and this morning even snow and sleet! Ugghhh right?

NO!

Went with a friend to a medical appointment…she was scared. I know from heart events, and it doesn’t matter…the not knowing what these professionals will report back is nerve-racking, at best…terrifying at worst. And that…is only topped in the ‘worst’ department if the report is bad.

That is in the World View…

When my friend’s recent ‘scare’, ‘attack’, came about last week, she related her diagnosis…We then agreed that the negative report would be given no more voice. We prayed in ALL thanksgiving that what was found last week would be gone this week!

Let me yell with joy here…GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!! The blip on the EKG strip that was there last week…did not exist this day!

My friend returned home with a good report. For the first time, in a long time she is JOYFUL!

This is, was a pleasant, GOOD day…even in the rain and sleet…a JOYFUL Day!

I attribute this to our determination to walk in the will of our God.

I attribute it to us living in the scriptures, taking our lead from the early church!

We agreed…we spoke only God’s Word…we took Communion together when things were hard!

In remembrance of Him…

Matthew 18: 18-20

 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

   19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

We gathered prayer warriors…we agreed…we bound illness…we thanked God for healing…

And God brought the VICTORY!

This is confirmation, shown to me,  in so many people God has set in my path of late…

Me…I am healthy and healed and have been given a New Heart…HEALED.

A man my husband and I do business with had a heart event shortly after a recent business transaction…Less than a week later he was walking around as if nothing…NOTHING…had happened to his heart! …HEALED.

My friend…TODAY…HEALED!

I read this just now…it is firm confirmation of where God has me right now…and many of my friends.

Joel 2: 11-13

Rend Your Heart

 12 “Even now,” declares the LORD,
   “return to me with all your heart,
   with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

 13 Rend your heart
   and not your garments.
Return to the LORD your God,
   for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
   and he relents from sending calamity.

“EVEN NOW…”

No matter where we are at…whether we have wandered from His path…EVEN NOW…we may return to our first Love!

Revelation 2:1-7

Blessings Loves ♥


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Inscribed upon my Heart by God: Andrea, Writer.


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I’m having a slow, tired, rainy day. Most of us experience these. However, mine, in the gloom of an overcast, rainy Jersey day, becomes a thing of negativity. Having slept in due to fatigue, and this Wednesday being the first day in two weeks where I was not bound to an errand based schedule, I inadvertently slipped into a depressive state.

At noon I forced myself up and moving. I am always amazed at how quickly I slip right back into my old man.

Instantly…

I begin with I’ll take a twenty-minute rest and two hours later that rest has turned into a sleep that sets me off track.

Off track in body, mind and spirit.

Yes…that is all it takes for me.

Those who have suffered with depression, and I do not participate in depressive states of being any longer!, understand that sleep is an enemy. A symptom, not a remedy!

I grabbed my cold cup of coffee from earlier…I know, some don’t understand cold coffee 🙂 I was raised to nurse a cup of coffee all day! Got dressed, folded some laundry and headed to the office feeling fatigued.

An over-sleep induced fatigue, I was not feeling well…

Depression!

I ditched a few of my e-mail devotionals as they were not speaking to me and then opened Kim Potter’s , A New Thing Ministries motivational for today, “Write it Down”. I also read part of Sarah Markley’s blog for this morning; “Sarah Who?”, but stopped because I felt it didn’t speak to me…that is until I coupled it with Kim Potter’s!

Depression makes me feel invisible, unnoticeable, unWorthy…all lies. I know these lies intimately and the masquerade as truths. Truth Imposters spoken by others….angry parents, the school yard bullies, the popular girl in class, the cute boy who laughed when you bought his attention for something it was not…LIES of invisibility and scorn.

As I lay there in my late waking, trying to motivate myself into being productive, I thought about all those productive things God has gifted me with.

ONE stands, mocking me…because I know it was a restored gift, and I cannot figure out by what (who) or how the brick wall of fear was erected!

ME…

*ANDREA, WRITER.

Sarah in her post this morning, found that being one of a zillion Sarahs on the planet caused her to always lead with her last name to identify herself. She found it demeaning that people didn’t recognize her voice or know which Sarah she was.

I think I am in a different place. I find myself demeaning myself in regard to the gift I know I have been called to use.

I believe it is the title; WRITER… How pretensious of me to believe that I am a Writer…see I couldn’t even put it in bold.

…then I think, or the Holy Spirit rises and speaks…how sinful is it that I don’t believe what God has given me…

I love to write. I am good at writing.

I’m not exactly a Story Teller, I am a Life Teller.

I share from where I am, I write from my heart, perspective and life.

I have been given an assignment to write. To write a specific book. Yet I cannot put the pen to paper, or the words on the screen.

I sit, in sadness; depression and think “maybe tomorrow”!

And then….

I just feel less than. Not able, a nothing…a nobody. NOT WORTHY!

I am choosing this, I know…

In my morning (afternoon) devotions I was given another, more personal assignment, from God.

“Write the vision down and make it plain; that YOU, ANDREA may run when you read it.” Habakkuk 2:2, adaptation.

Kim’s motivational explains that when we write these things down they become registered in the Kingdom. While God instructed that things be written, engraved or inscribed on stone, wood or metal, today we have to our avail, as well, the permanency of the internet.

We all know that once something is in cyberspace it is there for all time!

In Habakkuk 2:2 the definitions of the key words are these:

Write: inscribe, engrave, describe or detail in words, register, record and decree

Vision: see, perceive, prophesy – BEHOLD

Read: call out, proclaim, summon, appoint

Oooo I forgot to add this quote from Kim Potter’s blog, very important:

 “Just this morning I was reading something that confirmed this action; I want to share it with you ~ KP”

            It is from Bill Burns, he said the Lord said; I would have My people to once again be a people of faith.  My challenge to you now is to begin to walk in an absolute faith that refuses double-mindedness and negativity; a faith that refuses to allow the enemy to gain the victory over you. So rise up, you people of faith, for it is by faith that you overcome the world. It is by faith that you enter into a fullness of life in the kingdom of My Son, says the Most High.  Come forth in faith and walk in the power of it.  Demonstrate the kingdom and manifest the supernatural and the fullness of that which I am doing.  Begin to decree and to declare and to write a thing, for as it is written it is released in to the heavenlies and it shall come forth as My word and My word does not return to Me void, says the Lord. 

            As it is written it is released in to the heavenlies and it shall come forth.  I encourage you today to write your vision and make it plain – in doing so, you guarantee its release and it’s coming forth.  Remember, His word does NOT return void.

Today I will engrave in words and on my heart that I am Andrea, Writer. I will see, I will behold the gift and assignment given me by God, done; completed. I will proclaim and thank my God for the gift that He has graced me with, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thanks for reading Loves.

Blessings ♥


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A Beautiful St. Patty’s Day ~ Few Words Thurs.


   “Let My Words be Few” Thursday

Here at HOPEannFaith I am challenging myself to be concise in my writing, and I invite you to join me. It is my hope to write spirit filled, inspirational posts touching our Spirits, not just our minds and flesh. I also hope this will improve my writing skill set, while deepening my spiritual walk. If you would like to join me in this challenge simply leave me a link to you ‘Let My Words be Few’ blog post or simply leave your post in the comments, and I will link your post into mine for that week. Your post can be about anything positive! The goal is to be inspirational while using the fewestwords. You can see I’m still working on that, so there is NO word count requirement. You may use the Thursday if you like, but it is not a link…I don’t know how to do that! 🙂 I’m a writer not a techie! Just manually link the picture to my blog from yours and we will be good to go, and your readers will be able to join us.

BEAUTY…

I bought One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, which just recently was added to the  Best Seller List! Congratulations Ann! I wandered onto her blog; A Holy Experience,  several months ago and was moved.  I know you will be as well.

First thing yesterday I viewed a video, which can be viewed on Ann’s blog.  I also watched an interview with Ann Voskamp which moved me (here).  These videos inspired me.

So on this beautiful spring Thursday let me just leave you with a quote from the video (on Ann’s blog)…”though the world is ugly…it IS beautiful.” These words, on a cool rainy Wednesday morning inspired this thought, that envelopes Ann’s words…

‘ If you know God, even just believe in God – then you know Beauty – you see beauty – Everywhere – in ALL things. ‘ Though this world is ugly…it IS BEAUTIFUL!’

Beauty moves me to gratitude, funny it was my first Few Words Thursday post, I cannot explain why. Beauty, true – pure beauty, makes my heart ache. My broken (physically) heart swells and aches with the overwhelming sense of a Love that cannot be contained within the human heart…therefore it must be broken to experience it…don’t ask, it’s simply a concept my head has not wrapped itself around as yet…

I simply feel gratitude today because of the gifts I received…

A beautiful St. Patrick’s Day morning

Crocus in bloom, vibrant violet and pristine white (pics soon)

The courage and energy to go out today when I didn’t want to…and then…

The opportunity to minister to a business man my husband and I just began dealing with.

Time with a new friend in counseling and fellowship.

It has truly been a BEAUTIFUL day!

Thanks for reading Loves! I welcome the company. Blessings


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Peace~Quiet~Wholeness


“Let My Words be Few” Thursday

Here at HOPEannFaith I am challenging myself to be concise in my writing, and I invite you to join me. It is my hope to write spirit filled, inspirational posts touching our Spirits, not just our minds and flesh. I also hope this will improve my writing skill set, while deepening my spiritual walk. If you would like to join me in this challenge simply leave me a link to you ‘Let My Words be Few’ blog post or simply leave your post in the comments, and I will link your post into mine for that week. Your post can be about anything positive! The goal is to be inspirational while using the fewest words. You can see I’m still working on that, so there is NO word count requirement. You may use the Thursday if you like, but it is not a link…I don’t know how to do that! 🙂 I’m a writer not a techie! Just manually link the picture to my blog from yours and we will be good to go, and your readers will be able to join us.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Thanks  for reading Loves!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I welcome the company.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Blessings ♥           

This will be a true “Few Words” post. Finally! 🙂

I’ve been working all day. I sit here now well into the afternoon as the winter light begins to shift into the uneasy light. That seasonal sensation professionals now call a disorder. It causes me to feel ill at ease…

Then I remember…

I was not given a spirit of fear…

That is what this uneasy light is really. Fear. So much causes fear and unrest.

Devotionals today were about righteousness…one was about rest, then I read one about righteousness which led me to the concept of quietness which can mean rest. 

However, what I got was Peace from both. 

Peace with myself…my work…my gifts…me…Peace.

“…the fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. ” Isaiah 32:17

Peace*Shalom ~ complete soundness {a sound mind….}, prosperity, Wholeness, quiet, safety, literally….

NOTHING MISSING OR BROKEN FROM MY LIFE.

The fruit of righteousness is Peace ~ My right standing with God will be Peace.

Where is this quietness in me? That undisturbed rest, safety, the peace to be carefree?

I wonder why I am tired often….My heart? My mind? My lonliness…

Then I return to my devotions…

“…for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on me.” Hosea 10:12

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

“Blessed is the woman who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is the Lord. She will be like a tree planted by the water…She will not fear when the heat comes, she will not be anxious in the year of drought (my desert!), nor cease to be fruitful.” Jeremiah 17:7-9

{Each link is my paraphrase, that is if it is not consistant with the NIV translation, and linked to the blog post devotional from which it was recieved.}

I find my rest…my peace…my Shalom is disrupted off and on these days. I am truly grateful that it is not continually dried up in that desert place I was for so very long. Although I do recognize that when my Peace is gone and I am nolonger the fruit of the righteousness God has given me that I have returned, somehow, to that desert.

My solution…SEEK God…CRAVE after GOD!

I bought ‘one thousand gifts” by Ann Voskamp; the book arrived today. I am going to go relax, rest and begin reading this treasure of gifts from God that Ann has given us to unwrap. I’m thinking of joining the book club…but it causes deep unrest in me. I want to belong to this blogging community. I want my gift of Words on the Whitespace to be profound and quoted. I want to be like these women!

I guess I’m comparing like the Bonnie @ Faithbarista said…

I write! I am a writer! It is both my calling and my gift! I want to honor God with this gift…I hope that I do…

Blessing Loves ♥