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Afraid to Do…#Trust 30 on Few Words Thursday!


Let My Words Be Few...

If you’ve read my blog this week you know that I have joined the #Trust 30 Challenge that was inspired by Emerson’s 208th birthday, The Domino Project is republishing a work of art that’s especially relevant today. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson urges readers to trust their intuition rather than conforming to the will of the majority.
This Thursday…and probably the remaining Thursdays in the month of June…maybe July, as I backtrack to the days I missed, I will be combining my FWT posts with my
contributions. So as usual FWT has minimal rules…which can be found when you follow the link connected to the picture. You can also follow the Trust 30 button to participate in this provocative writing prompts. I hope you’ll join us. I would love to share this space with you!
Now this prompt actually belongs to yesterday…however, I never received it in the e-mail so I am writing it now…these Trust 30 prompts are NOT easy…and some of them will probe in the hidden places of a soul. Like this one:

The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson says: “Always do what you are afraid to do.”

What is ‘too scary’ to write about? Try doing it now.

(Author: Mary Jaksch)

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She was afraid. Afraid to tell…He said they wouldn’t believe a little kid. He threatened to blame it on her. He confused her. He loved her, treated her nice when mom and grandma were around, but then…

He changed. He got scary. He hurt her…He hurt the baby…

:/

This is the scary stuff that one day I will write about. But…what is scary now, is he was right! He was right…they didn’t believe the little girl (s); there were 4. He was right, they didn’t believe the angry teenagers, there were 4.  Worse, the mother didn’t help until her youngest girl was a full-blown alcoholic adult and demanded that she confront him (her brother!). Leaving the oldest girl more bitter and angry, at 30 something, than she had been prior, because when she asked her mother to believe her she didn’t. She accused and berated, she didn’t help.

What is scary to this day is that the mother of 2 of the 4 still harbors her brother. Still demands that her daughters respect…

What is scary is the rage, the wrath, that is born in such pain and betrayal. What is scary is that one lives and learns to love with this barbed wire wrapped around ones heart. What is too scary to write down, right now, is the realization that children continue to live and endure what  I …this little kid endured, growing up learning love wrong.

What’s too scary to do is write down the acts performed, that caused the work to get to the place of wholeness that  I …that little girl, now woman, enjoys today. It’s scary because of the pain it will cause…Him, Mother and so many others.

Is it really that important to document this process to wholeness??

Yes, I believe it is…so I strive to get past the fear…and put down the words that will help heal a little kid…

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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Fearfully & Wonderfully Made


   

Let My Words Be Few

 

I had every intention of beginning a Let My Words Be Few Thursdays theme, here at HOPEannFAITH…  

You know, a few profound lines of wisdom and encouragement, mixed well with Scripture. A determined effort to say the most, with the least words {not an easy task for this long-winded writer…}.  

Alas, this post won’t fit in the “few words” category. It does, however, fulfill the profound, for me.  

I’ll begin   Let My Words Be Few Thursday” next week, the first Thursday in February! I hope you will join me. Until then..  

 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Psalm 139  

“You are the God Who sees me.” for she {Hagar} said, “I have now seen the ONE who sees me” Genesis 16:13  

I find it comforting that I found a Genesis scripture right now, because 2011 is My Wholeness year, a new beginning!  

It’s my 46th birthday. I got up this morning and one of my first thoughts, in the silence before the Men’s Club bustle began, was this: “They’re not going to call.”   

Sadly, “they” are my parents.  

There it was, once again, in my face, on my birthday! Like every year, for as long as I can remember. The first beat of this heart on “my” day, aching and sorrowful, to ruin my birthday. I was about to play the old “poor me” tapes….  

NO! I stop myself. I’ve been working on this, with God, setting boundaries. The no longer enjoyed my permission to affect my heart, my spirit or my family. I had set this boundary, and to my amazement it was kicking in, today!  

I determined I would not sit and wait and feel abandoned, yet again, for their phone calls.   

The bustle of a morning with 5″ of wet snow began, and my men began preparing for their work day. My husband called from his place in front kitchen fire, “Happy Birthday, Beautiful”. My sweet man, I doubt my beauty even as he professes it, daily.   

Coffee, key searches and Dachshund walks done and the last man, my eldest son { just 25 on Monday} leans over and kisses my cheek and leaves for work. A peaceful silence falls as that snowday sunlight; seemingly more shiny and more sparkly for its reflection off the snow crystals, shines through my thrift store lace curtains.  I’m new to enjoying the silence and serenity of being alone.  

Then the thought of my worthlessness, the ache for my parents to remember, care, love, creeps in, bringing Self-doubt with it. I push it away and open my e-mail. I go through the bevy of devotional and motivational blog e-mails I have signed up for and begin deleting the ones that don’t speak to me. This too is new to me, I promised myself that I would regulate myself to following just 3 blogs in 2011,  because I had developed a guilt for deleting them. Yes, guilt, I felt guilty for not reading every inspirational woman’s post that I received! Maybe because I write and believe I owe them for their inspiration, or because I think someday I will need it. So I had to teach myself to delete the ones that God doesn’t speak through, to me, any given day!  

O’ see how I digress…can anyone say WORDY!  

I come to the e-mail from Proverbs 31 Ministries and open it.   

When the One You Doubt is You by T. Suzanne Eller: {go and give her the love she deserves for encouraging us!}  

As I read the title, I know God sent this post is for me, {Like I said, I read the ones that SPEAK to me.} through Suzanne, for my birthday!   

Odd, right? Self-Doubt!  

Not odd at all, this is the way of  my quality time with Father God. 🙂  

You see, when I got up every fiber of my flesh wanted a pity party on my birthday, like every year. I silently refused my flesh, sat down with my coffee and opened the e-mail devotion.  

I think to myself, as I sip my hot, smooth Folgers, ‘How does she know? I mean she doesn’t know…ahhh, but God does, and He uses His Jesus Girls to feed and comfort and encourage each other! 🙂 God is good that way.   

In the post Suzanne says [my wording]:  

Self doubt can confound and consume us,  or it can be a path to honestly assessing why “doubt” is there and what can be done about it, with God.  

It’s like Suzanne is reading my journal, I glance to my side and there it is…  

I have been diligently working on what can be done, about many of life’s issues, with God. For a loooonnng time.  

Then Suzanne opens my lunch box! She shares a childhood event of a friend, Lysa TerKeurst, that causes deep self-doubt and what it spun 😉 in her life.  

‘Twirling’ for father’s approval, to no avail.  

I had done the same exact thing!   

I can see the event in my mind {until now it didn’t have the heading of event, now I knew that was precisely what it was.}. That day, that event, was the day my daddy scarred my ‘little girl’ spirit. ~ I was dancing and twirling for my father, in a homemade dress; my mother made our clothes then ( a throw back to the 50’s, she was!) and  “when daddy gets home…”…  

When daddy came home, my baby sister ( I was about 3) and I were dressed to the nines, in lace and frills.   

This day, my beautiful, petite baby sister on his lap, my daddy broke my little girl. He shattered that excited “daddy’s home!” pink little heart.   

As I twirled and danced and giggled with glee and went to jump onto his other knee,  his response was a harsh, “Sit down, you are too big for that! Sit down and be a big girl.” And he readjusted the baby, cradling her in the crook of his arm (she was about 1).  

Today, as the tears fall on my 46th birthday, I have found the root of a lifetime of self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy, even worthlessness.   

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We live in a world that twists the meanings of the languages that God created for us, {this has ALWAYS made this writer crazy angry.}.  

Self-doubt is not self awareness, meekness or ever humility.  

Self-doubt is, in fact, an unhealthy twist on humility; a distraction from our dreams and God’s will and direction for our lives.  

Suzanne provided some good questions we can ask ourselves as we do that healthy self assessment in regard to the what, when, why and who of the self-doubt that exists within us:  

Do I have a valid reason to doubt?  

Is my doubt due to a particular person(s)?  

Is my doubt  due to something in my past?  

Is it the enemy causing me to doubt?  

So, this morning as I pondered the amazing amount of White showing through my Red hair, making me look dusty, I contemplated having the courage to let the red grow out to see just how white it was {God has apparently  honored my request for white hair, like my great-grandmother Godwin}. I realize, again, that I am 4 years to 50.   

A half century of life!  

Amazing!   

I read the part about Lysa’s memories…and then immediately wrote a poem, I’m hoping…No! I faithfully know that this breakthrough is going to mean health to my body, spirit and mind.  I’m excited as I have a goal I am working on, and this experience today feels like God saying: You are of Beautiful Worth and You are going to succeeded!   

The Father’s Delight  

There was a child,  

Small and full of light,  

She twirled and twirled,  

Seeking father’s delight.  

The sun shone in,  

The window pane,  

No matter the sorrow,  

No matter the shame.  

The little girl grew,  

Twirling dizzily each year,  

Twirling and dancing,  

Seeking and yearing with fear.  

The Son shone into  

Her heart aching with pain,  

He eased the sorrow,  

And took her shame.  

She danced, again a child of light,  

Her heart full of joy.  

She twirls and twirls…  

To The Father’s Delight.  

A wonderful woman who read this story today reminded me of an incredible video by Mercy Me ~ Beautiful. I thought I’d add it here, even though this post is long! 😉

Blessings Loves ♥  

Andrea  


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God’s Promise:Protection in the Dessert…


For the first time in my Christian walk, I am in a dry place. This desert is cold, oddly enough, and I ache. I press into God, like I know to do and yet…

I still could cry at any moment.

I still cry out to God for guidance. I hear His comforting voice say, “Feed yourself child, even a small child goes into the kitchen and finds a morsel when she is hungry; drinks from the tap when her throat is dry. Feed yourself.”

So I feed myself and still feel sad and heartsick and …Dry.

Since this is a first I am (was) completely lost as to what to do. So I do as the bible instructs and I press in and stand; I get in the Word and stand on what I know. Yet months I feel more deeply parched.

 The dehydrating of my spirit is causing confusion in my thinking…and back to the Word I go.

I call our new Assistant Pastors…very, very close friends. Siblings in Christ, family and ask pointed questions. Why? Because this is very personal to the transition our church has had in the last several months. It feels like I am not being fed in church, like there is a drought of the Holy Spirit. Yet…I know this is me, not everyone. I know that to move forward in the ministries God has planned for me I must serve gladly and willingly, in obedience, to the man of God, the Shepherd I am placed under.

I know this is mourning. I felt this when my uncle passed away last March, but differently. It is the mourning of the move of my spiritual parents, mourning church as it was…

Dryness is uncomfortable, but I realize I am not being moved; therefore I am not to go to another church to find what I believe I am missing. I know that I am not to move…yet I crave the Fire of the Holy Spirit. I crave a spirited sermon. I find I am craving the past…and this is not good. It is not forward movement it’s stagnation.

So, I press in. I pray more, I praise more; I look to the Word more, I listen more closely and press in during the very, very good teachings of the Pastor, knowing that this dryness will be watered by these things. Soon, as I cry to the Lord, I will be answered, because He never leaves nor forsakes me.

I found this today. In my angst, this dryness, I didn’t get around to my devotions until later in the day. Although I did pray, I did spend time in Praise…but still I am dry.

This is how I feel, have been feeling…honestly. [the words in brackets are my insertion; how I read this Psalm…how I pray these scripture verses.]

Psalm 38

6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain;
there is [seems to be] no health in my body.
8 I am [feeling] feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.

15 LORD, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
21 LORD, [I know that You] do not forsake me;
do not be [are not] far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.

Come quickly LORD…I desire to delight myself in You, LORD, not just simply exist in You. Come quickly.

Blessings Loves ♥


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Being Still and Knowing God is God No Matter Where I Am in Me.


As I stand at the center of my chaotic life, I wonder…

with amazement that there is a calm. Yet I wander off kilter from time to time, causing the unsettling symptoms of vertigo. Standing, unsteadily , as the camera pans in ever quickening and expanding circles, my stomach turns over and over with the stress of it all. “STOP!” my overburdened mind begs. ” I want off of  this carnival merry- go- round!” As I look down at myself at the center of it all, I realize  it is  not a harmless merry-go-round, but the terrifying heights of the  ferris wheel, creeking and groaning, stuck at the very top and the vertigo sways my stomach once again.

So much has occured this summer. Illness, captivity, lonliness, frustration, loss, and anger, always anger, tempered somehow with joy, success, fellowship and healing. Like I said chaios.  

So why is my life this way? Why does this part of the transition of my life seem so very unstable? I don’t know, but this lack of control over my own life is testing me to my very core. Coming from a middle aged woman who has survived so much abuse and adversity that is saying a lot.

I know that I have been given all the things necessary for life and Godliness, that I have been given all things necesary for life and life more abundantly. I have and enjoy the very favor of God.  So I guess it’s the Godliness that I am learning here…because life is what it is, one must just flow and remain in Christ to endure that.

What exactly is Godliness? Let’s be honest only God, and Jesus, because He was God, even while on the earth, are capable of true Godliness!

Godliness is denoting character and conduct determined by the principle of love or fear of God in the heart, is the summing up of genuine religion. There can be no true religion without it: only a dead “form” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Numbers 14:24 “my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.” Caleb is a portrait of Godliness; and there were many, He trusted God and moved forward in that. I relate to Caleb, I was even told, by my first Pastor, that I had his tenaciousness very early in my walk. No matter what I pride myself on doing what I know to do, whether I feel it or not, whether it appears to be working or not. God is God, no matter my circumstance…that is the mantra. That is the Truth of the matter.

Godliness is equated to living as closely as one can to God’s Word. I try, but at times like this, when I weary and am too alone, all of the time, I waiver. It’s okay, right? I mean God made me who I am and I am only human, so it’s okay to let go sometimes and just wallow in my sorrow and mire. Right? right? feel sorry for myself and my situation…No. It isn’t alright. It isn’t Godliness, it isn’t even trying.

The bible says that God’s grace is enough for me. I say God’s grace is enough for me, so I stand back up…like in Ezekiel’s vision in chapter 2:1 and 2 “…He said to me, “Son of man, stand up, and I will speak to you.” As he spoke to me, the Spirit entered me, stood me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.”

I’ve stated here, many times, that I am blessed to audibly hear the Lord. Call me crazy, many do, but one thing you  cannot prove to me, you cannot take from me, is that I hear God. No one can take that from me, no one. So I can relate to that scripture.When I stand firm God speaks to me, clearly. 

God’s voice is peaceful and calm, described poetically in the bible, as that “still small voice”.

In fact God is the very origin of peace and calm; still (whisper/calm) small (fine) voice (noise).

When I am anxious, fearful or angry, the voice yelling in me is not God (trying to get my attention), he does not operate that way. The noise in my head is probably me, preventing myself from hearing from God. The Word says he does not leave nor forsake us, so in these times when we feel seperated from God, we aren’t. We just are not calm enough or peaceful enough to hear Him!

In 1 Kings 19 God showed up to speak to Elijah. You see Elijah was running from Jezabel who had vowed to kill him, lets just relate Jezabel to life’s struggles, he was tired and emotionally spent and said to God: “I’ve had enough now Lord. Take my life! I’m no better than my ancestors.” and with that he lay down under a tree and slept.

Sounds very much like life got the best of him. Seems fear, depression and discouragement got the best of good ole Elijah! Much like in our walk through the more difficult, even tragic circumstances of life. Later after an angel ministered to him and he traveled for 40 days it was then  God spoke to Elijah, and Elijah could finally hear His voice.

Isn’t that the truth. When I indulge in depression and discouragement they take over and the experience for many can be quite a long time. Well in that time God does bring help, but because we have submitted to the sin, it takes time for the ministering to get through. More often than not because we are quite finished with our pitty party. Thank goodness our God is faithful to finish the work He began in us.

So the Lord said to Elijah, “Go out and stand in front of the Lord on the mountain.” As the Lord was passing by, a fierce wind tore mountains and shattered rocks ahead of the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. And after the fire there was a quiet, whispering voice. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat, went out, and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then the voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

You see, even Elijah, a mighty man and prophet of God got bogged down by fear and depression…and if you read 1 Kings 18 you will come to know that this was immediately, IMMEDIATELY after a great victory for Elijah. The decent was that fast!

At the end of the day Elijah was a man, like you and I; there is even scripture that says exactly that. Even Jesus, while here on earth, experienced the human feelings and constraints we experience in our day to day lives. We see Him cry out to Father God in the garden of Gethsemane, to remove the burden He is bearing.

Both men though, Elijah slowly, and Jesus immediately were calm and heard from God. In the peace and calm that we develope within a God reverential lifestyle we can not only hear, but understand and accept the processes of our growth in Christ.

So why is my life so frustrating right now? Healing in my body and apparently other areas of my life is taking place. I am learning to live and function on another level. I am learning to rely solely upon God for my life, my Godliness and my abundance. So I’m guessing that I have to be content with my life as it is now because it will lead to the desires of my heart, where I will be more fruitful for the kingdom.

Life is not fair. I dread the lonliness and detest the emotions and weakness therein that I feel too often. I am frustrated by the captivity of no car and restricted health (although both are very, very temporary).

So I stop, gather my wits and begin again. I will learn to be content with where I am in life and in Christ, so that I can have the fullness of the Godliness that God has for me.

I wrote this awhile back:

Selah
“The peaceful, silent pause, in the music of my life, wherein I hear God.” ADH™

That is where I need to learn to be…in that silent pause…<3

Blessings Loves

 

 


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Simply…Psalm 91 A Personal Prayer ♥


As I come closer to my follow-up Cardiac appointment, the battle against fear has intensified. Angry, because I have always enjoyed a firm fearlessness in most areas of life, I am faced with battling confusion, as well.

I won’t go into and give voice to my exact fears, again, but they rose to the surface when my Pastor, Santhosh asked how I was. Feeling weak and even silly, I confessed my fears, while in front of a friend, I trust without reserve, and my oldest son.

First we prayed beginning with 2 Timothy 1:7…For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I stayed still, quiet and in agreement, I absorbed the requests and declarations over me, while they layed hands on me. All in agreement. My pastor went on to pray over me, reminding God of promises and things He has said in regard to the lives of His children. Like many I cannot recall exactly what was prayed or said, as I was absorbing the presence of God that comes when 2 or more are in agreement! I allowed God to wash a moment of peace over me…

Then Pastor Santhosh shared how he handles a worrisome situation in his life…He told me, us, that he looks toward the character of God. This resonated because throughout my week I had been forcing myself to focus on God and had written or rewritten a couple of verses, in simpler terms, that related directly to the character of God. Some of you may have read them…

What Pastor Santhosh said was; “this is just one of the Characters of God” and he opened the bible to Psalm 91; which I have rewritten into a personal prayer format. Which Pastor actually told us he did with the end of the chapter.

 

Before you read the entire chapter in prayer form. Consider what Pastor revealed to me, us.

Psalm 91: 14-16

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

~ imagine this! El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One, will rescue me, YOU, because we love Him. Because we acknowledge who He is to us, He protects us. That is it…all we must do! Love and Acknowledge who God is.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

~ The All in All answers me, You!, simply because we call His name. He stands beside us when we are in trouble and He, God Almighty will deliver us, and Honor Me, YOU! Just because we call on Him in our times of trouble!

16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

~ and after all of that, as if it were not enough! God, our Father, provides me, You, with a satisfying life and His Salvation!

All of this soothed my fear. I am not saying the battle is over, but I am saying, what I knew in my head is now dropping into my Spirit. With this new shift of revelation, I am realizing what I have stood on for many years; Exodus 14:14 “God will fight for me and I will keep my peace.” has another level.

God will fight my battles, against the adversary, if I quiet my fears with obedience to His Word. If I remember to call upon His name, His might! Like this scripture says Zecheriah 4:6 ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

I am tremendously grateful to have been given such a caring and Godly Pastor ! I thank God that He has provided us with this Man to shepard us forward in the kingdom. I am thankful for my friend, who can be trusted with praying for any area of my life, according to the will and Word of God, at any time and for my son, a God fearing man himself, who obediently prayed with us.

So like the last two blog posts, this is what I was lead to do in my after church studies today. The study of Psalm 91 lead me to the desire to define the particular character and name of our God, El Shaddai. Then I was lead to put Psalm 91 into a simple personal prayer format. Psalm 91’s author is unknown, but believed to be Moses, and the text of the psalm indicates that this is written by one who knew God intimately and had practiced what he preached in the scriptures. It is safe, it is thought, to believe that Moses was indeed the author of Psalm 91 as he experienced these things.

Like all of these things I am lead to share, I believe if I need it, there are others who have need of it as well. This is all about obedience, to what God leads me to share and do. As well as the sharing of the Good News with those who are searching for Who I have been blessed to know better and better each and every day!

I am 8 years in the LORD…just a child, come let me introduce you to my friend, my Dad, our Father!

Let me show you Jesus.

Blessings Loves.

 

Psalm 91

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in El Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”

 

Repeat after me and Believe and Receive this…

He rescues ME from hidden traps, shields ME from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect ME— under them I AM perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.
I Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day,
NOT DISEASE THAT PROWLS THROUGH THE DARKNESS, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze ME.

I WILL stand untouched, I WILL watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.

Yes, because God is MY refuge, the High God MY very own home, evil cannot get close to ME, harm cannot get through MY door.

He ordered his angels to guard ME wherever I go. If I stumble, they’ll catch ME; their job is to keep ME from falling. I WILL walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

 

~This Psalm ends with a personal note to us from Father God; a loving father to his child…

Dear Child,

If you will hold onto me for dear life, I will get you out of any and all trouble, big or small. I will give you the very best of care, if only you will get to know and trust Me. Call Me, at any and all times, I WILL answer you, I WILL be at your side in the worst times; I WILL rescue you, then I WILL celebrate over you, the victory. I WILL GIVE you a long life and a long drink of SALVATION!

Love,

Father

 

Blessing Loves, again…All Manner of Blessings, say the LORD, Your God! 😉

 

 

 


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The Positive Mind…


Quality Time with God…

Romans 12:2

“Be not conformed to this world, but BE TRANSFORMED  by the renewing of your mind.
mind: the intellectual, thinking power in man; the power that Conceives, Creates.
transformed: to be turned, to become something completely different.
Transformation is the process of metamorphasis…like the Catapillar to the Butterfly!
Like the butterfly that never goes back to the pupal state, a transformed mind never goes back to thinking as it once did. Oh, the mind will try, unlike the butterfly, however, once transformed the Spirit will rise up to warn, deter and assist the mind to stop the reversal! Jesus did promise to send the helper, He is the Holy Spirit!
DID YOU EVER NOTICE?…
 
When one thinks negatively one begins to feel confused, angry, and fearful. The body, mind and spirit of a man tells him that these thoughts are wrong with these symptoms. It’s amazing that God provided us with a triune system that rises to tells us that we are straying from His will for our lives?
One must believe this was on purpose…Triune…hmmmm. Could it be it is directly because the Trinity cannot reside where these negative abide. Is the rise a type of notice that things will be moving out and that we should be paying attention? Be aware of your thoughts, they could be giving the land LORD notice of your moving out!
BE AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHT LIFE! :
When one thinks, dwells on, positive things the body, soul and Spirit REST. One is calm and happy. The man stops questioning and searching.
Hmmm…One’s body, soul and Spirit KNOWS and tells the man that HE IS HOME!
The bible says to take every thought captive:
2 Corinthians 10:5
“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
This is the obedient and diligent act of The Positive Mind! Remain AWARE of your every thought!
 
BLESSINGS LOVES! ♥ † ♥