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5 minutes of Understanding from the Holy Spirit


HOPEannFAITH hosts ‘Few Words Thursday’

I had heard and saw the blogging community participating in ‘5 minute friday’. Clicking on the picture will take you to the blog of origin, I believe .

Anyhow, the rules…5 minutes of writing…no editing…no over time!

So here goes! {This introduction does not count!}

Last night and this morning I have been a bit miffed at my LOVE! Yes…it happens. Let’s be honest any relationship JOY is a choice we make each day! Even the best of them!

and…My Love and I DO enjoy the BEST of THEM…and never forget that we are blessed in this.

I am leaving this evening for a Women’s ConferenceFCM’s 5th Annual ~ Moving Forward!

It’s a time with God and His other Daughters…getting refreshed just in time for this new season…

When I say season it does not escape me that this season is not only Spring…but also of NEW THINGS God is doing in our lives and our church. It has been a long winter of angst and stretching…

but back to the miff…I don’t want to leave with my LOVE in a grump! So I’ve spent the last 12 hours entered into his mood…and I got miffed. Dinner date last night was strained and I was disappointed…

This morning, rain and all, his mood is no better…and then it came to me.

This is how I behaved and worse, in the past when he had to be away any amount of time…I saw in his demeanor how I felt when he would be leaving soon…

And with that I felt bad…that I had created that feeling in my LOVE…ever.

A Lesson for me…so this morning when he left I kissed him and smiled, hopefully that will bring the sun to this rainy day for him.

I don’t even know if his grump is attached to my leaving…but when the Holy Spirit shows you something in this manner…well the true reason for his mood is of no concern to me, in the lesson, it’s the understanding that I need to be understanding!

Blessings Loves.

 


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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 ♥


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Victory Over Temptation is in The Word!


Let My Words Be Few Thursday

“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.

I’ve been thinking today… 

I went to the Cardiologist yesterday and all vitals are IMPROVING! God is amazing!

Even as I am unhappy that my weight has gone up.

Even though from time to time I still feel winded or fatigued.

Even as I question if I am doing well…

God remains faithful.

Faithful!

I claim to be a Woman of Faith. However, came to see where I was not so strong in my faith in the last several months. My Heart Event and Gurney Encounter with God showed me that I had not been faithful in trusting God in all  areas of my life, particularly my Health.

Now I am Faithfully on the fast tract to Health and Wholeness!

Lysa TerKeurst in her book, Made to Crave and the free 21 Day Challenge said that God had much to say about our food and how we eat, in the bible. Our diet is very important to God. He cares what and how we consume all kinds of nourishment.

While reading the MTC book I’ve found that during sermons and scripture readings these verses on food and our consumption of food have been jumping out at me! Giving me the encouragement I need to continue this journey to wholeness. As well as the confirmation that I am using the right tool {MTC}.

Last night’s sermon at FCMC was one of those confirmations from God. The message was on the Holy Spirit and the difference between experiencing temptation and testings.

Lysa was clear in her descriptions of the temptations of food, and scripture confirmed this for me with revelation last night.

In Matthew 4 we read about the Temptation of Christ.

Jesus, after his baptism by John, was led to the desert by the Holy Spirit, where Jesus fasted for 40 day and nights. Then the tempter came and the first temptation was a dart to the heart of Jesus’ hunger.

Jesus was hungry! And the temptation was food! Verse 3 says. ” The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered,” It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’.

The enemy strikes when we are at a place of weakness, and my loves changing our dietary lifestyles is a place of weakness as we begin the journey, before the changes actually become our lifestyle!

Jesus passed all the tests and so will we, when we use the Word to battle them.

Verse 11 tells us, “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”, and this is a promise for us as well.

When we use the Word of God to battle the craving temptations of our situations; our emotions, our wants, our perceived need and deserve, as Lysa puts it so aptly in MTC, we can be Victorious.

Two of the words to put over the numbers on the scale, from MTC, are Able and Victorious. These sung to me when I paired MTC with the revelation God gave me last night!

We are able and victorious through Christ! Philippians 4:13 and 1 Corinthians 15:57

These bright pink reminders are posted all over my office…for health reasons I cannot put them over the numbers on the scale as I need to know if I’ve gained more than a pound a day to avoid another battle with C.H.F.

My new motto is from MTC.

I WAS MADE FOR MORE THAN THIS!

I’d like to share with you the scripture God gave me this morning. The Word of revelation He gave me that spurred this post.

“dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3

Simply put, stay in the Word that God has provided and nourish yourself with His Word which is faithful to the promises of God!

Whatever addiction it is you are trading for God, you can rest assured that YOU were MADE FOR MORE than the craving of anything above God.

YOU can purchase Made to Crave by hitting the link above, or at Amazon.com or any store that sells books.

By the way, Congratulations to Lysa; Made to Crave made #5 on the NY Times Best Seller List!

Blessings Loves! ♥


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Let My Words Be Few Thursday…Grace


 

Let My Words Be Few Thursday

 

“Let My Words be Few” Thursday. “Few Words” Thursday is my attempt at concise and profound writing; where the content touches our Spirits and not just our minds and flesh. I hope this will improve my writing skill set, while deepening my spiritual walk. 

 Leave me a link to your “Let My Words be Few” blog post; it can be about anything you want! The thing is to get to the meat of your post in the fewest words.I will link your post into my “Few Words” posts; and we can discuss and get to know one another. You may use the Thursday photo if you like…it isn’t a button because I have no clue how to do that. 🙂 I’m a writer…not a techie! However, if you would, please manually link the photo to my blog from yours (if you know how) so that your readers can participate too. 

Blessings.

 Grace…

I have written this post a dozen or more times.

Every devotion and sermon heard since Sunday has been about Grace! 

The Lesson…Grace 

The last week has been excruciating for this woman of Faith, and for the momma bear and SELF within her! 

So much is in constant flux in this life, in this walk, in this home and this family. 

It feels like chaos, it feels like ripping and tearing. Surgery with no anesthesia! 

Painful 

My flesh cries for it to stop. 

It demands someone to blame; someone to take the responsibility for these new wounds. 

Grace… 

This was going to be a post on praying for those who hurt you… 

Doing unto others what you would have done… 

The bible says to pray for ones enemies, those who persecute those who hurt us… 

But this is not about that… 

Grace… 

This about stretching and growing in Grace! This time it is about me…what needs change in me… (It hurts so badly – the lacerations of this week………..), and until I extend Grace it will continue to be excruciating. 

A lack of Grace and mercy in me… 

The disturbance in me… 

Grace: the unmerited favor of God. 

Even as my flesh and soul scream at the backwardness sensation this causes in me…I know…I must give grace, I must give mercy to those who have {I perceive have intentionally} inflicted… 

Now to get this down into a heart that has a fortress built against pain and those who {myself?}… 

Dear Grace

Thank You, Jesus, for Your Grace {You, the embodiment of Grace} that You’ve extended. Please teach me mercy and grace. If I truly walk in grace, please help me to extend the same. In Your Name. Amen. 

Blessings Loves.  

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Let My Words be Few Thursday ~ Grateful ~


Let My Words Be Few Thursday

Welcome!

HOPEannFAITH’s very first “Let My Words be Few” Thursday!

Please join us!

Leave me a link to your “Few Words” blog post; it can be about anything you want, but short and to the point! 

 I will link your post into my “Few Words” posts; and we can discuss and get to know one another. 

 I will  get a Mr. Linksy thingy, to make joining us easier for you. I will then need to learn how to use it. 😀

“Few Words” Thursdays is my attempt at concise and profound writing…where the content touches our Spirits and not just our minds and flesh. I hope this will improve my writing skill set while deepening my spiritual walk.

As I journey to Wholeness in 2011, I walk primarily with God and likeminded people. I want to live positively in an intentional manner.

I believe this is going to heal me physically, spiritually and mentally.

My word for 2011 is Wholeness…which I may have mentioned once or twice. 🙂 I just ordered my necklace from Linda Leonard Designs. I feel this necklace is an integral part of my Wholeness experience. I don’t know why…but it feels significant.

In this journey to Wholeness I find myself GRATEFUL today. Follow the link to the Webster’s definition of grateful, which I feel is lacking~one day maybe I’ll post a rant about the desication of the English language. What I did find interesting was at the end of the definition it lead me to the definition of Grace; I’m going to research that some more…

I find gratitude to me, the concept of being grateful is a deep humbling thankfulness; one I feel primarily when I am intimate with God, alone. While there are several individuals I am truly grateful to and for, God is by far the person who brings me to humility more than anyone else. I believe that is the way it should be.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’” Jonah 2:9

Even when we are thankful, feeling humbled in reference to another person or circumstance, it remains my deep belief that that occurs because God has improved us or something in us; repaired or cured something in us; that no mortal physician can. I believe that pure gratitude is divinely inspired.

There is so much I am grateful for…so in an effort to keep this already wordy post short here are but a few things on todays Gratitude list:

I am Humbly Grateful to my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus

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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Pursuing Silence…So that I may hear God….


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

The new transformation of my life?

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings ❤

Do it Yourself
Determinedly Demolish some Things…

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

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

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

God is a God of order…

Progressive Moon

Progressive Moon

~ Proof of God ~

~ Proof of God ~

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