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My Morning Coffee Dates with God ~


 

 

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My Coffee with God...

 

 

Each morning I spend time in God’s Word. Either through a devotional/motivational, scripture verse e-mails, personal prayer book or journal scriptures. God is faithful to point out, very clearly, which one of these He would have me focus on for the day. I am obedient to this guidance and focus by His direction. 

 

 

I realize, these many, many months later that this new discipline has mightily improved my daily outlook and outcome: Here is my FB post this morning: 

 

Morning Coffee with God~ Spending mornings with God and His Word has mightily improved my daily outlook and out come. I am contemplating making a blog for this new part of my day! ♥ Father, I call to You in my days of trouble and You continually deliver me. I will honor&glorify You, alone. I rejoice, You draw me close… to You and out of the darkness. I confess&praise You, my Lord. Amen. Good morning loves♥
  
As the remnants of Hurricane  Ida, blow outside my window, this fine morning,  I feel no anxiety. The prayer above came from my prayer focus of late. Glorifying the name and personage of Father God. For this I have been using my personal prayer-book. Prayers that avail much written by Germain Copeland. I also  diligently pray only scripture.
  
The weather is a concern for us here in Hutchland, we are awaiting a new roof. This weather has, in the past, struck terror in my heart. Fear of my husbands angry tension, of damage…just fear of the effects of ‘mother nature’. Not to recently, God let me know that He had this issue in hand. My husband, a very different man these days, no longer stresses or gets angry at ‘mother nature’.
  
 God has confirmed that the fix is on the way, now it is simply a matter of scheduling. And Ida (or should I say, the enemy) would like for me to delay the scheduling by getting in to doubt and unbelief.
  
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!! GOD’S PROMISES ARE INTACT AND ARE NOT EFFECTED BY WHAT I SEE, HEAR OR FEEL.
  
Therefore, I have come to a place, by grace, where I realize I am not effected in this situation, not emotionally or intellectually. I am amazingly peaceful here. It is such a blessing.
  

 

ida

The Effect of Tropical Storm Ida

 The wind and rain of the last day have had no appreciable effect on our home or our outlook.  I must give all the honor and glory for this to God, alone.
 
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
 
These scriptures will help you pray in a manner that glorifies God according to the Word.
 

Scripture References:
Romans 12:1 Matthew 25:21
Philippians 2:13 Romans 12:6
Hebrews 10:38 Matthew 5:16
1 Corinthians 6:20 Ephesians 4:15
Psalm 50:15 Colossians 3:17
Colossians 1:13 Colossians 3:23
Psalm 86:12

 

 

Good Morning Loves

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Praying God’s Word ~ Beth Moore


Breaking Strongholds
Breaking Strongholds

I bought a new book that is confirming my prayer style. After reading Andrew Wommack’s a Better Way to Pray, as many may know, I began to pray only God’s Word.

 
Having been taught over and over again, by the Word and by my Spiritual leaders, I finally came to the conclusion that one cannot pray God’s Word incorrectly! Repeating back God’s promises to Him has a twofold effect.
 
1. It causes one to have communion/communication with the Father without interruption. Mainly because we are speaking His language and His words.
 
2. It pulls God’s Word from our heads into our hearts. Praying God’s Word settles matters in our heart, in the natural, and in the spiritual.
 
Having realized this prior to purchasing my new treasure, many breakthroughs and prayers have come into being. They were literally prayed into the natural from the open heaven where they were stored for me and my family!
 
In Praying God’s Word, Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, Beth Moore’s introduction caused me to reread it to my husband in tremendous excitement! In his quiet manner he agreed that this was confirmation of what we had begun to do and to receive. I was even more excited by his agreement.
 
All I can say here is that unity, Godly unity, in a marriage is electric. It courses through the spirit, the veins through the heart and into the home! It is tremendous. One knows, as it is ignited, that heaven is the limit for one’s life as this specific unity is achieved.
 
The Word says that “two or more in agreement”; 2 Corinthian 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. On the testimony of two or three witnesses every word will be confirmed”.
 
Every word will be confirmed!!!! I am here to testify to that!
 
When God’s Unity enters a marriage that is the three in witness, God (the Trinity), Husband and Wife. Confirming God’s Word, His  promises, His mercies… His all… of it. It is an immeasurably vast promise in a marriage and must be maintained, diligently! The good news…Once marital unity is developed in Christ, maintaining that unity is helped by the simple acts that brought the couple to that unity. Staying in and Praying the Word…you are already trained and maintenance is profoundly simple.
 
Back to Beth Moore’s Book! Having only completely read the Introduction and the first two chapters I have an excitement about what is to come.
 
I was shocked by much that I had already attained on my own mission to only pray God’s Word. I simply came to be in this place so that I could speed up my maturity and breakthroughs. Many of my Church family had become weary and I was concerned that I would get there, and wanted to delay and avoid that place, frankly. Yet she by the second chapter brought me to a question that I must attend to in my life.
 
Beth says that she came to a place in here life where God was repeatedly bringing the same Word/Question to her. As an active Christian, I find that God does this often. IT is a comforting reaffirmation, most times, that one is hearing God. However, there are the times when in our Spirit we know that God is directing us to a thing that needs attention. That thing is most times a stronghold. Like Beth, I could not get this one out of my head, and heart, to be transparent.
 
With credit to Beth Moore and God, alone, I will share with you a familiar passage of the determined Christian’s life:
 
 
 Several weeks passed, and I still didn’t get it. Finally one morning even Oswald Chambers had the audacity to bring up the subject in thaqt day’s entry of, My Utmost for His Highest. I looked up  and exclaimed, ‘ What is this all about?’ I sensed the Holy Spirit  speaking to my heart, ‘Beth, I want you to believe me.’ I was appalled. ‘Lord,’ I answered ‘ Of course I believe in You. I’ve believed in You all my life.’ I felt He responded very clearly. Adamantly. ‘ I didn’t ask you to believe in Me. I asked you to believe Me.
 
I sat very puzzled for several moments until I was certain that the Holy Spirit had faithfully shed light on my pitifully small faith. I sensed Him saying, ‘My child, you believe Me for so little. Don’t be so safe in the things you pray. Who are you trying to keep from looking foolish? Me or you?’
~~Beth Moore
 
Like Beth, that has changed my life for the last two days…and counting. Dramatically. 
 
I see myself as very strong in faith. My friends and family have stated that they rely upon my faith, and pridefully I have enjoyed that. Reasoning in my head that somehow I was strengthening their faith with my strong faith. Well, we all know that we all get the same measure of faith, therefore if they rely upon mine, they are not growing in Christ, and…if I am not showing them how I got where I am (with the Word), then I am standing in prideful judgement of their lack of faith, while strutting mine…or something along those lines.
 
So, I believe in God. I’ve made the common Christian term, “I know that I know…”, and the like. However, do I believe God? I must ask myself this for two reasons.
 
1. It is impossible to please God without faith.
 
2. Because this concept has not left my heart and soul for two days…
 
Beth tells us in her book, “Believing God is never more critical than when we have strongholds that need demolishing. Believing God is  rarely more challenging.”
 
Why?
 
Because we, ourselves, have battled these strongholds for years and years to little or no avail. Even in our measly little successes we don’t completely demolish the entire stronghold. Often times leaving remnants of the fortress, in fragments, here and there. Therefore leaving us feeling useless and deprecating. Even as Christians we feel this way, though we ‘know that we know’ we are none of these things in Christ.
 
We can believe in Him, allowing surface faith. Or…we can have the breakthrough! However, we must believe Him.
 
“You do have what it takes. You have Jesus-the Way, the Truth, and the Life. You MUST Believe Him. Believe HE can do what He says He can do. Believe HE is WHO He says He is. And BELIEVE who He says YOU are!” ~ Beth Moore
 
I’ll leave you with a prayer from the book, about Overcoming Unbelief (chapter 2); saying a prayer like this daily will assist you in beginning to renew your mind in the area of belief.
 
Specifically Believing God…
 
Father God,
Your Word declares that we, Your people, are Your witnesses and Your servants whom You have chosen, that we may know and believe You and understand that You are He. Before You no god was formed, nor will there be one after You. (Isaiah 43:10) You have chosen me, God, for the express purpose of knowing and believing You. I can’t really begin to know You until I choose to believe You. I can’t really begin to know You until I choose to believe You! Make me a person of belief, Lord. AMEN.
 
Praying this way will begin to help us to believe God at His Word. It will help us to line up our thoughts and beliefs with God.
 
I leave you here with blessings and the encouragement to put your hands on this book and these concepts in your spirit. Next I hope to convey in words my awe at the concept of demolishing strongholds…How demolition in the natural correlates to demolition in the spiritual.
 
Blessings!         =)
 
 
 
 


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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 ❤


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Depression…


The last devotional I remember reading, I mean really remember, was February17th’s the Initiative against Depression! I read others, however I don’t remember them much. I may have had a moment of revelation~ but is it revelation when it is truly only a moment?

In my written journal ~ it’s supposed to be 3 pages each morning ~ yet I can only manage 1 page~ I have found that I am depressed. And in my depression, is it a surprise that I do not care?

“Arise and eat”… 1 Kings 19:5 

I believe, no, I am sure, that one week ago this morning I wrote a whole inspirational post inregard to this devotional, on my other blog. So how did I get there from here?

I spent the rest of the week in bed, sick. For me it instilled the depression I was attempting to avoid. I guess the blah feeling was the beginning of the cold I had contracted. By Thursday of last week I was in bed feeling ravaged. I only left the house for church reasons the rest of the week, until right now…

So how do I feel today?….

“I don’t want to” is the theme. I don’t want to:  be awake. go to work. talk to anyone. do anything!

Ever notice how depression is all about the “I” in things? This feels very deep and foreboding. Dark and brooding…anger? Is it anger? If it is I cannot put my finger on what exactly I might be angry about just now, or in the last week. I mean aside from everyday frustrations.

So “Arise and eat”, Chambers says to do the ordinary things, until the Spirit rises and directs me further. His devotional says things, at times, that God has clarified for the Church since Chamber’s time.

Basically the devotional says that if we were not able to be depressed there would be no “capacity” for exaltation. Right now the church is teaching us that God never intended or brings on “depression” or any negative thing. And the Word of God clearly states the same. However, there is the whole Adam and Eve thing and allowing these things to exist. We brought them to the garden and now they exist…God did not enact them, but He did create all things, all concepts…our ability to think and reason these things.

Now, I do not believe that my being depressed is in anyway beneficial, at all. If I do not find my way out of this it will only deepen. Into what I fear to even think about the possibilities. These things tend towards prevelence in my family.

So the devotional says to wait on the Holy Spirit to guide me to the common things in my life, so that I might find God in them. “Arise and eat”.

So I will get up…I will read the Word, not just my devotionals, not just my memory verses…I will choose a book and I will read it, I will “eat” it. I will find in it the ordinary things God expects of me so that I may find my way out of this vortex I have found myself in…

I will Look UP…for my help.

Looking UP...

Looking UP...

Blessings!

I know I need them, so I extend them.

May the sun warm your skin.

May a touch warm your heart.

May a word spark a memory.

May your Spirit soar to God.

Have a Wonderful Day my friends.

Blessings.


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A Purposed Focus.


I have been moved by many of the devotionals by Oswald Chambers in his book ~  My Utmost for His Highest, this January. Actually January has been a pivotal month here in ’09.

God has move mightily. In my life, in my husband’s life, in our home and marriage! I feel another shift going on inside, all of these areas…it’s a slow moving shift, but a shift just the same. The slow motion shift feels as if it has an embedding effect. This is not just an epiphany, it’s a heart and life change.

 Am I making sense? Well bare with me, please.

It feels permanent, not that God is not a constant permanent in our lives, but He did give us free will. I feel as if I have softened, in that I have been persuaded to determine my life toward God. Hey I keep hearing it’s a process. Ah! But it is not…it is right now. God’s perfect timing is now, especially in reference to all those “attacks” we Christians talk about. Now mind you I believe that a good 90% of the attacks we claim to be from the enemy, are actually us on our own. Now, now. Don’t get defensive, the enemy is in on it, but in our “lack of knowledge” and confusion as to “God’s timing”, we seldom see the part we ourselves play in these attacks. For the most part, we become willing participants in our own dilemmas simply by wavering in our faith and getting ahead of God in our situations. Now, yes God knows we are going to do these things and when we are going to do them. But He will not force Himself on us, or but in when we choose to take care of our own business.

I have altered and altered and adjusted my life, diligently in the last 3 years! It’s been a long 3 years!   =/

I have been losing me and making room for God! !!!!!!!   less of me and More of God!!!

My sponsor/friend and I have been working on focusing and improving ourselves. I get it… to stop seeking a better me is to stagnate and for a person like me that can be like suicide.

However, I need to focus on a better me in reference to God and Christ in me. Each word I get from God, though; from His Word, from a devotional, from a sermon at His altar, screams switch your focus to Me, not you…Me, Christ, God, Father, Holy Spirit…

There fore I find myself dwelling on where the “recovery” programs fit in my God.

I am healed, I am recovered, I am who I am in Christ, it all must fit in Christ. Sometimes I feel like others feel that I am making excuses to avoid the work each program takes. There was a time, however, this is vitally different.

I have given my life to Christ. I find my prayers and conversations with God always contain a request to be in His presence, in His lap, in His arms.

I find myself desiring a platform where I can imagine or dream a setting in which I am having a morning cup of coffee with God, with all three of them really, where I can just engage in getting to know them. Let me be clear, I am reading a Christian novel, The Shack by William P. Young  

 And the book has the feel and platform I just described, but does that matter. Whether the book or I, myself originated that desire, it is now a desire for me. A comfortable, familia-like relationship with the Father. However, I could have, to, gotten the inkling from my current favorite song, Hope Now by Addison Road.

The point is I desire a much closer relationship with God now. And, further more I feel the shift required that will make that a major part of my life! It’s that amazing and just so much more!

So, all of that to get here. Today I read the aforementioned devotional, and I read the one from January 27th, coincidentally my birthday. And once again, It read:

“Take no thought for your life.” Matthew 6:25   Loud and clear if you ask me.

Take no thought for your life, or “Be careful about one thing only, your relationship to me” The Lord says.

Loud and clear!

I must say if nothing else, God is wonderful to me.

So while giving God all of the honor and glory I bid you all Great Blessings.

A Life Changing Read

A Life Changing Read


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The residual anxiety continues to plague me…


On the Hopechest blog I posted a page in “Casting my Burdens upon the LOrd” or whatever title in that realm it is…Burdens or Cares. Aren’t they slightly different things or am I indulging in the Literal-ity of things again. I’m going to write my own dictionary someday…I mean this language has been watered down, diminished and revised to be lesser anyway! Why not make up my own stuff…Webster and Merriam have been rolling in their perspective graves for years with what is contained in their volumes of the word!!!

Anyway, I must focus here!

It’s my birthday…hence the tweety glitter I posted for myself. And I have purposed not, NOT, to allow myself to expect the same old life format as I have always expected. And while focusing on the amazing Hand of God in my life…and I am blessed, I know this. I was blindsided by anxiety attacks, severe ones, yesterday. The only way it could have been worse is if I had been driving, especially with the gas prices these days! LOL.

Anywho! Its my birthday and Don gave me a beautiful card…and he wrote:

“We shall do the Impossible This Year!”

As horrible as I physically and emotionally feel from the anxiety hangover, this is the most wonderful thing I could have received.

My husband, a wonderfully intelligent and gentle man, is also very quiet.  His emotions are always something I am left to define on my own, and I am not good at it. I make up for it in communicating what I am defining this as, so that he can correct me if I am wrong.

A quiet man...says much!

A quiet man...says much!

So as I deal, as quietly as possible, with this anxiety hangover, I will dwell upon my husbands words. Because I love it when he is profound and answers my questions without me having to ask. And what he wrote and the entirety of the card he chose confirms our choices of late, in the Lord. And because the words he gave me for my birthday sound just like these words that I have been enthralled with!:

step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Thank you, I think I will.

Blessings to all of you from me to you on my birthday! =)


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A Quick Look Back @ 2008


A Quick Reflection

A Quick Reflection

 

I was doing my devotionals today…Oswald Chambers and A New Thing Ministries[ANTM]… and both spoke to me greatly.

Kim Potter from ANTM Devotional noted that 2008 has brought much Growth and Many Blessings to her…well to me as well.

Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest ~ 1939 noted that New Years Eve [then too!] was a time of retrospection…again, for me as well.

Both devotionals speak to a difficult past year, one of growth, loss, success and failure.  This is true for all souls on earth, I am sure. We’ve all had an eventful year.

My journey took me to many places, as anyone who reads this particular blog may know.

Chambers quotes Isaiah 52:12 to begin the new year! I find it a good choice…amazing how something written or said in 1911 – 1917 stands firmly true today! Don’t you? That is God’s Word for You…Always in season.

Isaiah 52:12

12 For you shall not go out with haste,
      Nor go by flight;
      For the LORD will go before you,
      And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

In the translation Chambers used rear guard is referred to as rerewarder meaning:

 noun

Etymology:
Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-French, from rere, arere behind + warde, gard guard
Date:
14th century
obsolete : rear guard
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Chambers points out:
Security from Yesterday: ” God requireth that which is past”

Ecclesiastes 3:14-16

14 I know that whatever God does,
      It shall be forever.
      Nothing can be added to it,
      And nothing taken from it.
      God does it, that men should fear before Him.
       15 That which is has already been,
      And what is to be has already been;
      And God requires an account of what is past.

We are to look back at what has past in our lives, take account and receive the lessons that are there. We cannot change what has come to pass, however we can learn and take guidance as to how to proceed in the year ahead.

Security for Tomorrow: ” For the Lord will go before you.”

From the beginning scripture We are to understand that God goes before us. That He looks for anything that is in our path to stop us and clears the way…We must rely on Him to go before us in all things!

Security for Today: ” For you shall not go out in haste”

Again, from the original scripture used here…We must rely on God in our lives and endeavors. We must seek Him in all areas of our lives before moving forward. This must  become a lifestyle for each of us, for all believers!

If we seek First the Kingdom, then we give God permission to guide our lives. Permission to go out before us so that we may walk in His will for our lives!

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Now the other devotional speaks to a challenging year. Like stated earlier…we’ve all had an eventful year, I am sure.

This devotional sees 2008 as a year of Growth and Blessings. I must agree.

2008 saw me finding saddness and sorrow in [my] Hopeannfaith’s Emotion well… , for the first times in my memory. I lost my grandson and an uncle. I set very stringent boundaries with my family [parents and siblings]. I have worked in conjunction with God and my sponsor to improve my emotional and spiritual life.

As difficult as all of this was, I look back, on this snowy New Year’s Eve, and realize I have grown. I am nolonger an emotional basketcase. Praise God! I am doing better holding back and controlling my rage…God has done this for me.

And Blessings have abound in my life. This year my husband and I have come into unity in regards to our lives and finances. This is a gift from God. This unity is amazing, it makes all areas of our lives and marriage so much more enjoyable and functional to be honest.

I have learned to be thankful and at peace in all things…not an easy task!

I have grown in my understanding of God’s faithfulness to me and my family. In that understanding I know that I know that I can depend on God and His Word for all things and situations. This understanding comes with awesome peace.

The kind of peace that occurs in the midst of a tornado when you know you are in the eye, yet safe from all harm.

A Challenging year was ’08, I will admit. I will give the glory and praise to God that we have come through it unscathed and, infact, quite comfortably.

So I will do my level best to follow the instructions of Isaiah 52:12.

I will allow God to go before me. I will seek only His will for my life. I will not move in haste, friviously causing failure and undue stress in my life.

I encourage all to do the same.

To quote Oswald Chambers devotional entry of December 31, 19??

” Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.”

Happy New Year everyone!  

Blessings for 2009

Blessings for 2009

 

 

Blessings…See ya in ’09!