Tuesday, September 30, 2008


My Darling husband has two job interviews set for this week and a few calls out on his behalf.
Way to go honey...you just keep your eyes on the Lord and walk on water. Keep praying friends. I appreciate it more then you know.
God is Good All the time!

Practice what you preach sista

Well my friends...God is so good the way He can allow you to minister to your own need with out even knowing it. My darling husband lost his job this Monday. It seems that along with that we have also lost the dream of owning our first home. Well...at least the one we had under contract. We were scheduled to close on October 21, just before my big 40th birthday. This time of year is notoriously bad for me. I was thinking that this year would be the exception. As I start to even entertaining this line of thinking I feel it dragging be down so now is when we give a sacrifice of praise!

Thank you Lord that you allowed this to happen before we got into that house. You are so merciful. Thank you for all you are doing in our Family. What a testimony we will have as you reveal your plans for us through this difficult time. I praise you for always having us in the palm of your hands. I praise you for being delighted as we put on our worship CD's and sang and danced before you last night. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful friends who are praying for us and who have had a timely word for us at such a time as this. I praise you for touching their hearts. Please bless them exceedingly and abundantly above all they could ever hope for.
Lord...I know the plans you have for me are better then any I even know how to have for myself. I thank you for continuing to pour out your mercies new every morning. I thank you for the strong character you are building into my children as they seek you for understanding. Thank you for their child like faith that ministers hope to me in their simple prayers. As Ethan prayed...Lord, I wish for a new job for daddy today and a new house that's better then the one we had. (or something like that...he's 5...Its hard to get his vernacular down! lol)
Know our hearts Lord. Hope deferred makes the heart weak but my hope only lies in you, every moment of every day.
No weapon formed against us shall prosper and I thank you for the comfort that knowing that brings but I also get a sense that this is not a scheme of the enemy though I am sure he will try to capitalize on it! I just truly feel like this is all about you lining up your plans for our lives. We don't want to step outside of that ...not even for a second. You know all of our needs and I thank you for all the ways you plan on meeting them. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Father for all you are and all you do and continue to do even though we don't deserve it. Thank you for our family, friends and joy in you! We love you Lord this day and always.
Oh! And thank you for the way you allowed for our broken computer to come back to life just long enough for Mark to get his resume updated and e-mailed to that company you directed him to on the way home yesterday! You Rock! Amen

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord!"

(We have a big God, and our children are going to have more than enough to proclaim the Gospel in power. We may go through seasons and crises, but I feel God is saying, "Don't camp in the crisis. We are just passing through." We are going to speak to the storehouses, and the goodness of God is going to bless us. Stay in His presence, and declare over your children, over America, and every place that the enemy has tried to declare lack: "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord!")

I read the above this morning in a message from Mahesh Chavada. I was so blessed that I had to share this.

How easy it is to "camp out" in our crisis? OHHHH SOOOOOOOO Easy! Believe me...I know from experience. And for those of you who never do this...will you be my friend? I need to surround myself with people who can help keep my feet on the path the Lord has set before me.
Seriously though...I have been very blessed with wonderful people in my life who go above and beyond in exemplifying Christ. I want to be like them. I want to step into the promised land. Not wander in circles for 40 years wringing my hands.

We must keep our eyes on God and remember that the promises He has made are true and they are for me and you. It is an important part of finding peace in this crazy time we are living in.
Fear is not of the Lord (like we have never heard that before) I'm not talking about "fear of the Lord" I'm talking about that ucky, yucky fear that paralyzes us and renders us useless for the Kingdom of God. That fear that keeps our eyes on ourselves and blinds us to all we are in Christ. That is the boring and predictable Game of the enemy. Laugh at him my friends. Give a sacrifice of praise in all things because you know who you belong to. Doesn't it feel good to know you are on the winning team? When we are seeking Gods will in our lives daily, when all we do is surrendered to His will above our own, we can rest in knowing that even when things don't go our way that they are still His way. I for one do NOT want to step outside of the will of My Abba Father. I do not want to miss anything He has for me. I do not want to be left the way I am.
Be encouraged...The Lord is with us and promises to reign victorious!

I am sooooo very hungry for His manifest presence in my life daily. I'm not just satisfied to enjoy a worship service once a week. The greatest thing is I have finally learned that it is mine. Every hour of every day He is with me. His comfort is at the ready whenever I am weary or fearful. His provision has never let me down. We may feel shaken but when everything settles down we will see that God had us in the palm of his hand the entire time. So No camping trips my friends...keep running the race.

Be supremely blessed today and always.

Lord, thank you for reminding us you are near. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts that cry Abba Father. Amen

Friday, September 26, 2008

The author and finisher of our faith

Exodus 14:13b "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today."

I feel like the winds of change are blowing through the lives of many believers. There is so much that we can be anxious about. Today I pray for the ability to keep my eyes on my Heavenly Father who has the ability to accomplish all these things for me today. Thank you Lord for the knowledge that no amount of worrying and toiling will change to outcome. You can be trusted and are worthy of all my praises. Though I do not know the outcome You do and I know the plans you have for me...It is Oh SO GOOD!
I give thanks to the Lord, My God and King for His love surly does endure FOREVER.

Be blessed today my friends.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The shelter of the Most High

I have just found myself waking from a spiritual slumber and I hadn't even notices that I had drifted off to sleep. I guess we should call it a cat nap. I was pressing in like never before. I was experiencing breakthroughs and revelations almost daily then ever so subtly I was succumbing to the stresses of my life and I wasn't waking with praises on my lips. How easy it can be to get lost in yourself. I wasn't praying as fervently or being as disciplined about my devotional time. God was at best getting my leftovers. But God in all his goodness and tender mercies put just the right people in my path to draw me closer once again.
I realized how very much I was missing my spiritual friends and mentors only after I had them back. The enemy wants to keep us from those people. He wants us to suffer and fall deeper into selfish despair. I encourage you friends. Recognize the beauty of relationships. God created us to not be alone. There is a good reason for that.

Ecclesiastes 4

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

When you feel life and all of its tribulations weighing on you, first seek the shelter of the Most High. Sometimes that is hard to do...that is why we need our spiritual counselors. They will be faithful to direct you to the only one who can help. Be a good listener and put away criticism and judgment. Just be a tool in the Fathers hand.

A little story:

Yesterday I had to go to church to get registered for a class. When I got there I discovered that the class facilitator was sitting down with each individual and inputting their information into the computer. My thoughts quickly went to...This can take all night...I have things to do. Then it was...she could have done this over the phone. But as I proposed to not let bitterness take root I realized that I could visit with a friend I had been missing. Once we were all registered an other good friend asked my friend and I to pray for her because she was anxious about some coming changes. We took each others hands and came before the Lord together and it was so amazing. It was like the Holy Spirit just rained down on us. I walked away last night praising the Lord for bringing me there and allowing me to minister to my friends and in turn be ministered to. It wouldn't have happened if I hadn't gone. I wouldn't have happened if I was still tending to those roots of bitterness. I am human...yes I had the wrong thoughts but becoming mature in Christ just means that we make adjustments more quickly then when we were younger in our faith.

We should never fail to seek the shelter of the Most High but in case we do at least we can have a "plan B". The more you don't want to be bothered, the more you think you need some alone time, the more you need to pick up the phone and call your friends. Who else will listen to our fears and concerns and then wrap their arms around you and redirect you to the Lord.

I have been blessed with some wonderful wonderful women in my life. I thank God for them. I want to be that to others too.

Lord, I thank you for your tender mercies in every form they come but today I want to especially thank you for my friends. For all of the blessings I have received because of their faithfulness let me in turn be there to minister to the needs of others. Here I am ...send me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September...New beginnings

I am excited to be in this season of New beginnings and even more excited to be able to share all that God is to me and all that my amazing Abba Father does in my life and for my family. I pray that others are blessed and encouraged and even challenged to go deeper with Christ through what they read here. Its your inheritance....take it!