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Reminding myself

Posted: May 14, 2013 in faith, god, Uncategorized
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If my heart is overwhelmed and I cannot hear your voice, I’ll hold on to what is true though I cannot see. If the storms in life they come and the road ahead gets steep. I will lift these hands in faith, I will believe. I’ll remind myself of all that you’ve done, and the life I have because of your son. – Love Came Down

In my world the Doppler radar for storms in my life was working overtime, the shot up target on my back tells the story. When the sucker punches come and my weak spots are exposed my frustration rises like a ninja to the top. What wall failed, how’d the foundation crack? The attempts I’ve built to protect myself weren’t fool proof. What do ya do? Today I reminded myself of what He’s done and the list for this month alone is so long, even a complaint with a clause like that, will weaken the strongest resolve. Philippians 4, Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice, Let you gentleness be known to all men, the Lord is at hand, be anxious for nothing, but with everything in prayer and supplication let your request be man known to God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.

Sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes he lets the storm rage and he calms you.

No matter the former or the latter, He’s still our peace that surpasses all understanding.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. In Hebrew the word rejoice is actually the opposite of peace, to spin around like a top in a violent motion. How can you spin around violently, making your gentleness known to all men? Sometimes in our lives, when the storm starts raging, we’ve got to move bigger than the storm. if the enemy is bringing a category 4, we need to be bringing a category 5 movement of God. Because that’s the peace. Be anxious for nothing, why does anxiousness come in…because I forget to first rejoice. If you forget to rejoice, or to keep yourself in a posture of rejoicing, which is a extreme spin of proclamation of the love of God and his goodness. Then all of a sudden you’ll find you’ve aligned yourself to the movement that’s against you rather than aligning yourself with the movement that is for you. When the enemy is trying to bring a clockwise storm into your life, God wants you to make a counter clockwise move. Its called moving in the opposite spirit. If there’s a storm raging I’m called to bring peace. When there’s peace I’m called to bring the rejoicing storm of the love of God. If we’re anxious for everything and prayerful for nothing,  peace isn’t going to be the sum of that equation, a storm will. The key is rejoicing, the key is gentleness, the key is knowing God is at hand. Supplication is deep groaning’s that cannot be uttered. Charles Spurgeon said often prayers that can’t be uttered are often prayers that can’t go unanswered. Supplication is the place of supply. And then it’s undergirded by Thanksgiving, and thanksgiving opens gates. The enemy may be opening a gate of storms on your life, but through thanksgiving you shift the gates back on him and bring a storm into his life. The greatest posture you can ever have in a storm is to receive what God has, not perceive, or conceive, just receive. As many as received him, he gave them the power to be sons of God. Receiving causes sonship to take place, A son is someone who knows who their father is. So if you try to do anything else but receive, you’re not going to know who your father is, and you put yourself in a place where he’s no longer our supply and we’ve got to preform. Anxiousness is of the mind, but peace is of the heart. When we find ourselves in a storm, our minds become very active, we begin to fear, we begin to doubt, anxiousness sets in. Every storm is an opportunity for an upgrade in God. The moment you posture yourself to receive you begin to move from the mind to engaging your heart. Then the God of peace that surpasses your understanding (which we do with our minds), will guard your heart and your mind, which means he engages his thoughts Jerm. 29:11 and brings a force field of covering to our heart and mind. A true no brainer!!

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We all have days like this, mine lasted all day long, I could list the reasons, but they’re the same as yours. I guess what makes it an epic fail is when everything’s a fail. Today was one of those exceptional days that absolutely nothing goes well. My grandmother used to say, “This has come to pass…but the one who’s with you will never leave you or forsake you.” Meaning whats happening will pass and fade away, but focus on the One who won’t. Those words were like a band aid and a kiss, the situation didn’t change but it recharged my hope, do you know what I mean? Toady I needed to hear that and two of the sweetest girls in the world reminded me, so the fact is you do reap what you sow. They’re proof of that! Even though it took me a little reflection time to see it. No matter what you plant weeds will come in, but not to worry. Just because they’re in your garden doesn’t mean you have to eat them!

When I have a day like today it’s easy to feel like I’m all alone, when bad things happen it’s easy to react like a toddler and assume the worst, my Father had abandoned me. But that’s not true! My anchor has to be tied to the truth.

“We rejoice in our suffering because we know this, suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint!!!!”

That’s a promise, hope does not disappoint! This is part of what makes the gospel such good news!

I love it when I can see the Father in my day to day stuff, I love it when I can hear His whispers wraped up in all my thoughts, but when I can’t. On days like today, I remind myself of the truth of who my Father is. I delight myself in who He’s been to me, and He’s been amazing! Over and over again He has surprised me for no reason with the very desires of my heart. He delights in my excitement. He constantly reminds me I’m worth it. He restores my soul, again and again, He’s never forgotten me. He has never treated my feelings carelessly, He values my time and adores my effort. He’s the best thing I’ve got, so when the day fails, why would I blame it on the One who has never failed me, Today is a day my independence I will gladly discard a run to his arms, and hide my face from the day, because He’s a good Father that more than anything knows how to hold a daughter and mend a broken heart.

Have you ever had the Holy Spirit whisper something to you really loud. As I diligently pursued getting to know this teacher of the Trinity, I’m amazed by his gentleness, so its just like him to get a ferocious point across with the force of a whisper. So brief background, I had a relationship that was 99% frustrating, and I’ve been bringing this to the Father but what I realized through this learning experience was I was really treating my problems like a side dish at a pot luck, I was just sharing them and bringing them back home with me. What sorta faith is this. I was talking to a friend & every time she tried to give me advice it hit a nerve and the pain was all right at the surface, like a fresh wound that hadn’t healed at all. And let me interject this, the past couple of years I have been on my own journey to find out who God is to me and with every single discovery I’m completely desperate for more. I’m convinced my Father has given me authority I can’t even begin to imagine, yet I must begin to imagine. I am convinced the Creator of the universe, my Father, has more power than all my fears combined. Stories I’ve read and podcast I hear convince me that seeing the dead raised, the blind see and the deaf hear is more than a possibility its a commandment it’s a job description for the mighty calling on the life of every believer who dares. So these are the ground rules to what I consider the core beliefs of my secure faith, with God absolutely anything is possible. I think I believe that, but theres this relationship, a thorn in the flesh for sure, and on this day I’m in the familiar spot of hopeless & ready to jump off a sinking ship. I mean at some point thats just prudent, right? But see I know the words the Father has spoken over my life and I know the people they include and this relationship is involved, so anyways, I replay this conversation in my head as I engage the Teacher Holy Spirit & I begin to notice I have zero faith when it comes to this relationship, and the Holy Spirit reminds me that I believe God can do anything. I realize after tossing this back and forth I kinda don’t want God to fix this, almost in a humble way…like Ohh Father I got this, there’s plenty of other things that need your attention, and besides this it’s too broken, I should’ve realized that a long time ago and saved us both the trouble. And thats when the whisper comes….”but what about the fact that I make all things new?” I still hold my ground, but this would require more new than new car sent new, and that’s when I put my finger on it, deep down there was this murmur that said “No way, impossible, it can’t be done” I believe the Red Sea was parted, I believe the impossible stories I’ve heard about healings and miracles, but it boils down to idenity. God stepped in because more was at steak, was that it, was that where my faith hinged on the worthiness of me and my need. What kind’ve faith is that? Did I think God’s mercy and grace was for the multitudes but fell short when there was only an audience of 1. See when I actually say it, my heart argues with my head. I really didn’t know there was such a big part of me that was holding back, I thought I believed God could do anything, but now I knew there was part of me that wasn’t all in. This was an awakening, because when I break it down it easy the spot the lies, the crack in the foundation of your thoughts. The truth is God doesn’t need a publicity stunt, and just like I love each one of my children individually more than they could ever possibly imagine, He’s got me beat with his love for me. So if God is only as big as my faith is, no wonder my realtionship feels so hopeless, I wasn’t factoring him in to the solution at all. And this simple truth, this ferious whisper was a ground breaking revelation, that brought me in over my head in love with my Savior who’s waiting on me to invite him in. Waiting on me to line up my heart and head with the truth of who he is and the magnitude of how he loves me, he wants me to come boldly to him, but the bodly means I’m not holding back a bold request means, I’m asking for 100% backing and I know without you it’s impossible, but you make all things new. You know sometimes I thnk the Father wants to know what we want, what is it you want? Now do you believe he has time for you? Because his word says he does. Do you believe this is a problem you can fix, are you still weeding out possible solutions, because I was. I thnk the Father wants you to leave your “do it yourself, for dummies” book at home and come to him with complete abandonment, like a child, just like a child would, beacuse thats how the Father gets involved with an audience of 1 that comes to him just like child…and that changes everything…

Unravel Love

What if it’s possible to unravel love.
I mean think about it
If you unravel a lie it can destroy an entire family. In the business world a single lie unraveling devalues shareholders & devastates everyone invested or involved. The thing about a lie is when you find one it always uncovers more, that’s the destroying rot of a lie, they grow like mold eating away at life because lies are alway buried and buried things take root and roots that are fed run deep.
Now I believe my God that holds the world in his hands is balanced.
I believe that Satan is not a creator he is a counterfeiter.
I believe that we’ve been unraveling lies so long, the statement unraveling love seems as practical as a purple unicorn.
I’m not gonna let a liar; in fact the father of lies convince me that uncovering the ability to unravel love is a pipe dream.
I believe it’s a word from my Father happily saying look here, yes here…ohhhh you’re getting sooo close.
I believe unraveling one thread of love leads to an entire nest of love & pulls at the very fabric of our design, God is Love! That’s a quote, we are made in his image, that’s a fact. All of creation is groaning & waiting for the children of God to understand who they are & who’s they are and then apply it!!
Everyday for weeks I’ve been asking the Father over & over & over again, “how do I unravel love in my family?” where’s the thread I pull on in this situation?
I believe when God says seek & you will find.
My God is not a Liar!!

Vetrens Day was this week & it got me to thinking, most of the things that keep us from being real with Him, from getting up close is we’re afraid He’ll see our wounds, our scars, our imperfections, but consider for a minute that the things that keep us at arms length are the battle wounds that God actually celebrates, in the way that a war hero would be celebrated. You were wounded in the fight, yes, but don’t be ashamed, those wounds are the proof you were in the fight for your life. You were on the front lines, war was waged on you & not only were you worthy for the fight, it was a fight to the death & you prevailed, not to be ashamed but to be rejoiced over to be celebrated, to have tasted victory & know its possible to prevail against the odds.
The body of Christ is coming out of a season that looks like the way the homecoming did for most of the Vietnam Veterans, unsympathetic, but we are moving into a season where grace abounds. And the scars that tried to hold you back, now make notice to the vital part you played, & the shame that once kept you at a distance is tied back and replaced with honor for the ground that you held.
Scars are places you’ve been but didn’t stay.
You’re pathway to your message is sometimes through your mess.