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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

Blessing

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Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

We're not alone in our trials

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Sharing testimonials from your life experiences has an impact on others. We often learn from others’ mistakes or trials, but more than that, we tend to feel better knowing we’re not the only ones who go through difficult times. Hearing how someone conquered the dragon, moved the mountain or tamed the beast, fuels our motivation to keep pushing on to victory.  

 

“He comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Cor 1:4

 

God actually instructs us in how to comfort and encourage others, through His example of how He comforts us. So many times when I’ve been in the midst of a terrible trial, I suddenly am flooded with the peace that defies all understanding. I look up and thank Him because no amount of whining or complaining could bring me to that level of inner peace. He sends down hugs from above at just the perfect time.

 

To receive that divine encouragement, my soul has to be open to it. Because I know His love for me is unconditional and I know His plan for me is perfect, I can remain in a position of open heart and mind. That way whenever He chooses to minister to me I’m ready to receive.  If I am angry, unforgiving, doubting His care or otherwise closed off, I will not be graced with that blanket of peace.

 

If you find yourself in a trial today that is devoid of any peace or joy, stop, get your soul quieted before the Lord, and tell Him you’re ready and willing to receive from Him. He delights in that submission and rewards it amazingly. He might even have a few good surprises for you in your journey out of the depths.

 

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” Eph 3:18

 

 

 

 

1) Identify the point(s) that feel impossibly negative. Speak the thought aloud.

“Nobody cares if I write a blog this week or not.”

 

 

      

 2)  Stop to evaluate if it’s really true or just feels true right now.

 

Well, there was that one person who told me she looks forward to my blogs. Maybe a few people care. But I definitely need more interaction from readers. Open

 

     

3)  What step(s) could I take to reverse the idea and begin to feel positive?

 

Maybe I could ask some people what they like or don’t like about my blog.

Start with my most positive person, of course. Maybe I could ask a pertinent question, or propose a subject I’m passionate about. I should do that right now, and see what happens.     Open

 

     

4)  What outcome might cause me to feel more positive?

 

Some encouraging input would lift my spirits and give me that little push I need to keep going. Who knows, maybe I could pick up some new followers.  

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5) How can I change the initial negative thought into a positive statement?

Speak it aloud to try it out.

 

I need to see more engagement of readers on my blog. I’m going to do a little research on what’s trending today and find a pertinent question to include with a new topic.  I’m also going to try incorporating what my friend suggested and see what happens.

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Now I feel so much more motivated -- actually inspired --- to move ahead and create some waves in the blog world. The articles I read showed me some possible mistakes I’ve made and gave me some good ideas as well.

 

 

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Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:00

In Quietness and Trust is your Strength

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“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

 

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone;

He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.

He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross, so that we can be dead to sin

 and live for what is right.

By his wounds you are healed.

Once you were like sheep who wandered away.

But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.”

1 Peter 2:21-25

 

As followers of Christ, we are called to suffer. Jesus suffered and told us to be prepared to follow His example. He said the world would hate us. Our goal should be to handle that hatred and persecution in the same manner as He did. Easy? Absolutely not. Some of us fall apart when some nonbeliever insults us online or contradicts our opinions.

 

We often see Jesus portrayed as this gentle, soft-spoken, wimpy sort of fellow. If you read your Bible carefully, you will see that in no way does that characterize our Savior. At the time of His crucifixion, He was very quiet, never arguing, threatening or defending His case. What that portrays is an amazing inner strength that almost defies reason. Most of us would have chosen to yell, cry out about injustice, or point blame on someone else.

 

The scripture says clearly that He left His case in the hands of God, Who always judges fairly.

We must develop that inner strength, that faith in our Father, that unwavering trust that God has us covered. If we are living godly lives, doing our best to walk in the Spirit and follow His plan, we can rest in knowing that the outcome of our plight will be handled efficiently by God.


For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength." Isaiah 30:15

Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00

Go Straight to the Source

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For those of us who call ourselves Christians, the overload of articles on the coming doom is off the charts. Nonbelievers scoff and mock and continue to live in their ignorant bliss. Actually, Christians, for the most part, are also keeping blinders on and ignoring the warnings. Interestingly, there are as many secular news stories on financial collapse, food shortages, bank failures and so on as there are from the spiritual realm. It seems as though most people are aware of changing times in the world whether they are believers in Christ or not. It's just that no one feels prepared in any way to walk the journey that is ahead.

 

I have written several articles on warnings of coming disasters. In my prayer times, the Lord has cautioned me that many of these reports are true and He has advised me of some things to do. I have no idea when or where these things will occur. I only know that this is the time to get your heart right with God. It's time to stop procrastinating facing sin and negligence of the things of God. I know this message is for someone specifically wrestling with the Holy Spirit today. He is wooing you, calling you, and expecting you to move into that fresh place of deliverance and commitment. Your reward will be amazing. 

 

My friends, please stop following false prophets who continually bombard us with their messages of how soon all will be easy, plentiful, and abundant materially.  These are lies. Troubling times are on the horizon. Listening to those platitudes will not bring you to a place of strength and wisdom. Get into the Word of God every day and begin finding truth and manna to sustain you in the coming days. Ask God to confirm what you're hearing. Ask Him to give you direction. Don't ask some so-called prophet for a "word".   Ask your Abba Father for a word. That word will be the one that sets your feet on the path you need to be walking. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7  The way to stand strong in adversity with power, love and a sound mind is to stay as close to the Father as you can. He will honor your heart for Him and bless you accordingly.

 

 

Friday, 03 July 2015 00:00

God's Warnings and Wisdom

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This week in my prayer time I felt the Lord impressing this on me strongly.
 
People do not seem to understand that we have now moved into a new era. Our constitution is gone. Our freedoms and rights are gone. We can grieve, and we will, but we must seek Him for the strength to stand strong in a new country. Yes, it's a new country. We no longer can really celebrate the 4th of July for we have no independence any longer. As Christians, we have moved to a new level of hatred from our fellow citizens.  It is not going back as it was.
 
We must come to terms with the fact that life as we have known it is over. If people continue to rally after politicians or false religious teachers who are saying everything is going to turn around and be wonderful---they will be more than disappointed; they will most likely be devastated.
 
Face it, my sisters and brothers; face it now, so that you can prepare. Our leaders have sold us out completely. We have no say in anything anymore, if we ever did. We are in a new america. When we were told the man would fundamentally transform america, that was true. It is fundamentally changed....and there is no turning back.
 
What is next? We MUST be on our knees before the Father. We can't say we're too busy or tired or distracted. Prayer is our lifeline literally. He will instruct us what to do each day to stay alive and to carry out what He's calling us to do. The good news: He is going to move us into a new level of spiritual discernment---if we are listening. Each of us will have a unique assignment. We must walk in perfect obedience or we will perish. We will be in awe of the things He does: miracles, signs and wonders, sustaining us and multiplying our resources as we go, in order that we might reach the lost. Our purpose is twofold: to reach the lost with the gospel, and to help sustain and disciple new believers. And of course to offer hope to those in despair.
 
We are not to despair. Again, we do grieve and mourn for what could have been, but as we read His Word we know that it had to come to this in order for His prophecies to be fulfilled. We've read the Book!! We know how it ends. We must constantly be encouraging one another and holding each other up. 
 
If you don't have a group of believers for support, find one NOW! There is no time to wait or waste. The first major judgments are about to fall and you need believers around you who know how to pray, dig truth out of the Word and hear God. Disconnect yourself from those who spew out prosperity doctrines promising riches and material things. See that for what it is. It will never sustain you in a crisis. 
 
God's Children, look up and worship your Father. Open your spiritual ears and eyes. Ask for sharper discernment. Don't believe anything you hear on tv news or internet social media. All distortions and lies. Confess your sins, repent and turn to Jesus before it is too late. Stop trusting in the american government. It's gone.
 
 
Your Father loves you greatly and still offers hope. Our redemption draws nigh.
Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

Wrestling with God in the Wilderness

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Might appear to be a strange title. But then, only strange to those who have not yet been there … in the wilderness, wrestling with God. Many of us can attest to our wilderness experience being a contest of wills.

 

My will versus God’s will.

 

Of course, in the beginning we do not see it that way at all. We are so sure that we are seeking to do only the will of God, and that our hearts are pure and right. God, in His infinite wisdom, surely shakes His head as He watches and listens to us. When He takes us at our word and places us into that place of refining, I’m sure He sighs heavily as He observes our kicking and screaming and doubting and pleading.

I spent seven years wrestling with God.

 

It was a miserable place. I was absolutely sure I was on track, following passions and desires that I was convinced were His as well. Why was it taking so long for God to understand me? Funny now, but definitely not at the time. There were layers of doubt, unbelief and control issues to be sifted out. Or, more accurately, grated off. It was painful. My Father, as a good Abba, continually whispered the object lesson into the ears of my heart. “Rest in Me.” Over and over again these words bombarded my soul, and yet I fought on to achieve my goals.

 

When at last I realized He was not going to silence His directive, I dug into His Word and studied what that meant---to REST in Him. It sounds simple, but it’s so complicated ... to a driven, achievement-oriented soul.

 

The world is spinning out of control every day. We watch news reports, listen to prophets, teachers and leaders comparing their predictions to our Bible lessons. No doubt about it, trouble is looming on the horizon for our country. That, in the midst of our own personal battles, sometimes seems overwhelming.

 

Where do we turn to find true peace?

 

There’s only one place.

 

You know where that is.

 

Resting in the arms of the Savior is the only place to run, to hide, to escape, to breathe. No human can provide that. No achievement, no government, no lover, nothing, except Jesus. Living in His rest means that no matter what whirlwind of pain spins around you, you have the express ability to relax, be at peace and walk through it with Him.

 

It’s a choice.

 

Don’t be like me and take seven years of battling to experience the joy of this valuable gift. If you find yourself exhausted from wrestling, stop---go to Him, and surrender your will totally and completely, so that resting in Him puts the brakes on the roller coaster and quiets your heart.

 

He longs to hold His children close and soothe their anxious souls. My life is different now. There is no comparison.

 

The wrestling match is over. He won! And I won!

 

"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"

~ Isaiah 41:13

 

Friday, 12 June 2015 00:00

I Did It My Way

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Today I am waking up to the realization that the world in front of me has gone insane. People are like little robots, programmed to speak whatever is repeated again and again ad nauseum. Already, from taking in my first sentences, some will yell, “judging!”  No, or maybe yes. Judging what I see from my own viewpoint is between God and me. If I share it with you, so be it. How about thinking about what I’m saying instead of (haha) “judging” me? Frankly, I’m weary of the tired old accusation that anytime someone speaks out for what they believe, they’re labeled as “judging,” a “hater,” or “intolerant.” Give me a break.

 

I log onto facebook and see a dozen posts by Christians who are awed by a beautiful picture with a saying on it. The ‘saying’ is a complete distortion of scripture but it sure sounds nice. So four or five people comment “Amen” or “love this.”  Interesting. Then I read a brief devotional which again sounds flowery and feel good, and the same responses follow. Just disregard the fact that it once again does not follow biblical truth, but rather, is man’s transformation of it. Then it gets “shared” a dozen times because it sounds so good. Popularity makes it become truth?

 

The next thing I see online, whether it’s one social networking site or another, is political statements that are ridiculous. Do people really believe that one political party or another is the savior of this country? It sure sounds like they do. They even love to bring Jesus’ name into it. I’m doubtful He’s grateful for that inclusion.

 

After years of seeing the hype and the distortions and how many sheeple blindly swallow deception, I feel deeply grieved. The Bible is a hard document. Do I have the perfect, 100% correct interpretation of every scripture? Of course not. But people, really, much of the Word is plain, simple and direct. It is being twisted to salve the consciences of those who simply don’t want to follow it. It’s being rewritten to feel better to those who choose sin, and who worship tolerance of sin. The new way is just more comfortable, it feels better, and it assures one can keep more friends. Why not be happy?

 

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18-19

 

If we are allowed to rewrite God’s Word to make it more palatable, to make it easier, what point is there to even having it in the first place? God did not give us that option. He’s serious about how we study it, live it and defend it. We are the ones who are playing with fire, when we decide to do it our way. We have lost our awe and our fear of Almighty God.

 

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20

 

Woe defined: grievous distress, affliction, or trouble. We don’t need “woe” of this kind. We must stop playing with God’s Word and start living it as He inspired it,  before it’s too late. If you blindly share some post online because it sounds good, you’d better be ready to answer to God, because you are influencing others. If your god is one that wants you to be comfortable, conflict-free, and buddies with evil, your god is not the God of the Bible...no matter how nice it sounded on facebook.

 

"You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Mark 13:13 (Spoken by Jesus Christ)

 

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. …Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev. 2:10

 

 

 

 

What has the Lord revealed to you about all the tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes and shaking? Nothing? You say you never even asked Him? Hmm. That’s interesting. It’s the first thing I did when I watched all the news coverage in Texas and Oklahoma. I have family scattered all over Texas and my prayers are constantly going up. Yes, every spring Texas and Oklahoma (and other states as well) have tornadoes, hailstorms and so on. But, ask anyone who lives there if this is a typical spring deluge and you will hear them lament that it is definitely not the norm.

 

Seismologists are reporting an incredibly high instance of earthquakes all across the USA. Some are very light and they range all the way to pretty stout. Even volcanoes are waking from their dormant state. And, in the midst of all this chaos, what are people doing? Are they getting on their knees before God to ask for His mercy? Are they repenting of their sins and asking Him to draw near and instruct them for the day’s safety and provision? Unfortunately, I haven’t seen that. I feel sure that there are those who are doing just that, but most of what I see on facebook, twitter, etc., is people pretending nothing is changing and going on about their shopping, vacation planning and recreation without a thought for tomorrow. Or...mocking those who are hearing from God and preparing for more to come.

 

Dear people, please stop mocking, ignoring and pretending that everything will always be status quo. It will not. God’s judgments on our world are now beginning to fall. He has removed some of His protections where people have spit in His face and there will be consequences. You can ignore or even try to fight with God all day, but after all is said and done, He is God. He is in control. He loves us so much that He doesn’t want any to perish, but if some choose to perish, He will allow them that right. It is heartbreaking to watch people who  have no understanding of who the real God is, or how He operates, make fools of themselves with their misguided opinions. There will be a price to pay.

 

Don’t call me a hater. I love you and that’s why I long to see you turn your eyes upon Jesus. When the tornado hits your home or you lose your loved one in a flood or earthquake, where will you turn? You can get angry at God, but when did you surrender your life to Him and follow His leading? No matter what the storm brings, we can rest in the arms of our God. He brings peace, encouragement and comfort that no human flesh can do. It’s a divine, supernatural work of the Lord that no mortal can replicate. Please stop and talk to Him now. He is ready and willing to minister to you in disasters, but if you don’t know how to hear His voice or if you don’t know how to turn to Him, you will be lost and broken.


My prayers continue. Our Father is waiting patiently for hearts to turn to Him. His mercy and grace are amazing. But...as the Bible teaches us, there will be a time of judgment for ignoring Him, and it is upon us now. Please stop and pray and think and be wise. Your entire eternity depends on it.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

Write His Answer

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I was blessed this past week to attend the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. What a gloriously scenic place to spend four days! It was cold and we even experienced some light snow and icy rain off and on but it was all too lovely to complain. We had large, tame elk wandering around the buildings snacking on the grass, and they seemed to enjoy all the attention and photo shoots they were starring in.  For me, a gathering of like- minded believers sharing God’s Word and worshipping together was beyond inspiring. The fact that we all are following His call to write brought us close---visiting as though we had known each other forever. The theme of the conference was “Write His Answer” from Habakkuk 2:2  "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.”  So many ideas and prayers developed out of that verse--even a song! How amazing that our God imparts words to write so that not only we, but others, can carry His message to the world.

 

I never take my writing nonchalantly. I consider it a big responsibility. You who follow my blogs and read my books need to know that I pray over every single piece I write and I am always aware that the Lord can use those words to reach hearts, which is extremely fulfilling to me. If I ever publish something that is not true or accurate, it is definitely an accident or oversight, and I invite you to hold me accountable. I take very seriously God’s call to share His Word and His leading in ministering to others.

 

Please lift my family in prayer when you think of it as I write and minister, and as my husband continues to endure chemotherapy. It is not an easy time for us, but then, most of you are also walking through difficult trials as well. Always know that you can send me your prayer requests and I will be honored to petition the Lord on your behalf. He sees our pain and hears every prayer….and He answers!

 

Lastly today, I’ve had some issues with your comments disappearing off my website. We’re working on that, but if you posted something and I didn’t respond, that is the reason. Please post again! I love hearing from you. And...please listen to our radio show on the HIA website (Hope is Alive). Pastor Ray Thomann and Jennifer are on Mon-Thurs and Ray and I on Fridays, but you can listen to any of the broadcasts through the website. www.hiaradio.com.  

 

Have a blessed week!  

 

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