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Nancy LaPointe

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Saturday, 02 January 2016 00:00

You Were Made to Shine

 

From Hope Is Alive Ministries, Jennifer Thomann:

 

" You Were Made To Shine " is the theme of the HIA Women's Spiritual Retreat I am hosting this month in Buena Vista, Georgia!

I encourage you to prayerfully consider joining me and my guest speaker Nancy LaPointe, for an amazing, Spirit filled weekend!! Your Heavenly Father wants to bless you with spiritual renewal, healing and empowerment as you prepare to fulfill the plans He has for you in 2016!

The Lord led me to hold the retreat at the beautiful Sign of the Dove Bed & Breakfast, so we can come together as Sisters in Christ , spending private time together in fellowship and peace. Father also blessed us with favor through the owner Walker Williams. As our brother in Christ ,he is offering a discounted rate of $30 per room, per night -for all those attending the Hope Is Alive Retreat. I thank God for that blessing! Walker has blocked out all the rooms in his B&B for us. There are 7 rooms total in the main house and cottage - some queen, some with two twins. If we fill up these rooms , there is another beautiful B&B walking distance from Sign of the Dove.

I understand its a hectic time coming off of the holidays but please take time now to pray and ask God if it's His will to bless you with this spiritual retreat. It is being held the last weekend in January, registration deadline is 1/15.

 

My Dear Sister, God's Word tells us :

" You Were Made To Shine! "

Isaiah 60:1  "Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you."

I've attached the link to the retreat page on our website , Nancy's website and the link for Sign of the Dove so you can look at the rooms!

 

 
 
 
As you feel led by the Holy Spirit, share this email to invite others to the retreat. 
 
Please contact me with any questions you have! 
 
Have a blessed day! 
 
Your Sister in Christ, 
Jennifer Thomann
Friday, 01 January 2016 00:00

Peace of God

 

Friday, 01 January 2016 00:00

When Your New Year Isn’t So New

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This first day of 2016 is an icy, overcast, bitterly cold one here in the mountains. As I stand here in my fuzzy socks, sipping steaming coffee, I wonder if the sun will ever break through that thick veil again. When I got up this morning, it was 18 degrees out there. Patches of glassy smooth ice make driving down our steep driveway a challenge. It’s been shoveled, salted, and scraped several times over the past few days, but continues it’s stubborn resistance to leaving. The sun is our only hope at this point, and so far today, it’s failed us. Guess we can hope for tomorrow.

 

A new year brings new hopes and dreams to most people. It’s refreshing to wipe the slate clean from the last 365 days, and open a new calendar. I find it cleansing in many ways to toss old calendars into the trash, and hang up a fresh, new one covered with new photographs and new possibilities. Every new year’s day I look forward to doing just that. It is a symbolic gesture that signifies the replenishing taking place on the inside as well as the outside.

 

The trouble with celebrating a new year with fresh possibilities is that for some of us the icy patches, like those in my driveway that prevent us from going anywhere, are still looming and must be dealt with day by day.

 

My life changed drastically this past year. Not only did I have to face my husband’s cancer treatment for the fourth year, but I had to watch the treatment completely reduce him to someone I hardly know. Radiation to the brain kills cancer, but it damages the brain in the process. We can certainly praise God that the cancer is declared in remission, but it’s difficult to keep praising while dealing with the effects of a damaged brain. Just as the sun is the only hope for my driveway, the Son is the only hope for my husband.

 

In this life we do have tribulation. Many are the troubles that come. I grieve in different ways on different days, but I also observe many others who have much more difficult situations than I. I do praise God for every blessing, great and small, as we travel this journey. I have no answer for why my husband has not been healed. All I know is that the Lord does sustain me, sustains us both, as we find new ways to do things each day.

 

I try to post positive and encouraging blogs each week on this site. This one is not meant to be a downer at all. I simply feel that being open and honest, sharing struggles as well as victories, is what we should do as fellow travellers down the roads of life. I know that many of you are believers and I definitely desire your prayers. Though some days are harder than others, I always know the Lord is with me. Sometimes I feel a burst of joy and peace and feel stronger, and I know someone is praying for us. The Lord said He would never leave us nor forsake us and that’s a promise I stand on. I cannot imagine walking through this without Jesus. He truly is the Light and my strength. He fills me when I’m empty and sometimes even puts a song in my heart.

 

This new year I will be sharing some struggles and I hope you will pray for us when we come to your mind. Please share yours with me as well. I will pray for you and yours. We can rejoice in the fact that this world is not our home---we’re just passing through---and God has given us each other for support and encouragement all along the way. I hope the sun comes out tomorrow up here in ice-land, but I know the Son never leaves, and He will shine on us with whatever it is we need this week.


Happy New Year to you all! I love you and pray blessings over your lives this year.

Monday, 21 December 2015 00:00

The Gift of Presence

 

I'm happy to welcome this week's guest blogger, Marcie Bridges, a gifted poet. I know you'll be blessed by her work, as I am.  NL

 

The Gift of Presence

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

 

 

 

It’s been a rough year. For many of us.

 

I’ve watched throughout this year as several friends have gone through heartache and heartbreak

that just crushed my heart for them. There were no words to say. Except, I’m so sorry. And just

when it seemed things would settle down and they could catch a breath, another tragedy, another

loss, another set of bad news befell them. One step forward, 1,000 steps back.

 

They are the brave ones. The friends who still smile, they still love, they show us how to

continue on when it feels like life is choking the stuffing out of you. I admire them so. I love

them even more.

 

Someone recently asked me what I want for Christmas. And after much thought, here are my

greatest wishes: 

 

WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

I want everyone to know my Jesus

the One who died for you and me

For everyone to have the gift

that truly sets us free.

I want to see my family

all gathered round the tree

To not just give each other presents

but the love and grace we need.

I want to see those hurting

find a peace only God can give

So that on this Christmas Day

Their hearts won’t be so sad and dim.

I want to be the person

that reaches out to those in need

Extends the hand of forgiveness

even when it is not asked of me.

I want my dearest friends

who’ve had the ache of loss

To feel our Savior’s arms

around them through this sorrow.

I want so many things like this

it is hard to make a list

But mostly I want for all of you

A very joyful Christmas!

 

~Marcell Warner Bridges

©2014

 

 

The greatest desire of my heart is that during this Christmas season and through whatever lies

ahead for each of you, is that you will feel the gift of God’s presence each and every day. That

you will know how wide, how long, how high and how deep the love of Christ is in your life. I

pray you will feel His peace and His comfort in every hard situation, and you will rest in His

loving arms always.

 

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Psalm 145:18

Merry Christmas with Love,

Marcie Bridges

 

Marcell (Marcie) Warner Bridges is a wife, mother, and currently a student at Lenoir-Rhyne

University studying for her Bachelors of Arts in English with the goal of becoming an Editor.

Marcie began sharing her love of the Lord and His Word through poetry at a young age.

Portraying difficult or emotional topics through poetry she deeply desires to encourage others in

their walk with the Lord through the written word. Marcie has been published in several

anthologies and frequently shares her work through her blog: Heart Thoughts

http://marcieheartthoughts.blogspot.com Marcie can also be reached through email at

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Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

Jesus is the Reason

 

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

Will Judgment Purify Us or Destroy Us?

 

 

Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you---protect you from his anger on that day of destruction. Zeph 2:3

 

“Zephaniah warned the people of Judah that if they refused to repent, the entire nation, including the beloved city of Jerusalem, would be lost. The people knew that God would eventually bless them, but Zephaniah made it clear that there would be judgment first, then blessing.This judgment would not be merely punishment for sin, but it would also be a means of purifying the people. Though we live in a fallen world surrounded by evil, we can hope in the perfect Kingdom of God to come, and we can allow any punishment that touches us now to purify us from sin.” (Life Application Study Bible)

 

We can have faith that our God will protect us from the evil that befalls a nation, our own nation. But, many are nonchalant and think that they can live in sin, call it something else and be blessed by God. It doesn’t work that way. We have been given warning after warning to repent, to get right with the Lord, and live holy lives. It seems to fall on deaf ears. There is always a more tolerant, more politically correct way to get around sin and still call oneself a Christian. Where is the awesome fear of Almighty God? It has been reduced by people to a wishy washy state of grace that excuses everything because after all, we are not supposed to judge. What a very slippery slope this nation is on! Refusing to repent and call sin what it is, will result in God’s judgment. Scoff all you want, there will not be any joking when that judgment hits. Oh how foolish to ignore the powerful magnificent God who created us and think He will just sweep things under the rug. Make no mistake about it--His rug is woven in purity and holiness and the ugliness of sin cannot reside underneath it.

 

Judgment---and then the purifying. Judgment’s effects will purify us and cause our hearts to tremble at His Word, at His Name, and in His Presence. Then and only then will we be in the place of readiness to receive all He has prepared for us---all He longs to share as He blesses, protects and refines.

 

Read the book of Zephaniah. It offers a parallel to today’s Babylonian systems. The people were terrified as the judgments fell, but in the aftermath the ones who remained realized a rising Hope, grounded in the knowledge of God’s justice and His deep love for His people. He said “I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you...those who are left will be the lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.” (3:11-12)

 

The Lord is our Redeemer, Restorer and our only Hope. We must wake up and ready ourselves for His work of refining and purifying His people. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

Holiday Harmony--Fighting the Blues

Well, December has arrived and we are now bombarded with sales ads, nonstop Christmas music, and wish lists. There are so many beautiful facets of winter, December and holidays. I feel such gratitude for all God has blessed us with this past year. I’m thinking of having a little evergreen tree with the ornaments being things that signify all of God’s miracles and blessings we’ve enjoyed in 2015.

 

I’m going to make a confession. For many years, I have not liked Christmas and sort of gritted my teeth, prayed and sludged through it, looking forward to the new year. I have celebrated it mostly to please and appease my family. I do try to make it fun and special, though my heart tends to yearn for the end of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love to celebrate the birth and life and resurrection of Jesus. I simply do not like the commercial hype, going into debt, and on and on.

 

This year I’m attempting to do some things differently. We always have our nativity as the focal point.This year I hope to garner more passion from all my family on gratitude for our blessings and giving only things from the heart that encourage thankfulness and praise to God. Family is so important and I think showing each one what they mean to us is more special than unwrapping expensive techie items.

 

For those of you who find the holiday season difficult from losses this year, financial stresses or other factors that block your joy, I want to pray for you. I think that instead of allowing depression to seep in and set up camp, it’s imperative that you go to the Lord and openly pour out your heart to Him. Release your tears, shout your anger, whisper your fears---whatever you need to share with your Lord. He knows it anyway. You will find healing in placing them all in His capable hands. Then, make a decision to leave them there. You can. It’s a matter of will.  Trust Him even when you don’t feel like it.

 

I hope you will then get up, dust yourself off, and set your face like flint, to focus on Jesus. Make a list of things you usually don’t do during the holidays that you would enjoy or that would bless you and your family. Give that list to Him as well. Figure out which things you can go ahead and begin working on. Do just a small thing each day toward your goal. New ideas will come. Make an intentional decision to make this year different….and good. New traditions can be inspirational for all those in your circle. If you have no family, step out of the boat and make your home a sanctuary that brings you peace, then reach out to others who might be in your same or a similar situation. Invite someone from work or a neighbor or other person God brings to mind. Or, stop being stubborn and accept invitations from families who want to include you. Whatever your case, decide that this year you are taking the reins and making a blessed holiday happen. Yours does not have to look like anyone else’s. It’s special to you.

 

These suggestions are what I have done for myself. I’m still a work in progress. If you need prayer, please contact me. I will be happy to pray for you. We can do this folks!! Because...we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us! We’re celebrating His birthday, so it should be a happy and fun celebration.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

Tips to Defeat Depression - by Aly Hines

Tips to defeat depression, HER SWORD | victorious living

We recently lost an employee at my company to suicide. And the awareness of how many people struggle with depression has been heavy on my heart. As Christians, we can pretend that depression doesn’t happen in the church, but that just isn’t true. I have many women in my life who have struggled with depression, and they are women who LOVE Jesus. Depression does happen in the church, and probably more than we would like to admit. I can tell you all day that you are HEALED, but it won’t make a difference in your life until you receive the healing in the areas you need. Because the simple truth is, we live in a broken world and will not be completely healed until we get to heaven. The blood of Jesus is enough to set you free, but we have to stand firm on HIS word, even when we don’t necessarily feel like it. So I am going to attempt to tackle a hard subject, and give you some tools to use when you are feeling down.

Mayo Clinic describes depression as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.”
Now let me give you my view on depression. There are a few different types of depression:

  1. Physical Depression– There is scientific proof that people have a chemical imbalance that causes depression; this is the type of depression that Mayo Clinic is talking about in the above definition. We cannot discount this depression in the church! YES, God can physically heal our bodies! But I don’t know why he chooses to heal some sickness and lets us endure others. If your depression is physical, these tools can be part of your treatment plan. (If you are seeing a health care doctor, please continue your treatment.)
  2. Mental Depression– We have a war going on in our minds. You can mentally have a case of depression by meditating on the negative thoughts; let’s call this the typical stinking thinking. What you focus on in your mind is what will be in your heart. Therefore, if you are focusing on the negative, you will feel negative.
  3. Spiritually Oppressed Depression– You have a big target on your back, and you are battling the enemy. Depression can mean you are afflicted or getting attacked spiritually. We are in a battle with the enemy. Spiritual Oppression can be closely related to number 2 if we are focusing on the battle instead of the promise of God’s word. God calls us to focus on his truth that He already has the victory, but I know too well how hard the enemy works to get us to focus on the battle.
    “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in heavenly places.”- Ephesians 6:12
  4. Circumstantial Depression– The circumstances in your life are causing depression. You may be in the worst circumstances of your life, for example, you may have had a loved one die, had a bad break up, lost a job. Your depression is caused because those circumstances are consuming you. Remember there is no circumstance on earth that is bigger than God. Also, can be related to number 2.

No matter what type of depression you are dealing with, or if you are dealing with all, you can overcome this! All four of these areas can be healed by the power of the Holy Spirit! But we cannot just sit back and let the depression overwhelm us. We have to live intentionally, suit up and stand our ground. God has given us the tools we need to defeat the enemy. So when you start feelings hopeless or extreme sadness, or no interest in the things you should be interested in, it is time to go to war.

TIPS TO DEFEAT DEPRESSION:​

  • Invite God into this battle. You cannot and do not have to do this on your strength. You need HIS power, grace, and HIS blood to cover you.
  • Seek God first. – Even if you don’t feel like it!
  • Read his word.– Don’t just read through a book in the Bible. But meditate on his truth. Sometimes one scripture is all you need to conquer a battle. Sit and meditate on the meaning, get the word in your heart. Anyone can memorize a scripture you need to get the word in your heart not your head. (See scriptures below.)
  • Pray! Talk to God about it. If you are having a hard time, tell him! If you are angry, tell him! If you are hurting, tell him! He knows and sympathizes with everything you are feeling. Talking to Him about it can start to heal you. Ask God to heal you! So often I complain about a problem, but am I even asking God to heal me in that issue? He hears us!
  • Get some worship on. Worshipping can change the attitude of your heart. Instead of focusing on what is wrong, just start worshipping Him. Even if everything in your life has fallen apart, God is still good. Thank him for who HE is.
  • Expect healing. You may not be healed yet. You may have physical depression and an imbalance of chemicals. We don’t want to ignore this fact. But we can say I am sick, but God is going to heal me. I struggle with some hard battles, even though I am saved and free. I have struggled with BAD insomnia for over a year. But I have to keep the mindset that God is healing me! Expect that your healing miracle is already in process.
  •  Claim your identity. So much of our battle is standing firm on who God created us to be even when we don’t feel like it. When you have feelings of insecurity and are feeling like having a pity party in your life, you should go right to claiming your identity. You are not your depression! You are not this battle! You are not a failure! You are a child of God. You were created for a mighty purpose. Your life is valuable to God. You are more precious than rubies to Him. You are wonderfully made! God looks at with love and grace and admiration.
    Repeat after me: DECLARE THIS! I am a child of the living God. I am Gods, and He is mine. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I rebuke the thoughts of depression. I confess that I have allowed the enemy to speak into my life. I rebuke any area that I may have given the enemy permission. I claim the blood of Jesus on my life. By the blood I am healed, I am set free, I am washed clean! I boldly speak that the enemy is under my feet, and sin and death no longer have a say in my life. I am a conquer, in HIM. I am valuable. My life is valuable. God is excited that He created me and has a purpose for my life!
  • Confess. Let me be blunt, sin can make you sick. I am NOT saying that all depression is caused by sin because that is not true! I have had people assume I am in sin because I am in a hard battle, and that’s not fair because sometimes you are in a hard battle because you are doing everything right. So I am not saying that! But I am saying if there is habitual sin in your life, it could be causing you to feel separated from God, which could cause depression. God may want to free you from bondage. Do you have habitual sin in your life and are feeling depressed? God may want you to look at the reason you are sinning and heal you in that area. Remember if you are feeling guilt or shame that is not of God. God raises us up, tells us we are better and helps us turn away.
  • Ask for help. It takes a confident, mature, and humble woman to ask for help while they are hurting in the battle. By asking others for help, you are bringing this battle to the light. Remember you are not alone. You don’t have to handle this alone. Ask friends and elders to pray for you. Asking for prayer is biblical, read James 5:13-15! Get counseling or talk to someone! This is your life, and you are important! Take some time for yourself to focus on healing. We don’t want to ignore the problem, tucking it under a rug will only make it worse. We want to get the problem healed! Find a trustworthy Christian counselor or pastor that you can talk to about what may be going on.
  • Stay in community. Isolation makes depression feel so much bigger. Find a strong faith-based community. Surround yourself with others that encourage you, build you up and point you to the arms of Jesus. You are not in this alone!
  • Remember you have the victory in the  battle in your mind. Whether you suffer from physical depression or a spiritual attack, your thoughts matter! We must hold every thought captive. When we are always meditating on negative thoughts, we will be depressed. YOU have a choice on what you think. Every time you think a thought, you have a choice to believe that thought or to rebuke it and replace it with the truth. Start to notice what you are thinking. Are you thinking things like “I can’t do this? I don’t even want to do this. I don’t even want to wake up today. I don’t even care. Nothing matters. etc.” If you notice you are thinking negative thoughts, no wonder you are depressed. We must get into the habit of ending that thinking and replacing it with God’s word even if you cannot feel the truth. If you have to, get alone and yell these scriptures out loud! Taking charge of the battle in your mind is the most important tool to battle depression! You need to battle each thought as they come into your mind.

Scripture to defeat depression!

Scriptures to defeat depression:

• I am from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world! (1John 4:4)
• I will trust in the Lord will all my heart, and not lean on my own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
• I choose joy, for the joy of the LORD is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
• I can have peace. In this world I will have trouble. But I will take heart because God has overcome the world! (John 16:33)
• Anxiety in my heart will cause depression, But a good word makes it glad. For I will stand on your truth. (Proverbs 12:25)
• I will not fear for God is with me, He will strengthen me. He will hold me up, He will help me. (Isaiah 41:10)
• The eternal God is my refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
• You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light. (2 Samuel 22:29)
• Anyone who is among the living has hope. (Ecclesiastes 9:4)
• The Lord knows how to rescue me from trials. (2 Peter 2:9)
• I will be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. I choose to put on the full armor of God, so that I can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. For my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore I put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, I can stand my ground! I will stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 10-17)
• But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds I have been healed! (Isaiah 53:4-6)
• God hears my cry. He lifts me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he sets my feet on a rock and gives me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:10)

Remember God is with you. And he is not a God that doesn’t understand what you are going through but He is a God who went through the worst of it all just because He loved you enough. He understands and he wants to help you. Use this trial as a reason to draw close to him, right now tell God that you know he has so much for you to learn right here in this battle. Declare that you will depend on Him to get you through it. Whatever He is trying to teach you in this battle, surrender to Him.

We have put together a worksheet for you to use daily to intentionally, battle this depression. Every day fill out one of these sheets, you can include this with your quiet time.

Daily worksheets to fight depression

Don’t feel discouraged if this process takes some time! Every day draw closer to your father God and use the tools of His word to help you battle those thoughts. Continue to keep bringing the battle to light. Remember we didn’t get in this battle overnight, so we may not get out of it overnight. But when you overcome, you will be stronger than ever!

**If you are having suicidal thoughts PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 FREE or get to your nearest ER. Your life is precious and valuable.

Her Sword

 

Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

God's Solution to the Refugees?

 

I’ve tried not to voice an opinion on the refugee situation. It’s not that I can’t take criticism or am trying to avoid dissention. It’s that I’m praying about it diligently and trying to find God’s will in it.

 

I’m saddened and I’ll admit, irritated, by those who always are quick to post anti-Christian sentiments, (some even claiming to be Christians themselves). Calling Mary and Joseph refugees is a pretty hard stretch. Then comparing Muslims to Jews again is a ridiculous argument when the situations have almost nothing in common. When people see something that sounds good, they just jump on it without researching anything. Then there are those who quote scriptures (out of context, of course) or do their best to make the question either liberal or conservative. Lately I’ve seen posts of non-Christians who are pontificating all about God’s will and Jesus’ words, and so on. Those people win the grand prize, since almost everything on which they purport to be experts, is drivel.

 

After much prayer, I still don’t have a concrete sense of what is the right thing to do. There are truthful stances on both sides. As Christians, we need to be reaching out to unbelievers with the gospel. These people need Jesus desperately. I’m ready to do my part to share the love of Jesus and even open my home if the Lord leads me to do so. However, what makes us think we will even have that opportunity? The countries such as Germany who have taken in millions, are suffering terribly already for their decision. The outcry there from the refugees is that all people need to bow to their religion and practices.

 

If a family needs my help, no matter where they came from or what baggage they have along with them, I will always pray for discernment and wait for God’s leading as to what I should do to help. There are many deceivers (yes, and many scriptures warning about that; funny, I haven’t seen that on facebook) and we need divine wisdom to make good decisions.

 

If “refugees” have an agenda to take over and destroy “infidels,” the only way we will have a chance to love on them or share Jesus with them is when God arranges divine appointments for that purpose. It is quite naive and even foolish to turn a blind eye to the negative possibilities. This cannot intelligently be explained away with one scripture verse or one lame comparison to the plight of the Jews.  It is not all about fear. It is much more complex. And many of us have examined the Quran and seen those verses that would cause us to be cautious. Perhaps common sense is a thing of the past.

 

My thinking today is that we have not thoroughly thought this through, prayed for God’s direction or gained enough knowledge of facts to make a sound decision. People seem to love bashing those that disagree so they jump on the bandwagon because something sounds good at the moment. Since we’re now told that we are not a Christian nation, then it makes it pretty difficult to think that our leaders will seek God’s direction. It’s being made into a political issue, of course, which again divides us as Americans, just like every other big issue that arises.

 

Oh how different things could be, if only we could all work together instead of constantly fighting one another. But then, that’s pretty idealistic in itself. I’ll keep praying today if you will. God just might have a solution that’s not what either side of this conflict has ever considered. I’m counting on that!

Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

The Spirit Realm is Stirring

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Do you sense a change in the air? It’s not just the autumn breezes and golden leaves. I feel something in the atmosphere around me that’s different. I know that the spirit realm is alive and active, whether we can visually see it or not. We spiritually discern the angels warring, protecting, standing watch. At times I sense evil, though I see or hear nothing at all. The Lord is moving, my friends. He is calling out to us to get up and get busy about His business---Kingdom business. Do you comprehend the magnificence of being a child of the King?

 

Everyone these days is watching the stock markets, scouring the economic reports from all over the world. We know that change is coming. We have lived far above our nation’s ability to sustain the lifestyles to which we’ve become accustomed. We watch the news in shock at the crime, the perversion, and the wickedness that is a stench in the nostrils of our God.

 

At times I grieve over this nation and this world. At times I cry out for God’s mercy, and at times I lose myself in the internet so I can avoid the pain of the truth. Are you numb? Have you heard about so many shootings or wars that you just mentally check out because it’s too much? I fear that we as believers have joined the world in turning our heads and hearts away because it’s too overwhelming. Or maybe we’re just complacent because our job or family or hometown is not affected...yet.

 

Sisters and brothers, please believe me that the Lord is calling you in this hour. The spirit realm is bustling about, preparing for what’s to come. The Holy Spirit is prompting you to step up to the plate now---because time is short! He is grieved when we ignore His leading. There are lost souls all around us who need to know Him. He’s prepared those whom He knows are ready. and arranging divine appointments for us to utilize. If we’re playing video games, living on facebook or watching TV, that soul could be lost forever. Pray for boldness! Pray for sharper discernment to be aware when these divine appointments are in front of you.


I’m preaching to myself friends! But God is pushing me, reminding me, stirring up His Presence inside me, to be alert. He wants me to push you as well. Take a deep breath as the Fall winds blow, listen with your spiritual ears and wait attentively to receive what He is leading you to do. The time is short. You have a mandate to live out His plan, follow His directions, and spread His message!

Welcome to my website!

"Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" "Masked in Deceit,"  and Faith's Illusions are all available now.  Living in God's Rest can be purchased from any of your favorite booksellers online or in stores. Masked in Deceit and Faith's Illusions, Christian novels, are available from Amazon. All books are offered in ebook versions as well.  I always appreciate reviews on the seller's sites.  Just click the books below and you will find links to purchase.

 

 

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Have a blessed day!
 - Nancy

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