Just what the Doctor ordered

Hello blog readers. Man oh man, nobody told me how challenging it would be to create *and maintain* a blog. I love God’s word, and this blog is a huge blessing to me. But it’s also very easy to neglect. Life, hobbies, excuses, and insecurities often get in the way.

During this morning’s prayer time, I tried to understand what’s getting in the way of my obedience. One of the things is ‘focus‘. For me, focus has to be fought for… or it fades. So, when it comes to my life, hobbies, excuses, and insecurities — I asked myself, “What do I want to be known for?” The answer is God’s child *first*. Any other hobbies, talents, & abilities are extra.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece, created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Two other things getting in the way of my obedience are ‘image‘ and ‘success‘. Who doesn’t want to be successful? Of course, success is measured differently for every person… But, according to God’s word, chasing success isn’t the way to gain success:

Psalm 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

That scripture is like a prescription from the Doctor right now for me!

I’m learning there will always be something vying for my attention. The enemy’s goal is to take the focus off God. I’m thankful that God gives us a written guide. I’m praying to keep Ephesians 2:10 close to my heart, through meditation day & night. Focus.

My life is not about me. It’s not my own. I am God’s masterpiece, created to do good works which He prepared in advance for me to do. Amen.

Point it out!

Hello blog readers,

I want to share something with everyone on their Christian walk. I’m learning to understand the importance of giving God my time. In prayer, in giving to others, in confessing my sins, in study, in worship — my time with God is of great value. The truth is, I need Him more than He needs me! Everything I need is in Him. Wisdom, patience, forgiveness, love. And without Him, I’m pretty wretched. We all are.

One thing I’m learning is that He doesn’t allow me to be comfortable in sin. I’m finding out that the Lord has no problem convicting my heart. The other day, I saw a quote that read, “Admitting you have a problem is the first step in fixing the problem.”

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Makes sense that God would point out what areas need fixing. And frankly, I need Him to point it out! He wants us to live abundantly – not as slaves to our sin.

Psalm 107:14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.

If you find yourself noticing plenty of areas within you that need fixing, don’t be discouraged. Know that God is working.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

 

 

 

 

9 in 10. Lord, Help.

I’m frustrated, and all I can do is pray.

Unfortunately, for my son – he’s gotten the short-tempered responses… because I’m hurt. I just want quiet, and he wants to talk…more than he ever talks. Looking back, maybe the Lord knows I needed something else to think about.

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24

9 murders in 10 days. Lord, help us.

I hurt for the woman who was killed today. I don’t know her — but it could have been anyone. I’m sorry that for the last 10 days, someone’s murder is the lead story in Mobile’s news. I’m so sorry this happened to her.

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5am on her way to work – shot multiple times at an intersection in her car. Motive, robbery. She was a mother. Her birthday is 3 days from today. She didn’t make it. She was 24. My heart hurts for her. It hurts for her child.  She was on her way to work… at 5am. 3 days ago, I was on my way to work at 5am. Like her, I’m a mother — who’s child depends on me to come home everyday.

Her name was De’Launa. She was my “breaking news” today.  Breaking news usually means someone’s life has changed forever… or has ended.

I pray that she knew you, Jesus. I pray that she is with you. Please wrap your arms around her family and friends. You’re the only One who can heal the wounds caused by death.       “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalms 147:3

If you’re reading this, please say a prayer for Mobile, Alabama. Pray for protection for the people here. Pray that the Holy Spirit convicts the hearts of those who plot evil. Pray for De’Launa’s family… and the families of all the victims. Pray that the murders stop, in Jesus name.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

I am Yours

Heavenly Father,
You make me who I’m supposed to be,
what I’m supposed to be,
when I’m supposed to be it.

I know nothing except You love me, and I am Yours.
And, everything I am is because of You.

You make me holy, and I’m thankful.
You make me wise, and I’m thankful.

You make me.
You make me.
Amen.

Psalm 92:4 For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Finding the Person of God

Hello blog readers, I’m here to say that I’m blessed by God. I’m abundantly blessed. I’ve been given a heart for Him. He gave it to me, because I didn’t have it before. I didn’t have this heart for Him before. I was a person who believed in Him, but I wasn’t His. I was not.

I was a person who thought I knew God. I believed He heard my prayers, and He did. But I wasn’t living for Him. I was not.

I gave my heart to things. I gave my heart away on many occasions to people, idols, to uncertainty, unforgiveness… to many things. And I was unbothered by it. But, He fixed everything because He wanted me. He gave me a new spirit, and a brand new heart. I will always love Him. I appreciate what He’s done. Before, I had no earthly idea what I was missing out on. Thank you, Jesus.

Don’t ever let anyone say to you that God won’t communicate with you through a dream. There is power in knowing what God has promised.

Acts 2:17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

I praise You, Father…because I know what I’m experiencing is from You.

I watched a young person riding on a fence in my dream 2 nights ago. When I asked him to get down from the fence, he hopped down for a moment. But, when I looked away, he got back on it… but this time he was further on top of the fence. The fence was leaning because it was unsturdy. It was unsturdy because it was on soft ground. It was metal, and it was rusty. It was made of linked chains. And, the rust made it even weaker. A powerful gust of wind could have easily blown it over. The fence was bending over into a backyard filled with overflowing raw sewage. The ground was soft because it was soaked with wetness from it. The sewage was bubbling up from the ground, and it was the width of a built in swimming pool. The raw sewage wasn’t contained in the parameters of the pool-like fountain that it was flowing from. It was pouring over into the grass, and the everything in the yard was filthy because of the raw sewage. The ground was saturated. To step foot in the yard would guarantee at least the bottom of your feet sinking into the mud, and being contaminated. Anyone who fell in the pool would be fully immersed. It was unimaginable to think what would happen if that person on the fence had fallen over into that pool. The fence was so close to the pool, that if it would have fallen over, the person on it would have fallen into it face-first. And the young person was smiling, because he didn’t understand that what he was straddling was unsafe. He was on the fence. He was on a very unsafe fence, but he didn’t know it. His ignorance and disobedience was very-much like a child’s.

When I woke up, I wanted to know what the dream meant. So, I prayed…and a very specific Word from God spoke from my spirit. It was this:

“Whoever is riding the fence will be included in the fall. Whoever is riding the fence must choose which side they will stand on.”

I paused. The words came from my mouth before I realized how powerful they are. I was amazed, and I was a bit stunned. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was not.

My heart breaks for whoever is on the fence. Because the fence will be included in the fall. And when the fall happens, the person on the fence will be included.

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Acts 2:17-21 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

**The difference in knowing whether a dream is from God comes by learning His personality. He doesn’t frighten us with nightmares. There is Rest in His Presence. There is nothing unfavorable about Him. He’s abundantly wise and helpful. He’s a Father who gives good things. If a dream fills you with fright, terror, or hopelessness, it is not from  our Father. That’s not who He is. The more you spend time in prayer & fellowship with Him, the more His Wonderful Presence will be before you. Pray to know the Person of God, and this is what I believe will help you determine which dreams are from our Father.

Dear Light,

Jesus, I’m only ‘not blind’ when I’m with You.
You are the light.
If I’m not with You, I’m in the dark.
There are things we do when we’re unaware, that we would never do when we’re informed.
I pray that I’m always abiding in You.
Because if I’m not, I’m in trouble.
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John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
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Love is who You are

My heart was created by You, for You, and through You.
My heart sings for you.
My poetry comes from you.
My spirit adores you.
Love is who You are.

More of You is what I want.
I’m waiting at Your feet,
To give a precious gift, my God.
My heart is Yours to keep.

Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

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Humbled by Your Throne

The Lord is good, You are,
and worthy to be praised.
The Precious Lamb of God, You are.
I’ll serve You all my days.

I’ll walk with You, and be Your servant.
I’m humbled by Your Throne.
Your hand is wide, and greatly worth
The privilege to be known.

I’m humbled by Your Throne.
I’m humbled by Your Throne.
I’m humbled by Your wonderful, wonderful Throne.

Thank you Jesus,
Amen.

 

Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

 

The Sweetest Name

I know a name,
His name is Jesus.
He is the light of the world.
He will love you forever.
He is the light of the world.
He is the Lord.
He forever reigns.
He will give you life.
He gives life to those who believe in Him.
He is worthy of worship.
He is God.
My God.
And He gives me life.
Yes, Amen.

Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

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My first sunrise

Hello blog readers! I have the day off, and wanted to sit down with a cup of coffee and just enjoy my alone time with God. He brought to my memory the very first time I saw the sunrise. I will never forget it.

I was in my mid 30’s, and visiting Tucson, Arizona. When I think about it, that sounds almost unbelievable — that I waited until I was in my mid 30’s to care enough to intentionally watch the sunrise. And, I can’t take full responsibility. My mother was with me, and she watches the sunrise everywhere she visits — and I wanted to participate too for the sake of being on a mini-vacation, and spending time with her.

That trip offered another ‘first’ for me. I had never seen mountains like those in Tucson before. The resort that we stayed in was right next to a huge, stone mountain. Just looking at how big the mountain was made me see God in a new way. It was almost breath-taking. I felt how small I was when I was facing that mountain. And when the sun rose over it, it brought tears to my eyes. I could feel something amazing. God made the sun rise over it. It was beautiful.

I’m so thankful for that experience. My first sunrise was well-worth the wait. Any other time, and I might have neglected to see God in the experience. God made an appointment in time for me to witness His majesty. To see the sunrise is a gift. Every day is a gift. He wanted my first experience of watching the sunrise to fully glorify Him. He wanted my heart to know that He can do anything. God is higher than anything we could ever face. He’s the only God who can cause the sun to rise over any mountain.

Psalm 95:4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also.

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