Trust in His Power Alone!

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:1-3

My apologies for not posting sooner, but I have been out of town taking care of my father’s estate, and just recently returned a few days ago. Prior to heading to my dad’s, I had been praying for wisdom, strength, and protection. I also sought God to soften the hearts of those who were not in agreement with me and how things were done, as well as to open their minds to the words that would be spoken. I had braced myself for whatever was to come, as dealing with family after a death can often be combative and more dysfunctional than normal.

I have to say, praise God!! He was my grace, my strength, and broke the chains that would have prevented things getting done fairly and justly. Granted, not everything went perfectly, but then when in life does anything ever go perfectly? God was so good and so wonderful to me. He was my light and through his love and power, all went well, given the circumstances.

I want to take this moment to reassure you that no matter where you are in your life, no matter the situation you face, or the conflicts that surround you……GOD IS THERE! He has the power to rescue you, to teach you, to lead you. He will soften hearts, turn souls toward him, and break the chains that bind the broken and deceived! I always stand amazed at what God can do…even though I know who He is…He never ceases to amaze me.

Pray, seek Him, and be amazed by what He can do in your life and the lives of those around you!

May you be encouraged to stand with the One true God who can DO ALL THINGS!

Freedom is Here!

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. The will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3

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Freedom is Here!

Waiting for peace to come can seem like death
Longing for the heart to be still
Hoping that life will just rest
Ah to be free from the burdens and cares

Hold on tight
Never let go
For freedom will come
And all will be right

Emptiness resides where love should be
Robbing the soul of joy
Stealing life away each day
Ah to be free to love and laugh again

Hold on tight
Never let go
For freedom will come
And all will be alright

Surrender all
Trust in the One who died for you
The One who came to set you free

He is yours
And you are His
Let the love of Christ’s sacrifice save you

Hold on tight
Never let go
For freedom is here
And all will be alright

For freedom is here
And all will be alright

The Lion’s Den

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There are times in this life when no matter what you do, no matter how honest or sincere you are, and no matter how fair or just you attempt to be, there will always be those who are unhappy with what you do. Some will just argue and complain about what you do. Others will attempt to make you out as a liar for their gain, while others will seek to devour you.

The world and those absorbed by it continually seek to destroy the good that exists, the hearts that are aligned with Christ and seek what is good, true, and noble. As I was praying this morning, God brought the story of Daniel and the lion’s den to my mind. I began reading Daniel chapter 6. Here stood a man, captured and enslaved by King Darius. But Daniel stood true to his walk in devotion to God, praying and seeking Him daily. Because of Daniel’s devotion to God, the light and spirit of God shone in him and over time Daniel, this prisoner of war so to speak, became “distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps….and the king planned to set him over all the kingdom.”

Daniel was doing only what God had set him to do, but because others wanted what he had, they sought to destroy him. Daniel had done nothing wrong to them, he had not deceived them, he had not betrayed them, but rather had done what is good and right in the eyes of God.

Through an elaborate scheme his enemies coerced the king into signing a decree that would ultimately land Daniel in the den of lions!

Had Daniel done anything wrong? No! Had he wished harm on those who hated and sought to destroy him? No! The beauty of this story lies in the saving, protecting grace of God.

Daniel was indeed thrown into the lion’s den overnight, but much to the chagrin of his despisers, Daniel was not devoured by the lions, but was found unharmed and untouched when morning came.

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I am ever so thankful that I serve a God who can protect and shield His children from the evil plans of those who stand against them, and I stand amazed at how He continually reminds me that He is with me. In the words of King Darius himself, “He delivers and rescues; He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, He who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Lord I pray for all who face persecution and hatred, for all those placed in the proverbial lion’s den, to be delivered and rescued by You Father. I pray for safety, for Your protection to surround them, and Your shield to protect them.

Thank You lord for always being there!

How do You Live Your Dash?

With all of the devastating and saddening  events occurring in my life right now, I sought comfort and encouragement in an old devotional I have–The Saviour’s Touch by Charles Stanley. As I opened the worn book to read, a folded paper fell out, and alas it was a poem by Linda Ellis! A poem about how we live the time between our birth and our death; a poem about slowing down and appreciating all that is true and real; a poem to remind me that life is short and time is valuable, reminding me that loving the people in my life is my priority; a poem calling me to be honest and sincere with my words and to not fear what others think.  As I read it, my eyes teared up and my mind wandered into how rich and full my life could be if I just let go, and let God; if I just surrender and live the way he designed me to live.  I pray that you enjoy this sparkling reminder of what life is all about.

How Do You Live Your Dash?

I read of a pastor who stood to speak
At the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth,
And spoke of the second date with tears.
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that dash is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
the cars, the house, the cash.
What matters most is how we live,
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard,
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know what time is left.
You could be at “dash, mid-range.”

If we could just slow down enough,
To see what’s true and real.
And always try to understand
The way that others feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more,
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile,
Keeping in mind this special dash
Might last but a little while.

So when your eulogy’s being read,
Your life’s actions to rehash,
Would you smile at the things being said
About how you spent your dash?

Life is short my friends, and I have lost so many loved ones in the last 2 months that I have come to realize something so very new to me…I have not been living to the fullest. I do try, don’t get me wrong. But from this day on, I will not live my life in the spirit of fear, but in power and love and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) for my God is with me always and forever, (Matthew 28:20) and in Him I can do all things (Philippians 4:13). Chris Tomlin sums it up in this amazing song that I leave you with. God bless and keep you, and may your eyes be open and your heart be strong enough to live the life God has designed for you! All my love <3

5 things Christians should stop saying

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Even the best of intentions do little to help those in need. I liked this article as it resonates within my heart. May it resonate with you in some way as well…God bless and keep you!

Originally posted on Beyond the Surface:

Late Tuesday evening, an explosion is heard in your neighborhood. You run outside to see what happened. Other neighbors are exiting their houses in various states of shock and confusion. You join the crowd walking/running towards the noise. Just around the corner, you see the house, or rather what’s left of it. Your heart breaks. It is your close friend’s house and so far your friend is nowhere to be found. You decide to search the remains to find your friend. Indeed, you find him, underneath a fallen bed post. He’s covered in ash and dirt. You lift the post and see his shattered leg and have to swallow the urge to scream. He is conscious. You start shouting to your neighbors. “Help! Come help! He’s alive! But he’s hurting!” They come over. A woman looks at him as he writhes silently in pain. She reaches in her purse, you…

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If

If. A simple little two letter word with a powerful impact! If is an oft ignored word that is thought little of, until it is given in context:

 If you clean your room you can go to the mall with your friends.
I will help you move this weekend, if you pack all the little things in the house first.
If you want this job, you have to commute two hours each day.
I know that if you try harder and study more, you will pass the class.

We truly are a society built on “if” when you stop to think about it. In its definition, “if” is a condition on which something depends, an uncertain possibility, or a supposition. The word “if” is used by most people at least a few times a day, and even more if you have children! It is also used in scripture quite frequently—-about 1500 times actually. God has placed a few “if-then” items in His word. They are typically associated with rules in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and other old testament books. But it is also used fairly frequently in new testament as well…and once again, it is usually attached to a rule or direction of some sort.

I was reading a daily devotional the other day and came across this “if” scripture in 1 Peter 2:1-3.

Therefore, having put aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy, envies, and evil speaking,
like newborn babies, crave the pure spiritual milk, that by it you might grow up in salvation,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

“If” you have tasted that the Lord is good. Hmmm. One cannot put away the old, the ugly, and the evil without tasting that the Lord is good, and desiring to do His will. We, as Christians, often expect everyone know or have some idea about the Lord’s goodness, but alas, that is not so. Many are lost in doubt and fear, stuck in a place of distrust, and have never tasted the goodness of God, never experienced his mercy and grace, never been embraced by his unending or unfailing love. They have never been show the light of God because no one has taken the time to do so!

Be the light.  Be the salt. Illuminate the hearts and minds of those around you with the loving word of God, and let them taste and see that the Lord is good. Be kind when you want to tell someone off. Forgive when all you want is revenge. Be gentle when what you desire is to fight. Use words of encouragement instead of gossip, vulgarity, and cursing. Help those in need. Share the beauty and goodness of God, so everyone can indeed taste the goodness of the Lord.

“If” you truly want to turn hearts to the Lord, then you must walk in His ways and be the blessing he has called you to be in the lives of those around you!  What “if” you lived your life for the Lord, what wonderful things he could do through you!?

God bless and keep you, and may your heart never doubt, your mind never fear, and your soul rest assured that the Lord is good indeed!

All my love <3

Pure

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the Earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100

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Pure

Seek in pure dedication
Desiring to know the word of God
Yearning for Him above all things

Surrender in pure adulation
Giving yourself completely to the Lord
Yielding utterly to the King of Kings

Repent in pure veneration
Laying your sins at the foot of the Cross
Receiving grace that freely flows

Worship in pure adoration
Singing unto the Lord of Hosts
Conveying joyful shouts unto God Almighty

Rejoice in pure exaltation
Entering his courts with praise
Entering his gates with thanksgiving

Exalt in pure appreciation
Lift His name above all others
Glorify the Lord with dancing and singing

Bless in pure recognition
Knowing He is the One True God
Honoring with heart, soul, strength, and mind

Praise in pure affection
Cherishing the Lord for all He has done
Bringing love and grace to all mankind