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Fire & Water Never Got Along So Well

 

Psalm 51:10 The Message (MSG)

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.

starting fires

Ever felt like you finally arrived at the top of the mountain you were facing?  Finally achieved a goal you had been striving towards?  Won a race?  Received an award?  I am feeling all of those things right now in this moment.  God says in Psalm 23 that He will fill our cups to overflow status!  He says He will turn all of our sorrow to joy!  He says He will turn ALL things to good!!!  I can tell you this is truth!!

God has done a number of things in my recent past.  Pulled me from a destructive marriage.  Kept me safe in several circumstances.  Restored my faith.  Given me new hope.  Promoted me higher than I could ever imagine.  What does this feel like?  Uncontainable, indescribable, incredible JOY!!!!!!

How did I get to the mountain top?  Surrender.  Surrender.  Surrender. and MORE Surrender.  Today alone this is what happened in my tiny little speck of a life:  I submitted book two to be published, figured out how to start my first book on Kindle, received TWO checks at work, and I obeyed God and started a dance group at church and people actually showed up.  Eight other people to be exact.

Yup!  All that in one day.  I feel the most significant event was the dance group.  When I saw the vision to start this dance team, I of course argued with God.  Why are you picking me? I am the least coordinated person on earth?  Lord, you know I cannot rub my tummy and pat my head at the same time!  Want to know what His answer was:  I always choose the least to accomplish the most in my Kingdom.

This group of women to me are the firestarters who will enable the body of Christ to walk on water.  He chose a leader, a worshiper, got someone out of their box, a Zumba instructor, a cheerleader, a gymnast and a past color guard person to become The Revival Warriors.  Our first practice was awesome and I really look forward to praising God in the most intimate way with this group of women!

So what is the moral of the story?  Mountain top stories are based on surrender and obedience.  Would I have found such joy today if I hadn’t stepped out in faith and called these women to bind together in unity to lead the church to victory?  Probably not.  I encourage anyone reading this to choose surrender and obedience in whatever situation you are currently in.  God cannot take you to the top of the mountain if you do not choose to surrender….He would never drag anyone up the mountain.

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Independent Mountain Walks

John 15:5

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
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I got this!  Nope, don’t need your help.  Figured this one out on my own.  How many times have we spoken those words and then realized that we really didn’t have it all figured out and things got out of control?  How long did it take us to realize that we didn’t have all the answers?  This is how things are sometimes concerning our walk with God, especially when we are the ones who got ourselves into trouble.  We start off good and are walking in the right direction and then for some reason we stop seeking God and devise our own plans which leads us completely astray.
I call this issue “Independent Mountain Walks” .  We are on course with God.  We have sought out His will and are walking along with good intentions and headed for the things He wants us to do and the a suddenly happens.  Suddenly you think you have a better idea or an easier way of getting to the top of the mountain.  As you begin to think more independently, you no longer are relying on God for any answers to your circumstances.  Pretty soon you are on your second time around the mountain instead of getting to the top of it.  Hmmmmmm….wonder how this happens, Satan.
As mentioned before Satan is out to kils, steal and destroy and sometimes it just takes one simple sentence or word for that matter to enter our minds, causing us to get confused, which leads us astray.   Pretty soon, after no conversations with God, we feel at this point that we are the ones who have to get ourselves out of trouble when in reality we just need to admit our wrong turn and look to God for the answers.  Sometimes because of our own selfish pride we can’t even talk to God.  Those insecurities start flooding in and as we are trudging through the mountain on our own, we lose all hope.
Well friends, there is hope.  There is always hope in Jesus.  He says He will never leave us or forsake us.  He is always there leading us through our trials even if at times He seems to have disappeared.  We need to come to the realization that blaming ourselves for getting lost will avail to prosperity.  We need to tell Satan and his gang to get behind us and start conversing with God again.  There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, there is no reason why we can’t come before God and say, “I am sorry Lord, here, take my hand, lead me up the mountain.”  He will gladly pick up right back were you ended the conversation and guide your steps.
Are you stuck going round and round and round the mountain?  Have you lost all hope?  Is there no end to the vastness of this mountain you are traveling on?  Well then, stop, look and listen. There is a voice calling out to you. There is a hand reaching out to guide you.  His name is Jesus and He is right beside you.  Nothing you have done will separate you and God.  He loves you right where you are on that mountain, no questions asked.  Take a moment right now and choose to get back on the right path, it’s not too late.

All of You

Matthew 10:39
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

Today, the ministry is beginning.  I do not have the website just yet up and running but things are in the works.  The books are at the publishers, awaiting the final touches and the last bit of money to get them published.  I assure you all matters are in God’s hands and He will be faithful to provide ALL of my needs.  Today I reflect on what I have given up in surrender and I am wondering who else among God’s people are ready to push forward and allow God to be their all and all?

There once was a moment when I knew God was there for me, but I did not allow Him to take care of me like I do now.  I was a big girl and I was going to raise my kids and change my husband and do all this things I thought I needed to do, until I realized it had nothing to do with me but everything to do with God.  Just like everyone else I faced challenges (still do) and I took each one on as a walk in the valley or a grueling climb up the mountain getting stressed out and feeling as if I was getting nowhere.  Just the same cycle over and over again, never really making a difference in my life to have a better relationship with God.

When my life stopped three years ago and I surrendered it all to God, the amazing things began to happen.  I was separated from my husband so as not to go through the motions anymore, doing things I just did not want to be a part of.  I received my new smile, only after I surrendered it all to God in a moment of despair.  Both my kids have graduated from school and beginning their own lives.  I was promoted at work.  My books are about to be published, my ministry is starting and I am more free than I have ever been! Why?  Because I have finally put God first in my life above all else.

This means I have given God my life, my family, my job and my ministry.  I have allowed Him to work on behalf and do all the things I thought I had to have control over.  WHAT A RELIEF!!  Now I am happy and free.  My attitude has changed and I feel He is using me in ways I never thought would be possible.  I spent 18 years running around in circles and now that I have let go and let God, He has done more in 3 years time then I ever thought possible.  Now instead of the valleys and the mountain climbing, He has set me upon the mountain top and I get to soar with the eagles while He is moving and working through me, How Awesome is That?

I encourage you to choose to give it all to God right now.  Stop trying to do it all and getting frustrated, instead choose to give Him everything you have, focus your eyes on Jesus and rise above your current circumstances knowing that the God who loves you is in control!

It’s In Silence

Psalm 5:3
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

As I wait in silence, I hear You. As my spirit begins the climb to the mountain top, I feel You. The closer I get to You, the more of Your glory I see. I have tasted of Your goodness and I know You are good. As the aroma of heaven begins to increase, I just spread my wings and soar like the eagle, secure in Your presence. Thank You Father for creating me just as I am so that I may experience fully the magnitude of Your Love, for sometimes it takes all of my senses working together to get me to that place of Perfect Peace In You.

I wrote the above paragraph this morning as I awaited leaving for church.  As I sat in silence just waiting to move, God spoke to me in reference to what He has shown me last night during worship.  I feel I went to a new level as I stood at the altar in total surrender.  Feeling as if I was just climbing the mountain and things were just fading away.  Finally at the top I was able to let go and soar like the eagle.  It was such an amazing experience.

How did I get to that place?  It has taken time.  Lots of time.  It has taken surrendering myself time after time to seek the things of God.  Most of all it took me stepping out of my flesh realm and gliding into the spirit realm, allowing my spirit man to meandering into a moment of peace not understood by many.  Getting to the mountain top alone is a blessing but the bliss that comes from opening your wings and soaring is indescribable.

It is in that place of perfect peace that I could clearly hear God speaking life to me.  I have not a care of the world for I am lost in Gods perfectness.  I LOVE that feeling and I cannot wait until I find myself in that realm again.  All it takes is some quiet time and focus…two things I often do not find.  I long to be in His presence and it becomes so real while I am there.

It is His desire to spend time with us and standing there in His throne room is a pretty grand place to be if you like peace and joy!

It’s Not Always Golden, Yet I Seek the Mountain

Matthew 7:14
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

photo by Victoria Welc

There are days when the gate to peace is hard to find.  Sometimes the path is strewn with debris from our lives and it is hard to see the provision which is right beyond the fog and smoke which has suddenly appeared before us.  How many times in our lives have we spoken the words, “Not sure how I am going to handle this”, only to discover God was in control all along and had a plan?  Don’t you just want to smack yourself for doubting God for a moment?  These types of things happen every day in the life we live.  Losing our job, cut pay, cut hours, unforeseen bills or emergencies, car accidents, house fires and losing loved ones.  All of these things make it difficult to see God, yet every time He turns it to good.  How does He do that?  Jeremiah 29:11….He already planned our lives.

If our loving Father already has everything worked out for us, then it has to be good.  Sometimes because of our own decisions and choices we end up far away from the path and we miss the open gate.  Soon though God searches you out like that lost sheep and brings you back to safety, proving once again there is no greater love than Him.  I cannot tell you how many times I have said out loud: “It must be a God thing” in my recent past.  Circumstances I just did not understand turned around quicker than I expected and I was once again following the right path.  This brings me to my next lesson which I am currently walking through, or should I say upon?

We are sons and daughters of the King and we are given all we ask for in the perfected timing of God.  We need to learn to live above our circumstances at all times so that we may always be controlled and not flying off the handle every time there is a bump in the road.  If we linger above what could possibly throw us into a tailspin then not much can affect us.  If we remain calm and cool when approaching things we just don’t understand at the moment, the greater our peace will be. The greater our peace, the more we can increase in the things of God.  God desires to set us on the top of the mountain so that all we have to do is have our eyes focused on Jesus and while we are enjoying the serenity, God can be at work in  our lives.

So the next time you feel your life is just one non-stop roller coaster ride, take yourself out of the car and place yourself spiritually above your circumstances and be an observer, not a participant.  Let God make the moves for you as you focus on a relationship with Jesus and growing closer to Him.  I cannot pretend to know all the answers to what is taking place in our lives, but I sure know that if I was not focused on God right now, I would be going stir crazy and filled with worry. As the end times keep growing ever more near, this world is going to get crazier and more bizarre by the minute.  Things which were not once tolerated will become normalcy and we will begin to see a glimpse of what the end times entail.  I know I want to be above my circumstances in these last days because it take the pressure off of trying to fit into the world.  As you are focused solely on Jesus this world begins to grow strangely dim more and more each day.

Today can be a first step to keeping your road golden and it can simply begin by putting yourself above your circumstances.  Learn to let things go knowing God is in control.  If God desires it for your life, He will make it happen.  Just like this house I desire, I know it’s the one and God will provide a way for it, I just have to slow down and look for what He provides along the way.  God is faithful and He will turn every bad situation to good for it is there in those moments His glory rises and hope is renewed and seen by those who are just watching to see what will happen next.  How you react to things is huge and can impact many a person who is trying to decide if maybe God should be a part of their lives.  The more we live above the things which seek to destroy us the closer we get to living on the mountain top.  I am destined for the mountain, want to join me?