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A Fortune Cookie with No Fortune

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As I was sitting here on New Years Day 2016 contemplating what God wanted me to share, I was feasting on some fortune cookies left over from our latest take out meal.  As I opened my second cookie I was surprised to find no little paper with some words of wisdom printed on it.  Now, not that I follow any of these fortunes but it’s still fun to read them and sometimes I have to admit, they line up with something which is happening in my life at the moment.  So I guess God is leading me today to share about empty expectations.

Did we get all we expected out of the last year?  I know for one I had some ups and downs but I have to say for me personally I did not get done what I had expected to do.  I wanted to get started on book number four and be in the publishing stage at this point.  Two things have prevented me from accomplishing this:  self-motivation and no computer with a word processor on it.

I recently had back surgery and I had clearly heard the Lord say to me as I was facing this that I was to rest and write.  Okay, great I thought to myself, God is giving me the opportunity to rest and write, then after surgery things were tougher than expected and sitting up was not my friend.  So I decided to rest and that maybe it was a two part ordeal.  I rested and then I realized my six weeks was almost up and I had not even typed out one word in the new book.

After seeing the physician for my post-op visit I was told that I would head off to physical therapy and could not return to work until it was completed…this meant 6 more weeks off.  With six more weeks ahead of me,  I decided to get serious about my writing only to discover that the laptop I had been borrowing did not have a word program and neither did the new laptop my hubby bought for me for Christmas.  Now what I asked God?

I felt like I was stuck behind a task I had been assigned with no means to accomplish it.  A friend suggested that I hand write the book but that’s too hard to do and keep up with the words which begin to flow.  Another friend said I should speak my book into a microphone on my phone but that just got too complicated because it’s not the way I am gifted to write.

So here I am with a book idea, expecting to write and I can’t.  So I sit here feeling guilty and disobedient to God.  The devil has a field day sometimes condemning me and making me feel worthless and lazy, like I am wasting my gift.  What is happening in your life that the devil is trying to beat you over the head with or make you feel guilty?  Some days I fear that God will take my writing from me but I know that’s a lie.  The devil can turn any promise from God into a lie if we allow ourselves to submit to fear.

This is what I hear God saying:  Whatever you expected from last year, just let it go.  It’s a new year.  A new beginning.  Choose to renounce the lies and see yourself as I do.  You are my beloved.  You are loved.  You are accepted.  I will not take things away from you, it is not My nature.  Believe that I only want your love and obedience.  I only desire a true relationship with you.  Come, talk to Me. Abide in Me.  You are never too far away to come back home.  Choose today to start again.  

Dear Lord, help me today to see me as You do.  Teach me to hear only Your voice and to rise up against the lies of fear.  I thank You that You are here with me everyday to guide me and teach me.  I thank You for sticking with me even when I seem to running in the wrong direction.  I know that You  have great plans for my life because Your Word promises that to me. I love you Lord!  Amen

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Choices are for Choosy People (Part 2)

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19

The Message (MSG)

16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

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So you chose the wrong size shirt, take it back and exchange it.  Did not get want you wanted for Christmas? Take it to the store and return it.  Made a mistake and bought the wrong size light bulbs…return them.  Almost any simple choice we make can be fixed but what if we make a life choice that was bad?  How do we fix that?  Perhaps the better questions is how can we prevent a wrong choice in the first place?  In the last blog, I discussed how our lives are planned out and we need to use God to connect the dots, this simply means:  The difference between a good choice and a bad one is prayer.  Prayer is often the one thing that will make a difference in your life and lead you in the right direction every time.

When I chose to divorce my husband, it was not easy.  I did not just wake up one day and say that I was ready for divorce, it was a three year process.  It was a three year journey with God that brought me to that choice.  I won’t bore you with the details of 3 years, but let’s just say, it took patience to wait.  It took dying to self to make it through.  It took daily prayer.  I told God I would stick it out and He said He would never leave me and we both clung to our promises.  In the end, it was a 3 day wrestle with God that led me to the choice of divorce.  I made it very clear that I was surrendered to His will and I would stay if that was the next dot.  When I heard and felt the release to divorce, I trusted God had a plan and I moved on to the next dot.

Here is the part of my new story that makes me laugh and confirms that God has a sense of humor.  If we chose Jesus as our savior and friend then we have to trust in His ways, right?  Well, shortly after I felt released to divorce I told God that I was done with men in my life.  I wanted to publish my books and travel.  I told God this several times and I made it clear that would make me happy.  Well, of course, as usual, God had different plans for my next dot…a new husband.

When I first began to see what God was up to, I was in denial.  “How can this be?” I asked God, “This is not what I agreed to.  I wanted to travel.  I can handle this on my own.”  Nope.  Not happening.  Soon I was so in love with John that I could no longer deny it was God.  Here was a prime example of how sometimes God gives us what we need before it’s what we want only to discover it’s what we needed all along.  I am so glad I sought God in prayer for my life.  I am not sure where I would be right now if I had chose to take my own path and pick my own dot.  I may have ended up unhappy and lifeless.  I may have ended up on a path where God would just stick by me until I turned to seek His desire for my life again.

So I feel like there are no good or bad choices if we choose God as our decision maker.  Even when we do make a bad choice, His Word promises that He will turn in to good, so in reality if we return to God we cannot lose.  God loves us so much that He just desires us to communicate with Him.  No matter what it is, He is waiting for you to call out to Him.  He is a friend forever and He has all the answers.

Hole Perspective

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 NLT

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Raise your hand if you have every been picked on in your lifetime.  I can pretty much see by the show of hands that we have all been there before.  Lies and rumors and hurtful names can cut at you worse than actually being stabbed with a sharpened knife.  Kids tease and parents ridicule.  We get told we are not good enough or that we will not amount to anything.  We are bombarded with comments about our weight and overall appearance.  These are truly Satan’s attacks on our lives, especially since most of it occurs when we are very young and once the rejection sets in we begin to believe it to be true because it is all we know.

I was teased a lot in elementary school and it really destroyed me as a person until I got to high school.  I was called names and teased for my clothes.  My parents were not financially blessed but they did their best.  My mom shopped at Goodwill when it wasn’t cool, it was considered a place where you went when you were poor.  The other piece to the destruction to my self image was my dad at times would call me chubby and it quickly became who I was and I struggled in junior high to get rid of that feeling.  I ended up staying skinny but it wasn’t because I had healthy eating habits.  I still struggle sometimes today about my appearance but because I have learned to see myself as Jesus does, the pain is not there.

Just like a tree that has been pecked at over and over by the woodpecker, our souls begin to get holes in them.  The more we get teased, the more holes we accumulate and then pretty soon part of us begins to die and sometimes no matter how much someone tries to pour life back into us it just seeps out the holes.  We just no longer know how to receive anything good about ourselves, we have accepted all of those crazy lies and we have no idea how to stop the pain.  Just like in my blog the other day, we have to expose the roots and start forgiving those who have hurt us.

For me, it took forgiving a lot of people in my life and finally accepting myself for how God saw me.  I had to read His promises for my life to fill in the holes from the enemy and it was the only way for life to begin again in my soul.  If we dwell so much on what others say about us we will never see what God made us for.  We will never be able to experience love and acceptance.

Today, choose to forgive those who have put holes in your soul.  Begin today to see yourself as God does.  Let those who truly love you, pour into your soul and help you heal. Allow God to show you how He sees you.  Give yourself another chance to be a living member of society knowing where you stand with God.  You are a Son or Daughter of the Most High and He delights in everything about you!  

Seeing Promises

Proverbs 3

Trusting in the Lord

 1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
      Store my commands in your heart.
 2 If you do this, you will live many years,
      and your life will be satisfying.
 3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
      Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
      Write them deep within your heart.
 4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,
      and you will earn a good reputation.

 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
      do not depend on your own understanding.
 6 Seek his will in all you do,
      and he will show you which path to take.

 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
      Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
 8 Then you will have healing for your body
      and strength for your bones.

 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
      and with the best part of everything you produce.
 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,
      and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Ever just wonder where your promises are?  Seem like things just are not as they should be?  Wanting to SEE God?  Well, recently I was at church and was being prayed over.  I loosed some very BIG things from my life and could see freedom.  I had not realized how bogged down I had been by these weights on my heart.  I let go of some issues that needed to be let go, untied some strings that needed to be broken off from me and God showed up in all of His intended glory and gave me this awesome view of the sun rays exploding in the sky to gaze upon as I stepped out of the church that evening!

About a year a before this night, during prayer and revelation with my mentor she told me God said the sun rays were for me.  Ever since then I just stop in amazement at His wondrous displays and I remember His promises.  He promises to never leave or forsake us.  He promises provision.  He promises restoration of the things the enemy steals and destroys.  During my marriage, I lost many things that most take for granted when they enter a marriage.  We went three years without gas which meant no dryer, no kitchen stove and no furnace.  We grilled often, used the microwave and dried clothes by hanging them around the house and in the cold of winter we used space heaters and kerosene.  Within 6 months of being separated, God returned these things to me at almost no cost to me.  God knows our needs and is surely glad to meet them when we are looking to Him for the answers.

What do you think God has promised to you?  Is it health?  Is it restoration?  A prosperous way of life?  A new home?  A child?  A new job?  Peace in your walk?  I encourage you to examine your life and see where God has already given you some of His promises, then seek out the others.  As Christians we cannot just sit here and cry out, “Lord Bless Me!”, sometimes there is action on our part so we may grow in the things of God.  Bless to be blessed, share so He can share with you.  Our Father longs to give us everything, however if He just gives and gives we become unappreciative and selfish.  He wants to give to see us give.  Love us so we will love.

Take a moment today to write down your blessings and see where God has given to you His best.  Pray over these things and ask God to show you how you can repeat it in someone else’s life, perhaps you are an instrument God is waiting to use to bring about a promise to someone else.  For instance, you may have an extra blender you received as a gift and have no use for it.  Take a moment and ask God whom you should give it to, He may know someone in need, can you imagine the love which can transfer when someone asks you, “How did you know?” and you respond, “The Father told me you were in need.”  I hear of stories like that all the time and it is just awesome!  Be a willing instrument and let God use you this week!