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Unthawed

Romans 15:7-13

So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
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Ever have someone tell you that you are not living up to your full potential?  How did that make you feel?  Did you feel threatened?  Did you lose whatever peace you had?  Maybe you felt frozen in place with no escape in view.  Perhaps this caused you to break down or go inward.  Maybe for some, it made you step out of your iceberg and do something different to change your circumstances.
Sometimes I used to look at my life through a window wishing I could change my circumstances.  I stood there staring into the promise of tomorrow yet I felt the door was forever frozen and I would never escape from this life I had made for myself.  I stood there not pitying myself but feeling satisfied somehow.  How deceived Satan had me.  I felt as weak as a snowflake that was trapped under an avalanche.
I am not sure what caused me to finally open that door, or at least try.  I guess I had had enough at some point and I was going to get my hope of a new tomorrow.  I assure it was not easy to break through the frozen tundra standing between me and peace, however with God all things truly are possible.  As I began to take one step at a time into the frozen atmosphere my spirit began to stir and come back to life.  Suddenly I felt the sun on my face.  Soon I could feel again.  Then in what seems now like a blink of an eye, I was free, roaming in warm climate once again.
What do you need to be unthawed from?  What hold does Satan have on your life?  Are you frozen in time?  Are you looking out that window seeking release?  All I can tell you do is close your eyes and take the hand of God.  Trust that He has a good and perfect plan for your life.  Begin one step at a time to become unthawed.  Surrender whatever it is to God and watch Him blink His eye and remove you from the situation.
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Burn Those Bridges!!!

Luke 11:33-36

“No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”
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Do you remember people in your life telling you, “Don’t burn that bridge?”.  Well, I am hear to say in my own opinion…Burn Them!  And here are the reasons why I feel it is the right thing to do in order to move ahead in your walk.  One:  It’s the past.  Two: It’s not worth walking back into.  Three:  Moving forward means forgiving and forgetting what is behind you.
There are so many things in this world which lead us to our own bridges.  Sometimes bad marriages lead us to bridges. Other times it’s a work related issue.  Maybe the bridge is simply becoming more like Christ.  Whatever our bridge is, once we choose to walk over it, we have to decide not to look back and I feel to keep our minds away from looking back, we just need to burn those bridges after we have crossed over.  Does that make sense to anyone else?
Often times our bridges from disaster to perfect peace are long, tedious walks.  Sometimes there is so much pain in taking the next step that for just a moment our flesh just wants to go back to the familiar, less painful edition of our life.  I remember the EXACT moment when I started out on my bridge away from my ex-husband.  I had 22 years of destruction behind me, that mind you, I was quite comfortable in for whatever reasons.  When God told me to get an order of protection instead of picking my husband up from the physc-ward, I wanted to stomp my feet back to the beginning of that bridge because my natural mind could not understand how I could live without him.
Do you see my confusion between flesh and spirit?  I knew in my heart of hearts that I had no desire to return to the mess I was in before God gave me a way out, yet my flesh did not know how to live any other way than how it had been.  My spirit on the other hand, knew there was freedom on the other side of that bridge and it wanted nothing to do with what my flesh desired.  It knew there was something better just ahead.  So, I did what I knew best and forgave.  Yes, forgave my ex-husband first and then I forgave myself.  As I began to feel the release, the beginning of the bridge just disappeared and I no longer wanted to go back to my comfort zone.  I was ready for my new edition of life.
So to me, burning those bridges brings freedom.  It allows our flesh to die and our spirits to thrive.  Forgiveness is the match that starts the flame.  Freedom comes from forgiving not only others by ourselves.  Once we lose the temptation to look back, our steps become easier and the desire to be renewed is so strong.  A passion begins to burn in our spirit for God that nothing will put out, not even our past.  So, go ahead!  Burn those Bridges!  Move forward in the things of God one bridge at a time.

Release Yourself

Romans 7:6

But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.
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Ever just feel stuck where you are at? Sorta frozen in place unable to go up or down?  Perhaps not wanting to face the future or revisit the past and undecided of which way you should go?  What gets us so bound up that we lie in waiting for something to just happen? We know there are seasons in our lives so, maybe we just write off our stagnancy for a quiet, uneventful season of our existence.  I have been in this place quite a few times and just now as I was flipping through some old journals I noticed something startling about myself, I was stuck at one point.
Going back to that blog from the other day “Is is Safe to Open My Eyes?”, I was closing my eyes and hoping everything would go away.  I found my journal from April of 2009, the one I take to church and take notes on or record my soaking times, and I realized I had revelation and things from God right up to the point of April 13th.  What I saw as I flipped through the pages was that after my ex-husbands suicide attempt, I wrote nothing about what God was speaking to me, there were just “notes” random, ordinary notes.  What was holding me back from God at that point?  What was keeping me from moving ahead or receiving words of knowledge?
I guess maybe that while my eyes were shut I was mad at God for some reason.  I did not understand why He separated me from my husband.  I could not see what laid ahead for me.  I felt lost and alone even though the life I had led for 20 years was just one disaster after another.  I was just scared and I had not released myself from the pain of my past.  It wasn’t until a revival started at a nearby church that my eyes became open.  It was in that revival that God started speaking to me again and I began listening.  He gave me the release I needed and then the more I surrendered to Him, the more He released me from my past.
If I look back on journals past the revival time, I can clearly see that my eyes were open and I was released.  I had finally reached a level in my relationship with God that I could trust Him with everything me.  I could pray and find release from some very painful memories.  I was finally able to trust again, not only in God but also myself.  I had released my heart into the hands of God so that He could begin a work in me that continues to this day.  By releasing the pain I opened up areas in my heart for restoration.
Are you ready to release yourself?  What is preventing you from stepping forward?  Do you need to set your heart into the hands of God so that He can begin the restoration process in you?  Search your heart today and see if you are ready for a change.