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From Water to Fearless

[ A David Psalm ] Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.
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So last year I did this One Word for the year challenge and my word was WATER.  (Funny word to me since I fear the water.)  The idea behind the One Word is to find time to meditate alone with God and allow Him to give you one word He can use to speak to you throughout the year.  As my year went on I discovered lots of new things about water and got excited when I saw water in places I never saw before.  I began to understand the power of water and even have changed the title of book number three to include water.  I feel like I am finally in the place where walking on water is part of my future, yet I still fear the water so to speak.
Why do I fear water so much?  Two major reasons: one I was thrown off a boat at a young age in hopes that I would learn how to swim and second my son almost drown in a pool accident when he was six.  I recently got over my fear of boats this summer and have gotten a little more relaxed with water but I think God wants me to go so much deeper this year and so He is connecting words for me.  This year my word is FEARLESS.  With this I think comes some new boldness in my ministry among other things. I am excited to see where He will take me with this fearless attitude this year and I look forward to the transition from water to walking fearlessly on the water.
I would encourage each of you to try the One Word challenge (just type it in your search bar and the site will come up on the internet or Facebook)  God desires to speak to us and sometimes I find it easier if I have a specific focal point so that I do not get distracted by too many venues.  God speaks to everyone in different ways and sometimes with a certain word to follow it makes the messages a little more clear.
Let me know if you have a word for the year.  It’s a challenge worth taking.  God has a lot work to do on all of us as we choose to mature into the likeness of Jesus and the more direct we can make the connection the easier it will be for us to understand what God desires to do in our lives.
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The Pop Bottle Paper Towel Theory

2 Corinthians 13:5-9

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.
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Ever just been in a moment where you have exhausted every idea possible and you still don’t have a solution?  You have called 5 different friends asking for advice and followed through with some of their ideas.  You have Google searched for every answer possible and still nothing seems to be working on your issue?
Well just recently we have water leaking into our bedroom in the basement and EVERYTHING is getting soaked.  Just when we thought it was done, 2 am rude awakening when you step upon squishy carpet on your way to the bathroom.   GRRRRRR…you just want to scream, yet you know there is more to this story than just some flood running rapid in the basement!
Today I decided after we had the 15 foot snow pile removed from the side of the house and the water company had ruled it was not a burst or frozen pipe issue that I was going to find an answer to this.  After MANY loads of spinning out towels and drying them only to place them right back on the floor to soak up the water, I sought some answers.
Someone suggested a  pump but because it is not actual standing water but rather just a slow seepage of water, this would not work.  Someone suggested some plastic and duct tape…seemed doable…not so much.  See the problem is you can’t just put  a bucket under the hole in the wall where the water line comes in because it is just dripping down the wall.  So what does a girl with faith do?   She prays.
Lord, I thank you for the towels and the washer.  I thank you for the dryer and the clean basement floor.  I thank you that this is more than a physical thing but also a spiritual awakening.  I thank you for the flood of blessings that I cannot contain.  I thank you for the patience to ring out towel after towel.  Now, I ask the Holy Spirit to ignite my imagination with a solution to catch the running water.  Lord, you promised no more floods and I also know that you will replace 100 fold what the enemy destroys.  In faith I wait on you Lord.  AMEN
Within minutes I saw an image of a baggie and some duct tape along with a paper towel.  Hmmmmm..seemed strange but worth a shot.  I gathered my supplies and applied this apparatus to the wall…no luck.  I thought for a moment thinking I must have gotten the image wrong so I prayed again..waiting on the Holy Spirit…OH!  a plastic pop bottle.  I went upstairs and retrieved a 20 oz bottle and began to cut it to fit around the pipe.  Did not work.  Added the paper towel and to my amazement the water flowed right into the plastic pan I had to catch the water.
Now, water still is going on the floor but much less than before, 90% of the water is going into the pan.  Praise God!   I knew where there is a will there would be a way and it was because I waited on God.  Everyday we have to have this same faith.  We have to believe that God has a plan for every situation.  Yes, EVERY situation.  I may be battling this mess for awhile but God has made it easier to manage. What in your life would be easier to manage if you allowed God to fix the problem?

Fire or Water?

Deuteronomy 5:2-5

God, our God, made a covenant with us at Horeb. God didn’t just make this covenant with our parents; he made it also with us, with all of us who are alive right now. God spoke to you personally out of the fire on the mountain. At the time I stood between God and you, to tell you what God said. You were afraid, remember, of the fire and wouldn’t climb the mountain.

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I love fire and I love to look at water….swim..not interested.  I have been contemplating what I want to do differently this year and I cannot decide if I want to walk through the fire or walk on the water.  Each are of equal interest and will provide excellent strengthening for the tasks ahead yet I am at my wits ends deciding which route to take.
Walking through fire means I have to be willing to change..ugh..change means I have to choose  a different way of thinking.  Fire means consuming that which is not of God in my life and allowing God to renew my thinking and behaviors.  I will really begin to learn the difference between respond and react.  Take for instance the fact that 90% of my job is dealing with people whether they be co-workers or customers.  How I treat them matters both in front of them and behind the scenes.  It’s tough to accept everyone for who they are, yet as Christians this is what we are called to do.  For instance, there are things in your life which you have changed and you just wish others would do the same in their own lives…but that’s not up to us.   We need to learn how to love people right where they are in their circumstances and live a life of example.  Tough with some people I know.  There are times when I just wish I could shake some people until they change.
If I choose the fire then I have to make sure that I am committed 1,000% to it.  I can’t stick my finger in and say “Ouch!” and go on to the next easier thing.  I have to be willing emotionally and mentally for a change.  I need to be prepared for a challenge because we all know the flesh does not like change, it like comfort and boxed in living.
If on the other hand I choose to walk on water, I will begin a deeper journey of faith and trust.  It is by our faith that things are revealed to us.  It is our trust in an unseen God which strengthens our very spirit.  Though walking on water may appear to be a easier choice than going through fire, it too has it’s obstacles.  Having faith means tithing that 10% EVERY paycheck and WHEN you get a raise you give the increase.  Faith means trusting  God with all of our finances and when He says give a certain amount we have to be willing to do so, knowing He will provide.  Walking out on the water means no going back and now sinking thinking.
So if you were presented with this dilemma,  which would you choose?  Fire will change you from the innermost part of your soul.  Walking on water will build your faith like you have never seen before.  As for me, well I am still seeking the choice I want to make. I know I have things in my life which need to be burned out and replaced with Godly principles and I also know there needs to be an increase of faith as I journey down this road.  Perhaps I could flip a coin to decide or draw straws. I know the real answer is to seek God in prayer while surrendering my life to His purpose and will for my me.  Who knows?  Maybe it’s just time to rest IN Him right now in preparation for the fire or water.

Before the Dark

Amos 5:8

It is the Lord who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!
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We all know the sun sets every night all over the world and we also know there will be a sunrise in the morning, but has anyone paused long enough to think about this:  it is always dark and it is always light at the same time.  SO, why do I bring this to a point? Because in life there is always light and dark.  There is always good present with evil.  Also just like the sunset and sunrise you can never stop it from happening on your own power.  Only God can end the rising and setting of the sun and it is only God’s power that can make evil flee.
Often times as Christians, we try to take on the whole world to get rid of the darkness.  Even if every Christian on earth witnessed to just one person and they turned from their sin towards God, there would still be a lot of evil lurking around.  Now of course if those people who were just saved did the same thing and this repeated itself non-stop over and over again then yes eventually we would have more good than evil in this world.  Wait? Why can’t that happen?
As Christians we are saved by the grace of Christ dying on the cross, but why do so many Christians stop at the cross?  Shouldn’t we be going beyond salvation and seeking to save the lost?  God asked us to preach the gospel and show His love to everyone….what is preventing us from doing this?  Is it our insecurity?  Our lack of wisdom?  Our satisfaction with just being saved?  There are so many questions left unanswered in this that it makes my head spin.
I know that I do not do my part sometimes to spread the gospel and I think it’s because of my fear of being rejected, however, it is not me they are rejecting when they say no to Jesus, it’s God.  Knowing this I should be out there sharing my testimony with everyone I meet and inviting them to church.  I really don’t know what else holds me back except for maybe I just expect people to not be interested.
As I have been seeking God these past few years I know beyond the shadow of a doubt He will be by my side everyday.  I want to step out on the water and begin to reach more people for His Kingdom.  Will anyone join me out on the water?

Run or Walk?

Romans 8:38

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
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What is fear? Is it real or just imaginary?  How come some of us fear one thing and others are fearful of different things?  I guess since we were all raised in different homes we learned to fear separate things.  For me, water is a fear.  I get to about chest high and a panic state arises in my spirit and I begin to really feel the fear.  I know in my heart that God did not give me a spirit of fear, so why I am I still afraid of the water?
Fear keeps us from doing so many things.  It surely is an enemies tool against our lives.  Some of us even fear spiders which are millions times smaller than we are, how is that even possible?  What about those who are afraid to leave their homes, they are bound to a fear which mobilizes them.  There is a fear for pretty much everything on earth and we either need to choose to live without fear or just avoid the snares all together.
Tonight as I was hanging out in the pool, I tried once again to deal with my fear. I know where my fear started, it was when I was about eight years old and was thrown off a boat in hopes that I would learn how to swim.  Then to add to this fear and keep me there, my son had a near drowning experience when he was six.  This summer I walked farther into Lake Michigan than I had ever done, but somehow, the fear is still lingering.  All I can do is surrender it once again to God for I know He has a plan to remove the fear.
What are you afraid of?  Do you run from your fears or do you walk in quiet confidence knowing God did not give you a spirit of fear?  I think this is a subject which hits all of us.  I can’t say that I have ever met anyone who has no fears, it just proves that Satan is hard at work trying to keep us from doing the things God has set out for us.  We at some point will need to come to terms with our fear and face it instead of running from it.  We will need to stare it right in the face and speak truth to it, the truth that if we are with Chirst, we have no fear.
I myself want to get over this fear of water.  I will keep pressing in each time to be able to conquer it.  I no longer want to run, I want to take this fear of water by the hand and walk out what God has promised me….A Spirit without fear!  Are you ready to face a fear or two?

Easy Breezy

Psalm 23:3

He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
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Gently the breeze blows over me and I can feel the old just being gently taken away.  I can close my eyes and breathe knowing God is removing all the old stuff and replacing it with new things so that I can be fully focused on what God has set out for me.  Knowing I am grounded in the things of God and that He pours refreshing waters over me daily, I can grow more confident that God is in control.  Knowing that He has healed all the inner pain makes facing the next moments in life a little easier.  As I allow God to remove the old stuff from the past I am free to be who I was designed to be…whole and loved!
 This is what I wanted my husband to see from the portrait I painted for him on our last date night.  As I saw what God wanted me to paint for him I was filled with such joy.  I could see the water gently falling and the roots going deeper.  I could feel the changing breeze taking the old things far away.  I also could see that God was showing me to paint the roots on the dead side of the flower in red to represent the blood of Jesus.
As I pondered on why the red for the roots, God showed me that even though the past is gone and He removed the pain and guilt from it, it still needed to be covered by the blood of Jesus.  As He washes over us He not only cleanses but He brings healing to the inner soul.  Sometimes others don’t see all the changes which come when God does a work in someone, however the person going through the renewal process knows exactly what God is healing on the inside.
God can do this for everyone who is willing to receive His love and correction.  Some say we just need to be uprooted and restarted, however God showed us clearly that He can heal you right where you are.  He can mend the broken roots and bring life back to what someone once thoughtw as dead.  When we open ourselves up in surrender to the possibilities of what God can change in us and come to the understanding that we can just breathe and let Him do all the work.  We can’t change ourselves, we can only chose to be changed.
Are you ready for change? Do you know that all you really have to do is chose to be changed?  All you need is a heart willing to let go and mind that is willing to be changed and renewed, God will take care of the rest.