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Receiving, Accepting and Shipping

Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.

How often does God try to enlighten you with wisdom or healing or just a gentle touch to let you know that He is there?  How many times do we not accept His Love because we are broken and feel as though we are unworthy of acceptance even in the presence of our Creator?  Why does it seem to be such a difficult thing to stand in surrender, to cry out to God or place our hope in God as our provider in all circumstances?  What is it that stops us dead in our tracks making it so hard to move forward?  Past woundedness.  Bad choices.  Lack of faith.  No hope left to have. So many things that are not of God which we allow to hinder our walk.  This is exactly where Satan wants us to reside so that we become more lost and farther away from God than ever before.  Well, in this moment let us choose to say, “Satan! Get behind us!”

I have been through many years of loss. Years of my life have been spent in denial.  I was good at hiding the brokenness and pretending like I had everything under control.  I hid myself from God and I knew the moment I had it all figured out I would allow God back into my life.  Tormented by wrong decisions for my life and unbelief, I was not able to receive or accept God’s love which hindered me from setting my ship sailing on the calm waters with Jesus.  Oh how I longed to be in His presence having surrendered it all and resting in peace, yet I could not get past the guilt and shame of my past.  I felt unworthy of any kind of love, especially God’s.

Having been blinded to love for so many years, I find it hard in this moment of time to receive.  I also find it difficult to accept love of any kind.  Amidst my brokenness I found self-blame.  I assumed the responsibility of my wrong actions and I placed a wall up that only God knew was there and He was waiting for me to just let my guard down so that He could love me back together.  He had to wait until I was ready to give up.  He had to wait until I was shattered enough to want to give up.  As I stood in one final surrender just recently, God has allowed my spirit to be filled with a right love, a love like nothing I have ever experienced before.  What did it take for me to overcome?  Surrender.  Grace. Pure love.

If we can only learn to give it up the minute it happens, brokenness can no longer hold us down.  If we would just choose to give it up instead of taking it in, God can work some awesome things into our spirits, allowing us to flow IN Him and be about the Father’s business: sharing the love of His Son.  Oh to reside in this place for the rest of my days, surrendering daily my brokenness so that God can love me back together which will enable me to receive and accept His love, thus giving me the opportunity to ship His love to those who are broken and lost in this world.

Choose in this moment to surrender.  Choose in this moment to give it all up.  Choose in this moment to let God mess up your life!  I did and now I am sailing clear waters.

 

 

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Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf and Why?

Psalm 27 NLT

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?

I could find lots of passages in the Bible about how not to be in fear, for God is in control the enemy has  been defeated, so why are we so fearful?  We fear from lack of money.  We fear our children will come to harm.  We are afraid of the dark.  We are terrified of thunder storms.  We run for fear of spiders and small creatures.  We fear failure.  We fear rejection.  We fear just about everything you can imagine and then we give those fears names and identities.  Why?

Now I surely have fears, yet I know I have nothing to fear with God right beside me.  I will admit that my greatest fear is deep water.  I can swim to save my life I think, but once I cannot feel the bottom or the water is nearing my chest I get into a panic.  So imagine that fear and put yourself in the shoes of all those other fears I listed above…do any of those fit you?  Are there ones out there which I have not mentioned?  Do you know there are persons out there who fear leaving their homes?  Those who are afraid to drive a car?  What is it that Satan holds over our heads to make us so fearful?

God sent His only Son to die on the cross for our salvation and the process He won the battle and defeated Satan, how is it he still has a hold on so many things in our lives?  Because he knows God has great things planned for each of our lives and he wants to butt in wherever he can and mess things up.  Ugh!  Just makes me sick to think he has so much control in this world.  I wish I could get over this fear I have and as I get older I am getting bolder, however I have conquered my fear of spiders, but only because EVERYONE else in my household would run and hide screaming all the way, “MOM!!!  KILL IT!!  KILL IT!”  Only to run into assess the situation to find a spider I needed a magnifying glass to find so I could smoosh it with my shoe.

How can we begin to conquer the fear factors in our lives?  Simple, surrender.  Surrender everything you have a fear about and see what God can do with it!  He is awesome in power and can help us defeat every fear.  He does not desire us to be bound by such devilish things and so we must learn to just give up fear.  Hmmm… Give Up Fear, that’s sounds so simple, guess what for some it will be, yet others will need to seek counsel for release because Satan has them so deceived by fear.  I pray as you now have this tidbit of info, that you begin to surrender things, perhaps one at a time and allow God to heal that which torments you.  I bet most fears come from something internal such as my fear of water comes from when I was young and was thrown off of a boat in hopes that I would just “learn how to swim”, instead I have gained a great fear for water.  Then Satan strengthed that fear by allowing my son to nearly drown in a swimming pool when he was 6 years old.

Perhaps you can start by just repeating this simple line:  Fear has no hold on me for I am completely covered by the blood of Jesus.

Share what fears you have conquered, maybe you are the key which unlocks healing for someone else!

Dragging Them to Drink

Isaiah 12:3
With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!

My last blog I discussed about basking in the sun and those Christians who are looking for a water source and eventually end up finding Jesus.  Now I want to speak about those who we try to “drag” to the water.  Like our poor puppy in this picture for instance.  We had taken her on a very long walk for her age at the time.  She was exhausted and ready to just rest.  We knew she needed water and just feet in front of her was a river she could quench her thirst with, yet she refused.  We had to literally almost drag her to the source of water so she could get relief even though she fought us the entire way…sound like some people we know that need Jesus or revival?  Once we got her to the water she was able to understand why we were so insistent on her moving and it can be this way with people too.

So many times I would try to talk people “into” Jesus only to be disappointed they did not seem interested.  Take my dad for instance, he told me once that he would deal with this Jesus on his own and in the way he wanted to.  My dad thinks that since he fought in the Koren war, he did not deserve Jesus.  And even though he never killed anyone, he still takes on the guilt of the situation.  I tried over and over to help him see it in the light of God’s perspective, yet no change, not even a budge.  Now I just let him deal with things his own way while I pray that some day he will just decide to choose Jesus.  I pray God sends someone into his life just in time.

Do you have some people in your life that you feel just need Jesus?  Do you badger them and beg them to come to church?  I used to but not anymore.  It is not my place to be the judge.  I invite.  I let people know when revival meetings are and then I pray.  The other thing I do is to live by example.  Jesus said our lives will be a testimony of God’s grace and that’s how we should live.  When others begin to see the God in us, they will begin to hunger for that same peace.  Soon they will be asking questions and prodding you for answers as to why your are getting so blessed.  It’s so much better than dragging them even though we feel they need it.

In conclusion, we need to live by example more often.  We can invite people to church but let’s not keep pushing.  I have several persons I just know God will lay it upon their hearts soon to come to Him to quench their thirst.  We are to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, not the pushy, preaching, persistent Christians.  When we step back a bit and just let God be seen in us, that’s when God can do His best work.

Basking in the Sun!

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 NLT

It certainly has been awhile since I but a blog upon this website!  I have been healing and preparing for my daughters’ graduation.  I have been trying to adjust to my new smile and the pain which came with it.  Now I am not 100% yet but feeling much better than even a week ago.  The picture I have for the heading was a ceramic piece my daughter created and from the moment I saw it I smile each time I see it.  It brought to mind how we sometimes just don’t appreciate the little things in life: basking in the sun, raindrops on the window sill, a butterfly and its’ fluttering and even a ripple on a crystal clear lake.

We as people in general, take so many things for granted that we fail to see the beauty in things anymore.  As our revival preacher, Steve Smith, says in great delight about Heaven, that when someone stops along the golden road even to marvel at a flower, all of heaven begins to rejoice and praise God.  Should we not be like this now if we are asking for God’s Kingdom to come upon earth?  Why do we not take time to appreciate the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea along with the array of color He has spread everywhere?  How did we get so lost in the world we have failed to see the world for it’s actual beauty?

Can you image what the Garden of Eden must have looked like?  I bet every time Adam or Eve saw something new they just marveled at it and praised God.  I would encourage all of us to appreciate the littler things in life.  Look for the hidden flower.  Search out the rare bird or the crazy insect.  Stop then and praise God for His creativity.  Stop and share it with someone else.  Take a picture and send it to a friend who needs to be reminded of God’s love.  Let’s begin to share in the beauty which we find and share Jesus along the way.

To tie in with the “turtle theme” for this blog I will tell you a story about Speedy.  This memorial day, as I was at work, a customer told us there was a snapping turtle on our front lawn.  Seeing we were not busy I went out to investigate, as I did not want him to wander into the busy traffic on the road.  As I approached him I found him basking in the sun just soaking up his surroundings.  I wondered how he may have gotten so lost since there was not real body of water near our restaurant.  As pondered this for a moment, trying to decide what I should do with him I heard this voice say, he is looking for a water source.

It made me stop an think about us as Christians, we too are looking for a water source and to me the only thing I could do was to point this turtle towards water just like we should be doing to fellow Christians and the unsaved.  There should be no hesitation, we should just know to point them toward the water source!  So I had the turtle released in the small drainage pipe behind our dumpsters where some pondish like water is in hopes he would find a better place to be than the road.  I wish there was more I could have done at that point but we got busy, which will bring me to the next blog, what we should do after leading someone to the water…..

Living in the River

John 4:10
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

Definition of LIVING

1a : having life b : active, functioning
2a : exhibiting the life or motion of nature
3a : full of life or vigor b : true to life : vivid c : suited for living <the living area>
4: involving living persons

Definition of WATER

1a : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent
Living water?  Some are confused by this very thing.  We know our scientific answers to both living and water, however if we take a closer look and begin to believe God desires to shower us with Living Water, maybe some of the stresses of life will begin to dissipate.  God wants us to be vibrant, carefree Christians.  He enjoys seeing us happy and content with the things He has provided for us.  If only more of us would drink in that Living Water we could move to the next level of things God has for us.  Let’s take a look at the word living and make it about God.
The first part of the definition says it has life and it is active.  Well, God created life and is very active in our lives.   Then it says exhibiting life and nature, isn’t God evident no matter where you go?  He is in everything for He is the creator of it all.  The last few parts of the definition all sort of fit together for His purposes as well.  God is full of life and as we begin to dwell in Him, we as living persons can begin to feel His presence and start to speak about it to others.  Living is something we do, yet it is also something spiritual.  We can choose to live this life as the world dictates for us or we can begin to live spiritually and grow in the things of God, surpassing the expectations of this world.
Now let’s look at water.  The definition is clearly scientific but do we not call for the RAIN to fall from heaven and wash over us?  Do we not preach about being caught up in the river?  When God rains down upon us we are drenched in His goodness and as we gather together in His love, we can feel our souls begin to just float down the stream of Heaven into that River of Love God has prepared us for.
Living Waters is where I want to dwell. I no longer want to be bogged down in the sandpits of this world.  I want to just float in His love from now until Jesus returns to take us home.  Trusting in God to take of our needs is where it all begins.  If we continue to try to do God’s work, we will be standing on the shore building sand castles only to have them destroyed by the rushing water.  Would it not be a great existence if we just trusted God to take us where we need to go?  God is calling you to rest in His Living Waters, are you ready to let go and let Him carry you down the river in His love?