Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Run and not be Weary

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31

A friend emailed me this verse the other day and reminded me of the renewal that happens in a "wait".  I have always loved this verse, even when I was a little girl.  It's such a beautiful picture and has some amazing deeper truths inside of it when we study the eagle and the flight pattern of the eagle rising above.  But what touched me the other day about this verse was the latter part, "they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint".   Can you imagine running and not being weary. Walking and not being faint.   Wow!  Think on that promise for a bit.  

Another translation reads: "But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired."

How many of us are constantly on the run?  Maybe we are raising a family and get up early to pack lunches and whisk the kids out the door, stock Gatorade in our cooler for the after school soccer game, have half hour between the game and youth group to feed our babes so McDonald's drive-through becomes a routine. We drop off at youth group, pick up before bed, baths and then fall into bed (everyone) exhausted, only to start that all over again the next day, and if you have toddlers in the mix the diaper bag, baby food and naps snuggles are all inter-twined.  You would look at a verse like Isaiah 40 and think "I dream of running and not being weary".  But yet this is a promise (yes and amen) inside of Jesus. This promise is attached to the condition of . . . . "they who WAIT ON THE LORD".  Everyone has their own schedule in a day, some may look very different and not even be able to relate to the above example, but we all know the feeling of weariness. 

I would suggest that in order to run and walk in a place of renewed strength and vigor we must guard our time where we "wait on the Lord". This may mean to set aside time for just you and Him (I call my time like that a quiet time) or it may mean that you are in a period of waiting.  Waiting for promises fulfilled, waiting for breakthrough.  Either way God has amazing promises for those who wait!   I find that when I set aside intentional time of being with the Lord, my entire being is renewed and often I accomplish more than I ever could have, had I not taken that time to "wait".  This morning, I had good intentions of being up early to give Jesus all my attention.  I smacked the alarm clock when it went off at 5:00 am a few times and wished the next 5-10 minutes would be like 5 hours more of sleep.  Ha!  God gets it!   He was tempted like us, but He invites us into a life that is full of renewed vigor, strength and free from weariness when we wait on Him.

And just one more closing verse that I absolutely love pertaining to waiting on the Lord.  Being in that place of waiting, trusting, abiding, yielding . . .
"Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him." 
 ~ Isaiah 64:4

To sum up these two scriptures when we wait on the Lord:
1.  The Lord renews our strength
2.  Fly/soar above like an eagle
3. Run and not get weary
4. Walk and not grow faint
5. No one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen the action of God on our behalf
These are incredible promises attached to "the wait".  


Video:  Kristene DiMarco "He's in the Waiting"
https://youtu.be/r49V9QcYheQ

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Brighter Than the Sunrise!

"For the Lord God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory.  The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."  
~ Psalm 84:11

I was pondering the power of this verse today.  "The Lord is our sun and shield."  The Passion Translation says, "For the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise!  Wrapping Himself around me like a shield."  Some mornings, when I am sitting in my chair having my quiet time, the sun will rise and come streaming through a small eastern window on the side of our house and the brilliance will be so strong that I have to go and shut the door so I can see.    In this verse, I think of God being a sun in brilliance like that of a sunrise and how no darkness can exist inside of that brilliance.  He shines His glorious light into the circumstances around us and darkness can no longer co-exist there.  He wraps himself around us and is our shield. What a safe thought to know that God is available to us like a shield around us, Psalm 3:3 says that, "You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory and the One who lifts my head high."  A shield is such a strong picture.  I love praying this over myself and  friends/family who are going through trials that need a protective force around them.  I mix this with Zechariah 2:5 a shield and the fire of God around them.  Yowsers!  Whoot Whooo!  :-)

The verse goes on to say, "He gives us grace and glory".  Simply stated, He gives us His divine enablement along with all the fullness of Himself made manifest The combo of grace mixed with glory is like the brightness of the sunrise, blasting in brilliance, radiating Jesus, obliterating darkness.  How incredible we are if we receive this power packed combo of Grace and Glory and release it in our lives!   And then tacked onto the end of this scripture is the promise, "The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."

This is a great verse to claim when everything is going good.  But when disaster is looming and trouble surrounds us (our nation) , this verse becomes an anchor for our faith.  We attach our faith to these promises that God is good and will not withhold from us as we walk before Him in righteousness.

Just some thoughts to ponder today . . .

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Women In Ministry Network

http://www.woflglobal.com/find-out-more/
For those of you who are women in some form of Christian ministry (including the home front and raising kids full time), I invite you to check out Patricia King's Women In Ministry Network.  It's a great network of women from all walks of life and different places around the globe who are in ministry.

I facilitate a small group within this network of women and they are all such incredible gems!  We meet a couple times year and share about our ministries, testimonies, ups and downs and pray for each-other.  This last time the gals met at my house there were a little less than half of us and I snapped this picture below.  It was a sweet time and we ended the time joined hands and singing, "Oh Come Let Us Adore Him".  We have a few highly gifted worship leaders in our group and so the sound was like heaven echoing through my great room . . . "For He Alone Is Worth!"

If you are interested in networking on-line with women across the globe who are on the Frontlines in ministry - come and join us!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Come To Me

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-29

The other week I woke up with these words running over and over in my head, “COME TO ME”!  I knew it was the Lord and there was such a sense of divine invitation for me to, come to Him.  Again this morning I woke up with the words, “Come to me” resounding in my heart.  I always think of the above scripture in Matthew where Jesus says, “come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest . . .” 

Rest inside of Jesus, does not mean (though it can) crawl into bed and take a nap or slow down and take a vacation.  Rest inside of Jesus is His ability and power working through you to accomplish what is in front of you.  It’s like when my husband John wants me to “rest” in the passenger seat and let him drive.  I cease from my striving to control (or freak out) the driving behavior of my mate and I rest in His ability to navigate the road.  Ha! Silly example but true.  To rest inside of Jesus, we come to Him, who is already inside of us (if we have given our life to Him) and surrender, yield to His peace, His truth, His right way (righteousness). 

I have not blogged much at all on current events, but there have been a lot of events in the U.S. and nations of the word that are heartbreaking and devastating.  Currently we have fires burning in California, and have friends of friends who lost everything.  In fact, they were awakened to find fire all around their area, grabbed the clothes on their backs, cell phones and drove through fire to get out of their home.  Only to return to their home of almost 50 years to find absolutely nothing left, like a war bomb had hit it.  I can promise you, these dear ones are “Coming to Jesus”.  I have a lot of friends this week, who are enduring hardships in life or making life decisions. I’m so touched when I connect with them as many of them are just hiding themselves away inside of Jesus in seeking Him, worship, and getting His word inside of them.   Jesus’ invitation to us all, is “Come to me . . .”

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.  They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
~ Luke 6:46-48

I love this song by Bethel Music entitled, “Come To Me” . . .

Video:  Come To Me
https://youtu.be/sY0Vz8fvIhE

Here are some scriptures from the New Testament where Jesus invites us to come to Him:      But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  ~ Luke 18:16

You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.  ~ John 5:39-40

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.  ~ John 6:44

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  ~ John 6:37

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  ~ John 6:35

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
~ John 7: 37-38

Today, may the Father draw us to Jesus and may we COME TO HIM our Bread of Life and not be hungry or thirsty. May we put into practice and obey the words He speaks to us.  May we pull our plate up to the buffet table of Jesus and eat and drink of His comfort, His peace, His thoughts, His joy, His guidance, His provision, His health, His hope, His perspective, His life . . . May we BELIEVE He is who He says He is. May we build a firm foundation on the rock of Christ that cannot be shaken through the violence of life storms.  May we come to Him and be sustained in His presence, nourished through His words and may rivers of living water (the abundance of His Spirit) flow from within us and into everything we are facing in life this day.  Sometimes all we can do is “Come” and trust Him to do the rest . . . 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October

Blogger Friends - It's OCTOBER!!  I always blog more in the month of October.  I sometimes go dormant and then will usually always pop up again with photos of my family, maybe a few sneak peaks at my friends and an occasional thought (Nita's Thoughts) in the month of October.  I always have loved to blog in October.  Not sure why . . . maybe kids are back to school and I have more quiet think time, maybe change in seasons brings change in focus, who knows! :-)  Ha!  So, I hope you are enjoying a few more photos, some peaks into my life and feel free to sign up for feed-burner so you can share your thoughts and comments with me via email. 
This is my prayer for you today . . .

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  ~ Romans 15:13


Youth Game Night

We had a Youth Group Game Night at our house this past week and discovered that our friend, Jamie, is quite the GAME MASTER!  Jamie and his co-assistant bride Jasa, led the kids in super fun games, lots of challenges, laughter food and fun.  The moon was bright and clear shining over the kids and saguaro (wish I could have captured it on film) as the kids played on our garage driveway.  He ended the evening with them passing paper plates with their names on it to each other to write a one-liner word of encouragement or edification.  Such a good night of fun fellowship!  What a beautiful group of kids we have!





 

  

The Game Master's Assistant Jasa :-)  AKA - Real Estate Empire Builder Teammate 

As you can see from this pic - John and I just chilled and the Game Master ruled!  :-)



Full Moon Over Group

Monday, October 9, 2017

An Open Door That No One Can Shut

See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. ~ Revelation 7:8

I was praying this morning for a friend and asking God to open the doors in her life that He wants open . . . I love this prayer because I have seen God so faithfully answer it time and time again.  He has given me and loved ones so many open doors in my life that I know are from Him.  But this morning as I was praying and looking at the scripture from Revelation, I felt a different interpretation spring to mind that is equally as beautiful.  Jesus says in John 10:9, "I AM THE
DOOR.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved."  This is clearly defining Jesus as THE DOOR, the one and only way to salvation and relationship with God.  But interestingly He calls Himself THE DOOR.  Therefore, I love looking at Revelation 7 like this, "See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut . . . See, I have placed JESUS before you and He is never shut.  He has forever opened Himself and the heavens, in a path to the Father and a path to fullness of life.  He is the door to our future.  He is the door to our destiny.  He is the door of rescue, love, honor, resource, favor, comfort, blessing, hope, safety, abundance, peace, life, health, unity, prosperity, deliverance, etc.  I could go on and on and on.

There are some other great scriptures on doors that I could elaborate on, but for the sake of time, I'm just thinking this morning about the prayer, "Jesus, please open doors that no man can close for my friends . . . Jesus, thank you that you have opened yourself to us and inside of you is everything we need for life (2 Peter 1:3)."  The door is open to us in Jesus today.


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  ~ Matthew 7:7 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Real Estate!!

Well, one of those things on my bucket list is finally taking place.  I am going to school for my Real Estate License.  I have always wanted to sell real estate but am not a big detail person.  When I was fresh out of high school I worked in a real estate office and realized that the paperwork involved would bog me down and would not be a good fit for me.  In years past, I have been involved in working with people designing and buying homes more from a construction/design standpoint.  I have always loved real estate.  In fact I would say that I'm a bit of a real estate nerd.  When we go on vacation, I always want to know what the real estate market and the price of homes in the area we are visiting. I can usually walk into a home or room and see it fixed up or the potential.   

Recently my friends started asking me some questions about dreams and I shared my vision for a "real estate dream team" comprised of people who did
different aspects of real estate according to their talents and gift mix.  When my friend, Jasa heard that the only reason I do not do real estate is due to the details and paperwork but that I would love to show houses, she said, "I'll do your paperwork!"  The next day she calls and says it again "I'll do your paperwork", and before I knew it she was enrolled in real estate school.  Of course, I could not pass up the opportunity to go through school together and so - Wa-lah!  The dream team has arrived on the scene!  Jasa girl and I are now enrolled in school for our real estate license.  I think I have about 60 hours of
We're Doing it! :-0
home work this week
 (ahhhh! Not including about 200 or more pages of homework I am behind in for my mentoring class) and life has had to stop still for me to give this all my attention.  I'm not sure how I am going to juggle this and some other projects I have on my plate, but I am thrilled and excited and know that God is up to something and I feel like it's big (wild, great and full of Him).  I keep getting numerous confirmations from those who know me and others that this is RIGHT for me!  My kids have been gently easing back into me not being home as much, as I have been working on our non-profit over the months and other projects, but this is a little stretch for them, to wake up in the morning and I am gone and I do not get home till after dinner. I always planed to go back to school or work once my kids were older, so I guess I am right on schedule.  ha!   I'm sure things will become more of a rhythm after I get my license and we strategize regarding the future, but for now we are in a bit of transition.  Fun Times! :-)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Always In Your Thoughts . . .

"Lord, in my place of weakness and need, won't you turn your heart toward me and hurry to help me?  For you are my Savior and I'm always in your thoughts." 
~ Psalm 70:5 (P.T.)

I read this passage this morning and loved the line, "I'm always in your thoughts".  How many of us, when we are in that place of weakness and need, want someone to come along side of us, give us attention, comfort us and fill the need?  Some of us who are more extroverted, want that more than others. :-) ha!  But seriously, when I am in a place of weakness I love it when my husband or close friends, turn their hearts and thoughts towards me and help strengthen me.  But honestly, the One who does it best, knows me best and goes to the root of why I'm in need in the first place, is my Savior.  I love how this verse says it so beautifully, I am always in His thoughts.  That makes me feel super secure.  That right there is an anchor for my soul.


Monday, October 2, 2017

True Friends

Karla, Nita, Annie, Linda
"True Friendships are characterized by grace, truth, forgiveness, unselfishness, boundaries, care and love in gigantic and mutual proportions." ~ Luci Swindoll  

Karla & Nita
I love this quote, and find it to be so true of my closest friends.  This summer I celebrated my girlfriend, Karla's 50th birthday!  We have been friends since I moved to Brownsville, Oregon when we were thirteen years old.  All of the girls around the table in the photo above have been friends since jr. high or high school.

Some people only dream of life long friends, for me it's a treasured reality. Karla is one of them and
we had so much fun all getting together at the Oregon coast for a few days of celebration in honor of her 50th.  Linda and I were in the same graduating class in high school and used to sing in the choir.  We also had a small singing group of three that traveled around the local area.  We could kill the harmony and make churches resound.  Fun times!!!

Annie was every guys dream (ha! :-) and I could not go anywhere with her without everyone commenting on her gorgeous long hair and her spunky personality that engulfed those around her.  She is now one of the anchors of prayer and support in my life.


Karla, like the quote above, has been full of  grace and a devotion to God that is anchored, truthful moments, forgiveness, unselfishness, boundaries that keep our relationship healthy,  care for my family and gigantic love and generosity towards me and so many others.  I am so much richer due to her friendship.

Here are a small handful of pictures of my dear friends and the memories we made this birthday celebration . . .

Karla's Birthday Cake - we ate on it all weekend!


Shopping of course!

"True Friendships are characterized by grace, truth, forgiveness, unselfishness, boundaries, care and love in gigantic and mutual proportions." ~ Luci Swindoll


Oops - sorry for some picture repeat - looks like my last blog went out before I could remove some copy photos . . . so if you are subscribed to feedburnner you may see double. :-)   

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Honor God

I was asked to share a nugget this week at a women's gathering on Honor.  When I thought about what nugget I would share, I was overwhelmed with how many things I could say about honor.  The scriptures are full of verses regarding "honor".  But I always think it's fun to share from current personal life experience when possible and this is what God has been stirring in me regarding Honoring Him . . .

"Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him.  As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."  ~ Hosea 6:3

I believe a practical nugget or key if you will, to honor is THANKSGIVING.  When I thank God for what He does in my life, I am positioning myself in honor before Him.  I have been challenged lately to pause and turn my heart and mind towards God and thank Him in specific situations.  For example, if I am going into a life circumstance and I specifically ask Holy Spirit to help me, then I ask Father to provide something and I receive from Jesus what I need (grace) and the circumstance I encounter is successful.  I am working on trying to remember afterwards, to turn my heart to Holy Spirit and thank Him for standing beside me and helping me (give Him specifics), then I may turn in my heart and imagination towards Father and thank Him for the way He moved and answered and provided (specifically) and lastly I would thank Jesus for what He purchased on the cross so that I could walk in whatever I just received from Him.  It's an act of Hosea 6:3 acknowledging Him through thanksgiving and honor.  One definition of Honor is:  to give special recognition to.  When we turn our hearts towards the Godhead and acknowledge their working in our life, and their faithfulness in our lives,  It positions us in honor.  

Remember the story of the ten lepers in Luke 17.  Jesus heals them all but only one came back and thanked Him.  "When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back.  He praised God in a loud voice.  He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him."  ~ Luke 17:15  I can tell you that if I was Jesus, I would not have felt very honored by the other nine.  In fact, Jesus asks in verse 17 the one who returned where the others were.
My kids are pretty amazing when it comes to thankfulness.  They will often thank me for a meal I make or if I buy them a treat at the store, etc.  I love it when they thank me, it makes me feel honored. Destiny overflows with thankfulness and affection for the little things I do for her.  Simeon gushes when I buy him things and thanks me over and over.  Julie makes cards for me that describe her thankfulness.  I'm especially honored when they are with their friends and their minds are busy and bodies are active and they pause and turn to me and thank me for something I have just done.  What a picture of us and God.  Life can be crazy busy, and it's easy to forgot to thank God in the midst of it, but when we turn our hearts and minds towards Him and acknowledge Him through honor, Hosea says "He comes to us".  Wow, what a beautiful picture.  When I honor God by being thankful it produces a greater intimacy/closeness with Him.

Check out this verse . . . "Call to me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."  ~ Psalm 50:15  A perfect example of what I am describing.  We pray to God about a circumstance, He delivers us (does all the work) and we are invited to Honor Him.  It's like a cycle:  Prayer ~ God Acts ~ Honor 

This week can I challenge us to Honor Holy Spirit as he comes along side us and is our Paraclete our Helper. Honor Father God, as He moves on our behalf and we see things shift and change around us.  And Honor Jesus as His grace abounds and He gives to us above and beyond all we could ask or imagine in abundant life and soul health.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Summer . . .

As promised here are some of my favorite photos from summer.  I had hoped to have them posted before the first day of fall but that came and went so, here's to summer moments . . . Cheers!

Besties since grade school

Love these two - My foster girls!





Vacation Bible School Team

Hello Fresh Night






Happy Birthday Amber!

Mom's favorite thing to do

Antioch Youth Group

Lake Day


In-n-Out with Jer Bear

Happy 13th Johnny!



The view from Worship Nights on the roof top

GCU here we come!!


Happy Birthday Carie!


Transmission?  No Problem!! 

Casa Grande Ruins


Let's Hit The Road

Camping Road Trip





My Favorite kids


Sedona


Sedona Rock Slides





Monsoon hit us!




Sightseeing Day with J&S

Coffee + Camping = The Good Life


My Nephews Seth & Titus and their Families

Close friends since High School

My brother Tim and his family
Mom & Me

 Brother-in-law & Family

My new nephew!  ADORABLE! 

J & J's Last Morning in AZ