Friday, February 23, 2018

Is God Controlling Everything?

I've wanted to blog for some time on the theology that God controls everything.  Yes, God is Sovereign - He is supreme in power and authority but he does not control everything. If this were so, we would not have a free will and the ability to exercise it in our Christian walk.   I am frustrated when I hear Christians say, "well God is in control", as their loved ones lay dying of disease, "God is in control", as they are without finances and struggling to put food on the table.  My heart gets so sad and I want to defend God's character and re-direct them as they are hurting and believing it is God.  God is supreme authority.  God is all-powerful!  But, He is not the one devouring health, finances, dreams, etc. If this were so, we would be bi-polar Christians.  Up one day and then down the next.  We would be so confused as to who are Father is and His character.  Is He good or is he bad?  Does he loves me or is he bringing this into my life to grow me?  Oh my gosh, when I used to believe this, I was Bi-Polar in my faith, because the up and down ride with God was exhausting. Of course, we can grow in hardships as we yield to Him, of course God works things for good as we allow Him to transform us and our circumstances, but to say that He is controlling everything . . . please reconsider that theology.  Andrew Wommack is one of my favorite Bible Teachers and  I love how he so clearly states this thoughts on this theology, so I have copied a bit of his dialogue . . .

Jesus hasn’t saved, healed, delivered, or prospered a single person in the last 2,000 years. What God provided by grace 2,000 years ago now becomes a reality when mixed with faith. Faith appropriates what God has already provided. Faith doesn’t move God; He isn’t the one who is stuck. Faith doesn’t make God do anything. Grace and faith work together, and our part is to accept what God has already done. Grace must be balanced with faith.
Many Christians believe that God moves sovereignly as He wills, when He wills. That is because religion teaches that God controls everything and that nothing can happen without His permission. However, it’s not true—everything isn’t up to God. I have a teaching called The Believer’s Authority that explains this in more detail.
For instance, when my father died, I was told God needed him in heaven more than I needed him here. Even at twelve years old, I knew better than that. Why would God need my dad in heaven? God didn’t kill my dad. That is not what the Word of God teaches. The Scripture makes it very clear that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (Heb. 2:14 and 1 John 3:8). Satan is the one who goes about seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan is the one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
God is being misrepresented. If He was guilty of all the things we blame Him for, there isn’t a civilized nation on the face of this earth that wouldn’t convict Him of crimes against humanity. I think the idea that God either causes or allows evil so that we will somehow grow spiritually is the worst heresy in the body of Christ. It renders people passive and takes away their hope.
If you really believe that God controls everything, what’s the use of doing anything? After all, it’s all up to God, right? If you believe that God is trying to teach you something through sickness or poverty, why see a doctor or look for a good job? Why not suffer as much as you can and really learn the lesson? I mean, how dumb can you be and still breathe?
Brothers and sisters, that is terrible doctrine. The Bible says that in the last days, people will call evil good and good evil (Is. 5:20). Denominations today are teaching that when you get sick or experience financial problems, God is causing it so He can teach you something or humble you. That is an example of calling evil good.
God is not responsible for killing babies, for rape, violence, poverty, or sickness. Satan is the author of evil, and the Bible clearly states that we are to resist the Enemy (James 4:7). Resist means to actively fight against something. If we aren’t fighting against sickness, for example, then we are submitting to it. To casually say to Satan “Please leave us alone” is not resisting the devil. We need to get angry at the devil, and we won’t get angry if we believe that God is the one causing or allowing the problem.
God’s will doesn’t automatically come to pass. Jesus said that not everybody will be saved (Matt. 7:13), yet Scripture says it is the will of God that none should perish (2 Pet. 3:9). God has provided salvation, healing, financial provision, and everything else we need, but if we don’t respond in faith to what has been provided by grace, we won’t receive. (http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/living-in-the-balance-of-grace-and-faith/)
by Andrew Wommack 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Billy Graham


“With the passing of Billy Graham now shall be seen a great increase in the revival of HOLINESS in My people. An increase of the wave of repentance upon My people, a deep cleansing and purification to move forward with Me into this season of DOUBLE PORTION harvest and anointing with greater fruit of humility and character.” -Lana Vawser

Evangelist Billy Graham Has Died

Billy Graham was perhaps the most significant religious figure of the 20th century, and the organizations and the movement he helped spawn continue to shape the 21st.
During his life, Graham preached in person to more than 100 million people and to millions more via television, satellite, and film. Nearly 3 million have responded to his invitation to "accept Jesus into your heart" at the end of his sermons. He proclaimed the gospel to more persons than any other preacher in history.  - MARSHALL SHELLEY 

BILLY GRAHAM’S PASSING AND THE DOUBLE PORTION OF THE ELISHA ANOINTING NOW BEING RELEASED UPON THE EARTH!!!

by Lana Vawser Ministries
Billy Graham, what a man! What a hero of the faith! What an inspiration to so many, myself included. What a powerful legacy of a life lived yielded to Jesus, changed by the power of the Gospel, marked by the love of Jesus, who then went on to change change the world with Jesus. What a reception he would have received in heaven!! To quote Rick Joyner “He ran well and he finished well. He has finished his course.” Our prayers are with his family today.
 
I knew this day would come and I knew the significance in the earth that this day would hold. I knew this would be the day that I would release this prophetic word that two years ago, over the span of two months, the Lord took me into encounters and dreams regarding what would be heralded and released on the earth beginning with the passing of Billy Graham.
 
Today is the day, I am to release this prophetic word. I won’t be sharing all the details of the dreams and encounters in this word, but feel strongly I am to release the decrees that were released to me in the first dream.
 
Two years ago, I had a dream and the Lord told me that the time was coming soon where Billy Graham would be called home. In this particular dream, I was invited into Billy Graham’s house and the atmosphere was full of purity, humility, integrity, character and strength. The atmosphere of his home testified to the incredible impact of his ministry and an example of what can take place in the world through a yielded life to Jesus. There was also another testimony that was almost booming in the atmosphere. There was a loud testimony of a man who lived with such character, such solidarity, such devotion to Jesus and no compromise, not moving from truth and living a life of humility, integrity and purity of heart. I remember standing in his house in this dream and being overcome by the purity and integrity Billy carried.
 
At the end of this dream, a prophetic decree was made. This was the decree:
 
“When Billy Graham dies a DOUBLE PORTION of the Elisha anointing will be released upon the earth!!!”
 
Now it came about when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” - 2 Kings 2:9
 
As we see from Scripture Elisha’s ministry was filled with signs and miracles, prophetic warnings, prophetic decrees and proclamations. This decree was made TWICE in my dream - two representing “witness”and “testimony”.
 
As this decree was made the atmosphere was electric. That is the only way I can describe it. It was electric with the power of the Holy Spirit decreeing the end of an era, and the beginning of a NEW ERA, the ERA of the GREATEST HARVEST AND MOVE OF THE SPIRIT upon the earth that we had EVER seen.
 
This decree heralded a time coming to the earth of great increase of signs, wonders and miracles unlike anything we have ever seen that would accompany the pure proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A great awakening and returning to the beauty, power and simplicity of the Gospel to usher in an incredible harvest of souls. Awakening not only the evangelists, but awakening the fire of evangelism within the hearts of all believers. The anointing of Billy Graham falling upon a generation of people.
 
The decree established such a branding over this new era that the signs, wonders and miracles that would accompany the proclamation of the Word of God, would be UNPRECEDENTED.
 
A significant shift, a time of a greater increase of the mantle of evangelism being released onto the earth, to see a great harvest, a harvest that would come from every direction. The bountiful harvest! That time is now upon us. A new era! The changing of the guards! A DOUBLE PORTION released upon the earth! MUCH is going to be released by the hand of the Lord from this moment on. We have been in a season of awakening, acceleration and seeing the Lord move, but the shift has begun to now see the Glory of God cover the earth in tangible increased ways.
 
INCREASE OF THE REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST
 
A significant increase has already begun prior to Billy Graham’s death on the revelation of righteousness in Christ. The fire of God’s love is going to significantly increase from this day on releasing the FRUIT AND TRUTH of our righteousness in Christ through the revival and returning to the revelation of the message of the Gospel. Condemnation, shame, guilt is going to fall off the body of Christ in significant ways and many in the body of Christ will encounter Jesus and the Gospel message in such a new and fresh way, they will feel like they have been saved for the first time all over again. Scales that have blinded eyes to the truth of their righteousness in Christ and lies caging the heart, will suddenly by healed by the revelation of Jesus, His death at Calvary and Resurrection.
 
“For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with Him.” - (2 Corinthians 5:21) - The Passion Translation
 
“So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One.” - (Romans 8:1) - The Passion Translation
 
INCREASE OF THE PROPHETIC MANTLE
 
There was a significant shift and increase of the prophetic mantle upon the earth with the passing of Billy Graham’s passing onto Glory. There would be a significant increase in eyes to see, vision, for what the Lord is doing and releasing upon the earth. There would be a double portion increase of the SEER ANOINTING (2 Kings 6:17) upon the earth, to see in the spirit and the reality of heaven and decree it upon the earth, bringing healing, restoration, peace, realignment, and unprecedented demonstrations of the power of God in signs, wonders and miracles.
 
A greater increase of the prophets SEEING and DECREEING the ways of God and teaching the body of Christ on the WAYS OF GOD!
 
The Lord heralded that this significant increase would be released at the passing of Billy Graham. There would also be a significant increase of the favour of God upon many prophets to be voices in the world, that would cause the world to turn their heads, to listen, to admire and to seek for the wisdom of God. We have already seen this happening, but it is about to significantly shift and increase.
 
PURITY, INTEGRITY, HUMILITY AND CHARACTER TO CARRY THE INCREASE
 
This first dream I had clearly showed the increase being released at Billy’s passing and the mantles that would be released upon the earth, but there was also a strong sense in me in the dream to not just chase after a mantle for the sake of wanting the “mantle of Billy Graham” but an invitation from the Lord to look at how Billy stewarded his life and ministry to SUSTAIN the anointing God released upon him.
 
The sense so strongly in this dream was the Lord was looking for those who were walking in the purity, integrity, humility and character that was displayed by the fruit of Billy Graham’s life.
 
For the major harvest season we have moved into, for the double portion being released now upon the earth, the Lord is looking for those who can carry it. The Lord’s heart in the dream was burning with love to prepare His people to carry what He is going to release.
 
There was a STRONG emphasis on the dream on HUMILITY. The place of humility that is the yielded place. You are God, I am not. The place of purity that takes no glory for themselves, but all Glory is given to Jesus. The purity and devotion to Jesus to see Him glorified and His Kingdom extended. Pride will hinder and get in the way of what God wants to do in this new era, in this dream pride and arrogance was not hindering a mighty move of the Spirit of God.
 
“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8
 
“But He continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.” - (James 4:6) - The Passion Translation
 
The Lord was clearly showing, He was inviting His people into a deeper place of humility, character and holiness, not in ‘striving’, but in yieldedness.
 
As I have sat with the Lord today the Spirit of God has been whispering to me “With the passing of Billy Graham now shall be seen a great increase in the revival of HOLINESS in My people. An increase of the wave of repentance upon My people, a deep cleansing and purification to move forward with Me into this season of DOUBLE PORTION harvest and anointing with greater fruit of humility and character.”
 
The invitation released in this first dream two years ago is the invitation He has been releasing in this season, and now is inviting His people into again as we move into the greatest move of the Spirit of God we have seen upon the earth.
 
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - (2 Chronicles 7:14)
 
Embracing the ways of God, the fire of God, inviting the Spirit of God to continue to work in our lives to mould our character, to bring us deeper into the place of humility, integrity and holiness as we partner with Him to see the Kingdom of God extended and Jesus receive His full reward.
 
God is using the life of Billy Graham to demonstrate and communicate many things, and Billy’s life was one who SUSTAINED the move of God through him, God entrusted him with much, and he could carry it. The Holy Spirit is building a people who are saying “YES” to be able to SUSTAIN the increase He is now releasing.
 
DON’T TRY TO BOX THIS NEW MOVE OF GOD
 
The Lord showed me in this dream that we must cry out for Him to come on His terms and in His way. That we as God’s people are not to attempt to “box” in this new move of the Spirit of God upon the earth by our preconceived ideas, agendas, fears, or even what we have seen before, but to stand before Him in purity of heart crying out “We want YOU on YOUR terms. We want the move of the Holy Spirit on YOUR TERMS and we won’t stand in the way. We yield, we surrender, we invite you to come and pour out, move, shake, increase and bring in the harvest in YOUR WAY!”
 
In the words of Billy Graham:
 
'I don't need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.'
 
A new day has dawned! A new era has begun! This is a significant moment in history.
 
Today marks a very significant shift in the spirit, in the earth and in the body of Christ with the passing of the amazing general, God’s ambassador Billy Graham. What God is now releasing is SO weighty, it’s SO strategic, it is SO significant, He’s looking for the FRESH YES and YIELDEDNESS to Him.
 
“The harvest is HUGE and RIPE! But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to thrust out many more reapers to harvest his grain.” - (Matthew 9:21) - The Passion Translation
 
Billy, we love you! We honour you! We thank you for a life well lived, a race run well. You finished strong and well. We celebrate your life, we thank you for the example you were to the world for Jesus and the way you represented Him. Your reward is great! You will be greatly missed on this earth, but we know all of heaven is applauding you and the Lord has said “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
 
We have willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.
 
Thank you for your legacy!
By Lana Vawser

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  
My Parents & Family
 This year my parents have been spending the Christmas season with us.  We are so touched and blessed to have them a part of our lives and holiday.  We have been spending special moments together and treasure them.
My Parents & Cousins

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Make Straight Paths for Him

Here is a blog I wrote for XP Missions I thought I would share with you in this beautiful season:
http://www.xpmissions.com/make-straight-paths/

Every Christmas God gives me a word, a scripture or a specific focus for the season.  This year, I feel He has put my thoughts on John the Baptist and given me the following scripture in Luke 3:4 as my focus, “A voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” 

I’m sure there are many ways to unpack this scripture but the part of this verse that is really striking me is, “Make straight paths for Him.”  What a new and interesting thought for me.  I often pray Psalm 18:36, that God will make a broad/straight path for me to walk on, but here in Luke 3 the tables are turned and John the Baptist is quoting Isaiah in declaring a preparation for Jesus and straight paths to be made for HIM.  High places brought down, valleys filled and crooked places made straight and THEN mankind will see God’s salvation.  When I think of my own life and making a straight path for Jesus to walk on, I think of “alignment”.   The Passion Translations states, “Every twisted thing in your lives must be made straight.  Every dark way must be brought to the light. Wrongs righted. Injustices removed. Every heart of pride will be humbled low before him. Every deception will be exposed and replaced by the truth so that everyone everywhere will be ready to see the Life of God!” 


Seems like, John the Baptist, is defining what “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” means (Matthew 3:2).   Repent, align, consecrate, and straighten the path for Jesus to walk in, for Jesus to shine His Light, for Jesus to be lifted up and glorified.  Make a straight path for Jesus, God’s salvation (His saving, healing, deliverance, wealth, truth, etc.) to be released on all mankind. 


This Christmas, I invite all of us to open ourselves up to Holy Spirit and ask Him if there is any place in our lives that we need to align/re-align or make straight so that Jesus, the Savior of the World, can walk into our lives, communities, missions, and world and release His salvation through us and around us.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Blogger Friends!  The last week I have been waking up with this song in my heart.  Not sure why (as I have know this song for awhile) but I thought I would share it as it is so pertinent to giving thanks!  The chorus sings, "Life is a gift and the Giver is good!"  I am so thankful this Thanksgiving that I've got a good good God and He is a giver of Life and life abundantly!  When I am facing hardships and sadness, He is good and gives me LIFE.  When I am happy and all is well, He is good and gives me LIFE.  I'm also thankful for the gift of Life, it is short, it moves by so quick.  I am thankful for each new day and I celebrate with thanksgiving the Giver and His goodness!

Video:  "Housefires - Life is a Gift"

Since we moved to Arizona the last three Thanksgivings we have spent with our friends and leader, Ron & Patricia who just moved into a new house and studio.  Yesterday we had amazingly delicious food, precious fellowship and games.  When you can't be with your biological family, this is the next best thing.  Here are a couple photos from our day .  . .













Sunday, November 12, 2017

Living Water

I just wrote a blog article for XP Missions this week and thought I would share it with you as well:  ://www.xpmissions.com/7806-2/


Have you ever been so thirsty you would do almost anything for a glass of water? Maybe you have just played a hard game in sports, or worked outdoors in the sun for a few hours, or eaten something salty or spicy. Whatever the situation, we all know what it’s like to have this human need of thirst unmet. I remember playing basketball in high school and I would come off the court after playing a quarter and all I wanted was that squirt water bottle that was being passed down the line.
I love liquid. Ask anyone who knows me, I love icy cold drinks. I always have a large glass of iced-tea or
some other beverage I am carrying around. I joke that I am “parched” when my large insulated cup becomes empty. In fact, I am so programmed for liquid refreshment, that often I will reach over to grab my drink beside me when I am driving and if it’s not there, I wonder how I walked out the door without it? I’m convinced that there will be ice in heaven for me and cool drinks. (smile) Suffice it to say, I do not like to be thirsty.
I was thinking about this verse from Psalms 22:15 recently, where King David is prophesying regarding Jesus’ crucifixion and He says of Jesus, “I’m so thirsty and parched, dry as a bone.  My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.”  We can only imagine what it would have been like for Jesus to be taken into custody and having gone through the agonizing torture and suffering that He went through while also having nothing to drink. I know when I have a good cry, I am always thirsty afterwards. In Luke 22 it refers to Jesus sweating blood due to the intense anguish and emotional stress (well beyond a good cry). We can only imagine what intense dehydration and thirst Jesus faced in the 24 hours proceeding His death.
So, why am I thinking about this? Because with everything Jesus went through in his death and resurrection, He purchased something for us. Jesus became thirst for me, so I never have to thirst again. He offers me streams of living water (His Spirit) flowing from within me. He purchased living water, the gift of Himself and the Holy Spirit so that we never have to thirst again. “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.”  By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. (John 7:37-38)  Often there are physical signs that point to spiritual truths, this is how I see Psalm 22:15.
When I moved to the desert, I realized what it was like to be truly thirsty. Before then, I would just joke around about being parched, but when you live in the desert there will be times you experience thirst in a different way. For example, many times I wake up in the middle of the night and can hardly swallow because my mouth is so dry from the dry desert climate. It’s in those times that I make sure and have water on the side of my bed. Like physical thirst, we equally all have a deep thirst in us spiritually that only God can fill and He filled it through Jesus and the gift of Holy Spirit.  Isaiah 44:3 says, “’For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants.”
Today, if you are feeling a little thirsty spiritually, let me remind you that there is no lack of living water to drink. Jesus became thirsty so we never have to thirst again. Drink! Drink deep of Holy Spirit, let him fill you afresh and overtake you. Invite Him to be poured out on any dry and weary place. Invite Him to fill any place that may feel parched; because the blissful reality is, we never have to thirst again!
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.  ~ John 4:13-15

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! :-)