Saturday, June 16, 2018

New Wine


Video Attached: "New Wine - Hillsong Worship"
New Wine
In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making
New wine
In the soil, I
Now surrender
You are breaking
New ground (hey)
You are breaking
New ground
So make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
'Cause where there is new wine
There is new power
There is new freedom
And the kingdom is here
I lay down my old flames
To carry Your new fire today (oh today)
This song has been my declaration lately.  I love songs for seasons.  God has always used songs prophetically in my life.  This is one of the ones that is ministering to me in this season of life.  Hard seasons can either push us into Father God or away from Him.  They truly are what we make them.  We can become Bitter or Beautiful!  :-)  

God is so about doing something NEW.  New wine, New power, New freedom, New fire. He has made us NEW and is transforming us into that newness and likeness of Him, doing new things all the time!  In that place of crushing, breaking, surrender, God is faithfully making something beautiful, something New if we allow Him through our surrender and yielding. 

The concept of new wine has been on my heart of late, as well as, rivers of the Holy Spirit.  This morning as I was praying, I was laughing with Holy Spirit as I was thinking of all sorts of ways to ask/receive from Him rivers, outlets, winds, wine, etc. into my life from Him.  

The process of making wine is quite "pressing".  Ha!  (That was my husband John's humor coming out.)  After the grapes are sorted, they are ready to be de-stemmed and crushed.  We all have seasons throughout life (and if you are have not had one yet, you probably will) where we feel de-stemmed and crushed (as well as amazing seasons of fruitfulness and harvest).  If we can yield to the Goodness of God, the Faithfulness of God, the Justice of God, the Father-heart of God, in those hard seasons, we can come out with new wine, having a life that is yielded and surrendered to the life of the Spirit of God - new power, new freedom, new fire, new ground . . . the kingdom is here!   


And don’t get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. ~ Ephesians 5:18

"We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being.  But God will be faithful to you.  He will screen and filter the severity, nature and timing of every test or trail you face, so that you can bear it.  And each test is an opportunity to trust Him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it VICTORIOUSLY."  ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Has Begun

My kids with their friends - Swimming & Milkshakes - ahhh!  The Life! 
Summer has begun in the Weldon household.  The temperatures in Arizona are now over 105 degrees which makes it officially hot.  I love summer, as life usually slows down a bit and the focus becomes more on family, hangout dates with friends, and swimming.  Of course there are also some of those lazy summer sleep-in days, for the kids at least. :-)  Usually summers can be a bit more work for Mom's as it seems there is an endless request for food, messy house always needing to be picked up and laundry overflowing, but I love that we do not have to be out the door to school at 7:30 am and my kids are now the age where I require much more responsibility in household chores and food prep. My favorite days are those that we spend in the pool and we come inside all sun kissed and cozy in for a sleepy movie to the end day.  I am trying to live in the moment and treasure these days, as I realize we are possibly just moments away from the kids having summer jobs and I will dream of their sleepy eyes and tussled hair emerging from the bedroom after 8:00 am.  Let the summer solstice begin . . .
My Kids having a "veg" day with Friend

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Micah 6:8

Here is a blog I wrote for Extreme Love Recently:
http://www.extremelove.com/what-does-the-lord-require-of-you/

This verse has been on my mind of late, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you?  But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8

Sometimes I put so many personal requirements on my life.  Requirements motivated by perfectionism that are self-imposed, requirements that stem from other people’s expectations of me, requirements that I think God may desire.  But I love this scripture that brings a refreshing simplicity into my relationship with God. 

God shows me what is good
Psalms 31:19 says, that God has stored up good things for me as I fear Him. Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” What a comfort to know that he not only shows me what is good but he does not withhold good from me.

God shows me what is required of me 
I love this verse from Acts 2, “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”  He wants to show us what is required of us and the paths for us to walk in. 

What is required:  Do Justly 
Do justice!  I like justice defined as “taking up the cause for restoration of every violation of Love.  Taking the wrong and making it right.” 

What is required:  Love Mercy 
Ephesians 2:4 says that God is rich in mercy.  How wonderful that the God of the universe lives inside of me, so I too can be “rich” in mercy, showing compassion, kindness and forgiveness readily.  I can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence and receive His mercy. 

What is required:  Walk Humbly with your God
An invitation to walk with God free from haughtiness, arrogance or assertive behavior.  A yielded, submission to His Lordship in our lives.  And  again in Psalms 25:9 we find another promise of God guiding (the humble) us in what is right and teaching us His ways.  Psalm 149:4 says, that the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.  How beautiful the picture of a submissive, yieldness to God that produces victory!  Often in our culture we think of victory as assertive and extroverted act, but the scripture is saying that humility is the path to victory.

Today, I am doing a little personal inventory on the “requirements” of the Lord and I invite you, to do the same.  I welcome you to pray this prayer with me . . . “God, I thank you that you have shown me what is good.  I ask that you increase the fear of the Lord in my life to live blamelessly before you and walk in the good things you have stored up for me. Thank you that you show me what you require of me by making known to me paths of life.  Today, may I take every wrong that comes my way and turn it towards your righteousness.  May I release your justice into every violation of love that is revealed to me.  I approach your throne of grace with confidence and receive the mercy that you have for me to be rich in.  Help me to love mercy. May goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life and may I dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  I yield myself and submit to your Lordship.  Thank you, God, that you always lead me in victorious triumph in Christ!  This day and forever, may I do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you God!”


Micah 6:8 Video - Martin Smith

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Keys to Leading Effectively

This came into my inbox and I am loving it!  Keys to leading effectively.  We all have areas we are invited to lead in.  In the home, in the workplace, in school, in ministry.  Check out this note and see if it resonates with truths that you need to press into for your own life or that you have already mastered and see fruit in . . .


Hey Juanita,
I firmly believe that leadership is more than a position or title. It’s lived out through example, inspiration, and courage. No matter what you do—whether you’re a teacher, an attorney, an artist, a healthcare professional, or in ministry—you can develop certain leadership habits that will help propel you into your God-given destiny!
The key to leading others effectively is to first lead yourself well. You can’t have one without the other. By cultivating your best self you'll be poised to bring out the best in your team.
To lead yourself well, you need to:
  • Acknowledge your value. No matter what happened in the past or what your present surroundings look like, nothing can change the fact that you are one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable, made in the image of God!
  • Resist the path of least resistance. Doing the bare minimum leads to, at best, mediocrity. Your willingness to go above and beyond will infuse a spirit of excellence into all you do. And by embracing a positive, can-do attitude you’ll transform even the dullest tasks into something you can feel proud of.
  • Grow through adversity. When faced with challenges, refuse to play the victim. Instead, view these experiences as opportunities for growth. James 1:2-4 tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

When you say YES to leading yourself well, you’ll become more effective in your home, workplace, and other spheres of influence. It’ll create a positive ripple effect that will resonate in all areas of your life!
Love you
Christine 💛

Friday, May 4, 2018

Stay In Your Lane

Here is a blog I wrote for Extreme Love and thought I would share with you guys too:
http://www.extremelove.com/stay-in-your-lane/


Lately, I have had this phrase running around in my head, STAY IN YOUR LANE.  I’ve been pondering the power of staying in our own life lane.  What do I mean by this?  Well, each one of us has been created with individual, gifts, talents and abilities.  There is no one created just like you.  You have a call on your life unlike anyone else. Only you can fulfill the purposes which God created you for, which is the lane He has called you to “drive” in.  Sometimes, in a quest to fulfill our “destiny”, we move out of our lane and try to operate in someone else’s. 

This is an area I struggle in.  I am pretty good at vision and so I often will have lots of ideas and plans in a lot of different areas but I have to ask myself, are they the areas or the lane I am called to?  For example, I know I am currently called to pour time, energy and resources into my children.  Often over the last ten years when I get before the Lord to refocus my priorities He will put my family and kids at the top of the list.  The other day I was talking to a friend and we got on the subject of legacy – I was moved to tears, as I found a deep longing rise up within me for a legacy to be created out of my family of rich love and enduring faithfulness and overcoming righteousness.  This doesn’t just magically happen.  My children do not grow up into these attributes, they must be trained, and time spent cultivating an atmosphere in the home for them to learn and grow.  If I am off driving in someone else’s lane, my family will suffer. 

In the workplace or mission field, the same is true.  When we try to take on too many lanes we lose credibility and can become the “jack of all trades master of none”.   Lay a foundation for yourself in the ministry/industry that you love and are called to and you will have established influence.  A lesson I’m in the middle of living is that it’s smarter to focus on fewer things and make major progress in each rather than try to do too much and make little progress overall.   

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6

It’s easy, in a life filled with internet, social media, blogs and networking sites, etc. to feel like the “grass is greener on the other side”.  Maybe if I try the lane someone else is in, things would work better for me, but comparison and competition never produce good fruit.  When we move out of the lane/lanes God has called us to, we lose traction, focus, valuable time, our vision for the finish line wanes and we can enter into feelings of overwhelm.  Maybe you have heard the quote, “comparison is the thief of joy” So true! 

We each have a lane specifically marked out just for us based on the assignment God has given us to complete in our lifetime. We are fully equipped (2 Peter 1:3) with everything we need to stay in our lane and run the race towards our God-given destiny.  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” ~Hebrews 12:1

You are Amazing!  Know your role, and what you bring to life’s table, with your specific gifts and talent mix and may you bear much fruit for eternity by staying in that lane.  Today as we minister in our families, our workplace, our mission assignments, may we stay in our lane and hear our Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” ~ Matthew 25:23  

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Happy Resurrection

Here is a blog I wrote this week for Extreme Love Missions, I thought I would share:  
http://www.extremelove.com/happy-resurrection/


I love this time of year when we give our time and attention to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus and the power of the cross. The Gospel, which is very good news, was a result of everything Jesus purchased for us on the cross.  This is the foundation of any mission assignment. This is why people leave family, friends, homes, and jobs (Mark 10:29-30)…because of the power of the cross-the power of the gospel. This gospel is worth sharing with a world so in need of a Savior.
Recently I have started taking communion almost daily.  Focusing on the broken body of Jesus and all that it represents for life and health in my body. His body was broken so we could be whole. I will receive His divine health into my body, celebrating the power of His sacrifice over infirmity. I let His cleansing blood wash me in new covenant realities. I will sit in the quiet of the morning before the house is awake and exchange with heaven. If I have fallen short, I will hand this to Jesus and I will receive His blood just washing and cleansing me because Jesus died to set us free from sin and all its effects (Hebrews 10:12). Then I will receive what He offers me in that place because He has purchased EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
If there is something ahead in my day, I can receive by faith what I need inside of Him for that situation. He has it all. He purchased it all. Inside of Him is more than enough. My enemies (principalities and powers) have been thoroughly defeated at the cross. Because Jesus has triumphed we can reign in this life (Romans 5:17) This is good news!
There is no grief or sorrow He did not carry; there is no curse He did not redeem us from (Isaiah 54:4). Because of His broken body and His shed blood, we are forgiven accepted, blessed and healed. This is good news! This is news worth sharing.
This Resurrection (Easter) season, I invite you to prepare a communion table in the presence of your enemies (sickness, hatred, poverty, condemnation, impurity, disease, guilt, addiction, hopelessness, etc. = enemies of the cross of Christ) and proclaim the Lord’s death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 11:26). Declare what He has done for us through the power of the cross. It’s my goal to not merely look at the communion table as a ritual but as a declaration of faith – receiving by faith all that He purchased for me. Happy Resurrection to you!
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”  ~ Romans 8:11
Written by:  Nita Weldon
Published on 3/21/18

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 

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.

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


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. :-)