Saturday, October 31, 2020

God Holds It All Together

"I remain confident of this;  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong, take heart, and wait for the Lord."  

~ Psalm 27:13-14

Video "You Hold It All Together":  

"This is what the Lord says . . . I am the first, and I am the last, apart from me there is no God."  ~ Isaiah 44:6

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost."  ~Revelation 21:6

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

I Can't Live Without You

 My husband and I, have sort of a running ditty, since we met.  We look at each other and say, "I can't live without you" to a silly tune we sang in our 20's.  

The other day I came across this song and when it starts to play, I just start to cry.  It begins and ends so tender, like a deep and intimate love song to Jesus.  "I can't live without you."  I can't imagine a life without Jesus.  Such a tender Lover.  Such a faithful Friend.  A beautiful Redeemer.  Constant Companion . . . so, so much more. 

"I will never leave you or forsake you." ~ Jesus

Video: "What Can I Do" by Tye Tribbett

Friday, October 16, 2020

You Don't Have to Irrigate By Foot Any Longer

He said to me, “Human one, these bones are the entire house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished. We are completely finished.’ So now, prophesy and say to them, The LORD God proclaims: I’m opening your graves! I will raise you up from your graves, my people, and I will bring you to Israel’s fertile land. You will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and raise you up from your graves, my people. I will put my breath in you, and you will live. I will plant you on your fertile land, and you will know that I am the LORD. I’ve spoken, and I will do it. This is what the LORD says.” - Ezekiel 37:11-14

I wanted to share some Thoughts on the end part of Ezekiel 37:1-14 as it has been my focus the last couple days.  We know that at this time in history, Jesus is opening graves.  He is doing it in the natural (raising people from the dead - as well as in the Spirit.  When all hope is perished and we feel completely finished, Ezekiel encourages us to prophesy, an opening up of our graves.  Ezekiel goes on to say that God will put His Spirit in us, we will live and we will settle in our own land (He will plant you on your fertile land).  This part about settling in our own land has been on my mind lately.  

Sometimes dreams get put on hold and the circumstances of life can put things in the grave, so to speak.  But I love the picture of God opening up graves and pulling out people, destinies, dreams, hopes, vision, purpose, etc. 

When I moved to Arizona, I stood on our land, in the country, and God dropped a verse into my lap about "land". He begin to speak to me regarding geographical land, spiritual inheritance for regions, etc.  Recently my girlfriend reminded me of those land verses.

"The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden.  But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.  It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end." ~ Deuteronomy 11:11

God is taking His kids into the land that He has positioned them for.  This land may be literal geographical land, or it could be a destiny, purpose and call of God on our lives.  But there is "land" that He is giving us to possess and see fruitfulness.  I love this picture in Deuteronomy of the land God is giving us "drinking rain from heaven and God caring for."  Do you have a a place you know God is calling you to possess, that needs Holy Spirit (rain from heaven) to release a drink too?  Is there a call or destiny from God upon your life, and it's good to know that you don't have to "irrigate it by foot" any longer?  God has got it.  He's got your seed and He is watering it, caring for it, and his eye is continually on it. Ezekiel says, HE will plant you on your fertile land.  Deuteronomy says, He is doing the irrigating.  

May you be encouraged today that God is doing a new thing!  It is upon us.  He is handing out lands and territory for His kids to possess.  He is "planting you on your fertile land." He is doing it. There is something of your "own" that He has assigned to you, and as you partner and yield to Him, He is about to make fertile and  irrigate.  

"For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."  ~Deuteronomy 8:7-10 

Photos compliments of John Weldon -  taken of the geographical land in my backyard

Monday, October 12, 2020

Inhale the LIGHT - Some Spiritual Thoughts on COVID

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” 

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet.” ~ Ezekiel 37

 A scripture that has been going around in my head this week is Psalm 103:2-5  "who forgives all our sins and heals all your diseases."  Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  Jesus took up our infirmities and healed our diseases.  His heart is to heal ALL disease and sickness, of body and of mind.  If we are not healed yet, then we are just waiting, asking and seeking for the full manifestation of Psalm 103.   

Yesterday I blogged some of my personal physical journey through COVID. Today, I would like to share some spiritual thoughts I have about this sickness.  COVID really attacks a persons lungs and breathing.  When I was miraculously touched in my lungs it was such a comfort (my prayers have gone out to those who have suffered through this pandemic and are on respirators).  In this season Jesus wants to spiritually breathe into us.  COVID, in the natural, is trying to take the breath out of many in our nation and nations of the world, but Jesus is about to breathe His life and His Spirit into many!!

COVID goes after our lungs - our breath.  We are in a divine time where God wants to breathe over us with healing spiritually, as well as physically and cause us to come alive to His purposes for us on the earth.  He wants to redeem and restore what the devil has stolen.  He wants to pour out His healing, restorative, life giving breath of His Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28). 

 I have prayed Ezekiel 37:1-14 at different times, but now more than ever I believe we are on the precipice of a move of God where God breathes LIFE into sick, dead, diseased and dry places.  "I WILL MAKE BREATH ENTER YOU AND YOU WILL COME TO LIFE, then you will know that I am the Lord."  It's interesting how this verse ends with "then you will know that I am the Lord".  I think when places are dead and dry, we need a God intervention, a miracle that is beyond human effort . . . that is THE LORD.  

When I was sitting up in my bed, trying to breathe, during my bout with COVID, I needed a God intervention.  I needed to know that He is the Lord.  At the time, I did not want cough medicine, I did not want an action movie to get my mind off of my discomfort, I did not want to snuggle with my husband - Nope!  I needed a God intervention.  I needed Him to BREATHE into my lungs and clear them up . . . and God did!  This is just a spiritual picture of what He wants to do in our nation, in our families in our own lives.  

So, if we are tempted to look at COVID through the lens of just sickness, remember there is always a spiritual element at work, for our fight is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12).  May Jesus breathe on you and our nation today.  Speak over your own body, soul and spirit to COME ALIVE.  Speak over the body, soul and spirit of our nation to COME ALIVE. Face to face, mouth to mouth.  Let the Spirit of God breathe on us.  May we come alive to God's purposes for us on the earth. For us, and our nation to walk in God's design and destiny.  

Video Come Alive:
Awake, Arise, Inhale the LIGHT!

I will put my breath in you, and you will live. I will plant you on your fertile land, and you will know that I am the LORD. I’ve spoken, and I will do it. This is what the LORD says.” - Ezekiel 37:11-14

Personal Journey With COVID

Well, we think COVID has hit our little household a few times over this past year.  Our son became pretty sick in February.  I remember he was in the back seat of the car after church, running a fever and  telling us he was having problems breathing.  We moved the car in the direction of Costco to get some Robitussin cough syrup or something that would clear the congestion and we laid hands on him and began to pray for his airways to clear up . . . this was before anyone knew what COVID was.  Then we think our daughter had it the next week and in the course of her "cold" she said, "Mom, I think I need to go to the doctor as I may have pneumonia".  So, I think our family got hit before COVID was widely recognized.  

I've been dreading the thought of getting COVID, because, I think all sickness is awful and would never want any person sick.  But, I also fight claustrophobia and so the thought of struggling to breathe is terrifying.  Well, a couple weeks ago, it seems I got hit with COVID as well.  High fevers, congestion in my lungs, no taste, cough, awful taste in mouth, no smell, exhaustion, etc. I went to a couple locations to get tested and they were not doing testing, so I gave up and figured I have so many of the symptoms, I'm sure this is what I am fighting and I will self quarantine.  

THE COOL THING - the cool thing is that at the height of being sick, I was struggling to breathe and feeling claustrophobic, my husband came into my bedroom laid hands on me, my parents began to pray and my girlfriend began to pray and immediately my airways cleared up!  Come on!!  Go God!! That was the end of that.

THE NOT SO COOL THING - the not so cool thing is that I still cannot smell anything.  I talked to my Aunt who had COVID and she said for some people it can be a many months, before they fully regain their smell.  CRAZY!  Well, this is no little thing . . . I mean, I put on new perfume the other day and could not even smell a trace of it.  I can get close to our dog, talk in his face, and be all lovey with him, and not smell his breath (this is actually a joy).  I can go into public bathrooms and not pull out my poo pourri,  because everything smells just fine around me.  ha!! :-)  TMI.  

OTHER NOT COOL - the other not so cool thing is that I've been gaining weight.  You would think I would lose, and I did initially and then I started to gain.  Could not figure it out, until this weekend.  I'm a foodie and I love to eat.  When I cook I throw in spices and do not follow recipes.  Well, when I cannot taste I am constantly looking for something that is spicy or sweet (these two I can taste a bit) to fill the void of no flavor and I tend to keep eating till I find it.  This will DEFINITELY have to be curbed this week.  I am going to hit it hard today.  I mean I live in Arizona and I am still in a bathing suit in October.  ha! :-)

On another note, I have some spiritual thoughts about COVID too, but I will just have to share those in a blog tomorrow.  Until then, these are some silly, some miraculous and some personal journeying through COVID in my house.  Super thankful that I'm on the other side.