Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Totally Saved

Yesterday was my birthday. It was a very nice day. I had a few birthday wishes, all of which I got to do. 
The first thing I wanted to do was visit Bethel Church, and we did that on Sunday. It was a great experience for our entire family. I enjoyed watching the people engage each other in conversation there. Both my husband and I noticed that they reached out and touched each other a lot and prayed for each other often. The conversation in the HeBrew coffee shop centered around God and all that He was doing in their lives. It was stimulating, exciting, and good.
I also liked it because at the end of the service, I went to the front and asked someone to pray for me. My right arm has been in pain for a long time, and I haven't been able to fully move it above my head or behind my back. She prayed. It moves now. The pain is almost completely gone. She also prayed for my time to be refreshed and restored and as she did God gave me a picture of a hammock and a sword. 
A hammock for rest and a sword for restoration!
She asked me what I was planning to give God in exchange, and I gave Him the stresses in my life.
It was a beautiful time.
My family and I spent my birthday day together. We did some shopping, went out for coffee, and ate Italian food. Then we drove to the beach, one of my favorite places. I loved watching my children play in the waves and run in the sand. We explored new towns, and had good conversations. It was a relaxing and fun day.
Many friends and family wished me a happy birthday and I felt loved. It was a good day. 
Above all, I knew on my birthday, and I know now, I am totally saved! Because my Jesus came to this earth and was born, lived a life as a boy and man, then died on that cross, I am Totally Saved!
He didn't do it half way. In fact, He even said "It is finished!"
Totally Saved
That's the best part of every day.
Say That Again, Totally Saved!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Painting Life

"The joy of the Lord is my strength."
I painted this on a pallet last week and gave it to a friend. As I was painting it, I kept reading 'joy of the Lord' over and over. 
I don't always feel joyful. This verse continues to remind me that it is not my joy; it is His!  When I am able to accept His joy, then I am strong!
I also painted the words "God Will"  on a board. Because, He will. He gives us joy. He will do what He says He's going to do. He will, because He is God. 
There are times that I have to remind myself that God Will. Sometimes I remind God that He says He will! Sometimes it's hard to believe that He will. 
But, God Will. 
Then I painted
"Shine On"
Isn't it true? When we have been blessed with the joy of the Lord, when we persevere through all things knowing that God will our life will shine on!
Above all, He is King. He loves me and holds me and calls me His own. I am His favorite!  So are you. 
King Favorite!
I painted that too. 
Say That Again, His joy covers me, and God will do all that He has promised. And, as the King's Favorite, we will all shine on!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Delivered

David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."  The Story
Even though I've read the story of David many times, this morning when I read it, I was struck by his words. David was able to prophecy!  He told Goliath what God was going to do.
Goliath was the big huge enemy of Israel. They were terrified of him. But, David knew that God was bigger, so he  was able to walk up to Goliath and simply say to him, "the Lord will deliver you into my hands." 
This is true for me, and for you, too. God is greater. The Lord Almighty will deliver his children from the enemy that comes against them, and the whole world will know that He is God!
Say That Again, Lord Almighty!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Introverts

As I was browsing through my Facebook, I found an article about introverts: 10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With The World. It caught my attention right away, because I am most definitely an introvert, so I read it. And, yup, it confirmed the fact, that I interact differently than an extrovert!
My husband is an extrovert.
And, I would say that several members of my family are extrovert.
So, are many of my friends.
Here's what the article says about introverts:
They withdraw in crowds.
I tend to find a quiet place where two or three are gathered.

Small talk stressed them out, while deeper conversations make them feel alive.
I feel the closest to those who jump to the deep stuff right away and skip the small talk. Small talk is one of my bigger challenges!

They succeed on stage--just not in the chit-chat afterwards.
yup.

They get distracted easily, but rarely feel bored.
I am usually pretty focused, very seldom bored.

They are naturally drawn to more creative, detail-oriented and solitary careers.
Love to write!

When surrounded by people, they locate themselves close to an exit.
Always aware of where the exit is.

They think before they speak.
Reputation of being a listener. Reflecting internally.

They don't take on the mood of their environment like extroverts do.
All processes are more internal with introverts then extroverts , even in their environment.

They physically can't stand talking on the phone.
It's true. At the same time, I always appreciate hearing from friends.

They literally shut down when it's time to be alone.
I have to be alone now!

I read this article to my husband and he commented on how much it sounded just like me. And, it does. I am wired very different than he is. I really value time alone and quiet. If I am not able to get that time, I become exhausted. God made me to refuel differently. No music, no people, nothing. Just God and me.  It is good.
How has God created you to refuel? What are you doing each day to fill your energy cup? God wired you a particular way, how do you honor that?
Thank you Jesus for giving me time to refuel. 
Say That Again, Introverts!



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Shine On!

Personally, Halloween, is not my favorite time of year. As a family, we've never had big parties or gone all out on Halloween. At the same time, we haven't told our children that they can't dress up or eat candy either.  We take them to Harvest Festivals or pass out candy to children that knock at our door. Sometimes, our children trick or treat in the neighborhood.
But, this year, it was different. They didn't want to do any of that. They wanted to spend time with us. They wanted to go out for dinner, in their costumes, and just eat out with mom and dad! So, that is the way we spent our Halloween.
They put on old man masks, and we took them to the Olive Garden. It was a lot of fun. I am praying it becomes a tradition with our children. 
Earlier that day I took them to the dollar store and we bought some candy for them to have after we got home from the Olive Garden. They enjoyed that for dessert. 
As a child of God I am called to bring Light into the darkness, even on holidays like Halloween. And, Halloween is dark. 
As we gathered at the Olive Garden and prayed over our food, we were shining light into a very dark holiday, and it brought glory to God. 
We live in this world, as we move through places of darkness, I know His Spirit will be the wind in and around all those that love Him, and His Light will shine. The darkness will dispel. 
If I do not walk into any of those places with the presence of God, than I am missing the opportunity to shine the light God has blessed me with. 
Say That Again, Shine On!

Friday, October 31, 2014

New Logo




Our ministry, Agape Celebration, has a new logo. We like it. What do you think?
 We celebrated with new hats for our team!
I am thankful to have a team of Warrior Sisters that help me in this ministry. I am praying for a boldness and a fire from His Spirit as we move ahead in all that God has planned for us and we praise the name of Jesus for all the nations to hear. 
Say That Again, Sisters!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hope in God




"Refusing to live disappointed is only part of the equation.  The other part is making a choice to 'hope in God'"
This is from the book HOPE, beyond disappointment, by Dave Hess. 
In today's world it is easy to become disappointed. I am reading another book, Half the Sky, and every single page of that book brings sadness and disappointment to my heart.  As I wade through the pages, I find myself asking God, "where is the HOPE?" 
But, then I am reminded of versus like Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. 
ALL my heart, that means my heart has the ability to trust God 100 percent! Consequently, when I read books like Half the Sky and learn about the horrible oppression of girls and women in our world, I will still praise His name, trust Him, and have hope!
I want to release His joy and peace. I want to speak against evil. Hope that God will walk through the horror's and through the oppression gives strength to those that love Him. 
I have felt disappointed many times, but it's because I have put God in a box of expectations. And then, when my expectations were not met, I felt disappointment, and my hope dwindled. 
God is a God of expectancy. Expectancy eagerly waits for the miracle! Expectancy is thrilled and excited and eager to see what happens next. Expectancy praises God with every outcome!
Expectancy lives with the reality of God hope, and knows there is nothing to prove.
Holy Spirit, pour over me today and give me new hope, new expectancy in You. 
Say That Again!