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!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fear Not

Last week in church God gave me a picture during worship.  It was amazing to me, because it felt like I was being lifted up right into His presence and He was showing me a beautiful image:
My entire family was gathered together, and around us were Army Angels, covering us with their wings. above the Army Angels Jesus hovered, His wings completely covered the Army Angels to protect us. Then, above us was God, my Father, with His Wings over everything, safely protecting all of us. 
The Spirit of God soared  throughout our gathering and filled our bodies with His Resurrection Power.
I knew this was God's picture, and as worship penetrated throughout the room, my heart praised my Father for giving me such amazing hope and victory. 
In Isaiah 54:17 I am promised this:
No weapon formed against you will succeed.

How could it? I have an Army of Angels, Jesus, God my Father, and the Holy Spirit? 
I've thought a lot about this and the hope it brings. Not just the hope, but the ability it gives me to walk in love, not fear. When I walk in love, there is no fear! I am covered!
Say That Again, Jesus, You will cover me and my family, and you tell us to fear NOT!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Tree


 My blog page has had a lift. 
A tree, because God has firmly rooted me deeply in His vibrant soil and renewed me with many branches in the community.  He has strengthened me as an oak tree and because of Him I will not be shaken. He continues to restore my brokenness and completes me within Himself. He is greater than me. 
Where He is, there is love. 
Say That Again, Jesus!