In the grand scheme of things, when we think of demonic activity, we picture the red devil with the pitchfork. In my absence from posting, I have been reading quite a bit and praying. I hadn’t realized that I was under such a great attack. This post is about the victory of knowing that we do have the power of God in us: the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, the sword of the spirit to combat his attacks. I am talking about our thought life and the emotions that the devil uses to a great extent to keep us from walking in that power. He knows that when we truly get a hold of using the knowledge and power together, many will be saved. The Word says that the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. Why? Because many of us are fighting our own personal battles instead of standing in the gap for others. I have to say that I did feel the prayers of those who did pray for me. It makes me more sensitive to the fact that we should be praying even more so for our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as the unsaved. Continue reading “On the Edge” Book Review by E. Parker Hudson
Today I thank God for His mercy, grace and provision. Although the lenses from which I few seemed to be clouded, scratched up, etc., I know that He is faithful. As I listen to Him, I am being obedient to take the day to write, rest and leave things in His hands. I am so grateful. Didn’t have to be here today, literally. And, since my dog experience, this is more real than ever before. Not sure why, but things don’t always hit home until something happens so close to home that it cannot be avoided.
That said, I want to talk about moving forward from the things of this world to the matters of heaven. People are dying senselessly, the crazy presidential race has become a farce regardless of who you want to vote for and making a decent living seems to be a challenge in a class all by itself. (What happened to the middle class?) The Word of God says that things will continually wax worse and worse until Christ returns. Are you prepared? I had to ask myself this serious question. Am I? Are my thoughts consumed with what is going on in the world today or making sure that I am following Christ? This is not about not caring for people in this world. This is about being ready. I know many of you know about the Left Behind novels and what that means Scripturally. While this point may seem irrelevant or invalid to some, the question to ask is if it is true, will you be left behind? If it is not true, no loss.
Yes, I did read this series. I was able to follow along in Scripture with this selection and it was very intriguing. Another favorite on my Christian fiction list. And very indicative of those sitting on that proverbial fence. Personally, I would rather take a chance on it being true and being prepared than not. First Thessalonians speaks this way about the subject.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
15)For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will be no means precede those who are asleep. 16) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall aways be with the Lord. 18)Therefore comfort one another with these words.
I am compelled to speak this truth today. We are to comfort each other with the matters of heaven and not be consumed by the things going on in the world. While it is necessary and even expedient to pray for those in the world, it is the hope that we have in Christ that needs the focus. Of course, being led by the Holy Spirit, He will speak to you what He hears from the Lord. He will also pray as needed (Romans 8:26-27) so that what needs to be accomplished in the heavenly realm is done. But, brothers and sisters, we truly need to be praying others into heaven by diligent obedience to the Holy Spirit.
26)Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27)Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
God has us covered on all sides. We need to trust and obey.
This post follows my post from Thursday. As I stated there, it was a rough week full of challenges. However, I have recouped. I would like to offer thanks to the bloggers who post the Word of God and share the timely truths that get us back on the right track. Although I do have my own Bible and read it, it is nice when the written word comes from those who speak the Gospel in what they write. I have been truly blessed the last couple of days reading the reminders that help us stay on track. Although I have been very busy, it is nice to be able to read the blogs when dashing here and there. Below are some posts worth reading to be re-energized to run this race.
Life Ministries | The Renewing of Your Mind
TheDaddyBlitz | The Haunting Gaze
TheViewfrom5022 | How to Win the War
Awethentiq Pete | Praise vs Problem
BeautyBeyondBones | I am not Invincible
There are some key points that I would like to put in this writing. It is so important to remember that the thoughts we entertain determine how we function on a day-to-day basis. I was really thinking the negative thoughts about my situation. I realized that although I am a believer, it is easy to fall back in to the habits that we have so deeply ingrained in our psyche. Hence, the flesh has risen again. I thought I had that under control. No, not really. It takes a daily, moment by moment walk with the Lord. You think you’ve got it handled and bam! Out of nowhere it seems those old habits reappear. I held a funeral for them, dead and thought buried for good.
The enemy takes advantage of this opportunity by adding fuel to the fire with more negative thoughts. We are the product of our daily habits. I found that I had slipped in the practices that had me right on track. Consumed by the “necessities” of life, like paying bills, etc. I found myself drowning. Although temporary, it is necessary for me to put this in the forefront to remember what happened. I am not sure when it happened, just how it happened. We find ourselves getting too busy for the right things on a daily basis. I pray in my car all the time. But what I wasn’t doing was the concentrated prayer. Setting time aside not to be distracted by the traffic, the drivers or the customers. Drive by prayer. Not good.
That is not saying that God has not spoken to me, He most certainly has. It is necessary to give God the time, praise and worship He deserves without the extras. This is where we build strength and staying power. I say this because multi-tasking has become such the thing to do these days. You cannot do just one thing at a time. I believe it may be because our jobs now require that you do four things at once because it has to be done yesterday, we have lost the pleasure of enjoying what we do. With single parents having to do so many things just to provide a decent life for the families, we can’t afford to do one thing at a time, do it well and enjoy it. So we think. However, when the rat race becomes overwhelming, we have no choice but to stop and slow down. Revisit the priorities and take a stand.
Today was a day for me to do just one job and it afforded me the opportunity to really meditate on what God has been saying to me. First of all, He has not left. He is still Jehovah-Jireh, my provider. He is still my comforter and my helper in time of need. He is still the one who knows my days and He is still the one who closes and opens doors. Although I have a lot coming at me, I still have the victory, thank you, Lord. He is bigger than any storm.
My thoughts are a bit rambled. But here I go nonetheless. It has been a rough week. The challenges keep coming and I am doing my best to stand on God’s Word. That He will never leave us nor forsake us. When I committed to my writing in January, little did I know what I would have to write about. I knew that I would be writing about God’s Word and how it applies to my life. I knew I would be writing about some of the challenges I face. But I am truly in a hard place. Working three part-time driving jobs here in Vegas and still being virtually homeless is not where I saw I would be. I was hopeful for the hours so I could pay my bills and get caught up. The trickling in keeps me behind and living in a weekly keeps me in a cycle that is just a little bit crazy.
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The elusive search began at such an early age. Without even a true understanding of the word, Dina had been searching a lifetime for this and yet all the time and effort, money and thought, it’s elusive quality still remained the greatest obstacle to overcome. Nothing she had done had acquired perfection. Dina had realized sooner than she wanted to that as well as elusive, there was no standard by which to measure perfection. She knew that God had so eloquently stated that because of our imperfection, He loved us anyway. Accepted us as we are. Why not? He created us.
However, by the world’s standard, perfection was real. The perfect job, husband, home, children and church. She had been searching for this since the age where perfection in beauty had claimed her heart first. Pam, her best friend, didn’t understand what all the hoopla was about. She had accepted herself for who she was at such a young age. However, Dina knew that Pam’s mother had had some real issues with Pam’s father. Not sure that is why Pam couldn’t get caught up in the hoopla. She was too busy focusing on the drama in the house. But, in reflection, Dina could see the calmness of Pam, there was a quiet peace she couldn’t put her finger on.
Pam had been a true cater-cousin. The intimacy they shared had been perfect. Pam had accepted her for who she was and as well, she had accepted Pam. They shared what they were experiencing at such a young age. The conversations ranged from everything about their families to boys and God. In reflection, Dina realized that Pam had found God early. She thought about the summer camp she had gone to with Pam. It was a Christian camp. It was fun but full of learning about living and working with others. Dina had not been into God when she was in her teens. However, Pam’s relationship with God had certainly put an aspect of God on her mind. Back to the perfection thing. Pam never tried to reach for perfection at any time that Dina could remember. Or did she? The quiet confidence Pam had spoke volumes even now. Though she had not spoken to her in quite a few years, Dina’s reflection continued between the two subjects, her best childhood friend and perfection.
Dina’s reflection turned to focus more on the perfection matter. When did she even start striving for perfection and based on what standard? That question boggled her mind at this time. She thought about how she was always comparing herself to someone else. The aspect of beauty she learned had been from magazines and television. Dina did not recall any conversations with her mother about what beauty was, whether real or imagined, true or false. She thought about what she had seen that was classified as beauty. The size eight, long hair, perfect makeup and trending couture was in the front of her mind at this time. She could afford none of those things. Being tall and somewhat gangly, the perfect size eight still did not fit her. Too skinny. And now: Big hips, big thighs, big lips and brown eyes. Not the picture that she compared to.
Thinking about perfection in love. What does that even look like? She knew the perfection of this one relationship she had with Pam. Maybe that was what it looked like. Someone loving you no matter what. Accepting you for who are, flaws and all. Being free around you and just living life. Was she confusing Pam with God? Or was the relationship with Pam presented as an element of what a relationship with God would like? God would have to be better, though. Wouldn’t He? Pam is a human being and with all the great things about her, she could change. God doesn’t. He is same yesterday, today and forever. Now, is that true perfection?
#everydayinspiration – Books that changed my life
In this journey of faith, there has been much to learn. The first book that changed my life was the Bible. I read The Living Bible from cover to cover around the time my oldest son was five years old. He is now almost 32 years old. This reading seemed to give me a real heart for God. In the reading, learning about the children of Israel and God’s relationship with them as well as theirs with God. There were moments that I could actually place myself in their shoes as well as connect to God in a way that I had not done so before.
However, the significance of the two books in this post is how the perspective of the writer, Frank Peretti, changed my whole thought process about good and evil. His detailed information about the subtlety and strategies of the enemy to lure us away from God is truly awesome to me. There was an understanding about the forces of good and evil that was given to me with such clarity. And, while I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the characters who had the challenges that we face today, the understanding about how difficult it can be to deal with those used by the enemy in our journey was very enlightening. Peretti shed clarity about the children of God, those who chose not to believe, those who were used by the enemy, the enemy and the angels.
Continue reading Everyday Inspiration – This Present Darkness & Piercing the Darkness
This is an interesting word of inspiration to write about. Understanding doesn’t necessarily mean agreement. Understanding does not mean acceptance. When you explain what you may be going through at any given moment, the person you are sharing with may nod in understanding. However, it doesn’t mean they agree with you. I understand how a child trained a certain way behaves because of the way they were raised. However, that doesn’t mean I accept that it is okay.
Let’s talk about what’s going on in the world today. The mass shooting that has occurred in Orlando, FL of the LGBT club is a tragedy. I understand that the Isis person believes that he is doing the right thing. That Isis believes they are to kill anyone who doesn’t agree with their philosophy. I understand that they believe the United States of America is the enemy. That understanding does not concede that it is okay, that this is the way people should deal with their feelings or beliefs.
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The sun illuminated the room as the shades were drawn. There was a brightness to the sunshine that the fluorescent lights couldn’t capture. As she opened the door, the wraparound porch looked so inviting this early in the morning. The sounds of nature, from the humming bird to the woodpecker seemed to invite her to the party of nature’s peace. Decor for the porch included the white wicker table and chair set that was ensconced in the floral pattern of spring flowers. Writing seemed to come natural here. The peace and décor represented just the right space to put pen to paper. After getting centered in the Word and making sure to put God first, the thoughts on gratitude seemed to come flowing forth. Who would not be grateful for all that the Lord had provided this morning? A place of gratitude from which to bless others and glorify the Lord is not always easily forthcoming.
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I write because I love to read. I have been reading books since I can remember and love the stories told or the information given. I didn’t just read fiction. I just loved to read. I enjoyed how authors expressed themselves. I thought I was an introvert when I was younger but as I matured, I realized that I had a lot to say. Although I have not arrived in my writing, and not sure what that really means, it is because I have something to say and I want to encourage others.
I write because I find it easier to express myself. I like to think about what I want to say. Sometimes that is not easy in the moment, however, writing allows me to say what I would like to the way I would like to. Expressing yourself the right way – communicating for understanding – takes practice. While I do accept that others may not agree with me just because they understand, there is a deep satisfaction I get when I say what I need to the way it needs to be said. I write because it empowers me.
I write because when I go back and re-read what I have written it gives me a deeper understanding of myself. Sometimes just saying the first thing that comes to mind is not a good thing. If I am feeling a certain type of way, what I say may be misconstrued. Once words are spoken, you cannot take them back. You can apologize if the words were hurtful and rejoice if they were kind. However, writing allows me to really think about what I want to say and how I want to say it.
I write because in encouraging others, I write words that lift the spirit, dry the tears, motivate or inspire others. This means that I have touched humanity in a way that goes further than the immediate distance or the physical presence. Being able to reach and touch someone for the better in a different state or country is a blessing. Being able to touch someone faraway because you understand them or they understand you is an awesome thing. I find that when I write, and more importantly when I read what others have written, we have more in common than first realized.
I write because I believe it is a gift God gave me to glorify Him. I write because it empowers the spirit within me. When I write about the Lord and spread the Good News this way, I feel like I am in my zone. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We can speak to so many more people when we have a venue to write. How would we even be able to share the Gospel if it wasn’t for the written word?
Today was a good day. I didn’t have to work and took the time to just relax in going about my day. I did plan to go to church but didn’t. I worked late last night and needed the rest. However, I have been listening to the spirit and understand more about living in the now than ever before. I don’t yet have a permanent address so I am not sure what church I want to start. The goal for the church I attend is a place to go fellowship, worship and hear the Word of the Lord. It’s coming.
After posting about the significance and importance of quiet, I have had some today. I am grateful to God for it. I must say that in the quiet time or in the spirit, I realize that I have changed quite a bit. One of the things that I realize is that I no longer have the desire or need to be codependent. Being a parent of adult children, sometimes we can fall into that trap without really trying.
One thing that I have accepted is that God loves my children more than I ever could. He has a plan and purpose for their lives just like He does mine. And, even when you have good information for them, they may not receive it from you because you are the parent. My adult children are individuals who have the opportunity to figure themselves out as adults just like I did. The great part about being here is the freedom that comes from knowing it is all in God’s hands. There is acceptance that I can still be a good parent by praying for them continually.
Another part of this experience is seeing them grow. I used to fear a lot for my children because of this crazy world. All the negative influences and the seduction of what the world has to offer, the emptiness and shallowness as well as the loss of the soul. Being a believer in Christ, accepting and believing God’s Word, has helped tremendously in this aspect. Reflection on my own parents also helped me realize that they probably had the same concerns. But as I see, my siblings and I grew up and became parents ourselves. There is the peace of God that I am always grateful for and there is a peace that comes from maturing and realizing that you will be just fine. You find strength that you didn’t think you had. You find talents that come from needing to improvise. You find that you can do without so many things that you once thought you would die without.
With all the information I have read about learning to love yourself, especially from the WordPress blogging community, it seems as if there is a place of resolve that I now have to let be God be God in this area and work on my own strengths. No, I don’t focus nearly as much mental energy on my weaknesses. It is part of the process of learning to love myself. Not saying I am ignoring what needs to be improved but taking a different perspective and road for my own development.
Today’s post is really about the Scripture spoken by Paul. That would be to be content in whatever state I which I find myself.