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Freedom of Not Knowing Why God Why Moments

The freedom of not know the Why God momentsEveryone has their WHY GOD WHY moments.

In my last blog we learned: In the “Why” moments: The inability to understand God is NORMAL in the process of spiritual growth.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

  • Have rest and peace in the situation – it is a life long journey
  • Reach a point where you trust God about it instead of yourself or circumstances
  • OK to ask God why just don’t demand them – why stage is like the child why stage
  • Position to seek God’s presence, provision, guidance and promises
  • Don’t try to understand the ways of God because it is impossible
  • God suffers when we suffer and count it joy to suffer or when trials come
  • God will help us on His time – He sees the bigger picture : the ending that benefits others
  •  We all have been thru something – somewhere there is somebody going thru same thing
  • God has to be enough and He is faithful is at present OUTSIDE of our understanding
  • God allows things to happen to make us stronger – makes us able to handle it and sees us thru it
  • God doesn’t cause bad things to happen – sin does – Adam brought it into the world
  • Everything we go thru is to bring Him glory – remember we were created to worship Him
  • If you change your thoughts – you change your brain which changes thoughts – renew your mind
  • When you go thru something be obedient : do what is right cause God will lead you
  • There is true freedom when you overcome something, easier to face it again if you trust

We can all agree In Life:  our goal is usually temporal

  • Happiness
  • Security
  • Prosperity
  • Success
  • We don’t choose suffering as a goal but be glad we go through it when we reap the rewards

How is God’s goal different from our goal?

God’s goal is always eternal. And He will smash every one of our goals if they are in the way. He will use our obedience to bring us to our Calvary, and He will use our sin to bring us there as well. He will take our fear and worries and make us face them, and He will reduce us down to where we know that there is nothing we can do to help ourselves. God is seeking to adjust us for the eternal ages. And if we only understood this, we would be thankful that He is doing this.

  • ALTHOUGH GOD GAVE US A FREE WILL The bottom line is that our wants may not agree with God’s wants for us.
  • Trusting in the Lord can require that you abandon everything you’ve ever believed about what brings happiness and fulfillment.
  • Sometimes you do get what you want, only to discover that it doesn’t make you happy after all, just disillusioned. 

Many Christians repeat this cycle their entire life, wondering what they’re doing wrong.

Ask yourself: If God only worked WITHIN your present understanding, would it ever increase? No.

  1. God will bring you and I to the place where we CANNOT understand. Get that: We CANNOT.
  2. No secret formula
  3. Can’t pray enough to understand
  4. Can’t read the Word or study enough to understand
  5. Bring us to a place of “Do I believe”.
  6. View our adverse circumstances through the eyes of faith, not sense.

Our “why God” questions requires trust and not to understand – HOW DO WE GET THERE?

HOW DO WE GET TO THE PLACE WHERE WE STOP ASKING “WHY GOD” QUESTIONS?

To trust God, and not in our understanding of Him, requires a certain surrender to Him

  1. Relinquish control
    1. There really isn’t anyway to trust God in this way without dying a death to our self
    2. With death to self comes REAL understanding of GOD HIMSELF
    3. Death to self-will and self-life
    4. Lay aside our right to understand
    5. Surrender without understanding

If you trust God in surrender – the information you thought you wanted will become unnecessary. You will come into a REVELATION.

Trust brings you into surrender, which brings revelation – Revelation produces walking in spirit instead of flesh.  Trust is knowing the Word and promises of God.

Instead of letting our reactions, fears, worries, and inability to understand direct traffic, we allow faith to direct.

 His ways are past finding out… even if we knew God in a way just like Him, then he wouldn’t be our God would he?

God isn’t worried because we don’t understand. He wants our soul for eternity.  He wants us.

We shouldn’t be worried or try to seek the “why questions”.

Seek God. Obey Him. Believe Him. Worship Him. And walk by faith. God is God. Trust Him, and not our understanding of Him.

Trusting God when you don’t understand….  we must reach a place in your relationship with Him and have such a confidence in Him that you believe He is with you in adversity even though you don’t see any evidence of His presence and His power.

God is a friend, our buddy, close fellowship etc…. but He is also awesome, all-powerful, mighty, can do anything, is with us always, we can’t hide, knows all and the beginning and the end….

In order to trust God we must always view our adverse circumstances through the eyes of faith, not sense.  Comes through the Word of God alone.

The secret lies in putting this truth into practice, by making it such a powerful theme in your life that you view every event, every sorrow, every prayer with the unshakable conviction that God is totally, spotlessly trustworthy.

CONCLUSION:

Why God Moment (really questioning believing in God & if He is really going to be with you) – Know Word + reshape our thoughts + increase our faith + trusting in God = brings Revelation as we surrender = walking in His Spirit  = abundant life Jesus came to give us to make it = goal of eternal life which is His will for all of us.

Knowing this will bring us happiness, peace and joy while living here instead of questioning the why moments.

Why does God allow suffering?  Why does God let bad things happen to good people?  Why does children die?  Why does God let murders go free?  Why did this happen to me?  Why is there starving people?  The questions of why will continue on WHY?

Everyone is on different stages/relationship with God: Lack of knowledge of word , revelation to the faith it takes from His word to fully trust in Him.   It will continue on until we realize that God is in control and without Him we are nothing, however what He wants for us is to trust Him enough for eternity.  Eternity is God’s goal and that is where everything we do or questions we ask should start with the ending in mind.  In other words, everything that happens to you that causes why moments or questions you may ask, should have attached to it – the eternal value in all your answers and decisions.

I recently also commented on a status from a woman who was abused as a child who asked the question why she was abused.  Here is how I responded.

Sin entered into the world, there will always be sin. We cannot control sin of others only ourselves.

Since there is sin Jesus was sent into the world to get rid of sin in people’s lives and to heal.

When a little girl gets hurt, although God saw it, allowed it, He didn’t want it nor did he do it. Sin is a by-product of satan and the fall of man.

When God saw you then, he sees you now and he sees what you will become. He uses what the enemy meant for destruction, to bring Him glory. When we give our lives to God, He uses the pain from the past that the enemy tried to enslave us with sin, and use it to help others. If we have never been enslaved before by sin, whether as a little girl or as adult, we would never need to be cleansed or in need of God for our healing. God allows things to happen so we will depend upon Him. He then directs our paths with the ending in mind, and as a result we are healed and we help others find God on their journey that has went through the same thing.

We must reach a place in our relationship where we won’t know the answer but we must be happy with not knowing the “why” but trusting in God enough to know the ending is much better than if we had never went through it…. 

We must walk in faith, trust Him and look forward to the future God holds, we cannot change the past but we can change the future.

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Revelation Comes Through Relationship

Revelation comes through relationship, not just by intense study.  Some how we have got this backwards over the years.  We can study and study, have knowledge where we know something inside and out, but the revealing of truth comes through relationship.  Ever heard of the “light bulb came on”?  This is when you finally “get it”, and not keep going over and over in your head about something.  Sometimes we think we got the answers from knowing the facts and although the facts are important they are not the key.  The key is spending time in the relationship, this is where you really get to know what you are searching for or longing for satisfaction.  I love study and I am a teacher.  When I am in study and looking at the facets of a particular subject, I break down every part searching for a revelation.  I feel as though I get all hyper inside, bubbling with excitement to find the next clue or have something revealed to me. Hours can pass by and I feel justified inside for neglecting something else because I was feeding my mind.

Think of it this way, I can find out everything about my husband, his likes, dislikes, his personality, his style, and even do tests on voice, dna, why he does certain things the way he does…. well you understand my point.  However if I don’t spend time with him, I will never be “with” him.  I will know the facts and know all about him but IF I don’t take time to spend time with him, nothing will be revealed to me. There will be only facts but no revelation, no intimacy, no change in my spirit, soul or body.  Facts will bring faith but only when you allow it.

When we live for Jesus, we may know all the Bible stories, know the facts of who He is, what He done, what He came to do, the clothes He wore, the miracles He did, how He is no longer in the grave and that one day is returning back for us.  This is all in recorded facts.  The revelation is found through relationship and that is spending time with Him, quiet time.  Everyone is busy these days and sorry to say, I have to get up earlier just to make sure I have that time.  It is though He is sitting here with me sharing a cup of coffee.  I am thankful.

What has Jesus reveled to you lately?  Are you spending time with Him?  Do you know Him in fact, theory or divine experience?    Once revelation is reveled then experience takes a step and we move forward.  God is always on the move, never sitting still.  Take time each day to move with Him for He has many revelations for not only you to know but to experience.  Do not be fearful but walk in faith through relationship.

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Infilterating Damaging Sex

What does sex mean to you?  The church may not talk much about sex, but it certainly isn’t immune to sexual sin.  Some say sex means love and for others sex is a way of control.  Some say real relationships are not possible and never believe they can enjoy rich, warm, authentic love.  I have seen women use sex as a reward or punishment or tool to manipulate their husbands to give them something they want, and husbands force their wife into sex without nurturing love, however sooner or later both feel used, angry and the relationship crumbles because of a distorted view of sex.  Sexual desires are incredibly powerful, in fact so powerful it is like an addicting drug.  If sex is not understood it can lead to tragic consequences and if we give in to our lusts, we harm not only ourselves but also everyone involved, including our family.  Sexual temptation, fantasy, and an actual play out releases a “feel good” hormone to at first relieve life’s tension but as you look into the ending of a self-destructive action outside marriage it causes more damage than the feel good moments.

I met this woman during an event.  She was distraught and I knew she looked somewhat confused and torn about some things going on in her marriage.  She confided that she was having an affair and was thinking about leaving her husband.  With three small children, it seemed complicated.  She faced the dilemma that every person faces when a temptation gets out of control and leads to something that no one wants to endure.  I do not know the outcome for I never saw her again, but I do know she has a long road of healing and dealing with guilt throughout her life.  Depression and the onset of trying to reconcile her marriage or leave what she once knew for another adventure that turns out not so green grass on the other side of the fence.  This is one of many stories I hear as a counselor of the infiltrating damage of sex.  This act steals pure joy, distorts our expectations and poisons our relationships.  You play with fire, you will be burned, period.  You will have scars and others will see them because there is no such hidden secret, someone always knows.  No one can last playing two different people because mentally you cannot live in two worlds.  The real world always wins.  Intimacy cannot be established unless transparency takes place.

God has made us sexual beings and we all long to find joy and thrills with the one we love.  The drive to fulfill our longings sparks our creativity in the bedroom but it also makes us vulnerable to temptations.  In the Bible it often describes the cause and effect relationship of our choices.  No woman consciously decides to ruin her life by committing sexual sin but too many women play with the thought and then take tiny steps which lead to the next one and eventually plunge into disaster.  The process starts with a seemingly harmless fantasy.  The path away from pure sex is about selfishness.  I usually reaffirm those of the hurt party, wife or husband it is usually not about what they didn’t do in their marriage to cause the affair, it is about the guilty person’s selfishness.  With images constantly influencing us, beauty products promising us to be sexually attractive and sensuous, TV and movies scandalous, no wonder so many people fall into this dangerous dilemma.  The fantasy of sex apart from marriage seem entirely normal and desirable however just as drugs, no ones never tells you the damage it will do.  The heartache doesn’t resolve in minutes of confession it last for years and stains every relationship.

If you know someone who is playing with the thought of adultery, having sex in a relationship outside of marriage or plays with the thought of fooling around, take time to talk about the consequences of it and put an end to it.  Sex within marriage is one of the most beautiful gifts God has given us.  We need to think rightly about it so we can enjoy it but even when we fail, God is there to redeem and restore us.  When dealing with misplaced sexual urges, the goal is not to repress them but to see sexuality the way God intended it.  Sex was his ideas and he is more than willing to guide us so we can enjoy that part of our lives with our mate.  Sex is powerful and we need to know how to handle it with extreme care.  Do not ignore the warnings or the temptations for God gives us the power and will to walk away and overcome.

2 Timothy 2:22 New International Version (©1984)
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

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A Man’s Greatest Need

This week our ladies group is focusing on meeting our husband’s greatest need.  This need, is that men want to be admired and respected.  What happens in an affair, a woman will give respect and admire another woman’s husband in such a way he will be drawn to the other woman even if she is not as beautiful as his wife.  Men want to be admired and respected and they will sometimes confuse respect and love.  What happens in marriage so many times as a couple lives together for a while, the wife will neglect admiring her husband and take him for granted.  She might nag, try to change him and constantly try to “boss” him, cut him down or correct him in front of others, taking away every respect leaving him feel empty.

The homework for the woman this week was to start by making a list of attributes of what they liked about their husband.  It is a reminder to look at when they feel conflict with their husband.

Can you remember when you first actively pursued your husband or wife?  What drew you toward him or her?  Was it the smile, the sense of humor, the kindness, or the special little dance they did just for you?  Take time to reflect ways in which you can honor and complement your spouse on one of those attributes.  When you do this you are actively pursuing.  In turn they will be drawn to you more and will give you more love, more affection and more of what you want in return. Give to your husband the need to be respected, honor him and watch him love you more.

Prayer:  Lord thank you for giving me my husband, to have and to hold, for as wonderful as he is we compliment each other.  He is my love, my wonder man, my husband in which gives me and helps me be all that I can.

Proverbs 21:9 New Living Translation (©2007)
It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

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In Persuit of Process

My husband runs everyday.  Every morning he has a routine.  He comes into the kitchen and sits at the bar grabbing his devotion and his Little Boys Book to twitter out his thoughts for the day.  After reading his devotion and coming over to aggravate me when I am reading or writing my blog, we exchange the kiss, the love you, our plans for the day and hopefully a cup of coffee.  Time sometime is the factor.  He then gets his on his running shoes and takes a trip up and down the road or on the golf course.  It is a time in which he may focus on a particular thing or pray, but he makes himself disciplined to pursue this daily routine.  He chooses to have these commitments for happiness in his life, his walk with God and with his wife, that’s me!

I had a meeting with someone recently and I was asked the question, “How do you get close to God?”  My response was to say it is not a quick responding ‘got it’ but an ongoing process and pursuit of God.  It is developing the small measure of faith to a growing faith.  It is having faith to know what His Word says about you and tapping into that resource of power to experience the happiness we want out of life and to fill the void in all of us of wanting something more than the average person.  It takes discipline and a “want to” attitude and lifestyle change.  Just like the average person wanting to lose weight, it is not a quick fix but an ability to see with vision of what lies ahead of you and disciplining yourself in the process with a change of lifestyle in all areas.

What is the operational definition of the process that keeps our soul turned toward God?  The pursuit of intimacy with our Lord in our life is an intentional commitment to take steps toward Him and in the process of that motion, to grow more deeply conscious of connected to and confident in Him alone as the only source to satisfy sustain and secure your life.  This pursuit of encountering with God daily is a process that is intentional, it is a choice to become happy while participating in this lifestyle.  It is a lifelong adventure with increasing measures of satisfaction and meaning.  Notice what the key word here is…. increasing.  It is intentional in that no one is zapped into a walk of abundance or closeness to God, we must be actively focused on the pursuit.

This pursuit is a nonnegotiable commitment on our part to actively apply the principles that God has given us and to patiently and persistently build our lives around them.  These principles include:  a repentant turnaround in attitude and action, a repudiation of self-sufficiency that leads to a radical reliance on Christ, a conscious connecting in ongoing communication and a connecting with Him in creation in his character and conduct, in worship and praise, in crisis and in faithful obedience.

This brings us to the ultimate question:  “Do you have your running shoes on”?

Prayer:  Lord, everyday my focus should always be on you and running after the things of your heart.  I can get so lost in the rubble of selfish thinking or motives I fall into the prey of forgetting how important our time is so valuable with one another.  Forgive me in these areas God, I actively want to pursue you and I want my faith to grow.  I thank you for filling the voids in my life and helping me to continue to run this race that you have laid out before me.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

James 4:8 International Standard Version (©2008)
Come close to God, and he will come close to you.


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His Presence Minded

I heard someone say the other day that they had a hard time dealing with relationship verses work or service with God.  Practicing in the presence is sometime hard for some people.  Dealing with mind going hundred miles an hour, walking by faith, spirit of religion and how we shouldn’t live by performance or principles but by a transition to live by practicing being in His presence.  Let me explain where I am going.  Principles can be at work even when we don’t feel presence but however can be domineering.  We know we shouldn’t lie, kill or steal so we don’t.  Although these are rules or commandments we don’t break, it is still not being the same as relationship.  I don’t do those things not only because of the consequences but also I know it would hurt Jesus, the One who loves me so much that He gave His life for me.  Works do not save me, grace does. Mercy and Judgement pour from God at the same time, there is love but there are also consequences of those who refuse to obey.  The Word tells us that if we love Jesus we will keep his commandments.

I gave this as an example once.  You are going 55 in a  35 mph zone.  There was a sign posted but you didn’t see it.  It is a law that if you are speeding you will get a ticket, not excuses are tolerated. The policeman however has the right to either give you the ticket cause you broke the law or he can give you mercy by giving you only a warning.  He has the authority to give you mercy or pass judgement.  The important thing to remember however we don’t always have a relationship with the policeman because he may be a stranger to us, he still has the right to pass judgement on us.  God loves us and He has His Word for us to live by to keep us safe and blessed but if we overstep those boundaries we will be quick to find out that we are in trouble.  All of this however doesn’t prove how much God loves us but how much we have a relationship with him and it shows us how God extends his mercy upon us and releases us from judgement when we ask for forgiveness and turn from sin.

Another example is the relationship with your spouse.  I love my husband and I wouldn’t want to hurt him because I love him.  There are things I don’t do because I know I would hurt him (like breaking my vows or even simple things that I know that would hurt his feelings). I have a relationship with him.  I don’t earn my right to live here nor do I work for him in order to earn his love.  We exchange our love daily, we communicate and we practice being in the presence daily with one another.  The same should be with Jesus.  I have seen at times the people who find it hard to get into the presence of God are the ones who are so busy doing his work they have little time for Him.  Remember the Mary and Martha story?

Practicing being in His presence should not be so hard for us once we understand the concept of His Love, His tenderness and His grace.  He is with us daily and we should acknowledge him through everything we do.  Then when we are alone with only Him, we don’t have to try to get into His presence with hard prayer or music because He has been with us all along.  We sometimes rely on our feelings to guide us.  Even with our own spouses, our feelings toward them may change at times of frustration or unmet expectations but it doesn’t give us grounds for divorce.  Divorce is completely dissolving the marriage where all communication and relationship is stopped.  Somehow people do that to Jesus.  They only want to have communication with him on church days or days when they feel like it or have time for Him, therefore it is hard to get into His presence with deep intimate connection.  Being married only to see your spouse on week-ends and only for times for them to just make you happy is not relationship, it is selfishness.  We can cook, clean house and do all the right things as a wife would do but if we never saw, loved or communicated with our husband there would be no point in having a relationship.  Let us stop using God only for what He can give us but love God for who he is and what we want to give Him.

Living for God is a process and a journey.  We don’t have to prove or earn His love, just be His love and love others in the process.

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Five Ways To Kill a Relationship

This morning I will be speaking about relationships and for the month of June we will be talking about relationships, family, children and such.  As I was preparing my lesson I was thinking about how many people I knew and how many close relationships I have.  I have over a hundred phone entries in my cell phone and over one thousand people on my Facebook.  All of these people are people I have met, are friends with but not necessarily close to.  I have a distant relationship but not a hands on, face to face relationship.  Relationship defined is having a connection with others, friendship, family members, or behavior toward others.

Relationships if wanting to be close takes time and work and there is not enough time in this world to spread yourself out over numerous people where you can make a relationship effective.  Some people limit their relationships with only one close friend that last a lifetime.  Others choose to flow with their environment and have many friends throughout life.  Relationship with spouse and children take on a more meaningful role also taking much time and effort.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that He GAVE his only son……   God gave to the ones he wanted relationships with and what did he give?  Something that in which he valued so much.  Yes, I know we are not God and we can’t always please everyone in our world and with all our relationships.  But can we however give our best to those relationships to the ones we are close to if we are to be Christians.

What affects or hinders our giving in doing what we know what God wants us to do? In anything we do or in the relationships we have?  Here are five ways to block relationship intimacy when it comes to giving something that takes away from us to others.

  1. Selfish – want it my way and don’t want to even try to see it your way or your point of view, don’t care about what you think, your vision for the future of us, shut down emotions, silent treatment, pride.
  2. Twisted perception on facts – your decision is based on unlearned or ungodly facts and not truth – outside influence of point of view from others – man and woman different – can’t mindread or try to get man to think like woman  (First to understand before being understood)
  3. Pride/lust/Enticed – to sin instead of listening to God’s voice – go along with the flow cause it creates a feeling of power.  When you go against a decision made my those in authority over you gives you a sense of empowerment until reality and consequences hit.
  4. Agreeing with sin and to sin –  justify your sin as a right to your actions – Marriage :  I got married to early never got out much – I choose to drink, swear, lie, commit adultery, do drugs and it’s my own business.
  5. Blaming others – he made me do it or she made me do it – anger/unhappiness/circumstances/the past

As Christians we all want to be and grow and be like God.  If we are to be like God then we must give like God.  God gave it all. GIVE!  These five things will keep you from giving to your relationships.  When you find yourself holding back from your spouse, child or friendships usually one of these roadblocks will stop you in the path of effective relationship.

What about your relationship with Jesus?  It takes giving!  Giving of yourself to Him in time, to His work and to help build His kingdom.  It is all about giving.  Are you willing to give?

Scripture Reading for the day:   Romans 10

Prayer:  Lord I pray that I have your heart within me and that is to give.  I want to give to others to create a relationship that can be the best it can be and also God, to give to you in the best way possible.  Thank you Lord for giving Jesus to us so that we may live with you and in you.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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Beyond Comprehension

Last night I had a dream about my deceased Father in-law, Johnnie.  It was as I woke up in the dream by him, yet he was younger.  I estimated him around thirty years old, he was a healthy size and he didn’t have glasses on.  He wore new clothes in which he was very proud of and he had a new hat.  I knew he was so young and at first I seemed confused for I knew he was no longer living.  It was as if I woke up in a strange place but he kept talking to me like I was his best friend, not just a daughter-in-law.  He kept telling me to tell Benita to look for the little green box.  I believe it was the size of a large match box. If I am not mistaken I believe today would mark their fifty years of anniversary.   When I woke, I felt like crying and it seems that I have been so emotional lately.  Maybe it is from holding things in to myself without releasing my inner struggles to God.  After the sermon last night at this conference, the words were like a head on collision that melted right into our heart and soul.  It was a good word for both of us and to our church.

As I am walking through Romans the next few days I think back on how chapter 8 was one of my favorites as a new Christian.  Learning our identity can be quite challenging.  However it is through learning about His amazing love for us is a love that never fails, wavers or ends.  We often don’t think God is one who takes away but when He allows it to happen for it is the best way to establish our destiny.  God is with us through it all.  The double portion only comes through the taking away first, but through it all God never ever leaves us nor stops loving us.  It is beyond our comprehension.

<< Romans 8 >> 38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,p neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer:  Thank You Lord for all Your Love!  Thank you for loving us even when we didn’t love ourself.  Thank you for loving us when we were not lovable to others.  Thank you God that you show your love through the good and bad not just only when we think we don’t or do deserve it.  Your love is so amazing!  Teach us to love!  In Jesus Name Amen.

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I Saw An Angel

Preparing my message for the AWCF World Congress in Louisville, God spoke to me very clearly and as I proclaimed this at the end of my message yesterday, I had several request to post it.  Let us listen and proclaim His Kingdom!  While I was standing there on stage glaring at women from around the world, I was startled at the man standing beside me on stage.  I thought he had come to bring me a new microphone and could see him out of my peripheral vision.  However, as I turned to look to see what he was doing there was no one there.  I smiled as I knew there were people praying for me back home and He was just there to help me.  As I sat down after speaking, I felt his presence behind me and smiled.  He was a fat angel with a big belly.  It was really funny, cause God knows how to make me laugh.

Hear what God is saying:

My people are blind to the madness, to the love, to the poverished, to the city of strangers.  People refuse to see me working in the plans and in the lives of others.  Where is your God?  Where are the fruits?  Where is the infallible love toward mankind?  Hear people who call themselves mine!  Stand up and arise for I have blessed you.  I have overcome all the little things in your life that has tormented you and caused you harm and fear.  Rise up and walk, step into the faith of your destiny and be a people who allow me to work through their hands and their mouth.  Do not slumber, I wipe the salve, the clay from your eyes for you have been called for a purpose, you have been destined to be a world changer.  You have been selected as people to be mightily used by God.  Reveal yourself to the world this day and proclaim my love, my salvation and my abundance!  Do not return to the world with its attitudes, its judgmental conditions.  Arise and awake for you have been healed and you have been delivered of the blindness that has kept you in the dark for so many years!  As you walk you will know my heart, you will see through my eyes, you will know compassion for you have my heart.  Awake o warriors who stand in the gap, cry aloud for the melting down of hardness.  Stand up you people who know my voice, who lives and walks in freedom, peace and holiness.  You cannot have peace without holiness.  You cannot have holiness without peace.  Freedom, hear the voices cry out and allow his spirit to move thorough you.  Get lost in me says God, let me use you and your voice.  Know my voice, know my spirit, receive ye my power.  I breathe upon you and wipe away all tears of unforgiveness, anger and resentment of the past.  Failures have been stepping stones for your faith and the work I have planned out for you.  Get ready!  You are prepared you have been destined!  Don’t think change is not of me, for I have ordained things that are far above your understanding.  Are you ready to wake up and run!   Wake up and See!  It is released!

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My Great Husband

I hope every woman who is married can say the same.  I am married to a wonderful man and in a lot of ways ‘perfect’ in which I sometimes struggle to keep up with.  He has taught me over the years to focus on a task, see it through and not to be negative about situations.  It seems as over the last twenty-nine years we have known each other we have rubbed off and have integrated into each other’s soul.  Now, don’t think I am bragging but I know some who would see my husband far from perfect and would not even think of living with him.  He is compulsive about a clean floor but could care less about the dust.  He makes the bed every morning, not because I don’t do it right but just because he likes to do it, with all the wrinkles out of it.  He is controlling at times but isn’t all men?  He picks up his clothes, keeps his closet clean, vacuums the floors, takes care of the yard, cars and all financial matters, leads us all spiritually and has a giving heart.  Whew, I have a great man!  On the flip side, he doesn’t cook or do dishes, bummer uh?  He does like to get his way and he does have a strong opinion when coming to decisions but as of most of us, we can persuade our man to ‘change his mind’ if you know what I mean, say “Amen”.  You can smile at that one!  Never the less, I have a great man.

Yesterday I was exhausted from the yard sale we had at the church.  At the end of the day, a large truck from the Widows and Orphans Store came and picked up all our leftovers, except for a few totes filled with children’s clothes. Another person volunteered to sell them at another sale and the Battle of Sacramento sale, for Mercy 29.  So, my great husband grumbled about picking up the totes and having to load them into the back of the truck.  Since we both drove, he left before I did and as I was coming across the levy, there he was stopped in the middle of the road and he wasn’t happy.  He had stopped twice already cause the tote lids had come off.  He mumbled and popped off something about Pastors having to do stuff like this.  I laughed and of course kissed him when we got home to make him feel better.

We drove to the Metro church after cleaning up, meeting Lyle and Caitlin there.  We walked over to the small Bistro Cafe across the downtown area.  We had dinner outside, it was warm with a cool breeze and the food was fantastic!  We then ventured down to the local small coffee shop to be entertained by a guitar player while sipping on fresh coffee.  I felt as if I was in another world.  I could have come home, fixed supper and crash in front of the television but instead, my great husband took me out on the town to enjoy a relaxing dinner and fellowship.  Needless to say, I dozed on the way home and was in bed by 10:30.  I went to bed happy and with the thought, “I have a great husband”.

It has not always been easy over all the years and there have been times where he or I as wanted to leave, or kill each other but we stuck it out.  We are committed to one another, to see each other happy and fulfilled.  The more we give each other, the more we receive.  It is the principle of God and the promise of sowing and reaping that keeps us that way.  I know he can stand up proudly and hopefully say, “I have a great wife”.

Prayer:   Lord through the many years you have given us together, I thank you for all things.  I pray you bless my husband abundantly in all ways.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

New International Version (©1984) Genesis 2:22
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

I would love to send you a “Prayer for Husband” prayer.  I had these especially made up for a Marriage lesson I taught a few months back.  If you would like for me to email you this, please leave me a comment  requesting it  Start praying this prayer over your husband and you too will see miraculous changes!