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Stand And See It Through

 

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I am amazed at what can happen in such a short period of time.  The last time I wrote, I was basically homeless, living in a travel trailer, and the end was not in sight…literally!  Tonight is a different story altogether!

On July 9, 2014, which was a Wednesday night, a message in tongues went out in my church and the interpretation was as follows:

Now is not the time to back up.  Stand your ground.  I have picked a place for you.  Stand and see it through!

That day I had looked at houses with hubby and we found nothing!  We ended up yipping at each other out of frustration.  He was frustrated with me because I was ready to compromise our dream and I was mad at him because he wanted to stand his ground and not face ‘reality’.  I did not think he was facing the reality of our economic situation and he didn’t think I was placing my faith in God as it should be.  Guess who was right?  You got it!  HUBBY!!

When I heard that prophecy from someone who had no idea what had happened that day, there was no doubt God was speaking to me.  There was hope and a light at the end of the dark tunnel, as God put it that night in another interpretation.  

The next night I heard from a cousin I had not seen in over 32 years!  We had reconnected on Facebook and talk from time to time.  This particular night when I got online, a private message popped up almost immediately from her.  She wanted to know if hubby and I were still looking for a house in the country.  I sent a resounding, ‘YES back to her and it was on!

She told me of a beautiful 4.5 acre property with a large and gorgeous house in the center of it.  It has a yard full of gorgeous Oak trees with a beautiful ‘Ranch’ style house!  It is everything I had wanted and asked God for.  It also had some extras I didn’t think about like an outdoor kitchen  with a covered patio with a big screen television to boot!  I  had not even stepped into the house yet!  All this greeted me outside before I ever got to the door!

When I saw the house it was instantly ‘home’.  Every room I asked God for was there and more besides.  Gorgeous cabinets, kitchen island, and the kitchen was such Paula Deen would even be jealous of!  

Why would I expect anything less?  God, Himself picked this house out for us!!  How great is our God!!  Stay tuned for more on this story and pictures!!  I have a feeling it isn’t over yet and will only get better!


Offense Will Literally Choke the Life Out of You

Deutsch: Chinesische Wisteria (Wisteria sinens...

Deutsch: Chinesische Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) / auch Chinesischer Blauregen genannt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;    1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Not long ago, I observed a young woman who I was very impressed with.  She was happy, loved her life, was well-rounded and well-adjusted.  She loved her family and took great joy in the simple pleasures of life.

I noticed not long ago she had put something up on Facebook that went something like this, “I get so annoyed by ignorant people.”  It wasn’t long until I noticed she didn’t seem as full of joy as she had been.  I noticed she wasn’t interacting with others as I had seen her do before.  I noticed her posts were getting to be fewer and when she did post, the happiness and joy did not seem to hold the same intensity that was so rich it blessed me to just think about it.

I began to wonder what happened, but I didn’t have to wonder long to know she was offended.  My heart was just crushed over this!  Why?  Because I used to be offended.  I know what follows if you don’t deal with it and deal with it quickly.

Offense carries with it a multitude of problems!  First comes the offense, then comes anger over the offense, then come walls of ‘protection’ when they are actually prison walls set firmly in place by satan, himself.  After the prison walls go up, you find yourself more and more isolated.  The more isolated you become the more lonely you are.  You find people don’t want to be around you the way they had in the past.  Why?  Because you have become negative, quick-tempered, and irritable.  Gone is your joy, your peace, your gratitude for God‘s great blessings because you are consumed by the one or ones who ‘annoyed’ you!  You are miserable and so are the people around you.

Your marriage begins to feel it because your heart has changed.  You have literally begun to change.  Your children are no longer the joy they once were because you have become negative and satan is sure to make certain the littlest things now get under your skin.  You have left your love walk and opened the door to strife.

You are no longer the powerhouse in God you once were.  Why?  Because you are letting a different voice have precedence in your mind, and without realizing it, it is the voice of the devil!  You were baited and you took it and now you are on the hook.  He will pull and push you wherever he wants.

He will pull you out of church because the people you once loved and loved seeing now are flashing neon signs of problems to you.  He will infiltrate your home and the love of your life will be someone you ‘need time’ away from.  You will become exhausted with dealing with the smallest of things, including your children, because you blame their noisy play and refusal to go down for their nap for your lack of peace and your new-found stress.  You have been deceived and trapped.

Offense is a poison.  It quickly turns into bitterness and when it does it spreads like a cancer!  My great-grandmother had a beautiful wisteria bush in her yard.  She loved to garden!  She would plant different plants in cans and they would thrive!  She had planted the wisteria bush quite a few feet from one of her towering oak trees.  She had several oaks in her yard and it was beautiful!  There wasn’t anything she couldn’t grow, or bring back to life…until the wisteria bush was planted.

The wisteria bush began to grow, and it began to crawl.  What started out as a small plant in Grandma‘s yard began to reach out and grow beyond the space she intended for it to occupy.  It crept across until it reached the beautiful oak tree.  It began to wrap itself around  the bottom of the tree, then it began to climb and wrap its vine around and around the tree.  It wrapped and wrapped and tightened its grip and with each day it grew.  It was not long until the wisteria had literally taken over the towering oak tree and choked the life out it until it was dead.  The wisteria dug in and took the tree over and even Grandma could not stop it.  God can’t stop it either.  You have made a choice and you have been given a free will.  He has to allow what you allow because He will not and cannot violate your will.  Be careful who and what you give permission to occupy any part of your life!

Offense and bitterness are the same way.  What starts as a small seed grows quickly.  It spreads from a small annoyance to all out dislike.  Soon it isn’t just one person, it is several you have become ‘annoyed’ with and critical of.  The root of your offense is growing.  Its tentacles are reaching into every part of your life until it chokes the very life of love out of you that once flowed so freely and beautifully! It chokes out your joy.  It chokes out your blessings.  You no longer look forward to the day, but dread it because you are squeezed and the pressure is uncomfortable instead of being free to bloom as you once were!

God is love.  You were full of that love at one time.  That is when you felt close to God and now He seems so distant.  Why?  Because you are bound and the nutrients of His love and Spirit have been blocked.  You were destined to be a powerhouse for God and now you just can’t seem to concentrate on God like you used to.  Satan knew what you were destined to be.  He knew if he could get your eyes on the wrong thing, he could stop your progress and your future and all the mighty works that would have brought great glory to God and all the blessings He had for you would be lost.  

No longer would people look and see you shining, but they would look and see someone they pray they will never become.  From the palace to the pit is what satan intended and that is what he accomplished.  You had it all, and because someone was ignorant, instead of praying for them and walking on in love,  you let it become your hindrance and stopping point in God!  If you ask me, that is what is ignorant!  Knowing you did it and not doing anything about it is just plain foolishness!

Go to God and confess if you have any offense in your heart.  Get rid of all malice and wrath as the Word tells us.  God will deal with those people, and if they refuse to change don’t let it change you!  Allow God to cleanse you and preserve you.  Allow Him to bring back your joy and your love for others!  You will never be happy any other way.

 

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My Mother, My Teacher

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My mother has played a very dominant role in my life throughout my almost 53 years of living.  She was my Sunday School teacher when I was 6 years old, and she taught me the Bible.  I would sit on her bed when I was a little girl and Momma would begin to teach me things and quote scriptures to prove her point.

I was never an academic powerhouse.  I had a hard time hearing something for the first time and remembering it.  Repetiti0n and lots of it was the way I finally got it through my thick skull!   But, when Momma would quote the Bible to me, it was like my mind became a steel trap.  She only had to say it once and I had it forever, even until today, many years later.  

There were snippets when Momma would literally mentor me.  She was a busy lady because she went to college while I was in school and taught as a public school teacher many years after I was grown.  She was involved in various organizations and I didn’t always get ‘focused’ time with her.  Like all mothers and people in general, it is hard for us to stay focused and concentrated on one thing for long periods of time.  We don’t learn until later in life the ‘things’ really didn’t mean as much as we thought and our attention was wasted.  I don’t blame Momma for this because I fell into the same trap with my own children.

When Momma was focused on teaching me life’s lessons from the Bible, it was as though I was a sponge that couldn’t soak in enough!  Until this day it is that way.   My mother is 76 years old come May and I am anxious for more of these ‘mentoring’ times.

One day recently, Momma and I had to make a couple of trips to Houston, and fortunately my mom began to teach me invaluable things about Jesus!  I, yet again, soaked it in and craved more!  During Easter, her teaching began to surface in my mind and God began to feed into my spirit in a mighty way.  I had new information and I will never lose it!  It brought revelation in a way I will use today, and it will bring me great peace in the years to come.

I began to post some of it on Facebook.  Soon many shares began to show up and many retweets and favorited tweets on ‘twitter’ came from it.  Momma hates modern social media, but little did she know her message was literally going out to thousands!  You touch far more for Christ than you even can dream that you do!

I long for my mother to teach me more earnestly from her vast knowledge and wisdom.  No greater heritage could she leave me.  Nothing more valuable or comforting as the years progress and as long as Christ tarries His coming will I ever be given!  Everyone needs a mentor.

People want titles, initials, inventions, and legacies left after they are gone…they all mean squat compared to what you give from God’s mouth to your ear to someone else’s heart!  Change your priorities because if these are your priorities you are missing the whole boat!  Your significance is not in what YOU accomplish, but what GOD accomplishes through you!  Don’t let this be a cliché’ but a reality…please!  People need what God has planted inside of you!!

Jesus was a mentor to twelve, and you are expected to be a mentor as well…don’t lose the great reward of something you can never imagine may affect the future of so many.

 

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Then Suddenly…

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We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT

On a morning recently, as I was checking my Facebook, I saw a post by Lone Star Jake of Lone Star Inspirations.com.  Jake is a fellow blogger and he is also one of my friends on Facebook.

Jake got married not too long ago and is blissfully happy!  He often post about his sweet bride, Mrs. Lone Star Jake.  One of his post grabbed my attention, and when it did  a light bulb went off in my head!

When I woke up on a particular morning with my coffee in one hand and the other hand typing out fb.com, I immediately noticed the first posting was by Lone Star Jake.  It just ‘grabbed’ me.  This is what it said (I am using it with permission and changing the names).

Would you like to hear a story? Two years ago from today, I was volunteering at ??? School of ??? Ministry for set-up/tear down for a speaker. I had saved seats for 4 of my classmates However, one of them brought an extra friend, and being the gentleman I am, I offered to move. I sat some ways back with a few other friends. I looked behind me and there was the future Mrs. Lone Star! After class, I shyly walked up and introduced myself. That moment changed my life! I would like to thank all folks involved. All of you played a part in my favorite romance story which I believe, was written by God.

As I read this God began to speak to my heart about it.  He had me notice when Jake woke up that morning, he had no idea God had gone before him and arranged a day that would forever change two people’s lives.  He had no idea God had gone before him and had literally orchestrated a blessing, not only for that day, but a blessing for every day of his life from that day forward.  He had no idea his friend was bringing a friend.   It may have looked like he had served and served his friends, just to have to move and sit alone, yet that decision pushed him toward an orchestrated and divine destiny!

As I thought about this love story, God reminded me He goes before us and makes the crooked paths straight.  Your life may not be anything like you want it to be and relief may not seem anywhere in sight, but God has gone before you and orchestrated great things for your life, too.  God doesn’t play favorites.  What God did for Jake, He will do for all.

I thought of my children, who have yet to find that special person.  One ‘small’ decision on their part will lead them straight to who God has for them and He knows how to set up the circumstances to get them to take that path.  I have prayed many years for my children’s spouses.  I know God has not only heard me, but has answered me and they will be a blessing to our family.  

I know God has gone before me and prepared a house for hubby and me.  One change in plans, one prompting of the Holy Spirit to ‘turn here’ is all it takes to walk right into the incredible blessing God has planned for us!

My brother is an attorney.  He was working on an important case and needed to speak with another attorney that was working with another firm on a portion of that case.  It was so important that he speak with him.  He would call and this gentleman would be unavailable.  Later, this gentleman would call my brother back and my brother would be unavailable.  It was as if they were just missing each other by seconds.

My brother had to fly to New York for a business meeting.  He had prayed God would help him meet with this man.  Time was growing short and the necessity of that meeting was becoming more and more urgent!  

 My brother and the other attorney are both from and are still living in Texas and my brother made a mental note when he got back to Texas he HAD to see this gentleman as soon as possible.  My brother’s flight had been delayed while in New York and he had to take another flight which made him have to go to another gate.  This meeting was weighing so heavily on his mind, as he walked quite a ways out of the way to get to the gate where his rescheduled flight would be boarding, he was praying about it.  Just as he rounded the corner, there sat the man he needed to speak with.  He was on the same flight from New York to Texas as my brother.  Ready for this?  Their seats were side by side.  By the time they got to Texas, their business was taken care of and all was well!

You see, friend, things such as delays, a change of seats, unexpected events in life, etc. can change your whole future and they happen so fast you stop later and think, ‘Whoa!  What just happened and how??  I couldn’t have worked that out so perfectly if I tried!’  God always has a way of getting your destiny to you, and He is never late nor can the enemy stop it.

You may have been the low man on the totem pole, so to speak,  all your life but when God gets ready to promote you, you are getting promoted!  You may have lived in abject poverty all your life, but when God commands the blessing, God also has a way out of poverty and into ‘the palace’.  People may have thought you weren’t much of anything, but when the time comes God will raise you up and His glory will so shine upon you, people will stop and say, “Who would have thought??” just as they did with Jesus’ disciples.

They had impressed no one.  That is why people were so dumbfounded as they were used by God.  Because they were known to be ‘unlearned men’ yet they spoke as though they had been to the greatest schools and had been trained under the greatest teachers.  No matter what your level  of education is, or the lack thereof,  it won’t and can’t stop God’s blessing and favor upon your life!

Stop trying to make things happen.  Stop trying to make God hurry His plan.  Stop trying to figure out how He is going to do it and start believing He is.  He has the way, keep your mind clear to hear His voice.  Before you know it, you will be living the vision.

 

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Holiday Recipe-Snickers Dip

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HOLIDAY RECIPE

The Christmas holiday is upon us (Praise God for the supreme gift of Jesus!!) and so are our Christmas celebrations!  I have found new recipes on Facebook, and if I don’t save them here they tend to disappear from my wall for some unexplainable reason!!  I don’t want to lose this one…I love Snickers and this is just far too yummy!!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2  (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened…
1  (8 ounce) Cool Whip
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 Snickers bars, chopped

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together.

Chill overnight to better blend the flavors.

Serve with pretzels or graham crackers.

 

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