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Flying, Wide Open!

flying wide open

I haven’t blogged in some time.  I really felt the Lord calling me to a break from it all.  Yesterday, God gave me new direction and I’ll be filling you in on that.

I was posting recipes.  God had spoken to me to add them in, albeit temporarily.  I have to say, they were popular and I am glad I was able to share some things my mom and grandmother shared with me, but the purpose of this blog is not to share recipes.  I never intended it to be a recipe blog site

Jesus said it best when He said it isn’t what goes into the stomach that is important but what comes out of the mouth.  In other words, you have to eat, but more important than your physical body is the nurturing of your spirit!  What comes out of your mouth shows the substance of your heart and it also shows what your mind thinks about.  Your mouth shows you what you are made of and you will either speak life or death.  There is power in your tongue, so there is power in your mouth!

An acquaintance and fellow writer told me one time, “If you want readers, don’t write devotions.  People aren’t interested in devotions or Christian literature anymore.”  I felt like someone had slapped me!  Our lives should EVOLVE around Jesus.  You will only GO as far as you GROW.

  We need to know how to hear from God, how to get a grasp on God’s direction for our lives, how to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation at work within us.  Solomon didn’t ask for an exotic food or decorating sense or how to look like a ‘celebrity’ when God told him to ask anything from Him and He would grant it.  He asked for wisdom! 

 Wisdom should be the main thing we all are searching for, and if you are smart, you will search for it in Jesus Christ.  Even demons know Jesus is God so don’t pretend you don’t.  Deep down, you absolutely know it!!  Many just do not want to admit it.  Admit it while you can for the day will come when it will not be able to save you from hell and it will be too late…you will admit it one day anyway.  Every tongue is going to confess Jesus Christ is Lord the Bible says!  Do it now while you can still save your soul!!

You will find me bolder.  I am not here to pacify you, nor am I here to sooth wrong thinking.  I don’t mean to offend, but if the truth hurts then let it change you instead of fighting it.  You will lose every time!  The truth always stands…ALWAYS!  You are fighting a losing battle and why would anyone want to continue to be wrong?

I have found I don’t have to back down from any thing God has called me to do.  At the moment, I have sold my home and we are without a real address.  I am not homeless.  Thank God for a Christian couple who opened their home to us temporarily, but I had to let go of what I had to move into what God has and is preparing for me and my family.  I will be writing on more of this adventure in faith in the near future. 

I have gone from being ‘safe, steady as she goes, no changes’ to being a risk taker in God!  By faith, my family will step into literal air this Friday.  God will show us the direction we are to go as we listen and we will go where He says.  I guess you could say I am flying, wide open!   I hope you enjoy the journey with us.

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Because You Asked….

because you asked

 

2 Chronicles 1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this Your people who are so great?

11 God replied to Solomon, Because this was in your heart and you have not asked for riches, possessions, honor, and glory, or the life of your foes, or even for long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may rule and judge My people over whom I have made you king,

12 Wisdom and knowledge are granted you. And I will give you riches, possessions, honor, and glory, such as none of the kings had before you, and none after you shall have their equal.

I heard someone preach one time we should be driving expensive cars, wearing designer clothes, and living in large homes because that would make God look good to others.  God looks good no matter what I look like, drive, or live in.  God is God and He looks good all by Himself!  God looks good when a person lost in sin is saved.  God looks good when someone who has been left to die is healed and defies the odds.  God looks good when a marriage that was irretrievably damaged is saved and restored and becomes an example to others of  just what astounding things God can and will do.  God just looks good because that is what He is!  God has called us to tell of His saving love and mercy, not to announce what car I am currently driving or what my address is.

Today, as I went into my prayer time the Spirit of God fell on me and my prayer in the spirit was urgent and deep.  Many of the “old timers” call it a ‘prayer burden’.  I prayed in the spirit and did not relent until I began to feel peace come into my heart.  As I was praying,  the Lord led me to reach for my Bible.  As I opened it, my eyes fell on the passage above.  It was a time when God was speaking to Solomon and had asked him what he wanted from the Lord.  If you are familiar with this passage, you know Solomon could have asked God for anything and God would have given it to him!  Solomon could have asked for glory, honor, fame, riches, justice concerning his enemies, long life, and possessions, but Solomon asked for something you don’t hear often.  Solomon asked for God’s wisdom.

Solomon knew he was not able to govern the people without God’s help.  He knew how difficult this job was and it had little to do with fame, glory, or riches for himself.  He knew if he was to do right toward God’s people, if he was to make decisions that were best for the people, if he was to judge rightly and justly,  he would need God’s mind and wisdom.  He thought not of himself, but of those God had given him charge over.  The love of God and the great responsibility God had entrusted to him, framed and formed in his mind the request he would make.

He didn’t ask anything for himself.  He asked for the people.  He didn’t ask for riches, wealth, prestige, for his enemies to “get theirs”, or for long life yet, God said because of what was in Solomon’s heart, he would be granted wisdom and all these things besides!

God has always been solely concerned with one thing and we find it throughout the Bible…what is in our hearts.  Do we love people?  Do we seek justice or mercy and grace?  Do we seek truth for the sake of being right or because it brings what is right?  Where are our hearts and what is in the hidden recesses of them?

What a regrettable thing to stand before the Lord, whether now or on the day of reckoning, to hear from God, “You could have had it all no matter what, but because you sought “things” instead of Me and My ways,  you missed all of it.  It would all have been within your possession if only your heart had come into union with Mine.”

God’s heart has always been people.  He sent Jesus to die for ALL, not just a certain sect.  His love was so deep He gave the best He had and what He valued most!  When you love God, you love others.  When you love others, you seek their good, not your own.  When you look to the things that are at the heart of God, God blesses you.  What is so ironic about this is, when our hearts truly meld with God’s, when our interests reflect His, when our hearts beat in unity with God’s heartbeat, nothing else matters!  It no longer is a priority what we drive, what we live in, or what we are wearing…all of that is just “fluff and stuff”.  What matters is staying in rhythm with God’s heartbeat so that we are in the rhythm with  His grace, love, and mercy.

What is in my heart today?  If someone asked me what was most important, my answer would reflect it.  Let us be brave and courageous enough to be honest with our answer.  Then may God bring our heartbeat into union with His own.  No greater thing could we have!

 

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Bible Verse(s) of the Day-Don’t Worry, God Is Taking Care Of You!

matthew 6

Matthew 6

Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 Therefore I tell you, stop being [v]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [w]span of his life?

28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [x]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [y]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

33 But seek ([z]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([aa]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [ab]taken together will be given you besides.

34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

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Bible Verse of the Day-The Lord Satisfies Me With Good Things!

the lord satisfies me

Psalm 103:5

Amplified Bible (AMP)

5  Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!

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Verse of the day…At NO Point In Life Should We Worry!

at no point should we worry

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  And why are you worried about clothing?  Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?  You of little faith!  Do not worry then, saying,  ’What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
NASB Matthew 6:25-34

Verse of the day submitted by Travis Connally, Texas


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