Faith it is

It’s been awhile. I apologize. There has been some big changes that caused a delay in me sitting down to write. I actually have to admit that I have felt uninspired to write as well. I’m always looking for something that will spark something in me and even now I’m still not sure what this blog will end up being about.

The big change in my life that happened about a month ago is that my roommate and I moved to a different address. We live in the same town but the new place is bigger, it’s amazing how God delivered on what we were believing for. It started with a ‘sandwich order.’ After we heard a faith lifting inspiring message at church one Sunday, my roommate and I sat down and wrote down what we would want in a new place. It’s so fun to be able to imagine and dream about all the little details. God wants us to dream big. He is a big God after all. He wants us to have our hearts desire. We then taped it up on our living room wall, it’s a place we would walked past it multiple times a day. We could look at that list and thank God that it was ours. I want to say it was a good year ago we decided to do that. Then you know life goes on, but we stayed in faith.

It wasn’t until a couple months ago that yet another amazing sermon brought our faith levels up and we pressed for this new apartment that we only had seen and believed with our eyes of faith. It was a Sunday or two later that I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a place that looked like it would be worth a look. It was all God at how quick it went. That Sunday we got to see the apartment and the day after we were signing the lease and a month after that we were able to move in. God is so good. We are still amazed at how everything on our list was in this new apartment and more!

If our amazing God can do that for us with an apartment, just let our imaginations go wild at what else He wants to give us! He wants us to ask him for our hearts desires; give him every detail. He wants us to to be in faith that what we prayed and asked Him for is ours. He wants us to thank and praise him for it even when we don’t see it, even when it looks to be all odds are against us. That’s faith! And faith pleases God!!

We can stay in faith by purposefully being in the Word everyday. Let it renew your mind and make you free to the truth. In the days we are facing right now, we need to find a way to get to church that preaches from the bible. We need to keep each other built up and encouraged. If you can’t go to a local church, find one online and plug in. My church is called Love of God Family Church. You can find us on Facebook. Love you and God Bless.

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17 NLT

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. Hebrews 11:1 TPT

And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God.[e] For we come to God in faith[f] knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him. Hebrews 11:6 TPT

Spring new life.

Faith Focused

We all have faith and we use faith everyday. I wake up with the alarm on my phone, I turn my lamp on, I start my coffee pot. I use the faucet. I unconsciensly have faith that those things will turn on and work. I go to my job I clock in and when I am done I clock out. I have faith that the hours I put into my daily job will be calculated. When payday comes around I have faith that I will be paid. Faith is working all the time.

The bible talks about faith being a seed and a seed isn’t much good unless sown in the ground. Feeding a seed with water, sunshine and the things to help it grow will produce a healthy plant. We need to feed our faith the way we would feed a plant to help it grow. So what are we feeding our faith with? We can either have faith in fear or faith in God? How is fear fed? What are you paying attention too? I know there are new headlines and new facts coming to us everyday and right now things are changing our everyday normal life sometime overnight!!

I have to admit, when news began about the virus and all that was being affected and who it was affecting was really affecting me negatively. The news and the headlines were everywhere. It was what everyone everywhere was talking about. The Facebook posts I scrolled through were so confusing and even my loved ones spoke with fear in their voices. All of that got extremely loud in my head and was trying to take my focus.

That’s when I had to make a choice to turn my focus and turn the volume up on someone greater and solid. I turned and anchored myself to God’s promises. I let the source of hope, peace and love be my ‘attention taker!’ I made God’s word louder. The hope of the message of Jesus Christ has not changed it is still for today and it needs to be our focus now more then ever!!! It’s not only a message, but an actual covenant which means ‘promise.’

Our heavenly Father gave us a promise that we will be blessed, protected, healthy, provided for etc. if we only keep Him and his word and let that be our focus. This covenant started a long time ago with Abraham. He walked blessed all the days of his life even when He came against strong enemies. He lived and walked this earth with victory because of The Blessing of God. It would have stopped working if Abraham didn’t trust in Gods word. The scripture says in Romans 4:20-21 “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” In some translations it says Abraham grew strong in faith as He gave glory to God for what was promised. Just think about it, Abraham didn’t have the bible to read everyday like we do, he just took God at his word. I get into the word everyday and I read what God says about situations that are happening in the world and as I keep putting the word in my eyes and ears it brings faith. Then in the face of that which is a lie or contrary to what the word I can speak the truth. I praise God and my faith grows strong. I can with boldness and confidence speak against any situation. I will remain in peace and joy in these times by keeping my attention on the Word of God only. Let God’s word be your focus starting today.

Focus on ‘Christ in me the Hope of Glory

Growing

Growth has been on my mind. I am excited for spring to get here. I am so looking forward to seeing the snow melt, the grass and flowers that will start to grow. It’s always a blessing to see growth in myself too.

When I notice that a plant of mine has a new bud or shoot on it, I get excited because that plant is growing and I am doing something right! It’s the same with myself. When I notice that I no longer think a certain way or say something negative when I fail at something or I change a bad habit into a good one. I know I am doing something right because I’m letting the Word of God grow me and in me. If I catch myself being more watchful with my words or I stop letting quilt or offense take hold of me, it’s because I’m letting the truth of God’s word be my comeback instead. It’s powerful. It’s fun!

The gals of my church meet once a month and our Pastor for the last few months has been taking us through some inner self healing classes. We take mirrors and have to look into our eyes. We say out loud to ourselves that we love and accept ourselves etc. Let me say it’s not an easy thing because it’s surprising what comes up in our minds reasons why we shouldn’t be loving and accepting of ourselves. I can be my biggest critic of all and hold myself down by reminding myself of all my past failures and mistakes. I was also taught to put others first before myself and if I only think about myself I’m selfish. How can I love others and be forgiving and caring of others if I can’t practice this on myself first. This inner healing has helped me and my sisters in Christ see ourselves the way God created us to be. He thought He did a very good job when He created us, we are each one of his masterpieces. We are a garden and He wants to see us grow. It’s only by clearing out the junk that holds us down is when we can grow and stretch ourselves in the Lord and He wants us to grow and be closer to Him.

There will be a day this spring when the weather has warmed up enough where I will want to start uncovering the leaves off my little tiny garden patch. When I do I know that I’m going to see tiny green shoots coming up from the ground. I know by clearing away the stuff that fell on it from the autumn before it will help the the plants get the sunshine and fresh air it needs to grow big and eventually bloom. It reminds me of the movie The Secret Garden, when Mary finds the overgrown garden she thought was dead. She starts digging around and uncovers green plants growing underneath. She gets permission from her Uncle to own and tend it. She pours her heart into uncovering every square inch clearing away the old fallen foliage. That was what was preventing it from growing again. She sees to it come back to life!

So I want to encourage you to let the Word of God grow you. Take the time to clear out old hurts and failures. Let yourself be healed with God’s life and love. He see’s what He has created you to be, you are perfect in His eyes. Be healed and blessed to see yourself that way too. Praise God! Growth is awesome! Love you all. Happy Spring!

Abe likes plants and sunshine!

Now

There is a quietness in mind that I can’t deny it’s very noticeable. I am trusting in God and worrying less. I do of course plan and think ahead, but in the present moment is where I long and choose to be instead. When I wake up on a Thursday morning I don’t want to live in the worries of Monday, that would be in vain. When I wake up in the morning I want to live and walk in the present day, come what may. My God knows what Monday looks like ahead, He wants to calm and prepare me for it now not then. He’s got the plan. I will learn to trust in him then when then happens, by choosing to trust in Him now instead. I want to be thankful now. I know I am blessed now. I want to learn and grow from this moment, this day, Now. Why fast forward and let go of the precious time in between. If I use it wisely it can make the difference of victory, laughter and joy versus failure, worry and pain . I choose now, choose now with me.

2020 writings in my daily journal

A new year, a new day with no mistakes in it. I want new changes and new thoughts of possibility. I need renewed hope, faith renewed and strengthened for all the paths and doors that lead to a plan set up when the world began. I want to attain goals and achieve victories won already through and in Christ. I only need be obedient and willing. My heart is beating with excitement expecting only good. God you are good only. There is no darkness in You. Train me, correct me as I build myself up to know what to say and to know what to do. Another year to look to You with reverential fear and wonder. Amen, Hallelujah. Amen!

2020 Here I come!

Want to share

Hi everyone, so it’s been a couple of months. I am still here just super busy. A lot of new changes in my life and some very exciting news to share at the end.

I am working 2 completely new jobs that I started this summer. The first job I needed so that I could stop traveling so far from home. I now work as a barista at a hospital cafe. I went from retail drug store to barista it’s still all about serving people which is something I really enjoy doing. Just now I serve coffee, not sell cards and gifts. I really do like the change of pace. Each morning is different. Makes daily life more interesting. So the 2nd job is actually the same thing but its at a local coffee shop. The coffee shop has a more intimate, smaller feel. It’s actually run by a christian woman who uses it as her ministry. She pumps christian music through the speakers all day, great customers, great atmosphere! It’s so fun to work at two different places doing the same job. I believe the Lord led me too both jobs , I am so thankful to God for these jobs.

So now with these two jobs, I get two paychecks. It’s helped a lot financially. However in the last few weeks I gave up some of my free time and added extra hours from both jobs and probably more then I should have. On top of all the hours I was pulling at these jobs, I still spend a lot a time serving at my church. I have to admit I was getting stretched and somewhat stressed. What was more frustrating then that was that my devotions in the mornings seemed more rushed and routine rather then refreshing and encouraging because I start work really early in the morning. Sometimes I would work one job then change and work the other job. Then after that spend a few more hours at church and would not be home until like 9 pm. I would be exhausted by the time I got home, so instead of getting into the restorative word of God. And nothing can restore you like the word! I would get distracted by social media or watching YouTube. I would end up going to bed thinking about what all I had to do the next day and not be in peace at all.

You know if Satan can keep you from God’s Word your basically a sitting duck for his attacks. All of which can be avoided by keeping your faith built on God’s promises and who He has made you to be. I am not completely out of the water yet because I am scheduled quite a bit at the hospital cafeteria until the end of this month. However I have been making sure that I put the word of God and quality time into my devotions first before other distractions, and so I have a higher level of peace. Plus not to mention my pastor gave an awesome sermon on Sunday and my faith has risen! So instead of seeing and reacting to stress that comes; I can and will see it as more opportunities to look to God, my unconditionally loving Father. So by knowing and drawing on His love and who he calls me to be. He calls me Victorious, Able to overcome, Strong in Him and the power of His might, Loved, Blessed. So when those situations that come that try to tear me down I will cover them with the awesome love and power of God instead. Then the stress that would weigh me down otherwise becomes lighter then air. I am gonna fly right through these next weeks. Hallelujah!!! Praise God!!!!

Speaking of flying!!! So my exciting news to announce…I am taking a missions trip to Haiti. There will be nine of us flying to Haiti at the end of the year. We plan to bring our children’s program there which is filled with puppet skits, pirate skits games and of course the love of Jesus to bring joy to the kids that live there. We will be helping a group called Haiti Mama. One of their great many things they do is they help create jobs so moms can financially support their children who otherwise have to be given to foster care!! My church and I are fund raising for our airfare, accommodations and to be able to bless the Haiti Mama Mission and the children. I am attaching a link to our gofundme page below and also I would encourage you to look up Haiti mama. org. Thanks so much and God Bless.

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve and do infinitely more then your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream and exceed your wildest imagination. He will outdo them all for His miraculous power constantly energizes you. Ephesians 3:20 TPT

Glory!

Being kept

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in and confidently rely on the loving-kindness and the mercy of God forever and ever. Psalm 52:8 (Amp version)

Isn’t that an awesome verse!!! Well when the Lord gave this verse to me a week ago, it opened up a great revelation to me! If you have a plant or pet that you take care of; do you ever stop to wonder the trust that they or it have in you? I mean think about it, it’s alive because you are keeping it alive.

My cat Abraham comes to me for petting and cuddles and just flops over near me without even a second thought about if I would harm him in anyway. Now I do have moments where I have to speak loudly and put more authority in my voice or if I loose my cool and yell He may slink and hide. But he knows that I am his keeper and I am his source of what He needs to live. He comes to me very persistently sometimes, (He can be very annoying!!!) to receive what He wants or needs. My plants too; if I forget to water them they pay the penalty, because I am keeper over them and I am responsible for them.

We can approach our Father like that too. He is our keeper and He has all that we need to live and have a life that is abundant in His goodness. He wants us to have His goodness too because He is keeping us! When I looked up the definition of keep, Wow! Here is a couple of them. One is to have or retain possession of. That sounds like Our God. He keeps us and we keep him. As the song, Oceans (Where feet may fail) by Hillsong goes, ‘I am yours and you are mine.’ Another definition is, cause to continue in a specific condition, position or course. We are children of God and covered by grace, He has a purposed life for each of us to live out for Him here on earth. The word keep is so awesome!!! OK that is your vocabulary lesson of the day! 🙂

Let’s remember that even though He has good things for us, we need to be open to Him to receive it. Just like a plant, it’s roots and leaves have little openings to take in nutrients and water. Also at the right time and season plants have the ability to attract bees and other insects to it to and they carry away seeds and pollen to other plants and new ground to produce more plants! I’m I making any sense??!! Ha!

We like the plants need to be in God’s word to know what good things are available to us and then we need to receive them. We claim the good things from God by speaking them over our lives. After we feed on and fill ourselves with those good things that God has promised us, we at the right time release our faith into areas of our lives. We attract others to us and then we give them the truth of the Word and with the seeds of truth planted in their hearts they go out and spread the good news to others!

Im going to finish with this little poem He put in my heart. I’m sure and open to keep being kept by my Father, my keeper. He keeps me. He’s keeping me and I am keep Him. I keep myself being kept in His keeping.

God Bless you all!

Abe with his mama!

Can I have more ‘Word’ please?

Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

This verse is what the Lord gave to me this morning during my devotions. I am becoming more and more aware how much I need to be in His presence everyday. It amazes me that I get to spend time with the God of the universe and find out what He has to tell me. It may just be a word of encouragement. He may tell me something to teach me something or to help me. It could be a step I need to take, might be a word for some else. Whatever it is I never take a single verse I get from My heavenly Father for granted. The most special thing about me wanting to draw near to God, is that He longs and loves to draw near to me. He delights to be connected to His children.

I have found that the more I draw near to God and feed on His word, the more and more I want it, and not only want it but need it. Its kinda relates to drinking water. I use to pick anything else over water. I thought water was boring. I started drinking it cause its good for you. The more I drank it, the more and more I began to want it. Now its something I enjoy to drink. It’s the same thing with reading your bible, once you start and make it a habit the more you want it.

Truth, Highest Form of Reality

Hey everyone. My break from writing was needed in more ways then one, but God knew. He knows it all and learning to trust God’s Word is an essential part to living a Christian life. I made the decision to press in further during my devotion times and that brought up some areas in my life that needed some work. I heard it said once that we don’t pray and worship to change God, but its to change us. I needed God in some areas that He wanted in on, so I opened up and God showed me what to do.

I started to speak God’s word into and over my life more. I also started believing and trusting it more about what it says. There is a verse in the bible that says, ‘let God’s word be true and every man a liar.’ God’s word needs to be our truth in our lives. The meaning of truth is ‘highest form of reality.’ So God’s word needs to be the highest form of reality to us.

When I was growing up I didn’t see myself as being anything special. I had very little self esteem, my life was so average. I spent a lot of time daydreaming of having superpowers and saving the planet. I would dream about knowing famous people who would call me for advice or to hang out. I would dream about finding out I had a rich uncle who left me a huge inheritance. I would dream of inventing something that everyone in the whole world needed to be happier. Then I would wake up from my imagination and find everything average again.

After I became a born again christian I still have struggled with this way of thinking, minus the day dreams of course. I still believed this lie. That is one of the areas God showed me He wanted to change in me. He wants us to see ourselves the way He sees us

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work. I chose you to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. 1 Peter2:9

The Father has loved us so much! This shows how much he loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are his children. 1 John 3:1

The list goes on and on about what God calls us and how much He loves us. He has a great plan and work for each of us. It’s so amazing!! After I spent these last few weeks spending more time in God’s word it has changed the way I see myself and my life. My old way of seeing myself and the lies that gripped me since childhood are no longer there. I trust what God’s Word says about me instead. I am a child of God and I believe what Gods says about me. That is my truth; my highest form of reality.

Let His Truth Shine in You

Path to Victory

Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long. Psalm 25:4-5 AMP

The Lord is leading me on a new level of faith. Each step that I am being shown to take needs total dependence on Him. Totally relying on the One who knows the beginning from the end. I won’t be moved by the things that I thought were going to work out but didn’t. I can’t and won’t let any thought of failure be part of the equation. My Father God does not look at my mistakes and messes, He sees me as the righteousness of Christ Jesus. I will not put on the hat of defeat when I am clothed in victory.

We have the choice, it is laid out in front of us just like it was for Moses in the beginning. God tells us to choose life over death. He also tells us to choose the blessing over the curse. God gives us the choice, we can live cursed and defeated or blessed and full of life. There is power in the words we speak over ourselves and the situations that we face daily. The most powerful words are God’s words. If you can’t think of words to say go to the Word; find the verse or verses that you can speak to your situation or over yourself. Speak those verses daily and you will see the situation change. Do it by faith. Do it knowing God speaks that about you.

Whatever your facing if you are in Christ you have the victory!

Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me. Micah 7:8

Victory in Christ