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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Let's Pray:

Father I thank you for waking us this morning and for the gentle rest we received last night.
 I thank you for being the awesome father, nurturer, and provider that you are. 
Lord on this day my heart is heavy as I look at the negative things going on around me and the increase of violence occurring in every city and state.  Yet, I know that you said in your word these things would happen and that we should not be troubled.  I also know that you are able to change the situation and hearts of man.

 Lord I ask that you enter the hearts and minds of your child opening our eyes to the people we are and the people you'd have us to be. Father I as that you show us the area's within us that are not pleasing to you, and give us the wisdom and ability to change into that man or woman that will be a pleasing vessel to you. Father I ask that you'd bring those who don't know you unto your salvation and place a desire in them so strong that they will seek you, find you, and live there lives according to your will, plan and purpose.

Lord I ask that you wrap your arms around every child opening there eyes to you.  Lord put the perfect labors in there paths and fill them with wisdom, knowledge and discernment that can only come from you.  Lord I ask that your will be done in every adult responsible for raising your children, giving them the ability to discern what you consider right and what's not pleasing to you.  I thank you in advance as I know there is nothing to hard or impossible for you Father.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Reserved

With elegance and grace he's weaved his way into facets of me
Awakening feelings I never knew existed
Entry into my heart this man has been given
With the ability to view areas not seen by the natural eye
Or touch by a loving hand
This man
The one I didn't believe exist
Yet, prayed for endlessly
Has shined a light where darkness dwell and emptiness called home
A corner where dreams of true love had long been hiding in the shadows of someone else's life
Someone else's love
Some one else's dream
And some else's reality
What a difference God makes when prays are left at his feet
To know that he finds no concern meaningless
Our cares are his cares
our desires his desires
He takes the purity and concerns residing in his child's heart to the greatest height
For He- himself is a lover
One who loves in the purest form
Endlessly
Effortlessly
Honestly
Eternally
Only asking that our faith and trust be in Him
With this belief He's provided a space in my heart I didn't realize was available
A corner only He could have reserved
Allowing the love of one man to enter an avenue only God could preserve
With the ease of a master craftsmen he's gently chipped away the rough edges
Removing the barriers that once blocked the flow of love
Skillfully capturing my attention
Heart
Soul
To God be the glory
For in His infinite way He has reserved this man for me
And me for him
No reservations needed

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Who Do You Magnify?

In my distress I called upon the  LORD,  and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and to his ears. 2 Samuel 22:7


Often times I think we spend more time magnifying the problems in our lives than we do looking to Jesus for the solution. The enemy is crafty, he knows how to make circumstances appear larger than life.  If given the opportunity he'll help you focus on the negatives that may be happening in your life for as long as you allow him.  He realizes that the more time you spend worrying about the situation you may be facing the less time you'll spend seeking the Father.  If he can sway your focus he'll lead you to believe that the obstacle, circumstance, or situation is to much for you to bear, and it may be, but what he doesn't tell you (and why would he), is that with God all things are possible and there is nothing to great for the Father.

 He won't tell you that there is power in the name of Jesus.  He won't tell you to speak life into that situation and praise God through your trial.. Why would he?  Your a christian, right?  You're are a child of the King, correct?  You do realize that when you fail to see Christ in your situation the enemy definitely see victory in his.  That's his job and he is good at it.

Take a moment, look to the things the father has all ready brought you out of,and then tell the devil the only victor is King Jesus.  My sisters and brothers it's time to stop giving the devil a free ride and look to the hills from whence cometh your help.  With God all is possible. With God doors are opened and lives are changed.  I don't believe I m telling you something you don't all ready know. 

Yet I pray that this post runs across the eyes of someone who doesn't know Jesus and is looking for a savior.  To that person I say God loves you and being a Christian doesn't mean you will live a life that's not filled with obstacles but it does mean that as you grow in the knowledge and love of Christ you know that he will provide you with all you need and when your days on this earth is done you will have a home with him in glory.. 

Scripture reading:  Matthew 18:11-19, Mark 10:27,Luke 11:9-10, John 10:10 & 15:7.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Are We There Yet?

I'm not there yet. 
You know that place where when insulted, hurt and, wounded by someone I'm able to shake the dirt off my feet and move on.  I'm striving to get there, it's my goal to mirror Christ, pray for my enemies, and smile in the face of the one whose sole purpose is to hurt me.

I want to be so in-tune with the father that I can brush off  insults, leaving them lost and forgotten like old news, and yesterdays trash. It's a daily struggle and  I can say I've made some progress but have yet to perfect it.  Slowly but surely I'm learning that I am truly his, and in his timing, and with a willing heart in  obedience to him, he will  mold me into the woman he'd have me to be.

  It utterly amazes me how Jesus accomplished all he did to please the father(John 1:11).  I realize that the more we say we want to be like him uncomfortable and unpleasant task will arise.  Yet, to be like him we must press forward, endure, and love even when it hurts.  That sometimes means keeping a closed  mouth and unguided opinions to ones self.    To love him more than self, which, also means we love others more than self. When we can truly master and mirror the love of Christ what powerful witnesses we will be.

So please be patient with me if the image you see isn't where it should be and know God is not through with me yet..

Eph 4:21, Phi 4:8, Col 1:10-13,Col 3-13,1Cor 13:1-8,1peter 3:10,1Peter4:8,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Place I Won't Visit

What In Hell Do You Want...
That was the question posed to the congregation this Sunday. The minister started off by saying how lightly we tend to take the word.  Often used to emphasise a point.  We've heard it time and time again, it's cold as...hot as...I m hungry as..tired as..mad as and, the dreaded go to... one could go on and on but in actuality, hell is where Satan and his fallen angles roam, a place of doom and eternal fire and brimstone,and eternal home that will be given to those who have chosen not to follow Christ.  It's not the place I believe any one in good conscience want to go or spend eternity. Yet, it's used so loosely in conversation and in the lives of those who don't believe.  Which make it a valid question don't you think?

 I've heard many preachers talk about actions that are not pleasing to God, and speak on repentance and forgiveness.  I even recall them going as far as saying these action lead to death, and  I' m sure hell was mentioned at some point in there sermon.  I'm sure a startling way to lose the majority of your congregation would be to bluntly tell them that if you don't get right with the lord your going to hell.  Though not a heart wrenching sermon they would have been speaking the truth.

As one looks at the state of the world today and how some continue to live there lives without regard for others or God.  We've become a nation of  I, me, and, tell me what I want to hear or at least something that's going to make me feel good.  Many have turned there backs and hearts on those who are trying to do Gods work and will. 

If the message doesn't feel good it's rejected, ignored and, often times there off to the next church.  We must come to the realization that a different messenger is not go to help us if we continue to close the doors of our heart to the message placed before us.  Only God and his holy word can do that.

When the question was presented it opened my spirit challenging me to do a self examination of how I'm living  my life. It is my belief that we as christian must live beyond the words but know with out a shadow of a doubt that we are living in a manner pleasing and of the fathers will.

Does one really want to burn in eternity?  Yet the choice to live ones life outside of Jesus Christ is a life destine for the pit.. knowing there's a God who's loving, forgiving and wants the best for us we must continue to grow in Him and in our spiritual relationship with Him.  We must take the time to honestly explore who He is and what His best looks like.

I can say that as sure as I know there is a heaven I want no parts of hell.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Faith Mate


And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.(psalm 9:10)

I've been at this place before.  A place where I've put my trust in someone praying for the best but expecting the worse.  What does one do with that?  As my plan is to pace myself remembering past mistakes, haunts, sorrows and trying desperately not to let history of doom repeat itself.   This desire and need we have to be loved and give love in return, is it wrong?  and if it is why does it seem to work for some and not others. 
 I've had the habit of getting into situations I initially thought were right only to realize they weren't  and then look  for God to bless it.  You know, telling oneself that 'what the enemy meant for harm, God will work out for good,'  not taking into account that that enemy was probably the 'inner me'.

 I can say in that aspect I have grown as I realize God doesn't work that way.  He will let us wallow in our ignorance for a time. As I put my trust and faith in Him I've had the opportunity to take inventory of first myself, and second the type of man I'd like to share my life with, praying and promising myself  that I won' t get involved with a man whose not after God's heart.

With eyes wide open I'm waiting for the man God sends into my life instead of settling for one who's not His best for me. Taking time to truly understand what love is outside of the word it self and the emotional plays we add to it. Desperately seeking to understand what it is that binds and hold couples together for life as I wait for that man who will love me as Christ love the church and in me find a good and valuable woman.

Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also lovethe church and gave Himself for it,(ephesians 5:25)


Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;(1Corinthians 13:4)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Self Assurance

He is the potter
I am the clay
Slowly and carefully he continues to strip away
molding and discarding useless pieces,
Old haunts and negativity are brought to surface
rearranging my thoughts, responses and actions
He challenges me to walk on waters unseen
going further and deeper than I've ever gone before
Realizing I m no swimmer
He leads me into deep
without the comfort of an earthly life jacket
or the assurance of an earthly float
'Put your trust in me,' He says
In you Father do I trust
For whom else could I lean on
Depend on and rely on
Who else knows me better than I know myself
And in spite of self chooses to love me
Flawed and damaged
Who will hold my hand as I venture to sights unseen and lands unknown
Only you Father, Only you 



And they that know thy name
will put their trust in thee;
 for thou, Lord, has not forsaken them
 that seek thee. Psalm 9:10

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Ultimate Sacrifice (2)










Treated as less than
all the while hanging as
more than
Can you imagine what He endured for us? Picture Him hanging there,.
 Nails in his hands, nails in his feet, thorns wrapped around his head as the sweat
of  His brow drenched his body with blood.
Can you imagine the pain, the agony,and the prayer.
He didn't ask the Father to kill them.  He didn't ask Him to mask or take away his pain.
In the midst of his trial, He ask the Father to forgive them. 
'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.'(Luke 23:34)

Oh to be like my sweet Jesus to come to a point where we not only ask Him to forgive us,
but when hurt and wounded be able to ask him to forgive our offender.

In this season of giving lets take a moment  to truly meditate on the  the depth of His love for us. 
He didn't think about his pain. He didn't think  of ways in which he could have changed the situation.
 He ask that they be forgiven.
Would you be able to do that? In the heat of the moment could you see yourself asking God to forgive the person who has just hurt you?This scripture was placed in my heart one evening as I was thinking about how someone had hurt me. As I read it it was as if I was reading it for the first time. To think that He endured for us cause me to realize the negative things I may endure is not totally about me.   It's about Him and living a life where His light can be seen regardless of the situation.  Because of his sacrifice my sins have been washed away.  Because of what he endured I am able to press on and move forward.  Because of his love I am reminded to pray for my enemies, bless those who curse me and feed those who despise me.  Because of Him I am .

"Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you,"(23) "and in that day you will ask Me nothing, Most assuredly, I say to you whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you." (John 16:22-23) NKJV

Father forgive us for our sins and help us to truly forgive as you have and as you do.  Father let your light so shine in us that in every encounter we have  you are seen and glorified.  Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross and thank you for loving us inspite of our faults.  In Jesus name I pray .. Amen

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Ultimate Sacrifice









They nailed him to the cross,
Pierced him in His side
Laughed at His agony
Made a joke of His pain
Ridiculed and spit on
He hung there
On that cross
And He
Jesus
Said....




Father, forgive them for they no not what they do.
It brings tears to my eyes when I think about the sacrifice of love He endured for us.

A love that can't be compared to any other.
A love that allowed HiM to to see pass His pain
and endure for the fathers purpose.
Ridiculed by those He only wanted to save.
Treated as less than, all the while hanging as more than.
Imagine, being loved that much. You don’t have too, you are.
(luke23:34)

(to be continued)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Take Wings & Fly (3)

3rd John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well even as [I know] your soul keep well and prosper.(amp version)

Many friends on FB left well wishes for the coming New Year.  I believe my New Years status stated something like,

' Take the time to spend with those you love because tomorrows not promised..If you have no time for me while I'm living don't cry over me when I'm gone....' 
 And my dear friend wish me and my family an awesome year of abundance and health for the coming year.
 Nine days later the Lord called her home.

I copied those postings and stuck them on a board above my desk. I look at them as a reminder (though I don't need one) of the kind of woman and friend she was.  It reminds me of how blessed I was to have her in my life, and how important our Christian walk is.  We shouldn't need a wake up call to realize that life, our life, is truly a gift from God, and one that should not be taken for granted.

Yet, it seems that no matter how many wake up calls we get, we often take the preciousness of this life for granted.  We put off for tomorrow things we should do today.  We carlessly live as if our tomorrow is promise and our times are not in Gods hands but in our own.  Leaving us wishing we would have taken the time to pick up the phone, visit a love one, or just let a special friend know we care.  I urge you to take the time to tell your love ones you love them and not put off for tomorrow anything you can do today...
   
What lasting words would you like to leave your love ones?

My friends I pray that you prosper in every way and that you keep well even as your soul continues to be well and prospers...God Bless...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Take wings & Fly 2

John 13:34-35
   34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 


The scripture reads so clearly...Love one another...How often have you hear a Christian sister or brother say, 'I love you with the love of the Lord.'  Without thinking I believe some don't understand the power in that statement.  Think about it, to love someone with the love of the Lord really means you'd lay down your life for that person.  You'd sacrifice 'you,' if it meant helping and saving them.  You'd do what ever it takes and give all you have because you're determined to live righteously in the Fathers presence. And if you are truly loving with the love of the Lord, you have perfected the art of loving and giving which go hand in hand.

That was the kind of woman Sharmond was. As we touch on two months since her passing, even in death He has given her the ability to continue to touch the hearts and minds of those she'd come into contact with.
She gave so much of herself and strive to live her life as God intended.

Only what you do for Christ will last and because of her love walk for Christ, even in her absence,
 He's given her the ability to affect a number of life's for His glory.

Are you truly loving with the love of the Lord?

God Bless


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Take Wings & Fly 1

So this is the mode He has me in.  It's funny the things God uses in us to get out of us what he wants.  Sharmond is constantly on my mind.  I miss her more and more as the days progress.  When things are happening in my life or a simple thought enters my mind I want to pick up the phone and call her if only to hear her voice and seek her opinion.  God I miss her...

I believe the journey He has me on is a continuation of my Take Wings & Fly post.  I talked about missing loved ones and the lasting impression they left on our hearts because of the Godly qualities they possessed.
 I think its time to examine those qualities and to see where I'm lacking and how they could be applied to my life to glorify Him.

If I could use one word to describe her I'd have to say she was a giver.  It's my opinion  a person who has mastered the gift of giving for the Lord is unstoppable.  Often times in the church when the pastor or someone speaks of giving the first thing most people think of  is money but, a person whose a giver's wealth is far more than a dollar can describe.

Psalm 1:2-3
But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually mediates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 
3) And he shall be like a tree firmly planted (and tender) by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaves shall not wither; and everything he does shall prosper [ and come to maturity].

A true giver is one who takes the time.  One who walks out there Divine purpose and follows the path God has led them on.  One who's not looking to please self but looking to give of self and be that servant unto the Father. 
Thought:
Are we there yet?

God Bless...

.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Take Wings & Fly

   Sharmond was a woman character, her love of family, friends and life, was a gift from God and His gift to us.  As I think about those who've passed on and in our sorrow we search for clarity or just a glimpse of understanding.  Some of us question why this person was taken away and why prayers of healing or extended life wasn't answered or wasn't answered in the restoring fashion we'd prayed for.  We are all born on this earth only to one day leave it.  Yet, it's the leaving part we tend to have a problem with. Because we love so deeply I guess we believe we know better than the Father and should have the authority to say when it's time for someone to go.  We tend to forget that as deep as our love may be for someone the Fathers is greater; and thought we may not understand or agree with His timing He's still an on time God.  I believe it's those saint who truly live there lives unto the Lord we have the greatest problem letting go of.   Like the mother bird that nudges her baby out of the nest to teach him how to fly.  Those who've left lasting impressions on our lives were in there own way that mother bird, yet, it was the way He use them in our lives we'll miss the most and, fail to realize it's at that time we have the responsibility to take wings and fly.   Take comfort in knowing that no matter how deep the sorrow or tough the times if you keep your hand in His he will carry you through.  I believe the character He placed in the individuals we cherished is the character He expects us to pass on and take wings and fly.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rest In Peace

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that my friend is gone.  The thought of only seeing her in pictures and /or old video is one I find hard to bear.  It's amazing when you think about how often we take the relationships we have with others for granted.  She called me a few days before her passing because she couldn't find Oprah's new network on her Canadian station.  We'll I wasn't much interested in Oprah's network and didn't know what channel it  was on on the US station so I figured I'd call her back when I knew something.   After a couple of days had gone by one of my friends on facebook had a site with Oprah's information and it appeared that there wasn't a station for Canada.  I'd been meaning to call her and tell her that but knowing how resourceful she was I figured she'd found it. 
That was the last message I received and will ever receive from her. 
The thought of that brings tears to my eyes. 

People are always posting things about friendship and how it can be measured.  Some say you can measure a friendship by how a person is there for you when you need them.  I'd have to say I agree with that. 
There was such a luxury in knowing she was a phone call away, and no matter what the situation she was a listening ear and would always offer a word of prayer.  I'm going to miss that about her. 
A God given friend who's honest and true is hard to come by...I miss her... In the flesh I guess I'm afraid I'm gonna need her again and by no fault of her own she won't be here for me...I know God will provide and it's from Him my help and strength comes from  but I also know that for so long he'd been working in my life through her,and I thank Him for that.

 He placed her in my life for a reason and for many seasons.  He gifted her with an ability many of us can only pray for.  Her capacity to love and care for others was truly amazing.  She was a wife who honored the Lord, and her husband.   The nuturing, love and independence she showered her sons with is something to cherish.  The memories I have of her I will cherish forever and as I write this I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that my friend is gone. Gone on to glory never to be forgotten.  I know Gods ways are higher than ours and thoughts deeper than our yet, I'm utterly confused about this one and I'm leaning on Him to help me understand an make peace with my good bye.

Monday, January 10, 2011

At His Feet


I just want to sit at his feet


Lay my head on his lap
And let him wipe my tears away
I need to tell Him about my troubles
Lay my pain in His hands
And say
Another tough month Lord
Love ones have gone to meet you
And when happiness tries to shine through once again clouds of sorrow appear
Disappointment and despair seem to stand side by side
I know
I know
I need to sit at His feet
Clear my mine
Worship in His presence
And pray without ceasing
Taking no thought for the cares that tempt and tease
The cares that try to lead me astray


He’s my only comfort
Joy
Hope
Strong tower


Present help and devil devour
I think I’ll just stay here
At His feet
With both arms wrapped tightly around his ankles
Basking in His Presence, Glory and Power
Asking Him to takes me to a place
where the cares of this world won't faze me
A place where
the pain and sorrow of what I'm feeling
 can be left
A place where I won't question
 why
why did you call my bestfriend home
I realize that place is only at His feet
So I'll stay her for as long as it take
Here at my Fathers feet.

In Memory of Sharmond Oram