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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

THE ROAD

On this road called life, we travel a lot of times with blinders on.  Some of us travel thinking that we have it all together.  God is with us but there are times when we leave Him on the road and travel a different path than that one He has placed us on.

There are believers who have walked with the Lord, talked with the Lord, shouted praise to the Lord, worshipped the Lord but something happened – a breakup, an injury, a loss, a financial burden, a wayward child, a cheating spouse, a lost home, etc.

That spiritual believer, that child of God who “loves the Lord, He heard my cry and pitied every groan and I’ll never turn back” believer has stepped off the path.  Sometimes they look at the grass on the other side of the pasture.  They see unbelievers prospering.  They see unbelievers in relationships.  They see unbeliever’s children and think that all is well.  They see the outside from the outside.

The problem is that when they see what others are doing, they then try to emulate them.   This is when the real trouble comes because in the beginning, everything looks as though it’s going well.  For example a couple breaks up and the believing partner thinks it’s a good idea to jump back in the saddle and start dating again.  Only this time, the believer gets into a relationship turning their back on God and His principles.  The believer gets off the path because they have been hurt in the previous relationship and strikes out to make up for lost time.

The end result is what the Word says, “There is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.”  The enemy will send counterfeits to the believer – smiling in our faces but ready to laugh at us when destruction comes – and it will come.

The thing is that we as believers know the Truth.  We have walked with the Truth.  We have prayed in the Truth.  We have loved the Truth.  So when we choose to go a different way and we know the Truth, how will we ever walk contrary to His Will willingly?   He is still speaking to us but we stomp out His Voice because we want what the wicked have.

Walking with blinders on!   The Light is still shining but we don’t want to look at the Light because it will show us the darkness that we are walking in, the decisions that we have made, the road that we are on. 

I’m speaking to lovers of God.  I’m speaking to backslidden believers.  I’m speaking to believers that are on the verge of that decision to stray from the path of righteousness.  Stop!  Pray!  Listen to God.  It’s not too late.  Your flesh is warring with your spirit.  Your flesh is shouting at your spirit.  Your flesh is overruling your spirit.  But God is still speaking, “Turn, now – for the day that you hear My Voice, harden not your heart.” 

Don’t continue to walk this path denying that this Word is for you because Truth hits all of His people.  God’s sheep know His Voice.  I don’t have to tell you what you need to do next, believer, you already know. 

I thank God for your path.  The path that God has put you back on is filled with Light.  Welcome back my sister!  Welcome back my brother!  I love you enough to tell you!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

SUCH A SAD DAY

I am so saddened to know that another family has lost a child, a sibling, a parent to domestic abuse.  My heart is overwhelmed to know that both of these young people attended school with my children.

Young, vibrant, young people who had serious issues.  Domestic abuse is a horrible thing to do to the one that you love.  It affects the children - horribly; it affects the abused - horribly; it affects the abuser - horribly, it affects everyone they know - horrifically.

It's all about control.  One person trying to lord control over the other.  Love is kind.  Love is patient.  Love does not envy.  Love is not easily angered.  The opposite is true of abuse.  

I was once in the same place as a lot of abused spouses.  I didn't think that I would get out alive - but God.  I plead now with people in relationships that are not loving and those relationships that are hurtful both physically and emotionally, please stop and get help.

It's not worth it to try to control your significant other.  The only one that we can control is us and oftentimes, we can't control our own selves.  People have the right to make decisions for themselves.  We may not agree with their decisions but they have a right to make them.

If you feel the need to harm someone physically to get them to do what you want, believe me people will rebel - even against the violence that is inflicted upon them.  Control is NEVER control.  

If an individual wants to leave the relationship, let them go.  They will either decide that it was not a good idea to leave or they just may leave permanently.  It may hurt for a while but you will get past this.  The Lord may just have the ideal person for you just waiting for God's set timing.  


  • Ask the Lord for your potential spouse and wait long enough for Him to reveal that individual to you.  Beauty is skin deep but true love is to the bone.  
  • Watch people for a while before you become deeply involved with them.  
  • Watch how they treat their families, especially their mother.  
  • Pay attention to their work ethic and whether or not they pay their bills and take care of their property.  
  • If they have children, observe whether they support their children; how do they treat their children.  
  • Watch their prayer life (if they have one).  
  • Observe whether they have a relationship with the Lord. 
  •  Are they kind?  
  • Are they patient?  
  • Are they easily angered?  People can't hide who they are for long so give the relationship time so that you can see who they really are.  They WILL show you!  Believe them when they show you.
  • If they want to control your access to friends and family from the beginning of the relationship, don't be so eager to be agreeable with that behavior.  
  • If you feel uncomfortable or threaten by the behavior of the person from the beginning of the relationship, don't hesitate - end it.  
  • If they hit you once, they WILL hit you again.  

I love you enough to tell you.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Dream of Captivity and Freedom...

This morning, I had quite a few dreams but this one came back to me while I was attending Sunday services.

I saw members of different churches escorted into what looked like internment camps.   The people were looking around trying to figure a way out of the buildings without getting hurt.

There were several who had huddled together to contrive a plan of escape.  The voices outside of the camp were threatening but I could not see where they were coming from.  

I heard what sounded like explosions but nothing was destroyed nor was there any sign of fire or smoke.  There was only the sound of people moaning and groaning - in a state of hopelessness.

Finally, one man who had gray hair and had a slim build, sneaked out of the building and made his way to a car.  This man drove past the gates and when he made it, a hand grenade was thrown toward him.  He caught it with his hand.  He then threw the grenade back toward the fence and it exploded with no damage to the fence.

Suddenly I realized that the guards were invisible.  There were no physical bodies keeping us from leaving.  There were no weapons that could harm us.  

The fence had no power over us.  The bombs could not destroy us. There were cars lined up for our escape.  We could leave.  Even though others had seen what I saw, they were not willing to escape. End of Dream....

This dream reminded me of a Scripture.  Ephesians 6:12 - "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."


Sometimes we are trapped by our own fears.  The enemy that comes against us is spiritual.   The thing that we may be held by may be a principality, a power, a ruler of darkness, or spiritual wickedness in a high place.

God has given us a way of escape and He has given us the authority to resist the unseen enemy.  "Submit unto God, resist the devil and he will flee from you."  God can allow us to see our way through but if we don't believe the Word of Truth, there will be no escape.  

There was no visible weapon nor was there a visible captor in this dream.  We, the church, need to know what's trying to hold us hostage.  Many times it's the war within our minds and our spirits.  



This may be a spiritual wake up call or a literal wake up call; in any event, we need to believe God.  "No weapon formed against me shall prosper...." 

 Hold on to the Word!


Break free in the Name of Jesus!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL - FOR THOU ART WITH ME

My husband and I were standing in the early voting line the other day and we were talking to a delightful lady about politics and life.  Mostly, my husband was talking and to some who really know us, he can truly capture a conversation when it is something that he is passionate about.

As the conversation progressed, the subject of the evils found within the political realm and in the world engulfed the topics.  This is where my "Holy Spirit" senses perked up.  

"I will fear no evil" kept echoing in my ear.  Yes, there is unspeakable evil in this world we live in - evil so overwhelming that it literally takes your breath away; but God is with us.  I am a firm believer in what the Word says about "the return policy."  

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; For whatever a man sows he will also reap."  Galatians 6:7  

This verse in Psalm 23 does not mean that fear or evil will not come but it does mean that I choose not to fear because God is ALWAYS with me.  It means that God is greater than whatever comes against me.  It means that He is larger than fear.  It means that fear does not come from Him.  It means that evil has to come through Him before it can even approach me! 

Over and over again God confirms His Word:

Psalm 3:6 - "I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side."

Psalm 27:1 - "The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?"

Psalm 49:5 - "Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--"

Isaiah 43:2 - "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Everything Means Everything

John 4:16 - “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

The Lord knows everything about us and He knows how to get our attention.  Thank God that the Samaritan woman told the truth; this would have been a longer conversation if she had tried to hide her issues.  

He told her to go and get her husband.  What or who does He tell us to go and get?  Would we be so honest to say, "I do not have a thus and so...  Well, would we?  Think about it.

Jesus told her, in verse 13, that anyone who drinks from this well water will come back to the well again because they would be thirsty.  This natural water would quench the body temporarily but those who drink from the water that He gives will never thirst again.  

She wanted this kind of water. She was tired of trudging down to the well during the heat of the day.  No one else would talk to her because she had a "reputation."  No one wanted to be near her because she had been rejected five times already by her husbands.

They wanted to be with her but they did not want to stay with her.  She was passed around like an old piece of furniture.  She looked alright on the showroom floor but when they got her home she did not fit.

If she got His water then she would not have to return to that place again.  She would never have to return to the place of pain, the place of shame, the place of ridicule, the place that made her feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. 


She pleaded for Him to give her this eternal thirst quenching water.

Jesus will deal with our natural desires to bring us to where we need to be in the spirit.  "Go get your husband!" "I do not have one," she said.  "You are telling the truth, you have had five husbands and the one you are with now is not yours."  Now you know that cut her deep.  The truth always cuts deep when we try to hide it but once it is out, we are free.

How would He know what was going on in her life?  She knew that He did not live in her town plus He was a Jew. Their people did not even associate with one another.  How did He know?

She said, "Look, you must be a prophet."  Since she discerned that He was a prophet, she decided to ask about the reason for separate places of worship.  When we find out that people can see us, we will try to change the subject, won't we?  

After He spoke into her life about what Father God is looking for, she decided to tell Him what and who she and her people were looking to see.

He said, "I AM He!"

Announcing that He Is the Messiah was enough for her to drop every concern that she ever had so that she could share what had just happened to her.  Knowing Who He is will make you run and tell somebody!

She dropped her jars!  She dropped the empty vessel that was created to hold that which would not last.  She dropped her mission of repetitiveness.  She dropped her concern for what others thought about her.  She dropped the curtain that she had hidden behind.  

She said, "Come see a man who told me everything that I have ever done!"  

This revelation came to me while I was talking to another woman of God:  

The Samaritan woman said He told me EVERYTHING that I ever did.  Everything means everything.  John just gave us a glimpse of "everything" but I have no doubt that her statement of everything meant "everything."  We were not let in on the everything in her life but just like the Samaritan woman, we have some "everything" going on too!

John wrote in chapter 21 verse 25 "Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written."

The Love of God can handle our known and hidden sins.  He knows our truths and He still offers us Living Water.  He still offers us His Spirit.  He still offers us His Living Water.  And in spite of us, He shares with us Father's plan for worship.  

23"The Father is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.  24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Yes, I have no doubt that this woman and Jesus had a lot more to discuss.  When she started running toward town, every weight had been lifted from her.  Her Redeemer was here!  Her burden bearer was here!  Her heavy load sharer was here!  Her Light was here!

What happens when we release our truths unto Jesus?  What happens when we drop our issues at His feet?  What happens when we share the glory of the Lord with others?  

Verse 30 let's us know - "So the people came streaming from the village to see Him."  What happens?  Others believe and go to see Him for themselves - that is what happens!  Empty jars are dropped and Living Water swirls and fills their bellies.  Worship breaks out like the noon day sun!  


We are free indeed!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

YEA, THOUGH I WALK...

Everyday it seems that my body finds a new pain located in a new place.  That's the price of aging but the Lord's reassurance is, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me."  Psalm 23:4

That's the great assurance!  God is with me.  While visiting our children and grandchildren in Germany, my body betrayed me.  The tiniest bit of food would make me swell.  My feet were swollen; my legs began to ache and would not allow me to keep up with everyone but God was always there giving me strength.  

Every time I walked into a cathedral or passed a sign that displayed the cross of Christ my strength was renewed.  I walked through the shadow - oh yes I got a good glimpse of the shadow of death; but God was the Light that blotted out the shadow.

Father was in every song that I sang, every prayer that I prayed and every glimpse of happiness that I shared with my family.  He was there in their eyes.  He was there in their kisses.  He was there in their hugs.  He was there in the kindness of strangers.  He was there walking with me through the valley.  Praise the Lord for being with us!

Friday, January 10, 2014

OUT OF REVERENCE FOR CHRIST!


There is a Scripture in Ephesians 5:21 "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."

In today's world, the emphasis is really on how an individual looks and how much an individual is worth.  There are very few writings that focus upon the heart of an individual.  

Marriage seems to be run off the rails in today's world.  Commitment to one another is a comedian's punch line.  Love centers around Eros in these times. (This kind of love is referred to as madness.  It is erotic love.)  

People rarely experience Philia which is a friendship kind of love.  People who used to love one another were friends first.  They genuinely liked one another. How many couples (that you know) are friends?

Look around and see how many couples seem to experience Agape' love.  (The selfless kind of love.)  

If you are already married, it's not too late to hear what I'm saying and if you are getting ready to get married, please hear this word.  "It is not what is on the outside that you should be looking at, it's what is on the inside."

Here are a few insights for the single couples that are thinking about marriage.  

1. Have you sought God for your intended?  Proverbs 18:22 "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."  Romans 8:14 "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."

People see what's pleasing to the eye and what's pleasing to the flesh and then, BOOM, a decision is made.  "He looks so good, girl."  "She's so fine, man." And that's where it begins and ends - no wisdom, no discernment, just lust. God didn't say yes and guess what, He wasn't asked.  But we will seek to consult Him when we desire to exit the relationship!

2.  Do you know where their loyalty resides?  Genesis 2:24 - "This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."  John 15"13 - "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."   Ephesians 5"25 - "For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church.  He gave up His life for her."

Not only would some people not love this way, you had better not get sick!  "I love you honey but if you need someone to be with you while you are throwing up then we are going to have to call in some help!"  "No baby, I don't clean bottoms and I'm not too keen on tops either."  "I'm sorry that you don't feel well, maybe you could call your mom to come and take you to the doctor's office."

Don't ask them to make you soup more than twice - oh boy, it's an out and out  declaration of war...  Just how much do you love that person?  Through sickness, because sickness will come.  Folk like the "and health" part but let's just not deal with the illness stuff because "It's just a little too much - I didn't sign up for this!"

If the in-laws want to straighten out the spouse (not their child), just think about where the line is drawn in that part of the relationship.  "You don't make meat loaf like my mommy!"  And the reason for that is - your spouse is NOT your mom! Cut the apron strings and cleave unto your spouse!  

"Honey, what happened to the rent money."  "Well, I loaned it to the folk because they were a little short on their vacation cruise down-payment."  "What!?"  And that's when the fight started....

3.  Do you respect each other?  Ephesians 5:33 - " So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."  If you aren't through running around - playing games and making up rules that apply to you and no one else, please wait and don't get married.  You will ruin your life, your spouse's life, your children's lives, and your family's lives.  Apparently, no one has made it clear that when you marry, there are other lives affected by your union.  If there is a mess in the mix, then everyone will be stepping in the mess.

Respecting your spouse builds your relationship - not what others think about your relationship.  Don't allow others to bring mess to you concerning your spouse, let them know that they will (to their regret) get their feelings hurt.  You may have a legitimate grievance with your boo but take that to the house and not to the multitude.  You are not Christ and you don't have to feed them - with your family news!  I'm just saying...

3. Do you want to get married or do you want a glamour shot?  Sometimes planning a wedding last longer than the marriage!  If you want glamour shots, get some cut outs and flash away; but if you want a marriage, that will take commitment, sacrifice, endurance, patience and selflessness!  You are not marrying yourself, you are marrying your betrothed...

4. Who is running the show?  Mark 10:‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  

Man cannot undo what God has joined together!  Hey, but you can run it off into a ditch because you want to run the show instead of God.  Just a word to the wise!

I could add a lot more to this list but I won't bog you down right now.  Just think about your choices.  For those who are married and never considered asking the Lord anything, it is not too late.  You may think it's your spouse but maybe, just maybe it's you.  Take a good look into God's mirror (The Word).  Judge your own heart.  Pray for your spouse and let God repair the breach.

Mark 10:They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”  “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.  Did you hear what Christ said?  The decree of divorce was written because of the hardness of that person's heart.  Oh you can love, if you CHOOSE to love.  

"What brought all this mumbo-jumbo on today, you may ask?"   Well, this month we (hubby and me) celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  If I told you that it was a piece of cake, there would be an entourage of people who would disagree with that statement.  But if I told you that it was worth the journey, there would be two that would say amen - me and my spouse!  

No, I don't like picking up after him all the time but I live here too.  I like organization.  So I do it.  No, he doesn't like to hear me talk all the time but he endures it because he likes me and he lives here too.  

We have become each other's best friends.  Friends fuss and disagree and want their own space sometimes but all of that makes up a marriage.  We have six children and fifteen grandchildren to prove it....  They love us and we love them....

Love as God leads you to love; choose as God leads you to choose, be strengthen with the joy of the Lord - and do it - Out of Reverence for Christ!