Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011, You’ll be able to accomplish more than you could in 7!

Last year just before the New Year I had the opportunity to share a word that God had given me for 2010. I was at Marion Christian Center and the Lord had spoken to me often about 2010 being a year that would be “better than it’s been.” After I shared that message to that congregation and sat down, I heard the Lord very clearly say to me, “2011 You’ll be able to accomplish more than you could in 7!” As 2010 played out I held onto these words often. For Dan and I this last year had it’s triumphs and challenges I can truly say as the days of 2010 are drawing to a close that 2010 has been better than it had been. When I get these things from heaven like this they aren’t just for me and my family but I believe for the body of Christ as a whole.

As 2010 draws to a close and we begin to step into 2011, I am really excited. This is a really awesome time in the body of Christ. Not only have I heard the words that we’d be able to accomplish more in this year than we could in 7, about a month ago in prayer I was praying about doorways and I had visions of gateways. I believe that there are gates opening up to the people of God all over. I have continued to get this scripture time and time again that says just that!

Isaiah 62:10 (NIV)
Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.

Last Sunday as I had the opportunity to visit Grace Ministries in Windsor Canada, I saw a whirlwind, and I asked God what was that about. I continued to get the phrase “winds of acceleration.”

I feel that the last season in the body has been preparation for many in the kingdom. Many have gotten bored with the training and have been yearning to begin to start these things, and now the race has truly begun. The race is on.

Many of you have found yourselves struggling with discouragement. (Myself included) Shake it off, because the gates are open!

We must remember, even in the days of acceleration, that God’s purpose is that we can help others to get to their destinies. We must pass through the gates, but we must also prepare the way for others. Rise up the banner of what He is doing in your life and go boldly forward so that the nations of the earth will see it in you. God has been faithful to you, and He’s consistent. His faithfulness has no end.

Be excited, and have a Happy New Year. Smiles.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's the Holidays, Stay Sensitive!

If you read my blogs often you’ve probably heard me often say in this season how I believe these are exciting times to be alive. I believe God is doing awesome things in the church and there are a lot of things getting ready to take place in both a corporate body of Christ and in the lives of individuals as well.

A few nights ago I had a very vivid dream/vision. I saw what appeared to be dark glass and it looked as if there was a powerful light source behind it. That glass was breaking and through the breaks one could see the other side. After getting up and praying for a few moments I went back to sleep to have a dream that I was at a checkout line just about there. I believe both of these were relating that same thing. That both corporately and individually so many of us are so close to the breakthroughs that God has continued to promise us.

You’ve also heard me quote Pastor Arthur on numerous times that, “suddenlies are never suddenly. It may be suddenly people see the thing spring up but God has been doing things under the surface for quite sometime.”

I want to encourage all of you to take this time in the holiday season not to be lulled asleep by fleshy things going on around you, but be awake, alert and plugged into Jesus.

James 4:14 (NKJV)whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Stay alert and vigilant because things are beginning to break forth!

Now, if you remember the last blog I wrote, I spoke about the Lord showing me one way you stay alert is that you rest when God tells you to. I believe that I need to take some time in the next few weeks while my family and I will be celebrating the holidays to not write the blogs. However I assure you I will be coming back before the first of the year. The Lord was very clear to me at the beginning of last year. He told me that, “In 2011 you’ll be able to accomplish more than you could in 7.” I am excited for 2011 and I believe it’ll be a year of fulfillment for many. I will be writing that blog, posting it and sending it out just before the New Year, and then you can expect my normal schedule to resume.

I want to remind you all in the Central Ohio area that I will be at Hope Crossing book store in Marion Ohio on Saturday Dec 11th from 1-3. I will be signing, “Heavenly Humor for a Cat Lover’s Soul.” I’m excited about this events and I now have bookmarks announcing “Exposing the spirit of Balaam” with Destiny Image Publishers March 2013 to give to everyone who comes.

Stay expecting. Stay tuned in to what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Stay sensitive. Be on your guard. I wish and pray for you all to have a very Merry Christmas. God is faithful to you. Be blessed!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stop Hitting Snooze

When I was in college, I remember having it down to a science how many times I could hit the snooze button before I had to wake up. Lingering in that place of half asleep half-awake, I became master at procrastination and I will get up later. Often times we can find concepts that exist in the physical and transfer them to have meaning in the spiritual. I am not going to say if you are a snooze button hitter in the physical that you have gone to sleep spiritually, but there is a concept here in which I feel that the Holy Spirit is leading me to address.

Matthew 25:5 (Amp)
While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep.

The above scripture is taken from the parable of the virgins. Where only half were prepared with enough oil and the other half ran out. When the bridegroom finally did come, the half that did not prepare had gone and gotten more oil only to come back and find that had missed their bridegroom. Their procrastination cost them dearly. However if you notice ALL of them fell asleep.

We are in a season of time in the kingdom where it is critical for everyone to spiritually wake up and discern what God is saying to the church as a whole. There are awesome things that are going to begin to take place in the church but we must be awake and discern the times and seasons.

Matthew 16:3 (KJV)
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

I was asking the Lord yesterday the simple question, “Ok, then how to we stay awake?” To which His response was: 1) Pray 2) Stay sober and vigilant or alert and 3) Rest when He tells us to. Honestly, #3 surprised me but as I began to think about what I felt God was saying it made a lot of sense. What I felt God was saying is all too often people don’t rest when they need to. Therefore, they are worn out when they need to be alert. This is something I can’t honestly say what you need to do with you, but seek God about when is a time of resting for you and when is a time of running. While I think you always need to stay alert in the spirit, there are times of “resting” God will lead you to in order to prepare you for the next season.

Romans 13:11 (KJV)
[ Put on Christ ] And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.


We have to wake up church from being procrastinating lackadaisical mediocre Christians. I’m not saying have a works mentality, however faith without works is dead (James 2:14). There is a balance here. God doesn’t like it when people become lukewarm (Rev 3:14). You have to wake up people. Stop hitting the spiritual snooze button, and wake up! Life is too short to sleep through it! It’s time to wake up.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Is the Real You in Hiding?

Is the Real You In Hiding?

I have often found myself talking about how when I reached a certain age I had a shifting in the way I viewed others and myself. I had always been the type of person that never wanted to upset people. I was a constant “peacemaker” that was trying to keep the waters smooth at the detriment of myself at times. I remember one silly instance when I did not want to confess that I hated donuts. I mean really that’s a food that is revered in the junk food culture there must be something wrong with me I thought so I’ll keep telling myself that I like them. It did not work. I still hate donuts. Finally, one day I stopped trying to hide who I was. It had gotten old, and all I felt was cheated out of being me. The experience was very freeing to me. Being empowered to be who you are in Christ is a gift.

Psalm 139:13 (Message)
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.


God knows you. He formed you. He created you to be you. When you keep being too scared to be who you are in Him, you’re not only cheating yourself out of freedom but your cheating God out of getting to see you take the place He created for you.

However sometimes people justify their sin as being “who they are” and that’s not Biblical. God didn’t create you to have sin in your life. However, He created you to be whole in Him.

Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
[ Life by the Spirit ] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Finding that freedom in Christ can never be a justification for sin or fleshly desires.

Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)
[ The Year of the LORD’s Favor ] The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,


If you feel yourself in bondage, there is freedom for you. Jesus came to set the captives free. Be true to who God called you to be in this life. Stop being afraid to be who God has made you on the earth. Be free to be yourself in Him!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Be Thankful!

This is the week that we always talk about being thankful. We should talk about having an attitude of Thanksgiving, but our attitude of being grateful in our lives doesn’t need to always just be in November every year. WE should always have an attitude of thanksgiving. I won’t keep you long this morning, many of you if you live in the US are going to be traveling today, baking pies and visiting family in preparation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

I wanted though to encourage you all to make a list whether it is mental or physical. Write down all the things for which you’re thankful. Sometimes it can be easy to focus in life on the few things that annoy you, but when you begin to list off all the things you can see in your life, you realize you have been blessed. Keep an attitude of thanksgiving. Let it not just be empty words that you recite because it’s that time of the year, but let it bubble up on the inside of you. You are blessed.

1 Chronicles 16:34Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ezra 3:11With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.


Psalm 7:17I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.


Psalm 100:4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stepping Into The Doorway of Destiny

Many of you have heard the story about how I starting writing. I’d been 16 and I watched the movie Forrest Gump. I saw those scenes with him in Vietnam and I couldn’t shake them. I wanted to tell my dad’s story about his tour. Little by little I began to realize that it was my God given destiny to tell stories. I didn’t really start writing until six years later.

In the ten years since I started trying to get published I’d write a book, and send it out only to be turned down over and over again. God has taught me a lot in these years. While patience is something that I constantly have to work on, I’ve realized what the phrase, “The ark wasn’t built overnight” really means. The words patience and perseverance have become words tattooed in the fabric of my spirit.

Back in the spring of last year I had a vision. This vision had a lot of parts to it that I’m not going to publicly share but at the end, I was led to walk through two doors back to back. I have just stepped through the second door and I wanted to share. The first door was when Dan and I officially launched Doveagle Ministries. It had been something for years we’d planned for, prayed for, and expected. I walked through that second door today. I’m very excited to finally announce that I have my first official full book deal. Destiny Image Publishers will be publishing “Exposing the spirit of Balaam.” It is due out in book stores March 2013. It’s a non fiction teaching book about the spirit of Balaam and how it’s at work in the church.

I am so very humbled by all of this. As I had a book signing this weekend it was such an honor to get to talk with the people. I’m now stepping in areas that I’ve known for years I would one day. I know God has opened those doors and He is faithful. He is able to bring all of this to pass, and I’m excited for the other doors that lay ahead. I’m also nervous, but I know He is faithful. There were so many time, and so many turn downs that I can remember just wanting to quit. God used many of you encouraged me to keep going. Thank you for not letting me quit.

I want to encourage all of you today. God is no respector of persons. There is destiny and purpose on each of your lives.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I don’t want you to read this and think, “Well good for her, what about me?” I want to encourage you all that God has not forgotten you. I am not special. I’ve just done what he told me to do, and refused to give up. I want each and everyone one of you to know there is greatness on the inside of you. One day if you don’t quit you’ll see the breakthrough.

I leave you today with one of my favorite passages. Hope it encourages you. Trust in Him. He’s able to bring to pass what He said He would!


Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What Motivates You Forward?

On Monday I was setting down with Dan watching Sid Roth’s show “It’s Supernatural.” I confess I love that show, and suddenly I felt the spirit of God ask me a question.

“Why do you want to go forward in your destiny so much?”

My first response to this question was to get a little annoyed. I mean the Holy Spirit has asked me that question at various times throughout my walk and I thought immediately, “Haven’t we been through checking my motives several times before? How am I off?”

“Why do you want to go forward?” I felt I heard it again.

“Ok, fine. God I want to go forward because I just want to fulfill what you’ve called me to do.” Easy answer. . . However what the Lord began to download to me will change the way I view things forever. I will not be able to give you the word for word conversation, but I do feel led to download the just of what the Lord began to show me.

Our motivation to move forward cannot include our own comfort. It can’t be all about us. What the Lord began to download to me is that there are many He’s called me to minister too, and to say the only reason I want to move forward is about fulfilling the call of God on my life is a wrong way of looking at it. We have to realize that there is a lost and hurting world out there that we’re called to minister to, and the reason why we run with a passion can’t be just about us and God. It must also be about them. It must also be about the people that need to hear the message which God has entrusted to you.

I’ve begun to reflect on Jesus and His walk. It is a mystery how much he really knew at what stages of development what his destiny was on this earth, but it’s without a doubt he knew at the Garden of Gethsemane what was before Him. His motivation was yes, to fulfill his purpose on the earth. However I believe as Jesus endured torture, torment, and a brutal death that it wasn’t just about fulfilling his purpose, but it was about you. It was about me. It was about the people who needed what his blood purchased.

Romans 8:5 (MSG)
Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored.

We have to start focusing on God more than ourselves. We have to focus on His people. It matters not how comfortable we are, but that his will is accomplished. Our lives are so fleeting on this earth. Choose to go forward because God is beckoning you. Choose to go forward because there are people that need to hear your story. It may only be one person and it may be 50 million. But God is calling you to push forward. Move forward today, you’ll be glad you did.

*** For those of you in the Central FL area, there is a book signing for the latest book I’m in. “Heavenly Humor For A Cat Lover’s Soul” I will be at the Books-A-Million in the Loop in Kissimmee FL at 12:30 on Saturday the 20th. It’s free to meet and greet me, the book sells for $7.99 I look forward to the event and hope you can make it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Don't Let Impatience Destroy. . .

Dan and I have been married for over 10 years now, and in all the years we’ve never really decorated for Christmas. We had a small couple foot tree that we bought our first year in FL but it was hardly what one would call a tree, but resembled more of the Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. For various reasons that I won’t go into publicly we just never really got into the habit of decorating. But this year is different. I inherited my grandmother’s tree and many of her Christmas decorations and this year we decided we were going to decorate. Many of these items are very sentimental to me because the ornaments are like bits of my childhood. I can remember my grandmother painting several of them. We’d agreed that we were going to take the time Saturday to decorate.


I’m not a person that likes to set around waiting for things. In fact, I get a little claustrophobic. I sometimes feel like a Mexican jumping bean in a two inch by inch hole. I want to do what has to be done, and I hate waiting on people to start things.

On Friday afternoon, I decided that I would get the Christmas tree and decorations out of the attic. I justified it in my head. My husband has been very busy between work and school and I didn’t want him to have to do one more thing. Why should I wait around for his help when I could just do it myself? When I poked my head into the attic on the rickety ladder to find that the boxes were further back than I planed logic and maybe some prophetic intuition hinted at me that I should wait for him. When I managed to shimmy up on the top step of the ladder to lever the boxes closer to the entrance reasonability should have won out. But why stop I’d already gotten them closer to the opening? I shimmied the tree out, pulled down a couple of boxes with poinsettias, and then realized how heavy the last two boxes that were left. Again, this is were patience and wisdom were saying, “Just wait for Dan to get home.” Instead, I pressed onward. The next box wedged itself in the opening between my head and the ladder. Finally, inch by inch, I brought it down, and then I slipped. At the last moment the box started to rip my fingernail, I flinched and the box went crashing down to the garage floor. I could hear the ceramic shattering and truthfully, I was afraid to look.

After I got the last box down, I made myself asses the damage. I‘d broken a large nativity. The only pieces salvageable was a Mary and Jesus that I had to glue a leg back on, and the three wise men that came from another set. What I broke wasn‘t sentimental, she‘d probably gotten in a few years ago, and I‘m fortunate I didn‘t break more. However, I felt horrible. I’d known that I needed to wait for my husband to help me, and as a result, I broke several pieces. My impatience destroyed some beautiful items. I knew if my grandmother would still be alive, she’d yelled at me for being so upset over a few pieces but the fact remained that if I would have just waited everything would have been fine.

I have always joked that there is reason patience is a fruit of the spirit, because it doesn’t occur naturally and easily and you constantly have to choose it! Patience is a part of being at peace in situations.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I get just as impatient as the next person does, but you have to choose to be anxious about nothing. Choose peace. Choose patience. Choose to wait even if you have to.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Now that our Christmas tree is out and our decorations aglow my four year old has been running around like a kid on Christmas morning going, “Mom! Mom! Mom! Is it Christmas yet? Mom!” This makes me think, “Kid, just wait!” It’s funny it’s so much easier to see impatience in others than it is to see it in yourself.

We are in a season in the body of Christ that I believe is exciting. So much shifting, blessing, and destiny is beginning to be unfolded and as prophetic people sometimes we can become like that little kid running around the house saying, “What do you mean it’s not Christmas yet? I see the tree!!! That’s not fair! I want it NOW!”

Be at peace. God is bringing what He said to pass. It will happen. Choose to be patient and before you know it, it’ll be Christmas morning. You don’t need to break the nativity. He’ll bring it down for you. If you choose to wait God will bring it about in His time, and all will be well.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sometimes, I just want to be normal

There are days I just want to be normal!

There are days that I look at my life and the accomplishments of those around me and think, “Why can’t I just be normal maybe be just the type of person that would blend into the world around me?” Why didn’t I do x, y and z with my life instead of what I chose? I mean x, y and z isn’t a normal ambition for those people, but why would it have been for me?

I remember in Sunday School class in my tween years. I would usually know the answer to the teacher’s question and wanted not only to answer the question but also to then get in a discussion as to the Biblical foundation of it. I can remember constantly holding myself back from speaking because I didn’t want to be “that girl” in the class. I just wanted to be normal.

While I still have these moments, somewhere in past I realized something very important. God created me for a plan and purpose and I am who I am because God created me to be like that.

Psalm 139:13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

We are precious in the eyes of God. He loves us even when it feels like the world around us doesn’t understand us. Will you be a slave to what you think others think of you, or be brought into freedom by what God says about you?


1 Corinthians 7:23 (AMP)
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].

Really? What is normal anyway? Normal is relative to whom you’re talking to, and the people you’re around. In the word, God says you’re not normal. That you’ll be an “alien” on the earth because you’re not of the world. You’re of God’s kingdom.


Romans 2:14 (MSG)
When outsiders who have never heard of God's law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God's law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God's yes, no, right, and wrong. Their response to God's yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman. The Message from God that I proclaim through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences.

Deep on the inside of you, there is the fabric of God woven from the creation of your very being. You are doing yourself and the world around you a disservice if you are more concerned about blending in than you are about doing the destiny on your life. There is freedom in being who you were created to be in this life. There is a freedom of purpose and destiny. You have to fear God more than you fear the world around you.

So while I’ll admit I have my moments of wondering why God didn’t just create me to blend in and be normal. . . .it’s okay. Because we all need to grab tightly to what our destiny is, and even if there are moments of feeling a little uncomfortable, it’ll all be worth it in the end. Choose God’s way over feeling normal. . .because to you normal would just end up being boring.


 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ten Years Ago. . .

If you have read my blogs and/or have known me for any length of time, you have probably heard this story. Somehow it never gets old to me, though you cannot live spiritually off the things you did in the past, always have my own way of remembrance of this day in our lives.

Ten years ago, we choose to step out in faith even when it seemed crazy. Ten years ago, we choose to leave everything known and familiar to step out on the water. In the spring of 2000, we had been living in Pittsburgh PA and God spoke to me that we were going to move to Central FL and Dan was going to work for one particular company. However, that company was not hiring. So we moved briefly back to Ohio to stay with my parents that summer until we figured out what we were doing. We we had only been married a few months. We began looking and praying about jobs all over the countries. Options would begin to materialize at the last moment only for a door to shut. We were frustrated and did not know what to do. Days merged to weeks, and about three months later, we found out that we were expecting our oldest daughter.

There was one job that we knew would be temporary that manifested in Central FL. So out of desperation we packed everything we could in the car while I puked from morning sickness all the way to Florida. We left Ohio on Monday. It was Veterans Day, and on Tuesday we were in FL. That Wednesday morning I called a few churches in the area and Freedom was the first one to call me back. We arrived on the doorstep of Freedom Life Church on Wednesday. Pastor Arthur got up on the platform and began to prophesy that we were right on time. Though ones told us that if we moved to FL we would never make it, God was saying this was right where we needed to be. We have been part of the Freedom family ever since.

My family blessed us by driving a U-haul down weeks later after we had secured an apartment to bring what other items we had. At that time to our knowledge we had no health insurance. We knew deep down the job Dan had was temporary, eventually God spoke to us that I should not work. Eventually the doors opened and Dan ended up working for the company God told me he would and insurance and everything we needed was eventually worked out.

Sometimes it is easy to look at your life and be frustrated about how slow things seem to have taken, but I look back on where Dan and I were to where we are today and I can only marvel at everything God has done. To me these last ten years have been like a Holy Ghost boot camp and specialized training all in one. As I write this I feel that again it is the finishing of one chapter in our lives and beginning of a new one. As many of you know two weeks ago we launched out in Doveagle Ministries, and we are also seeking God’s timing on some other things that will be launching of destiny.

I want to encourage all of you today. That God’s plan is always bigger than what we can see. When we moved here 10 years ago, there were so many ‘what if’s’ that roamed in our minds. However, I can truly say we choose to step out on the water, and God has met us every step of the way. It has not always been easy. But I am so glad we choose to be in God’s plan for our lives.

Isaiah 55:8-11 (MSG)

8-11"I don't think the way you think.
The way you work isn't the way I work."
God's Decree.
"For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don't go back until they've watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They'll do the work I sent them to do,
they'll complete the assignment I gave them.

 

God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t play favorites (Acts 10:34). God is just looking for people to trust Him. You have to put your faith in His ability to do in your life what He said He would do!

I encourage you today to go forward in what He has said. Go forward to step out of the comfort and safety of what you know. Go forward in His plans!

I’ll end this with a great verse that Pastor Greg just preached. I needed to hear this verse and I believe it’ll encourage you too.

Jer 1:12 (MSG) “And God said, "Good eyes! I'm sticking with you.
I'll make every word I give you come true."  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don't Spit On A Roller Coaster

When I was a kid in Ohio, Cedar Point in Sandusky was the place to go. This amusement park nestled beside Lake Erie is world renown for its rides. When I was in school, we probably traveled there once to twice a summer. There was one ride that I do not know if it’s even still there called the “Corkscrew”. Complete with several upside down twists and turns it made good on it’s name. One year I was up there with a bunch of friends and someone had told me that if one spit at the height of the upside down loop then it was supposed to hit you when you hit the bottom. I don’t know what I was thinking. Strangely I justified trying this in my mind. Therefore, when me and a bunch of friends boarded the ride that day, I had a plan. I tried it. However, nothing happened to my knowledge.

When my friends and I gathered after the ride one friend of mine who’d been setting directly behind me says, “It must be starting to rain. I felt a drop while we were on the ride.” I looked up to the clear blue sky and tried not to laugh hilariously. Maybe this was the point I should have confessed it wasn’t rain that hit him. However I never did. I don’t think he’s one of my readers. . .

We have this concept in life that what we do or say doesn’t affect the world around us, but that idea isn’t true. I realize what I did was stupid but it never occurred to me that I’d spit in my friends face. We have to wake up and realize that we’re all on this earth together. We’re all in the body of Christ together and our choices whether bad or good can have an affect on the people our lives will touch.

In the book of Job, Job’s wife and friends all tried to get him to ‘give up’ by ‘cursing God and dying’. I’m sure their constant cajoling to him wasn’t helpful to him in times of trouble. He was going through torment. He didn’t need ‘their words of advice’. He needed there encouragement. Yes, eventually he did make it through, but it wasn’t because of their wisdom.

Adam sinned in the Garden because of allowing himself to listen to Eve.

Abraham fathered Ishmael because of Sarah’s convincing.

While people are accountable for their own actions we have to realize as people, we have the ability to influence for the good or the bad.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV)
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”


Proverbs 22:24 (MSG)
[ 2 ] Don't hang out with angry people; don't keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious— don't get infected.


Psalm 141:3 (MSG)
Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips. Don't let me so much as dream of evil or thoughtlessly fall into bad company. And these people who only do wrong— don't let them lure me with their sweet talk! May the Just One set me straight, may the Kind One correct me, Don't let sin anoint my head. I'm praying hard against their evil ways! Oh, let their leaders be pushed off a high rock cliff; make them face the music. Like a rock pulverized by a maul, let their bones be scattered at the gates of hell.

Whether you like the concept or not we’re all in this together and our actions will and do affect those around you. Choose to affect them for good. Because accidentally spitting on a friends face may make for a funny story, I’m sure if the friend knew the truth he wouldn’t think it was nearly as comical.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

Most people are unaware of where the term, “It’s raining cats and dogs” came. The most common answer is that in the Middle Ages in Europe the roofs of most homes were thatch and animals would get up in the roofs and hide. No one knew they were there. Until one of the animals lost their footing and came crashing down to the floor of the house. I don’t know about you but the thought of a mouse or a cat flying from my roof in the middle of the night doesn’t seem like a nice way to wake up. Thus the phrase, “It’s raining cats and dogs” got started. I could just imagine having dinner guests over and right as people were ready to eat their dinner a rat fell in the center of the table. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Often times we in our Christian lives can think that everything is okay. We can think that someone looks fine on the outside and assume that all is well with them. Or sometimes we can think we can gloss over some areas in our lives, that we know we need help in, and think we can fake it. However I assure you that eventually what is in your “spiritual roof” will fall out.

Matthew 12:34b (NKJV)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I have always joked that I would rather admit I have an issue and deal with it than be in denial about it. At least I can deal with the problem, and allow God to show me how to handle something. We have to realize we must stop spending so much time being an image and be real with ourselves and God. God sees right though us.

Matthew 23:26 (KJV)Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

If you don’t deal with the stuff going on in your life between you and God it may come out in a time you may not want it too.

1 Corinthians 4:5 (NKJV)Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

It’s time to get real before God and yourself. Deal with any hidden things in your life. Stop trying to hide what may be in your life and start dealing with it. One day we’ll all have to stand before God. The time to deal with those hidden issues is now. Take the time to ask God and examine yourself what critters maybe lurking in your spiritual roof. The sound of a “cat” falling from the roof isn‘t too melodious. There is no need for it to fall if you take it down yourself.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Introducing Doveagle Ministries

Introducing Doveagle Ministries

Greetings,

I am very excited to get to finally announce the official birthing of Doveagle Ministries Inc. Dan and I have felt for sometime that this day would finally arrive. After a lot of prayer and wise council from our Pastor, we are launching out into a traveling ministry from our church.

~Excerpts taken from the webpage

“Doveagle Ministries is a prophetic voice in this generation. We are a non-profit ministry organization that goes in as guest ministers “bringing freedom through the power of the word“. We are founded on the word of God. It is our heart cry to make ‘Jesus as famous as possible‘. We are a ministry reaching out to our community, nation, and world by the word of God and the supernatural power of God. We see ourselves like a bold voice in the world declaring that we His church rise up and “prepare the way of the Lord.”


“Doveagle Ministries was officially founded in 2010 by Dan and Anna Aquino. However it’s roots go back many years. God spoke to Anna Aquino the word “Doveagle” in 1996. It comes from the words Dove and Eagle. The Dove in the scriptures is often referred to the Holy Spirit or something that is bringing peace and order (Matt 3:16, Matt 10:16). The Eagle in the Bible is often referred to as an overcomer or one that soars above the problems of the earth.(Isaiah 40:31) Dan and Anna feel that it is the mandate on their lives to be used by the Holy Spirit to empower people to soar to places that God has designed for them. They feel that they are being sent out like Noah’s dove in the Old Testament to reveal where the life is to the people willing to hear. (Genesis 8:8-12)”


We invite you to check out the updated webpage. My webpage now has a Doveagle Ministries page http://www.annamaquino.com/doveagleministries.html

We also invite you to view/listen to an edited audio teaching that I did recently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADBGeyhPR_4 It is entitled, “Getting to your destiny Have you become a manipulator?”

If you are a pastor or leader of an organization, please pray about inviting us possibly visiting your church. If you go to a church, please mention to your pastor about Doveagle Ministries. Feel free to contact me at anna@annamaquino.com

Most of all, I am asking for your prayers. Please pray for Dan and I as we step out into this new chapter of our lives. God is faithful, and He is able to accomplish what He started.

Love you all,


Anna M. Aquino

Sunday, October 24, 2010

You Have to see the World Before You Can Help Save It!

As a whole, our society is suffering from a shortage of compassion. Sadly, we have just stopped caring about each other anymore. I do not know when it started. Maybe it is because there is just so much need in the world. Maybe it is because we are so saturated in the media of issues that we have become desensitized to the world around us. However, to take it one-step farther it is not only that we are on a compassion shortage. We have just really stopped seeing the world around us. Every day we go throughout our lives not really seeing the people who are next to us. We see a tear streaked woman at the bus station and we are more concerned about our nails then helping her. We do not stop to realize that the homeless man on the street may just be desperate for a touch of Jesus, or the lady who rings up our groceries just needs a smile and an encouraging word.

We have to stop being so caught up in our own lives and start seeing the world around us. I am not perfect in this. I am telling on myself too.

If you look at Jesus’ life, he was moved by compassion.

Matthew 20:34 (NIV)
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.


Mark 6:34(NIV)
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.


In fact, it goes beyond just Jesus being compassionate. We are instructed to be that way too.

Ephesians 4:32(NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

We have to be able to see the world around it before we can try to save it through the power of Jesus Christ. We have to stop being so jaded and start really loving people. I am not promising you it is something that will happen overnight, but you have to choose to begin to see the best in people. Choose to begin to open your eyes to the world around your circle of influence. Choose to see that there are millions of people out there in the world who are dying and on their way to Hell. These people need Jesus.

This is a poem I wrote years ago, and I feel it is fitting to share.

Their Dying
Copywrite 2004


The veil,

she tries to hide

from the pain, the hurt, the guilt inside.

The man,

he’s trying to be

the push, the pull, he longs to be free.

The Shadow.

The Dance.

The LSD Trance.

The Need,

for Speed.

Their all down on their knees.

Their waiting, Their Dieing, Their Breaking, Their Crying.

We see them,

We know

their eyes don’t have long to go.

A cross,

A hope

a new reason to cope.

Will we tell them?

Will they know

or will we walk by them and let them go.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Five-Fold Ministries are not Wind-up toys!

Expectancy vs. Manipulation


When I was a little girl, my grandmother had several wind up toys that we used to play with. I can remember spending hours trying to get the toys to go in the water where I wanted them to go. I have begun to see that in the body of Christ more and more there are people trying to get the five-fold ministry gifts to go where they want it to go and do, just like I did with the wind up toys.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term “five-fold ministry” term here is the scripture in which the term is taken from.

Ephesians 4:10-12 (Amplified Bible)
10He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest).
11And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
12His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),

There are people in the body of Christ today who have been gifted some as an apostle, some as a prophet, some as a teacher, some as an evangelist, and some as a preacher. Not everyone holds a five-fold ministry gift. Some people are called to be saints. The five fold is specifically supposed to equip the saints. Do I believe in modern day apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors? Yes I do. However notice that God appoints them and not the person appoints them. God Himself appoints (creates) both men and women to hold these mantles.

All too often, this concept is skewed in the body of Christ. The saints have this misconceived idea that they get to manipulate and operate the five-fold to do their bidding when really that is not true. The five-fold was created to equip the saints. As I write this, I can hear many trying to say how does one do that? Truthfully, I have story after story of people coming to me to get a prophetic word on a specific matter. I am not a psychic. I am a prophetic voice. I can pray with you about something, but I do not get to pick and choose what God wants to say for your benefit. I am not a wind-up toy. I have to give an account for every word I have spoken and I am just God’s mailwomen in a sense. Have I missed it before, yup. However, it is something I try not to do. Other times I have seen people try to manipulate their pastors. They want their way, and will threaten just about anything in order to get it.


The five-fold ministry gifts are gifts. Their not our own personal wind-up toys. People mix up expectation with manipulation all the time. To expect something means you confidently believe in something. If you manipulate you’re trying to control somebody or something. Having expectancy is very different than trying to manipulate someone in order to get what you want.

You have to allow the five-fold ministry gifts in your life to do what their called to do, and that is to teach you and train you. I don’t care what you’re called to do on this earth, you will have times of teaching and training. Even Jesus had to go to John the Baptist to get baptized. He had to humble himself.

Proverbs 29:23 (KJV)
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Check your relationships to those around you that you know God has put in your life to help equip you for you calling. Are you trying to manipulate or expect. Allow them to help equip you for what God has called you to. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Old Faithful

This morning I was praying and I kept seeing a vision of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park erupting. It wasn’t one time I saw this but over and over again. Though I’ve never seen it erupt in person, I did see it over and over again in this vision. I believe the Lord was trying to teach/remind me of some things through this vision and I felt that in today’s blog it would be a great time to share.


According to Wikipedia, Old Faithful erupts every 45 minutes to 125 minutes. While they are never 100% when it’ll erupt they always know it will. The signs are always there. It always happens.


Seeking God and His promises can sometimes feel that way. You can never be sure exactly when and how it’ll appear on the surface but eventually it will. Because underneath the surface the water is boiling and the land is moving and suddenly this thing that you know God has been speaking to you about appears.


We as followers of Christ so often get funny about believing for the things of God. We wait for it, and we don’t feel like anything is happening. Then we wait some more, and we start whining. We wait some more and feel like stomping our feet or throwing a fit. But all the while God is All Faithful. Things are happening under the surface and just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not getting ready to explode.

Mark 4:38-40 (KJV)And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

God equates being at peace in a tumultuous situation with your faith. Do you really believe Him and trust Him at His word or do you believe the circumstances more?

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Faith is a choice. It’s a consistent choosing to believe in God despite of what you see. It’s a choice to continue to renew your mind to what God has spoken. Choose to trust God today. He is like Old Faithful in your life. He’s there; he’s doing things in your life no matter what you may see. He’s working a miracle that will sprout up on the surface, I guarantee it. But you have to believe Him. You have to choose to trust Him. He knows where you are. Choose to stay in faith. He is faithful!

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (Amplified Bible)3Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one].

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Faith Is. . .

I was watching Joyce Meyer yesterday, and I thought I’d share something she brought up. She used a verse in Colossians to define faith, I’d never heard it defined that way before, and it got me thinking.

Colossians 1:4a in the amplified Bible [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

I like that definition.

Many of us have heard the definition of faith as:

Hebrews 11:1 (Amp)
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Whichever verse you want to use one thing that is always constant is that Faith is consistent. It’s not here one day and gone the next. Faith is not a fleeing thing, but it’s stable and constant. I often use the concept that faith is like constant water. Changes in the rocks might be gradual but it’s the consistency that smoothes them down over time.

So often many in the body of Christ mistake faith for emotion. One day something happens that gets one all excited and the next day it doesn’t. One day we’re up on cloud nine knowing we’ve heard from God and the next day we’re convinced God doesn’t even hear our prayers. That my friends, isn’t faith. It’s an emotional roller coaster that will drain on you spiritually. Faith is consistent. It is not dependant on your circumstances, and until one grabs firmly to this concept they won’t be able to fully accomplish the things God has for them.

Hebrews 11:6 (Amp)
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

God loves it when His children trust Him despite of what is going on around them.

Someone came to me recently and asked me about this. They wanted to know what was the difference between being in faith on something and just being plain stubborn. I had to chuckle at the question because I’ve asked myself the same one often. According to the dictionary faith is belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof. The definition of stubborn is unreasonably determined: unreasonably and obstructively determined to persevere or prevail. So to answer the question in order to be in faith about something then yes, you have to get a little stubborn. Call me stubborn if you wish, but I’m not unreasonably determined. I have a reason to be so convinced. God told me it was so. He’s my reason! Be sure you’ve heard from God.

Be firmly determined on what God has spoken to you about. Be firmly fixed on what He has said and not what your emotions have tried to wage against you. Lean your entire personality on Him, because He knows what He’s doing more than what you can see. Remember stay consistent. Stay in the race. You’ll find yourself crossing that finish line before you know it, and in the end it’ll all be worth it. God loves you, keep trusting Him.

Here's a good youtube clip from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, sometimes you just have to trust God to be there even when you don't see it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG5TSV6c68A

Sunday, October 10, 2010

When Life Gives You Doo Doo, Make Fertilizer!

Yesterday I was thinking about some things and all of a sudden this phrase popped into my mind. We often have this thought that just because we’re Christians then life should be easy and we should never have to face any kind of trial. But that’s not true. Life can be difficult sometimes. It can feel as if we’ve been handed a lot of doo doo. But the good news is that you are an overcoming through Christ Jesus!

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Even though you may go through times where you feel there is more doo doo than you can bear, God has given you the victory. You are on the winning team!! You don’t have to wonder whose going to win this battle. You are because Jesus already did.

We have to realize that our testimony is a powerful thing. Though you may go through trials God can turn that mess into a powerful testimony for His glory. We can turn the doo doo of life into fertilizer by using our mouth to proclaim the victory. Fertilizer helps plants grow. The people around you will grow and learn from your testimony. Don’t be afraid to open your mouth when you know you must. Allow God to use what you have walked through into fertilizer for others. Allow God to use your testimony to make the devil regret he even tried to throw doo doo your way!


Revelation 12:11 (KJV)11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Remember that if you have Christ Jesus, you are the victor!!! You are not on the defensive team, you have the “ball”! Don’t the devil trick you into thinking anything other than the truth. You are a Kings kid with a powerful testimony! Go and fertilize some plans today, and remember God loves you! 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

But There Are Giants In The Land!!!

After God got the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses brought them towards the promise land, there were spies sent out in Numbers 14 to check it out. All this time the Israelites had this concept that when they got to the promise land there would be big neon signs and a paved road. They were all expecting for this land flowing with milk and honey to be unoccupied and ready for them to take over. But if you’re familiar with the story, you know that wasn’t the case. All the spies minus two came back freaking out that there were big guys who appeared to be giants in the land, and their fear kept them out of where God wanted them to be blessed. They all testified to the bounty, but fear stopped them from grabbing what God told them was theirs.

Caleb and Joshua were the only two that were bold and full of faith. They kept declaring it didn’t matter that there were giants in the land, God wanted them to have the land and they were going forward.

God got annoyed with the Israelites. I know, what’s new with that? Basically they’d seen miracle after miracle of God’s hand in their life and provision and they would rather stay in fear instead of trusting God. As a result the Israelites had to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years and only Caleb and Joshua from the older generation made it in the Promised Land.

So often we have this concept of our promised land. We think when we get there everything will be just waiting for us and we’ll be able to waltz right in and take our place. I have often wondered if the Israelites would have chosen to listen to Caleb and Joshua would the inhabitants of that land have just let them come in and take over. Quite possibly, but we do know that 40 years later when they came back and marched around the city, the walls simply melted in the land. It was there land regardless of the giants. Faith is when you know something to be so regardless of what you see. Circumstances cannot be your measure of faith, or you’ll never accomplish the will of God for your life.

Recently there have been some things that have appeared in my life that seem like giants to me. I’ll admit it. Dan and I are still sorting out and grabbing hold of what we believe to be God and making sure it is before we run with it. So when I’m teaching on this blog I’m preaching to the choir here.

But what I keep coming back too is which one is bigger? Is it God or what I see to be a giant. Which is really bigger? Which am I going to choose to walk in fear or faith? So what, I see giants in the land? God is bigger than that thing. Maybe I need to take my eyes off the giant and look to God. He’s been faithful to get us to this point and He’s never let us down before, nor will he ever.

It’s actually pretty typical of God when you’re getting ready to walk into the Promised Land he has for you to see a few giants. It’s a test of how you’re going to react. Are you going to be full of faith or run away and hide? So I’m asking you today are you in fear over the giants you may see or are you in faith?

Hebrews 11:1-3 and 6 (KJV)
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


Know that you know that you know what God is saying on a matter and once you have His answer go forward. Those giants have to leave you land. They don’t have a choice. Choose faith over fear. You’ll be glad you did!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Be teachable and correctable!

I’m guessing around 20 years ago my sister heard a message taught by TD Jakes at World Harvest in Columbus, Ohio and came home telling me that I needed to hear this message. I totally brushed off the comment and was like okay whatever and ignored it. So I went through my life forgetting about it. Probably 7 years ago she was getting rid of some old tapes and came across that tape of TD’s message and told me to take it. I smiled politely and said sure. Thinking I’m never going to listen to this and threw it in a box. Then about 5 years later I was surfing through the channels and the Christian channels was showing older messages and guess what? It was that same message my sister had been trying to get me to hear all those years earlier. You’d think I’d have paid attention, but I brushed it off. The next day the message was on again, and I was like “OK! I get the point, I’ll watch this teaching.” As the teaching unfolded it was revelation to me that I needed to hear. This word hit me in an area that I hadn’t even known I had issues. I finally got the old cassette tape out of the forgotten box and listened to the word again.

So many times we have this concept in order to hear from God we have to hear this audible voice, but we forget on a daily basis God orchestrates things around us to get us right where we need to be. Have you maybe noticed three people independently start talking about the same subject, or you keep going to the same scripture in the Bible? You have to discern these situations. Could it be that God is trying to show you something? We have to stop thinking that we know everything on our own, and remember we have to be teachable and correctable.

Proverbs 14:6 (Amp)
A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.


We have to heed the wisdom around us, and stop thinking that we know everything. We have to realize that God often puts people in our lives to teach us things.

I’m reminded by a story I heard many years ago about a man who was on his roof praying for God to save him. There had been a flash flood and the water was rising. Soon, a man in a boat came by and asked if he needed a ride. “No” the man replied, “I’m waiting for God.” The man kept praying and praying, and in the heights of his frustration he heard a helicopter. Surely this is God the man thought. But when he saw it was just another man he declined the ride. Eventually that man died and in heaven he said to God, “I don’t get why you didn’t come and rescue me?” God sighed and responded I sent the man in the boat and I sent the man in the helicopter. You choose not to get rescued.”

Be a seeker of wisdom. Be teachable and correctable. Realize you don’t know everything. Just last week a decision came before Dan and I that is a big decision for us. As I spoke to a friend of mine he kept being reminded of a scene in a movie. Later I spoke to my pastor. The funny thing is he kept being reminded of a scene in the same movie. The next day I shared the situation with a friend who began to pray, and she began to pray that it would be like the scene in that same movie. Do I think all of this is coincidence? No. This time it’s not going to take me 15 years to hear what God is trying to get through to me. I already have that movie held at the library and as soon as it’s in I think Dan and I will set down and prayerfully watch it.

Be sensitive to what God is saying to you today. I’ll close this blog with a quote our associate pastor said today while preaching. It was a good word, and I thought you’d enjoy it. “Your destiny is determined by what you do with the difficult.” ~Pastor Chad

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When It Doesn't Go the Way You Planned. . .

Let’s face it, we’ve all been in hard situations before when we wondered what God was thinking. We had the entire scene worked out in out heads prior to the event and when it doesn’t happen quite like you think you should how do you react? I remember I had a turndown probably four months ago that really upset me. I’ve been turned down so many times before rarely do they get to me, but this one in particular did. I sat out on the back porch bawling. When the tears subsided, and the questions faded away I kept hearing God tell me, “Anna you don’t see the entire picture.” As a result of that turn down, God steered me to write a couple of books that I would have never usually thought of writing. As a result I was moved into a place of destiny.

Many of you have heard be quote Corrie Ten Boom on numerous occasions, but I’ve always loved her ministry on this earth. She talks about your life being a tapestry and from the underside we cannot see how things will ever come together, but God looks at the tapestry from the top, and He sees the threads of your life forming an intricate design.

In times of frustration, when we can’t see the design you thought should be there remember the Bible has given us truth on the matter!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Romans 8:28 (NIV)
[ More Than Conquerors ] And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I am convinced that one of the keys to living a life committed to God boils down to one thing. Trusting in Him. Trusting Him despite of what you see. Trusting Him despite of what you feel, and trusting His word despite of what you think you know. God is a good God, and your times and season are in His hands. Do not be afraid. God has it all worked out. Trust in Him. He has good things for your life. Why trust in circumstances that come and go like the waves? Trust in the rock of Christ Jesus, that is the consistency you’re looking for. Jesus is the rock on which you can stand. All other ground is sinking sand.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Watching Your Kids Shine!

Almost ten years ago when Dan and I found out that we were expecting our first child, I wish I could tell you thoughts of motherly pride welled in my soul and I sang to a musical sound track in my mind, but that wasn’t the case. We’d been unemployed living with my parents until we knew for sure where God wanted us to move. We’d been married just six months and weren’t even sure if we had insurance. Singing a motherly musical was far from our minds. We were scared. When we were sure we were to move to FL I always joke about me puking in the car all the way here. I also remember joking that we’d have to find a giant piece of Tupperware for this kid to sleep in because we had very little in the way of finances. We saw God provide for the situation time and time again. Today I tell my oldest daughter often, that while she didn’t arrive in a time that we thought we needed her, God knew we did. She was on time in His timing, and I often say that she made me grow up. God knew what He was doing.

Today, my oldest had the opportunity to sing a song that she wrote along with a friend from church who wrote the music to her lyrics. Here is my daughter at 9 years old singing praises to the Lord to approx 500 people. I wanted to shout, “That’s my girl! God has always had this kid. Shine for Jesus baby shine!”

As I began to think about this I thought about how God looks at us. Often we go through life and we see situations that may not be ideal, but God sees the entire picture. He’s able to stand up and say, “That’s my son/daughter! Their shining for my glory! Shine baby Shine!”

God loves us. He takes great joy in us!

Zephaniah 3:17 (King James Version)
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

He rejoices in us singing, and in some translations I’ve heard it preached God even dances over us! God gushes at excitement when we do the things we’re called to do. I can just picture Him in heaven, the angels and the saints who have gone before are around him, and He is saying, “Do you hear this one or that one! That’s my girl! That’s my son who I am well pleased!”

Today to me was another reminder that God looks at our lives and He sees the bigger picture. He knew when we found out our oldest was on her way that circumstances weren’t ideal, but He saw the bigger picture. I’m so glad He knew what He was doing even when we wondered. He is so good.

Here’s the youtube link for those of you who haven’t seen the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU3lNa7ZYlQ

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Do You Feel Like You're Standing on One Leg Ready To Fall?




As I mentioned in the last blog, my family and I spent a few days in the Tallahassee area last week. We got to visit Wakulla State Park which is a beautiful preserve. It once was the film location for two Tarzan movies and “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” We saw manatees, alligators (which I’ve learned to be okay with as long as I’m in a boat and their not), various birds, and fish on our boat tour. As we listened to our tour guide we came across this tree. I got a good picture of it, and that’s the one that is above. I thought it was an interesting shot. This tree looks like it’s going to fall down in the water at any moment. If you could imagine it as a person, it’s almost as if it’s standing on one leg.

As I began to reflect upon that tree I saw how so often we’ve all gone through out lives like that tree. We’ve been weathered, felt as if we’ve been beaten down, and feel as if we’re barely standing. Life can be like that sometimes.

We have to allow ourselves to have times when God pours His life into us. We have to allow ourselves to have moments of rest. We have to recognize that we’re feeling like this tree in the water barely hanging on, and cry out to God to restore us.

Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."

Acts 3:19 (NIV)
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

It is not God’s will that you feel like this tree barely hanging on. His will is that you would be springing up with life. His will is that you would be prospering.

So if you feel like this tree today, cry out to God and do what He’s telling you to do. That might mean taking some moments of rest. That might mean a fast to break off whatever is weighing you down. That might mean breaking out of your normal routine because you refuse to keep feeling this way.

Trust the Lord. He loves you! Allow Him to guide you to refreshing today.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Florescent Green is Everywhere!


Florescent Green is Everywhere!

This weekend I was blessed to have some much needed and rare extended family time. My mom who lives in Ohio flew down and took my family to visit Tallahassee. My aunt who lives in Saudi Arabia flew to Tally to visit my cousin who lives there and recently had a new blessed addition to her family. It was a very nice weekend visit. My aunt had rented a beautiful house that is nestled out in the woods of North Florida. It was one of those octagon homes where it was obvious the house was designed to show off its surroundings. It was decorated very tastefully by its owner, except for one of the bathrooms. I am not sure what the owner was thinking. They chose to paint this one bathroom florescent green. But it was not just florescent green walls but the ceiling was even this same color. The color was so overwhelming that if you stayed in the bathroom too long the white tub began appearing to be green. The color was so overpowering I began seeing this green color everywhere. I have included a picture for you. Sadly, my camera did not do the shade justice it was much brighter than it appears in the picture.

Many times, we have this idea as Christians that who we are around or what we see or hear all the time will not affect us as believers. But as I viewed this florescent green bathroom I began to realize how untrue this thought is.

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

We have to realize that whatever is around us will affect us. It is just like me in that green bathroom. If I stared at those walls long enough things outside of the bathroom began to look green.

What will we allow around us? The people we allow around us will affect us for either good or bad.

I am reminded of that song I sang in Sunday school as a kid, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little eyes what you see for the father up above is looking down in LOVE or be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little ears what you hear, Oh be careful little ears what you hear. For the Father up above is looking down in LOVE oh be careful little ears what you hear.

So am I saying that Christians need to seclude themselves from everyone? Quite the contrary. Christians need to realize that they live in the world to change the world for Jesus, but we also need to guard what we allow to affect us. I have seen repeatedly ones that maybe start hanging around people who are always negative and the next thing they know they are thinking negative thoughts. Be on your guard for this. The closest people sounding you in your life need to be ones that are on fire for God and endeavoring to live for him. If their not, maybe you need to find some new people in your inner circle and pray for the negative ones.

Think about what has become the florescent green places in your life. What is affecting the way you are looking at things? Make sure it is a Godly influence. Make sure it is the Word of God. What is around you is affecting you!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pushing Through The Crowd

Mark 5:25-34 (The Message)
25-29A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years—a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before—had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, "If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well." The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up. She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.
30At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, "Who touched my robe?"
31His disciples said, "What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you're asking, 'Who touched me?' Dozens have touched you!"
32-33But he went on asking, looking around to see who had done it. The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him, and gave him the whole story.
34Jesus said to her, "Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague."


Yesterday I was reading Jim Hockaday’s book Qualified for a Miracle and as he brought up this story in the Bible I began to think about it and ponder it. This woman was a social outcast. In the Jewish law if she’d been bleeding for all those years she wasn’t to even be in the setting of a large group of people.

I remember that when Pastor Arthur used to teach on this story he used to always joke that when Jesus looked around and asked, “Who touched me?” he was sure that the crowd parted leaving the woman in the center by herself.

Whatever happened this woman had to have little regard for what people thought of her at this point. I’m sure she was tired of struggling, tired of straining, tired of being ostracized and was ready to go after her miracle. She had to put aside social convention and do what she knew she must. She was done caring what people were going to think.

Well meaning doubters will always try to stop you from going to destiny. It doesn’t mean that usually they aren’t looking after what they think is your best interest, but sometimes their “wisdom” turns to discouragement.

I’ve personally been told by various “well meaning people,” to give up dozens of times. I’ve been turned down by just about everyone. My turndown stories from people in the industry are ones that have made me cry, but yet I’ve kept going. Why? Because it doesn’t matter what other people say. When you’ve been told no time and time again something deep down on the inside of you will either choose to quit, or a determined resolve bubbles. It’s like when you’re mixing cement. Adding all the rocks to the water just makes you rock solid and more determined. You have to push back what everyone else has told you. Let social convention go, and be determined to move forward in what God has said.

Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)
3Not only so, but we[a] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.


God did not bring the sickness on that woman. However that kind of determination and not caring about what other people think I’m sure helped her later in life. After 12 years of sickness, when she walked away from this divine encounter do you think she stayed quiet about it? I’m sure she didn’t. I’m sure she told anyone and everyone she saw! She was probably well known in the area as that sick lady no one could go near. She now had gotten a miracle and was sharing her story with the rest of the community.

Be determined to push past what people have said. Be determined to hear God’s voice on a matter before everyone else’s. Be determined that even if you have to push through a crowd of people you’re going forward and you’re getting that miracle.

Remember, that there will be a day where you have to stand before God and give an account for your life. Somehow I don’t think excuses like, “I’m sorry I didn’t do what you told me to, so and so told me not too.” It will be just you and God in that meeting. You can’t blame your past regrets on other people. Push forward today. Push through the crowd and be determined. Run the race He’s placed before you, and grab hold of your miracle! It’s in Jesus. To quote Kim Clement, “You’re somewhere in the future and you look much better than you look right now!”

Sunday, September 12, 2010

No! You can't just shut the door!

This afternoon when I was putting my youngest daughter down for her nap, I had another God parenting moment. Her clothes are something we battle about quite a bit. I go in there and organize them. Then she looks for something to wear and those clothes end up in piles all over her room. It’s a constant teaching cycle that I am always finding myself working with her in. This afternoon I went to go pray with her to take a nap and those clothes were in a pile beside the bed. She’d taken one of her baskets and scattered the clothes. Frustration began to set in.

“Young lady,” I found myself saying, “Your grandmother is flying down this week. We cannot have clothes everywhere. You are going to have to do something about these clothes.”

“But mommy,” she looked up to me and batted her eyelashes, “It’s okay we can just keep the door shut.”

Her reaction surprised me. But as I dealt with her I began to realize that’s how we often respond to messes or sin in our lives. We think we can just shut the door and no one will know about it. We think if we just make it all look pretty it will be as if the sin isn’t even there. In truth, that’s a lie. My daughter’s messy room would be there whether the door to her room was shut or not.

Jesus talked about this same concept.


Matthew 23:24-26 (Amp)24You blind guides, filtering out a gnat and gulping down a [a]camel!(A) 25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but within they are full of extortion (prey, spoil, plunder) and grasping self-indulgence. 26You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and of the plate, so that the outside may be clean also.

You have to be real with yourself when it comes to sin in your life. You can’t just wallpaper over a hole in the wall and think it’ll be okay. One of these days someone will find the hole. You might think its fine, but God sees everything.

1 Corinthians 4:5 (NIV)
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

God sees your heart, and while you might think just shutting the door in an area will make everything okay, God knows that room still isn’t clean. Be real with God today. Get real with yourself. See if there are any areas in your life you’ve shut the door instead of dealing with the situations. Choose to clean up the room. Those kinds of things have a way of getting worse and worse until you deal with them. You might as well go in there now, and clean up the mess. You’ll be glad you did. Then you won’t have to hide anymore. You can have all your doors open and realize that it’s okay. God loves you. He even sees those doors shut in your life, and He loves you. Be real with Him today.


 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

But I Can't See!

I have two kids ages 9 and 4. My oldest goes to school and my youngest is still being home schooled for pre-K. We walk most days to pick up my oldest from school, and most days that moment when my youngest is searching the crowd for my oldest to come through the gate is one of the most exciting moments of her day. She waits anticipating the moment that she sees her older sister. She can’t wait to tell her about her day.

On Tuesday I saw my oldest from a distance make her way from the gate. However my youngest did not.

“There she is!” I thought out loud.

“But mommy I can’t see her!” My youngest questioned.

“She’s on her way.” I said

“But I don’t see her!” My youngest started to whine.

“Trust me, I can see her.”

“But mommy I can’t see her!” My youngest was starting to get sad. Patience rarely comes easily for a 4 year old.

“You’re going to have to trust me.” I finally replied.

Finally my oldest came toward us, and as hugs were exchanged I realized that I’d just experienced another God parenting moment. It’s amazing how our children can teach us about our relationship with God the Father.

So often we do the same thing to God that my youngest did to me. God can see the change coming in your life. He can see that the breakthrough it’s on its way. Maybe you’re believing Him for your healing to manifest, or a better job, or a family member, whatever it is He can see it. So he tells you He can see it! Whether it’s through a prophetic word, an inclining, or the Word you know you heard Him on the matter.

“But daddy,” you whine “I can’t see it!”

“It’s okay,” He soothes, “It’s there. It’s coming. Your going to have to trust me.”

“But daddy, I can’t see it!”

“It’s coming I can see it. Trust me.”

I have always joked that there is a reason patience is a fruit of the spirit, because it takes a supernatural work for it to occur in most situations. I am not naturally a patient person, but God puts a lot of stock in patience.

Hebrews 10:36 (Amplified)
For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

James 1:4 (Amplified)
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.


Patience allows us to fully develop and lack nothing. Being patient and at peace in a situation is that we trust what God is saying even if we don’t see the circumstances change.

God sees your tomorrows. He sees your next years, and he sees the last days you’ll breathe upon the earth. He can see your life. When He tells you that change is coming, believe Him! When he tells you that thing that you’ve been crying out to Him is coming, believe Him! When my daughter kept questioning me about seeing her older sister I found myself getting a little aggravated. I was thinking “Child, I told you I saw her! Why won’t you believe me?” But yet I realize that so many times I’ve done the same thing to God.

Choose to trust what He tells you. Choose to trust Him beyond the circumstances that you may see in front of you. Choose to know that God is a good God that loves you and wants the best for you. He sees past the crowds and chaos of your life. When He tells you your breakthrough is coming, choose to believe Him.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Are you suffering from Prophetic Amnesia?

Last week I found myself slipping back into some old mindsets in my thinking. As I thought about how I taught last week about people in the body suffering from prophetic dyslexia I realized that also many including myself at times have fallen in to the trap of prophetic amnesia. It becomes so severe at times it’s almost as if we’ve developed prophetic Alzheimer’s disease in the spirit realm or in our thought life.

What do I mean by that? Well many of us have received prophetic word after prophetic word regarding certain matters in our lives. Maybe you don’t hear a prophetic word through someone else about something, but maybe God has spoken to you on the matter, or maybe you can open up the Bible and read scripture after scripture about a particular instance you’re facing. Hearing from God is exciting! But then how do you react when you don’t see the circumstances change overnight? What if the circumstance is still there for days, weeks, or even years? How then do you react? Do you stay just as convinced as you were the day you heard from God as to what the outcome will be, or have you begun to doubt? Have you forgotten what God said about the matter?

The faith of Noah has always amazed me. I’m sure Noah’s family, friends, and everyone in between thought he was crazy. However Noah heard from God and was convinced on the matter. According to the Bible it took Noah and his sons around 100 years to build the ark. Noah went 100 years on one encounter with God. In 100 years he kept doing what God told him to do even if it seemed weird.

Doubt and unbelief have no place in the mind of a mature believer. If you plan on doing anything for the kingdom you have to drive it out of your thought life. You have to grab tightly to whatever God has spoken to you and refuse to let go. My spiritual mentor Pastor Arthur Lee used to always joke that God isn’t schizophrenic. He doesn’t say one thing one day and change his mind the next. He doesn’t just put something into motion and change it the next. God does things with purpose and on purpose.

Isaiah 55:8-10 (NIV)
8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.
9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.


Drive doubt and unbelief out! You have to trust God above what you see. Remind yourself what God has spoken to you in the past. Remind yourself of all the things He’s done in your life. I think that most charismatic Christians treat the prophetic as if it’s no big deal. If they get a word they might throw the tape in with all the others just so they can stay on the shelf and you never think of it again. God doesn’t talk just to hear himself talk! You have to get those words out and begin to trust Him again. Seek God on the matter. Do NOT forget what he has spoken! Make His words important to you in your life. Remember His words!

I’ll admit that sadly I had a few days last week where I suffered from prophetic amnesia. The waiting can be hard. But I’m vowing to remind myself of what God has spoken. I want to treasure His word above my feelings. The process is worth it! God loves you and He has good plans for your life. Submit to them, and I promise you it’s worth it!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Are you suffering from Prophetic Dyslexia?

This afternoon as I sat to read my Bible I felt this bubble up inside of me and as much as I tried to put it off to write it down tomorrow I really felt I had to do it today. Therefore, I pray it blesses someone.

Hearing the voice of God is completely normal! God created humanity to be able to talk to and spend time with Him. Sadly, the concept of God speaking to us as people has been really twisted in these days, but the Bible is clear on the matter.

John 10:27 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.


I always say that all the prophetic is: is being able to hear the voice of God whether it is for your life or someone else’s.

Dyslexia is defined by the World English Dictionary as, “impaired ability to understand written language: a learning disorder marked by a severe difficulty in recognizing and understanding written language, leading to spelling and writing problems. It is not caused by low intelligence or brain damage.”

It seems to me that there are many people in the world today that are suffering from prophetic dyslexia. I’m not trying to be derogatory by saying this, but listen to me for a moment.

God often speaks in words or a language that is a bit different than ours. Meaning? In Genesis 37 Joseph has two dreams. One is about all of these sheaves of grain bowing to his sheave, and another where the sun moon and eleven stars bowed down to him. Those dreams were from God, but was God saying literally sheaves of grain and the stars were going to bow to Joseph? No. God was using the sheaves and stars as symbols that one day Joseph would be in a position of authority to his brothers and eventually he was in the place.

God often speaks through dreams, visions, prophetic words and it is very important that we listen to His interpretation instead of our interpretation. When we shove our own meaning onto whatever He says, we are becoming prophetically dyslexic. We are trying to make whatever He saying fit in what we think it should. We are twisting what God is saying. Somewhere it is getting lost in translation, and I assure you the problem is not with God.

About 13 years ago, I was in a situation where I had done just that. I was sure of some situations and was sure then whatever dream, vision, or word I got I manipulated them to mean what I thought they did. Later I saw God completely turn the situation around, but I see now where while the words did come to pass. They came to pass differently than what I thought God was saying.

For example in Genesis 16, there is the story of Abraham and Sarah. God promises that they will have children. God even goes on to say that, Abraham’s decedents will out number the stars in the sky. They get older and older and older. Sarah gets frustrated so she tells Abraham to have a baby with her maid so Ishmael is created. Ishmael is never God’s chosen child. Ishmael was a fruit of frustration. Later Sarah conceives and has Isaac.

Many times, we hear the things that God is saying and we act so much like this story. In our heads we say, “fine God if you aren’t going to do this in my timing then I’ll do it myself and I’ll make it happen!” In the end, doing things out of frustration will only bring sorrow.

When Jesus was born there hundreds of prophetic words about the Messiah in order for him to be the Messiah he had to do. The Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem, come from Egypt and be a Nazarene. Do you honestly think Joseph had the ability to set with an ancient scroll in his hand and chart out all the places he had to move his family in order for these prophesies to come to pass? No! Joseph did what the Spirit of the Lord told him to and the words were fulfilled. His job was just to do what God told him to do. God made the rest work.

There is a prophetic dyslexic trap in the kingdom today and it’s causing frustration to spread like an unwanted fruit. If you find yourself constantly frustrated then where is your peace?

Real faith is not a roller coaster ride of emotions. I’ve seen this happen in the church too often. It’s not a I got a prophetic word so I’m on cloud nine but the next day nothing happens that we see yet so I’m back in the pit, and the next night God gives me a dream I’m up again and the next I’m down. Real faith is constant. It’s consistent and it doesn’t waver.

If you find yourself in the prophetic dyslexic trap then get out! It’s that easy. You have to retrain your thinking. Ask the Lord to show you what He is saying to you, and choose to stop trying to flip around his words to manipulate it into what you think. His ways are not always our ways. We have to get to know Him in order to be able to rightly discern what He’s saying. I believe that the key to a mature walk with God is simply trust. We have to learn to trust Him beyond what we think and see. We have to choose to trust Him beyond our circumstances. We have to learn to trust Him that He has a way even when we don’t see it. We have to trust Him.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Moving from Sustaining to Obtaining

Last week while in prayer I felt the Lord say to me “It’s time to move from sustaining to obtaining.” That day some things happened in my life, and as things are made final I’ll share more. But I began to think about this term and have decided today would be a good day to share my thoughts.

Many of you have heard me say time and time again that I’ve heard prophetic voice after prophetic voice say that these are days of change and new beginnings. I believe that this is the time and season we’re in as a church whole.

While the Israelites were in captivity they spent generations believing that one day they would be freed. When Moses showed up and the plagues began they had to have known that change was soon coming. God was doing miracles, signs and wonders in their midst and they knew this time things were going to be different.

Simeon and Anna (I’ve always been a little partial to faithful Anna Luke 2:21-39) waited at the temple every day they were growing older and older. They believed that that God had spoken to them that they would live to see the Messiah. They had to keep trusting God every day that God had really spoken to them, until the day came that the Messiah literally showed up before them.

Joseph in the Old Testament sat in prison for three years falsely accused and he had to wait, until one day his divine appointment happened and he was moved from being in the pit of prison as the second in command to the palace.

Abraham and Sarah thought that them having this promised baby in their old age was impossible but eventually they held the promise of God.

I could go on and on listing the characters in the Bible that had to go through a process and then one day their suddenly happened and they were able to see the hand of God the entire time. Go read Hebrews 11.

It’s time to go from sustaining to obtaining. Many of you are thinking in your head, “Well it hasn’t happened yet. How can I get excited over what hasn’t manifested?” You have to see yourself on the other side of this thing before you will ever physically be there. You might feel like your in a pit like Joseph but remember God loves suddenlies. See yourself in that palace. Every day might be the same thing day in and day out like Simeon and Anna, but you have to believe that one day you’ll hold the promise of God!

Someone recently reminded me that as runners train they always learn to visualize themselves crossing the finished line. You have to see yourself moving from sustaining to obtaining.

Matthew 14:29-31 (The Message)He said, "Come ahead." Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, "Faint-heart, what got into you?"

You have to stop believing the circumstances over what God has spoken. Stop looking at the waves around you and fix your focus on Jesus. Fix your focus on what He said. Fix your focus on God. It’s time to move from the sustaining to the obtaining! God doesn’t lie! He’ll bring you to the other side, but you can’t give up! You have to keep pushing through and see yourself on the other side. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

God Will Bring It Back Around!

I recently saw Carol Burnett interviewed and she relayed a story that I’d heard her say before but it reminded me of something this time. If you don’t know who Carol Burnett is, she is a famous American comedian and actress. Before she was famous she was working as an usher in a movie cinema right off Hollywood Blvd. This usher uniform she had to wear, I guess she relays was hideous and had epilates on the shoulders. Then anyone could come in at anytime during the movie and no matter where it was in the movie set down and soon the movie would start again. She says that one particular day this movie was in it’s last minutes and these people came up demanding they’d be seated right away. She was working at the aisle two door. She asked for them to wait five minutes because the movie was almost done, and I guess they went to get the manager. That manager stormed over to her and ripped off her epilates. He demanded she leave the building at once. “You’re fired!” he roared. I’m sure that was a pretty low point for her. She went on to become the comedic icon she is today. She says that when they called her to tell her they were going to honor her with a star on Hollywood Blvd, she told them she wanted the star right in front of that theatre. If that wasn’t good enough, in the interview she relayed that a few years ago that same theatre had fallen in disrepair and the owners called her and asked her if she’d like the door to aisle 2. Today that door is in her home, I’m sure it’s a reminder to her every time she sees it that all worked out in the end.

It is so easy when something happens that isn’t right to demand for justice. But I’ve learned in my years God always has a way to bring things around. You have to allow God the time to do that for you. The battle is not yours to fight.

Psalm 17:2 (NIV)
May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.

1 Corinthians 1:8 (The Amplified)
And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).


When Jesus was brutally murdered on the cross that was a big injustice. He had no sin. The Bible says that he didn’t argue with his accusers.

Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.


I’ll admit the first thing I want to do when someone hurts me or ticks me off, is I want to kick their behinds. However we need to realize that God will bring the situation around. Some way, some how we’ll be able to look at the situation one day and see that God brought our vindication.

Give your situations and issues to God today. Allow God to fight those battles for you. Allow Him to make them turn around like only He can. We need to let the situation go and give it to God. We need to choose to let Him have it and let Him work on it. He has a bigger plan and purpose than what we see. Try trusting Him. You’ll be glad you did.