Sunday, June 27, 2010

How’s your flexibility?

I have noticed something in my years of serving the Lord. That is God loves to surprise His children. Sometimes we have in our minds exactly the way we think something will happen, and while God brings about what He said, it happens a bit differently. You have to be firm in what God told you, but willing that it may not happen exactly like you think it will.

1 Corinthians 2:6
We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it's not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God's wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don't find it lying around on the surface. It's not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven't a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn't have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That's why we have this Scripture text: No one's ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love him. But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.


Matthew 12:6
"There is far more at stake here than religion. If you had any idea what this Scripture meant—'I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual'—you wouldn't be nitpicking like this. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he's in charge."

You have to learn in your walk with God to try to stay flexible. You have to be firmly persuaded what God said, but flexible on how your going to get there.

I think sometimes we put God in a box. We’re so convinced He’s going to operate in a certain manner that we stop trying to see what else He’s saying.

When God told me to write my first book I was sure that would be the book that God would open the doors up initially with (and in someways with the short story I was published in last year he did, but I haven‘t seen the fullness on things yet). But as time wove on like a large blanket I had to start pushing forward. While I know that book will be published I had to start asking God what was next. So, I wrote my next and my next. But even more so for years I’ve considered myself have been anointed to write fiction. I’ve found myself recently flushing out a revelation God gave me years ago and in the next day or so I will be finishing the rough draft of my 10th book, that is my first full length non fiction book.

The point I’m trying to make is quite simply let God be God in your lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in what we think will happen, that we eliminate God from working. It’s like he starts us on a journey and we get stuck at the first gas station. At each stop in the road you have to ask God where do I go from here? We have to be willing to turn if God says to turn, to go slower if He says go slower, and to go the last leg at a catapult if He says that.

Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”

God will show you what is next in your life Isaiah 30:21 says, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” You must be willing to do it.

Sometimes things just don’t make sense in your mind at the moment. My husband has an Associates degree in one industry. Later he felt to get another in another industry. While both industries seemed worlds apart, and it looked like he was making a complete turn when he got the second one. The job he works at today specifically wanted someone with both of these backgrounds. Today he understands why he was led to do both.

Things may not make sense to you at the time. But you much be willing to just go with what God is saying. Be willing to step our of your comfort zone and step into His plans for your life. God is looking for people who trust Him beyond what they can see. That’s what faith is, and faith makes God excited.

**** My family and I will be doing some traveling in the next two weeks, and Dan and I both felt that this time I needed to make the effort to take rest from doing the blogs in these two weeks. So pray for us. I’ll be starting the blogs up again when we end out traveling time. I am expecting a God charging while we’re gone, and I’ll be reved up to continue to do what God is calling me to. You’ll hear from me in two weeks. :-) Be blessed! Be excited, it’s a good time to be in the kingdom of God!


  

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ushering In A Season of Manifestation

Around 16 years ago God put me in a situation to minister to a particular individual. (I’m not sure if he’s one of my readers or not, I’m not mentioning names I’m just really excited about this.) I spent hours personally witnessing to this person. We spent hours on the phone, etc. I honestly can say though the friendship wasn’t one sided. He taught me a lot of things about ministering to people who had very different beliefs, and out of that friendship I have several stories. (Including one that involves me singing Kum By Yah in front of a sea of faces with black eyeliner, black lipstick, and black nail polish. LOL!) He never gave his life to the Lord really then, and was quite anti any organized religion. He never hesitated to tell me so either. Unfortunately as life happened I lost track of him over the years. There have been times in the years God would just have me pray for him. About three or four years ago we got in contact again and spoke rarely. He was still fighting giving his life to God. A few days ago I was on facebook and he and I started talking via instant message. He finally gave is life to the Lord, is getting baptized, and is on fire serving Him. I am one of many that God used over the years to minister to him, and I was so excited to get this news. I have prayed for this man’s salvation for years and it was so cool to get this news.

Prophetically for awhile now I’ve been feeling that we’re stepping into a season of manifestation. We’ve all prayed and standing for things and are waiting to see the promise of God. I believe as a church body we’ve stepped into an awesome season in Him.


God has appointed times to do things? Did you know that? I’m not saying this individual couldn’t get saved until this time, but I’m talking about things He’s doing to the church and in your lives on a personal basis.

Genesis 18:14 (KJV) says, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

It didn’t do Sarah any good to get frustrated when she was older and older and didn’t have a son. God had an appointed time for it to happen.


Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV) says
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Though it may feel like it sometimes. . .God is NEVER late! God has an appointed time! He has plans and purposes that sometimes we don’t understand. So often it’s easy to get caught up in the frustration rut. God has given you promises and when you don’t see them manifest the way you think they should, you get annoyed. Stop! We cannot be like little children throwing a fit at God because we didn’t get the toy we wanted when we wanted it. There is no peace in that kind of attitude. I assure you throwing a fit at God does not get Him to move quicker! We must be mature in the things of God, and throwing a fit at him is not maturity. Do you know what gets God excited??? It’s faith! He loves it when His children trust Him despite of what they see.

I had a situation occur last week that threatened me to fall in the frustration rut. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a few moments there. Without going into too much detail I had a publisher I really like, and still do, turn me down. Their first turndown with me got to me, but I kept renewing my mind and I was able to not crash. But the second time, yup it got to me. I went on our back porch to prayer journal crying and spent some time with God. What I kept getting from Him was, “You have to trust me. I know your upset but you see such a small picture and I have a plan.” His plan is bigger than what I see. His plan is always bigger in our lives than what we can see.

Isaiah 55:8-11 (Message) 8-11 says, "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.”

Dear church we are in such an exciting time to be in the kingdom of God. I believe we are being ushered by heavenly forces into a season of manifestation in our lives. I believe suddenly things are going to happen that you’ve been praying to happen for years. These are exciting days to be in the kingdom. These are divine times for your life. Don’t let frustration steal your joy. Rise up and continue to trust in your God. He is a God of fulfillment. He is a God of manifestation, and what He has spoken will come to pass! God has a plan and it's manifesting in your life in Jesus' name!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I Am My Father's Daughter!

As today is father’s day I was internally reflecting of all the good things my earthly father had taught me. I was reflecting of how it’s helped me in different ways of pursing the things of God. My father has not always been perfect, but I can take so many of the things he taught me about life and it help me in my Christian walk.

My dad taught me:

In Matthew 19:13-15 Jesus was being surrounded by the children. While the disciples thought it was odd Jesus welcomed that they would climb up in his lap and talk to Him. God wants those one on one times with His children. God the father loves it when his children have those sweet moments of quiet time with Him where we can crawl up in His lap. I learned this from my dad. As a little girl we would spend hours in his room talking, watching TV, or just holding hands. I’ll be 32 years old soon, and I confess one of my highlights of getting to go visit with my dad will be crawling up beside him, holding his hand and listening to him talk. I have no shame in saying that. God wants that same kind of relationship with us.

 

We are taught in the Bible time and time again the importance of being persistent. God wants us to finish the race that He sets before us. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” This is just one of the many examples the Bible talks about enduring the race to finish it. In hours I’ve spent with my dad talking about his life, and his tour with Vietnam many of you have heard me quote him time and time again. “Dig deeper and push harder.” “You got two choices in life lay down and die or get up and fight.” In reference to a battle, “Feet don’t let my butt down.” My father is one of the strongest people I know. Despite walking through Vietnam, being captured as a POW briefly and living to tell about it. In my life time he has had a tumor removed from his spinal cord and had to learn how to walk again. He has survived heart attack and stroke, and a bout of pancrities. There are days that I get tired and frustrated, and in my call I have wanted to give up, but the words of my father have kept me going. I’m not about to lie down and die, so no matter what happens I come back fighting.

One of my dad’s famous phrases is “I get better looking every time I look in the mirror.” My father taught me to have a positive view of my self image. God created me in His image (Genesis 1:26). If I’m going to have a healthy view of myself then I need to see this as a fact. In the years of struggling with my own image that most people go through, my father taught me how to love the me I am.

My father taught me the value of a sense of humor. Life is too short not to laugh at it on occasion. My dad has the ability to crack a joke at just about any conversation. Pastor Arthur used to say too many Christians go around looking like they got weaned on a dill pickle after they get saved. That they need to remember the joy of the Lord is their strength (Psalm21:1). Did you know that God has a sense of humor? Some people have this crazy view that God is serious all the time. Nope, we are created in the image of God, I assure you God has a sense of humor. Psalm 9:1 talks about David dancing and laughing in the presence of God.

Many of you may have not had a positive male role in your life growing up. But God wants to be your father. He longs to be the ultimate father in your life. I remember as a little girl thinking my earthly father was a hero and that he could do no wrong. I realize now he is human he has his faults but he has been a gift God. I am blessed. I hope all of you father’s out there today realize that your children will learn about God from you. You’ve been given the responsibility for legacy. What will your legacy say about you? Aspire to raise your children up in the way’s they should go so when their old they won’t depart from it. Aspire to inspire them.


 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hell No! Don't Go!

Dan and I were recently watching Mary K. Baxter on Sid Roth. You can find the reruns on you tube. In short many years ago, she had a divine encounter/revelation where Jesus came and took her in to Hell for many days, and then took her into Heaven. He did it for the purpose, to warn people that there really is a Heaven and there really is a Hell. I can hear many as I type this saying to themselves ‘and you really believe she experienced this’? Yes, I do. Many of what she said is in direct correlation with specific Biblical passages. It is just like God to do something supernatural in order to warn people. I’ve heard other accounts that are very similar. This warning needs to be heeded. Folks, there really is a Heaven, and there really is a Hell.

It is so easy to get caught up in this lifetime and think it’ll last forever. But time is fleeting. The days are speeding up. Your lifetime is but a moment or a whisper in eternity. You do not have the luxury to continue to put off where you will spend eternity. Anything could happen. Tomorrow you could die, or Jesus could return. Is your fate worth the gamble?

James 4:14 (NKJV) says,”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.”

I’ve heard time and time again many believers fall in the trap of the “once saved always saved” mentality. This false teaching is not Biblical! I could set here and give you scripture after scripture proving that but for the sake of space I’ll give you this one.


Matthew 7:22-24 (NKJV) says, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


It’s obvious that the people in this scripture were ones that thought they were going to Heaven. They thought that they were doing all these things in the name of the Lord, but deep down their hearts were far from God. They were deceived. The Bible warns us of things that will get us out of the kingdom.


Galatians 5:19-21 (The Message) says, “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.”


Matthew 18:21-35 speaks that you won’t be forgiven of your sins unless you’ve forgiven others of there sins. Unforgiveness will keep you out of heaven too.


So what do you do in order to go to heaven? It’s quite simple.

First, believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again. Believe that by His blood you were redeemed from death, Hell and the grave. (Acts 16:31)

Second, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. Don’t be silent about it. (Romans10:9-10)

Repent! Let’s face it, no one is perfect! Keep repenting! If you mess up repent and move on. Repenting is a complete turn in the opposite direction. Repenting doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means you’re trying to live a righteous life. It means you’re staying humble realizing that you’re not perfect. But repenting isn’t a one time deal. You need to repent whenever you sin. Many people treat repentance as something they did a few times at the alter and leave it at that. No! Repentance is a lifestyle. You have to constantly aware of the choices your making. (Acts 2:38 and Acts 3:19)


What is so sad is that many are headed to Hell. It’s their choice! They don’t have to go there. God did not send Jesus upon the earth just to tell people they were wrong. He sent His son to rescue them from Hell. He sent His son to redeem the lost. As I watched Mary K. Baxter’s story I myself continued to check myself. We all need to continually look at ourselves and check ourselves.

John 3:16-18 (The Message) says, "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

Time is short. Complacency is not an excuse! It’s too short to gamble with your eternity. Jesus could come back at any moment. As I write this I feel such an urgency in my spirit. Don’t keep putting it off. May the choice today to turn your life around and live for God. You don’t want to go to Hell. God doesn’t want you there!

In closing I cut and pasted this you tube video link below. I love Misty Edwards’ praise and worship. Watch it and think about what I said. God loves you. Make the continual choice for Heaven. Make the continual choice to live for God.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shi8fPtjFdc

Monday, June 14, 2010

Taming of the Squirrels

When I was in college at OSU there were squirrels everywhere. The problem was with those squirrels is many of them living so close to a bunch of college kids meant that they became very “tame.” They would scamper up within inches of you when you were trying to walk. They were so close I know that to some people used to pet them. They would dig through the garbage and not move no matter how close you were to them. I realize to many this didn’t and doesn’t seem like a big deal, but bottom line it doesn’t matter how tame those animals got, their still wild animals. They can turn on a dime. You can’t tame a wild animal and not realize that you’re playing with fire.

Many people treat sin and demonic activity like that. They think that they can be tamed. They think that the demons that hang around and try to mess with them are harmless. They think their okay. I remember the dear late Pastor Arthur Lee once told me that they’d cast many devils out of a woman once and she came back to them a few days later because she missed her “friends”. She couldn’t handle the freedom. She wanted them back because she thought they were her “friends.”

You can’t tame sin. Sin is sin no matter how cute it may look. A demon is a demon no matter how much you try to tell yourself its not.

1 Corinthians 5:6 (The Message) says, “Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it's anything but that. Yeast, too, is a "small thing," but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. So get rid of this "yeast." Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast. So let's live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious.”

So often we try to justify to ourselves that just doing a little sin isn’t that big of a deal. (As I say this, I realize I’m preaching to myself too.) What happened to our fear of the Lord? A little sin is not okay. Messing around with a “little” demon is not okay. No matter how long I try to “tame” a squirrel it’s still a squirrel! We MUST stop trying to “pet” our sins and start getting rid of them. All around it’s like we as Christians trample all over the blood of Jesus and think nothing of it. We justify to ourselves that we can go ahead and do what we want and it’s okay because we can repent later. We have to stop this mentality folks! We have to start loving the Lord so much that it’s not okay! Just as the scripture above talks about a little bit of yeast will affect the entire loaf. It’s the same way here. The Bible uses yeast as a symbol of sin and pride throughout the Word. A little bit of sin affects all of you! God will have mercy on you yes, but it’s not worth it.

Psalm 24:3-6 (NKJ) says, “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah”

None of us are perfect. We’ve all fallen short. It’s okay when we mess up that we pray and ask God to forgive us and move on. But what I’m addressing is this concept that we can do whatever we want and then say that’s okay. The squirrels in our lives can’t be “tamed”. We have to leave them at the alter and realize if we’re going to move forward and closer to the Lord then we have to live our lives pure and holy before the Lord. We have to live our lives on purpose for His purpose. Even if a sin seems small in our eyes, it’s not in God’s eyes.

If you fall get up! If you mess up repent and move on! (Proverbs 24:16) But don’t tame yourself to think that it’s an excuse. God loves you! He has such awesome plans for your life. But we have to get disgusted with sin. We have to not want even the smallest bit in our lives. We have to realize that the “squirrels” can’t be tamed, so we have to stop trying. Do you really think your excuses will matter on the day that you stand before God and give an account for your life? Move forward with God today. He loves you and is excited about you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Holy Spirit is talking. . . Are you Listening?

When I was in college I went on one of the worst dates of my life. I want to preface this by saying there was something about this guy that I wasn’t at peace about. It was like a knot in my stomach, but being that I was new to campus and I was just trying to meet people, I ignored the inward warning. When he came and asked me out I ignored the “yuck” and decided that one date wouldn’t hurt.

The warning signs to get out of this date were all over. When we got in the car and he began to drive to a coffee shop I remember looking at him and saying, “I just want to let you now I’m not opposed to opening this door and rolling out while the car is moving if you try anything.” What made me say that I don’t know, but the guy turned to me, laughed and said, “You’re not the first girl to tell me that.”

When we arrived at the coffee shop it didn’t take us long to begin the religion debate. I guess his mother kept trying to get him to become a Catholic priest because she thought that would be a quick ticket to heaven for her. I’m sure I don’t need to say that didn’t go over well with me. Then when he finally drove me back to my dorm. After the obvious crash and burn on the date, he kept trying to invite himself up to my dorm. I was like a fish refusing to catch the bait. I wouldn’t invite up. I flew out of that car so fast when he dropped me off, I hoped I didn’t slam the car door in his face and I really didn’t care if I did.

Fortunately I managed to avoid this gentleman for the most part after this horrible date. I found out later he was notorious in the department for dating women and forcing himself on them. I knew of one girl that had fought him off of her, and another girl she knew of that had dealt with him. I’m blessed from what I heard that I got out of that situation unharmed.

So often times in life the Holy Spirit tries to warn us, and talk to us about things and we ignore it. That “yuck” in my gut was the Holy Spirit trying to tell me that this guy wasn’t a good guy. I choose to ignore it. Often we think that when God speaks to us it has to be some big booming audible voice. Truthfully, rarely does God speak audibly to people. Most times God speaking comes in a knowing or a still small voice.

1Kings 19:11-13 talks about Elijah, “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?”


Elijah was one of the most famous prophets of all time, and even for him God’s voice wasn’t in the earthquake or a fire, but in the still small voice.

We must learn to heed that still small voice. We must learn to pay attention to it and not to ignore it. God talks to people all the time. But sadly often people ignore him. There are countless stories I’ve heard of tragedies avoided because they listened to an inward knowing. People who avoided going to work on Sept 11 because of some reason or another, or people who chose to drive home a different way from work to only learn later that choice saved their lives. These things are not by accident or mere coincidence. It’s God speaking to people.

Pay attention to that inward voice. Listen to it, and heed it. I was blessed in my situation that even though I ignored it no real tragedy occurred, but sadly this isn’t always the case. God has a way of getting your attention. Please heed the still small voice. God knows your life from beginning to end and He’s trying to help you avoid tragedies down the road. Take the time to listen and trust Him. Trust and obey, for there is no other way! Be blessed, He loves you!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Taking off the Lid!

Last week I prophetically gave a word to someone and the more, I thought about that word later the more that word began to stir inside of me. I do believe that word was for the individual but as a whole, it is for the church around the world. It is about the season we are stepping into. Then on Wednesday night, I was at church and God began to download something’s to me about it. I wanted to use the blog today to share.

What I saw was like a box with a lid, and people were getting very frustrated that the lid was on. Then I saw the church (the people of God) coming into a season of time where the lid was coming off. This brought a gushing forth in the mighty power of God. The words “The church is coming into a season where they will be moving past old mindsets. They’ll go further then they ever thought they would, and tonight the lid is coming off!” came to me strong.

I believe the church as a whole is entering into such a season of an open heaven. We’re going to see favor on the saints like we’ve never experienced. I began reflecting on when this happened in the Bible. I found myself in Genesis 28:10-17 (Message Translation) “Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground and it reached all the way to the sky; angels of God were going up and going down on it.
Then God was right before him, saying, "I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I'm giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they'll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I'll stay with you, I'll protect you wherever you go, and I'll bring you back to this very ground. I'll stick with you until I've done everything I promised you."
Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, "God is in this place—truly. And I didn't even know it!" He was terrified. He whispered in awe, "Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God's House. This is the Gate of Heaven."


In this moment of history, God downloaded to Jacob. He took off the lid of what Jacob ever thought possible. Jacob went past being the ‘brother that took the birthright’ that night. He stepped from his old life. He left his old mindsets. He stepped into his destiny. Jacob was taken to the gate of Heaven and was never the same again.


People please be very discerning about the season we’re in. That lid is coming off. I know it can get scary when things begin to change and God begins to show you new things. I know it can get a little uncomfortable. But there is such a mighty wind of favor that is blowing that lid off. You must trust God. Go with what He is doing in your life. Move forward. Move past the comfortable! Embrace this season of time! The lid is coming off! Get excited, and get ready because it’s a new season for your life.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Keep Your Head in the Game!

On Memorial Day my dad called me and we had a good conversation. He reminded me of something I’ve heard him talk about numerous times and I couldn’t help but see the spiritual principles in what he was saying. We were talking about his tour as a grunt soldier in Vietnam and I’ve often heard him tell me that as a soldier you had to “keep your head where you are and not where you want to be.” You could loose your focus, if in combat, and you thought about your family back home. You had a job to do and you had to do it. You couldn’t allow yourself the moments of memories or what it’ll be like when you get home. If you do you can get too comfortable and your head needs to be fighting the war. As horrible as Tet Offensive was in January of 1968 my dad has always said he believed that Tet helped save his life. He’d just come back from R&R with my mom, and his head stayed in R&R. He’s always said that Tet made mentally leave the R&R and brought him back to focus on the war.

As I heard him talking I began to see this same concept as it applies to our every day walk in the Kingdom of God. So often we become so prophetic and goal oriented that living in the moment becomes frustrating. It’s like we focus so much on what God has said is ahead of us, or maybe we focus too much on what is behind us, that we take our head out of the game of where we are right now.

Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

We need to press on to the goal of what God has called us to. It’s okay to have goals, their great. I’m a very driven person myself. But we have to be okay with were we are in the moment. It’s a delicate balance. We have to renew our mind to what God has spoken in His word. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” We renew our mind to all the things we know God has said. But we also realize that it’s a process.

God wants us to fulfill everything He has put into our lives to fulfill. But you must realize there are lessons and life you need to live now. Jesus spent 30 years sweating and working as a carpenter before he walked into his high calling. I’m sure there were things He needed to learn as a carpenter that helped him in ministry. David was anointed to be king years before he ever was king. He had to learn how to live in the now, but keep going towards what God has spoken. Knowing that God really has everything under control is what faith is all about. If I really believe one day some things will break forth for my life, is it really going to upset me if ten people told me no today? Nope, probably not because I know one day it’ll happen. Now is my time to trust God.

Like a soldier in combat if you are so focused on tomorrow you can allow the devil to steal your today’s. God honors faithful people. (Ezekiel 18:9) He is faithful! (1 Thessalonians 5:24) You must live your today’s on purpose and with purpose. No matter how mundane sometimes they can seem. It’ll be hundreds of purpose filled today’s that will get you to your destiny. Purpose filled today’s will bring you to the horizon of your destiny that both God and you long to see. Today is not just another day; it’s a day of destiny and purpose for you. Keep your head in the game, and keep running toward the prize!

Public Statement about my Dad's POW status

Dear Readers and Friends,

I felt the need to address some concerns that have been raised about my father’s POW status. While I believe this turmoil has long since simmered out and that I won’t have another issue about it again, there are still some websites out there that would seek to discredit me. There was even one gentleman who went so far to question my faith. I wanted to take a moment to address those concerns. As I do believe it’s simmered down, I also believe that I should post a public statement. By putting it on my blog it remains public.

My dad was a grunt soldier in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. He was in the 1st 28th. I grew up listening to his stories. I never knew he was captured as a POW for only a few days and escaped, until I was in college and was told this story by the only person in my family he ever confessed it to. My father will not discuss it. He is not on the official POW list because his troop was still in the field and he returned to his duty. Therefore he was never labeled as a POW. He does not want this status and refuses to accept the fact he did earn this label. He says he’s not a POW that John McCain is and he wants to leave it at that. Because of my first publication there were some questions raised about the validity of this story. I did discover there are people still living that were witness to the fact my dad was captured. However my father wants his capture as a book closed. Out of respect and honor for him, I will not press this issue any more. When I am able to have his story “Come, They Told Me” published, because of this conflict, I plan on marketing that book as fiction and just put the label that it’s based on a true story on it.

To those that raised the issue about the truth, I understand where your coming from. I hold no ill thoughts toward you. I want you to know that I would be mad too if someone was trying to falsify the truth. I have felt for years one of the groups of people that I am called to minister to is the Vets. I understand your concern. Please try to think the best of me. Know it’s never been my intention to mislead anyone, nor do I feel that I have. My father was a POW, he’s just not on the official list because he chooses not to. I feel that is his choice he’s earned. Know I love you all, even if you’ve raised concerns, and I pray for all of the Vets regularly.

I have learned in life that I will never please everyone. If I’ve offended you, I’m sorry. But I maintain that I have done nothing but tell the truth.

In Christian Love,

Anna M. Aquino