Monday, December 12, 2011

A Branch Came Out and Smacked Me!

I like to say that I’m a reformed klutz. I haven’t broken a bone in years, and while I wore that label in my youth I would say few who know me since then realize my past. But maybe it’s time I join a support group. We’ll call it Klutz Anonymous, because I had a relapse last week. “Hi, my name is Anna Aquino and I can be a klutz. It’s now been 5 days since my last instance…”

Last week I was riding my bike. I was in my own little world. I was enjoying the sun and the crisp fall weather that is finally making its appearance in Central Florida. My mind was far from what I was doing, when all of a sudden I looked in front of me. I saw it coming. It was a branch from a tree that hung out over the sidewalk. I went to duck but there wasn’t enough time. *Smack* my glasses fell off my face. I heard them with a ping hit the sidewalk. It was as if I was caught in slow motion. I went to stop my bike but then the sound that echoed in the morning breeze reverberated in the stillness of the moment. *Crunch* It happened all so quickly but I knew as soon as I had heard that crunch that I hadn’t just run over an acorn. As I stopped my bike and made my way back to the scene of the branch smacking, I knew what I would find. Lying in a pile of smooched wire and broken plastic was my glasses. It looked as if they’d been tattooed in the sidewalk with a jackhammer. I tried to bend them back into place the best that I could, but there was a crack through the lens. I made my way home looking like a dork with my glasses the way they were.

Proverbs24:16a (MSG) God-loyal people don't stay down long;
Soon they're up on their feet.

I have always joked that the true measure of a woman is not when she falls because inevitably she will, but its how she gets back up again. It is the same with us as believers. Joking aside I know my moment of klutziness isn’t a sin, but think of it as a picture to teach a bigger lesson. We all have our moments. We all fall short, but get back up again and keep going. Sure I know I looked like something out of a slap stick movie, but I can’t let one moment in time define my entire life or day. I have to keep moving forward. I have to learn leave my moment in the past, and press on to my future.

The good news about all of this is, I found years ago the greatest outlet for prescription glasses. Its Where after I came home I took my lens prescription and ordered myself three more pairs of glasses for $25 with shipping.

Yes, I fell off the klutz wagon again. But at least I got up and kept going.

No matter what you’re struggling with today. You don’t have to stay there. You too can get up and keep going. God wants you to succeed. Remember He has awesome plans for your life so get excited!

*Note: My family and I are going to be focusing the next few weeks on family time, and getting some time with the Lord for prayer and focus for 2012. It’s a big year coming up for me with the book coming out, and we’re prayerfully believing for many doors to open. Like anytime we do this, I will be having a break in the blogs. I may write one just before 2012 to tell y’all what I am feeling for the New Year, but you probably aren’t going to be hearing from me for a couple weeks. Realize I love y’all. I will be coming back to my typical bog schedule. Have a very Merry Christmas from our house to yours. Be encouraged that He is faithful to you. Whatever happened in 2011 whether good or bad, realize that you gotta keep moving forward, and keep trusting in Him. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Do You Suffer From Prophetic Constipation?

If you follow my blogs you know I have done a “Prophetic Conditions” series off and on as I have gotten them. We have covered conditions: Prophetic Anorexia, Prophetic Dyslexia, and Prophetic Amnesia. Yesterday I was pondering on all of this again and got another one. It is prophetic constipation.

We are so blessed to live in such an age where we have the ability to hear from God on a regular basis. There are prophetic words flying in churches, prophets are delivering them, and you can hear them in your own prayer time. All a prophetic word is is hearing the voice of God whether it is for your life or someone else’s. (John 10:27)

The standard is that people try to record them if received in a service on a tape, CD, or even an mp3 sometimes. However, what I have found all too often is many Christians who are used to this have a collection of prophetic words that their doing nothing with. Do not get me wrong God’s word is not limited, but you have to do something with the words you have received. To start with, I have made it a habit to type out any prophetic word I have been given and I keep them all in a file that is both electronic and in a physical binder. Dan and I reread those words. We pray for the fulfillment of them. We have made choices based in a lot of prayer and council because of those words.

However many times people in the body are not doing anything with the words of God. They keep stacking them in a corner, just to let them grow dusty. In the spirit realm they are like that show Hoarders. They chase after the spiritual “high” of the prophetic experience and they are not honoring it. They keep taking them in, and their not releasing anything out about them. Deep down their growing more and more uncomfortable and frustrated yet they do not understand why. That is prophetic constipation.

James 2:26 (NKJV)For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:18 (NKJV)18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

When you have been given so much and blessed with the ability to get glimpses of God’s will for your future, you have an obligation to do something with it. You have an obligation to honor what you have been given. If you eat a huge meal and your body never let go of it, you would be very sick. Stop being prophetically constipated! Just repent and do what God has told you to do. Let the God that created nature 'take it's course' if you will! Remember God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!

Monday, December 5, 2011

You Can't Loose Baby Jesus!

Last week my daughters were playing with the Nativity Set when I heard a shriek from my youngest, “Mom! I lost baby Jesus!”

Knowing my girls and understanding they have a flair for the dramatics without looking up from the book I was reading, I responded, “You can’t loose baby Jesus. He’s there whether you see him or not!” So the search continued. The cries and screams of frustration came from my youngest like an emergency siren. She began looking on the branches of the tree, around the bottom on the skirt, and anywhere she could think of looking for the tiny figurine. She was practically in tears. Perhaps had I been more observant I would have heard my oldest daughter smirking at this point. But since the oldest was appearing to look too I didn’t notice her suppressing giggles. It took about ten minutes before the oldest broke her silence and when she did, she told me through her laughter that she’d been the one that had hid the baby Jesus. The youngest didn’t appreciate the joke, but quickly all got settled.

I found myself later reflecting on my statement, “You can’t loose baby Jesus. He’s there whether you see Him or not!” Isn’t that so true in life? You go through life and you’ll have moments where you wonder where is Jesus in all of this mess. “Did I loose you? Why do I feel all alone? Over here God do you remember me?” Those phrases can feel as if their swimming in your mind. The word is clear that God doesn’t forget about us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Joshua 1:5 (NIV)No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

You see so you can’t loose Jesus! He’s there whether you see Him or not. Sometimes you have to search and go seeking after Him, but those that seek Him shall find Him! Seek after Him today, He loves you. He has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!