Monday, May 25, 2015

Get Ready for the Acceleration!

            As I was in prayer earlier I suddenly felt as if I was on a roller coaster.  It reminded me a lot of the Hulk Ride at Universal Studios in Florida.  The ride begins in a surprise.   Like most rides with a hill you may expect it to slowly begin its accent but with this particular ride it bolts you forward.  What I felt was a sudden bursting forth.  It was if for a moment I could feel the surprise of the wind on my face.  It was a quick speeding forward and upward. 
            “But God, I said, I don’t see any signs in the physical of this.”  I started to ask God.
            “I know, but get ready.  Expect!”  I felt Him impress upon me.
                        As I continued to pray about this, I felt it was a word for many in the Body of Christ.  There is an acceleration coming to many who have been praying and believing for it. 
            I for one have personally gone through a very challenging season.  I guess sometimes they all can feel this way.  But when I saw and felt this acceleration I started to get excited.
            The definition of acceleration according to the dictionary means the rate of change of the velocity of an object.
            It can get easy to feel as if you are stuck in the same rut you’ve always been in, but expect.  Something is changing.  It can be easy to feel as if you’re living the same day over and over again as if you’re stuck in the movie Groundhog Day, but get ready something is changing.  You may feel as if you’ve been in the same velocity for years, but get ready something is changing.
            Isaiah 43:19 ESV
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
            See that springing forth?  That’s acceleration!  That is when something like a seed has been growing roots for a long time and then suddenly it bursts forth out of the ground.  The velocity changes, and there is a bursting forth.
            Get excited! Be expecting! Change is here! Your velocity is changing!  You’re breaking through!

            Got has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Woes of Mismatched Socks

****WARNING:  THIS BLOG IS A JOKE....So it's okay to laugh at this Ninja Mom Rant*******

        I have come to the conclusion that socks are evil. Sure, they keep your feet warm and make for the perfect all-purpose floor mop.  However they are diabolical.  Somehow one always gets lost. In couches, corners, wooded areas, and drawers all across the globe there is a mismatched treasure trove of the extra socks no one wants to throw away for fear they will one day find its mate and together the two socks can once again live happily ever after. I find going through those extra socks can sometimes be like searching a coal mine for a diamond. Perhaps next time I try I should bring in a magnifying glass to help me in my quest.
        Socks have become a measure in which other parents set forth a ruler to judge the other.  We’ve all been there, it’s some fancy event, Birthday Party, or neighborhood game of dodgeball meets Hokey Pokey. Your silent Arch Rival stands three feet from you while her child is wearing the most brilliantly whitened and matching socks that somehow beams of light exude out of them; as your child takes off their shoes you realize this is the day she is wearing one sock that is hot pink and the other is multi-colored polka dots with a hole exposing the big toe.  You see your rivals sidekick snicker and whisper, “I’m sure she is a horrible housekeeper.” They laugh together in some shared silent moment of affirming their own domestic skills.
       Honestly I would want to shout back, “You are correct, I am a horrible housekeeper. I don’t feel like I ever applied for this job. I’ve never claimed to be a Miss Suzy Homemaker.” However I know my moment wouldn’t help the situation any. You know silently your grandmother, if she was still alive to witness this, would be furious with you. In fact you make a mental list again to attempt to throw away all extra socks and rush to the closest store to buy bags of new ones to add to your collection. You will color coordinate and try again. Truthfully you know you’re lying to yourself. It’ll only take a few months for the barrage of orphaned socks to collect again. Secretly you wonder if your time in college would have been better suited if you’d taken a class in ‘Sock Location’ and ‘How to Take Sarcasm out of Socks.’
       I support my teen daughter’s decision to just go mismatched. She calls it a fashion statement. I call it ‘Survival at its Finest.’ I support my husband’s choice to wear the same basic black socks for the last fifteen years. He’s never told me so, but I know that his theory is that I couldn’t mess those up.
        Deep in the crevices of my washer, dryer vent, in light fixtures, and on rooftops I know those socks have their own pain. They congregate in numbers and tell their woes as if in a support group. One lonely tube will speak up about how I washed it with a tie-dyed T-shirt and now it’ll never match their match.
        I have often suggested my husband could fire me from the job of Laundry Royalty, but I know somehow that will never work. I figure I’ll have a cup of tea, and everyone will just learn to make due. I’ll pretend that when my youngest daughter wears one fluffy sparkle sock and the other dirty white it really doesn’t bother me who is there to see it. I’ll tell myself of all the ways I can be an incredible “Super Mom” with those extra socks.  We could make sock puppets, a cup cozy, sew them into a cape, or a scented rice filled neck warmer. Maybe I can even open up an Etsy store, and help my oldest with her college tuition fund. I could write a Self-Help book and call it, “My Forgotten Socks and Me.” Perhaps the New York Times Bestseller list isn’t ready for that yet.  I’ll remind myself that everyone has dirty laundry somewhere and maybe mine is just a little more exposed.  Maybe I’ll try to be trendy myself by sporting a knee-high striped baseball sock with a lime green footie. Whatever I do, I will not let these orphaned socks get the best of me. I will shake my fist at their defiance. I will opt to renew my love of wearing sandals, and keep my socks on the floor.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fly Me To The Moon

        When I was in college a friend of mine had this artistic thing with the song “Fly Me To 
The Moon” sung by Julie London.  He had purchased the CD and he felt it boosted his creativity to play it over and over again.  I don’t mean like a few times.  I mean like for hours.  I mean to the point where he’d have it on repeat for entire afternoons and evenings.  He never wavered about the complaints.  Honestly the first hour or so, I agreed with the banter that it was annoying.  However at some point I started to agree with him.  I became a common joke.  I can still sing from memory the entire song, and have been known to at random.  It’s been  over 15 years now since that happened and no matter where I am in life if I hear that song, it automatically takes me back to that dorm room at OSU,  and makes me think on and pray for my dear friend.  The version can be found here on YouTube
                    For some reason the above store popped into my mind today.  I was reflecting on how important it is for us all to read the Bible over and over again and memorize scripture.  It’s so important that we renew our minds to what the Bible says!
Romans 12:2 (ESV)Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.                     

          If we are not to be conformed, and we are to renew our mind, then we should have scripture just as tattooed, if you will, in your thoughts like I did that song.  If someone says something, or the enemy is trying to get you off course, then without thought (it needs to be automatic) that you begin to go through the Rolodex of scriptures in your mind and you can remind yourself what God says about your situation.
            My pastor in Florida, Pastor Greg Squires, was known to ask people what scriptures they were standing on in the Word before praying for them regarding a matter.  This is a good thing.  Too often people want quick ‘Have it their own way’ answers.  Renewing your mind takes work.            

            I want to encourage you today to get some scriptures about your circumstances before you.  Write them out on cards and say them out loud.  Sure it may seem repetitious, but train your brain to automatically focus on the Word of God.  Let it be second nature to you.  You ARE what God says about you.  You CAN run the race He has set before you.  You WILL live and not die in your circumstance.  You WILL see the breakthrough.            
          God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Declaring God's Favor In Your Situation!


Some of you may or may not remember this, but as a huge fan of Charles Capps' ministry where he has a mini book and then gives a short quick prayer/declaration about topics (Finances and health) in his book called God's Creative Power.  I did my own regarding favor some time ago.  This is not about begging with God or pleading with Him.  But it's about you knowing your rights as a believer.  It's about you declaring the Word of God in your situation! I keep a copy of this in my Bible.  

Recently I was reading a devotional by Joyce Meyer and she was talking about speaking to your mountains.  Declaring to those things that seem to be in your way the word of God and knowing that they have to move out of your way.

I felt today that I needed to get this out and brush it off.  I'll post it below.  I've believing God for favor and supernatural doors to open personally.  I'm sure you are too.  Remember that once you are in the Kingdom of God, you are favored.  You aren't lucky, but you ARE blessed.  Maybe it doesn't feel like it right now, but keep speaking to those mountains to be removed! Speak the WORD!

God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited! 

Declaring the Favor of God
Genesis 6:8- But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I live my life righteous like Noah, so if Noah found favor in God’s eyes then I walk in God’s favor too!

Genesis 18:3- He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I thank you God that since I walk in your favor you do NOT pass me by.  You have good and perfect plans for my life. Thank you Lord that you would remember me, and I would be granted your supernatural favor!

Exodus 33:13-If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.  Remember that this nation is your people.
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I thank you God that you are pleased with me, and if there is anything that is in my life that is not pleasing to you that you would show me so that I can change.  I thank you God that your favor is with me and you would remember this land and its people.

Leviticus 26:9-I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers and I will keep my covenant with you. 
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I thank you God that you look to me in favor.  That I am a reproducer in the Kingdom, and we are in covenant together.  I do not hold that commitment lightly and I know you do not either.  For you are a God that operates in covenant, and you now operate in my life in a supernatural way, in Jesus Name.

2 Kings 13:4-Then Jehoahaz sought the LORD’s favor, and the Lord listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel.
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I thank you God that as I walk in your favor you see when things go on around me that are trying to bring oppression in my life.  I thank you that Jesus Christ died on the cross that I might have freedom through Him.  As a favored child of God, there is freedom in my life today!

Nehemiah 5:19- Remember me with favor, O my God, for all I have done for these people.
·         Prayer & Declaration: I have been faithful in your Kingdom oh God.  I thank you that I am IN your favor.

Psalm 5:12- For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I thank you God that no weapon that is formed against me can prosper.  I thank you God that I am among your righteous and your favor sets me apart for your glory.

Psalm 30:5-For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning.
·         Prayer & Declaration:  Oh Lord for though I’ve walked through things and junk, I will forget what is behind me and press forward to what you have said.  Your favor is upon me all the days of my life.  I thank you Lord for encouraging me in that today.  According to Isaiah 43:18 it is a NEW day, and you ARE bringing me to a NEW place.

Psalm 90:17- May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.
·         Prayer & Declaration: I thank you Lord that what you have caused me to do for your Kingdom WILL be established.  I thank you Father God for the years that I have labored have not been in vain.  You are settling your plans in my life and causing me to be a monument for your glory.  The favor of you Oh God rests upon me.

Ecclesiastes 9:7-Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your win with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.
·         Prayer & Declaration: I am joyful.  God I am thankful that your favor rests upon me.  I am set apart and at peace because your hand is firmly upon my life.

Isaiah 61:2-To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to Comfort all who mourn…
·         Prayer & Declaration:  I thank you Lord that despite of what I see right now, this is a year of favor and change in my life.  You will make my crooked pathways straight.  I will fulfill everything you have put me on this earth to accomplish.  I will run my race with a smile and rest  in your grace that this is an appointed time for me on the earth.

2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, NOW is the time of God’s favor, NOW is the day of salvation.
·         Prayer & Declaration: I thank you God that YOUR favor rests upon me NOW! I thank you God that I am a child of the most HIGH GOD!  I keep my head up and walk like royalty.  For this change that you have continued to tell me would happen must break forth.  Now is the day of salvation!  Now is the time of the favor of the Lord!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Too Many Bricks in Your Backpack?

                The other day I found myself having a moment.  I was wallowing in my own self-pity.  I was mentally listing all of the reasons why I found myself not exactly depressed, but a tad bit on the other side of bummed.  Perhaps my reasons seemed to be legitimate to myself, but I was struggling not to start whining and complaining at God.  Perhaps we’ve all found ourselves in that place before. 
In the midst of my moment I heard God deep on the inside of me.  “Anna, do you believe I can change all of those things?”  I felt His voice echo.
                  “Yes.”  My response was simple.  I know God is bigger than my circumstance.  Suddenly I was reminded of a vision I’d had many years ago.  I had been walking from one side of a town to the other and the more I focused how hard it was, or complained, bricks were being added to the backpack I carried around my shoulders.  The focus on all the reasons of why the task before me was so difficult was making my situation seem more and more impossible. 
                    I believe as I sit at my keyboard someone needs to hear this today.  God has made a possible path in your circumstance.  What appears to be impossible is nothing next to God.  Many of us have heard it preached in church that what you focus on will become bigger in your mind.  Will you focus on your trails and circumstances, or will you focus on how big Your God really IS?  He is the I AM.  He is the El-Shaddai.  He is MORE than able to meet you where you are today, and forget walking that path alone, He is right with you cheering you onward.  I’ve been serving God a lot of years now, and I know Him.  He will not let you down.  He always comes through for His children.                   He is a faithful and loving God!  He will see you through this, and He will make a way!
Focus on Him.  You do not need to carry the weight of worry, fatigue, doubt, and complaining around with you.  Allow God to remove the backpack, and press forward to the call of God He has on your life! 

God has awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!