Sharp Weapon

I have my weapon! Do you? Have you received a verse to claim right now? Remember to speak it OUT LOUD! Here is mine:

“The LORD is near to all who call on Him. to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desire of all who fear Him; He also hears their cry, and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.” Psalm 145:18-20

I need to remember right now that Yahweh is near. He is present in every moment. He is closer than the marrow in my bones, filling me up to overflowing as I allow Him access…and this truth melts my heart.

My. God. Is. Near. Me. Right now…

So I will be reading this over and over and speaking it out loud during the days ahead, as The Spirit plants it in my mind and heart.

As for you, will you do the same and be healed?

Manic? Read This!

Good Monday Afternoon…

Have you been going through wacky days lately? I have. All last week is a blur in my mind. I don’t know if things are really any different…I mean we’re fine and all, and making it through really well. But it seemed like last week there was a crack in the universe or something. Ha!

So I didn’t post last week because I was doing my best just to get through it. If there are any folks out there going through a manic phase, please count me in as a member of the club. In fact, I’ve been a member of this one for awhile now. And it’s okay, because on this roller coaster, I have Jesus in the car riding along with me. His Presence gives me joy, hope, and strength, and peace.

For many people in “normal” times, spring brings mania along with warmer temperatures. With the beautiful weather, blue skies, birds, butterflies, and longer days – what’s not to love about it all? Happiness and joy are everywhere. It’s the reminder that summer is coming, memories of being in school. Those memories recharge my mental batteries. Nobody ever grows out of spring fever. I think it may even heighten as a person gets older, but it never goes away. School’s out! And mania is spring fever on steroids.

But in this time of COVID-19, there is an unusual and strange twist. Not only are thoughts coming like machine-gun fire – ideas, things to do and not to do, projects that are over-the-top – but the twist is that the regular way to do things can’t really be done. There’s another layer to think about, and that can throw everything into a maelstrom.

This week it’s supposed to be rainy. Yay. (Eye roll here.) Now spring rain is really wonderful. It’s sweet to know that God is watering the earth; that’s what helps to make it all so green. (Did you know that green is the color of praise?) And green is my favorite color. Anyway, rain is good and refreshing – but a deluge isn’t much fun unless you’re a duck.

So in short, this week I need to have a sharp weapon to help me. Praise be to God – He gives each one of us weapons to use in life!

Victory in life depends on our using our weapons to battle the enemy – God’s written word. As we’ve learned before, it’s about SPEAKING what The Spirit reveals to us. Satan can’t read your mind, only God is Omniscient. Only God! God knows exactly what you’re thinking all the time. Nobody else can know your thoughts.

The enemy masquerades as an angel of light. Everything he knows about you he’s learned from watching you all your life. But he doesn’t know what you’re thinking. He can suggest thoughts to you, but only God knows the working of your mind at any given moment. Suffice it to say: you must SPEAK out loud in order for your weapon to strike a blow.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

So get your weapon out. Tomorrow morning (or tonight – or NOW) ask The Spirit to show you your weapon for this week. Then:

  1. Write it down! This helps to get it into your mind.
  2. Read it out loud ten times.
  3. Carry it around with you for awhile and read it out loud from time to time during the day. At this time, you will be on your way to memorizing it! (See you CAN memorize things – you just didn’t know that!)
  4. When the enemy comes around…and he will…SPEAK your weapon! Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. SPEAK! Christ will come to your aid in less than a New York second. SPEAK!

I’m going to do this. I’ll let you know what I received. Send me an email (address on home page under contact…) and let me know what your verse is…we can DO this thing!

Remember, if you let Him, Jesus will catch the pinball in His Hand. Then your mind won’t flash, bells won’t ding, and there will be sweet peace. Ask for your scripture and….take it out of the sheath and USE IT!

More On Light

God is The Light and the only One capable of teaching about light, and that is the reason to hide the following verses in your heart. Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.”

And now, The Light of The Spirit of God will point the way…

John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ “

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

Ephesians 5:14 “This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Again, the first thing – receive God’s Love and Company, the second thing – get lots of light! May God use these verses to draw us closer to His Heart.

Light The Day Up!

Hey there, everyone!

How are you doing with the “stay at home” issue these days? It’s so hard not to see people and do things that you’re used to doing. Around here, we’re having a hard time remembering the days of the week! Is it Monday or Thursday? It can be very difficult to keep a positive mindset when every day is the same thing over and over.

We’re slowly going over the things that The Spirit is revealing to us in order to help as we are in this COVID-19 world right now. Let’s keep going!

In the morning when you rise and shine…you receive God’s Love and Company. Remember – this is vital to everything in your life from now till eternity…so doing that is number one.

The next thing is to turn on every light where you will be in the house. Open all the curtains and let as much light in as possible. It’s helpful when the weather is good to go outside and soak up the light, even if it’s cloudy. You have received The SON, now receive the sun. Light, light, and more light. It is good for you, soul and body.

Everywhere you go in the morning get those lights on as quickly as you can do so. Morning sun is good for your circadian rhythm and it will help you sleep better at night. Sunlight lifts your mood, boosts your Vitamin D and helps your immune system.

When I was a girl, I was a member of the Baptist organization for girls called Girls In Action (GA’s.) Our “watchword” was Isaiah 60:1a. “Arise, shine; for thy Light is come…” When you hear God’s word a billion times, it’s bound to stick. It’s all about Light, and light.

“Arise, shine…” “Get up, pick up your mat and walk.” God’s word is full of encouragement to get going. Tomorrow morning, do it. Get going!

A Monday Gift for GOD

Happy Monday to you, sweet friend! Did you receive God this morning?

Today’s post speaks beautiful praise to our GOD. I received it this morning in my prayer chair and knew immediately that we are to give God this gift today.

Instructions are to read it out loud to The Trinity.

The Father gave you this word and today, read it back to Him as a Monday gift to His Heart. Take the truths that you read to Christ and allow The Spirit to plant them inside your heart; the full Trinity will work as you put on this truth. May God use this word as a catalyst to grow you in wisdom and understanding. May you see God in a brand new way as you read it…a way that you have never known Him before.

Now, enjoy time with your Savior and King…

Psalm 63:1-8

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

(Read it again and again, and again. Blow a kiss God’s way…and have a blessed Monday! )

Receive God’s Company

Hi everyone!

I know it’s not Friday…and it happened again. Things roll on well with posting here, that is until Fridays and the mania seems to take hold somehow. Then Saturday comes and I remember that I didn’t post. If you suffer through this stuff like me then you know that you aren’t alone…and it’s okay. It’s not that mania isn’t around the other days, mind you, but on Fridays it seems to loom larger sometimes.

I’ve decided to totally forgive myself and keep walking with Jesus. He’s Awesome and picks us up when we fall down…every time.

When getting up in the morning, we are to receive God’s love and company.

We talked about receiving God and God’s – and then receiving God’s love. Let’s look at receiving God’s company.

In 1 John 3, verse 1a, it is written: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” God loves you with an everlasting love as we said before, and He longs for your company.

Remember that He loves you just the way you are right now. You don’t “clean up” for Him. Just hang out with Him every day just as you are that day. It’s fake to put on something that you aren’t feeling when you’re meeting God. He knows every inch of your heart and He knows when you’re hurting, happy, annoyed, panicked, angry, confused, depressed, worried, or manic. Nothing is kept from Him. He is wise and all-knowing.

I remember how I felt when I realized that God not only loved me, but He liked me, too. When it really sank into my heart that He desires to hang out with me, to be my Friend, and to do things together, it rocked my world. I still find it amazing that the God of The Universe wants to be with me. Seeing the earth from an airplane at twenty thousand feet makes everything look like a speck. You can’t even see a person at all. The land looks like a patchwork quilt. We are the teeniest tiniest creation. It seems like it would be unimportant to care for something so tiny. And YAHWEH wants to be with each one of us all the time.

Amazing. Grace. Wow.

God is your ALPHA! So when you wake up every day remember that God is there waiting for you to come to Him, allow Him to quiet your soul, and speak to you. Use your ears more than your mouth when you sit with Him in the morning. Let Him be The Foundation for your day. In fact, the harder you expect your day to be, the more time you should allow to sit with Him.

But listen – God is also your OMEGA! It is an “enormous” blessing to end the day with Him in a beautiful way. Make being with Him a part of your bedtime routine. Talk to Him about your day, sing to Him a song, if you want to vent, then vent! It’s okay…God knows your heart, and after you rant and rave step into the silence and allow God to comfort you, or convict you if necessary.

Sometimes I see myself sitting at Jesus’ Feet and leaning against His leg as I’m going to sleep. I feel loved and safe with this mindset as I drift off… The point is to remember to include Christ in your whole day, beginning and end. God really wants your company.

Oh, one more thing. This habit takes time, it takes a lifetime. If you are truly seeking Him with your heart, the Spirit of God will remind you that He’s calling. When He calls, do go running…the adventure is around the bend! And oh, what an adventure His company brings!

Receive God’s Love

Good morning, Friend!

We’re looking at giving God the very first part of our day.

When you get up in the morning, the first thing to do is to receive God’s love and company. This sets your day and is the foundation that you lay down with The Foundation Himself. It is a “reboot” if you will, and means that you recognize that God is the Alpha of your day. Later on we will discuss that He is also the Omega of the day, and He deserves more than a wink and a nod at the end of the day.

On Monday we talked about receiving God and God’s Presence (and Presents.) Today we’ll look at the importance of receiving God’s love. He created you to love Him back. Since you aren’t His little robot, you get to choose how you respond to His overtures. Here’s the difference: You tell your child, “Tell Mommy (Daddy) that you love me.” You demanded the response. The way that God works is like this: The child comes to you and says, “Mommy (Daddy,) I love you!” On his or her own volition, they come to YOU! God allows for your own personal response to His loving overtures.

God desires to be your Everything. The wonderful thing is that He IS all that you ever need. He will pour amazing wonders in your life if you allow Him to do so, and when you meet Him anytime, you are the better for it. You can actually make the God of The Universe joyful! Wow.

Receive God’s love. He desires you so much that He allowed His Son to die on the cross for your sins so that you can run into His Arms! Doesn’t He deserve at least ten minutes of uninterrupted time in your morning?

What can be more important than receiving God’s Love when you get up in the morning? Certainly not anything else! Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD appeared to us in the past saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’ “

Step into the power of The Spirit…the power that raised Jesus up from the dead. Step into that power and experience the eternal love that Yahweh has for you. Remember that this behavior is habit-forming and will bring you adventure like you have never known!

May God shower His love on you by revealing to you just how much you mean to Him. I am praying on this end that everyone who’s reading this will receive a supernatural hug from Christ that will amaze you. There’s no COVID-19 in Glory; The Spirit hugs everybody all the time. He hugs you here and now. Receive His love! Pay attention and keep the eyes of your heart on Christ.

Talk to you on Friday. I send prayers and joy your way.

Receive God’s!

Happy Monday!

So, in obedience to what God has revealed over the weekend, we are going to take each of the five ways to live in victory that He has shown, and go over each one slowly. We will dissect each direction with The Spirit, one way per week, for five weeks.

Friends, I have no idea what He is going to say. We will learn together. Let’s pick up the diamond of this truth and hold it up to The Light. When we turn it this way and that, we can see many facets.

The Spirit said, “Receive God’s Love and Company.” Today let’s put the facet of the first two words up to The Light and look at the colors there.

Receive. Receive – (verb) – be given, presented with. God has given you a new day. Your every breath comes from Him. He has presented to you a new 24 hours and has allowed you to be in charge of what you do with it. This is a load of power that we don’t usually perceive in full. We get to choose our course (we aren’t His robots) and He guides us along as we go.

Receive God’s. Let’s look at God (singular) and God’s (possessive) because both of them are there.

Every morning, you have been presented with God. God Himself presents His Presence to you as you wake up. I suddenly see it! His Presence is in His Presents! Vice-versa… His Presents are in His Presence. Do you see it? YAY, GOD! I love that! Thank you, Lord! Oh, He knows just how to say things….yay!

He is with you in full. He is All-In-All. His being with you (Presence) is a gift (a Present) because He is The Gift. And in Him all things tie together. Jesus our Lord stands by your bed every morning!

 “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”   Colossians 1:15-20

In order to receive a gift you have to actually open it. I may give you something, but until you open it you haven’t truly received it. Have you been ignoring God in the morning? He is there with you and is your GIFT. Have you passed Him by, in order to do something else? I do this sometimes, I am sorry to say. And when I don’t sit at His Feet in the morning, it is obvious in the way that I think, speak, and act. Listen! Being with God in the morning is vital to mental healing.

Open up the Gift Of God’s Presence (and Presents) every morning. Receive God. Receive God’s. Run to Him first thing in the morning. In order for you to be healed on a daily basis, your daily foundation must be The Living Foundation.

Specifics: Find a spot where you won’t be distracted once you’re up and about. Whether you sit with The Spirit before or after breakfast is up to you and Him. Your choice. No phone, no electronics, nobody else, just you and The Spirit in silence.

Have your Bible nearby if you’d like…but don’t open it until He says to do so. That one is kind of shocking. Right now you’re not doing Bible Study, you are talking to The Author. The Spirit will tell you if and when to open it.

Oh God, Your Presence and Presents are Awesome! So are YOU!

May God bless and keep you until we are together on Wednesday…

Well, here I am…

Hi Precious Friends,

Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays are my days to post. On Friday, I was going here and yon and life got in the way of my posting. This morning, my intent was to post and again, life got in the way. It is my deepest desire to be obedient and move with Christ. Mania gets in the way of things and the next thing I know, I am painting the house! (Not really, but you know what I mean…)

God sent Julie, His beautiful daughter who sparkles. A sweet note to encourage the things of The Spirit and there you go…our God truly dots every “i” and crosses every “t”. Thank you, God! Thank you, Julie.

All of this is to say that it’s okay to fall down. You know what? We aren’t going to be perfect right out of the gate. We have it on Good Authority (remember that God will never lie) that it’s the relationship that He desires. He wants your heart, your company, your love…in fact, loving Him back is a natural response, given that Christ died for us.

These things happened to remind all of us that the point is the upward trend. As you go forward, every day will still be different, even though being at home right now, every day seems to be the same.

It takes time to do each of the things that I’ve written about. 

Getting up and giving God your full attention, going for light, making a schedule, being still, and speaking truth will not happen overnight. It takes time to do these things. Writing them only takes a little while but doing them takes a long time.

So for now, let’s slowly digest those things that God has given to us already. Right now, there’s time to respond to The Father. Being at home, even if you’re working from home, there is more time to work on these things. God allowed this virus and it can be a blessing. If you allow The Spirit to work within you a new way of living in response to God drawing you close, this can be the best time of your life!

Shall we all allow The Spirit to s-l-o-w-l-y work these truths in us? Cause if you’re like me, you find that it’s e-a-s-y to feel like a failure if you set yourself up for perfection at the start. I don’t know, I think that if I don’t get it absolutely right (especially typing out to everyone what I hear in my heart from The Spirit) well, I am an utter fraud. Those thoughts are from the enemy. God never calls us names. Ever.

Let’s agree to work hard to get better and better as we go through this together. You will fall down, you will forget things, you will purposely be disobedient because you don’t feel like doing what you’re supposed to do, and it may seem as though you’re going backward instead of forward.

Never fear, sweet friend…you are not retreating. You’re going forward, especially when you fail, because you’re learning. In order to learn, you have to mess up and see how to do things differently. Be kind to yourself. Do not fall into the guilt trap that Satan sets for you.

Through Moses, God told the Israelites, before they conquered the Promised Land, “The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Deuteronomy 7:22.

Take comfort in that verse. One thing at a time, one day at a time…little by little. Life happens and each one of us has different “wild animals (that) multiply”. The wild animals in your life could include something like perfectionism, arrogance, pride, or confusion.

Mania is running it’s course over here…and has been for months. I have been “up” for a very long time and it’s okay. I am okay. You are okay. So you’re house-bound for awhile…well, you’re going to come out of this thing stronger than ever because Jesus is going to do a mighty work in you! When you fall, He is there immediately to pick you up. Remember how fast He came to Peter when they were walking on water and Peter began to drown?

He is there faster then lickety-split when you need Him. Let Him help you up. May God grant you rest, joy, and peace as you fall into His Arms, you wonderful, amazing, imperfect child of The King.

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:1-3

We’ll meet again (God willing and helping me) on Monday! Some time during the day, I will post. Stay safe, wash your hands, and allow God to wash your heart!

Unsheathing Your Sword

Hello Friend, Happy Wednesday.

How are you doing today? Have you sat at the Feet of your Lord today, receiving His Love and Company? Most importantly, are you living out Psalm 46:10? Are the curtains opened and is light pouring into the room?

You can do this, dear friend!! You can do it! If Jesus is your Lord and Savior you have Him to give you the power. Don’t stop, don’t ever stop walking with Him. He has something sweet in mind for you and Him. Sweet. There is joy. Joy in the light, joy in the dark, joy in life…keep walking.

I hope that you have made a schedule of sorts for your everyday living at home. It’s important to have a schedule in order to keep things orderly. God is a God of order. Our minds work better when there is order to our day. It’s hard being at home when you’re not used to it. It’s kind of like a vacation, because if you’re out of the house most days at work, you’re only home all day on weekends, holidays, and vacations. It’s easy to get into the mindset of those things during this pandemic.

Mental issues are worse when there is no schedule. It’s important to make one. God will help you tweak it as you begin to live out what you write down. Order is a good thing, and that God Himself is orderly is proof!

So now you’re waking up with Jesus, allowing light into your soul and your house, and working on having a good schedule. What is next?

How are you speaking to yourself? We have one weapon, the sword of The Spirit, the word of God. God’s living Word, our Lord Jesus, embodies all that we need and is our Helper in time of need. He has given us His Spirit, full of power, and The Spirit has given us a weapon…His word. So we have the Living Word — and the spoken word.

There is power from God in your tongue. Power to dispel hell. Power to make demonic forces run. Now here’s the rub: do you believe this and are you willing to use this power? Or sit in your prison cell?

Speak truth! The enemy cannot read your mind. Only the Triune God can read your mind. You have to speak to the enemy and tell him to leave. Remember that during His temptation, Christ used the word of God to refute the enemy. If Jesus Christ Himself used this, now would it make all the sense in the world for you and I to do the same?

Jesus is your True! Are you satisfied being half-way to healing? Do you want to be healed? Next to focusing on Christ, His every word and direction, your speech is paramount to your healing. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7…so how are you thinking?

Christ says that you are righteous, worthy, and loved. If you’re hearing something else, it is NOT from Him! Christ can not lie to you, lying isn’t Holy – Christ is Holy. If you’re hearing junk about yourself, then use your weapon, friend, and get rid of the enemy. Go all the way with Him, and use the weapon already in your hand. It is important, and important enough for Jesus to use during His temptation. Speak! Speak! Speak!

Here are some good examples to begin with…say these out loud! 

“With God we (I) will gain the victory, and He will trample down our (my) enemies.” Psalm 60:2

“Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves, rests between His Shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12

“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” Ephesians 1:4

“Because of the LORD’s great love, I am not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22

“In repentance and rest is my salvation, in quietness and trust is my strength. Whether I turn to the right or to the left, my ears will hear a voice behind me saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.'” Isaiah 30: 21

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

“…Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

“Set your hearts on things above. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1b,2

“Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Well, that ought to get you started. Sit down with your Bible and ask The Spirit to show you more. Learn to use your Bible to research and find what you need. In God’s word you will find diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and every jewel we don’t know exists. Both Old and New Testaments are full of God’s Glory!

Now go forth today — and SPEAK! God bless your tongue as you go…