Well friends, it certainly has been awhile since I’ve written anything here and a lot has been going on! I’m now a stay-at-home wife and in about five more weeks and my husband and I will be welcoming our first child into the world, a little girl! I can’t believe that I actually just wrote that sentence…. Wow.
I can’t really wrap my head around becoming a mother, I don’t think it will be my reality until I hold her in my arms. I am so looking forward to the adventure that motherhood is and maybe if I can find time in the day, I can share my journey with you!
So sorry there haven’t been any posts in the last month, life certainly has gotten busy. I hope to have some new posts up within the next week or two. I hope you’re doing well!
Camp Night #3 - July 11, 2013
"I am The Lord and I am holy. I love My children and will always do good to them. All I want is to bring healing and restoration, I want to bring wholeness to you, to your bodies, to your families, to your hearts. I want to draw you close and show you who I am, I want to be known the way that I know you. Come to Me and receive goodness from My hand. Come and be restored, come and know My unconditional love. I am unfailing, I am unending and I will be with you all of your days. Seek Me and I will be found by you."
We are faced with a challenge…
Every day we have a choice, every day is full of moments where we have to make decisions and the choice is always up to us:
-Am I going to live for Jesus today?
-Am I going to be obedient?
-Am I going to be selfless or selfish?
-Am I going to live for my glory or His?
I believe what God has been doing in our church the last few weeks, is that He has been making invitation after invitation to come to Him and be healed, restored, and filled - to become equipped to go out and be Jesus to broken and hurting people.
As God’s people we need to get educated and informed - we need to know what’s going on - ask God to give us eyes to see the bigger picture. We need to see through His eyes, outside of our bubble. We cannot bury our heads in the sand or let life distract us from what’s going on in our country and around the world. The entire world is crying out for freedom and peace, but they don’t know that it is only Jesus that can give them these things. We need a revival and that will only come by the power of God’s Holy Spirit and by the prayers of believers.
*We are incapable of convincing people that the Bible is true and that its truth.
-The Holy Spirit has to reveal it to them and give them eyes to see.
*We are incapable of compelling someone to give his/her life to The Lord.
-Jesus has to draw them first before they will humble themselves.
*We are capable of living as an example of righteousness and showing God’s love to all people, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual preference.
*We are capable of praying people into the Kingdom of God and as believers we are responsible to do so.
The days of “playing church”, checking the box, and patting yourself on the back are over. If you aren’t serious about serving The Lord, you’re going to be gobbled up by everything that’s going on in the world. You must know your Bible and God’s voice, otherwise you just aren’t going to make it - the rubber is hitting the road, we have to live out what we profess to believe in. We are living in a blind and deaf world, where the devil is plugging up ears, covering eyes, and hardening hearts - he is stealing, killing, and destroying.
I want to challenge you - to go deeper than you’ve ever gone before, to completely submerge yourself, your life, your family in the presence of Jesus, to live wholly unto Him and nothing else no matter what comes your way. When the Holy Spirit is moving among us, and you’re at your seat, if you hear a voice that says “Oh, don’t worry, you’re fine. You’re not like these people, they have real problems. Jesus doesn’t need to touch anything in your life, you’ve got it all together,” or “Don’t even think about it, do you know what everyone is going to think about you if you ask for prayer? Don’t bother, just keep it to yourself. God won’t do anything anyways.” - in those moments, you need to tell the devil and your pride to hush up and take a hike and you get to the altar, you go get prayer. We ALL need Jesus. We ALL need His touch and cleansing and His mercy.
I want to challenge you - to seek out what God’s doing and partner with Him. We may not to be able to go to every place that has a need but we can pray for resources, protection, provision - we can pray that the Holy Spirit would come in power and rescue the lost and the hurting. Remember that prayer is not a last resort, its not the last thing we do - it’s the most important thing we can do for anyone and in any situation. Don’t ask God to bless what you’re doing, ask Him what He’s up to and how you can help, because His work is already blessed. Join Him. Find out what’s going on in the country and in the world and ask God how you can pray for those things.
God has so much for all of us and He’s waiting for us to step up and take hold of it. We have a choice to receive everything He has for us or not. God is gentleman, He is never going to force Himself on you. He isn’t going to make you take anything from Him. What The Lord gives, He gives freely out of love for us as His children. Living for Jesus does come at a cost to us, its ourselves - our selfishness, and its a small price when compared to what Jesus gave up to give us life and reconciliation. He died to restore us to the Father, purely out of the love He has for us and to bring back wholeness to the relationship between God and us - not because of how great we are or because of anything that we do, but because of His unselfish love. God’s grace is a gift that is given to each of us in unending abundance, so what are you waiting for?
Dive in. Go after God with all that you have and don’t look back. Press on to attain the prize - live with an eternal mindset, see through heaven’s eyes. Give all that you are to God and see if He won’t do something amazing with you.
Are you up for the challenge?
Letter #28 - June 23, 2013
"You shall receive every good thing that I have promised you. I will be faithful to you, My love is overflowing for you. To you My heart is open, nothing will I hide from you, you are My heart’s desire. Trust in Me, darling, for I will not fail you. Beloved do not be afraid, because I am moving and My eyes are always on you. I see all things and will never leave your side. I am always beside you, guiding you and showing you My ways. Follow Me, stay close to My side and rest under My covering. You shall not go wanting of anything, but you will be provided for and satisfied by My good hand. Newness is coming, blessing is coming, fulfillment is coming. Keep your eyes open for I will reveal to you, new things - deeper things. I will show more of Myself to you - you shall know Me in a greater way and look upon My goodness."
"God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done." 2 Corinthians 9:8 The MSG