Stand Tall for Christ Award

Dear Readers, this is a little different post for me.  I am very honored that Stand Tall For Christ has nominated me for this award:

 Keith Moser, who writes the Stand Tall For Christ blog, has created this award to reward and help good Christian bloggers grow their readership. You can check out this award through the above link.

These are the questions he’s asked me with my answers; sorry, I have a hard time narrowing things down and directly answering the questions!

1.When did you first get to know Jesus Christ as your savior?                                             November, 1983 (20 years of age), spent 5 days saying the Sinner’s Prayer with Ben Kinchlow on the 700 Club before he mentioned you might not notice anything big; have to take it by faith.  So I did!
2.What is your favorite verse of scripture?                                                                                       Currently, Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be know to God; and the
peace (Shalom) of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
3.What is your favorite article you have ever written?                                                                    “Against the Tide…What’s Your Stride?”
4.What is your favorite Christian Song/Artist?                                                                                Currently, Mighty Warrior//Elevation Worship.
5.What is your favorite Christian Book (besides the Bible)?                                                         God Calling by “two listeners”
6.What is your best advice for other Christian Bloggers?                                                               Tap into the Spirit and the Bible and tell everyone you know to look you up!
7.Who has influenced your walk with Christ the most?                                                                Currently, Dan Mohler and Bill Johnson as well as elder Saints I interact with!

Keith also asked me to nominate 7 other Christian blogs.  Here they are:

  1.  One Little Light 
  2. My Blessings By Grace
  3. Grace Over Pain
  4. Perfect Chaos
  5. Noble Devotion
  6. Victor’s Corner
  7. Inside Cup 

It is good to give honor where honor is due and all these bloggers are blessing the Lord by sharing their faith with others.  Hat’s off to Christ Jesus for Standing Tall For Christ running with this idea the Spirit gave him.    

I encourage you to check out the bloggers I’ve nominated and also find ways to give honor where it’s due in your circle of influence …and if you’d like to answer any of the above questions, I like to get to know my readers!

all for thee

 

Keep It Simple?

Musing on the “simple” things of God:

The Blood and Sacrifice:

In the second half of Hebrews chapter 13, Apostle Paul is concluding his “Religious Directions” about sacrifices.  The bodies of the sacrificed animals in the temple were brought outside the camp after their blood was sacrificed on the altar for sin.  Jesus Christ is our blood sacrifice for sin and sanctification; His body was sacrificed outside the camp (city) also.  In verse 13, Paul starts with “Therefore”, telling us to go out to Him, bearing His reproach so we may bear His likeness, doing good to all and sacrificially sharing with others.  The second “Therefore”:

Giving Thanks:

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lipsgiving thanks to His name.

Godliness with Contentment:

give thanks in everything1Timothy 6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be contentBut those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The Great Love:

The Shulamite to Her Beloved

Song of Songs 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart,His love endures (2)
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.

How great is the love the Father has for us that we should be called His children; and we are!  It’s as simple as that; God love for me is stronger than death, stronger than the grave; how could I ever doubt His love for me?  Our heavenly Father’s love is the simplest, deepest thing on earth and we only get to taste a small part of it during this journey; just think what’s awaiting us in Heaven!

Love Leads to Purity:

Remember, what Jesus did by being punished for our sins made a way for us to be like Him; not by our own efforts, but by His working within us.  If we love Him, we will press into Him, which leaves less and less room for the impurities of this life to reside in us.

1John3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

The righteous one realizes their need for Christ Jesus’ cleansing blood.  When we accept the great love of the Father that sacrificed the Son, the obedience of the Son that led to the cross, we dip our “toes” into the great love of the Father.  Even one who has a small portion of faith, a beginning relationship with the Lord with a first taste of His love, is better off than the wicked one who sins through unbelief building a “castle in the sand” who cannot find true love on this planet at any price.  It has been said the biggest sin these days, even in the church is the sin of unbelief; not taking God at His word, not believing His power is enough to do what He has said.

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Psalm 27:16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.

So…I encourage you to dig into the true riches found in the Bible; Lisa Bevre wonderthe Word of God.   Since the Holy Spirit inspired the words in the Bible, ask Him to guide you deeper into the Truths it holds.  The Father’s arms are open wide; take a step toward Him and He promises to run to meet you; He is the Father calling to the prodigal son!  (Quote from Lisa Bevere)

 

Why I Support Donald Trump and Will Vote For Him Again

If you don’t believe Brother Keith, check out Kat Kerr’s videos where God showed her about Trump as well as prophets on Sid Roth’s program and others who I trust in the Lord and have heard Him speak about our president and our country. Give the man grace! God doesn’t choose the qualified; He qualifies the chosen!

Stand Tall For Christ

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I have been meaning to write this article for some time, but have just kept pushing it to the side, mostly to give Trump some more time in office and see how things develop in his Presidency.

There are many people criticizing Christians for supporting and electing Trump so I think it’s important to clearly articulate why I personally support him as our President and why I will vote for him again.

There are two things we have to consider in our President. One – the person that Donald Trump is and two – the job he is doing as President. On the first issue, I am obviously not pleased with certain aspects of Trump’s lifestyle, however I have learned long ago, that when I start to judge someone I try not to forget the man I once used to be. It was only through the…

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Birthday Musings

 

 

I celebrated my Birthday on May 14 in real style!  My kids got me this nice t-shirt that says it all for me:  I’ve been different mixtures of Princess and Warrior over the years of my life and this Birthday and t-shirt have given me pause to think about this, so here goes my latest musing.  First of all, I think it’s really interesting that my Jewish grandmother’s granddaughter was born on the 15th anniversary of Israel becoming a modern-day nation!

I remember being a bit of a pouty princess in elementary school,                                            always feeling a bit privileged as a little sister;

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 put-upon because I was a “big sister” to my youngest sister.   

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I remember trying to be a “tomboy” when I was maybe 7 or 8.  The boys that lived on the street behind me tolerated me because no one else was near our ages.  One winter day I had fun throwing snowballs at them… until one of theirs hit me in the face and I started crying and running for my Daddy, who came out to see what happened.  Poor boys!  I WAS one of my dad’s princesses!

For the most part, my warring was very fleshly-selfish the first couple decades of my life.  I was 21 when I finally found a relationship with Jesus and knew there was more to being a Christian than going to church and singing in the choir.  Before that, I knew John 3:16 and had memorized the ten commandments in elementary Sunday school.

One day while sorting out old stashes of things, I found a baby name book from the 1960’s. It said the meaning for Heidi is “battle maiden”.  I suppose a princess could also act as a Battle Maiden, assisting her country’s troops, so this is another angle to ponder.  I am a child of God, sister to King Jesus, so I think this makes me a princess who is also a battle maiden.  I am filled with the Spirit of God and told to put on the whole Armor of God found in Ephesians chapter 6:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  (we also are seated with Christ, hidden with/in God, high above all this wickedness and darkness-H.H.)13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (in the authority the Lord Jesus gave us-H.H.)

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Now THIS is what I call a Battle Maiden Princess! (or a battle ready Prince)

             And how do we pray always with                                               all prayer and supplication?                                                                                             In the Spirit!  

When we let the Spirit within us do the praying, it’s perfect prayer because the Spirit always knows what Father God’s plans and purposes are for our prayers.  Many people have been taught against the Holy Spirit, especially the speaking/praying in other tongues part.  The Apostles and the 120 Believers in the upper room on Pentecost were able to spread the Gospel and bring salvation to thousands of people at a time because of the power of the Holy Spirit God sent down when Christ arose to heaven.  You won’t be kept from heaven if you never speak or pray in tongues, but if you allow the Spirit to be released from your inner being, your relationship with the Lord and your ability to accomplish what God has planned for you will be easier.  Speaking in tongues isn’t a “have to”, it’s a “get to”.  It’s not evidence of the Holy Spirit in you, it’s evidence that you’ve surrendered yourself to allow Him to work in an through you.  One pastor used the example of digging with a spade while there’s a back loader ready to go beside you!

Well, that’s enough musing for now.  If you’d like me to share more on these things, let me know! 

May you be blessed with Shalom – perfect, complete peace – in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen

Faith of Our Fathers

Celtic Dreams

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Celtic dreams of long ago

Though long silent and dead,

The haunting melodies forged of war

Still echo through modern heads.

The eerie whine of bagpipe strains

Still stir the long-forgotten soul;

Irish green and Scottish pride

Still burn in descended clansmen’s breasts.

Ethereal sounds find outlet

In pipe and drum and strings still alive

A song of battles won and lost

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Of love so strong its passions still revive

What drives this Celtic Revival

Is the unending breath of God.

 

 

I wrote this poem several years ago, musing on our Celtic forefathers.  We all owe our forefathers a debt of gratitude for their fortitude that got them through tough times of the past to bring us into the present times we now inhabit.  This leads me to one of my favorite hymns:

Faith of Our Fathers

Frederick W. Faberpub.1849 v. 3 alt. copyright status is Public Domain

  1. Faith of our fathers, living still,
    In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
    Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
    Whene’er we hear that glorious Word!
    • Refrain:
      Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
      We will be true to thee till death.
  2. Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
    Were still in heart and conscience free;
    How sweet would be their children’s fate,
    If they, like them, could die for thee!
  3. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
    To win all nations unto thee;
    And through the truth that comes from God,
    We all shall then be truly free.
  4. Faith of our fathers, we will love
    Both friend and foe in all our strife;
    And preach thee, too, as love knows how
    By kindly words and virtuous life.

It’s been said that good hymnody is good theology.  I think this one fits that statement if we really take time to meditate on the thoughts embodied in it. It was based on Hebrews chapter 11, known as the faith chapter of the Bible.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony

 It all boils down to faith; believing God for what was promised even when you can’t yet see.  You personally may not have had a father that was faithful to God, but chances are there are men of faith in your ancestry!  If not, you can be the first to follow God’s command to live in faith and spread the gospel.  

I pray we all overcome in the name of Jesus, by His blood and righteousness.  Also that we would be true to Him and keep our eyes on the Heavenly prize God has prepared for those who trust in Him.  Remember, Christ is the Word and God’s Word is true. Yes, it IS worth holding on and walking in faith and victory, for we have a great prize we’re striving toward!

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame…by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

 

With Every Heart Beat…

With Every Heart Beat…                                               

Every Cell In Your Body is REPROGRAMMED!

I think it’s time to get a bit more personal with my writing, so here goes!Divine healing                           I’ve been watching Sid Roth’s ISN-It’s Supernatural! Network lately and been really blessed with the programs and the people Sid interviews.  I’ve received faith for healing, encouragement to choose not to fear, instigation to pray in tongues more often, and wonderful worship music among other things.  This morning (Monday, April 16, 2018) I watched Sid interviewing Jim Richards and his revelations on healing really resonated with me!

Jim shared that science is confirming what the Bible says.  Scientist have found that words are of different frequencies and every organ in our body has its own frequency.  When we hold onto hurts and offences and unforgiveness, it becomes a vibration that hurts our body.  If we forgive, it sends healing frequencies through our body.

Living Sacrifices to God

Romans 12:1 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  

pexels-photo-433635.jpeg Coming back to my title:  Jim said science has found every cell in your body is reprogrammed every time your heart beats.  The heart reprograms the cells to what you are thinking.  This means if I’m upset about what I saw on the news or the person who cut me off in traffic, I take on thoughts that are detrimental to my well being.  If I replace those thoughts with words of love, promises of God and who I am in Christ, I create positive, healthy words for my body to feed on.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Having heard so much about healing and what we think about lately, I’ve seen some interesting things.  Many people are healed of arthritis when they choose to forgive people that they were holding in bondage by their judgement.  Many illnesses/diseases/syndromes are exacerbated by stress caused by fear, worry, depression, etc.
For a personal example:  I’ve suffered eczema outbreaks on my hands since November of 1983.  As I’ve gone back to see what started this, I remembered my grandmother had eczema.  When I first broke out, I had two children under 2 and we were just moving for the first time in our marriage, in the cold of November,which along with two baby’s diapers to change, brought the condition on.  I took this as my cross to bear, taking on the mantle of generational things from my grandmother.  I realized through this journey of 35 years the more anxious I got, the more stressed I was, the worse I broke out.  The winter of 2016-2017 I had the worst case ever on the back of my hands.  It was so bad, I thought it had turned into something else! At this time, we were in the midst of a move and I was ending a 30 year stay at one church and beginning at a new church in another area.  Many things were up in the air… stress again!  When my hands began to break out and I found patches starting on other parts of my body about November of 2017, I called and asked my doctor’s office for the new eczema ointment being advertised on TV.  The samples seemed to help, so I asked for a prescription.  I waited and waited for the prescription to be filled, then found out my insurance would not cover the ointment unless I was examined and found to have eczema over a good portion of my body.  We were heading to our daughter’s family in Los Angeles for a month at that point, so I decided not to fight for the prescription any more.  I managed to treat my hands such that I did not have a massive breakout as I’d had the year before. The end of January, looking for a hand cream that didn’t irritate my condition, I found information that said if water is first or second on the ingredient list, the cream or lotion sucks water out of your skin (the opposite of what I use these things for!)  I finally found a couple ointments without water in their ingredients and found some relief.

  About a month ago (end of February), I went to show someone my case of eczema and found I had clear hands!  The person was almost doubtful I’d really had it!  Praise the Lord, it’s over two months and I’m still healed!  Believe it or not, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning which usually sets off the rash, and no sign of breakout!

Proverbs 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise,
My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak right things.                                                                                                                            
       right hand healed                             

SO, I have been learning to speak life and truth.  The Spirit is good to show me quickly when I start to worry, complain, get frustrated, start vain arguments…If I wake up with a twinge of pain or something, I thank Jesus for His healing, claim my body is a well-watered garden, and tell the devil to leave.  By the time I get up, I’m fine!  Someone said the devil will keep trying to lay infirmity on you until he’s sure he’s defeated; that you’re not going to give up.  I can feel the Lord rejoicing over me and putting joy in my mouth when I choose to speak right things, when I choose to bless and not curse those who “push my buttons”.

Proverbs also says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  So what is “the fear of the Lord”?

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

Luke 12:4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This brings to mind a story our Pastor once shared about a church in South America:  The guerilla fighters came into the church, ordered everyone out into the church courtyard, as they brought the big pulpit Bible and laid it open on the ground.  They ordered the people at gun point to line up and they were given the choice: spit on the Bible or be shot.  One young girl knelt down and kissed the Bible.  They shot and killed her, which brought fear of man on the rest of the people.  They each obeyed the guerillas and spit on the Bible to save themselves.  At the end, the fighters lined them  up against the wall and killed them anyway.

This is a graphic example to me of Jesus’ words.  In these troubling days, if God’s work is to be accomplished, we need the fear of the Lord and not the fear of man.  I leave you all to ponder and pray Holy Spirit leads you into all truth and that as you learn to renew your mind and choose to speak things that will please God, I pray you will have revelation of healing in the Blood of Jesus.  I encourage you to dig into the Word of God for yourself!

Genes and Blood Lines

Several in our family, including my husband and myself, have gotten into the DNA craze.  I just paid to upgrade to get my health report from 23 and Me; I’ve put off this upgrade for almost a year.  Yesterday, I watched Dr. Francis Myles on ISN Network.  He was talking about family blood lines, DNA and sins of the past.  I’ve prayed against sins of the past – sins of the fathers – several times over the years and have had some relief from the past.  Dr. Myles said that’s only part of healing for our past.  He said we can jump the bloodline, choose to denounce our allegiance to our natural lineage and accept the bloodline of Christ in its place.  SO, I followed his directions.  I found a red ribbon in my ribbon collection and placed it across my doorway as they were stretching red ribbons in the studio.  He said to denounce the father’s, mother’s and husband’s blood lines.  So I denounce allegiance to the Stahl lineage.  I denounce allegiance to the Weinheimer lineage.  I denounce allegiance to the Honey lineage. (Note: I don’t “divorce myself from my family; just the things that are not of God) As I jump the line, I have cut off these ties in Jesus’ name.  There was JOY and rejoicing on the other side of the line!

I’ve superimposed the bloodline of Christ and my DNA is changed TODAY!  I am now part of His generations, open to His destiny.  This is a legal transaction in God’s courts.  This led right into Robert Henderson’s teaching on bringing our case before the courts of Heaven where Christ is our Judge Advocate.

Today, it is finished!  I am sharing the photos I took of my healed hands; I noticed my clear hands about a month ago. I’ve suffered with eczema for about 35 years.  My hands have never been completely clear.  I accepted it as my “cross to bear” since I remember my mother’s mother having the same affliction.  In this healing journey I’m on, I have chosen and daily choose to apply the blood of Jesus and to claim that my soul prospers and I am in health:

3 John1  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

left hand healed right hand healed

Gone are the nights of intense itching, the days of ointments and gloves, the scaling and bleeding, the anxiety behind this is no longer present!  It’s a daily walk in faith, not taking back on the weight of anxious thoughts and vain imaginations. I’ve forgiven my grandmother and my mother for anything I’ve held against them.  I thank God He was using this to show me what anxious thoughts can do, but it wasn’t His will in Christ that I continue claiming this malady.

I have also been healed of TMJ.  I no longer claim this thing that has caused aches and pains in my jaw, even into my ear and neck!  It has taken several months of prayers, laying on of hands and declaring healing.  I’m still stretching my jaw at times just to see it works!  If I feel a twinge of pain, I don’t accept it and it goes away.  I had my first migraine headache when I was 16. My father had had them. I quickly found when I saw the visual effects, take a couple aspirin, get into a dark room, and sleep it off.  This malady has accosted me periodically since then.  Last fall when I was at Bethel Breakouts in Rochester, I suddenly saw the migraine “lights” in my eyes. I’d not had a headache for quite some time.  I could not think of anything I’d had that would trigger it. That night they prayed against migraines. I realized why the headache had come on me that day! I know I no longer have them; I’ve not taken even a Tylenol since last fall!

I’m not saying I’ve yet obtained. As you can see in the photos, I still have a bit of inflammation some days.  This is a journey I’m walking with the Spirit of God as my guide.  I pray Father, let Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  I Heaven there’s no sickness or infirmity.  There’s no anxious thoughts, grudges held or offenses taken. All of Heaven is filled with the great love of God!  The Word says:

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.

And again:

Colossians 3: 4 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Walk in love and choose not to hold on to offenses or slander people.  Our healing comes when we let the Spirit identify things in our souls that need to go.  Things done without love fester inside our beings and lead to all kinds of physical and mental dis-ease.  There is a choice:  am I going to use this situation in my life to be bitter or better?Bitterness is food for cancer, arthritis, and many other things we suffer.

Am I going to lay down and accept the history of diseases from my family?  I choose to renounce these and get on with the abundant life in Christ God offers. Will you join me?

Promises of God