What is Your Passion?

friendsI recently finished reading How To Live Out Of A Dream by Tommy Reid & Aimee Reid-Sych. On page 111 Aimee lists three things to define for yourself.

Know your Position

Identify your Passion

Strengthen your Posture

I focus on my notes about Identifying my Passion(s):

  • Babies

  • Worship/singing

  • Sharing Biblical revelation with others

  • Wanting to see God’s Glory; including healings

  • Storming heaven instead of hearing litanies of woes and negativity that glorify demons

  • Hugging and praying with people

image000000_8I wrote this while lying in bed August 30th, I put emojis before each item, then prayed in tongues for a few minutes,breaking out in hysterical Holy Spirit laughter (have you ever experienced being drunk in the Spirit as happened to the 120 on Pentecost in Acts 1?) until I had a chest ache and then all I could say was “Yes, yes, yes! Yes, yes, yes! Yes, Yes, thank You Holy Spirit. Thank You Father God. Thank You Father God, You are my God and I am your daughter; I am your child and I thank You for sweet sleep and sweet dreams.

Next I remembered Kevin Zadai mentioning living to 120? He said God is changing people’s eating and lifestyle and many are having their youth renewed to be here on earth as a manifest child of God, to be part of the work God has to be done in this era of history. He and Dan Mohler both say they have no thought of dying any time soon, there’s a lot more the Lord has for them to do.  Three years ago the Lord led me to drastically change my eating and exercise/activities. I’ve noticed things that used to bother me no longer do; that I’m as healthy as I was (or more than) I was at 18. By His grace, I’m on a new path and know my relationship with the Lord is growing. If it’s God’s will, I am willing to live another 64 years by His strength. I’ve just heard plans are in the works to manipulate bodies to live 120 years, but that’s not the way I want to do it; that would mean manipulation of the body to change DNA or something of the sort. If that’s the case, I’m not reaching for that goal!

sleeping I end with a short dream I had that may help someone else. 

I was walking on a village street. I’d stopped and was watching a young lady doggedly climbing something like a tower or high climbing wall. I am with her hasty fiance (they’d quickly decided to marry and he’s having second thoughts), helping him realize what her passions are as he’s watching her do this daring feat. I’m telling him what a good thing she is for him, hold on tight, don’t let her go… for him to let her be what she is and his part of the equation will fit in with her.

In closing:Child, you are Mine

Musings on Love and Fear

A whirlwind appearance of Holy Spirit This photo is from Kat Kerr’s http://www.revealingheaven.com   When I was newly baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, in a Sunday evening service we all joined together singing in the Spirit and this photo is similar to the vision I saw during that harmonious time. The Supernatural of God is still really thrilling to me over 30 years later!

Let’s delve a bit into God’s love since the Spirit seems to be drawing me into studying it.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked,]thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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Paul starts this chapter telling us if we do mighty things for God but don’t have love, we are nothing. Verses 4-8a describe the love of God and the qualities that will grow in us as we come into deeper relationship with the Lord. Valiant effort to “do” love falls short without the Spirit of God working in us.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is ]perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

69v We walk in love imperfectly in this life, but can grow as we get more revelation of the Father’s love for us. Hallelujah! As we seek Him, we find a deeper relationship and become more like our Lord and Brother Jesus Christ!

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

HamanWhere does fear come from? Well, think about the original sin; Eve entertained doubt that God had their best interest in mind when the serpent (devil) posed the question: “Did God REALLY say…?” Being children of Adam and Eve, we were born with sin nature that includes fear and unbelief, among other things. Have I mentioned God told us in 366 Bible passages not to fear? (I know this thanks to Richard Wurmbrand)

Let’s look at a couple passages that show “love verses fear”.

Isaiah 51:12“I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker,
who stretches out the heavens
and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor? (NIV)

Is that meWe have choices each day: What to think, what to do, what to say… We can turn to the truth of God or play into the devil’s hand by listening to the lies, bad reports, entertaining vain imaginations… Do you realize most of the things we spend time thinking/worrying about never happen? I recall many trips home from visiting my grandparents, Mom would spend the trip worrying about how she could care for them when they couldn’t live on their own any more. By the time they needed help, she’d already moved to Western New York and my grandparents came to live with my family. God’s grace was sufficient for us to care for them. I am so thankful for my relationship with Father God through Christ Jesus and the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned a lot the past few years about trusting, walking in love and giving fear a boot in the pants. I’m not saying I’m perfected, but by grace I’m learning more each day. Here’s another passage that tells us not to be afraid.

Joel 2:20b Surely he has done great things!
21 Do not be afraidland of Judah;
be glad and rejoice.
Surely the Lord has done great things!
22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. (NIV)

thank youLet’s pray, fast, and meditate on God’s Word. Then, as we focus on Truth, let’s walk in love and serve others. I pray we all grow deep in relationship with the Lord and the grace to walk in love. When we speak truth, may it be in God’s love. Lord, let us see others the way You see them. Amen.

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God Before, Ahead, Upon you!

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I’ve been listening to Pastor Kevin Zadai’s Warrior Notes. He referenced Psalm 139 in The Passion Translation,so I got into my Kindle to see it for myself.You can check it out: https://www.thepassiontranslation.com/about-the-tpt/  I will share two other Bible versions, then what I remember of Kevin’s talk.

Psalm 139:3-6 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.[a]
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.  TPT

Psalm 139:5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. NIV

139:5 You have [b]hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me. NKJ

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In Pastor Kevin Zadai’s Warrior Notes on YouTube, he further explains this awesome section of Scripture. “This means the LORD has been to the end of your book – your life story – and come back to where you are to stand behind and shield you from the hurts of your past and lead you ahead.” I love the fact that His hand of blessing is upon us so we don’t easily step out of the place where He needs us to be. Let’s connect the above Scriptures with what Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [d]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. NKJ

I want to leave you with another view of the Lord’s blessings I see from my back yard. I pray you experience revelation that brings you closer in your relationship with Father God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It’s the ultimate relationship that will last for eternity! Walk in love and forgiveness as you journey on in this life, giving thanks and praise for all He has done and is doing on your behalf. Amenimg_20190630_181241733

 

 

Early August musings

IS GOD REAL?  This is the latest book published that I’ve had a hand in proofing/editing. I highly recommend this to those seeking an intelligent view on Christianity among other religions. Gary included some pretty amazing facts I hadn’t known in this book; I highly recommend it! You can find it at: https://olivepresspublishers.com/index.php?seo_path=all-books&_a=category&sort[date_added]=DESC

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This has been a busy week with family, friends and loved ones. I’ve been picking blueberries and Tuesday found if I pick two pails of berries for the winery, I get to keep a third I fill for payment. It takes me about an hour to pick about a gallon of berries. If you’re anywhere near, you can find this deal and MUCH more at https://www.tughillvineyards.com/ scroll down to the You-Pick section. It’s an amazing place just outside the small village of Lowville, New York!

Good thing the motel is not busy this week; I’ve finally got time for my 8 year old granddaughter Nataleigh to spend a long weekend with me. She just did a great job in her first show with the Super Stage summer program at Lowville Central School: Madagascar Jr. I’m so thankful for the things they offer for elementary students in the summer. My publisher just gave me another book to edit, so I’ll try and remember to let you know when this one’s published; it’s a novel based on the author’s life. This posting is late because the berries and my own garden are demanding attention and I’m so glad my granddaughter is here to help today. Tomorrow we’ll go to Henderson’s Heritage Day at the Historical Society grounds. After that, our Life Group from church is having a BBQ get-together.

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I’ve been listening to a  lot of Dan Mohler’s short teachings today and he’s always a challenge, encouragement, and good for me to hear! His messages and insights are so simple and so profound at the same time. I encourage you to look up his videos on YouTube.

I leave you with another amazing photo of God’s billboard; Heaven touching earth!img_20190713_201328560

Part Two: How to Handle Sexual Desires as a Single Christian Woman

I couldn’t have said it better; truth for young, single men as well!

Justified And Redeemed

There is a part two to this “How to Handle Sexual Desires as a Single Christian Woman,” type post, and if you want, you can read part one here, but you most certainly can continue reading this one regardless of reading the first one; however, I highly suggest reading it, for I do believe that we need to begin talking about how to handle sexual desires in the Christian women community, for I believe that sometimes, we can shut off these conversations without speaking about the importance of it.

As I began in part one, sex was created by God for married couples, and sex is only bad when it is done outside the confines of marriage. However, we sometimes, unintentionally, slip into the thinking of “let’s never talk about the good. and only focus on why we should not have sex until marriage,” and while I do agree…

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Opposing Views

NODesiderata

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
Original text found at https://www.desiderata.com/desiderata.html
Desiderata was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana. In that time period, it was avaunt guard to look to the virtues found in man and the world instead of the universal truths found in the Bible (I highlighted the parts that go off track). Forgetting that there is only one way to God and His name is Jesus Christ, “learned men” were starting to espouse doctrines of men which the Bible warns about, with many nods to other religions and “tolerance”. About this time, my mother remembers her grandmother had a Buddha statue on her dressing table and a Methodist prayer book by her bed. Indian and oriental things were the rage.
Matthew 15:8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  
pianistI remember singing You are a child of the universe… as someone recited this poem when our chorus sang for our high school’s National Honor Society induction in the late 1970’s (our chorus director who chose this song was also choir director at our Presbyterian church). This poem/song has about as much in common with the Bible as the Koran does; a little Bible truth mixed with a lot  of universalism.
At this time, Keith Green was on the scene calling people back to the Bible and a deep relationship with the true God of the universe, along with Rich Mullins and his Ragamuffin band. His song Creed (from The Apostle’s Creed) brings into focus what’s wrong with Desiderata:
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I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth

And in Jesus Christ
His only begotten Son, our Lord

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
He was crucified and dead and buried
Chorus:
And I believe (that) what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man

I believe that He who suffered
Was Crucified, buried and dead
He descended into hell and
On the third day he rose again
He ascended into Heaven where
He sits at God’s mighty right hand
I believe that He’s returning to
Judge the quick and the dead
Of the sons of men
Repeat chorus
I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth
And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord
I believe in the Holy Spirit
One Holy Church, the communion of Saints,
The forgiveness of sins
I believe in the resurrection
I believe in a life that never ends
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Be cautious of anyone who tells you to “find the god inside of you” or get in touch with the life force” in your core. TM (Transcendental Meditation) or yoga or guided meditation tells you to clear your mind and use a word like ‘om’ to meditate on or to listen to your breathing or visualize…meditation in the Bible is not emptying your mind, but filling your mind with the Word of God/things of God. The Hebrew word actually includes muttering or speaking out loud.
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1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! (AMP)
Psalm 1:2 His delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. (AMP)
Psalm 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.
Philippians 4:8 [ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

 

Is the Lord your God testing you?

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Deuteronomy 13:1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams,

for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…

I share a YouTube video a friend sent me: https://youtu.be/jrYWaFaXITE -if you can’t access the video by clicking on this link, go to YouTube search: Best sermon about The Baptism of Fire and The Holy Spirit-Bill Johnson…

Pastor Bill shared from his heart a very convincing/convicting message and then went into this spontaneous song:

Dove

Pour out Your Spirit 

Answer by fire

show forth Your mercy

Your heart is my desire

Your heart is my desire

Is the Lord God’s heart your desire? Have you thought lately about how much you love the Lord your God? Is it with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind…with your whole life? Are you holding back, wanting to keep a part of yourself separate from the Lord? The first of the “Ten Commandments” is:  Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

pexels-photo-433029.jpegGod goes on to connect this to Deuteronomy 13:

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…

King Solomon searched his own heart to try and fill his desires:

Ecclesiastes 2:3 searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. 

 King David asked God to search him: 

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

This is what God tells us:

Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

I encourage you to spend time waiting on the Lord. Humbly come before Him, ask Him to search your heart. When the Holy Spirit reveals your anxious thoughts and any wicked ways in you, renounce them(repent)and don’t let them cling to your heart and soul anymore. Apply the blood of Jesus, then let The Holy Spirit lead you in the way everlasting. Seek Him and find Him by searching with all your heart. 

At the end of the video you can join in this meditative Psalm:

  1. My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

  2. I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me, And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree; I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

  3. I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath; And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

  4. In mansions of glory and endless delight, I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright; I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

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