Prepare The Way!

Prepare the way! Prepare the way of the Lord! Maybe you remember the musical Jesus Christ Super Star? It’s from my younger years with a sister almost a decade older than me and that’s where this song came from. I was just listening to Celtic Worship by Eden’s Gate from my iTunes library, which I’ve not heard for a while. Why am I listening to this? Because I’m working to wrap my mind around packing for Tanzanian 2023 and needed the company. I was supposed to do this two weeks before we travel, which would have been Tuesday, January 24th, and now it’s the 27th. Yesterday we were able to go into the city and get the last things I need to pack… hopefully! My checked bag weighs in at just over 41 lbs., and I have seven more pounds leeway. Lord, as I prepare, help me not forget what will be needed. Oh, the photo above is what our house looks like after a two- going on three- day snow event. I took the pics today when I went out to check the mail.

The constant questions I have been asked about this trip, “Are you anxious?” “Are you excited?” “Are you worried?”… No, No, and I don’t think so. I know I am right where I need to be today, and the Lord has proven He has gone before me to prepare the way. One example so far: the Public Health nurse rattled off the name of the malaria meds she was prescribing, one I hadn’t heard of. She said it’s really expensive, I should get Good RX or something to help pay for it. This brought me some anxious thoughts. When I called the drug store to ask what it was and how much, the pharmacist said it’s Malarone, a well-tolerated medicine combination, and it costs $15.00. Wow!

The Lord knows just how much money I need for things for the trip and for things that will come out of my account while I am gone. At each turn, the money has been there. John has been extremely generous, making sure I have what I need above and beyond my income I bring in. He just got his first Social Security check with the “raise” yesterday, the day I needed to take cash out of our joint account to pay the Visa when we get to Tanzania.

I’m looking forward to meeting the team I’ll be working with, especially a young woman named Hannah who will turn 18 while we are there, whom I am partnered with. Her father is also going, well versed in construction skills, and she told me she went to Mexico with her family on a mission trip when she was 10. We are part of the first team, the only women, the second team comes just before we leave Moshi, Tanzania and that team has no women on it. Our leader said there’s been a word already given that women are being called forth into ministry and Hannah and I are part of this calling forth.

We all need to be extremely sensitive to the Spirit of God, He’s already giving us words to speak forth to those around us. This encouragement is for my readers as well as for our team! We must be in tune with what He’s wanting to say, His spirit in tune with ours.

I am preparing my body to be used as needed on this trip. I was able to help shovel yesterday when the belt broke on the snowblower. I am designated Mason’s Helper on this team, so that mostly means carrying buckets of mud for the masons. It’s an adventure accumulating the clothing needed for this trip. The temps will be above 80 F. and lower 60s at night. We need to cover as much skin as possible since the malaria meds make you sun sensitive. Makes me think Amish dresses might be easier? The Lord led me to the medical scrubs in the thrift store. I found light weight pants with comfortable waists and pockets. I got light weight long sleeved men’s shirts that will keep me covered in the back, and I bought a safari hat with neck coverage and a good brim on the front. I also have some long skirts and summer blouses for church or dinner. Thank you for those who buy new clothes to donate to thrift stores!

I am preparing my spirit. Since I haven’t found a devotional to use before I go, I have spent many hours between 10 PM and 8 AM communing/dreaming with the Lord. I bless the Spirit to seal my dreams and reveal what I need when the time comes, since I’m not remembering much once I wake up. I am keeping a journal as I prepare for this trip and will keep it with me as I travel. I’ve also been playing a lot of Lauren Daigle and other worship songs. I spent my younger years of my walk with Jesus gleaning Scripture from songs, and I return to that in these days. reawakening what’s been planted. The Lord knows we are but flesh, I pray my spirit feasts on Him.

I leave you with the glory I captured this afternoon. Yes, my Musings book is on its way; I should have a proof copy before I travel or just after I come home.

Essential Oils?

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NOTE: I began this post a couple years ago and finally decided to finish it. Several tries later, as an hour’s work accidently got deleted AGAIN, I think I’ve finally overcome the enemy’s reluctance to me writing this post.

 Essential Oils are all the rage at this time in our culture.  It goes along with the quest for health, youth and healing.  It’s a luxury, an ancient natural cure for what ails you. With a myriad of uses; some very old, some quite newly discovered, let’s dig into what the Bible has to say about oil, since that’s where this all began. Typing “oil” into a Bible search, I got 207 results, so I’ll try to cover a few Scriptures by categories.

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Food: Oil was essential to mix with grains to create bread. The Lord did many miracles of multiplying the oil as with the widows in the Old Testament. In 1Kings 5 and again in chapter 17, Samuel first decrees that Hiram shall be provided with “twenty kors of pressed oil” along with wheat to feed his family each year. Chapter 17 tells the story of the widow who was blessed… her oil jar did not run dry until the rain again fell on the land.

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Anointing: Starting in the book of Exodus, almost every book of the Bible talks about anointing things with oil for offerings, appointing kings and priests, mixing with other items like flour, to make a sweet savor for God. Note: the specific mixture of oil God told the priests to mix for the holy offering was not to be used for any other purposes.

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Beauty: Esther 2:12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.

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Healing: Mark 6:13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. The story of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine;

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Health: Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” [Proverbs 17:22A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.]

For myself, my chiropractor turned me on to essential oils several years ago. She gave her patients lavender peanut oil that her mother mixed for her. It’s great for sore joints and muscles. Also, my nephew and his wife made lavender oil spray for their wedding favors, good for room spray, linen spray, and many other uses. I found a basic book that has guided my use of essential oils,

Aromatherapy Made Easy Simple Step-by-step Guide To Using Essential Oils by Christine Wildwood. I also found do TERRA has an essential oil chemistry wheel you can download that helps visualize how the different oils interact. Of course, this goes beyond what the Bible says about oil; mostly olive oil. I generally use coconut oil and depending on what time of year, I mix some olive or avocado oil, with the essentials. My go-to oils are lavender, frankincense, and cedar wood. I mix one for bedtime and another for morning and oil myself from head to toe before I change clothes. It’s great for keeping moisture in after a shower/bath. Well, let’s talk about oil and unity. Remember, the Bible says Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy more than all His brethren!

 Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.

The blessing of dwelling together in unity! The Spirit is stressing unity in the Body of Christ in these days. In order to experience the fullness of abundant life in Jesus, we must learn to dwell in unity. This does not mean we agree on EVERYTHING, but it does mean we overcome our differences- which make us unique- and come into unity in the Spirit. We need to focus on the major truths and minor on the major dividers the world brings in. The first photo is my young friend Arie, and the second photo was taken at My Father’s House orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti in February 2015. I am preparing to embark on my first mission trip since then, Tanzania 2023, February 7-22, 2023. The unity in the Spirit is never more noticeable than when we quickly bond with others that we have never seen before and that we do not share a language/culture with.

I leave you with another display of God’s glory, taken on a day trip to visit our son Alex’s family. As my husband says, I don’t often get to see the sunrise, especially in January!

Galatians 6, Kairos & Steadfast 2023

Welcome to another musing’s insights readers! Mid-December, I had no idea what the word for 2023 should be, but my devotions just after Christmas included Galatians 6:9 and the Spirit illuminated and brought two words: Kairos and steadfast. Let’s see what this verse has to say.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. NKJ

Do not grow weary, do not lose heart. This seems to fit the online dictionary’s definition of steadfast:

stead·fast

[ˈstedˌfast]

ADJECTIVE

  1. resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering:“steadfast loyalty”

Synonyms are: loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, trusty, firm, determined, resolute, stalwart, stout, relentless, implacable, single-minded, unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching, inflexible, uncompromising.

I will take the time this year to go through these in bite-sized portions. Next, we look at the Merriam Webster’s definition of Kairos:

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kairos noun

kai·​ros (ˈ)kī¦räs plural kairoi 

-rȯi

a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action: the opportune and decisive moment.

  • Modern Greeks also use kairos for weather and time.
Here is an excerpt from 11 January 2016 from UMC young people’s page:

What is Kairos Time?

BY RORI BLAKENEY (SEJ)

“Our time really does count. More importantly, understanding God’s time is key. God’s time is often referred to as “Kairos time.” Greek in its origin, “Kairos time” reminds us that our lives are filled with God moments. This time is all about the movement of God in our lives. These God moments are often characterized as coincidence or serendipity. Yet, if we would listen to the Spirit, we would discover that these moments are acts of divinity.” https://www.umcyoungpeople.org/lead/what-is-kairos-time

The New Living Translation puts Galatians 6:9 this way:  

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

My Bible app’s note gave me a chuckle: We would be surprised if we planted pumpkins and corn came up! Look forward to reaping this harvest of blessings if you have sown blessings and God’s Word. This is already turning into a year of God’s movement and Christians stepping up to the plate on the platform God has given them. Go forth with holy boldness, speaking the truth with love, and moving in compassion. May we all step out in holy boldness in this season of God’s move!

Things are going well with my preparations for the construction team going to Moshi, Tanzania to build the Women’s dormitory at The Kilimanjaro Bible College. Team one, which I am part of, leaves Rochester February 7th, just one month away. I’m tying up loose ends amid the flurry of activities leading up to the trip. The Lord is showing himself faithful, all my needs are being supplied as they arise!

As for Musings Along Life’s Journey – the book, things are progressing. I hope to see the cover design soon, my author photo [shown above] is in my publisher’s hands and we have made a date with librarian Emily to introduce my book at the Henderson Free Library on Saturday, March 18th, @ 11 A.M.

Do Not Compare Yourself to Others…

God’s glory in the morning sky!

We are traveling again this weekend, seeing the last of our family, minus the California one. I am reaffirming my faith that The Lord is working and it is a good work. I declare: All my family, friends, and loved ones are becoming manifest children of God. They are being saved and healed by Jesus. They will not miss their destinies. They are becoming the manifest example of the saving power of Jesus and are being called forth as workers for the harvest. Amen.

As we enter the year of our Lord 2023, I point you to the scripture in Romans chapter 12. It deals with the parts of the body of Christ, each having differing functions, according to the grace that has been given to you. One version says not to compare yourself to others.

Measure yourself by who you are in Christ, since He is the only true measure. Why measure yourself by someone else? You are unique, and Father God made you for a unique destiny that will not be complete if you are trying to be someone else. Also, if you think others should do what you do, think what you think, understand as you, your life will be frustrating. In a marriage or other partnership, the two should agree to compromise, but if both were exactly the same, one would not be needed!

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3

Let us walk in humility, dwelling in the love of Jesus, walking in the Spirit. I hope you find a re-set as we enter the new year, whether fasting and praying, starting a new bodily or Spiritual devotion, and pursue the things He has for you at this stage in your life. Next week, I plan to seek the Lord for the word He wants me to concentrate on for 2023. I expect my first book to be published soon and will keep you abreast of how things are going. Also, preparations for the trip to Tanzania February 7th to 22nd are progressing well.

I leave you with this picture of our new granddog Sunnie from last weekend. Shalom!

January Fasting 2023

Wow! This YouTube short got my attention! I listened to what John-Henry had to say and checked out my NLV Bible on my phone… Matthew 17:21 was not there! John-Henry won’t tell you what that verse says in this video, but you can find it in the King James version.

John-Henry Westin shorts on YouTube

What did translators… as J-H said, after the 1960s… leave out?

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

The background to this story:

Matthew 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

A man interviewed on Destiny Image Heaven series was brought up to be a shaman but came to Christ. He said Luna, the base word for lunatic, is a demon spirit that attaches to a baby in the womb or shortly after birth that causes autism, mutism, Asperger’s syndrome, epilepsy… I also look at dementia… demon-entia. So, a demon like this won’t come out except by prayer and fasting. Apparently, Jesus had been praying and fasting before and likely through this encounter. I find it interesting that two dogs in our family are named Luna. I pray my current fasting and concentrated prayer time leads to the breaking of generational curses, release from demons, and healings breaking out in our family, as well as all those the Lord puts in front of me, praise God! [forgive me for using so many ellipses in this post, it’s just the mood I’m in!]

As of today, I will light 5 candles as well as the servant candle on my mini menorah since it is the fifth evening of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It is good to remember the holy boldness of the Macabes to go forth in the Lord’s power to take back the Temple and cleanse it from the desecration their leaders had wreaked. To honor their faithfulness, God performed a miracle, and one day’s lamp oil supplied the lamps in the temple for eight nights! A foreshadowing of the Light of the World that stepped down into darkness, our Lord and Savior, The Messiah Jesus Christ!

Hallelujah!

May you experience true Shalom peace and provision, a blessed Christmas, and new strength to endure and triumph over the evil ones battling in the air as we enter 2023.

The Fruit…

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Just a reminder: Hanukkah begins at sundown Monday, December 19th. I will be joining in this festival of lights remembering God’s provision for His people and my beloved Jewish family if you’d care to join me!

Now for what’s on my mind: a person is known by the fruit that is produced by their actions and speech. For December 16th, The Prophet’s Devotional by Jennifer LeClaire is titled: Fruit-Bearing Gifts. Amid this flurry of whatever Christmas and other holiday preparations you are doing, let’s look at Galatians 5:22-23 in the Amplified Bible.

“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]”

This fruit grows as we abide in Christ, lean into Holy Spirit, and practice walking in these things. Notice, it’s “the work which His presence within accomplishes” and not our fleshly efforts. We all know people with gifts from the Lord that are accurate in using that gift, but the spirit behind it and their conduct do not match these fruits of the Spirit. For a vine to produce fruit it must be watered and tended. We can sow in the Spirit, feeding and watering the seeds Holy Spirit planted within by reading the Word and praying in the Spirit, and reap the fruit that will remain. If we sow in the flesh, starve and dehydrate the vine, any fruit will eventually die due to neglect.

In reality, this looks like an accurate prophet giving an accurate word, then delving into sexual sin, abuse of others… fleshly pursuits… which turns the word he gave into a falsehood. Many of us have been hurt/burned by Pastors, prophets, teachers, and others in authority. Lots of times love is shut out by legalism. Many have fallen away. They’ve turned against church in general, and certain ministers in particular. Lack of integrity and humility come to mind.

The Passion Translation puts the verses of Galatians 5 this way:

“But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.”

I encourage you to meditate on these things in whatever Bible gives you best understanding. The Holy Spirit is the one who plants the seeds of the gifts, but we must water and feed them, starving out the things of the flesh instead of starving the Spirit within. By the way, have you chosen a devotional for the year 2023 yet? With my upcoming trip to Tanzania, book to be published soon, becoming a trustee for our historical society, Pastor asking me to think about becoming a deacon in our church, on top of my other obligations, it will be a year of readjusting. I am leaning toward not working at the motel for the 2023 season. Though I enjoy the work and fellowship there, it is tough scheduling. I am praying for my employer’s need for workers to be met as I pray to the Lord of Harvest to send out more workers for the Harvest of souls! Needless to say, I’m waiting on the Spirit to show me how to do devotions in the new year. As usual, I plan to fast with our church January 1-21st, which is another topic to seek the Lord on how to do this year. My first prompt is to spend the 21 days in the books of 1,2 &3 John.

Noting that not all have a prophetic ministry, though Paul encouraged us all to prophesy and we are all to use our gifts to minister, even if we are not in the ordained ministry of Prophet, I leave you with this prayer from Sister Jennifer LeClaire:

Father, in the name of Jesus, give me a hunger to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit alongside the gifts of the Spirit so my ministry will see lasting influence. Grace me to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness so I can model a Christ-like prophetic ministry.

Glory to God in the highest and on earth good will toward mankind! As I am writing in my Christmas cards I’m sending: May you experience true Shalom peace and prosperity as you journey into 2023.

Taught by Life or The Giver of Life?

I spent some time watching shorts on YouTube this morning and I want to share a bit with you. In this first video, Dan Mohler poses the question, “Were you taught by life, or by the giver of life?” God says there is a way that seems right to people, but its end is destruction. [Proverbs 14:12 & 16:5] Are you living the way that seems right to people on earth? Are you living the way of life that is right in God’s sight? How can you tell? Examine the fruit of the way you are living this life. I encourage you to watch this YouTube short for more.

Most of us are in a quandary about what’s going on these days. We know God has a plan, but things look messy, precarious, and doomed. I like what Kim Robinson shared on Elijah Streams. God showed her He is shaking out the rug. Think about how dirty things are around us. So much turmoil, so much buffeting from the enemy. God likes to get down to the nitty gritty, the root of the problem. I envision women using a rug beater back in the day, Kim sees a washing machine pounding the dirt out of the rug. I also remember when we pulled up the old rugs in our Victorian house. They had been down for a decade or more. What a mess of sand, dirt, detritus underneath -not to mention- what was on top and fell out when we rolled it up to dispose of it! I vowed never to have wall-to-wall carpet again after that experience. Let Kim Robinson encourage you with her vision.

I haven’t shared anything about my book publishing lately, so I’ll do so here. My daughter-in-love Jenn just sent me the photo she took for my author photo, and I just got the booklet Why Tongues by Kenneth E. Hagin. I want to recommend this booklet to go along with sharing my own experience with the Holy Spirit in my book. Did I mention the book is called: Musings Along Life’s Journey Discoveries On The Path Of Life. Here’s the photo:

Amazing what a good photo editor can do! I told Jenn to pick the one she thought was good because she knows what I look like better than I do. She’s looking for photo shoot jobs if you’re interested.

Oh, one last thing to mention, I am going on a mission trip. I have not been on one since February of 2015, so it’s time. John Wicks of Faith Builders Ministries came to our church on November 12 & 13 to share a need for workers for a construction team and encourage those God was not calling to go to pray and give toward those who were to go. So, it was clear to me that I should go. The Lord provided the money for the down payment for the trip in my savings and I am working to raise the rest by mid-December.

We will be building the women’s dormitory at the Kilimanjaro Bible College in Moshi, Tanzania. Terry & Marilyn Weaver, Elim missionaries for over 25 years, established the college and John Wicks traveled there with a team in 2000 to construct the library and administration building. The campus now has seven buildings but needs a dorm for the group of women who are attending classes. Faith Builders received the building permit and are granted permission from the Moshi government to proceed building the women’s dorm.

I will be going as a laborer and another woman from my church also agreed to go. There will be two teams, one leaving about February 10th, returning about the 23rd. A second team comes about February 21 and leaves about March 4th. Trip days are variable depending on ticket prices.

First, I ask you to pray for all of us going on the trip, that God will provide all our needs, even though it’s short notice to raise funds to travel, get paperwork and immunizations, etc. Pray for favor for all of us, since the Tanzania government is not always easy to please. Second, if you feel the Spirit pulling you to go, contact John Wicks cell (315)380-3725, email wicks444@gmail.com and if you would like to donate, send donations to Faith Builders Ministries Inc, PO Box 15173, Syracuse, NY 13215 putting “Tanzania 2023” in the memo on your check.

How much does it cost? $2,950.00 covers all trip expenses except: visa, airport food and additional luggage costs for the plane, immunizations/malaria meds. Note: we are staying in a 4-star hotel that is air-conditioned, has a fine dining facility serving American/Indian/African foods, outdoor dining with view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a pool, and wi-fi. Daily schedule starts at 6:00 a.m., lights out at 9:00 p.m. Did I mention a sightseeing trip during the team overlap? Oh, don’t forget the 30% DEET insect repellent and lots of broad-spectrum sunscreen and a broad brimmed hat!

Winter is just beginning… what will you be doing in mid-February?

A Burning Bush Moment

A burning bush caused Moses to turn aside to investigate. God spoke to him, and Moses began a new phase of his life, one he tried to break into forty years earlier by his own strength. Jennifer LeClaire in The Prophet’s Devotional referenced this portion of Scripture and shared her own burning bush experience in her back yard that led her to a new level of her calling.

Last weekend, we had a winter weather event in New York State. We laid low, and I uncharacteristically dressed in sweats except for the times clearing snow and getting vehicles uncovered. Before I really woke up Sunday morning, my husband John came in from working outside and said the wind was really strong and blowing snow around, so I should not go to church and watch online.

I got up and dressed in sweats again, did my exercise, had breakfast, and finally was able to get the church service just after 10 am. I worshipped with them, was reminded that the turkey dinner giveaway and Operation Christmas Child boxes were being delivered, and Pastors Paul and Cheryl were back from two weeks away. Pastor Cheryl got up and said this is a day of importation. People that have not had words spoken over them fulfilled, that need to be released into what the Lord has for them next, would be prayed for at the end of service.

I knew immediately that I had to go into church! I quickly dressed, found John out cleaning off solar panels, and asked if he thought it had settled down enough for me to go. After a bit of incredulity, I left with his cautions to drive safely following me.

I spent the 20-minute drive praying in tongues and acknowledging I was in God’s timing. I arrived just at the end of service, walking in as people were hurrying out with turkey dinners to deliver. I went straight to the front of the sanctuary where Pastor Josh was praying for a woman friend of mine, and I joined in on her other side, and the Lord gave me a word for her. Then Pastor Paul prayed more of my destiny over me, and then Pastor Josh prayed over me, confirming some things.

I count this trip to church prompt as my own burning bush. I was able to encourage several other people and connect with a woman I met at our Women’s Conference in the spring. I safely arrived home earlier than usual and rejoiced that obedience has its own rewards in God’s economy.

So, what about you? I’d love to hear testimonies from my readers of how God has drawn you, you have chosen to turn to him, and he has met you there. May you all grow deeper into a relationship with the maker and sustainer of us all. Until next week, blessed Thanksgiving and true Shalom from Father God.

Snow, God’s cleansing!

God With Us

Last post I told you about reading Chad Gonzales’ devotional Think Like Jesus and today I would like to share another day with you. Day 35: The Father Is Always With Me.

Don’t be obsessed with money but live content with what you have, for you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t he promised you, “I will never leave you, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!” So we can say with great confidence: “I know the Lord is for me and I will never be afraid of what people may do to me!”

Hebrews 13:5-6 TPT

Emanuel, God with us… soon we will hear Christmas carols proclaiming this message. What does it mean in reality? Because Jesus came in the flesh, fully man and fully God, he showed us what it’s like having the Father dwelling inside a human body. Thanks to Father sending us the Holy Spirit after Jesus rose from the dead, we have Father God inside of us, Father God all around us, once Jesus Christ comes into our being by faith.

So, even if everyone leaves us or turns against us as Jesus foretold the disciples all would in John 16:32-33, the Father did not leave him and will not leave us. In our small group, we are reading Present Perfect Finding God in the Now by Gregory A. Boyd.

This book is all about inviting God into every moment of our lives. It’s remembering that Father is always with us, waiting to join with us to bring Heaven down to earth. This means we can live full of peace, always have joy, and always overcome because in Christ, we always have the victory.

16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Romans 14:16-18

This passage is about food and drink and Jewish Law, but in the midst of it, we see our portion in Father God here on earth as it is in Heaven: righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If we abide in Christ and he in us, no matter what state we are in, we can be joyous, peaceable, and firm in our standing with the Father.

My comment posted on Hannah’s A Grateful Life Lived blog:

Oh, Hannah! Brokenness brings wholeness in the Lord’s mighty hand. Tears are from the overwhelming move of the Spirit on our human bodies that can’t contain it, whether from joy, pain, or conviction. Remember, the Lord is always with you and in you. The light within us is the light of Christ! Let it suffuse your being until there’s no room for anything but God’s presence and thanksgiving for all He has and is doing in your life. Shalom, precious sister!

You can quickly read her post by clicking here:

My dear readers, may you be broken, overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord inside and all around you. May this lead to new revelations of who you are in Christ, and boldness to step out in the plans and purposes He has for you, so you can do your part in bringing Heaven culture -and the Father’s will- down in the midst of your life here on earth.

Here is a view of God’s bounty harvested from our garden and settled in our storage cabinet. This was taken before all the chutneys and apple sauce I processed in October and November, which displaced things and filled up most of the top shelf. It’s satisfying seeing the fruits of our labor and know we are able to bless so many people besides ourselves with what God has provided. May you experience God’s abundance so you can bless others as well. Shalom dear ones!

Blood moon, Elections, Full moon!

It is said that the sky is God’s billboard. Angels like to hide in cloud shapes and what did God say in Genesis? Let’s look.

Possible angel clouds?

Genesis 1:3 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness

So what might the Lord be saying with two significant types of moons at either end of this momentous election day? Well, I hope you voted. There were many emails, texts , Facebook posts, and messages, as well as phone calls flying around the past few weeks. Oh, I forgot the mailings we’ve received!

Some things to think about: I’m happy to exercise my right to vote, but I’m glad when campaign season ends. God wants us to work with him to decipher his signs in the firmament, but we’re not to delve into astrology or worship the heavenly lights. I’ve heard teachings that point to blood moons aligning with major happenings for Israel and the Jewish people. You can look up John Hagee’s ministry:www. jhm.org, he did a whole series on blood moons.

This morning’s blood moon taken by my husband

In other realms of thought, yesterday we had quite the bustling group at our church for our Operation Christmas Child packing party. Almost 240 boxes got done, and one dear saint did another 100 boxes at her home and brought them all to church to add to our tally.

My current second devotional book is using the book of John as well as some other scriptures to show how Jesus didn’t do the signs, wonders, and miracles on his own, they were accomplished through him because Father God was in him causing these to happen through him. This means we also have what Jesus did because we are the temple of God that He dwells in. So, if signs are not happening, it’s because we think it comes from our efforts rather than doing the things the Father is doing as Jesus did here on earth. It’s a partnership.

Well, you can see I found out how to use photos on the WordPress app. I will end this here. I plan to share another preview of my soon-to-be published book next week. Until then, I bless you with shalom from Father God and pray God’s will be done through these elections and all the COVID 19 and other illnesses attacking so many of us cease and desist soon. Amen.