The Fruits of Fasting

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Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

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I’ve had a couple days in the past week to spend a whole hour or more soaking, For this quiet time, I put a 60 minute timer on my phone clock. I close the door to my office, sit on the rug, gather a Bible, note book and graph paper pad, my glasses and a pen. I lean against the cabinet, making sure my shawl and tissues are handy, then settle and start the timer. I begin praying/singing in my Spirit language. I sing out songs as they come to mind, record thoughts on paper as they come. An hour seems long when I start, but about half way through, the Spirit really takes over and I’m surprised when the timer goes off! I’ll share some of the fruit I’ve found in my darkened office, free of major distractions.

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First, the Spirit downloaded a plan for my evening meal, then I chose not to start preparations for the meal until 4 PM. This took food off my mind once I wrote down the plan. Along with the food prep, I wrote down: don’t do mending until evening, no computer before supper… Then I got a couple of constructive plans:

 When my daughter was here with her family, she complained there’s no place to fold clothes in my laundry area. My husband said if I’d give him plans, he’d make a place to do that. Well, this time of flowing thoughts birthed the plan for restructuring the room.

 Next I got ideas for making the space between the end of my desk and the wall more useful.

I wrote the ideas down (good time to have a graph paper pad on the floor beside me).

feeling fine  Things I’d heard over the days before began to bear fruit: Speak Truth, Life, Blessing, Love…not curses and fault finding. My spirit led me to text a friend after I’d bound the curses over her marriage, family, household and then released the blessings that had been covered by the curses. She was extremely touched that I’d reached out to her as well as prayed for her.

Next: the Israelites were covered by the Glory of God when they wandered in the wilderness; they had daily provision and were kept by Him for 40 years… SO, in the Glory today, I have complete healing and divine health, shoes and clothing don’t wear out, and I have ever-present daily bread [manna]to bless my body and soul. Lord, bring me deeper into Your Glory!

After contemplating God’s great provision, it was clear we need to pare down our excess possessions. I asked: Father, give me ideas for re-gifting things within our possessions, give my husband ideas for gifts as You give them to me (so we can be on the same page). I thanked Holy Spirit for His influence on John and acknowledged the angels I know are ministering salvation to him.

Is that meThe hour went well, praise God! The fruit continued Sunday in church. We had a major time of prayer and ministry after a short sermon, and I was so full of the Spirit, I turned around and prayed for the woman behind me just what she needed. I then saw a woman up front Pastor was praying for,  and followed the Spirit’s lead to put a hand on her other shoulder. A woman told me she knew in the Spirit just what I was going to pray for the other woman. Next, I’d brought a book to church to give to one woman, and she wasn’t in church but I offered it to my small group leader and she was eager to read it! It was exciting having such an open heaven in the sanctuary that day!

The fruit kept manifesting through the week! I could tell many other things, but this post is long enough! I’m in the last 5 days of the 21 day fast and know the effects of this time concentrating on Immanuel will bear much fruit even after this fast comes to an end.

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What’s the Spirit saying to you these days? Are you making time to seek the Lord? I can attest to its worth; even if it’s 10-15 minutes a day to start. If you don’t have Holy Spirit and your heavenly language yet, ask and receive Him, just like you did  asking Jesus in! The power and authority of Christ is strengthened in us as we yield to the Spirit; it’s an opportunity to bring forth the plans and purposes God has for your life and to give praises well through Holy Spirit language. The Apostle Paul said so much in his epistles about the value and purposes fulfilled by Holy Spirit having utterance through Believers. I’m getting increased understanding of its value from The Coming Glory by Tim Sheets.

Baby Boomers, Arise and PRAY!

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Welcome to another Musing dear Readers! I’ve been watching the 2020 Prophetic Outlook on Sid Roth’s ISN/YouTube. I urge you all to watch either the full episode or the Highlights episode(/Trump And America’s Future).

https://sidroth.org/its-supernatural-network/

I follow with some things from the prophets that stuck out to me.

Many have taken offense with President Trump-over 30,000 Christians did not get out to vote in the last election- but those who do take offense are against God’s plans. If you read your Bible, many characters we revere were as flawed as Trump, if not more…but God used them for His plans, purposes and glory! God is shaking up the church by bringing Kenye West and Justin Bieber to the forefront of His plans so let’s watch and see what develops.

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One Prophet was given a vision of President Trump looking in the mirror and seeing President Lincoln, then the Spirit showed the prophet three huge principalities over the Whitehouse: Racism, Abortion, Radical Feminism. Think about this; Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood and put the facilities in the black communities to try and keep the blacks from multiplying (sound a bit like Pharaoh in Moses’ time?) So racism led to abortion which led to radical feminism.

This is where the “Baby Boomers” come in; those born between 1946 and 1964 (notice the reversed numbers?). Being born in 1963, I’m in the latter part of this era so I paid close attention.  We are the ones who have a sense of morality and perspective gained over the years. It’s time for us to stand up and support God’s plan, getting out the vote and praying and declaring God’s prophecies into existence. I have stopped listening to the news on a regular basis in favor of seeking truth, praying & proclaiming what the Spirit is saying. Remember John 10:10? The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The world abounds with so many prophets these days, but listen carefully. Many of them are prophesying from the 1st and 2nd heavens which are controlled by the devil; The thief. They contain lies, tales of destruction, death, and fear. concerned

thank youThe upper heavens are where God’s words come from and they are filled with hope, peace, love and a good future.(see Jeremiah 29:11) BUT, these words from the prophets do not automatically come as we Believers sit back and wait; that’s the other thing we “Baby Boomers” are called to do; PRAY! Did you know that every revival has been birthed by people yielding to the unction to pray? obesent

 I encourage you to watch and pray. Read God’s Word, declare truth, and – since we live in a democracy, GET OUT AND VOTE!

January Fasting?

img_20191109_150707262 This is my 4th day joining our congregation’s 21 day January fast. I did start on the first of January, finding with two young grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law here, no one notices I’m not eating meals since they’re random, everyone hungry at different times. I took the example Pastor Josh gave, fasting each day until 4 PM. This has worked well and I’ve stuck to water and hot tea the rest of the day, adding a cup of vegetable bone broth when I came home from exercise class yesterday. Dinner meals have been OK, except indulging in sweet desserts! Today I savored some mini maple sugar cakes and leftover pound cake from last evening. Rather than stop the fast, I stopped eating at 6:00 PM and will cut out sugar/sweets when family leaves tomorrow.

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Grace! My husband is leaving to work on our other house for 7-10 days and I’ll be able to concentrate on seeking Immanuel. I watched Sid Roth’s ISN January 2020 Prophetic Outlook today. I highly recommend you watch it! I began watching Sid’s show with the 2018 Prophetic Outlook. We must be as the Bereans in the Bible who discerned what times they were in and acted accordingly. God has plans to bless us, but we need to take initiative to pray in His will and get out to vote for His plans and purposes to be fulfilled.

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We’re again watching WONDERSTRUCK imagined by BBC AMERICA. What amazing things they’re showing from the deepest depths of the oceans; if only more people would awaken to the glory of God manifest in His creation! Notice how deep TV is going into the “Ancient Aliens” program. I’d rather not glorify the enemy’s manifestations on earth; even my husband who hasn’t surrendered to Jesus yet can’t stand that program!

img_20200104_203019237  Have any of you read Just Mercy A Story Of Justice And Redemption by Bryan Stevenson? It was recommended by Crossroads Prison Ministry to us Mentors.

The New York Review of Books wrote: “Every bit as moving as To Kill A Mockingbird, and in some ways more so…a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.” (from the cover)

This account from the Bible is what sums up Bryan’s ministry: EJI , the Equal Justice Initiative. Oh, I just found Just Mercy is a new movie!

John 8:6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

There’s a lot at stake in this new year; new decade. Press in and seek the Lord to find out what your part is in His plan for mercy and walk in it.

Standing at the crossroads; the head of the new year

Emmanuel: Vine & Branches

pexels-photo-273011.jpegAs we approach the new decade, we’re in for an interesting year. Already the vying for the presidential race has begun, dire predictions are popping up all around. I’m so glad I’ve quit listening to much of the news, politics and weather reports. Not putting my head in the proverbial sand, not being uninformed, but refusing to let these things invade my thoughts and lead me to upset, anxiety or just plain fear!

Many of us endeavor to make “New Year’s Resolutions”. I’m keeping in mind that sustained small steps toward a goal are important. Our church does a 21 day fast in January, encouraging each of us to find our own way to do this and to know we’re being supported. It can be as simple as cutting out treats/sweets/desserts, electronics/media…or even a full fast if that’s what the Lord is leading you into. Our congregation has experienced many miracles and answered prayers as well as restored relationships in previous years of January fasts.

This January, I’m planning to go back to Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman and doing the 21 day elimination I did three summers ago to reset my eating and my health. I recently read my journal from 6 months before the Spirit led me to this plan. I was a mess of inflammation, high blood pressure, allergy symptoms, lack of energy, foggy brain and skin problems. How far I’ve come from that!  But I’m definitely finding myself craving sweets and junk food (no where near as much as 3 1/2 years ago!), my pants getting tight, and not sleeping so well. Because my biggest challenge is finding time for praying/worshiping/meditating on the Lord when I fast, I’ve determined to minimize the time I spend meal planning and prepping by making daily or even weekly meal plans/menus . I will also curtail books I’m reading; only those that encourage my desire to draw deeper into fellowship with Emmanuel. Last year I used Jentezen Franklin’s book The Fasting Edge along with The Fasting Edge Journal. I plan to use these resources again this year.

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With all this in mind, I ponder this verse:

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

In the natural, branches cannot bear fruit unless they are attached to a vine or tree. The branches do not grow the fruit, but the fruit grows out of the connection to the source, the part that’s planted in the soil and soaks up sun, rain and nutrients, which then flow through the branch. No matter how hard the branch tries, it cannot produce any  fruit on its own. Think about this: I can do a lot of things without Him, but none of them will add to eternal treasures in God’s heavenly kingdom. Going back to Paul’s words:

1 Corinthians 13: 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. In other words, without love drawn from the Source, all our efforts and great exploits come to nothing!

My dear readers, join me as I learn how to abide; Christ in me and I in Christ. Emmanuel, God with us in ALL things!

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Emmanuel-God With Us

img_20191224_162900040One blogger challenged me to find a word for a theme for the new year, so I’ve chosen Emmanuel/Immanuel-God with us for 2020. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is the Carol that’s been illluminated for me this season. I never knew it had 7 verses, but according to Music Choice, Christmas Carols were written to share the Gospel with those who could not read [so were hymns].

 

[Verse 1]
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

[Refrain]
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

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This occurred when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

[Verse 2]
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud, and majesty and awe

This was when the Lord led them through the wilderness and gave the Law to Moses.

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[Verse 3]
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave

Jesus fulfilled this when He rose from the dead.

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[Verse 4]
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Jesus, the light of the world, accomplished this as well when He came into the world and His star shone.IMG_20180928_084722683

[Verse 5]
O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery

Psalm 139 fulfilled when Jesus reconciled us to Father God.

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[Verse 6]
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high
And order all things, far and nigh
To us the path of knowledge show
And cause us in her ways to go

friendsThis is fulfilled when we learn to walk in the Spirit, letting go of animosity and living in the love of the Father.

[Verse 7]
O come, desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our King of peace

[Refrain]
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

This is exactly why Jesus came! He made a way for us to renew our relationship with Father God, restoring what was broken by Adam and Eve’s fall. We can only come into unity when we become part of the true Church in Christ Jesus…Emmanuel!

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What a wonderful time to be on earth during the culmination of the work, prayers and martyrdom of so many who went before us, as we experience this time of exponential growth of the Church. Many being added to Christ’s Body,including Isaac’s seed, the Israelites, coming to Him as well as Ishmael’s seed, the Muslims. May all nations see the light and multitudes come into the Kingdom!

Let’s do our part, growing in wisdom and deepening our relationship with the Lord and the people He surrounds us with. Keep walking in the Spirit and doing great exploits for the Kingdom!rejoice

 

Mid-December Musings

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A glorious Ice Rose found in our yard

 

Forgive me for becoming random in my postings. Hunting season for our family officially ended today so I’ll get this ready while the Spirit moves. This week I came across this Scripture and found new understanding of this verse:

Hebrews 2:17 For this reason Jesus had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way so he could be their merciful and faithful high priest in service to God. Then Jesus could die in their place to take away their sins. [CEV]

This is the season when we remember how Jesus came as an infant, going through all the things an infant goes through, after growing in the womb which He created, arriving through the birth canal He created…just the beginning of His journey from toddler to school boy to apprentice to his earthly father in his carpentry shop before He came into ministry at 30 years old. He knows what it’s like to have brothers and sisters, a mother accused of adultery, busy parents, dad dying, taunts and teasing that came from his own siblings before those who abused him in public.  He was in all ways tempted as we are, yet chose not to sin. (my paraphrase from Hebrews 4:15)

I think I mentioned the Advent devotional I’m reading last post: The Glory Has Come compiled by Larry Sparks. Today’s entry was written by Larry Sparks: God’s Friends Have A Front Row Seat To His Appearing and discusses Simeon and Anna in the Temple and how they were intimate with the Lord and how Holy Spirit aligned them both to be in the temple, on the front row when Jesus’ parents bring him to the temple for his Bris ceremony when he was 8 days old. (Luke chapter 2) Larry encourages us to realize we are now “the temple of Presence, intimacy and communion; a portable prayer and praise meeting.” We should commune with the Lord through the Spirit continually.

I am coming into deeper understanding of my position in Father, Son and Spirit and my husband is watching BBC nature programs that are blatantly showing off the glory of God and evidencing the intricacy of His creation to me. How blind we can be to the glory all around us! This is what I poured out in my journal after reading the above devotional with the T.V. in the background.

Yes Lord, I realize I need you more than my necessary food. I realize my need to deepen my intimacy with You. I want to be so close I feel Your breath on my neck, realize Your presence within, upon, surrounding me like a deep, thick blanket. Your glory of creation on our T.V. is so evident, how can people mistake Your hand? How can I even begin to doubt when I’m constantly surrounded with evidences of Your great and mighty hand. Is this on T.V. really labeled “Wonder Struck” and people still don’t see?

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

As we come closer to the culmination of the Christmas season, I pray you slow down enough to contemplate what it all means for this time in your life. Shalom my dear ones!friends

 

Under His Shelter

Wow! Did I tell you last week I watched Graham Cooke on YouTube for the first time? In “The Language of Heaven” he recommends reading through the Gospels frequently; like at least yearly – if not every 3 months. He suggests we become Jesus’ disciples instead of Paul’s?! It’s about learning a new language. Our human influences have given us a negative, unbelieving, untrusting way of thinking, talking, acting and reacting. The language that comes from this world system is hurtful, reactive, fatalistic…what more need I say? Heavenly language, as Jesus modeled during his life on earth, is fair, loving, wise, always hoping and never giving up. Do you realize Heaven doesn’t have a Plan B?

VictoryAnother thing I gleaned from Graham Cooke: Heaven doesn’t see problems or failure. Jesus always took the negative and turned it around for the glory of God. Think about it: every problem/challenge comes with a promise and a provision. Let me give you an example.

If we have wayward children, instead of looking at where they’re at right now and hashing over all that’s wrong and despairing, let’s find a Scripture that would turn these thoughts around.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.

1. My children SHALL be taught by the LORD (provision)

2. Great SHALL be their peace (promise)

Claim this for your children and see what happens! I challenge you to find other verses of promise for your children, your marriage, your health; any problem that comes.

The same evening I found Graham Cooke, I also found Shane and Shane‘s music videos on YouTube. They put Psalms into song and do amazing video to accompany. In Psalm 91 on Eagle’s Wings they use these Scriptures:

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Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my [a]strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the [b]horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Another Scripture the Spirit impressed me with the same day:

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.

I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me…

These passages promise if I take refuge in the shadow of His wings, trust and cry out to Him, He will perform all things for me, deliver and strengthen, He will send from heaven and save me.

I love the way the Spirit brings all things together to clearly make a point. As thick as I can  sometimes be, what a gracious Father to use several methods to make the point He’s trying to make. It’s such a marvelous journey following the Lord, my heart is sad for those who haven’t experienced it. Let’s help others find the narrow way that leads to life.

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Before church a couple Sunday’s ago here’s what I wrote in my two-way journal ( think God Calling/Jesus Calling)

Lord, I know you’re doing a mighty work in me, my family, our congregation, my neighbors. What is my assignment today?

Love, love, love! Give out the love I give you. Soak in the river of life and overflow. Encourage, speak life, walk in peace & joy. Let My fruits in you be squeezed, dripping & oozing down and getting all over those around you. The simple act of kindness is mightier than you realize! (H.H. 11-17-2019)

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