Pentecost Sunday

This was an extremely busy week for us and I realized it’s Sunday instead of Friday; which is my usual day for posting. We had company for three days, garden re-structuring and planting, along with helping a friend fence in a garden area, weed and rock pick in both gardens, on top of our normal weekly activities. Oh, and Friday was set-up for our Saturday morning annual plant sale for our Garden Club. By the way, the plant sale went extremely well, and we finally got our Kia back from the collision shop; exactly three months to-the-day from when they towed it there after my February deer collision! It’s so like my Father God to make it an exact amount of time. Does God do this in your life as well?

Needless to say, I missed a day of exercise, two or three days of devotions, and had extra laundry due to all the work in the dirt and grass, as well as the towels and bedding from sharing our home. We have been eating very well, inspired by the guests being here; thanks be to God from whom all blessings flow!

Does your church celebrate Pentecost, fifty days after First Fruits (which is the day of Christ’s resurrection/Easter for Christians)? At our church we remembered and celebrated what the day of Pentecost, as recorded in the first chapters of the book of Acts, still means for us today. They challenged us to ask for another dose or new in-filling of Holy Spirit and the power that comes with it. One brother got up and exhorted us to get rid of the “old clothes” that fit no more since we have put on Christ. It reminded me of the basket full of knee, ankle, wrist, hand… braces and wraps we brought from our other house. I have worn most, if not all, of these through the years, but have not been able to wear them for the past few years; they no longer fit or don’t help anymore. I’m reminded my knee used to let me know when the weather was changing; it no longer does! I believe I’m experiencing progressive healing, praise Jesus!

Coming of the Holy Spirit

Acts:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

What “old clothes” do you need to get rid of? Ask Holy Spirit to show you. I know I need to do this, so join me as I pray:

Father, we have immersed ourselves in the things of this world and not kept our eyes focused on You and what You have for us. We have gone through our days forgetting to walk in the Spirit, desensitized to Your voice and presence. We are sorry. We realize Christ in us is the fullness we need to fulfill the plans You have for us, only able to be done by the Holy Spirit working in and through us. Holy Spirit, come as you did on the first Pentecost, like a mighty rushing wind, appearing as flames of fire on each one of us. Fill our hands with healing and our mouths with Heavenly languages that bring Your gifts and enablings alive in and through us. Fill us again. May words of knowledge and words of wisdom and prophecy, healings, signs and wonders flow from each of us to minister to those You place in front of us. We ask that the love of God would spread abroad as we open our hearts and hands to all You have to impart to us.

In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

What a Birthday!

Today I join the crowd turning 58! As the song Sunrise, Sun Set from the musical Fiddler On The Roof says, “Quickly Flow the Days!” Put in perspective: if I live as long as Moses, I have 62 years left to praise and honor God! It’s all part of God’s design for seedtime and harvest, the rhythm of this life we’ve been given here on earth.

Here in Hart's Crossing: Four Charming Small Town Novellas by [Robin Lee Hatcher]

I am following Robin Lee Hatcher and was blessed with this book on a free Kindle offer for her birthday, May 10, the same day as my son Alex, and four days before mine. I have spent the last three evenings in Hart’s Crossing and thoroughly enjoyed reading four stories connected through the well-developed characters Robin has such a talent from God to create. These are not just love stories, but life lessons on learning to honor God with our decisions at any age. Lots of examples of how community works and what it’s like to come home again; or not to have left. I give this book five stars; what a great Birthday week gift!

On other birthday news, I found a one-hundred-dollar bill in my Birthday Card from my husband John. He told me it’s not to give away, put in savings, or use for “needs”, he wants me to get something I will really enjoy! Two of my four children have already texted Happy Birthday, my phone hasn’t stopped pinging, and we’re going to visit my son Alex’s family later today. We’re heading from there to Vermont for the first time since son Chris moved his family there to attend a Birthday Party for our granddaughter Ashlynn. She turned 5 on May 7th. The weather here has become true May weather; the sun is back after a long stretch of rainy days, so it’s a great weekend to travel and visit.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation! I’m so thankful for all the years He has been my strength and my song. So many deep waters and Hallelujah times woven together to bring me to this day. I am thankful for my mom who spent this day in the hospital in 1963, thankful for her parents who arrived the evening before I made my appearance, thankful for my dad who was so happy to welcome his fourth child into the family. I’m also thankful for the people I have met that have the same birthday. I think there must be some connection there, since God plans our appearance; our birth on the earth, to be just right for His glorious plans to unfold.

Thanks for sharing this day with me. I pray you are giving thanks with a grateful heart for all the blessings the Lord has poured out on your life. It doesn’t take much time when you stop to “Count your blessings, name thenm one by one” to stack up layers of praise for the goodness of God in your life.

Shalom to you, dear readers! Thanks again for joining me.

Ashlynn May 7, 2021

Father and Son

Welcome to another random musing post, my friends! My son Chris, who lives about six hours away, came late last Friday to turkey hunt with his dad. They enjoyed spending time with each other and catching up on their lives since the last time they were together; which was last fall’s deer hunting. He went home a day early due to all the rain we are having and his daughters and puppies missing him (as well as his wife!).

While Chris was here, our son Harold, who lives about seven hours away in the opposite direction, went truck shopping. He got a good deal for trading in his jeep that had been having problems and found a Ram truck to suit his family’s needs. He and his dad had several long conversations and pictures were sent to show Dad what he was doing. Well, their discussions led to Dad deciding if he wants to trade in his truck, he should do it soon.

The grace God gave us when we showed up at the Kia dealer in February to find the Telluride we’d been hoping to buy was sitting right out front held true with our truck trade. We went a day earlier than John was going to go, found the manager had taken the truck John found on line to the dealer three hours away. Well, the salesperson found another truck in line with what we wanted, then we test-drove one that wasn’t the color we wanted. When we got back, the salesperson found the truck he thought was out in the back lot had been right out front the whole time. It was just what John had been looking for and had been talking with our son about!

We picked it up today, the day after we test-drove. Turns out the one we test-drove sold shortly after we left the day before, the salesperson put the plates on the wrong one; there were “twin” trucks, and they also sold the twin to the truck we bought, and it was also being picked up today! There is a great demand for good used vehicles at the dealerships right now if you’ve got any idea to trade yours in.

What a blessing! This is the earliest we’ve ever traded a truck in (5 years) and we got an excellent trade and zero % interest; the trade-in garnered half the price of the truck, which made the deal! John also got to talk to the owner at the collision shop where our Kia has been for three months. He was so thankful we did not call and chew them out for the long wait. He said the last part we need should land on American soil at the end of next week; he could give us a rental until then. John said we really don’t need the rental, but could he take some off our deductible payment? He said he definitely could guarantee half, and probably get complete payment authorized. John told him my birthday is on the 14th, and it would be a good gift for me, so the man said he’d really try to get it to us by then!

On this National Day of Prayer, I am so thankful for the blessings our family is experiencing, the Dad/Son (and mom) time my family is getting, and the wonderful things the Lord is working out in our country. All for His glory!

I am being challenged again to draw deeper in my relationship with Father, Son and Spirit of God. Patricia King, in the devotion I did today from The Prophetic Manifesto for 2020, shared the essence of Brother Lawrence’s story you can find in the book The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence constantly practiced turning his thoughts to God. No matter what he was doing, he would remind himself to turn back to God through worship and prayer. As I said, he did it no matter what or where. People would come to be near him just to feel the presence of God that emanated from him. This reminds me of an interview I saw with Carol Arnott; every ten minutes she talks to God. She’s been doing it for long enough that she doesn’t need to set a timer anymore! What would our lives look like if we became that connected through the Spirit of God? Jesus modeled this for us, but few of us achieve it. In last week’s post, i mentioned that most of us don’t fill our God-hunger with worship and prayer, or even giving thanks throughout our day.

I ask two questions: first, what would it look like for you to practice the presence of God each day? second, what could you remove from your day to make this possible?

Take advantage of God within us, hope of glory. Remember this verse from my theme for this year; in Him we live and move and have our being. Let us endeavor to grow deeper in understanding of this. We do not take a breath without Christ in us. The blood flowing through our veins would cease without Him sustaining us. Let us give thanks with a grateful heart continually, as we are able. Come, Holy Spirit, burn within and draw us near that burning love to abide! Reveal keys for us to draw near, as each of us is unique. I encourage you to start by quieting your soul and letting thanks and praise come out of your mouth from a grateful heart. Let’s start with one of my favorite verses in Psalms, “Be still, and know that KI am God.”

God-Given Appetite

Well readers, I am still working my way through Defining Moments by Bill Johnson. I just completed chapter eleven, Spiritual Hunger: Aimee Semple McPherson. The chapter begins with this quote from Aimee:

“Oh, Lord, I am so hungry for your Holy Spirit. You have told me that in the day when I seek with my whole heart you will be found of me. Now, Lord, I am going to stay right here until you pour out upon me the promise of the Holy Spirit for whom you commanded me to tarry, if I die of starvation. I am so hungry for Him I can’t wait another day. I will not eat another meal until you baptize me.”

Defining Moments God-Encounters with Ordinary People Who Changed the World, page 211 by Bill Johnson with Jennifer A. Miskov, PHD

Have you ever experienced hunger such as this? I confess I have not yet followed this hard after the Spirit. Hunger for God… Pastor Bill says, “We were born to step into His purposes, demonstrating His love, purity, and power. Not to hunger for ‘more’ is to suppress our God-given appetite.” [italics mine] page 218.

I find a simmering desire for MORE! deep amidst my being. I know it’s part of Holy Spirit fire, but have yet to experience the deep, electrical filling of glory that Amiee experienced. From the mighty testimonies of seekers of Jesus across the generations since Pentecost, I realize there is abundantly more available! Holy Spirit, light the fire within! It takes surrender to the Lord, making Jesus truly Lord of your life, something like Amiee’s quotation above. We don’t need to fear the fire; it is God’s all-consuming love.

What do you fill your natural God-hunger with? I’ve probably shared before, but I squander my hunger on food, MahJong games, reading, entertainment and other pastimes. In fact, this post did not go out when it usually does because I spent my evening playing “Kitchen Mah Jong” and didn’t realize the time I was spending until bedtime. In themselves, none of these things are evil, but they take the place of God’s best plan for me. Having a finite number of hours, days and years in a life, how we spend that time filling our appetites is eternally important.

Walk in Wisdom

Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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A Prophetic Manifesto For The New Era; 20 Prophetic Words For The 2020s by Patricia King is is the next book I am using for devotions/study for this year. Each day Patricia begins with a Scripture followed by a prophecy, then Insights, Thoughts To Ponder, and a prayer. I am on chapter six, day six and each day has hit home, being relevant to where I am at and where our churches and society is at.

Today’s chapter is “An Era Of The Plumb-line”. Patricia saw the Lord’s double-edged sword come from Heaven and plunge into the land. God told her that the sword is Truth; The Word of God. One side of the sword is God’s kindness, the other God’s severity. Kindness leads to repentance, but those who will not repent will experience God’s severity.

Romans 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

The church has used the Word of God to serve their own follies. In the name of love and acceptance, the truth in God’s Word is watered down or re-written. Some don’t believe ALL of the Bible is true; just the parts they agree with. Do you believe it when Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”?

As we navigate through our lives, we must know the Truth and let the Truth of God set us free so we may bring freedom to others. Are you willing to be bold and speak truth amid lies? Facts are not necessarily God’s Truth, so as His representatives, how shall we live? So much to take in! I am looking toward God’s justice that’s rolling across our land and around the world to expose and clear the evils of our society from top to bottom. Hold on, dear ones, it’s going to be a wild ride and we must stand on God’s side, making His Truth known, no matter what the cost. Remember our brothers and sisters in chains. We have not fought the good fight of the Gospel to the point of death yet, but we must prepare to do this if necessary. My friends, we must patiently keep the commandments of God.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus… “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

May we all be counted faithful! Until next time, Shalom my dear readers.

Prevailing In Prayer

I am still reading Bill Johnson’s book Defining Moments, which I shared with you last week. This week I read chapter nine, Led by the Spirit: Evan Roberts and the Welsh Revival. “Evan Roberts spent ten years fiercely praying for revival. …It posessed him in every sense of the word.” (page 182)

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How long and how persistently are you praying for something? I have been praying for salvation for my household since I found out as a new believer that I could do that. Pastor Johnson compares it to looking at an acorn and picturing the full-grown oak tree, rejoicing just as much over the seed as you will at the fulfillment of the promise. “Anyone who is given the “acorn” and does not treat it with the respect and honor that it deserves will never see it grow to become an “oak tree.” (page 183)

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We are at our son’s home for the second time in a month and I have seen glimpses of seeds I’ve planted in this household beginning to sprout and grow. By the grace of God, I am watering what I can and gaining vision for a harvest of souls. I wonder how many seeds of God’s revival and glory come down to earth have been killed due to lack of vision and persistence. How many small beginnings have you despised?

Pastor Bill also points out the process it takes to prepare us to be able to carry the weight of glory we’re asking for. God, in his wisdom, does not want to load us down when we are not ready, and persistent prayer and increased faith are needed or we will break under the load of glory. Evan Roberts prayed for ten years, was in the midst of the Welsh revival for about a year, then became ill and hid away for most of the rest of his life. Pastor Johnson cautions us to take care of our bodies and souls as well as our spirit. The enemy loves to cause you to miss sleep, not hydrate, abuse our bodies by not eating healthy food and not getting exercise. This can be as simple as drinking more water, getting a walk in each day, taking time for a healthy meal, and not filling your life with things that distract. Evan Roberts did not take care of his health, missed many meals and much sleep. He became paranoid and had somewhat of a nervous breakdown.

If we are to love others as we love ourselves; the second commandment Jesus emphasized, we must take care of these “earth suits” God gave to house our spirits here on earth. Many have thought it spiritual to abuse their bodies through neglect and overwork.

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.

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I hope this post is causing you to think about unanswered prayers. Will you take time today to bring them before the Lord once again? He is not slow, but comes at just the right time; waiting for the harvest to develop and increasing your relationship with God and people. I pray you find the Lord’s great Shalom. Walk in His peace and joy, my dear readers and I shall join you again next week.

Defining Moments

This week I’ve been reading Defining Moments God Encounters with Ordinary People Who Changed the World by Bill Johnson, with Jennifer A. Miskov, PHD. Pastor Bill says Jennifer is a historian and did most of the research. He fleshed out the life of the person in each chapter, then related it to what we need to be accessing today from what they encountered in past decades and generations. Those included are: John Wesley, Charles G. Finney, Dwight L. Moody, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Carrie Judd Montgomery, Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, Evan Roberts, Reese Howells, Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Randy Clark, and Heidi Baker.

As Pastor Bill says, these people were not perfect, but each had a major encounter with God and pressed in to make a big difference in the world for His glory. The last chapter is titled Just the Beginning. What would happen in your life and realm of influence if you surrendered to the Spirit of God and did great exploits for the Kingdom? I have been reading Smith Wigglesworth’s chapter for several days and these things have stuck out for me, which are found on pages 121, 130, and 132.

“Fear looks, faith jumps.”

Arriving at a home similar to the account of Jesus coming to Lazarus after four days, the family told him he was too late. What did he respond? “God has never sent me anywhere too late.”

“If you do not venture, you remain ordinary. If you do the impossible…”

Bill Johnson acknowledges many other people have done biographies of these heroes of the faith, so his aim is not to repeat those, but to use these life stories to outline a course for us to follow for seeing a sustained move of God. Are you ready to dig in and spend concentrated time with the Lord until the Spirit falls like fire and launch out into the depths of what He has for you? I am in the last week of the Exploring the Prophetic, and the book Defining Moments is igniting what I am learning over these ninety days of study. The prophets report that God is doing a new thing; we must prepare for deployment against the spiritual enemies, principalities and rulers in high places in the heavenlies that Apostle Paul told us about in Ephesians chapter six. Everything the heroes of faith accessed before us is what we need as a base to inspire us for this next move of God.

Where ever you’re at, whatever challenges you are facing, I encourage you to hold on, help is on the way! As I read about these glorious moments of God in the past, I have no knowledge that my ancestors alive in those times ever got involved in what God’s Spirit was doing. I know I do not want to miss what’s coming in this generation, as the glory of God is preparing to fall like never before! Each follower of Jesus, as well as those who haven’t encountered Him yet, needs to be ignited to accomplish what’s ahead.

I pray you will follow hard after God and experience wholeness in Christ Jesus. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in the next week, so I’ll see you then!

Shalom my dear readers!

Musing on God’s Love

I am surrounded by voices in books, videos, podcasts, and more with, “It’s all about love!” The essence of the cross of Christ, the aim of all prophetic utterances, the crux of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, the basis for all social work and all teaching, the reason for families. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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.

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So, I can speak with tongues of men and angels, prophecy, understand mysteries and know everything, have strong faith, give all I have to the poor, or die a martyr’s death, but if I do it without love, it means nothing but a clanging cymbal or vocal cacophony. It is said God’s Great Exchange is Jesus Christ paid a debt He did not owe for a debt we could not pay. He did it all for love; the goal being reconciling us to our Father God.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

What is love? Love is the essence of God, displayed in Jesus Christ, administered by the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at what this all means.

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Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, against such there is no law.

We want these fruits in our life, but how do they grow? Human nature is bent toward selfishness and evil from birth. We are not naturally joyful, peaceful, or longsuffering. It takes conscious effort to show kindness, goodness or faithfulness to others; especially if they are not like us. Some personalities are more prone to these virtues, but even they don’t go far when pushed.

It is clear from Scripture that there is none righteous besides God. We may pat ourselves on the back for our achievements when comparing ourselves amongst ourselves, but our ultimate comparison is to the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Again, He knew no sin, but became sin for us to save us from ourselves and bring us back to our Father. No wonder we have an orphan spirit until we find our way to Him through Jesus’ sacrifice and victory! The Apostle Paul urges us to meditate on these things:

Philippians 4:8 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.

We need to look through God’s eyes of love to see these things. What is true? What is noble? What is just? What is pure? What things are lovely? What things are good to report? What is virtuous? What is truly praiseworthy?

All these things as well as the fruits of the Spirit are attributes of God. If we want to know genuine love, we must think the way God does and speak the way His love does. Shawn Bolz says we should not look at the person in front of us the way they appear, but look into God’s love to see His ultimate plan for them and speak that into their life.

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Romans 8:37-39 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So, NOTHING can ever separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus! We are safe and secure in this life, no matter what threatens our peace. My prayer for you all is that you grow in the revelation of God’s love. That you may find the way to abide in Him, letting your roots grow deep in all He has for you. May the fruits of God’s love shining through you overcome every wile of the enemy, every tactic that keeps you from loving others. Shalom, my dear ones. Have a wonderful week walking with Jesus!

Holy Weekend!

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My devotional for this Maundy Thursday clarified that as fully human and fully God incarnate, Jesus Christ suffered all things we suffer, including mental anguish. He did not turn to the depths of despair as we do, but to Father God.

John 12:27-28 Jesus said, ‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour”? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.'”

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What do you do when you encounter troubles? I know I am not always in the right frame of mind or in the correct spiritual stance when they come. We currently have one vehicle to drive, my husband’s truck, for an indefinite amount of time while the collision shop waits for back ordered parts for my Telluride repair. This has put my loving husband on edge, especially with the snow forecast and today being Prayer Connection for our Stonecroft women, which I lead. This makes two mornings in a row I needed the truck and had a challenge fitting in my morning devotion. Well, we both lost our cool, I finally tromped out the door so I wouldn’t be late, and had to repent and change my attitude on the drive to the prayer meeting. The words from Cyril of Alexandria from three-hundred and fifty years after Christ, paired with the above Scripture, gave me much to contemplate. We had two of our women come into prayer meeting an hour into the two-hour meeting, making the perfect time to share this devotion [from An Ocean of Grace by Tim Chester, p. 146-148] It is lengthy, but I promise it will bless you!

My Saviour, Jesus Christ, a man born of woman, not in deceptive appearance or mere fancy but rather by nature and in truth, possessing every human quality, except for sin-for that which has not been taken into your nature has not been saved-you are the firstfruits of a new humanity: in you our nature was restored to newness of life, for you are the second Adam.

For my profit these human feelings troubled you: in this way and no other could my healing come to pass. As a man you felt hunger and weariness; as a man you felt the mental anguish of suffering. Yet you were not agitated like we are, for the truth restored your courage. Fo you, the Word of God, were made one with your human nature in its entirety, so you might save the whole person.

After speaking of being troubled, you did not sink into silence but transformed the suffering which had affected you into dauntless courage. You despised death and the shame of suffering, looking only to what your suffering would achieve, beholding our death in your death, knowing the power of corruption would soon be destroyed, seeing the transformation of human nature to newness of life for ever.

The cross is glory. For at the season of your Passion, you willingly and patiently endured many insults, and voluntarily accepted sufferings for our sake which you could have refused. Suffering like this for the benefit of others is a sign of your boundless compassion and supreme glory.

We glorify you, too, because you overpowered death. And so we acknowledge that you are Life, the Son of the living God. And the Father is glorified when he is seen to have such a Son begotten of himself, of the same Nature as himself. He is Good, Light, Life, and superior to death, the One who does whatever he will.

Just as death was reduced to nothing by your death, and by your death alone, so also, Christ our Saviour, unless you had felt dread, human nature could not have become free from dread; unless you had experienced grief, there could never have been any deliverance from grief; unless you had been troubled and alarmed, no escape from these feelings could have been found.

With every affection to which human nature is liable, we find the corresponding affection in Christ. The affections of your flesh were aroused, not that they might have the upper hand as they do in us, but in order that they might be thoroughly subdued by the power of the Word dwelling in the flesh, the nature of humanity thus being changed for good.

So now when we feel overwhelmed by dread or grief or alarm, restore our courage with the truth of the word, and comfort our hearts through the Word made flesh.

Holy Week Thursday, Cyril of Alexandria, comments on John 12:27-28, Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint John, Vol. 2 (Walter Smith, 1885) p. 150-154

I leave you with thoughts of our Risen Savior and some words of encouragement from the Apostle Paul.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The Tomb is still empty! He has risen indeed!

On the Road Again!

Finally! Our first trip to visit family in Pennsylvania since early 2019! Our son invited us down to help with a tile project in the basement. What a difference from our last visit! Everything’s the same; nothing is the same. Me not being immunized yet, my husband suggested I wear an N-95 mask while traveling. I broke one strap when putting it on at the first stop, so he relented and let me wear my regular mask for the second stop. Pennsylvania has more chance of exposure, but I didn’t notice any closer interactions than in NY.

We encountered many tractor trailers on our drive from Northern New York, seeing a bit of the logistics employed to meet all our on-line ordering. Yes, we ran in and out of rain, but glad it wasn’t snow! We’ve been here two days, and the household has received two deliveries from on-line orders already. I have deliveries waiting until we return home, and we set our solar panel delivery for our project to ship from California the day after we get there.

We are sleeping in our elder grandson’s bedroom, which makes his distance learning have to adjust. Mom had to move into Dad’s office, which has a door, since the work in the basement is too distracting for her teaching kindergarteners on zoom. They noticed the background behind her wasn’t the usual! The grandsons saw the orthodontist the day we were traveling, so the elder is dealing with a new set of rubber bands and some pain. The younger is not so bad; he’s got spacers, which is less disruptive to normal life.

What does a day with a young family look like during lockdown? Boys in separate rooms with their own tablets connect with school sometime around 8:30. Mom starts with the kindergarteners about the same time in her office. Dad usually starts earlier, in his office. The younger boy eats lunch just at 11 and is back in his room by the time his elder brother and parents have lunch. The boys finish between 3-3:30, Mom at 4, Dad at 4:30. Throw in Dad taking off time for orthodontist appointments and figuring out who can take which boy to hockey around their schedules, and the family may be back together for dinner by 6:30-7 if the hockey travelers don’t eat on the way home because they’re at a late practice or game.

There are more new challenges to this lifestyle. The younger boy is not concentrating on schoolwork, and sometimes he doesn’t emerge from his room before five o’clock. He’s very social and misses interacting with peers in person. He lost electronic privileges for almost a month because he’s not getting work done. The older one is doing well because he likes a schedule. Once established, he is comfortable. Good thing, since the pain of braces rocks the boat!

It challenges the mom dealing with 200 kindergarten students and their parents. Soon, she will do individual assessments and doesn’t know how that will work out. The dad is not quite as challenged, since his home is his workstation for his FAA job, but everything has to shift when the kids are home full time. This is nothing new to me. I was a homeschool mom when my kids were young and it’s a change for any household, even if you have already been teaching them things as preschoolers. It’s always a change developing a teaching plan, schedule, and learning how you and each individual child learn and understand. You not only need to keep them on task, but have to keep yourself on task to keep the household running. My daughter in California and her husband both work from home and have hired a nanny to work with their two children and keep them on task while they work.

For my part of this trip, I am finding it a challenge to do my morning devotionals, the active things assigned in Exploring the Prophetic, exercise, and doing my computer work. It is nice relaxing with the family in the livingroom in the evening. We got to see several episodes of The Voice auditions my son has saved. We had seen none of them at home. We’re also watching a lot of hockey, of course; Go Penns! I enjoy swinging in the yard with the grandsons. One of them had a long lunch break, and we had a good chat outside.

On another front, Passover begins Sunday, March 28, as Christians celebrate Palm Sunday. Mitch Glaser from Chosen People Ministries suggest we take communion each day of Passover, which is seven days, sundown to sundown. Alternately, you can find on-line Passover meals you can attend. For more information, check out this link:

https://www.chosenpeople.com/site

I declare the floodgates of Heaven are being opened for you, in the Name of Jesus! We had a team from the Global Awakening School of Ministry spend a weekend at our church. They taught us more about hearing God, speaking for God, praying and declaring healing and giving impartation. By Sunday afternoon’s final prayer meeting of the conference, words of knowledge and healing began to flow from the front to the back of the sanctuary. Before we ended, everyone in the group had been spoken over, prayed for, had impartation, and each of us had spoken or prayed over several others. No one in the group left without a touch from God. Praise the Lord, one woman who’s had a heart problem, was released from the spirit of fear and infirmity that held her. Her sister was with her and also released from what was holding her. I’m excited with the impartation they have given us and learning to walk in it. It will be great to have another team come in the future, when our sanctuary can be full after this pandemic ends. If you’d like more information about Global Awakening or the school, here’s a link.

https://globalawakening.com/

Global Awakening:

Awakening the world to the goodness of God.

I leave you all ’till next week with the gift of God’s Shalom, dear readers!

Through The Eyes of Love

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From Ice Castles the movie

Through The Eyes of Love

Melissa Manchester

Please, don’t let this feeling end
It’s everything I am
Everything I want to be
I can see what’s mine now
Finding out what’s true
Since I found you
Looking through the eyes of love

Now, I can take the time
I can see my life
As it comes up shining now
Reaching out to touch you
I can feel so much
Since I found you

Looking through the eyes of love

[Chorus]
And now, I do believe
That even in a storm we’ll find some light
Knowing you’re beside me, I’m all right

Please, don’t let this feeling end
It might not come again
And I want to remember
How it feels to touch you
How I feel so much
Since I found you
Looking through the eyes of love

https://genius.com/Melissa-manchester-through-the-eyes-of-love-lyrics

If you’re old enough, you may remember this song as the theme song from the 1979 movie Ice Castles. I was sixteen that year and we girls all went to the movie theater and cried our eyes out over the story of young love and figure skating! We ice skated at the small rink on our way home from school; the village iced the tennis courts and had built a warming house where we could change our skates. It was my favorite pastime during our long North Country winters and gave us lots of dreams of Olympic performances and the beautiful ice dancers with their beautiful young man to hold on to. I’m not sure Melissa Manchester or the makers of the movie had Jesus in mind with this song, but I think it fits well with a personal relationship with the God of the Universe!

Through the Eyes of Love: Encouraging Other Through Prophetic Revelation by [Shawn Bolz, Matt Crouch]

This leads me to the book I read this week: Through The Eyes Of Love Encouraging others through prophetic revelation by Shawn Bolz. Shawn has revelation that prophecy and revelation knowledge all hinge on the love of God. We cannot impact lives for the Gospel without seeing people through God’s eyes of love. Shawn has learned through years of trial and error and experimenting with prophecy that it all boils down to how much the Lord cares about individuals. The first of his books I read was Translating God. In that book, he shared many experiences, many from his own life, that boiled all prayer and prophecy down to that love. In Through The Eyes Of Love, Shawn shares stories of people he has interviewed on his Exploring podcasts as well as his own amazing testimonies of how the Spirit has used him when he has been bold enough to step out in love.

God wants to speak to people right where they’re at. This book begins with connection with the Father. When we prophecy, it has to be out of a loving relationship. We need the true revelation of who we are as beloved children of God, then seeing others through that love, we can work from a healed relationship, knowing that acceptance comes from God and not from your gift. Then you can humbly let Him flow through you. Shawn covers marriage & family, life direction, restoration, entertainment, work, finances, government, and redemption. I think this covers all areas of life on earth that the gift of prophecy, used with love, can minister to others. I remember Pastor Penn Clark teaching our congregation how to use the gifts of the Spirit. Thirty-some-years later, the thing that has helped me most: think about what God wants to say to the person. I think sometimes I need a rock dropped on me to get things into my heart. I’ve always known the love of God is what brought Jesus to save us, the love of God sent Holy Spirit down to be our comforter, teacher, guide and friend. It has not always infiltrated my heart and soul how much I am loved by the Father and how much He loves others just as much. Shaw Bolz’s ministry has added a lot to my life, changing my outlook and thought life, which is seeping down into my heart and progressively manifest in my life. I recommend this book along with Shawn’s others, even if you don’t think you are a prophet. We are all called to prophecy, even if we don’t wear the mantle of the office of the Prophet. [Apostle Paul said he wished we all prophesied and that we should covet the gift of prophecy]

Going back to the theme song from Ice Castles, I can relate this love song to my relationship with Father God, through Christ Jesus. I was looking for love in all the wrong places after my Dad died. When I found a relationship with Jesus, I found a love that I didn’t want to let go. Through the years I’ve had a deeper revelation of Father God. I can see what’s mine now. I have seen a light that opened up another world for me. I have found the Love that will never let me go. I’m in a relationship that I could never have imagined when I first saw that movie, since I didn’t meet Jesus until five years after I saw it. I know from experience He’s with me in the eye of the storm. I know who I am, looking through the eyes of love. I am complete and I see others through His love and can call them into the completeness He has for them.

In the natural, I have experienced the love that was portrayed in Ice Castles. The first time my husband and I were together, we held each other and never wanted to let go. We still experience this feeling over forty years later, but I also experience this with my Savior daily and know that relationship will last through eternity. I hope you all experience this eternal love and share it with those around you. I pray each of us has a deeper encounter with the Lover of our souls and experience true Shalom this side of heaven.