Monday, July 24, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7-22-17 Word from the Lord


Would I AM not talk if you would quiet yourself into that “still, small voice” place and listen? I AM here, I AM loving you through it all… I AM not needing any appointment except your focus on your Savior and taking note (notes). You see my hand in the sun’s rising and setting, in the rainbows of promise, you capture my heart for you in your camera’s eye… When you are STILL, you capture My heart for you in my eyes… I AM meaning to encourage you and let you know just how close I AM – always. I AM will fill you to overflowing – more to share more to flow through you to your friends and loved ones – more to give and give out to those in need or a reassurance of my presence and my eternal love for them.

Nothing chases the enemy like my heart for you, daughter delight and when you praise I AM – the enemy cannot stay – he must flee by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. Lift your arms in surrender, praise and faith – (picture a toddler in the “up daddy” position) Reach out and up to grasp my hand held out to you. Never doubt – I AM there. I AM ready. I AM willing. I AM present to lift you up into my everlasting arms and out of those snares the enemy has set. I AM there lifting you up to my peaceful place. I AM present to love you into and under the shadow of My wings…

I AM Savior – YOUR savior and deliverer. Really, I AM.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SEASON of AUTUMN



Season of Autumn
Our leaves on the aspen have been hinting about changing for 2 weeks now (yes, it is only August) Yesterday I noticed some have really changed. Not sure what is up with this as we had winter, one DAY of spring and then went into summer. Colorado Springs is breaking high temperature records. Now the promise of early fall? NOT more of that white stuff, I simply am not ready.
God is whispering through this all to my heart:
Child, it is coming autumn, a season of apparent dying without but a time of fortification/strengthening within.

It is a beautiful season for roots to go deep, even into the Rock and it is not impossible.

It is not a season of blooms, blossoms or fruit. But without the autumn preparation there would be no resurrection or bursting forth season.

Rest and allow Jesus to deepen your roots, yield.

Be not frenzied, nor dismayed.

Absorb the crisp air, delight in the color and relax in Your Lord. He is able.

Stretch your roots and He will bring forth the increase. Fear not.

You stay put and grow in Him. It is a season of quiet depth and internal growth, a season of strengthening. Selah.


And to think the columbines I ordered for fall planting and the new iris rhizomes haven’t come yet. Hope they get here in time to establish roots before that first snowfall!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Forgiveness What It Is- What It Is Not and Why Do It


My friend and I were having tea at the kitchen table and she looked into my eyes and began her story.
“My mum brought her boyfriend home when I was 17 and still a virgin – she, she was drunk and she let him rape me……I got pregnant and then lost the baby……. I have never been able to forgive my mum…..”

I got out of my chair and went to hug her with tears streaming down my face. A mother who is supposed to be a place of safety, the teacher, the comforter of her children, the example…. I simply couldn’t understand. We were both sobbing as I prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to comfort and draw my friend ever so close to Him. “I just held her and let her cry and was saying “I am SO sorry, I am so sorry….”

Their relationship has been rocky over the years. Her mum is still an alcoholic and taking many things out on those around her. She is really negative about the Lord and the fact that my friend calls Jesus her savior.

After that time, when we were back to writing to each other, we’d talk about forgiveness.
We discussed about how it is not a warm fuzzy feeling but an act of your will to choose to forgive.

We talked about some of the reasons you should choose to forgive:
*bitterness coming from unforgiveness eats away at the person who holds it
*unforgiveness breaks God’s heart
*we might initially forgive in obedience to God
*by forgiving we release that person to the Lord to deal with
*forgiveness is freedom to the one giving the forgiveness
*to forgive frees one from the enemy

We also discussed what forgiveness is not:
*it is not necessarily giving our trust to that person, trust needs to be earned
*it is not an act leading to becoming friends again, although that could happen
*it is not a feeling, although feelings may follow; it is an act of our will

Forgiveness can also come in stages – maybe because the Lord knows we can only handle so much at one time. It is not uncommon to sense “I thought I had forgiven that person – so what’s this then?” That might not mean you haven’t forgiven, only that there is more to the ongoing process, a further relinquishing and letting go.

Some of the best mental health examples and solutions are spoken of in the Bible. I am listing them in two versions for those who would like something in more modern English than King James.

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:30 

For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[a]and again, "The Lord will judge his people." (NIV)

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (KJV)

"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry (NIV)

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (NIV)

With regards to Mark 11:25, it is like the law of gravity in a way. It is either functional or it is not. With forgiveness, if it isn’t functional on a horizontal level in our lives with us forgiving others then apparently it isn’t functional on a vertical level with us obtaining forgiveness from God. Perhaps it is something like electricity and the switch being off. That is not a place where I’d want to find myself.

Several years went by and my friend was looking at representations of Jesus during the crucifixion and the Holy Spirit began to move on her about forgiving her mum, she was able to. Her depression lessened and she sensed a freedom she hadn’t known. Her mum is still an alcoholic who is hateful to Christians, including her own daughter. They haven’t become bosom buddies but there is a liberty in my friend. Though her mother is in her 80s she could still come to Jesus and that is just what I am praying for.