Monday, July 25, 2016

Autumn's Child

 
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.
 

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Do Not Let Guilt Overwhelm You into Inaction
I was running errands in Colorado Springs one day recently. We live about 65 miles “out” from the big city so when I do go in I have a “list to run”. About twice a month I make the day long trip into the city of close to half a million where we used to live. What has changed in the five years we have called the mountain meadow our home? Not much. There is the convenience of many and varied stores. Streets are torn up with construction and the traffic seems to have doubled. There are still people doing most dangerous things on the roads sometimes at the expense of other drivers.
My list was getting shorter. I’d met Mick for a quick lunch and was back at doing errands when my cell rang.
“Marijo, I just remembered we were supposed to meet for lunch at Souper Salad today and I missed you!” Chris’s voice sounded remorseful and a bit panicked.
“Oh, no! I didn’t turn the calendar over to the 1st today. Chris, I missed you too and had lunch with Mick!”
“Well, how weird we both forgot, let’s do lunch the next time you are in Colorado Springs.”
This was a first. Chris and I have been friends for over sixteen years since meeting at a retreat for the crisis pregnancy center volunteer staff. She and I chose a room that was away from the rest of the gals in the dorm setting because we were just sure they’d all stay up way past midnight talking and giggling. By 3AM they had all been sleeping for hours and Chris and I were still discussing end times prophesy .We clicked SO well. We have been good friends and prayer partners ever since.
I am mentally contrasting my missing lunch with Chris with my missing my quiet time with my Jesus. And wondering why I beat myself up so badly about the latter instead of picking myself up and purposing to not let it happen “next time”.
Child, be not condemned because of occasional shorter or lacking quiet times. DO NOT let the backwash of separations come between us in any way but draw closer still. I AM your beloved and you are Mine. There is purifying to be done and intimacy to be gained. Delight your heart in Me, as I delight in You. Draw really close and I shall gather you into my waiting arms. You are mine. You are Mine. You ARE MINE. Selah.
In Deuteronomy 33:12 we, as the beloved of the Lord are encouraged to rest secure in Him and reminded that He shields us all day long, the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
OK, I missed a “date” with my Lord. Does that mean He will turn around, get huffy and walk away leaving me on the sidewalk? Thinking about it I cannot say that has ever happened. I might realize I have missed richness and intimacy but He doesn’t turn on His heel scorning me, far from that.
 
 
It is a simple matter of me turning and once again, lifting my face to my Lord.
DIGGING DEEPER
Tonight grab your favorite Bible and a pen writing some things the Holy Spirit teaches you from the following verses.
Job 22:26
 
Psalm 1:2
 
Psalm 35:9
 
Zephaniah 3:2
 
My Commitment
 
It doesn’t take too much thought to figure out which woman (person) we would choose to be, does it?
Prayer: Dearest Lord God, how can I not draw near to You? You who ask, You who call, You who carry me so many times? Thank You that I am yours and You call me by name… Help me to feast upon your word even more!  Lord Jesus we ask this in Your Name, AMEN.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Abundance of His Peace


 

My child, I would love to have you resting, trusting and leaning on My most capable arms. Are they big enough? More than that! Do I have enough peace to help you overcome? Rooms and rooms full of peace – just open that door and take a peek, it will leak out all over you!

Is God’s peace made in limited quantities?  We can trust Him to have more than enough for the needs of all of us! We need to learn to trust Him more and rest in the peace He gives us through circumstances and situations. We learn a little and there is so much more to know and experience of our limitless God and His wonderful provision for all our needs.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

 

DIGGING DEEPER

 

Write down an area where you need God’s provision, put today’s date by it and then begin praying for Him to do the impossible. Also, look up the following scriptures and jot down a few notes as the scripture applies to you, today.

 

Proverbs 3:4-6

 
 

Philippians 4:7

 


John 14:27

 
 

My Commitment:

 

 
 

Prayer: Dear Father God please help us to grow in our understanding of just how endless your provision is, provision for us to grow, learn, and become more like your Son, Jesus. Help us to recognize when You step in and do the impossible in our lives. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, AMEN.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

LISTEN WITH THE EARS OF YOUR HEART

 
Listen to your sovereign Lord,
Jesus of heaven,
Earthbound for a time
Fulfilling Father's purpose,
Salvation plan pre-eternal
Walked out on Calvary's hill
For HIS Bride
Bride of the soon
And coming KING.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

God, Pouring Out His Best


God is pouring out rest, restoration, refreshing and renewal, as you relinquish your grip/gripping hands and open them, raising them up to praise the only One who is mighty to save. Jesus is worthy of your praise. HE is able. HE is releasing you and setting you free. Yours is but to yield and let Him do His most wonderful and complete work.

Nothing is impossible for Him.

Selah (pause and think calmly about that) Shout unto God with a voice of triumph. Shout unto God with a voice of victory. HE really is able!!!

Psalm 47:1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

We get so excited at a game by “our” team… can we not do ever better praising the Lord God almighty? There are many examples in the Bible of lavish, loud and exorbitant praise. Why should we be left out of any of that? We should not. Let us give complete praise to Him who is due all our praises…

DIGGING DEEPER

This afternoon, take a few quiet minutes to read and reflect on the following scriptures. What are they saying to you, right where you are sitting. Then take a few minutes to praise our God and King. Yes, dance in the living room, sing to Him, shout onto God with a voice of triumph – your voice!

Ezra 9:8

 

Isaiah 61:1-3

 

Exodus 32:18

 

 

 

2 Timothy 1:12

 

 

My Commitment:

 

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to be free with lavish worship to You who are so much more than worthy. Help us to leave our inhibitions behind and come boldly into worshipping You. Lord You are our EVERYTHING! Oh, Jesus, in Your name we pray. AMEN
 
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Closing Doors Opened Unwittingly into the Occult


Closing Doors Opened Unwittingly into the Occult

I have always loved fireplaces and so had FuFu our mama kitty. Every time I began to get ready to make a fire she was right there in the middle of the whole process., first trying to get into the fireplace and mess with the logs and then to park her furry hide in front to soak up the warmth..

This particular day was strange in that FuFu saw me getting ready to light the books and she took off. I couldn’t see her anywhere….

I had been thinking about my astrology books, tarot cards and books like “Tibetan Book of the Dead” and the “I Ching”. Since I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and savior I had been examining my lifestyle and things that really did me more harm than good. I had decided the best way to take care of these books would be to have a little bon fire in the fireplace. I didn’t want to give them to anyone else because I didn’t want my friends influenced by things I now considered a detriment.

So, without the help of my fur ball, I grabbed the long fireplace matches we had used ever since we had fireplaces (several years). I got all the books placed so they’d be easy to light with pages flayed open and struck a match. It went out. I struck a second match. It went out.

About this time I sensed a very strong evil presence in the room. Nothing like this had ever happened before. It was almost overwhelming evil. I grabbed the third match and light it – the head broke off and went under the rocking chair starting the rug on fire.

For those of you who think Satan is in the category of Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t stop reading….

Being newly born again (not even going to church yet at that point) I called out the only prayer I could think of “Help me, Jesus, help me, Jesus”.

I had stomped on the fire and the scorched rug was no longer burning as I picked up the 4th match repeating “help me, Jesus….” This time the pages caught fire and burned vigorously. Each and every page burned. When the fire was all over out came mama FuFu.  I still don’t know where she had been hiding.

I had inadvertently plugged in to the wrong power source. Things I did and choices I made had opened the door to legally give Satan areas of control in my life. Those choices had led me down a pretty miserable path for some years and I was anxious to close those doors and “turn on” to the best power source, Jesus.

When I was thinking on that event and talking to some of my friends we came to the conclusion that the enemy was not happy with my getting rid of those books. They had been a way that I was snagged and reeled in. Hooked into things of the occult – things which plugged in where a relationship with the Lord Jesus was lacking and non-existent. Yes, the enemy was angry to be losing that foot hold in my life and I guess he thought I could be scared into backing off.

His tactics didn’t work that day and my newly claimed Lord showed up in a big way to protect me and help me do what I had started to do with that fire in the fireplace.

Lest I thought it was all just my imagination…. Mama FuFu showed me that day something was going on neither of us could see but she certainly sensed too. She never missed another fire-lighting as long as we had a fireplace and that was for two more houses after this one.

I also prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to break any ties I had to these things which were not of Him and to forgive me for opening myself up to them in the first place. I had never actually read either of the two books.

This was just one of many steps in being set totally free in Jesus.

Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead……

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.


 

Colossians 1:19-22 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—


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