Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Appetizers and Abuse, Yes. Abandoned? No!

NOV. 8TH, 2009

Nina wrote this haunting, thought provoking song in 2008 to raise
awareness for our persecuted brethren. It was featured on for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2008 and now here with her kind permission. Thank you Nina!

Please click the link to listen to the song.
She works closely with the Martyred Church.

Finnish recording artist
Nina Åström

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Police Escorts and Apple Seeds

I was in our little town today running errands. On my way home I must pass by the entrance to the interstate and a couple of truck stops. There really isn't a whole lot of traffic on this road, except for travelers getting on and off the interstate and locals who live in the area.

As I came up the road, I could see a white county police car sitting along the right side of the road with its lights going, although there was no one pulled over. I kept to the left because a little further up, I'd make a left turn. So as I am now sitting at my light waiting for it to turn, I hear a siren behind me, I look up and over to see a black unmarked police vehicle some alongside of me and then in front of me and sit catty cornered( diagonally) int he intersection, effectively blocking all flow. And here come a white county police car flying up the road, iwth lights going and behind it 2 SUV's with dark tinted windows! It was obvious that someone was receiving a police excort.

I immediately said alound, "Abba, WHAT is going on? What are you trying to show me?" And this is what I saw/heard: "When you praya nd speak MY WORD, then I send the angels to escort that Word to its destination, just as you saw the police escorting those 2 vehicles."

Did I know who was in the vehicles? No. Do I know their destination? No. I was ot privy to that information. But God had ordered my steps so that I would witness the demonstration of what HE wanted to show to me.

Do I always understand everything that happens that I am praying about? No. Do I always know what is His will? Not in every instance! There are basics that we know never change: It is His will for all to be Saved ( but not all will choose to be.) It is always His will to Heal ( but not all will walk in manifested healing.) It is His will to deliver and set free, (but some will remain in their bondages.) I don't understand the whys and wherefores of how everything works and why some receive and others do not. But I KNOW HIS HEART is for good and not evil and so I trust HIS HEART, even when I don't understand the circumstances.

So when I pray His Word, I am sending His power and authority and His very life essence into those situations. Jesus said "My words are Spirit and they are life." God spoke through Isa. and said, "So shall My Word be that goeth forthout of My mouth: it shall not return unto me void, except it accomplish that which I please, and make the thing whereto I sent it prosper." (Isa. 55:11 Jewish Puplication Society)

I watched the police act in conjuction with one another. One was an unmarked car. Intercession is soemtimes liek that. We may not know what we are praying for, just a burden to pray. Without his lights flashing, I would have never known that car was police. When he got close enought ( he was directly in front of me) I could see the driver wore a brown uniform, that of our County Police, not the gray of the State Police. See, each branch has it's authority and delegated duties. And whatever was going on, these officers were performing their duty.

Our duty is to pray and believe. God will honor our prayers. He will take our miniscule faith and act on our behalf in ways we never would have dreamed of! Is it any wonder Jesus said, "If ye have the faith of a mustard seed..." a mustard seed is a very small seed. It does not matter how small the seed is, it matters if there is living substance inside of that seed.

Is your faith alive? Is is it living? God isn't asking you to have skyscraper faith, just LIVING faith. If the seed has died inside itself, it will rot in the ground and produce nothing. But if it has that spark of life, it will push its way through dirt and stones to reach the surface and the light and produce a harvest. You can count how many seeds are inside of an apple. But only God can count how many apples are inside each of those seeds!

You see it does not matter how many obstacles you face. How hard things look. If you have living Faith, you can make it! Speak the Word and attach Faith to those prayers. When you speak the Word, get a mental picture of a police escort... God has angels escorting His Word that YOU just spoke, to the destination that you sent it to! Once there it will go to work and do what only God can do. We can't change people's minds or hearts. But God can! God can change situations! He can wipe out judgements. He can do so much more than we often believe Him for!

So, how many apples are inside the seed You're planting? You may never know this side of Heaven! Just keep speaking the Word, planting those seeds and watch for the fruit to manifest. It has to manifest, because it is locked inside the seed, waiting to be relased. Release your harvest today! Plant some Godly seed!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Will you Won't you?

Brenda Craig - Josephs coat The dreamer from Passion TV / Richard Boyd on Vimeo.

As you listen to this let yourself be be wrapped in a different mind set, a different mental image than the one you have had. Listen as she asks the question it's not about who so ever it is about will you be a "will"?

Reminds me of a tv show I watched as a child. It was called Wunda Wunda and it aired on KING TV out of Seattle, WA. Wunda Wunda was a gentle show. Everything was gentler back then! She had a flower in a flower pot and his name was Wilting Willie. She would sing a song about Willie, because he had a penchant for drooping. Will he, won't he? Will he, won't he stand up today? Will he, won't he? Will he, won't he, what do you say? Will Willie stand up today or won't he? We'd all guess and sometimes he'd stand up all perky and tall. Sometimes he'd stay all bowed over the rim of the flower pot. Kind of like us sometimes. Things come at us and sometimes we stand tall and strong, rooted in Christ, and His love for us. Other times we allow the enemy of our souls to bow us over with his weights of depression and oppression and negativity.

Hmm, will we be "Wills" today. Whosoever will..can taste of the marvelous Grace of our Lord. Whosoever will can walk in their Prophetic Destiny. The question is, " Will You?" Watch the video for a shot of encouragement and a boost to be that "Will" that DOES!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Great Literature

Today during prayer my heart was heavy and my mind kept going to
George Orwell's book "1984." Have you read it? You should. It was required
reading when I was in school xx years ago! It should be required reading
right now. (download it here: )

I was thinking and praying about recent appointments in our government and the personal beliefs and lifestyles of these appointee's. Killing babies up to 2 or 3 years old... advocating sexual orgies... basically wanting to rewrite our laws to suit their beliefs. Just as the push has been on for many years now to rewrite our history to wipe out any references to the Christian Foundation on which this country was founded. And suddenly, I was reminded of the Orwell book.

Here is a Quote from "1984": "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

Here is a brief overview: Nineteen Eighty-Four (also 1984), by George Orwell, published in 1949, is a novel about the totalitarian régime of "the Party", an oligarchical collectivist society where life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, public mind control, and the voiding of citizens' rights. (Wikipeidia)

The language of the civilization was called Newspeak, which always said
the exact opposite of what was really meant. The media was all government controlled, indeed camera's and tv's were everywhere watching and pouring forth the government's "doubletalk." TV's were hardwired into every home to
monitor and constantly tell you what to think, feel and do and how to do it.

Daily, things were rewritten to cover up any failings of "the Party." So if yesterday something was good, and today it was broadcast as bad, the people
would gulp down the dribble and believe what they were told. There were "Thought Police", to deal with "thought-crimes" and hidden microphones, and informers that permit the Thought Police to spy upon everyone and so identify anyone who might endanger the Party's régime; children, especially, are indoctrinated to spy and inform on suspected thought-criminals — especially their parents.

For a book written in 1949, it is chilling for today! In an essay Mr. Orwell wrote this about the book: " The scene of the book is laid in Britain in order to emphasize that the English-speaking races are not innately better than anyone else, and that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere."

Some have embraced today's leadership, even suggesting that he/it is their Abe Lincoln, their "messiah," to free them from mediocrity and prejudice, giving them a voice, a place, and meaning in this life. My heart grieves for my beloved friends,and brethren, those who have bought into this lie, thinking it does not matter about the other things like the doctrines and party and personal beliefs that are being held and perpetuated by theses "leaders."

I have friends from many nations and I have spoken with many ethnicities. I am always shocked at the prevalence of inner beliefs in America that leads some of them to believe that they are somehow being put down.
They should try living in Pakistan or India! Or worse yet, some in other lands, thinking that they are less than anyone else simply because of their color, their ethnic origin and background. So let's address it at it's core.

Does prejudice exist? Oh, you betcha it does! It exists in men and women whose hearts are black with sin and hatred! Does not matter the color of their skin, it is the color of their heart! I have heard and seen this laced in the attitudes and actions of many in Africa, as well as many here in America. I remember when I encountered it in Africa where I was given a lovely African name..but it was from a "lesser tribe" so I was told by well positioned ministers that I should take as my first name, one that is from the "ruling tribe of power and prestige." I adamantly refused!

I saw it again in a totally different country where two opposing tribes were vying for the presidency. When the sitting tribe won, there was massacres and bloodshed for months amongst several tribes against each other. It was an excuse to openly declare what had been smoldering in their hearts for months and years against one another.

When I took my first missionary trips, it was to the Indian Reservations, right here in America. I saw first hand how marginalized they were and how many people (mis) treated the Native Americans. I also saw the apathy, lack of integrity, and selfishness amongst themselves, and the excuses given for such behavior.

I saw how the leaders had bought the lie of the Casinos, thinking it would make all of them rich. And amidst poverty and rampant alcoholism sat these "glittering whores," beckoning to the unsuspecting, polluting the hearts and land and filling the coffers of those sitting in leadership, but rarely bettering the lives of the ordinary "brave."

I encountered it in Texas years ago against the Hispanic community...

Oh, I know I am stepping on toes, and hitting nerves here. But it is time for us to stop swallowing things whole and turning a blind eye to glaring truth to believe seductive lies instead.

Our Equality is found in and at the Cross and NO WHERE ELSE! Jesus alone is the Great EQUALIZER. If we would REALLY BELIEVE the TRUTHS taught in the Bible... and then, act on them....

America has been and still IS the greatest nation on the earth, but where do you think the Fore-Fathers got the beliefs they penned not only into words, but into law? It was from a deeply held belief in the Bible and the Sovereignty of God Almighty!

It was when Abraham Lincoln received Christ into his heart and life that he arose to become the liberator of the slaves, the re-conciliator of the states and the most beloved Statesman of all time!

There have been factions in the past and in the present that would try to bring division into the Church, that would try to stir up latent poison lying in the bosom of mankind placed there by the arrows of deception, ignorance, fear and hatred. How sly is the enemy of our souls, how pervasive his trickery and deceit to try to infiltrate the Church of the Living God!

How vigilant- NOT VIGILANTE, must be the watchmen of the Lord, to sound the alarm, to speak the Truth in Love, to stand for Righteousness and to continually keep a check on our own hearts against anything that would pollute and give entrance to the enemy.

May God help us! May Love Bind us together as the TRUE Church, bought with the BLOOD of JESUS, Washed with the water of the Word that says; "there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."

The Bible is not only "Great Literature" it is TRUTH and that TRUTH has and continues to change mankind, only as WE allow it entrance and freedom to do so.

I pray Lord that YOUR WORD have that free course.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Searching for the signal

Have you ever been out of range with your cell phone? Or in range but something is interfering and blocking the signal? Often in my office at home, my cell phone goes crazy, as it flits in and out of roam looking for a signal.

Sometimes we are like that too! We wander from the path the Lord has laid out for us taking side trips that end up in brambles, scratched up and confused. Or else, we are on the path, when suddenly and inexplicably we drop the call and the phone shows no signal is getting through.

Do you know what block the signal for you? What takes you off track? More importantly, what have you decided to do about it? Or have you decided? Or are you bogged down in a quagmire, struggling to get free? Sometimes it is a quagmire of our own making, other times it is of others making, but when you are in it, all your attention is on that and it is so hard to hear anything, but the "schloop", "squish" and "mwaahck" as the goop pulls and clings to you as you move.

I want to remind you, no matter where you find yourself today, whether on track or sidetracked, Jesus is still THE WAY and He will guide you safely along.

Psa 40:2 (AMP) He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.

If the signal has grown dim and weak and you seem not able to hear clearly, don't fret. Instead, revert to that trust that a child exhibits when it is upon its' mother's breast. Ps. 131:2 (BBE) See, I have made my soul calm and quiet, like a child on its mother's breast; my soul is like a child on its mother's breast.

If the foundation is strong, then the whole will stand agaisnt the storm... our foundation must be finalized in this; Jer. 29:11(Multiple translations) For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome, a future of success, not of suffering, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for, to give you a future and a hope. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you!

Allow Him to lift you out of that quagmire. Allow Him to whisper softly to your heart. Still yourself and believe that HE IS, and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Let Him reward you according to His loving kindness and mercy, not according to your harsh self reprisals. If you've missed it, say so, humble yourself and repent and let Him lift you up. If you are tired, He IS your rest. If you are frustrated, He is your rescue and relief. Whatever you have need of hear His voice declaring firmly, I AM ! I am the One who loves you, the One who sees ( El Roi) the One who hears, the One who created you and planned you and desires you even now, even in the quagmire. Won't you give ME what I desire most? Won't you give me your heart?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Birthday Blessings

Today (Sun Oct. 18th) has been a glorious day. I celebrated another year.
I had calls and cards. I was given some precious
heart gifts that money can't buy.

God has been so good to me. So faithful in every way.
He has showered me with
love, with strength and health.
With precious family and friends.

With purpose and calling and His giftings and anointing.

Although I have walked with Him for a long time, I can't forget from
whence I came
and to where He has brought me and to where He has called me. Even as I reflect on this, Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: Forgetting the things that are behind and stretching forth myself to those that are before, I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

I exhort you Run the Race! Keep your place. Do not slack your pace.
Seek His Face.
Arm yourself with His Grace. Be abased yet remain unfazed. Count the cost, say it's worth all loss and cling to His cross. Lift Him high. Reach for the sky. Press for the Prize, Keep the Son in your eyes! Hear the shouts of the glorious cloud of witnesses round about. Neglect not the cries nor pass them by, the ones lost and undone, it's for them this race must be won.
Take care how you run. Glorify the Son. Amen.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Matters of the Heart (part 2)

Circumcision. This involves the most tenderest and delicate of care,
for it involves some very private parts that have much emotion, self worth,
and a host of other feelings attached.

Circumcision of the Heart. Hmm, it is the same!
The cutting away of fleshy parts to keep disease and sickness out.
To mark and consecrate and set apart your very being for the Lord.

What matters to our hearts matters to Him.
And so He comes to circumcise and cut out the infection, clean the wounds,
cut away the excess, remove what will impede and block and choke...
to make tender and pliable again what has grown cold and stiff-perhaps from injury.

He comes with Healing in His wings, with a Song for the Wounded,
with Hope for tomorrow, Peace for right Now and Wisdom for everyone who asks...

And He whispers to our Hearts..lean in close to hear; whispers of Love, whispers of Grace,
Whispers to take us to that new place. The slightest whisper from His lips will put all to right,
will cause us to see things in a brand new light. Come Lord, whisper my name... draw me to yourself... cut away those things in my heart, until only You remain.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Matters of the Heart (part 1)

What Matters to our heart matters to His. Even the smallest of details.

I can hear Him say... "Won't you give them all to me? uhh-uh now. Leave them there!"

"But, Lord! But what about...? "

"No buts allowed, this is all about trust. Do you trust me?"

Hmm, DO I trust you Lord? Help me to do so more.

So, what matters to us-our heart, matters to Him.

Question is, "does His Heart matter to us?"

I'll leave you to ponder that, and be back tomorrow,
Lord willing with some more "Heart Matters..."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I love how God talks through everyday things to draw our attention to Himself. Take for instance my cat Callie. (We have 3 cats actually Inky, Callie and Dude!) Callie just would not leave me alone the other morning. It was my day off and I wanted to sleep in a bit. Nothing doing! She kept coming in and yowling and mewing and batting my hand with her head to pet her! Now mind you, Tom had already fed her, so she wasn't starving by any means! She got as close as she possibly could to me, purring so loudly she could be used for that "white noise" used to drown out undesirable sounds! After much petting, she happily snuggled up with my hand on her, content to be by my side.

This set me to thinking and talking to God and my lovely bridegroom Jesus. Sometimes I just want to feel His hand upon me. I "know" He is there, but I need to know His touch! Need to feel His hand upon me. I thought about how insistent Callie was for me to pay her attention. she wouldn't take no for an answer. And how woefully neglectful I am to the lover of my soul and yet HE waits patiently longing for my company and my voice calling to Him. I thought too how deep in my heart I CRAVE His touch, His voice, to be in the intimate one on one with Him and how I too want to snuggle up close to Him!
And yet I run. Yet I lag. Yet I push aside meaningful moments in favor of demands of the day that in retrospect could wait or be ignored totally. Sometimes I don't understand me! I long for Him and He longs for me.

So what holds me back? What keeps me from rushing into my lover's arms?
Sometimes it is the mental image of all my day to day mistakes. My sharp lilt in answering a frustrating person on the phone. Or my procrastination at getting chores done... or the way I fret over things instead of just trusting. But I am growing... and He is wooing me ever closer!

Just today as I struggled with putting something into His hands that could have a huge impact on my future if it turns out badly... I distinctly heard Jesus say to me, "So, my Blood isn't enough to cover you in this?" My response was , "I know your Blood covers my sins, but this decision is in the hands of people who see my past mistakes and who rate and compare my productivity to that of others..." And He said, "That is where my Favor comes in. Trust my Favor upon you. Trust My Goodness to you. Your failings are under My Blood. Now trust the people you deal with and who deal with you into My hand of favor and mercy. "

You know, no matter how things turn out, I'm in His hands and so,
all is and will be well.

Prov. 21:1 Like flowing water is the heart of the king in the hand of Yahweh, who turns it where he pleases. (Jerusalem Bible)

Turn my heart Lord, that it is always towards you and never looking away. Even when I think to hide, come calling for me like you did for Adam in the garden, for I really don't want to hide from you. Besides which there is NO hiding from You! Those filthy rags of self righteousness that we (I) tend to draw around ourselves (myself), trying to make us look good, trying to cover up our own sense of inadequacy, inferiority, and lack- Those filthy rags are a stench in your nostrils, when You've already provided garments pure, clean and sparkling white for us to put on. And yet we so often (I so often) try to do things myself, working so hard at a losing battle! Finding it difficult to just trust in Your Grace and just accept Your Love and not put on ourselves (myself) the same "quotas" or "figures of productivity" that the world judges us by.

Lord, I "know" all these things, yet they still creep in, trying to crack a whip over me and fill my heart with fear, fill my mind with self recriminations, pollute my very soul that you took stripes to make whole. Ah Lord, wash me fresh with the water of Your Word, minister Your Truth again to me by your Precious Holy Spirit. Jesus, come hold me close and remind me again of my worth that is not found in any earthly measurements. And thanks for sending Callie just now to come jump into my arms even as I am typing, begging to be petted once more. I get the message! I think I'll turn off this computer and come be with You!

Praises to The King

My heart overflows as do my eyes. For God is so very good.

Psalm 45:1 (YLT) To the Overseer. --`On the Lilies.' --By sons of Korah.
--An Instruction. --A song of loves. My heart hath indited a good thing,
I am telling my works to a king, My tongue is the pen of a speedy writer.

Psa 145:16 (GW) You open your hand, and you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 104:28 (GW) You give it to them, and they gather it up.
You open your hand, and they are filled with blessings.

Psalm104:33-34 (TJB) I mean to sing to Yahweh all my life.
I mean to play for my
God as long as I live.
May these reflections of mine give HIM pleasure,

as much as Yahweh gives me!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This is the Day

I had a dream this morning. Very interesting. It was me, my sister and "K" one of the young married ladies from my church. The 3 of us were in my car and I was driving. I had to take "K" to pick up a prescription for her child. She wanted me to take a short cut. It was a dirt road! But there was a fence across it, so I couldn't.

As I was driving, the song came over the speakers ( not sure if radio or cd) This is The Day (the wedding Song by Scott Wesley Brown. I love that song and said so, "K" was just hearing it for the first time. My sister said, "This is my church's FAVORITE song."
I woke up shortly thereafter and the song was just playing in my spirit.
Here are the words to the song and what I got out of this dream:

This is the day
That the Lord hath made
And I'm so glad He made you
With each rising sun
You are here by my side
You are more than a dream come true

Oh to have you, to hold you
To love you, to pray
To share with, to care with
To hold hands and say

This is the day
That the Lord hath made
And I will rejoice I will rejoice I will rejoice with you

This is the day
That the Lord hath made that you and I are one
Love's mystery is unfolding today
Written for us in the Son

Oh for better, for worse
For rich or for poor
Each day that passes
I'll love you more 'Cause

This is the day
That the Lord hath made
And I will rejoice I will rejoice I will rejoice with you

This is the day aaaay

This is the day aaaay
This is the day aaaay...

This was Jesus singing to HIS Bride and when my sister said "This is my church's favorite song" God was saying that about HIS Church! The driving and errand was our everyday living and having relationship with Him in the everyday stuff. The shortcut was forbidden because there is NO SHORTCUT to get into relationship with HIM, and the prescription is the WORD. It is life and health to all our flesh.

The Words in the song:

1st verse Jesus is speaking of His Love and longing.

2nd verse is 2 fold- 1. is our Salvation Walk maturing into intimacy and

2. The Wedding feast of the Lamb.

The "for better or worse" is HIS commitment to us- no matter how we are doing, no matter the state of our soul realm or spiritual walk-

He will love us more than our sins will pull us down. His love will bring us back to Himself. And as we mature, as we grow in intimacy, He rejoices with us, not just for us, in us and through us, but WITH us, for it is HIS DESIRE ALSO to have this intimacy with us!

This is the Day... the day I the Lord have made. I made it to spend with you. To have you and hold you, to hear you say you love Me too. To share with and bear with as you grow in Me. Yes I do, I watch you grow and watch you flow and smile and say: I love you more than you'll ever know, come away with Me my love, I'll teach you to fly!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Day of Global Prayer for Jerusalem

Psalm 122: 6-8 Douay-Rheims Bible (1899)
Psa 122:6 Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee.
Psa 122:7 Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers.
Psa 122:8 For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace of thee.

I had forgotten until a friend reminded me it is Today! The GLOBAL DAY of Prayer for Jerusalem! 175 Nations are participating! (Of course this doesn't mean I shouldn't pray everyday, it is just a day to join in knowingly
with brethren across the world.)

Here is a link:

Abba we lift up Jerusalem before your Throne of Grace. Lord we pray for the Peace and protection of Jerusalem and also Israel in the Name of Jesus.
Be their Standard and Banner and go before them Lord. Set the boundaries and cause them to escape from all their enemies. Bless them Lord. Prepare a table before them in the presence of their enemies and cause them to be exalted as a Nation. Turn their hearts to You. Stop the cycle of war set against them. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.