Monday, December 9, 2013

And the Mountain...Moved

When faced with what seems like a difficult problem, how often we pray what seems logical to us, rather than ask God for a specific scripture to 'move the mountain.' Yet, as I sought the Lord for a word, I turned to Psalm 68:8 and this is what it says: "Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel." The presence of GOD! The presence of God is where we find solutions of every kind. Creative and inspired ideas for breakthrough. Strategies. Conviction for change. Solutions for unsolvable problems. Sometimes all it takes is for that ONE WORD, ONE SCRIPTURE that makes the enemy lose his grip, because our speaking out the INSPIRED PROPHETIC WORD is GOD's HAMMER against the enemy's hand. God is so faithful to give us a word when we ask for it!! Sinai is a MOUNTAIN made of hard rock, yet when the presence of the Lord touched it, it shook, crumbled and yes, it MOVED. Mark 11:22-24 tells us to have faith in God and then speak to the mountain. Pray for the presence of the Lord to invade the place where the mountain stands. Call for the presence of God to rise up and overwhelm the mountain, what ever it is called. Friends, WHAT IS YOUR MOUNTAIN TODAY? Scripture is also referred to as the hammer of God's word. "Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?" What ever you are facing as a stubborn, resistant obstacle or a mountain of problems in your life, know that with God's word acting as a hammer, and calling for His presence to invade the atmosphere and environment where the mountain resides, YOU CAN MOVE THE MOUNTAIN.

 Father God, 

I lift up my loved ones to you: (_____,_____, etc) and ask that You send Your presence into every place where there is a mountain of resistance. I ask that Your presence invade the atmosphere and every area where there is a stronghold or a place where the enemy has claimed for himself. Let the glory of Your presence come to overshadow and completely envelope the mountains. Invade and completely encompass the strongholds of the enemy with Your glory. Let the enemy be blinded by the light of Your presence and put to flight by Your very presence. I command the enemy to flee at the presence of the Lord! (Make this specific to the circumstances where you are praying for change). I declare the name of Jesus over the name of: Infirmity, Sickness, Disease& Illness; I declare the name of Jesus over the name of Heaviness, Depression, Mental Illness and Grief; I declare the name of Jesus over the name of Idolatry, Self Will, Self Rule, and Rebellion. I declare the name of Jesus over the name of Addiction, Bondage and Pharmacia; I declare the name of Jesus over the name of Jealousy, Envy, Anger, Unforgiveness, Rage and Malice; I declare the name of Jesus over the name of Pride, Judgement, Accusation and Slander. I declare the name of Jesus over the name of Witchcraft, Bitterness, Magic, Deception and Lying Spirits. I declare the name of Jesus over Satan himself and all the works of the darkness and I command every name that is not aligned with truth, godliness, righteousness, purity, life, and peace to submit and bow to the name that is above them. I declare every name that is associated with the works of the enemy to bow and submit to the name of Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I command the power of the enemy broken now over every person I have lifted up to You, O God, and command the enemy to loose them now in Jesus name. I declare healing over sickness and disease. I declare joy and peace over heaviness and depression; I declare freedom over every bondage and addiction. I declare righteousness, order and alignment over every place where there has been disorder, unrighteousness and disjointedness. I declare the love of God, forgiveness and humility over judgment, bitterness, jealousy, anger, envy and competition.I declare a release of light and truth into every area of darkness and deception. Lord Jesus,let Your angels be assigned to oversee the fulfillment of that which has been declared and to carry out this word in Jesus name. Amen.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Arrows of Healing

Today's the day we are praying for children and family members all across the world. Praying for family healing and reconciliation. Why not lift up a prayer for your own family? Father God, take the hammer of YOUR WORD and smash the works of the enemy. We declare Isaiah 49:25 to every family and household, that you promised to take the prey out of the hands of the wicked oppressor. NO LONGER are our family members held in captivity by oppression, addictions, unforgiveness, bitterness, cold love, rebellion, compromise or any other work of the enemy. Let your hammer come down on every curse, incantation, spell, every form of occult witchcraft used against them. Let your hammer come down on every form of deception, accusation, false judgement and offense. Let them be crushed now in Jesus name! According to YOUR WORD, for YOU watch over your word to perform it! You promised to take the cold heart of stone out of your people and replace it with a heart of flesh; a softened heart that knows your commandments and knows YOU. I thank you for performing spiritual heart transplants today all across the world. Father, let your bow be loaded with arrows of love, and let your angels release arrows of Father's love directly into the hearts of our loved ones, family members and children all across the world. Let those arrows carry revelation of Jesus Christ, revelation of truth, spiritual antibiotics and medicine to heal from sickness and disease; let those arrows pierce the hearts of our loved ones and release clarity, forgiveness, compassion, mercy, and new understanding. IN Jesus name, amen.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Promise Is Out For Delivery!

Without prayer the devil already has us beat; with prayer we are more than conquerors! No matter what forces seem to keep your answer to prayer at bay, know that in Christ all God's promises are YES, YES and AMEN! They might be slowed down for a while but they won't be stopped - unless you release your hold in prayer. Don't lose your grip on the promise! Regardless of what day your breakthrough arrives, IT IS STILL ON THE WAY. Confess THAT. Thank you, Lord, answers to prayer, miracles and breakthrough, healings and provision, salvation and deliverance - - - special deliveries are on the way! Angels have been assigned to oversee God's word so that it comes to pass, and the promise is "out for delivery." It's on the Fed Ex truck - IN TRANSIT, and that is what the tracking information will declare until the day it is delivered, right to your door!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Keys to Good Communication

The holidays can bring a lot of stress or they can bring a great deal of blessing, but what you receive out of it (and what you inevitably give to others) hinges on one very important issue: communication.

How information is shared through the way people communicate to one another is a vital key to whether or not relationships are healthy and strong, or whether they become weakened by repeated injury. Injury is incurred when communication disregards or devalues someone else’s feelings. Verbal and non-verbal clues include sarcasm, interrupting others to challenge what is said, insisting our way is correct (which leaves others feeling invalidated, hurt and angered), silence, withholding love or conversation, or other forms of cold love. We may not always see eye to eye with others, but we do need to demonstrate the same consideration and respect as we would want others to show us. When respect in communication is lost, then offense is sure to follow. We can spend all our time trying to prove our perspective is the only right way, or we can spend the time we have with others trying to work towards healthy, loving and respectful communication. Knowing when to yield is key to peacemaking.

Have you ever noticed that it's hard to concentrate when you have offense, negative impressions or other unfruitful thoughts running around in your head? Those things are like little mice that gnaw away at our peace. The enemy is very good at making suggestions that cause people to misread or misinterpret things in order to elevate false judgments towards others. That is how he manipulates our thoughts and emotions in order to create a feeling of offense towards someone else. We become convinced that our perception and the things we've meditated on are truth, when in fact it was nothing more than the enemy fabricating a lie in our minds. We have to learn to take those thoughts captive and cast them down!

The truth is, every time a person elevates a judgment, offense, or suspicious thought towards someone else, those things become barriers that stand in the way of really loving the other person involved. Let me give you a little example from my own life. In one situation, there was a person that had found numerous ways to offend and hurt from past events, and nothing had ever been said by that person to indicate they were actually sorry for some of the things they had done; things that left me feeling suspicious of their motives and quick to take on offensive thoughts at any given moment. Then one day I had to re-examine the relational dynamics, because things had changed over the course of time. I finally had to release all my previous judgments and offenses because the facts no longer supported the idea that this person was the same person as who they had been in the past. The facts supported the reality that this person really did want to be in my life and valued communication. It was at this point that I told the Lord I repented for carrying old judgments, irritations and offenses into the present day. There was no longer a place for them if I truly wanted to be able to see that relationship totally healed. I had to make a choice to choose to love that person instead of hold on to false judgments that made me leery about trusting them. The enemy would continue to look for any way to place barriers between us until the decision was made to cast down the suggestions and temptations to be offended every time he decided to throw a fiery dart.

It's time to remove those barriers and go beyond our comfort zone, and give opportunity to others that perhaps we hadn't given them in times past. Because what we meditate on, and what we allow to remain in our spirit, is what is communicated to others – whether we realize it or not. People often have blind spots to their own flaws. Remember that we often tend to judge ourselves by our intent but others judge us on how we make them feel, whether it’s intentional or not on our part. Whatever we carry around with us, in the form of unresolved issues, hurts, offenses, unforgiveness or anger towards other people and situations – will be communicated in some form to others. It may or may not be the same people that were responsible for the original hurt. Unresolved hurt and offense magnify over time and will spill out onto others. These become our core issues, or root issues that create difficulty in relationships and how people perceive communication. It is vital to take the time to repent of any lingering negative emotions and seek God for healing so that those things do not continue to damage communication and weaken existing relationships. Not to sound insensitive, but it is our responsibility to get our heart right with God and others regardless of whether or not someone else has mistreated or disappointed us. Regardless of whether or not someone who has hurt or offended us has offered a sincere apology or not...because that is what GRACE is. It's demonstrating love and compassion whether we think a person deserves it or not. God is so extremely gracious with us. We must give it away to others. Because it's that grace that opens the door to reconciliation and mending relationships that have been estranged, awkward or broken. Forgiveness is the only way out! Until you forgive you cannot be healed, neither can you be forgiven by God for your own sins. It is not optional! You must unload those heavy burdens now! And when you do, you will find more and more relationships get healed because of your choice to do the right thing.

Keys to Right Communication:

  • ·Respect others regardless of how you may feel about things they have done. If you want to receive respect, it must be given. It’s a two-way street.

  • ·         Offer a sincere apology. Own your own faults instead of shifting the blame onto others. Pride blames and takes on a spirit of accusation, which only creates more offense. The path of humility lends itself to keeping peace and apologizing when one is needed to sooth injured feelings. Sometimes you need to do so even if you don’t feel you are wrong, but out of consideration that you want the relationship to move forward.

  • ·         Forgive and mean it!

  • ·         Respond with an answer that demonstrates self-control; don’t react to the bait that may be on the hook, dangling in front of you. Reactions cause more problems. Responses can dissolve anger.

  • ·         Know when to terminate a conversation. Do it with kindness but don’t keep going in circles because the enemy is just waiting to draw you into a fight. Table a conversation until both parties can come back with self-control, respect and humility. Humility is the only thing that is going to work towards reconciling differences.

  • ·         Try to understand the other person’s perspective. Remember, it may or may not be truth, but perspective is 99% of the other person’s reality.

  • ·         Know when to pray and ask Holy Spirit to communicate with the other person and step out of the picture for a while. Give Him time to work. God is all about healing and restoring but in His time. How often we want to assume the role of the Holy Spirit and tell someone else everything we think is wrong with them or how they have offended us. It’s Holy Spirit’s job to convict the world of sin; not ours.

  • ·         Think outside the box for solutions to keep things running smoothly. If each person is trying to manipulate a situation or control others so that they are pleased with the end results, then it is going to create resentment in others. No one wants to feel the effects of guilt, manipulation or control and it will cause offense and worse results. Be flexible. Be willing to yield and create new solutions that work for everyone involved. Selfishness is not conducive to workable resolution of differences. YIELD!

  • ·         Be a peacemaker. Speak peace into a situation. Speak kindly and with consideration.

These are keys to good communication.

Father God,

I pray for the grace and strength to let go of offense and genuinely forgive those that have contributed to the injury of my soul. I choose this day to let it all go. I reject fear, anger, unforgiveness, insecurity, and bitterness. Help me to no longer need a sense of vindication or demand that others make situations right, for if I have to wait for that it may never come. I want to be free now. I choose to release everyone from every debt and offense. Holy Spirit, come fill my heart with peace and help me to communicate from a place of love , grace and acceptance towards others. I do not wish to project hurt and offense onto others. Heal my heart, heal my conversation and the way I communicate with others. Help me to find creative ways to resolve differences and to demonstrate respect towards others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Heart That Trusts God Is Full Of Thanksgiving

Let your heart be at peace. God has people praying for you even if you don't realize it. You don't need to know who they are. You just need to trust that the Lord loves you and will put it in the heart of others to pray you through your trials. Jesus himself lives to make intercession for us and that is why HIS ministry is eternal. If Christ is lifting up prayers on your behalf, don't you think you will get through what ever it is you need to get through? Yes, you will! So, let your heart be full of gratitude and tell those anxieties to GO, in Jesus name! We can either speak life or speak death. Speak life into your finances, your health, your employment situation, your family and your future. You are full of the Spirit of the Lord and what you SPEAK, matters! You will literally create whatever you speak out. Just as the Spirit of God in Genesis spoke life, order and creativity out of nothing, and created with the spoken word, so do we. We actually have the power to create the circumstances of our life! Make a deliberate choice to find things to be thankful for, and let your mouth be filled with praise. I pray that we would each take the time to reflect on all we have to be truly thankful for, and that God's love and commitment to you and your family would be at the top of your list!

"Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them." Heb. 7:25

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

God Wants to Heal Family This Christmas!

Well, I just have to say, GOD DOES CONFIRM HIS WORD! If you check out my previous post, you will see that a bunch of us moms are believing for family restoration by Christmas. I invite you to join us in The Virtuous Mom prayer group for a powerful prayer rally on December 5th, where we will be uniting in prayer all across the world to pray for our children and pray for family restoration on that day. We are believing for Christmas miracles!

I just wanted to you to know that I ran across a wonderful article today on my news feed from Facebook. And guess what?? Well...I'll let you read it for yourself! Here's the link: God Wants to Heal Family This Holiday Season. I would also like to say THANK YOU to the author, Wanda Alger, for allowing God to use her to share such a wonderful word of encouragement. Thank you, Wanda! So, I thought, why don't we just line up with what she wrote in her article, because she obviously got it from God anyway, right? Let's believe together for everything that is written. I turned her article into a prayer, and what a mighty one it is. I just want to encourage your heart today. Your blessing is on the way! We are just agreeing with heaven and watching as the answer manifests in the earthly realm. Have a joyful day and know that GOD HAS GOT THIS!

Father God,

I lift up my family members as well as families everywhere and I pray that You would bring us each into a spiritual awakening. Awaken our family members to right priorities and healthy relationships before the end of 2013. I pray for divine order to be established and that the hearts of our family members would be zealous for healthy family relationships. I pray that you heal and restore marriages and that forgiveness, grace and humility would flow graciously into each person in every family. I pray for those in my city, my geographic region and throughout the world. I pray that Your order would bring healing, unity and a powerful release of anointing that is restored to every family member. Bring families back into their proper place in Your kingdom.

I pray that broken relationships would be healed, and that as past issues are revisted, it would not be for condemnation. Bring a new perspective so that healing can take place. I declare there would not be defensiveness, pride, anger, or offense – only grace, humility, forgiveness and a desire for genuine restoration. Let every person choose restoration and not miss their moment to be a part of family restoration. I declare pride is bound in Jesus name and will not stand in opposition to unity, forgiveness, healing and restoration. I declare the prodigals will come home in Jesus name. I declare those that do not know you or those that have been at a distance with You and with their family members, will come home and be reunited. I speak reunification, restoration, and reconciliation to be released over every family member, every lost soul, every person struggling with feelings of abandonment and rejection, and I declare that nothing will stand in the way of them seeking out those they have been estranged with. I declare  they will desire restored relationship with their heavenly Father more than they want to remain on the outside looking in. No longer will they be an observer, but they will experience a revelation that has been missing; they will understand what they could not understand before.

I declare that myself and each of my family members will be alert to circumstances, situations, conversations and opportunities that were not there before. I declare that together we will all seize the moment to speak love and kindness that restores relationships. I pray that You wake up the hearts that have been cold and unfeeling. I pray that You cause us each to be ready to listen, respond and follow Your directives to demonstrate Your love. Let YOUR LOVE flow freely from us into others. Redeem the past, Father, and restore better than these relationships have ever been. Put YOUR LOVE in our hearts for one another. Put Your grace, compassion, mercy and tenderness in our hearts for others. Put things in order so that a solid foundation can be established in each of our hearts and lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lose the Ox!

Amos 3:3 says, "Can two walk together unless they are in agreement?"  It is so important to know the heart, integrity, character and the SPIRIT of those you are connected to! There is a warning in scripture not to be unequally yoked with those that are going in a different direction. That can apply to marriage partners, friendships, business relationships and even those with whom you fellowship. Partnerships of any kind, especially those in Christian fellowships, church relationships or ministry connections should be with like minded people with the same heart, going in the same spiritual direction otherwise you can find yourself unequally yoked and struggling under a burden you are not supposed to be dealing with. To be 'yoked together' is like a yoke placed on a team of oxen. They both shoulder the same burden. They pull together, not in different directions. They are not striving to each do their own thing, compete, or pull against one another. People that try to partner up with others that are prone to competition, division, or wrestling against one another is like carrying dead weight. You can't accomplish anything of value if you are constantly wrestling against one another or if you are too busy trying to deal with the burdens of unhealthy relationships. Those things detract from a person's ability to be fruitful and healthy. You cannot move forward if you are carrying dead weight. Some of you need to lose an ox! The 'seduction' and lies that originate from the enemy will try to influence you to retain the things that compromise your integrity, God's will for your life, and the path of faith. Faith surrenders all and says, "God, YOUR will be done. Lead me in the path of faith and help me to recognize where I need to let go and lose the ox!"

It's important to understand that those that are not of the same spirit don't have the same heart towards loyalty, either. When loyalty is tested, people often show signs of competition and jealousy which can lead to bullying, broken relationships and more unwanted problems - all because those people were not meant to be yoked together in the first place. We can all learn from relational difficulties, and we certainly can't run from all of them; but we can make choices to set healthy boundaries for ourselves and at at times when it's necessary - confront those things that warrant confrontation.

I feel that there are many people right now that are in that place of making difficult choices. It's a time of transition, coming to a crossroads, and making decisions where to go from here. I pray that each person would have the courage and conviction to confront whatever bullies may stand in their path. Sometimes you just need to stand your ground and challenge the bully regardless of the outcome. Because here's the truth: there is always someone more powerful than the current reigning bully, and above them is even higher authority. (Read Ecc. 5:8). God himself sees all.

Ecc. 8:9 "All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt."

You can't move forward carrying baggage from your past. You can't fulfill the plans and purposes of God if you are not yoked together with the right people. It may mean leaving your comfort zone, confronting a person, situation or relationship that warrants confrontation - because God uses confrontation to bring about a turn of events that couldn't have occurred otherwise. Be strong and of good courage. The Lord your God is with you and will lead you in the path He has prepared for you!

"Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared." Ex. 23:20. 

So be it, Lord! Let your angels lead us, O God! Take us by the hand and lead us into the place you have prepared for us. In Jesus name, Amen.  

Here is a great motivational song by Brit Nicole. Enjoy...and let your light shine!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Be Anxious For Nothing!

When you look at the ocean it appears as though there is no end. Powerful. Majestic. A force to be reckoned with. Yet even when it seems quiet on the surface, there is so much going on beneath the surface that we cannot see. Faith is a lot like that too. It takes a different perspective to understand that what we see isn't all there is going on! As huge and as incredible as the oceans are, they all pale in comparison to God. Trying to imagine all that God is capable of, the way He will work out the issues of our life or the things that concern us are all beyond our comprehension. Yet so often we put limitations on Him and allow a faulty perspective to reduce The Omnipotent, All Knowing, Almighty God to the size of our worst fears. Fear projects a false reality as though it were real and makes a person feel as if God is not going to intervene in a situation or answer their prayer. The question is, "Why assume God will not answer your prayer??" 

When you can unravel the "WHY" to that question then you have the root of double-minded thinking. The voice of
fear does not have to be louder than the voice of faith! When we limit God, it's like trying to put the ocean in a cup. IMPOSSIBLE. Let your faith be encouraged today! God has unlimited power and ability to change your situation in a moment. Often though, He is just waiting for you to line up with faith. Trust Him even though you cannot predict the outcome or understand how He works. Faith doesn't have to have all the answers up front; it just understands there is much more going on in every circumstance than what you currently know. Often what things appear to be is not the whole picture. Your prayers are heard in heaven. Be still and know He is God.  Look at this picture of life under the surface. There is a whole other realm of activity going on!

When things seem like nothing much is happening can often be crisis times in a person's faith. We look at the circumstances and think, "Is this the way things will remain?" Yet when it's quiet to us is when God is often hard at work. He is just not tipping His hand to the bigger picture. This is the time when He deals with His enemies, and our enemies, too. He deals with those that would stand in opposition to His purposes. He makes things ready on every level. He has prepared the messenger to deliver the message, but the people must be prepared also to be able to receive the message when the time is right. He allows circumstances to reach crisis levels. He makes all things ready at the appointed time and then brings all the pieces together at the appropriate time so that His purposes are accomplished. What ever you are going through today, trust God to work it out. What you see is often not a true indicator of the outcome. GOD determines the way things play out. Your job is simply to pray and to trust. Be still. Be still and know He is God!

Monday, October 28, 2013

From Prison to Praise


A few days ago I wrote and told you I wanted to help other women find their voice and share what God has done for them. Not everyone has a blog or a website but each one of our testimonies are precious and powerful. People need to hear them because by sharing our lives and our stories, we encourage others.

The following story was sent in by a dear friend named Mary from Tuscon, AZ. I am so grateful that she took the time to write it out and send it in, because it shows what God can do in a person's life. He wastes nothing. He will take our pain and turn it around and let His power and anointing flow through to touch others. The pain of what she went through touched my heart as I know it will touch yours, too. So many of us have gone through terrible things, but God can redeem them all and turn those things into a platform to reach others who are also in pain. Today, Mary's story is shared with the world in an effort to give other women hope, and faith to trust the Lord with their pain and sadness. I love what Mary wrote about how God has bigger things in mind for us than we do! May this story bless you as it has blessed me! 

"I am where I am today because I had a praying mother. I always begin my story with that because it is important to acknowledge the power in prayer. God is so amazing and I know if He can heal my heart He can heal anyone's. I love that He uses cracked pots so that His Light can shine through because I am definitely a cracked pot. When I read that Moses was a fugitive and Jacob was a cheater and Gideon was a scaredy cat and Jeremiah was just a boy and Elijah was depressed and Paul was a murderer of Christians. I knew I was in good company and God had a place for me too.

My parents were great, my relationship with my peers throughout school was strained to say the least. I was heavily bullied and gang raped by boys I had grown up with my whole life. I grew up in a small town where everybody knew everybody. After the rapes, they told everyone in town how I was a willing party so I not only suffered the shame of multiple rapes, I now had to endure the ridicule of the taunting and the laughing at me and the name calling, Not to mention the hatred of the other girls because I was labeled very negative names. Taking my life became an option and I knew I had to get out of there.

My parents allowed me to go and live with my sister in California. I never told them what happened but they knew I was having issues.  I began to steal from my sister to buy marijuana so I would have friends . Because of my experiences i didn't think I could be liked for me. I married the first man that wanted me and he was very physically abusive. That was only the beginning.

For the next 35 years my life consisted of crime and drugs and abuse. I did 4 prison terms, have been married 5 times, 3 children and 1 abortion. I lost custody of my daughter when she was 2 due to my alcoholism and my drug addiction and repeated the cycle 10 years later when my sons were 2 & 3. Luckily their fathers stepped in and they raised them. I got saved in 1993 but formed no relationship with Jesus. I didn't know how. In 2009 at age 52 facing 10 years in prison God met me right there on the floor of my jail cell. He cleaned me up and He put me in a position leading a Bible study as an inmate for the next 3 years. 

In my sentencing I watched the Judge literally change his sentence for me in a matter of seconds. You could see that God had spoke to him. He was a Christian man.I am sure God arranged that as well. He went from a sentence of 8 years to 3.5 years in seconds!!! I had already done close to 3 years so I released in a couple of months. Truly this was God..

Please do not misunderstand me..God did not take away the consequences of my choices, He only shortened them. He knew my heart and He saw that I had finally found the answer to living for Him.

It is staying in His word. Such a beautiful place of love is His word. I have been home 2 years now and God continues to bless me. All 3 of my adult children have moved here to be closer to me and get to know Mom..They know Jesus is responsible for who I am today and what better testimony to my children. I still have my share of problems believe me, but with God all things are possible. Today I fight my battles on my knees instead of in a bottle or locked in a room high.

You see, God's plan is never instant. I believe sometimes he allows us to go though the things we do because we will use that experience to help others. In 1993 when I got saved in the jail, a lady prophesied that I would work with women one day. Leading that Bible study was part of that prophecy..but don't you know that our God had more in mind? Recently I was approved for our church prison ministry to work with women coming out of prison to make that transition into society living life on purpose. One of the girls in my group in prison got out and died of a drug overdose 6 months later at the age of 24. She was my room mate as well and a very close friend. It was then that God gave me this vision, that women need a place when they come out to feel connected. Her mother had found notes written to me afterwards but never sent where she was struggling. For Brettney and any any woman like her..God is now giving me that place..I will honor Him and Brettney's memory with this opportunity He has given me.

God has healed my heart..His light is shining bright through this cracked pot.. :) He loves us so..remember Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, to save that which is lost. If that is you today..Come..Jesus is waiting..Just call on His name, He will meet you wherever you are..just come.."

Saturday, October 26, 2013

When God Breaks Your Heart for What Breaks His

It's almost midnight and I can't sleep. The whirring of the fan and the soft feather pillows are not a comfort this night. Too much weighing on my mind. A restless heart wrestles with God. There's this kid...and I can't get him out of my head.

Unkempt and dirty, he rides around the neighborhood riding his scooter...always alone. You know this kid, too. The one that knocks on your door and wants to know if your kids can play, and the first thought you have is..."Um, listen kid, I feel sorry for you and all, but I'm just not sure you're a good influence, ya know? I know it's not your fault, but..." And you find yourself shutting the door in his face more than you allow him in. At eight years old, you can see his future mapped out for him. Absent parents. In and out of jail with no thought of how they have abandoned the kids they brought into this world. Grandparents who are so broken themselves they can't properly care for anyone, now struggling to raise a kid they don't seem to want or care much about. And others can only say, "Well, it's better than being in the system."

This kid. This kid has family but lives like an orphan. And it's breaking my heart.

Midnight comes and goes and still I can't sleep because now the Lord is nudging me to pray my best mom prayer over this kid. See, a mother knows what this kid needs. He needs a family. He needs someone to love all over him and let that love and concern wash away that brokenness. That lie screaming in his face that tells him a thousand times a day he's rejected, unwanted and nobody cares. He needs a mom that will hold him and rock him and whisper in his ear that someone does care...He needs a dad that will set some healthy boundaries for him and show him how to respect himself enough to say no to trouble when it comes knocking. He needs a dad that will raise him up right, show him how to hold a door open for a lady, treat a woman with honor and respect. He needs a dad to teach him the value of a good education, hard work and being kind to others. But see, that takes commitment, and that requires something...something I'm not sure we can give enough of to make a difference.

Tears spilling onto my pillow, now feeling a burden for this kid like I've never felt and my heart is still twisted into knots. "God, your word promises that you set the solitary in a family. This child needs a family. Will you do that for Him, Lord? Will you? Because He needs it sooner rather than later. Don't let this boy become another statistic." I find myself pleading with God not to let this boy go down the same road as his parents. I don't want him to repeat those same mistakes. I want to see that generational curse broken. Yes, this kid can be trouble sometimes. He is the problem child in my complex. But he isn't a bad kid. He is an unparented kid. An unwanted kid. Neglected and unloved. My stubborn, reluctant heart is still wrestling with God. "Am I this boy's keeper, Lord?"  "Did I ask for this? Don't you know I have enough on my plate with my own kids, my own family?" 

My mind momentarily wanders to the story of the Good Samaritan. Am I my brother's keeper? Is that what this is all about? I begin to question God again. "What exactly are you asking me to do here?" Because I'm smart enough to know that when God begins to break your heart over something, He's also asking you to be part of the answer.

Morning comes all too soon and once again this boy is on my mind. Thoughts of sadness overshadow my day before it's even begun. I pick up my Bible and read Psalm 68:6.

"A father to the fatherless; a defender of widows is God in His holy dwelling. God places the lonely in families; He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy, but the rebellious live in a dry, sun scorched place."

As I prayed for this boy to receive a family, I know in my heart that family is mine. I don't know where that will lead any of us. I don't know what all that means at this point. All I know is, somehow I have to give more of myself than I've been willing to do in the past. Because the broken can't give away what they don't have, and somebody has to love this boy. He is just one of many. One of many that has the potential to grow up and be the second or third generation of his family, repeating the same mistakes as his parents and someday possibly fathering a child and ending up walking away...because somebody didn't care enough to show him the right way to love. I could say it's not my job to do someone else's responsibility. I could say that and walk away and ignore the weight of conviction as I watch this kid wander by himself day in and day out, around the neighborhood. I could look the other way and go back to bed when this boy is wandering the parking lot looking for his grandpa, wondering why, when it's already dark, no one is home to tuck him into bed and make sure he's safe. I could say no to a lot of things, but I'm wondering if I should. After last night's heart wrestling with God and a heart wrenching prayer, how can I? Somebody has to love the orphans, the homeless, the cranky neighbor across the street and the multitudes of people that cannot heal or find their compass in life, all because they are broken. The sad thing is, I had this sudden realization that I had put years and years worth of prayer and effort into trying to love others that didn't want my love, didn't appreciate my prayers or and didn't want to be knit together as family. I spent so much energy frustrated, resentful and angry over the rejection from those that did not know how to accept that love or give it back, that I completely missed the one right under my nose practically crying out for someone to heal his brokenness. His heart is torn and bloody and needs to be bandaged. And now I know. For years there has been one specific prayer that has gone unanswered. It was our family's prayer to find the right church and know we were an integral part of something bigger than ourselves. God has answered many other prayers, yet that one thing He remained silent about. Now it all makes sense. We were people looking for a family, yet God has called us to be spiritual parents and He is going to bring the rest. Spiritual children. Maybe you've been asking God where you fit, also, and haven't quite found the right place.

All I can tell you is, keep asking; keep praying for God to lead you to the right people. Because church as we once knew it is no longer the same. That paradigm is changing because there is no way that current model of church is sufficient to hold the harvest. Those nets are too small. Our concept of church doesn't have to be within the four walls of a local building where people meet. We are the church and Christ is in us. The Christ in us longs to touch those that are lost, hurting, abandoned and alone. He longs to set the lonely in a family where He is the Head, and the Father's love can be poured out on those He knits together. You just have to ask Him where to find the moms and dads and sisters and brothers that He wants to be a part of your life.  They're out there. Spiritual mothers and fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and little ones. They need you, and whether or not you are ready to accept it, you need them. You. Need. Them. We each have something valuable to offer someone else. Maybe you can teach that lost young man a trade. Give him some loving, fatherly advice. Or give that pregnant teen a home and stability until she finds her way. Maybe you can offer a meal to that elderly person that is so lonely inside her apartment she feels everyone has forgotten her, or that young person that could use some help with his homework. I don't know what you have, but you have something to give. Just give it without judgment, no strings attached. What seems small in our estimation could mean the world to someone else. It could be as simple as a hug or a kind note in the mail. It could be a prayer or letting someone else know about the God that answered your prayer. There is someone God wants to send you to, you just need eyes to see them. They need hope and you need to give a part of yourself away. You are their miracle, and somehow...though you may not understand how...they are yours. Our miracles are wrapped up in each other, you know. Someone out there is praying for you to find them and become knit together with them.Others may not even know how to pray, but God will answer anyway...simply because HE LOVES US THAT MUCH. He knows what we need before we even ask and He will have someone else pray and ask on behalf of someone else's need. He is a good Father that is always looking for a way to take care of His kids. Ask, seek and knock. For everyone that asks, receives. Those that seek, will find. And those that knock, the door will be opened to them.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

God Is With You, Even When You Can't Feel Him or Hear His Voice

Friends, I have shared many of my own testimonies and life experiences with you through this blog. I hope you find them helpful and encouraging. I know many people struggle with hearing from God. Sometimes when we are going through a difficult time we wonder whether or not God is there, or why it feels like He isn't listening. 

Recently I asked a friend if I could share her testimony with you. There is someone out there that needs to hear this! I want to encourage you to share your testimonies with the world, but perhaps some of you need a forum to do that, or maybe you need a little help getting your feet wet and taking that first step of faith. I want you to know I care, and I want to help YOU find your voice and share your story with the world. Telling your story has the impact to transform you from the inside out and break you free from all your fears, insecurities and false concepts about who you are. Sharing my testimonies and my experiences with the world has freed me from a lot, and I want to help others break free from all their personal limitations, too. I believe that together our voices will create a ripple effect. Do you have a testimony to share? Contact me at

Here is a testimony from a woman by the name of Patty Mcgehee. God has done some amazing work in her life and she gave me permission to share her story in hopes that it helps reassure others of the constant abiding presence of the Lord. Here is Patty's story:

I had a vision of Jesus taking me on a journey. I won’t go into all the details now because it would be too long to read, but, in short, in this vision, God told me that even when I can’t see him He is always there. A year later, I ended up in a situation where I had been held hostage, beaten and raped. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t think I was going to make it out of that situation alive. On the inside, I was begging God to save me…to send someone to help me. He was silent. I kept asking Him, and the more He was silent, I thought, “Okay Lord, if this is it…If I’m about to come home, so be it. After a little bit more time the Holy Spirit had brought to my remembrance of the vision I had a year earlier, and He said to me, “What did Jesus say to you in the vision?” Within my heart, I replied, “He said even when I can’t see Him, he is always with me. The Holy Spirit replied to me, “Yes.” Right then I knew somehow some way I was going to be delivered. I had so many concussions. My head was so swollen. I had a tumor on my jaw all my life and I was afraid I was going to die, the pain was so severe. I wasn’t trying to call upon him. I could hardly think, but in my great distress I said the name of Jesus just because the pain was so great. Each time I said His name my captors looked frightened. By the third time I said His name, a SWAT team appeared in the doorway and I was rescued. It wasn’t until days later that the Holy Spirit spoke to me concerning the name of Jesus. He said, “Even though you  weren’t even trying to operate your faith, weren’t you delivered at the mere mention of his name?” It struck me. My help showed up within seconds of speaking His name. Even when you can’t see God in it, He is always there; even when He seems silent.

Here is a wonderful reminder of God's promise in the Amplified Bible. This is the second part of the scripture in Hebrews 13:5(b)..." for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not,I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax My hold on you)! Assuredly not!"

Miracles Happen When You Believe

The last couple of days I've had that song “When You Believe,” by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston floating in my head. I kept humming it all day and thought, Lord, "Yes...Lord. When we believe anything is truly possible!"

Many years ago, my husband and I were moving from California to Florida. We were not in the best emotional or spiritual condition at the time and I had been very distressed. All of a sudden we passed a large billboard that said, "Miracles Still Happen," Psalm 46:1. That night we took an unexpected detour off our intended route to stay at a hotel in Texas. As we got into the room, we noticed a Bible laying open on the table. It was opened to Psalm 46. A few days later, as we got to our destination in Florida, we had on the local Christian radio station. A song came on and it was the words to Psalm 46! Well, we dropped everything and raced over to this church that was live on the air. As we opened the doors to the sanctuary, we were blown away by the incredible worship, dancers and banners. It was almost like sensory overload and it felt like a little taste of heaven. It was so refreshing and just what we needed. God was showing us that He was leading us. He was very much involved in our circumstances and He wanted to encourage us. He wanted to open our eyes to see that He was with us! 

Our Father is so loving. He cares for what hurts our heart and robs us of joy and hope. He doesn't want us to be full of fear or insecurity, and He doesn't want us to wonder if He is with us or not. YES, He is there - do not fear! I don’t know what you are praying for today, but I wanted to encourage you to take the limits off!

How often we allow anxiety to speak louder than faith. Just because you haven’t received the full manifestation of what you’ve prayed for doesn’t mean God has said “no.” All His promises are yes and amen! Did Jesus not say that we would see miracles if we would believe?

Miracles happen when you believe. Sometimes we confuse hope with actual faith. They are not the same. We need hope to lead us into faith. If you believe, you have trust, and trust does not waiver in fear. Trust is not double minded. Trust is confident assurance in the One in whom our confidence is placed. Sometimes we forget our confidence is not supposed to be in things like the government, our employer, our insurance company, doctors, or ourselves. We get them mixed up because we tend to turn to those things for solutions to our problems. Doing that has the potential to take God off the throne and put something or someone else in its place. If our anchor of hope is in the wrong thing, what we feel is double mindedness, anxiety and insecurity over the situation.

Negative circumstances, whatever they are, take time to reverse. Every prayer, every declaration helps turn the course of the situation. Sometimes we have misplaced our faith and actually put our faith in ourselves or others, as if they are responsible for turning the situation. If fear is the spirit at work, people can often try to resort to manipulation and control. God does not need our help as such, and often our best efforts to ‘help God,’ keeps Him from being able to work. Friend, if you need a God intervention, then give Him room to work. The situation is not yours! Jesus died for it. It belongs to Him. Do you need to give something back? Perhaps it is time to take inventory. If faith is in the wrong thing, fear will over ride your thoughts. Our faith must be in Christ alone. Turning the situation is GOD’s JOB. Not ours. Put fear in check. Start thanking Him for turning the situation around.

Praise Him for turning complacency into commitment. Thank Him for turning that rebel into a reformer. Thank Him that illness and disease are repelled and healing manifests according to His word. (Did you know illness and disease can’t attach to the anointing? Anything with death attached to it must die!). Thank Him that your needs are met according to Psalm 23:1. Thank Him that He is faithful to watch over His word to perform it. HIS WORD. He is faithful to perform HIS WORD. Not ours. Declare HIS WORD over that troublesome situation!  

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. Faith kicks into a higher level when we declare His Word because HIS WORD never returns without an answer! (Read Is. 55:11). WHEN YOU BELIEVE… WHEN YOUR FAITH IS IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST – His faithfulness, His character, His integrity…then you shall have what you have asked for in prayer. All things are possible to those that believe!

Here is the link to that wonderful and very powerful song "When You Believe," by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. What a beautiful way to encourage your faith today! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Get Back Up Again!

We all know what pain feels like. The day that phone call came from the doctor's office... The knife in your
back from betrayal of a close relationship...maybe it was the day your spouse walked out or the feeling of hopelessness over that rebellious child. There are times when we all take some serious hits from the enemy. Those are the times when we we experience the kind of pain that leaves the wind knocked out of you, where your renegade thoughts are like a runaway train and hope seems too far in the future to wait for.

And then, there's the anger. The anger of  shattered dreams, waves of despair and nagging fears over the future. Perhaps you've experienced some of that, too. There have been times when we go down pretty hard.The most painful thing, I think, is the smug delight of our injury that we know comes from the enemy.

One of my favorite scriptures is from Micah chapter 7."Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light." Micah 7:8. God promises to bring us out of darkness where we will see His righteousness, and He will execute judgment against the enemy. Do you know how He does that? He does such a marvelous work in us that every lie and judgment spoken against us is refuted according to His promise in Isaiah 54:17.

The day came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and got back up again. Because, you see, Holy Spirit pulled something up from so deep inside of me I wasn't sure if it even still existed. It started a faint dawning of something transforming within me. Then it became my roar. It's that primitive, powerful heart cry that says, "I WILL NOT LET YOU HAVE ME. I WILL SURVIVE THIS!" It's like that mama lion roar that lives inside of every woman. You know what I mean. It's that kind of fierce when someone does something wrong to your loved ones. God help the person that touches my family...Yeah... THAT kind of fierce. Just thinking of it makes your countenance change. It had gotten buried deep under leayers of depression and bitterness for a while, but Holy Spirit lifted it up from the inside of me and when I got up, I got up swinging. Because sometimes you have to get back up and fight for a dream that no one else sees but you.

You may have went down in the third round, but there are still 6 rounds left and Coach won't let you quit. He's right there behind you, whispering in your ear..."I won't let you quit! You still have it in you...I believe in you...together we can win this. Get up, get UP and get back in that fight!" And as you listen, He whispers strategy in your ear..."Hit high! Use your left! Uppercut, now, take him down!" That is what the Holy Spirit does for us. He pulls something out of us we didn't know we had left.

When we get back up, God sees to it that we hit the enemy hard enough to make him wish he never messed with us. He gives us understanding, insight, strategy, and power to lift others off the mat. Some of them aren't even in the ring anymore. The coach is still there, waiting for us to make a decision and go for the win. Maybe today you hear Him urging you to GET BACK UP. God wants to give each of us the strength to take the enemy down. He gives us courage to face those skeletons in our closet and not be afraid. He gives us peace about sharing our testimonies and letting others know what God did for us. Because our reputation isn't about us. Our story is not longer about us; it's about Him. Dig deep, friend, and find that roar deep within you. Get your fierce back. It's your time to get back up again.

Toby Mac - Get Back Up Again

Friday, October 18, 2013

When Your Story Becomes God's Story

You are not insignificant. You are beautiful, kind, compassionate and stronger than you think. You did not go through the things you did to have your voice silenced. God brings purpose out of everything as He turns the shadows into light. He turns shame into strength, pain into power, and sorrow into gladness. He takes all things and turns them around so that even from heartache we are able to declare "He works all things for my good because I love Him and I am called with a purpose." This is how we realize that somewhere in the process, our story became HIS story, and HIS story always ends in triumph. The important thing to remember is that our moments of weakness, no matter how many there are, will always pale in the light of the sweeping win God has written into our story. As we follow Christ, He carries the day so that we come out on top. There is no misfortune or injury that can outshine the glory of God. All of our lives are an open book, for we are living epistles. We are containers for His grace and glory, a lighthouse that sends out beacons of hope guiding others to their safe haven so that they can find peace in the midst of the storms of life. Your story matters. Find your voice and share your testimonies, because others need to hear what God has done for you! You are a miracle, waiting to be poured out into someone’s life. You are blessed with all that God has, so that you can give it away as a blessing to others. The key to living a life without regret is to love generously. Forgive quickly. Live graciously, and bless abundantly. It is the unselfish act of loving others unconditionally that fulfills the human heart. Where there is love, there will always be great miracles.
 #HealingtheHeartofaWoman,  #God'sloveneverfails, #Strongerthanyouthink

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What Is A Spiritual Octopus?

I have noticed people have searched for information regarding a demonic spirit similar to an octopus. I would like to take the time to address that today. Sometimes people will get a prophetic insight, a dream or other clue that the spirits involved are so intertwined it is like an octopus. Often the characteristics of a person bound or afflicted by this demonic entity seem so overwhelming that the thought of deliverance can seem hopeless. There is hope for your impossible situation, and Holy Spirit is the One that can help you figure it out!

An octopus has very long arms that signify a long reach, and many suction cups on the underneath of their arms to help them stay attached to whatever they are after. When an octopus wraps itself around an object, it can be so tightly attached that it is virtually impossible to pry it off. Spiritually speaking, when a demonic entity like this is attached to someone, it can seem virtually impossible to be able to reach the person affected. This is because it is a mind blinding spirit. The enemy holds people in such a tight grip that it's against their will; it's forced upon them. Satan uses this force as mind control to cause spiritual blindness and control his victims. Fear is also a huge weapon from the enemy to cause mind control. Fear of man is probably another issue you should address.

It is especially important to note that if there are people in the family that have had involvement with the occult, secret societies or made any ungodly oaths or covenants. Those need to be broken by prayers of renouncement. The enemy looks for open doors to work through, and it's our job to be very thorough so that we don't allow him entrance into our lives. More importantly, is to make sure we don't allow the enemy access to our children's lives through our ignorance of how he works. We don't want our kids and grand kids to go through life with unbroken curses hanging over their heads, so be spiritually responsible. Do your homework. Make that extra effort to be diligent and pray those prayers of renouncement! We have a very thorough one on this site called the Breakthrough Prayer. Here is the link. If it seems too overwhelming to do all of it at once, take it in chunks. Read through it and highlight some of the areas that pertain to occult involvement and secret societies and do them first, then take another chunk the next day and so on until you work through it. Believe me, it is a powerful and effective prayer and it does get results!

I hope that has helped address some of the questions regarding the topic of a demonic entity that seems to have the appearance of a spiritual octopus. Just remember, no matter how overwhelming a situation may seem at first, the Holy Spirit is your best friend, helper and counselor and if you ask Him to guide you through a deliverance issue, He will. That is HIS JOB! Ask Him for the keys to unlock the heart. YOU are anointed to set captives free, open blind eyes, and release healing to those that are suffering under the weight of oppression. Everything Jesus did, you can too, because the great I AM lives within you! The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives inside of you, and HE is more than enough to defeat all the power of the enemy!