Christianity

Catching Up


It has been a while since I have posted. I have not forgotten you, my dear readers, not at all. Life has been a whirlwind at worst, and a waterfall at best these past few months, but life has happened.

Spiritually, I’m walking through a dry place. There have been a few oases and juicy cacti along the way; therefore, I’m not dehydrated. I call this my prep-zone. For what? I don’t quite know yet, but God does and that is good enough for me. This is the place from which I write today – it may be super-spiritual or it may not be. I’ll let you decide.

21316296_10159296757535092_8666714287359810682_oAlmost a month ago, our dog had puppies. We own both parents and it was an unintentional breeding. However, I am overjoyed at our bundles of joy! She had 5 beautiful pups, 3 boys and 2 girls. They all have forever homes when they are ready to go, and I am enjoying being a puppy grand-parent. They have been my focus for 3 1/2 weeks and now the real work will begin as we start the weaning and paper training process. They’ve developed teeth and discovered toes, so my feet aren’t safe!

I have also been busy finishing my next book. It is in the final edit process and I hope to have it published by the end of the month. I’m very excited about it. It is another devotional and I know it will bless many. I’m just in awe at the things God has done in my life with this. As a child I wanted to be a writer, among many other things, and to see this come to fruition is amazing. God truly is for me!

Along my journey in the dry place, I mentioned juicy cacti. Getting to the juice within has not been easy, yet it has been rewarding. I also mentioned life has happened. I won’t say life got in the way, it just happened. The way it always does. But, my journey and wrestle with life taught me a few things about my role as an intercessor and for that I am grateful.

  • Distractions happen. I have learned that my flesh can be a distraction. I’m a Mama Bear, I will confess it. My daughter was injured in a car accident while on vacation her first few days there; the following week she waited out Hurricane Irma. During this time of a) my inability to comfort my adult child and kiss her booboos & b) my inability to hold her hand during inclement and dangerous weather, God taught me a very important lesson. He’s got this. He does. Trust goes much deeper when trusting from afar. And you know what? He had it. He did. She and family are currently on their way home. The raging storm within myself was the first to be calmed when I spoke to the storm.
  • What I think I want and what God wants for me can often be different. I am okay with this. I recently thought I wanted a change in a particular area of my life. I put myself out there and searched for something new and different, and potentially more lucrative. I thought I found something, but there were warning bells going off. Now, I have ignored warning bells before and this time I took heed and paid attention. I may not know what my future looks like, but if God tells me to wait it out, then I am content to wait it out. I have rushed ahead before and eaten the fruit of it. Begrudgingly.
  • I know what I am anointed to do. It’s not everything. I have always been the type of person to not ask for help because it is simply easier to do it myself and therefore taking on way more than I should. Delegation was never my strength. I am learning that I do have limitations. I wasn’t gifted in all areas and “no” is an anointed word. It is okay to hand something off to someone either more qualified, or simply has the time to take care of it. Keeping my peace is easier now.

Everyone’s calling is different. The basics of ministry may be similar, but the details are suited to the individual. I am reaching a place where conventional kisses unconventional and I am okay with the outcome. I’ve never been one to stick to the norm, I like peculiar and expressive things. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m His. That is all that matters anyway. Heaven invades my earth and I embrace it with my arms wide open. Jesus told us not to worry, He didn’t suggest it. So what He said, I will do. It makes life so much easier when life happens. I’m advancing the Kingdom. One. Unique. Step. At. A. Time.

Shalom!

Christianity · Prophetic · Reflections

No Criticism


Romans 14:10-13

It’s beyond time that we, as the Church, stopped criticizing and cannibalizing our own. Oh I have heard the arguments “examine the fruit”. Yet, are we actually looking at our own tree as well? I’ve learned over the years that sometimes the best and sweetest fruit is hidden in ugly and unlikely skins which are often mistaken for rotten. I have also seen the opposite to be true; the fruit is beautiful and plentiful but rotten at the core. It really depends on whether or not an actual dissection of said fruit is performed.

You may not agree with the outward appearance of a ministry, or a person, or how someone approaches their Kingdom service, but you should never criticize. If there is something legitimately wrong, pray for God to intervene. He already sees what is happening; He doesn’t need help.

We do a great disservice to the Body of Christ, and the pre-believer, when all we talk about and argue for is what we are against and what we find fault with. Who wants to be associated with that?

Perhaps the real issue for all the criticism is jealousy and envy. Perhaps it is because someone is stepping out in faith and preaching a message more in line with an ambassador of Jesus. Maybe it scares us because it doesn’t reflect our particular doctrinal view. Perhaps it is the realization that Grace is not a tool used to control others and truly is liberating. We will not know until we let go of all we think we know and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide. He is the one who leads us into all truth; sometimes that path will have different perspectives and points of view than what we have been taught in the confines of our particular churches. However, He will never stray from the fundamental truth of the Gospel, He will never complicate or over-theologize it, and it will always have Love at the core.

God is Love.

Love covers.

Love conquers.

Love completes.

Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a virgin woman.

He suffered horrifically, died, and was resurrected after three days so that our belief in Him and what He did for us gives us life eternal with Him.

He is seated at the right hand of God and, as believers, we are seated with Him.

Christianity · Prophetic · Today's Declaration

Today’s Declaration


Today’s Declaration:

“Papa says I can call to Him and He will answer, showing me things I don’t know. I am in the loop in Papa’s house; even when I don’t see things happening I know they are. I don’t have to always know the details because I know the One taking care of the details.”

You are in the loop.

@eyeseverupward

Christianity · Prophetic · Today's Declaration

Today’s Declaration


Today’s Declaration:

“Papa is faithful, always. He never fails and He works with my best interest in mind. His mercy endures forever and is new every morning. His grace is sufficient to carry me through all things. He is a promise-keeper and what He said He’d do, He will. I can count on Him.”

You can count on Him.

@eyeseverupward

Christianity · Prophetic · Reflections

Little Things


Little things, over time, add up to big things. It might be a slight demand on your time, a situation that requires your attention, or a question that you have to answer. Those small things, while not necessarily bad things, can multiply, crowd out and overtake the things God wants us to focus on, especially our time with Him.

I’m not much of a Star Trek fan, but when God recently spoke to me about allowing the aforementioned little things to build up in my life, I was reminded of the episode of the Tribbles. I don’t remember the episode details, but those cute little balls of fur multiplied so fast, it caused problems for the crew. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t good either and they became so prolific that they were everywhere. Scripturally, the Holy Spirit brought to mind this verse: Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming (Song of Solomon 2:15 NLT)!

Often it is not the major events that disrupt our time with God, it is the small, ordinary, every day things that pop up. Those things that happen and we say “I’ll pray in a bit” or “I can catch up reading later”, those things that alter our schedules or seem like great ministry opportunities. Then, all of a sudden a week (or more) has gone by and we haven’t had any meaningful conversation or study time with Jesus. Sometimes it isn’t even a tangible thing, it can be a small disappointment we linger on, a relationship (family or friend) that has fizzled out, or thoughts we’ve dwelt on. Most of the time, when we realize we’ve strayed off the path a bit, it is usually when things seem to be going really good.

As for those little foxes – well, Scripture says they will ruin the vineyard at the time when the vines are ripening. We must be guard our time with Papa jealously and fervently pursue Him, especially when things are going well because that is where the foxes are going to pop up. Let us not allow small or (cute) little things to build up in our lives and crowd out the one person we need to focus on. No is an anointed word and we could use it more often than we do. I’m going fox hunting, are you?

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33).