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They Fell to The Ground

This was so poignant to me as I read it last night.

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I Am. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. John 18:4-6

Sadness encompassed my heart for these soldiers. They had come seeking to arrest a main "claiming" to be the Son of God. What they encountered was the Truth that He WAS the Son of God. Don't you know they KNEW, at that very moment, that Jesus WAS who He claimed to be?  At the sound of His name "I Am"

"They went backward and fell to the ground." 

We don't hear anymore of the soldiers' story.  We don't know if their hearts were hardened to the saving grace that bled before them on Calvary   We don't know if they ever grasped the magnitude of who Christ was and that He died to save them from an eternity of darkness, grief, pain and sorrow. I hope they did.

Sadly, I see the same response in people today.  There is power there, but they cannot accept it and they turn to journey down the path they have carved out for themselves.  Not that this path is filled with evil, NO...It's just void of salvation, redemption and power.  I pray that I may be a vessel, void of my selfish pride, that will give hope to the hopeless and grace to the ones that need it most.

What a compassionate Savior I serve.

I, too, want to share His love with others so they can voluntarily bow and confess that He is Lord and see the life change that occurs.

Lord, prepare those, whom you love, to hear your voice. Soften their hearts to hear and receive Truth and be set free, rescued, redeemed and filled with hope.

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Standing Against the Devour

I love that the Word of God is TRUE, and applicable for every person, everyday!  The last few weeks, well months, I should say, have been a mind battle for me.  I have been struggling with anxiety, which I have NEVER, EVER had to deal with in my life.  I have been taking herbal remedies, drinking chamomile tea, pushing on with the task at hand...BUT most of all...I've been praying and quoting scripture...praying and quoting scripture and then...praying some more.  God is ALWAYS faithful to me.  I stand against the devour, even when it is stubborn and I have to stand longer.  Intentional Living

Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) He comes to kill my peace, cripple me from experiencing the Fullness of God's Joy, to slowly push me into a cacoon of solitude.  If I don't realize that Satan is is seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)...I will become the prey!

But...there is hope for those of us who love the Lord Jesus!  We don't have to sit and slowly watch our fears become crippling, anxieties to stop us in our tracts or sadness to rob us from the vastness of God's Joy he has given us.  We have POWER in the name of Jesus to rebuke...stand against, resist, defy the ungodly in our lives. We have been given the power of Life and Death in our words (Proverbs 18:21)

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Eph 6:11-1

God is not a god that created us and stands off to watch and see what happens.  He gives us His WORD that is full of instruction for living and prospering. We don't have to live in fear, dispair, or rejection.  When we recognize who the instigator of ALL evil is, we can begin to fight by the Spirit..and not with fleshly remedies.  Jesus' name is higher than all names. There is power when we say to the enemy, "I rebuke ______ in the Name of Jesus!"  When we stand on the very words of God and fight with Spiritual weapons, we prosper! When we guard ourselves with the armor of God and are alert to the schemes of the enemy, we can resist them quicker and not be lulled into a stupor.

I am standing firm, recognizing my enemy and being victorious through the mighty name of Jesus! It isn't always easy...I forget who the enemy is at times...BUT my Hope, my Victory, my Peace is in the ressurection power of the Name of Jesus and I will stand...and when I have done all...I will stand firm!





Sweet Blessing

Today, my sweet daughter has been such a blessing.  She's helped around the house...on her own accord...collected caterpillars, "washed" my car while running through the sprinkler and savored her pie...all the while thanking me for the tasty treat. She is always full of joy, giggles and dances.  Today was no different. She is supposed to be in bed for the night, but instead she is letting the caterpillars go.  She came in the room where I am, taking the risk of getting scolded for being out of bed, to ask if she could give them their freedom.  When I asked her why, her reply was "I just don't feel right about keeping them." She loves to collect bugs...she HATES it when they die in her care, so even though letting the caterpillars go hurt, and tears where shed, keeping them and taking a chance on them dieing would have hurt more.

intentional living

I am so thankful that Hallie has a tender heart toward living things. She is kind and caring...Just like her Heavenly Father. 

Our Father wants to set us free and see us soar like the fulfill His calling on our lives.  Satan, on the other hand, wants to entrap us...making it look as though we are in a safe place, all the while we are dieing.

The Word tells us that God hears us when we cry out to Him!  Cry out to the in the sticks and water bowl of the terrarium for the beautiful transformation he has in store for you.  Then let Him show you how to walk in the Fullness of HIS calling on your life.



Bed of Roses?

Life isn't always a bed of roses...


                                                                                                                                                              WHERE do we get that saying anyway?

I think life IS probably like a bed of roses, come to think of it...It is beautiful, smells good and it has thorns that HURT! 

I am so thankful to serve a God who is involved in my life.  I do not serve a Creator who simply created this world for the fun of it and has taken His hand and watchful eye from His creation. I know that My Creator, Saviour, Friend, Father and Protector is with me every situation....everyday.  He is All I need...When I grow weary, HE is my strength.  When I am confused, HE is my light and my way.  When I am joyfull, HE rejoices over me.  When I am sad, HE is my conforter.  He NEVER leaves me nor forsakes me....He is CONSTANT!

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.  He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,  Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31

Salvation for daily living!  Praise the Lord, He is the God I serve!