Monday, December 15, 2014

My New Blog

Hello my friends!  Perhaps you've noticed that I haven't been posting much over the last year.  That's because I started another blog at  It's taken me a while to decide whether or not I want to keep both blogs.  Initially, I wanted to the new blog to be more focused on homeschooling, and this one would be more spiritually based.  Since I've changed the focus on that blog, I'm going to blog exclusively at

There will be a variety of topics discussed, but all focused on helping women to live full, free, and satisfying lives.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Fight for What is Yours!!!!!

Hello my friends!

This morning I was reading from the book of judges and came across one of my favorite scriptures.  It's an obscure verse that the Holy Spirit has used to speak to me in the past, and it still speaks to me very powerfully today.  Here it is:

**Judges 11:24 Likewise, whatever the Lord our God has given us, we will possess.**

Jephthah says this in response to the Ammonite King's reply that he was going to attack Israel because Israel had taken the Ammonite's land.  He told Jephthah to give back the land peaceably.  Though Israel inhabited the land, the Ammonite's felt Israel had no right to be there, and they wanted their land back.

Jephthah saw it quite differently.  Israel did have the right to inhabit and enjoy the land, because God had given it to them.  And it was up to God to defend the land He had given Israel.  Indeed He did.  I'll let you read Judges 10-11 for the full story.

This story teaches me that we have an enemy who wants to take what God has given us.  Our dreams. Our hope. Our joy. Our peace.  Our freedom. Our marriages. Our families. Our confidence. Our authority. Our power. Our identity. Our gifts and abilities.

All these things and more have been given to us by our lavish Father.  They are ours to enjoy, and to keep.

And yet, we have an enemy who wants to take these things away.  But he can't.  He can, however, deceive us into giving them to him peaceably.  That means without a fight.  We can allow him onto our land, sitting back passively as he takes what is ours.

_**John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.**_

Or we can rise up with righteous indignation!  How dare that quivering, evil, tyrant threaten to take what he cannot take!  What God has given us, is ours to possess!  So our God will give us the power to defend and fight for what is ours.

**Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.** Ephesians 6:10-12

Take note.  We don't deserve what God has given.  We can't earn what God has given.  It is ours because God has chosen to lavish is amazing love, and generous gifts on his children.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grapes Vines and the Spiritual Life

As long as we stay connected to the vine—Jesus--we will thrive. We will have ALL we need. Nothing will be lacking. But if we wander away from Jesus, trying to figure out life on our own or trying to get away from difficult conditions—we will wither and die. We will be fruitless. Apart from Jesus, we can do NOTHING.

Paul says it this way,”...I have learned to be content in any and all circumstances of life, whether well-fed or hungry, when I'm living in plenty or going without. I have the strength of Christ within me who empowers me. He satisfies me and allows me to endure all things. When I have Him, I have ALL I need.

In Corinthians, he says that he rejoices in the difficulties, for when he is weak, the strength of Christ flows freely in him. Jesus told him that His grace is MORE than enough. His free flowing favor is undeserved, good and completely satisfies—leaving nothing lacking. We have ALL we need in Him. We press into Jesus and find that we always have enough. Meanwhile, our Father, the gardener is disciplining us, training us, and correcting us. It's a painful process, but he does it out of a heart of love and a mind of perfect and complete wisdom. He knows exactly what we need. Exactly. His goal is to produce MUCH fruit, a harvest of righteousness and peace. His desire is that we might share in His holiness. His desire is to bring only good into our lives.

We must accept whatever He brings into our lives and entrust ourselves wholly and unreservedly to the Father and His ways of working. We must submit ourselves to Him, not fighting, not resisting, not grumbling, and complaining or wishing it all away.

But know that our Father's ways are perfect and good and press into Jesus and find ALL that you need.

A grape vine in its natural habitat given ample water supply and nutrients is a vine which likes to climb but produce small bunches of tart grapes. It would rather use most of its energy making leaves and shoots. The shoots enable it to attach itsself to other plants or it can develop new root systems if in contact with the ground. In short, a grape vine left to itsself isn't ideal for growing grapes. It takes cultivation by a farmer in order to create the conditions which produce an abundance of sweet grapes.

A friend of mine and her husband own a vineyard, and I remember her talking about the need for grapes to be under stress. Vines need to struggle in order to produce good quality grapes. But when the farmer puts the vine under stress, by making its nutrients scarce, restricting water, and pruning them back hard, and crowding them with neighbors, it focuses its energies on making grapes. Instead of devoting its effort in increasing its own size, it instead focuses on reproducing itsself. That means making grapes. But in this process, the farmer must be careful not to overstress the plant. Overstressing will prohibit growth, grape production and makes it more susceptible to disease. So the farmer must carefully cultivate just the right environment which brings maximum fruit production.

Not enough stress= a large vine with lots of leaves but little fruit

Too much stress = a vine that won't produce fruit

Either way, no grapes.

So the vine's caretaker must wisely, and carefully cultivate a balanced environment that keeps the vine healthy and producing LOTS of sweet fruit.

And so our caretaker must do the same for us. If Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, we are subject to the same treatment Jesus endured. He learned obedience through what he suffered. The Master Caretaker orchestrates the events of our lives. He knows exactly the right amount of hardship is needed in our lives in order to produce the maximum amount of fruit. We need only to entrust ourselves into His masterful hands.

Here is the point.

We NEED hardship(stress) in our lives in order to produce MUCH fruit. We need pruning. We need to have certain things cut from our lives. We need to have certain things withheld from us. We need difficult conditions. But we will grow beautifully under these conditions if we stay connected to the vine. If we are wholly submitted to the care of our Caretaker.

We must give up demanding that God explain Himself to us.
We must give up demanding that God do it our way.
We must give up trying to understand what God is doing.
Just give up
and entrust yourself into the arms of our caring and loving Father.

Trust his heart.
Trust His power.
Trust His perfect wisdom.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Blessings of God

This morning I was reading about Jacob in the book of Genesis.  He had come to a place of desperation.  He was returning back to his homeland, and he was fearful of the reception he would receive.  He had fled twenty years earlier because he deceived his father into giving him, his brother's blessing.  His brother, Esau, wanted to kill him.  Now God had spoken to Jacob telling him to return home.

Jacob sent word to his brother that he was coming home and hoped that his brother would receive him.  The word that returned to Jacob was that his brother Esau was coming with 400 men!

Jacob was terrified and in great distress!

After dividing his people and animals into two groups and sending gifts to Esau, Jacob was left alone.  He had done all he knew to do, now he turned to God.  On that night, he received the response to his cries.  A "man" appears and wrestles with Jacob all night.  During the course of this wrestling match, the "man" tells Jacob to let him go, but Jacob refuses to let him go until the "man" blesses him.

And the "man" does.

As I read the statement, "Then he blessed him there," I pondered the thought, "What was the blessing?"  Here are some thoughts.

  • He had an intimate, face to face encounter with the living God, and lived.
This "man" was God himself.  Jacob recognized the significance of this encounter.  It was not everyday that a person was able to see the face of God and live.  In fact, later God talks about the friendship that he has with Moses.  He spoke face to face to him, not in dreams or riddles, but clearly. Numbers 12:6-8, deut 34:10.  This special friendship was reserved for a select few.  Abraham was also called a friend of God.  James 2:23 God spoke directly to Abraham, face to face, revealing his plans and purposes.  And  let us not forget that Adam walked with God every day, in the cool of the day.

Jesus calls his followers, not simply servants but friends.  

John 15:14-17 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Let us follow Jacob's example and cling to the living God, DON'T LET HIM GO.

  • Jacob received a new name--Israel
Jacob's name meant deceiver.  Deceit was his way of living.  He obtained his brother's birthright and blessing that way.  He also left his father-in-laws's home through deceit.  This was how Jacob operated, through his wit.  Now God changed his name to Israel which means "he struggles with God."  Now Jacob's way of living and thinking was changed.  God was saying, "No more deceit, come to me. "

This story reminds me that I don't need to use wit, manipulation, or any of my devices to bring God's plans to fulfillment in my life.  I need only to look to God and fully obey Him.  It also reminds me that often my thinking is ALL WRONG, and God needs to completely change my thinking.

Humans live "trying to figure things out" for themselves.  We do what we think is right, or at least what we think will bring about the outcome we want.  God calls for a completely new way of living and thinking.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

If you know the rest of Israel's story, you know that God brought his plans and purposes to pass.  Israel was blessed and the entire world has been blessed through Israel.  God plans are always immeasurably bigger than we can fathom, and he gladly fulfills his plans if we will allow Him do his great work.  

Cling to God today and receive His blessings:

a special friendship
A new way of thinking and living

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Will you Believe?

Don't worry.
Talk to God about every problem.  
Every challenge.  
Every circumstance.  
Ask Him for what you need.

Let your heart overflow with gratitude, for the goodness of God, for His supremacy, for his power, for his extravagant love, for for his overflowing gifts, and abounding mercy.

And we will be protected.

The peace of God, which goes far beyond human understanding will create a great wall of protection around your heart and mind.

Worry can't enter.
Fear can't enter.
Lies can't enter.
Unbelief and doubt can't enter.

You are FULLY PROTECTED as long as you continue to believe.
Continue to trust.
Continue to pray.
Continue to rest in the power of the Master,
and continue to submit in humble obedience to our Supreme King.
He will do a great work,
an unbelievable work if only we believe.

Jesus said to Martha: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (She believed that Jesus was too late to help her brother Lazarus.)

Jesus told Martha to have the stone removed. Martha's response to Jesus' command was,
“But Lord...” (What's your, “But, Lord...”?)
It had been too long. His body was decaying. It's too late. It's beyond repair. She believed he could have kept lazarus from dying and she knew he would be resurrected in the last days, but to resurrect him now that he's been dead 4 days... That was a bit much. That didn't even seem like a possible option.

And yet...

Jesus continued to press her. “Will you believe?”

So Martha allowed them to move the stone. She chose to believe though her heart was full of doubt.

Faith is moving forth in what God says even when our minds are full of doubt. Even when we have a million unanswered questions. Even when all logic says, “There's no way!”

It's an attitude that says”
“This is crazy”
“I'm not sure about this, but I trust you.”

Martha knew and loved Jesus. She knew Jesus loved her, her sister and Lazarus. She had no doubt that Jesus loved them. That is where she rested her hope.

So Jesus called forth Lazarus from the grave, and the unbelievable happened. He came out. Whole and alive.

I wonder what would have happened if Martha had chosen to be practical?

Our God doesn't call us to be practical. He calls us to believe. What's more practical and sensible than to believe the Supreme Ruler of the Universe? The One who CANNOT lie because he is truth. The One who loves us perfectly and lavishly. The One who's wisdom has NO BOUNDS.

Why would we trust anyone or anything besides Him?

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Father's Plan for your Day

It is the plan and purpose of God this day to bring into your life people and circumstances that will make you more like Jesus.  Today you have awakened to His classroom.  He has prepared lessons for you to learn and work for you to do.

 His plans for you today are good and perfect.  You can trust His heart.  He loves you.  You can trust His Mighty power.  He is able to accomplish His lofty, and seemingly unattainable goals.  He has already seen this day.  Nothing will surprise Him.

He will bring to you today wonderful opportunities to see Him at work in your life, opportunities to join Him His beautiful work and opportunities for you to grow.  Often these opportunities come in the form of annoyances, inconveniences, unexpected interruptions, delays, pain and heartache.  They also come in the form of laughter, exciting surprises and enjoyable moments.  And yet it is also the plan of God to use the mundane, ordinary, experiences of life as well.  They, too, are a part of His perfect plan.  All of these things have been carefully chosen for you to experience  and masterfully woven into your life by our loving and perfectly wise, Supremely powerful Father so that you might experience His highest good.

 If you fully cooperate with our Heavenly Father, not fighting and resisting Him, not complaining and not trying to avoid the things you don't like, you will experience blessings in such HUGE MEASURE that you won't be able to hold it all!

Provision of every need
and every good gift

Or you can spend your day choosing the path that is most comfortable for you.  You can complain, whine, argue and resist our Father's PERFECT PLAN.

It's up to you.

He hasn't left you to go through life alone.  He's given all of His children a priceless,  gift--His Spirit.

I'm praying that you will choose the path that the Father has prepared for you today.

His plans for you today are perfect and good!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Right Now

It is a good thing to recognize that at the present moment Jesus is all I need. To personalize and make real for the moment, every promise that God gives us. I have everything I need, right now, for life and godliness. I have all I need, through Jesus, all I need for this morning and this day—whatever it may bring. Andrew Murraying, in Abide in Christ encourages us to not waste time in regret over past failures and mistakes, but instead to at this moment confess and ask for forgiveness and Abide again NOW.

Do it now
Abide now.
In this moment.
Do not wait for some special time, place or feeling.
Don't wait until you get it together.
Abide now.
Surrender now.
Don't worry about what you don't know or understand.
Don't worry about your struggles with sin.
Give yourself wholly to God right now.
Give all to Jesus in this moment.
Don't worry that you may not be able to maintain this abiding.
Abide now.
And every time you are reminded of this word by the Holy Spirit, again, give yourself completely to Jesus in the present moment.
He is able to do in you all that needs to be done.
You need only to give yourself to him.
Again and again.
In every moment.
Every "right now" moment is a new beginning
A new opportunity to choose to abide 
You are His.
And He is yours.
Say, “Yes, Lord, I will obey. My life is yours right now.”
Receive His thoughts.
Receive His heart.
Receive every good gift that he generously supplies.

And when your heart strays
as it surely will
Say again
Oh, master I give all to you again
Right. Now.

This post is a combination of Andrew Murray's writings from Abide in Christ and my words inspired by the Holy Spirit.