Friday, March 10, 2017

The Source Of My Strength.....


The Eternal is the source of my strength and the shield that guards me. When I learn to rest and truly trust Him, He sends His help. This is why my heart is singing! I open my mouth to praise Him, and thankfulness rises as song. --- Psalm 28:7

HE is the source of my strength....I woke super early yesterday morning with this phrase gently repeating over and over and over again in my head.  Little did I know the Lord was preparing me for what HE KNEW was coming just a couple of hours later.  (Though I certainly did NOT).  At approximately 8:30 yesterday morning, as I was getting ready for a long awaited MRI, I received a phone call from my beloved cousin that when checking on grandma he found her confused and unable to walk and that she needed to go the hospital.   Though I immediately heard that "other" voice whispering to me to panic, to worry, to give into my feelings of fear, I was able to not engage and instead to turn and talk to God.  He reminded me of what He had just shown me two hours earlier....He alone is the SOURCE of my strength.  Because of that I truly can rest and trust Him.  What should have been a day filled with chaos and crazy turned into a day filled with worship, praise, and PEACE!  

I am thanking Him for teaching me how to praise Him in all things.  Hardships are simply an opportunity to turn to Him, to have conversations with Him and not with myself.  Hardships give Him an opportunity to display HIS strength in my weakness.  I don't have to do anything except surrender and be purposeful in keeping my eyes on Him!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

She Plucked And Ate!


As I was reading through Genesis 3 today I was struck by a pattern taking place in the Garden 2000 years ago that I see in my own life today.  (The life of all women) This scenereo sneaks up on us and pulls our focus from the life GIVER to the peace stealer!   A whole lot happened before Eve "Plucked and ate" the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  

  • SERPENT:  "Is it true that God has forbidden you to eat fruit from the trees of the garden"?   Genesis 3:1
  • EVE:  "No, serpent. God said we are free to eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. We are granted access to any variety and all amounts of fruit with one exception: the fruit from the tree found in the center of the garden. God instructed us not to eat or touch the fruit of that tree or we would die."  Genesis 3:2-3
  • SERPENT:  "The truth is that God knows the day you eat from that tree you will awaken something powerful in you and become like Him.  You will possess knowledge of good and evil.  Genesis 3:5
  • EVE:  "The woman approached the tree, eyed its fruit, and coveted its mouth watering wisdom.  SHE PLUCKED AND ATE..  "Suddenly their eyes were open.  For the first time they sensed their vulnerability.  Genesis 3:6

Chapter three goes on and shows how both Adam and Eve chose to blame each other rather than to take responsibility for their own actions and repent.  I see how God had provided this beautiful place, filled and full of wonder and awe, and because of Eve turning away from God and turning towards the serpent, they lost it all.  

I sit here this morning and I ponder this question....What if Eve had not engaged the serpent at all from the very first question?  What if instead, she had turned away from "it" and turned to "God"?   (Romans 8). 

I know that may own sinful actions begin when I turn my focus from the lover of my soul to the one who loves to fascinate and then assassinate.  

Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards of love, While our vineyards are in blossom.” -- Song of Solomon 2:15

Did you notice that this story did not start with..."She Plucked And Ate".   Eve's outward behavior did not engage in sin until AFTER she had engaged in listening to that "other" voice.  I wonder how many times we ponder the words of our own sinful nature without even knowing what we're doing?  I pray that God would help us to catch those foxes before they steal the fruit of our vineyard.  .     

Monday, February 6, 2017

Salt & Light--Denying Ourselves


Last night was our second official week of Salt & Light Discipleship.  It was amazing.  We were thrilled by our numbers considering it was right smack dab in the middle of the SuperBowl.  I love how much we are loving being in His Word!  His Word is POWERFUL!  It's EMPOWERING!  It's ENCOURAGING!  It's TRANSFORMING!

If you want to follow Me, you must deny yourself the things you think you want. You must pick up your cross and follow Me.-- Matthew 16:24

I loved every part of last night, but my favorite was when we dissected Matthew 16:24.  Here is how God spoke to us through collective conversation:

1-If you WANT:  We have to pray and ask God to give us want-to

2-MUST deny:  Denying is not optional.

3-THINK you want:  How many times do we "think" we want something, only to get it and find out it doesn't satisfy our soul the way we thought it would.

4-Pick up YOUR cross:  Not our children's crosses, or our husbands crosses, or our friends crosses.  We can get each other back to God and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be empowered to pick up our cross.  We cannot do it in our flesh.  God has to transform the way we think and THEN we can change our behavior.

Golden Thread-Knocking

Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.--Rev 3:20

Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened.-- Matthew 7:7-8


Such a sweet treat!  Thank you Lynn Doto for making SUGAR-FREE muffins as I am learning how to deny my flesh.  You are such a sweet gift to me. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

And It Begins....


Faith Covenant officially launched it's first ever Salt & Light  groups last night!  It was awesome and amazing and full of  God's Word and personal application.   The evening was magical.


We spent 8-weeks in the fall building the strong foundation to launch Salt & Light by walking through the Freedom Workshop.  Two weeks ago we held our first S&L Introduction class and last night we LAUNCHED!   

SIX classrooms of women eagerly sitting at the feet of Jesus to hear from Him through His Word.  I wish I had a video of our closing assembly.  

The JOY was palpable as the women flooded back into our main assembly.    

Women were eager to share how God spoke to them through His Word.  Not only from our own personal reading, but then as others shared scripture the Holy Spirit gave them we continued to be counseled by the Word of God.  There were tears, laughter, and lots of aha's!

We missed you Mary Jane, Bernice, Amanda, Dreama, Cathy, and Erika.  We cannot wait to see you next week!  


Each week we try to find God's Golden Thread where we see Him moving with the same message on many different hearts.  This weeks was from Isaiah 40:31:

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.