Standing Still

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This is one of my most favoite verses. It speaks to my warrior heart. I can’t tell you how often I need this reminder, especially when the enemy is ‘barking up the wrong tree’! It helps me to remember that my fight is not with my words or actions, that my power as a warrior AND an ambassador to the kingdom of God is through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit within me. Isn’t it a relief to know that Jesus consumes and devours our foes?

#standstill #shatteringstrongholds

Shalom!

 

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Proud Momma Moment

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This morning my oldest lovebug sent me a text to tell me she saw the above caption on a church billboard on her way to work. I’ve been pondering this all morning, wondering how Holy Spirit would turn into a blog post.

Two years ago we sent our daughter off to study abroad in Amman, Jordan for a semester during her Junior year in college, and she immediately fell in love with the people, the culture and the country.  She was in a language immersion program and all the students had to take a pledge not to speak their native language and could only speak in Arabic. She worked hard with her professor and her Jordanian language partner and her new Jordanian friends, who all helped her to understand, read, write, and speak Arabic.

When she came home I believe she left a piece of her heart in Jordan and she longed to continue speaking in Arabic, but there was a lack of others to converse with her. A few months ago she found a program where she can continue her studies in Arabic and she applied.

She sent me another text this morning, wait for it…..she has received a scholarship from the Omani government to continue her language studies! Proud is an understatement!

God reigns and the Son shines. He certainly does lovebug, He certainly does.

 

Shalom!

 

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Loving a Prodigal

 

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Do you love a prodigal? Maybe you are or have been a prodigal. I was a bit of a prodigal in my younger years, but I’m also a rule follower and prodigal living, thankfully, lasted a very short season for me. But this post isn’t about placing labels, in fact a few different Bible translations preface this parable as ‘The Story of the Lost Son.’ And truly, that is the core of the issue. The wild, extravagant, and loose living is a by product of the condition of the heart of the one engaging in this lifestyle. Their heart has let go of what they know to be true of God and they are lost. Lost to the ones who love them and lost in themselves. BUT, they are not lost to God.

Sometimes loving a wayward loved one means giving them their inheritance, whatever that may look like, setting them free and trusting God to work out His perfect plan for their life; never giving up hope. Hope is one of the beautiful pieces of this story. The father of the lost son never gave up hope.

I wonder how long the son was gone? Can you imagine everyday the father looking down the road expecting to see his son walking toward him? Hope allowed him to be expectant. And, oh, what a glorious day when he turned his watchful eyes down the road, and there, a far distance off was his lost son come home again. Hope caused him to run toward his son in compassion and shower him with gracious provisions and welcome his son home.

There is always hope.

 

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Hey Momma

 

This year of restoration has been an emotional rollercoaster. Some due to the stress of an ongoing struggle, some due to the discovery of a medical condition, (thank you Jesus, my symptoms are finally being recognized and it isn't all in my head!), and some because of transition.

Today my son and I needed to take care of some college prep and living arrangement items and we spent a fair amount of time in the car. My son loves music and he loves to play his music for me. Just when I thought I couldn't bear one more song, my son says, "This next song, someday everything in this song will come true."

Here is a small portion of some of the lyrics.

"Hey mama, I want to scream so loud for you
'Cause I'm so proud of you, let me tell you what I'm about to do (hey mama)"

"And when I'm older, you ain't got to work no more
And I'm a get you that mansion that we couldn't afford (hey mama)
See your unbreakable, unmistakable, highly capable, lady that's making loot
A living legend too, just look at what heaven do, send us an angel, and I thank you" – Kayne West

Do you know how incredibly hard it is to drive, while choking back tears because your son has touched your heart so deeply?

God promised 2017 would be a year of restoration. It has also been a year of blessings.

Shalom!

#blessedmomma #mothersonbond #restored2017

 

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Late Night Text

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Late night phone calls, text messages or knocks on the door are not something many of us want to receive, especially as a parent. Last night one of my best friends sent me a late night text and she simply stated, “miss you. love you. praying.” My first thought was, “Why is she up so late praying?” But instinctively I knew why. I started praying also and within minutes God answered our prayers. (He has always been faithful to answer this particular prayer).

This is how the Body of Christ is meant to operate. That we are so attuned to HIS voice and desire nothing more than to be obedient to His call.

It is our responsibility to take care of God’s House first, so when can experience healing, deliverance, and grow in the knowledge of the power that lives within us. To grasp onto this overwhelming truth that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in each believer, who has called on the Name of the Lord Jesus, as their Lord and Savior.

Precious Ones, please, I can’t encourage you often enough, stay connected to Jesus through practicing spiritual disciplines of reading and studying his word, prayer, praise and worship. Yes, we are no longer under the laws of the Old Testament, and, yes, we are covered by the love and grace of the New Testament, but that doesn’t mean we, “throw the baby out with the bath water.” How are we to disciple one another, let alone a lost and hurting world, if we’re not connected daily and consistently to The Vine? This is not to make you feel badly about what your time with God currently looks like, rather, encouragement to ask God how he wants your time with him to look. I can guarantee you it will include being in His word.

Your soul craves His word.

Precious One, feed your soul.

Shalom!

 

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Listen for His Voice

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The voices and noise of this world can be deafening, but the still, small, and soft voice of Holy Spirit speaks to you lovingly and without end. Are you listening?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27.

Shalom!

#identity #windofheaven #trustHisvoice

 

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A Garden Full of Possibilites

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Let’s acknowledge that trials, challenges and deep struggles are simply a part of life this side of eternity. And that is not to diminish what you are going through or have been through, believe me, I know and understand. But what if we changed our perspective? What if we looked at the trials of this life as a bed full of wildflowers? Can you see the endless possibilities of miracles in your midst?

#windofheaven, #HErestoresmysoul. #trusttheprocess.

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