Friday, December 28, 2018

Lay Down Your Weapons, My Friend

Lay Down Your Weapons, My Friend

You can either choose pride/ego or you can choose LOVE.
Love is best every time.

Allow yourself the opportunity to have special relationships that are deep, meaningful and lasting. How are you obstructing the intimacy in your own relationships?

Protective walls for example. 
Those of us who have been hurt before or just have a fear of being vulnerable will certainly use self-protective ways to guard him or herself. 

Those walls seem like a great idea until we realize they keep us from getting hurt, yes
but they also keep out special friendships and romantic love as well. That just leaves you all alone and isolated...not your planned result, I'm sure.

"When you trust God to defend you, you don't need to defend yourself." 
-The Bait of Satan book by John Bevere

This New Year is full of possibilities and
it's time to break out of your self-imposed prison and trust God to bring you into amazing relationships and fond memories. 

Trade out JOY for Fear this new year 
and stop taking the bait of Satan. Those lies he feeds you, when you take them and dwell there just destroy your own life for him.

Believe Your Beliefs
Doubt Your Doubts.

Come back to the land of the living.
It's Time To Live & Love Again, Beloved.

Now, don't go doing this in your own flesh. Ask the Lord to lead you in the right direction. Surrender your protectiveness and weapons. It's time to die to the flesh (crucify the flesh). Begin anew walking in The Spirit where there is life and light.

Pray for new friends and the right people to come into your life because He knows better than us what we need.

No more frustration
 no more yelling at the dog
no more feeling less than
no more living like you can't keep up
no more starting each day in the negative
no more being controlled by darkness, my dear...

"You have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority." 
Colossians 2:10

"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." 
Ephesians 4:31-32

"Yet we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37

"So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" 
Hebrews 13:6

"Which of you, if your son asks for bread would give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil , know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" 
Matthew 7:9-11

"For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." Galatians 6:8

"For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." 
Romans 8:2
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Where Is Your Focus?

Where Is Your Focus?

I had to make peace with certain things that kept springing up and stealing my joy. There was not just a lack of joy, it was unforgiveness in my heart that was leaving an open door. This open door allowed the tormentor access and with that brought judgement, bitterness, hate, and gossip into my heart which all have grave consequences. 

Oh, Let me tell you...
I was certainly tormented, but the saddest part was that I had allowed it. Once this way of being becomes habitual, it takes on a life of itself and steals from you a little more each day.

Carrying those burdens and re-living those hurts only destroys our life and relationships. Take back the ground your enemy has stolen and do it today. 

Confess the bitterness and unforgiveness to God and let it go. Close that door and turn from that broken form of self-protection.  Allow the Lord, The Great I Am to be your protector. 

The smallest steps will soon become miles if you just keep moving. Don't look back, Beloved, you're not going that way. We must let go of something to move forward. 

What has been holding you back?

"Worrying is like praying for something that you don't want to happen." ~Robert Downey Jr.

Just remember: Hurt people hurt people.

Soon you'll be immune to absorbing what others do. So now, moving right along and...
2019 is looking a Whole Lot Brighter!

"But I say to those who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.....Be merciful, even as your father is merciful." 
Luke 6:27, 28, & 36

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle

Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle

Oh, the Holidays! 
Oh, how magical and special...
O' What Fun!? Or is it..
O' What Drama. O' What Disfunction. O' What Awkwardness...

 Christmas with the extended family can be stressful, especially when the flesh is involved. If you host or show up thinking only of yourself that is a sure recipe for disaster. 

If we are offended, grumbling, complaining, keeping a record of wrongs, holding grudges, making judgements, or assuming the worst...
that is certainly proof that we took the bait of Satan and 
it's beginning to look a lot like 

The evil one is the tormenter and author of failed relationships, estrangement, wounded hearts, distrust, hurt, destruction, and
brokeness. His goal is to make the home as un-peaceful as you allow it to be.  

Our Daily Sanctification is needed for 
Peace with God and 
Peace with Others.

See clip below "What is Sanctification"

"There is one simple but all-inclusive guide the Word of God gives to regulate our walk with Jesus and make us know when sin has come in. Colossians 3:15 says, "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts." Everything that disturbs the peace of God in our hearts is sin, no matter how small it is, and no matter how little like sin it may at first appear to be." (Excerpt from the book, Calvary Road by Roy Hession)

Confess and repent for your part. Ask the Lord to bring light to the root issue and to help you to walk in the Spirit, keep your peace and release that person to God. 

I had to lay down my "weapons" and surrender before my relationship improved with my husband and my son. It started with me and they quickly responded. 
I am only responsible for my response and what's in my heart.

"For he himself is our peace, who has made us both and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven." Ephesians 2:14

"Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written: "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:19

"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." 
Colossians 3:14-17

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a matter worthy of the gospel of Christ." Philippians 1:27

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Marriages Last Because...

Marriages Last Because...

Two people make a choice:

~To Keep It

~To Fight For It

To Work For It.

This movie clip says it all about a couple about to throw it all away...but wait just a second. There's a history here and it's worth it

"I have found the one whom my soul loves." 
Song of Solomon 3:4

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