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A child's prayer

Have you ever listened to a child pray? A couple weeks ago a 5 year old boy in my Jr. Church class volunteered to pray. As he started to talk with God about things in his life a couple others kids started to chuckle & laugh (they thought he was praying wrong). I quickly quieted them and told the kids there isn't a right or wrong way to pray. We are to talk with our Heavenly Father about things on our heart. This is exactly what this little one did! He talked to God like we talk to each other. There was no repetition, nothing pre-learned; a simple and pure conversation with God. 
I encourage my kids this same way. My son is 3 and so many times he would ask me, "Mama, who should I pray for?" Or "What should I pray next?" I would tell him to talk to God like he talks to me, what's on his heart, for people that are sick, those who don't have food or a home, hurting, sad, who needs Jesus... Things like that. Last night he really started to open up to our …

Invisible Ink

"That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:12-14
Have you ever held onto a receipt for any length of time only to see the ink fade? Does this invalidate the purchase made? No! The purchase is still legitimate long after the ink wears off! Now think of us in Christ, we too were bought with a price and sealed with His Holy Spirit of promise... Over time, we may loose that outward excitement we once had at our new spiritual birth. Allowing this to happen can cause us to fall into a spiritual depression; which is a land-mine of enemy attacks! Good news is, since we have this invisible ink, His Holy Spirit, we STILL belong to Christ! No purc…

Cast away the cloth

"Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence." Isaiah 30:22 
A woman's time of the month isn't exactly a pleasant thought. Yet The Lord God compared idolatry to a menstruous cloth! Gross!!! A woman will grasp this thought a little better than a man, as it's a part of life we regularly deal with. 
God created this time for women as a natural way of cleansing. It's His way of removing toxins from our female bodies. Let's look at this spiritually... If we've allowed any image of anything or anyone to replace God on our heart's throne we've defiled our hearts, minds and walk with Christ! It's no longer just an outward thing, it's become an issue of the heart! 
This monthly cycle is often painful too, so is letting go of what we shouldn't have gripped hold of to begin with! Also this a…

Carry my small voice

This morning, in the still quiet of our home, I could hear my husband's strong voice carry throughout the house. He wasn't angry or upset, yet his voice carried. As I could hear his conversation, I asked The Lord, "Please let my small voice carry to far places for Your glory." 
The apostle Paul said, "For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:20 
Those of us in Christ are His ambassadors; we are in a foreign land that is not our home. Yet without the Holy Spirit we cannot speak boldly with Love. When we are obedient to Him & His call, He carries our voice to where He sends it and it PROSPERS! For when we speak, it's not that of ourselves but His Word! From the frailest of voices to the most strong and powerful, if it's His leading, it flourishes! Will you allow Him to use your voice?

Armed for the unseen?

Armed for the unseen?
The *UNSEEN* battle begins in the mind! God has given us His armor for our defense... He's given us Christ!
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" Ephesians 6:17 
Think how vital our mind is! It's not only our central command center for our body, but spiritually also! Our actions mimic our thoughts either for good or bad. Which in turn, will either bring the Father in Heaven glory or our flesh. How life-sustaining is this head/mind protection? DETRIMENTAL!!! 
Not only do we have the helmet of salvation, but He's also given us the Sword of the Spirit, HIS WORD! This is our defense.It is necessary that we daily feast at His table so we have His indispensable truth to combat enemy lies. 
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2 How can our mindset be …

Unknown Destinations

We never really know how far the Lord's reach is when we are obedient! 
I've been blogging for a couple years and they're usually shared on fb & twitter. Some people share and it's cool to see The Lord carry on the messages of how He speaks to me to so many others. On blogspot, where I post my blogs, I'm able to see 7 subscribers. Pretty cool. However the "number" there has been the same for quite some time. If we only focus on numbers it can become quite discouraging! 
Yesterday The Lord granted me a glimpse of His carrying on these messages! I received an email from a website that clusters websites for a one place stop. The creator of this site wanted to let me know my blog had 44 new followers. I was confused, because I never signed up to share or post there! He was kind enough to explain his sight & the process. 
Overall, the little things that mean so much to me are being shared by many more than I ever dreamed possible! How incredible is The Lo…

Spiritual Starvation

Did you know there are 4 steps the body goes through in starvation? These physical things also are also applicable to us spiritually! 
To 'starve' means to suffer or die from extreme or prolonged lack of food; in essence it is be hungry.Here's the process & results: 1- Irritation & weakness -     If we are griping & complaining it shifts our focus; causing us to hunger after wrong things. This makes us more susceptible to temptations! 2- Exhaustion & indifferent-     The body & spirit can become rundown which causes us to have an attitude of "who cares" or "so what" because there's little if any strength!3-Depression-     No longer taking interest in once cherished things, people much less the Word of God and our walk with Christ. A complacent numbness takes grip; very scary!4-Death-     Lifelessness! 
We are created with an inner longing to be fed, to be filled & to be full! Jesus said, "Blessed are they which do hunger a…

Fizzy Faith!

Fizzy Faith... Does your faith have that Jesus fizz?
Today in Jr church I gave the kids a hands on visual comparison of our lives before Christ & the changes He makes when we allow Him in. Using our 5 senses we compared a small bottle of water (represents without Christ) and a small bottle of Sprite (life with Christ)... The kids were great and could see the differences right away! One of the first things they noticed was the bubbles in the sprite! When the sunlight hit it, it sparkled! Something the water lacked!
Then I shook both bottles & asked the kids what would happen next... They all shouted the pop will EXPLODE! Haha! I explained to them see, when we are filled with God's Holy Spirit, He makes the biggest difference in our lives from the INSIDE and He allows these changes to be seen & felt by those around us! Just like the effects of shaking pop, His goodness & love overflows from our hearts to others too! 
Then, I took the cap off and asked them if they knew …

Battles so Fierce

Have you ever fought a battle so fierce;That it felt like every fiber was pierced? All you wanna do is just run and hide; But instead you turn to God and confide! It's there you find peace; Humbled, remorseful, laid down on your knees.  You don't have to fight the demons alone; Christ declared victory & now sits on the Throne! These battles will come and these battles will go; Just know whatever you face, in Him, you're not alone.  He restores strength and grants healing too. Every fiber deep pained, every thought that rushes through  Lay 'em down and let His hand comfort you.  May you find peace at His feet and see His beauty so sweet!  Remember all the things Jesus went through and know; He did it for you! He knows, He sees and He fought these same battles too.  Trust Him to see you through. 

Deodorize the Day

This morning while getting dressed & ready for the day I applied deodorant! Whoooo hoooo, right! I always converse with my Heavenly Father, even in the little routine things. I asked Him, "Lord, there must be more to this as simple as it is. Without deodorant our bodies put off a stench most would rather not smell, but this covering grants a sweet aroma." 
Here's His reply to me... It's so cool! He said, "Most people think of my Word as food or spiritual substance, but many lack understanding to My protection through it; it is also My covering." Then as I get in His Word, He spoke this: "And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say...Thou art my people." Isaiah 51:16
Those of us IN Him are covered by His Word! Remember John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." We…

Not Finished Yet

Have you ever started a project with much enthusiasm & excitement only to get midway and get distracted with something else? I sure have! Sometimes these projects are put in the back burner and never completed. Such as life, right? Sometimes we wonder if God is making any progress with us. Remember He's the Potter, we are the clay... Well, one thing we can count on is this: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained..." Ephesians 2:10 That which He's started, will be completed! "For he will finish the work..." Romans 9:28 

Next time you feel as though there's little if any change happening within; just remember who it is you belong to... He is faithful! 
"Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is …

Gone Astray?

This evening my kids and I stop at the grocery store to grab a couple things. Feeling quite adventurous, I allow my 3 year old son to walk rather than sit in the cart. Knowing what the outcome would be, I kept a close eye on him. Rowdy & excited he decides to run around. As most 3 year olds with freedom do. I call for him, but he continues his own direction. So do I. He doesn't know I can see him, but he can't see me and becomes hysterical! I call his name and he quiets a little. Yet he still didn't see me so continued. There were a few shoppers who looked at me like I was mean and if I would get him. Little did they care there was a deeper lesson for both of us. The more Jayden heard my voice the more he calmed down and could hear the direction to go. Once he saw me he ran as fast as he could with tears of relief. He didn't leave my side after that. 

Lets apply this spiritually... How often do we go our own ways, deliberately disobeying our Heavenly Father? Have yo…

My friend Grace

Many years ago while doing nurse aide work I met a lady at the end of her days named Grace. She was quiet, sweet and different from the other residents. Day in and day out I would stop in her room to find her reading her tattered but cherished Bible. Everyday I would think to myself, how can anyone read the same thing over and over? After a few months of working with her and many others I took a 2nd shift instead of 1st, only to walk in her room and find she had passed. The nurse approached me and told me it was mine and a friend's job to prepare her body for the morgue that was coming. I was heartbroken. Plus I never had to deal with the "after death" aspect of my job. I've never seen such sweet peace on a face gone on as hers. We cared for her gingerly as her body was frail, even though she was no longer there. I think about this precious lady often in my own walk with Christ. She may never know the impact of her diligence, patience or peaceful presence. Now I know…

Search the Scriptures

SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES By Michelle James 
Do you know what you believe? Is it fully in tune with the Bible? If it does NOT line up with the Word of God... RUN RUN RUN RUN!!! How do you know it's 100% biblically sound? Is it because somebody told you so OR because you've searched the Scriptures?
The Gospel of Christ is simple, even understandable to children. "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..." 1 Corinthians 14:33
There is a flood of teachings based upon man, to satisfy man & made by man for man's glory and man's gain.. There is something out there to believe to fit whatever one desires, but IF it be not based on Christ & His infallible Word, it's a heap of "feel good" fables; which in the end leads to eternal destruction! "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears fro…

Sin Stinks

Sin stinks! It carries a stench of rot and decay... Yet, in God's infinite Love still reaches for the lost! 
He said, "I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face... Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day." Isaiah 65:2-3,5 Has your nose ever been burnt by smoke? It stings! Just think what we, in our humanness, must put our Heavenly Father through. Look what He has to say about rebellion & stubbornness: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry..." 1 Samuel 15:23 
Next time we dare think to choose our own way over the Lord's Will, remember this: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12
Thou…

My Sistas & Worldly Mistas

Y'all don't need them worldly mistas... No one deserves someone that'll dis ya. Forget that mess & leave that alone. Seek out a man that adores that Heavenly Throne.  If you don't heed this advice, your world will be filled with heartache, chaos & strife.  These fellas may seem to have it all, stability, self will & promises things that thrill, but in the end your heart will be left seeking & loveless still.  Empty promises, deep pain & a longing for one who walks with the King will be your reward for choosing one who is spiritually bored.  These mistas, my sistas, will leave your heart in blistas! Abound in the Life Christ has called you into, keep on the narrow road & remember all He's brought you through.  Please heed this advice, think about it and think twice.  There no perfect people, no not in this life, instead of seeking man's love, keep your eyes focused on Christ!  His love is undending, perfect & true. After all, He gave His lif…

Thoughts to ponder & time of reflection...

Thoughts to ponder & time of reflection...If we don't take time to commune with our Father in Heaven by prayer & reading His written Word, can we say we know Him?If we do not take time to do what's pleasing to Him by faith in sharing His goodness & the Love of Jesus with those around us, can we truly say we love Him?If we do not heed His warnings and gentle directions by His Spirit, can we say we truly listen to Him?If we carry not our cross and die upon it daily to the wills and desires of our flesh, can we truly say we follow Him? If we examine not our walk & not apply His sweet teachings to this temporary life, can we truly say we are His students and He the teacher?If we do none of these things, yet say we "believe", can we truly expect to spend eternity with Him?

The Sunday School teacher —a steward

The Sunday School teacher —a steward
By C. H. Spurgeon“Give an account of thy stewardship.” Luke 16:2I see nothing in the Bible that should lead me to believe that the office of the preacher is more honourable than that of the teacher. It seems to me, that every Sunday School teacher has a right to put “Reverend” before his name as much as I have, or if not, if he discharges his trust he certainly is a “Right Honourable”. He teaches his congregation and preaches to his class. I may preach to more, and he to less, but still he is doing the same work, though in a small sphere. I am sure I can sympathise with Mr Carey, when he said of his son Felix, who left the missionary work to become an ambassador, “Felix has drivelled into an ambassador;” meaning to say, that he was once a great person as a missionary, but that he had afterwards accepted a comparatively insignificant office. So I think we may say of the Sabbath-school teacher, if he gives up his work because he cannot attend to it, …

More open doors & more of You Lord

More open doors Lord, this world desperately needs Your precious Son.
More open doors Lord, with courage & strength to endure all pain, heartache, rejection & more.
More open doors Lord, Jesus declared He is the ONLY way.
More open doors Lord Your people need You now.
More open doors Lord with perseverance to the end.
More open doors Lord without compromising for false friends.
More open doors Lord, redeem the time that's lost.
More open doors Lord, have mercy there are countless souls to win.
More open doors Lord, pour out Your Spirit upon all flesh.
More open doors Lord, You are faithful and true.
More open doors Lord, we are desperate for YOU!
More open doors Lord and courage  to go through.
With boldness and Love Lord, draw these failing hearts to You.
More of You Lord, and less of this flesh.
More of You Lord, and all that is needed to finish this test.

Destined for Change

There have been mountains and valleys, desserts and tears.
How the Lord moves in me through out the years.
Gently removing the pain & the fears.
Now I am covered in His lovely humility,
By His blood so gracefully shed just for me.Lost in my ways, I'm destined for change.
Lord move in me;
I'm not who I used to be! He quickly came in, when I confessed all my sin,
That's when His Spirit slowly begin
Molding me into His perfect image.
Letting go of bondage, baggage with courage. Lost in His ways, I'm destined for change.
Lord move in me;
I'm not who I used to be! He's more than patient, to this mirey clay.
Once I was marred, but now I am changed.
Healing the brokenness, burried so deep.
Opening my eyes, its His love that I see.Lost in His ways, I'm destined for change.
Lord move in me;
I'm not who I used to be! Now with His strong arms, holding me dear,
He's shown me my weakness and His strength endures.
No longer walking through this world a…

Tug of War

"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel."Zechariah 3:1-3 Here is a picture of Joshua, the high priest, in filthy rags! A chosen vessel of the Lord standing in the midst of the angel of the LORD and satan himself, but note the LORD rebuked satan! Not once but twice. And notice, he said, "is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" In essence He was saying, "Joshua is mine. You cannot have him! He's been pulled out of your clutches! Go away!"He doesn't stop there, "And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine ini…

True Friend

I've seen it time and time again
People want to call Him friend
But when He invites them in
They turn and walk away from Him.So many just don't understand
That when He bids us come with Him
He wants to love much deeper than
Our minds can even comprehend.I've seen it time and time again
His love reaches out to them
He wipes away every sin
And every tear, He bottles them.His tenderness touches hearts
And promises to never part.
Denying self is just the start
But to the world this isn't smart.I've seen it time and time again
Only Christ can give without end.
A real commitment to His friend
All begins with a journey with Him.

Enlisted in Christ' Army

I am in my Lord's army
He is faithful to the end.
There is no greater Commander
Than One who'd die for His friend.

What a steep price to pay
For Him to take my hand in His
And bid me "Come" on a journey with Him.

A life of total darkness was my foggy way before 
A soldier in His Army
in a battle that is unseen.
See there are demons all around me fighting against this royal King
They want to take as many souls as they can blindly lead.

My Jesus gently whispers, worry here no more.
The battle is already won and soon ALL WILL CALL ME LORD.

He's given every weapon
and faithful defense too.

He's given His clothes of righteousness
 by His willing sacrifice.

The day He died upon the cross satan thought he had victory.
But to his surprise
 my King from death did arise!

After three days of total darkness 
this Commander, He did win
Permanently erasing all of sins stain
See, HE conquered death & the grave.

The enemy was ticked 
and this battle did grow worse
This was just the beginning 
Of ma…

True vs False "Service & Missions"

Thinking about today's emphasis on "missions & service"... how many go to another country to be changed!

I heard a "testimony" of an undevoted man who went with his church. He said, "ya know, I don't pray everyday, but I tell ya, if you go on a missions trip, it will change you."

OK, aren't we to take the Gospel (unedited true Gospel) making true disciples as Jesus commanded? Can we truly be dedicated to Christ and His call yet not commune with Him regularly? Doesn't the Gospel itself by the Holy Spirit's power change and transform us? My heart is still grieved over this testimony and the countless others that are just like it. We follow Christ at a high cost, the cost of denying ourselves and carrying our cross daily. Where is the "self gain" Jesus promised? THERE IS NONE! We can't honestly serve Christ and fulfill His great commission without His leading, guiding and Holy Spirit.  If we aren't His disciple, can…

More than a symbol

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More than a symbol, a necklace to place there.
So much more than a picture in a pretty frame for one to admire and stare.
A real face that took my place
And all the sin and weight of my shame
So much more than a scratch or a simple skin tare.
A beating badly taken in the most courageous way.
Yet so many carelessly walk by
And give little thought to His pierced side.
A crown of thorns, not from a prim rose but twisted and turned that He be mocked more.
Each cut, disgusting spit, a 7-ended whipping digs, all this to be my friend.
There is no other love.
No love so real and true;
As the day my Jesus gave His life for both me and you.
So much more than just a rugged tree.
More than just His pain galore.
A portrait of Heaven's open door.
His blood did flow
Under ground it did go.
It fell upon the mercy seat
And made a way for us to see,
His love upon a rugged tree.
Dare we wear a necklace without care for the sacrifice & joy that was not fair.
To see a pretty face with a blood …

The beauty of Feet

Greetings to all in Christ! I want to share a life lesson with you all that I've experienced. I pray you are blessed and encouraged and take a look at feet in a whole new light! In Jesus name! ~ Here is a link to the song "At Your Feet" by Casting Crowns. I encourage you to listen ... Casting Crowns "At Your Feet" ~ "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:15 ~  QUESTION: How can we preach if we are not willing to submit to the call? ~ Learning about service, humility and Love... A while ago, my husband was joking about washing his feet as he was taking his work boots off one night. At first I was reluctant and kidding him about how stinky his feet were, but I knew there would be something to it, so I prayerfully did it. I ran a little bath water and had him sit on the edge of the tub and began washing his fee…

Letting Go

What's one to do when the weight of this life makes one weary and weak? Oh Lord, I need Your comfort and peace! Please give me words to speak!Lord, help me let go- help me let go! I lay them down at the foot of Your Throne.When I'm weary and worn from the strength of this storm. Your arms embrace me so gentle and sweet. You say, "Come unto Me, rest my child, for here is the reprieve you need."Lord let it be Your Love that refreshes me. There's no other place I'd rather be than safely tucked beneath Your wing. Oh Lord embrace me- embrace me.All these burdens and strife that bring tears; they expose my weakness and add to my fears. Father God You're the only One who hears. Lord, help me let go- help me let go! I lay them down at the foot of Your Throne.Your love is all that I need to let go, grant strength and Your peace to fulfill every need. No more burdens to bear, nor am I alone, I've laid these troubles down in the midst of this storm.Lord, help me…

King of the saints

I once was surrounded by death and despair, but Your love came down and rescued me there. Oh bright Light and sweet taste of Heaven's delight. The moment You opened my eyes to see, that precious day I did fall upon my knees.To think I will sing with saints gone before, to worship & praise the magnificent Lord! "Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." Rev 15:3-4I will bow down and worship with the saints, oh how the thought makes my heart faint. To behold Your power and glory divine. A trade once made with Your hand in mine. Far to majestic for my mind to comprehend, to think You now call me friend. Now no more gloom nor pain I tried to hide, the darkness is gone and Christ at my side. No worries nor fear, but true joy that brings tears. A…

Are you Trusting The "Foolishness" of God?

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"And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words." Genesis 35:5-8

The Lord God gave Joseph a forewarning of what was to come here. This dream would eventually be a blessing, but the trials & rebuke he would endure & receive would require much trust & patience in the Almighty Living God. Though Joseph's brothers didn't understand the dream completely, it drove them more into hatred and inevitably played right into God's plan for His beloved!

Noah was also warned of what was to come and though he…

Postcard Christianity

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I don't know about you, but I know I've experienced postcard Christianity. "What's that?", you might ask. Let me fill you in...

Postcard Christianity is where we hold up snapshots of other believer's lives and share their stories. They're motivational, yes! Moving, yes! Inspiring yes! We can learn much from their wisdom gained and their testimonies told. The problem is becoming reliant upon them rather than taking Christ by the hand ourselves!

So many of us have been sitting on our "spiritual couches"! We've nestled away tucked in a safe zone attempting to live out our Christian lives through some one else's adventures. There is a problem here and it leads to complacency; the hardening of our hearts and in turn grant us hard fallow ground! Something must be done!

"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you." Ho…