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Quote Day: TRUTH

Before this month began, I received a great challenge from my best friend.  What was the challenge?  To write on my blog every single day for a month.  And it’s been great.  I’m so glad I said yes.  It’s really helped me get this website of mine off the ground.  For a good few weeks, I was posting my daily entries before I even put on my makeup or ate breakfast or drove to work.  But today… today was different.  I’ve had my makeup on for hours.  In fact, it’s almost time to take off my makeup and dive into bed.  But I can’t.  I won’t.  Not until I post today’s entry.

Today, I have failed to write something deep and thought-provoking and…. blog-worthy.  Today I am relying on the great revelations and opinions of a few people who’ve gone before me to fill up this empty space on my blog.  Yes, today is quote day.  I’ve never had a quote day.  But I think I might have to start having one.  It was fun.  And the topic of today’s quote day?  TRUTH.  If you feel compelled, leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite.

“Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway.”  -Elbert Hubbard

“Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.”  – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”  Thomas Jefferson

“A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time for him to feed on it.” -C.S. Lewis

“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”  -Horace Mann

“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”  -H.L. Mencken

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”  -Mark Twain

I found these great and thought-provoking thoughts and www.quoteland.com.

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God will never leave His children begging

I was just checking on that nice little feature on here called “Blog Stats”. And I was noticing my “Top Searches”, which are….

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  • battles of victory in the Bible
  • God will never leave His children begging

That last one really gets me. God will never leave His children begging. Never. Never….

And I wonder to myself… how many people stumble onto this little blog of mine in the middle of the vast blogosphere… simply because…. they want to be reminded that God will never leave His children begging?

Whoever you are, wherever you’re at right now….. know that God is right there with you. He sees your tears. He watches you cry yourself to sleep at night when you think no one else sees. He hears your cries for help. And He is right there. Not there like an invisible friend is there. He is there like the best friend whose shoulder you want to press your face against and spill tears on right this moment. He’s there like the hero you need to break down the prison door and release you.  He loves you. Oh, how He loves you…..

God will never leave His children begging.

Never.

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Upon finding the pearl of great value, the man sold all that he had to gain it. – Matthew 13:46

At once they left their nets and followed Him. -Mark 1:18

Deeper still, LORD.  I must have more of You…..

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Tradition or Truth? You decide.

Friday was supposed to be one of the worst days of my life.  That’s what I expected it to be.  And I was actually ok with it.  I was ok with experiencing pain.  I was ok with crying tears.  I was ok with goodbyes that wrenched my heart.  I was ok because I knew God was with me.  He would hold me up.

But let me just tell you: God blew the shutters off my house.  Yes.  If Friday was like a house and the shutters on the house were my expectations of what that day would be — then He blew the shutters right of that house.  Friday wasn’t the worst day of my life or my week or my year.  No, it was one of the best days of my life.

Friday was my last day at a job that I loved.  I was let go.  But God didn’t let me go.  He never has.  He never will.

In the face of financial uncertainty, in the face of having no idea where I was going to go or what I was going to do next, I trusted Him.  And He was faithful.  No, He was more than faithful.  I expected Him to comfort me.  I expected Him to strengthen my heavy heart.  I expected Him to dry my tears.  What I didn’t expect Him to do was to open a door to a new job the very same day that is 100 times beyond what I was asking Him for.

All the while, people have been saying things to me like, “Well, we know God is in control.  The job market is in shambles right now.  I, myself, was unemployed for 14 months.  But God is faithful.”  Now, don’t get me wrong — I understand that the intention behind such a statement is to encourage me that God will never leave me.  But such a statement paints God out to be more like an invisible friend that just stands next to you when times are tough — rather than the One who spoke the vast universe  into existence, who placed millions of stars in the sky, who placed the waters in the ocean and set boundaries for those oceans so that they could go no further, who knit you and I together in our mother’s womb, who planned out our entire lives before one of them came to pass.

For some of these people, I understand that God is treated and expected to behave like an invisible friend.  And for some people, they believe that because of complete ignorance — they just don’t know any better.  For others, that’s who they want God to be.  Either way, our false beliefs and misunderstandings have rendered Him powerless.

Will you come with me to God’s Word?  In Matthew 15, the Pharisees came to point the finger at Jesus.

Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (verses 2-3)

The Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus wasn’t doing things in the same way that the elders had done things in the past.  Jesus answered by saying this:

“For the sake of your traditions you have rendered God powerless.” (verse 6)

And it’s no different today.  People look to the news or the stock market or their past experience or their neighbor or their own fears for direction in a storm.  It’s no wonder they get stuck there.  People today are relying on tradition.  Every time I turn on the news and listen to reports about the economy, I hear them take me on a journey back to the Great Depression.  I hear them talk about how bad it was then and how long it took to get out of it, and how we can look to that experience to get us out of this one.  What is tradition?  It’s the way things have been done in the past.

Now, I’m not saying all tradition is bad.  But what is bad is trusting in tradition (the ways things have been in the past) instead of trusting in God and what His Word says.  If I were to trust in the traditions of others — what happened for them in the past, I’m certain I’d be unemployed — and for who knows how long.

I’m God’s daughter.  I’m not subject to the economy, the bad job market, the bad experiences of others.  I’m subject to Him and His Word.  Let’s review that what Jesus said in Matthew 15: “Any why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”  In other words, why do you look away from what God is saying and focus on the way things have been done in the past?

Let’s get back to God’s Word.  What has He promised you?  Whatever your situation is, find out what He’s promised you concerning that situation, then stand on it until it comes to pass.

God’s Word doesn’t return void.  (Isaiah 55:11)

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I consider it all garbage, trash, worthlessness… compared to the greatness of knowing HIM

You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow His directions,
doing your best to find Him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road He set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
now You expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
keeping to the course You set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
in comparing my life with Your counsel.
I thank You for speaking straight from Your heart;
I learn the pattern of Your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what You tell me to do;
don’t ever walk off and leave me.   Psalm 119:1-8 MESSAGE

Later, can I tell you how much this passage means to me?  Can I tell you how what I expected to be one of the worst days of my life became one of the best days of my life?

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You’ve Outgrown the Land

I have good news today.  We aren’t talking politics.  Not on this blog anyway.  Trust me — no one is more relieved than me.

Today I have to say goodbye.  To a lot of people.  A lot of people that I’ve really come to love.  Today is that last day of my job.

Yes, change can be good and bad.  I don’t enjoy either kind.  Change is hard for me.  I like routine.  I like security.  I like comfort.

Nevertheless, I’ve been dreading today.  Ever since I got home from work yesterday, I’ve been pretty hum glum (is that a word?  no, I think I just made it up.)  Every since I found out last Tuesday that I would be losing my job, I’ve been really strong.  People have asked me how I feel and I always give a honestly optimistic reply.  I haven’t felt one ounce of fear.  I know God has my back.  But now it’s getting really close.  And though I’m not exactly fearful, I am starting to wonder — what am I going to do now? And goodbyes.  Oh, I hate goodbyes.  It’s the worst part of this whole deal.

But listen up here!  I’m not writing this blog to complain to you.  You don’t need my complaining.  I’m writing this blog because God just grabbed me by the shoulders and looked me squarely in the face and said: “Look up, Michelle.  Don’t look down.  I’m getting ready to move.”

And then He told me to go look up Abraham and Lot.  So I did.

Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.  And quarreling arose between Abram’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.

So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.  Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”  –Genesis 13:5-9

So they parted ways.  Lot chooses the good, lush, beautiful land.  And what does Abraham get?  What’s leftover.  The Bible doesn’t illustrate how Abraham (then Abram) responded.  But I have my guesses.  I think he was disappointed.  I think he got the short end of the stick and knew it.  I think he was tempted to second-guess his decision to let Lot be the one to choose which land he wanted.  But I also think he felt great satisfaction in knowing that he did what God told him to do.

The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.  Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” Genesis 13:14-17

I didn’t understand why God was having me read this passage until I got to that part.  I feel like Abraham must have felt — before God gave him that promise.  I feel like I’ve been living in the “leftovers”.  This job that I’m leaving — it wasn’t my dream job.  In fact, there were so many days that I cried for God to release me from it.  There were days when I felt so hidden and so obscure and so useless there.  It took being filled up with God every single day in order to not give up, to not throw in the towel.  All the while, I could see Lot — over there in perfect lushness, enjoying paradise.  And I’d think to myself, “Did I do the right thing?  I felt like it was right at the time.  I feel like I’m obeying God.  But I don’t see any manifestation of what He’s promised me.  And look, there’s Lot over there — living a charmed life.  Why didn’t I choose the good land and give him what’s left?  He’s just my nephew.”

Yeah, I’ve been there alright.  I’ve waited and I’ve waited.  I’ve stuck it out when I couldn’t stand it, when I hated it.  Even on the days when the promise wasn’t as clear, I stayed.  It was hard.  And a few months ago, things started to change.  I was called out of obscurity.  I began to operate in a gifting I never even knew I had.  And before my very eyes, the leftovers started to look a little like the lush green valley that  I surrendered to Lot.  Things were getting good.  I didn’t have to squint and dig for His promise.  Before long, I was skating through days and weeks with complete ease.  I enjoyed where I was at.

And then it happened.  I lost my job.  Now I feel like Abraham must have felt when he had to part ways with Lot.  Yes, I know my story doesn’t go in the same order that Abraham’s does, but stick with me.  I feel like God is saying, “You’ve grown too large for the land.  You can’t stay with Lot.  The land can’t hold you both.”

And so… Lot and I must part ways.  Do you know what Lot means?  I heard it means “veil”.  Abraham didn’t receive God’s promise until the veil (Lot) was torn away.  And I think that’s where I’m at right now.  I’m at the point of leaving behind what was really familiar and easy for me.  Because that familiarity — it can’t hold me anymore.  I’ve outgrown it.

And so, again, I wait.  I wait for him to speak the promise like He did to Abraham.  I wait for Him to give me new land — land that can support everything He’s put in me.  Land that won’t constrict me or tie me down or smother me.

And my eyes become misty when I think of Him saying to me what He said to Abraham: “Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”  Such a promise scares me and fills me with wonder.  Am I ready?  I don’t feel ready.  Am I ready God?

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I’m praying for you, Barack Obama

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God, give this man wisdom straight from You.  We come against the assignments of satan, the agendas of hell and we declare TRUTH over his mind, his heart, his will, his emotions.  God break what needs to be broken.  Shake what needs to be shaken.  Remove any veils of deception and the influence of lies.  Bring him out of alternate realities.  Bring him into YOUR reality — lead him into all truth.  Circumcise his heart.  Purify his intentions.  May he come to know Jesus Christ as his LORD and Savior, and may he bow to no one else — no man, no woman, no world leader, no politician, no evil or demonic influence.  May he rule justly and pass righteous laws.  Safeguard him from the company of corrupt and evil people.  Use him to lead this nation back to YOU, LORD.  Keep him safe.  Protect him.  Give your angels charge over him and his family.

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LORD Jesus, we trust in You and You alone.  You are our refuge, our strong tower.  You are our hope and we lift our eyes to You alone.  Be glorified and exalted again in this nation.

We love You, LORD.  All that we have is Yours.  Truly.

In JESUS’ name…. AMEN.

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Return to the LORD.

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.  And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their King.   As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.  Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”  1 Samuel 7:6-9

We have asked God for a king — and a king He has given us.

I am really hesitant to say what I’m about to say.  But for those who have ears to hear, hear what I’m about to say — and take it immediately to God.  If it lines up with your spirit, ask God for wisdom and direction.  And if not, please feel free to reject it.  I am certainly not saying “thus says the LORD”… I am simply saying what is and has been weighing heavily on my heart.

I have really gotten into politics this year.  No matter which side you’re from, you know that there was a lot hinged on this election.  Morally, more than anything.  And a few weeks ago, I was especially stirred up.  There are certain issues that I disagreed with Senator Obama on, but they were issues I could overlook (healthcare, his economic agenda).  Abortion was not one of those areas.  I could not overlook it.  50 million lives.  They cannot be justified in any way, shape or form.  So, I decided to speak up.  And several of you wordpressers with liberal views received a visit from me on your blog.  And though I tried to be polite, I wasn’t one bit compassionate towards your views.  I told you a thing or two.  And I’m certain you didn’t like it.  You told me so.  And after many exciting exchanges between us, God spoke to me one morning while I was driving to work.

He said, “What are you doing?”  And I confidently replied, “I’m helping these people to see the truth.”  He replied, “I know.  Stop.

The next few minutes of my drive to work were mostly silent.  I felt a heaviness rest on my heart.  He didn’t say anything yet, but I could feel it – a sadness for this country.  So much so, that tears started forming in my eyes.   Finally, I couldn’t resist asking: “It’s going to get bad, isn’t it?”  He nodded.  The heaviness became more weighty and I could feel that dreadful lump forming in my throat.  I wanted to bawl — not just for myself, but for my country, your country, our country.  I could tell He was sad too — infinitely more than I was.

One week later, I lost my job.  And through it all, I remained pretty well composed —  I had no fear and still have no fear about it.  I know that losing my job wasn’t what He was preparing  me for.  It’s something yet to come.

Times are going to change.  America has been so great and so strong for decades, but we have turned against Him.  If you have known me, or even read this blog, for any length of time, you know that I am extremely optimistic — even to a fault (if there is one).  I believe that God is good 100% of the time and that He always causes us to walk in triumph (that’s what His Word says).  I have not once, that I can remember, ever prophesied gloom and doom over anything or anyone.  My mindset is: Mercy triumphs over judgment.  And I still hold to all of these things.  But I cannot shake off this heaviness.  I cannot rid my mind of what He told me.  And I actually don’t think that things changing will be solely a result of Barack Obama being our president-elect; though I do think he will intensify things.  Barack Obama is going to be my President; I respect him and have already started to pray for him.  I wish no ill-will towards him personally or any of his family — or his presidency, in general.  But I do think he is going to make decisions that will open our country up to attack from the enemy.

So…. what do we do?  I feel God nudging me to do the following:

  • Get your house in order.  In other words, be wise.  Especially financially.  Get things in order.  Be ready for anything.  Really, we should always live like this.  But if you never have before, now is a really good time to start.
  • Pray.  Pray without ceasing.  Pray for our country.  Pray for our President.  Pray for loved ones — especially for those who do know Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior.
  • Come back to your first love, Jesus.  If you’ve gone astray and your heart has chased after other lovers, now is the time to repent and come back to Him.  Forsake all other distractions and get back to Him.  Don’t wait.  Don’t hesitate.  Do it quickly.  Make Him your refuge.  Know His promises.  Get to a place with Him where you know that you could be entirely sufficient in Him and Him alone.

That’s it.  That’s all I have to say.  And may I just say: This is not the blog I wanted to write tonight?  I wanted to come on here and say: “The election is over.  Let’s pray for Barack Obama, but I’m tired of talking about it… so let’s not.”  I wanted to write of intimacy with God, of His promises, of going deeper in His heart, falling more in love with Him.  I wanted to write about anything that didn’t have anything at all to do with the election or politics.  But instead, I felt strongly that I should write this.  Again, please do NOT, in anyway, take this as a “thus says the LORD”.  Ask Him for yourself.  If He doesn’t say this to you, first double-check and make sure you’re listening, and when you do, if He still doesn’t say anything about this… dismiss it.  Really.  I’m not God.  Neither am I a prophet.  I didn’t hear God’s audible voice.  The heaven’s didn’t open.  I didn’t see 10 visions that were confirmed by 12 people that also had 10 visions.  I’m just a girl that felt God speak to her.  Nevertheless, draw close to God.  Do not delay.  The time is short.  Seek God while He may be found. His arms are outstretched for you. He loves you. In Him, we never need to have fear – even in times like this.  He will never leave us.  He will never forsake us.  In Him, you are protected.  You are safe.  Make Him your refuge.

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My Eyes are on Jesus

God, my trust is in You.

I will commit to pray for Barack Obama, our new President.

More to come….

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Happy Election Day

Aren’t you glad to live in America?  Aren’t you glad we have the freedom to step out of our houses, travel to the polling places, and vote freely – with no intimidation or fear?

Do you support abortion?  I don’t.  But I’m glad we live in a country where we both can have and voice our opinions freely.

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Today I pray for honest elections.

I pray that people are waking up and seeking God concerning who to vote for.  I pray that people have not relied on the media or the newspaper or their neighbor or even their own perspectives or prior opinions to tell them how to vote.  I pray that you go to vote with confidence, knowing that you’ve researched the issues and candidates from every angle and have picked the candidates and amendments and referendums to vote for that will exalt righteousness and truth across our land.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. –Joshua 24:15

I pray that our country will look forward and move forward to the best days America has ever had.  I pray that God would supercede and overcome the failings and weaknesses of whichever candidate is elected.  I pray that the next President will fall humbly before God and seek His wisdom for guiding this country.

Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. –Isaiah 55:6

I pray for safety for our next President — physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  I pray that those who oppose our country, those who seek to destroy us, would be confounded and thwarted.

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment will be shown to be in the wrong. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. -Isaiah 54:17

I pray that satan’s strategies for our country would be exposed and destroyed.  I pray confusion into the enemy’s camp.

Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found [their enemies] in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. -1 Samuel 14:20

I pray for the peace and vindication of Israel.  I pray for a President that will fight and defend Israel, no matter what the cost.

For whoever touches [Israel] touches the apple of My eye. -Zechariah 2:8

I pray for unity for democrats, for republicans, for independents to join together.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

I pray a hedge of protection around this nation, around our allies, around those who stand for righteousness and justice.

Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Fear the LORD, you His saints,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
-Psalm 34:5-10

Most of all, I pray that this country will turn back to God.  Hope for this country rests solely in Him.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  -Psalm 33:12

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