The Lion Arises

Jan 13, 2021
 

Like many of you, Christmas  time this year was a roller coaster of emotions.  Our family is scattered, and getting together was impossible, except for a couple of hours here and there. While we had planned to have a small Christmas celebration with one other couple whose family is far away, illness [not Covid; we were quarantining ourselves before Christmas] interrupted those plans.  The few Christmas presents that I purchased online did not all arrive, the weather was awful, and to  top it all off, I miscalculated the time it would take for the chicken to roast, so we had had only vegetables ready for our Christmas meal!

Yet through it all, I kept asking God to help  me celebrate Christmas in my heart with true joy and thanksgiving.  I also sought His direction for the new year.  I felt led to repent of unkept promises, to  release all those who had disappointed me, and to fulfill some long term projects that I was involved with.

Then on...

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Reality and Christmas Hope: Be Encouraged, Mom!

Dec 13, 2020
 

I will be blogging on the second part of "Looking back to look forward" but I felt that moms needed encouragement, especially this year when the pressure to make Christmas amazing and wonderful is intense.  God promises "peace on earth", good-will towards men, but moms often seem to live on a battleground.

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Looking Back . . . [Part One]

Dec 05, 2020

The Bible warns us not to look back or yearn for the past [See Luke 9:62].  We are not to be afraid of the unknown in our future but go forth, confident of the Lord's provision as we walk in His purpose.

However, sometimes it is good to review past prophetic words so that we are strengthened and encouraged to go forth into the future.  The key is not to turn back [as Lot's wife did] yearning for the past pleasures found in evil or because we fear the future. 

In the Bible verse referenced above, Jesus told a man that shallow commitments to the Kingdom of God were worthless.  Jesus was looking for men and women who would not let their past lives or personal ambitions distract them from their course any more than someone plowing should be distracted. A person plowing a field in Jesus' day had to fully concentrate on his task so that he could plow in a straight line.  If the plowman was distracted, the animal leading the plow would wander off...

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The Year of Goodbyes--a meditation

Dec 03, 2020

I don't know anyone who has said to me, "2020 has been my best year yet!".  We are all aware of the hovering menace of Covid 19. Death has taken off his mask, and he walks freely with his companion named Fear.

Probably everyone now knows someone who has been afflicted by the Coronavirus; some have lost loved ones far too soon.  Even those who have not been directly affected by the virus have had their lives upset.  For many, what began as an inconvenience has been replaced by serious hardship.

The term "2020" in the past has been used to refer to clear vision.  This year has certainly changed many people's vision.  We have had to look deep into ourselves, to reevaluate what we consider our priorities.  For some of us, 2020 has been a year of painful reconsideration of our priorities. Through all this self-examination, we have learned to see ourselves and our priorities in new ways.

2020 has also been a year of goodbyes.  We have had to say...

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I Stand to See

Nov 06, 2020
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I know that some of you, even if you love me, wonder if I am "off my rocker" at times. I know you scratch your heads when I say that God speaks to people today and that sometimes He reveals His purposes and plans to me.  I have made some fairly bold statements lately, and you wonder why I speak this way. Someone did ask: what if you are wrong?
 
I immediately thought of 2 Kings 6:33-7:1-2. I also thought of Exodus 14:13.
Within my own mind, I have decided that I will stand my watch to see what God will do, so I know how to answer when I am reproved. (Hab. 2:1)
 
Now, let me expand my thoughts a bit. The big question seems to be:
Can a prophet make a mistake? Yes.
 
To be precise, however, we actually need to look at two different questions:
 
Can a prophet make a mistake and be a false prophet? yes
Can a prophet make a mistake and be a Godly prophet? yes
 
These statements sound contradictory but are actually...
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Be like Jesus!

Oct 28, 2020
In the midst of a somewhat heated election season, we as believers are called upon by the Lord to exhibit grace, mercy, kindness, justice, and truth.
 
We are to extend grace, mercy, and kindness, even to those we disagree with politically or philosophically. We are to bless those who curse us and pray for those who abuse us. We are also to pray for justice to be manifested.
 
And we are to relentlessly war in the heavenlies with the Truth of God using the Worth of Truth [the Scriptures] and the Name of Jesus. For we are wrestling not against flesh and blood but against the unseen realm of principalities and rulers who seek to deceive, manipulate, and destroy.
 
Our enemies are not people, but the forces that control them, even when they don't know it. We are to extend grace and mercy to people but go after the root--in the same way, we must go after the root of the Kudzu [a very invasive vine, found in the South for all you Northerners].
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So Bad It Became Funny

Oct 19, 2020

Have you ever had so much trouble completing a project or reaching a goal that it actually began to make you laugh?  Maybe I've gotten to this state because I am close to hysteria or am just laughing because I don't want to cry.  But, honestly, I think God has given me the grace to see the situation from His perspective, so I can laugh.

You see, I believe that God told me to write a book explaining the basic reasons and function of prophetic ministry.  This was at least five years ago.  I spent several years researching and praying about the book before I even started writing it.  The research was a time of wonder:  I learned so much and my understanding became much wider and deeper than before; my way of looking at prophetic ministry changed.  

Then came the time to write! Occasionally, the writing flowed.  Usually it was more like plowing dry, hard ground. Day after day with no encouragement--just a command to get it down.  Then came...

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"Stuff"

Aug 28, 2020
Sometimes stuff happens....last week, we had to buy a new dryer.  The old one began to shake and clank like a San Francisco trolley car! This week my hubby is driving home from helping do hurricane cleanup in his 8-year-old truck, and the truck suddenly loses its ability to accelerate. He got home safely, but what usually is a five-hour trip took him over ten hours. We were able to get the truck repaired but received a four-digit repair bill.
 
While hubby was driving home, I was finishing up graduation photos that I had retouched, reviewed, retouched, reviewed, and formatted for printing.  I ran my first proofs and received a shock---the printer had gone south.  Oh, it can still print text, fine, but cannot deliver quality photographic prints anymore.  I immediately went to buy a new printer to enable me to make my deadline but discovered that new printers are almost impossible to purchase in my area. High demand from...
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Read the Signs

Aug 06, 2020

Here is a "blast from the past" updated for today...


Just got back from the grocery store. At the checkout, a sign was posted which read, "Cashback limit $100.00 per customer." Since I was buying only $65.00 in groceries, I said, "Well, since you are giving all your customers cash, I'll take my $35.00 and be done with it."

My cashier laughed.

Now, the sign at the grocery store was making a true statement, but my interpretation of the sign was wrong.

Every now and then, folks point to an unusual event as being a portent of the immediate return of Jesus or the onset of some horrible event.

Since I have a doctorate in Theology and have studied some of these signs in detail, I can—with great confidence—state:  I DON'T know exactly what is all these signs mean.  I DON’T know exactly what is going to happen or when it’s going to happen. I DO know God is displaying His power and glory to a world that really doesn’t want to pay much...

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What's Your Perspective?

Aug 04, 2020

I originally wrote this blog post in 2018...but, frankly, it's a message  I myself needed to reread today.  I have been trying to coordinate programs to get this new website running smoothly and had been hitting very frustrating roadblocks.  Have you been hitting roadblocks today?  Then, perhaps, this message is for you also!

[from Wednesday, July 04, 2018]
 
 
 
Have you ever had a thought like this:  This [mountain, project, expectation, etc.] is just too hard for me.  I just can't do it, and I am tired of trying!

I've been thinking this thought a lot over the last few weeks.  I was becoming totally frustrated by all the time it was taking to take any of the steps toward the goal that God had placed before me.  In the past month, I have been challenged to go far beyond my training, my understanding, and my comfort zone, and my attempts to do so were all ending in failure. My...

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