SOS Note

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I received another SOS note from someone going through the continued anguish of a long and trying time. I know that season. It feels like it will never end. David lamented heavily in Psalms 6:2-3 "Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?" I know this to be true.... At the end of a very difficult journey, is a very beautiful victory. You must stand firm. There is no shortcut. During the storm, we must declare out loud that God is more powerful than this circumstance. We must decide in the core of our being that we trust Him. We must put our hope in the power of Jesus and choose with great intention to focus every breath, every movement, every word, every thought to that end. The truth is ~ God is bigger than what we are going through. He is at work and we do not want this to be over until He says it is time. We must not circumvent His precision manifestation of glory until every last bit of gold has been purified in this fire. What we are going through is temporary; it will end. What we are gaining in this fight is eternal. Do not choose to lack the valour and courage it takes to press on in the face of great pain and disillusionment. In 2 Chronicles 15 there was massive trouble for the children of Israel and God said to a man named Asa, "The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you." In verse 4 it says, "But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them... But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” The work God is doing in our lives is for our good and for our promotion. We cannot gain the ranks of great men and women of God if we do not endure with brave resolution the tempest that rises against us. The reward will be as seen in its time. God has equipped you to endure. Having done all stand. The end of the matter will surpass all you could imagine or think. Faith pleases God.

Who Does God's Favour Rest On?

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Isaiah 33:15-17 (AMP)

"He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises gain from fraud and from oppression, who shakes his hand free from the taking of bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes to avoid looking upon evil. [Such a man] will dwell on the heights; his place of defence will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; water for him will be sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; [your eyes] will behold a land of wide distances that stretches afar."
May 2015 be the year we live in such a way that we dwell in high places, defended and powerful, with an abundance of provision (bread and water). May our eyes see the King and enjoy the spacious places He has provided, stretched out far and wide before us. So be it according to the Word of the Lord.

He Brings Victory

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There are circumstances that press hard against our souls. That is the journey we face in this life. However, we are not without help. There is a God who observes all the wrong. He schemes the justice you desire. He orchestrates your victory in exacting detail. When you cannot trace His hand, you can trust His heart. He is for you and no one will prevail against you. There can be seasons which appear to bring nothing but destruction. This is not the end of the matter. God loves a big finale. He takes great pains to plan the decimation of an evil assignment against you and He will bring it to an end. That is His promise. Psalm 118:5-7 (NIV) "When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies." Wait with expectancy for God to deal with the injustice. It is your birthright. In the midst of the battle it may appear the enemy is winning, but it is not the end of the story. David knew the harshness of the storm. Ps. 118:12-17 "They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: 'The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!' I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done."
You will live to tell of the raging victory God is designing specifically for your trial... Shouts of victory will be coming from your tent! Wait expectantly for your God.

An Incredible Read

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http://www.nationalreview.com//article/393232/romes-extraordinary-ecumenical-event-maggie-gallagher

This is an incredible read ... in support of marriage and family... many faiths came together to discuss the crisis...
There is a crisis in the human ecological environment, he told us, in both the spiritual and the material foundations of the family. But he also urged each of us “to lift up yet another truth about marriage: that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity, and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart.”
About the next generation he said, “It is important that they do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern. This must be done.”

http://www.nationalreview.com//article/393232/romes-extraordinary-ecumenical-event-maggie-gallagher

God Came Through

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I read today in Isaiah 64:5 "You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways." I thought about this last year and how God came through for me in outstanding, unbelievable ways! I remembered the struggles I was facing, not knowing what the answer was or how God would "fix it". But He did. He fixed everything. He helped me just as His Word says. He had mercy on my soul and showed up with a vengeance in my situation, as He promises in Isaiah 35:4-5. I also remember that I had decisions to make about how I would conduct my attitudes and actions while in the midst of the storm. I felt the temptation of bitterness, anger and despondency, but as David declared, "Why so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God." I chose to declare the promises of God. I chose, with gritted teeth, to do right when wrong was being done to me. I chose to love and not hate. I chose forgiveness when I would be justified to retaliate. God came to my side! He rescued me from the pit. Psalm 40:2 (NIV) "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." God saves us because that is what God does. It is His nature; He cannot be untrue to Himself. He rescues those who turn to Him. He did not do it on my timetable, but He did it and He did it well....in fact it was beyond miraculous and left my jaw dropped in disbelief at how He orchestrated my victory. He will do it for you. He is not a respecter of persons...God's promises are for all of us! If you're in need of help, the kind of desperate situation where it will take a God size miracle... it is on its way... Simply do right and remember His ways. He is worthy of your trust. He will come through. It's a promise to those who walk humbly before their God.

Remembering Israel...

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This was in a field ... a natural cave not far from Bethlehem where perhaps shepherds watched their flocks by night as the angels descended to tell them the greatest story ever told... I miss this sweater... I accidentally left it at the Sea of Galilee ... I wonder if it will have a story to tell? Did someone need it for the cold nights? I bought another one today...so I will not forget :)

Now I Love To Laugh!

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I love to laugh NOW... but when WJOF asked for my life story...I told them about the days when I could not laugh because of the pain and brokenness. Here is a small bit of the true journey from devastation to destiny. I'm grateful that God doesn't need us to be perfect to love us. He's perfect ... we're forgiven.