Monthly Archives: February 2012

God’s Promise

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Genesis 9: 8-17 Then God spoke to Noah and his sons; “I’m setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth.”

12-16 God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.”

17 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.”

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When Corynn was young I had a pair of hand knit socks that looked like this.  I wore them out!  I recall reading Noah’s Ark to her one day and I was wearing these socks.  After we read the story she looked at my feet and said, “ Mommy, you’re wearing God’s promise on your feet!”

I love my kids!

Sweet! 

Today she is 17 and she is wearing God’s promise in her heart! She plays in the praise band at church, wants to be a missionary and  is very active with her youth group.  I am thankful for children’s authors, great publisher’s, Christian artists, and a God who keeps his promises! 

Blessings for your day,

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How we change…

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When I am watching tv I quite often doodle or sketch.   Last night I was watching AMAZING GRACE…and I was thinking about the events of this past Sunday when we did cardboard testimonies.  One of my friends experienced great release from her burdens that day and this is what I saw. 

She is the bird.  The chains are her burden ( and the ball in the last picture). 

When she confessed and gave her testimony the chain began to break away and she was freed forever…

Folks-this is what God wants for each of us- to be free from whatever it is that is keeping us from Him.  Only you and God know what it is.  Whatever it is, God wants to take it from you but you have to let it go.  When you do-this is what will happen…

There IS freedom in release. 

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It starts out in pencil…

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then it gets inked…

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and this one was computer edited –turned opposite and lettering was added.

 

Here is another version…all pencil

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I love what I see God doing and I love what God has given me to do…to share what I see…

I love you all and I pray that all may know and experience the love of our Savior…

there’s no other love like His.

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The end.

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Today is Ash Wednesday. 

Today is the end of the lies, deceit and deception of satan.

Today is a new beginning on a road that is paved with truth and power. 

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I will lay down the things that have been holding me to the ground; the things that have been suffocating my Creator God inside of me.  Depression, addiction, and feelings of inadequacy.   I will put off guilt, shame and regret and put on love, humility and faith.  I will taste and see that the Lord is good.  I will only eat the Words of Truth.  I will cover my ears, eyes and mouth with discipline and I will carry the Sword of Truth at all times.  I will be precise, swift and deft with my sword, sure to make each cutting stroke count for God.  I will stand on the promises of God and hold the Lord’s banner high over my head.  When my arms tire, I know who will be at my side to help me see the battle through until morning.  I can’t win this battle on my own and I must rely on the strength of the Lord.  So, before I go into battle I will place one hand over the other, interlock my fingers, get down on my face and pray for the Spirit of God to fall on me and fill me with His glory. 

Today is the day that I take my life back. 

A new beginning full of the goodness of God.

Genesis 1:31 

God looked over everything he had made;
      it was so good, so very good!
   It was evening, it was morning—
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I am good.  I am very good.  I will not let the lies creep into my head any longer. 

Psalm 139

Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
      I worship in adoration—what a creation!

I. AM. MARVELOUSLY. MADE. 

I will worship YOU all the days of my life!

Today the darkness will be extinguished by the Light. 

Thank You, Father God, for the Light, the glorious, marvelous Light. 

Amen.

 

 

A snowy day

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I went outside this morning to shovel some snow and my hubby came out to rescue me.  While he was giving me a break I flew inside and got my trusty camera!  I love taking pictures in the snow.  Emily does too!  She had been out earlier and had snapped up 80 or so pictures herself!  Yes, we love our cameras! 

So, here is what I discovered in the snow…

Awesome tree silhouettes!  Anybody who knows me well knows how much I like trees!

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Like people, trees each have something to “say…” 

they reach for the sky-yearning for the sun…

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no two are alike…some fat….

 

some skinny…

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and some straight…

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yet they all reach for the sky where the source of Life lives…

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God gave the tree a special purpose when he spoke it into existence…

 

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It was the place where life would have victory over death…a crossroad.

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It was a place where he would hear His beloved Son pleading with him in these words…

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“Father, forgive them,

for they know not what they do…”

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All while he was dying…His last words were for us…you and me! 

You see the tree was created for an eternal  purpose and that purpose has been fulfilled.   It has shared the love of a Father for His Son as he became a carpenter.  It housed the son, shaded the son and gave the son life.  Today it stands tall and tells the story of love.  It also provides a bridge for you and I to walk across so that we may reach the place where love resides.  It is a bridge over troubled waters.  Waters that could kill you if there were no bridge.  Jesus Christ is that bridge and when he stretched his arms across that span of wood he was providing a way for you to reach the Father.  THIS is what I see when I look upon a tree-any and all trees.  I see Jesus stretched out among the limbs-arms high and wide and I hear him calling to the world, “come a little closer now, you can do it, I’m right here waiting for you,  don’t be afraid little one, take my hand and we’ll walk this road together,  I’ll keep you safe.” 

John 5:24 says, “ “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

Today it is my prayer that you have crossed over the bridge of love from death to life.  The way is clear and it’s nearer to you than you might think.

Go ahead and take that first step…

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I hope you know how much He loves you…

A little bit of cardboard

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…and a whole lotta freedom….

Yesterday we witnessed God breathing new life into His people.  We saw the wounds of life written on old pieces of cardboard being walked across the stage of life… they were a testament to what God is doing among His people…

Here are a few…

from abortion to forgiveness, peace and grace…

from broken marriages to marriages that are healed, whole and on fire for God…

from drug to being clean, free, and living for God…

from alcohol to being sober and safe in God’s arms…

from abuse to freedom…

 

 It’s hard to carry your burden around 24/7 but it is even harder to lay it down.  Lay it down we did!

I saw healing rise with the flip of each piece of cardboard!  Each person made a claim of victory of the wonder working power of God in their lives.  It was amazing!  As I stood and watched, my own heart was jumping and leaping in joy for God!  Yes!  Yes! Yes!

I saw one of my friends being released from her own chains of bondage.   As she thrust her sign into the air with tears streaming down her face I felt like her whole being was making this bold statement:  “ take this satan-you don’t have a hold on me any longer-God does!”  Bam! Bam! Bam!  Here are three nails for your coffin-I don’t need them anymore!   Get away from me and my family! “   I could see it in her stance and in the power of the thrust-her arms were quivering and her tears were cleansing her soul.  Everything about the moment gave glory to God and I could see His power rising up inside of her and her husband.  Yes!  THIS is VICTORY in CHRIST! 

My friend’s husband was standing next to her with his own cardboard testimony.   The fact that they were standing there together is a testament to the power of God’s unconditional love in a marriage.   The look on his face wrenched my heart.  But then something happened…they flipped their signs and I saw their mourning turn to unspeakable joy and I saw the glory of the Lord on their faces!   Remember when Moses came down from the mountain after his meeting with God?  His face was radiant after being in the presence of the Lord.  The faces of my friends were also radiant!  Wow!   They were in this together and today God is the head of their marriage.  Glory! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! 

As we all joined hands and raised arms in victory I felt like we had all crossed the threshold from bondage to freedom-TOGETHER.  We took a giant step toward God, in unison to His great timing.  The last note I heard was the tinkling of broken chains hitting the floor…

 

Knowledge Grows

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Bethel is coming to a close…just a few more weeks and we will have completed our two year study of the bible!  It’s an accomplishment that honors God with commitment, devotion and love.  We have all grown in knowledge and love for our Almighty God.  We have read and studied of his never-ending fiery love for his people-us!   He never gives up on us!

This tree represents faith and growth in the knowledge of the bible.  The flame in the middle is burning high and hot-this is how my heart feels-on fire for God! 

The word Notitia means KNOWLEDGE in Latin.

The scripture is in part  from Colossians 1:9-11

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

Thank you church, thank you Bethel leaders and thank you Pastor Ty! 

I love you all!

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FREED from UNBELIEF!

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Jesus was always about his Father’s work because he knew that time was not on his side.   

John 9:4  We must do what the one who sent me wants us to do while it is day. The night when no one can do anything is coming.

Time is not on our side either.

In John 11 we read about the death of Lazarus.  Scripture says that he “ lay sick.”  What we don’t know is what his illness was.  It could have been any number of things.  Right from the beginning of this passage ( 11:4)  we see Jesus saying, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Jesus knew that Lazarus wasn’t going to die, but did the others?  No!  They were full of unbelief.  They could not hear, see or believe the promise that Jesus had spoken to them.  “This sickness will not end in death. “  Why couldn’t they hear the promise?  Because they were viewing the situation through the lenses of their own lives and not the promises of God.  All they could see was the moment, the imminent death, the situation at hand.  But whose death was it really? 

Lord, help our unbelief…

Aren’t WE the same way?  We get so tied up in our own problems that we view everything with our own eyes and not through God’s.  How do we view our lives through God’s eyes?  Well, first, we go to God in prayer and belief.   Just like Jesus did, we are to spend some time with our Father, in His house.    In Luke 2:49  Jesus says: “ “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”  Jesus made it his business to be in the House of God- we must do the same thing.  Jesus said, “ I had to be” meaning that there was no other place for him to be.  We need to commit to making it our personal duty to be in God’s House!  This means to be in prayer, in church, bible study, life groups, Sunday school, and reading the Word of God daily.  The Old Testament book of Deuteronomy tells us this:  Deut.11: 18-21 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…” 

In my words…

We are to fill our hearts with the Word of God, we are to let our eyes be fixed on the Words of our Creator, let our homes glorify God and sing of His wonders, let our tongues speak of love and teach our children who our beloved Savior is and let our actions always be a reflection of Jesus.  We might be the only “Jesus” that the world around us sees.

 

This brings us back to Lazarus.  God teaches us things through people.  He uses you, me and the guy down the street.  In this incident he used Lazarus.  What was making Lazarus sick?  We don’t know but we do know this:  Jesus said, ““Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”  The interesting thing is this, and I have poured over this passage many, many times as it is one of my favorite stories, but get this:  the disciples were saying, “but Lord….BUT, BUT, BUT, if he sleeps he will get better!”  They wanted him to stay asleep EVEN AFTER Jesus had said “ I AM GOING THERE TO WAKE HIM UP!!!!!!”  Sometimes there are people in our lives who want us to stay asleep!  Ouch! 

Jesus knew better didn’t He?  He said, “ But let us go to him!!”  I thank God for His perfect, plan of restoring our sight!  WOW! 

So, let me ask you this…was Lazarus the one who was dead or was he being used to teach the disciples a lesson?  Were they the ones who were suffering from spiritual death and unbelief?  It seems evident to me that this is the case.  We don’t hear anything at all from Lazarus but the disciples were saying plenty- “ BUT, IF, WHY…”  They were negative, complaining and whiny.  Just like some of us today.  When we can’t see or hear God we like to argue using our opinions-just as the disciples were doing.  We also question God over and over again.  “ Are you sure Lord?  I think we should do it this way, my way is better, cheaper, faster, prettier.”   We want to control God.  But the joke is on us-just as it was the disciples!

 

In verse 35 we see these words:  “ Jesus wept.”  To me these are the saddest words in the bible.  Why?  I think Jesus was weeping over the blindness of the disciples and what they refused to see-the promises of God.  I mean Jesus kept telling them over and over again-       “ this sickness will not end in death,  I am going to wake him up,  let us go, do you believe, I told you so, and come out!”  These are all words of promise!  They aren’t just from anyone- they are from the Son of God!  He said, I AM GOING TO wake him up!”  There are if’s, an’s, or but’s here.   This is what I hear-“ get out of my way, you aren’t going to stop me, I’m going with or without you and I won’t quit. I AM going….”  RESOLVE!

But they still could not see or hear what He was telling them.  I think this is why Jesus was crying.  Have you ever tried to tell another person something that they just couldn’t comprehend?  It might make you angry or it might make you sad.  In this case, Jesus was sad and he cried.  I think of our many Preachers who share God’s Word from the pulpit with passion only to look out and see those who are asleep.  Do they quit? NO!  They continue on and they might even get louder, or thump their bible on the podium! Why?  In an effort to WAKE PEOPLE UP!    They KNOW and understand the POWER of God’s PROMISES and they long for all people to have that understanding.  They are following the example of their Lord and Savior right here in John 11.   I have been convicted to never give up-even when I am frustrated and the devil wants to keep me down-I must continue on-sharing God’s Word and telling people about His promises.  They aren’t mine- they are HIS!  ( and for those of you who are reading and thinking there isn’t a devil-that it’s all a fairy tale-that’s how the devil is keeping YOU down-by getting you to believe the lies he tells!  Scripture ( John 8:44) says that Satan is the father of lies, and if you believe Jesus is the Son of God then you should be believing the rest of the bible too.  It’s not a vending machine where you pick and choose what you want to believe- you believe it ALL!)

Let’s look at Thomas for a minute-in verse 16 he says “ let us also go so that we may die with him.”  He wanted them all to go and die with Lazarus.  Huh?  Well, I find this interesting when Lazarus rose it took all of the them, his friends, to unwrap him-to take off the grave clothes.  I imagine that when they saw Lazarus come out of the tomb-a part of them did die- their UNBELIEF.   When it died, a part of them came to life!  The part that Jesus was weeping over.  Jesus was weeping for all of those outside of the tomb who could not see His promises of life.  Jesus said, “ Our friend Lazarus, has fallen asleep, I am going there to wake him up!”  Today God has many messenger’s throughout the world who are calling people to RISE from their deadness so they can be set free! 

They have resolved to GO and WAKE THEM UP!

Let us pray for RESOLVE.  Let us pray for SIGHT.  Let us pray for the SALVATION of all the world.  Let us pray for REVIVAL in this land.  I thank God for the doubting disciples and the resolute Jesus-they bring us stories of Hope and words of Truth.  Let us stand together on the everlasting WORD of God.

Amen.