1.14.2017

A New Fit

Sometimes when a new year is just starting to edge its way in, when the new is attempting to shove itself into yesterday's rhythms, when nothing is the same yet it isn't quite different either sometimes a person can feel like they are sliding straight into the land of the overwhelmed. Sometimes. It is during these seasons of sometimes that a mama might find herself crawling up on the lap of her Abba Father and just sitting there snuggled close in His arms; she might also stay snuggled in for a very long while.

Perhaps some would say the mama who does this is "hiding out" in a desperate attempt to escape the sordid realities of "real" life such as bickering children, tired and cranky whiners, accidentally wet unders, among other things. They would be correct. But I have to wonder what better place to hide than the arms of the Loving Heavenly Father? Who else knows what is really going on? Who else knows what is in the heart of a moody pre-teen? Who else knows how to encourage a young boy and his older brothers that God's way is the best way? And Who but God Himself knows what "real" life is anyway? I know of no better place for hiding than the arms of God.  (See Psalm 91)

Sometimes just when the land of the overwhelmed looms largest God speaks through an email in an inbox. When that happens, the word must be shared. Such a word entered my inbox today. It came through this link: http://links.zondervancorporation.mkt4728.com/ctt?kn=21&ms=NTMxODczNDMS1&r=MjIyODIwMzc1MDA4S0&b=0&j=MTA4MjI4MjY1NwS2&mt=1&rt=0. If you too want to be blessed and encouraged you can click on the link and read about radical repentance and grace. It makes me wonder what alabaster jar I have to empty out at His feet. Maybe I am the alabaster jar made to be poured out in extravagant adoration and worship. Maybe you are too.

From the arms of Abba and the feet of Jesus,
Abundantly Blessed

1.11.2017

Abundance

 A post on abundance surely ought to be shared on a blog named Abundance House. Please enjoy the following encouraging word.

"We're Entering the Realm of Abundant Blessing & Overflow!"
Jesse Shamp, Nashville, TN

I pray that this will be a year of abundant blessing in your life! May the Lord release an abundance of anointing, miracles, grace and divine supply! The Lord has been speaking to me about the realm of abundant blessing as we come into this new year. Jesus said, "The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I am come that they may have life and have it more abundantly" (John10:10).

We know that the enemy's strategy is to create destruction in our lives. Yet, Jesus said He came to give us abundant life! The word life is translated "Zoe" in the Greek, which means the God kind of life. You are called to live the God kind of life! This life is not a life of lack but a life of abundance; a life of overflow! Do not settle for anything that is not God's best! God wants the very best for His children! 

A Life of Overflow

"Ask, and you shall receive that your joy may be full" (John 16:24). It's the Lord's desire to give good gifts to His children. As the Word of God says, He wants to give us the very desires of our hearts (see Psalm 37:4). God spoke to me and said, "Jesse, I want to bring you into the realm of abundant blessing!"

I believe it's a word for you as well. God has been speaking to me about His Body and how He desires that the Church receive a shift in thinking to understand that God will not only supply our needs, but He wants to give us an abundant supply! The Bible says that my God shall supply all of your needs, according to His riches in glory (see Philippians 4:19). There is a place where God supplies your needs and He will sustain you! He will provide for you beyond a shadow of a doubt! Yet, there is a realm where God brings you into an abundant supply.
"Now to Him who is able to (carry out His purpose and) do super-abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams)." (Ephesians 3:20 Amp)

Raise Your Expectations and Look to Him

God would have us to lift our expectation and believe in Him, not only to supply our needs but for God to bring us into a place of abundance and overflow (see 1 Corinthians 10:1). I began to think of the children of Israel and how they were set free from the bondage of Pharaoh, and the Lord brought them out of Egypt with a strong and mighty hand. The Lord sent His cloud!
The purpose of God sending the cloud of glory was to provide for the children of Israel. They ate manna everyday from the cloud as they were in the wilderness. The cloud kept them from sickness, and also protected them from their enemies. This is what God's cloud and His presence does in our own lives. Yet, the wilderness was not the final destination; the final destination was the Promised Land. A land that flows with milk and honey—a place of abundant supply and overflow!

If you recall, it was right before Joshua and the children of Israel took the land of Canaan that the manna ceased from coming. "And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." Joshua 5:12.

You may ask, "Why did the Lord stop sending the manna, right before they were going to take the land of Canaan?" Because God wanted to bring them out of the realm of just enough, and lead them into the realm of abundant blessing!

I declare abundance and overflow today in every area of your life! I speak breakthrough over your life: Breakthrough in finances, in relationships, in opportunity, in Jesus' mighty name!

Let abundance and breakthrough be yours in 2017! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Jesse Shamp
Spirit Word Ministries International 

Email: spiritwordinc@gmail.com
Website: www.spiritwordministries.net

Jesse and Amy Shamp are a powerful evangelism team based in Nashville, Tennessee, and are the founders of Spirit Word Ministries International. Their mission is to edify and equip the Body of Christ for the work of the ministry. Signs, wonders, and miracles follow their ministry, and they often receive powerful prophetic dreams from God for the Church. They are committed to crusade evangelism and are passionate about bringing in a harvest in the nations.

Jesse Shamp's Itinerary

January 13-17, 2017
Signs, Wonders and Miracles
Worldwide Great Commission Fellowship
Fairbridge Hotel
28600 Ridgehills Drive, Wickliffe, OH 44092

January 27-28, 2017 (7PM Nightly)
Shepherd's House of Praise and Deliverance
3440 East Jefferson Davis Highway, Elkton, KY
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1.09.2017

Dough Snowflake

Here is one of the snowflakes we made out of a cornstarch baking powder dough. The dough is much whiter in color than typical salt doughs. Please pretend the hot glue doesn't show. Thank You. Recipes for the dough can be found online. Any shape cutter can be used. Valentine hearts would be beautiful.

1.01.2017

Food for the New Year

Slow cookers full of bubbling soups and breadsticks in a basket, this is food for a New Year. Later, when the afternoon is going by, brownie sundaes fill the hunger for a little bit of sweet.

Simple abundance can be oh so extravagant on a new winters day.

Sent from my iPod

A Snapshot of Winter

12.20.2016

Breakthrough Is At The Gate

Good Morning! As we head into the few remaining days before Christmas the press of things still undone and incomplete on our do before Christmas lists can seem overwhelming. This word from Elijah List is here to encourage us that "The Breaker Has Come!" 

"The Breaker Has Come! Breakthrough Is At The Gate!"
by Dana Jarvis, Richlands,VA


A Holy Invasion!

You have been contending at the gates, seeking a breakthrough in such tremendous warfare. The demonic is trying to create a ceiling of such heaviness over you. However there is something opening up. The Breaker is coming! A breaker anointing is that catalytic deposit of the Holy Spirit where eternity breaks through into the natural realm. It is a holy invasion where the gates of Heaven are broken open with visitations of salvation, healing and deliverance.

Heaven is Going to Invade Earth for Indeed Your Prayers Have Been Heard!

The Lord imparted unto me a powerful vision of the heavens opening. I could see rows upon rows of angels. They would come towards me, one to the right and one to the left of me, like a veil that opened consecutively from angel to angel, opening up as I walked through their ranks.
The entire atmosphere was so electric with excitement! As I reached the end of the line of angels, I felt another mighty presence enter the place where I was. As I turned, there was the mighty King of Glory on a white horse striding down the center of this line of angels on both sides. I could see His piercing eyes burning with such love and passion as He rode in my direction.

At this moment, I could only whisper the words, "Holy, Holy, Holy!" As He came before me, the Lord pointed to His angels and told me to look. I noticed each angel was holding something in its hand. As I looked closer, I noticed one angel was holding revival, the other had the word breakthrough on it, the next one held the word healing in its hands.

The Breaker Has Come!

The Lord has seen that fiery warfare at the gates of your life. He has seen you contending for certain things for so long. You stood when it all seemed hopeless. However, He also sees that you are getting weary in this battle and it is your time for a second wind. The Breaker is coming!
The Lord then told me the angels were ready to go – they are just waiting upon you to get ready! Once you get back up and get a hold of that second wind, the Lord showed me a glimpse of the angels being dispatched and what would happen. Breakthroughs began to take place, healing came forth, the angels placed a flame under some peoples' feet to emblazon them to their destiny. He was even pairing the angels together crying out, "Go, Go, the Breaker has come!"

"The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them." (Micah 2:13 KJV)

Like a charging rhino with no fear, or a huge bulldozer taking down the most massive boulders, and like a mighty cannon ball breaking through and down the most high walls is what I see as the Breaker anointing is being released. He is going before you and opening the gates that have been long closed. He is like a dam that bursts with rushing water that cannot be stopped and washing away everything in its path. He is the Lord of Hosts of heavenly armies and there is no enemy that is standing against you that can stop His breakthrough on your behalf. You are going to finish this race and break through the finish line.
The Kingdom of God is Flooding the Airwaves of the Natural as the King of Glory Breaks Through!

At the end of the vision, I could see our King of Glory sitting and watching as the angels went to and fro doing that which was commanded to them. The air is literally saturated with His presence! Are there crooked places in your life that need to be made straight? The anointing straightens your path. Are there seemingly insurmountable obstacles that prevent you from accomplishing what God has for you to do? God will smash through and break into pieces the gates of bronze! Are you imprisoned by inescapable iron bars? God will break them! Get ready.
As I see my Beloved King sitting upon His horse looking down upon His children, I hear him say to you, "It's coming!" The Breaker Himself is breaking through for transformation and can make anything happen...anything! Be prepared to ascend the hill and to climb to greater heights and cover more ground for the Kingdom than you ever thought possible. It's coming! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)

Dana Jarvis
Hezekiah's Wall

Email: abundanceofrain03@gmail.com
Website: www.hezekiahswall.weebly.com

Dana Jarvis is the Founder of Hezekiah's Wall Ministry. She is a Prophetic Teacher, Intercessor, Christian Life Coach, and mainly a Spirit-Filled Daughter of the Lord, speaking forth His words of fire and passion. For her it is all about tearing down the walls and all the while shouting His Name. Dana is married and has one child.

12.12.2016

Simple Extravagance - Homemade Bread

Hey There! Having a child living away from home and cooking for themselves puts a mama in a deliciously easy recipe sharing frame of mind. Here is a super duper easy bread recipe that makes terrific toast and is excellent with soup. It is an English Muffin Bread. Not only is it super duper easy, it is also superbly yummy. This was evidenced by the fact that I thought Mighty Man of God needed to wipe his nose after coming in from the cold outside and it was only butter from the bread on his face. Colonel Redeemed may have also enjoyed the bread immensely, if one could judge by the crumb on the corner of his mustache. 

If cooking for only one, you may want to halve the recipe. Then again, once you eat it still a bit warm with melting butter running down your hand you might not. Yes, in spite of what the recipe says, we cut the bread before it had cooled completely. It smelled so good we couldn't wait. Just for the record, none of us regret doing so. I'm thankful the recipe makes four loaves because one of ours is almost gone.  

Here's the reicpe:

English Muffin Bread
  • 5 1/2 Cups warm water (110-120 degrees)
  • 3 pkg. rapid rise yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 11 Cups flour
Mix all ingredients together then spoon into four well-greased loaf pans. Let rise in pans until dough reaches the top of the pans(this didn't take as long as I thought it would - less than an hour), and bake in 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter 10 minutes before done. Makes 4 loaves. Bread will be moist at first. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Makes terrific toast. Bake 20 minutes in mini loaf pans.

Gift basket idea: A loaf of this bread tucked in a basket along with a mason jar filled with some sort of soup or soup mix OR a loaf of this bread with a jar of jelly as a hostess gift when invited to someone's home. There are numerous possibilities for a variety of gift-giving situations: housewarming, new baby, get-well, tea time, on and on the list of possibilities goes. 

Note: This bread is also perfect for beginner bakers. Mighty Man of God is eight-years-old and had no difficulty whatsoever mixing this recipe up with Mama standing nearby in case she was needed.

In a season noted for its rich, sweet indulgences the simplicity of bread and butter is a comfort indeed. English Muffin bread is the perfect accompaniment to a salad of dark greens, a cup of hot soup, or a mug of hot tea. Simple yet extravagantly good this recipe may become a treasured favorite.

Basking in love's warmth and the smell of homemade bread,
Abundantly Blessed

 

12.10.2016

Preparing Words Ahead

Good Morning! It's Christmas time! Words, words, and more words rushing here and there. They swirl through the sound waves both assaulting and healing our senses relentlessly. Articles sharing how to survive the holiday busy by implementing  preparation and organizational strategies abound. Precious little is left to be said on that particular subject. However, not very much has been said about the implementing of similar strategies, techniques, and tips for our use of words.

Families are marvelous. Families are wonderful. God began the human race with a family. He sent His Son into a family. Families are His idea. Families can also be very very messy and stressful. Holidays with family can become the epic love/hate situation. The whole love being together yet hate it all at the same time feeling opens the door to guilt for many people. Childhood insecurities frequently lurk behind the doors of painful memories where they seem to giggle with wicked glee at every opportunity to slash their next victim with the knife of unkind remembrance. An older brother suddenly remembers what a brat his little sister used to be, the youngest in the family unexpectedly recalls the tormenting trauma older siblings rained down, and somewhere a middle children simmers in a stew of resentment over the mess the whole stinking lot of them are.

These descriptions aren't specifically from my personal life. They do, however, have the potential to manifest in everyone's life in some way. For some these familial conflicts may explode with a loud volcano of verbal lava poisoning an entire gathering. Other families will appear to be perfectly calm on the surface while various members bleed inside from unknown wounds. Still others will have that one random individual who consistently sees themself as a victim no matter how much they are protected and loved by the family. The mess can manifest in a multitude of ways.

What if there was a way to stop the mess, or at least minimize it, in its tracks? What if such a miracle was as easy as planning conversations and our choice of words ahead of time before gathering together? Would such a simple plan be a miraculous cure? For many, yes, putting out the fire before it starts would be a healing miracle indeed. Let's consider some ways preparing our words ahead of time can help reduce holiday stress.

Pre-planning, being organized, holiday preparations can be more than buying gifts, wrapping, and baking. It can also include pre-determined communication strategies, kindness techniques, and last minute fight the snark tips. Responding to others the way they do us is easy; most everyone does it. Planning how to be kind, no matter what others do or say, ahead of time requires a conscious determined decision. How does a person do this? Where does one begin?

Where does one begin? For me, personally, planning my words ahead begins at the place decisions are made, in God's presence and His Word. What does God have for me to say and do this holiday season? How does He see each person that is gathered together in our family? God Holy Spirit has been teaching me to ask myself questions and then choose what I will do and say based on the answers to those questions. One such question I have learned to ask myself is: What sort of wife, mother, daughter, sister do I want to be? What sort of wife, mother, daughter, sister has God made me to be? After contemplating and coming to an answer, I then ask myself what that sort of wife, mother, daughter, sister does? How does she speak to those she loves? How does she listen? How does she love like Jesus loves? Then, the big question: Am I living and speaking like the woman I want to be? Am I being the woman God has made me to be?

After assessing whether or not I am being true to the woman God made me to be by asking and answering these questions I am then able to make conscious determined decisions concerning what sort of tone, attitude, and words I will or will not speak. A God-inside woman isn't afraid of being rejected because she is held close to and filled with the One who will never leave or forsake her. A God-inside woman isn't nervous about what others will think of her housekeeping or cooking because if God be for her who can be against her? A God-inside minded woman isn't worried about whether she is enough or not enough because He who is in her is more than enough. A God-inside minded woman is filled to overflowing with God's love for everyone who enters her home because she knows that He who is in her longs to save, heal, deliver, set free, love, encourage, and show mercy to all. Therefore, she longs for God to do so through her. These are the truths I speak to myself so that I am reminded of who I am in He who is in me. I prepare myself from the inside out.

As I learn to do this more and more I realize that the more fully I prepare myself in Christ, the less all of the exterior details matter. It's a guaranteed stress evaporator to live with a consciousness of God inside. The potatoes aren't done on time? No sweat. God has everything under control. No sense getting sweaty armpits over spuds. That's silly. Very few details are as important as I think they are. Me remaining in Christ matters much more than any natural circumstance. This same preparation can be used before going out of my home and about town. Before I enter the shopping scene, I can determine what sort of customer and shopper I will be. What does Jesus inside of a woman shopping look and sound like? What sort of words, facial expressions, and emotions does she or does she not share with the world around her?

Checkout clerks who appear war torn need me to look and sound like Jesus. What are Jesus' words to a tired, worn, and harried clerk in the checkout line? What healing balm does Jesus plan for me to extend? What does that grouchy service tech look like to Christ? Will God's patience coming out through me be a soothing salve? Did that snarky salesperson single me alone out of all the many customers to snarl at? Not likely. Therefore, I will make a determined decision before I leave my home to listen to God Holy Spirit and respond with God's love and grace to everyone I meet this day. I will guard the gates of my lips and extend a smile of God's healing grace. Perhaps a genuine smile in a season full of haste and hurry is the greatest gift the people I meet will receive. Is there anything I am looking for or purchasing in the stores of more importance than the people? No. Nothing. I don't know of anything more important to God than the people He has created. Those I come in contact with are of infinite value to Him, and so am I.

Preparing myself from the inside out before the seasonal gatherings, as a well-known homemaker says, "It's a good thing."

Praying showers of God's love and blessings in and through you this day,
Abundantly Blessed