A Year

A year. What's in a year? A lot. A whole lot. That's what a year holds. And when a year ends, then what? Where does the ending and beginning stop and start? Is there really an end? A beginning? Or is life more of a flowing river full of love's endless motion?

Sometimes it seems as if life is a song like the ones I learned during piano lessons. Masterpieces composed of a melody interrupted by other tunes only to be repeated over and over in variation after variation.

No matter how long the piece was the original melody would return. It might not be played exactly the same. More notes and new rhythms might be added, but the original melody was still there interwoven with the extra and new.

Pondering the similarities between life and those piano works of days gone by, the wondering draws me closer in. What is the melody of my life? How has it revealed itself throughout the years? It is a question to ponder.

As I look back over the years I begin to recognize a melody oft repeated. The more I hear it the deeper it weaves through me. Finally I recognize the melody for what it is. This is my song. Woven throughout the years of my life is a song. A song of love. A song composed by God. A song that is God. God is my song. He is the melody sure and sweet.

Perhaps you too can hear your song when you consider the years gone by. Perhaps if you stop and listen you will hear the One who made you. The One who composed your song. The One who is your song. The song of life and living, your life, your living.

Listening to the song and loving the Composer,
Abundantly Blessed


Love, Celebrate It!

In ten days I will look at my second born daughter and cry tears of wonder and joy while giving thanks and praise to God. Why will I do this? Because in ten days it will be one year since she came home out of an abusive situation. One year that seems like both yesterday and a lifetime ago.

One year ago this now healthy whole woman of God came home literally smelling like death. Today she laughs free and smiles true as she ice fishes with her new loving boyfriend who will never intentionally hurt her nor allow her to be abused. God's goodness and healing have brought about amazing changes, positive growth, and maturity. Has it truly been only one year?

These changes and growth didn't automatically happen though. My Victory girl has to make deliberate, intentional decisions to live differently and communicate openly every day. Time and time again she has to war against former habits of thought. Occasionally flashbacks intrude, and physical weariness is an almost constant companion. Living isn't always easy, but it is worth the fight.

Eleven months ago Victory made a choice. She looked death full in the face and chose life, even when living required a surrendering of former ways of doing and thinking, even when the new was so very very hard to do. Victory Woman chose life, God's life.

She chooses God still. Day after day this rapidly maturing woman of God walks through the daily temptations of life with a large family and the challenges of chronic fatigue. With remarkable calm she chooses the stillness of silence over anger's snarl or graciously listens instead of flinging mocking sarcasm. Daily in many ways she still chooses life over death.

In ten days I will remember the beginning of this journey my daughter began. I will remember, and I will cry. Great tears of gratitude to God for all He has done will fall from my eyes in a thankful flood. As tears flood my eyes, praise will flood my heart. And through it all a song will play. It is a song I've been learning this past year, a song that has always been in my heart waiting for me to hear. A melody rich and sweet that will flow in a beautiful river of love for my Lord.

The choices are not over; they never are. Every day they are there waiting on each of us to choose. The decisions are ours to make. They won't decide themselves. As we enter a new day, a new season, a new year, what will we do? Which will we choose? Will we choose to be honest, loving, wise? Or will we choose easy, foolish, deceit? Will we choose God? Or will we choose human logic instead? Will we choose kind over right? Love over religion? Will we choose life or will we choose death?

One year from now when we look back what will we see? What will our hearts remember? What will we have learned of real? What will others have learned of us? The answers are not yet known, but the decisions that determine those answers will be made today.

Many years ago a man named Joshua stood before a group of people and presented them with a choice. It is this choice, along with Joshua's decision, I leave with you today. It is the choice and decision Victory Woman made almost one year ago. It is the choice of all choices and the decision of all decisions.

"Choose you this day whom you will serve...as for me and my house we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Will you choose life?
Abundantly Blessed


Intimate Word

If you find yourself hungering and thirsting for more, more relationship than religion, consider reading The Passion translation of the Bible. It is a new translation, and not all of the books are available yet, but what is ready is such a blessing! Not only is it my favorite new Bible translation, but it has been the perfect companion on my journey into rest and wholeness.

For those who prefer a digital format or don't want to make a purchase at this time, The Passion Translation is available for use free of charge on the Bible Gateway website.

More of Him,
Abundantly Blessed

Praying into the answers

So, those questions yesterday were probing and deep. They went right down into the depths .of our hearts and laid everything open and bare, in a very good way.

Sitting here in the afterglow that follows a time of intimacy with the Comforter we're still feeling a bit exposed and raw. Would you draw close to the fire of His love with me for awhile? Would you sit among this pile of soft pillows and allow the comforting warmth of Love to flow over your raw, exposed places covering you with His blood and grace?

Maybe you will join me in soaking in the presence of the Lord by turning your favorite worship music on. I'm hitting repeat on mine. Now that we have asked ourselves the hard questions, we need to fill up with more of Him. It is time for us to rest.

Rest brings me straight to the heart of God. Rest is where the Lord and I are joined together in intimate stillness of spirit and soul. If God has been beckoning you into a place of rest, a place of Sabbath if you will, perhaps the following books will serve as companions along the way.

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller

The Rest of God: Restoring your soul by restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan

Finding Selah by Kristen Kill

Finding Sabbath Rest together,
Abundantly Blessed

Free Book for Olympics!

Hey there! The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics is this week. If you and your family are going to be watching, perhaps the following freebie will be a fun surprise for the kiddos. Knowledge Quest is giving away a free My Country ebook for kids to work on during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Knowledge Quest provides quality products full of fun. I am looking forward to my children having a keepsake notebook at the close of the Olympics. I am also looking forward to my guys having some twists and turns to work off some of their abundant energy. I went to the download page and this is looking like way more than the standard freebie. I've got to get over there and get my eBook before bed.

Here is the link: https://knowledgequest.lpages.co/2018-winter-olympics/ Feel free to share the link. Pass the fun along.

Olympic fun coming up!
Abundantly Blessed


Fwd: Elaine Tavolacci-The Rear View Mirror is Gone

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February 4, 2018

"Stop Looking into the Rear View Mirror and Fast Forward into the Future!"
Elaine Tavolacci, Staten Island, NY

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Steve ShultzAs we have just begun the second month of this year...this is a good reminder for us all. The title itself speaks volumes: "Stop Looking into the Rear View Mirror and Fast Forward into the Future!"

Elaine Tavolacci always has a fresh word from God...and I look forward to reading them. In her latest article she shares this word of the Lord:

The Lord says, "Forget what lies behind. Don't hold on to past memories that will burden you and bring bitterness to your soul. Don't look at yourself the way that you were in the past. You are no longer the man or woman that you once were. Don't reminisce on the good times and the way that you think it should have been. This will hinder you from what is to come."

Don't allow nothing...and I mean absolutely NOTHING...from the rear view mirror to hinder you from moving ahead. Move forward in Him and all He has for your future! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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"Stop Looking into the Rear View Mirror and Fast Forward into the Future!"
Elaine Tavolacci, Staten Island, NY

Move Forward!

The Lord showed me someone driving a car and constantly looking into their rear view mirror. It's great to use the rear view mirror to glance back to see how far you've come, but if you stare too long, you will not see what is right in front of you or miss your turn. Rear view mirrors are used for clearance and blind spots when changing lanes, but if you continually look in the rear view mirror, you will eventually crash.

Many of you are not advancing spiritually, because you are constantly looking back and reliving your past. There are memories that you are having a difficult time letting go of. It is imperative that you release the memories, mistakes and misfortunes so that you can advance into what Jesus has for you.

Some of you are still traumatized over certain incidents that have occurred in your lifetime. Jesus will take those good and bad times and create a masterpiece. You will be amazed at what the Lord will do with a life that is totally surrendered to Him. Holding on to the past, as well as unforgiveness, will hinder His work in you and will only bring sorrow, guilt, shame and regret. Don't allow your past situations to determine your future destination. Be set free to receive beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.

Some of you are building strongholds by hanging on to old mindsets and ways of thinking. A stronghold is a mindset resistant to change. The Lord is not rebuking you, but trying to bring you into an abundant life. Your life will move in the direction of your most dominant thought. If you continue to look back, eventually you will go in that direction. You must change the patterns of your thought life if you want to advance in your spiritual growth and tune in to the frequencies of Heaven.

Isaiah 43:18-19, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

Don't Look at the Past...the Rear View Mirror

The Lord says, "Forget what lies behind. Don't hold on to past memories that will burden you and bring bitterness to your soul. Don't look at yourself the way that you were in the past. You are no longer the man or woman that you once were. Don't reminisce on the good times and the way that you think it should have been. This will hinder you from what is to come.

"I am preparing a new wineskin. You must protect and nurture this new wineskin to be able to hold the new wine that I am releasing to you. Don't look in the rear view mirror of your past any longer. This is preventing you from moving forward by holding on to worthless things and memories of situations that no longer exist.

"Release those who hurt you and I will heal you. As you continually align yourself with My Word, all the hurtful memories will eventually diminish. I will take everything that you have gone through in the past and use it for My glory. Your past failures will not disqualify you for what I have called you to do.

Philippians 3:12-14, "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

Walk in Newness of Life

"There will be spiritual warfare along the journey and the enemy will try to steal, kill and destroy, but I have equipped you to endure each battle. I have given you the ability to overcome every conflict. You will not falter under pressure, but you will stand your ground through difficult times. Do not regress and do not give in to temptation. Don't look at the opposition that seems to be against you, but rejoice because what the enemy planned for evil for your life shall not prevail.

"Your old nature is no longer in existence. Begin to see yourself the way that I see you. See the person that I have created you to be. Don't be afraid of change, but move forward into the victory that I have for you. Don't deprive yourself from entering into the blessings that I have for you.

"Remember where I have brought you from, but walk in the newness that I am bringing you in to. Don't allow memories of the past to derail you, but look to the promises and the provisions that I have for you," says the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Elaine Tavolacci
A Word in Season

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From God's Word

We've been revisiting various truth lessons here at Abundance House. As littles grow into no longer littles, faith lessons come back around. Hearing these lessons again is good for us all, even if the situations that reveal their need seem unpleasant. Everyone benefits from hearing God's ways of life.

While praying through some of these things this afternoon I went on a hunt for truth. God's truth. A hunt for God. He is the truth. As I prayerfully read the words Jesus spoke to his disciples in the book of John His love and care began to wash over me in wave after loving wave. The more I read, the more rested and refreshed I became.

I have been following Christ as long as I can remember, yet even after all of these years I still can't help but be overwhelmed at why He loves us so. Why did He do this? Why did He come to earth and die for us? Why? The answer was there in the words I read on my hunt for truth.  Love. For God so loved He gave His Son, and because the Son loved the Father He laid down His life.

More than once in the book of John Jesus said love empowers us to obey His commands. His parting command before returning to the Father? Love one another deeply. Only Love that lays itself down for the undeserving and unholy strengthens a person enough to obey. If Jesus laid down His life for me when I was so unholy and undeserving, who am I to not lay down my life for others as well? Am I greater than the One who made me? No! Indeed I am not!

Here, at such a moment of revelation, is where I find myself in a place of repentance and sorrow for forgetting the undeserved extravagance of my Savior's love, for treating His great sacrifice more casually than I ought. And on the other side of repentance is where I now have the blessed honor of living transformed. This is where I remind myself of what being a child of God is about.

This is where I refuse to be entangled by emotional woundings of yesteryear and choose to live out the freedom Jesus paid for instead. Every day opportunities to live Jesus and lay my life down for others are all around me. Every word I speak is a seed of either life or death. Everything I do and say is worship to either God or Satan. I am glorifying God or I am praising satan, one or the other. There is no neutral ground.

Sharing these words with you right now, I ask the questions I ask myself. These are not to be condemning but revealing. Remember Christ's extravagant love. Whatever we discover about ourselves can be confessed and repented of. Amazing grace is ours because of Jesus. His extravagant love is what we are celebrating. These questions are for leading us more closely to Him.

For whom do I live? For whom will I live?
Do I serve God or Satan?  Will I serve God or Satan?
Which one will it be?
Who do I glorify? Who will I glorify?
Who do I honor? Who will I honor?
Who do I follow, adore, and obey? Who will I follow, adore, and obey?
Who do I serve with your words and deeds? Who will I serve with your words and deeds?
Who do my conversations glorify and praise? Who will my conversations glorify and praise? Who?
Whose deeds do I recount and tell to the generations? Whose deeds will I recount and tell to the generations? God's? Or Satan's?
Who do I set my affections on? Who will I set my affections on?
As Joshua told the Israelites, today God says to us,  " ... choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods your fathers worshiped on the other side of the river, or choose the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living." And as Joshua also decreed may we each decree as well, " But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. ”  Joshua 24:15

Resting in His love,
Abundantly Blessed


Recipes to Try

Winter is a time for ooey gooey comfort food accompanied by steamy bread straight from the oven. Maybe not every meal, but every so often, tandem fueling on carbs and fats hits the spot.

Here is a website link to some delicious recipes. There are some deliciously healthy ones to offset the tandem fueling nights too. www.melskitchencafe.com .

Soaking in winter's calm,
Abundantly Blessed


Winter Tea

Travel with me, if you will. We are sitting across from each other in a room that is cozy and warm with a fire crackling in an immense stone fireplace. The place has the feel of a bygone era more European pub than anything. It is just the right amount of dark to help us relax and cease from our daily labors. We can sense our inner selves letting go as we sink into the comforting warmth of the atmosphere around us. As the strong tea in our thick porcelain cups is swallowed, our conversation turns to the new year. What it holds remains unseen, yet it seems as if we know what is ahead.

This is where today's visit picks up, here in the comforting warmth of God and His perfect loving care of us. As a new year travels on it might be a good time to still ourselves in the presence of God and tune into the still small voice of Holy Spirit. Paying attention to those things we sense within, maybe writing them down on paper with pen and ink, would be a new habit to learn. Perhaps recording impressions from our time with God will be one of the new habits the new year contains.

Perhaps we need more this year rather than less. More God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. More time communing together with Him and with others in His name. More relaxing. More relating. More restoring and renewing. More. I strongly sense more, an abundance of more, for the new year ahead. More God in the everyday living.

As the fire settles into a steady flame we cease speaking. Our eyes lock in awe and wonder. We know we have been in the presence of God, and that He has talked with us. Our hearts are full of the joyous, peaceful rest found only in Him who loves us fully, completely, wholly. Silently we put our coats, hats, mittens, and scarves on. It is as if we are suiting up in armor, holy armor. Fully geared up we once more lock gazes. Our eyes speak what our hearts know; we are going forth to be about our heavenly father's business. Together we go forward in the name of the Lord.

Going forward into More,
Abundantly Blessed