12.31.2013

Happy 2014

Happy New Year 2014!!!! Early.

Our family will be having the rest of their Christmas this week so I am sending out prayers and loving new year blessings a day early.

Abundance House blog thanks you dear readers for your faithful support and encouragement. Each and every post has at least one view thanks to each and every one of you. Now maybe that isn't much when compared to some blogs out there, but I don't care about that here. I am just unbelievably honored that someone takes the time out of their busy life to click on the blog and read the words they find there. Thank you a million times over. Thank You.

Easing our way gently into a soothing rhythm during the coming months is how I hope to be moving through the brisk refreshing season of winter. One never knows though so I'll refrain from stating anything definite. There is just too much unknown.

However the coming season flows, it is my prayer that you learn more of God and become more closely acquainted with Him than you ever dreamt possible. That's my prayer for me too. Perhaps we should pray it for each other? Have a Happy Happy New Year! Do Not Fear! God Is Near!

In His love,
Abundantly Blessed

12.30.2013

Kids - A Mama Never Knows

A mother never knows what a day will bring. Honestly, a mother never knows what will happen from moment to moment. In the flash of an eye, or faster, everything can change. All might be going blissfully well then turn to traumatic tragedy without warning. Then again, it can happen the other way around too. Tragedy can turn to triumph in a miraculous moment too. Consider Joseph being in prison one minute and standing before Pharoah the next. Before the day's end he found himself second in command only to Pharoah. Now that's a suddenly turnaround type moment.

That's the adventure of being alive, not knowing what the next moment will hold. Being an individual who finds security in steady rhythms and routines, it has taken many years for me to see the unpredictableness of living as adventure. I haven't always found it such a pleasant reality. Honestly, I haven't always found reality pleasant. Pretend was much more satisfying to a shy little chubby girl growing up in the Midwest. No wonder reading was a favorite way to spend my days. How wonderful it was to read the non real adventures found within the pages of novels. Novel characters are much less risky to engage than real live living human beings a.k.a. people.

Escapism was a means of coping for years and years. Reading was perhaps one of the greatest avenues of escape I used throughout my growing up years, through part of my adult years too. When reality became too messy, a book would chase away the bad or at least provide a temporary refuge of fiction to hide behind for a few hours.

Please don't misunderstand. I still enjoy a good novel. They are a welcome change of pace, and I enjoy learning truths from God's Word through a carefully told story in a book written by a Godly author. I learn best from stories. Guessing most of us do since Jesus told so many of them when He taught.

Since it isn't the novel itself that was the source of me not engaging reality, the issue turned out to be much more close and personal. Me. I was the one at the root of that nasty escapism habit. It was a choice. An unknowing one, but a choice nonetheless. Thankfully, God gently leads and instructs. He is transforming me by the renewing of my mind, just as His Word says He will.

Now I appreciate the adventure of real life and am gradually learning to embrace the unknown, the unpredictability of this life God has me living. Notice, I said gradually learning. Life is a process after all. Learning to be actively engaged in living life for real has been another unforeseen result of choosing intentional realness. 2013 is drawing to a close. Unlike last year when there was a definite urging towards intentional and real, 2014 hasn't whispered anything in my heart's ear yet. I'll be listening closely these next few days though. Certainly don't want to miss the new of the New Year.

Maybe the new is already here. Maybe it is going to be a continuation of being actively engaged in living. Living life for real, so to speak. Maybe that's where intentional and real take a person, to living actively for real. Faith is known by its works. Faith without works is dead. So, maybe this being actively engaged in life is the works of choosing intentional and real by faith. Definitely thinking on this some more.

Thinking on real living as the year ends and another begins anew,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

12.28.2013

Pray Mama, Pray

When attitudes flare and hormones they rage, pray Mama, pray.
When smiles are sweet and behavior a treat, pray Mama, pray.

When teenagers rant and preschoolers rave, pray Mama, pray.
When dogs and kids are best buds and play all the day, pray Mama, pray.

Meltdowns wax hot. Tempers skyrocket. Sometimes there's very little money in the pocket.
No matter what comes.  Never mind what goes. Always pray Mama. For it is God alone who knows.

Old years go. New ones come. The moon rises with the setting of the sun.
Stars run their course. Clouds scuttle by. Every single time God hears a Mama's cry.

So attitudes, hormones, teenagers, and tots all can make a Mama to her knees weary drop.
When all seems awry and oh so very loud, shut yourself in with God. Don't be too proud.

In grey skies or blue, sunshine or rain, God is still God. He knows and understands your deepest pain.
So down to your knees dear mother beloved. God hears you pray and answers you too.

His love knows no bounds. His mercy no limits. Just pray Mama, pray. Every time. Every where.
Pray Mama, pray is your task without fear.  Yes pray Mama, pray. Then pray some more. It never will hurt to pray still the more. Pray Mama, pray.

12.23.2013

Bad or New?

Good Morning! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! Perhaps everything isn't as you would like it to be this year. Maybe that is because it isn't like it normally is. As we enter into the Holy Days, reconsidering our desires and wishes might be the greatest gift we can give ourselves and those around us. Are things really as bad as we think they are or are they just different from what we have come to expect? Change isn't always bad. Often it is the open door into new. New isn't always bad either. New keeps us from getting stinky and stagnant. Adventure requires new.
 
Many are tired, weary, just plain worn out with fighting. What are we fighting though? Change? A new way of doing and being? Multitudes of prayers to God petitioning Him to heal and yes, change, the course of our nation, the hearts of people, and the plan of governments have gone forth. I can't help but wonder if much that is being fought against because it appears "bad" might be the very shaking and uprooting that has to take place in order for our prayers to be answered. We seek God for a  renewal of world systems then worry and fear when those systems teeter and begin to fall. Is this not the very thing we have asked of the Lord?
 
The following Word was in my email inbox this morning. I have read it more than once and see something new each time. Be encouraged dear ones. God is alive and moving. He is good. His mercies are new every morning, and He has not forgotten His children. It is time for us to entrust ourselves completely to His care.
 
Abundance House began a journey into the new, real, and intentional a bit over a year ago. During that time, God has spoken many things to me. Relax. Be intentional. Look at Me. See as I see. Trust I am who I AM. Worship Me for Who I Am - not who you perceive Me to be. Give Thanks. These are the words He has been giving me throughout the past year. This year is closing, a new year is coming. As you travel the remaining few days of 2013, know you are every one of you loved and
 
Have an honest to goodness, really truly
 
Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!
 
With loving prayers from Abundantly Yours
@
Abundance House Blog
 
 
 
Theresa Phillips: Christmastide of Visitation and Change
by Theresa Phillips
Dec 23, 2013

As I was sitting near my garden window, I was noticing that a shift had taken place in the Spirit realm. I was sitting very still, just looking out, when I felt the Lord's eyes looking through me. I could sense something...something prophetic coming. I was looking past everything...everything that was close. All the leaves that didn't get cleared up and the gardens at rest and the empty ponds. All those areas that give me vision I could not see.

I was looking into the future and didn't realize it at first. As I felt the Spirit of the Lord embrace me, I became overwhelmed by a love that I had not felt in a long, long time. A love for everyone and beyond. I was loving more and more.
This love was so endearing to me that I actually wept. Then I sobbed uncontrollably. This lasted for several moments.

I had flashes of American traditions go through my mind. I also felt a change had come. I had flashes of people famous and not famous; rich and poor. I also saw so many people who were weary, and I wept for them. Then, how I loved them!
I saw old fashioned winters and blissful summers; fragrant springs and fire-at-night falls. All had gone before me...

Then He spoke, and my heart was alive with passion to not only listen but to receive with great pleasure. "Show me, Lord. Show me!" I cried.

Fresh, New Anointing Over This Holiday Season For Miracles, Provision and Change
 
"Theresa, I am going to pour out of My Spirit a fresh new anointing over this holiday season. I am releasing a glory that has not been seen for generations. This glory is filled with revelation and miracles. Yes, miracles to raise the dead and heal the sick, and miraculous provision.

"I am going to restore the years the locust has eaten (see Joel 2:25). You will see and hear of more people raised from the dead. Bank accounts will change; investments will pay off. A spirit of generosity will emerge. You will see reconciliation be a huge part of this holy day season.

"I will ignite hearts for evangelism. Yes, many will go out and win souls at Christmas this year. I will change hearts and attitudes. At home, in the marketplace, and in the Church I will release new enterprise. Yes, new ideas will come forth.
"It's My gift to the Body of Christ. I am sending this gift from Christmas Eve through New Year's Eve. Be ready to receive.

"Many will start to have dreams and desires to go and work with Me. EXCITEMENT in My houses of worship will increase, for the songs of worship will be lifted up in abundant praise. A radical praise is about to come forth. This sound will shake the timbers. The dancers will dance with all their might. New songs with a new sound will come forth. These will have the sound of victory in them!

"I am about to call forth men and women into the political arena who can stand the course of testing and change the course of personal and corporate destiny. They will say with confidence, 'America is loved and America is good. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be the Church.' This will resonate across the nation to other nations.

"Yes, even on Christmas Day I will send out PROMOTIONS to many who have felt discarded. They will begin to see how valuable they are.
"PRODIGALS are coming home. Wayward children, and for Churches wayward parishioners. The days of wandering are now being reconciled. Welcome them home, for I brought them.

"I will also restore many marriages through this holiday season. I have touched their hearts, and many will be delivered through their forgiveness and prayer. And many will ask their neighbor and friends, their leaders as well, 'Will you forgive me? I was wrong.'

"I am sending a fresh angelic visitation Christmas Eve...to minister helps to My people (see Hebrews 1:14). This visitation will bring many back to their knees, and intercession will grow in churches across the nation.
"For this is why I came: that man could be saved. What pertains to your needs, concerns, and desires all are in My eyes," says the Lord. "For it is My good pleasure to give you the Kingdom (see Luke 12:32).

"Christmas Day I will clamp the mouth of the Lion shut (strife will not raise its head). For I have heard the prayers of My people; I hear you even now. Pray for peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.
 
"Family will love once again; churches will develop more charity than ever before; cities will be transformed by the generosity of the Church. For even now I am preparing an angelic host to move into cities for the sake of My Body there.

"The bell ringer, the postman and the policeman, teachers and civil servants, spiritual leaders are out and about. Remember how you treat them, for they may be My servants in disguise (see Hebrews 13:2). Even the dog walker may be My servant. Honor them.

"Yes, two Christmas gifts I am sending into the world. They are called Revelation Distribution and Fresh Start. So get ready," says the Lord. "The season ahead looks bright, and all that was gone before us is fading away..."

Prayer For Revelation And a Fresh Start
 
Let us pray: Dear Jesus, we give thanks in this season! Thankful for Your birth, thankful You reign supreme. Thank You, Jesus, You have given us joy this season and a renewed hope. Make us steadfast and strong to do our part. Teach us the stillness of the Spirit as He begins to hover. Let us see and sense what You are doing. Change us, O Lord, from negative to positive in our thinking and speaking. Let praise be on our lips. Grant us all Revelation and Fresh Start. Jesus, I will welcome any fresh start in my life You have for me now.

Loving You is all that counts, especially when You love through us for the sake of the sick, lost, infirm, and in prison. The widow and the orphan. Our neighbors as well. That love is what I pray for all of us now. Fill us with grace to embrace the unlovely and lonely, for it is a complement to You when we do. I passionately ask for this in Jesus' name, Amen.
 
Theresa Phillips
Chicago Prophetic Voice
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Dr. Theresa Phillips is senior pastor of Praise Ministries Church and dean of Praise Christian Seminary in St. Charles, Illinois. Theresa is dedicated to helping you encounter the living God and be filled with His never-ending glory. Pastor Theresa and her husband Robert have started an online publication called Chicago Prophetic Voice. This online publication is intended to help you see and hear the unseen and unheard realms of God as they are portrayed in the written Scriptures of the Holy Bible.

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What People Really Want and What We Really Need

Words, words, and more words flowing through my heart and mind. So many I long to share. So many left unfinished, not fully formed. When my youngest Victorious Man of God is nursing and I am rocking along in a state of hormonally relaxed bliss, they are perfect, just exactly right, beautiful. At the computer, however, they are nonexistent. Where do they go? Where do those perfect words that fill my heart during the quiet of the nursing hour go? Only God Himself knows.

Today is the eve of Christmas Eve. The last day before Christmas is officially here is this day. This is the day where I get to put everything God the Holy Spirit has been teaching and revealing to me into practice. Today is a day of gingerbread baking, oreo ball dipping, marshmallow creating, chocolate ganache stirring, laundry scattered throughout, and hopefully, before day's end, Christmas nail painting with daughters. It is a day I long to stretch out and make last and last and last and last. I want to be happy, to laugh, to overflow with joy, with grace. But one day for all of that? Oh yes, there are gifts to make and wrap too.

One day? Only one day? What have I done with all of the other days? Oh, those. I rocked a sick baby through several days and nights of them. Then I tried to catch up on the missed sleep from the baby rocking for several more. More than I would have liked were spent trying to stay warm while the most frigid of frigid temps attempted to enter our home. Children were read to. Some numbers were learned. Words were read to me. The house was decorated for Jesus' birthday. And through it all, I have been intentionally focusing on Jesus and revelling in His Grace.

Ready or not, today is the last day before Christmas Eve. If guests are coming to your house, please stroll by for a visit to Life in Grace blog and read the following article.  http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/2013/12/the-anatomy-of-a-guest-room/ This is a yes article. Yes, all who love Jesus could name this as a must read before serving guests during the holy days. The title comes from it.

May we all prepare Him room in our hearts and homes,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

12.19.2013

A Christmas Visit

Good Morning dear friends! I have just come from Susan Branch's blog. Have you been there? It is a delightful place to drop in for tea! All of your senses will be treated. Every time I visit I want to run over here and have a visit with all of you, just like the one I had with Susan. Time spent soaking in the loveliness of home with Susan makes me want to come back to Abundance House, rip everything out, put in all new, and start completely over.

I could. It wouldn't be hard. Writing like a girlfriend chatting about home things over something yummy would be as easy as breathing, but I know that sooner or later the intense, serious side of me would slip in and then where would we be? 42 years of living have well proven that copying someone else rarely works out the way one hopes. So, for now, I'll leave the drapes and other things just the way they are. I'll whisper about the sweetness of Susan's website and blog in your ear instead. This way, you can visit me here and still be blessed by the loveliness and girlfriend fun at her house.

Oh yes! girlfriend fun reminded me. That is why I am talking to you right now! Oh my. Susan Branch is sending out a wonderful Christmas gift to one of her girlfriends. It is a china tea set for 6, pot and everything included, with some delicious homemade almond brittle tucked in. Leave a comment at the end of the post in the link below to be included in the drawing. Even if china tea sets aren't your thing, you might know someone who would love, love, love a gift of one? And the almond brittle...the recipe is in the post. Christmas love is in the air! Here's the link so you don't miss out on the goodies and fun: Christmas Giveaway

After visiting Susan Branch's house and experiencing her gracious hospitality you will find yourself putting the kettle on to make something hot to drink. Music will begin to fill your home and delicious goodies may even show up on your counter. The cute smudge of flour on your cheek and the vintage apron you're wearing will testify that you have been visiting. You will find yourself smiling at the scents wafting through the house as you peek out the window hoping to find a winter world of white dotted with the red of cardinals. It's a possibility anyway. It depends on how long of a visit you get to stay for.

I'm off to put my own kettle on dear readers! It is a white, frosty day perfectly tuned to a tea kettle's cheerful whistle and a warm fire's coziness. And, if you are in our house, Colonel Redeemed's room-cleaning, a major undertaking that will need the bracing strength of Russian tea, many cups I'm sure. Have I ever shared how much I enjoy having children old enough to do their own work? Yes, I do. I surely do. Having children young enough to snuggle with over a good book at the same time is goodness untellable. Is untellable a word? It is here!

Merry Christmas blessings to you and may your tea kettle whistle the happiest of tunes!
Abundantly Blessed

12.18.2013

Blessing Tree

There's an empty tree at the back of the church sanctuary. It's not a Christmas tree. It's a blessing tree. There are ornaments to drop a note into, maybe money, for a family in church. The family had illness and no insurance. Bills are coming in.The blessing tree is for this family. A sort of encouragement in visible form.

Not wanting to barge in on their blessing time but going to slip in here quietly and share the encouragement our own family recently received. Last February Victorious Man of God joined the family. With this sweet little guy came a pile of bills, large bills. Totally relating to the no insurance situation of the family at church as we don't have any either. Anyway...a few weeks ago, a letter came. It was our encouragement. What did it say? Largest bill in the pile taken care of. One of the hospitals says we no longer owe them anything. AT. ALL.

The letter remains tacked up on our bulletin board. It is our visible encouragement, and visible encouragement goes a LONG way. As we chip our way through the rest of the bill pile, this letter testifies that there is miraculous provision and we. are. loved. Thank You, God most of all for Jesus. Thank You also for the biggest bill gone.

Soaking in Him, the greatest gift, this Christmas,
Abundantly Blessed@ Abundance House

12.11.2013

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Christmas

These children look so very sweet! I couldn't resist tucking them on the page along with prayers that you will be blessed with Joy to the World for our Lord has come as you Deck the Halls and learn of that Silent Night long ago when Jesus our Savior came Away in a Manger. It was on that night the shepherds were telling of Angels We Have Heard on High in O Little Town of Bethlehem. O Come All Ye Faithful and join us in worshipping Jesus and singing of The First Noel.

That's all of the carols that I could fit in at the moment so until next time, keep Jingle Belling all the way as you dash through the snow towards your White Christmas. And in the middle of the world's busyness stop, quiet your heart, breathe deeply of Love, God, and smile thanks to Him for being the best gift. ever.

Abundantly Blessed in Jesus @ Abundance House

12.10.2013

Free Christmas Tours From Home

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Since we've no place to go..."

If the weather in your neck of the woods is too frigid to get out and stroll about on Christmas tours, consider getting a holiday house tour fix online. Numerous bloggers post tours of their homes decorated for Christmas. With so many bloggers blogging, rest assured there are tours featuring any and every style of decorating. Simple, rustic, elegant, homey, sparse, extreme, it's all out there somewhere. Best thing about touring online? The ability to do so in one's pjs while sipping hot chocolate as strands of favorite Christmas music floats through the air. A little man tugging on the shirt tails puts the icing on the proverbial cake.