12.29.2015

In 2015 I Have Noticed...

Note: Linking up with Emily P. Freeman and other bloggers to share what we've learned in 2015. Wheee! I haven't linked up much before so this is practically a first! Another rarity is the following list was written as if I had been jotting thoughts down in a journal instead of a composing a perfectly planned post all gussied up for company. If this were an afternoon tea time, instead of an elaborate affair for guests, it would be a single cup of hot cocoa with an afghan, cozy socks, messy bun, fisherman's sweater and leggings curled up beside a roaring fire. There! the stage has been set. And now onto the post...

The final days of a year are used by many as a time of both preparation for the year to come as well as a period of reflection on the year that has passed. Busy days usually seem to fly by with little to no time available for preparing or reflecting. Surviving motherhood is frequently a matter of putting one foot in front of the other and doing the next best thing. Wanting to establish healthier living practices, however, this year I am taking a few minutes to jot down a few of the lessons Life has provided me throughout the past 12 months.

In 2015 I have noticed...

  •  Every time I experience something an opportunity to learn from that experience is present; what I do with this opportunity is up to me.
  • Whatever I do not intentionally train my children they learn from me by default. For example, if I do not intentionally teach my children basic courtesies, they will do/say whatever I do, or do not, do/say. Yikes!
  • My children will also learn from other people in their lives. Rarely can I do anything about the things learned from others, except pray for God's ways to be my childrens' greatest desire and be an example of faithful devotion to God myself. 
  • A foundation of God's Word as the absolute authority is essential for me and my children.
  • Children must work out/through their own personal relationship with God. The only thing I can provide for them is an example to follow. Dear God, please help me do this in the way that pleases You most.
  • Any and every truth taught from a foundation of fear will bear ungodly fruit.
  • What is taught from a foundation of love will bring forth a rich harvest of fullness.
  • However, what is taught by fear from out of a foundation of love will still bring forth a good harvest. This is God's mercy and grace in action. 
  • The harvest produced from a foundation of love through the use of fear, though good, will not be as rich as the one taught by faith out of a foundation of love. 
  • Fear contaminates faith.
  • Love does conquer all. Teaching and training by fear out of love will bring forth a good harvest, but even though the harvest will be good, it will be also be contaminated because of the use of fear. 
  • Fear is not a fit tool for teaching righteousness, or anything else.
  • If the learning of a thing requires the use of fear, it should not be taught until love is used instead of fear. 
  • Teaching/training from love by love is best.
  • The kingdom of darkness uses fear. 
  • The Kingdom of God uses love.
  • Fear is not of God. 
  • With God all things are possible, even the removal of fear by God's perfect love.
  •  God is faithful. 
  • Mercy always triumphs over judgement.
  • Man's ways are not God's ways.
  • God's ways are higher. They often do not make sense to men.
  • I like God's ways best. 
  • The longer I know Him, the better His ways are to me.
  • The longer I know God, the less I like man's ways.
  • God has always been present in man's ways, yet man seems to have always been trying to get away from God's. 
  • If any confusion is present, God has been removed in some way.
  • If truth is lacking, God is also lacking because He is the way, the truth, the life. He is truth. He is not a man that he should lie. 
  • Satan is the father of lies. 
  • God hates lying, and all liars will be thrown into the lake of fire. Scripture says this. There will be no exceptions. 
  • Partial truth is a complete lie.
  • Lying does not please God. 
  • I want to please God.
  • Therefore, if I recognize I have lied, even unknowingly, I will stop and repent. I love God more than I love my own way.
  • My desire to please God is greater than the desire to please myself. 
  • I would rather be hated by men and loved by God than loved by men and hated by God.
  • God is most important of all to me. 
  • Lying makes me sad because I know it displeases God and because those who lie will suffer greatly if they do not repent and confess their sin. 
  • Mankind needs God. I have always known this, but this year I have come to know it on a deeper level somehow. Not sure I can explain so won't try any further.
  • Little else is as delightful as the fully abandoned laughter of a child.
  • Maturity is greater and more powerful than knowledge.
  • Knowledge without maturity can be dangerous. 
  • To the immature, maturity appears boring and no fun.
  • It is not truly fun to be immature and foolish.
  • Immaturity and foolishness are traveling companions.
  • Boring is healthier than temporal pleasures and entertainment.
  • A vertical focus on God produces a longer lasting harvest than a horizontal focus on what can be seen and touched.
  •  Relying on my own understanding is dumb at best.
As we travel the few remaining days of 2015, may God Himself be with you more intimately than He ever has before. Prayers and blessings for each one of you in the name of Yeshua.


12.28.2015

Reordered Thinking for a New Year

 Happy Day to each and every one of you! I pray that the Holy Day (holiday) season finds you well and blessed beyond measure. Please read the following article! It provides instruction in the renewing and reordering of our thinking. What a refreshing fount of life giving truth it is! I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into it and intentionally devouring every word. May the remaining days of 2015 be full to overflowing of life, love, and joyous laughter, and may you not only enjoy every moment to the full but may the love and laughter also serve as preparation for savoring the upcoming year. In Christ's Love ~ Abundantly Blessed


"5 Ways to Renewed Thinking for a New Year" 
Garris Elkins, Medford, OR
Dec 27, 2015

One of the early indicators that revival and reformation are coming to the Church is when we begin to realize God is renewing the way we think. Each new season requires an adjustment in our thinking in order to move us forward into a fresh expression Kingdom life and revelation.

As we approach the threshold of 2016, the Lord is inviting us to take inventory of our thoughts to help align our thinking with His heart and Kingdom purpose. Normally, I calendar a time at the end of each year to process these things with the Lord before the New Year comes, but this year an event took place that began that process a month early.

When the Paris terrorist attacks occurred, our daughter, Anna, was completing a month-long teaching trip that began in Morocco and ended in Paris. She was part of a team helping people learn how to become storytellers. On the day of the attack, Anna had walked through the very neighborhood the terrorists first struck only hours before. When Anna and her team heard the first reports of the attack, they gathered together in an apartment only a quarter of a mile from the café that experienced the first assault. The nation of France went into lockdown. The borders were closed. Anna was scheduled to fly home the next day. Her return home did not look like it would happen.

Jan and I knew nothing of what was taking place in Paris. We received a cryptic text message from Anna saying, "I am OK. We are all together. Safe." I immediately went to a European news outlet to find out what was happening and watched the developing story as it continued to unfold.  

When we first heard the news, Jan and I began to pray. We also took our initial thoughts captive and submitted them to the good God who loved our daughter and in whose hands she was held. Anna and her friends remained safe throughout the night, and the next morning they were able find a taxi driver willing to take them to the airport traveling along the deserted and fearful streets of Paris. They made it to the airport in time to board their return flight home. Anna's text message sent from the seat of her return flight brought us great relief.  

The attacks in Paris caused me to pause and reorder my thinking for the coming year earlier than normal. I believe the Lord had a purpose in this earlier review of my thoughts. As a result, I came away with several points of reordered thinking I feel were not only words for me but for the larger Church as we consider how to represent the Lord to our families, our nation, and the larger global community in the coming year.

Thoughts to Reorder Our Thinking for the New Year

1) Taking the higher road of faith in seasons of intense cultural stress will always seem foolish to those on a descent into fear.
The higher road of Kingdom thinking is always up – up and above our current understanding of reality. The road of descent into despair and over-reaction is an easier road to take because it is navigated downward by human emotion and logic without the uplifting effect of the Spirit's wisdom. The higher road will require faith to navigate because it is paved with things not yet seen with the natural eye. Those who are descending may call you a fool for following this higher path of faith, but in the end its destination will be your testimony of God's faithfulness.  

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 NLT

2) An image of goodness has the power to displace an image of sorrow.
Today, take a break and turn from the images of sorrow and the overwhelming struggles taking place in culture. I had to do this with the repeated images of horror I was seeing from Paris. Reset your sight to Heaven where you now sit with Christ at the right hand of the Father. This is your current reality and God's preferred future for each broken person and every painful situation you will encounter in the coming year.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 NIV

3) Forgiveness is the highest form of spiritual warfare.
Jesus was sent to set the captives free. He died and rose again to offer all of humanity the gift of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the starting point of all He does in our lives. Without forgiveness a new beginning is not possible.
Every new thing God does in our lives can trace its beginning back to an original work of forgiveness. As you consider the possibilities of 2016, make sure you have allowed that work of forgiveness to have its way in each of your relationships. This will be a fight, but well worth the effort. You will know you have forgiven when you no longer desire to punish the offenders in your life.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 NIV

4) A captive thought can no longer move with unrestrained freedom.
Every thought we entertain requires the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A thought not submitted to His Lordship will represent another kingdom and its failed disposition for the affairs of life. Jan and I had to repeatedly take our thoughts captive because our distance from Paris did not allow us to help our daughter in any tangible way. In these moments of disconnect it is easy to feel helpless and grow desperate.  

Do not allow any thought to linger without requiring its submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As this process of Lordship deepens in your life, you will begin to evaluate your thoughts with the mind of Christ. This renewed thinking will bring freedom and peace.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

5) Hope is always present in each and every circumstance of life.
The fear currently invading the minds of our culture wants to invade the thinking of the Church. Fear comes when hope is absent. Our hope is not anchored in political resolutions or the temporary alignment of earthly kingdoms. Our hope is secure in Heaven beyond the influence of earthly matters. Our faith is a tether to that anchor. Each time we choose faith in response to fear we will feel the tug on that line reminding us we are not flailing about in life unattached to something eternal. We are always secure in Christ no matter what takes place in this life.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure... Hebrews 6:19 NIV

Our minds are being filled with an increasing display of images fueled by despair and grief. I saw a lot of those images coming from Paris as I waited and prayed for my daughter to return home. In that personal drama, I discovered once again the power of prayer, worship, and words of hope. These spiritual disciplines have the ability to transform how we see the events of this life and give us hope in times of uncertainty. 

The power of reordered thinking allows us to see this life from Heaven's perspective. That is the perspective of reformation and revival. God has a distinct impact planned for our lives to make in the coming year. That impact will be traced back to how we allowed ourselves to think.

Our cooperation with the Spirit as a renewed thinker will yield supernatural results in 2016. Get ready! The goodness of God is coming in force to displace the works of darkness. The reality of this goodness requires a renewed mind to believe in its possibility.


Garris Elkins, Author and Prophetic Minister
Prophetic Horizons
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12.18.2015

Meeting Jesus As...

Alpha and Omega
Revelation 22:13
Wonderful Counselor
Isaiah 9:6
The Mighty God
Isaiah 9:6
The Everlasting Father
Isaiah 9:6
The Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:6
The Firstborn of All Creation
Colossian 1:15
Unspeakable Gift
2 Corinthians 9:15
Lamb of God
John 1:29
Good Shepherd
John 10:11
Bright and Morning Star
Revelation 22:16
Messiah 
Mark 8:29
Immanuel
Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14
Holy One
Mark 1:24
Light of the World
John 8:12
Dayspring
Luke 1:78
The Word
Revelation 19:13 and John 1:1
Servant
Matthew 12:18
King
Zechariah 9:9
Rose of Sharon
Song of Solomon 2:1
Lily of the Valley
Song of Solomon 2:1
Friend
Matthew 11:19
Saviour
John 4:42
Shiloh
Genesis 49:10
Ancient of Days
Daniel 7:9
God With Us
Luke 2:1-20

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!!
Christmas 2015
Jewish year 5776

The days before Christmas are dwindling. Only one week until Christmas Day remains. What will I do with this week? For that matter, what will I do with today? None of us know how many weeks, days, hours, moments have been allotted us. None of us knows whether this day, this moment, might be our final one on earth. With this thought in mind, what will I do with each and every moment of each and every day? 

 Reports of terror, slayings, traumatic occurances all want to gather round and strangle the joy out of everyone's celebration of Christ. The question that is begging to be asked is "What will I do about all of this evil?" Will I allow the joy robbing emotions produced by the presence of wickedness to squeeze out the beauty of Christ this Christmas, or will I allow the joy of the Lord to cut through the lurking fear and unrest that loom? Will I allow Him, the Light of the World, to penetrate the darkness and celebrate Him more fully than ever before - in the middle of the terror and torment? What am I going to do?

As the days of the one remaining week until Christmas go by may I lovingly bless you in the name of Jesus, the One whose birth we remember in celebration? Dear readers, friends, it is with a heart full of Jehovah's love I speak blessings of love, peace, grace, and joy over you. In the name of Jesus I give great thanks for each one of you, for your faithfulness to me, and the encouraging support of your presence here at Abundance House. May you, and those you love, be filled to overflowing with the overwhelming goodness and love of God, not only at Christmas but all the year through. May you also experience and come to know personally for yourself everything God has planned and desires 5776, this jubilee year of abundace to be. If you haven't met Jesus, the One we celebrate with love, may you encounter Him and meet Him yourself. In the name of Jesus. Amen - may it be so.

Merry Christmas dear friends,
Abundantly Blessed






11.29.2015

25 Days

Twenty-five days until Christmas, on Tuesday it will be twenty-five days until the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, of Yeshua. Twenty-five days during which my family and I are going to read the twenty-five names of Jesus, one name each day. One name, along with an accompanying portion of scripture, every day until Christmas. There is an indescribable longing for our home to be saturated with the very presence of Yeshua, Emmanuel, God With Us, Jesus. This longing has been holding my heart captive and won't let go. I pray it never does let go. I pray that the desire to know Him more doesn't fade after the tree and lights are put away but that it grows greater each and every day for the rest of my time on earth.

There are words, words from a song...

 "Oh, I want to know You more. 
Deep within my heart I want to know You. 
Oh, I want to know You. 
To feel Your heart and know Your mind. 
Looking in Your eyes stirs up within me 
cries that say I want to know You. 
Lord I want to know You more."

...these words, how perfectly they express my heart. What about you, dear one? What words are coming from within your heart? Are you, like me, longing, hungering to know this babe in the manger grown to become Savior more? Whether the Holy Days of celebrating Christ's birth find you frantically rushing here and there or quietly contemplating a simpler sort of Holy elegance, please accept this invitation to slip in and join us for twenty-five days and twenty-five names beginning December 1. Even though you won't actually be able to see the candlelight flickering or feel the fire's warmth from the woodstove, the permeating warmth of God's love will meet you wherever you join us from. We are here, and you are welcome here at Abundance House.

Until we gather together on Tuesday, I bless you in the name of Yeshua (Jesus):

"The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." 
Numbers 6:24-26


11.24.2015

Peace I Leave With You

Nov 24, 2015

"Peace or Panic - The Choice is Yours!" 
Bobby Conner, Bullard, TX

How to Maintain a Tranquil Soul

We must discover the pathway to abiding peace and true tranquility! If we look out at the chaos and confusion, the death and destruction, we can be overwhelmed. However, if we will lift our vision higher and look up to focus our attention on Christ the King, our outlook will vastly change (see Isaiah 26:3).

Christ Jesus warns us that a time is coming when many will fall prey to fear and panic because of the things they see coming upon the earth.

And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring (the echo) of the tossing of the sea, men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great (transcendent and overwhelming) power and [all His kingly] glory (majesty and splendor). Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near. Luke 21:25-28 (AMP)

Living in Perfect Peace

Nirvana will not be generated by people or prescription pills. It is not obtained through yoga or occult meditation or any other occult practice. True tranquility of soul, genuine godly peace, is only found in the person of Christ, not in some ritual or pagan practice. He alone is the Prince of Peace. (Photo via Pixabay)

The antidote for negative thoughts or emotions is simple: We must obey the Word of God. The only cure for fear and anxiety is abiding in the Word, the person of Christ Jesus. Paul declares in Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP):
"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

The answer to stress and anxiety is not medication but a living relationship with the Master! This is the pattern we need to learn: As we turn our inner focus, our will, to Christ and place our affections on Him, adjusting our thoughts to the Word, we will discover abiding peace. This is the Enoch walk of the overcomer!

Christ's presence within us is our assurance that we can live in peace, even in times of pressure and turmoil. The promise is much more than just merely getting through the tough times – He promises us perfect peace and constant contentment.

Does this sound too good to be true? Hardly! This is the abundant life purchased for us by the broken body and spilled Blood of the Lamb of God at Calvary. He died and rose again to birth the Kingdom of God within us when we are born again.

The Prince of Peace abides within us! We have a Blood-bought right to walk in uninterrupted shalom, free from all anxiety and fear, because of the living, breathing presence of Christ in our temple. (Photo by Jennifer Page "The Way, The Truth, The Life" via elijahshopper.com)

This is not too good to be true. Despite the arguments of your mind and heart, the Scriptures are always true – and they are filled with examples of people who lived in peace in overwhelming situations.
Abraham believed God, even as he raised the knife over Isaac (see Genesis 22). Caleb and Joshua believed God's promises after 40 years in the desert (see Numbers 14:38).

Mary believed God's Word, having never known a man – and her soul rejoiced (see Luke 1:26-38). Christ Himself believed His Father even as He was crucified. When He overcame sin, fear, and death at Calvary, we overcame them in Him. We were united with Him in death, and we are united with Him in His resurrection. The Cross stripped all power from fear and anxiety; they no longer have legal mastery over our souls – unless we let them rule.

We must not allow fear and anxiety to rule in our lives. We must first recognize the voices of the enemy – spirits of fear, rejection, accusation, and more. We must then repent from coming into agreement with these evil spirits and begin to hate evil with a perfect hatred. Then we must renounce the presence of these demonic beings in our lives and cast them away in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Ask for and receive forgiveness from your heavenly Father for having come into agreement with the lies of the devil.

As we submit to God and resist the devil, we will experience the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding. In our union with His resurrection, we have been given open access to perfect peace. How do we abide in this peace as a daily, lived experience? We do it by keeping our minds, wills, and emotions fixed on Christ and living lives of repentance from sin. Whenever your thoughts or emotions stray from the Prince of Peace, recognize the temptation of the evil one. If your heart has already come into agreement with his evil suggestions, simply receive forgiveness and return to the heart of your Beloved, which is found in His Word.

Despite the Storms...

Ponder the promise in Isaiah 26:3-4, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength."
We must never doubt that God is good and that He does good. Instead, we must be confident that "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him" (Nahum 1:7).
This is the Rock on which we can stand when the storms come our way – and they will indeed come (see Matthew 7:24-27). (Photo by Adbar via Wikipedia)

Despite the storms, however, God's plans and purposes for you are wonderful. Jeremiah 29:11 says: "'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,' says the Lord, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.'"

You must distinguish between the truths of God and the facts of your existence – and choose to trust the Lord, no matter what you perceive or feel. Look not at the facts of your life, and do not place your emotions upon the facts of your life but upon the truths of these marvelous Scriptures. Then you will abide in peace. Instead of worry and anxiety, recall this to mind: "The Lord's compassion and mercies are overwhelming. When I recall this, I have hope. I am not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:20-24, paraphrased).

Your battleground is not the circumstances of your life. The true battleground of the enemy is in your mind, will, and emotions. Keeping your thoughts and heart focused on good things will prevent darkness from overtaking your soul: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:8-9).
Paul wrote, "Be anxious for nothing..." (Philippians 4:6).

We must stay focused on Christ and His unchangeable Kingdom if we are to have abiding peace during these days of chaos: "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:33-34).

There is no greater warfare than our abiding with the Prince of Peace. The God of peace will crush our foe under our feet (see Romans 16:20). The moment you feel the loss of peace, repent and ask for the Forgiver Himself to flood you with His peace. Have no doubt – He will bring peace because He always keeps His promises.


Stay in HIM – stay at peace!

Bobby Conner
Eagles View Ministries
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Bobby Conner: This "Gentle Giant" is uniquely anointed with refreshing humor and razor-sharp prophetic accuracy, which has been documented around the world. Bobby's dynamic capacity to release outstanding demonstrations of the miraculous – healings, signs and wonders – reveals the very heart of the Father toward us! Surviving a dramatic abortion attempt by his mother, being rescued again by the hand of God from drug dealing and suicide, the story of Bobby Conner is a display of a man who now walks in his God-ordained destiny to set others free! Highly esteemed as an internationally acclaimed conference speaker, Bobby has ministered effectively to over 45 foreign countries as well as here in the States for many years.

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December 4-6, 2015
Greater Grace Prayer and Prophetic Conference
Awakening Community Church
5024 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Contact: info@theprayerfurnace.org or 540-834-2340

December 18-19, 2015 (Fri 7pm, Sat 9:30am - 6pm)
Overcomers ARISE!
Speakers include: Keith & Janet Miller & Bobby Conner
Stand Firm World Ministries
Westin Hotel
4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75063
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11.13.2015

Good Neighbor


Happy Friday afternoon! Here's a link to a couple of articles that will both bless and challenge: http://loriharris.me/2015/11/11/5-marks-of-a-good-neighbor/ and .http://loriharris.me/2015/11/10/to-live-small-and-quiet-is-christ/. I couldn't figure out how to put into words the way these articles challenged me way down deep in the depths of my heart. So...I'm just going to let you read them for yourself. I pray God will work in your heart in just the perfect way as He is in mine.

Have a Blessed Weekend with Jesus!

11.03.2015

Living Life Out Loud

I have this boy. He's seven-years-old now. This boy he loves to party. No one can take a PB&J sandwich, cut it into tiny shapes, arrange it on a plate, and serve it with such unbridled enthusiasm as this man of mine. Let me tell you, friend, you haven't eaten until you've been served extra large chocolate chips arranged in a dark ring of lusciousness around a sparkling votive candle on a mismatched saucer. Granted, he enjoys consuming his own creations as much as he thrills in serving them to others, but that's okay. It's okay to be seven-years-old and love living life to the fullest. I can't help thinking that it is what God intended all of us to do - live life out loud, full, and free in Jesus.

Here's to living life full, free, and out loud for Jesus!

10.30.2015

Walking Testimonies

Okay y'all, I'm ready to be more like Jesus in every way possible. What about you? Yes, I said y'all. No, I'm not southern. Well, maybe somewhere deep down inside of me I am. All I know is that when I get to speaking under the influence of God Holy Spirit it isn't unusual for a southern type accent to show up. My children and I have frequently wondered if it could be a form of tongues? Only God knows. Anywho...back to being like Jesus, every day in every way.

I've been reading a blog by Lori Harris. She is one of the authors featured at the Grace at the Table blog. However, she also has her own blog, Lori Harris and this is grace, that quietly slips into my email inbox. Words from this woman's heart are stretching me to resemble Christ more on the inside. It is my prayer the difference shows up on the outside too.

I was reading her biography featured in the about me section of her blog just a few minutes ago when a sentence reached out and grabbed me so tightly that I'm just going to plop right down and spend some quality time with it. I thought maybe you would like to join the two of us - the sentence and I.

"People are walking testimonies of God’s faithfulness to redeem what the locusts have eaten. " Lori Harris

Go ahead, feel free to read the sentence again. Let it soak clear in and hang out a while, if you would like. And to think that the God of the Universe, the One, True Living God Who is Love, allows those of us who have been honored to meet Him to be a part of His redemption process! He, God, allows me to be one of the walking testimonies of His faithfulness!!! Can you get your head around that? Me neither. Amazing. Amazing Grace. Oh how sweet the sound. 

And if you would like to welcome some neighbors to your own table this weekend, here's a link to Lori Harris' post today, with a delicious looking cake recipe included: http://loriharris.me/. Let's all neighbor like Jesus! I think each one of us will find ourselves amazed at what a difference living Jesus in our every day lives will make in our individual neighborhoods. Looking forward to hearing what is going on at your table real soon! Here's a hug until we get together next! Love you! 

 Abundantly Blessed

10.17.2015

But God...In the Day-to-Day

Hey There. You know, I'd like to think that I will allow what is taking place in the world to wake me up out of myself enough to realize how important each moment in today is. Unfortunately I know me. However, I also know God. And I can't help but wonder if perhaps I need to apply some of that "But God..." expectation and trust we talked about earlier to my every day living.

Sure, when the reports of ISIS killing Christians worldwide comes in, I need to remember how Joseph experienced a suddenly moment when he went from prison to being second in command over the entire nation of Egypt. That was a "But God..." moment no doubt. And the Hebrew children surviving the fiery furnace to the extent their clothing didn't even smell like smoke? Definitely a But God situation. Meditating on God's faithfulness to the Hebrew children always encourages me to trust Him in dangerous political times. But what about my every day? What about those moments when there is nothing more dangerous than figuring out how to get done in a single day more than my calendar seems to hold in an entire month? What about then?

Why do I tend to limit the all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful God to worldwide or national emergencies? Why not open up my ordinary day-to-day life to Him? Why don't I allow Him to be the Lord over challenging potty-training sessions? Why don't I trust Him to intervene in strong-willed mama vs. strong-willed child showdowns? Why not expect Him to rescue me when the waters of marital bliss feel way over my head? Why not? Why not place Him as Lord of all, the extraordinary and the ordinary? Why not, indeed.

Expecting and looking for His deliverance in the day-to-day,
Abundantly Blessed

10.16.2015

Maybe...Maybe Today

Hi. Good Morning. Good Evening. Good Afternoon. Yesterday's thoughts continue today. Thank you for the gift of patience as the conversation goes on still:

Be it going to the grocery and smiling at the new, very slow, checkout clerk or laughing when I want to scream at my children, doing the next thing is often the best thing to do. When the world seems to be splitting apart at the seams and the knowledge that nothing will ever be the same again hits, the seemingly mundane act of putting in another load of laundry may very well be the best act I can perform.

Ordinary tasks carried out in an ordinary fashion through the extraordinary love of Christ is what makes the next thing the best thing. I can't singlehandedly stop terrorism. Neither can I magically convince every person in the universe to cease from working evil. What can I do? I can wash dishes, make beds, scrub toilets, and prepare meals again and again and again with the love God has spread abroad in my heart. I can hold dear, snuggle close, tickle light, sing loud, dance free, and kiss long. I can laugh when I'd rather scold, smile when I want to scowl, and whoop enthusiastically at this blessing called today.

Refugees the world over would most likely tell me to stop chasing the exceptional, the extravagant, the over-the-top and embrace the sweetness of today. Mothers who had to leave some of their children behind when they ran for their lives would no doubt tell me to be thankful for a day filled with the ordinary mundane. None of us know what the future holds; be thankful for today. Our families are not burdens; nor are they inconvenient. They are immeasurable blessings never again to be exactly as they are today.

At the end of one's life, when a person stops long enough to sit down and look backwards through the years, isn't it the ordinary every day sort of living that fills one's memories? The smell of sheets mother dried on the line, the buzzing of the lawn mower cutting summer's grass, the noise of the sprinkler running outside, the smell of coffee wafting through the house on a winter's morning, laughing with a sibling, these are the memories one carries within. The ordinary of every day is what a person longs to return to so that these tiny moments can be treasured more deeply, lived more fully.

It has been shared that there is nothing like loss to awaken the realization of true worth and importance. Those husbands so many women complain about when gathered together? Bet those same women would be lost without those men they whine about today. Pretty sure all of those moans and groans, sighs and whines being spewed out in the presence of friends today would be deeply regretted should the unthinkable take place tomorrow. Clothes left lying in a dirty heap on the floor would be treasures held close should that husband not be here. Those muddy tracks through the house would be seen much differently if a beloved suddenly no longer walked earth's surface.

Yes, there is an awful lot of nasty hard going on all around, but maybe all of this hard will expose the deceptive lies discontent spreads and replace them with the truth of love's value. Maybe in the light of terror and death the Love's truth will shine forth in radiant splendor. Maybe the treasure we refer to as the boring everyday will be known and experienced for the incomparable richness it honestly is.

Maybe...maybe today will find us praying more, loving deeper, and holding our loves close longer. Maybe we do. I pray I do.

10.13.2015

Praying This Morning For You

Good Morning. Sharing a verse this morning with the hopes that we will all spend some time camped out in the chapter it came from today. It is from the book of Psalm, a prayer. Love and Prayers going out to you this day ~ Abundantly Blessed

  Psalms 5:3 O Lord, in the morning shall I lift my voice to You, and will wait expectantly.


10.10.2015

Will You?



After our visit yesterday I've been praying and remembering. When I was a very little girl my parents were in a group for young people at church called C.A.'s, Christ's Ambassadors. If I go back in time through my memories, and listen closely enough, I can still hear the theme song being sung. That song is still ringing strongly through the air waves. God is the creator of Life not of fear. Fear is not from Him, nor is it in Him. Therefore, it need not be in us. If it attempts to creep in, it can be put out; it does not originate from God. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Everything is good in God. He isn't the least bit afraid, and we are to be as He is. When we are exposed to too much of the world's point of view, fear attempts to strangle us, make us ineffective. The thing is, we don't have to watch, read, or listen to the view point of the world; it isn't telling the truth anyway. God will make sure we know what we need to know to do what He has called us to when we need to know. Truly. He will. We can trust Him. We can. We are the ones He uses to heal the hurting. We are the ones who extend His provision to people in need. We are the ones who stand strong and lovingly hold up the weak and fainting. Us. His children. His ambassadors. We are the vessels He uses. You and I. If His vessels don't trust Him, who will?

Makes me think of a new song I've heard on the radio. The song asks if not you, then who? If not now, then when? The book of Romans talks about faith and works. Some use this to support their own personal opinion of the ever-popular faith vs. works dispute heard among Christians. That's not where this is going today.Today I want to talk about how Paul teaches us that we can't have one without the other. True faith is accompanied by works. If no works are present, then it isn't really faith because works stemming from faith prove it's presence. Yet works can be performed all by themselves without one stitch of actual faith being present. When works don't stem from faith, when they are stirred up by nothing more than human ambition and motive, then those works are useless. They don't produce Godly fruit because they aren't Godly seed produced by a Godly source. First Corinthians 13 talks about these sort of works. There God tells us that works not done in Him, Love, are absolutely worthless, no matter how sacrificial and generous they may be.

I know a lot of people who need me to live what I profess to believe. Neighbors, friends, people in my community, the communities around me, they all need me to be the Christian I say I am. They need me to love God the way I claim. They need me to be walking in fullness of Him just as He wants me to. They need Jesus in me. They need held, healed, loved. They need to be heard, seen, respected. They need to know this isn't some religious social club; it's truth. It needs to be real, and I really need to let my light so shine before men that they see my good deeds and praise the Father in Heaven.

This is the period of time for which centuries of believers have been waiting.Generations of faithful Christ followers have longed to see the season we are currently in. Millions of prayers have been lifted throughout the generations spilling forth from the lips of faithful servants of the Most High God. Men and women have been laying down their lives to spread the gospel, the Good News, of Jesus Christ and His return for centuries. For thousands of years Christians have been waiting for the season we are living in right now. Christian after Christian since the time of Christ has wondered when the events in the book of Revelation would take place.

Countless men, women, and children have spent hours on their knees praying to God that He would prepare them and keep them spotless until His return. Cries of "Dear God! Keep me true to You, Lord! Don't let me falter. May my eyes be fixed on You and You alone, Dear Jesus! Be my strength! My Portion! My Deliverer! I hold not my life dear but willingly lay it down for You! I love you Lord Jesus!" have poured forth from many fellow believers in Christ as they prepared to die for the One True God. Flames have devoured more than one faithful follower as he or she screamed out loving words of devotion to God.

Christians losing their lives because they follow Jesus isn't anything new. It's not new; it's just more. Never have Christ followers been persecuted and murdered for the name of Jesus as much as they are now. That shooting in Oregon recently? You heard of it, I'm sure. A report was quietly spoken to me that hasn't been shared much. I have been told that those shot were asked about their religious choice. Those saying they were Christian were killed while those who said they were not Christian lived. Yes, my attention was secured when I heard those words, shut me right up and made me stare hard at the one who told me. He was quietly returning my intense gaze. I don't know where he heard this report; I didn't ask. It was enough for me to know that he isn't the sort of fella to shares things that aren't validated and true, especially such words as serious as these.

Fear pushed at the door pretty hard right then, especially when my ears heard the sounds of my three youngest children playing in the background. Mama fears threatened to spin wildly out of control. Can't tell you how thankful I am for the Word of Truth that spoke out loud to my heart calming the storm. Whew, did I ever need that still, small reminder of how God's perfect love drives fear out of doors and how God hasn't given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. I needed to remember that trials come, evil exists, but no matter what, God is in control, and He is faithful. He will keep my children. I can trust Him. No matter what, I can trust Him. Grabbing a little one, hugging them close, and kissing them soundly didn't hurt anything either.

God hasn't hidden the fact that we may be required to lay down our lives for Him. The Bible tells it plain. If we've read the Bible we know it gets rough, way rough, for a season. We also know Jesus has overcome the world and deprived it of its power to harm us. God told us everything in His Word. He has provided the information we need to prepare in advance. If we haven't learned of Him and prepared our hearts to be stout and enduring in the midst of hardships it isn't God's fault. Our spiritual slackness and/or lack of preparation doesn't make God unfaithful. Unfortunately, however, it does contain the ability to make us ignorant of and vulnerable to attacks of fear and doubt.

BUT GOD...

Yes, those wondrously strong words of hope and promise BUT GOD!!! I'm putting in a vote for a weekend spent hunkered down into the never-ending goodness of God. I pray that every one of us creates the time, and the space, to soak in His presence. We need Him more, more than yesterday. We need Him more, more than words can say. We need Him more than ever before. We need Him more. We need Him more. That is the song that began playing in my mind as soon as the first "We need Him more" had been typed. My apologies if it wasn't a song you knew. It's words are worth reading whether or not we can hear the music.

If you haven't ever been strengthened in the Lord and the power of His might, if you don't have the words of mighty men and women loudly proclaiming the Goodness and Greatness of God rising up from the memories of your childhood, may I please have the honor and the privilege of taking you by the hand, turning so we're standing face to face, looking you in the eye, and lovingly declaring to you that yes, many things are very very hard, horrible, and terrifying in the world right now. It seems as if people are dying for a multitude of reasons everywhere. BUT GOD...God is NOT the one responsible for all of these awful acts and circumstances. God did NOT send these horrific disasters. BUT GOD...will take this sorrow, this grief, the pain. Not only will He take it, He will bring about good, in some way, out of it all. There isn't any evil, darkness, or sorrow so great that God can't, and won't, turn it for good. He is good and His mercy endures forever. His loving kindnesses are new every morning. You can trust Him.

The question that remains is: Will you? Will you trust Him? Will you go against what is popular and believe in the One, True Living God? Will you? I pray you will. I pray you do. I'm praying for you.

Before I leave, there are words to another song flowing through my mind. Words I'll leave with today.

You want to
Now will you?

You want to
Now will you?

The force that burns within you
Like a bed of fiery coals

Contains the power to liberate 
A thousand captive souls

But if the truth will ever set you free
Depends on you

You want to
Now will you?

You want to
Now will you?

source unknown



10.09.2015

Words to Encourage

Words to encourage shared with us from the Elijah List website. Praying these words go forth and bring the light of hope to shatter the darkness that is attempting to slide in around and through the very middle of an entire nation and world.
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House


Garris Elkins, Pamela Koefoed and Michael Kroning: "Prophetic Words of Hope and Encouragement Over Roseburg and Oregon"


by Garris Elkins, Pamela Koefoed and Michael Kroning
Oct 9, 2015



From Elijah List Publications and Our Entire Staff:

As fellow Oregonians we are saddened and heart-broken by the senseless shooting tragedy that happened in Roseburg, Oregon last week at Umpqua Community College. For those who don't know, Elijah List Ministries is located in Albany, OR. about 2 hours away from Roseburg.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of this tragic event, the entire community and the leaders who are dealing with this firsthand. We mourn with those who mourn...

As Christians we know that our God always, always has a great plan of redemption in EVERY situation that this world faces... and so it is with Roseburg.
We are posting a special article today from authors and ministry leaders who are from the Roseburg area and Southern Oregon – Garris Elkins, Pamela Koefoed and Michael Kroning. In this article you will find words filled with hope and encouragement from the very heart of God for Roseburg and for Oregon.

These leaders have sought the Lord for words to speak over this community and our state. We pray that those in the Roseburg area would be covered in God's unlimited peace and comfort and be filled with "the God of Hope" in this difficult time.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

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"A God-Resolution for Roseburg, Oregon" 
Garris Elkins, Medford, OR

The shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has filled our hearts with sorrow. I live in Southern Oregon, and know many of the pastors and churches involved in the healing process that is now just beginning. One of these selfless servants is a young pastor who is a chaplain for the first responders. He was there when bodies of the victims were first removed from the scene. He saw things no one should ever have to see.

This week, after I talked with some of these church leaders, I needed to get away and process what I was feeling. I took a long walk along a country road and began to pray. As I walked, I felt the Lord remind me of something a young man said to me years ago. What made Christianity so appealing to him was the resolution it provided for the pain and sorrow we experience. Christianity provides resolution for the most challenging and painful things we will encounter in this world – painful events that take place without reason or explanation. Evil has no good purpose.
The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy.

As I pondered the wisdom of this young man's words, I realized how right he was. Jesus is God's resolution for all the pain and sorrow of humanity. With Jesus the resolution for death is resurrection. The resolution for moments of deepest darkness is the brilliant revelation of truth. The resolution available in pits of despair is hope. Each painful thing we experience has a polar opposite resolution of goodness sent by God to every grieving heart. These resolutions are something only God can provide because they are miraculous in nature. (Photo via Pixabay)
Every action of Jesus demonstrated the love of the Father. Jesus never attributed untimely death, murder or tragedy to God. Our responsibility is to believe in God's higher reality of love when the natural evidence speaks to the contrary. Our life then becomes a response in faith to the promise of God's goodness in the midst of sorrow.

The Church is a prophetic community. We see things not yet present in our world and speak them into existence. When Paul said he desired that all of us have the ability to prophesy, he was making an invitation to every Christ-follower to live this way in every circumstance of life. Each of us has the ability to prophesy the hope of a Kingdom resolution into the pain and heartache that overwhelms our cities and our nation.

Our calling is to prophesy Heaven upon the earth. In these moments of revelation our voice becomes part of the redemptive process. Our words of resolution are not to be couched in some insensitive need to always have something to say. These prophetic resolutions must be spoken with a wisdom and tenderness that partners with a Spirit-led sense of timing.

In moments of human tragedy, God wants us to listen first for His voice before we begin to speak. Jesus modeled this for us when He spoke only what He heard the Father saying. When God begins to reveal His heart you will know it is His voice because His message will be one that, "Gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist" (Romans 4:17). His voice will carry resolution. (Photo via Pixabay)

When John shared his revelation from the Isle of Patmos he described a voice shouting a new reality from Heaven for the earth and its inhabitants, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, 'Look, I am making everything new!'" (Revelation 21:4-5).

John's words will someday be the ultimate resolution for the pain and sorrow we have seen in places like Roseburg, Oregon and in many other cities across our nation when senseless acts of evil are thrust upon its citizens.

God's resolution of goodness will be the ultimate reality for every hurting heart in every circumstance of life. Those resolutions are the message we carry. Speak them in faith and trust in the goodness of God to prevail.

Garris Elkins, Author and Prophetic Minister
Prophetic Horizons
Email: info@prophetichorizons.com
Website: garriselkins.com

Garris Elkins' ministry, Prophetic Horizons, is a ministry of teaching, writing, and prophecy committed to raising up a prophetic generation to speak to the cultures of our world with the empowered voice of Heaven. Garris and his wife, Jan, are a spiritual father and mother to many, both in the United States and abroad. They live in Medford, Oregon, where they just completed 33 years of pastoral ministry, with the last 15 years as Senior Leaders of Living Waters Church in Medford. Their ministry involves traveling, teaching, and mentoring leaders and churches. Garris and Jan have two grown children, Anna and David.

"Oregon: The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail" 
Pamela Koefoed, Lakeview, OR
 
It is written, "The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18

A fresh wind is blowing across the state of Oregon. The Spirit of the Lord is drawing the hearts of mankind, and many will come to the House of the Lord to receive what the Father has longed to give them – the robe, ring and shoes of sonship.

The enemy intends for mass attacks to occur across the United States, but through prayer, intercession and worship that evil spirit will be hindered, and that evil spirit's larger plan will not take root. It will not take root!

Cry Out Against Injustice
The Spirit of the Lord is moving in Oregon. Old wells have been re-dug. Yet a fresh wind is beginning to blow. Revival has been the cry on many a tongue. Now watch and see how the Lord responds when you cry out to Him this year; when you cry out to Him against injustices. (Photo via Wikimedia)
He is compassionate and He will grant restitution – a move of His grace upon the hearts of young and old.

I see a time of blessing coming upon the Body of Christ and one particular group responding in very great numbers. The youth across America will rise up and possess the gates of the Lord's enemy. Their robes have been washed. A ring of authority has been placed on their hands and their feet are shod in preparation for the Gospel of peace.

The tide is changing. It's the hour of revival. But I hear in my spirit, "Who will cry out against injustices in the land, against the taking of the precious?"
The Lord is compassionate. When you cry out to Him, He will answer with restitution.

Pamela Koefoed
Ignite School of Ministries
Email: write@pamelakoefoed.com
Website: pamelakoefoed.com | igniteschool.com

During a traumatic childhood, Jesus delivered Pamela Koefoed from death’s door. Years later, she began encountering Jesus and His angels in visitations. By the power of the Holy Spirit, her ministry has demonstrated a strong and accurate prophetic anointing. Pamela ministers nationally and internationally where hundreds have experienced the healing power of God, deliverance from strongholds, and the life-infusing rhema word of the Lord. Pamela is the director of Ignite School of Ministry in Southern Oregon. She is the author of two books, Angels Appearing and JoyRide: Life, Death and Forgiveness.



"Roseburg's Tears"
 Michael Kroning, Roseburg, OR

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

October 1, 2015: The Shots Heard 'Round the County – and the World: SHOCKED! STUNNED! NOT HERE! NOT IN ROSEBURG! NOT IN OUR CITY!

The News – Unbelievable.
The Pain – Unbearable.
The Tears – Uncontrollable.
The Soul – Inconsolable.

BUT GOD...

Our Father of Mercies and the God of all comfort is an ever-present help in time of need. He brings a peace that passes all understanding, which makes no sense to our minds. His peace caresses and consoles the trembling and sorrowful heart. He is near to the brokenhearted.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy WILL come in the morning. How long is the night? No one knows. It's as long as it takes. You can't hurry grief. It varies from person to person. But one thing is sure...sorrow may long endure... But the NIGHT WILL END! It cannot shut out God's Light of Mercy and Grace! (Photo via KLCC)

Yes, there will always be a hole in our hearts that can never be replaced. Yes, we will feel a deep enduring loss for our loved ones who've gone to be with Jesus. But it is GOD Who owns the future, NOT the evil one! He will even cause good to come to pass out of what was cruelly meant for evil.

A SHIFT has come to Douglas County – not unlike we felt at the aftermath of 9-11. Our innocence may be lost, but the spirit of this community has awakened with a roar!

TEARS, Uncontrollable Tears, have caused many to consider their own mortality. Life is no longer predictable, no longer under the control of our own plans, intentions or willpower, as if it ever was. We are all vulnerable to events outside of our control. Now the very tears of our sorrow have softened the parched ground of this community.

Like the winter snows on barren soil, these tears can soften and penetrate the recesses of the heart and awaken many to their need for God.

These Tears of Sorrow Will Indeed Produce a Harvest!

Many who have never considered their own eternal fate have, IN AN INSTANT, been confronted with their own mortality and vulnerability. Many are seeking answers; many are asking, "Why?" We, who are children of the Light, are the only ones who are able to bring light to the darkness around us.

Like the ground that opens up in an earthquake, the shaking of this event has opened up a WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY for God to do an amazing work in our midst! Out of the ashes of this great tragedy will spring the mighty phoenix of God's Holy Spirit. (Photo via Oregon Live)

Roseburg and Douglas County SHALL SEE the Salvation of the Lord!

At the darkest hour of WWII, when Britain was under constant bombardment and all seemed to be lost, Churchill rallied the nation to declare, "This was their Finest Hour!"

Could This Become Douglas County's Finest Hour?

Could this horrific event usher in the greatest awakening in the history of Douglas County? YES! But only if the Church is willing to do whatever the Lord asks of us. Will we YIELD our will and respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit? Will we put aside our own insecurities and fears and simply say, "Here am I, Lord, Send me! Send me"?

Let us consider the words of the hymn, "Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying", written by Daniel March in 1868, shortly after the horrific tragedy of America's Civil War:

Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,
"Who will go and work today?
Fields are ripe and harvests waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?"
Long and loud the Master calls us,
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
"Here am I, send me, send me"?
If you cannot cross the ocean,
And the distant lands explore,
You can find the lost around you,
You can help them at your door;
If you cannot give your thousands,
You can give the widow's mite;
What you truly give for Jesus,
Will be precious in His sight.
If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked,
With the judgment's dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior's waiting arms.
If you cannot be the watchman,
Standing high on Zion's wall,
Pointing out the path to Heaven,
Offering life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your bounties
You can do what Heaven demands;
You can be like faithful Aaron,
Holding up the prophet's hands.
If among the older people,
You may not be apt to teach,
"Feed My lambs," said Christ, our Shepherd,
"Place the food within their reach."
And it may be that the children
You have led with trembling hand,
Will be found among your jewels,
When you reach the better land.
Let none hear you idly saying,
"There is nothing I can do."
While the lost of earth are dying,
And the Master calls for you;
Take the task He gives you gladly;
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calls you,
"Here am I, send me, send me."
Michael Kroning from Roseburg, Oregon
Email: YourNewFeedback@gmail.com
Michael Kroning has been one of the leaders of a church in Roseburg, Oregon for the past several years. He earned his undergraduate and seminary degrees in his native Midwest, where he was a church planter in the Chicago area prior to coming to the Pacific Northwest. Mike is a gifted preacher and spiritual father with an encouraging message of confident hope and enduring faith in the midst of life's tests and trials. He has been used greatly by the Lord in the revelatory gifts of the Spirit and his compassion and sensitivity to the Spirit is evident as he ministers the Father's heart to people.
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10.08.2015

Deep Breath, Calming Down

Alright, settle down. Take a deep breath. Let it out. Now, all of us, just step back a ways and see what's really going on here. Know what? Why don't we just sit down, heave a big old sigh, and calm down. Alright? Okay? You okay there sister? Settled down yet? Not quite. That's okay. We've got time. Look at me. Straight in the eye. It's okay. Everything is going to be okay. Uh, uh, uh-h, at me. In the eye. There. Now, deep breath in; let it out. Again. Alright. Now, let's breathe deeply again except this time when we inhale, say "God's love in." When we exhale, say "Fear out." Okay. Here we go. Ready? "God's love in." "Fear out." Let's do that again. "God's love in." "Fear out." One more time for now, "God's love in." "Fear out." Mmmhmmm. That's better. Isn't it?

I don't know if you feel better, but I sure do! I needed both the audible reminder of how God's perfect love drives out fear and the deep cleansing breaths. I just got done checking emails, and whoo-ee! If a person isn't grounded in the truth of God's Word he or she could get downright down. Seriously, have you read all of the negative nelly words out there from Christians lately? Yikes! Now, before I go on, I have a confess to make. Those downhearted, fear-inciting words don't depress or scare me; they make me angry. Sometimes they make me very very angry. That's why I needed the reminder of God's love and cleansing breaths. I needed to detox my thinker from the inside out.

Besides needing to detox my thinker I also needed to be clear-headed before I began typing words with lightning speed. I didn't want to unleash a verbal assault of "encouragement" on everyone without being firmly focused and tuned into God Who is love. Love is the point of the gospel. So I thought it might be a good idea to be operating out of and from a position of love rather than frustration and disgust. What do you think?

So, well, yeah, here I sit all calmed down and clear-headed full of the love of God wondering where did all of those words of "encouragement" I was going to pour forth in a rather ferocious frenzy of typing go? Maybe they flew out on one of those relaxing exhales. Hmmm. Now what? What do I say now that all of the words have gone? Do I tell you how upset I got earlier today while reading an article written by a dear Christian sister? Do I tell you about how parts of the article really touched me way down deep while other parts made me absolutely furious? How when I read the article to myself it seemed so wonderful. but when I read it to my children something inside opened my eyes and my ears and made me question whether it is a truth perspective or a Christian version of the same emotional manipulation worldly media uses to move the mindless masses.

Is this the appropriate place to share about that other email, the email whose contents originated from a well-known person in the Christian community, a leader whose words influence many? Is this where I share from my heart about how I don't agree with that man AT ALL, no matter how godly his father is or how many people have been saved through their ministry? Is is okay to do this? Is it okay to stand up strong and loud and shout at the top of my internet lungs that these messages of fear, these sermons of doubt and destruction, THESE ARE NOT OF GOD!!! They are not. Fear is not from God. God is victorious. He is love. He is more than enough. He is good. He is kind. He heals those hurting. He binds up the broken-hearted. He is life. He is the way. The world doesn't know the Good News we know. The world doesn't know Him, but we do. We do know Him, Love.

We know the One who created. The Great I AM who gave His Son to die that we might live. Jehovah Jireh our provider. Jehovah Raphe our healer. We know the God who heals the sick, the blind, the lame. God who sets the prisoner free. God who restores. God who is good. God. We know Him. He is in us. It does not matter what things look like. It does not matter what the news says. It does not matter what the financial "experts" predict. It does not matter what the stockmarket does or does not do. We, the beloved of God, have not placed our confidence and our trust is that which we can see, or hear, or feel. We are grounded, rooted, and moved all and only by Him, by love. And HE. HE is enough.

There is no crisis greater than what He can deliver from, protect through, and restore that which may be lost. Troubles will come. Trials are real. Loss occurs. But God... Dear friend. Please don't forget these words: "But God..." Yes, things look, sound, and sometimes are very bleak, big, hard, and scary, but God... Daniel and the three Hebrew children were in a very bleak, big, hard, and scary situation, but God ... Goliath was really big. He was super loud. David appeared to be just a boy, but God... Getting thrown into the lion's den was pretty nasty for Daniel, but God... You've read the Bible. You know as many situations recorded in the Bible as I do where everything was hard, horrible, frightning yet were instantly changed with a "But God..." moment. He is the same yesterday, today, forever. He is God. He changes not. He loves all of His children. He has always cared for His own. Why would He stop now?

We've read the many accounts of His past deliverance, protection, and provision, but have we read about the future ones? Have we read Revelation and seen for ourselves the victory promised to those who believe on Jesus the Risen Son of God? There is nothing to fear when we are in Christ Jesus. Nothing. If I could, I would look you straight in the eye right now, lovingly gather your face in my hands and assure you with all of the gentleness God gives me that there is nothing to be afraid of in Jesus.

I know it's time for us to go our separate ways, but please know how much I love you. More importantly, know that God loves you even more. He's got both of us in the palm of His hand. We're abiding in the shelter of the Most High. We can lay down and sleep soundly because He keeps us safe. (Psalm 4:8) Let's get together again tomorrow. As Hebrews 10:25 says, we don't want to forsake the assembling of ourselves together as we see the Day approaching, and I'm pretty sure the Day is indeed approaching. Aren't you?

Loving prayers dear friends,
Abundantly Blessed

10.02.2015

French Toast for Supper

Hey There! The other night was so crazy around here. We ended up having French Toast and eggs for supper. Turns out French Toast was perfect. Chopped walnuts, whipped butter, and a steaming cup of coffee turned plain ole Mr. French Toast into a supper that made me want to at least light some candles, if not the woodstove. The decision to make French Toast for supper may have come about because supper was arriving at breakneck speed, and mama didn't have any meat thawed out, but it ended up being just the out of the ordinary spark needed to turn "oh no!" into a relaxing sigh of "oh yes." By the time supper was over I was ready to curl up in contentment and soak in the perfectness of an evening together.

The French Toast supper made me stop and wonder why I freak out and get all stressed and snarly other times when rushed and unprepared. Why fly about in a frenzy? Why not just make French Toast? or pancakes? or biscuits and gravy? or any other simple yet delicious meal?

When I am fighting the temptation to fear over people being shot for their faith in my country, when children are wild from the weather, when the day just seems a little bit wonky, why not take a deep breath, let it out, and do something I haven't ever done. I might be surprised by how relaxing life can be. I might find it easier to listen to God's still small voice. I might just find that when I listen to His voice, even in something as ordinary as making French Toast for supper, I am set free from the stress.

Thanking God for French Toast,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

9.30.2015

Restoration of Second Commandment

Hey! So yeah, I'm still stuck on that word from Sean Malone on Monday. The one about responding from faith not fear. Can you bear with me while I work through it some more? Thank you for being so gracious and patient with me. Here are some brown sugar shortbread cookies. Want one? The teapot's full and hot too. Want some to go with the cookie? There you go. I think I'll have a cuppa too.

I can't decide which part to pick out of the section I'm working on right now so I'll just bring out the entire section. I've highlighted the parts that are speaking to me so strongly.We can talk about it, as we need, from there. Oh yes, this is still from an article from the Elijah List. Their contact info. is included at the end. Here's the section from the article:

"Restoring the Second Commandment
The other aspect we need to understand is that in the shakings, God is restoring the second commandment as well as the first commandment. Love for others. What happens in the midst of a disaster or crisis? People come together and help each other. As we prepare for this fall, we need to be preparing to help others.
Today there is a prophecy about global crisis and the fear response is: Determine to prepare for survival and self-preservation. In the 1st century there was a prophecy about a global crisis (Acts 11:27-30) and the response was: Giving and aiding those impacted; each according to their ability determined to send relief to the brethren elsewhere.
We love to point fingers at the corporate depravity of our nation and say she deserves punishment while our hearts are just as bankrupt. Let's take this time to examine our own lives and actions before we point the finger at anyone around us and make sure we are caring for the poor, needy and hurting, heeding the warnings of Scripture for the actions of Sodom.
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. Ezekiel 16:49-50
Folks it is an upside down Kingdom. You give it away to keep it and this is a sign your heart is free. Again, if God is dealing corporately with us in America then our preparedness should be more of the heart than a fear-based grasp to hold onto our western lifestyles. Now there is nothing wrong with preparing your home, neighborhood, church and business for crisis and disaster.
Here at CRI we hold seminars on how to train people to do so. However as the Church we need to take inventory of our hearts motivation to make sure we are not hunkering and bunkering in fear but rather getting ready to help others and be the glorious Church in that hour. If something is out from under the Lordship of Christ right now in your life then you want that dealt with now and not later. (Photo via Pixabay)
Hebrews 11:7 says "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family..." It says that Noah by faith... in holy fear prepared for his family.
Are you responding in faith or fear? Let's choose faith. We are praying and believing for an outpouring of God's Spirit on the hearts and minds of those in our nation. Let's humble ourselves before the Lord and believe that together we'll see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
If we are going to be looking at the Biblical calendar as a way that God deals with His people then remember the Shemitah ended on September 13th and the year of Jubilee started on September 23rd. I encourage you to be believing for great things!"

Wow. Everything I read seems to bring me back to a heart search and examination of thoughts and motives. I am learning more about myself every day. I think that maybe this is all part of getting ready and being wholly prepared body, soul, spirit. I want to be part of the glorious church without spot or wrinkle. How about you? Are you preparing your heart too?

Thank you for stopping in today my friend. A friend who is willing to share not only a cup of tea but also spend time searching the heart on bended knee is a treasured gift. Thank you for being just such a treasure. Together we are humbling ourselves before the Lord, knowing that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. He said so!

Love & prayers,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House 


Just a reminder that the quote in today's post came from the Elijah List website. The author's contact info. along with that of the Elijah List website is as follows:
Sean Malone, Director
Crisis Response International

Website: criout.com
Email: info@criout.com

Steve Shultz, Founder and Publisher
The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News 
http://www.elijahlist.com