7.30.2015

Simple Summer - Salads of all Kinds

Good Morning! Or is it afternoon? Evening? Whatever time of the day it is I'm glad you stopped in! Here, let me give you a hug. There. That's better. So, what have you been doing this summer? Have you gotten the opportunity to have any simple, homey type days and/or nights? I hope so.

Besides iced tea, salads may be the quintessential summer meal. Salads are a simple no cook summer meal with endless possibilities. If versatility is your thing, then salads are just the ticket. There are so many salad combinations possible that sharing recipes is next to impossible. Not everyone at our house eats salads, but I still have lots of ideas to share. Some of us eat salads so these ideas have passed our taste testers.

When choosing what salad to make, I look at what I already have on hand and go from there. Sometimes it's a pasta night, sometimes rice fits the bill, and other nights it must be crisp fresh greens. Once the filler has been chosen I add meat, veggies, seasonings, and sometimes cheese and dressing. Cooking large batches of pasta and/or grain of choice early in the week makes meal prep even easier.

Thinly sliced steak and cubed roasted chicken seasoned with cajun seasoning are my favorite meat choices. Both work equally well with pasta, grains, or greens. When using a dressing I usually use an italian dressing as it is light and delicious with a large variety of meats. I don't use dressing with the cajun seasoned chicken as the seasonings on the meat are enough for the entire dish. Sometimes I use plain old salt and pepper to season the chicken. Then I can season my salad however the mood strikes.

Possible combinations of veggies, seasonings, and cheeses are endless. Whatever flavor a person desires can be achieved. In the mood for the flavors of Greek cuisine? Use feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a favorite greek herb. Perhaps your cravings are more south of the border. Try spicing things up with your favorite peppers, cheese, and/or salsa. A house seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic powder is my all time favorite go-to choice for most everything I make. Well, except sweets. Another never fail combination is that of steak/chicken, greens/pasta, diced cucumbers, diced bell peppers, and italian dressing. Those who enjoy raw onions would probably enjoy the addition of diced or minced onion. Parmesan cheese also fits in nicely. This salad can be easily prepared in advance by combining everything except the pasta/greens and storing in the refrigerator. Just prior to serving top greens with the meat and veggie mix or mix in with the pasta. Delish! Makes me want to eat some right now!

Let's raise our tea glasses and make a toast to simple, no cook summer suppers!


7.29.2015

Simple Summer - Hide "N Seek in the Dark

Hey There! How's the summer going so far? It's speeding by with lightning speed here! We've had a mixed up blend of hot and cool summer evenings and nights at our house. With such unpredictable temperatures our evening routine has been a bit random as well. Tonight My Beloved and the four older children are in town helping people move so the three youngest and I might have to have some fun by ourselves. If we're not in bed by the time it gets dark, maybe we'll see if we can find and catch lightning bugs.

On nights when it's not too hot or too chilly Hide-n-Go-Seek after dark may very well be the perfect summer time game. If that gets too predictable or boring, try switching it up with a game of after dark Sardines. Don't remember how to play that one? Sardines is Hide-n-Seek in reverse. Instead of one person counting and finding all other players, the person who is "it" hides while all other players count. After counting all players begin searching for the lone hider. As each player finds the one who hid, they each slip in beside him/her. Last player to find the group becomes the one hiding in the next go round.

Hmmm, maybe a game of sardines or hide-n-seek would be just about perfect later on tonight after we've eaten and cleaned up. Better go get the iced tea made for supper. Our cheesy ham and taters is going to need a summer drink just like iced tea. Who am I kidding? Every summer meal needs a drink like iced tea! Better make extra. Our BBQ chicken will definitely need some to go along with it. See you later!

7.25.2015

Christmas in 22 Weeks!!!

Twenty-Two Weeks until Christmas!!! Yes, 22 weeks! Yikes! No wonder so many people begin their Christmas preparations in July! Have a great and blessed week in Jesus! Just dropped in to send this shout out about it only being 22 weeks until Christmas. That's all. Seriously, nothing more.

Love,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

7.23.2015

Simple Summer - English Muffin Pizzas

Remember that simple summer meal search I mentioned earlier? The one that brought up stuffed chicken breasts as a result? Yeah, well tonight we're going to go back to a time when simple truly was simple. Remember when ingredients used were the very most basic and skill required was minimal? Can you recall the time when it was about cooking with love? Me too. That's why we're going back in time a bit this summer. We want to remember when simple was really truly so.

One little thing before we talk shop: some of the recipes being featured in our Simple Summer series are more easy than healthy. Healthy is wonderful, but sometimes easy brings health benefits of its own. There is a lot to be said for the stress free ease that throwing a few ingredients together quickly brings. If the majority of the food we consume is healthy then our bodies will easily process the little bit we eat that isn't quite as healthy.

One of the easiest snacks, sides, or light meals out there is English Muffin Pizza. Before you start sweating at the thought of heating up the broiler light the grill and cook them on that instead. Place half of a muffin on the grill, dab on a smidge of sauce, top with cheese and toppings of choice, allow to cook until cheese melts, then enjoy. An adult or older child will need to cook the pizzas for little ones. These ooey gooey rounds of sauce and cheese pair up perfectly with a crisp salad full of veggies from the garden. Mmmmm, I'm already thinking about the glass of iced tea to drink with this meal. Oh yeah, english muffins are definitely going on the grocery list this week, most definitely.

Ingredient List
* english muffins split in half or crust of choice (pita bread or tortillas also work well)
* shredded cheese of choice
* pepperoni and/or toppings of choice
* tomato or pizza sauce

~Ingredients can be as basic or gourmet as the cook desires. They can also be as "healthy" as a person wishes too. Organic cheese, GMO free sauce, even healthier crust options can be used. If healthi-er gourmet items are readily available in your area then your definition of basic may be a bit more uptown than mine. That is great. Do what is easiest and best for your own personal situation.





7.22.2015

Simple Summer - Glow Sticks Are Fun!

While cruising through Pinterest searching for easy summer time meals I quickly realized that simple doesn't mean what it used to. When I typed in simple summer suppers I did not expect stuffed chicken breasts to come up as a result, that's for sure. Anyway, with so many recipes requiring ingredients that would have been considered rare and exotic a few years ago, it came to me that perhaps I should do a small series featuring recipes, ideas, games, and other tips from a time when simple meant simple.

With visions of nights spent playing Hide 'N Seek after dark and hot summer nights spent chasing friends with buckets of water parading across the screen of my mind the need for a Pinterest search became unnecessary. I not only have plenty of simple supper ideas tucked away in some remote corner of my mind, but there are also a few ideas for simple summer fun stashed away in there as well. How about we start with something that was a rare treat when I was a kid but is now widely available at discount stores, supermarkets, and online. GLOW STICKS!!!

Glow sticks have become somewhat of a staple at our house. They have shown up in plastic eggs for in the dark egg hunts around Easter, as earrings, bracelets, and glasses at the Fourth of July, and as general just because fun. As a matter of fact there was one glowing in a basket in my bathroom last week. I think a certain 2-year-old somebody had something to do with that one. For our 23-year-old daughter's birthday in January, we not only glitter-bombed her bedroom but also strategically hid numerous glow sticks in her bedroom along with feathers and confetti surprises for her to discover when she went to bed that night.

Glow sticks can be broken and their contents dumped into bubble solution for glow-in-the-dark bubbles. Sticks can also be added to empty plastic beverage bottles filled with water to create bowling pins for after dark bowling action. Don't forget to add a glow stick to the ball used for bowling. One of the easiest glow stick games is after dark tag. Place a glow stick bracelet on each player's wrist or ankle and let the fun begin. Besides placing a glow stick in a balloon and allowing the kids to toss it around, one more of the many ideas for glow stick fun is to conduct a treasure hunt using plastic eggs with tiny treasures and glow sticks inside. Have the participants hide their eyes, hide the eggs, and turn the players loose to hunt for their glowing treasure. Wouldn't that be a fun addition to a pirate themed party?

As with all activities, safe fun is the best fun. So we'll all do our best to play safely and be appropriately careful with the glow sticks. Glow stick contents are not safe to be eaten, nor are they safe to drink. They sure do make things glow though! This is one play thing I am thrilled is more accessible for my children than it was for me. How well I remember the amazement a glow stick necklace at the annual rodeo brought. The wonder at how such a thing could be was most of the fun. And just in case someone tries to tell you that putting your glow necklace in the freezer makes it glow longer, it does not extend the length of the glow whatsoever. Trust me. I tried. Every year. For several years. And if anyone ever wants to get you a glow-in-the-dark slinky, let them. They look like so much fun!

7.20.2015

He is Pleased

Just a little note: The following post feels a bit different than usual to me. I don't know why it seems so different, but it does somehow. When writing, it sort of just came out all by itself. Even though it felt like an awkward read to me when proofreading, the quiet intensity I sensed within led me to publish it anyway. Ordinarily I would delete anything that feels like an awkward read, but not this. This visit will take place for I know the One who turned the water into wine, and He will take these words that "came out all by themselves" and cause them to flow smooth and sure when read. He knows your name and wants you to know that He is pleased with you. He loves you. He knows who you are, what you do, what you say, how you say it and loves you still. He desires more for you; it is true. Yet in spite of how you are living less than His desired plan for you, He knows your heart and loves you still. Thank you in advance for allowing Him to visit with us today. Love is in the house, Abundant Love @ Abundance House.




Hi there. Did your afternoon go as fast as mine? Granted mine went by so rapidly because I did what I rarely do: I took a nap. *insert shocked gasp* Yes, I took a nap and lived to tell about it. Nothing horrible happened. The sky didn't fall. The world is still turning. All is well and in order. After weeks of going more than usual and/or sweating more than normal a nap felt good, the just right sort of good.

A nap, a glass of ice water, and time spent pondering Godly thoughts from a blog that visits my inbox were a delightful wake up call to the late afternoon/evening left to enjoy. As a matter of fact those thoughts are what drew me our visit together today. The thoughts an author shared were about excitement of vacations versus the mundane of everyday and how it all fits in a believer's life. The train of thoughts has travelled along rapidly and is now slowing down at another individual line to ponder a while. Feel free to grab a glass of ice water and curl up on the sofa with me while we talk about where this line of thinking has taken me.

So this is where the thought train has slowed down at: In spite of my desire to live wholly only for God am I still unknowingly worshipping and serving myself instead of Him? Am I spending my every waking moment loving the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving my neighbor as myself or am I wishing my days were being done my way? Am I seeing everything each day contains as opportunity to love others as God does or am I attempting to shape each day into what I want it to look like? For instance, am I seeing bickering, fighting children as an opportunity to minister God's Love to my children or am I silently dreaming of a day when the fighting stops? Have I sped by the moment of opportunity to be an in the flesh example of the Love of God so that I can reach a destination of my own choosing? As I consider these questions the answers I find knock me into a horrified silence. The answers being revealed are not the answers I want to discover.

Answers such as the ones being revealed cause my heart to bow in repentance. Sensing His presence I look up to find He is here tenderly gazing at me with love-filled eyes. He is not surprised. God is not shocked. God is not horrified. He has known all along. God has known what I have been doing, why I do it, and loves me still. As I confess the sin revealed during my ponderings He smiles and kisses my forehead. He is pleased. Pleased. God is pleased with me. If God is pleased with me, and I sense very strongly that He is, why am I not pleased with myself? I am not pleased with myself because I am working towards a self-view of my own making rather than the one God has created. It's the same sin earlier revealed manifesting in a different way. So what is the root here? Could it be that I am still firmly seated on the throne of my life? Am I still ruling and reigning even though I desire for God to be Lord? The answer to these questions isn't what I would like it be either.

More revelation. More repentance. More cleansing. More truth being learned and hopefully walked in. More of Him Who is Love living in and through me. More of Him. Less of me. Jesus is enough. He is, always has been, and always will be enough. Thank You God Holy Spirit for leading, teaching, and guiding me in the way of Truth, the way of Love. Thank You. Now may eyes to see, ears to hear, and a mind to know and understand God and His righteousness be alive and active in me each and every day. May the way I walk and talk be the way God has planned and ordained and not my own. May He be Lord of all in me every day in every way. In Jesus' name, Amen and Amen.




7.15.2015

The Duck

This duck story keeps coming to mind lately. We've talked about it before, but since it's been coming to mind I thought we'd hear it again. Happy summer!




Good Morning! While I was sitting here waiting at our bench, a story I heard once kept coming to me. A fast-talking preacher from down south told it years ago when we lived in another town. Of everything I have ever heard preached in my 44 years of life, this story may very well be what I have remembered and received the most usable wisdom from. Here it is:

There was a bird that lived in Canada. One winter he announced to the other birds, "I’m not flying south for the winter. I’m staying right here!" All the other birds said he was crazy, but he answered, "You’re the ones that are crazy. You’ll get down south, turn around and fly right back up here again next year. What’s the point?!”

The other birds took to flight and left him behind.

Wondering what winter in Canada would be like, the lone bird was pleasantly surprised at the stretch of Indian Summer that lingered long into the fall. "Aha!" he said to himself, "I was right to stay. This is wonderful!”

But then, winter hit full force in the middle of December. Shuddering in the cold the silly bird finally realized, "I must hurry and leave before I freeze to death!”

He took to flight and made it as far as Montana. There, in mid-air, he froze up and tumbled to the ground; landing in a farmer’s barnyard. "Oh, what a stupid bird I am," he moaned to himself. "I should’ve flown south with all the other birds, but now I am about to die.”

Just then a cow in the barnyard strolled past the fallen bird and without realizing it dropped a big cow-plop right on top of him! "Oh, this is just great," mumbled the buried bird. "It’s not bad enough that I’m about to die; now I’m covered with cow manure!”

But then he noticed something he had not expected. The warmth of the plop actually began to thaw him out and restore him to life. "Why, what do you know about that?" said the bird. "This ain’t so bad after all!" Then he began chirping and singing under the pile of cow plop.

Meanwhile, the barnyard cat was passing by and heard the sound of singing coming from the pile. Curious as a cat can be, he pawed around in the pile and uncovered the thawed bird. Their eyes met, there was a silent moment of suspense, and then the cat ate the bird.  

The Moral of the Story


· First, not everyone who dumps on you is your enemy.

· Second, not everyone who cleans it off is your friend.

Time for read aloud time at Abundance House. We're a few chapters into The Storybook of Science by Jean Henri Casimer Fabre', and can barely tear ourselves away each day. I'll leave you now with prayers that the truth of the duck story will sink in deep. My prayer is for it to free you in even greater measure than it has me though the years. 

Hugs & Prayers for a super great weekend!
Abundantly Blessed

7.14.2015

Access Doors

The following is too good not to share. I don't know when a teaching has touched me as strongly. Usually I just share the link allowing you to click on through as you have time. Today, however, I'm sharing the entire word. I don't want you to have to wait for the page to come up. Having your Bible, a notebook, and pen nearby might be handy. At one point I took a little side trip in my Bible when looking up the verses shared. I didn't stray from the article long though. The desire to hear it all was that strong. I'm going to get out of here and read this again!

Todd Bentley: "Heaven's Gates – Our Access Doors"
by Todd Bentley
Jul 14, 2015
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Todd Bentley has a very keen understanding of access to "Heaven's Gates." Really, he gives some of the best understanding I've been on the subject. He shares many areas throughout the word where access to Heaven is actually covered.
Here is a great quote by Todd:
This is who we are! We give access to the throne room. We give entrance to the things of the Kingdom, and we have this treasure in earthen vessels. We can also hinder or shut the gate that gives access to the things of God like the Pharisees that we mentioned. "For you shut the Kingdom of Heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in" (Matthew 23:13 ESV).
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"Heaven's Gates – Our Access Doors" Todd Bentley, Charlotte, NC
Real ministry is about having access and giving access to the Kingdom. God referred to the place of heavenly encounter in Jacob's dream (see Genesis 28:17) as the "gate of Heaven." Jacob awoke from his dream and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of Heaven" (Genesis 28:17 NASB).
The manifest presence of God dwelling in us makes us the house (temple) of God. The place where we encounter His presence becomes a gate (door) to Heaven. This is why Jesus said to the Pharisees, "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the Kingdom of Heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in" (Matthew 23:13 ESV).
We can be a gate that gives access to God or we can close the door to Kingdom life. The house of God is the gate of Heaven. The word "gate" speaks of access, an exit, or entrance point. In other words, the gate of Heaven refers to Heaven's entrance in the earth or to Heaven. Jesus also spoke of the phrase "gates of Hell" which speaks of Hell's access or entrance point in the earth or our individual lives.
Jesus The Gate
Jesus made a clear connection to this concept of gates early in His ministry. In John 1:51 Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man" (NKJV). This is a definite reference to the dream that Jacob had in Genesis 28. Jesus was saying, "Remember that dream that Jacob had? Well I am the fulfillment of that dream." The angels of God ascend and descend upon Jesus. He is in us, and we are the house of God. The Holy Spirit in us is the gate of Heaven.
Jesus came into this earth as the gate (access) to Heaven. We know that Jesus claimed to be the temple of God (see John 2:19-21), and the temple or house of God is the gate of Heaven. The Church is the house of God (see Ephesians 2:19-22); that makes it the gate (access) to Heaven. Some people's only access to life, healing, joy, presence, and an encounter with God is through what they carry inside. (Photo via Pixabay)
It is a privilege to be a gatekeeper to the glory of God. A gatekeeper gives entrance, invitation, access, and/or denies or shuts the door to the king. "A single day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked" (Psalm 84:10 NLT). It was the Levites who were some of the porters and kept the doors of the Lord's house (see 1 Chronicles 26:1). It is true today that entrance is given to the courts of the Lord like the worship tribe Levi: We open Heaven's gate through worship, granting access to the presence of the Lord.
This also reminds me of the steward (treasurer) to the Lord's house in Isaiah: "Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, 'Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is in charge of the royal household'" (Isaiah 22:15 NASB). There is a transfer of power, authority, and responsibility in this portion of Scripture from Shebna to Eliakim as ruler over the palace. "Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, when he opens no one will shut, when he shuts no one will open" (Isaiah 22:22 NASB). We see in this passage both the priestly role of worship and the kingly function to rule.
As a righteous steward, also called treasurer, there were some major responsibilities. The steward had access to the treasuries of Heaven. He was also the one to administrate, manage, and distribute the Father's resources. One clear mark of a trustworthy steward is that he is continually consulting with the owner (Father) to ensure that His will remains at the center of how His assets are being managed. In addition to this role, the steward had the authority (key) to open and shut doors. He was also responsible to give access to the one that had an invitation to see the king. Remember how Esther barged in before the king? She said, "If I perish, I perish" (Esther 4:16 NASB). She pushed her way past the gatekeeper (steward) that gave entrance to the throne room.
This is who we are! We give access to the throne room. We give entrance to the things of the Kingdom, and we have this treasure in earthen vessels. We can also hinder or shut the gate that gives access to the things of God like the Pharisees that we mentioned. "For you shut the Kingdom of Heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in" (Matthew 23:13 ESV).
This message about being a gatekeeper also reminds me of what Paul said about being stewards; literally we are dispensers of the divine secrets of God: "Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 KJV). We are required as managers, stewards, and servants of God's secrets to be found faithful. We give access (opening) for people to the hidden treasures, the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Photo by Sandra Druschke via Flickr)
People are Gates
This message about gates brings a new meaning to how we see this verse in Psalm 24: "Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in" (Psalm 24:7 NIV). We the people, as the temple of God, "open the gates" and doors so the King of glory comes in. Imagine: We (people) open the ancient doors of the heart (Spirit) so the glory of the Kingdom can be released.
Then, as Heaven manifests in the natural realm, both the rule and the reign of Jesus Christ will be known in the earth. Because the Heavens are open, we function in a different "arena." In other words, our minds are consumed with Heaven.
Living in the full spectrum of Heaven's realities means, like Jesus, we carry the substance of Heaven in our ministry – in virtue, rule, reign, in the dimension of "as it is in Heaven," NOW – through miracles, healings, salvations, deliverance, signs, and wonders. As the gate of Heaven, the Father wants to express Himself to the world through us and manifest His Kingdom. Just as Christ is the fullness of God, the Church is the full expression of Christ as His Body in the earth (see Ephesians 1:19-23).
Opening and Closing
I've spoken briefly on the phrase from the Lord's prayer (see Matthew 6:10) "as it is in Heaven." This phrase describes what it looks like in Heaven now. Everything that is within the atmosphere of the Kingdom of Heaven needs to take on the image and the nature of what it looks like in Heaven right now – as it is in Heaven – concerning our churches, our cities, and our nations.
So, let's examine another significant key that Jesus gave to help us bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth – establishing on earth what it looks like in Heaven now. He said: "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven" (Matthew 18:18 NIV). This key concerns our authority in binding and loosing.
Did you know that we have authority to loose (open and bring in) and to bind (close and shut out)? We can only loose what has already been loosed in Heaven, and we can only bind what has already been bound in Heaven. So, we need to see and discern what the Father is doing because then we'll have a revelation concerning what needs to be bound and loosed in order for the Kingdom of God on earth to synchronize with the Kingdom of God in Heaven. (Photo via Pixabay)
In every city and nation that we enter, the Father will give us the keys concerning what needs to be bound and what needs to be loosed. And until we loose what has been loosed in Heaven, we won't have it on earth even though it's already loosed in the eternal destiny of God. And until we bind what has already been bound in Heaven (concerning our church, our city, and our nation because we see that it's already bound in the eternal destiny of God), we won't experience the manifestation of it bound on earth. The gates are open or shut by our yes and amen.
When we agree with what Heaven says, we loose the Kingdom by declaration. "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in Heaven" (Matthew 18:19 NASB).
It is also true that our disagreement can shut the gate that gives access to Heaven. When we discern the Father's will concerning binding and loosing, we will actually be calling forth those things that "be not as though they were" (Romans 4:17 KJV). Then we'll bring the realm of "as it is in Heaven" into the earth, and we'll see the Kingdom of God in our midst (see Luke 17:21).
Jesus The Open Heaven
Perhaps one of the best Biblical examples to illustrate this Kingdom invasion is when the Heavens (gates) opened over Jesus while He was baptized by John the Baptist. God's Kingdom invaded the earth in the form of a dove – the Spirit of God – that rested upon Jesus (see Luke 3:21-22).
He was empowered (anointed) for ministry. God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power! And immediately, living under that open Heaven, "Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit...was led by the Spirit into the wilderness" for forty days (see Luke 4:1-2) where He overcame every temptation of the devil (see Luke 4:3-13). Next, straight from the wilderness, Jesus went on to Nazareth in the power of the Spirit.
An Invitation
When we encounter the manifest presence of God, it is an open door of access to the Spirit realm. We now have access to the thoughts and the mind of Christ – we can also access the deep things of God through the Spirit in us. He brings revelation and searches the deep things of God.
We can receive revelation today because that heavenly door never closed – it's still standing open in Heaven today (see Revelation 4:1). "The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inner depths of his heart" (Proverbs 20:27 NKJV). Yes, the spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord. This is how God brings revelation. Revelation happens in your spirit, God is as a lamp, the light is His word. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105 NASB). He brings revelation, illumination, and communicates with you in the realm of your heart. (Photo via Pixabay)
There is no access to heavenly things without the presence of God. Those angels are still ascending and descending Jacob's ladder and coming with revelation (see Genesis 28:12). We can never get to the Father's house without going through the heart and Blood of Jesus. It is amazing that we now carry Heaven in us. You are no longer a natural being that has a spirit; you're a spiritual being that has a body! You're a brand new creation in Christ who lives, for a time, on the earth; one who is learning to live in your true nature, in Christ Jesus, which is spirit (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
In Him,
Todd Bentley
Fresh Fire USA
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Todd Bentley: Healing evangelist, revivalist, and author, Todd Bentley is the founder of Fresh Fire USA. As a teenager, Todd, an alcoholic and drug addict, had a dramatic, life-changing encounter with the saving, delivering power of God. Today, Todd and his Fresh Fire team travel the world to lead the lost into the miraculous, delivered and set free, and launched into the reality of intimate relationship with Jesus. The passion of Todd's life and ministry to the nations is souls and to see others experience the transferable, tangible anointing of the Holy Spirit.
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7.13.2015

Enough

Jesus is enough.

Just that this afternoon dear friend. Just those words. Jesus is enough. No matter what. Jesus is enough. No matter how hot, tired, lonely, stressed, disgusted, angry, hurt, mad, sad, in pain, sick, forgetful, we are. Jesus is enough. He is none of those things, and He alone is enough to take all of our yuck, bad, unkind and replace it with Himself, the One who is ALL good.

So, let's end with the words this visit began. Jesus is enough.

Hugs & Love to you friend

7.08.2015

Jesus Is Enough


Hi There! Come on in! The kids are out and about right now so we can sit down and talk without interruption. It's kind of chilly; would you like a blanket? Here, catch! I just got done checking emails, and there was a great read from A Holy Experience blog. Then again, it's almost always a great read from there. Today's post was from a guest, Jennifer Dukes Lee. After reading what she wrote at A Holy Experience blog, I clicked through to her blog and Wow! I could have read and read and read. This woman took me straight to Jesus. Here's a link for you to check it out yourself: http://jenniferdukeslee.com/tellhisstory-let-there-be-peace-on-facebook/

So what have you been up to this week? Me? Oh I've just been hanging on for the wild wonderful ride called life that's going on in this house. We've got an extra girl this week, and it has been absolutely delightful. Such a sweet girl she is. How honored we are that God has allowed us to minister His love to her for the week. Of all the homes He could have sent her to, He has allowed it to be ours. This sweet girl said good-bye to her mama when her mama left earth eight months ago. Thirteen-year-olds saying good-bye to their mamas is difficult for this mama to think about without crying. Any-year-olds saying good-bye to their mama is difficult to think about, who am I kidding?

Everytime I stop and think that I have one week, only one week, to lavish all the Jesus I can into this girl's life the most wondrous sense of awe floods through me. Being a mama to my own dear children is an unfathomable honor that constantly amazes me. Now God allows me to mama not only my own dear hearts but another sweet girl as well. It makes me spill liquid happy all over the place. It also makes me laugh! This girl, she is funny. Funny, funny, funny. You can definitely tell she is related to My Beloved! The same wit shines forth like a beacon of light slicing through the clouds on an overcast day.

Is she perfect this girl? Um, no. Are you? Is everything marvelous every second of the day? No. Is it at your house? Does the fact that she is imperfect make her need for Jesus less? Quite the opposite. Just as this imperfect mama desperately needs Jesus so does this imperfect young woman. Her heart is hurting, and the Healer of hurting hearts is in me. That's the only perfect thing we've got going on here in this house. There's a bunch of imperfect people who are full of the love of God living here and praying He spills out and covers another imperfect person who is visiting us with His perfect, healing love, with Himself. And let me assure you, Jesus in us is enough. He is enough. He is enough to heal every hurt, bind up every heart ache, wipe away every tear, and guide in the way everlasting. HE . IS . ENOUGH. And that's enough for me.

One week, one day, one minute, a few seconds, no matter how little or long the time we have to love on her, Jesus is enough, and He will faithfully heal and meet every need, both hers and ours. Don't we all have some hurting spots in need of healing? Yes, I think we do; I know we do. Still, the awe at being allowed to love Jesus on this girl overwhelms me even after four, or is it five, days with her here in our home. How hard all of us are praying for healing and grace to flow freely out of us! Being a bit of an introvert, I wasn't exactly sure how to transfer the love I feel inside into an outward action or word. Without any thought, however, the words "Love you, girls!" came rolling off my tongue the very first night at bedtime. They've been there every night since. God has shown me what to say and do every day, all day long. Thanks be to God!

I know the days are busy and full. Not much time for getting together can be found so I won't chatter on and on making you late for other things. Thank you so much for coming and allowing us to share our adventure of love with you!!! You have brought such delight by coming! Please come again soon!

Loving grace,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House