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"Be still my soul and know that He is God."


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Are you ready for His rain?



Major oopsie here this evening. We didn't talk about forgiveness earlier. That post is scheduled for later. So...please go ahead and read the post from Ann Voskamp. Your heart will be refreshed.



So, remember how we talked about forgiveness yesterday? Yeah, well, after writing was over and I was checking emails real fast while supper cooked, there was an email written by Ann Voskamp. An extremely powerful email that hooked and reeled me in . I am reading along when what should the email start talking about? Yep. Forgiveness. I was wide-eyed in awe and wonder at the goodness of God. What an exciting confirmation! What rich treasures from heaven the writing contained! Please nurture your heart with the words: http://annvoskamp.com/2017/08/when-you-go-into-heart-failure-and-it-turns-out-to-be-a-metaphor-for-all-the-things-right-now/.

Through the Blogging Years

Thank You for your many prayers for those of us here at Abundance House during the past eight, almost nine years, we've been publishing a blog. First we were A Mother's Rewards. Then Living Large on Less joined the family. Finally we have returned to writing one blog and it is indeed a house of abundance! 

Many adventures have befallen our family throughout our time together. And I am not referring to the adventure of adding another baby, though we have had our share of that type of adventure too. During the years of blogging I have felt strongly impressed to focus on the blessings of God in our lives rather than lamenting the hardships. That doesn't mean there haven't been any difficulties or trials though. There have been many. 

Today I am writing to intentionally give God thanks. It isn't Thanksgiving yet, but I can't wait until then to say Thank You; I can't wait even one more day. I have to say Thank You now, this day, this moment. So many voices are crying, moaning, groaning, sighing, whining, shouting, arguing, lashing out! The noise of all of the unpleasant voices seem to choke out any bit of goodness, but not today. Not here. Not on this blog. Today, right now, on this blog, there is a woman standing up, facing the voice of evil in the eye, and saying NOT IN THIS HOUSE. NOT HERE. NOT NOW. 

Today, if you listen, you will hear a voice of praise going forth from this blog to the world singing out the praises of Him who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. And His light truly is marvelous. The Light of God shines forth casting out every shadow, every bit of darkness from its path. Today I join with the Psalmist in saying "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Today I stand strong in the Lord and the power of His might and declare to the nations that God, He is God; there is no other. 

What has God done that is so wonderful? I am SO glad you asked! God has saved and kept me. More than once He has healed me. He leads me and guides me through life in practical and supernatural ways. He provides, restores, refreshes, and loves me perfectly, better than I could do for myself. Continually He is teaching me new things, both practical and fun. He is patient with me always. He never tires of communicating with me. He doesn't sigh in frustration because He understands me perfectly. He corrects me but does so lovingly in a way that makes me thankful He has. He provides me with adventure and challenges that keep me always going forward, always seeking. He doesn't let me stagnate or grow dull. 

God allowed me to be the answer to my mother's prayers for a child. He allowed me to be raised to serve and live for Him. It is He who placed me in an extended family filled with lovers of Jesus who provided countless examples of what His grace looks like in the nitty gritty of the everyday. From them I have learned that with God all things are possible, and there is never anyone so far gone that God can't save them and turn their mess into a message and their tests into a testimony of Him. 

He placed me in a covenant of marriage that is beyond my imagination and dreams. He rewarded me with seven children to grow more like Him with. He not only created those seven children, but He healed them and has kept them alive and well. He has placed me in a family and community filled with people who are lovely, beautiful, and full of great potential, people who spur me on to become more like Jesus every day. They are people I can pour out His love to and grow in His grace and knowledge with. 

During over 26 years of marriage, our family has moved at least seven times. Throughout each of these moves, there has been a loving church family, caring friends, and a safe place to land while navigating new territory, both on earth and spiritually. In one new place, God caused random friends to separately give me books and magazines from new ministries. This new reading material led our family into new truths from the Bible that led us into greater freedom and increased revelation of who God is. We went from viewing God as a dictator who demands His own way to experiencing that He is love and extends great grace. What freedom! What deliverance! What healing! has followed in the years since those reading materials entered our home! 

Every where we live, He is there preparing the way before us. Whenever sorrow or hardship come, He is there comforting and providing for our every need in ways beyond explaining. For example, while living at one place, a mother of 15 children brought groceries to our family of only four children every Friday afternoon. Time and time again, one of my young children would comment during the week that such and such a food item would taste good, and without fail, that very item would be in the groceries delivered on Friday! Every. single. time. Broccoli. Apples. Oranges. Even cinnamon rolls, ice cream, and chocolate milk! Don't even try to tell me that God doesn't care about His children's every need.

In one of the communities we lived, the childrens' ministry was exceptionally good. The leaders weren't afraid to teach children the complete truth in God's word. They didn't water it down for the children. If God said He has given us power, the children were taught exactly what God said. Consequently, when a goldfish belonging to one of our youngest died, one of the other children began to pray over that goldfish in the name of Jesus, and the goldfish came back to life and lived a long, full life! True story. 

Time after time I have been able to witness God's marvelous care and provision in the lives of My Beloved  AND in the lives of each of our children. Every single time there was going to be a new baby in the house,God faithfully prepared each one of our hearts to receive the new baby with joy and gladness, even numbers five, six, and seven! My Beloved has been supernaturally delivered from accidents that "ought" to have been fatal numerous times, a number of those within the past year. 

No matter how much I share with you of God's greatness in this post, there is more that hasn't been shared. So much goodness. So much grace. So much mercy. So much patience. So much joy. So much love. So much of God has been extravagantly lavished upon me throughout my life. I feel like one of the authors in the Bible who wrote that if all of the miracles and deeds of Jesus were written there wouldn't be room enough to record them all. 

If each of us would look back through the years we have been living on this earth, I would imagine that each of us could tell of God's marvelous love for us. Yes, we have each faced hardships and challenges. Each one of us has most likely suffered in some way. Yet, in spite of the awful, often in the middle of the struggle, if we look closely, we find love lights pointing the way to the Lover of our souls, Jesus. Everywhere we look, He is there. Every day, if we choose to see, we find Him. 

What if we pause for a moment and consider what would happen if every single believer in Jesus were to begin sharing their thanks for all He has done for them. What would the voices we hear sound like then? Can the voice of irritation scream loud enough to drown out the voice of true thankfulness to God? I don't think it can. As a matter of fact, I know it absolutely cannot. What if each one of us deliberately, intentionally choose to give voice only to the good things God has done and refuse to even mention any of the hardships, unless recalling how God delivered us from them? If we quit talking about the bad things and only spoke of the goodness of God would the enemy be rendered silent? 

Here in my house, the children are currently traveling through one of those seasons where they are re-testing the waters to see if the boundaries are still in place. It is not a pretty season of parenting. It is rather loud and often unpleasant. I would much rather snuggle in and spend pleasant moments of fun with my children than have them attempt to engage me in conflict. However, a few seconds spent remembering the goodness of the Lord causes a quiet song of calm strength to arise in my heart. No longer does the clamor of the children's voices create stress, for their mama remembers how God has led her through days like this before. She remembers His faithfulness and rejoices, even in the middle of whining, even though she detests whining. 

Could even a few Christians silence the chaos the screaming of the world's voices just by remembering God's goodness and declaring His faithfulness? Could the enemy be silenced by a shout of praise to the Most High God? If Jericho is any indication, yes, the enemy can be silenced by our thanksgiving and praise. What if believers in Jesus chose to actually believe Him and obey His Word? What would happen then? Is anything too hard for our God? NO! With God ALL things are possible! 

Let's rally the troops! Let's gather the saints! Let's give thanks to our God and declare His faithfulness to ALL generations! Let's silence the enemy with our thankful praise! Let's talk about Jesus!

Remembering His Faithfulness with Thanksgiving,
Abundantly Blessed


No Divisions Among Us

"A Word Regarding Charlottesville, Virginia: Non-violent Conflict Resolution—for the 21st Century"
by Dr. Alveda King, Atlanta, GA

Then and Now!

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, spiritual problems and social issues were slowly destroying God's work among them. SUCH IS THE CASE TODAY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.

As Paul was thankful for his flock (1 Cor. 1:4-8), so are we as was Paul; but we too are also called to a high purpose as servants/leaders of God. Consequently, our gifts and callings, as God's microphones, often require us to say what people don't want to hear. The divisions among the Corinthians then and the divisions among us now are designed by the enemy to rip the Church apart.  Consequently, following the pattern God gave Paul, we must implore the Body of Christ today to make some difficult transformations:

"Now I exhort you, brothers [and sisters], by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that...there not be divisions among you, and that you be made complete in the same mind and with the same purpose. For...there are quarrels among you" (1 Cor. 1:10-11). 

Amazingly, Paul was able to set aside his fleshly tendencies, all strife and bragging, to leave us this advice:
"Each of you is saying, 'I am with Paul,' and 'I am with Apollos,' and 'I am with Cephas,' and 'I am with Christ.' Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I give thanks that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name" (1 Cor. 1:12-15)."

Yes, Paul challenges and reminds us that Christ deserves all the credit. Don't we all have opportunities like this—to take credit for someone else's work—or even worse, to touch Jesus' glory?

Are we still stumbling about in the outer courts of politics and social justice, failing to conquer the 7 mountains illustrated so powerfully by Lance Wallnau? Are we able to tackle the 3-headed monster that is before America—Racism, Abortion and Sexual Perversion? Are we ready and able to slay the "skin color dragon" and embrace each other as brothers and sisters, the one blood, one race, of Acts 17:26?

"He made from one blood all nations who live on the earth. He set the times and places where they should live" (Acts 17:26).

Six Steps and Principles for Non-Violent Social Change—A Sequential Journey to Victory

I've often been asked to share the King Family Legacy's approach to non-violent conflict resolution which is introduced here briefly:

Principle 1: Non-violence is not passive, but requires courage.
Principle 2: Non-violence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary.
Principle 3: Non-violent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evildoer. 
Principle 4: A willingness to accept suffering for the cause, if necessary, but never to inflict it.
Principle 5: A rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, as well as refusal to commit physical violence.
Principle 6: Faith that justice will prevail.

Understanding this, we apply the six steps of non-violent conflict resolution:

1. Prayerfully enter into a process by conducting research and gathering information to get the facts straight.
2. Continuing in prayer, conduct education and awareness campaigns to inform adversaries and the public about the facts of the dispute.
3. Prayerfully commit yourself to live and manifest a non-violent attitude and actions.
4. Prayerfully mediate and negotiate with an adversary in a spirit of goodwill to correct injustice.
5. Prayerfully apply non-violent direct action, such as prayer vigils, marches, boycotts, mass demonstrations, picketing, sit-ins etc., to help persuade or compel an adversary to work toward dispute-resolution.
6. Prayerfully anticipate reconciliation among adversaries in a win-win outcome in establishing a sense of community which should now be achievable. 

Considering the times, I am grateful to be a part of a biological family as well as a spiritual family who embrace these truths. Won't you join us?

"We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools." –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
"Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:8). (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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Dr. Alveda C. King, Evangelist and Author
Alveda King Ministries and Priests For Life 

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It Is Time

Every so often a word comes across my computer screen that seems to agree with something deep inside my spirit. This is just such a word. This word says all of the many many things I have been sensing God impress on my heart. 

In an earlier post, I referenced that it seems as if God Holy Spirit has been leading me to obey all of the lessons from former days in Sunday School, Children's Church, and Kids' Crusades. That now is the time to take the truth of God's Word and make it a reality in my life, in every area not only the "major" areas. I believe the word God gave me coincides with the truths from the following word perfectly.  

We are no longer to be operating from the position of the status quo but from the position of power and authority in the name of Jesus. That we are to live as if God is exactly who He says He is and as if we are exactly who He says we are. We are to no longer attend Christian social clubs but BE the Church of Jesus Christ, a body of healing, comforting, delivering, salvation sharing soldiers of the Most High God. It is time for the Goliaths to fall! The soldiers of Emmanuel are rising up in the name of Jesus, going forth in His power, and darkness is fleeing from the light of God shining out from within us! 

It is a time like never before, and Abundance House is honored to share words like the following  and those at http:brookesbabbling.blogspot.com/ with you. Please visit Brooke's Babbling blog. It is authored by one of our four lovely daughters. I am confident that not only will you see how extremely blessed this mama is, but you will also join our family in giving great thanks to God for all he has done in one of our beautiful girls' life!

In Christ's Love,
Abundantly Blessed

"The Great American Eclipse: A Prophetic Sign for Our Nation"
by Kathi Pelton, Eugene, OR

On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be seen across the United States of America. People are calling this the "Great American Eclipse". Though the sky will go dark for only a few minutes as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, people have been preparing for this months in advance. It is no coincidence thatAugust 21 is also the first day of the Jewish season of Teshuvah, a forty-day season of repentance and return to God leading up to the Day of Atonement.

Alignments and Unity

Numerous prophetic voices have been hearing about alignments, preparations, repentance and many turning back to the Lord. Often, we will see events in the natural realm illustrate spiritual realities. I believe that this is one of those times.  

As we entered 2017, the Spirit spoke to me and said that the first half of this year would prepare God's people to align in unity with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit according to Jesus' prayer in John 17:20 (17:20 in 2017), just as the Sun, the Moon and Earth will align. However, God's alignment will not be momentary, but eternal. He also spoke to me that July would be a month of completion that would usher God's people into resurrection, restoration and true repentance. I keep finding myself saying the words,"Repentance is freedom from wrong alignments." 

When I began to hear about the "Great American Eclipse" I knew in my spirit that it was a prophetic sign in the sky of a spiritual manifestation on Earth, specifically for America.

Momentary Darkness Turning to Light

The months since, our presidential elections have been a momentary darkness that is aligning our nation and God's people to move into unity, restoration and the resurrection of God's original intent. The forty-day season of Teshuvah will be the culmination of alignments, preparation and repentance to enter into authority. Repentance produces humility, and authority is a product of godly humility.

A little more than a week after these forty days of repentance, an event will take place at the Washington DC Mall called "Awaken the Dawn – America's Tent of Meeting". From October 6-9, fifty tents from all fifty states will be set up at the Washington Mall to pour forth prayer and worship 24/7 for three days straight. I believe that this will be a time of "divine reset" after the forty days of repentance. 

Over a million people are expected to travel to our state of Oregon to view the eclipse; so will we also see a million people gather at the DC Mall this October to see darkness turn to light in our nation's capital?
"Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You."
(Psalm 139:12)

No Longer Status Quo

It is time to align with the light of our God, even in the midst of earthly darkness. Then darkness will not be dark to the people of God. They will be the light of Christ to a world in darkness that searches for light. This is a time to truly take the seasons of God seriously. The Holy Spirit is calling and asking us to "come up higher" in order to discern the times and seasons. It is not "status quo" any longer. Now is the time to see nations turn back to God. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Kathi Pelton
Inscribe Ministries
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Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton understand our culture's need for encouragement and hope. Through writing and speaking, they escort individuals into awareness of God's profound compassion and mercy that heals brokenness, and they have a unique ability to help anyone seeking pathways into His kind embrace. For several years, Jeffrey and Kathi led a house of prayer located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Currently, they travel extensively, working with prayer and prophetic movements. Recently, Jeffrey and Kathi, their grown children, and their one grandson relocated from Northern California to Eugene, Oregon. They continue to travel and have begun networking with prayer ministries in the Pacific Northwest. They are also part of a development team for Kairos Ministries, a local church plant.


Sabbath Resting

Sometimes there are a few simple things that become extravagant indulgences when partaken of on a Sabbath morn.

Coffee and Jesus-what a wonderful gift.


Fwd: Beth Moore is Calling Down Pentecostal Fire?

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"How Beth Moore Is Calling Down Pentecostal Fire"
by J. Lee Grady via Charisma News

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzThis is a great report and amazing article by J. Lee Grady on just what the title says, "How Beth Moore is Calling Down Pentecostal Fire!"

There are some real surprises here, and I don't want to spoil it for you.

Suffice it to say...that more than ever before in history, God is using amazing women like Beth Moore and many others to bring prophetic exhortations to the Body of Christ!

It is as it says in Joel 2 and Acts 2—with the emphasis on BOTH MEN and WOMEN:

"And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy." (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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"How Beth Moore Is Calling Down Pentecostal Fire"
by J. Lee Grady via Charisma News

The New Testament is clear that God has called all Christians to be His witnesses, and that both "your sons and your daughters" will prophesy in the last days (Acts 2:17). Our passion should be to see everyone empowered—regardless of race, class, age or gender. If we truly want Pentecost, we should want to see the flame of the Spirit resting on the heads of every person—not just white males over 50.

J. LEE GRADY-Opinion

[Charisma News] I've been in countless Christian meetings over the years, but last week, I witnessed one of the most remarkable spiritual moments of my lifetime.

I was attending a gathering of Pentecostals held at a convention center in Orlando, Florida. When the speaker concluded the sermon, people began to stream to the altar. Many of them—including pastors—lay prostrate on the floor. Many were sobbing uncontrollably. Some people wept and prayed for an hour after the meeting was dismissed.

You may ask, "What's so remarkable about that?" This meeting, held on July 26, was unique because the speaker was a Southern Baptist—and a woman. Yet her message was so convicting and so saturated in the Holy Spirit that people ran to the stage even though she didn't even invite people to the altar.

The woman was author and popular women's speaker Beth Moore, and the occasion was the 28th General Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Leaders from the Assemblies of God, the Church of God and Nigeria's Redeemed Christian Church of God were in attendance, along with thousands of Pentecostals from all over the world.

Moore based her message on Jeremiah 12:5: "If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?" Without a tinge of self-righteousness or condemnation, Moore lamented the powerless state of the modern Church and called us back to the raw authenticity of New Testament faith.

"We are settling for woefully less than what Jesus promised us," said Moore. "I read my New Testament over and over. I'm not seeing what He promised. I'm unsettled and unsatisfied."

She added: "I want holy fire!"

I don't know what is more fascinating—that a Baptist challenged Pentecostals to embrace Pentecostal fire or that a woman who is not supposed to preach to men in her own denomination brought male pastors to their knees in repentance.

"We've lost our tolerance for pain and given ourselves to whining," Moore declared. "We have settled for the spiked Kool-Aid of cool, cultural Christianity. What will make us relevant is not our cool factor. It's time for leadership to repent."

I've heard a lot of excellent preaching over the years. But listening to Beth Moore was uncanny because her sermon was not about her, and it didn't draw attention to her. There was no swagger. There was no pretense. The sweet dew of Heaven rested on this woman.

I could hear the Holy Spirit speaking loud and clear through a broken vessel.

That's why people responded so dramatically, even though Moore simply closed her Bible and sat down when she finished her message. Everyone in the room knew they had heard God speak. They hit their knees because the anointing of the Holy Spirit wooed them to surrender pride, complacency and man-made religion.

What is baffling about this whole experience is that there are large numbers of Christians today who don't believe Beth Moore should be preaching to audiences like the one in Orlando. In fact, some fundamentalists have launched attacks on her because she preaches authoritatively from pulpits. One online blogger says Moore "puts the 'her' in heresy" simply because men listen to her teaching. It grieves me that this anointed sister in Christ has been subjected to such disrespect.

The old argument employed by some conservative fundamentalists is that Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:12, forbids women to preach. They seem to ignore the fact that 1) Paul empowered many women in other locations to speak and that women such as Phoebe, Priscilla, Chloe, Euodia and Syntyche were on his ministry team; 2) that the Bible offers other examples of godly women leaders and prophets; and 3) that Paul's unique concern in 1 Timothy 2:12 was about women in Ephesus who were "usurping" authority and teaching twisted doctrines.

The New Testament is clear that God has called all Christians to be His witnesses, and that both "your sons and your daughters" will prophesy in the last days (Acts 2:17). Our passion should be to see everyone empowered—regardless of race, class, age or gender. If we truly want Pentecost, we should want to see the flame of the Spirit resting on the heads of every person—not just white males over 50.

...If [God] used Catherine Booth to shake England in the 1800s, or missionary Mary Slessor to plant the Gospel in Nigeria, or Sojourner Truth to challenge slavery through her powerful preaching, or Kathryn Kuhlman to spark a healing revival in the United States in the 1970s, why are we still arguing about this?

We need an army of women like Beth Moore, and my prayer is that more women will seek the Lord and dig into His Word with the same passion that Moore has. I believe she is a forerunner for a new generation of both men and women who will carry a holy Pentecostal fire that cannot be restricted by gender. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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Words for August

While listening and pondering what words might be for August, the words DRINK and REST seemed to be what I heard. DRINK and REST in My Joyous Grace is what the still, small voice seemed to say.

May your days be filled with Him and His joyous grace as you DRINK and REST in Him,

Abundantly Blessed


Grace, Grace, Grace

A Family Shaped by Grace authored by Gary Morland. Want to improve relationships within the family? Desire Godly counsel? This is where it is at. You will be glad you read it.

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A Blog to Visit

Sometimes in life a rare and beautiful opportunity comes along. Sometimes when one is experiencing said opportunity they feel as if they are observing the awe producing miracle of a butterfly coming out of the cocoon. Our breath is held in wondrous expectation marveling at the beauty the Creator has created from a humble transformation.

Today was just such a time. This morning the following blog post was emailed to me by its author, my daughter. Abba Father God takes each of His children on their own Love quest. Being able to witness part of a child's quest is an indescribable, intensely humbling, joy.


Pondering these things in my heart,
Abundantly Blessed


The Time Has Come

My entire life I have heard sermons and lessons on preparing for the time to come. Inside my heart is a driving force telling me that time has come and is now. Remember all of those Sunday School lessons about being kind to your neighbor? Do you have a neighbor? Be kind to them NOW. Do words from Kids' Crusades of long ago flit through your memory with fond remembrance? NOW is the time to put the messages shared by those dear children's ministers to life.

Maybe your neighbors aren't exactly like the ones in our childhood stories. Our adult friends probably haven't fallen and skinned their knee, but I am pretty sure they have hurts we can bandage with love and prayer. A kind word never goes out of style, and I am positive that grownups get left out of the in crowd just as often as children do in school. Loving our neighbor doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. A plate of cookies, some bottles of water, a friendly wave and smile don't require a special formula or plan.

Do you have a favorite hobby or talent? What would happen if you would use it as an open door to pour the love of God through? Sketches can be shared. Pictures can be given. Handcrafted items can be gifted. What if that is why God gave you that talent, so you could use it to extend Him to your neighbors? Maybe God's love to our neighbors looks like cold bottles of water handed out to someone working outside in the sun. Maybe it looks like a BBQ or potluck picnic with our neighbors being invited instead of our usual crowd. Maybe it looks like our usual crowd AND neighbors. Sometimes it might look more like a PB & J with a cold glass of milk eaten on the porch with a neighboring child chattering away like the proverbial magpie. What would a warm smile and a listening ear speak to a small child? What would it speak to their loved ones back at home?

Who says loving our neighbor has to be complicated or hard to do? It wasn't God. In fact, He says quite the opposite: "For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous). 1 John 5:3 AMPC" 

Don't bother arguing that you aren't talented or that you don't have anything to give. God says He has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1) and that He supplies all our needs (Philippians 4:19). These two verses are merely a few of the many telling of God's provision and abundance. Others make sure we know He provides seed to the sower. Whatever your neighbors need God has provided it. Do you have a smile? Using it is free. Do your hand and arm work? Move them in a friendly wave. Leaves can be raked. Lawns can be mowed and/or tidied. Weeds can be pulled. Trash can be collected. 

Maybe being a light of God in our neighborhood is even easier. Maybe it is something as simple as placing a pot of cheery flowers on our own step or better yet, cleaning up our own yards and getting rid of our own trash. Sometimes the most loving thing we can do for our neighbors is providing them with a clean, tidy home and yard to look at every day. If we have children, training them to be polite and kind to others shines out like a piercing beacon in the selfish darkness so prevalent today. Loving our family and laughing with each other outside of our home where neighbors can see and hear can flow over a community like a Love flood. How it warms the heart of others to see a family loving and enjoying each other.

Whatever love door God has provided for you, open it. Open it NOW. A little love light here, another little love light there, and pretty soon our entire community will be a light with the Love of God. It only takes a spark to get a fire going you know. The time has come. It is NOW. Let's love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves. Let's obey God and do it NOW.

Loving one little love light at a time,
Abundantly Blessed

Better Together

The favorite reads for my youngest these past couple of days have been Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck by Lisa Wheeler illustrated by Ivan Bates and Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Both stories involve pickups; both include animals. Both also have a story line that revolves around helping each other, and how one more push, no matter how small, can save the day. As I read these two books over and over and over again to my son, I can't help but ponder how true their messages are. We truly are better together, and everyone is important, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant they appear. Life is simply better together.

God says it like this "Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor; for if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie down together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) 1 Corinthians chapter 12 shares more in depth how deeply God created us to be connected to each other.

None of us are exactly the same, none of us free of mistakes. Each and every person has been created an individual masterpiece of Love, filled with grace, and set free to extend mercy and loving kindness to every one we come in contact with. Better together. Yes indeed we are most definitely better together.

Learning how to love together,
Abundantly Blessed


I Have Noticed

Over the course of the years, a number of people have shared concerns and struggles with me. As I have listened to their hearts' pain, something sad has come to my attention. It seems as if very few people really want healing or redemption or restoration. Not all, but the majority, want the supposed problem to go away. Even Christ followers who love the Lord want whomever they are in conflict with to be straightened out and put in their proper place, which of course is NOT the place of grace, at least not from their perspective.

That whole other brother issue we find in the prodigal son situation is, unfortunately, alive and well in mankind. Few of us care about God's desire. We are so thoroughly absorbed in our own desires and dreams that seldom does it cross our minds to consider what our Abba Father God wants.

I see examples of this lack of love often as a mother, usually the examples are found in my life. This lack of love has caused me great concern and sadness. I am listening to His voice and trying to learn His heart. What I want most is for His desires to become real. Isn't this what love does?

There is something else I have been seeing among brothers and sisters in Christ that puts me in prayer. There is something that happens regularly when Christians begin to get frustrated by less than ideal situations and start talking about them with others. Whatever people talk about in judgement they become. If they gripe about others being judgemental, they themselves are judging those who judge. If the complaints are about people addicted to offense, they themselves have taken offense at the offended. No matter what the problem being talked about is, the people griping become what bothers them.

I can't help but wonder if this is why God tells us in the scriptures to do everything without grumbling and complaining that we may be pure and blameless children of God. Everything He instructs us in is for our good. It is not so God can boss us little humans around. Just as the instructions I give my children are for their good instead of my personal convenience so too God's instructions are to us His children. When are we going to realize this and grow up in Him and walk in His grace? When am I going to see that it is not about me? When will I live all for Him? Why is it so easy to expect mercy and grace from others yet so difficult to extend it back to them in return? I find myself asking God if I am ever going to grow up. He assures me He has this. He can get me where He wants me to be. Which brings things full circle to the topic of rest.

Rest in the Lord. This is one of the things that has our attention
here at Abundance House. Sabbath and rest. Maybe you would like to share what God reveals to you in a comment. A Sabbath Society website shares articles with encouraging thoughts for those learning to live to a rhythm of rest and Sabbath.

Learning and leaning,
Abundantly Blessed


They Are Messy

Everyone who has been in relationship knows it to be true. It isn't a secret. Relationships are messy. And family relationships can be the messiest of all.

Thankfully, God, in His loving kindness and grace, has provided examples of relationships for us to follow in the Bible. In scripture we see Jesus knows exactly how messy family can be. His family didn't always understand his calling, and his friends denied they even knew him. One of them betrayed him for the price of a slave! Yes, our lord understands messy.

In spite of the mess, one of those same brothers who didn't "get it" when Jesus lived on earth ended up writing a book in the Bible. Messy doesn't have to remain a mess. God can turn our messes into messages of life, hope, and goodness. Times of testing can be transformed into glorious testimonies of loving forgiveness.

No matter where you or I am in our relationships, Abba God has everything under control. He is bringing all of us into His likeness. Together, in our messes, we are being transformed into a rich, rare, and beautiful treasure.

In the middle of messy,
Abundantly Blessed


Summer Reads

Hi! What a long time it has been since we've visited! I am thankful to be here on our special bench visiting today. Do you think the rain will soak us before our visit is through? As long as it is the rain of the Holy Spirit from Heaven everything will be fine.

I can't begin to tell you how many conversations with you I have begun in my mind throughout the past few months. They are simply too numerous to tell. Most frequently I wanted to tell you about the latest books I have been reading. The visits where we share what we are reading with each other seem to be the most thoroughly enjoyed. Because I have been reading some of the books for a very long time, there may be titles you recognize from other visits. There are definitely some new ones you simply musn't miss though so I will risk repeating myself.

  • The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp *
  • Rivers of Grace by Mark and Patti Virkler
  • Revolution in the Church: Challenging the Religious System with a Call for Radical Change by Michael L. Brown
  • The Book of Romance: What Solomon Says about Love, Sex, and Intimacy by Tommy Nelson
  • A Family Shaped by Grace: How to Get Along with the People Who Matter Most by Gary Morland *
  • The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson
  • Jane Austen by Peter Leithart
  • Proverbs by Eugene H. Peterson
  • The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson *
  • If Only I Had a Green Nose by Max Lucado
  • The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village by Francis Chan
  • The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado
  • When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner
  • The WouldBeGoods by Edith Nesbit *
* a personal favorite 

All of these reads, except Jane Austen, have been pure pleasure to read. Each one has provided exactly the morsel needed to chew on at the precise moment nourishment was needed. I am finding the book about Jane Austen informative but boring. I don't know if I have ever written such a word as boring in a book review before. Not certain I like doing so now, but it can't be helped. I do find the book a truly boring read. Perhaps it is the author's tone, which seems to drone on and on or perhaps it is the uninteresting manner the facts are relayed. All I know is it holds my interest not one little bit, even if it is about Jane Austen. I do find myself wanting to put on a pot of tea when reading though. So that is one good thing about it. 

Speaking of tea, The book by Sally and Sarah Clarkson listed above has been like a soothing balm to my weary soul. I find myself wanting to get lost in the writing while also wanting to pop up and prepare tea or create a dress up trunk for my children. To say the Clarksons speak my heart's language would be an understatement. Not only do these godly women speak with gentleness and love, they also write truth sharing how the every day practical is intended to be infused with the supernatural of God Who is Love. It is encouraging, challenging, and soothing all at once. 

As with most summers, the Easy Homeschooling series by Lorraine Curry and the books on a Thomas Jefferson style leadership education are being scoured for educational gold and teacher's encouragement. Our hearts' desire is for our learning to be strengthened each year. I also possess high hopes for giving Never Too Early by Doreen Claggett another go. Count has been lost of how many times that book's pages have crossed my eyes.

No matter how much I enjoy other reading material, my favorite read of all time is, and always will be, the Bible. Someday, someway, somehow I hope to share the miraculous ways the Bible has led, taught, and revealed truth to each one of our family. For now, know that I have saved the best of the reading list for last. God's Word. The Bible. What have you been reading lately? Are your spirit, soul, and body being challenged, led, and strengthened? Is there a particular read that has brought supernatural soothing to your soul? Please, do tell us! We'd love to hear from you!

Reading to the glory of God,
Abundantly Blessed 


HUGE Giveaway!!!

Hi! I rarely talk about homeschooling because not many of our readers homeschool. However, because there is a SUPER HUGE Giveaway taking place tomorrow,  I simply have to share. Just in case someone reading is a homeschooler or knows someone who could benefit from these resources.

The giveaway is one day only, tomorrow April 25 9am - 9pm CST. It is at notebookingpages.com. Not only are Lifetime Memberships being given away and/or offered at greatly reduced prices, but many free resources from other companies are included in the various giveaway pacakages as well. One of the packages is valued at $800! This is a giveaway notebooking homeschoolers, or those who know them, don't want to miss.

Those of you who do not homeschool or notebook please pass the word on to any and every one you know who does. Everyone who enters will receive a free sample of various notebooking pages offered by notebookingpages.com. Any individuals who practice the art of keeping a journal could also put a number of these pages to use.

Just to clarify, notebooking is a method of recording what a person/student is learning. Basically, notebooking is journaling and/or scrapbooking what you are studying. It is a method of study that has been proven to increase a student's retention of knowledge and allow them "ownership" of their education. It also provides each student with the opportunity to freely express their unique creativity.

Our students and I are newcomers to the world of notebooking, yet we are looking forward to filling many notebooks with pages full of everything we are learning. Giggles thoroughly enjoys creating notebook pages to fill with the facts and and information she learns; Mighty Man of God prefers putting the web-app to good use and create pages using creative technology rather than hand drawn images.

Don't forget the giveaway tomorrow at notebookingpages.com,
Abundantly Blessed


Simply Done Food

What a lovely spring morning for a visit with a friend!  One of the most life changing lessons I have been learning this past year is how meaningful and healing simple things can be. Too often throughout the years I have mistakenly felt special gifts and occasions must be complicated and over-the-top in order to be special. God has been gently teaching me this simply is not so. While preparing to enter the restful rhythm of Sabbath, a couple of simply easy recipes came to mind. You came to mind at the same time; thinking of you made me hungry for a lovely spring's morning visit together. These recipes have been shared before, but good things bear repeating.

English Muffin Bread
Lemon Curd

As you sit with a cup of  your favorite beverage, savoring a piece of freshly toasted English Muffin bread smothered in fresh lemon curd, may the presence of Jehovah Shalom, God our Peace, permeate the very atmosphere of your home. May He begin from within you spilling Himself out of your heart into whatever place you are. Even if you don't make the bread or lemon curd, may He still fill wherever you are with Himself, for wherever the Spirit of the Lord is we can find rest.

May a Sabbath of resting in Him be yours,
Abundantly Blessed


The Bible is Encouraging

The following words were especially encouraging to me this morning. Perhaps they will be for you as well. God's Word is alive and active. May the power of The Word wash over you, strengthen, soothe, and fill you with an increased knowledge of Who He is as you read them.

"This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts." Zechariah 4:6

Zerubbabel was responsible for rebuilding the temple without trusting in man for resources. As I read this earlier I was struck with the similarity between Zerubbabel's situation and mine as a mother. I am responsible for building foundations of Truth in the temples of God a.k.a. my children. Just as Zerubbabel relied on God for the resources needed so too I can rely on Him for what is needed in building in the lives of my family.

"If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey." Numbers 14:8

The Lord will bring and give. Not me. Not my knowledge. Not my strength. The Lord will do what needs to be done. A timely reminder on this Monday morning.

"For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them." Psalm 44:3

Another reminder that it is not me. It is God. He will not only save but He will keep.

"We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith's perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was filled with the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 The Passion Translation

He endured for me. The ultimate love story I never tire of hearing. Nothing wrong with Hallmark love stories on TV, but those stories can't hold a candle to truth. There never has been and never will be a greater, more romantic lover than God. For love He gave.

"I pray with great faith for you, because I'm fully convinced that the One who began this glorious expression of grace in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you through your union with him and will complete it at the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!" Philippians 1:6 The Passion Translation

God won't leave me. He won't quit. He will finish what He has begun in me. Hallelujah! I will be completed in Him! And did you see? Did you see that not only will He faithfully continue the process of maturing me, but that the maturing process is referred to as a "glorious expression of grace"? Becoming mature is not only intended to be a process, that process is an expression of grace. I don't have some weird defect nor am I lacking something necessary because it is taking time for me to mature. Maturing in Christ is meant to be a process rather than a one time event. And that phrase, an "expression of grace"... Doesn't that phrase bathe your mind in beauty?

As you travel through the day, may these words of truth from Truth cause you to be infused with the strength of the Lord throughout your entire being.

From one expression of grace to another,
Abundantly Blessed


I Know the One Who Does

There is a lot I don't know, but I know the One who knows everything. The One who knows everything? He knows me. I'm so very very very very glad He knows me. I was already keenly aware of how precious little I knew, but the past several months have revealed how little that precious little really is.

It is my prayer that the following reading encourages and strengthens your hope. http://www.equipandempower.org/neutrino/ems02/email.php?email=8e3199061cfb11e7b490&template=76a78936baa011e39830

Abundantly Blessed in Jesus


Jesus Is The Same

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I am not. I am not the same at all. As a matter of fact, I am not the same person I was a few weeks ago.

Several months ago in the fall, one of our older children moved out on their own. Change, an exciting change as we witnessed God's abundant provision for our child firsthand. Then, life got real, said child got tired and bored, and more changes began occurring. As parents there was one major recourse and that was prayer. Pray, pray, pray, and pray some more. We did.

 Christmas came then went. A new year came and went. Weeks passed with our family knowing something wasn't "right" but not being able to find out what was "wrong". A few months passed. Now instead of watching God's mighty hand of provision and victory working in our child's life we were watching a downward spiral that would have terrified us had we not been trusting in the Lord.

One day an explosion rent our hearts. The explosion that hit our hearts with the ferocity of a tsunami arrived in the quiet form of an email note. "Dear Papa and Mama..." the brief email began. As the words of that tiny announcement paraded before my eyes, my heart was screaming "Oh no, no, no. Please God let this be one of those ridiculous joke emails. Please, God, no. no. no. no."

 No matter how much I wanted it to be a warped joke, it was real. The words were true. One of our beloved children had made major life decisions contrary to the truth of God and His ways. Not only had our child left the foundation of truth laid for them, but they had also chosen a life filled with potential danger and abuse.

It is amazing how almost everything changed for me after that email. Very little remains the same. One thing does remain. God and His Word. God is good. God is faithful. God is glorious. God is love. God is true. God is real. God remains. God saves. God keeps. God satisfies. God heals. God restores. God is. In the middle of the pain, God is. God always has been, always is, and always will be. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit never change, never leave, never loose their hold on me. God is.

Over a month later, our child has now been rescued by God's miraculous grace and mercy. Our child is safe at home learning what it means to live free and whole in Jesus.  And mama? Mama is not the same. Mama is changed. Mama is more grateful to God than words can tell for how He has rescued and delivered her child from darkness. I am giving God thanks in advance for His continued working in all of my children's lives. God restores, redeems, and makes new. Mama is blessed. Abundantly so.

Abundantly Blessed