A New Dream from a Day Dreamer

Luke 1:37 (AMP) 37For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

Matthew 19:26 (AMP) 26But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.

Some of my Twitter Followers know I love to read. I am very interested in learning from Modern day Masters of the Word, such as Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Max Lucado, etc. If you came to my home, you would find many books by these and other leaders of today’s Modern Millenium.

One of the books I’ve been reading the past few weeks and have mentioned in (2) other posts is ‘Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide,” by Ann Spangler. While I’ve heard of and seen other books about the Names of God, I wasn’t particularly pulled to them until now. I believe God readies our Spirit for information when He is looking to promote us within the Kingdom and steady our feet. Aren’t we always open and ready for a promotion at work? It often means you’ll receive improved financial status, but usually with greater responsibility and sometimes unhealthy levels of stress. Once you get to the rung on the Career ladder you thought you were looking for, the pressure causes some of us to fall away and we become disengaged, losing interest. Christ followers often find themselves in similar situations in their Christian walk, failing to press on towards the reward(s) He has for us. We need to be aware of any Satanic attack or other distractions that may cause us to drift off course and miss Kingdom promotions!

I’ve never been someone with “BIG DREAMS.” I’ll never forget my Third grade teacher pointing out that I was a Day dreamer. I do know that even though some might associate me on a lower level than Mainstream, God can use anybody and I know He wants to use me! While there is nothing wrong with the occasional Day dreaming, we need to be careful of engaging Tunnel vision if what we are pondering won’t be beneficial in our lives (#See 1 Corinthians 10:23). This is a perfect place to pause and point you to an article (Link to follow) I recently found on Oswald Chamber’s Devotion ‘My Utmost for His Highest,’ through Twitter (of course Ha Ha).

Daydreaming about something in order to do it properly is right, but daydreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. “Taking the Initiative Against Daydreaming” Oswald Chambers

Having started this Blog, over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed that I have a new dream in my heart. In some respect, I believe it is replacing a very personal hope that I have finally shelved. My focus has turned towards God to take His Word to the Nations of this earth. I am thrilled that I can do that right from my Laptop! It’s completely free, minus the fee I pay to Comcast for Internet service every month and there’s no Jet lag Ha Ha! I have the opportunity to get immediate prayer and feedback and have been blessed by several of my Twitter Followers with incredibly kind, generous prayers of encouragement.

“When we pray to El Shadday (EL shad-DAI), we invoke the name of the one for whom nothing is impossible…. El Shadday reveals God not only as the one who creates and maintains the universe but who initiates and maintains a covenant with His people.” Ann Spangler ‘Praying the Names of God’

What “impossible” thing are you believing for? I find people, including myself, often start the journey all wrong. We are of a sinful nature. We’re selfish! If we could only get our minds off of ourselves and focused on Jesus and walking with Him, how much would our lives change?

I was watching TBN earlier this evening as I have done so a lot lately since I began my Fast of Regular TV programming heading towards Easter. Phil Munsey had Joseph Prince on. I believe this was a rebroadcast of the original airing they had this past Fall 2011 when Joseph Prince & his wife were here in the States for the first time. Something that Pastor Prince said resonated wildly with me. I’m paraphrasing Joseph Prince here, this is not a direct quote. “Because we are under Grace and no longer under the Law, we need to stop being Sin conscious and begin living Grace conscious! #Meditate We have got to separate the Law (Old Testament) from Grace (New Testament)!

It was kind of crazy to me that I heard this because earlier in the day, I had watched one of Joseph Prince’s Sermon excerpts that I had Tivoed earlier in the week; he asked everyone in the congregation to open their Bible to the last word of the Old Testament, which is from the book of Malachi, “curse.” Next, he asked the congregation to turn to the last words of the New Testament, which is found in the book of Revelation, “The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

In this same Broadcast of “Praise the Lord” on TBN this evening, CeCe Winans was there to be interviewed and of course sing. She had a wonderful story to tell about her ministry Always Sisters, Forever Brothers. During CeCe’s interview, she said something that I’ve been pondering a long time and actually chatted with one of my Twitter friends earlier this afternoon about. Again, paraphrasing what CeCe said, “The World is radical with what they believe. Christians need to be radical about Jesus!”

I brought this message I heard from Joseph Prince and CeCe Winans to your attention because as believers in Christ, we often get the wrong message about God. How can we take the message of a Loving, Good, Heavenly Father, who wants to have relationship with us, to the Nations, if we feast on the incorrect message so many of us are living that God is mad at us or that He hates us and we’re condemned? That’s a lie the Devil wants us to believe! Romans 8:1 proves there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. I stated in (2) of my earlier messages this past week from Genesis 1:26 that God made us in His image! And when we muddy-up the Truth of His Love letter to the unsaved and we miss demonstrating His goodness to others, how can people be drawn to God?

Genesis 8:22 (AMP) 22While the earth remains, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Everyday, we grow closer and closer to Jesus’ return. Both 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and 2 Peter 3:10 tells us that He will come like a Thief in the night, so we must be prepared! More than ever, now that I see how faithful God has been to me the past couple of weeks in my writing, in my prayer time and what has been confirmed as the need for my absolute dependence on Him, I want to continue being a seed sower for the Kingdom. I want to stop being radical in my thoughts and my heart and propel myself into His Kingdom promotion. With El Shadday, nothing is impossible!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Amplified Bible 1TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
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Canopy of His Love

1 John 3:1 -(NIV) 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

2 Corinthians 6:18 18 And,“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Psalm 32:8 (AMP) 8 I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Our understanding of love in the natural is romantic love. Only God, through Jesus, can help us get a grip on Godly love and His devotion to us. God’s love is unconditional. We are under Grace (New Testament), not under the Law (Old Testament). As an animal lover, I think one of the greatest forms of unconditional love comes through our pets. Personally speaking, that helps me to have a better understanding of how much God cares for us. Our fur-kids depend on us as their Care-giver for life! They are dependent on us for survival. That is one of many characteristics we need to take on for God… #Dependance! He is expecting you and me to depend on Him because He knows what is best for our lives. He tells us so in Jeremiah 29:11 and Matthew 4:4 (See below). He can see ahead of us and if we are obedient, He will reward us in the open. When your fur-kid does something well, do you not take pleasure in giving him or her a treat for their trust and obedience? (My 3 cats all know how to sit on command, one of them also shakes and they love their cookies lol)!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Matthew 4:4 (NIV) 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Jesus is God in the flesh. He came to be a living sacrifice to take on the sin of the World so that we could be made righteous, through Jesus, and be made clean before God. We all know what the Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” All of us need to know how much God loves us. Do you recall earlier in the week I made reference to Genesis 1:26 and Psalm 8:4, Hebrews 2:6-8 actually echoes Psalm 8:4.  God loves us so much, He made us in His image!  Verse 5 in Psalm 8 says that He has crowned us with glory and honor and made us a little lower than the Angels!

God is our adopted Father (See Psalm 22:9-10 and Psalm 27:10). He won’t abandon us unlike our earthly parents might do. It is very important that we learn about God’s characteristics. You might start by learning the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. I encourage you to go back and read the entire Chapter. I had a recent revelation through something I heard in a Sermon I had recorded on Tivo (I apologize I can’t recall the source, but it may have been John Hagee) that we should not allow the image we have of our earthly father or mother to distort our views of our Heavenly Father. Pastor Jesse Duplantis recently Tweeted “There’s something you need to understand about God: His Word is His bond.  He won’t go against His Word to meet your need.”

Psalm 27:10 (NIV) 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.

In a perfect World, we would hope that our parents shadow the character of Jesus (God in the flesh) so that we would have constant love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control demonstrated towards us from an early age. Some of us are blessed and do receive a good measure of those characteristics, but others are bound by Generational curses and Satanic attacks from an early age. We are conflicted with bullying, divorce, racism, financial woes, etc. It’s easy for me to talk about bullying. It has happened to me throughout  my life since I was in the 6th Grade. I have been a Doormat to people I wanted to be friends with, boyfriends, even within the family. We may be faced with disappointment, offense or abandonment by people. God is stable. He will not disappoint us. We are His adopted sons and daughters! Jesus always pointed people to the Father. Jesus always consulted in prayer with God before He acted. Because Jesus would take time to get alone with God in prayer, we must do the same. Conversation with God in prayer is a primary way of getting to know our Heavenly Father. It is a two-way conversation. We have to be careful about being so busy that we don’t hear from Him!

In our Spiritual lives, we have highs and lows parallel to life in the natural. Being in the Valley or out in the Wilderness is a time for growth, trust and trial(s) to test our faith and keeps us dependent on God. You may know it as the desert; an in-between season where you wonder where God is. We know He didn’t move, but when we don’t hear from Him, we may start to worry and get upset. Those are the times we have to press in and it may mean running for a long time! We have to chase after God through every season of our lives. If we don’t stay in His Word, if we don’t keep His Love letter (the Bible) to us in front of our eyes, on our tongue and in our ears through conversation and Worship music, how will we be able to continue on? Two recent favorite Tweets, from 02/25/12, made the desert place more clear for me.

@Purpose_Filled: When you are going through something and you wonder where God is, remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test.
@footstepsinsand: If things get too hot, turn up the prayer conditioning.
“@scrupulousgirl: Let today be the day you believe God for the power to receive & trust His faithfulness. The Wilderness is not a destination! #Breakthrough”

This was a tough post to write. It is hard to want to write about things that easily could fall under God’s Canopy of Love, but when you have no first-hand experience with things like Divorce, Bankruptcy, or no desire for a relationship with Jesus, the topic presents some unique challenges. I could easily write about being bullied, body and weight issues, alcoholism and loneliness. In fact, I have briefly discussed a few of them. What I want to express is that all of these things are “cured,” or covered and relieved by our Heavenly Father who wants to have relationship with us. He will sustain us if we chase after Him!

The World wants you to think of Christianity as “Religion.” I can easily say that getting to know God, though the Holy Spirit (since Jesus left Him as our Helper), has nothing to do with Religion. It is a relationship. God loves us more than we will ever be able to comprehend while we are in this life. It is my prayer that whether you are on a mountain top in your walk with Jesus or down in the Valley and out searching in the Wilderness, keep waiting on Him. My mom has always told me since I was a Teenager “He hasn’t brought you this far to abandon you now!” While you’re out there being tested, know that God has a perfect timing to bring you out of the pit you’re in. I encourage you not to enter into a pit of destruction while you wait on your reward. There are people, places and events that are being lined up on His time line that will become the Mountain top to get you out of the Valley.

Keep on trusting, obeying, living under His faithfulness, His guidance and embrace God’s love because Jesus came to bring us Grace so that we can serve a Heavenly Father without condemnation (Romans 8:1)! He is our joy, our hope and our strength through all seasons.

John 16:13 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Romans 8:15 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
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The Point of Forgiveness

James 1:5-6 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

5If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking. 6But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm.

“Wisdom came from God, to me, through Jesus. Faith is the language God speaks.” Jeremy Pearsons (Grandson of Kenneth & Gloria Copeland)

When the Holy Spirit convicts us of something, we need to move. Those convictions can be anything from meeting prayer requests, to counseling friends and family or covering financial commitments for others in their time of need. It may also mean dealing with issues such as forgiving others for wrong-doing that we have been avoiding. On the way to the Office this morning, the Holy Spirit gave me a new message about Disappointment and Forgiveness.

“Disappointment is unavoidable. Discouragement is a choice.” Dr. Charles Stanley @InTouchMin
“God can work mightily when you persist in believing Him in spite of discouragement from the human standpoint.” Smith Wigglesworth

Below is a Scripture blast of Bible verses about Forgiveness. I’m notating these verses to give some Biblical insight for how God expects us to respond to offense as well as documenting how often and important Forgiving is to God. We need to be cautious about forgiving others so that we do not allow roots of bitterness and other spirits of heaviness to come on us and block our blessings. The same applies to disappointments in life and discouragement. People are going to hurt us. Parents and children are going to disappoint us and people on the job are going to discourage you out of their own selfish, jealous demeanor.

  • Mark 11:25 (CEB) 25 And whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your wrongdoings.
  • Ephesians 4:32 (CEV)32Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.
  • Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT) 21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone[a] who sins against me? Seven times?”  22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
  • Luke 17:3-4 (NIV) 3So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
  • Isaiah 58:8 (NKJV)Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
  • Proverbs 28:13 (AMP) 13He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy.

My (2) favorite verses from the above list are Matthew 18:21-22 and Luke 17:3-4. I firmly believe that it is a great picture of how gracious God is to us in His forgiveness towards any Whosoever. Raise your hand if you are a Whosoever!

On the way in to work this morning, Holy Spirit began to speak this message of disappointment and forgiveness to me and I am having a fit while driving because I can’t pull over and write anything down or send myself an Email with any notes. Again, on the way home this evening, my mind started reeling with things I wanted to mention. I knew I needed to stop and pray. When the topic came up this morning, I already had a good notion as to who and what the forgiveness factor was about. That is something I will have to continue praying and meditating on for restoration in my own life. On the side of disappointment, I think Holy Spirit is preparing me to deal with some personal things that I have been putting off. It is time to stop ignoring His desire for me to get healed of past hurts!

Growing up, even into my mid-to-late 30s, I had a great deal of image issues and self-hatred. The last thing I or anyone needs to do is have image problems. God made us in His image! We do not hate God, so why do we hate ourselves? God’s Word, the Bible, tells us in Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Yes, Ladies, that means the Cockroaches, too! Ha Ha!) Elohim, Our Mighty Creator, has so much confidence in us that He gave mankind Dominion on the Earth! Take a look at Psalm 8:4, 5 below:

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?  5 You have made them[b] a little lower than the angels[c]
and crowned them[d] with glory and honor.

I have mentioned this before, particularly in my Tweets, but when the Holy Spirit convicts us about something, we need to move swiftly, ask Him for guidance and be able to move forward into all of the joy, hope and peace that God, through Jesus, has made for us. As I write this, I have a heavy heart, because I know there are some relationships that need restoration and some breakthroughs that God is waiting for you to come to Him about so that He can help you live your life, in abundance to the full, until it overflows! (See John 10:10 Amplified).

Now, I’m going to bring you back to Larry Huch’s book, ‘10 Curses that Block the Blesing‘, which I briefly noted in the “I am a Whosoever in Christ Jesus” post when we dealt with Racism. Let’s move back a chapter to Chapter 7 and talk about ‘The Curse of Unforgiveness: Freeing others and yourself.” Did you know that when you harbor unforgiveness, you can experience physical symptoms,  such as headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, and a variety of other ailments which are causing you to block the flow of God’s blessings and His best for your life? Huch notes the following, regarding Matthew 6:9-13, “… the disciples didn’t ask Jesus to teach them why they should pray but how to pray.”

Last night, when I was getting settled in to sleep, I saw a Tweet from one of my buddies and she was frustrated because she was having some trouble sleeping. I asked her to pray Proverbs 3:24 over herself.

Proverbs 3:24 (AMP)
24When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

A few minutes went by, but my spirit was still stirring about what she had said. Even though I had given Heather the verse, I hadn’t completed the goal that the Holy Spirit had set out for me. I then Tweeted to everyone on my Time Line the following: “@scrupulousgirl As I lay down into sweet sleep, I have His super-abundant, natural peace that passes understanding covering from my head to my toes.” I saw Heather online earlier today and wanted to make sure she had seen my prayer for her last night so I then Tweeted it directly to her this afternoon and she was thrilled!

While I know Heather knows how to pray for herself, I was giving her some encouragement because of her frustration and I have absolutely been where she was, you  may not know how to pray over yourself and that is ok. Knowing God’s Prayer language will give you the power to stop relying on others when you are alone and start praising God for His promises of forgiveness and releasing any condemnation you’re harboring about letting things go. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus! His Word says so in Romans 8:1. I will caution you now that because you’ve read this and you have the knowledge of learning about God’s prayer language and encouragement of praying over yourself, you cannot say that “I didn’t know.” You do know and you can build the confidence to pray for yourself.

We need to take responsibility to forgive and release others for offense. God has a better plan for us and it isn’t by being tied up in Spiritual Warfare and harboring past sin, regret, shame and a poor thought-life. Do you remember when I wrote about the healing I experienced in my neck and shoulder? The pain was coming from an issue I had been having with one of my family members. This person had absolutely no clue what was going on with me. It was a revelation to me that you think about yourself more than other people think about you. You are on your own mind more than the mind of others, in part because you are the person you spend the most time with. If you allow a root of bitterness to gain entrance to your life and continue to not forgive someone or whatever thing was done to you, be it bullying, someone offending you or not taking your needs and feelings into account, you leave the door open for Satan to come in and make his home in your thought life and settle into your body through sickness and disease.

Who, or what do you need to forgive others or forgive yourself for? If you’re unsure,  I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit in prayer and ask Him for a revelation so that you can open up His super-abundant flow of blessing. That migraine headache you’ve been having for 20 years, it could be the by-product of a Satanic attack. What about that Lower back problem or the rash of eczema you’ve had on your elbow for the last (6) months? Matthew 6:12-15 says we need to forgive our debtors and let’s us know that if we do not forgive, our Heavenly Father will not forgive our trespasses against one another. What would happen if you prayed for God to cover you with His Divine protection and to release the spirit of bondage from you on your past sin and unforgiveness? Could you ask the King of Kings to reveal to you how you have offended someone else vs you being captivated by the worry of someone having offended you? What would be the worst part about stepping up and forgiving your offender so that healing and restoration can begin? Are you ready to dig up the roots so that God can help you bring about the change for blessing in your life?

Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.    23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

What if Jesus asked you to forgive yourself so that you can begin to be merciful towards others every morning?

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A Silent Night

Psalm 30:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)

5For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Silence is powerful!  Did you miss me while I was gone? On Friday afternoon, God called me to a vow of silence in my writing for the Blog. I was to Enter His Thanksgiving, with rest on Sunday! Obedience. He was craving my rest, my attention so that He could refine me. I had a fantastic Weekend! I hope you and your family did as well. I have left some details of my Weekend out of this post, because otherwise, it was going to be way too long-winded.

Women crave attention. I know firsthand. In my singleness, I’ve been an attention-whore. Had I stayed in God’s rest, I wouldn’t have gone through so many uncommitted acquaintances that I was dying to possess their friendship. God brought me to a place where only Grace could move me through it. It was the suicide attempt I mentioned in another post. I firmly believe that God is using this season in my life as a time to refine, reshape, repair and restore me. I garnered a new Vocabulary when I became newly saved, but now as I remain submerged in His Word, I want to stay faithfully obedient to keep His good Word on my tongue. He has called us to do so.

My first introduction to Pastor Craig Groeschel was via the TBN Broadcast of the Code Orange Revival earlier last week put on by Elevation Church. Craig was the 1st of (12) Speakers. TBN Broadcasted another couple of nights of the Code Orange Revival this past Saturday night and I got to see Jentzen Franklin, who was absolutely on fire!

On Saturday morning, Holy Spirit had me up preparing my last Post at 3:15am and Publishing it just prior to 6:00am. I went about my way starting to get breakfast together and find the news or something on TBN. I had forgotten Cartoons would be on, so thankfully, I had some Season pass items saved on Tivo to watch. I had my own plans, I had a schedule. I was going to eat, watch a little TV and go back to sleep, even if it was only for an hour. Turns out, Holy Spirit had something else in mind.

“The real life that you’re looking for is with God and it’s not for sale.” Dr. David Jeremiah

While I was rushing around trying to get something to eat and get comfortable on the sofa, in front of the TV, the Holy Spirit kept feeding me. He continued to speak a new message, the post for today (Monday) to me. I thought to myself “haven’t I done enough?” I’ve been up since 3:15a with just shy of (4) hours sleep and you want me to write more? It had not been hardly 20 or 30 minutes since I published the Post for Saturday. What more could I write? He continued to tug at my heart for an additional 15 minutes. I must have moved between the sofa and the computer 4 or 5 times to type-up notes about what the message would be about. God gives His manna (food) when He is ready. Spoon-fed, Cornbread-fed, Trough-fed, Abba, feed me!

I went upstairs a short while later and I laid down to sleep, but wasn’t quite ready. As I was laying there, my  mind wondered to thinking about the Code Orange Revival I had seen on Monday the 20th when Craig Groeschel spoke. I remembered they introduced him as the Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and I was intrigued, because I knew he was on Roku, but I’d never taken the time to look at that channel, even though I had already downloaded it back in January. If you don’t know what Roku is, it’s a little Hockey puck sized box that delivers On-demand only Internet programming. I turned on a previous Sermon from Pastor Craig called “Emotional Strength.”

Initially, I was a little turned off, because the sermon was to be directed towards men, specifically, but I cannot express how much I learned and resonated with the message. Craig spoke from the book of Judges and discussed Samson‘s story. Pastor Craig explained how men act on things and women are more emotional. As I look over my life, I can see glimpses of where men took charge of a situation and when they were so emotional it made me uncomfortable. I prefer men who are emotionally stable; pillars, like Jesus who was not interrupted in his sleep by the storm, in the stern of the boat (See  Mark 4:35-40). I am grateful that programming like LifeChurch.tv is available!

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon. I felt lead to go pop-in on a family friend who has known my family for almost 25 years. I am not a fan of having the pop-in done to me, but the Holy Spirit was leading me to move. I knew Jane was running errands earlier, but I wanted to catch her before her Einstein, so I needed to get going. When I pulled-up to the house, there was already a car in the driveway and I  got that feeling, “ggrrrr, I knew I shouldn’t have come by without telling her I was coming or checking to see if she had other plans.” I went ahead and rang the doorbell. To my delight, Jane was there with her son, who was making some Tax preparations.

It had been quite a while since I had seen Martin in person, so Jane helped us get reacquainted. Queue the Harp music! This is where the divine appointment comes in! After our brief reintroduction, Martin inquired as to how a particular friend was doing. Under normal circumstances, I would have caved into a river of tears. Being a man of God, Martin said let’s pray! He asked me to come close and he put his right arm around my back and shoulder and his left arm around his mother and he prayed out loud for the restoration of relationship! If you’ve been reading along, you know what praying  out loud means to  me. Personally, I am uncomfortable doing so for other people. I haven’t found that voice yet, but Martin was bold and he knew that I needed prayer. He was able to act when I was trying to harness my emotions. Thank you, Martin for tending to my needs. You are a blessing!

“@scrupulousgirl: What if your “Bucket List” had an item on it 1. See all of my immediate family & other extended family & friends come to salvation in Jesus.”

Have you ever wanted to have a relationship with someone and it just never seems to come together? Sometimes, that is how people respond to Jesus. They get a warm fuzzy when they go to Church, or they see something good happen to someone they know, but they continue to grieve the Holy Spirit and not act on His invitation for relationship. You can pray for people! Even if you do not see an outward change immediately, know this, God is working.

Matthew 6:6-8 (NIV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

During my fast, I have begun to notice how powerful His grace has become to allow me to forget the past, not focus on tomorrow and stabilize myself into today. For a reference of forgetting the past, I will direct the newly saved to Paul’s letter in Philippians 3:12-16.

If there is someone in your life with whom  you’ve been silent towards or vice versa, remember this; we’re different and that’s what makes us special. Grace will move when the time is right. I needed the Divine appointment that God setup for me on Saturday afternoon. I’m fortunate enough to have had another on Sunday. My obedience to the Holy Spirit’s call for silence in my writing and to enter His rest honored God. You may have to be the one to make the first move to break the silence.  If you submit to God’s plan, I promise He will reward you in the open!

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Enter His Rest

Psalm 100:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

Nap-time… Does it stir happy moments? Ha! As a Toddler, perhaps not. For Adults, YES! When you look back over the course of your life, I bet you can pinpoint a moment in time, whether it was in High School or College where you knew if you didn’t catch-up with your sleep you would have trouble. Yesterday, I pointed you to a verse that warns us about trouble. Here’s a brief reminder:

John 16:33 (NIV)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

My earliest memory of napping is from when I was in Kindergarten. Sometimes, I attended an after-school-care program when my mom had things to do that required me to stay late so that she could have some peace and attend to the business at hand and not have me to fuss over. I HATED nap-time at the after-school-care program. I remember laying there, fidgeting. trying my best to stay quiet, to not bother any of the other kids or get an evil-eye from one of the teachers. I’m not sure why I remember this one day so clearly, but the teacher acknowledged my awakened state and allowed me to come sit at the table and if I promised to be quiet, I could sit there and color. YES! I had made it off of that uncomfortable plastic mat. I had found a way to get what I wanted. I was back in my comfort zone.

My dad regularly takes what many people, regardless of age, call an Einstein. It’s generally defined as a brief period of restful sleep in the middle of the day or early evening that refreshes you. Both my brother and I are also quite fond of naps. My mom generally only naps if she’s not feeling well, which is rare! She always has a good report!

I had a nap last night, actually. Yesterday morning, the Holy Spirit woke me at 4:30a to write, as He has done for the past week. There have been a few times when I lost sleep in order to forward the Message of God’s Love to all of you. On Monday the 20th, I wrote (3) separate Posts. I didn’t go to sleep at my normal bed-time that night. I was amped up. My adrenaline was roaring for God and to embrace this journey He steadied my feet for! Holy spirit let me sleep from Midnight until 4:00am Tuesday. (4) Hours, LORD?! Oh yes, He was as eager to refresh me as I was craving to be obedient. Fast forward to last night, the 24th. God had woken me up at 4:30a and I realized I had Tunnel vision. There was nothing that was going to get in my way yesterday morning to get His good Word out. I acknowledged the unplanned Fast was in full effect.

Happily surprised, I busted out (2) Posts yesterday. I already had a sense for what the first was to be about, but the second came as a surprise. I was thankful for the time I had to release His good Word creeping up in my spirit. As Lunch-time approached, I was weary. I had been up since 4:30a. My mom will testify that growing up, I was not a morning person! So for her to witness where Holy Spirit has me today must be exhilarating. Some time in the late afternoon, not long after I had written the 2nd Post, I felt God giving me permission to have a nap in preparation to watch Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Let It Go Live Webcast, that was scheduled for 02/24 7:00pm. What I hadn’t accounted for was that it was Central, not Eastern time Ha Ha Ha! See how God changes our plans?

As I was wrapping up my night, after watching Jentzen Franklin on TBN‘s Broadcast of the Code Orange Revival from Elevation Church (Jentzen was the 2nd of (12) speakers) my friend, Brian, and I were briefly chatting about napping and how good God is when He brings us to REST. The funny thing is that within moments of closing out that conversation, Holy Spirit spoke to me again. I was overcome with gladness and joy unspeakable. I knew He was blessing me with the topic for the Saturday Post. Doesn’t it just give you a warm-fuzzy? Ha Ha! He is faithful; He closes the deal! This is a big deal for me. A responsibility I never dreamed I would hold for bringing the Word of God to the nations and people are responding! As I turned out the lights and began heading upstairs, just as my foot was about to ascend the 1st step, He spoke into my spirit the verse for the top of the post! God reminded me to “Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving!” Whew!

Here’s what I found in my Smith Wigglesworth Devotional THIS morning, before I was preparing to log-on and write. It is key!

“You cannot take people into the depths of God unless you have been broken yourself…. There is a rest of faith that rests in the confidence of God. God’s promises never fail.” Smith Wigglesworth

The below verses tell us that God never rests. Our natural bodies cannot afford to go without resting. This Article link from Wikipedia defines the issues of Sleep deprivation.

2 Chronicles 16:9 AMP For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him….

Psalm 121:3 ESV He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

Proverbs 15:3 NIV The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

With all of the work of Spiritual Warfare going on, can you imagine if God slept? What if He didn’t have Legions of Angels on His side? Merriam-Websters defines Legion as

1: the principal unit of the Roman army comprising 3000 to 6000 foot soldiers with cavalry
2: a large military force;
Will you take the King of Kings and LORD of Lords up on His offer and rest? If we’re too busy, we can’t hear from Him. The Bible says in Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)   41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” We’ve got to stop being so distracted. Jesus, Himself, alerted Martha that she was too busy! Martha was so busy trying to pull the house together, she almost missed Him! I encourage you to go back and pick-up Luke 10:38-40 when you have time so that you have a full concept of the story. Have you missed Jesus before? If you have, then get some revelation that you need to slow down and refocus. I know that you’re probably thinking to yourself that it must be nice for a single person with no kids to be able to not be so distracted with children and a spouse, other extended family tugging on you all of the time. Guess what? You may have to get up 5 minutes earlier and pray! You can talk to God throughout the day, in fact, that is preferable! We need to stop buying into Satan’s excuses that we don’t have enough time for God. If you have time to spend on Facebook, Twitter, Farmville, Wii, XBox360, etc., you have time for God!
Almighty God is calling people to be a part of His End-times Army. Do you have the courage to wear the Armor of God, mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-18? Where is your faith?

Luke 8:25 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

25Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Don’t you have any faith?” But they were frightened and amazed. They said to each other, “Who is this? He can give orders to the wind and the waves, and they obey him!”

 

 

 

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Someday

Genesis 2:1-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

1THUS THE heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done.

Have you ever wondered why there isn’t a Someday on your Calendar? We make a mental note of things that we want to get done some day, but does that day ever come? There’s no identifier to make it concrete. It’s open ended,  like a one-way ticket to your favorite holiday spot without a return trip to reality.

I read a Blog post earlier today by my Twitter-mate, @Soul_Caffeine called How to be a Super Hero. The jist of the story is that we receive and take on messages as children from other people that Satan, the father of lies, puts on us. Some days we have the fortitude to not inhale the Devil’s poison and other days, we receive the negativity that Satan is trying to instill in us.

“I’ve learned that all of those hopes and dreams that God placed inside you as a kid are desires He still wants to fulfill.” @Soul_Caffeine

Looking back on the last week, part of me believes my Someday started last Friday February 17, 2012. God has had His hand on my life to culminate this Blog so that I can share the goodnews of the gospel with all nations. I have a renewed hope for my future.  The Bible tells us that God has a hope and a future for us in Jeremiah 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 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.

I wasn’t sure if I liked the Amplified or the New King James translation best. I say that because it gives me an opening to say that whatever Bible translation you choose is the right one for you. If you’re new to Bible study, go visit your Local Christian book store or other Book retailer and put your hands on a few different versions of God’s Word. Whichever one speaks to you best, use that version and if and when you decide to, I would encourage you to seek out an Online translator such as Biblegateway to look up verses in several translations.

“Back to our regularly scheduled program…”

I thank God for all of the encouragement, acknowledgements, and edification over the past week, but I especially am grateful for people and their prayers for me. I am in awe of my Someday. It is such a treasure and makes my heart sing to soak in the goodness of my Elohim, Our Mighty Creator! These are the kind of moments I want to last forever. I don’t want to forget! This past week has been one of the most joyful weeks I can recall. God has me positioned securely in His Refiner’s Fire. I wouldn’t have my Someday without His hand on my life. While composing this Post, I got a stirring in my spirit that I’m not supposed to write on Sunday. It makes me nervous. That’s the natural me. I’m craving to hang on to the Supernatural. So, if you don’t hear from me on Sunday, know that I am taking a day of rest because God says we should REST on the 7th day. He planned that out. I’ll be waiting by the fire for Him.

Special thank-you and Shout-out to Brian Moser & Rick Stassi who God brought into my life through Twitter and pushed me off of the ledge last Friday, 02/17/12.

Malachi 3:3 New International Version (NIV)

3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
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I am a Whosoever in Christ Jesus!

John 16:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)

33I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines the word Whosoever as “1 : whatever person : any person at all.” The root word is Whoever.

I’m going to talk about the curse of Racism. Yes, Racism. It still exists in 2012. Satan is busy. This is a tough concept to write. Not tough for me personally, but I know it will dredge up some uncomfortable memories for people reading. If you read my Post from yesterday, (He is faithful; He closes deals!, then you know it’s time to turn off the tape from the past. Let go).

A few years ago, my mom and her Weekly Prayer group started learning about curses. I briefly mentioned a book by Marilyn Hickey ‘Breaking Generational Curses‘ in a Post earlier this week. Now is the time to expand on that thought. After my mom told me about what they were studying, it somewhat frightened me. I wasn’t ready to dig THAT deep in my spirit yet.

Within a year or so, on my own I picked-up Larry Huch’s book,  ‘10 Curses that Block the Blessing.’ I did not tell mom that I was digging in to some things that she’d been telling me to check out. I believe we all come to the thing that heals us when we are emotionally stable and ready to face it head on. God heals. He is love. He only wants what is best for us and in order to get a promotion in His Kingdom, we may have to do some things that are uncomfortable.

Let me start by reiterating that Satan is busy. Racism is a curse. It is not a learned behavior. Racism is taught. I have believed this on my own accord long before I read Larry Huch’s book. The Title for Chapter 8 in Larry’s book is “The Curse of Racism: A Kingdom Divided Cannot Stand.” I freely admit that I avoided reading this chapter when it came up and skipped directly from Chapter 7 to Chapter 9. The information throughout the book was new to me and I was soaking it up like a sponge. I’m not sure why the Racism chapter made me so uncomfortable. Maybe it is because I knew it still exists and I have no idea how we’re going to lift the curse if we don’t pray it away.

I misspoke in a Tweet I wrote yesterday after a personal experience with Racism. In my Tweet, I said

“@scrupulousgirl We need to pray for God to lift the spirit of Racism off of our country! I am sickened by a call I just took from a potential client. #Pray

Do you notice how I said spirit of Racism? I had at that time I wrote the Tweet completely forgotten about Huch’s & Hickey’s books that I had read. I keep hearing Joyce Meyer say that every time you hear a good word, it makes you that much more knowledgeable and responsible. #TRUTH! That means that the higher-up in the Word of God we come with our knowledge and understanding, we cannot ignore and pretend “I didn’t know.” Racism is a curse. It’s a blessing blocker, and again, it is taught, it isn’t a learned behavior!

Now that I’ve laid some ground work, I can get back to the Merriam-Webster definition of Whosoever. If you know my Tweets, then you know I always Post with the Hashtag line #SayThis followed by a good word. I’d like to correct my Tweet from yesterday and replace the word spirit with curse.

@scrupulousgirl We need to pray for God to lift the curse of Racism off of our country! I am sickened by a call I just took from a potential client. #Pray

I want you to really meditate and focus, submerge yourself into the vocabulary of God’s Word in this next verse.

John 13:34-35

Amplified Bible (AMP)

34I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.

35By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

Did you see it? God says you. He didn’t say “I give Sally, but not Johnny a new commandment,” He said you. #SayThis I am a Whosoever in Christ Jesus! God said in His Word “Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.” Don’t miss this! This could be a revelation to some healing for you! Jesus didn’t tell us to love black people but not white. He didn’t say love Asians but not people with a Spanish heritage. God said love WHO SO EVER! Don’t let the whosoever terminology throw you off. The Root word is whoever.

Go back and read verse 35. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

Yesterday afternoon, I took a phone call from a potential client who shared a racial joke over the phone. I was sickened, offended and he had ruffled my feathers. I had had a similar phone call maybe 8 or 9 years before, so it had been a long, long time since my last personal experience. I do not want to forget the feeling I had yesterday afternoon. It was an offensive “black” joke. I do not want to remember the clients chuckle. That experience could have stolen my whole day. If you read my Post from yesterday, then you know how much joy I had in the LORD. Guess what? God is faithful and He closed the deal that Satan was trying to steal my joy! While I had some uneasiness for a short while, I did not accept Satan’s message of heaviness and let it destroy the rest of my day!

You cannot control other people. You can only control yourself! If you do not know how to manage yourself, how can you possibly have the ability to manage anyone else? Did you notice my language? ANY ONE! We have to be stable and secure in Christ Jesus.

“God cannot release your ability if you don’t have stability. The more stable we are, the more God can release us to use the abilities that He has placed in us…. It confuses the Devil when he throws his best shot at you and all you’ll do is sing and praise and worship and trust God.” @JoyceMeyer

Yesterday evening, I was sharing the good news about my Blog with my next door neighbor. Jordan is also saved! Amen! While we were talking about our Fasts, I mentioned what had happened at work earlier in the day that Satan was trying to move me. Jordan had the exact same experience earlier in the week I had had, but what happened to her happened in person, not over the phone. Her experience also occurred at work. I was stunned to learn that people can behave in such a way Publicly and it was just 8 miles or so from our neighborhood!

Jordan is black. I am white. Do you notice how I didn’t capitalize those words? It would send a message of power and give Satan glory for the labels he is feeding the Whosoevers of the Earth. When I look at people, I identify them as male or female, not Asian, not Korean, French or German. Do you recall in Genesis

Genesis 5:2 (AMP)

2He created them male and female and blessed them and named them [both] Adam [Man] at the time they were created.

I’m writing this Post to remind you that Satan is busy. There is a Spiritual war going on. There is a battle going on for our minds, bodies and souls! If you’re Fasting during this season as we head towards Easter, make sure you are alert to the enemy, because he is going to try and rob you of God’s peace! Keep your Armor on! (See Ephesians 6:10-18). If you are confused by my message and you don’t know or understand the Word of God (the Bible), I would encourage you to pray for Salvation so that you will have an understanding of His good Word.

Our God is a good God! He is loving, faithful, kind, merciful and He taught us to laugh with whosoever!

I’ll leave you with a prayer for Salvation found in the back of Gloria Copeland’s pamphlet, ‘No Deposit, No Return.’
“Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21), I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believer in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. I am now reborn! I am a Christian– a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as a I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ name Amen!
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