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Prayers of Thanksgiving; The Revelation of Joyful Intercession.

Glancing through the New Testament, you can miss the author’s different writing styles that are deeply embedded through each Chapter. Coming from someone who is passionate about writing and speaking for the glory of God, I know that your heart is displayed through the words that are written. The Holy Spirit revealed a part of the Apostle Paul’s heart through a common theme in almost every single letter that he wrote.

“We are grateful to God for your lives and we always pray for you.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (TPT)

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5 (CSB)

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world.” Romans 1:8 (CSB)

“I always thank my God for you because of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in him in every way, in all speech and all knowledge.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 CSB

Do you see the common occurrence that Paul’s writing reveals about his heart? Paul’s writing reveals while praying for others, giving thanks is essential. He not only is giving thanks for those people but is giving thanks to God for what he is doing in the hearts of man. Confession time: I have fallen into a pattern of intercession that has felt burdensome. I was deeply focused on what needed to change. Thankfully, Philippians gives us direction in the arena of prayer.

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phillippians 4:6 (CSB)

Have you missed the mark like me and went into intercession without thanksgiving? The results of not thanking God for what he is currently doing zaps us of joy. We are focused on the problem, rather than the one who holds the solution. We are zoomed in on what needs to happen rather than the one who making all things happen. Prayer without thanksgiving blinds us to what God is doing in and through us and others. The definition of joy is to have an awareness of God’s grace and favor. Praying with joy is giving worthy recognition to God’s for his favor and grace at work! Do we purpose to be joyful intercessors?

I believe there is a time and place of mourning in prayer over the wickedness of this world and things that grieve the Holy Spirit. However, Holy Spirit has made it clear, there is a time and a place of joyful intercession too. Being a joyful intercessor can only be done through being purposeful in acknowledging God’s grace and favor at work in our lives.

I am so thankful for the Word of God and that Paul’s letter’s reveal his heart through his prayer life. Thanksgiving and joyful intercession not only better our prayer life but our relationships too. When we start coming into prayer with a thankful heart concerning the coworker that gives us trouble, a parent who does not understand, or a child who seems to be going wayward; It shifts our perspective. Our eyes and hearts are awakened to God’s love that is interwoven in the details of our lives, even in the situations that seems impossible.

More Scripture To Meditate On:

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:4
  • 2 Timothy 1:3
  • Colossians 4:2
  • 1 Timothy 2:1

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Joy In The Journey.

Over the course of this past week I have felt what both my husband and my mother have said, the weight of the world on my shoulders. It was not that I had intended to take this heavy burden. However, over the course of this past year you or I have not had to look far to see brokenness and the need for Jesus. It was not that I was trying to be him, but I have felt the deep need to intercede, stand in the gap, and lay out not only my cares but the cares of others too.

It was not until late last night until the burden lifted. I laughed and laughed at short clips of video’s and suddenly I felt light again. I felt thankful. I began to thank God for laughter. Oh how I needed to laugh and smile again. When I woke up this morning I felt not heavy burdened but thankful to had woken up with a restful night of sleep. As the day went on the thankfulness continued. I thanked him that I was able to drive in a car that is paid off that he provided. I thanked him for being able to buy name brand things if I wanted to (even though I made sure to add the only time I was going to buy name brand was if the cheap stuff did not work as well as the name brand). I got groceries and thanked him for yet again meeting our needs this week. I got on the phone with my husband and thanked God for his protection and a wonderful husband who brings me closer to him. The list goes on, but thankfulness for today lightened the load.

With all the things that kept going wrong, I missed what was going right. When I was focused on past sufferings, it brought anxiety and worry into my tomorrow. Thankfully, Holy Spirit fixed my focus and gave me thankfulness for today.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” -Matthew 6:34 NLT

Where are you today? No matter what you have dealt with, don’t think about yesterday and do not worry about tomorrow. Focus on the blessings of today. When we focus on the problem rather than who is walking with us in the midst, peace can soon dissipate. However, God was with us yesterday, he is with us today, and he will be with us tomorrow too. I want to challenge you, right here, right now. What are you thankful for?

Like me, maybe your focus was off course so it was hard to see the good or where God was in the mix. Ask Holy Spirit for help with setting your focus back on him. Ask to have his perception, reminder of his promises, and to have his thoughts. He will reveal something to be thankful for even if you do not think there is a reason to be. I also challenge you to continue in thanksgiving. Giving praise to God for who he is and all he has given you.Thanksgiving enables us to have joy in the journey because we are focused on his goodness rather than our circumstance. Like me, I believe you will find that the heavy burden will soon lift.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:6-8 NLT

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All The Times I Thought God Wasn’t There…

I went to Pink Impact @ Gateway Church along with some other amazing women of god this weekend. Let me tell you, Holy Spirit taught every single one of us something this past weekend. I have many moments to share but I want to share a vision God painted for me in worship.

He brought me to these very raw moments of hurt. The times I felt lonely and like no one cared. The moments where I felt no one listening. He brought me to moments where I was abused and confused. He brought me to these moments of sorrow where I was sobbing, broken, and where I felt alone. He took me there and showed me Jesus in the background, weeping. His face was in anguish. I saw in his hand a vile of tears. Each tear I dropped was placed in this bottle.

Jesus spoke to me & said, when you felt the loneliest, I was there.

When you weeped and no one saw or cared to understand your pain, I was weeping with you.

My Child, I feel what you feel. I hurt when you hurt. All those times you thought I wasn’t there. I was.

I know every single tear you have cried. I know every reason you have felt hurt. I am who I say I am. & You are who I say you are.

Do not compare me to your earthly father. This will trip you up. Remember when you called me Abba. Remember your first love for me. Remember my goodness. Remember who I am and who you are in me.

As the worship continued I began to weep and realize that I had it all wrong. The times I didn’t understand, the ones that were the most painful, he wasn’t only there….he was weeping with me.

Even if you have the best Dad in the world, understand NOTHING compares to your heavenly Father.

God not only knows what we are going through, he feels it too. He keeps every single tear we have cried in a bottle.

On the flip side, if he can cry when we cry.

He must rejoice when we rejoice. Abba is a good father.

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.”-Psalm 56:8

“Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept.”-John 11:34‭-‬35 NIV

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”-Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.”-Psalm 119:76 NIV

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What Are You Thankful For This Holiday Season?

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With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I want to talk about, well, thankfulness.

Thankful:

Greek: eucharistos- properly, thankful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good; grateful, which literally means “grace-ful (thankful) for God’s grace” (what brings His eternal favor). 

Strong’s Greek:Thankful

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; -Colossians 4:2

What do you have to be thankful for this holiday season?

I am thankful for Abba providing me with food, shelter, and water. I am thankful for the job he provides Brad with, to protect our country and the opportunities to share his love with people that don’t know him. I am thankful for my family that lives across the United States to be able to gather together and share memories and a warm, home cooked dinner. I am thankful for my church family back home and them showing the Love of Christ throughout the Blue Water Area. I am thankful for my new church family, that they have welcomed me with open arms! I am thankful for God being who he is and the life he’s given me!

Many of us overlook that we have a roof over our head, family to gather with, and food to eat and clean water to drink. I’ve realized lately more and more, that we really have nothing to complain about that we can replace with thankfulness.

I pray that you enjoy this Holiday Season filled with Abba’s love. I pray that Holy Spirit  reveals to you how much there is to be thankful for and you continually come to God with an attitude of Thanksgiving. Don’t let Thanksgiving be the only day you show Thanks to God, your provider, comforter, great physician, *enter what you need here*.

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Losing My Grandma & Praising God Through The Storm

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“As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so I long for you, God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while all day long people say to me,
“Where is your God?”
I remember this as I pour out my heart:
how I walked with many,
leading the festive procession to the house of God,
with joyful and thankful shouts.
Why, my soul, are you so dejected?
Why are you in such turmoil?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him,
my Savior and my God. 
I am deeply depressed;
therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan
and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your billows have swept over me.
The Lord will send his faithful love by day;
his song will be with me in the night—
a prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God, my rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about in sorrow
because of the enemy’s oppression?”
My adversaries taunt me,
as if crushing my bones,
while all day long they say to me,
“Where is your God?”
Why, my soul, are you so dejected?
Why are you in such turmoil?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him,
my Savior and my God” -Psalms 42

As I read Psalms 42 this morning, it just sank in a little more that true praise and worship is a lifestyle and an expression of the heart.

In Psalms 42, the writer is depressed and still proceeds to focus on what God has already done, and not the dark period he’s going through right now. The writer expresses that they have been crying day and night, yet they still chose to praise God. While the world asks him “Where is your God?” he is so founded in God that he doesn’t waiver from his faith, he continues to praise God through the storm. 

When I first started my walk with God, I thought everything was going to perfect! No more pain, no more sorrow, no more hurting, and then life happened. My Grandma was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and I felt like the world was crumbling beneath me. I had the choice, to focus on God or to focus on my pain and hurting of watching someone I loved so much suffer. During the struggle of watching her leave us, I cried out to God, I didn’t understand why my Grandmother, out of all people, had to suffer like this. She was such a woman of God and faith. It didn’t make sense. I was angry, confused, and distraught. I began to reflect on how far God had brought me that year. I remembered that he saved my life from suicide, helped me battle addictions, told me and made me understand I was forgiven, and made me feel loved.

I soon realized the enemies tactics was to bring me back to where I used to be. To show the progress that God had made was a joke and make it seem like it never happened. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10 

NOT TODAY SATAN!

My Grandma soon passed, and it was seriously the weirdest thing. I felt joy. I was driving down I-69 and saw a younger her, dressed in a white dress, glowing, and dancing around in circles like a young girl would do in her youth. I knew that going to be with Abba was all she ever hoped for. I felt peace that she was no longer suffering here and was at her true home. God sent me many signs about her being at home with her. Some of them are quite funny. I’ll have to write about them later!

We often think that life should be easier than what it is here, but the truth is, this isn’t our home. We don’t belong here forever. We may suffer here at times, but it brings us to be more like Christ. I do go through things, we all do, but now I just have the strength to do it.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”-Philippians 3:20 NIV

“I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.”-Philippians 4:13 CSB

When you don’t feel like praising God is really when you should be doing in the most! One thing that has really helped me, is writing down all the blessings and answered prayers that has happened in my life. I even include the little things! We know that every good thing comes from heaven! (James 1:17) So when I have those rough days, I can look back like the Psalmist and see everything he has done for me already. He is faithful and his love is unconditional and unwavering, no matter the circumstance or what you may have done. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”-Hebrews 13:8 GNT

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I miss you every single day, but I cannot wait to see you again! RIP Grandma! 10.05.2017