Thursday, May 5, 2016

What If It's NOT the End of the Line?

Sometimes I face roadblocks.

Fear.

Fear of rejection.

Fear of failure.

They are as deep and wide as the Red Sea.

Sometimes I face these roadblocks while an enemy bears down on me.

Doubt.

Unbelief.

Relentless in their pursuit.

Sometimes I lift my hands up to God, and He slices fear right down the middle, opening up a firm, solid path for me to continue on my journey.

Sometimes doubt and unbelief still encroach upon me. But I turn around to watch the sea of fear swallow them up in death.

And I am no longer blocked by fear, nor haunted by doubt....until I am.

And then I repeat the same steps above.

Each time, I hope, my arms are lifted up more quickly, until one day, that's just how I roll.

What is the thing that impedes your journey? What enemies are bearing down on you? Did you know you are not really between a rock and a hard place....Jesus IS your Rock, and He makes the hard places plains. 



#‎itsAllAboutTheJourneyPeople‬ #liftupyourhands

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Titus 2 Women: Treasure Hunter by Guest Blogger, Trudi Gummelt

Titus 2 Women: Treasure Hunter by Guest Blogger, Trudi Gummelt: Treasure Hunter by Guest Blogger, Trudi Gummelt "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a f...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

It Will Come


Pain is everywhere. I see people in physical pain. I have dear friends who are experiencing deep emotional pain. I know some faithful saints in spiritual battles, causing weariness, and sometimes even doubts and fears. It is all around us.

I hope you and I do not fall into the trap of wishing it would all get better. Longing for a more peaceful time, like we lived years ago, as though everything were perfectly fine. The only thing I remember about having less to "worry"" about was that my spirit was not concerned with spiritual things. Today, I am painfully aware of the battle raging on in the spiritual realm. As I mentioned, I see it all around me. I can actually almost feel it. The dragon is enraged.

Doom. Gloom. Nice, huh?

I really wanted to point out that it may be raining. Storms may rage. It may seem never ending. But our GOD reigns, and He storms the gates of hell. Every day.

One day. One day this will be true: Our Righteousness will BLAZE, and the Justice of our cause will shine, and we will rejoice.

It will come. Hang on.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Do You Face Well-Fillers?




Does it ever seem that you get a little ahead, and someone comes behind you to snatch away your progress? And each time you dig another refreshing well, people either hate you for it, or they quarrel with contention? 

I am reading Genesis 26 today, and I am intrigued by a couple of things in that chapter. One of them is that Isaac (Abraham’s son) was traveling through the same land his father had some years before. 

Abraham’s servants dug a few wells in that territory, likely to provide water for the flocks and herds, and the shepherds. Even in his day, it seemed as though everywhere he went there were people who could not stand that Abraham was successful. If you take a look at Genesis 26:15, it says, “…now, the Philistines had filled in all the wells dug by Abraham’s servants.”  

Nice people. It sounds completely childish to me. “There’s one of Abraham’s wells. Let’s fill it in!”

It reminds me of the kinds of people we sometimes have to deal with from day to day. It also, sadly, reminds me of the kind of person I CAN BE….ugh. 

Now, historically speaking, the Philistines were a people who either wanted to sponge up some of the blessings of the LORD without the relationship with Him, or they wanted to push away any signs of the people God was blessing. That also sounds like some people today, doesn’t it?

Take note of how Isaac handled it in verses 17 – 24. I want you to read it for yourself, so I won’t paraphrase it, or tell you the text. I will say that God told Isaac to “fear not,” which completely goes with our COURAGEOUS theme for the year. God promised Isaac to be with Him and to bless Him….which is the same promise for you. 

Who in your life seems to want to steal your joy, even childishly? What blessings appear to be threatened by those people? I promise God will make room for you, just as He did for Isaac. I pray YOUR response to this revelation is the same as Isaac’s in verse 25. Will you call on the Name of the Lord YOUR God today?



Monday, January 4, 2016

Are You Listening?


Genesis 22:17b "...And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies."

God spoke these Words to Abraham. Some years later, Abraham's servant traveled to Abraham's homeland to find a wife for Isaac, Abraham's son and only heir. His journey was a success, and as the servant and Isaac's wife-to-be (Rebekah) were leaving, her family blessed her with these words, from Genesis 24:60:

"...may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!"

What do you think Abraham did when his servant came back and told him of this blessing? Rebekah's family had no way of knowing Abraham had heard these words just a few short years before. Perhaps Abraham's servant didn't even know. But Abraham knew. And I guarantee, that phrase would catch my attention. Especially when nobody else knew I had heard God say it, and someone hundreds, maybe thousands of miles away from me repeated it.

I love God and His ways of revealing Himself to us. Are you paying attention to the things He says? You never know how He will repeat Himself, but it won't be like when we repeat ourselves....we sound like broken records. Somehow, His way is awe-inspiring.

#ThoughtsFromGenesis

Friday, January 1, 2016

God is Bigger Than My Doubt









Abram had just experienced a tremendous victory in chapter 14. God shined His pleasure on him through the blessing of the priest.

Yet things were not like Abram thought they would be.

God reached out to encourage him, "Don't worry. I'm here. Your reward will be very great."

Abram's response?

"Oh God, what are you going to give me, since You haven't even given me what You promised to give me before? You have not given me any descendants, and right now my slave is my heir."

I love that Abram went to God for help with believing God.

And what do suppose God's answer was?

It wasn't chastisement. It was not belittling.

You should read Genesis 15 to see for yourself.
Doubt is NOT the enemy of faith.

Pressing in to the doubt vs pressing in to God.

One produces life.

The other produces more doubt and leads to pure, hardcore unbelief.

‪#‎ThoughtsFromGenesis‬

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Climb!




  
I love the book by Warren Wiersbe, “The Bumps are What You Climb On.” In it he says, to paraphrase, that sometimes even the road God has you on is ordained and anointed with bumps. 

Did you catch the word “anointed?” 

Adam and Eve had it easy. And they had a choice. What if their choice is our blessing? We get to experience those bumps so that when we have it easy, we truly exult in that rest. I want to appreciate the rest, the seasons when I am seemingly given everything without any bumps. When I get to heaven, I want to run, leaping and squealing with delight at the reward ….it’s a reward. I am not saying heaven is my reward, for that is nothing short of a gift given by the mercies of My King Himself. No, the reward is in my full understanding of the greatness of the gift. 
No bumps - no appreciation. No understanding. 


So, fellow life-travelers, take the bumps and CLIMB them. Do not run away. Do not throw in the towel. What if your reward is on the other side of that bump? Get some hiking shoes. Dress accordingly. Fuel appropriately. And hydrate well. 

Let’s climb!