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Happy New Year!!!

The other night the sun was BRIGHT RED as it was going down. I’ve never seen anything like it. We were in our backyard picking blackberries and tomatoes and I was noticing where the past few years we’ve barely gotten anything out of our garden, this year was so easy and there was so much abundance and they were GOOD crops! So as we were doing this and I noticed the amazing sunset that was happening, I decided to take a break and just watch. I was reminded of the book “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis. In this book the children go through portals into other worlds, and they stumble upon an old and dying one. In this world the sun was large and red because of how long it had burned. I felt like as our own red sun that night set, the Lord said, “The old has gone.” Somehow in that very moment, even though I knew the official Rosh Hashanah celebrations weren’t until (tonight! almost while I’m posting this!) a little later, something had taken place. The old was gone and a new day was starting. It felt like I was saying goodbye to something. There seemed to be a seasonal shift, and the world is not going to be the same ever again. While there’s been a lot of speculation of what that might look like, I’m excited for it. I know the Lord has GOOD plans. Even tonight while I was asking the Lord how exactly He wanted my family to celebrate this Jewish New year, he showed me Zechariah 7 & 8. The first chapter is in response to the usual tradition of fasting on one of the holidays. Honestly, I didn’t look into which holidays those were yet. BUT. I had just been asking the Lord the same thing- should I fast something? And then read these verses (7:9-10),

“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor, In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” So really, I felt the Lord was saying to just get our hearts lined up with Him.

Then, in chapter 8 (which is AWESOME by the way!) He talks about how He is bringing His people back from all over the world to BE His people. He’s restoring safety and blessing crops (this was super exciting to me because of what I mentioned earlier). He is recognizing that people have been cursing  the Jews (which to me can translate to all the people of God now), and saying not to worry about it because He will make them a blessing. My favorite part is verses 20-23, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, “Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ and many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’ THIS is what I see being the Lord’s plan for this year. People might trash believers a lot. And sometimes it’s deserved. But we repent of the things that aren’t of Him and line our hearts up with Him tonight. Then we celebrate His goodness, His sweetness and bask in that these next couple of days. I am SO excited for this next year- I don’t even think I can imagine what it’s going to look like, but I know it’ll be the start of what we’ve been praying for: HIS Kingdom come, HIS will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven!

Rosh Hashana

Well hey there. It’s been awhile. But who cares about that. I have something cool to say! Around the beginning of August, I felt the Lord say, “It’s preparation month.” I felt lead to study certain things intensely and just make sure I was spending all the time I could with the Lord. I also felt that, not only was I supposed to spiritually prepare myself but also prepare some things around my house and just get my stuff in order. It’s seems to me the spiritual season is shifting, and I’ve asked the Lord to prepare me for wherever that might lead. To me this was a direct answer to that prayer.

So fast forward to September 1st . I was switching over my calendar when I noticed that September 17h is Rosh Hashanah- also known as the Jewish New Year, also known as The Feast of Trumpets- and decided to look into it more and see how Jewish people celebrate it. I’ve always been really fascinated by Jewish holidays and have wanted to observe them better than I do now. As I was reading, I came across this: “The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) was celebrated at the beginning of the month Tishri, the first month of the civil year. It was one of the seven days of holy convocation. Tishri ( Sept-Oct) is the seventh month of the Biblical calendar, and as such parallels the Sabbath as a special and holy time to seek God. The previous month of Elul (August- Sept) is the time of preparation just as Friday is the Day of Preparation for Shabbat. This season is a time of reflection, contemplation, and putting things in order and getting right our relationship with God.”

I pretty much fell out of my chair. And also laughed. First of all, while I knew September was the month Jewish New Year fell in, I didn’t know about the August-September PREPARATION MONTH!! No clue. So when the Lord told me, “It’s preparation month,” He didn’t mean just for me like I originally thought. He meant it’s LITERALLY preparation month! Haha! Soooooo amazing!!! And not only did He tell me what month it was, he told me what to do about it. I love that at the end of that quote it says, “This season is a time of reflection, contemplation, and putting things in order and getting right our relationship with God.” That’s EXACTLY what I felt the Lord tell me to do! I can’t get over how cool that is. I LOVE the gift of the Holy Spirit and how we are just able to communicate with Him and know His will and know the seasons we’re in. I love getting confirmation over and over again that I’m not making this stuff up! We REALLY hear Him! It never gets old. It never ceases to blow my mind. He is just SO GOOD!

He Is Enough

“He just walked in the door and handed you the gift you didn’t know you needed and now you can’t imagine life without it. There’s no time to wonder about what else He could have given you. It’s irrelevant. And because it’s irrelevant, it is also spectacular.”- Angie Smith

We can spend a lot of time in ‘the grass is always greener’ zone. But I’ve learned something. I always ask Jesus to show me what is THE BEST option, and I walk in it when He tells me to. If I ever have thoughts of missing out, I remind myself that He has answered my prayer. So like this quote says, the other options are irrelevant. The other option may have been good, but not as good as where I am right now. I COULD be doing this or that, but it wouldn’t be as satisfying as where I am right now. I can never make a wrong choice if I’m obeying and listening to Jesus. He will always give me the best option to go on. And He can work out all my wrong choices so I end up back on the best option if I continue to surrender my heart to Him (although this is usually a lot harder than it would’ve been had I listened to Him the first time!).

I look back on my life and I am in such a completely different place than I EVER thought I would be. I think of the things I COULD be doing. But my life is so rich, so deep, and so full, I know He’s blessed me. I know it’s the best. I don’t regret any ‘sacrifice’ He had me make, because it was worth it. And I know if I continue to walk in this same way with Him, no matter what way life goes, it will be worth it.

He is it. He is my choice. He is my satisfaction. He is my everything. Everything else- what might have been, what I think I want- is irrelevant.

A Call To Prayer

In the past week I have noticed several warnings coming to our nation, and they both have been confirming just a bad feeling I’ve been feeling as well. I had no personal clarity, but when I read these, they made sense. There have been several words posted from several reliable people which seem to be warning us of a few key points, the main ones being a financial crisis/coming depression to this nation and terrorist attacks. The fact that we have allowed our nation’s foundation on the Lord to crumble seems to be the cause. We’ve allowed holes in our nations spiritual walls that is causing these things to happen.

Before I continue I just want to say- I am not a person who is into warnings or doomsday prophecy whatsoever. But the key to these is that no one is prophesying that they have to happen. They are instead saying the Lord is warning us that we need to pray, to intercede for this nation so they DON’T happen. That we CAN prevent these things. On one of these postings, the person says the key the Lord is giving to this nation is “Seek first the Kingdom of God.” That if those of us who consider ourselves believers make God’s Kingdom our priority, it will solve the problem.

The most recent warning I read was about the terrorist attacks. The person petitioned all of us to pray. Pray for wisdom for our leadership, for strategies, and for a third great awakening in the US. So in praying, I asked the Lord what He had to say about it all, and He reminded me of a verse I recently read that mentioned, “there will be no breaching of walls…” And that’s what I felt lead to pray for. No breaching of our nation’s walls. So I looked up the verse and it is in Psalm 144. As I was reading through the whole Psalm, I thought it was a very strategic prayer for this particular warning.

“Part your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains so they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your arrows and rout them. Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.

The next part was a strategic call to worship during these times, and something that was a big part of breakthrough for our nation: “I will sing a new song to you O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, to the One who gives victory to kings (and we are ALL kings and priests in the Lord), who delivers his servant David (or those of us who love the Lord) from the deadly sword.”

Next the verse repeats the previously highlighted text, “Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful (our prayer against terrorist attacks).

It goes on to say what good things will happen should the Lord answer this prayer:

-sons and daughters will do well

-barns filled with every kind of provision

-livestock increasing (translate all this into whatever modern day provision the Lord could provide- not to discount livestock)

It all ends with, “There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.”

Basically, when I look at all the warnings being spoken, they all have the same answer: intercede, worship Jesus (I actually think this is the MAIN thing to do), put His Kingdom first! In other words: Do our job! Quit messing around! And I thought these verses were very strategic and showed us that basically, the Lord can save us from terrorist attacks and the Lord can deliver from a financial crisis. He can cause it to be avoided all together if we just listen and obey and partner with the Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t live in helpless fear. Instead we need to seek Him and trust Him and just give ourselves over to Him.

I think the fact God is sending all these warnings is a clear picture of His heart: He doesn’t want it to happen. He wants to deliver this nation. He LOVES this nation and it’s people. He loves US! So I don’t intend this message to be a downer, but instead just a call to press in to His heart and hear what He has to say. I want to agree with what He says (No breaches in the walls; deliver us from the hands of foreigners) and most importantly, worship and adore Him more than ever before. Because after all, He is good!

 

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Clearing The Air

So I had a few questions brought up to me about this post, and wanted to clear the air a little on here in case anyone else had similar questions. I’ll start off by saying what I’m NOT saying in this post. I’m not saying God loves the U.S. any more than any other country. He loves them all and everyone in them! Being a U.S. citizen does not make us God’s favorite. Being human makes us all God’s favorite! I’m also not saying any of us should hate foreigners or that God does, either. I LOVE people from other nations and so does the Lord. He talks about loving the nations on a regular basis and I am very passionate about this.

What those verses about foreigners meant and what the Lord showed me through them was that He was wanting to protect us from those who would intend to harm the people in the U.S. Not because we’re special or better than those people, but because He loves us and would want to protect EVERYONE from the kind of harm caused by terrorism, and could just as easily give someone in another country those verses to pray should the U.S. every intend to harm them. He loves His people (all of us!) and wants the best for us. He loves the would be terrorists as well,not because of what they do but because they are human.

Hope that helps!

Kelly

I Am His

“I am full of faults, flaws, and weaknesses, and have committed all sorts of crimes against his King. Touched with a sensible regret I confess all my wickedness to Him. I ask His forgiveness. I abandon myself in His hands that He may do what he pleases with me.

My King is full of mercy and goodness. Far from chastising me, He embraces me with love. he makes me eat at His table. He serves me with His own hands and gives me the key to His treasures. He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways. And He treats me in all respects as His favorite. ” -Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

I read this and fell in total awe of God. He is SO GOOD.

Why is God able to treat us this way? Because it’s true- we are, without Him, a horrible disgusting people. I know I am. But the GOOD NEWS of the real gospel is that Jesus paid the price for this. We are destined to disgustingness. But instead of us paying for that disgustingness, having to live the consequences of it, Jesus did. He bought us with His blood. And He didn’t stop there. When we receive Jesus – let Him fully in- He gives us an entirely new nature. We’re not disgusting people anymore. We’re full of the goodness of God. So when He looks at us, He doesn’t see all the issues that we see. He sees us as beautiful. He WASHED us with His blood and we’re NEW. He knows we have stuff to work through, but He sees the big picture, the end result. I am His. I want to see what He sees.

There Is No Other

1 Kings 8:60 “…so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.”

I realize the belief that all roads lead to God has been around for quite some time now. But lately it just seems prominent. Where before people thought it was crazy to believe in God, now it’s normal, only instead of it being one path, it’s many. Or, whatever ‘God’ you worship is okay, even if that god is yourself.

But the verse listed above is what I would love to see again. When whole nations come together to worship Jesus and take joy in His Presence alone. Because He’s worthy of it. He’s the best. He’s ridiculously good. In both the Old and New Testaments God showed up in ways that made it undeniable that He alone is God. And when it was so proven people couldn’t deny it, those threatened by it just killed those believing in Him.

All this to say, I am excited for God to start showing up in such a way ‘so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.” It seems like it’s been starting in little pockets here and there and is beginning to spread. I love it. But I was thinking about the verses surrounding this statement- they come just after King Solomon has completed the temple and is part of the dedication of the temple. He is addressing the Israelite assembly.

” Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commandments at this time.”

Throughout history God shows up when the people who He loves commit themselves fully to Him. They live for only Him. They live to see Him honored, not only in a big gathering but in their everyday lives.

For a long time it seems the majority of the church hasn’t been living this way at all. Some have, and you can see it by the way God shows up and people surrounding them come to know Him. But now it seems like we’ve all been catching on. We want to see that in our own lives and not just for a select few. Which is perfect, because that’s the way God designed it. Can you imagine how awesome things are about to get? When all of us have finally decided to give everything? It seems like pretty quickly people would realize ‘the Lord is God and there is no other,” and even be excited about that fact. Because when we see the awesome stuff He does, why would you WANT a lesser path? All the self help and spirituality fades quickly when you’re in His Presence. He’s the only one that satisfies.

Thunder

The other day I was reading a blog. Somewhere in this blog the author wrote, “The voice of God thunders.” They were saying that sometimes we try too hard to find this still place to hear God and forget to look for Him everywhere else.  I can’t remember which blog it was or who said it, but I wish I could! Anyway, this statement has been resonating with me for a few days now.

“The voice of God thunders.”

It’s speaking to my heart right where I need it right now. You see, I’ve always been afraid I will somehow miss God. I think, “What if there’s this really important thing I’m supposed to do that would change everything and I just miss it?” And though He has been easing this fear as time goes on, it’s still been there.Because sometimes I do miss God, and realize it after I’m away from whatever situation I was in. Maybe these misses were a big deal. Or maybe it was God’s way of teaching me to hear the thunder and recognize it for what it is.  So I was thinking about this statement, which of course lead me to think about thunder. And I realized thunder doesn’t often just sound like one big noise. It sounds like one big noise followed by more big noises and they eventually quiet down. Especially during a really good storm where you get some good rolling thunder (THE BEST!). In other words, there’s the initial noise and then a bunch of echoes.

So here’s what He made me realize. He speaks repeatedly. Just like thunder, He speaks, and then He repeats Himself to us and He speaks again. And if you’re paying attention, you’ll hear it. Just like how sometimes thunder sounds like it’s coming from every direction instead of just one, you’ll hear Him say things to you in several ways. And then it all comes together and you start to realize, “Wait! God’s got a theme going on here!” And then you don’t miss God. Because He’s gone out of His way to make Himself and His will known to you.

And then when the type of “thunder” comes where it’s a quick lightning bolt with one loud crash, or maybe even a quieter one, you’ll recognize it. And you won’t miss God.  You’ll even learn to recognize when the thunder is coming. You’ll be able to feel it in the air. And even if you missed Him on something before, you’re being trained to hear the thunder when it’s still a long way off. And when the time comes to put what He’s speaking into action, you’ll know.

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