At the Crossroad of Decision

Jeremiah 6:16 “This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Look, Ask, Walk, Rest. Four words. These four small words boiled down, give us God’s thoughts in making a decision. Look to see where He has been working and already starting to lead.

Ask Him what He’d like you to do.
Walk in obedience in the direction He is asking you to go. Rest in Him, rest in your decision. Sometimes, it is a wrestling match and yet, I know He will win…and I want God to win in my life!

He whispers to me, in a matter of time, this decision will be settled and I will bring it to fruition. Just watch now and rest in me. Oh, how I am starting  to enjoy this part of the decision-making!

Rest, not worry and wait. Love me and enjoy me in the process, His heart whispers to mine.

Praise you, Lord!

A Heart That Stirs

Exodus 35:21 (NKJV)
“Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.”
Is your heart being stirred? Is God creating something new in your life? Or, is He asking you to bring an offering to Him? He could be asking for a tithe, but my thought is He also asks for us to give an offering of something else– our hearts. Our heart is where our decisions are made, because we decide out of our affections what we love and what we want to do. Our beliefs create our emotions. Our emotions then create our reactions and our responses. If I am reacting in ways which are explosive, violative or snide and snarky, fearful and doubting, there is something about my core belief that needs to be explored. In God, I can ask Him to examine my heart, my will, my affections, my mood. I can pray to have Him point out what is the root of my belief. My identity is formed around these beliefs. Instead, I need to let God help me form my identity in Him.  God is love and He loves you and I perfectly and unconditionally.
When we allow God into our hearts, we can make space for Him to fill us up. Now, we will start to make decisions happily based on His desires for us. And, our identity is based upon His love for us and not upon what the world
or what others feel about us. Then, we can go about doing God’s work, touching other lives with His precious love and grace.  So, rise up! Listen to the stirrings in your heart. Make some positive Holy Spirit inspired changes and throw off the garments of old beliefs! Then go confidently in Him.  Thank you, Lord for your loving touch upon my life today. I will listen to your stirrings, empty myself and make space for you to move fully in my heart and life. Amen.
Excerpt from Holly’s upcoming book:

“Reigning Fire: Discovering Holy
Spirit Grace In Your Fiery Trials”

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Three Things About Today

Zechariah 4:10 (NIV)

1. Don’t despise the day of small things. God is working out something good and amazing for you in the quiet, ordinary, slower days.  Those seven eyes are the eyes that range to and fro throughout the earth, looking for hearts that are fully devoted to the Lord, looking to do His will, even in the small and seemingly unimportant days. All the days and moments are important to God!

 “Who dares despise the day of small things,  since the seven eyes  of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen plumb line  in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

 For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

2. “You are the apple of my eye and I love you,” says God, The Almighty One. Whoever messes with you, has to answer to me! In God, you are a treasured possession–highly valued and cherished. Do you know this? Do you believe it? It is true! Once we know how much we are loved and cared for by Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him, then we can go and be His ambassadors, spreading His Good News and love.

Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

3. “Not by might, nor power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.

I guess, I need to get out-of-the-way and Let God be God! I am going to cooperate with what He (Holy Spirit) asks me to do and then, I’m going to let Him make it happen. Do I have to do my part?

Absolutely. But, I can relax right in this moment, ask for His help, guidance and direction. Next, I actually do my part! Then, I let go of the outcome, leaving it up to God to bless my efforts, give me

favor, without me looking for accolades outside of myself. Blessedness occurs when God gives me a divine hug and a kiss with a willingness to give Him all the praise, honor and glory. Amen to that.

 

 

The Alabaster Jar

The Alabaster Jar.

While Jesus was in Bethany, a woman came to Him  with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as He was reclining at the table. The disciples were angry. “Why did you waste this perfume on his head?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold for a very high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26:6-9) Jesus knew their thoughts and where their thoughts came from. He asked them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a
 beautiful thing to me.”
This woman did not hold back what was hers to give away and neither does Jesus to us. What is your Alabaster jar of costly perfume? What do you love and what is more precious to you possibly even more than Christ Himself?
Is it your husband, your children, your career, your education, your status, your pets, your hobbies or worldly possessions? Nothing compares to the great love of Jesus! He is the Lover of your soul and the lifter of your head. He is your Redeemer, your Deliver and Healer.
 He is your Shield, your Strength and your Rock. He is your EVERYTHING!
The woman in this passage showed an extravagant love to her Lord. In Jesus’ day, this perfume or nard was most likely a costly heirloom, passed from generation to generation. It was a precious commodity to this woman. Nard was sealed in a  one time use, marble like container.  The vessel had to be sealed well, so the perfume would not evaporate. You had to break the neck of the container to pour out the contents. Once the vessel was opened, there was no turning back. It had to be used up all at once or be wasted.
We are so blessed that Jesus’ love does not evaporate when we mess up our lives! Quite the contrary, really. He is just waiting to flood us with His loving presence and forgiveness. He woos us back to Him with an everlasting love. We just simply have to ask His forgiveness and turn away
from our sins.
This woman gave all she had to Jesus. She knew once she opened up the perfume, it would all be gone. None of that mattered to her. What mattered to the woman, was anointing Jesus and being obedient to what she was called to do. She was not seeking to take from Him as many believers do today.
Am I giving all that I am to the One that is All?  Am I serving others or or just seeking to be served?
 Am I giving out of a heart filled with love or a heart desiring to receive all that I can get? Am I surrendering, submitting and
giving my ALL to the One who gave His ALL?
As a result of this woman’s faithfulness, love and kindness,
Jesus states: “I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
(Matthew 26:13)  We’d all agree, “Well done my faithful servant!” is the blessing she would receive.
Lord, help me to give of myself to those around me. Help me love others deeply and use the gifts you have blessed me with,  faithfully administering God’s grace and love.  (1 Peter 4:8)
(excerpt from Holly’s book, “Flowers of Grace: Discovering
God’s Lavish Love and Extravagant Promises”)

The True Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

The True Mirror, Mirror On the Wall.

At times, my false identity gets in the way of God improving my situation. I am looking at myself through a faulty mirror and not listening to the truths He says about me. I believe the lies the enemy throws at me since I am already low in my spirit. I get stuck and confused in my trials. I listen to the committee in my head and I am condemned. I need God’s spirit to speak to mine.

Did you know there is such a thing as a True Mirror? When you look in a mirror, who do you see? Not the person other people see, since our reflection in the mirror is backwards. The True Mirror, enables us to see ourselves as others see us, which is better than we see ourselves! First patented in 1887, the True Mirror uses a combination of two mirrors, placed at right angles. In order to avoid an obvious line down the middle, the True Mirror uses front silvered mirrors, which have been made to fit together very precisely. There is a small adjustment button at the side, which you can turn to make sure the mirrors are perfectly aligned, and the join down the middle is all but invisible.

Seeing ourselves as others see us is unusual enough. Hold up a piece of writing to the mirror, and you can still read it – it is not reversed. Hold your left hand up to the mirror and you see in the reflection a left hand, not a right hand as you would see in a normal mirror. If you look in the mirror and lean to your left, the reflected person leans to their left, the other way! If you rotate the mirror by 90 degrees, you will now see yourself upside down…

People have different reactions to seeing themselves for the first time in a True Mirror. Some prefer the image they see, others do not. Some find it quite disconcerting. Check it out on: www.truemirror.com

God does this for us as well. He shows us what we have been placing our values in and basing our identity upon. Usually it is other people’s opinions,  thoughts and reactions that shape our identity. We worry what about what they think if they knew our real problems and our real selves. We can believe it is our possessions, achievements, successes that define us, too.  These are lies from the enemy, attempting to keep you in bondage, in a prison of worthlessness, shame and contempt. Do not buy into his lies. God tells you who you are, really. You are a son or daughter of El Elyon, the Most High God!

Most people express surprise when they first see their true image when looking into the True Mirror, mainly because we all are so familiar with the backwards image. After all, we have seen ourselves backwards our whole lives, from infancy! There are key differences in the True Mirror image from the image you’re used to, due in part to natural asymmetries that are on our faces, or from how we part our hair, or single earrings, etc.

A lot of first time viewers have difficulties with their new true image. This discomfort is directly related to having our faces represented in a direction opposite to what we’ve always expected to see. For example, any asymmetry in your face seems exaggerated the first time we look into the mirror — if a facial feature tilts 1 degree to the right, now it appears 1 degree in the other direction, a distance of 2 degrees from what is expected. On top of that, we tilt our heads naturally, especially when we communicate to others. This causes our eyes to not to line up as we are used to seeing them in a mirror — which gives one a sense of lopsidedness.

Oh my!  I can have low self-esteem if my hair doesn’t look good or I do not like my outfit for that day! If someone’s opinion of me is poor, than I feel badly. Some days, we feel we can see it on someone’s face; we just don’t quite measure up. It can really send our day into a downward spiral. Consequently, I start to feel inadequate. Therefore, I will try to perform or give a better performance in my work, my family life and my ministry. Instead, I need to experience God and share with Him how I am feeling. My worth in God is always stable; it never changes, because God never changes. He loves unconditionally no matter how much I do, work or make myself behave. I need to listen to His gentle voice of love and not the condemning voice in my head.

My self-worth is always true in Jesus and only received in relationship with the Triune God. I find the concept of the True Mirror fascinating. We do not truly see our real selves when we look into a regular mirror. We need to see and learn our true identity is found in Christ, because our true identity is rooted in Love—which is God, who is Divine, Absolute love. He is our true mirror, reflecting a beautiful person who is worth dying for and worth listening to. You are worth being known. Your opinion matters to Jesus. He will gently correct you as necessary.1 Corinthians 13:11-13 (NKJV) says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” We long to be truly known by our friends, family and associates. Verse 13 is awesome! “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

We are conformed into the image of Christ as we share in His sufferings. The scriptures tell us in Phil. 1:29, “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for Him.” It is a privilege to suffer for Him! I had not thought of suffering like this before. Synonyms for privilege are: fitting, honor, treat, pleasure, and joy, source of pride, freedom and opportunity. Jesus is our source of pride. We honor Him as we suffer joyfully as the Apostle Paul did. Is this one way, God conforms us into the image of Jesus? So, we can honor Him with our attitudes while in the opportunity of suffering? Yes. We also have the opportunity to see and know our true self in knowing Him as He knows us in the suffering times. I believe this is true. There can be joy knowing God is with you, for you, loving you. His presence is precious and sweet. God is also transforming us unto the image of Christ to the original intent He had planned for us, even before we were born.

Courage and Waves of Doubt

Jesus walking on water. Who had seen that before? Certainly not I and assuredly not His disciples. Jesus had just fed the 5,ooo bread and fish and the Bread of Life. Coming from praying to His Father, Jesus was on His way to His disciples. Late at night, Jesus went to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples (in the boat) saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid,” He told them. ” Lord, if it ‘s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”

There are so many messages here for us to learn about having courage or having doubt!

1. Take courage in your bad day. Be brave in the face of adversity. (wrecking into your daughter’s car in the driveway and oily rags creating spontaneous combustion in the 104 degree summer heat) True stories!

2. Do not be afraid. Have courageous faith.

3. Come, go to Jesus. Get out of the boat, moving in faith when He calls to you to a new work, a new job, a change in attitude.

4. Do not look at the waves, your checkbook or  your circumstances. Look into His loving face of grace instead!

5. Immediately Jesus saves when we call out to Him. So, do call on His holy and all powerful name, Jesus!

He will reach out His hand to you when you ASK Him to help you.

6. Praise Him! Receive Jesus for who He truly is, the Son of God. (Vs.33)

I have found it true, until we go through our sufferings, we do not really KNOW our Lord.  We start to understand Him in the fiery trials

because we experience Him and His loving and faithful care when the heat is the hottest, all round us!

7. There is healing in Him.  People, in their faith of who Jesus IS, knew that touching His cloak was as good as touching Him because it contained the healing power of who He Is. (vs. 36)

Call on Jesus and be saved, healed and touched by His loving faithfulness, 100% of the time!

Matt. 14: 22-36 NIV

It’s All About the Cross

It’s All About The Cross
Jesus’ life. It’s all about the Cross. Our walk is to be all about Him, wrapped up in what the Cross truly means. The Cross is dying to self, looking to do God’s will, not my own.

The Cross and Jesus’ sacrifice of pouring out His life gives me freedom from eternal death, freedom from living in shame, sin and contempt.

The Cross and Jesus’ life is the true picture of grace, mercy and LOVE. The Cross shows me my real self
and encourages me to live a better way–His way! The Cross gives us:

Peace-He reconciled us to God through the Cross, giving us peace. (Eph. 2:15)

Strength and Victory-His Resurrection power gives us strength and victory because of the Cross. (There is) “His incomparably great power for us who believe.

That power is like the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand.” (Eph. 2:19-20)

Hope-“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you…” (Eph. 2:18)

Love-“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (and sisters!) 1 John 3:16

Grace-“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Even when we are insulted, persecuted, go through the challenges of this life, feel tired, sick or lonely, His grace and love are more than enough!

Eternal life-“For God so loved you that He gave His only begotten Son, that who ever believed in Him should never perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
The Cross demands my all. Am I willing to give it my all? Yes, today in this moment, yes. Ask me later today…and I hope and pray my answer is still yes!

Thank you, Jesus for your life, your love and the Cross!

 

 

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