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Seeing and Hearing

Seeing and Hearing

Hey everybody. I’m back!! I’ve decided not to let the spasms in my back, neck, arms, and shoulders keep me from talking to you here anymore.  Sound good? Yeah, I’ll take it slow; but the blogosphere is calling me. Plus God and I had a little talk this morning, and I trust Him to lead the way. Sometimes obstacles look like giants obstructing our vision. But God says, “I am the way.” Next to the One who is inside us, what really is a giant anyway? God has been challenging me to keep my Jesus-lenses on. This is where we follow His lead, rather than leaning on our own understanding.  Lord, give us eyes to see. God’s perspective is supernatural; and so should ours be.  He tells us to ask Him to show us mysteries. When is the last time we did that? With seeing comes hearing. In a world bursting with static noise galore, more than ever we need to be intentional in what we hear. His voice should always be our number one voice of choice. Who knows? To be intentional may mean reaching for His Word before our i-phones when we wake up. Earthly reports can wreak havoc on weak hearts, but God’s ready and patient voice is always tried and true to “peace” us back together again. Mind if I pray for you? Papa God, thank you for daily speaking to your children and giving us perspective. Thank you for lifting us to the heights where we can rest in your bigness and grace....

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Missing Peace?

Missing Peace?

This morning while reading an email from a friend, the Lord distinctly dropped these words into my heart. I believe they’re also for you. “When I say ‘do not be anxious about anything,’ I mean anything. You need to cast aside regret about things you wish you had done differently. To regret something in the past is to be anxious about it. Instead, you need to commit those unnecessary burdens to Me so I can take care of them. As you pray and petition Me with thanksgiving, fully entrusting your burdens and requests to Me, I will establish peace in the depths of your inner being where My Kingdom dwells, grows, and thrives with My resurrection life inside...

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5 Heart-Softening Words

5 Heart-Softening Words

Little Josiah, from my recent book, Josiah’s Fire: Autism Stole His Words, God Gave Him a Voice, inspires thousands with his great wisdom. I especially love one of the things Josiah shared with his mom, my coauthor, Tahni: “If you love the child you have, you’ll have the child you love.” The more I considered it, the more I realized this same truth truth could also apply to marriage. If you love the spouse you have, you’ll have the spouse you love. Dwight and I recently had an opportunity to give marriage counseling to a guy on the phone who was at the end of his rope. It still amazes me that God would lead us to help others at a time when we were enduring the most difficult test of our married life. In September I was diagnosed with spasmodic torticollis (cervical dystonia), which is why you haven’t heard from me in awhile. Well, that and the fact I was finishing Josiah’s Fire and a devotional called The Good Gift Giver (which will be offered across the globe when Tahni speaks on Sid Roth’s March broadcast of It’s Supernatural.) Dwight and I talked with the hurting man late into the night. After we talked about how years ago God brought resurrection life into our own suffocating marriage, we told him a story we heard somewhere along the way: Matt thought his marriage was over until someone presented him with a simple idea that might help. “Every day I want you to ask Tina, ‘how can I serve you?’” Feeling like he had nothing to lose, Matt decided to give it a try. When he asked his wife the question, it took a minute for her to get over the shock. Finally she piped up, “Ok… how about doing the laundry?” He did it without complaint, and the next morning when he asked his still-surprised wife the same question, she answered, “how about clean the garage?” It took him two hours but he did it. This went on for several days with him asking, her answering, and him lovingly stepping up to the plate in a way he’d never done in the past. Finally she couldn’t take it anymore; and the next time Matt asked his new favorite question, she shook her head. “No, no, it’s my turn. How can I serve you?” Change had already begun. What had started as words on his lips...

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Swing Wide

Swing Wide

We look for God to open doors for us, and so we should, but let’s not forget how God wants us to open each door of our heart to Him! What door does He want you to swing open today? Listen and discern the knocks. Open wider and wider to His Kingdom ways. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Psalm 24: 7, 8 King of glory, thank you for being strong and mighty in our lives. We swing wide the door of our heart to You, each room. We give you all the slamming arrows of cares and concerns for our health, safety, and family. We give you our hopes and dreams and ask that You make them all about You and Your perfect Kingdom-expanding plan in our lives. Make us conscious of our Your constant presence in our temples that we might be aware of Your connectedness to our thoughts and how everything is laid bare before You. We give you complete control. Step in. Right now. Take over. We give you 2016 and make YOU our New Year...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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