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He Knows Better

He Knows Better

Ask “I LOVE when you ask me questions.” God slips this in my spirit like sweet chocolate; and for a second, I wish my husband would say this too, but oh well. He isn’t God, my first love, and I’m glad. “Asking questions shows you trust Me with answers. It keeps us close.” Father, you’re as refreshing as a glass of ice water.  You know I want to be close. “Drink deep of My wisdom. It’s your open invitation.” Lord, I love Your wisdom. May my family and I never be like Eve who saw the dangling fruit as a means to unsanctioned wisdom when she reached for it instead of reaching for You. “I forgave them and shed animal blood to clothe their nakedness. Then I shed My own blood to eternally forgive and clothe you in My righteousness.” Receive Father, please use our little conversation to bless someone today. “I love and eagerly wait for that kind of request. Fine tune your ear to Heaven. Let My thoughts be your thoughts. Let My voice kiss your shore and bubble in you like sea foam. Jump free in My open ocean. Splash wild in My waves of cleansing truth. Shed fear like sloughed off sand, and leap, leap, leap for limitless joy. Unleash your voice, because LOVE personified lives and breathes in you. My light that conquers fruitless night delights to sing rich life in...

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Spiritual Caulking

Spiritual Caulking

Ooo… Ahh… We have a brand spanking new bathroom. After gutting our old one, we put in a new one with the most beautiful floor to ceiling tiles and clean white vanity. That’s probably why our hearts hit the floor this morning when our son took a shower, went downstairs, and discovered a major leak from the new bathroom above. “No!!!” Morning Surprise We opened the closet, shone a flashlight on and around the pipes behind the new tub, and everything was drenched, especially our new so-called “drywall.” How could this be, Lord? Don’t we have enough fires to put out today? Yes, I know this isn’t of earthquake proportions, but still, God. It’s just soooo disappointing. My husband and I prayed both together and apart. As I watched my big guy press into the light and push back the darkness, something struck me, so I let it slip off my lips: Prayer is like bathroom caulking. We put prayer covering over every area of our lives because we want to prevent leaks and seal old ones. Yep, prayer is our spiritual caulking.  After my husband who’s used to me gave me a brief smile, I cracked open my prayer journal to spill my leaky thoughts. Ok, Daddy, here I am again. Good morning! Hey, I’d like some of the usual, please. Could you kindly bring my family closer to you? Help us make wise decisions. Help us with our hearts, our schedules, our relationships; oh, and please heal our bathroom!!! Prayer Gift Prayer is our armor and war. It is both defense and offense. It is intimate Spirit-language that reaches heaven and is bigger than any conceivable freakout. Have you ever wondered what would happen if we could see the invisible under-workings of prayer? Or what it would be like to closely examine the before and after results? We’d see pictures more dramatic than my cushy bathroom, because prayer is that radical. No wonder why Satan tries to get us to doubt, forget, get busy, fall asleep, and leak, leak, leak. Satan sniffs around for the slightest trace of mold and weakness, the tiniest nook and cranny opening where he can reap, wreak, and leak destruction. Satan hates our motion to pray, because he knows it ushers angels to action. No Fear If we forget to cover ourselves in prayer, we don’t need to worry because Christ is still our...

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Beautifully Illogical

Beautifully Illogical

When it comes to prayer, we’ve all been struck by hardballs of disappointment. And when we don’t see results, we’re tempted to lower our expectations, hopes, and dreams.  After all, what if God doesn’t come through the next time?  I’d better protect my heart and accept my circumstances the way they are.   Do you hear that whisper?  Where does it come from? It comes from the spirit of fear who wants to keep us from believing the God of miracles. God is bigger than our disappointments, fears, and present situations.  IF God can do anything, he can surely move our mountains and calm our storms. Have you become weary when it comes to calling out to your miracle-working God? Perhaps it’s time to let go of your fears and become like that little boy who handed Jesus his entire lunch. He could have lost it all, but instead, he gained so much more, including a miracle he would never forget. Call out to God for his Kingdom to invade your impossible. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 Work it, wrestle with it, stir it up. It takes faith to live supernaturally in this natural world, but our faith doesn’t need to be any larger than that little boy’s lunch.  It just needs to be active, and humbly placed in God’s hands with our inadequacies and all. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  Mark 9:24 What mountain are you weary in praying about?  You might want to take a moment to pray Mark 9:24.  Trust God with whatever portion you’ve been given. Trust him in the face of your pain like “crooked lady” Ema McKinley did–even all those years before she received her jaw-dropping miracle. Keep praying, believing, and loving your Savior. Your miracle breakthrough may happen when you least expect it. Ema McKinley’s time came on Christmas Eve morning 2011. In the midst of her darkest hour, the Lord showed up in a sudden shock of brightness and glory.  Standing in Ema’s room in his flowing white robe, he healed her deformed foot and hand, then straightened her helpless, crooked neck and spine, allowing her to walk again. Do you believe God still performs amazing miracles like this today?  If so, you have already experienced a miracle of faith. Keep meditating on the Word of God...

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Help, I’m Dying!

Help, I’m Dying!

In speaking of Ema McKinley’s amazing modern day miracle, people ask, “Why did God wait eight long hours before appearing to Ema to heal her?  For that matter, why did he wait eighteen years?” Who knows… The point is, Jesus showed up and healed her crippled body from head to toe.  After hours on the floor, I’m sure she wondered if she might be dying.  Then Jesus suddenly showed up and stood over her helpless body, saying, “Ema, give me your hand.” With her hands in his, He raised her to her feet. Rivers of love passed between them.  Just when she thought she was dying, she became more alive than ever. Did she ask him, “What took you so long?” No.  In that moment, she was too smitten by his glory.  When we’re engulfed in the captivating, mesmerizing, transformative power and presence of God, questions, fears, and doubts slip away, melting like candle wax.  Time becomes timeless…  Fear becomes fearless…  And hope resurrects us. Do you want to be immersed in that sweet awareness of his Presence today?  Surrender to him completely and die to yourself in the wait. You may not see Jesus with your eyes or feel him with your hands, but you better believe he is with you and in you—ready to move heaven and earth on your behalf. You are his precious child. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  2 Chronicles 16:9 Abba Father… Lift our spirits ‘til we’re free and tall…  Unshackle us from the weights that bog us down…  Make us aware of your presence… Keep us hopeful and faith-full as we wait for your pick-me-ups. What are you waiting for, living for, dying for? What is he whispering to you...

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What is the Object of Your Courage?

What is the Object of Your Courage?

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 What in the world doesn’t take courage?  You need courage to get up in the morning.  You may even need it to look in the mirror. But what do we really know about courage? When was the last time you told a stranger about Jesus, faced an angry mob, got arrested for your faith? The disciples faced death and persecution daily, but in their commitment to truth, they grew in courage. They knew the truth and truth had a name. They saw Jesus, the one who had been nailed to the cross, alive and well three days later!  Seeing Him alive transformed them to become alive. Suddenly they didn’t care about the opinion of man. Jesus was the object of their courage. They now had living proof stirring something inside, making them living proof—right to the end. You can have that kind of courage too.  But first, it takes courage to ask for it. Dear God, thank you for being our Glorious Living Proof. Please help us be your living proof...

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