My Rollercoaster Week

I’m not really sure what to share and it all feels a bit disjointed but here is my heart for you this week……….. snippets of yet another roller coaster week….

Tuesday last week this was part of my day:

I had a 20 min screaming session as I drove from town….I was so fed up with the constant unending challenges…. I came home and had a prayer session that got LOUD….

Utterly exhausted I went to the beach to try and get some clarity and calm. As I sat there I was challenged to still my racing thoughts (and heart) and worship….

“Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s worth. Whether we are in the biggest loss of our life or the biggest victory, our response remains the same because His worth never changes.” Bill Johnson

I listened to worship music and wrote:

I sit by the water
I drink of You
I absorb Your life-giving water into my entire being
I rest in Your presence
I soak You in
I ignite Your freedom into my heart
I sing of Your love
I sing of Your grace
I sing of Your majesty
I sing of Your glory
Shine Your love on me
Send Your cleansing grace
Clothe me in Your majesty
Let me shine Your glory Lord

Sunday morning I was awake early and after a bit of a wrestle I finally made my way upstairs, reminding myself about being obedient. As I pushed myself up the stairs I thought how cool it would be to hear a kookaburra. As my foot hit the top stair I heard a familiar sound – the kookaburra singing loudly. I raced outside to try and capture it. As I stood on my deck hearing him laugh away I was reminded that in the midst of my storm I can laugh because if I have my eyes fixed on Jesus I’m assured victory!
1 Corinthians 15:57  “…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amplified

I am promised to be able to laugh at my future (Proverbs 31) because I’m clothed in strength and dignity and God has a good and perfect plan for my life:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  New Living Translation

Then Tuesday this week was my teary day….right from the moment I awoke I felt fragile…..as I started to think about stuff I felt as if I was suffocating… I went into the study, played music and wrote:

Lord Please Revive Me
Lord my heart is heavy
Please lift it
My eyes leak with grief
Please catch each one
My worries race towards me like a thousand strong army
Lord please do not leave me to be consumed by them!
Lord this load is too heavy to carry
Please take it
I empty myself
Please come fill me
Lord I need Your words of truth and life to revive me

As I return to the kitchen my daily devotion verse is: “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.” Psalms 32:7 NLT

I grabbed my phone to look up the verse and continued to read: “……..unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!” Psalms 32:10b-11 NLT

The day was filled with constant moments of me fighting back tears, allowing them to leak or sobbing huge body racking tears!

After tea we watch a movie on Netflix called “Born To Win” based on the true heartbreaking story of Leon Terblanche who asked over and over again “Where is God?”.

As I watch it I feel as if a balm was being placed over my hurting, doubting, fainting, weak and tired heart. In a place of despair a friend of Leon’s comes up to him and recites Isaiah 40: “Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:26-31 NLT

I cry out afresh to God to answer my pleas for mercy and bring the promised breakthrough!

I hang on for dear life to the One who is faithful to bring shalom to my chaos!!!

Wednesday (yesterday) I’m encouraged to read this verse: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

Lord let me feel Your amazing grace surrounding me – the empowerment to overcome!!

Lord I ask that joy would spring forth in my heart so that I can be a person of peace in the midst of this chaos!

Many blessings!

WARNING!!!! Grab the tissues for this one: Hillsong United – Desert Song (the behind story) YouTube Clip

‘Mountain’ – Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Lyric YouTube clip

Worship In My Chaos inc ‘Enter The Gates’

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Love Songs To Heaven

Lord God may my prayers be as love letters to You
May my praise be a love song to Heaven, a sweet incense that fills Your throne room
As You bask in the sweet aroma and read each one I pray they fill Your heart with love, for You fill my heart to overflowing with Your extravagant love for me!

Oh Find Me Lord!
Find me singin’ my song of gratitude
Find me filling my life with more of You
Find me speaking of Your love
Find me showing Your mercy
Find me filled with Your grace
Find me dancing in Your joy
Find me swaying in Your arms
Find me pouring out my life
Find me calling on Your name
Find me restoring hope
Find me refreshing lives
Find me filled with Your power to enable me to do Your amazing works
Find me lord
Please find me lord
Find me singin’ of Your love
Find me singin’ of Your grace
Find me singin’ of Your mercy
Find me singin’ of Your hope
Find me filled with Your love
Find me filled with Your grace
Find me lord
Oh find me lord!
Find me singin’ in gratitude
For you’ve changed my whole attitude
Find me singin’ my song of gratitude
Find me so thankful, for all You’ve done for me
Find me so grateful, for all You pour out on me
Your love
Your mercy
And Your grace
Your miracles I will see
Your wonder You will display
Fill me with Your glory
Fill me with Your grace
Oh my Lord You are so good, so good to me!!!

‘The Stand’ – by Hillsong – YouTube clip

‘Find Me’ // Official Lyric Video // Jonathan & Melissa Helser

Time Is

As I journey through my inner healing season I feel like I’m embarking on a new adventure! Entering into a new beginning!

I feel such gratitude that I am given the opportunity to be made whole. I feel thankful for what will unfold.

As Bill Johnson states: “I owe the world a spirit-filled life, for I owe them an encounter with God. Without the fullness of the Holy Spirit in and upon me, I do not give God a surrendered vessel to flow through.”.

During my illness I couldn’t grasp onto and cherish time, it felt as if days dragged by. Sleeping during the day upset my body clock and sometimes I would feel as if I had lived 2 days in the 1.

As I watched the movie “Collateral Beauty” I was impacted by how precious time truly is and I started to reflect on what time is:

Time can rob and destroy
Time can restore and rebuild
Time can be measured
Time can be gifted
Time divides
Time reunites
Time lingers
Time stops
Time races by
Time is a gift
Do I treasure mine?
Do I grasp the moment?
Time is a currency
How do I spend mine?
Is time treasured or simply something I allow to pass?
If my timing is truly in Your hands, my Lord, why is it so hard to wait?
You have seen me in the secret place, Your eyes gazed upon my unformed substance! In Your book is written the days assigned to me, as is declared in Psalm 139:16
Will there come a day when I beg for more time.
Will I long to touch just one more life and see one more miracle unfold?

I love what Ann Voskamp says about time in her book The Broken Way: “For Jesus, time was not something you seize as much as something you sacrifice. It’s not something to grab; it’s something to give. Time can’t dictate dreams or hijack hope or determine destination. It can’t force us into living anything but what we believe. Time never heals wounds like God does.”

As I pack my bags to attend my second Majestic Women Retreat, I have such an expectation. I believe that as I set aside this time away to spend it with God, it will reap amazingly wonderful astonishing things in my life. As I gift God my time I know it’s in safe hands!

I pray that this weekend you can set aside some time to sit and reflect upon your life and the precious gift of time that has been given to you.

Many Blessings!

‘From The Inside Out’ – Hillsong – YouTube clip

‘Not One Time’ (Spontaneous Worship) – Steffany Gretzinger | Bethel Music – YouTube clip

‘Likeness Of Jesus’ – Jonathan David Helser – YouTube clip

‘At All Times’ (Spontaneous Worship) – Steffany Gretzinger | Bethel Music – YouTube clip

Pic Cred – Rachael Crowe

‘The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life’ – by Ann Voskamp – Koorong link

The Wall Of Waiting

God promises something but then you ‘hit the wall of waiting’! You enter into a state of limbo: a period of time that has no known end; where you are forced to wait; you have no control; there seems to be no improvement or progress. You can begin to feel cast aside; forgotten; and abandoned!

My wall of waiting feels frustrating! I feel as if I should be doing something more! I feel as if my life is wasting away! Where is my purpose? Where is my direction?

My first state of being in ‘limbo’ was when I was sick. Suddenly all that was normal before was impossible! I couldn’t function as I once was able to. I was deeply frustrated as I couldn’t understand what was going on! I was stuck between sick and healed!

My second time is now – my restoration and transformation phase. It feels as if dreams are racing by like kites and I can’t grasp the string! They simply fly out of reach. I wonder if they will ever return? Will I ever accomplish my calling? I feel like a racehorse stuck in the gate. I desperately want to run and get into the race of life again. But I am stuck between healed and restored. I am stuck between called and anointed release.

Then revelation comes! Jesus experienced ‘limbo land’ or the ‘wall of waiting’. Sent to earth for a purpose he waited around 30 years before he entered into ministry. But during that time he was still faithful to the call upon his life – at the age of 12 he sat in the temple and amazed people with his wisdom.

How can I be faithful during this time? I believe that God cries out for me to rest in Him.  I am to sit by His still life-giving waters. I am to embrace this season of rest. I’m being rebuilt and that takes time! I’m being restored and that requires patience! I’m being made whole and that requires rest!

“God’s goal for us is not merely to change our circumstances–it is to change us! That is the evidence of His unconditional love for you and me.” Christine Caine

I love that quote! This journey has me on my knees before God and I cry out to be changed.

“Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance.

You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.

I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands.

Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places.

I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following you, for you have given me the best!

The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next.

Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment.

My heart and soul explode with joy – full of glory!

Even my body will rest confident and secure.

For you will not abandon me to the realm of death

nor will you allow your Holy One to experience corruption.

For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.” Psalm 16:5-11 The Passion Translation

“We cannot let the difficulty of our circumstances define the faithfulness of our God.” Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa’s words enable me time after time to keep pressing through.

God I trust in Your faithfulness to COMPLETELY restore me and strengthen me!

Jesus I trust in Your faithfulness to complete in me the work that You need to do!

Holy Spirit I trust in Your faithfulness to bring to pass all that you call me to!

From this I believe I will move forward into ALL You call me to!!

Without the restrictions of the past.

Without the doubts!

Without the fears!

Without the feebleness!

You will grow in me a new boldness!

In Your confidence I will walk!

In Your strength I will run the race!

I need to untangle the mess in my mind; in my heart; in my spirit…

Psalm 143:8 is my heart’s cry: Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; let the dawning day bring me revelation of Your tender, unfailing love; tell me in the morning about Your love. Give me light for my path and teach me, for I trust in you; show me what I should do, because my prayers go up to you; teach me the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. I trust in You. (NCV, AMP and The Passion Translation paraphrased)

Faced with the ‘wall of waiting’ is hard but God is in the waiting, He is working, so press in and embrace all He has for you.

Many blessings

‘Take Courage’ – Kristene DiMarco – YouTube clip

‘Steady Heart’ – Steffany Gretzinger – YouTube clip

‘Be Still’ – Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger – YouTube clip

A Beast No More

I was very blessed to watch the new “Beauty And The Beast” movie in gold class recently. As soon as my daughter, Sarah, heard they were making the movie she told me that we ‘simply HAD to see it’. Going to gold class was something we had talked about doing for some time, it was exciting to plan it . Leading up to the movie I was reminded of the time I took her to a play of “Beauty And The Beast”. She was 6 years old so when the scary scenes played out she climbed onto my lap.

At the end of the play the cast came out into the foyer for pictures. Sarah was in awe of Belle and quickly ran to her for a picture. But even with the Beast character dressed as a prince Sarah simply wouldn’t approach him. All she could ‘see’ was the ‘beast’ he had been before.

Sickness has plagued me most of my life so it is difficult at times to think and acknowledge that my situation has changed. There have been moments where the ‘beast of sickness’ threatens to roar again. But I am urged to stand fast and hold onto the promise that I am healed; the promise that I am being restored; and I am being transformed!

It might be easy for people to see me back in bed and think of the old me. But I am to think of it no more. I am declaring afresh that I am redeemed.

May I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He has healed me inside and out from every sickness and disease. As promised in Psalm 103:2-3.

The psalm continues and even declares that “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12 New Living Translation (NLT)

Mistakes made this week seemed to bring up every single mistake I’ve ever made! I was drowning in feelings of failure! I felt like the old ‘beast’ had returned. But then I was reminded that God promises: a new covenant – Hebrews 10:16 -17 – the Lord will place His law into my heart and write it upon my mind. God declares He will never again remember my sins and lawless deeds!

There is a song which I just love and this one line really stands out to me: “In the darkest of night you come with the light and restore my identity” – Love Casts Out Fear by Phil King. That one line reminds me that this restoration phase is much more than physical. I am being mentally; emotionally; and spiritually restored (and transformed).

I am reminded that God sees me as His royal daughter. Because I am God’s child I am heir with Christ Jesus to all of Heaven’s riches. It leaves me in a state of awe trying to comprehend these astounding promises.

If you feel like a ‘beast’ drowning in your past, my prayer is that God restores to you the promises He has placed into your heart. That His voice will resound in your heart. That your identity as His royal child – a coheir with Christ Jesus is restored! Ask Him to place upon you His armour starting with the royal crown (helmet) of salvation!

Many Blessings!

Picture Cred – Paweł Furman

“Love Casts Out Fear” – Phil King – YouTube clip

“So Much Grace” – Jonathan & Melissa Helser – YouTube clip

Sleep Where Are You?

It’s so frustrating being unable to sleep! Thoughts race through your mind such as: “oh I’m going to be so tired tomorrow” another might be “oh I won’t be able to function” or “why can’t I sleep? This is so ridiculous!”.

I need sleep! I simply can’t function without a decent amount of sleep! In the depths of my adrenal fatigue night sleep was sometimes impossible. My body would get overtired which would then set my mind racing and then my heart! I tried various things to get to sleep and most failed. The frustration would build and build! But then it changed! After my healing God set me on a path of restoration – yay!!! One key element that I regained was sleep! A decent night sleep was so refreshing!!!

But then I had nights when I was again awake at 2am or 3am, I wondered what was going on! I had a revelation that sometimes prayer is more important than sleep. An urgent prompting to arise and pray was burnt into my spirit. I felt God ask me “how much is a loved one’s life worth to you? How much ransom would you pay if they were taken hostage?”.
Of course you can’t put a price on someone’s life but I know that I would do all I possibly could do to get someone set free from captivity! Guess what?! Prayer can set your loved ones free! Sometimes a loved one is being held captive, they are being held hostage and if they are not rescued the price they will pay is more than their earthly life, it’s their eternal life! Their soul is being held captive! Scary thought that someone’s salvation is at stake! Actually it’s terrifying! It’s even more sobering to realise that you have the key to unlock their prison cell! You have the words that will bring life to their spirit! You have the bounty that will purchase their soul for God!

Whoa that’s powerful! That’s life changing! Not only in this life but for all of eternity!
So what is a few hours lack of sleep worth? It is worth a lot! It can change lives! What are a few hours in comparison to eternity? Not even a blip! So don’t focus on what you’re missing out on (sleep), instead focus on the opportunity you have (praise and prayer). If God has called you to be awake, then He will enable you to cope. He will strengthen you for the coming day! He will equip you with the prayers to pray!

You may be awake because God wants to speak to you and remind you of how much He loves and cares for you! Yay! Awesome! Bask in that! Soak it into your soul! Know that He loves you and cares for you! To be able to soak in God’s love is refreshing and invigorating!

You may be awake to pray for others. Be faithful in that. Write the prayers down and share them with the people you pray for. Send them a message let them know you’re there for them, but more importantly that God is caring for them!

You may be awake because you need to join all of creation in singing songs to the Lord! As the day begins new things burst forth! Be there to grab them! Be there to hear from God! Rejoice in the new day!

Each night I declare that God gives rest to the weary; joy to those mourning; and a sweet refreshing sleep (Jeremiah 31:25-26) and that I will get the right amount of sleep.

So when you find yourself awake in the late hours of night or early hours of the morning ask God why. Then wait, sing a song of praise and open your ears to hear. It will be amazing!!!!

Many blessings

“Be Still” – Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger – YouTube clip

“This Is Not A Test” – TobyMac – YouTube Lyric Video ft. Capital Kings

Living Above Circumstances

Tuesday I had started working on my weekly blog and my theme was based on an everyday God. Whilst imprisoned Paul wrote about how he had learned to be content, through Christ, and satisfied regardless of his circumstances: “….for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11 (KJV)

In the message version it explains that Paul had discovered something significant: “I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (an excerpt of verses 10-14)

It’s a truly astonishing thing to be content regardless of circumstances, especially when his circumstances would have been very dire!

What was this incredible ‘recipe’ that Paul had discovered and was experiencing in the darkest of places?

Could it be:

That he sensed God was with him.

That he knew his home was in heaven so his current situation was only temporary.

That God was using him even in that place.

He knew his strength, comfort and joy came from the Lord not his current situation!

Was Paul holding onto promises such as this: “My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 (Amplified)

What an inspiration! What a challenge!

As I contemplated this statement I wrote “I hold onto the truth that Paul found hope despite his circumstances, so therefore I can too!!!!”

Wednesday afternoon and evening this statement was tested!

A migraine attack raged in me and I was forced into bed. As I laid there listening to worship music I cried out to God. I rebuked my pain, the nausea and intense tingling in my face and arm. At one stage I thought I’d throw up so I knelt in front on my toilet crying out to God for victory. I asked God to either enable me to vomit – thus purge me or enable me to sleep. I didn’t vomit so I declared that God would give me a sweet refreshing sleep (Jeremiah 31: 25-26).

Thursday I woke up early, when hubby left for the airport, I felt terrible. I put on worship music and then thankfully managed some more sleep. I wasn’t able to get out of bed for breakfast until 8.30 am. I had a terrible headache, I felt very woozy but my vision had returned and the tingling in my face and arm was also gone! Previously migraines like that had progressed and left my left side numb for days, I would also have a constant intense headache and be too woozy to do much at all!

God promises to be my very present help in my time of need: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

Wednesday night I felt like I was in the fight of my life – for my life. I had made a decision to give my all to God and totally rely on Him,  I felt in that moment I was being tested.  I decided that night that Jesus mattered to me much more than my circumstances or pain! I can boast of the good work that has been done in me by Jesus! I know I have the belt of truth around my waist and no one can remove God’s truth from my life!!

“Only when you begin to trust the Lord and rely on His love and grace will you learn to be content regardless of where you live or how bad your circumstances seem.” Bob George

My circumstances demanded that I wasn’t healed! My body screamed for relief. Only Jesus can complete the good work that has been started! Jesus has healed me and is restoring me! I am being transformed into who God wants me to be! I need to hold onto that NO matter what my circumstances say! NO matter what my body does!

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”” John 7:38 (NLT)

I speak words of life over my body to bring it into alignment with God’s promises!

I can sing and I can dance – Because of His great joy

I can laugh and I can rejoice – Because of His amazing grace

Jesus fills me with His joy

Jesus fills me with His grace

I pray that today you can live above your circumstances. That you can grasp onto the great promises that God has given you.

Many blessings!

Pic cred Diana Simumpande

Building 429 – “Impossible” (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube clip

Steven Curtis Chapman – “Warrior” – YouTube clip

Link to “War Room” movie

Free Indeed!!!

Freedom from illness is a complicated thing! 124 days into my healing and I still struggled with moments of doubt. I was in a place of feeling extremely tired again to the point of needing 2+ hours of sleep during the day. I found the song “Freedom” by Bethel and it greatly encouraged me!

Freedom is defined as: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants; the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved; the state of being unrestricted and able to move easily. Ephesians 3:12 urges my faith to arise so that I can approach God in confidence and freedom.

This remind me that I am to:

Think, act and continue to declare the things God has promised me (healing, restoration and transformation).

Remind myself that in my spirit I am truly freed and NO longer restricted by illness, sickness, disease, pain………I am to urge my physical body to transform into that reality!

2 Corinthians 3:17 promises me that where God’s spirit is freedom will be found! So I implore the Holy spirit to fall afresh upon me.

I long for the garment of praise to fall upon me!

John 8:36 declares that when Jesus sets us free we are FREE INDEED! So I declare it again! I desperately cry out for freedom!!!

“It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It has been written into our spiritual DNA to hunger for the impossibilities around us to bow at the name of Jesus” Bill Johnson

Now at day 186 I hope and pray that this may this come to pass:

“By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order. Everything’s falling apart on me, GOD; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, GOD; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don’t forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don’t swerve an inch from your course. I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever— what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say— I always have and always will.” Psalm 119:105-112 MSG

Freedom Reigns

There is freedom in every breath I take

I breathe in Your words of life

There is freedom in every step I make

I walk in all you call me to

There is freedom in every move I take

I move in all you direct me to

There is freedom in every prayer I make

As I pray the things upon my heart

It all brings you glory and honour

“It doesn’t matter what the situation looks like around you; God is greater than any obstacle you may be facing. Don’t assume that where you’ve been, or where you are, is as good as it gets.” Joyce Meyer

I pray that your own shackles break open today and you can walk in freedom.

Blessings

Vickie Winans – “Shake Yourself Loose” – YouTube clip

Bethel – “Freedom” – YouTube clip

 

 

A Great Treasure

I have been reflecting upon the story of Peter and a crippled man.

The story begins with describing his life: crippled since birth; carried each day to sit beside the Temple gate; here he would beg as people walked past.

The crippled man sees Peter and John approach and asks them for money. “..Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” Acts 3:6-7 (NKJV)

Peter gave to the crippled man in the temple something far more precious than silver or gold – the gift of eternal life which manifested in the form of healing and wholeness! How astounding!!

What an amazing treasure we hold inside of us!

God’s word promises that through Jesus’ power we have the cure for every situation! All we need to do is become bold! The only lasting thing we can give people is Jesus!

As I reflect on that story I wonder how many opportunities have passed me by? How many times have I remained silent when I shouldn’t have?

“The invasion of God into impossible situations comes through a people who have received power from on high and learn to release it into the circumstances of life.” Bill Johnson from his book ‘When Heaven Invades Earth’.

I am also struck at how simple the interaction was. Peter just reached out and asked the man to believe in the name of Jesus! I am reminded again to be simple in my prayer life but also specific and strategic – rebuke strongholds.

In the Amplified Bible version it states Peter advised him to walk and keep on walking! This is a great reminder that healing comes but also testing and so we need to keep pressing in and declaring we ARE healed! The days when we can’t face another step we need to remember the great power we have inside of us and command our body to respond!

“Putting Christ’s words into practice enables us to stand through the storms of life and live above our circumstances.” Bob George

I desire to be completely restored and totally transformed. Then I can live out the awesome challenge to transform the world around me! So today I will walk in the promises that God has given me. I will declare them afresh over my life to enable me to keep walking. I’ll remind myself of this great treasure that I have inside of me and the great commission I’ve been given to impact the world in the name of Jesus!

Bobbie Houston states: “I STILL believe miracles can happen in the darkest places… PRAY to that end. ADVOCATE to that end. RAISE YOUR VOICE to that end. The world is “ripe for light.””

I also love the crippled man’s response to his healing: “and with a leap he stood up and began to walk; and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” (Verse 8 AMP)

His praising started a chain reaction: “All the people saw him walking and praising God; and they recognized him as the very man who usually sat begging for coins at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement and were mystified at what had happened to him.” (Verses 9 &10 AMP)

What a great reminder that our praise and worship can be contagious!

“Praise honors God. But it also edifies us and destroy the powers of hell!” Bill Johnson

I desire to impact the world with the treasure of words that God is giving me and Smith Wigglesworth challenges me so much with this statement: “Fear looks; faith jumps. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible, to believe and to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”.

I pray that today, right now, you can join me in claiming anew the great treasure you hold within. Then see a way to impact the world around you. It may be small but don’t worry God takes our small efforts and magnifies them. Remember that your praise and worship alone can be contagious!

Many blessings!

Freedom song – Bethel Music – YouTube clip

Jonathan David & Melissa Helser – Resurrection in My Veins – YouTube clip

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) – Hillsong Worship – YouTube clip

Check out more great stuff about Bethel

Link to Bill Johnson’s book – ‘When Heaven Invades Earth’ on Koorong

Photo Cred Pixabay

Gratitude Changes My Attitude

So many times my prayers are requests; so many times my prayers focus on what I need; my prayers may focus on the needs of others; but so many times I’ve found myself ranting and raving at God……. But I’ve been challenged by the idea that gratitude can change my attitude!

“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. My sincere prayer is that we may, in our individual lives, reflect that marvellous virtue: an attitude of gratitude. “Thomas S. Monson

Jeremiah 33:11 reminds us to: give thanks to the LORD Almighty! For the LORD is good! He is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He rules over all. His steadfast love endures forever. His lovingkindness is everlasting! His mercy endures forever. (a paraphrase of the NIV, NLT, ESV,  NASB and NET Bible)

Since Sept 2016, as a family, we started to record weekly thankful notes. Thursdays are now our ‘thankful jar’ days. At Christmas we got all the notes out and I read aloud each one and we reflected on those moments. It was such a special moment and one that (pun coming……) I will be thankful for!!!!

Since September there have been weeks where my paper wasn’t big enough and limiting the joyous week to a single sentence was hard!

But there were also tough weeks where I really had to push past feelings of failure, exhaustion and despair to find something to be thankful for.

Praising God in all circumstances seemed just impossible! In the depths of despair, how could I possibly praise?

But then I was challenged!

Does my circumstance change who God is?

Do my feelings change who God is?

Thankfully NO!

God is so worthy of my praise in ALL circumstances because of who He is!

His love for me is unending!

His grace is unending!

“Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is gracious and lovely.” Psalm 135:3 (Amplified Bible)

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful. We let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..” Joel Osteen

As I delve deeper into God I don’t want my prayer life to become stagnant! I want His presence to permeate every fibre of my being! I also want to remain always grateful, always thankful, always in awe, always astounded, always amazed……. I have found that when I simply worship God for who is He, I truly do find the worries of life fade away. As I connect deeply with His heart and breathe deep of His hope life takes on a whole new perspective!

“Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.” Colossians 2:7 (NCV)

I am reminded that during my sick period of life, I found it EXTREMELY difficult to worship because there didn’t seem much to be grateful about. How awful is that?! How horrible?! But I realise now that worship isn’t about how I feel, or what’s going on in my life! Worship is simply adoration for the One who loves me with an everlasting life-giving love!!!

Whatever you face today can I ask that you please join me in saying thanks to God. Thank Him for who He is – awe inspiring; bountiful in love; swift in mercy; abundant in grace; passionate; relentless in His pursuit for more of us………….

Maybe you could start your own jar of thankfulness or a journal dedicated only to thankfulness?

Many blessings

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