It has been a long time now. This last year has been amazing in it's entirty yet trying in it's moments to moments. My life and family has been topsy-turvied. What we ask for in our secret heart of hearts is gifted in a unexpected way. And so, this last year is exemplary in expectation.
It is funny when we imagine how our requests will turn out. We seem like a little girl in the fairy tales imagining life in perfect sequence. When, in reality, our supplications are headed and God starts to move on our behalf, our expectations lack. How amazing it is with a deficient imagination. The exemplary moments of our chaos breed intricut opportunity to showcase God's creativity.
My biography is being exposed. Perfectly compiled by the master author from time and space foreseen. Topsy-turvy may very well be a correction to stand life upright. Life's biography, not by authorizion, is my phenomena ghost written from outside space and time.
My topsy-turvy life's biography has become a multimedia autobiography. Topsy-turvy to brokenness. My biography has been laid bare. Aches for what used to be, happy for what we asked for, frustration when reality set in. A year of topsy-turvy, one after another, equals brokenness.
An exerpt from my journal dated July 19, 2016:
In a way, it was a pitty party. I could not do what I was accustomed too and I miss that. But ultimately, I felt separated from my God. Like a piece of plexiglass between us. I could see and reach out for Him only not feel Him. I couldn't break through. And it broke me!
Many popular quotes can be applied to my biography daily, like a bipolar rollercoaster! "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gunna get.". My favorite, "Just for me"! I do not know or plan to figure out what today brings. Topsy-turvy may not be such a bad thing. I can only look to hills from where my help comes from, the maker of heaven and earth.
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The #1 most important task given to parents is the raising up of our children. Why did such amazing patriarchs such as King David have such a dysfunctional family? David was given a monumental claim, being the man after God's own heart. Could it be that, as the king of Israel, David mistook the priority of ministry? We know little about the training of his children. However, we know the result of his fatherhood.
One son raped his sister. Another killed his brother that raped his sister. Yet another son tried to take the kingdom from his father. Another tried to manipulate his way into kingship from his brother after his father had died. What went wrong?
The raising up of our children, the incredible task we are gifted.
On the flip side, why was Job so successful as a father? "When these celebrations ended--sometimes after several days--Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, "Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular practice."
Job put his task of being a parent first in his life. His prioritized ministry was his family. It was his regular practice to purify his children. Not that his children had sinned but just in case. His children's relationship with the Lord was a constant assignment. And Job played the undertaking perfectly.
Likewise, we are set before us an incredible task. Ministry begins in the home. Our first priority for ministry should always be our family. Therefore we have before us an antithesis. Do we become a Job or a David? "Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court."
Let us start now, in our rooms for war, rising up in our children the good fight of faith. In this series, we will learn just that. To war in prayer over specific areas of our children's lives that the enemy will and is trying to steel, kill, and destroy. The enemy would not be fighting them if they were not made for righteous things. Our children pose a threat to they enemy and his plans. Let us scare the daylights out of the enemy. Rise up with me Momma's!
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Well, we did it! The Acts Experience has been experienced. What an amazing journey the Lord has put us on. In this final week, I learned new things about my walk before the Lord. For the first time, I saw Acts as my experience, not just Paul's. The character of the apostles and the early church became personal and intimate with my heart.
Acts deals with the history of the early church but is about the spread of the gospel. Not consumed by the life of Paul being a great man but the greatness of the Holy Spirit who makes any man great for His purpose and calling. The intense focus is on the providence and hope the Holy Spirit brings in testimony of Himself.
Prayer from the First5 app this week:
Your Power can never be stopped. Help me proclaim this truth when my circumstances scream louder than my faith. In season's of waiting or when I feel harassed, help me remember that Your Grace is enough for me. I can appeal to the Highest Power in the world and in me-Your unchanging love and goodness. Amen!
Trials do not mean harm or evil but mean growth for our character and most importantly, growth for the kingdom of Heaven. As Paul, much like Stephen, was being wrongfully accused and had every right to defend himself, he chose to point his audience to the heart of Jesus. Instead of proving his innocence, he proved the power of God. The early church had a big calling and a huge focus. The trials of the early church exceeded the rational will of the flesh.
The LORD purposefully sets up every detail. If Paul had not been assigned the centurion for the ship ride to Rome. If Paul did not have the consideration, impressed the centurion by his character. If Paul was not live in line with the heart of God. There are too many "coincidences" in history to negate the providence of God.
In week 5 we experienced Acts 19-23. We took the trip with Paul through his 3rd and into his 4th missionary journey. Starting in Ephesus to his arrest in Jerusalem.
For the gifts and calling of the LORD are irrevocable.
Experiencing Acts this week, WOW! Providence is what I received this whole week. Providence; fate, luck, foresight, circumspection, saving, supervision, sparingness, thriftiness, destiny, circumstances, preparedness, forethought, fortune, providence, sense, success, history, karma.
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
What the world sees and names as an accident or unexplainable, the LORD says, it was ME! How true this is in Acts. What a blessing we have to see the beginning of the revelation of history's unfolding providence before us. The accounts of Paul's past and present purpose is so hope filled. Our record of Paul screams providence.
As a prisoner in the LORD, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received:
Remembering Paul's example to work hard and bless by giving. Be alert, aware through the Holy Spirit. Expose your scars, your testimony is beautiful. You are the Lord's providence to the world. His pride and success.
I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,
Happy Wednesday. We finished up week 4 of The Acts Experience from Proverbs 31 Ministries. Wow! What a week. The Lord is so good and good to praise. In week 4, we experienced Acts 14-18. What a ride finishing up Paul and Barnabas' first missionary journey. We experienced conflict resolution from the Jerusalem counsel then on to Paul's second missionary journey.
I love what Pastor Jack Graham said, it fits Paul and Barnabas' mission journey perfectly.
The Church is not an aquarium for believers but a hospital for sinners.
As Paul and Barnabas continue their journey, they are seen going into the synagogues, a place where Rabi's and Jewish men would gather teaching from the Torah. Paul and Barnabas went where the trust of Jesus needed to be preached. What better way than to teach to the teachers themselves. Where they would have rapport being Paul a Rabi himself to have open ears to hear.
We are finally introduced to an unsung group of hero's. Aquila and his wife Priscilla who are the first married apostles in the New Testament. They are somewhat of a spiritual parents to Paul. They are the only ones recorded that Paul accepted provisions from. Likewise we also meat an amazing man of gumption and eloquence, learned, mighty in Scripture, and furverant in spirit; Apollos. Aquila and Priscilla took young Apollos in. Mentored him, taught and corrected him, encouraged him. Aquila and Priscilla did their job for Jesus masterfully!
There are those people in your life that you will never forget. Their kind words, beautiful spirit, loving gestures, generous sacrifices, humble countenance. These jewels in our lives are irreplaceable. To have one that you can call family is beyond a blessing.
I can remember watching in complete wonder sitting at the table as I watched her meticulously outline her lips with a perfect red that accented her features she had just accentuated from her eyes to her cheeks, even her beautiful slender neck and collar bone. Wow! Can this perfect angel really be MY aunt? All that she does is a wonder to me as a young girl. With her high end style, shopping days were the best with Aunt Nene.
Delicate and selfless she gave all she had to taking care of Granddaddy after Grandmother left us to enter the thrown room of heaven. Could I ever live up to such a high standard of being a daughter?
My imagination is unbounding as I fathom the great majesty you are in the presence of. My heart hurts when I look at the future without our summers and fun. One day I will see you blemish-less, being more perfect than you were with us. Could that be so? I love you Aunt Nene. Your life is a testament to your beauty that graced us. It is an honor to call you MY aunt. Happy 1st Birthday. Enjoy your party incomparable with our Jesus. We miss you but are comforted that we will see you again and to never be separated thus after.
We are in week 3 of our Acts Experience. How did you all fair this week? We journeyed from Acts 10 through Acts 13. What a great week I thought. Being introduced to the opening of the gospel to the gentiles with the first gentile salvation, Cornelius. His conversion was a major stepping point for the spreading of the gospel.
Cornelius' outstanding gumption to know God set the course of history. A purposeful completion that God "is a rewarder of those who seek Him". Hebrews 11:6 The craving and tender heart of the man Cornelius opened the path for the heart of Peter to break down barriers, partiality, and tradition. With amazement and understanding the gentiles were too made clean by the blood of Jesus. The veil was rend in the hearts of the circumcised. A way was made for your heart.
What God has cleaned, no longer consider unholy
Peter found himself in the situation where he had to defend his actions that were ordered by the Holy Spirit. Not by arguing or debating did he answer. He simply took the accusers on a guided tour of understanding. He ended putting the situation to scripture and obedience.
The gentile believers were spreading through Antioch. Here we are called Christians. Acts 11:26. Christians meaning "Christ-ones" or "Anointed-ones"; as Christ is Greek for the Hebrew Messiah or anointed.
A bitter sweet time this was. James was killed by Hared and Peter thrown into prison awaiting his execution. But the impossible happens. Being sound asleep and in full peace the night before his execution, Peter is rescued by an angel out of prison. So sound a sleep in fact that the angel had to strike his side to awaken him. Wow! What faith and peace. The peace that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7
Prayer moves mountains. Prayer is our direct communication before the thrown of God. Where petitions come to Him and He gives orders of action. Keep seeking, keep knocking, keep asking and the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 The Lord will move! This is our powerful and only offensive weapon. The best there is.
As a linear action. We see Hared. In his pride, his self exaltation of thinking himself worthy of praise, god like, he is sentenced to death by the true God. Where Peter was rescued, Hared took his place before the reaper. Dying of a horrible and painful death, Hared is eaten alive from the inside out by intestinal worms. Yikes! What the enemy means for bad, the Lord works all those things for the good of the ones who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done. The saving of many lives
Lastly, we began the first missionary journey of Paul. He and Barnabas are set apart, dedicated for a special purpose. Just as you are set apart for the special purpose only you can accomplish. "Speak boldly and Love openly". Have an amazing week ladies!
We are in week 2 of our Acts Experience. This week we saw the treachery and consequences of Ananias and Sapphira purposeful and premeditated lies to the Holy Spirit and about their shady devotion to the LORD. We moved on to the persecution and ultimate death of bold Stephen before the Sanhedrin. We were also introduced to Saul, the persecutor of the Christian Jews along with his conversion on the road to Damascus.
I felt very heavy on my heart this week about our individual importance to the LORD. We are picked out, drawn out of the multitudes to be individually cared for and sought out by the Creator of the Universe. The ONE who holds all things together holds you individuality as His highest treasure and importance.
Everything that happens to us has a distinct purpose and ramification. We witnessed the testament and boldness of Stephen. It is clear to see a direct correlation between Stephen's boldness and manner of speaking the truth of scripture with how he confronted the Sanhedrin. To the correlation of how Saul would one day speak to the Gentiles.
The Spirit asked me this question this week. How big is your population? For His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are more than my thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
Our Calling from God is not just about us. What He asks of us may not make a lick of since but may be the answer to another's deep need.
What a beautiful picture we were given in the study about Philip. "Every Individual is Just as Important as The Collected Multitude". Philip was in the middle a huge revival in Samaria where thousands were being moved by the Spirit. In the midst of his work, Philip was called to go down a desert road to have a personal one-on-one with an Ethiopian eunuch. This is such a wonderful reminder. I am, as you are, just as important to give His full attention too as any and all mankind! Never forget that!
Acts opens where the gospels left off. We find the Lord, Jesus, presenting Himself to the apostles for a 40 day time speaking of things concerning the Kingdom. This I love so much about the character of Jesus. He did not leave the apostles to figure things out or weep and moan for understanding. He came to them with encouraged and finished teaching them. What a caring God!
We find in the first 4 chapters of Acts that the intentions of The LORD go against the rational of the human process. This astounds the unrighteous and brings attention to the peace of The Holy Spirit. The focus is not on the speaking in tongues but the evidence of the power of the Spirit. This same power is still evident today, giving us recognized representation that we belong to Him.
Day 3 was a cross roads day. I could and by all rational, should have been sad. Yet, I was not. The Spirit has filled me with such joy and gladness. I can celebrate my Daddy and his legacy not weep or morn over the first year without my Daddy. (Daddy lost his battle to liver failure one year ago this day, April 27.) By all human understanding I should be upset and hurting but I find myself rejoicing in the time I had. With excitement I look forward to the time I will have again. This is the power of the Holy Spirit.
The power of The Holy Spirit allows joy when the flesh says to morn. Excitement when the norm says pain. His power transcends understanding. Your place will be shaken and you will be filled with this same power of the Holy Spirit speaking His words in boldness. This power, this dynamis (in Greek)-force, energy, mighty ability. What did you journal this week that you recognized as the dynamis-power of the Holy Spirit as a gift?
The dynamis gift I have is this. A "mighty ability". A mighty ability as a bride, mother, and teacher. I set the mood for our home. My influence as my Lovers helper with under girding him and as an influence to train my babies how to conduct themselves by my actions and example. The more I am filled with the Spirit, the more excitement my family has about Him. The more understanding and wisdom of scripture I draw, the more desire they have towards scripture. Likewise, if I get frustrated, less peace is in our home. As the bride and mother, I have the dynamis-power of the Spirit to set up my home to receive Him.
Our intentional choices. They give attention to an intentional cause. Intentional choices cause a "look". A blepo (in Greek)-to observe, discern, imply special contemplation. A blepo look opens ones eyes to what is hard to see, invisible if you will. For example: The Lord opened her eyes and Hagar saw the well of water Genesis 21:19; then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam and he saw the Angel of the LORD Numbers 22:31; Elisha prayed and the LORD opened the servants eyes and he saw (the chariots of fire) 2Kings 6:17.
I love this prayer First5 offered this week. "So come and live Your life through me. Use every part of my being. My emotions, my thoughts, my will, my actions, my words, and my time as Your own. Fill me with Your power. Set my words on fire so I will declare Your glory and point others to You. Amen!". Peter was filled with The Holy Spirit to declare the power by which healing had been done. May you be filled with the power of The Holy Spirit this week. Declare the power through your days.
What a beautiful week The Acts Experience has brought. With a first week like this, my anticipation for great weeks ahead grow strong. I am so pumped for next week! Please share what you have been given with us through week 1 of The Acts Experience. Stay blessed!