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1 In Faith

A Prophetic Art Journey – A Guest Post

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I was thrilled when Leah at Dance And Be Glad asked me to guest post on her blog and share my prophetic art journey.  If you have never met Leah, she has a beautiful heart of worship. As a person who was once involved in worship dance, I have found that I have so much in common with her.  I love that she is allowing God to use her blog to express God’s heart in the various art forms.  You must have a look around her blog.  You will love it! Here is a little teaser on my post:

My journey in art began several years ago. I am privileged to belong to a church community that embraces the freedom of expression in various art forms such as worship, media, dance, drama, painting, or sketching.  Although I have been involved on worship teams and led a worship dance team, I never really considered myself an “artist”.  I did not have an understanding as to what true creativity was, but desired to be creative.  I began to pray and ask the Lord to release His creativity through me.

To read the rest of my post, click here.  Thank you for reading.  Please leave a comment letting me know that you stopped by!

14 In Faith

Perspective

Paternò - Sunset in perspectivephoto © 2010 Francesco Pappalardo | more info (via: Wylio)

 

I found myself losing mine yesterday.  For a moment, most of the day really, I took my eyes off of the reason for the season.  I allowed my circumstances to rise to the forefront and I was once again faced with fear, anxiety and depression.  How does this happen?  How do I walk in joy and victory one day, and fear and anxiety the next?  I just wrote a guest post over at 5 Minutes for Faith about not fearing what appears to be immovable mountains in our lives, and found myself camping at the base of the mountain, forgetting for a moment that I did not have to fear because the Lord was with me, and that with Him ALL things are possible.
So last night, after regaining my focus, I began to think about perspective. It’s the way I see things. Do I want to continue to look at my life as half empty, or have full? It’s about my attitude. Will I allow myself to become bitter and angry over something that I, in my own strength, cannot change? It’s about choosing joy in the midst of hardship and struggle. Every new circumstance that my family is faced with that could be a cause for worry, doubt and fear is an opportunity to look up into the face of God, reflect on His promises and faithfulness to us, and realize how truly blessed we are.
I have a loving husband who works hard to provide for our family
and who loves me unconditionally.


My children are healthy and following the Lord.

We have shelter and food on our table.

My family lives nearby and we get to enjoy Christmas together.

Unemployment has brought opportunity for sacrifice and growth.

One car broke down, but we have two that are working.

Not enough money for all that I want to give at Christmas….but JESUS is FREE!

I have been pondering these scriptures this morning as I allow God to once again breathe hope over my circumstances.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:5)
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.  (Psalm 121:1-2)
“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:5-8)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  (Psalm 118:1)
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  (Psalm 27:13)
How about you?  Have you lost your perspective?  He is with you Beloved One.  May Jesus come afresh and a new and breathe hope over your circumstances.  May you be filled to overflowing with peace and joy!
Merry CHRISTmas!
2 In Faith

Contending For A Breakthrough – Guest Post

I am thrilled to be guest posting over at Courtney’s blog, Live Beautiful.  If you have never visited her blog, you absolutely must.  She is a young mother and wife and although my children are much older than hers, I’ve learned a lot from reading her blog and have always been encouraged by it.  
Today I am sharing a post I wrote some time ago about Contending for A Breakthrough.  Will you stop over and have a look?  And please leave me a comment letting me know you did!  
9 In Faith

Exposed Roots

Rootsphoto © 2055 Steve Garry | more info (via: Wylio)

 

My 10 year old daughter had to have two teeth extracted a couple of days ago.  She can be somewhat fearful of pain, so I told her that if at all possible I would ask them to use “laughing gas”.  She had a prior dental experience when she was about 7 where gas was used and it was easy breazey.  However, I did not promise her anything and with her being older now, I explained that she may just have to endure a little bit of pain and discomfort. After talking with the dentist, and after watching her brother get a cavity filled with just a little drama, we decided to just use Novocaine.  When the dentist came in, my daughter lost it. I could barely endure watching.  She was so scared and I was scared for her.  Yet I knew that she had to endure this minimal amount of pain in order to prevent further tooth decay and protect her other teeth.  To say I felt like a failure as a mother is an understatement.  She cried through the numbing process but I assured her that afterwards, she wouldn’t feel anything. At least that was a promise I could keep.  She did fine for the rest of the procedure and promised she didn’t hate me for letting her go through the pain.

Over the last couple of days, the Lord has been speaking to me about the roots in my own life.  Most are planted in good soil, where they will continue to receive nourishment and grow.  However, there are some roots in my life that, although may have started out in good soil, have become exposed and contaminated with the disease of this world and unhealthy mindsets.  These roots have become infected and the Lord says that now is the time for the extraction to take place.  I do not like pain and I would like nothing better than the Lord to numb me first, so that I do not feel the process.  But I believe that the Lord would allow me to endure it as a reminder of the things I must do to ensure a healthy root system in my life.  

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:5)

Jesus is the vine.  His roots go down deep.  If I remain in Him, grafted and clinging to Him, then I will be free of contamination and spiritual disease.  I long to bear fruit.  I  long for my roots to go down deep into good soil.  I want to be so founded and built on Christ that nothing can shake me.  Yet, there are areas in my life where I have allowed myself to become weak due to my lack of spiritual nourishment.  My heart yearns for God, yet certain areas of my life are suffering due to my lack of intimacy with Him.  It’s not that I don’t spend time with the Lord. But some days it’s just hard. And I long to go deeper.  I want to bear the fruits of righteousness in my life.  And I must continue to allow God, the Living Water, to bring health and nourishment to those areas where I am weak.  The pruning process is hard and painful at times, but necessary so that my diseased roots can be pulled up in order for new birth and growth to take place and be established in good, healthy soil.  
I love how the Lord speaks to me through situations in my every day life. My daughter has already recovered from her ordeal at the dentist.  Me, I am continuing to ask the Lord where I am weak.  My heart yearns for God.  I know that He loves me even in my weakness and in those times when I feel so far away from Him.  And so I choose to be exposed.  I choose to be vulnerable and to face my weakness, knowing that where I am weak, He is strong.  I choose to come to Him, empty handed, faced with my lack and my sinful state.   And I say “YES”.  I give Him permission to come, to uproot those areas in my life that do not bear good fruit.  He is such a gentle, loving Father. I know that He will walk with me through the pain.  His heart is for me.  He loves me too much to leave me rooted in unhealthy soil.
5 In Faith

A Prayer

God, I must have more of You.
I long for an encounter with You, the Living God.
For only You can
satisfy my thirsty soul. 
Lord, I give you permission. Do whatever it takes.

There is nothing or no one more desiring of my affection than You.

Lord, cleanse me.
Strip me of everything that is not of You.
Purify my heart so that I may walk with You.
I want to experience Your touch, Your love, Your joy!

God, I must know Your heart.
I want to lean into You.
Keep me focused on You and what You’re doing.
Open my eyes so that I might see.
Open my ears so that I might hear.
I want to see Your beauty in all things.

Lord, I must have You.
Consume me to my very core.  
Invade my life, shift my priorities.
Satisfy the longings of my heart.

God, show me what I was created for.
I was created to love you. Yes, and this is enough.
Yet I ask, what would you have me to do here on this earth?
Lord, unlock my creativity.
You are a creative God.
You desire to move through me.  
Release Your creative anointing in me. 

God, my soul longs for You.
My soul yearns for You.
I must have more.
Consume me. 


Lord, Set my heart on fire for You.
I long to encounter You that I might be changed.
I long to experience Your love.
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