Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Counting My Blessings

1. Spent the day shopping with my teen, sister and her tot. Went to Target and Old Navy. I was able to get some shirts for my baby at about $1.37 each

2. On Sunday it was my SIC Michelle's son birthday. He turned 4 and he looked adorable.

3. Noticed my baby has two molars peeking our of her gums. How cool is that!!!

4. Spent a lovely evening in prayer with my husband. Holy Spirit was ministering us on many different areas of our past. Thank you for this lovely experience and my prayer is that we may continue to seek HIM with the same hunger.

5. My niece turned 13 this week. I remember the day she was born. I was in the hospital while my sister was having her and I witnessed first hand so many milestones in her life. But I am most grateful that she is growing up in the fear of the Lord. Her heart's desire is to consecrate herself for HIS service. Thank you Lord, for my niece and I pray that she may always love you.

6. So glad to hear that my niece had a really fun birthday with her family then a lovely evening out to dinner at the Olive Garden.....yummy!

7. My baby has been taking a few steps on her own. What fun to see her branch out.

8. My mom had minor out-patient surgery on her eyes and I praise the Lord that she is well for God's glory!!!!!

9. Continue to enjoy free lunches at a nearby elementary school. Now if we can only get up early enough for the free breakfast;)

10. Was able to chat with my cousins back in Ecuador!

11. My daughter was so glad to sing in this week's children's service.

12. My teen made me chocolate chip pancakes. They were so tasty!

13. My sister's SIL visited church this past Sunday with her baby girl who will turn 8 months soon. She is so cute:)

Breaking Free: Broken Pottery

This sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery.
Isaiah 30: 13-14

In the previous chapter, Beth illustrated several characteristics of a rebellious child of God.
In this chapter we will visit the 5th & 6th characteristics.

5. A rebellious child of God depends on deceit.
6. A rebellious child of God runs from the real answers.

These characteristics deal with running from the truth of God's Word and depending on satan's lies. Satan wants to distract the believer and use unhealthy attachments to things or people to lure us away from the truth of God's Word. The lies that Satan creates is to keep us in bondage. I have purposed in my heart to live the abundant life that Christ paid for me to have. Why settle for less dear brothers and sisters?

I have lived seasons of my life when I have fled from the only one who can heal me. Confronting the truth of who I really was..was simply to painful and I decided to deceive myself thinking that things were fine just the way they were. How wrong I was! When we make the decision to cut all chains that binds us to sin we experience a freedom that surpasses anything we could've ask or imagined.

Satan wants us to keep quiet and not confess our sins. I sincerely encourage you that if there is unconfessed sin in your life seek healing from the Lord. Please also prayerfully consider speaking to your church elders. There are areas in my past that needed to be confessed with the leaders of my church and ministration from Holy Spirit. You don't have to suffer in silence!

We can picture God being merciful and forgiving when we get into trouble accidentally, but we forget how compassionate God is when we are outright rebellious. His love extends to us even when we have rebelled against HIM.

Which characteristics of rebellion have been your tendencies?
Which do you find more difficult, returning to God or resting in HIM?

In my personal walk with the Lord, it has been more difficult for me to rest in HIM. My reasoning takes over and I tend to think of everything in a logical way. When situations arise my mind races and thinks of different ways to resolve. I have to confess my immediate thought is not always how will God work it out for my good. I do not want to insult God with my lack of faith because I know it is impossible to please HIM without it. Instead, I have to tell the Lord, I believe but help my unbelief.

May our merciful Lord continue to bless you on your breaking free journey!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Counting My Blessings

1. Spent another lovely Saturday afternoon with my family at Camp Taconic. We had fun playing games, picnic lunch then a lovely bbq dinner.

2. My baby enjoyed getting her feet wet with daddy and big sis in the lake. The brothers enjoyed playing soccer and basketball:)

3. To end the lovely day we happened to walk-in to this awesome church service being held at the camp-site. The room was filled with the presence of Holy Spirit. He was ministering, liberating and speaking to HIS people.

4. My Grandmother who is almost 100 yrs old was baptized this past Sunday. My brother e-mailed me the video and I felt like I was there. Thank you Lord for the privilege to see her get baptized.

5. Received such a motivating "pep" talk from my Pastor. God, you are awesome at mending my wounds. You are my HEALER!

6. I had the opportunity to video chat with my grandmother, brother and his family and she is no longer using a cane and looks great!

7. Went to KMart and got some great deals on toys for my girls.

8. Amy, may the Lord continue to bless you. My desire is that He continues to reveal HIS will to your heart. Be blessed....

9. Got another great deal on diapers for my baby girl. I am thankful for the find especially since the stockpile was running low. Thanks for the coupon Karen:)

10. Enjoyed having my mom over for dinner a few times this week. I always enjoy having her over!

Breaking Free: Upside Down

"Woe to the rebellious children!" This is the Lord's declaration. "They carry out a plan not Mine, They make an alliance, but against My will, piling sin on top of sin." Isaiah 30:1

Chapter 28 deals with: Rebelliousness.

Rebelliousness is the manifestation of a problem that goes much deeper than just choosing not to obey. It is a pattern of behavior that surfaces due to a root issue which must be yanked out. How? Through prayer and fasting the Lord reveals our condition and His Word and precious Holy Spirit heals.

I realized that my rebelliousness was a manifestation of childhood abuse. As an adult I never wanted to feel that helpless or vulnerable. I didn't want to feel that any other person had control over me. Situations that occurred to me as a child created a disastrous cocktail of emotions that over time were bound to explode. Explode I did....and others paid the consequence. As a result of childhood let downs rage and anger along with rebelliousness manifested in my life. I rebelled against God's authority and my husband's authority as the head of the house. Coming to Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit's ministration wasn't as easy as confessing because to me it meant reliving painful moments in my life. But I can testify that when I confessed I was healed. When I chose not to speak sin was eating away at me. The Lord opened my eyes to let me see the importance of confessing and allowing the Lord to heal. I didn't have to carry around the hurt and the pain that created this rebellious woman. I was set free and now am a new creature for the glory of God.

This chapter also has us reflecting the high price for rebellion. Yes, their are consequences to acts of disobedience. The last few weeks the Lord has been reminding me the high price that was paid for the forgiveness of my sins...for my redemption. He has been telling me in more ways than one that I am a child of God and that I must be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, deceiving myself (James 1:22).

I am truly thankful because His mercy seat is there for me and you to run to.

This chapter illustrates several characteristics of a rebellious child of God:

1. A rebellious child of God does not act like a child of God.
2. A rebellious child of God isn't willing to listen to the Lord's instruction.
3. A rebellious child of God prefers pleasant illusions over truth.
4. A rebellious child of God relies on oppression.

Are you able to relate to any of the above? All of the above?

If any or all of the above describe you, do not feel that you are a hopeless case. There is nothing impossible with our GOD! He is an expert, as one preacher put "recycling" human beings.

If we humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, and turn from our evil ways...He will hear from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal our shattered hearts.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Counting My Blessings

1. Went off to upstate NY for the women's more here !

The Lord prepared these goodies for us...HE is so detailed:

It was a beautiful experience to be able to pray with the Lord's soundtrack playing in the background...the lovely singing of birds and the rain falling to water the ground....

The Lord had the sun come forth and shine it's rays of warmth....

2. Did my CVS run and received free pens, scissors, and John Frieda hair care products for my teen!

3. Staples had some goodies (2 reems of paper, 2 packs of pencil and 10 folders) for my teen at an oop cost of .14 cents:)

4. My mom cooked chicken husband commented on how delicious it was and how it reminded him of his mom's soup....awww memories!

5. At Tuesday's service...we had a former member visit us with his new wife and sons. I pray that he may find his way back home, Lord. Like the father welcomed his prodigal son..I know you are waiting Lord!

6. Breaking Free study continues having me dig deeper than I may even want to go...but thank you Jesus because you work it all out for my good!

7. My beloved SIC celebrated another victorious year in HIM! Happy Earth Day Michelle !!!

8. My mom along with my sister and her girlies came over for a quick visit. I was finally able to give my niece the flip fliops I promised her. She is sooo adorable. Thank you Lord for my family!

9. My husband really helped me out around the house this week.

10. Depending on the weather...we may go back to Camp Taconic. My teen is so excited. The kids are praying for no rain!

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
You who do what HE commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility..
Zephaniah 2: 3a

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Women's Retreat Part I: Let Your Cup Overflow

I want to share the message that the Lord gave the women of my church during our women's retreat this past weekend.

Below is an image of oil being poured into a cup and the cup overflowing.
That was the theme of the retreat: LET YOUR CUP OVERFLOW!

The Lord gave the elder's of our church every last detail of what HE wanted to remind us of during this special time apart with HIM. One of the the specific words that the Lord gave was RE-EVALUATE! As children of God we must be evaluating and re-evaluating our walk with HIM. We must be checking our hearts and see if we have left any room for the enemy to introduce and plant any seeds of bitterness, anger, hurt, jealousy, etc.

When we come to Christ this is how we come to HIM.
Follow me on this and you will surely be blessed!
We are contaminted with all our past deeds, hurts, disappointments, etc.

The jug of water represents the Word of GOD.

~ Ephesians 5:26 "to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the WORD."

As we apply more of the WORD of God in our lives...not only reading it but by obeying and living it out..soon we are be cleansed!

"You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you." ~ John 15:3

With our constant searching for the LORD our cup will be overflowing...
However, there is still one outstanding issue that has not been dealt with.
You see those rocks at the bottom of the cup?

Those rocks represent roots of bitterness that corrupt and do not permit us to live that abundant life...

Did you notice that as were are seeking the Lord's divine intervention in removing these "rocks" out of our lives...there is now space in the cup?

We have to now fill ourselves with more of the Word of GOD and maintain our liberation!

If we are not careful and mindful of our daily walk with the LORD...look at what can happen.

"A little bit of yeast works through the whole batch of dough." ~ Galatians 5:9

If we are not constantly watching and praying this is where we can soon find ourselves....

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." ~ Galatians 5:1

This verse clearly state that the possibility does exist to be enslaved again after being liberated.

I thank the Lord, for HIS Words of caution. His perfect love for us is so evident...He does not want us to remain the same. HIS Son Jesus Christ paid the price for our freedom.


Are you removing those rocks?

"If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done." ~ Ezekial 33:13

"Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free." ~ John 8:32

"I tell you the truth, everyone who sin is a slave to sin" ~ John 8:34

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Breaking Free: To Live Happily Ever After

Most little girls dream of getting married, having children and living in the house with a white picket fence.
When I was younger I had similar dreams. I had dreams of becoming an astronaut and getting married in a huge wedding gown and having the perfectly decorated house and the perfect marriage.

However, as I got older and noticed that most of the people that I was surrounded by lived a life that was anything but I loosened my grasp of my dreams of bliss. The God that we have placed our faith in is a God who restores and can make something out of nothing. A breath from Him can give life to what we thought was dead.

In this chapter we are visiting our childhood dreams. If we submit our will to the authority and sovereignty of Christ..He will surpass our dreams. Beth Moore wrote, " He is obligated to keep us dissatisfied until we come to Him and His plan for complete satisfaction." I have seen these very words manifest themselves personally in my life when I have tried to substitute God's will with other distractions and give them the validity that they did not deserve.

This week's questions:

1. Why do some people refuse to give up on their dreams while others do?

Realizing their is hope in Christ is a motivator to put our heart's desire before the Lord, and sincerely hoping for HIS will to be done and not ours. Lack of faith that our GOD is the God of the impossible can deter us from the dreams that HE has placed in our hearts.

2. How has God brought happiness from pain in your life?

This week especially has me reflecting on my family. The family unity that I didn't experience as a child the Lord has exceeded my expectations..with a loving husband and children who are being trained up in the ways of the Lord and with having my mom and my sister and her family so close by and giving me a whole new family to brothers and sisters in Christ . The time that I wasn't able to spend with my mother because she was such a hard daughter's and I get to enjoy that precious time with her now. Pain experienced in my past, God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done in my life (Gen 50:19).

3. Why do you suppose we discount the importance of happiness in spiritual circles?

It could be that we are so focused on being "super spirituals" and not fleshy that we consider happiness just a carnal emotion instead of seeing it as "God's momentary gift". We should not rely on those "gifts" to be the source of our happiness but be thankful and grateful when the Lord sends one of those moments our way.

Please feel free to comment on any or all of the three questions listed that Holy Spirit may be ministering you on.
God bless you...beloved of the LORD!

My lover spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me,

See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.

Songs of Solomon 2:10-11

Monday, July 12, 2010

Counting My Blessings

1. Submitted my 4th and final quarterly report and Final Assessment for our first homeschooling year. I am so thankful to God that HE has allowed this experience. The time I have spent with my daughters is priceless :) Thank you JESUS!!!

2. An elementary school in our neighborhood is offering free breakfast and lunch and we are more than grateful for this and we meet there with my sis and her girls for even more fun!

3. After lunch we headed over to the library for some free a/c..:)...and some quiet time for bible reading,

4. Went to Old Navy and got some more $1.00 flip flops!!!

5. Did my shopping for the month at BJ's and my teen tagged along and was such a helper in packing the car,

6. My daughter turned 13 on Monday and I am amazed at all that the Lord has done in her life. HIS mercy and love has protected her and I am truly thankful. May HE continue to shine HIS face upon her and guide her through all of her days!

7. My baby turned 11 months this week....I am amazed at how these months flew by....

8. Went to my mom's house and she surprised us with fresh watermelon..a cool treat for such a hot day:)

9. Our families in Christ gave such thoughtful birthday gifts to my teen. She will enjoy all of them!

10. We spent most of my teen's birthday at my mom's house and had a pizza party. My mom is so loving and caring and I thank GOD for her!

11. My mom blessed us with some yellow plantains...she knows my husband really likes them!...Thanks mami:)

12. I am meditating on the past few weeks and thankful to the Lord for what HE has done...and what HE is doing in our lives...and expecting great things to come! We wait in you JESUS!!!

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The olive must be crushed in order to get oil...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Chapter 26: To Be Fruitful

This chapter Beth states that most people feel content if only..they were married, had the perfect job, had x amount of children, the perfect house of their dreams they would be "happy". They definitely have the wrong mind set since if they would be able to obtain these things sooner or later they would still feel discontentment. They long for something that no one or nothing materialistic that can possibly fill that empty void. They may not even know it but that void in their lives can only be fulfilled by Jesus occupying that special place that is reserved for HIM and only HIM!

I, too fell into this very trap. I thought once I had my own home, a certain income, etc. that I would be genuinely happy. However, I wasn't. I still longed for satisfaction that only came through receiving Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and having an intimate relationship with HIM.

This week we are asked:

How does fruitfulness look in your life? If you don't believe your life is fruitful, what do you think is causing it?

Fruitfulness in my life is my desire to continue. To press on ahead. Not to stay stuck where I am at in this particular moment in time but to know that in HIM there is so much more. Our GOD is infinite. There is hope in HIM.

HIS Word is such an inspiration to press on. If I remain in HIM and HIM in me then I will bear fruit and HIS Word states not only that but MUCH fruit!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Counting My Blessings

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1. CVS run this week was great. Flipped my ecb's and received some more items freeeeee!!!

2. Free OJ

3. Free shampoo

4. Free candles which completed my items to submit an SC Johnson rebate which were totally free and will be receiving $15.00 check soon.

5. My pastor paid an overdue visit. Thank you Lord because I know he truly cares!

6. Home School area is coming together...slowly but surely!

7. Curb alert....lovely little table for my printers

8. I found a $100.00 rebate check I had forgotten about...thank you Jesus!

9. Received a text from my cousin who experienced a great victory at a retreat she went to by faith!

10. This week has been a most humbling experience for me. I am in the process of healing and receiving the restoration the Lord has promised!

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
but patiently, I will wait
I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I am waiting
I will serve You
While I am waiting
I will worship
While I am waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy...No!!
But faithfully I will wait
I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I am waiting
I will serve You
While I am waiting
I will worship
While I am waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

While I am Waiting
John Waller

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Breaking Free: To Be Beautiful

This chapter has us contemplating our image of beauty. Being in Christ, knowing that I do not have to conform to this vain image of what a woman should look like just reminds me that God created me in HIS image.
Since I was about 9 I have been wearing glasses. My parents did not make me feel like I was any less beautiful than my sisters who didn't wear them. I remember my mom allowing me to pick out my own frames and even lense color (one year I chose blue frames with light blue tinted lenses...:)
As soon as I turned fourteen I asked my mom to buy me contact lenses because I wanted to ditch my glasses. I lost weight and there I view of beauty. The next year I started high school and I looked totally different than what many remembered.
My image of beauty was shaped and molded of images I noticed in the world. However, now that I have been exposed to the truth of true beauty through the Word of God I now understand that that is all fleeting. The beauty that is considered in the world is so momentary.

This weeks questions to ponder:

Do you feel beautiful? If so, what makes you feel beautiful? If not, what makes you feel un-beautiful?

I pray about this area especially since most of the time I feel beautiful when I have my contacts on and not wearing my glasses. However, when I am home I wear my glasses and my husband actually prefers when I do and his comments make me feel beautiful!

I continually present this area of my life to the Lord because I am sure that does not please HIM.


"Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear."
~ 1 Peter 3: 1-6

Help me Lord, to live up to your view of a truly beautiful woman. I want to be able to always reflect you. I am here, LORD!