Paris, France

I was presented the opportunity to spend 12 days in Paris, France. Of course I took it!

I knew I would be out of my comfort zone. Different culture, different language, and different money, was just the top 3 things I expected.

What I didn’t expect was the very fast pace it would take to get around!

I got shut out on the metro one time and one time only. I learned to push my way in like the rest of them. I saw a lady get her case stuck in the door and I am a quick learner. When the alarm sounds the door closes, get in or get out, it’s going to close.

I busted my tail on the streets of Paris, visiting museums, mausoleums, and monuments . I literally busted my tail on the cobblestone street as I tripped and landed on my backside.

My favorite part was not the Eiffel Tower, though it is beautiful, especially at night. It was not the ballet, though I love the interpretation of Cinderella. It wasn’t even the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral with all its history and stained glass windows.

My favorite was our visit to Omaha Beach in Normandy. I wish I could fully explain why! I really felt a solemn peace.

It was a humbling experience as we encountered the many graves, and were reminded of the heartbreak of that day, on Omaha Beach.

I strongly felt the presence of God and maybe even the soldiers, who rested there.

The graves with each name engraved and the number given them engraved on the back of the graves brought a emotional response.

One grave I saw was a unknown soldier. Unknown by man, but certainly known by God. Of course no number on the back of his grave.

Later that day, the flag was lowered over the American Cemetery. As we stood there tears filled my eyes,

I wish that war didn’t have to happen. I grieved for what mankind is capable of doing to one another.

Yet, at the same time my respect for their heroism is very high. I thank God for the United States Military, and for their continual sacrifice to keep us safe!

May God bless America!

Aligning with God in 2019

This blog post is a little different from my usual post. I am going to share what I have been hearing from the Holy Spirit.

I am doing my best as a daughter of grace to remain in the truth of his word. My goal is to encourage others in the truth of God’s word.

This post should not be read as anything other than encouragement to align with the Kingdom of God.

We must align with order and judgement as we enter the year 2019.

The new order will continue. I’m not talking about the new world order. It’s not yet.

Thankfully, our president refused to participate and put a big clink in that flow of things. Thank God for our our current leadership’s determination. May he keep ringing the bell!

Our country alignment makes our preparation as families alignment easier. We must get our household in order.

God will speak to the household of faith first. We must realize that he will judge his people first. We are blessed to be a blessing. To whom much is given, much is required.

Don’t fear God’s judgement. When God judges a matter, it is for your salvation. He is cleansing and putting things in order.

Judgement from God is cleansing under the covenant of grace.

Cleansing precedes blessing.

God will bring judgement as a cleansing, and not as a wrath for his people. God has not appointed us to wrath. We are appointed to Salvation.

Salvation is inclusive, meaning anyone has opportunity to enter eternal life, by faith in Jesus Christ.

We also have opportunity for deliverance, protection, healing, abundant blessings, but these benefits of salvation are not automatic. You have to press into the truth of His word and take it by faith. Do not harden your hearts.

Hebrews 3:7 -8 As the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, in times of testing in the desert.

We must believe by faith and we also sustain our promises by faith.

We have to remain in the family of God, with the understanding of Jesus being the first born of many brethren.

Brethren means of the same womb. Jesus is Holy, we remain in him and we are holy. As I understand it, the family of God, the Kingdom of God are in one in the same. We are in relationship, and we are part of his kingdom.

Luke 18:8 God will avenge his people, nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

Should we not examine our lives and fortify our souls?

In that same passage, chapter 18 of Luke, Jesus told a parable about the Pharisee and the publican, as a example of teaching us that we cannot trust in ourselves to be righteous, and therefore despise others.

We as faith filled believers, should realize the order: the first will be last and the last first in God’s kingdom, in God’s family.

The kingdom of God is doing the will of God.

What we can expect as God continues doing things his way in 2019.

Expect addition to the Gods kingdom in 2019.

Those crying out for mercy will be justified.

They will get the same rewards of those who stood with God from the beginning. They will receive both mercy and grace. Expect it!

Don’t be afraid to pray for God to judge your family and your nation.

Merciful judging by a good judge is both cleansing and strengthening.

Thank God for his righteous judgement!

Again 2019 will bring: Perfect order and perfect waiting period. Expect it!

Be prepared for a marathon!

Lets be real, most Christians usually stay in faith with sprints! But, Lord, when we have to run a marathon…

We are in need of both his mercy and his grace!

Expect abundant mercy and grace for the race!

Just as His mercy holds back judgement in wrath, His Grace beckons us and holds the door open, so we might come into his presence, and receive his power by the Holy Ghost.

We will need his presence and his power in our lives more than ever!

His presence is your assurance that you will successfully run the race toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Don’t try to do it alone!

Be prepared for to make a stand for righteousness.

Avoid self- righteousness. If you don’t know the difference, ( it’s rampant in the hour we live in,) stay aligned with the word of God. It’s divinely inspired. Don’t let nobody tell you different.

Expect 2020 to be the year of multiplication. Double digit multiplication.

Glory to God! We have been aligning since the year 2000.

The number 20 biblically means perfect waiting period! And when we hit 2020 we will experience compound multiplication in every area of life.

20, 20 will be a season of completeness and perfection.

Think 20-20 vision!

Think Biblically, Jacob took possession of all after 20 years!

Think Israel, who had to wait 20 years for the Ark of the Covenant but they got it back!

Think, God raised up Deborah and Barak to give 20 years peace!

I want all 4 things in my life:

Clear faith vision

Possession of all our promises

God’s full presence abiding in my spirit, body, soul. Wholeness

The reign of Peace!

Come Lord , Jesus come!

The best is yet to come!

Three year Spiritual Alignment

I try to journal daily, and I like looking back on the year. I love to see how God answered prayers and intervened. It also gives me confidence, when I notice that I hear him correctly. It helps me see the times I was acting out of emotions instead of my anointing. It encourages me to stay focused on God’s ability to keep the things I have committed to him.

According to my notes, overall the year 2017 wasn’t much fun! Yet, as I look closer somethings were not as bad as they appeared.

Hmmm…reminds me of what is written on the mirror of my car, “Objects may be closer than they appear.”

That just means you can’t depend on first glance situations. Sometimes you got to wait, and take time before you respond. Think twice.

At first glance, it appears in 2017 that hell targeted my family.

However, biblically, 2017 was prophesied and confirmed as a time to overcome the enemy, and obtain the victory.

Overcoming the enemy and getting the victory means there will be skirmishes and battles!

When we miss those facts, we can’t be fully prepared to hold to our faith, remaining grounded and settled, when we are attacked.

We should not misinterpret completeness and rest as automatic. His promises are yes and amen, but we will have to stand on the promise by faith to enforce it.

We did emerge and come out victorious at the end of the year. But, I have to confess that we should have expected the fight! We should have been more aware!

Victory is defined as the act of defeating an opponent in a battle, or competition.

The enemy came against my family harder than the usual in 2017 . The battle was intense! However, let me say this, ” His mercy and grace was greater!”

God delivered us, each and every time, with Red Sea types of experiences! Just when we thought it was over, he stepped in! Thank you Jesus!

Here is what we stood on When things went contrary, “It might be true, but never forget the God factor. ”

When you are in the midst of your circumstance, don’t forget God specializes in ‘ turn arounds.”

Looking back, I realize our biggest battle was to remain in faith and trust that what God said he would do, he would do. We got down a few times, but we got back up! We have a great church family!

Then came the year 2018.

Most people breathed a sigh of relief, quoting that the number 8 was the year of new beginnings!

Well, that is true, but because it is 18 not 8, it also means a new order. That puts more emphasis on order.

So again, let’s be aware. Not beware, but wake up and be aware of what’s going on!

Most people, including many Christians didn’t like who God used to administer the year of new order in our nation. That’s nothing new! Strong leadership offends.

Nevertheless, true Christians, submit under the kingdom of God. We are called to seek first His Kingdom in Matthew 6:33.

Let me just say this: “We must act according to his word, not the world. As a reminder, His kingdom means doing things God’s way! His word is his will. So Christians, we are going to have to get with it in the next few years.”

The number 18 in the Bible also symbolizes bondage.

God’s people Israel as a nation and experienced the Red Sea experience with Moses as a leader. He was according to God, the most humble of men.

Under Moses leadership, they received the victory and began the journey to the land God promised, yet they tried God and Moses.

The people so frustrated Moses, he acted out of his emotions, instead of his anointing and it cost him. Several times!

Joshua, actually led the people into the promised land.

Here is the lesson: Some of God’s children, didn’t recognize the potential to lose their new found freedom.

Some actually preferred bondage because it was easier. (Shocking but true.)

Therefore, God wasn’t pleased. Only two, ( Joshua and Caleb), actually took authority and recognized it was a spiritual battle to trust and believe by faith. They were militant in the faith.

The others went blindly back into bondage, because of fear and unbelief.

I can’t help but see a parallel in America! Think back to when we first became America, the land of the free. Think about how we left bondage! Think of how we had a great covenant (constitution) that was for all the people. Only to go right back into bondage for years!

We must understand that the battle over our nation right now is not for the greater good!

Also, it is not over our refusal to welcome foreigners.

The true people of America has always been gracious!

America was and is very pro- life! America to this day is multi-cultural. It’s who we are!

The battle is for the control of our Freedom. The battle is over freedom to worship our one true God.

The battle will be in years to come, over America’s and Israel’s freedom and blessings.

I got to ask, ” If the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3

Though Israel went back into bondage, a good while later, God freed Israel through the period of the judges!

It’s probably not a coincidence that the last quarter of 2018 closed confirming a judge.

The judges are important in keeping our constitution and freedoms.

What then can we do?

As we prepare for 2019, we should celebrate it as the year of God’s perfect order and judgement!

Celebrate that God is still on the throne! He is our good and gracious judge!

Individually and corporately, we must examine our lives. Determine like Joshua, ” As for me and my house we are going to serve the Lord.”

Be prepared! Be aware! Be like Christ!

Operate under the the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

The Last Quarter

The year 2018 is winding down. We are in the last quarter.

As we march toward the new year, I am drawn to look through my journal at the year in its entirety.

I was given a word by God to live under for 2018. It was “sustain.”

That was an important word for me. It kept me balanced as fierce, oppositional winds raged against our family. But God was faithful and made a way when we didn’t see a way. We bent but we didn’t bow! Glory to God!

In this last quarter, the first day of October, God gave me a very clear word to continue what he began in January.

The word is STAND.

This time though I am sensing, not to just hold, but to hold and move out.

I heard him say, Stand for Righteousness! Stand between & Stand against! STAND!

I received 2 confirmations, immediately, within minutes from writing down the word Stand for, Stand between, and Stand against. He told me exactly what I was to stand for, between and against.

Stand for righteousness:

Self- explanatory!

Stand Between:

I must pray, believe, and encourage myself and other believers, that God’s word and promises belong to us.

Faith, healing, abundant life, belong to us through salvation. This is very important truth!

The between times is what gets most people! Its the hardest in the between time, where you receive the promise by faith, and the final manifestation of the actual evidence.

Faith can be like the shot on the starting line of a race!

We are believing in faith at the beginning, and it’s all good, if it’s a short race to the finished line!

But what happens if it’s a marathon? What happens when stamina is needed and we aren’t prepared?

What happens in the ‘between,’ of seeing and getting the promised thing? When we can’t see the finish line and the obstacle course pops up?

We need prayer and encouragement to keep our eyes on God. He cannot lie! If he said he will do it, he will. We can’t give up!

We must be prepared to stand in the between times!

Clarity is needed! Clarity comes from Renewing your mind!

Clarity comes from Putting on faith glasses, and keeping them on!

To Stand against:

I actually got a email with the words,’Stand Against,’ in the title, within minutes of the understanding of ‘stand between.’

Stand against:

It was concerning standing against wickedness! Against unrighteousness in our nation!

As I thought about it, I realized we must stand against apathy!

We must stand against Anti- Christ activity.

We stand against compromise. Com-promise is anti promise.

I have been giving a word in the last quarter to Stand.

Stand for righteousness. Stand in between the promise and the fulfillment. Stand against unbelief.

I’m putting on my faith glasses. Putting on my armor. Setting my face like a flint.

John 2:15 He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle, he scattered the coins of the money changers, and overturned their tables.

Think on that!

Time to stand! As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!

Cruising into 70!

Introducing the 70’s Sailing Crew

Our shirts say, ” Cruise Control.”

Sitting in the middle is my sister Faye. Her shirt says, “Cruising My Way into 70”

She reached the age 70 before us and we wanted to celebrate with her! So her sisters, and some of her nieces took her on a cruise to the Bahama’s.

We had a blast on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Ship. Hats 🎩 off to our captain, who was from the Ukraine. His crew boasted 52 different nationalities! Including the United States. The display of the different cultures working together was one of the highlights from our trip! We loved the Flag Ceremony!

We also loved how the waiters learned everyone’s name on the first night at our dinner hour. And of course we loved the great entree’s.

Also at the Buffet Style Diner, all the waiters lined up as they opened the doors and clapped as those who waited in line came in. They knew how to celebrate with the passengers!

We especially enjoyed our day on the Island Of Cocoa Cay! The Island Crew literally roasted a pig!

So our trip consisted of lots of good food, lots of sunshine, and lots of celebration. Some of our ‘crew’ enjoyed snorkeling in the beautiful Blue Sea.

Some went on a tour and swam with the Sea Lions.

Oh yea, and everyone went shopping! That’s goes without saying! Lots of shopping in the Bahama’s and on the ship!

Last but not least, I want to boast about God, and thank him for the safe traveling, and also for the blessing of a family that loves each other perfectly, even though we are not perfect!

Well, some of us are. But, I wouldn’t want to single anybody out!

To the other half of our family who didn’t get to go, we love you! Let’s do this next year, bigger!

Identifying your Dream

Some things you hear, just stick in your spirit. Like, ” you can’t dream while in survival mode.”

I heard this on the show, America’s Got Talented.

I listened as a man was preparing to sing. He was explaining why he was doing the show. He said it was to inspire his six children to pursue their dreams.

In his instance, he and his wife adopted the children. He obviously knew his influence could be big in their lives. He decided to do what it took to realize his own dreams. Because, he said, ” you can’t dream in survival mode.”

He used his voice to sing, thereby creating a stronger voice, and hopefully a strong influence, in his children’s lives.

His dream then, was to help these children live better lives! To thrive, not just survive.

These children gave him the motivation and courage to enter the contest. And he was good, a really good singer.

His dream inspired me.

As a Christ follower, I believe survival in this world is made possible by Jesus. We are adopted into the family of God through our faith in him.

He became our voice, when we couldn’t speak for ourselves. When we couldn’t dream, he made promises to us through his word.

I learned to trust him and every word in the Bible as truth.

From that truth came my dream. My dream is to help others dream come true.

It may sound self sacrificing to some. I don’t care.

It’s been my call since I was a child. I know God’s word is truth, and His truth will make us free.

It’s not been a easy call. It’s hard, because many people are blinded to the truth. You usually have to repeat truth over and over. And usually the truth will tick them off, before it actually can set them free.

However frustrating to me this can be, I can’t turn back. I am equipped to do this.

How do I know I am equipped to do this?

Because I am not in survival mode.

I am in life and life abundant. All my needs are met by Jesus, according to his riches in glory.

How do I do this?

I seek to inspire others to move toward God’s way of doing things. It’s the only way I know to live.

I continue in speaking life over them.

I call out the thief who is set on stealing, killing, and destroying not just dreams, but attempting to take their life.

I continuing giving reminders that Jesus said he came to give life and life more abundant.

It’s true right now that many are just existing and living in survival mode. It’s going to get worse in the world. (I will give scriptures next blog.)

It means every Christ follower must dream and dream big!

Leave survival mode! Stop just existing! Live!

We must obtain a greater voice in our nation.

Why?

Because, many of our children are living in survival mode.

If you are not living in survival mode, then you are living abundantly.

That means you can dream.

That means you must pursue your dream. It takes faith. It takes work. It takes having a vision bigger than you are. It takes patience!

Most of all it takes a strong cause!

What’s your strong cause?

That’s your first step to living your dream. Identify your cause.

Please identify your strong cause today to increase the voice of God in your life. A good strong cause is vital to support your dreams!