What’s in your Well?

One of my favorite scriptures is in Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Purpose means, ‘for which something is created or exist. It can also can mean for which something is done.’

I notice the word purpose is plural, meaning more than one purpose, or opportunity, is available in a man’s heart.

If you ask someone what’s on their heart, you should be prepared to listen.

If you ask what’s in their heart you might expect to be shocked.

The heart is like deep waters, it takes listening to understand to draw purposes out.

Listening to ‘draw,’ up what is life giving, and life sustaining is, ‘listening to understand.’

The heart of man is like a deep well, springing up! It’s has plenty of life giving water.

Purpose is creative, beautiful, and yet can become overwhelming sometimes. It’s like the ocean, we can’t really swim the whole thing at once. We can’t even see land.

At the same time we cannot just shrug our shoulders and say, ‘ that’s too deep for me.’

That is missing opportunities to develop the purpose or purposes in life.

We have to set parameters on purpose to draw it up. There is a way to navigate deep and wide waters.

Like the picture above we have to be willing to ‘dive,’ in to the ocean of purpose. We can’t bring up everything we see. We have to sift through and find what’s most important to us.

That is developing our vessels to navigate the waters. It’s not allowing everything in the ocean or in our well springs to come to the surface. Only what is beneficial to our lives.

In that big, beautiful life of yours, what is most important? What do you need to bring to the surface today?

What’s in your well?

These are good questions, I hope you take the time to answer them today!

Inspirations of Life

I draw inspiration from the beautiful mountains.

The first time I saw the mountains in Colorado, I was not just inspired, I was in awe.

I wasn’t prepared for the beauty!

They appeared in front of me as big, beautiful, priceless oil paintings. Yet, they were real!

I couldn’t imagine living in the area, as I could never take my eyes off the sheer beauty!

After a few days, I was less aware of them, and they became the background around me.

The gift of life is just as awe inspiring. It’s big, beautiful, and priceless!

Yet, as we live life daily, the beauty fades into the background. Our focus becomes smaller and we allow life circumstances to become rivals for the forefront of attention.

Circumstances happen, but they should never be larger than life.

We shouldn’t let the beauty of every day become our background.

How can we flip the script?

As I thought about this, I decided. As for me and my life, I am going to make it my goal to live a big, beautiful, awe inspiring life.

I am committed to keep my eye on the great gift of life, God has already outlined for me.

I may not be the artist, but he has given me my own will. I get to fill in the lines.

Honestly, I don’t think I can look at his creation without first thinking of Him. He is the artist.

I draw from that perception. I am aligning my view to his view. As I do, I see circumstances taking a back seat on my journey.

Sure they will be there, that’s a given. But, my present troubles do not determine my journey in life. They don’t have the right!

Troubles do not design me and you.

We don’t have to allow them to refine us. Only God has the right.

Circumstances do not outline our future. God has already done that.

We have been given life and life abundant. John 10:10

The present circumstances don’t determine where we can go, they merely determine where we start.

–Nido Qubein

View life like a journey, if circumstances determine your start, recalculate.

Have a big, beautiful, awe inspiring life!

The Life Imagined

It’s time to start living the life you imagined. ——Henry James

The life I imagined?

Well, that just it. I don’t think I imagined my life or how it should go.

I have just lived it day by day, the best I knew how.

Regrets? Many!

Yet, if I were to imagine my life, I would certainly not make the same make twice. Especially knowing now, what I didn’t know then.

If I were to imagine my life, I imagine I would make it all good. Yet, doing so would eliminate the experiences, that at the time I judged as bad.

As I have become more mature in life, I note the higher growth times came from the bad times, had I imagined would happen, I would have eliminated.

One aspect of maturity is realization and acceptance of making errors. Another aspect is letting those errors be a teacher, not a eraser in our lives.

Describe the life you imagined.

Monday…..Monday….

If you ever heard the song Monday, Monday written by John Edmund Phillips and made famous by the Mama’s and Papa’s, you can sing along with me this line, ” Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day, sometimes it just turns out that way! Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be…..”

I promised myself ,when I left my job of twenty years, that Monday morning was going to be a good day for me.

Anybody who has the sole responsibility for a job and has the week-end off can relate to the dread felt on Monday’s.

What I have discovered was that I didn’t have to wait till I left a job, to change how I viewed Monday’s.

Neither do you! Make Monday your day. View it your way!

Have a good Monday!

Traveling on Mission

The word mission is defined as a assignment carried out, particularly involving travel.

My husband A.B.and I are missionaries with A/G Maps. More specifically, RV Maps. We have been on board since 2017.

We continually stand amazed at these mostly senior members, of the body of Christ. They are phenomenal! Some of them have actually called us youngsters, and we are in our sixties!

The Glory of God is over them on a daily basis. He protects them as they travel from place to place, he protects them as they climb up on roofs, dig ditches, paint in high places, and bend for extended periods of times.

He blesses them to bless others with their skills and gifts. In some assignments, the women work beside the men, doing numerous things related to construction, remodeling, sanding, painting and a plethora of necessities where churches, centers, and bible camps need help. They can get it done!

In other ways these men & women contribute with their gifts and abilities to minister as needed.

You don’t have to look far to see servant hood, humility, and sacrifice displayed.

You will easily find members of the Fivefold Ministries among the RV’ers. There are Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelist. You have to be observant though. It’s not something you know until you work alongside one of them.

I mean this in the most humble way. They do not and will not touch God’s glory. But, some of them are God’s Generals.

I hesitate to say it, not because it’s not true, but because, the true ones won’t say it. They are at the age in life, where they do not need or want anyone to build them up.

I’m not trying to do that. But, I am trying to honor them, and this ministry. It is God ordained and we are so honored to be apart of it.

Having been Pastors of a small church, we understand the need for helping these churches, and ministries.

A.B. and I are especially drawn to the smaller venues, because we know the struggle of small ministries and businesses. It’s a part of our dream to come alongside and help, in anyway we can.

Servanthood. Sacrifice. Humility.

That is not just what I have observed, I keep hearing pastors, and leaders say this about the, ‘RV Mappers.’

AB and I call this season in our ministry, “Living the Dream.” Not because we enjoy traveling, of course we do, but it because we travel on mission.

Serving is truly the greatest way to preach the gospel.

In the past, we have planted a church, we have served as Pastors in full time ministry, where we took Jesus to the Street. We also have served as leadership and staff in our home church in both Evangelism, and Missions.

In this season of our lives, as we begin to retire from our occupations, we simply are excited that we are not retiring from preaching the gospel! And, sometimes we even get to use words!

We are blessed to be a blessing!

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.