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!

Unexplainable Glory

Years ago I went to the beach during the off season so I could write a Bible Study. I titled it, ” Unexplainable Glory.”

At the time, I was on a quest to learn more about the glory of God. Like Moses, my prayer request was continually, “God show me your glory.”

As a reminder of how he answered Moses, we read the passage in Exodus 33:18-23 ” I beseech thee, show me your glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious, and will show mercy, on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou canst see my face: for there shall no man see me and live. And the Lord said, Behold there is place by me, and thou shall stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put thee in a clift of a rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by. And I will take away mine hand, and thou shall see my back parts, but my face shall not be seen.”

We all want to see & experience God’s glory!

I remember saying to God, ” You showed Moses your glory! I know you are not a respecter of persons! Show me your glory!”

Now, I realize I truly did not understand the glory of God. I was asking for something that was prophesied in the Old Testament, yet I was redeemed under the New Covenant.

The mystery the prophets and priest longed for and prophesied about was brought in through Jesus Christ.

Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but is now made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophet, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. To God, only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ.

The glory is revealed through Jesus Christ. I only needed to align my heart with the New Covenant brought in through his birth, death and resurrection.

God had mercy on me and revealed his glory to me during a communion service one Sunday morning.

As I worshiped, I saw a man beaten to a bloody pulp lying on the ground. I knew it was a vision of Jesus beaten, and crucified as they took him down from the cross.

I can explain no further. I just know I cried so much, I became embarrassed, I couldn’t stop crying. This was long before the movie, “The Passion of Christ,” That movie was a depiction of what I saw.

God spoke to me very clearly, in a loving voice that Sunday, saying, ” My glory is not what you thought, is it?”

I will never forget that! Ever! I will never forget what he endured for my redemption!

Jesus was the rock in which God hid Moses.

Rock of Ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee!

Jesus was the cloud by day and the fire by night that the children of Israel followed in the wilderness.

Jesus is my rock also, in that he is the foundation of my life. My journey is one of freedom. By his Spirit, I know that asking to see and experience His Glory, pleases Him.

He is the very face of God! His Spirit is all the glory I need to know!

The glory of God is His son, Jesus Christ. His dying on the cross for the sins of the world demonstrated the very nature of glory of God. When we have faith in God, his glory is revealed daily!

Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. When I am weak, he is strong! He is life!

His glory is manifested in Christ birth, death and resurrection.

I see his glory then, in everyday life. When when things get tough, it’s still his Glory!

When things are great, its His Glory. It’s not separate. All things work together for good, for those who love God, and are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

The glory is God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit in one person!

The glory is like a anointing covering the redeemed like a cloak. Maybe, like the seamless robe that Jesus wore. Because unity doesn’t have separation.

The best way I can explain it is that His glory is unlimited, and like a prism shining light infinitely.

The glory is powerful and yet gentle. It’s ever changing, yet unyielding.

God’s changes not and His word is established, yet he will move a mountain and make a provision for the sake of His Glory.

Perhaps we are his glory as we follow Jesus, and conform to his image. We are those named in the following scripture, those he foreknew, ( forloved), he also predestined.

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

The word brethren in the Greek means of the same womb. We are the redeemed, and spiritually are of the same womb.

We are born of the Spirit of God and are of the same body when we identify with Christ. We are translated into union with the corporate body of Christ though abiding faith.

If he allows us to experience suffering, he eventually turns it for our good. That’s glorification.

If we separate ourselves, fail to maintain faith in Christ, we will fall short of the glorification of God.

So I encourage you today to hold on! I may not be able to fully explain His Glory, but I know he will never leave us or forsake us!

I hope you are inspired to read and meditate on Romans 8. Especially verse 18, that tells us to consider our present sufferings, as not worthy of comparison of the glory that will be revealed in us!

We can’t lose! This is the hope in which we are saved!

Thanks for listening and the glory is still unexplainable! Let’s just take it step by step daily as we journey in our freedom!

Going to the Sun Road

4ee7e7ed-39d8-4620-bf4a-59cbe0debc2b-1144-000000c4b12e1d7c_fileOh my goodness. I’m scared! Up on top of the mountain. Looking down is not a option. It’s raining too.

We just got to Logan’s pass. We are very close to the snow we have been filming and seeing on the, “Road to the Sun.”

My ears are hurting both with cold and altitude. I jump out while he parks, grateful for a bathroom. And those that know me, know I’m not skittish, we pull a travel trailer, and I have used alot of outhouse type toilets.  I just wish I’d had the presence of mind,  to take a picture of this rv type toilet. The hole that you potty into was like a rushing rapids underneath. I’m glad I didn’t drop…..nothing. My phone, what were you thinking?  Seriously though, it was like dark water rafting under there.

It’s time to wind our way back down.  It is sleeting as we get back into truck, so we are out of our comfort zone. Understatement. At least I’m not driving. We are following a tour car and Glacier Mountain van,  so we know we are at least going in the right direction.

On the way up, we got into the fog, and AB couldn’t see very well. I couldn’t either since my eyes were closed. That was a white knuckle experience. I’m blogging live, just to keep from freaking out.

Thank God, we are on the mountain side now, going back down. No fog now,  thanks to MY prayers.

AB says, “ It’s not that bad, I’m just having to compensate for those hugging our side.” Well,  I don’t blame them! It’s scary when there is nothing between you and thousands of feet drop!

It was fun, though. A adventure!

Young people need to come here and camp out and hike. They would have the time of thier lives. Today, some hiking area’s are closed because of bear activity. Not the friendly ones you see on T-shirt’s with sun glasses.  The real bears, that are coming out of hibernation, hungry.

What a great day in Glacier Park. We will have to come back on a day it’s not rainy, foggy, and cold.  By the way, seniors get the America the Beautiful pass for federal parks. You get in free and avoid long lines.  Can’t wait to visit Yellowstone National Park on the way home at the end of July.

Wyoming to Montana

We spent the night in Wyoming, just a few miles from the state line of Montana. The West really is a sight to behold. Pictures cannot capture the breathtaking scenery. Yet, we continue to take them, one after another, hoping to hold on to the memories.

There is a serenity involved with the picturesque scenery. It would benefit anyone dealing with high levels of stress, or jaded enthusiasm to take a road trip through the West. The glory of God can only be missed, if, you decide to ignore it.

My father owns the cattle on a thousand hills comes to mind, as we see the wide open ranges covered with livestock. Horses roaming free, even antelope. I have never seen a antelope, but I know know they are not deer.

The whole idea of Psalm 50:10-11, “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects are mine,” is just another way of saying that everything belongs to God. God is sovereign.

So we ride along like a modern day, ‘covered wagon,’ thinking of songs like, “where the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word,” echoing through our memories.

To some it might sound sentimental, and lame. I couldn’t care less. I loved hearing AB sing, ‘ I should have been a cowboy, I should have learned to rope and ride.’

When we got outside of Billings, Montana, and moved toward Great Falls for the night, we ended up on a road construction project. The road was muddy and now we look like we have been somewhere. It started raining and our rig is more than muddy.

The next morning, we awoke to our heater fan continuously whirring at 5 am. The strange part was that the heater wasn’t on. We were using a electric plug in heater we bought on our last mission trip.

When AB located the problem, it was a leak from the water pipe above the heater, hitting the electric contact. Problem solved.

I couldn’t help but to praise and thank God! Having recently viewed the historic Battlefield of Custards Last Stand, we didn’t wake up to a battle cry, or have to deal with whether the water was pure or poisoned. We have come a long way in history.

I know every century has their problems, but God being faithful to his people is not one of them.

Thanks to Jesus, when we encounter problems, we only have to look for the potential benefit. All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.

More songs slide into to my mind, ‘The Victory belongs to Jesus. The Victory belongs to Him. Also, ‘It may look we’re surrounded, but we’re surrounded by Him. This is how we fight our battles, this is how we fight our battles.’

We give glory to God.

Thanks for listening.

Carol

The Wind at Our Back

We left Kansas in contrary winds.

Ranging from 22-24 mph, the winds were coming at us, at the front and the side, as if to blow us over, and hold us back.

We soon learned it costs you more to go against contrary winds, but you have to go against them.

It was both hands on the wheel kind of day, and frustrating to watch both the miles per hour and miles per gallon drop down.

The closer we got to our destination, the better it got. The wind changed direction and the wind got behind us.

Suddenly, it was like we were being pushed. It was smooth sailing, all quiet, hardly any effort required.

There was a increase, and we picked up speed and miles per gallon. We couldn’t help but see the spiritual revelations in this experience.

When you are in the will of God, the Holy Spirit has your back. He is the wind at your back. You may have contrary circumstances for a moment, but it’s just a season.

Psalms 37:23 The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.

We would like to give a reminder that Gods plan for our lives, is the best and blessed life.

Jesus still speaks to contrary winds. They still obey. He still expect us to speak to the mountains and see them move.

There is a Irish Blessing or Prayer, we pray over you today, as you read it:

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the Son Shine warm upon your face until we meet again. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His Hand.

AB 😎