When a Dream Becomes a Legacy

In the picture above this Pastor is encouraging the family of a dreamer.

Their family member dreamed of this beautiful addition being built at Burns Assembly Of God in Slocomb, Alabama.

It was a touching moment, as their loved one was was unable to be at this dedication service. He was instead celebrating in heaven with Jesus!

This dreamer left a legacy.

A legacy that will live on as this beautiful building will be used to encourage others for many years.

As members of the RV Maps Volunteers that worked on this project, we did not have the pleasure of meeting the person who dreamed the dream.

That’s okay, we have a relationship with the same God.

We have the same faith in the hope that whatever we begin and entrust to God, will be finished by God.

This work is now finished and dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ!

We, RV Maps volunteers were blessed to be Gods vessels! We were and are excited to be a part of the dream!

The In-between Day

Today is the In-between day.

The day after the day, we remember the death of Jesus. The day before we celebrate his glorious resurrection.

The day between the cross and resurrection of Christ.

The Saturday, we remember as the day hope died for most of the followers of Jesus.

It’s the day after the torturous death of Jesus on a cruel Roman cross.

The depravity was beyond murder. It was shocking, criminal behavior against someone widely known, as ‘going about doing good.’

Have you ever thought about the in-between day? What it was like for those who loved Jesus?

Was it the day that hope died?

Grief was the overcoming emotion of the hours in between the cross and the resurrection.

During this time many forgot or never really understood that he promised to rise again.

They got the dreaded report. A loved one died. Except it was worse, the loved one did not die peacefully. He didn’t die quickly and by accident.

He died by the hands of sick, calculating Roman soldiers who did the unthinkable to a innocent man. They nailed his hands and his feet to a old rugged cross.

In broad daylight.

They weren’t just doing their duty. They spit on him, they mocked him, they did their best to humiliate him. They gambled for his clothes. It was to them a cruel game. It was morally corrupt, indifferent.

It must have been a sad relief for those who loved Jesus, when he took his last breath.

The suffering they felt, as he suffered, must have been beyond their ability to endure. Yet the love that kept him on the cross, kept them under the cross.

Then the next day, the in between day, when the shock is wearing off and the grief is unbearable. When the waiting, the unknowing of ” what happens next,” is the question.

What was that like?

As they waited in between times, when many felt all hope was gone, did they remember what Jesus said?

Did they remember all he did?

Did they remember the death of Lazarus, and the fact Jesus wept but he did not lose hope?

Did they remember how Lazarus came out of the grave?

As I reflect I see it.

It was there, smoldering beneath the surface. The love, the hope, faith.

It was a power instilled in them as they followed him. It was dwelling in each of them, rising, strengthening, empowering them.

It was Jesus with them, pouring love into their hearts. He had taught them faith, he had inspired hope. He had prayed for them. And, though they suffered for awhile, their hope revived.

That is what happened in the in-between day!

We know, because we also will have days of in-between.

The days when the worst happens. We lose loved ones. We experience set back after set backs. Dreams die! Life hurts!

What we can’t forget, is the in-between times are important for us.

We have to remember what God said. What Jesus did! We must know that Biblical hope is powerful! It is founded.

In those days we must remember, that suffering will always bring glorious blessing.

In those in-between days, when things are in between the lines, we may not understand it, we may not recognize it, yet, there is his character built into us!

We have his character, and when we hold on, we will rise again from the ashes!

Suffering is not a waste in the Kingdom of God. Suffering can, does, and will produce.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know it produces perseverance,character; and character, hope. Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he had given us. Romans 5: 3-5

That’s how we get through and rejoice, even when the unthinkable, beyond unbelievable happens.

We have the character of God in us through the suffering of the cross.

Hope in the resurrection does not disappoint us!

We know tomorrow is coming!

We can get through the worst oppression, the worst depression, the hopeless tragedies in our lives through the hope of his Resurrection!

Because he lives we can face today and tomorrow! We can move beyond the pain and wrong, the worst that could ever happen.

Jesus did not stay on the cross! He did not stay in the tomb. He rose again by day 3!

We are third day disciples! We are third day followers!

A lot can happen in 3 days!

From the most excruciating pain on Friday, to the extreme hopelessness of Saturday, to the infinite glory of Sunday!

Sunday! The miracle of all miracles pushed through the veil between heaven and earth! What a glorious day!

The hope of all hope, the king of all kings , the savior of all mankind manifested once again!

He is alive forever more!

He redeemed us! When he came out of the grave, we came out of the grave!

It’s is the greatest story ever told! It’s not just His Story! It’s our story!

It’s the greatest story ever lived!

The cross still stands as a reminder. The in-between time helps to evaluate our hope and faith. The Resurrection is the day we celebrate!

On that day, the miracle of all miracles happened.

The best time to tell your story of redemption is today!

The Art of Preservation

I know the plans I have for you.

This is what the Lord of heavenly armies said to the captives through the prophet Jeremiah.

NLT Jeremiah 29

1Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. 2This was after King Jehoiachin,a the queen mother, the court officials, the other officials of Judah, and all the craftsmen and artisans had been deported from Jerusalem. 3He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah’s ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah’s letter said:

4This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: 5“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! 7And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

These passages tell us so much about what God values and preserves.

Its a word to us about purpose even in captivity. We are to occupy, and grow.

In Family. In Peace. In Prosperity.

Marry and have children, find spouses for your children and encourage grandchildren. ( Calm down, I am speaking of praying. Ask God to lead them to the ones they should marry.)

He tells us to work to build houses, plant gardens, and eat the food we produce. He tells us to work for Peace and Prosperity for the cities we live in.

8This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, 9because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them,” says the LORD.

10This is what the LORD says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

I spent some time in France last Thanksgiving Holiday. My niece and I visited many museums. We saw beautiful architectural designs in the centuries old museums and churches throughout the city.

The furniture from the period of the Kings was detailed and amazingly well built. The paintings, the rugs, many of the Kings things, were well preserved for our century to view. We could imagine the lives of the Kings, as we viewed the historical displays, that were preserved through the centuries.

I thought about the Bible in history and how it records the stories of not only good things, the plans and promises, it tells you also about the things, that went wrong and were wrong.

Yet, the Bible does not release a sense of coldness, as the old churches and museums do. It feels alive!

As I looked at the history of the Kings, I saw the pomp and the circumstances. I saw the sadness of the eyes in the beautiful oil paintings.

I saw the Egyptian artifacts, the beautiful etchings on the jewelry. The burial boxes. I saw how they hoped to preserve life. I pray, they valued spiritual preservation as well.

I thought about how important history is to the next generation, and how we should never attempt to change history. The good and the bad must be clearly seen.

It warns us of deception, tricks, schemes, and dreams, of those not representing Creator God.

Mistakes should not be hidden, nor should accomplishments.

Through the viewing of history and the reading of the Bible, we can plainly see mistakes of the past. We should have no desire to repeat them.

We should have no goals to live as earthly kings. We should have no faith in a box preserving our body.

Riches do not bring health, or happiness. Focusing on preserving the physical body does not guarantee eternal life.

Knowing that God has a plan for your life, is the source of peace. Knowing there is hope of the future with him, is where we can place our trust.

We can build our lives around building a home, encouraging our children to find spouses and have children. We are told to multiply and enjoy life, not dwindle away. God has a good plan for us, to give us a hope and a future.

We must pray for the peace and prosperity for our city and the United States, for its welfare will determine our welfare!

As for Me personally;

The painting that I would like to preserve and hang on my mantle is priceless.

It speaks of a salvation so great, that the depiction of it, can’t even be drawn by a human hand.

It can only be written upon the heart by a unseen hand.

Unseen faith preserves my heart. It’s there, I feel it beating.

It’s a priceless heirloom. It’s my inheritance. It’s my legacy.

Therefore, I will wear it joyfully, and center my hope and future, in His salvation by grace, through faith!

I believe God will bring me home again.

My hope is that when my body ends up in a box, my faith will clearly be seen as having been lived out fully!

May it be said of me, “she believed God, and she lived like she believed.”

Be the Change

It’s a good saying, ” Be the change.”

Be the change the world needs!

I don’t know if the question is being asked, “what change does the world need,” but maybe it should be.

If I answer the question just for myself today, then I would have to say, “Overall, what the world needs most now is truth. “

The change most needed is for the true nature of Jesus to operate in each of us.

We need true relationship with the Father who honor’s the son, saying ” I commit all judgement unto the son,to which the son returns honor to his father and says, ” the son can do nothing of himself.”

(John 5:19-23 for more)

We need to be of those, who have the nature, and relationship of Jesus.

We need to be in true partnership with God to go to the next level, which is true ownership!

True ownership means to me that we rule our own lives well, own house well, and own our own mistakes first.

Rather being focused on pointing out the mistakes of others, we could be the change, through showing honor to God as we commit judgement to the Son.

The phrase, ‘get off your high horse applies here concerning judgement.’

I have heard that, ‘ though we may prepare the horse for battle, God prepares the victory.’

We need to be the change by being trained in righteousness through the exercise of our faith, and the learning of trust in God.

We truly can do nothing without God. He knows that, and when we know that, he invites us into partnership and gives us a desire to be servant leaders in the household of God.

Can we like be the change?

We can , but only if , we imitate Jesus. In doing that our focus will change and we will make of ourselves, ‘no reputation.’

That doesn’t mean we don’t have plans, or that we don’t practice authority over life, or that we don’t help guide people.

It means to me that’s we don’t set the agenda in other people lives.

We don’t seek to be the Lord of anyone’s live but our own.

We can’t change or control other peoples lives.

We can only be the change by being the example.

The example of servanthood. We have a servant leader in Jesus.

Being like him is a good work to desire. Being a elder of faith is good goal.

But the best elders have learned to exercise faith by waiting on God’s nature to form in them.

They best example is faithfulness through partnership, because we first experience God’s faithfulness in relationship.

The desire to hear: “Well done my good and faithful servant,” from God’s throne, should be foremost.

” Well said my good and faithful scholars,” may be more about pedestals we build trying to please man.

Oof. Right to the gut.

Because as I seek to influence others for the kingdom of God, as mother, wife, sister, writer, coach, I often have to step up on a platform. ( I am only 5ft. 2 in stature) but may I always remember to climb up to see Jesus, and for others to see Jesus, not to see me!

My prayer is that I know and remember, I am a recipient of His mercy and grace, as He gave his life for me as a ransom!

May I desire his affirmation over me, rather than affirmations of others.

Just thoughts today as I examine the true nature of being the change.

Prayer: Lord help me to be the change!

Rise to Live

I often quote wise and inspirational sayings as a way to encourage others, to rise from failures, and keep moving forward.

Many times, as I look at words penned by man, they give me pause. Because, many sayings represent a worldly viewpoint.

I have no desire to focus my attention on something that can only be temporary. My vision for my life is eternal.

Today I read this quote by Miguel de Cervantes, ” He can, who believes he can.”

Cervantes was a Spanish Author and Poet, and if it interest you, look at his outcome to see if faith in yourself is the best legacy to pursue.

Not a bad quote in itself. Yet, it’s actually asking you to have faith in yourself, which is a temporary solution, in a temporary world.

To be eternally focused one should give attention to the words of Jesus, who says, ” By myself I can do nothing.”

In John 5: 24, the encouragement of Jesus, in his own words, says, ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death into life.”

From his word, I have faith to rise, not just momentarily, for a season, in a temporary world, but also eternally!

Ah, the best of both worlds, where we have confidence in the author of faith, and eternal life.

When I preview the history of Jesus, concerning his outcome, I believe he died, and rose again!

When I have faith in him, I rise to live.

I believe in God, not in myself. I trust, that I will live life and life more abundantly by believing his word.

What do you expect your outcome to be when you leave this world?

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!

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!