Romans 12:2 - Renewing the Mind. Are you or someone you know feeling hopeless, of no value, feeling less than, sad, and possibly depressed? Renewing our mind should be something we do daily. There are so many different opinions of how we should live life but as Christians we need to make sure we are not falling into thinking the way the world thinks or believing lies the enemy is telling us but rather believing and living by what God says in His word.
Join me today and let's come together based on Matthew 18:19-20 and pray for a renewing of our mind Romans 12:2. If this blesses you please consider sharing it with your family and friends who can be blessed by this prayer as well.
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We have all been there… the battle of the wills in parenting a child; whether it’s coming face to face with a child who decides to be completely disobedient or encountering a highly demanding or stubborn child. Like most Moms, you too may be at your wits end, stuck in this parenting role with no more solutions to get your child to change their behavior or their bad choices.
I want to be a Mom who parents with a gentle, tender, and calm spirit but I find when my child exhibits the same negative traits such as laziness, stubbornness, manipulation, and dishonesty for the 100th time (and the list could surely go on), I parent out of frustration and complete astonishment that we are revisiting the same behavior I have been correcting this child on for some time. And before I know it, my voice is raised and we both end up with defensive attitudes and the dialogue that happens becomes more about arguing and who will get the last word rather than resolving the situation.
During these moments, I can feel a wall rise up and take a strong position between us resulting with my child and I divided against each other instead of the two of us coming together and communicating with love, grace and mercy. This is not the Mom I want to be so I have to ask myself who really needs to change…. my child or me? The answer to that question is we both need to change but the truth is I, as the parent, need to change first before I expect my child to make changes. Instead of drawing from the principles and practices demonstrated in the bible on how to parent, we immediately unleash our feelings of anger and frustration which results in raising our voices, putting our foot down, demanding our children stop the behavior or else, and silencing their voices from being part of the conversation.
I truly believe our children do not personally seek to insult, disobey and disrespect us just as we don’t personally seek to parent out of anger and frustration. They, just like us, are battling their sinful nature even though they may not realize what is happening. This is why God’s perfect will is for children to have parents. We have the amazing role to love and nurture them and gently take hold of their hands to guide and teach them in the ways they should go so when they are older they will not depart from it. “God’s plan is for us to parent as He, our Father in heaven, parents us.” Without applying biblical truth to our parenting and letting Him guide us, our emotions will always take precedence creating a tug of war between what we want to do rather than what we know we should do.
I am still learning but I do know no amount of lecturing, raised voices, demanding attitudes towards our children or harsh punishments for them will result in long term changes to our children’s behavior if we don’t learn how to do the following three things:
First, model the behavior we want our children to have. Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” I cannot expect my child to exhibit Godly traits if I am not demonstrating the very traits I want my child to have.
Second, reach the heart of our children. Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Sometimes I can get so preoccupied with the negative behavior that I miss reaching the heart of my child and the reason for the negative behavior. I must make a connection between the behavior and their heart. I can do this by involving them in the conversation, helping them see the sin in the bad behavior, and see God’s truth in the right behavior.
Last, Pray. I need to pray that God will give me wisdom and continue to guide me in my parenting, teaching me to model Godly traits to my child and softening their hearts to receive biblical instruction and Godly truths. Deuteronomy 6: 1 “These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.”
Keep going, my parenting friend! It’s never too late to start modeling the behavior you want your children to have, to reach their hearts by connecting biblical truths to behavior and to pray for God’s wisdom to lead and guide you! Don’t get disheartened. I have a feeling you are doing better than you think. You are not alone in this parenting journey! Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
On June 27th, I was honored to be a part of the Rejuvenate Women's Gathering at Cornerstone Church in Vidalia, Louisiana. It was apparent that God had already begun touching the women in the Miss-Lou community and I credit Calley Reed who, along with her husband Danny, pastor Cornerstone Church. God laid it on Calley's heart to have a gathering event for the women of the Miss-Lou area that reached past the walls of their church. Around 1oo women attended the four Mondays in June and each Monday night God's presence was felt. Again, it was an honor to be one of the speakers at this event. Thank you, Calley!
Below is the video of the entire fourth Monday night. Paula gives her amazing testimony first and then I come up to speak a message about Woman, take the wheel. A message about Rahab and Ruth and how they steered to God's path and not only changed the course of their life but their whole family as well.
To view the first three Monday night speakers, search youtube keywords Rejuvenate Women's Gathering Week One, Week Two, Week Three.
DAY FOUR (cont'd from Unveiled Treasures)
There we were, about 12 intercessors, holding hands standing in a circle late one night in the church's children's nursery room. We were an hour into praying and interceding for the church when all of a sudden while the person across from me was praying I received a vision. There was no doubt I was receiving a mental picture from the Lord. The image was so clear. My head was down and my eyes were closed when I saw three huge black gorilla looking creatures sitting on side of each other on the road facing the church. They were huge, bulky, burly scary beasts that seemed to be about 25 feet high in the air and each 10 feet in width. My heart started pounding and beating faster. I knew I was supposed to pray against what I was seeing in the spirit but I was so nervous; I had only been part of the church's prayer group for a short amount of time. The person across from me finished praying and the room became silent. I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to pray against what He just showed me but I was too afraid to open my mouth. All of a sudden the girl next to me, the one I was holding hands with to my left, burst into prayer. With such confidence, she prayed against these big black demons that were trying to enter our church. She bravely started rebuking the enemy and releasing the spirit of God over the church. She spoke with such authority of the truth from His word and the boldness of a warrior! I stood there in complete amazement. She just prayed the exact vision I saw; then a rush of regret flooded over me. I was the one that was supposed to pray that prayer but I let fear stop me from doing what God wanted me to do.
God taught me two truths that night. One, I can receive visions from the Lord through the Holy Spirit as to what and how to pray for specific situations. Two, He taught me that He flows through His people; His will gets accomplished by the ones He calls but if they refuse to do what He asks them to do then He moves on to the next person so His will gets accomplished.
Years ago I started listening to Reinhard Bonnke. His love and passion for the Lord is so contagious. I absolutely love listening to this evangelist bring forth a word from the Lord but I also love his story on how God called him into evangelism: (from http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Reinhard_Bonnke091306.aspX :
When Reinhard tells of God calling him to a life of evangelism, he speaks easily about a dialogue they had. It seems God laid out for him what would be expected. And Reinhard told God that he would obey and follow what God was asking of him. Before this extended conversation ended, however, God told him, “You weren’t my first choice.” Reinhard listened. “You weren’t my second choice either.” Later on there was a time when Reinhard hesitated to schedule a specific crusade. He says as he wavered, “God said, ‘You drop the vision and I drop you.” The evangelist attributes the tremendous responses he sees in ministry to simple obedience to what God requires.
I've heard Reinhard say on several speaking platforms that when he gets to heaven he wants to meet and shake the hands of the two people that turned down this calling.
I want to be used by God and be obedient to whatever He calls me to do. I want to respond as I should as the gifts of the Holy Spirit flow through me. I don't want to be passed over because I am too afraid of what others will think if I move in the power of the Holy Spirit or be passed by because I thought what God wanted me to do was way too big for me. No! I want to do what He wants me to do no matter what!
Recently, I was with a group of people in a little room at church before Sunday service. While we were praying, the Holy Spirit quietly and gently whispered to me and said, "After prayer, lay your hands on the man's head next to you and pray for his healing." After prayer ended, while the group started talking amongst each other, I turned to the man on my right and noticed he was sitting and not standing as we all were doing. I looked at him, smiled and said the Lord told me to pray for you. I put my hand on his head as the Holy Spirit had directed and prayed a simple prayer of healing. It was not fancy. I was not loud. No profound words came out of my mouth except for the Lord to heal this man and that was it. He thanked me and we all went to service. A couple weeks later I received a text from a friend of mine who was friends with the man I prayed for and she wrote, "Do you remember that man you prayed for before service several weeks ago? Well, he wanted me to get word to you that God healed him. He could not walk because of his knees and he started walking again that day!" I was overcome with such joy and excitement as I read that text over and over again! Over the years and through obedience to what God calls me to do, I have moved in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These unveiled treasures from the Holy Spirit are for all believers.
Moving with power begins on our knees in prayer. It begins with full submission and understanding of the Trinity; the Godhead as one God in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God, through His Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit flows in us and saves, heals, teaches, guides, and protects. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the Living Waters that continuously flow; that are continuously active. As the Living Waters flow through us, there is also a flow of living water that comes out of us that releases His power, His gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, the bible says "There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. 6 There are different ways the Spirit works. But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people. The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages. 11 All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides."
These are His unveiled treasures waiting to be stirred up in you. Do not limit yourself by your weaknesses or by fear. Let the power of the Holy Spirit flow freely through you and freely respond and act according to what God wants you to do.
DAY THREE (continued from unveiled treasures)
There are many people that answer God's call for their life. There are callings to go to the ends of the earth. There are callings to make a difference in a community or state. There are callings to preach and teach; callings to build; callings to plant. There are callings to adopt and foster; callings to write and create. These are just some of the calls from God. After answering the call from God, many people have found their purpose in life but many also experience disappointment, frustration and burn-out in their calling.
We answer the call from God but so often before we know it, we face frustration and dissatisfaction along with thoughts of doubt about being called to this specific work for the Lord. There are roadblocks, barricades, and obstacles at every turn. This is not what you signed up for. This is not how you thought answering the call from God would be.
Recently, God unveiled a treasure to staying on course and persevering through the tough times of our calling. In Jeremiah 2:13, the bible says, "My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." The treasures God wants to unveil in this scripture are the following:
"My people" - These are God's very own children, people who know Him as their God.
"… have forsaken Me, the spring of living water..."- God is the living water in this scripture. His people have forsaken and abandoned Him. The living water is the fountain of life, the flow and source of living with victory, living with joy, the fullness of God; yet, His people have walked away.
"and have dug their own cisterns" - They have built their own cisterns; their own pits or wells to store water; cisterns that cannot hold water for long period of time; cisterns broken and cracked.
Sometimes our mistake is that we think God actually calls us because we will be the best person to do the work because of our education background, our good work ethic, or our ability to lead. These characteristics are great but that's not why God chooses people. He chooses and calls people because He sees a willing and submitted vessel that He, the fountain of life, the stream of living waters will be able to flow through to reach others. We start off refreshed and on fire for the call before us but during the work if we are not intentional about drinking of His living waters continuously; if we are not intentional about making time to be in His presence, we get side-tracked by roadblocks in front of us. We try to come up with our own solutions on how to remove these barricades. We become frustrated with people around us who are supposed to be part of the task. We start to believe the work before us must be done our way because after all we are the ones who were called to this assignment. We focus on how "I" can get this done; how they need to listen to "me" and do what "I" say. We start believing without our skills and our ways to do the work God called us to it will not get done.
During the bumps in the road and the barriers that show up, we start building our own cisterns, our own pits and wells to hold our water, our way. Without realizing it, we have exchanged the flow of His living water for a well to hold our water. A place with cracks. A place where most of the water runs out leaving a small amount of water at the bottom of the pit. Water that sits in a cistern becomes stagnant and dirty and instead of having the pure and fresh living waters flow continuously in our lives, we rely on our well of stagnant, dirty water. We start drinking from our cisterns instead of drinking His clean, refreshing Living Water.
God wants us to tap into His pure and fresh water that is ever flowing and active. His living water is unpolluted and uncontaminated; whereas water that sits in a cistern over time is a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites. The cisterns we build with our water becomes a breeding place for offense and anger. If we are not careful to continuously drink from His stream and renew our mind, we see old habits appear, old mindsets try to resurface. All of a sudden we are walking closer to burn-out, fatigue, and weariness rather than having energy, liveliness and vigor. We may even start to question our calling and whether God chose the right person.
God never intended for us to do our calling all alone. He never intended to call people to go, adopt, foster, preach, teach, build or plant while drawing water from their cisterns. God always intended for a partnership with Him where He leads, guides, directs, refreshes, and encourages along the way.
Do you need to be rehydrated by His Living Water today?
Close your eyes and envision His living waters flowing over you and reaching every area of your life. God desires you to be fully alive as you walk out your call from Him. He wants to see you flourish and bloom where He has you. As you embrace this treasure God unveiled to you, know that YOU are HIS treasure! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are the head and not the tail. You are blessed coming in and blessed coming out. You are more than a conqueror. Let His words encourage you. Let His living water flow over you. Rest in His presence. Don’t rush prayer time. Let the Father love on you, His daughter or son.
John 7:37-38 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
DAY TWO (CONT'D from Unveiled Treasures Day One)
If you have been a Christian for any amount of time you know quite well that you will encounter people who think you are a fool for living and believing as a Christian. Eighteen years ago, I almost lost all my friends in the beginning of accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior; however, it wasn't the accepting of Him that made me look like a fool to others. It was the changes in the way I lived that alarmed people. It made them feel uncomfortable and abandoned by me. I didn't set out to confuse my relationships with others, after all, I loved my friends deeply; but when the light of Jesus penetrates the depths of your soul and you are awakened to the fact that the weight of your sin is forgiven, removed and you are washed completely clean something changes you from the inside out. Something compels you to want to live out what the bible says. It's not that you feel like you have to make changes in your life but rather a feeling where you desire to make changes in your life.
Several years ago, I was at home on the floor crying out to God in prayer for more of Him. All of a sudden I heard His still small voice say, "Are you willing to be a fool for me?" Without hesitation I confidently said, "Yes, Lord." I must say I kind of chuckled at the question because that was an easy question to answer. I had already looked like a fool to so many around me over the years of being a Christian. But then God asked me another question, "Are you willing to be a fool for me in front of My people?" I took a quick deep breath in. I repeated the question in my head with a long sigh and slowly repeated it again, "a fool for You in front of Your people?” Looking like a fool was easy in front of people who didn't have a personal relationship with Jesus and didn't fully know biblical truth but looking like a fool in front of people who knew Jesus as their Lord and Savior and knew biblical truth well that wasn’t as easy to answer. I thought and thought about it, took a deep breath in and let it out slowly. Without all the confidence as before but as a submitted daughter of my Lord I gently whispered, "Lord, I will be a fool for you in front of Your people if that is what You want me to do." There I said it. I agreed to this tough, odd question and then added, "Lord, but please don't let my husband think I am a fool for You."
There was a woman in the bible who looked like a fool in front of God's people. Jesus was at the table of Lazarus' home. Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus was reclined with Jesus at the table while Martha served the men but Mary, Mary went against several customs the day Jesus dined at their home. Oh what a precious brave soul Mary was. In that day, there were certain rules for women. Women dined at different tables than men. If a woman was at the table, she was serving them not eating with them. Also, women did not let their hair down in public or in front of men. But the day Jesus came to their home and sat at the table with Lazarus, Mary's behavior changed. But I can't blame her! After all, Lazarus was sitting and talking with Jesus where just days earlier Lazarus was dead. He was dead and wrapped in grave clothes in a tomb! Mary's brother whom she deeply loved and deeply grieved when he died was now alive and well! Mary had witnessed Jesus raise her brother from the dead. So the day Jesus dined in their home, she grabbed an expensive bottle of perfume and went straight to the feet of Jesus. She didn't hesitate to pour the whole bottle of perfume on His feet. She adored Jesus. Then one of Jesus' disciples, who was also in the home, saw Mary pour all the perfume on Jesus' feet. This disciple thought it wasteful and absurd of Mary to pour all of such an expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus' feet. What a fool! What a waste! It could have been sold to help care for the poor in town. But Mary didn't stop there. She let down her hair and with great love for Jesus she wiped his feet with her hair. Such intimacy! But I can see it now, Martha in one corner of the room stopping in disbelief, her eyebrows raised high and eyes wide open as she looked at her sister on the floor at Jesus' feet. Such folly! Such foolishness! Jesus' disciple in another corner of the room looking at Mary with such disdain. What a fool Mary looked like in front of His people. She wasted it all, careless and imprudent; but to Jesus it was a beautiful intimate act of worship.
Kim Walker-Smith has a song called Waste it All. I love the following words of this song:
I want to waste it all on You
I want to pour my heart's perfume
I don't care if I'm called a fool
I'm wasting it all on You
Mary's need to show affection to her Lord far outweighed the fear of what others were thinking and saying in that room. Although Mary met disapproval from others close by, she received Jesus' approval for wasting the whole bottle of expensive perfume on His feet. Mary touched the heart of Jesus with her affection towards Him. If we want to receive the unveiled treasures of God, we must have an intimate relationship with Him. We must be relentless to pursue closeness with our Lord. We must be ok with wasting it all on Him no matter whose disapproval we may have, no matter how foolish we think it looks to other people.
God wants to unveil His treasures to you but it is not without us taking those treasures and sharing them with others. Just know you will possibly look like a fool to some but to God it is a beautiful act of worship.
In prayer time today, give God your all. Pour all your heart’s perfume to Him. Give Him your fears, give Him your desires, give Him your thankfulness, and give Him your praises. Waste it all on Him.
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Who am I? Galatians 2:20 does a great job of summing up who I am. My life is His, the One who loves me and gave Himself for me . In return, I want to be all He wants me to be and do all He wants me to do on this side of Heaven.
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