James, Chapter 3, Verses 9-18
Month: October 2016
The Master, Moses and Me
Good morning, God. Once again, slow to rise and then distracted. Satan loves to try and keep me from spending time with you, but I need not fear him. I only need to clothe myself in your full armor and turn and tune my heart to you.
So, in my routine distraction, I looked at the bible app on my phone and read the following daily verse:
Romans 15:4: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
The NIV version says: “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
What an encouraging scripture, oh Lord! It’s exactly what has been happening to me as I study the life and times of Moses. One of the most encouraging and affirming things is realizing how human Moses was and how human I am. Moses was born to do great work for you and he saw miracle after miracle and yet he still doubted his ability to do his part. It took him 80 years to figure out that it was not in HIS power, but yours that all those things would be done!
God, I pray that it doesn’t take me 80 years to get to that point. I WANT to be ready now. But, I also know that it is in YOUR time. Just know, Lord, that my heart and desire is on go. My desire is ready when you are ready. I love you dear Lord, with all my heart, all my strength and all my soul. Be with me as I go through this day and let me be aware of your presence each passing moment. Help me to walk and talk and react like you would on this day. I need you. Without you, I am nothing. Amen and Ehmen.
Dear Child of Mine,
I am so happy that you are feeding your burning desire to learn more about Me through My Word. This desire comes from Me, don’t ever doubt that. And, it is a part of your training and preparation period. The standoff between Me and Moses in the desert as he marched toward Egypt to fulfill my purpose was about him getting his own house in order before he could fulfill the purpose I had for him. How could he have faced the Israelites as one of their own, sent by Me to bring them out of slavery, when he had not even fulfilled the covenant of circumcision on his own son. Keep studying, child. I will open My Word up to you like you never imagined. Things that happened thousands of years ago still have application. This is what I mean when I say “My Word is alive.” Every word came from My very own breath, child. And, I am timeless. I am happy you see yourself in Moses. I see him in you as well. That’s why I have picked you for your purpose. Keep learning from him and realizing that I am using you now, whether you feel worthy or ready. Don’t let fear or insecurity stand in your way. Push them aside and repeat after me, out loud, “Satan, get thee behind me.” He’s going to use your humanness to try and stall you, but just remember my son Moses. Nothing, and I mean nothing, kept me from using him to fulfill his purpose and my will and nothing will keep me from using you either. Embrace that. Relax and enjoy the ride. You are an integral part of the greatest story ever told. You are a part of My Story and I love you with all My heart. Go in peace, child, and enjoy your day. I will be with you every step of the way.
Writer’s Note: It is amazing how words from my own “Me and Thee” journals find their way back to me at just the right time to elevate and encourage me. Dear Lord, thank You for continually pursuing me. Please help me to remember these words and to be able to put work and everyday life in its place…always and in all ways behind You and the Purpose for which You have gifted me. I pray the same for everyone reading this today. It is in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen and Ehmen.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine…
My job is taking so much of my time, I am unable to update Amen and Ehmen as I would like. That said, I thought I might reblog some of my earliest posts. Have a blessed day and please pray for me as I pray for you all.
It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to us and draws our attention to things that He wants us learn. I have written in the past of the many things He has taught me through the grapevines that grow along the trellis and fence in my side yard. The vines were here when I moved in and at first, while I found it cool to have grapes every July and August, I never really gave it much thought. Then, a few years ago, God started using it as a teaching tool for me; and, today, I actually wonder if its existence is the very reason this became my home. The lessons are that powerful.
Anyhow, back to what brought me to the subject of grapevines again. Yesterday, the daily bible verse provided by the You Version Bible app on my phone drew my attention to John 15, a…
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Getting in “The Spirit” of the Election
October 9, 2016
Good morning, God.
My mind is reeling, Lord. I have so many things rattling around up there and I pray that I can find peace by coming into Your Presence. While I have so much in my own life that threatens my peace every single day, I find my focus being turned to something much bigger than myself…the nation for which you blessed me. Lord, our nation is in a perilous state. The politics are frightening. The unrest in society, the violence and the hate are terrifying. It’s as if satan himself is holding the threads of our nation between his gnarly fingers as we spin out of control and unravel ourselves. The worst part is that I can hear his demonic laughter in the background. He thinks he is winning and, quite frankly, sometimes it looks as if he is. We need you, God, more than ever before. Come close, Lord. We need you.
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes with wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows not favoritism and is always sincere. And, those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
1 Corinthians 2: 4-13
And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things that God has freely given us.
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.
As you just read, my prayer time this morning circled the struggle I am having with our nation’s current state of affairs and, most especially the upcoming presidential election. Truth be told, I had been trying to ignore it all and was planning to simply stay away from the polls this November. I have since, however, recognized that this is not the answer. That said, I can honestly say that I am still not sure who I will vote for at this time. That will be a decision that I will make only after spending much time in prayer and calling upon the Holy Spirit as I feel God so clearly directed this morning.
And, although I will continue to study the above Scriptures to which God led me, it also appears quite obvious that He wants me to understand the difference between the “wisdom of above” versus the wisdom of humans and that no matter what happens, His plan for my ultimate glory was set in stone before the world even began.
So, as of today, Lord, though I may not yet know what boxes I will check in the upcoming election, I do know that I will take Paul’s advice to the Corinthians and remember that true wisdom and discernment requires one to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Please, Father, grant us true wisdom and discernment in choosing the candidate whose heart is still fertile ground; the candidate that is most likely to turn to You for guidance as opposed to relying on human wisdom and selfish accord. We need you more than ever, Lord. Come close and lead us.
Amen and Ehmen.
Feeling the love
Good morning, God. It’s 6:52 a.m. and I’ve been up for about an hour. It’s amazing how drawn to the blank page I feel these early morns. I have quite a bit of writing to do for the San Antonio project today and I pray that you will bless me in my work, helping me to do a good job without too much fretting. But, for now, I’m going to sit here silently and wait for you
“For God so loved the world, He gave his one and only son; so that whoever should believe in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
My child, I hope that you can just sit for a few minutes this morning and really ponder that; wrap your brain around it; know it from the depths of your soul. I am with you always. When times are tough; when you wonder where I could possibly be, I am right their beside you; inside you. I am never apart from you, but instead it is your perception, your guilt that makes you feel distant from me. Listen to me. If you believe in me; if you truly accept my son, Jesus Christ, as you Lord and Savior, then you will live with me forever. You can’t do anything to change that. I could not love you more than I do, for I love you infinitely.
Just keep the faith. Faith is not a requirement to gain my love. Faith is simply an avenue to feel my love; to experience my love; to bask in my love. I love you when you are down and out; I love you when you doubt; I love you when you sin and take the wrong path. I simply always love you and faith is the wisdom to truly know that!
You never, ever have to feel lost and alone. And, if you do, take out your Faith, the compass that helps you find me. Bask in my glory and feel the love that will always envelope and comfort you. While it is true that you need other humans to aid you in your walk on earth; to help teach you, support you and hold you up in your times of waning faith, it is in Me and Me alone that you will find true Peace and Love.
Stay grounded in Me, my child, and help those I have entrusted to your care do the same. Thank you for being obedient and walking alongside those I have chosen for you, no matter how difficult. My plans for you are great.
“For I know the plans I have for you…Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Faith and Endurance Go Hand-In-Hand
Still enduring and so happy to have these special moments with The Father.
Note: This is from my Me and Thee time today. I get so much from even thirty minutes dedicated to The Father. May we all spend more time with Him. It changes everything!
October 3, 2015, 8:50 am
Good Morning, God.
It’s Saturday and I’ve been up for a couple of hours already. I should have never gotten up and made that cup of coffee before spending time with you, because, of course, I got distracted by a dozen things between the coffee pot and here. Still, I don’t want to miss this opportunity to commune with you; to re-connect and receive my dose of love, wisdom and beauty from The One That Loves Me. Hmmmm, I wonder if that is one of Your many names? If it isn’t, may I suggest that it be added? I love you, Abba Father, with all my heart. And, though I have many…
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