Just a Dream…or?

I was awakened during the early morning hours by a dream…ever been there?  It wasn’t  a nightmare.  I didn’t wake up afraid but the dream was as vivid as if I were still dreaming.  Lying there I began to roll the footage through my mind again.  I won’t go into all the detail of the dream, but it reminded me of a dream I had several years ago.

Tclip_image002[4]he dream I had about 6-7 years ago was of my husband and I during one of our walks around Harrison Bay and as the day moved toward dusk, I began to see serpents along the trail…some would strike out and almost reach us, some would slither across the path in front and behind us, but never touching us.  At the time of my dream I wasn’t under any great pressures of life that I was aware of.  But our Awesome, Holy, and never failing God was warning me of a “strike” of satan in the future.  The old serpent struck, and attempted to strike out at my husband’s ministry.  Unsuccessfully, but hurting babes in the Lord who didn’t understand why someone would do that.  God prevailed!

Early this morning I had a similar dream, while not as dramatic as there was only ONE poisonous serpent involved.  I woke up realizing that the serpent was coiled and not in a striking position, but ready!  In my dream, I gently removed myself from the strike zone.  Another warning LORD?  I believe so!

1 Peter 5:8 reminds us:    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Observing through many years of walking in the truth…I have seen the LORD begin to move and then the old serpent sticks his ugly head with beady eyes into the mix.  It doesn’t take much for him to strike…an unkind word, a mistaken interpretation of words or actions, offenses though small build into bitterness…the old serpent knows how to do it!  When people began to seek a closer walk with God and desire to be revived, refreshed and have kindled the fire…the old serpent can’t resist…he slithers in and around…seeking the weakest and attempting to devour and destroy.  A pastor soon sees who has and is maturing and growing.

We must be very careful with our words, conversation and actions.  This is a testing time.

Ecclesiastes 10:11 tells us:  Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Psalm 140:3  tells us:  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

We must, I must be very careful to intercede prayerfully and not be a hindrance to His Will keeping the desire for More of HIM and less of me!  Time is brief…our lifespan is God-given!  We don’t know the hour or the day our journey in this world will end.  I certainly don’t want to be a stumbling block or have strayed from the path called straight.

My HOPE for the future is to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  He is the one I want to please and that He will “know” who I am and say “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.   (Matthew 25:21)

~ Prayerfully submitted,

Pam

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Habits

It takes a HABIT to BREAK a HABIT !

As I read this short sentence, I realized how much truth was packed into those words.  I know it’s TRUTH because I’ve experienced it!  We often struggle with making changes in our life.  The Closer you walk with God... 2013

If we do not fill the void left from eliminating a particular habit or routine from our life we revert back to the “old habit” or routine.  It’s too easy to fall back into the familiar even if we know it’s not beneficial to our growth.

It’s the same in our spiritual  lives…we cannot let the spaces in our heart and mind be filled with the “old”.  So, we endeavor to fill it with the New Way of life.  Some have a difficult battle with leaving the old behind and forging ahead with the New!  We don’t want to leave the familiar behind even if it’s bad for us!  Oftentimes, we take comfort in the familiar…it’s easy, we know what to expect from the old familiar habits and routines. 

Once we’ve fallen back into our old ways we often become disappointed in ourselves and may even feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless or despondent.

That’s a TRICK of the adversary!  Don’t let him fool you into believing his lies that you are incapable of changing!  God’s WORD tells us otherwise.  It also tells us that it can be a struggle to endure, maintain, and STAND FIRM!  WE CAN DO IT!

My heart breaks when I see believers falling back into the adversaries lap.  I’ve seen lives become so ensnared and tangled that one sometimes wonders if they will make it back.  I know, that I know…God is merciful, full of grace, and compassion.  He does understand and He wants to give you hope, worth, and purpose. 

God will not leave you…you leave God!  He waits with open arms and eyes filled with desire to see you run into His forgiving arms of love.  He came to earth…gave his only son, for who?  YOU! and me!

Don’t GIVE UP!  Give GOD the adoration, praise, and glory of your heart, mind, and soul!  He will give you all the strength you will need to fight the warfare of this world.  Preparation is the key!  

Put on the armor…prepare for the battle,

Pam

(I’m not sure why I have blogged this…but it was in my heart to write.)

Too Much Trouble…

 

 

Gods Way vs My Way Street Sign

Too much trouble…

Too much trouble to share my testimony and tell my neighbor, friend, or loved one of how good God is and has been to me.

Too much trouble to get myself and my children ready for Sunday School and church (It’s so much easier to let them keep on playing outside, until they become teenagers and want to stay away from home and church).

Too much trouble to take time to care for or just listen to a hurting loved one, friend, co-worker, or customer.

Too much trouble to clean the church, or mow the church yard, or weed the flower bed and trim the hedges & shrubs (Isn’t that in the Pastor’s job description?).

Too much trouble to support the ministry with prayer and finances (They can work just like me, and still have time to pray for me personally, study and prepare to teach and preach what my soul needs to be saved).

Too much trouble to teach a Sunday School class of rowdy teens, or rambunctious little ones about how much Jesus loves them (I don’t have time for the consistency, patience or study required).

Too much trouble to participate in praise and worship during the church service (God knows all things, right? So, he knows how much I love him!).

Too much trouble to bring my Bible to church with me (it’s cumbersome, and just something else for me to carry, I’ve got a heavy load as it is).

Too much trouble to have a quiet time and read The WORD (I just don’t have time to be consistently, daily reading the Bible, I have other pressing priorities).

Too much trouble to attend prayer meetings (I was always late or forgot anyway, so why bother at all, I pray at home!).

Too much trouble to give financially (Tithe and offering…in this economy who can afford to give both, besides I give offerings to the church because my pastor doesn’t need financial support).

Too much trouble to…

To take the time to reflect on the future…I’m too busy living in the present.

So, on THAT DAY (whenever it is for me or you) don’t be surprised when the LORD says…

It’s TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO OPEN THE GATE, BESIDES… DO I KNOW YOU?

At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.” But they all alike began to make excuses.

Luke 14:17-18

It was just too much trouble…

 

(I was awakened at 4:30 am with the above phrase repeating over and over in my head. I had to get up and write. I pray you do not think it harsh. Blunt, yes, but not harsh. I write this in love and concern for our souls. I want to hear Him say…”Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”)

Scattered thoughts…

 

Beautiful Weekend!

 

Wow, what a weekend, so thankful for the FREEDOM to enjoy it! 

I enjoyed sleeping in until 7:30 this morning!  Not my normal time to arise!

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 Coffee Time/Quiet time was so pleasant this morning, no rushing around… my thoughts free to roam without time restraints.

 

Old memories resurfaced of life when it was calmer, and living was or seemed to be simpler.  Remembering days of sitting on the porch or in the yard under a big tree sipping tea from Ball jars. This was at my paternal grandparent’s home in Modesto, CA.  I moved away when I was four, but those memories are still there just as clear as if it were yesterday!  Grandpa sitting in his rocking chair outside smoking his pipe and grandma barefoot with her apron on and her gray braid hanging down her back.  I think I got the “barefoot” thing from her. Eye rolling smile  I only wear shoes when necessary!  I’m sure my cousins memories are quite different than mine as they lived around her their whole life… but I have mine too, just not as many!

As the above title states… my thoughts this morning have imagebeen very scattered.

As the years have passed, I have begun to realize this life is truly a journey… we know the date it started (our births physical and spiritual) but we do not know the date it will  “cease”.  This journey we’re on will end someday, and that’s in God’s hands.  He alone knows our future. 

There has been so much preaching and teaching on “CHOICE” and imagehow choices we make in life determine what direction we choose and which road we travel!  We often don’t like to think that our choices are that important…but Oh friend, they are!  God loves us with compassion and mercy…He has offered us GRACE!  We have been chosen by Him… so why would we want to go back and live like we did before God’s Grace was bestowed upon us!  He loves us so much! Do we love Him in return?

imageMy heart is broken for those who are trying to live on the edge… one foot in the world and one foot in the church.  Afraid to fully step out in either direction because they “know” the Truth!  It will never leave you, and will always be there to remind you of the “road” you should be traveling. 

Sometimes we are so afraid to totally give it all  to God.  We want to hang on to the control knob… in doing this we are showing God how much we mistrust Him.  A relationship depends on TRUST! God desires an intimate relationship with each one of us.  He wants us to trust in His Word…follow in His footsteps…He desires our respect, adoration, love, praise, worship, and our desire to be with Him whenever He comes back for us.

It’s similar to when a husband or wife leaves in the morning for work or a trip and while they are gone we correspond, or have long conversations by phone, (Skype, email, and all the other techie stuff)… our longing to see them grows as time passes by… but we look forward to the day when He or she comes home and we can run into their arms and get the hug andimage closeness that only comes from truly loving each other.  I don’t know about you, but I race to open the door before He does!  I am so excited that he’s home and I want him to know that I am thrilled to see him!

God waits for us, He doesn’t chase us down and demand our love… He patiently waits… He’s waiting to throw a Welcome Home party for our return just like the Prodigal son’s Father did.  He longs to see us coming down that road toward “HOME”.  He’s waiting patiently! 

My heart aches with spiritual emotions and sometimes actual physical pain for those who have and who are turning their backs on God and His love for them…who are letting the “worldly way of life” slowly slip back into their lives.  This is a very serious choice.  God won’t make you love Him or live for Him.  My heart grieves imagefor those who seemingly have lost their way…Choosing the slippery road.  Sometimes I can only groan with the agony of the deception that is overtaking them! 

HE SET ME FREE

Verse One:
Once like a bird…in prison I dwelt….
No freedom from…my sorrow I felt….
But Jesus came and listened to me…….
And glory to God….he set me free…..

The Chorus:

He set me free…..yes…he set me free……
He broke the bonds….of prison for me…..
I’m glory…bound my Jesus to….see….
For glory to God….He set me free…..
Verse Two:

Now I am climbing….higher each day…
Darkness of night…has drifted away….
My feet are planted
….on higher ground….
And glory to God….I’m homeward bound…..
Verse Three:

Good bye to sin…and things that confound….
Naught of this world….shall turn me around….
Daily…I’m working…and I’m praying too….
And glory to God….I’m going through…..

The Chorus:

He set me free…..yes…he set me free……
He broke the bonds….of prison for me…..
I’m glory…bound my Jesus to….see….
For glory to God….He set me free…..

My mind is reeling this morning, going in several directions… thankfulness, prayerfulness, joyfulness, gratefulness, traveling down memory lane & remembering how is used to be… praying and claiming VICTORY for all who feel the enemy at their heels.  I never want to return to those chains and the prison of darkness. 

Love Lifted Me

  1. I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
    Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
    But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
    From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
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      Love lifted me!
      Love lifted me!
      When nothing else could help,
      Love lifted me!
  2. All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
    In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
    Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
    Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.
  3. Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
    He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
    He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
    He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

Oh, how GREAT is HIS LOVE!

 

This is a day we honor those

who have fought for our right to

enjoy this FREEDOM

we cherish and appreciate. 

They have given us the freedom to be allowed to choose the choices we do.  I am blessed and thankful that I can assemble with fellow Believers and worship God in Spirit and Truth… I count it a privilege and do not take this freedom for granted.

But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.

God is a Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24 NLT)

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  (John 8:32 NLT)

So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.           (John 8:36 NLT)

Blessings…enjoy your freedom,

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