Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Walking in Love

The Bible says that God is love. The  only commandments that Jesus gave us  was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself. We are called to love one another. That should be our first priority. We should walk in that love daily. When we get  upset with the car in front of us or our husband or kids we short circuit The Blessing.

It is so important to walk in The Blessing. It's our divine protection. This weekend my bff was in a car accident. A semi sideswiped the car she was in. My friend is studying The Blessing, she walks in it. The Word of the Lord came to her as she was sitting there waiting for a tow truck. "The only reason your friend is alive is because you were in the car." It was a freak accident and there was not a mark on either one of them. The car was totaled.

Walking in love could save your life and the lives of your family. You need to have The Blessing working in your life. Do you have The Blessing working in your life? It is possible to live in the Garden of Eden daily. You can effect the world you live in just by walking in love and blessing everyone you see.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Today is the day we honor those who have served in the Arm Forces. My family has been a military centered family. My father enlisted in the Army Air Corp and went to the war. He later was put into the Air Force as it was formed. He went as high as he could go in the Air Force and wrote some of the manuals they use today. He served in World War II, Vietnam, and Korea. He retired with honors in 1968.

My mother's first cousins(more like her brothers since her only brother had died at 15) served in World War II.
Their children have served in all of the wars since. Some are serving today.

My brother's; Glenn went into the Navy and served his twenty years. He retired as a Lt. Commander. His son also joined the service. I am very proud of them, my other brother Jim went into the National Guards and then after college he was in the Army for awhile, then he joined the Navy as a medic in Desert Storm. He is retired too.

My husband was in the Air Force Police Force when I met him. He served in Vietnam. He came home suffering from PTSD. My son joined the Air Force Special Forces. I don't know for sure how many tours he actually made in the Mideast. I do know he had several tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran. He was recently medically discharged because of a cancerous tumor in his eye. He had received many honors and medals. I am extremely proud of him.

My grandson joined the Marines and has served two tours in Afghanistan. We have been extremely blessed. None of our men lost there lives. I feel for those who have. I do know the agony of staying home and praying for those loved ones. We have lost many friends to the war. Freedom isn't free. I pray God blesses the families left alone on this day and in the days to come.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The attack!

This week has been one attack after another. I'm sorry I even missed blogging on Wednesday but I was struggling to just survive.

Sunday had been such a blessing to me. We had a word from God saying; "I'm well pleased with you, ask me what you will and I will do it. Just reach out and take what you need." He said many other things but that was what really touched my heart. I needed two thousand dollars for my mission trip, over six hundred for airplane tickets, a hundred for insurance, and spending money for the necessities for the trip so I asked God for three thousand dollars. I reached out and I took the money out of His hand just like He instructed. God is so good.

Monday I received notice that The Vessel was sending five hundred dollars for the mission trip. Praise God only twenty-five hundred to go!

Tuesday was the one year anniversary of my youngest daughter's death. I loved my daughter so much. She had so many health issues and mental issues I would never want her to come back but for some reason it just knocked me off my feet. I spent most of the day in tears. I know she is happy and is loved but it was so hard for me that day.

Wednesday I woke up and could hardly move. My back hurt so bad I could hardly move. I did go to my prayer group but as the day progressed my back got worse no matter how I prayed. I wasn't able to go to church that night and it broke my heart. I took a hot bath and curled up in bed. My bff called me after church and asked me how I was. I told her I was fine in a weak little voice (feeling very sorry for myself.)  She yelled, "FINE! What happened to blessed?" (That is always my answer when anyone asks my how I am. If you follow my blog you might remember I was ministering to her a week ago.) Well  that made me sit up and take notice of what I was doing. WOW! I spent the next hour rebuking the devil and his cohorts.

Thursday, things were going much better, I was up on my feet and was able to do the work around the house  but I received notice from Big World Venture saying all on my money had to be in the office by June first. Wow, I only have one week to get all the money I need. I am fourteen hundred and thirty dollars short. That really knocked me off my feet again. When I went to bed I told God I had done all I could do it is up to Him now. God gave me peace and I slept better that I had all week.

This morning I spent some time outside with the Lord. He reminded me that I had taken every extra penny I had to send in for the mission's trip plus I tithe, give another ten percent to other ministries, and I give whenever He tells me too. He was going to take care of the rest. I had done all I could now watch and see what He would do. Praise God. It is His will for me to go and He would make sure I went.

Don't you just love it when God talks to you and He doesn't get angry with you if you slip into a little pity party, He still loves you. He may rebuke us but He does it in such a loving way.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Full Reward

2 John 1:8 "Look unto yourselves(take care) that you may not lose(throw away or destroy) all that we and you have labored for, but that you may {persevere until you} win and receive back a perfect reward{in full}." (taken from the Amplified version.

My Pastor has preached on this verse for three weeks and I have learned so much. First is Honor; run your race with honor, in Mark 6: 1-8 it tells the story of Jesus teaching in His home church. Many were offended, Jesus said; a prophet is not without honor. Honor is a heart attitude. *Many times the things we desire don't come in the package we expect. The same story in Luke 5:17 says the power of the Lord was present to heal them (all) Jesus marveled at their unbelief. John 13:20 says "He that receives the man I send he will receive me." * The way kids treat their parents is the way we treat our Heavenly Father. How we treat our boss, our coworkers, or our pastor is how we honor God. Matthew says "Honor the man of God and you get  the man of God's reward. 1 Timothy 5:18 Honor is not worship. Honor is holding someone with respect.
TV cannot change the world but a local church can.  Don't have your pastor for lunch after church but lift him up and honor him in front of your children, friends, and family.

Do you honor God? How about your Pastor, do you honor him? If you can't give honor to the man of God go to God in prayer, maybe it is time to find a church where you can honor the pastor. God bless you all, I hope this has touched you as much as it touched me.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Garden

Sorry I missed yesterday. We spent the whole day putting in a vegetable garden. We didn't have one last year but did the year before. I was unable to help put it in then but this year I spent the whole day out there. Praise God! We planted several rows of sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, peas, beets, squash(2 kinds), carrots, and red onions. I can't wait until they are ready. I have eating the vegetables you get at the store, you never know what they are sprayed with.

Today there is not a place on my body that doesn't hurt. I could hardly get out of my bed. I also got sunburned, I'm a red head and tend to burn easily. So I can hardly bear to wear any clothes. It will be worth it though when we are eating all those good veggies. The Bible says that Blessed is the fruit of my ground so I know our garden will be great.

God is so good.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Praise the Lord!

Today I ask the Lord what He wanted me to write and I got nothing so instead of writing about my writing (which seems to be going no where right now) I decided I would just give praise to God.

God is so good to me and I am so thankful for what He has done in my life. Just a few years ago I felt like my life was just about over. I had health issues, I had to live with my daughter because of financial difficulties, and I hated where we lived. Although I liked my church, it was basically dead. I felt like I was dying inside. That was when God told me to start writing. A few months later we moved home.

I now go to a church that is alive and growing daily. I love the people in my church, they are my family. I still am not published but I have learned so much about writing that I know it will be soon. In six weeks I am going to Panama to minister to the people there and tell them how God loves them and wants to heal them. I can't hardly wait to go.

God has healed me and made me whole! He has set me free! He has become a part of each and every day, a part of my life that I didn't know was even possible. I can't even begin to thank Him enough for what He has done in my life. I just have to Praise Him! Glory to God!

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Christian's Duty

Today will be short. I am off to work. Today I pass out voting booths to all the districts in our county. Tomorrow is Nebraska's turn to vote. Tomorrow we get the chance to choose the men and women we want to run our government. An awesome right! Not many years ago women didn't have that right. Many men and women have fought and died to give us all that right. How awesome is that!

I know that we are all on different spiritual levels but we need to agree on this one thing. Christians MUST get out there and vote. It is our duty to vote, our right, and our privilege.

I have heard so much grumbling about our Nation, about the Senate, the Congress, our Economy, our Schools and our President but we don't have the right to complain if we don't go out there and vote. I know it is hard to know who to vote for but it really isn't that hard. Just vote for the man or woman that the media tells you not to vote for. The man or woman that the liberals, gays, and unions tells us are unfit to be in office. those are the men and women that are standing for the right to life, moral values, and our God. Parties don't really come into the equation. What a man believes is what counts. Who he stands for! Is he prolife? Does he back Israel? Does he love God and country? Does he lie? Does he tell you one thing and turn around and do something all together different the next moment?

Have you voted? Will you rise up and stand for righteous living? Will you help change our nation back to One Nation Under God?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Quiet Time

I know a lot of you have issues about finding a quiet time to write, so do I. I live with my daughter and her family. There are six adults in our household. It is a small house and there is not room for me to have my own space. I have my own room of course but it is tiny and doesn't have room for me to work. The kitchen is a small room and always being used.(it is also the laundry room) so I end up sitting in a recliner in the living room. My son-in-law is disabled and I help care for him. He is unable to sleep most nights and spends a lot of his time in his recliner watching TV. I try to block out what he watches but it can really be difficult.

My two grandson went to Arizona to their best friends graduation. This morning I got up early. The only one stirring is my seventeen year old granddaughter. She is getting ready for school. I have already prayed and spent time with God. I have a load of close in the washer and a load of dishes running and now I am going to sit here in this glorious quiet and write. I tell you that right this minute is wondrous. Life doesn't get any better.

God bless you all. Happy writing.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Today is The Day That The Lord Has Made

Day before yesterday I had fasted all day. I wasn't sure why but I obeyed the voice of the Lord. That night I had a call from my best friend, she was under attack. She has had a rough year, she lost her father and several members of her family, her brother and sister had managed to steal most of her inheritance, her job was good but one woman did everything in her power to cause my friend grief, she had gone from a sixty thousand a year job to a twenty, she lives in a tiny little box of any apartment and is still having trouble making ends meet, she was taken ill this last winter and now ally the bills have come in and people are threatening to sue her, and now someone in our church had broke her heart. You are not to be attacked in your church and yet it happens all the time.  Have you been in this place? You just want to give up. She wanted to pack up her car and move to where her daughter lived, but she had no finances. I was able to go over to her home and minister to her, because of my state of fast I really felt the presence of God. He was there to heal her heart and give her strength.

My scripture today is James 1:2-3; "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." When you are going through tests, trials, and tribulations it is hard to see how any good could come from it. We tend to pray for God to stop the attacks but what we need to be praying for is strength and endurance. I'm not saying that you don't use Spiritual Warfare, you do. You need to bind the devil and pray protection over yourself, but you also need to see that through these trials you will be made pure and holy.

God is good and His mercy endures for ever. He walks through the valley of death with us. He doesn't carry us through but He is right there leading us through the darkness. We will come out the other side a better person.

My friend sent me an email while she was at work yesterday to let me know she was doing good and she thanked me for being there for her. God is so good. How are you doing this day? Do you need God to wrap His arms around you and tell you how much He loves you? He is here to do that. I would love to pray with you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

He comes to Steal

If you follow my blog you know that last weekend we had a Miracle Healing Seminar. We had a large crowd each and every night and the reports of healings and miracles keep coming in. I received a healing myself. it was a true time of blessing.

I don't know where you all stand spiritually but many times times when you have a time of great blessing, satan come immediately and tries to steal that blessing from you. I have had to fight this last week to keep my own blessing but I am healed and so is my daughter.

We went to church early yesterday. (Kellie is on the worship team and has to practice, I go so I can sit in the nursery and pray for the service and the families of our church) The church was locked up tight and there was no sign of our pastors. We sat and waited, Cyndy came(she operates the sound board) and waited with us. Our worship leader came and unlocked the doors.

Our wonderful Pastor Janet's mother was in ICU and wasn't expected to live. They had been called Thursday, she wasn't expected to make it through the night. How like the devil is that? The weekend had been so dynamic, Wednesday night had been awesome and then they are hit. How predictable.

Pat Evers had a pacemaker put in last year. I September she had problems but the doctors went in and took care of the problem. She had been doing well. Thursday when they called the pastors, her whole body had shut down, none of her organs were working. they called all of her family in.

Sunday they announced that all of her organs were functioning except her liver and they had no doubt her liver would start functioning soon. She was doing much better. God is so good all the time. Sometimes you just have to stand and fight after a major victory. Praise God!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Another Step Forward

I finished another step forward yesterday. I have received the critiques for my book Hidden Memories. Yesterday I finished rewriting my first chapter. I really like the changes, it helped a lot. My only problem now is that all the critiques I have had have been on my first chapter. Now I need to figure out what to do with the other twenty-two chapters.

My critiques said I had talent and a gift from God. I have been studying dialogue so hopefully that will help me. I have been discouraged not knowing where to go after I finished the rewrite of the first chapter. I had been so happy with it after my last rewrite but the judges still found many problems. I really need to find a critique group but I don't know any other writers around here.

I tend to get frustrated because I have all these stories running through my head. I can't sit down and just pour them out because I have to keep going over the stories I all ready have written. I wonder some times if I can ever get it to the place where the judges, agents, or publishers will like it.

Am I the only one who struggles with these things? God has totally blessed me, I pray I am able to put that down on paper. (my computer)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Did you Know

This morning I asked God what I should write about. My answer was; "ask them did you know?" I am not sure where we are going with this exactly but God wants you to know He is involved in your life.

Did you know that God knew you before He made the world? Did you know that He had you on His mind when He sent Jesus into this world to die for your sins? Did you know that Jesus would have come and died if it had been for you alone? Did you know that when you accept Jesus into your heart that you receive The BLESSING of God? Did you know that The BLESSING is the same blessing that God gave Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joesph, and Moses? It hasn't change! It is the same blessing today. God wants to bring the Garden of Eden into your life. He doesn't want you in a job you hate. He doesn't want you to struggle financially in this world's economy. He doesn't want you so sick and dying you can't even leave you home. He doesn't want you to live in fear and loneliness. What He does want is for you to be His child. He wants to walk with you in the cool of the evening and talk about your day and about His. He wants to be your family. He wants to hold you when you are hurting. He wants to laugh with you when you are happy. He wants to dance with you when you are full of joy. That is what God is really all about. That is what He wanted when He created Adam and He never changes. It is what he wants today.

God is so good that He just sits back and waits for you to chose to come to Him. Many people will never come and that breaks His heart, but still He waits. He whispers sweet words of love in our hearts but most of us don't listen. Did you know Almighty God wants to be with you? How awesome is that. Don't make Him wait any longer. Talk to Him right now!