The king’s daughter [is] all glorious within: her clothing [is] of wrought gold. (Psalm 45:13 KJV)
I do not know who exactly needs to hear this message today or why, but tune up your ears and turn on Holy Spirit. He has something to say to YOU!
You are all glorious within. You are a child of Light. You are bright.
You radiate. You shine. You sparkle.
You are luscious. You are lovely. You are loved.
You are cherished. You are treasured. You are adored.
Whether you are pleasantly plump, Sleek and skinny, or beefy and buff…
You are beautiful. You are wanted. You are necessary.
You are important. You matter. You are essential.
You have a purpose. You are an overcomer. You are a champion.
You are called. You are chosen. You are a co-heir with Christ.
I enCOURAGE you to find a mirror. Look in it. Replace all the “You are’s…” from above with “I am…” Make these your declarations today because that is exactly what your Father God thinks about you. He thinks you are stunning. Period. The End.
“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 AMPC
I wish that I could just post the title and you would understand, “Stop and enjoy every moment of life!” Some of you might understand. I don’t know.
I am speechless.
Father God: Weave this together through the power of the Holy Spirit because I have nothing and everything to say. Please use these fingers to type what you want. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I was blessed with a new daughter yesterday. Mary Claire took Brayden, my eldest son’s hand in marriage. She gets it and I am thankful she is teaching my son a lesson that I did not learn until much later in life.
Thursday night, the destination wedding celebration began at Watercolor Beach Club in Florida. Family friends of the Bride hosted an INTIMATE, CASUAL Welcome Party completed with a bonfire, charcuterie boards, and smores. When tiny Mary Claire arrived, I ask her how she was doing. She gave me one her huge hugs. She squeezes BIG. She responded positively as always. She who is wise beyond her years said, “I am trying to make myself stop, take a step back and take a picture in my mind. I do not want to forget one moment.” As a photographer, I try to capture every moment. I do not want to miss a thing. I love Mary’s wisdom. I am going to purpose to put down the camera and take more mental snap shots. They can be filed away and stored forever, when a photo can not. I chose to step away from the rectangle of the well-appointed beach chairs that encapsulated the small fire, friends and family. Rain had been in the forecast all week. God graciously answered our prayers and supplied us with His perfection. The evening was cool, and the sunset was absolutely stunning. She put on a show that was not meant to be missed. I stepped away and recorded my memory and I enjoyed every move she made. I thanked God for the day.
Friday provided another ideal day. It kicked off early with a 12:15 AM knock on our bedroom door with an exclamation from the new Great Granny and a call from our sister-in- aw who was a brand-new Granny, “we have a baby!” Oh, Henry arrived at 11:31 ET. We stopped and enjoyed every moment. We were now the GREATEST Aunt and Uncle.
Friday continued with a quick (thank you, Rev. Leach!) 9:00 AM rehearsal at Cerulean Park.
The flawless day continued with the MOST bridal luncheon at Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar, generously hosted by long-time friends, Mandy Lang, Sandra McDuffie, Casey McNeill, Beth Skudder and Charlotte Wheeler, who were also mothers of five of the bridesmaids. No detail was forgotten. It was simply ELEGANT. I did not want to miss one thing so I asked my mother-in-law to switch places with me, so that I could take it ALL in and enjoy every moment…the ocean, the rooftops, the laughs, the tears of Mary, the mothers, the bridesmaids, the aunts and the grandmothers.
At one point I stopped, stepped to the edge of the rooftop and enjoyed breathing in the ocean air. I thanked God for the breath in my lungs. With a full but achy heart, I then offered a simple prayer for strength and courage for our family friend, Ranae Osbourne, and her family. I was sad in that moment that our family could not be there to love on hers. At the same time of our roof top celebration, she was celebrating the life of her husband who had unexpectantly had an abrupt end to his young life. We love you, Ranae. STOP, TAKE A STEP BACK AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE…we cannot take it for granted because we do not know when it might end.
The night came to a complete end. We were honored to host the rehearsal dinner at the Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House in Watercolor. The restaurants dining room was filled with sixty-five of the kid’s closest friends and family who stopped and unashamedly expressed their admiration for the couple. Brayden and Mary hung on every word and enjoyed every second. The night could be described in one word- LOVE! Really, if it had a hashtag, it would be: #admirable.
Saturday, the wedding day finally arrived after the 10-month postponement due to that illness I am not got going to glorify any longer by name! The weather had been feared by many because the ugly disease had cancelled the Seaside Chapel as wedding venue and The Lake House at Watercolor for the place of the reception. The ceremony had been moved to the open air of Cerulean Park and the reception to the tented Marina Park. Prayer prevailed and God honored us all with a flawless day.
Before the wedding began amidst the myriad of pictures being snapped, family friend, Lysbeth Francis offered me some unbelievable advice, “STOP. GET BY YOURSELF. TAKE A STEP BACK AND JUST ENJOY. It will be gone before you know it. ” This is for real. I am not kidding. I followed Mary and Lysbeth’s advice several times during the day and into the evening.
I looked at my son’s finger and imagined the gold band on it. I purposely took his hand and looked at it after the wedding.
Neither my son nor I like attention, at all. As much as I wanted to speed down the aisle, I whispered to him to slow down and enjoy, because we would only do this one time.
When Mary Claire walked down the aisle, I did not want to miss one second of her radiant beauty. I chose to stop and not get mesmerized by her grace but also to enjoy the look on my son’s face.
I stopped many times to relish the love between Mary and B.
The last thing I did was to delight in the joy on the face of the Mother of the Bride, Cathy Wilcheck, as our babies walked down the long, graveled path bordering Marina Park. It was joyfully lined by family and friends yielding large, lighted balloons and fiercely shaking white pom-poms. Mary and Brayden stepped into the back of their impeccably decorated golf cart. And flashed us a peak of their sneakers that they had donned to dance the night away. Off they went. Sheer joy and relief crossed Cathy’s face. In that moment was speechless. Emotion welled up.
How could I thank she and Pat for giving Mary and Brayden the wedding of their dreams? How I could I thank them for not saying “NO?” The only thing I could say was “perfection.” God had exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask or think…God had provided all this, and we knew it. However, she and Pat were the conduit of His blessings. Our “thank you’s” and gratitude will never be enough.
I enCOURAGE you in the words of Jesus and beautiful, daughter of the King Jesus, Mary Claire…”STOP, TAKE A STEP BACK AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE.” Jesus gave His life for us and came so that we may have and enjoy life full overflowing. Live the life He so freely gives on purpose.
I attempted to share this message with my son and his bride-to-be at their rehearsal dinner. The room was full of nearly seventy family and friends. I was overwhelmed because I do not like to speak in front of people at all. I was already crying from my husband’s welcome even though I had promised my self—“no tears.” Seriously, I would not have felt any different if I was slated to speak to a capacity crowd of 92, 746 fans at Sanford Stadium. I told my fearful self, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This celebration is about them not me. Off I went. I know I went way off script. Writing is so much easier than speaking to me. I wanted to share the full message what Holy Spirit inspired me to say so they can read what I meant to say and because it is a message for all. In the beginning, indulge me as I share a little of how blessed we truly are.
When I found out that Mary Claire’s favorite color was yellow, that was no surprise to me. She is always aglow. She lights up every room she enters. Radiant, bright, shining and the most brilliant yellow… defines her. She is sunshine. She is joy. Interestingly enough, since Brayden was a baby, his Mimi has called him sunshine. Bray, I don’t know how many times in your young life that I sang that song to you. You were and…
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine You make me happy when skies are gray. You’ll never know Bray, how much this Mama loves you Please don’t take my sunshine away.
But now I know…
Mary is your sunshine, your only sunshine. She makes you happy when your skies are gray. I know she will always love you and make you happy, Don’t you do anything to make her run away!
We are going to pray a little differently. Do not bow your head and do not close your eyes. See that empty chair… Jesus is sitting right beside you. I hope to change your view of the God I love so much. You know what my favorite picture of God is? Him sitting in heaven laughing, and saying NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME. Impossible is the web He wove to bring Mary Claire and Brayden together.
Seriously, My Bible says, “Do not fear. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace…” That’s what we are going do. There is nothing about closing your eyes in that verse. So…we are just going to chat with God for a few.
Father, we thank you for this time of celebrating Brayden and MC. We thank you so much for bringing them together and for making them better together than they are apart.
We gave the kids these 3 cloches sitting on a piece of their pottery to illustrate and remember this message from Holy Spirit.
Father, You say in Psalms 91:4, “That You cover us with Your feathers and that under Your wings we shall take refuge.”
You also say in Isaiah 51:16, “I have covered you with the shadow of My hand and you are My people.”
Father, You say that You, the Word who is Jesus , and the Holy Spirit; are three in one. (1 John 5:7 NKJV)
This first and largest cloche represents the seamlessness of the trinity and the infinite covering of the hand of God over your lives.
The second cloche represents your parents.
Lord You say, “Have I not made them one, having a portion of the Spirit? And why one? Because You seek godly offspring.” God made us one to create and cover y’all, our godly offspring. Then y’all’s mission… become one…you know the rest of the story.
Lord You said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” We have asked, prayed and believe for our children’s perfect helpers. Father, you have done exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think in gifting Mary Claire to our family. Thank you for covering and answering the prayers we have thrown to you.
Father You also : A friend loves at all times. The second cloche also represents all the family and friends in this room who have covered and prayed for Brayden and Mary Claire—those who have loved them so very well! We are so very thankful for each one of them and what they have meant to all our lives.
Father to be honest, Matt 19:5 is not a verse I like so much…
You know where you say: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they will be one flesh?” … I get it. He is yours anyways. I just don’t like the leaving part, but he gave his heart away and left long ago.
The smallest and last cloche represents you both.
Lord, Your words says that tomorrow B and MC are “no longer two, but one flesh and that what God has joined together, let no man separate.” Father we declare that over their lives right now in Jesus’ name.
Father, thank you for Your Word that instructs us and guides us in the ways to go.
Thank you for bringing the way of Brayden and Mary together. Father, thank you for the favor and blessing that is one their lives. And now, after tomorrow may they fulfil your will in all they do. Now in Your words Father we altogether agree and encourage them to “Be fruitful and multiply.”
Thank you for your abundant blessings. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for providing this great food. Bless it in the mighty name of Jesus. And everybody said? AMEN.
I enCOURAGE you to know that God has got you covered with His mighty hand!
Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (Revelation 19:7-8 KJV)
PREPARED means made suitable; made ready; to put in a proper state of mind; to work out the details of plan in advance; to put together. Pretty much prepared means ready, set, go.
A wedding does not just happen. It takes tons of preparation, including sleepless nights, endless phone calls, a multitude of decisions, lists and meetings. It has been 465 days since Mary Claire, my daughter in law to be, took the first step to becoming a bride. First, she said yes to my son, Brayden’s proposal. Next, she picked the perfect wedding dress. She has worked out the myriad of details with her mom’s help. She had spent time with Brayden getting to know him better and also making final choices about the specific’s of the wedding. She has all the while done everything to transform herself into the perfect bride for our son. Tomorrow, she will take the final steps. She will spend most of the day putting herself together to meet her groom. The last things she will do is to put on the dress. She will be fully prepared. She will be a picture of perfection without spot or blemish. She is so excited and already aglow for her groom. I know that without a doubt Mary Claire is ready, set and will go down the aisle, walking into her eternity with our son.
Are your excited? Are you glowing for your groom? The marriage of the Lamb is coming. Just like Mary Claire and Brayden’s long-awaited day is coming, Jesus is coming for His bride. Invitations have been sent out. Are your prepared for the wedding feast? Have you accepted the invitation and said yes to Christ who loves you and gave Himself up for you, so that He might sanctify, transform and cleanse you by the washing of water with the word? Have you said yes so that God may prepare you to be a perfect bride for His Son, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that you would be holy and blameless? Have you arrayed yourself in the fine linen which is the righteousness of Christ?
It all starts with a yes and a complete surrender to Jesus, but it is does not end there.
I enCOURAGE you to first, say yes. Then get ready, get set and go. Prepare yourself to meet the Groom. Wash yourself in the word. Spend time with the Lord. Get to know Him better. Don’t be caught ill prepared. Don’t be all coy in saying yes, either. The Groom will not wait forever. However, He is patient, kind and all loving. Are you ready for Him? He has been waiting and making preparations for you.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
A few days ago, I walked out of Planet Fitness. It was a great day. I was in a great place, mentally and spiritually. We have prepared for over a year our son’s upcoming wedding. Everything is in order and ready to go. However, out of nowhere, fear and anxiety tried to jump all over me. A multitude of anxious thoughts came to the door of mind and began knocking loudly. Safety of travelers? Will there be enough food? Will the flowers be correct? Will we have enough time to set up? Will everything fit into Parker’s car? Will my rehearsal dinner outfit arrive on time? (I ordered over a month ago. Different story for a different day.) Are you anxious yet? These were just a few of the thoughts I had from the time I exited the building on the short walk to my car.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit who always goes before us, walks beside us and has our back, too.
First, He made me laugh. He put me in my place. He reminded me that Kris and I were only responsible for sixty-five guests and two to three hours of a rehearsal dinner. We were not responsible for the big show and all the logistics of a wedding for two hundred and fifty people. I heard the Lord say in my spirit, “Can you imagine the thugs knocking on Cathy Wilcheck’s door?” She is the sweet mother of the bride.
Secondly, Holy Spirit reminded me that worry, and stress were uninvited guest to the party. My bodyguard, Jesus, had beat them long ago and would help me do it again. He had taught me how to bounce them right out the door.
Lastly, I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 10:5, we have some responsibility in the matter. The Word has instructed us to:
Cast down imaginations, thoughts and reasonings. Cast down is one word in the Greek, kathaireō, which means to take down, pull down, forcefully throw down , refute, demolish and destroy. Imaginations is the Greek word logismos. It is a derivative of logos which means words. Casting is a continuous action. We are to continually throw down the words of worry and fear that try to elevate their selves in our lives.
Casting down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. The knowledge of God says, “Do not fear! Do not worry. Peace! Have faith in God.” These are truth words in our lives. They are words Jesus paid for with His life. He won the victory over fear and worry. They are truth words in our lives. They destroy fear and anxiety when the come knocking.
Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. The word of the Lord tells us when we start to doubt, fear or be anxious, we must stop our thoughts. We must take dominion over them in Jesus and not be conformed to the world and the way it thinks. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds with the truth words of God. So, when they pound at the door. Take them captive. Take control of the thoughts. We either invite them into the party or we kick them out as the undesired guests that they are.
Now, steps 1-3 happened that day in about a five-minute period of time. I chose to give the devil no place in my mind (Ephesians 4:27). I also followed the directions and got the results of James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Peace reigned that day. I was an overcomer and more than a conqueror in Christ. If we welcome them in and entertain them, they are hard to get to leave. They want to stay and torment.
I enCOURAGE you to take action immediately. Kick out fear and worry next time they come knocking at your party. Learn how to renew your mind. Get in the word. Know the word. Use the word of God when those uncalled-for guests bang at the entrance of your mind. They are after all, uninvited and unwelcomed guests!
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV)
HE WAS… wounded perforated pierced through laid open broken profaned
FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS… trespasses going where we shouldn’t have gone rebellion doing what we shouldn’t have done defection wrongs instead of rights faults doing what we shouldn’t
HE WAS… bruised broken crushed crumbled shattered to pieces
FOR OUR… iniquities perversities mischief crimes guilt sins punishments
THE CHASTISEMENT… correction discipline reproof admonition instruction
OF OUR PEACE… wholeness completeness health soundness safety security prosperity contentment
WAS UPON HIM.
BY HIS STRIPES… hurts wounds bruises black and blue marks
WE ARE HEALED… cured repaired Restored Recovered made whole mended sewn back together.
People get all willy-nilly about people being “healed.” God perfectly created our bodies to heal. He gave us antibodies to fight off sickness and diseases. When we get a scratch or cut, in days the body repairs that opening. A broken bone will grow back together. We were created to be healed. Why pray to God to be healed if you do not believe that He will 100% do it. I believe beyond a shadow of doubt in healing. My Bible says, “BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!” I have to take the Lord at His word. My Bible Jesus paid for it. It is ours for the taking and believing. I believe in divine health. I believe in instantaneous healing. I believe in healing over time. I believe doctors can aid the Great Physician in the healing process. As much as Jesus died on the cross for our salvation, He died for our healing, for here, for now and for eternity. I cannot answer the question of why everyone is not healed here on earth. I KNOW that if you are a follower of Christ, you will be healed here or you will be healed and made whole in heaven.
I encourage you to really meditated on Isaiah 53:5. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, but never accepted or knew He was your Healer, let Him become your Primary Great Physician today. Accept the gifts He so graciously and humbly paid. He was beaten black and blue for you. He died for you. I hope you can see how very much He loves you. Has anyone else ever taken a beating for you or died for you?
P.S. The Hebrew word for healing is rapha. Its roots spin and from and onomatopoeia which has the sound of seizing and plucking. The sound imitates a person sewing rapidly. Do you hear the healing? How cool is that?
Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4 KJV)
Do you believe that there is not one thing you will go through that Jesus did not understand and carry? If you believe the Bible is the word of God, I will show you exactly what He carried away for us.
The word “borne” in our focus verse is the Hebrew word, nāśā’, which means took, lifted up, and carried away. Yes, like the organization that lifts and carries rockets and space shuttles into outer space. He lifted up our griefs on the cross and sent them into oblivion, when we give them to Him.
What all did He take? The Hebrew word for griefs is ḥŏlî, which means sickness, disease, affliction, sadness, calamity. It is a derivative of ḥālâ, which means to be rubbed or worn, made weak or wounded, or pained. It is further derived from ḥûl, which means fear, whirl about, pain, tremble, travail, wait anxiously.
The wealth of the word of God says that it is true, He has borne our grief. He did not just bare our grief. He took, lifted up and carried away our every…
WHAT MAKES US WHIRL
WHAT MAKES US TWIRL
WHAT MAKES US WRITHE
He bore the load. He took the burden. He carried it all. He even bore our wait.
What are we waiting for?
What will bring us rest
What will make us be still
What will help us let go
We are all waiting on something. This was a huge revelation to me. He took it all. If I give it all to Him, He will carry the load for me. He already did at the cross. He took my wait! He took the load of my weight! He took the wait of losing all this weight for me!
I enCOURAGE you to look to the Lord. He took it all for you, too. He has it all. He has healing for sickness and disease here on earth and ultimately, in heaven. He brings comfort to your pain. He has wholeness for brokenness. He will bring joy to your sadness. When you are weak, He is strong. When you are fearful, He says trust Him. When you are writhing, whirling and twirling, He is your Prince of Peace. When you are in the “wait,” He is the answer.
Wake up! Wake up! Put on your strength! Put on Christ! Put on the armor of God! Put on the armor of Light!
Stand up! Shake the dust off yourself! Take your seat! Remove the bonds from your neck, captive! You have been set free!
My people know My name. My people know what My name is and what it means.
Look! I AM! No one, no body, no other God is! I AM!
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that: Brings good news. Publishes peace. Bring Good tidings of good things. Proclaims salvation Says, “Our God reigns.”
He chose us to do His kingdom work. He chose to share the great news. He chose us to be His watchmen. Are you watching? The watchmen lift up their voice! Together with one voice shall they sing. They shall see eye to eye.
Break forth into joy. Sing together. The LORD has comforted His people. He has redeemed us. We are paid for with the precious blood of Jesus. We cannot do anything to make him love us more than He already does. We cannot earn His salvation. We cannot be good enough. Jesus alone redeemed us
The LORD has made bare His holy arm. He has revealed Himself as the One by whom we are set free! The ends of the earth will see the salvation of God. Leave! Leave the land of exile, isolation and desolation. Get out!
Be clean! Be refreshed! Be restored, renewed and rebuilt! Be free! We are a vessel of the LORD meant for good works. The LORD will go before us. The God of Israel will be our rear guard, behind us. The Holy Spirit will come beside us. He will hold our right hand. He will help us! He is I AM! He is Almighty God.
I enCOURAGE you with the word of the Lord who loves you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. I see nothing beautiful in feet, but He does. The feet that go in His name and proclaim His good news are beautiful feet to Him. Can you allow yourself to imagine what He thinks about the rest of your body, soul, and spirit, if He thinks your feet are beautiful? You are made in His image. You are His Creation! You are His Masterpiece! You are His favored child! You were formed in His secret place and intricately and curiously wrought, as if embroidered with various colors! You are saved by grace and the precious blood of Jesus.
His beautiful feet led Him to die on a cross and provide a way for us to receive forgiveness of sins and be made righteous. We broke the law, but Jesus paid our fine! Jesus died and on the third day and rose again. He conquered death, so that all those who repent of their sin and trust in Him rather than in their own works, can be forgiven, set free from the curse and shame of of sin! Now, that is encouraging news from the beautiful feet on the mountain.
How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O queenly maiden! the joints of thy thighs [are] like jewels, the work of the hands of a Master workman. (Song of Songs 7:1 KJV)
And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11 KJV)
Can you hear the Lord stirring us from our physical and spiritual sleep?
As I read through Isaiah 51 and 52, “AWAKE, AWAKE” was used three different times. The first time it was used in Isaiah 51:9. Israel was asking the Lord to wake up, put on strength and save them like he did before. Haven’t we done the same thing? We might have said something like, “Wake up LORD. Are you there? Do you care? Where are you? Put on Your strength and save us from the corona, sickness, an empty bank account, joblessness, a failing marriage, or even, in my case, my heaviness. The laughable thing is that He is God Almighty. He is strength and all powerful. Impossible is nothing for Him. The word also says in Psalms 121:3-4, “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” It is not God that is sleep; it is us. However, the awakening of us, the awakening of our faith and the beginning of our salvation begins with a call to God. Do not feel bad. We are in pretty good company because David did the same thing in Psalms 35:23, 44:23, and 59:4-5. The disciples also followed suit during a roaring storm in Luke 8:24, “And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.” Wake up to the power and greatness of the LORD.
How did the Lord respond? He awoke. He rose up. He took action. He spoke. In Luke 8:25 He also replied by implying, “Y’all wakeup. Where is your faith?” In Isaiah 51:17, He answered the call by saying , “Awake, awake, stand up!” and in Isaiah 52:1-2 “Awake, awake! Put on your strength…2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.”In the richness of the definition of the word, “awake”, I heard the Lord say:
Wake up! Wake up!
Raise up! Raise up!
Rise up! Rise up!
Come up! Come up!
Lift yourself up! Lift yourself up!
Be hot! Be hot!
Be alert! Be alert!
Be watchful! Be watchful!
Open your eyes! Open your eyes!
The Lord is our Helper, but He tells us we have some responsibility in this game of life. We must WAKE UP and be full of faith in Him. We need to trust that He is who He says He is, is powerful enough and will do what He says He will do. Our next steps should be to stand up, take responsibility for our own actions, put on strength, shake the dust off, arise and loose ourselves from the self- imposed bonds around our necks.
On my journey, God continued to love me back to Him. He woke me up to some changes that I had to make…again. I have made them and will start to share about them soon. I have not arrived at my goal weight, but that is my destination. I am on the road. I can tell you that I stood up and took responsibility for myself. I am strong and get stronger every day. I am loosed and I am free from the bonds around my neck and the invisible prison that used to keep me from enjoying God’s best life for me. I can tell you that I am lighter in body, but so much lighter in my soul. It is not all about the weight. It is about being obedient to the call.
I enCOURAGE you to AWAKE! AWAKE! Where you have turned your back on God, call out to Him! He is our Savior in all things. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord or you have slid away from, He says to all:
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. (1 Corinthians 15:34 NKJV)
Therefore, He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14 NKJV)
“I, [even] I, [am] He who comforts you. Who [are] you that you should be afraid Of a man [who] will die, And of the son of a man [who] will be made like grass? 13 And you forget the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day Because of the fury of the oppressor, when [he has] prepared to destroy. And where [is] the fury of the oppressor? … 15 But I [am] the LORD your God, Who divided the sea whose waves roared–The LORD of hosts [is] His name. 16And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand…’You [are] My people.’ ” (Isaiah 51:12-13, 15-16 NKJV)
Fear is so irrational. I had a few special items that I needed to get to Florida for my oldest son’s wedding. For a few seconds, my thoughts went all over the place! “Should I put them in a carry on bag so they are always in my possession? Should I let my youngest son drive them down? Should I let my sister in law drive them down? Which is safer and less apt to crash a plane or a car?” STOP TAMMY! All of those thoughts are based in fear that the “things” will not make it to Florida. STOP, again. I prayed the protective blood of Jesus over all the planes and cars going to Florida. I prayed over the things and put them in God’s protective, covering hand. Those things are really His things anyways and honestly, they are just things.
I cannot tell you how much I love Isaiah 51, particularly verses 12-16. I can just see God in heaven shaking His head, laughing and saying, “Who do you think you are? Let me tell you who I AM since you seem to have forgotten. Oh, and by the way, let me remind you who you are!”
Can you hear Him?
I AM HE WHO… Comforts you. Consoles you. Avenges you. Pants over you. Groans over you. Laments over you. Grieves over you. Loves you.
WHO ARE YOU? Who are you that you should be afraid of any man? Who are you that you forgets who I AM?
I AM! I AM the LORD your Maker. I AM He who stretched out the heaven. I AM He who laid the foundations of the earth.
WHO ARE YOU? Who are you that you have feared continually? Who are you that feared every day because of the fury of the oppressor? Who are you that feared when he has prepared to destroy? Where is he now? Where is the fury of the oppressor?
I AM! I AM the LORD your God. I AM He who divided the sea whose waves roared. I AM the LORD of hosts is My name. I AM has put My words in your mouth. I AM has covered you with the shadow of My hand.
WHO ARE YOU? I AM says, “You are My people!”
WHO ARE YOU? You are… My people. My nation. My tribe. My kinfolk. My family. My race.
We let fear enter when we forget or really do not know who the GREAT I AM is. We have absolutely nothing to fear when we realize who we are in Him and that He has us covered with His mighty hand.
I enCOURAGE you to let your faith arise in who the Lord really is. Have faith in God, His word, His blood, His name and His power. Have faith in “I AM.” Have faith in who He says we are in Him. Know who He is and who you are.