GOD WAS, IS, AND WILL ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL

By Tammy Phillips
September 19, 2022

I am stepping out in faith, as I tell you this story.  You will understand when you read to the end. 

You need to know, I have recently misplaced and lost two very important items to me on two different trips. Both trips required air travel and one included a rental car with many stops.

Last Tuesday, I compiled a prayer “hit list” for my Wednesday prayer team.  The list helps us stay focused as we pray.  It serves as an agenda for business meeting with the Lord.  The following excerpt was part of my declarations and petitions on the list I sent out at 6:09 pm before prayer on Wednesday:

  • I take every opportunity to lift His name high. He is faithful and true. I don’t know how He does “IT.” He just does.
  • For sure direction and answers. 
  • Return two lost items to me. I don’t deserve it, but I know He knows where they are. I am believing the impossible and I know He is working on my behalf.

I thought I had hastily tucked one of the items in my undergarments drawer as we were leaving for a trip to Chicago.  I had changed my mind about wearing my “Nanny’s ring.” When I got home, I could not find it. I had hidden it from myself.  A month passed and I began purging our room looking for it.  I cleaned out my closet and three different places where I kept my jewelry.   I still had more places to purge, but time, travel and commitments had not afforded me the opportunity to complete the purge. 

Remember, I sent the prayer request at 6:09 PM Tuesday night.  At 6:30 pm, I walked into my room and by unction of Holy Spirit, I thought, “Maybe I tucked the ring into Kris’ socks!” 

I opened his wardrobe and did not look in sock drawer.  First, I looked into a big change bowl. The ring was not there.  Then out of nowhere,  I reached and opened a square bow tie box resting beside the change bowl.  I find not one, but two rings I had hidden!   I do not remember placing them there at all.  If Faithful Holy Spirit had not led me to that place, it would have probably been May 2023 at our next scheduled formal event that I would have found them. 

I had declared God faithful, asked for His help, believing in faith that I would find my two lost items and within 30 minutes Holy Spirit led me to one of the lost items.

To tell the truth,  this story was going to be this week’s encouragement before I found the first items.  I wanted to publicly say, “I trust the Lord.  He is faithful. He is my help.  I know he will help me find my lost things.”  Before I could even make that confession, He had led me to Nanny’s ring my first misplaced item.  He blessed me with the discovery of two rings.  The second ring is not the lost item I was referring two in the beginning.

There is still a  second lost item.  It will require a lot more intervention from Holy Spirit.  It was a 3” x  3” frosty zip lock back holding three of my favorite necklaces and three pair of my favorite earrings. 

On the day we left for the second trip, I ran out the door barefooted at 6:00 AM to the car with my phone, shoes, socks, and this little baggy in hand.  I know I attempted to drop it into my backpack,  but when we arrived at our destination, it was not found.  I did not worry about it on our trip.  I hoped that I had just missed the opening of backpack and that I would find it on the floor of our car when we returned to the airport parking lot.  Things did not happen as I hoped. I was devastated.  I cried all the way home.

Upon arriving home, I contacted two airports, the rental car company, the hotel, a restaurant, a gas station,  and countless other locations where it could have fallen out.  I am believing, hoping, and expectantly waiting a good end.  I know you might think I am crazy.  And obviously, I hope I have learned my lesson and will be more careful.  Like I said, I do not deserve to find this little envelope of treasures.  Four of the six items could be replaced, however, two of the items were original pieces of jewelry—not expensive, but custom and priceless to me.  I am waiting on God to do the impossible for me and I cannot wait to share with you how He does it.

In the waiting…

I have received notifications from the airport and rental car company that they have not found my jewelry.  I still believe. I still have faith in God alone.   I am still waiting, and I will not give up.

I enCOURAGE you to count God faithful in your life. Be patient in the wait.  When you are in an impossible situation, He is the God of impossible.  No matter what you are going through or what you have lost,  He will leave the ninety-nine to find the one.  I know that verse is talking about souls.  However, I know how much He loves you and me.   He was a huge part of gifting me one of the items in my little bag, so I know He can and will return it to me.  He has done it before.  I know He will do it again, just so I can give Him all the glory and tell you HOW GREAT HE IS.  Actually, I will do that now because the Lord has answered three of the four things we prayed about within one week.  Glory to Him. God is great and God is faithful!  I will wait for the fourth…

It took  Sarah 25 years to receive her promise of a child.  David waited 15 years to be king.  Moses waited 40 years to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  Caleb had to wait 40  years in the wilderness before finally entering into the promise land.   Rebekah waited 20 years to give birth to Jacob and Esau.  Noah spent 120 years building an ark and had never heard of rain.  God is faithful.  To be continued…

WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

by Tammy Phillips
September 12, 2022

 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer [made] in this place.”(2Ch 7:14-15 NKJV)

I LOVE when I seek the Lord and Holy Spirit gives me a title AND verse for these encouragements—that is gold.  The title is often the hardest  piece of the puzzle.  He did that yesterday.  And…He confirmed it within an hour when I picked an encouragement card from my box of encouragement scriptures, and it was the same verse.  Bam!  I was ready to go. 

Fast forward…2:22 am today!

I got a call from “Holy Spirit.”  It was more like a conference call. I was notified that we were changing directions for today’s encouragement.  As He was leading me in the new direction, He convicted me with the words of my husband. We were with some friends last night.  We were remembering 9/11/2001.   Kris said, “Yeah. We were all in church that night.”  We were and the church was full.

Why was I convicted by his statement?  Even though I spent two to three hours seeking the  Lord on Sunday morning and I received my encouragement direction for today, I was not exactly where I should have been.

Ready for the excuses? 

We had a really, really long week.  Saturday had been really long and taxing. The coming week was not going to be much better.  We had plans that would keep us out late on Sunday.  And, to top it all, we were going to have a Christian rapper at church. Well, that is what I heard from a young man who had asked me if we were going to be there.  I was not in a “Christian- rapper-way” on Sunday morning and chose to stay home with the Lord.  That is my confession!  I made the wrong choice.  I missed out.  I didn’t go to the assembly and a Christian rapper was not at church.  How did I get that so wrong? And, even if it had been a Christian rapper, I would have been blessed because I would have been obedient.

The word of God  in Hebrews 10:25 says,  “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as [is] the manner of some, but exhorting [one another], and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

OUCH!  I hear you Lord.  Hebrews 10 :25 does not give exception.  It does not say, do not forsake the assembling together, but it is ok to forsake the assembly when you are tired and there is a Christian rapper ministering.  I sadly was one of those that was in church on 9/11/01 but not on 9/11/22.  I was the ONE  who needed this strong encouragement today.  You just get to listen in. 

What has changed since 9/11?  Are we better as a church? A country? A people?

Why is it twenty-one years later and my word from the LORD for this year is to “GO LOW AND SLOW?”   “GO LOW” means to humble myself.  “GO SLOW” means to endure, stand, wait, persevere…It is the same.  Have I not learned in twenty-one years to humble myself?  Have I not learned in twenty-one years to “not forsake the assembling?”  I know the Christian journey, the following Jesus, is a process, but how many times do I need to be told.  How many times do you need to hear it?

I  remember 9/11.  It was a wake-up call for America.  It was a wake-up call for me to quit playing “Christian.”  I am not playing anymore, but many are still playing and sleeping.  Many have not answered the call of the Lord.   I know that I am further along in my journey with the Him.  I know that I “walk by faith and not by sight.”  I know I pray a lot more, but do I follow the word of God  to a fault and “pray without ceasing?” Do you?  We have work to do. I still have a long way to go.  I know we, Christians, who are called by His Name, have a long way to go.  I know our country has a long way to go.  

FACTS:
We are called by His name.
We are called to be different. 
We are called to be separate. 
We are called to follow Jesus.
We are called humble ourselves.
We are called to pray
We are called to seek His face first.
We are called to turn from our wicked ways.

THEN…the LORD God will hear from heaven
THEN…the LORD God will forgive our sin.
THEN…The LORD God will heal our land.
THEN…the LORD God’s eyes will be open
THEN…the LORD God’s ears will be attentive to the prayer in this USA. 

I enCOURAGE you to wake up.  Quit playing.  I am not talking about being “woke.”  I am talking about being awake in the Lord.  I am talking about living a righteous life according to the word of God and not according to your will.  I am talking about living every day on purpose with His purpose.  We have to quit playing Christianity.  We have to get into God’s word and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  We must make a difference today, so 9/11 nor anything like it ever happens again. We need to  humble ourselves, pray, seek Him, turn from our wicked ways and most of all love. 

It’s been twenty-one years since 9/11.  Do a little self-evaluation?  How have you grown in the Lord?  Do you even know the Lord? I will be happy to introduce you to my Savior.   We do need to remember, but maybe instead of  asking,  “Where were you?” We should be asking, “Where are you now?”  

STOP AND GO; GO AND STOP

September 5, 2022
by Tammy Phillips

“Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”. (Pro 16:24 NLT)

The word of God tells us to “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” (Mar 16:15 NLT)  As a follower of Christ, did you know you are called to preach? Preach simply means to publish or to proclaim openly, something which has been done.  Our  commission  is to go and share Jesus.

When we are called by the Holy Spirit to do something specific, when and if we obey, we go.  Sometimes, we get so caught up in the going and the doing that we forget to stop.  We go at work, home, and if life.  We are called into all those places, but we have to remember to stop. Recently, the Holy Spirit has strongly encouraged me to go into a new territory, yet at the same time directed me, “Don’t forget to stop.” 

How many times when Jesus was going from one place to another was He get stopped, His life interrupted?  The woman at the well, the Samaritan woman (John 4:6-29); official’s son at Capernaum in Galilee (John 4:43-54); man with leprosy (Mat. 8:1-4); a centurion’s paralyzed servant (Mat 5-13), Peter’s mother-in-law; (Mat 8:14-15); woman with blood issue (Mat 9:20-22); two blind men (Mat. 9:27-31) and on and on.  Jesus was always on the go yet lived an interrupted life.

We don’t like interruptions because we believe it hinders our going.  It is hard to stop and listen when we are moving full speed ahead.  We must go. We must stop.  It how the Lord will use us to make a difference, f we follow His lead. 

Recently, I had a list of errands to accomplish before the busy weekend ahead full of activities.  I was moving full speed ahead.  I made a stop at the gym to get a little light therapy.  On my way in I crossed the path of a woman who had obviously just worked out.  She looked like she was about to burst into tears.  She looked so sad.  We were moving in opposite directions.  I heard the gentle, small voice of Holy Spirit, “Stop. Go encourage her.”  For once, I listened.  I turned and followed her to her car.  “Ma’am, ma’am.” I yelled.  She was already sitting in her very nice car with the window rolled up when I reached her.   I motioned for her, and she hesitantly opened the door.  “ Mam, I sorry to bother you.  I wanted to tell you that you should be so proud of yourself and what you just did.  Don’t be sad. Turn that frown upside down.  Enjoy the day.”   She smiled and said thanks.  I pray that my words were as “sweet as honey to her soul.”

I know you are thinking, “What’s the big deal?”  I  listened.  I stopped in my going.   I loved on her with a little bit of the love of Jesus,  That’s the big deal.  I gave her “some honey” and  made a difference in her day, but that is not the end of the story.  When I entered the gym,  a young, attractive guy spoke from behind me, “That was great what you did. Didn’t mean to listen in.”  I questioned him.  “Where did you come from? Oh, you overheard.”  I don’t know where he came from.  I had not seen him, but he had heard.  I said, “Thanks.”  He smiled, too.   “I made a difference. You made it difference.  We need to keep passing it on, right?” I exclaimed to him.     The time of these encounters might have lasted 3-5 minutes, but they mattered.  Lives were changed in little ways by the leading of Holy Spirit to “stop.”

I definitely enCOURAGE you to go “and whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Col 3:17 NLT)  Remember,  follow Jesus’ example, and stop.  The stop, the kind words, they bring healing.  They bring love. 

PS…Recently, some men and women who I view big in the kingdom of God have taken time to stop in their going.  You may not know them by name, but they have been the “hands and feet of Jesus” to me. They have taken the time to listen.  They have taken time to deliver much needed sweet words to this weary soul.   Thanks to Pastor Scott Sheppard, Randy and April Lopshire, and Dutch Sheets.  The stops with y’all were life changing, really.

 

 

 

 

WHY ALL THE WHITEWASHED HOUSES?

by Tammy Phillips
August 29 2022

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow.”  (Isa 1:18 NKJV)

When we truly seek the Lord…

When we seek relationship with Him, when we seek His presence, when we seek His word and to do His works, He will take us to places and appointments that we could never  imagine.  He will guide us to and through periods of acceleration in Him that are overwhelming in the best way.  According to the Websters 1828 Dictionary, whelm, means: to cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to cover completely; to immerse deeply; to throw over so as to cover.  When He overwhelms us, He fills us, His vessels with the river of living water to the point overflowing.  It such abundance of His presence that I  almost get to the point of saying, “Woah.  I am full.  I do not think I can take any more right now but thank you.”   Somehow in that moment, we do not respond that way, we say. “More Lord.”    His presence is too good, too loving, too kind.  We do want to step away although overwhelmed. 

If you have never experienced the Lord in this way, I wish I could cup in my hands the words, the prayers, the places, the people, the appointments, the glory, the weightiness, the insight,  the downloads from the Lord in the past week, throw them up in the air,  and they would land on this piece of paper in a comprehensible way.

To say that God is AMAZING is such an understatement.

Let me attempt to describe one of these overwhelming experiences.  I was standing, worshipping the Lord at the altar, engulfed in His presence.  I visioned a paint brush that was full and dripping with white paint down the bristles and onto the handle.  The hand of Lord was making  smooth, rhythmic  strokes from side to side.  He was whitewashing a home.  He was not painting like a regular painter.  Really, does He ever do things the way we do things?  He was moving with the music.  He was taking pleasure in creating a Masterpiece.  The Masterpiece was a picture of His work.  It was a picture of you and me.  It is what He did at the cross for us. 

Holy Spirit had been pricking my Spirt about all the whitewashed houses that were appearing in my neighborhood.  I had questioned, “Why is EVERYONE painting their houses white?  What do you have to say about this Lord?”  He chose to show me in this place of worship with Him.

Here are a couple of thoughts…

  1. My neighbors believed that their homes needed new life. Out with the old and in with the new.  When we come to Jesus, we are ugly abodes.  We seek Him because we are tired of the old lives we lived and the old habits we carried around.  We seek a change, and He is more than willing to oblige to create something new.   When we wash ourselves in  His cleansing water, when we wash ourselves in His saving grace and word, He happily and masterfully paints us white as snow.

 “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow.” (Isa 1:18 NKJV)

  1. When our neighbors  hired their painters, they hired them expecting something new. They covered  their old in order to make it look brand new.  When the new coat of paint was applied, there was no turning back to the old brick or to what the old home looked like.  It is the same with us.  We are new creation in Him. When we go to the Master, we can have full confidence in Him.  We can expect newness. We can expect covering.

 “Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2Co 5:17 NKJV)

  1. My neighbors gave strength to their weary looking homes and increased its power to shine with the whitewash. The Lord does this for us in the renovation of our lives. 

“The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is unsearchable. [29] He gives strength to the weary, And to [the one who] lacks might He increases power.”  (Isa 40:28-29 NASB20)

  1. When the old houses were  painted, they gained new purpose.  They had new life.   When the Master works in us, He begins from the inside out.  He expertly covers us for His purposes and plans, shaping us into who He has called us to be.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Eph 2:10 NLT)

I enCOURAGE you to seek God first.  He promises if we seek Him, we will find Him.  He promises to Masterfully wash YOU white as snow.  He promises to make you a new creation.  When you find Him, He will transform your life and your circumstances.  He will meet your needs. He will let old things pass away and remember them no more.  He will lead you. He will guide you.  He will show Himself to you in ways that will blow your mind, but also bring healing, direction,  and life to you.  Seek Him.  Allow Him to sweep you away in His masterful strokes. Allow His abundant life to overwhelm you.   Follow His “BIG FOOT” steps into the journey of a life time! 

THERE IS NOTHING LITTLE IN GOD

by Tammy Phillips
August 22, 2022

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)

We have a new rescue dog in the family.  Each night before bedtime, we take him out to do his business. We watch him from above on our deck overlooking the backyard.  One of our flood lights on the back of the house is out. The one that works sits directly behind where I stand and casts a really cool shadow.  It is me larger than life and almost reaches to the neighbor’s yard.

I knew there were spiritual lessons to be learned from my mega shadow,  but it took me a little while to hear.

  1. There is nothing little in God and that includes me and you.We need to see ourselves the way God sees us and others.
  • God’s grace is bigger than our sin.
  • God’s love is greater that our failure.
  • God’s light is brighter than our darkest moment.
  • God has big things for us to do through Him.
  1. There is nothing little in God and that includes our shadow.

“So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.”(Act 5:15 NKJV)

The Light of the world has our back and creates a larger-than-life shadow when He shines on us.   God will use anything and anyone, including a shadow to reach the one who needs healing.  The world needed healing then and it needs healing now.  Peter walked so powerfully in the anointing of the Holy Spirit that His shadow over Peter brought the healing.  Peter who denied Jesus three times.  Yes, that same Peter. 

  • God’s forgiveness is grander than our greatest transgression.
  • God’s works are marvelous. They span  from the beginning into eternity.
  • God’s thoughts of us out number the sand.
  • God has big things for us to do through Him.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? … If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me…” (Psalm 139:7, 11 NKJV)

Peter’s shadow was  powerful enough to heal the sick.  God is the same God.  When we are willing  to step into His plan, His light, how will He use our shadow?   How much more can He use our light, the Light of the Lord beaming from inside? 

I enCOURAGE you to dive deep into the greatness of God.  See yourself the way the Lord sees you.  Allow Him to use you in  bigger ways than He used Peter.  Serve Him.  Follow Him.  Love big like Him.  Remember, there is nothing little in God and that includes you and your shadow.

“For the LORD your God [is] God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.” (Deuteronomy 10:17 NKJV)

“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”  (EPHESIANS 3:20 TPT)

ENDURE

by Tammy Phillips
August 15, 2022

“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Mat 24:13 NKJV)

Some days we need to give ourselves a pep talk!

If you have fallen, get back up.
If you have taken a detour, get back on the road.
If you have taken a step backwards, move forward.
If you have lost your way, find it.
If you have been disappointed, cheer up.
If your have been saddened, choose joy.
If you have been dismayed, stand strong.
If you have been hurt, pursue healing.
If you have been broken, seek restoration.
If you have experienced loss, go after the victory.

I enCOURAGE you to endure. 

Do not stop.
Do not crumble.
Do not throw in the towel.
Do not give up.
Do not back down.
Do not cave in.
Do not quit.
Never surrender!
Endure…
Endure to the end and be saved!

 

 

 

WANT TO BE A STAR? 

“The closest I will ever get to stepping on a stage at the Grand Ole Opry.” – Tammy Phillips

by Tammy Phillips
August 8, 2022

‘Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”   (Daniel 12:3 NKJV)

When I was young, I sang away the days with EP’s, 7” vinyl records.  I had a stack of them, Elvis, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Peaches and Herb, Donny and Marie, Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, the Carpenter’s…shall I go on?   I desperately wanted to be a famous music star shining  across stages in the United States.   All I lit up was the concrete floor of our garage in our suburban split- level house. The problem was I did not have the talent to do much more.

What was your dream?  Did you want to be a movie star like Farah Fawcett, Did you want to shine on the football or baseball field like Johnny Bench or Franco Harris?  Or, did you  have the same aspirations as me?

I have heard about heroes of the Bible.  However, I had never heard of “stars” in the Bible until I read Daniel 12:3.  Of course, stardom was an original God idea and not some fake counterfeit manufactured by Nashville, Hollywood, the NFL, nor the MLB.

Daniel 12:3 rekindled the dreams of stardom from my youth with a shift in focus.  I can be like a star.  I can be like a star in the kingdom of heaven.  As a child of God, we all can!  You ask how?

1.  GET WISDOM

Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [Therefore] get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” (Pro 4:5-9 NKJV)

Wisdom is the main thing, the word of God, learned and skillfully applied.   Wisdom will promote us.  Wisdom will bring us  honor.  Wisdom will deliver a crown of glory to us.   Nothing sparkles like a crown of glory.  Wisdom will make us “shine Like the brightness of the firmament”.

2.  TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

When we get wisdom and start shining, our mission is to direct others to the Bright Morning star. Knowledge teaches us that the Brightest star, Jesus, is love, light and life.  Wisdom helps us pass along His love, light and life and turn others to Him, Jehovah Tsidkenu, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. ((Jeremiah 23:6 and 33:16)

Scripture says when we turn many to righteousness, we are “like the stars forever and ever.”

This is not temporal earthly stardom that shines brightly for a blink of time. (Many may not even recognize some of the stars I mentioned earlier in this post—temporal stars.)  This is eternal stardom.  Stardom that lasts forever and ever. 

I enCOURAGE you to grab hold of this scripture.  Get wisdom.  Shine your love light of life. and turn others to righteousness.  Make Jesus famous in the lives of others and shine with Him forever.   If your light is a little  dim, dive into the Bible and allow Holy Spirit to rekindle your flame.  It’s really our purpose.   Want to be like a star?  Star Goals:  Love God!  Love people!  Turn many to Him!  Shine forever with Him through eternity. 

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. [14] Do everything without grumbling or arguing, [15] so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky (Phl 2:13-15 NIV)

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

by Tammy Phillips
August 1, 2022

“The goodness of God [endures] continually.”  (Psalm 52:1 NKJV)

We have all heard that God is good.  It is who He is.  It is not His character; it is Him.  He exudes goodness.  It is what He does.  He cannot help himself because He loves us that much.

When the Lord does something so incomprehensible that only He can orchestrate, it is hard to put into words.  I am going to attempt to tell you of the goodness of God demonstrated in my life this past weekend.  My heavenly Bridegroom chose to partner with my earthly husband to bless my socks off, once again, in celebration of our anniversary.

First thing on  Saturday morning, during my time with the Lord,  I cannot tell you what led me to listen to The Goodness of God by CeCe Winans , but I did.  I immediately  shared it with my Facebook friends and a few others with wishes of a happy Saturday.  Holy Spirit continued by leading me on a journey through devotions and His word where He told me of His goodness.  He drew me nearer into His presence with His loving words.

One of the last things I read before I went off to celebrate my 29th anniversary with my earthly husband was from my heavenly groom written by  Charles Spurgeon in his Morning and Evening Reading:

“I am married unto you.” (Jeremiah 31:14 NKJV)

“Full of burning affection He toiled, like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had been paid, and now, having sought her by His Spirit, and brought her to know and love Him, He awaits the glorious hour when their mutual bliss shall be consummated at the marriage-supper of the Lamb… but she is even now the bride, the spouse of Jesus, dear to His heart, precious in His sight, written on His hands, and united with His person. On earth He exercises towards her all the affectionate offices of Husband. He makes rich provision for her wants, pays all her debts, allows her to assume His name, and to share in all His wealth. Nor will He ever act otherwise to her. The word divorce He will never mention, for “He hated putting away.” Death must sever the conjugal tie between the most loving mortals, but it cannot divide the links of this immortal marriage.”

 I know how much my husband Kris’ loves me and it is just hard to fathom how much the Lord loves me and you.  He chose to remind me of how precious I was to Him.   Words every woman (and man) wants to hear.   The Lord filled me with His love, mercy, and goodness.

It was time to find out how Kris and I were going to celebrate our anniversary.  I had no clue;  truthfully, I had one… my daughter-in-law had let it slip that we were going to a concert.  The clue didn’t help.  I patiently awaited as we drove towards Nashville.  We ended up at  the Grand Ole Opry which was celebrating Barbara Mandrell’s  50th  year of induction.  Excitedly, Kris told me Carrie Underwood, who we both love, would be singing and he listed a few others. 

Let me back up and tell you, we were supposed to celebrate by making a trip to Athens, Georgia where we were married.  I backed out for various reasons earlier in the week.   I had no idea how he had pulled this ticket off in such a short time frame. (Many  thanks to the unnamed “blessing” who helped make this happen!)

We arrived at will-call to a surprise!  We had center stage tickets a few rows back from the stage (Perspective…Barbara Mandrell sat two rows ahead of us.) And, we were given tickets for the Circle Room, a place where a “star” talks before the show, and one is treated with food and beverages.  WOW.  Our heavenly Father had favored us both. 

Bear with me,  I am not short on words now…

What Kris knew and kept to himself until I heard it from the Opry announcer, CeCe WINANS was part of the line-up! Talk about Holy Spirit ordering steps!   Blown away by His goodness was an understatement to how I felt. 

The show was very good.  I had loved listening to Barbara growing up.  Every star honored her with one of her songs and then one or two of theirs.  When it was CeCe’s turn, she opened with Mandrell’s song, He set my life to music. He gave me words to sing. He set my life to music.  Now it’s a symphony.”   After she gave a short testimony of her relationship with the Mandrell’s and how open Barbara was with her faith.  Then…CeCe simply stood before the mike and began singing her song, you know, THE ONE I had listened to and posted about earlier in the day.  YES!  That song… “The Goodness of God.”  Needless to say, I was in tears, consumed by His goodness, and how he had planned this very moment with husband.  I do not believe that I could have received any gift that was more precious to me.  That’s my husband.  That’s my God.  A dangerous duo for good.

“For the LORD [is] good; His mercy [is] everlasting, And His truth [endures] to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to develop your relationship with the Lord!  Is my God your Lord?  He is and can be your God, too, if you accept His son Jesus.  Do you abide in Him?  Are you obedient to His word?   I am neither of the two all the time and that is why we all need Jesus.   I am so thankful for His goodness, mercy, lovingkindness, patience, and  forgiveness…the list goes on and on. 

Heavenly Father wants to have the same kind of encounters with you. He is a good, good Father.  It is who He is.  He is a loving Groom awaiting His perfected Bride, that is me and you.  I am not there yet, but together, He and I, are working on it.  How about you?

“The LORD [is] good to all, And His tender mercies [are] over all His works.” (Psalm 145:9 NKJV)

Thank you, Lord, and thank you, Kris,  for a great weekend! 

GOD IS MORE THAN ENOUGH

July 25, 2022
by Tammy Phillips

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me].“I will establish My covenant (everlasting promise) between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly [through your descendants].”  (Genesis 17:1-2)

In chapter 17 of Genesis, the Lord  introduced Himself for the first time as God Almighty, El Shaddai,  God the Most Powerful, the God who is more than enough – more than sufficient.

God essentially told Abraham what he needed to hear at the time to build up his faith, “ I am Almighty God, God who has the power to complete every  promise. I am more than enough.  I am able to do immeasurably more and exceedingly abundantly  more than you can ask or imagine.” 

Abraham needed to know this God because Almighty had told Abraham at age 99 that he would be the father of many nations. He also told 99-year-old Abraham at the right time, he would return to 90-year-old Sarah and that she would produce a son. Impossible? Not for El Shaddai.

Abraham and Sarah were imperfect, yet they remained faithful to God.  El Shaddai did exactly what he promised.  He was more than enough.

Last week at prayer as we were going over our “Hit List” with the Lord, I heard Him say for every prayer point on the list, “I am God of More than Enough! My promises are enough.  My word is enough.  If I said it, IT IS ENOUGH!  I AM  More than Enough!”

  • God is more than enough to give purpose and a child to a 99-year-old man and 90-year-old woman.
  • God is more than enough to heal our broken hearts from hurt, betrayal and any loss.
  • God is more than enough to give us all the strength we need to face any situation.
  • God is more than enough to make us resilient when the enemy has knocked us for a loop.
  • God is more than enough to make us courageous in the face of any and every fear.
  • God is more than enough to provide for our every need.
  • God is more than enough to forgive our every sin.
  • God is more than enough to restore crushed dreams.
  • God is more than enough to give us new dreams and desires.
  • God is more than enough to rebuild marriages that are falling apart.
  • God is more than enough to deal with us laughing in His face when He tells He will do the impossible.
  • God is more than enough to do the impossible.
  • God is more than enough to protect us from the tentacles of any virus.
  • God is more than enough to heal dementia.
  • God is more than enough to heal any sickness, disease, or cancer.
  • God is more than enough to send a girl who has had cancer all her life into remission at 12 years old.
  • God is more than enough to take us to the land of begin again.
  • God is more than enough to give us a brand-new start.
  • God is more than enough to double our salary in a recession. 
  • God is more than enough to give us our dream house when all signs say, “not today!”
  • God is more than enough to overcome any obstacles.

I enCOURAGE you to take God out of your quantitative box of “I am not enough. I am not good enough. I have to do more.”  He is on your side.  You will never be good enough nor do anything bad enough that our God of more than enough cannot overcome.  In fact, He already did at the cross.  Jesus paid it all.  He was and is MORE THAN ENOUGH.  His resources are infinite.  His power is limitless.  He is MORE THAN ENOUGH

“And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him] and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”  (2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP)

 

 

 

Go and Reach

The below enCOURAGEMENT from our sister in Christ was sooooo good.  I had to pass if on…

…from Christine Caine on July 15, 2022
(https://christinecaine.com/neutrino/ems02/email.php?email=0b79e21d59e9007166d9029cceab&template=1ae808de28c711e99986)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20, ESV).

I love the passion with which Jesus lived His life on earth. His heart was always to seek and save those who were lost. It was so important to Him that after His crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection, He took a detour on His way to Heaven to, in effect, say in Matthew 28,

“Let me remind you why you’re here on this earth. I’m going to be seated at the right hand of the Father, and I’m going to come back and get you. But, in the meantime, this is what I need you to do. Here’s your job profile: There is a lost and broken world, and I am anointing you with the same Spirit that raised Me from the dead so you can be salt and light in the midst of it. You’re not supposed to run from the lost; you’re supposed to run to the lost. You’re not supposed to judge the lost; you’re supposed to love the lost. You’re not supposed to condemn the lost but go, reach, and help the lost.”

Friend, we are God’s search and rescue team for a lost and broken world! But if you look at people through the lens of your prejudices, fears, biases, or even the lens of social media, you’re going to run from the very people God has called you to go and reach.

Today, let’s be the people God has called us to be, ready to see others and reach out to them with His love, grace, and truth!

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