Beautiful Crown

Beautiful Crown

Proverbs 4:7-9 (ESV) The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.

We made it just in time to see the sun inches above the ocean, a stellar sunrise on a clear morning. The beach was full of other folks who had the same idea. She wanted to see the sunrise. Our littlest princess was in awe of the glorious sun. Lingering along the surf, I gathered shells while she walked in the water. Casual conversation turned to a serious discussion very quickly. This one is our thinker. She contemplates life on a regular and ongoing basis rather than the carefree spirit of other young teens. The mystery of life is not good enough for her. She wants all the details now. The unknown does not appeal to her. I assure her that the Lord knows exactly what He is doing in her life and as long as she loves and trusts Him it will work out just fine. Well, that’s not good enough for her…

How many times has an adult said, “If I had known then what I know now…” Would it have made a difference? Considering the details of life and weighing all the good and bad, what would you have done differently? The bad marriage wouldn’t have produced the blessing of your children if it had never happened. The poor choices and challenging consequences may not have given you the sound wisdom you have today. God promises to work every detail of our life for our good and His Glory when we answer His Call. There is no depth too deep or place too dark that His Light will not come to our rescue. Regret does not exist in the one who is fully redeemed. Fear and anxiety are the enemy’s tools to steal, kill and destroy the knowledge and understanding that will soon become confident hope that leads to fulfillment. Is there more to life than this? Absolutely. We must desire it to have it. Pursue it to find it. Believe it for the reality to manifest in our life.

Our little girl doesn’t want to miss what God has for her. She struggles with the uncertainty of not knowing what the Lord is doing and desiring it just the same. Don’t we all yet unwilling to admit it with childlike faith to the listening Father. God has put it in my heart that He is doing a new thing. Looking around at my life, I am pleased with the way things are turning out. God is good. He is giving me the desires of my heart. There is more to this thing called life. I must go after it. Forgoing my comfort, complacency, convenience and control – I want the complete package labeled fulfillment. As we walked on the beach, I did my best to calm the concerns of my little one. She is not so little anymore. Her questions about her future valid. Trust is new to her. She only knows it in a limited sense. But I believe the Lord is calling her deeper. He is asking her to step closer. She is answering His Call and I am challenged to continue to answer mine. Whatever it is? Whatever it looks like? Even if it feels a bit uncertain, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and illogical, faith makes all these things unacceptable.

The wisdom of God is found in His Word. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh to portray the Father’s Love and Desire for His Children. He desires us. He wants us. He made the Way for us. Righteousness is the right path in every situation. It requires wisdom. Knowledge and understanding applied to our daily life not once or twice a week. It is not religious but relational. Instruction is the Gift of the Father to His Children. He longs for us to choose the better way and walk in the blessings and promises that He has already prescribed for our life. He doesn’t force us to choose His Path but offers it to us as a precious and valuable gift. Righteousness is only possible through Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of His Life is the only possible way for God’s Word, His Way and His Will for us to be fully accessed and completed in us. Confident hope is discovered by faith in God’s Word completely.

In the handful of children the Lord has given us, we have both impulsive and intellectual individuals. The spectrum of personalities is uncanny considering they are all from the same brood. Being the mom of such diversity, each one has been raised with a slightly different approach according to their personality. I have some that come directly to me when in need of advice or an opinion. There are others who call in the time of need. The cautious generally communicate more openly in contrast to the reckless for whom I am still here. God is a Good Father. He is pouring His Unconditional Love on the just and unjust. If only all of His Children would take some time to discover the vast potential of limitless love, it would change the church forever. It would bring the Body of Jesus Christ together into a blameless and unblemished bride once and for all. We don’t understand such a concept therefore cannot live in it completely.

Proverbs 4:10-13 (ESV) Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

Wisdom in our life is the result of knowledge applied in our life. Many receive instructions every day and ignore them. For example, the speed limit posted on the side of the road is not a suggestion but the law. If an officer catches me speeding, do I really have a right to get mad about it? Choosing to ignore the law creates a consequence. When I was an offender a couple of years ago, I was given a ticket that carried a hefty fine. I was required to pay the fine, but also given the opportunity to attend online traffic school to waive the points which would have resulted in higher insurance rates for the next several years. I chose to attend the class.

Sin is an offense to God. He hates sin. It separates us from him. Given the opportunity of grace, it is hard to say no. But there is more to God’s Divine Character than just getting by. The Lord offers us full restoration. Welcoming us home as the prodigal son is received upon his return, the Father desires to guide us along the right paths that lead to full satisfaction and fulfillment. I choose whether or not I will follow Him. Wisdom is offered to me. Instruction given. Understanding in every word, precept, scripture and verse. Will it be the valuable commodity that I live by? Will I remain under God’s Table scrambling for crumbs? Will I sit at His Table and feast before my enemies? It is all up to me.

Wisdom is a “graceful garland” or a “beautiful crown.” It represents a life lived in the Presence of God – triumphant in Christ and fully redeemed as a Child of God. In order to live such a life requires pursuing knowledge, instruction, and understanding found only in God and His Word then choosing to apply it to our everyday life. Faith only becomes practical when fully exposed to God’s Word. It is illogical compared to human intellect and rationalized by average thoughts. We have been given a precious gift to unwrap, open and use in our life. It begins in His Word and allows us to live in Christ who is the Word.

Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Walking with my daughter on the beach contemplating the rest of her life, our conversation grew quiet and in my heart I longed to be able to tell her every detail of the fairytale written for her. I don’t know what her life will be like. I pray for her every day. God loves her more than I do yet I still cannot comprehend such a thing. I know that God has a plan for her. I know it contains a future and hope. I know that she loves the Lord. She will not live on mountaintops but journey through the valley of the shadow of death as we all do. I know that every day will not be a good day. She will need to learn to trust and depend on Jesus just like I have had to. No one could tell me how to do or when it would happen. Everyone needs the rod of discipline and staff of instruction in their life. They need these two valuable things so that knowledge and understanding will one day be wisdom even our little princess. God is good! His Goodness and Mercy follow us all every day of life just waiting for understanding to kick in and wisdom to be set forth. It is in that moment when we respond to the Lord that the garland of grace and crown of redemption are fully put in place.

I can give my children instruction. I can encourage understanding. I can continually pour the knowledge of my life into them. Wisdom is something that is discovered individually when truth is applied personally to our life. Our life in Christ will begin to prosper by taking the Word of God and applying it daily, step by step and breath by breath to our life. I cannot do it for my own children. God cannot do it for you. Those who choose to do so will be crowned Sons and Daughters of the King.

James 1:12 (ESV) Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

I Peter 5:4 (ESV) And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.


Birthday Thoughts

Birthday cupcake against a blue background

Proverbs 16:31-33 (NLT) Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life. Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.

Happy Birthday to me. Today marks my fifty-first year of life. I say it, but cannot truly feel it. Age is really just a number. It has never really impacted me like some of my friends. But the idea of fifty-one has made me slow down a bit and take a look at the scenery. I am pretty sure my nose-to-the-grindstone, press-thru-the-pain, and get-the-job-done attitude has caused the last decade of my existence to pass by in a blur. In our ladies Bible study, we talked about our lifetime estimated in the Word to be about seventy years. Seems like a long time and maybe even endless to a teenager, but I took that number and broke it down into days. If I live exactly 70 years, it means that I was born with 25,500 days of which I currently have about 6,935 days left as of today. To some it may be an instance of glass half empty, but to me it is a glass full of possibility. I am not worried so much about my life running out as it ending without fulfilling my purpose.

Gray hair may be a crown of glory for some but as long as my hairdresser will schedule another appointment – not on my head. However, in the Word of God, it is called our crown of glory just the same. I have gray hair carefully hidden under hair dye but that doesn’t keep them from popping up from time to time. Proverbs says – it is gained by a godly life. Perhaps the point is that if we make it in life long enough to have gray hair that it is an accomplishment. Mine mark years of survival. It is representative of a life given to pursuing the Lord and missing Him a lot. It shows that there is grace to overcome our mistakes and misgivings. It marks me as one who should have something more to give for it is the crown of glory that should be woven with wisdom and good common sense that has led me through impatience and impetuousness to the place I am now. The truth about my place in life is that it is usually a crossroad. The place where many decide to dig in or give up on their dreams and inspirations. Is it folly to think that at this age dreams really do come true? Is it possible that we have buried seed meant for planting in the barren field of hopelessness marked with the sign called unmet expectation? It happens all the time. We left life get ahold of our perception and make it into a harsh reality absent of faith, hope and even trust until believing in what we see overshadows the truth of what we know to be true.

“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” The final fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Perhaps patience and self-control are not possible in our youth because endurance and perseverance are necessary to find them. Seeds don’t grow overnight. You may be full of potential that just hasn’t been given enough time to grow, develop and mature into the purpose that God intended it to be. Too often, like the fig tree, it is human nature to cover up a lack of fruit with a plethora of leaves and foliage. Hiding behind a well-constructed façade, no one is as they seem. But God knows…He sees inside of our heart. He knows our deepest desire and while we try to bury it, get over it and move on. The Lord whispers wait a minute. It is part of my plan. Hold on. Don’t be so impatient. You have to live a little more life in order to produce the harvest. Waiting is not a bad thing. It is part of God’s Timing and vital to His Process. If you compare the older me to the younger version, it is clear that I have developed patience. They came at a high price – through difficulty, lack of control, waiting and more waiting and helplessness. I am finally beginning to see small hints of patience in my character. Praise God – it only took five decades to achieve. Self-control. It has been a tough one. I have always been a great starter but horrible finisher. I lacked the self-control to remain engaged when the “woo-hoo” wore off and the process grew tiring. There is the ever so slight but definitely noticeable change in my character to hang on, wait for it, and stay put. All this is to the Glory of God. None of this is human nature, but godly influence. It didn’t come through personal victory but daily defeat. As I sit here this morning, I finally see His Glorious Plan coming together. Though the pieces are definitely spread apart, His Hand is carefully aligning them into a beautiful picture that I am excited to see even in my fifties.

Proverbs 16:1-4 (NLT) We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for his own purposes…

The Lord has blessed our family. I spent Saturday with our youngest daughter. She is the only one who is still bound to us as she will not drive for a couple more years. Her oldest sister lives in New Hampshire and will arrive today for a visit. Her middle sister has a full agenda and a flourishing social life. So, it was just the two of us for a day of birthday shopping. As we wandered from store to store, she became very agitated with my lack of ability to share something I wanted that was not practical. It is your birthday, she told me. It is a big deal! My husband and I had more humble beginnings. I will admit that we have spoiled our children with love and things. They do not know the difficult times that shaped both of our childhoods. They only know the security and structure of family. I am so very thankful for that. However, walking with her, I feel a nudge inside. The Lord is pressing for my attention to this thing called dreams and desire.

We make our plans. BUT the Lord gives the right answer. When I was a little girl, I decided that I would be a professional mom with just two kids. I wasn’t interested in being a stay-at-home mom much less have a handful of children. Well, when the first one came, I knew my purpose. It was to be a mom. I wanted it more than anything else. I ended up with not two babies, but five of them. There were many times in my life that my priorities set a regulatory standard for my life which has fallen apart. I had good intentions but the Lord was moving in my heart. He has a much higher standard of living for us than we could ever plan or execute. Truth is most days – we don’t believe it any more. Fairytales and fantasies are for children and fools. Reality is adulting. Day dreaming is for the lazy. However, sitting here at fifty, I hear the Lord whispering why not believe? Why not go for it? Why not think my love is extravagant? My power limitless again. Why not?

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for his own purposes. Is it possible that at my age, I am only beginning to see the harvest of years of planting and sowing in life and people? Could it be that there has been unseen purpose and greater potential in the ordinary steps of my life leading to an extraordinary finish? The Word of God tells us to commit our actions to the Lord AND they WILL succeed. What have you done for Jesus over the last days, months or years of your life? Do you know that there is purpose in each footstep to be discovered? The Lord determines our steps according to His Plan. (Proverbs 16:9) Those dreams and desires in our heart are a product of the eternity and faith hidden there. To bring them to fruition. In Proverbs 16:20 is the promise that those who listen to instruction will prosper and those who trust the Lord will be joyful. Prosperity and joy are found in fulfillment as the Lord brings to completion the work that He began in you before you were born.

Joel 2:28-29 (NLT) “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.

When our son was diagnosed with cancer, I handled it better than I thought it would. I began slinging the Word of God like a sword at it and held up my shield of faith against it. Fighting the good fight, I never considered it would take many years to accomplish. God gave me His Word that our son would live and not die. I had no idea it would be a seed that took many years to grow. This summer marks remission times three years. However, after the battle was over, I found myself dry, empty and done. How could it be? How is it possible? Victory is not always easy that’s why defeat can be so agonizing. Laying it all on the field means that if winning doesn’t happen you have nothing left to fall back on. After three long years of fighting to keep the faith and finish the course, the reality was that my life would never be “normal” again. It would not be as I had expected. The reality of life’s brevity and uncertainly loomed over me like a tiny black raincloud. The numbness in my limbs from fighting traveled to my heart. Some days, I felt like it was barely beating. I had finally come to the end of myself. It was not pretty. She was no longer in control of her life, family and destiny. For those of us who have control issues, pride barriers and any other type of fear or insecurity – this is not a fun place. It is a realization that demands a choice. It requires a change. The only good part is that finally the Lord has the opportunity to lead us to fulfillment. Grace works best in our weakness. His Power takes over when we step out of the way.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) God takes our brokenness and makes it beautiful. When the battle was won, our son declared cancer free. I rejoiced, but it was not as I expected. Three months later, more scans and still clear. I became depressed at my lack of enthusiasm. I felt very guilty because many had not been so fortunate. This would be a turning point in my life forever. I walked around in a daze for about a year. Clueless as to hold to operate outside of my overdriven and constantly controlling personality. These waves of emotions carried me yet I had no idea what to do next. That’s when Joel 2:28-29 was introduced to me in a different way.

Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike. What if brokenness and undoing is the point when potential finds its way into purpose? What if it takes reality and life to break our hearts to the point where God can reach the bottom? What if our best days really are hidden in the rest of them following our arrival at the end of self? Is it possible that the dreams and visions promised to the “old men” is really where the potential lies? Could it be possible that the course of my life is exactly as God planned it before I was even born? Yes. Yes. Yes. You are exactly where God planned for you to be. He orders our steps for His Destiny not necessarily our desired destination. He is not transporting you to the Magic Kingdom, but transforming you for His Kingdom. We want a better life, but the Lord is preparing us for eternal life. It takes time. It is a process. It will require years to yield harvest. You will have to wait. You must endure. It requires persistence. You will be remolded and reshaped – broken and more. But you know what? It will be worth it all.

Romans 8:28-30 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

So what if it’s true? What if God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His Purpose for them? It means that every dream I have dreamed should be dug up from its grave and given a careful and thorough examination according to the faith and hope that I have. Possibility is hidden in every detail of my seemingly ordinary life so I must be careful not to dismiss bad days and mess ups as experience but decide if there is something to be gleaned in that moment. A lot of people my age life in regret, shame and guilt over the not-so-productive choices that they “think” they made when the reality is it is all working together for their good! To God’s Glory! What kind of God would He be if He only showed up for emergencies? He is definitely the First Responder to those who call on Him, but why do we put our God, faith, hope and trust in a glass case to be of emergency. He wants to work every detail of our existence with His Power, Potential and Purpose. He’s not holding back…we are.

As I celebrate with my family today, I am thankful for every one of those fifty-one years. Lord, help me to remember all the seed planted and remind me to continue to sow in the coming year. Age is just a number. My potential is not in my days but how I choose to spend them. Time is the only commodity that cannot be bought but you restore all things. You are a miracle working God who will multiply purpose and yield promises in the time offered to You. Whether I have one more day, 6,935 days to seventy or even more than that, may I give them completely and wholeheartedly to You – Jesus. Keep my heart soft and pliant in Your Hands even it means I must stay broken. Keep my eyes on You Jesus – focused on the future never on the past. Keep my ears open to hear Your Voice, value your instruction and apply it daily to my life. God, I truly believe that the best is yet to come. Thank you for life. Thank you for your promises. Thank you for a purpose and plan worth having a lifetime of lessons to see it come to pass. This is not the end of my life – it is only the beginning. I am thankful to report… He’s still working on me… To make me what I ought to be…It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars, the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be… He’s still working on me!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Soul Prosperity

Soul Prosperity

3 John 1:2 (AMP) Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].

What is prosperity? According to the Random House Dictionary, prosperity is a successful, flourishing or thriving condition especially in financial respects and good fortune. Do you believe that the Lord prospers His People? In 3 John, the author writes to “beloved and esteemed” Gaius. This man is not identified further. The next verse gives way to a new way of thinking. I pray that “in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health” just as your “soul prospers.” As a believer, it is God’s Will for you to prosper both physically and spiritually. However, like every other benefit available to us through Jesus Christ, the Cross and Resurrection, it is completely up to me if I will live in the blessings of God bestowed on me before I ever breathed a single breath. You are blessed. You were made to prosper. However, the enemy has done his best to make people believe otherwise. I hope to change your mindset and motivate you to seek out the Lord’s Will for your life including the prosperity hidden beneath layers of lies that the enemy has used to overshadow the true potential of your new life in Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:27-28 (AMP) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

When God created man and woman, He blessed them. Do not go any further, stop right there. I did when our pastor shared this verse and the wheels of my mind began to get in gear with my spirit man. I am blessed. God released a blessing on people that cannot be revoked. Once God blesses, it stands. He does not lie or change His Mind. When He decided to bless us, the release was instantaneous. So where is it now? God SAID to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate (putting it under your power or subdue) it.” God’s has now issued a directive to His People. Rule over and dominate all living creatures and every living thing that moves upon the earth. Oh, but what about the fall of mankind? Well, that’s true. But can I introduce you to my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. In Him, “we live and move and exist”. (Acts 17:28) Everything is brought into existence through Jesus. (John 1) Thanks to Jesus – our sin is removed and live restored to us. So the blessing on our life still stands as long as we live.

God was clear in His Directive to His People. Be fruitful. We know that the Fruit of the Spirit is the very thing that feeds and nourishes our soul changing us from death to life. (Galatians 5:22-23) To be fruitful is not only physical but a spiritual accomplishment as well. He told us to increase. Prosper. To live a limited life does not represent an unlimited Lord. Fill the earth. I believe that as true believers our life should overflow in goodness and grace in all things to all people. A life of generosity is a life of fearless abundance for those who are not afraid that our God has a small supply but exceedingly more than we can think or ask. Finally, to subdue the earth. We have authority and power locked away in these weak vessels of human bodies that is ready to take over every sickness, oppression and bondage that has people held captive. Greater is He who lives in us. We have the Keys to the Kingdom. Rather than shaking them all the time, it is about time God’s People started using them to unlock the captive and lock up the enemy.

Psalm 103:1-5 (AMP) Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name. Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget any of His benefits; who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.

“Do not forget any of His Benefits…” Have we forgotten the blessings and benefits of God? Or did we ever have a clear understanding of who they are for and how to receive them? Hosea warned that people die from a lack of knowledge. It’s true. God has blessed me. He has blessed you. I have the same benefits available to me in Christ that every other person born is given. It is up to me if I take advantage of these benefits. My husband’s company offers health insurance including dental and vision. It is a benefit offered to all associates. Some consider the cost to high and opt out completely. Others, pay for the insurance but do not understand all it comes with and do not take full advantage of the benefits. Then there are others who have read the policy and procedures who utilize as many of the provisions as possible to get their monies worth. Where do you fall in this picture? Do you know the benefits offered in Christ? Do you take full advantage of them? Do you read the Word of God? Study it. Use it. Apply it. If not, you are missing out on blessings and benefits that are carefully detailed in God’s Word and waiting fulfillment in your life.

In Deuteronomy 28, the blessings of obedience are outlined in great detail including the “abundant prosperity” those who obey God. Before you exempt yourself because of sin, is the grace of God given to us in Jesus Christ enough to cover your debt? Is the Blood of Jesus still strong enough for the remission of sin? If it is (and it is), all these blessings are still in good standing. Jeremiah 29, tells us that God has a plan for our life that includes prosperity. The only thing I have to do is seek the Lord wholeheartedly. What’s the catch? You have to believe enough to use your faith to trust the Lord at His Word. How do I trust God? Simply do what His Word says while seeking His Presence wholeheartedly.

In Jesus Christ, I have been given every spiritual blessing from the Heavenly realm. (Ephesians 1:3-6) Digging deeper in God’s Word, there is a recurrent theme. Obedience. Knowing God’s Word, and doing what it says will prosper my life spiritually and physically. I have the potential for success in all things. However, it is not obtained religiously as some people and churches might want you to think. Prosperity gospel is nothing more than multi-level marketing in the church. As my soul prospers, God will prosper my life. No man has a say on the level of blessing in my life. God has granted me all blessings in Heaven and Earth according to His Word and I find it in obedience. What is obedience? I cannot possibly do everything right. Of course, not but it is in pursuing righteousness in love that it all belongs to us. What is that?

Proverbs 16:20 (AMP) He who pays attention to the word [of God] will find good, and blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who trusts [confidently] in the Lord.

When asked “which is the greatest commandment in the Law”, Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first commandment. He didn’t stop there but went on to say, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Love. It is all about love. To seek God’s Presence and live in His Love prospers our life. As our soul gets it right, suddenly the windows of Heaven open and His Blessings begin to pour out all around us. It take energy, effort and commitment. Loving God and obeying Him is contradictory to human nature. Sin separates us from the Presence of God and limits our life. (Proverbs 28:13) Everything we do has the potential to prosper in God’s Love. (Psalm 1:1-3) His Way is always prosperous. (Psalm 10:5) Obedience to God equals prosperity every time. (Psalm 128) Prosperity is all about love and faithfulness (Proverbs 3:1-6) because it is an inheritance. I cannot earn God’s Love. He just freely gives it to me. I must choose to be faithful to my first love. Righteousness lived out in love with Jesus will prosper our life as our soul prospers. (Proverbs 21:21) Perfect love expels fear from our life so the sky becomes the limit. Dream it. Believe it. Do it. There are no limits for those who live in love with Jesus Christ.

Luke 9:24-26 (AMP)For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake, he is the one who will save it [from the consequences of sin and separation from God]. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed [here and now] of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and the glory of the [heavenly] Father and of the holy angels.

To prosper in our natural life is the ordination of God beginning in Genesis. He did not change His Mind when people decided to find their own way but rather provided THE WAY (Jesus) to come back to Him in righteousness again. The choice to follow Jesus Christ is a personal one. Some will do so religiously and find great frustration. Those who decision to enter a real relationship with Jesus changes the outcomes of life. Seeking the Lord wholeheartedly means there will be things I choose to do and not do in His Name. My primary motivation and soul prosperity is in loving Jesus wholeheartedly and seeking Him that way. In doing so, I have many benefits available to me that He is ready to release in my life. It is up to me if I will have them or not according to my willingness to accept them. When my life means nothing outside of Christ, the things of this world fall down my priority list. As the Lord and His Spirit begin to make my heart fruitful, I find that things like love, joy and peace are the precious commodities of my life. As my soul prospers, my life naturally does as well because now I have a better perspective on how to use my resources for God’s Kingdom and His Glory. I can be generous in all things because things are not as important as My King. If the tangible blessings of God will in any way remove you from His Presence, you are not ready to naturally prosper. When your whole heart is invested in loving Jesus, then and only then will our natural life resemble our spiritual condition.

Friend, God’s Blessings belong to you. From Genesis 1, God has called us to live in a successful, flourishing or thriving condition especially in financial respects and good fortune. His Favor belongs to you as His Child. You have every right to the benefits of your salvation. All of this secured God’s Love for us and released by our love for God and our ability to transcend that love to others. In love with Jesus, our soul prospers and then so will the rest of our life. God will not put it in your hand until He has your whole heart. Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Jeremiah 29:13 (AMP) Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.



Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT) Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

I am pretty sure that I was born talking. From my earliest report cards, teachers have tried to put a positive spin on my need to communicate excessively. Conversation is not a struggle at all and I can strike up a conversation with just about anybody – anywhere much to the chagrin of my children. Never at a loss for words made silence a difficult place for me. Filling the atmosphere with words, padded the unease of the unknown. Quiet is awkward to most people when others are present. It is the greatest fear in all conversation. The moment when there is nothing left to say but only listen. No wonder “let all that I am wait quietly before the Lord” is such a struggle.

God still speaks to people. I am heartbroken when people tell me that they do not hear the Voice of God on a regular basis. It means that although the Creator of the Universe is talking – those who He loves and desires are not listening. God is always speaking to us. He is always telling us what He has in store for us, how to find it, and comforting us when we are fearful. The Lord whispers truth to overcome the lie that the enemy barrages us with daily. We must learn to wait quietly on the Lord expecting Him to speak rather than wishing that He would or hoping that He does but rather knowing that God will.

When I began writing this blog eight years ago, it was with one intention. To hear the Voice of God. So each morning, I set my alarm thirty minutes earlier to read the Word of God, pray and journal whatever God chose to say to me. For eight years, every single day, the Lord has spoken to me in these moments surrendered to Him. Some mornings, He wakes me up ready to tell me something before I am ready to receive. There have only been a handful of days when I have not submitted an entry but even on those days – my journal is full for more than 2,590 days to be exact. The problem is not God speaking to us but our willingness and ability to hear Him. In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me.” We must learn to wait quietly on the Lord each day.

Psalm 119:93-96 (NLT) I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life. I am yours; rescue me! For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws. Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.

There are a million and one teachings on prayer. How to pray. What to pray for. When to pray. The concept has been thoroughly dissected but from what perspective. Prayer is communication with God. Communication is not just talking but listening. Jesus told us how to pray. Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6) I wonder what would happen if we chose to pray this prayer then waited quietly to hear the Lord speak to us. Instead, it is human nature to lay out our cares, worries, and concerns in vivid detail and tell God exactly what is expected of Him to make our life more comfortable. The way to pray is with bold confidence.

Prayer is not asking God to do something that He is not willing to do and expecting Him to change His Mind. Prayer is an open conversation with God committing our life to His Word, His Will and His Way. It is in these moments that God tells us what to do. I have found this to be even on the most finite level of conversation. As a youth leader, I was given the task of completely renovating a new space for the young people with just $300. This included the supplies needed such office supplies and prizes. My heart wanted to give its best to these kids so used furniture was not my objective. Nobody believed that I could buy any decent furniture for the money allotted to the task. I knew God would do it so when I was leaving the house to shop – I simply prayed, “Lord, lead me.” I immediately knew the name of the department store to go to. So I went even though this store did not carry a great deal of furniture. After spending more than an hour wandering the store, I couldn’t find anything. So I prayed, “Lord, where is it?” Immediately I knew to go to the Garden Center of all places. There stacked from the floor to ceiling were six futon cartons marked down to just $25. Thank you Jesus! I bought them all and then prayed, “Lord, I need a truck.” You don’t have to believe that God will speak to you on such a level as my shopping experience, but He does.

God’s Word shapes the expectation of our heart. Sowing the Word in our life creates familiarity with the Voice of God and how He communicates. When I pray God’s Word, I always get an answer. When I pray my will and way, it is met with silence. My expectation will go unmet if based on this life and this world that I live in. It is only by spending time in the Word do I recognize His Voice and am given the opportunity to do what He says. Are you in the Word of God today? Do you have time set aside specifically to study God’s Word? How will you know His Voice if you don’t know His Word? Jesus is the Word of God wrapped in flesh that came and died for us to live. How can I know Jesus and not know the Word?

The Word of God allows us to discern the Truth from a lie. The enemy fills our life with lies and even half-truths that keep us from fully trusting and believing the Word of God. He is convincing because people are not confident. Confident hope is the product of committed faith. Our commitment to faith is evident in our desire to know the Word of God and live in its Truth. When we pray the Word of God, He answers in return. The Word fuels and feeds our Spirit so it is strengthened to engage with our flesh day by day.

Psalm 131 (NLT) Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—now and always.

Newborn babies cry when they are hungry because of an unmet need and lack of trust. They do not know where their next meal is coming from but they know they want one. As a baby grows into a toddler, they know that mama will feed them so they look for her and express their need. Even when she is fixing food, they will grab her leg, whine and flail about waiting for it to be ready. Now that my children are teenagers, if they feel hungry, which is most of the time, they go straight to the refrigerator or pantry to get food. Even those who have grown and left the nest often come in and go straight for the refrigerator. This is our progression in Jesus Christ. Newborn Christians cry out to the Lord for every discomfort and hunger they have. They do not want to wait so impatiently insist on their own way. Maturity in Christ is knowing what God’s Word says and reaching out to take it. It also means trusting God in the waiting, and overcoming the tendency to compromise due to a lack of trust and self-control. If I want what God offers, I must go to Him with confidence and wait for Him to act.

Pride is the very thing that kills our conversation with God many times. It is the idea that when God does not act immediately or according to our expectation that it is up to us to do something more. We want what God has for us… or do we? Paul talks about it in Romans 7. The struggle between our flesh and the Spirit within us is constant. I want to do what is right, but I don’t. I want to be faithful to God’s Word, but I wonder and wander. Galatians 5:16-18 further confirms the war raging for control in our mind, soul and body. We cannot hear the Voice of God because there are too many voices vying for control. How do I silence the noise to hear God’s Voice clearly?

The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and writes it on our heart. It is the examination point of every voice in our life. When we begin to stop listening to the enemy, other people and choose to wait quietly to hear the Voice of God – His Whisper can be heard. The Holy Spirit produces self-control for this reason. Confidence in the Lord and consummation with His Spirit is made known by self-control which is contrary to human nature. It is the anchor of hope that keeps us engaged when the things we pray for seem impossible to every audible voice but not in God’s Realm.

Lamentations 3:22-26 (NLT) The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.

And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6) What is your greatest desire in life? What are your priorities? Deuteronomy 8:3 was reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 4 that people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Most of our prayer life is consumed with asking for the things that God already promised to those who walk by faith not by sight, yoked to Jesus Christ, and simply follow His Way. To repeatedly ask for what is promised implies distrust and smacks of doubt that the One who has promised is faithful. God is going to answer a repeated request the same way every time. He does not lie or change His Mind. Your attitude and actions do not change the outcome. God already planned the outcome. He is just waiting for you to change your mind and trust Him. Believe Him. Have a little faith? Just enough to let go of your way to follow Him.

The verses preceding Lamentations 3:22-26 say this…”The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this…” The crashing waves of uncertainty, rushing wind of the storm, and the earth shaking circumstances that you are facing will overshadow the still small voice of God outside of faith and confident hope. God must become our inheritance and our portion. The One who promises is faithful but if I don’t believe it – I will not listen for His Voice but look for a way out of my troubles. Your Kingdom come – Your Will be done is a trust fall statement with God that no matter what You have me, right Lord? We will not hear the Lord’s Voice clearly until we believe that He has something worth repeating. It is only when I decide to seek Him wholeheartedly and wait for the Lord that I hear His Voice the loudest in my life.

I Kings 19:11-13 (NLT) “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

It is human nature to get caught up in words and tangled in lies. We engage in so many conversations in a day exposing our heart and mind to snares carefully laid by a ruthless enemy. Our faith in the Lord must be the foundation of our life to be secure. Confident hope anchors our soul in the belief that God is good. His Love unfailing. His Grace never ending. My future secure. When Elijah came to the Lord in his hiding, the Lord asked the prophet, “What are you doing here? Elijah laid out all his fears before the Lord. God invited Elijah to come out of his hiding place and stand before Him. It was in that place that he encountered the windstorm, the avalanche from the blast, the wind, the earthquake and then the fire. God was not in any of those things. It was after all the commotion that Elijah heard the sound of a gentle whisper. “Elijah, what are you doing here? His complaint still the same. However, Elijah was in a different place and position. He had moved from fear and doubt hiding in a cave into the Presence of God. God told him exactly what to do next in vivid detail.

God wants to talk to you. Not through anyone else, but face-to-face. Yes, YOU! His Voice is clear and audible to those who are listening wholeheartedly. Those who believe enough not to be distracted by the busyness and chaos of life but will not take another step until God directs it. God is speaking are you listening? Sometimes, God stops speaking because of disobedience and unwillingness to follow instructions. The Lord is just waiting for us to do the last thing that He said because our next step is dependent on the last. He does not lie or change his mind. He is not going to give you something else because you don’t like the last word or instruction. His Plan is perfect even though we are not. Trusting the Lord allows confidence in God’s Ability to silence doubt so we can hear His Voice clearly.

Psalm 62:1-2 (NLT) I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

We must learn to wait quietly before God today and every day. If your heartfelt desire is to know Him more, it is impossible outside of daily communion with Him. To sit and visit with Him. Sharing your heart and listening for His Voice to share His with you as well. It will happen if we allow His Word to work in us and His Spirit to produce self-control that seeks His Presence each morning, throughout the day, and even as we lay our head down to sleep. God is with us. He is not silent. I must wait quietly to hear Him for it is by His Word that I live.

Psalm 27:7-8 (NLT) Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Blessing of Instruction

Blessing of Instruction

Psalm 37:23-24 (NKJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord. This can be a hard pill to swallow at times if one has faced hardship or difficult situations in life. Why would the Lord allow us to go through such things if He indeed is pursuing us with unfailing love and goodness all of the time? How can it be that bad things happen to good people? We live a perfectly imperfect life. The Lord knew of our rebellion before each of one of us came into being and provided the Way for us to return to right standing with God and enter His Kingdom again. This did not change the Law of the Kingdom or the mandates for residence. It simply gave us access to that which sin denied. No one can come to the Father except through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)

When traveling from state to state, the rules and regulations of each state must be known and followed. They apply to me even though I am not a resident of that state. To think that we can be Children of God and live in His Kingdom yet remain headed toward sin and darkness are a lie that many have subscribed to. Jesus gave us simple and straightforward instructions on how to walk in His Way and enter His Kingdom to live there forever. I decide my destiny. I choose where I will go. This will definitely impact the situations that I face, circumstances I encounter and some of the trials I will go though. It will also dictate the outcome of my situation, circumstance and trial.

Life can be hard. Sometimes faith is harder than reality because the perception of the impossible becoming possible just seems too good to be true. How will we know if we do not try? I have been to places far from home for vacation. I have been to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. Loved them all. We recently went to Mexico but it was not my favorite. We are free to travel the world and roam from place to place physically and spiritually in life. The Lord gives us the freedom to choose destinations much like any other airline. We can take His Advice or go rogue on our own. If we do not follow Christ, we must not expect His Outcomes yet many times we do. He is a Good Father. He provides all that we need. It is hidden in His Way and found in obedience.

Matthew 21:1-5 (NKJV)

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

In honor of Palm Sunday honoring the Triumphant Entry the week preceding the Cross, let’s talk about the donkey and her colt for a moment. Jesus sent two disciples to go to the village where they would find a donkey and colt tied there. Take them and bring them back to me. If anyone says anything, just tell them the Lord needed them. Imagine going to the neighborhood next to you, finding an unlocked car with the keys in it, and borrowing it without asking the owner. Would you do it? What if that’s what Jesus told you to do? Now the Lord would never tell us to steal something, but He did borrow the donkey and her colt. Since God’s Word tells us not to steal, I am absolutely positive that the disciples returned them soon after. God can ask us to do some uncomfortable things sometimes, but let’s look for just a moment at what just happened here.

Prophesied in Zechariah 9:9, it was foretold that Jesus would come into Jerusalem riding on a donkey a colt the foal of a donkey. Now how did Jesus know that the donkey and foal would be in the next town? It’s not like there was cellular service or email back then. A messenger would have clearly drawn attention. God prepared and ordered the steps of His Son, Jesus all the way to Calvary into the grave and right back out of it to bring Salvation to the world. Not a single step in the process could be missed and still derive the same outcome. Jesus had to fulfill each prophesy given about His Life in order to validate His Identity as Messiah or Son of the Living God. As we walk the Way that God ordained for us, His Provision is revealed to us and so is His Protection. It is in full obedience that we discover the full potential and purpose of the Lord in our life. What has been prophesied over you today? Has it come to pass? Are you walking in His Ways? Are you following all His Instructions? Are you willing to wait and be patient?

Mark 6:8-12 (NIV)

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent.

Our travels with five children have made me an over-planner and over-packer. I attempt to anticipate every single need of my husband and all the kids whenever we would venture out of town. Every single item of clothing and shoes for all kinds of weather anticipating all activity far in advance. I would pack every remedy for the most minor affliction to just short of calling an ambulance. Packing foods and drinks to avoid hangry and grumpy people. I had enough supplies to sustain in a disaster zone be it hurricane to blizzard. Why? I love my family. I wanted them to be satisfied lacking nothing that they desired. Do I really need to say it? How much more does our Father care for us? (Matthew 7:9-11)

Jesus was clear in His Instructions. The disciples had a successful mission’s trip. Let’s talk about what His Instructions were and possibly why He gave them to His Men. First take nothing for the journey except a staff. In Psalm 23:4, it talks about the comfort of the rod and staff. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…I will fear no evil. The disciples definitely had something to be concerned about sharing their message. The Word of God sent them. It would lead them as a staff. Keep them true as a rod. Obedience begins with the Word of God as our compass in life. We must follow its leadership in all things.

Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. There could be one of two messages at work in this directive. First, we are to walk in the Gospel of Peace. (Ephesians 6:12-14) Also we are not to carry the worries of life with us such as what we will eat or wear, but trust the Lord. In either case, God does not want us to carry the burden of conflict or cares while we walk through life ministering His Word, Will and Way to others. We must trust Him more.

Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. This could again point back to walking in peace, love and unity as to leave might imply ill care or conflict with the owner or residents. Or perhaps, the disciples were just to be confident in their refuge being of the Lord not man. Psalm 91:1-2 says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Maybe the Lord was simply reminding them (and us) that it really doesn’t matter where we live or lay our head at night, as long as we are doing His Will and walking His Way that He is with us. We can trust Him.


Finally, and if any place will not welcome you or list to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them. Do not take offense. Do not become bitter or hard hearted in this life. Plain and simple. “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11) “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32) And finally…His Grace is enough for us. We do not need the acceptance, approval or affirmation of any other if we allow His Grace to become more than enough.

Ephesians 4:17-19 (NIV)

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

Have we lost all sensitivity? On these days leading up to Easter, I am compelled to evaluate my commitment to walk in Godly Instruction each day. Do I do what the Word of God tells me to do line by line and precept by precept? It is futile to think that I can live any way that I choose and still have God’s Promises in my life. If there are areas not lining up, it is up to me to do so if I want His Word to come to pass in my life. If we become callous, comfortable or complacent in certain areas, it will become desensitized. There are many things that I “can” do and maintain my salvation. Those same things are not necessarily beneficial. This is where knowledge turned to wisdom keeps us walking the way that we should be to have all of God’s Provision and Promises in our life. How will I know God’s Way if I do not read and study the instructions? I cannot put together all those some assembly required things without the instructions? What makes me think I can be fully redeemed without knowing God’s Plan? He tells me in explicit detail. He speaks to me in prayer. He guides me with His Spirit. He tells me in His Word. To walk ignorantly through life leads to uncertain destinations. To follow Jesus leads me straight to the Father.

I Thessalonians 4:1-2 (NIV)

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

There are many Christians and believers out there who do not do as instructed. Missing out on God’s Best, having no idea what they are losing through ignorance, disobedience, and a lack of communication with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The next six verses talk about many sins not only prevalent in society and the church. God did not call us to live an impure life but a holy one. (Verse 7) To reject such a life and choose not to follow His Instructions is rebellion. It is not because the devil made us do it because truthfully the enemy has absolutely no power or authority in us or over us unless we hand it over to him. To walk blindly through life is not faith when we have the Word of God to lead us, strengthen our faith, educate our mind and soften our heart. I want the Authority and Power that Jesus Christ handed me along with the Keys to His Kingdom. I will honor His Sacrifice by living a holy life. Lord, show me any and all areas that have deviated from Your Instructions today so I can right my way. I repent of any sin or rebellion that has detoured me off course. I want to walk with You and trust You more and more each day so that I can live from Glory to Glory professing Your Great Name. Let your Word be the rod and staff that guide me. May Your Word shod my feet in the Gospel of Peace. You are my Refuge and Strength. I will trust you now and in my time of need. Lord, guard my heart and mind against offense jerking clean any root of bitterness threatening my soul. Lord may I follow Your Instructions today…all of them as they are life to me.

Proverbs 3:13-18 (NIV)

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Sticky Notes

Proverbs 7:2-4 (Message)

My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it! Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart. Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat insight as your companion.

How the world continued to orbit without those famous little sticky notes is anyone’s guess! Their value cannot be quantified with dollars because they make such incredible sense. There was a man named Spencer Silver who worked in a famous laboratory attempting to create an even stronger bonding product then his company currently offered. After much work, he tested another creation for its adhesive capabilities only to be disappointed by a product that was weaker than the initial bonding agent. Back to the drawing board for Mr. Silver and his concoction was put on a shelf for another day. What good is glue that can be easily removed? Along comes another gentleman with a problem. What a guy, Art Fry! Mr. Fry was a choir director who needed some assistance. When he would place notes in his hymnal for Sunday Morning Service, they would tend to slide out causing a dilemma. Now maybe it was a coincidence that Mr. Fry was also a scientist who worked in the same laboratory as Mr. Silver or maybe not, nevertheless he remembered that invention from a few years back. Mr. Fry decided to place the new glue on his hymnal markers to see if they would stick yet not destroy the precious pages when he removed them! And that, my friend, is how Post-It Notes came into existence. Mr. Fry was only looking to solve his own little problem, I doubt he had any idea that God was about to explode his potential and make his name synonymous with one of the most popular office products of all time.

God places sticky notes in our hearts and minds through His Faithfulness and His Word. Ordinary people make extraordinary discoveries when they choose to guard the precious teachings of God and continually bring them to remembrance. God provides solutions to problems through the experience of the past that has imprinted our life. Little reminders that are often so subtle that they are ignored yet have the power to completely change our life. When we make insight our companion and seek to contribute to this world rather than constantly take from it through the wisdom and knowledge of God not just in the big situations but all circumstances, God’s Spirit will leave little notes just for you! These little reminders of the big things that God has in store for you are simple solutions that quite possibly were there all the time. What ideas and notions label your life? Are you able to see love notes from your Father? Brightly colored promises can cover every situation to remind you of our Lord who has it all under control and leaves careful instructions on how to achieve all that He has created for you!

Working full-time and having a houseful creates the opportunity for my children to aid in nightly meal preparation. The alternative would be sandwiches or hotdogs every night so they are happy to cooperate. The meal is prepared and careful preserved in the refrigerator for later in the day. Carefully I will write instructions often on little sticky notes for them continue the preparation process which usually consists of turning on the oven and occasionally stirring the pots. Everything is ready for a delicious and nutritious meal. All that my children must do to achieve success is follow the notes that have been left for them. God prepares blessing for His Children the same way. Everything needed for a power-packed life of blessing, abundance, fulfilled promises and excellent purpose are completely prepared for those who are willing to pay attention to the little instructions God has written on their hearts. Success comes to those who carefully follow His Directions. It is not up to us to prepare Destiny but our responsibility is to simply walk out all the steps!

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (Message)

Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth.  

Look around your life today for the little messages that God has left for you, His Child, through His Gentle Voice, His Word and His Spirit. Your Father has prepared excellent gifts for you and is just waiting for you to follow His Instructions to release these good things in your life! Every time you see a Post-It Note ask God to write another Word on your heart! Ask Him for guidance and wisdom! He is faithful! You never know the world’s next greatest invention may be waiting to be revealed!