"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label Messes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Messes. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

W.O.W. ~ "Untangled"

{hey Karen, you won't have to read this one...already sent you it, except I included at the end another from "I Hear His Whisper" since HEARing as become so important to me and you might like or need that so scroll down}

[image credit: Jennifer Camp FB
I was waiting for the one for this day's devo so added them later with her "whisper" but this one works and is better for my walk, so

Enter In
with knowing

how appropriate is this song and LOOP devotional for me
for a
Walk On Weds.
Whisper On Weds.

although it came on Mon.
right as I needed to
this beautiful song
as I walk closely in the
Garden of our God
this day
I really needed
this message

Song for you: New Every Morning

My Monday Morning email
Jennifer Camp
her LOOP devo
(included that song)


“Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:8).

In the break of morning, as sunlight falls gently on flowers not yet opened, know that I fall softly, too. I am the light that covers all the land. Some flowers stretch their stems high to be covered by the light. Some are tangled in weeds that block the light from reaching their faces. And darkness is what covers.

But light filters through all darkness, child.

Nothing cannot be untangled. There is a way out from the mess of secrets and distorted truths, from a focus on treasures that sap energy from weary roots rather than let sweet water flow.
I reach down with my hands and untangle the mess—creating order from disorder. But all can get tangled again.

The light is above you. Stand tall. Rise to it. I show you where it is.

Roots are thirsty. Let them drink and not be choked. You are cared for in your own place, with my hand tending you, my light touching you, my word quenching your thirst. To get untangled, you must focus on Me. You must stand straight and tall in my light, wanting it to touch you.

You must want Me to touch you.

You must want Me to care for you. You must want Me to give you what you need and be willing to bear the adjustments of untangling.

In what are your roots tangled? How are your leaves too close to weeds that they wither from lack of sufficient light? Do you want Me to show you? Do you let Me untangle you? Do you want to stretch upwards, away from this mess I did not create for you to thrive in?

Will you let yourself be transferred and replanted in rich, fertile soil?"~Jennifer Camp, LOOP devotional from 5/23/16

[all images credit:Jennifer Camp]
 twice a week. They're always this good!

followed by one
The Passion Translation
in the book "I Hear His Whisper" by 
Brian Simmons

"I Will Never Be Late"

"...You have asked Me, 'When will the waiting be over?' Wisdom governs My timing and the changes of seasons. There are changes coming and they will come so swiftly you will be caught off guard, but rest in My wisdom. It is easy for you to miss My timing. You know a measure of My plan, but you must learn that My timing is different. I will tell you My plans, but the timing of these plans is in My hands. As pieces of a puzzle come together to frame a beautiful picture, so there are pieces yet that must come together before the unfolding of the fullness takes place.

I will never be late or fail to keep My promises. Why would you be impatient when you know that I hold all things in My hands, including the timing. My time clock moves in the rhythm of My love. So be sensitive to the wisdom of My timing and you will grow in the ways of eternity. Faith is never in a hurry and you will be thrilled beyond measure when you see what I accomplish in your life."

The Passion Translation

"Abraham waited patiently in faith and succeeded in seeing the promise fulfilled."

my life so needs to be

I need to learn to wait patiently for
God's Timing

it's so hard

you just don't wanna wait for others
imperfect people that
God may be dealing with also
after all

GOD never has failed me

as I have Him and others

very humbling
Whisper from Him




a little


with where He has me for now
as I continue waiting and learning patiently
growing a little, stretching alot
leaning in just to

"...all things are in His hands..."

of course, they are

Help me Lord
Untangle my messes
their messes
the many messes in this fallen world
have mercy on us
Every Morning

Thank You!

Linking up with Holley Gerth
even though I'm not sure if this fits the criteria
I really like her and her blog post this week
"That Longing We All Feel"

my blog post this Fri. perhaps fits this theme better

[I just want to share these devotions with more people because I am sure that they speak to more than just me]

Sunday, September 30, 2012


*this post is a combination of the last post for LIFE RECOVERY, the intro to the last "Passage of Light" of  Thomas Kinkade and the HYMN 2 HIM Challenge, except dear Blogger completely eliminated what I had saved in draft for the last two, so I had to start over from scratch again and that's why I just added it at the end of this Recovery post instead of a separate one. Sorry it makes this so long but take your time ...

UPDATE October 2012 - I now separated HYMN 2 HIM "H" into another post


Definitely a

This would have been DAY 30 of LIFE RECOVERY, if I had not changed the format for these last 15 days to doing one STEP each day, even though it included all the remaining days ... nonetheless you have all 30 Days and enough readings for almost an entire year if you read all the readings for each STEP and do all the DAYS (12 X 30= 360). That alone would be worth celebrating! Staying in God's Word and moving ahead recovering each day. 

Although "recovery", as I've already mentioned is a continuous process, a lifelong process as we continue to reach the goal set before us, each step forward is progress !!!

God's timing is always perfect! For much of my life, I was running ahead without checking with Him or waiting. But I'm learning and working on this as well. I truly see His hand in this and through this, even connected with my SONday posts ending last week with the LIGHT of GRACE and starting this week with the LIGHT of the WORLD! I'm so looking forward to seeing more of HIS LIGHT.

Years ago, decades really, I attended a REBUILDERS* small group for people and their marriages. Part of my problem was that I attended alone. I was not divorced or even separated, but I went in hopes that I'd learn how to rebuild. The study of the book of Nehemiah this past summer, is also one of "rebuilding". So "recovery" or "rebuilding" has really become a focus for me this year along with my life and LIGHT! The following song was kinda like a theme song for REBUILDER'S and perhaps it will help you with whatever you're facing as it does me...


* Here's a capsule of the REBUILDER'S GUIDE (my copy's at home) but it's such a worthwhile investment as is the LIFE RECOVERY materials and all books that build our walk and strengthen our faith based on God's Word ... 

perhaps you're wondering why I'm sharing this (well) it's part of the reason I needed to do this Recovery 'Step by Step' to rebuild and restore relationships, and my marriage was definitely one that needs restoring ... all in HIS TIME and in HIS HANDS
The Rebuilder’s Guide provides solid footings to those who have failed in their marriages and are seeking to build afresh God’s way that which human love alone could not sustain. A detailed listing of the topics in this book is as follows:

1. Rebuilding a Heart That Seeks God
  • Evaluating my true motives
  • Spending time daily in God’s Word
  • Learning who God really is
  • Entering into the resurrection power of Christ
  • Being consistent when we do not feel like it
  • Honoring the Lord’s Day
2. Rebuilding a Commitment to God’s Design for Marriage
  • How marriage illustrates God’s relationship with Israel
  • How marriage illustrates redemption
  • How marriage illustrates Christ’s relationship with the Church
  • How marriage illustrates a believer’s relationship to law
  • Applying Scriptural principles to 22 marriage questions
  • Special rewards on the “exception clause”
3. Rebuilding a Clear Conscience and a Forgiving Spirit
  • Evidences of guilt
  • Causes of guilt
  • Steps to remove guilt
  • Evidences of bitterness
  • Causes of bitterness
  • Steps to overcome bitterness
4. Rebuilding Your Marriage
  • The starting point for rebuilding
  • Prerequisites for praying a “hedge of thorns”
  • The prayer to bind Satan and build a “hedge of thorns”
  • What will happen when you pray this prayer
  • Six essential steps after praying for a “hedge of thorns”
  • Seven basic principles to build into the life of your partner
  • Steps to take if your partner continues to be rebellious
  • When your partner returns
5. Rebuilding a Learning Relationship With Your Children
  • See the vision
  • Check your motives
  • Expect barriers
  • Identify goals
  • Organize content
  • Establish accountability
  • Concentrate on building character
  • Learning resources
6. Rebuilding Past Failures Into a New Life Message
  • What is a life message?
  • Basic chapters of my life message
  • Five basic parts of an effective “chapter”
  • The neglected truth of most life messages
  • The wisdom of God’s limitation on a remarried person
  • How to transform painful memories
  • No matter how great you failure
  • Basic guidelines in writing a life message
  • How a life message can be more fulfilling than remarriage
  • Important guidelines on using the gift of singleness
7. Rebuilding the Damaged Marriages of Others
  • Begin through the church
  • Important church policies on marriages
  • Consequences when divorced people are remarried
  • Basic guidelines in talking to a friend who wants to get divorced or remarried
  • Learn how to ask precise questions
  • Consequences when a wife initiates a divorce
  • Consequences when a husband initiates a divorce
I have found many areas of my LIFE that need RECOVERY and to be in constant check with the Holy Spirit. So this past month of my JOURNEY with LIFE RECOVERY, was not for any particular "addiction" but for anything and every thing that may impede my LIFE journey and RECOVERY to living more fully an abundant life in Jesus Christ. How else can I become a better LIGHT, reflecting His image, if I'm unwilling or unable to change parts of me that His Holy Spirit tells me "this has got to goREFINE, REFINE, REFINE!

Yes, the construction project in my Mexican rental home certainly has stirred up alot this year about building and REBUILDING; walls went up (so did the red flags) but walls can crumble and breakdown, so be sure your foundation is built on the Truth of Jesus Christ; don't believe the lies, or disguise of the enemy any longer ... Rise up, break down those old walls, change those unhealthy choices and habits, and become ALL that you were meant to be! Let His Holy Spirit reveal to you what needs to go... be willing to "clean house" and be purified, more open and understanding to the MESS in your life and those around you that you care about, less mess, judgement and being critical... Let's use what we've learned this past 30 days in walking more fully, as Jesus Christ, Our Messiah did ... (I've waited all year to use this quote from Lysa TerKeurst and link you to her blog, in case you missed this - but Lysa, who always has something valuable to share)wrote:
"I'm convinced there's a reason the first four letters of Messiah spell MESS. We need Him! Only the MESSIAH can take our MESS and turn it into an untangled MESSage of Hope, Forgiveness and ultimately Love." ~ Lysa TerKeurst
(I am unable to link to the Vimeo from her great teaching at Southbrook but here's the Link to her blog post on November 4, 2009 entitled "A Mess")

This quote was meant for me and this blog... ~ aMazing Grace ~ because originally the 3M words were first as my Blog title followed by aMazing Grace until I realized that the Grace always comes first even with: Mazes, Messes, and Miracles ... emphasis this year on MESSes ... I've wandered through the Mazes far too long so this year is/ was time to deal with the MESSes, with hope of more MIRACLES, because of the power of Our MESSIAH, Jesus Christ, who is and was and is to come ... the same, yesterday, today and forever ... the LIGHT of the WORLD has come ... light bulbs going off all over the place in my head as I keep my eyes on the LIGHT and focus on searching daily for shining His Light better and more.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

MESSES... this too is my story...

yep, the story of my life...
continual messes having to be picked up,
cleaned up, cleansed
straightened out Mazes...

This may look like a MESS, but the MESSES I'm talking about are wrongs; wrong choices & decisions... the 'Christianeeze' word is SIN. Many of us tend to shy away from that word: SIN.

People that aren't in church especially, but even many of us in churches. Many of us do not recognize our many faults as SIN. Our failings to make the right choice or healthy choice are SINS. Any wrong doing or poor choice in thought, word or deed.

Some believe that nothing is a SIN just a difference in perspective. But the Bible tells us and history does as well that WE ALL ARE SINNERS, WE ALL HAVE SINNED... yes, everyone of us. And there is no gradient of SIN. SIN is SIN. A MESS is a MESS. It will always be a MESS.

Perhaps it is easier for us to relate to it this way: there are or have been times in our lives when we have really MESSED up. Some MESSES involve other people. Some MESSES are just our own MESS that needs fixing. Many MESSES affect more people than you may be aware of at the time of the MESS. And some of those MESSES disappear at the time but lo and behold, they show up again later because we never really took care of cleaning them up correctly or completely just haphazardly for the time being or maybe we had no idea how MESSed up we were, maybe we were in a BLAME game or running away from facing the truth. Maybe we were believing lies and buried in deception.

Whatever the reason for the MESS, God is ready and always waiting to clean us up, wash us...

If you're even a little bit like me, you don't want to live the kind of life where you are barely hanging on, merely finding ways to cope with your MESS, your misery, your circumstance just to get by. Many of you have had this feeling like me that you absolutely would like to START your life over, or at least before this MESS overtook your life... 'I have been there, done that'... and I just don't want to continue THAT WAY.

I, for one, do not enjoy going around in circles, those MAZES that I showed you but still have not given any specific MAZES, but the ones where you head out in one direction and find either a dead end or you end up right back where you started. Especially if this WAY leads you into the same MESS that you were either trying to get away from, make right or move beyond. Especially the same territory or valley that you already thought you'd passed through.

And then you find yourself coming back to the same problems, the same habits, the same hurts, the same hang-ups and patterns from before, the same frustrations, same limitations, same mistakes... same MESSES. We need to steer clear of ending up calloused, hard-hearted, bitter, unforgiving, anxious, impatient, hopeless, unteachable with a negative attitude that will creep into ALL of our ways, sometimes without our awareness because we have not stopped the MESS
"We need to put our expectations in the Lord, He is the only One who should have power over our souls. We will never be happy until we make God the complete source of our fulfillment and answer to our longings and we need to stop putting those expectations & longings in other things & people." (from Stormie Omartian's book that we will be starting in September)

I decided, after far too many years wandering through the wildernesses and the deserts in my life, that I wanted (no, it was more than wanted) I needed to break free and break out of any self defeating cycles of repeated patterns and habits... NO MORE MESSES without a complete CLEAN-UP: HIS CLEANSING! Life was demanding that I become an OVERCOMER not just a SURVIVOR!

So you may be thinking (if you've been following my posts)..."ohh so that's when she gave her life to Jesus and accepted Him as Lord, and Savior. When she was MESSed UP the most. This is when she finally gets down to sharing her testimony ... and what no details of these MESSES?...the nitty gritty." No, not yet (sorry) I'm just not sure that sharing my MESSES really frees anyone. 

[Yes, confession is good for the soul, but ALL of theses MESSES were confessed back then & dealt with... and because much of my life involves other people's lives, I'm at this hard point of not sharing their story or messes and bringing any shame, condemnation or judgement on them. Yes, bringing issues into the light, does free me & hopefully them but not in a public place of infinite eyes forever.]

No, I have to admit this was not the beginning of my life knowing Jesus Christ, as my Savior... sad to say... this had to happen over and over again throughout my journey with Christ... until I finally GOT IT... awakened to all the knowledge I had in my head, learned but not totally submitted, and it sunk right down to where I thought it had been all the time... my heart. I knew the words, I had said the words, I even had meant the words the many times I found myself repenting for the same MESSES, but I had known Jesus & read His Word for many years, until I found out that I had not truly made Him LORD over my life or allowed Him to change me, transform me & mold me into ALL He desired me to be in Him. I had been working on doing it my way. I just had to make the wrong right. I made the MESS and I will do whatever it takes to FIX it, CLEAN it up and I'll keep trying until I get it right.

Perhaps, now I'm closer to sharing a personal life testimony...




Other parts of this MESS:

Monday, June 9, 2008


IN THE OLAS ALTAS which means "HIGH WAVES" here in Mexico~

Footprints In The Sand sung by Leona Lewis

You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I'm going

You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much unknown
Along the way

And just when I
I thought I'd lost my way
You gave me strength to carry on
That's when I heard you say

I promise you
I'm always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow
And despair

And I'll carry you
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand
When I'm weary
Well I know you'll be there
Cause I can feel you
When you say

I promise you
I'm always there
When your heart is filled with sadness and despair
Oh, I'll carry you
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand
When your heart is full of sadness and despair
I'll carry you
When you need a friend

I promise you
I'm always there
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints
In the sand

This is what the Lord has been speaking to me.
I have always loved this poem:


Without going into specifics so as not to lay blame or shame,
back when I came to Mazatlan in 1996,
-which was my second trip-
this POEM became a reality and a cry to the Lord
in a deep and depressed prayer to God from me.

My heart was indeed overwhelmed
and though I wasn't lost- I knew the Lord,
I could not overcome the "rut" I felt my life was in
...and had little hope for living any longer.

It was during Easter week, the week preceding Easter known in Mexico as
"Semana Santa" Holy Week.

I had been to Mazatlan in 1995 as a tourist with my adopted son, and his friend. And felt I had heard the Lord speak to me and call me there. But in 1996 when I returned, I was very burned out, exhausted and hopeless after a very serious medical crisis with our adopted daughter, which I dealt with alone, like a single parent for 6 months of life-making decisions, except for the fact that my church family gathered around me
and that they did much beyond the call of duty.

So when I came to Mazatlan, I was really searching "aloneabout what was my purpose for living.
It looked to me like I had failed at everything:my marriage, my job(s), "motherhood"...
I so longed to be with the Lord yet I knew that would not happen if I took it into my own hands again...

I walked along the beach, along the Mazatlan coast many times, but on Good Friday, when I walked, I cried out to God:
"Give me a reason to go on living..."

And I watched as I walked how the waves rescinded and there were no footprints in the sand.

And so I cried out again...

"Look, Lord...not even now, when I'm at my lowest do I see you walking with me. I don't even see my own steps-they are just as washed out as I am, the waves come crashing in against the rocks, rippling along the sand, not leaving a trace of my steps, not even like my favorite poem, so even You have given up on me...
I could walk out into those waves and never be missed, the current will pull me under and someday I'll wash up on the shore somewhere."

Please, Lord, just show me You care! Give me Your Purpose, for me to go on living".  I was very much without HOPE and saw very little purpose left in my life. I saw no resolution for my problem(s), in fact, I was told that I was the problem.
He doesn't give up on us
He's just waiting for you
to notice how much He cares.
I don't know WHY I decided to share this
to let you know

in Christ JESUS!

I walked through many MAZES like this one above throughout my life,
I caused many MESSES and many MESSES caused me undue stress,
heartache and desperation,
but I am alive and living for Jesus,

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, April 26, 2008

PSALM FRIDAY! Psalm 18:20-28 Boasting/Pride

"Today we will spend our time together digging into verses twenty through twenty-eight of Psalm 18. Here’s today’s question~ Is it wrong, prideful, or boastful to be proud of who we are and what we are doing? Are you ready? Let’s dig in..." To see and learn more about this GREAT study, please go to By His Grace

MY REFLECTION for today will center on WHO I AM not on WHAT I AM DOING?

I have often identified with David. I loved the fact that David was a "man after God's own heart". I want to be a woman after God's own heart and at times, I feel like I have a heart of God,

when I look with compassion at others and their situations,

when my hearts breaks for others,

when I cry or weep for the "lost",

when I see so much happening in the world around us,

when I look at the life of Jesus,

when I try to identify with others,

when I pray,

and then I realize that my heart isn't even close to the immense heart of God, Our Heavenly Father.

I recently encountered a precious site on the internet: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/.

They have literally heard thousands of stories from people around the world who have been impacted by the message of God the Father's love. This new section on their website is dedicated to the telling of some of these stories. A testimony is a powerful thing.
The Father's Love Letter is available in 81 languages. It truly blessed me and will you or others you may know, who need a better view of a father that loves them for who they are...taken directly from His Word!

Neil T. Anderson wrote many excellent books, "The Steps to Freedom in Christ", "Bondage Breaker," "...Spiritual Warfare...", "Living Free in Christ"...etc.

I grew most in my walk when I adopted these truths and put them into effectual prayer:


I am complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (I John 5:18).
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (I Peter 1:16; Ephesians 1:4).
I have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5; I Corinthians 2:16).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (I John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18).

I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17,18; Luke 10:17,19).

I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9,10).

I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).

I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
I shall do even greater works than Christ Jesus (John 14:12).
I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23).

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).
I am a spirit being alive to God (I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 6:11).
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (II Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (II Peter 1:3,4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20).

I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (I Peter 2:9).

I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:21).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (I Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty
(Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (II Timothy 1:9; Psalm 66:8).
I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5).
I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 2:6).
I am greatly loved by God (Colossians 3:12; Romans 1:7; I Thessalonians 1:4; Ephesians 2:4).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).

So, I will not speak about my teenage "PRIDE" that was broken
nor my "SELF CONFIDENCE" that was crushed, robbed or stolen,
for in my self
there are many MESSes, many failures,
many MAZES of my life's stuggles, trials, tribulations and achievements,
but none compare to WHO I AM in HIM and because of HIM,
and WHO I am becoming IN HIM as I empty out my self so HE can flow through me, use me and be glorified in WHAT I may DO because HE GIVES me strength, ability, wisdom, and I AM MORE THAN a CONQUEROR...and battles will be won for HIM.
Still watching for the MIRACLES!!! For I have seen SUCH "AMAZING GRACE!"

Thank you, Lord Jesus, as I grow each day in my walk with you. Never allow my heart to harden. May my character be more of YOUR character and less of me, but use all of me and what you have blessed me with and what I am/have learn(ing)(ed) in Christ Jesus and
Your Precious Word! Amen

Monday, April 21, 2008

Maze, Mess or Miracle Monday

Let's see what kind of day is it: Maze, Mess or Miracle?!? Since it's Monday, it should be mmmmmmmmm..... marvelous magnificent mystifying ........miraculous! Gorgeous sunshine... Clouds passing by... Birds chirping.... Beautiful day...filled with aMazing Grace! Time to go about my early morning chores: 1st: put out garbage...Remember, Monday, Wednesday and Friday-Garbage day? 2nd:put out 5 dogs in shifts and then bring them all in....did I mention, it's Garbage day? 3rd: pick up "poop" and get it out with...you got it...the Garbage! 4th: hose down patio and give water to the plants and trees... 5th:...lastly, the dreaded "sweeping" thing. Around my patio and inside my fence, it's OK. But here in Mexico, each place has the responsibility for maintaining the sidewalk and the street around your premises, even the dirt streets...which they usually throw water on from a bucket, to prevent the dust from coming inside. In the early hours of the day, you see people leaving to exercise, leaving to work or school, and the rest "sweeping"! But "sweeping" the street with my broom...well, let me tell you, I believe in CLEANLINESS (keeps those miserable "cucarachas" away, especially on Garbage days) and I may agree with EVERYONE doing their part to be responsible in "keeping our community" clean and environmentally friendly seems marvelous, but using my broom outside on the dirty street -DAILY- not for me! You go through so many brooms here! I have inside brooms and outside broom and one that's down to the last bristles and its stick, (which I use to push the pile-up in the street so the water can flow freely to the corner...clean water-dirty water, black water, YUCK! all of it gets blocked right in front of my place if I don't keep the street clean of litter and leaves)! This just isn't the delight of my day and I do not venture out my gate daily like the others. I'm on the corner, so I have two streets, double duty. Sometimes, I do sweep in front on my sidewalk, like once a week or when it's all blocked up, I do the street with the semi-stick broom. But I hardly ever, go around the corner! (maybe once a month) TODAY...I'm feeling civic minded! I'm going to do the monthly around the corner "sweep". I put on my praise music and head out. After all, if you remember from previous blog, I spent hours painting over the graffiti on the walls...and this week I pay rent and want the owner to see how beautiful it looks...well worth my invested time!!! Looks so much better and I really want to impress him that it was worth it (with hopes that he will agree and reimburse me for the paint, since it's not my house). It's been about two weeks now, that it's been complete, except for the details of the trim...bit by bit. So, I get my broom and my broomstick, my "recojidor" (which is a dustpan that you don't have to stoop over to gather the dirt) and let the dogs out once again to enjoy the warm, beautiful sun and chirping birds because the garbage truck has now gone by...and I head out around my corner, tools in hand to "SWEEP" when I see this:

SO, what kind of a day is it?.........."MESS"........

and my MONDAY just became a blue, blue Monday with BLACK LETTERS again!

But, to whomever may be responsible for this, I have a MESSage for you:

...what you intended for "evil" or so called "fun" at someone elses' expense...

God will use for good...

God loves you! and because of Jesus, you are forgiven and YOU need HIM,

you need His guidance and direction for your life to have a PURPOSE bigger than this!

Romans 8:28 tells me,

..."and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love HIM, who have been called according to HIS PURPOSE"...

And I Love GOD! I have been called! I have a PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE!

Though you may have altered my exterior wall, you can not touch my interior foundation, for it is built on the ROCK...Jesus Christ!

Though my Monday is a MESS, and became a Blue Monday... I am not defeated!

BLUE is my favorite color! And I do my best when I'm blue.

Friday, April 11, 2008

From the Inside Out

Yesterday I had this song in English and Spanish with a Special Link on the right for you to view in You Tube directly. Today, I am learning how to "embed". So as you can see from the previous ones today with just letters(oops, they're gone)...it was where I was being shown how to do it...by mistake it was posted...and as you know, once something is out there in cyber world, we can´t take it back. Similar to our words, once they leave our mouth, we can´t take them back! However, I just learned how I can delete! So, my practice lesson is gone and now I can complete my post for today: From the Inside OUT "You see the words to this wonderful song by Hillsong, let us know how God will change us"from the inside out". Oh, how I've needed this many times in the midst of my MESSES!!! The song says a thousand times, I've failed...is that per year? or per month? Maybe it's just for the BIG ones: marriage, children, jobs, family, friends... In Matthew 18:15-20,21,22 Jesus tells us: Si tu hermano peca contra ti, ve a solas con él y hazle ver su falta. If your brother(or sister)sins against you,go and show him(her)his(her)fault, just between the two of you. Si te hace caso, has ganado a tu hermano. If he/she listens to you, you have won your brother/sister over. "LORD, how many times should I forgive my brother/sister when he/she sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times but seventy times seven" [some versions say seventy-seven times]but this is what it meant. Jesus then gives His Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, leading us to forgive from our heart wrongs committed against us. Perhaps, you have failed in one of my above mentioned areas or some other BIG one. Perhaps, you are one of the ONES that I have failed in my life of MESSES! Perhaps, you have failed me, hurt me, or MESSED me up, or MESSED with me, somehow, sometime in the journey of this life. I ask for your forgiveness, for my part in any injury to your person, heart, spirit, emotions, or lack thereof...and I tell you, I have forgiven you. FORGIVENESS NO MESS NO MORE NEW SCORE 0 - 0 Jesus Christ's showed us His mercy and GRACE! He evened this score for us! But He tells us, "Go and sin no more!" Confession is not enough without repentance! I think that I've tried to repent for most of my life from wrong choices and decisions! I seem to have a contrite heart, ask for forgiveness but "fall" again... I read today that grace is "God's Riches At Christ's Expense", His AMAZING GRACE! Repentance, however, means action or process of turning from sin, to feel regret or contrition,to change one's mind, to make amends...that means one must change the direction of their mistake or failing. I seem to have all my weaknesses in repeating the same ones. History is said to repeat itself. You would think that we would learn from our errors, correct them, and not repeat them. That is our hope! This is our hope in Christ Jesus!...to put right, to change for the better...it's a constant process! Christ ATONED for us and REDEEMED us!(another topic) God is not finished with me yet! How about you? Give Him CONTROL! Let the words of this song CONSUME you "from the inside out!"

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Painting-a Practical Point:From the Inside Out

HAVE YOU EVER STARTED A PROJECT (JOB, TASK OR CLEANING) and wish you never started it because now you have to finish it? This is the wall of the house I rent in Mazatlan, Mexico. Graffiti is a regular sore sight in Mexico! These "letters" without a message or purpose or protest are sprawled and scribbled on private residential homes or businesses in the early morning hours. I was frustrated with their mess, had asked the owner about painting it, then just decided to "DO IT MYSELF". This project began as a therapeutic attempt to soothe my frustration! The color blue chosen specifically and especially by yours truly to convey PEACE and tranquility. Perhaps that's what started my theme in my blog with God on PEACE!!! I didn't realize that God would be turning this project into a practical, spiritual lesson for me. My frustration was that the "graffiti" was just destruction of personal property, no real substance or message. At Christmas time, I even went outside with my spray can I bought to paint some wicker chairs and used the remains to try and cover the letters, then decided to write my own Seasonal message: Jesus is the reason for this season. He gave His life and brought Light. Read John 3:16. Spray paint can ran out. Since then, I asked the owner to do something but he reluctantly states: "they'll just do it again." I get it...a clean slate for them to paint anew! Than I looked around at other homes that had been freshly painted. And I saw that for the most part, they were in tact still...so "Why not give it a try?" Let me tell you, I'm NOT a PAINTER! I knew the process involves scraping off the old paint. I started with that! I didn't like seeing it scraped and tattered looking, so I began to paint! I decided, since I had to buy the paint myself, that it only makes sense that I should start with the inside part of the wall first, and use the leftover or bottom of the barrel for the outside graffiti wall. So I quickly tried to just cover up the letters and see if anyone dares to make their mark. GREAT! No new letters...first night done...into the second and third day...so far so good! But as I tried to scrape the walls as the days and time wore on, THIS PROJECT became bigger than I anticipated or dreamed. I noticed that it was more difficult to scrape the old off of the outer walls, the cement was brittle and my knuckles were showing it. The cement was crumbling also. So I gave up following the tedious way of scraping before painting and just tried painting over it. If you've ever painted with a roller, you know what happened! The paint that didn't scrape off before, now rolled off, wrapping itself around the roller. What a mess! So there I was peeling off the roller and beginning to tire more quickly in frustration. Than being short as I am, I needed to reach the top but couldn't. I don't have all the equipment most well-equipped painters would have or homes that store these necessities like ladders, etc. I thought I bought the basic kit that included it all. From the inside, I could reach, but out here....hmmmmmmmm! It became a necessity to get the outside looking right because, "well, that's what everyone sees". But now I wanted to be sure that I had enough paint to do my house also because that looked bad also! "I knew I should not have started this. Now, I was stuck." I also found out the hard way that the paint peels if you don't get off all the old stuff and later you will see spots and cracks, places that need to be done over. It comes off easier when it has been "soaked" with the new paint but there are now patches to be done over. A lot of wasted paint and time!!! By now, you can probably see the comparisons to ones' spiritual life. Just in case, let me share! Many times, we go about our lives with a good exterior paint job, especially at church. We don't want anyone to see what we are trying to cover-up or hide. For years, we allow layer and layer to cover up our hurts, our pains, our problems (our "sins"), our past, our bad habits....and we go about life as normal until a "crack begins to peel". We try to patch it up quickly and carry on but we don't allow the "job" to be done correctly. This only surfaces later! We go about trying to get the exterior fixed but fail to get it done from the inside...we just "paint over". Scraping off the old stuff is too difficult and can be painful! Covering over what we don't want anyone to see! Hoping it won't show! Hoping we don't "crack". Hoping the layers don't have to be peeled off! Hoping we don't have to start over! So we waste more time, and more paint, covering all the little imperfections until we step back and take a good hard look. Perhaps we decide we finally need help to get the job done right! We look for an "expert" in the field. It's going to cost a little more now! Of course, we still need to take the extra time for the "trim" handled ever so delicately with a fine brush. If we had only cleaned it up right to start with...instead of covering over it. We need to put the right "Light" on the subject and give Our Creator, a clean slate! The Greatest Painter of them all knows how to do the job from start to finish, with just the right touch of the Holy Spirit! Gently and carefully, He creates a Masterpiece of His creation...YOU! ...drop by drop...stroke by stroke...with love and care He completes the project, if You let Him and stop trying to run ahead, doing it on your own...His timing is PERFECT! This is my song for this: From The Inside Out by Hillsong United

A thousand times I've failed Still your mercy remains and should I stumble again I'm caught in your grace Everlasting Your light will shine when all else fades Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame Your will above all else My purpose remains The art of losing myself In bringing you praise Everlasting Your light will shine when all else fades Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame In my heart and my soul Lord I give you control Consume me from the inside out Lord let justice and praise Become my embrace To love you from the inside out Everlasting Your light will shine when all else fades Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame And the cry of my heart Is to bring You praise from the inside out Lord my soul cries out

Desde Mi Interior Hillsong United

Mil veces te fallé, más Tú fuiste fiel, Tu gracia me levantó, me basta Tu amor, Dios eterno,

Tu luz por siempre brillará Y Tu gloria, incomparable sin final. (intro) Señor, tu voluntad permanecerá, En ti me quiero perder en adoración, Dios eterno, Tu luz por siempre brillará Y Tu gloria, incomparable sin final. De mi corazón Te doy el control, Consume todo mi interior, Dios. Justicia y amor me abrazan, Señor, Te amo desde mi interior. Dios eterno, Tu luz por siempre brillará, Y Tu gloria, incomparable sin final. El clamor de mi ser es contigo estar Desde mi interior (mi alma) clamará

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