My Heaven Valentine

My Heaven Valentine

What is Love?GodisLove

Is it a tender kiss? Is it a smile that warms you from across the room? Is it flowers and heart-shaped candy given to you on Valentine’s Day? Sweet, yes, but is that love? Not quite for these things are but a shadow of what real love is.

Love is God, for God is Love and His Love was made perfect when He gave up His Beloved Son Jesus so that the objects of His Love can receive the gift of eternal life.

Love left His Kingly throne to become flesh and make His home amongst us. To feel what we feel and learn what its like to be human. Love didn’t come to judge or condemn, He came bearing the gifts of grace, truth and hope. Love gave sight to the blind, speech to the mute, Hope to the brokenhearted and liberty to the bound. When asked by one who was sick and made to live as an outcast in this world, “If you are willing you can make me whole.” Love touched whom the world had thrown away and said, “I am willing.” And He made this man and countless others whole.

He was stricken for our sake and we thought Him cursed by God. Many despised Love. He was betrayed, falsely imprisoned, beaten, spit on, ridiculed and rejected by the ones He came to save. Love had the power to save Himself but He chose to submit to the will of His Father.

Love was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. Love chose to be nailed to a cross to bear all of our sins. At the appointed time Love died on that cross, taking our shame, guilt and sickness with Him. As promised Love rose three days later victorious for He overcame our biggest fear, which is Death.

Love took our unrighteousness and gave us His righteousness. Love took our pain and guilt and gave us His everlasting peace. Love took our weakness and gave us His Spirit. Love made us sons and daughters of God. He bore the wrath of God that was meant for us so that we may receive the fullness of His Father’s Love.

Love loved us even while we were still in sin. Love laid down His life so that we can take up His. That…is … Love! Christ is Love!

rose2My Valentine Prayer

Father God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I just wanted to take this moment to say that I love you. You are my Heaven Valentine. You gave me your Heart so that I may live. Thank you for loving me first. Thank you for loving us with an unchanging and everlasting love.

Happy Valentine’s Day God’s beloved! Know that every day is Valentine’s Day for you who are in Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.

“…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have Love, I am nothing. If I give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have Love, I gain nothing.”-1Corinthians 13:2-3


 

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When You Don’t Know What To Pray

I was pulling into my driveway the other day when my son ran toward me and said, “Mom, Nana is in the emergency room they think she had a heart attack!” Immediately I backed up and hurried to the hospital. If you’ve read some of my earlier post you’d know that I have seen my mom through breast cancer, chemo and radiation and it was prayer that got us through. On my way to the hospital I found that I could not pray. I didn’t know what to say or how to express what was on my heart… I was in shock. So I began to speak in tongues and I repeated the words that came out of my mouth over and over again until I pulled into the hospital parking lot. I have to admit I don’t speak in tongues often and  I do not have the gift of interpreting tongues so I have no idea what I said but afterwards what I felt was like a heavy rainfall of peace that covered me from head to toe. I walked into the emergency room feeling confident that everything will be alright, and it was. Thank God my mom didn’t have a heart attack it was an anxiety attack. She’s doing much better now and is recovering at home, glory to God!

This morning I was watching one of my favorite TV ministers and he was teaching out of Romans 8:26-27 which reads, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Hearing this word just reminded me that our God is a loving provider , He is so awesome and so faithful. God knows what we need even before we have a need. When we’re feeling  weak and lost we can depend on His strength and guidance. God loves us with an everlasting love and He will faithfully provide you with all that you need and more including the “right” words when you don’t know what to pray.

Mother’s Day

MOTHER’S DAY

On behalf of my Chief Editor, Jesus Christ, and I,  I would like to celebrate all  Women and wish each and every one of you a Happy Mother’s day. Whether you are single or married, young or perfectly seasoned, with or without child we celebrate you all as mothers for you are all nurturers, carriers, fruit bearers and givers of life.

 You are blessed (like Sarah) “I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” Gen 17:16

You are prophets and leaders (like Deborah) “Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.” Judges 5:7

 You are effective prayer warriors (like Hannah) “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.” 1Sam 2:1

 You are more than a pretty face; you are brave and courageous (like Esther) “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)

 You are smart, savvy, purposed filled woman (like the Proverbs 31 Woman) “She is worth far more than rubies.” (Prov 31:10)

 You are a vessel for God (like the Woman at the Well) ready to be filled and willing to share and deliver the good news of our Lord. “Come see a Man who told me everything I ever did, Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29)

 You are daughters of the Most High, ambassadors with Christ; you are Mothers, fearfully and wonderfully made!

 To all of  the Women and Mothers out there Happy Mother’s Day!

A Faith That Pleases God

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to Him must believe that He exists and the He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) NIV

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Abraham Faith

God made Abraham a promise, that Sarah, who was past childbearing age, would give birth to his child and that Abraham will be a “father of nations.” The word of God says, “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Ye he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:19-21)

Issue of Blood Faith

While Jesus was on His way to the house of Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, the word of God says, “A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years…she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”  When Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He asked who touched Him and when He spoke with the woman who had touched Him He said to her, “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from you suffering.” (Mark 5: 25-34)

The Centurion Faith

While Jesus was in Capernaum a centurion came to Him on behalf of his ill servant. Jesus asked the centurion, “Shall I come and heal him?” The Centurion replied, “Lord I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

The word of God says, “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following Him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” To the centurion He said, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” The servant was healed at that moment.  (Matthew 8: 5-13)

The common thread these three people share is their belief in the power of God. Believe and hold on to God’s promise despite what things look like or what you may lack. Believe and be willing to press forward no matter how long it’s been. Believe that God’s word is greater than any obstacle; greater than any problem in your life. Believe that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all things in your life. That is the type of faith God is looking for, a faith that trusts Him to do what He said He will do.

“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8 NIV) Will He find faith?

Yeshua- The Great Parent

 Yeshua Hebrew translation: Salvation

Peter and Grace were living every parent’s nightmare, there only child was terminally ill. Peter and Grace tried everything they could possibly think of to help their child. They flew in specialist, tried the latest medicines but it wasn’t enough, their child was dying. For weeks they sat helpless next to their beloved child as they watched her suffer and writhe in agonizing pain. They wanted to bring her home to the beautiful pink bedroom they designed just for her but she was too weak to be moved, sadly she would be bound to that hospital bed till the end.  Like any great parent Peter and Grace had only one prayer and hope; that they could somehow take their child’s place and exchange their life and health for hers.

The story you just read is a very tragic but true story you see Peter and Grace represent God who is our Rock and it is His grace that He desires to pour out upon you. You are the terminal ill child because when Man fell we became infected with sin. God sent the prophets, messengers and He raised up great men and women hoping to save us but it wasn’t enough, the disease [sin] was still killing us. So like the Great Parent He is He made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the ultimate price…. He took our place.

The bible says, “The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) NIV.  “For God so loved the world (you) that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) NIV.

Jesus took our sin, “He was wounded for our transgressions.”, He took our punishment, “He was bruised for our iniquities.”(Isaiah 53:5). Jesus, the Great Parent, willingly took our terminal illness and exchanged it for the grace of God that was upon Him “Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” (John 1:16). Yeshua took it all so that we may no longer be bound to our bed of sin but free in God’s love and Grace.   “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1).

Thanks to Jesus Christ we are no longer terminally ill but alive, well and able to live the abundant life that our Father wants us to live.

Jesus Christ is Yeshua, the Great Parent!

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14 NKJV

I thank God for His love and unmerited grace. Be blessed God’s people

The Mystery Key

The Mystery Key

Many of you I’m sure have experienced this before you’re spring cleaning, cleaning out the garage, clearing out and organizing that storage closet of yours and you come across a mystery key. For the life of you, you cannot figure out what the key opens or if the key even belongs to you. You ask your spouse, your kids, your siblings, your roommate about the key and they don’t have a clue about it either.  No matter how long you stare at it you still can’t figure out who it belongs to and what it unlocks. Does it unlock a safe, a door, a locker maybe? You examine it up close, you run your thumb up and down its ridges, you turn it between your fingers hoping the feel of it will trigger a memory or clue but still nothing.  So you put it away, on a shelf, in a box or your personal drawer. You hold on to it with the thought that perhaps one day you’ll discover what it unlocks.

For some the bible is that mystery key. They pick it up not knowing where it came from or who it belongs to and because they are so puzzled and intrigued by this book they’re unable to throw it away instead they put it away not knowing that they just put away the key to life. Christ says, “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Sitting on someone’s bookshelf is the key to that abundant life. “I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” (Jeremiah 33:6) Sitting in someone’s drawer is the key to their healing.  “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.” (Matt 6:33-34) The key to a stress free life is gathering dust in someone’s storage closet.

The key to life above the economic crisis, the key to your purpose in life, the key to true love, true peace, everlasting joy and every good and perfect gift from above, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all- how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31:32).  It can all be unlocked with the bible, the key to all of these great and wonderful things!

“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6) NIV. Mystery Solved! 🙂

New Year’s Revelations

New Year’s Revelations

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2) NKJV

About two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you can imagine the news rocked us all. At the time I was going through my own personal trial, I felt pressed on all sides and when I first heard this I thought to myself, “This too God! I know you said that You wouldn’t put more on me than I could bear but come on!” The Lord said to me, “For I know the plans I have for [her], plans to prosper [her] and not to harm [her], plans to give [her] hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). God assured me that my mother’s illness was not unto death but to draw her and reveal to her who He is. I didn’t know this at the time, but He was talking to me too.

It has always been a tradition of mine to make a new year’s resolution but that year I desired God’s revelation. During the time of my mom’s surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery God revealed to me what it truly meant to stand and live by faith.  There were times when things looked really grim but instead of giving up I gave in to standing in the gap and praising His holy name. I’m not sure when or how it happened but I suddenly became this unbreakable, unshakable superwoman, able to be that shoulder my mom could lean on, able to boldly and confidently claim my mother’s healing no matter what I saw or heard.

God revealed to me that in Him I am strong. For the first time ever I saw myself as a warrior, conqueror, and an ambassador with Christ. I saw myself through God’s eyes!

Let this new year be the year that you declare no more resolutions, God give me a revelation! I pray with you in Jesus name that God will reveal to you His will, His purpose and His vision for your life. May you see yourself through God’s eyes.  Have a blessed and victorious New Year!

A Sister’s Faith

It was the winter of 1977 I was about 2 ½ years old when my dad was rushed to the emergency room because he was having trouble breathing. The doctor’s said that he had some form of pneumonia but they couldn’t figure out what type of pneumonia he had and on top of that his lungs were filling up with fluid. His blood oxygen levels were extremely low so low that he should have been unconscious but by grace he was still with us. My father’s condition was something this doctor had never seen before so he quickly got on the phone and spoke with doctor’s and specialist throughout the nation and in Europe and not a single one could figure out what strain of pneumonia he had or how to properly treat him. Around 2 am that morning the doctor pulled my mom aside and told her that my father will not make it through the night and that now was the time to notify his next of kin. She called my dad’s sister, my Aunt Sadie in Florida, it was around 6 am her time. When my mother told my aunt what was going on, my aunt boldly declared, “My brother will not die!” When my aunt hung up she got back on the phone and left a message for the school she worked for to let them know that she would not be in that day. She then fell on her knees and cried out to God and entered in to a
holy fast and prayer for her brother. She made a vow to God that she would not move until He moved in her brother’s life. Around 10:30 am (Florida time) my aunt’s phone rings and she’s led to answer it, it was my mom who told her that my dad made a spontaneous recovery, these were the doctor’s exact words. It was a miracle according to them but I know it was the victorious hand of God and His response to “a sister’s faith”.

The Doctor’s still don’t know what exactly happened to my father or how he recovered but I believe that my dad’s story is like the story of the man who had been born blind that Jesus healed. The disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” And Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” (John 9:1-3 NKJV) My dad became deathly ill not because of sin but so the mighty works of God and the power of intercessory prayer can be revealed in him.