A Man Named Jesus

person at crossI was walking down a road called self-destruction, when I encountered a Man who was and is like no other. His name was Jesus Christ. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He knew everything there was to know about me; He knew me better than I knew myself. He knew the good; the bad and the ugly yet He never condemned me or made me feel ashamed of the bad choices I made. He Loved me…anyway.

The more time I spent with Him, the more I saw how deep and wide His love was for me. A Love unfailing, unwavering and everlasting. I’ve never felt this loved before. There was so much He wanted to give me, so much He had planned for me. Salvation, healing, peace, joy through His righteousness. He offered me freedom from my past and my pain. Forgiveness and the courage to forgive.

This Jesus took my heavy luggage, that contained all of my burdens and hurts and He handed me His. Surprisingly it was so light and easy. This was just a fraction of the gifts He offered me. There was so much more, more than my heart and mind can contain. I had nothing to offer Him except for a believing heart and a mouth that confesses and shares with others that He is who He says He is! Savior and Lover of our souls. This was more than enough for Him.

A Man named Jesus. A Man without spot or wrinkle who shed His righteous blood for the redemption of all of our sins, sickness and diseases. The only One who was willing and worthy to fulfill the will of the Almighty God. A Man like no other. He met me in my fallen state; touched me and transformed me into His image from glory to glory…to glory. Would you like to meet this Man named Jesus?

A Salvation Prayer


Then pray with me. Father God in Heaven, thank you for loving me so much that you willingly gave up your Beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. He took all of my sins, death and punishment into His own body and nailed it all to the cross. Better yet, He rose conquering death and the grave with salvation and complete healing in His wings. He did this so that I may become a son/daughter of the Almighty God, the righteousness of God in Christ. Today I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord and I receive You as my Father and my God. Come into my heart; fill me with your Holy Spirit. I say goodbye to the old me and embrace the new creation that I am in Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

Welcome child of God, to Jesus’ Beloved Family 🙂

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Who Does Jesus Say You Are?

The world is all about labeling you. In some instances you’re just a number or a category. Make a medical appointment and the first thing they ask you for is your date of birth. If you bank by phone they don’t ask for your name they ask you for the last four digits of your social security number. After a few minutes they say, “I found you. What can I do for you today?”

How about those forms where you’re forced to categorize yourself by age, sex, income and race. Then there’s that blank box that says “Other”, that barely gives you enough space to describe yourself. I’m often tempted to write, Wonder Woman. My kids would get a kick out of that. As a believer though, I’ve always wanted to write “Child of God.” I may do that next time. 🙂

The sad truth is we’re guilty of labeling ourselves. I’ve had complete strangers and acquaintances compliment me and even point out my strengths but whenever I look at myself all I could see are my flaws. My husband calls me beautiful and I launch into an argument to try to convince him otherwise. He often accuses me of not being able to take a compliment. Don’t tell him I said this, but he’s right.

One day, while I was verbally beating myself up, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “That’s not who you are.” I stopped and thought, What am I doing? This isn’t how the Father sees me.

If we could see ourselves through Heaven’s lens, imagine what we would see.

Who does Jesus say you are? Jesus says:

You are a Friend of God

A Co-heir with Christ

You’re the light of the world

The salt of the earth

Trees of Righteousness

The Apple of God’s eye

Heirs to the Promise

A Royal Priesthood

Valued by God

Jesus’ Brothers and Sisters

You are as Christ

Blessed

Saved

Redeemed

Forgiven

A Child of God

You are The One God so Loved

The One worth dying for and fighting for

Simply put, You are His!


 

A Word From Our Father

A Word From Our Father

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I did not redeem you to charge you for what I’ve done
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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1John 4:10

 I did not justify you to remind you of your guilt.

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 , Hebrews 10:16-18

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

I did not reconcile you to cast you out of My presence.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

REPENT, says the LORD! Change the way you think of Me.

“For God so loved the world [YOU] that He [willingly] gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16  [emphasis mine]

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ [towards you], and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:17-19 [emphasis mine]

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” -1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Thank you Father God!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter my Mom wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

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To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not, you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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I Am Not My Past.

I am not my mistakes.

I am not my addiction.

I am not my flaws.

I am not my pain.

I am not someone’s accident.

I am loved by God and nothing can separate me from this Love.

I am the object of His Grace and Mercy.

I am the one He sent His Beloved Son for.

I am the one who Christ laid down His Life for.

The one He shed His Righteous Blood for.

The one who He fought for, died and rose for.

I am the Righteousness of God in Christ.

I didn’t earn this Righteousness; it was a Gift from God.

A Gift given not because I loved Him so much but because He loves me that much!

While I was in sin, while I was indulging in my filth and rebellion, He stretched His arms out wide on that wooden cross and He Loved Me…Perfectly.

He took All of my sins, my shame, my sickness and my punishment and He nailed it to the cross.

Christ took my death and gave me His Abundant Life.

He took my place and gave me His Grace.

I am a child of God, the Righteousness of God in Christ.

I Am In Christ.

No longer defeated by life or living in fear of death.

I am a new creature in Christ, the old me is dead and gone.

I am a new person, a conqueror and an heir to the throne of Grace.

I am an Instrument of Righteousness.

No longer an instrument that brought hurt and pain to those I claim to love.

That one who blew up everything it touched and left a dark trail of destruction, gut wrenching heartbreak and deadly wounds behind.

I Am God’s Instrument.

A vessel that helps, heals, encourages and brings hope to all whom God puts in my path.

As Christ is so am I on this earth. Whole, Healed…Victorious.

I am a Messenger of Grace and Truth, seated at the right hand of the Father.

In Christ I can do all things through Him who strengthens, empowers and equips me.

I am a child of Light, no longer a slave to ignorance and darkness.

In me is Life, Liberty and the saving power of Christ.

I Am Not Influenced by this World, I Am The Yeast In This world…I influence it!

I Am A Gift to this world, chosen for this particular place and this particular time to fulfill a purpose that God placed in me at the beginning of time.

A Purpose that will Change and Inspire this Generation.

I am Saved.

Justified.

At Peace with God.

I am Forgiven.

I am Intimately Loved and Passionately Pursued by Him.

I’m worth fighting for and dying for.

I Am Who God Says I Am.

I… Am… HIS!

 

Hope For the Future Prayer

Hope For the Future Prayer

hope is...May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13

Here’s the thing about Hope, it is the key ingredient of the substance that produces our faith; its our confidence in the unseen.

Hope is what saved us (Romans 8:24). Hope fought for us and laid its life down for us. Hope renews and strengthens us (Isaiah 40:31). Hope takes us to places we can only dream of. Hope never fails and will never put you to shame (Romans 5:5).

Did you know that our hope pleases God, He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

This scripture was the seed of hope that was planted in my life and took root in my heart. It grows and blossoms everyday bearing fruits of joy, peace and love even in the midst of a storm. The funny thing is I didn’t seek this promise out, it came to me and it continues to find its way back to me in the most interesting ways especially during the hard times. There is a second part to this promise that is often overlooked. In it God says,

“You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declared the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14. Not only does God promise you a life and a  future you can look forward to He promises to be with you every step of the way. To never leave or forsake you. God is with you.

God’s promise is everything to me. It’s my lifeboat and my anchor. It’s God’s life-breathed word, His gentle embrace; it’s His perfect love for me. Lately it’s been my declaration prayer. This is what I’d like to share with you today, this is my Hope for the Future Prayer:

I know that God has a plan for me, Its not to harm me

But to help me grow and succeed in every area of my life.

Whenever doubt arises, I can call on Him. He will show me the path, He will show me His way.

God is faithful and true. God is a Promise Keeper. I’m not in this alone for He is with me.

I’m excited about His hopes and plans for me.

God’s plan gives me hope for the future.

Today, I take another step toward that future.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. “Psalm 106

Thank you Father, for loving me and saving me. For never leaving or forsaking me. Thank you for the Righteous blood you shed for me, for giving up your beloved Son Jesus for me. Thank you for Your Son, who didn’t just save me, but saved my family, my loved ones, and my friends. Thank you Jesus, for hearing every prayer, spoken and unspoken. Thank you for collecting every tear. Thank you for every encouraging word you gave me. Thank you for all the smiles you put on my face, for the joy you stirred up in my heart. Thank you for giving me hope when things seemed hopeless, strength whenever I feel weak. Thank you for giving me the victory in all things because You are with me. Thank you for giving me a life that I can live abundantly.

I feel so blessed to be loved, known and called by the God of all creation. I feel blessed with every revelation you give me Father God. I feel blessed every time I hear my children praise your name. I feel so bless when you use my spouse and I to share your word.

Thank you for Your Grace that abounds in the lives of your people, for Your Word that takes them to new heights and greater depths and Your Spirit that dwells inside of them. Thank you for Your Love that is unfailing and everlasting. I’m thankful that no height or depth, no angel or demon can separate us from Your Love. Thank you for your tender mercy toward us all.

Father we thank You, for all that You’ve done, all that You’re doing and all of the glorious things You are getting ready to do in this life and the next. Thank You for being our God, our Father and Friend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”    1Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

Celebrating Dr. Myles Munroe

I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the life and ministry of Dr. Myles Munroe. Though I did not know him personally, he was my spiritual father/mentor on earth. I got saved in his church, that was the best day of my life and I’ve been saved for over 17 years now! About 7-yrs ago I was inspired by the Kingdom Message.  God placed a desire in me  to become a writer for His Kingdom and pursue ministry in Alaska.

I’m in shock and a bit sad with the passing of Dr. Munroe, his wife and members of his beloved ministry team. I’m also inspired and my soul rejoices in the Lord because I was reminded by my husband and partner in ministry that Dr. Munroe accomplished what he desired to do and that was to die empty.

Dying Empty

Dr. Munroe said that the richest place in the world is the graveyard. He said that in those graveyards lie, cures for diseases, potential doctors, teachers, inventors, writers, inspiring music and great works of art. Countless ideas that died with  people who did not or could not pursue them. That is why he said with God’s help, he wanted to die empty and I believe he did. I believe he fulfilled every task God placed on his heart. God used him to draw many to Christ, my husband and I included and he did it with a great passion and sincere  desire for people to intimately know our Heavenly Father.

I believe that right now there is a beautiful homecoming taking place in the heavenly realm. I believe that our brother in Christ, his wife and travel companions are beholding the Lamb of God and hearing those words we all desire to hear…

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”Matthew 25:21

Let us be reminded as we lift up the family members in prayer that  we do not mourn as the world does and this was not beyond God’s control. I believe that Myles and all who was with him have finished the race and are in the arms of the Lord. Let us pray that the joy of the Lord will be the strength for all those who feel this loss. I pray that His Peace would allow us to rejoice, for our Father has done  and will continue to do great things amongst His children.

Father God I pray for the children and loved ones of our brothers and sisters in Christ . I pray that Your Grace, Peace and Comfort  be multiplied to the families and all who mourn their earthly departure and rejoice in their heavenly arrival.  In Jesus name. Amen.

This Is Our Hope


 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

Thank you Father God for such a blessed life and ministry. May the seeds brother Myles planted continue to take root, flourish and draw many more to You. We will meet again Friends of God.

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A Blessed Weekend

I pray that you all had a safe and blessed weekend this Memorial Day weekend as we remembered our loved ones that sacrificed themselves for us. I thank God for the greatest sacrifice of all, His Son Jesus Christ. Thank you Father for the eternal freedom we have in YOU.

My weekend started with a Spirit-led class taught by an amazing woman of God, my sister Cassey, who spoke to us about self-care. She let us know that self-care begins  and ends with God and that His care is not limited to our spiritual well-being but our physical, mental and emotional well-being too. My plate is pretty full right now, if I’m lucky I may get 15-30 minutes just for me, not enough time for a spa appointment but just enough time to have a one on one chat with God. When I found that moment I asked God to show me what self-care looks like.

His word to me was WAIT and BE STILL.

Be Still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in HIS word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 (NKJV)

How did I accomplish this? By simply enjoying the day that God blessed me with, knowing that He planned my day yesterday and that every step I took had already been given to me by Him. Most of all that He was with me through the good and bad, the highs and the lows and that He has my back.

Ask. Seek. Knock. – For everyone  who asks receive;the one who seeks finds; and to the one knocks, the door will be opened. Matt. 7:8

I simply asked God a question and what I received through the mouths of strangers was a showering of His word not just on me but over my whole family. His Word to me:

That every promise to me was a Yes!

That my latter days will be even better than my former days.

That I would be entering a season of laughter.

To be encouraged in our stand for God for God is with us.

To expect a fresh revelation from Him.

That the wisdom of God was already in my children and that they will be known as His.

This blog began with a desire to share what God has revealed to me and by the grace of God that was shown toward me I want to share my blessings with you, may it be multiplied to you.

A Prayer Just for You

To Our Mighty and Awesome God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Eph 3:20) May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ and all of  the blessings and  promises of God be greatly multiplied to You and your loved ones. May He reveal to you His Heart’s desire for you. You are saved, forgiven and made righteous by Him. You are God’s beloved and He has an awesome plan for you.  Open your heart and receive His Grace and Unconditional Love for you.

In Jesus name. Amen

 

 

 

Naked and Unashamed

 

In the beginning God the Creator of all creation planted a garden called Eden which He placed Man to live in. Picture a vast land lush and green, filled with fruit bearing trees and colorful vegetation, this was the farmer’s market of all farmers’ markets. Fresh water rivers glistening like a sparkling jewel across the land. There must have been so much to see and explore in a land filled with gold, onyx and aromatic resin. Every day must have felt like a safari with every animal ever created living in the same land. With the command of the Father to both Man and Animal to eat of the vegetation only, along with the dominion over the earth and all that dwell on it given to Man, that means there were no predators or prey… just God’s peace.

God placed Man in a finished work, a successful, established and thriving garden and He gave Man the CEO position to manage this work.  On top of that God told Adam and Eve that they were free to eat of any tree except for one. With all of Creation eating the same thing I would imagine that God’s garden would have an endless supply of food.

Scripture says this about Adam and Eve, Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.-Gen 2:25 NIV Now most of us, not all, would have a problem with walking around naked. I would definitely feel like “something” was missing in my life (lol!). This is a beautiful illustration of the Believer in Christ and what being a child of God looks like. Adam and Eve were in the presence of God, naked and unashamed, lacking nothing in the abundance of God.

Every time you turn to God in prayer it’s like being transported back to the Garden of Eden. Every time you open up your heart to Him you are stripping yourself of your own self-efforts and self-righteousness and allowing yourself to be clothed in Him, dependent on Him, provided for by Him, relying on His efforts and not your own to finish what HE started in you, to fulfill the vision and purpose for your life.

Your New Wardrobe

“For those God foreknew (that’s you!) He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.”

“And those He predestined, He also called, those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.”-Rom 8:29 & 30

If you have a need or a great burden, God has you covered, if you need healing you are clothed in the Spirit of God that will quicken that mortal body of yours.  Because you’ve turned to God, confessed His Son and trusted Him with the contents of your heart, you are clothed in perfection, the image of His Son, adorned in His calling, beautifully dressed in His justification and glory. Free to live in His abundance, equipped to accomplish all things through Christ, living off of His Resume and not yours. You are loved and positioned for greatness. You are the best dressed… Naked and Unashamed.

 A Prayer for Today

Open your heart to God today, give Him the things you’re afraid to come to Him with, share with Him the YOU behind the mask, the “bare-naked” YOU. There is no shame or condemnation in God’s presence just an abundance of Love and Grace. In Jesus name. Amen.