It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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August 18, 2014

The Absolute BEST Place to Be.

The best place to be is in the center of His will where there is peace, contentment,  joy, fulfillment and  love.  You wonder how you can find out what His will is so that you can experience all of the above?  It is probably one of the hardest things for us to do, especially in this day and age…
“Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalms 46:10)
Who would have thought that being still would be so hard to do, but with the noise of life surrounding us, with our own thoughts going around and around in our heads – it is really hard to make everything quiet and still.  It is in those moments of solitude and quiet where if you listen intently, you will hear His voice.  He’s not hiding it from you, He’s not trying to make it hard for you to know His will for your life.  He just wants you to focus on Him so that you can commune with Him.  Imagine being with someone you care about and really wanting to know their thoughts, what is going on with them, what their hopes are, what they desire.  God is sitting forward in His seat wanting to have an intimate conversation with you.  He just wants to have your total attention.  Isn’t it annoying when you are out with someone, and they are looking around them, checking their watch, texting on their phone, allowing any or all distractions to get in the way of their time with you?  Would you want to talk with someone who was doing all that?  I wouldn’t.  I would feel like they aren’t listening, they must not be interested in what I have to say.   How bad do you want to hear from your Father?  Are YOU sitting forward in YOUR seat interested in all He has to say? Hanging on for His next word?  There is nothing better than “Father and daughter/son time” especially with the One who has your best interests at heart.
Once you get to a place where you can quiet your thoughts, quiet the noise of life and listen expectantly to God, you may be surprised at all you hear.  I can honestly say that “being still” is one of the hardest things for me to do.  I am a planner and my thoughts are constantly going non-stop.  It’s hard for me to be still and spend quiet time before my Father, but once I do – it is the best thing in the world.  Fellowship with God.  God knows you need it, there is something deep inside of you that will remain unfulfilled until you try it.  Once you realize the need, your time with your Father will be a balm to your soul.
“Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
Looking for peace, joy, fulfillment, contentment and love? There is no way you can experience all of that complete with TRUE joy until you make that time for your Father.  Even Jesus rose early to pray, and He is to be our example.
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Mark 1:35)
The truth is; we need that time alone with our Heavenly Father as much as we need food for sustenance.  We need to feed our spirit.  You may hunger for that time of sustenance where God needs to nourish your spirit.  We are a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body.  
When you spend time before your Father He shows you things about yourself, maybe reveals things about you that even YOU didn't know. You become closer with Him because a true relationship involves communication.  A healthy relationship is one that is a two way street. And that is what God desires to have with you.  You just have to be open to it.
I remember when God revealed to me that I was to write for Him.  I can remember wanting to just snort and say, "Write?!  Write?! You have called me to write???  That is something that I have done ALL of my life!"  It seemed odd to me - perhaps it was because I had just known since the age of three that I was going to be an actress.  That I had been in plays and performances throughout my whole life and was going to college to study acting. My own plans for my life was to get an agent and head out to California. But that is not what God called me to do.  He was adamant (in a kind, quiet, tolerating my outburst kind of way) that the calling He had placed on my life, was as He had put it during this conversation we were having, "as plain as the nose on my face." (His exact words to me). 
That was a long time ago.  I have learned in my 27 years of being a Christian, that life is a continuous learning process.  You can either take the lesson the first time and pass the class or you can repeat the class over and over and over again until you have finally learned what it is you were meant to get from it... I'm a bit hard headed, there are life lessons that I have had to retake until I finally gain understanding, pass the lesson and move on to the next.
When I was a little girl my parents took my brother and I up to see the herring run.  It was incredible seeing these fish swim against the current to go lay their eggs.  They were focused, they were on a mission to go lay their eggs!  And unless nature got in the way of them completing this life mission, that is exactly what they did.  We need to have that same focus. God has called you for a purpose.  It is one that will glorify His kingdom and will also bless you abundantly by giving you peace, contentment, joy, fulfillment and love.  I have found that when I am obedient and I walk in my calling, those qualities come into my life.  I experience a great sense of self-worth and I desire MORE of what God has for me. I think Jeremiah said it best:
"But if I say, "I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name," Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it."  (Jeremiah 20:9)
True fulfillment is spending time before your Father, getting spiritually fed by listening and communicating with Him; knowing that He has your best interest at heart – and that HE sees in full, He knows what those interests are, trusting completely in Him, walking by faith and not by sight, can be difficult to do.  Find yourself in the center of His will, for there truly is unbelievable peace, joy, contentment, fulfillment and a love you cannot compare.  Strive to maintain and live a life worthy of the calling God intended you to live.  I believe it is why the apostles followed Jesus.  They tasted and saw that the Lord was good and in spite of the difficulties they endured (He didn’t say it would be easy – He DID say that through it all He would never leave nor forsake us) – they knew that once they had come to know Jesus, there was no turning back.  There IS no turning back.  Once you have truly come to know Him not only as your Savior, but by making Him Lord of your life – you will find ALL the true riches of living.  It is an ongoing journey, one that has hills and valleys and desert moments and will for as long as you have breath in your body. But one well worth the living.

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