Friday, March 17, 2017

God Will Sustain You

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Abba will give us courage to face the inevitable exposure necessary to advance in relationship with Him.  He'll strengthen and grant us the humility necessary to hear and receive truths about ourselves our flesh doesn't want to hear.  He will not leave us to our own devices, nor let us ultimately fall.  Stumbling is one thing (and He can keep us from that also), but utterly falling is another.  As long as we are willing to meet Him even half-way in His desires to change and elevate our lives, Holy Spirit will open our hearts to humility, conviction, correction, and release of all hindrances to our freedom, clear thinking, and resolve to show God's unconditional love to everyone.

Remember, there is no such thing as "losing face" or "looking bad" before God.  He already knows absolutely everything about our grossly-flawed, rancid flesh.  Abba only desires to bring us out of all fear of accountability and denial of our own issues.  He wants to loose us from all self-protections and structures. He wants us to embrace repentance so we'll be totally exonerated before Him and advance rapidly in the freedom He's planned for us.

I've learned first-hand that God will also enable us to trust His unfailing, unfaltering love of us through the times we must come into personal accountability to Him, so He can bring radical change and deliverance to our lives.  He'll bring us safely to the crossroads where we must choose between embracing pride/resisting change, or embracing His humility/welcoming change.  He'll love us through all of it, and He will enable us to love ourselves (which is really important).


Let Jesus deal with you; cast all your cares upon Him; know and believe that He won't hurt you.  He only desires to affect change within you for your certain good, so you will not ultimately fall, and  He can be trusted to sustain you.
 
DADDY'S GIRL
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Looking Ahead with JOY!

Glory Shield Ministries is four years old.


Today I am praising God for all He has done, is doing, and will do.


Today I feel great hope has finally landed on this nation - our nation - and the best is yet to come. The warmth of Almighty God's benevolent heart and the light of His unfailing love intensify daily on our beloved America and on the Body of Christ.


This beautiful blog called Daddy's Girl is part of the Glory Shield Ministries family, and it extols and expresses the magnificent heart of God in ways that have blessed multiplied thousands throughout the earth. Four years and going strong; even with the various, exciting, and challenging elements of my personal life illuminating and fortifying each day, I want all readers of this blog to know that, God keeping us, fresh posts here will resume shortly.


We love you and haven't forgotten you. There's always room for Daddy's Girl! Thank you all so much for your prayers and shared vision for this ongoing, amazing online ministry and all of its components. Its prolonged success has encouraged, affirmed, and blessed my heart completely!


As scripture says, "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." (Ps. 118:23)


Looking forward to the coming days by God's mercy, grace, and power...


DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Remember... and Be Reconciled

"I saw Him... in the hills, in the trees, in the miracle of the birth of lambs. I felt His mercy when the wolves had fled and my flock was safe, when spring broke the grip of snow and ice, when the cool wind blew after the heat of the day. I saw His splendor in the flowers blazing on the hillsides and the stars burning in the sky, and knew His hand... in everything."

(Excerpt from the 20th Century Fox 1951 film, "David and Bathsheba")

I love those lines. I identify with them.

As Daddy's Girl readers know, I'm an old movie buff... this awesome film has been part of my collection for years.  Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward were fine film actors, and the realness of their portrayal of one of history's most torrid couplings always touches my heart.

Their early romance shows what lust, greed, jealousy, and lying can do to people. King David basically had it all, and God would have given him even more; but he coveted most what was not his - Uriah's wife. Jealousy is the spirit of murder, and David was jealous of Uriah; we know the rest of what happened and how. But that's not the focus of my love for this epic portrayal of our patriarch - his repentance is.

"Return to Me..."


David allowed God's Spirit to refocus him and return him to his first (and only true) love. In the scene from which the lines above are taken, he's talking to Bathsheba about how he adored the Lord in his youth before lust and covetousness took hold of him and led him astray.

If we're honest, we will all admit we know what it is like to let worldly life and fleshly desires creep in; we know what it is to have our focus blurred and be in desperate need of repentance and refocus in God.  We'll also admit that - once we've returned to God's senses - Abba's arms of forgiveness, strengthening, and refocus are wrapped lovingly around us.

That same God is waiting for anyone reading this who has lost sight of Him as their first love. You know what it is to love the Lord with all of your being, and you want to be restored to that place of fervor with all that's in you.  To you, I say, He is waiting.

Take time to remember the sweetness of relationship with Him, and how His mercy has shown down upon you time after time (whether you deserved it or not) in sparing you from the sting of death and keeping you safe from harm.  Recall His tender surprises in kindness, encouragement, and strength from people you didn't know, when you least expected it; for HE IS THE INITIATOR of everything good and perfect in your life. He restored me (repeatedly), and He will restore you and every willing heart. Amen.

Take time to remember, beloved... remember... and repent. Remember, and bless His Holy Name.  Remember, and return unto the God of your "youth" - the God you loved, for Whom you would have died.  He's still there, waiting and willing to be reconciled. Amen.

I bless you in the Name of the Lord.

DADDY'S GIRL


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)