Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What Matters Most - God or the Mission?

Abraham knew the difference between God and His mission.  He valued God more.  When confronted with God’s request to take Isaac’s life, he chose to accept it because he knew God is even more important than the things He asks of us.  God will test our knowing in that regard.

Obey Daddy’s mission, beloved, but hold it loosely.  God Himself is the only One we should cling to with our whole heart and entire being.  Love your family and the Body of Christ according to all God’s definition, but hold them loosely in your emotions.  Don’t ostracize them, but don’t exalt them either; don’t value the opinions of others over the opinions of God.  Abraham didn't.  He kept his eyes on Yahweh, no matter what others thought or saw... even no matter what he saw in the “deadness” of Sarah’s womb.  And after all of that, when he was asked to kill the blessing, the promise, the mission he’d waited for all of his life, he bowed to the request, at the word of God, valuing the Lord more than the mission.  Then God revealed the true nature of "the test".

Oh, what a priceless lesson!

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I had computer problems yesterday which culminated in a huge hissy fit.  Just being real with you.  Truthfully, I don’t usually have “hissies” over computer stuff and, in hindsight, the problem wasn't worth the emotional trouble.  It’s still not.  It also wasn't anything the Lord couldn't solve.

Although I am slightly hormonal (if you get my meaning), I think what I've needed to realize (and do now, thanks to Holy Spirit) is that, at times, God will allow such problems to put our mission on hold for a bit because He wants us to spend more intimate time with Him.  Surely, carrying out His tasks keep us mindful of Him, but ministry never takes the place of private praise and worship time with Daddy, shutting out all other activities and distractions.  Period.  God asks this of us but, in all honesty, our own spirit-men need it; indeed, my spirit man suffers without it even though I’m writing about the things of God every day.  That's because I am not the source of these writings - God is - and their power, impact, and resource to the masses is sourced by Daddy via my intimacy with Him.  It works that way for all of us, no matter the calling in Him.

I believe Abraham knew that.  He befriended God, sacrificed to Him, built altars to His Name, walked with Him, and knew His heart.  Eventually God was able to keep his eyes in the right place no matter the circumstance, enabling him to obey and wait patiently.  That’s what I want to do.

God has asked me to wait on many things, as He does every one of His kids sooner or later.  My "sacrifice" to Him is willingly putting cozy, private, snugly time with Him ahead of the "things I think I need to do".  That's a very effective, fiery form of refining and discipline which, in time, becomes an absolute pleasure.  Regular intimacy with God keeps our "marriage" with Him strong because it fosters phenomenal JOY, Godly perspectives, and discernment.  When we are continually in that splendid breath of Heaven, we can tell very easily when the air goes bad.

I admit I re-learned that lesson today... it’s no newsflash to my spirit.  My problem is allowing Holy Spirit to keep the flesh out of my way, especially when (I think) the mission is threatened.  God needs my submission to His love, not my protection. 

Loving on Daddy is more important than the mission.  It's everything.

Full of confessions today,
Daddy’s Girl

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Never Give Up

I’ve had stresses in my life lately.  It’s remarkable what stress will reveal.  My emotions need God’s salve like never before, and I’ve made some decisions regarding my online ministry.  Oh, it’s going on under God’s power – no ridiculous notions of unfaithfulness are invading my mind, thank God.  However, I’ve been amazed at how quickly I blame myself for things that have nothing to do with me, and I tie God to that blame.

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What I mean is I still sometimes ask God if He is punishing me for things I’ve done or felt towards others.  I ask if I’m being punished for opening doors by or through anger or misunderstanding.  That shows there are still portions of my emotions that believe Daddy is a vengeful God as it pertains to His children.  He fights for us, make no mistake, but He doesn’t kick us to the curb when we’ve done wrong or opened doors to the enemy.  On the contrary, it is then that He rallies to our side with His conviction and correction, ALL OF WHICH are done in love.

Taking my bat and ball and going home is not an option if I want what the Lord has promised me.  Sure, we can always quit and lose and give up – but what of life and redemption is there in that?  That’s not the character I have chosen to embrace.  That’s not Christ, my friends.  Therefore, I have chosen to encourage myself in Him for He says...

“In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Never give up.  Don’t let frustrations get the better of you, beloved.  Keep trying in Jesus.  Keep yielding yourself to Holy Spirit’s power through prayer and gut-level honest confession.  Trust God’s assessments of your heart and don’t let the enemy tell you otherwise.

We are Daddy’s precious children, assigned to accomplish His tasks among a lost and dying world.  The enemy, of course, hates that – but he’s not in charge.  Remember that our God has the final say, and our God is full of love towards us, always.  He alone holds the wellsprings of strength, endurance, blessing, healing, and persevering love on our behalf.

Thank You, Jesus.

DADDY’S GIRL


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

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Sonnet of Promising Bloom

Every so often God puts a poem in my heart.  As you are probably aware, poetic verse is very important to me.

The heartfelt expression within its loins - whether serious, sad, or lighthearted - bridges otherwise cavernous gaps my emotions could never cross.

Our Daddy knows everything.

Today, I'm sharing a sonnet of sweet promise to keep going in God no matter what.  There was a light tune of persevering love caressing my heart like a soft breeze when I wrote it, and I pray it truly blesses all of you:

"I WILL BLOOM"

I will bloom in the midst of the storm,
though the clouds linger black overhead.
I will sing unto God a new song
because, in Him, I'm thoroughly fed.
I will make brilliant praise to the King
Who has planted my life in His fields.
To His harvest I will boldly bring
testimony that trusting Him yields.
He's our God through the good and our God through the bad;
in His Name I will JOY and DELIGHT and be GLAD!
And no matter the dark threat of rain...
or the rumbling skies frowning down...
   I will bloom for my God, unashamed
   and receive from His hands a new crown.

(Copyright© 2013 by Sharon Joy Gramling. All Rights Reserved.)

In full and joyous bloom,
DADDY'S GIRL


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


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Daddy Will Bring Us to Safe Shores

One of my favorite depictions of the story of Noah comes from the 1966 Dino DeLaurentiis production called "The Bible… In the Beginning", directed by John Huston. In the film, Huston also portrays Noah in an engaging, ample performance. His depiction of the patriarch is much like I imagine him, particularly in the scene where a dove sent out by Noah brings back a freshly-plucked olive leaf, alerting the faithful eight to the existence of dry land. Noah’s wife and sons and their wives are so jazzed at the prospect of standing once more upon the earth, one son actually suggests they “build a rudder and a sail so that we can find land…”
To his words, father Noah offers a wise, yet solemn rebuke:

“What sail shall discover the winds?  What rudder find our course?  The breath of the Lord God shall divide the waves – and His hand only, lead us into safety.”

Amen! Dear ones, the same God Whose hand has brought you through every trial and tribulation of life will not back out when your ship spots land! There is no need for us to construct our own guidance systems or remedies to any situation, ever, for God's very Breath will see us through safely.  And Who is the very Breath of God? None other than His precious HOLY SPIRIT! Hallelujah!

Hang on through the end, beloved! If you trust God, He will bring you out! He will bring us through the end of every mission, every assignment, and every circumstance we undertake on His behalf. We have His promise that He will finish the good work He began in us; He will complete it to the day of Jesus Christ, according to Philippians 1:6.  That's good enough for me!  ;0)

Never take matters into your own hands, beloved.  TRUST DADDY to lead the ship of your life’s journey into safety by His All-Powerful Spirit. Remember, He is Faithful. Amen!

DADDY'S GIRL


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

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What Brings You JOY?

Sometimes (well, quite often really) I contemplate life and what God has given me in every area I can imagine.  Sometimes I narrow the field and just think about different levels of JOY.  This is one of those times, and I want to share my "thought list" with you.

3 Things that Give Me Intense Joy:

1.  Intimacy with the Godhead (includes praise and worship)
2.  Ministering in the Power Giftings (discerning of spirits, prophesying, etc.)
3.  Encouraging others (God has made me an "encourager")

3 Things that Give Me Exceeding Joy:

1.  Writing/Teaching from Home (extolling God's goodness simply, clearly, and in my PJs!)
2.  Fellowship with my twin sister, Lynette
3.  Laughter (Daddy has a marvelous sense of humor, folks!)

3 Things that Give Me Much Joy:

1.  Fellowship with my family in Christ
2.  Singing
3.  Old movies & TV shows (they truly don't make 'em like they used to!)


Standing atop the long slide of such enumeration of Joy inevitably results in splashing into the giant pool of thanksgiving and praise to God for His myriad gifts!  I love the Lord, and I bless Him for patiently waiting for me to trust Him enough to receive His bounty. Sounds strange, I know, but that's exactly what He did... tenderly, thoughtfully, and patiently He waited in the (often) cold night of fear and unbelief in my life until I was enabled by Holy Spirit to open the door of my soul to Him and welcome His Presence.  Jesus is ever-patient, ever-merciful, ever-loving and kind; you'll never meet anyone like Him in willingness to suffer, bleed, and die for you, beloved.  He is absolutely matchless in character, incomparable in strength and power, and mighty to save! Hallelujah!  Praise His Holy, Magnificent Name!!

Daily, Daddy brings me much, exceeding, intense JOY!  How about you?

If you contemplate His blessings today with a thankful, humble heart, and a mind to praise, it will align your vision with His and bring you abundant JOY!

God bless you.

DADDY'S GIRL


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

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

God Has No Sweat Glands

A few years before my mother passed over, we were having trouble paying the tax bill on our house.  Back then, we had joint tenancy of the house and land, so I’d gone to a local financing company I had a good track record with to try to secure a loan for the taxes.  Naturally, though, the collateral they sought necessitated a lien be placed on our property; neither my mom nor I wanted that.

From the finance office I called my mother, and she then phoned our family lawyer to apprise him of the dilemma.  Saints, to my utter astonishment, he called me at the finance office and volunteered on the spot to pay the tax bill and get payment from us, “whenever you can”...!

Now, this elderly attorney had been our family lawyer even before my birth; he had congenial rapport with my mother's parents and actually held the original mortgage on our homestead.  He was a soft-spoken, unassuming, former corporate lawyer (and practically a millionaire); he was also a Christian, and I knew it.  But I confess that, never in a lifetime of dreaming, did I believe he would do such benevolent service to us that day.  It was obviously the hand of God, and it left a mark on my faith like few things have since then.

I remember the satisfied assurance covering my mom’s face when I told her what had happened.  She knew it was God, she wasn’t surprised - only delighted.  As my faithful example on earth, she hadn’t lent herself to worry as did I.  After all, she was her Heavenly Father’s daughter...  I’ll never forget that day and Daddy’s solid rescue of us through the kind heart of one of His saints no doubt put in place for just that occasion.

God is remarkable.

Beloved, always turn your back on worry of any kind.  When we trust and obey the Lord, only what He forecasts for us will come to pass – period.  What great peace abides in that truth!  He does not sit in the heavens wringing His hands over life’s progressing plots.  He is in control of everything.  He doesn’t worry and neither should we.

God has no sweat glands!
“Be anxious (worried; fretted) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 4:6-7)

Praying God’s Peace Upon You,
DADDY’S GIRL


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

Saturday, July 20, 2013

All in His Family

I praise God for all the nations that make up me.

Native American ancestry edges out the African blood in me, and after that comes (believe it or not) a strong Celtic vein (that's where I get the freckles!), and then a fluffy topping of French roots rounds everything out.  That's a nice, even number of nations I see in myself in increments nearly every day, no fooling; God is fantastic.

I especially enjoy pondering the truth that God's Kingdom will have  in it representatives from every bloodline of the earth; for me, there's something very special about that.  It hits a place in me where the very notion of abandonment or orphaning is totally censured.  That's so good, friends.  God is a Father to the fatherless and, in Him, none are betrayed or left out; none are discarded as rubbish - ALL are valued highly.  Daddy is the God Who deeply adores His creation.  He lovingly and carefully chooses the "blends" in us; He accepts and approves of all those receiving His dear Son as Savior regardless of race, creed, or color.  I love that.

"And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5:8-10)

I pray you praise our God today for all the nations that make up you!

DADDY'S GIRL

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

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

DANCE Before the Lord!

How often do you dance before the Lord?  If you don't, I urge you to try it.  Dancing before the Lord releases Heaven's warfare on your behalf.  Dancing before the Lord puts your flesh in a state of total submission in His Presence.  Dancing before Daddy delights His soul like few other things.  All of Heaven rejoices as He fixes His gaze upon us... He loves it!

King David danced before the Lord with all his might, remember?  God honored that, and He rebuked the lady Michal for criticizing him.

When I dance before God, the power of Heaven is released to me; and I'm no different than anyone else, my friends... Daddy's coffers are open to all who are willing to tap their treasure through rendering praise to His Mighty Name!

Our holy dance is a sweet-smelling savor in the nostrils of the Father.  It brings Him intense delight.  It doesn't matter what you think of your rhythmic abilities, beloved - don't let the devil tie your hands and feet with his lies.  DANCE BEFORE THE LORD!  Praise Him with a pure heart, and rehearse the truth of His goodness towards you.  Let Holy Spirit fill your heart and mind and limbs with rejoicing in leaps and twirls!

HALLELUJAH!

Psalm 150

"Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!"
 
Dance before our God, Saints! It will free you and fill you with His JOY, every time!
 
DADDY'S GIRL
 
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Intimate Discoveries - Part 2

Part one of this post expressed my gratitude for God allowing certain fallacies regarding His love to be dismantled in my life.  Each day magnifies my thanks and pours further realization of His love into my bosom.  Our Heavenly Father is an endless fountain of all that we need to view ourselves and our lives in truth and honor.  Through Him and by His astonishing power and knowledge of all that He's created, we have the right to His Kingdom as our royal inheritance.  We can occupy the land by His strength and because of Christ's shed blood.

Looking for Love?  Here's the right place!


Daddy will bowl us over and explode us with His approval and acceptance and adoration.  With God and God alone is self-worth and genuine value, friends; He is purpose and meaning and life; He is wisdom and knowledge and understanding of our true circles of agony and grief.  God understands it all, God bears and cleanses it all, and God will keep coming our way asking us to receive Him and fellowship with Him always.  He is not prideful, fearful, or ashamed - and He teaches us not to be if we give Him the chance.

He never tires of hearing our voice of love towards Him; He never tires of our desire to share with Him, good or bad - even if all we can do in His presence is cry.  He loves the very mention of our names before His Throne.  Believe me, He welcomes us; in His Presence, we are never rejected.  It took quite a while for me to realize this truth but, when I did, I viewed myself for the first time as truly valuable because I am valuable to Him.  What HE thought mattered most of all, as it ever should.

Saints, only what God thinks is important; only what God thinks has true value, substance, and worth... and His opinions have nothing to do with the opinions of the world.

"I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:102-104)

Rest in the knowledge of His great love for you, and know that His hand is ever outstretched for fellowship, forgiveness, and unconditional love.  Amen.

Daddy's Girl

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Intimate Discoveries - Part 1

I used to think I could only go so far with God in terms of so many things.

I used to think I could only receive His forgiveness for so long, or I could only get so close to His Throne.  I was wrong about both.

I used to think wanting to share everything with God was taking insolent liberties with Him - after all, running every universe is a big enough job without listening to all my petty grievances and tracking the youthful wonderings and wanderings of my heart.  I was wrong about that, too.

Most of all, I used to think I would never be able to release all the love bursting in my heart just because I didn't have a husband and children to receive it.  Discovering how wrong I was about that radically and irrevocably changed my life.  Hallelujah.

God's approval means absolutely everything to me.  Absolutely everything.

How many of us build our lives around the opinion of others?  We measure our value and self-worth, directly or indirectly, based upon what others think.  Folks who say they don't care what others think, they just want to make a lot of money and get a lot of things so they can live the way they want are indirectly planning their futures based on world opinion.  World opinion says, "living the life" is having enough money to champion material things and perishable circumstances.  That's not Daddy's plan for us.

The best truths I've ever realized concern God's love for me.  The truth that He loves me unconditionally - I mean really loves me unconditionally, no matter what silly thing I've done or landmine I've detonated - has covered me in security and confidence in who I am and why I'm here like nothing else.  I know I can find my way and even though I make mistakes and still stumble into sin occasionally, I can count on His love being there for me as strongly as ever.  He once told me that my sins may separate me from Him, but they will never separate Him from me (just as scripture says).  Daddy's staying put, but it's up to me whether I wander away from Him or not; that's what He's working to secure in my life - my faithfulness, not His.

Just when I think I am the judge of my life, happily, I discover I am not.  God is far easier on me than I am.  Just when I think I've tipped the scales to my own demise through wrongdoing and misunderstanding His ways, He holds out His scepter and sanctions my approach.  That action is not gratuitous, it's heartfelt - that's the best part for me.  God is not a pretender or a player... He is sincerity personified, and His love for us is desperate, intense, unabashed, and intoxicatingly passionate.

When we lean into Him, He never backs away - He always opens His arms to receive us, even after the worst day of sin and shame and self-discovery we've had.  And He will absorb our tears and confession into Himself and exchange them with His fiery, cleansing love.  He is generosity personified, never wearied of pouring into our coffers.  He will give us all that we desire to receive of His goodness and attention and affection.  I have learned to value, desire, and abide by His opinion above all others.  So should we all.

"The reverent regard of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward." (Psalm 19:9-11)

Lord willing, I'll finish this post tomorrow; there is plenty more to say about His goodness and establishment of truth in my life.  There is more to say about what Daddy desires to accomplish in every life, beloved.  Until then, the Lord bless you.

Daddy's Girl


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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

God is Amazing

 
 
I am always simultaneously amazed and delighted at how our awesome God can part seas by the arm of His might, yet also create the delicate veins of a fragrant, moist orchid.  Daddy is all things to us, and His abilities are endless.  The same God Who licked up the water-logged altar for Elijah with fire from Heaven can wipe the sweat softly from a mother's travailing brow and coddle a baby while He forms it in the womb.  God is amazing.
 
I want to know Him, from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, I want to know all of His purpose and plans for me.  We sit on a goldmine of opportunity, Saints, for Daddy's powerful, worthy hands are at our disposal, and His ears are open to our cries.  Any cry, any inquiry, any wonderment of our hearts can be answered if we are willing to sincerely ask.  He wants to reveal Himself to us!  Why would anyone let such opportunity pass by?
 
The Lord is dazzlingly splendid, majestic and powerful, mighty to save and fiercely judge... with laughter He forms the bodies of His dear children, and with deep regret He views every soul consigning itself to hell.  He takes greatest joy in our salvation, and agonizes sorrowfully in our rebellion.  He is tender, sweet, and merciful; He is kind beyond thought or reason, and always more than fair with us.  Yet He is also the Righteous Judge, the All-powerful Maker and Creator of every universe, and the Great King of kings and Lord of lords.  He is our soft and cuddly Daddy, and our disciplining Father... yet ALL is accomplished through Love.
 
Don't you want to know Him in every facet of His being?  I do.
 
Anyone who can protect and defend me from the worst of enemy forces, and yet make a flower as delicate and spectacular as that orchid is highly worth knowing... Not to mention the fact that He died for me, and saved me from a torturous death in hell's scorching blazes.  HALLELUJAH!  Get to know Him today, friends; He has so much of good in store for you.  Amen.
 
Daddy's Girl
 
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)
 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Abundance of Rain

I try to focus on the things of God at some point every day; God-given, fruitful things are inherently blessed and peaceful and powerful.  Clouds full of rain are beautiful, beloved; they carry the promise of restoration.  Rejuvenation follows the Body of Christ around because the "rain" of Holy Spirit is full to overflowing within our bellies.  I love the Lord.

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Father, in Jesus Name I want Your power, purpose, and plan to reside in me and roll over the nations I encounter like clouds full of rain.  Let Your Spirit empower me day by day as I think on You and obey Your will, O, God!  I love  You.

Set your minds on things above, beloved, where man's hands can't touch you.  Let our Daddy steer your course and fill your heart and mind with the promise of His saving "rain".



God bless you all.
Daddy's Girl


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


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

He is Our Peace


"When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea
Thou Who rulest wind and water,
Stand by me
(stand by me)."
 
Charles A. Tindley, 1905


I never grow weary of listening to Holy Spirit's assurances in this regard.  God is the only One Who can keep us truly calm on the inside, even though the "storms of life" are raging on the outside. 

Circumstances can loom large but, really, they are nothing at all for the child of God.  Allowing this truth to genuinely land and have reign of my emotions has been very challenging at times and has also come as a tremendous relief.  So much of the time, the simplest concepts are the most profound.  The soft directive of Holy Spirit to just "let God do it" has been the most challenging for me.

It's okay to let God do it.  Yes, we've heard that millions of times... but, when the storms of life are raging, how many of us actually do that?  See what I mean?  I want my initial reaction to be to "let God do it", and I'm truly getting there by His power, Saints.  Thank the Lord.  It has involved heartfelt, gut-level prayer during private time with Daddy... I literally sit on the edge of my bed and express to Him my solemn desire to yield to His Spirit in all things.  I am the weak one here, but He is ever strong.  Alone, I am bereft of true knowledge, but He IS wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  I love the "understanding" part best, because I need it most - and He understands that.

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy..." (Psalm 103:8)

That Psalm goes on to declare God's tender consideration of our fleshly frame.  He doesn't fault us for being dust, and He understands our tendencies to "rage" right along with life's storms.  It's then when Christ asks to take the helm of our ship so that He can speak to the rising waters and surging tempests, re-establishing the truth in us that HE is the Captain of it all, and we have nothing to fear.

Our ships, our souls, and our journeys are all in His hands, friends, and He has no intention whatsoever to leave us to our own devices.  In Him, we have everything of peace and righteousness and safety, always.
"For He Himself is our Peace..." (Eph. 2:14)

Thank You, Jesus.
DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

First ever Vlog Post! Love Your Enemies

Trying something new for this post of Daddy's Girl, friends!  Lord willing, in the future I'll be embedding the videos right here on the blog.  For now, please click the link for today's encouraging message on YouTube, and be blessed.

Love,
Daddy's Girl

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

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Humble Thoughts

This is a shot of my home office in New Jersey; it's where most Daddy's Girl posts are written.  The nucleus of God's ministry blogs through me is His own heart, but this is where 90% of His heartbeat lands.  My office is very comfortable and simple, and writing overnight in pin-drop quiet is a beautiful experience, because all I can hear is Holy Spirit's baritone verbiage filling my mind. Daddy has brought me a very long way in this process and I have much further to go, I realize. But the most powerful key I have to successfully conveying any heartfelt message via blogs, videos, books, or other media is earnest and diligent prayer.  Our humility before God unlocks the wellsprings of His storehouses in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Holy Spirit ushers us into another world when we yield to Him our substance; there's nothing like it. When God has commissioned His work through our hearts and hands, prayer puts it into action in exactly the manner He has intended and specified. Fundamentally, it's as simple as that, because He is faithful.

Beloved, it's an honor to share a bit of my habitat with you.  At present, I am enjoying a restful weekend and I pray you are, too.  God keeping me, I'll be back here on Tuesday with another regular post.  Until then, the Lord bless and keep you all by His power. 

Love in Christ,
Daddy's Girl

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Celebrating Dependence

"Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Who has told Him what to say?  Who has ever given to God that God should have to repay?  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory, forever and ever.  Amen."  (Romans 11:34-36)
On the eve of the nation's celebration of independence, I thank Daddy for something wholly different.  For over the past four years He has transitioned my mentality from one of independence - much like what's heralded by our country - to total dependence on Him.

I know the country's argument might be that our forefathers achieved independence from the tyranny of Great Britain, and that is partly true.  But by far the pervasive mental message of the very concept of "independence" is one of autonomy, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency... none of which indwell the true peace of God in a Christian's life.

The truth is, we need God for everything... even to "stand on our own two feet" because, when it comes down to it, He created those feet, didn't He?  He formed us and gave us life and even the very ability to choose life over death.  Yes, even our autonomy comes from His benevolent wellsprings of power.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
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God has taught me to relax in Him, to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness", and to depend on the truth that He will provide for me no matter what. Saints, month in and month out - come rain or shine - He has done just that by His merciful power and by His blood.  Who can credibly argue with His manifested faithfulness? The truth is God has come through in every way for me, even though I have not worked a "regular job" in years.  He said He was calling me into full-time ministry and that He would take care of me and supply everything for me - and He has.  Period.

HALLELUJAH!

So, on the eve of the nation's celebrations I celebrate the truth God has manifested in my life (and the lives of countless others in His family) that total dependence on Him is a good thing.  As our eternally loving, Sourcing, Heavenly Daddy it's His delight to provide for His kids in all things, always.

Are you celebrating your dependence upon God?  If you're struggling a bit with this truth, just remember these words...
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

DADDY'S GIRL


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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Transparency

God is never afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed to wear His heart on His sleeve.  Ever notice that testimonies mirroring His honest, transparent ease are the most compelling?  I have.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Regarding sin, we're all in the same boat; everyone's been there, everyone has "a past" - we've all goofed.  But all who are blood-washed and secure in Christ are continually rescued from their folly and, about that, we should rejoice.


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Why, then, do we struggle with sharing our mistakes and sins?  Why do we desire to be viewed as flawless and beyond reproach? Why let prideful, delusional lies steal our personal praise of God when we all stand on even ground concerning sin?

Because the enemy launches condemning strikes in constant attempt to silence the truth in us; for he knows it's our testimony that makes us total overcomers in Christ.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." (Rev. 12:11)
There's nothing as powerful as humble testimony of God's saving power.  When Daddy's ability to save from the gutter-most to the uttermost  is extolled on our lips, all of Heaven cheers, and the enemy's camp is chained and muted with gags soaked in the Blood of the Lamb!

HALLELUJAH!

Beloved, through the power of Holy Spirit we can dodge the enemy's darts of fear, condemnation, and embarrassment and give forth vulnerable, transparent testimony of God's eternal forgiveness and deliverance of our souls.  In so doing, we have His promise that the very words we speak will set many captives free.

DADDY'S GIRL


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