Thursday, October 31, 2013

"His Light on Me"

There's such Godly expression in poetry.  It's like singing a song from your heart to God, and I've always loved it.  Lately I've been writing more of it; I think it's because God relishes it so.  He's the Author of everything good and perfect we do... and His Spirit in us conveys our heart-song to Him in ways we never could accomplish alone.  I am so grateful, and I pray this simple expression of gratitude and love blesses your hearts as you read.  Amen.

"HIS LIGHT ON ME"
 
When God's Light shines on me
all sin and shame must flee.
 
Awake! All my senses
and gone my defenses
 
because I am loved by the Three.
 
If I am ever unsure
that my thoughts and intentions are pure
 
the Savior, He sees me,
forgiveness is easy
 
because, in His faith, I endure.
 
Merciful God! O, Father above!
In holiness, bathe me in Your endless love
 
where troubles and worries all cease,
and my heart is seized by Your peace,
 
and Your breast is soft as a dove.
 
 
(Copyright © 10-30-13 by Sharon Joy Gramling. All Rights Reserved.)

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Comfortable in His Presence

The more I'm with God, the more comfortable I am. There's an amazing amount to be said about being in the presence of Daddy, because He's the only Person in existence Who truly doesn't judge us based on our outward appearance or the things we "do".  Daddy only judges the heart and its motives/intents.  For real.

I am 100% comfortable in His Presence now, and it's been a deliberate, delicate, many-fold process on Daddy's part to get me there.  I can relax in the presence of Abba knowing I belong there entirely.  With Him, I belongI belong.  The same holds true for every last one of His children who come before Him with sincere hearts seeking the things of which we are SO in need:

Love, acceptance, approval, belonging, affirmation, attention, fulfillment, understanding, acknowledgement, appreciation, encouragement, passion, meaning, compassion, patience, humor, character, integrity, JOY, support, comfort, value, worth, purpose, nourishment, fathering, mothering, friendship, and blessing.  So much more, certainly... and it's all in the heart of the Father for His beloved.


The Best of
Daddy has proven Himself to me, though He honestly has nothing to prove.  He is a bend-over-backwards God in that He knows we are weak and need constant reassuring, so He willingly positions Himself permanently in our lives to give us what we need, continually.  There's nothing within the realm of His holiness and character (which is infinite) that Daddy wouldn't do to make us strong in the knowledge of Him, confident in our stand on His behalf, and full of faith believing He is forever for us and never against us.

I am completely comfortable in His Presence, not only because I love Him, but because "I know that I know" I can tell Him absolutely, positively anything, and He will not condemn me.  He will listen to me and accept what I say and then work with me from there.  He will lead me, guide me, correct and instruct me in the way I should go without making me feel like I am insignificant in His sight.

The Lord God Almighty wants us to know that, although we are nothing without Him, we are everything to Him.  He never stops trying to build this truth in us and, once it is built, He will supernova its strength in faith and powerful witness in our hearts and lives each day to launch us into perpetual cycles of perseverance and trust.

My friends, GOD IS ABLE.  Hallelujah!

He is the only Person in existence able to set me completely at ease with myself around Him and others, ultimately.  He can do the same for YOU.  I declare to you in the Name of the Lord Jesus the Christ that the closer you get to the Godhead through intimate fellowship with Them (praising and worshiping Them each day) the better you'll feel, the more joyous you'll be, and the safer you are... Period.

Here's to many days and nights drawing closer and closer to Abba...

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Safety through the storm

Though my mother told me I was born during a hurricane back in 1965, since then (to my knowledge) I had never been in the midst of a storm packing 85 mph winds until last year when Hurricane Sandy introduced itself to New Jersey shores.

God kept me and my dwelling safe through it all.  Honestly, friends, it was a huge miracle.

As I look back in remembrance of the quadruple duty His mighty angels pulled during that long, noisy night I can only say, Thank You, Lord.  Thank You, dear Father, for determining beforehand that Your beloved would be kept safe.  That "beloved" by no means includes only me, my friends.  In the days following the storm last year, myriad testimonies of God's faithfulness surfaced and rippled through churches, crowds, news reports, and home fellowships everywhere.

Was there devastation and mishap and catastrophe also?  Unfortunately, yes.  But my soul magnifies the merciful rescue and recoveries His coffers showered upon those adversely affected.  A year later, new lives have begun and new courses have been launched in light of hopeful futures.  Even in the path of destruction, God brings a good end for all who trust in Him.

In this brief post, I look back at the things Daddy showed me by His Spirit... the angels sparking to and fro like electricity over the lands God designated to be protected (for He always guards His own); the miracle of dry basements and sturdy power lines... and houses spared from falling trees and projectile debris.  Out of all the tragedy reported there were also many instances of supernatural protection and safety for which the Lord should be lauded.

Today, I say Thank You, Jesus for Your hand of safety over the masses - and for Your beneficent restorative powers granted to those still rebuilding and getting on with life.  For those who don't know You, I pray Your salvation comes to them so that, all the more, Your favor and power will be savored, regarded, appreciated, and praised.

In Christ,
DADDY'S GIRL

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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Armchair Church

The threshold of a church is something many people will never cross in either their adult lifetime or ever.  That’s a significant truth these days; a truth that virtually did not exist in my youth.  When I was a child, one way or another, everyone went to some kind of edifice for worship once a week, whether church or temple or mass.  Not so today.

In truth, these days, many people stand a better chance of coming into contact with God over the Internet than they ever do in the so-called, “real world”.  Wow.
As for Daddy, He just wants His creation to hear the truth about His love for them, no matter where.  I consider it a singular honor to be designated a Pastor in the realm of cyberspace where so much of the world is now.  The message of Christ has gone over the world again and again in the realm of television, and now it’s penetrating even deeper into homes and personal lives through iPods, cell phones, laptops, PCs, and tablets via the Internet.  God is going everywhere so that no one has any excuse for not heeding the Good News of redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.
Millions, dare I say billions, are now getting half their news and doing most of their communicating via the world wide web... what a tremendous gospel forum for those willing to surf atop modems and straddle fiber-optic cables just to spread God’s revelatory truths!  So many of my brothers and sisters in Christ - on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and hundreds of other forms of social media – are marvelous examples to me of willingness and perseverance to evangelize, pray for, encourage, and bless the Body of Christ - and especially lost souls - using the light-speed tools of today's technology.
I’ve learned as I’ve gone along, powered by Daddy’s Spirit of Wisdom, and my first year of  offering God’s heart in virtual armchair church online has been a learning experience I will never forget.  God has used my “homebody” nature to its fullest, most productive extent, and I couldn’t be more satisfied.  The more I share, the more He asks me to share; the more ideas He gives me, the gladder I am.  The Lord’s loving pursuit of mankind in putting my hands "to war” online has favored me, and taught me, and deeply cleansed me of confidence issues and condemnation.

Thank You, Jesus.
The inhabitants of cyberspace are highly sought after by the Spirit of the Living God.  Whether you go to a physical “church” or not, Daddy is after you... He’s the Lover of your soul and He wants you to know all about His heart.  He’s deliberately designated my heart and hands and those of millions of precious people in Christ’s Body to reach out to every soul online with the redemptive message of salvation through faith in Jesus.  He wants you to be saved so you will be with Him for all of eternity.  Period.
I want that, too, and consider it an honor to serve the Godhead and you, in Christ’s Name.
My Love in Jesus to you all,
DADDY’S GIRL
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

His Work Be Done

God knows everything that's "stuffed down" in our emotions.  Lately He's been dealing with me regarding anger issues.  I'm being very honest with you, friends, because Daddy's Girl is a place of honesty and truth regarding the Father's heart and His deepest desires and will for us.  That all covers very sensitive places where the Godhead wants us yielded, exposed, repentant, and healed.

The past definitely plays into the future, beloved; please don't ever think it doesn't.  The emotional traumas we experience in life are never dealt with - let alone obliterated - by themselves.  Unless and until we give them over to the Father for examination and revelation in truth, all they are is "stuffed down" inside of us.  People, places, and things can all be deposited in our emotions and even in our very bodies, Daddy has revealed.

For instance, when my mother passed away, emotionally, I "deposited" her in my heart; so as I grew stronger in God I required a very specific heart inspection and surgery by His Spirit to reveal the various issues that lay there affecting my life in myriad ways, positive and negative.  This is earnest revelation, my friends.  It proves God's acute awareness of every issue of life concerning His children; it shows His microscopic attention to detail and copious monitoring and recording of every instance of impact and trauma to our emotions, condition, and countenance - no matter how seemingly insignificant.

It proves what an outrageously intimate and personal God and Father of us He really is.

I may not touch on these particular truths again for a while, but I believe Daddy has desired that I venture into them just enough to acquaint you with the reality of His personal love, care, and deep concern for you, the Body of Christ.  There is so much evil that confronts us and soils us from day to day, but absolutely NONE of it "gets by" the Father; He's fully aware of it all and notes its caustic effects on us humans.  If He is to have a Bride "without spot, wrinkle, or any such blemish", beloved, it should not be difficult for you to realize how desperately He wants to cleanse us to depths of spirit, and soul, and body of which we are not even aware.  He has to do it if we are to become "one spirit" with Him as His Bride, but He cannot (will not) do it without our full permission and cooperation.  Period.

As I stare at the stark frame of anger issues confronting me, I solicit all your prayers that Daddy will be enabled - by my obedience, submission, and cooperation - to surface these things to the point of delivering me from them.  It is critically necessary for all of us to yield continually, and I am no exception.  It's not enough to yield to one thing in one area of our emotions for God's healing; we must do so repeatedly, in every area, all the time - just as we die "daily" to prodding of the flesh and embrace holiness afresh and anew each morning.

One of the poems God gave me several years ago speaks to this.  As I share it with you, I pray you'll apply its resolve to your own lives and ask that Daddy appropriate its theme to your daily living, in Jesus' Name.

"THY WORK BE DONE"
 
Savior, I commend to Thee;
let Thy work be done in me.
 
I heed Your commandment still;
not my desire, but Your will.
 
Savior, I commend to Thee;
let Thy work be done in me.
 
(Copyright © 2004 by Sharon Joy Gramling. All Rights Reserved.)
 
God's unconditional love to you all,
DADDY'S GIRL
 
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ask God About Your Destiny

All God-given gifts and propensities are significant, and He does not desire to keep their nature or cause a secret from us.

For example, I recall asking Daddy a few years ago why I have such an affinity towards tea pots and pens and Teddy bears.  I'm serious.  He seriously, and amazingly, answered me:

[Paraphrasing]: Your passion for tea pots represents My Spirit of Hospitality in you, He told me.  The passion for pens represents My call on your life to communicate with others the richness and mercies of My love for them.

All of that is blooming in my life, just like Abba said.  God is amazing.

If you ever want to know why you love certain things, beloved, just ask the Father.  He created and initiated everything good and perfect in you and assigned reasons and purpose to them.  He lives to give us purpose and meaning and have us come into the realization of it all.  He is loving and giving and caring and kind; mysterious and majestic and original in all of His intent for mankind to share in His holiness and glory.  Remember, with Daddy, "glory" means intimate relationship with Him.  He will not abdicate that special, personal, ordained role of tenderness and union with us, ever.  It is ours with Him, eternally.  Amen!

Although in the spirit realm bears represent anger, to my emotions the love of Teddy bears redemptively represents my love for the Father.  To my emotions warm, fuzzy bears represent His Spirit of "fathering" and "protection" over me.  That makes SUCH sense, especially since Abba said I was created to be "Daddy's Girl"!  Woohoo!

Beloved, it's important - critical, actually - that you know I am absolutely not the only one created to be His girl... all of you precious women have the same destiny in terms of intimacy with Him, and all of our brothers in Christ are also destined for His Throne of intimacy as sacred "sons" forever!  Daddy's "boys", if you will!  ABSOLUTELY!  What Abba does for one, He'll do for all - but it's up to each of us as individuals to relate to Him as the Father He is meant to be in our lives.  It's up to us to reach out to Him in love and favor destined to be ours as servants, then friends, then FAMILY around His Throne.  We are His, and He is ours, forever, beloved!

Ask the Lord why you like the fruitful things that you do and why you have a tendency towards certain things of goodness and light - and He will TELL YOU what He's planned and orchestrated for you.  He so wants you to ask!  He stands waiting just to tell you!

He's told me, and the avenues of discovery in Him are just beginning for me.  My friends, the world of God is a land truly without end.  We are blessed to behold Him and to inhale His loving fragrance for all eternity!  HALLELUJAH!

Ask Him about your destiny, today!

Daddy's Girl

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Allow God's Searchlight on YOU

Fifteen years ago I got married.  In terms of the marriage exposing in me what was then a grossly-flawed mindset, getting married was the best thing ever to happen to me.  God used it to show me to me. The Lord enabled me to welcome exposure as a friend, and that was monumentally key to embracing deliverance and change.  I was radically changed by that marriage and its extreme low points.

God never stands still; it’s we who are asked to do so and acknowledge that He alone is God.

I was a fearful enabler living with an even more fearful controller.  I chose to welcome God's searchlight into my life, probably because I was sick of living with the old me. Although I didn’t truly know who I was, I didn’t like who I seemed to be.  God promised me He would show me more if I let Him; He promised me good fruit to replace the bitter fruit, if I let Him.  He promised me a better way and a better day, and I wanted that.  The short four years of marriage set the stage for all that because, in the end, a relationship with God is solitary.  It is always about us and God, no matter who else is in our lives.  As my mother always said – “every tub must stand on its own bottom.”

I chose to go on with Jesus and let Him expose all the “uglies” in me.  Let me tell you, they are hideously ugly uglies… but God knows the difference between us and our sin.  WE ARE NOT OUR SIN, and God knows that.  There’s no more powerful weapon of truth for disarming the enemy than that; it completely thwarts condemnation and opens the door to the Father’s arms outstretched to receive us.  We are not our sin.  Thank You, Jesus.

Therefore, don't be afraid of accountability, friends.  Let God put His searchlight on your life.  It comes down to that, you know; it comes down to Daddy not wanting to hear anything about anybody else or the ways they hurt or wounded you, but only wanting to deal with YOU.  YOUR issues; the bondages YOU'RE in; the sins YOU'VE committed, the mistakes YOU'VE made; how rejection's evil effects and caustic oils are oozing out of YOU.

No one elseJust YOUHealing can't come if we blame-shift. 

OUR SIDE OF THE RELATIONSHIP "COIN" MUST BE ADDRESSED or there will be no healing and no ability to have healthy, God-defined relationships.  That takes yielding to supernatural levels of humility and trust with God regarding our lives; humbly admitting that we're horribly flawed, and trusting that God will not condemn us for being flawed, but only desires to heal and restore us. 

Fifteen years ago, I was married, and I was a completely different girl; that female no longer exists.  In me, there is now only the new person where the old one used to be.  The angry, prideful, little girl is now a grateful, humble woman willing to forgive and asking to be forgiven.  Getting married was one of the best things ever to happen to me, and it had everything to do with my Divine Husband JESUS CHRIST, from Whom I have never been divorced and never will be.

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Prose on "The Young"


"THE YOUNG"

Somebody's got to be young at all times to run with God's favor and show us how to dream.  The "hope of the young" knows God does not forsake us.  The hope of the young allows for His dreams to take us to high places and keep our hearts healthy.

We're all moving on and growing much older and wiser, yet slower, and deeper in dreams.

The old take the past and cover the young with wisdom and knowledge and favor and "seeds".  The old are the soldiers, the young take great heed from generals and captains gone on, hewn from steady stone before them.  They take all their words and gird up their knees.

As the battle continues, we need the young; the old need the young ones to fall on their faith and look up to Jesus as, from the old, they've surely seen (for the old were once young).

The young are anointed with fervor and power to run all the faster and bring generations to much victory.  Indeed, in order for Life to bring us all to God's Throne, somebody has to be young.

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

DADDY'S GIRL

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


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Face It - You're a MIRACLE!

I've enjoyed laughing in the enemy's face ever since I discovered that's what our God does in light of the devil's puny plans; cracks me up every time.  Today, I've particularly enjoyed the new poetic verse Daddy has given me expressing how I feel when I'm tempted or discouraged for a moment, but then God and His merciful hand of Truth (a.k.a., Christ Jesus) reaches down and lovingly uplifts me. The verse lends itself easily to song, which I love.

In it, our Lord reminds us all that no matter what the enemy thinks or tries to say to us, we are walking miracles.  We each are testaments to God's Glory affecting and radically changing the universe because of the shed blood of Christ.  So, with courage and faith and confidence, we can look to God instead of the devil stalking us like a snake with the anguish and condemnation of past sins.  We can look mightily to our Father God as we thank Him and truthfullyboldly declare, "I'm a Miracle!"
 
"I'M A MIRACLE!"
I sit looking at sin on one hand – looking at God on the other.
It’s supposed to be…
Looking at GOD on one hand – looking at sin on the other!
So, why doesn’t GOD come first?
Because this flesh of mine, this thirst
for the sin that constantly haunts me
and then serpentinely stalks me
gets under my skin telling me I can’t win
but the truth is Christ Jesus has bought me,
and my Father in Heaven has taught me…
That I’M A MIRACLE!
Look what He’s brought me from!
Yes, I’M MIRACULOUS!
because the battle HE has won!
So I say ‘no’ to sin – it’s not going to win.
I say YES to the Victory…
that has purchased my blood with a redeeming flood;
I'm transfused by Calvary!  
I am a child… OF GOD!  HALLELUJAH!
And with His Blood I’ve been washed.
So I look unto HIM… I don’t look at that sin.
My fevered thirst is quenched,
the enemy’s been benched.
God’s Heaven is my home,
and I dwell before His Throne just because…
I AM A MIRACLE!
Thank You, Jesus!
Yes, I’M A  M I R A C L E !
 (Copyright © 10-17-13 by Sharon Joy Gramling.  All Rights Reserved.)
Daddy's Girl
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Difference Between Sin & Mistakes: Part 2

This is the continuation of what I began sharing in part one of this post:


Literally, one night I stayed awake until dawn watching clips and movies about lesbian relationships... female "couples" meeting and "falling in love" and trying to stay together...

I know now how ridiculously erroneous that was; but, at the time, I was honestly trying to get some sort of foothold of confidence on the subject of relationships in general so I could snap out of the emotional free-fall my flesh was experiencing and obey the Lord.  The flesh always errs.

Before drawing closer to Abba, I had always been one to "bone up" on skill sets and knowledge before a test or trial of any sort; just the fearful, Poindexter side of me (which now is mostly gone, thank God).  So, silly as it sounds, I genuinely thought if I defaulted at least to "what I thought I knew" in terms of relationships, I would have some sort of idea of how to brace myself for what was coming from God.

Unbelievable, but nonetheless true.  Thankfully, in my error - my mistake - Daddy was looking right at my heart.  He did not hold that night against me as sin.  After all, there was no physical indulgence involved... only viewing several snippets of a pattern of relationships most familiar to me in a pathetic attempt to "prepare" for what was coming.

Later, I told the Lord I felt like I had nothing to hold on to in order to obey Him.  I have no idea what was wrong with me, but Abba didn't chide me or even regard that.  He simply told me that all I had to do - all any of us ever have to do - when I didn't know what to hold on to was call out to Him and to His Holy Spirit to do all that I needed and more... to put me in the place of readiness my soul needed to be for Abba's work to begin.  Oh, my goodness; now it seems like such a no-brainer, I have to laugh and shake my head!

I was trying to obey God, but I went about it - totally and completely - in the wrong way.  I made a pitiable mistake, friends - and, to Abba, it was not sin.  He told me so.

Who is like You, O, Lord?  Abundant in mercy, taking pity on Your beloved, and forgiving - with arms absolutely and everlastingly outstretched to restore, refresh, and renew our hope in You!  Thank You that You will not slap us down, ever, even for trying to obey You in our own strength instead of Yours.

Thank You that You are full of compassion; the God Who understands all things, and we bless and praise Your considerate, ever-loving, and ever-kind, Holy Name.

Amen.

Daddy's Girl

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Difference Between Sin & Mistakes: Part 1

Until last year, I never knew there was a difference between sin and mistakes in God's eyes.  Simply stated, sin is (as the Bible says) knowing to do right and not doing it.  Mistakes are knowing to do right but going about it the wrong way.  How about that?

This came to mind because of a word I received from God through a Pastor recently, which explained He wanted to address the "sin and mistakes" made by someone in my life.  His differentiation of the two terms piqued my curiosity (as usual) and I asked that question.

Daddy is so cool, y'all.  He sat me down in explaining it to me and said,

"A mistake isn't any more a sin than getting a wrong answer on a math test is." 

That comparison illuminated my mind and opened my understanding like nothing else because - as always with Daddy - the difference between sins and mistakes comes down to the intent of our hearts.

If, in our hearts, we are genuinely trying to obey Him, but we go about it the wrong way, he doesn't regard our efforts as sin - only mistakes.  However, if we know what we're supposed to do and how to do it, yet we choose not to... that's sin.  Outright disobedience is always sin.
  
"Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)

An interesting (and transparent) case-in-point from my life bears testimony to the truths Daddy has presented:

About a year-and-a-half ago, God wanted to begin intense deliverance in my life in areas of relationships.  As regular Daddy's Girl readers already know, I was delivered from homosexuality decades ago and, since then, have been married and divorced.  Since I practiced that corrupt lifestyle for several years longer than I was married, the grossly-flawed emotions and belief systems associated with that life were still within me.

So, when Abba asked me to prepare myself emotionally for what He was about to expose and deliver regarding "relationships", I didn't know how to approach that.  It hadn't occurred to me that the only way to prepare myself was to simply hold on to Holy Spirit and ask Him to put me in the place I needed to be.  I tried to "ready myself" in my own strength, but I had nothing to grab onto but the flesh. 

Read tomorrow's post to discover the outrageously pathetic (and huge) mistake I made...

Daddy's Girl

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

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Saturday Poem

(cco 1.0 Public Domain)

HEAVEN is My Home

The world is not my oyster,

nor is the world my throne.

My heart rests in the things of God

with thoughts of Him alone.

 

Some people think I’m crazy,

and some think I am mean;

the truth is I’m in love with God

because I’ve been redeemed.

My purchase price is paid for,

secured by His own Blood;

My sins have all been wiped away

with unconditional love.

 

Hey! Don't it make ya curious

about the heart that beats

inside the chest of Abba

void of failing or defeat?

I’m not concerned with this world

nor the “things” it offers me.

My treasure lies above these streets

where human eyes can’t see.

 

I’m into God my Father

and His forecasts alone.

No, this world is not my oyster

because HEAVEN is my Home!

 

(Copyright © 10-7-2013 by Sharon Joy Gramling.  All Rights Reserved.)

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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"All One Family" (a GSM reblog)

Friends, today's post is a reblog from the Glory Shield Ministries website. The post speaks to the general theme of Daddy's heart reaching out and intermingling with ours, which is what "Daddy's Girl" is all about, so I pray you are blessed by it. I know I am blessed when God's hand is seen threading throughout the various writing and teaching ministries He's granted me!

At Glory Shield I get to teach and relay God's scriptural truths in a relaxed, extremely colloquial manner, which I highly enjoy.  Feel free to visit the website (via the link in my profile) and you'll see; it's like having a conversation with my readers, just like God has conversations with me.  Daddy's Girl and Glory Shield and the entire body of online ministry God has entrusted to my hands is a constant wellspring of JOY in my life.  Amen!

[Also, please do look for a Saturday post here this week; thank you for patiently enduring the past two Saturdays without posts.] 

I love and appreciate you all!

Daddy's Girl
 
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"All One Family"
(GSM, April 4, 2013)

Do you think of yourself as a Jew?  I do.  Today's devotional from one of my favorite books of the Bible reveals how God's Spirit defines a Hebrew in truth.  Here's the fabulous scripture from Romans 2:29 -

"...but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God."

What's not to love about that, y'all?  To me that means because of the faith I have in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Patriarchs of old are actually my family! They are my great-great-great (and a thousand more greats) grand-daddies and grand-mamas being discussed, mulled over, celebrated, and remembered.  Because of the condition of my heart which God has secured to His cause by His power and eternal Godhead, Abraham is also my forefather! I am a daughter of Zion and made to inherit all things by Christ Jesus' Blood, my faith in it, and total acceptance of Abba's redemptive plan. Yeeehaawww!  THAT'S something to shout about, kids!

Maker of My Heart


 
It also means that my heart is subject to Abba's directives and desires, and that circumcision of the things of the heart are foremost on His list in cleansing and restoration of my life - our lives. Praising God, worshiping Him, obeying Him, and loving Him are all heart-relational states. He's targeting our hearts for purification, cleansing, miracle transformation, and surgery, friends, to cut away that which contributes to confusion and pain, hurt and wounding, and sin. Jesus is in charge of carrying out all that Abba has orchestrated and created in His coffers for our reconciliation, rejuvenation, deliverance, and utmost healing to be restored to the state of innocence and purity we held in the Garden of Eden when mankind laid, fully formed, a perfect fit for fellowship with God.

Not in the Letter

And our transformation has nothing to do with any good we have done or could ever do; it has nothing to do with keeping the law or its requirements of our own strength or ability to memorize or execute. No, sir... being a Jew by God's definition - part of the Family of Christ - has all to do with recognizing and accepting His work by the Spirit of God within us, remembering that Holy Spirit IS the Spirit of Christ.  He is the Spirit of Truth, and Christ is Truth.  Since "deep calls unto deep", it is the Spirit of God actually calling to Himself within us when our hearts are circumcised by His design; and He recognizes the call and answers it with blessing, and with praise.  Praise from Almighty God is everything, my dear beloved... EVERYTHING.  His blessing, His approval, His everlasting JOY and love are all we will ever need for life and Godliness, sealing us in the realms of His redemptive power forevermore and, through obedience, abiding always in the eternal Family of God.  Amen.


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

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Look What God Has Done!

This is what the Lord can do.  While I have intensely enjoyed the talent and gift for writing since I came to earth, I had not been able to draw or paint anything short of stick figures... until God.

After a difficult trial requiring submission and obedience on levels of tremendous challenge to my soul and emotions, the Lord rewarded me.  He sent a word through my twin sister, Lynette, which basically extended to me an opportunity for blessing in impartation in whatever avenue I desired.

Yes, you heard me.  Abba literally asked me to "choose" what He would give me.  One of the things I chose was the ability to paint.  Holy Spirit then communicated to me that such ability would also require an impartation in drawing in general - understanding "light" and its treatment of the human form and all forms... indeed, everything it touches; for drawing and painting is about light and shadow.  I never knew these things - not even close.

"Sharon in Prayer"
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Then, during my sleep, the Lord showed me a palette of triangular colors separated by white lines... a myriad of different hues and shades and, as I looked, that palette grew closer and closer to my eyes until it went right into me!  Literally, that palette was placed into my body by the Lord; and the understanding that accompanied it regarding light and color and proportion came also... along with the desire to learn more and hone the newborn skills.

Hallelujah!  The gift of impartation is astonishing to me!

I've been drawing and painting ever since, and I've discovered an affinity for charcoals I never knew I had.  The art you see here is the self-portrait I did last year through Daddy's impartation, which still amazes me.  I call it "Sharon in Prayer", and I'm sharing this testimony with all of you to give you hope in our God - to let you know how entirely invested He is in our healing and well-being and, further, that He is indeed the God of all compassion and reward.  Amen.

Daddy rewarded me with the ability - His ability to draw and paint to His Glory... to bring others into close relationship with Him based on the loving kindness of His heart and His miraculous undertakings on our behalf.  I COULD NEVER DRAW BEFORE THIS, Saints! Yet, this work of God's hands through me looks as if I'd been studying art for years... but I hadn't.  It is the work of the Lord through me, and I bless His Holy, benevolent, magnificent Name!

Understanding more about how God can create artistically through His love affair with light has indelibly blessed me.  Artists have a certain, tangible understanding of God's creative process the rest of us don't have; I didn't have it either, until last year, and it's developing in me like a healthy newborn.  I respect His artists very much more than I used to, and I bless His generous, Righteous, Merciful heart towards me.

Remember, friends, that what our God does for one, He'll do for all.  The "secret" is obedience; it's the greatest inroad to His heart.  Continually ask the Lord what you can do for Him and for the advancement of His Kingdom; for the light of His Life to dwell in you and for you to richly bless Him with your presence around His Throne (we are commanded to bless Him, you know), and He will reveal to you the desires of His heart.  If you are tested and tried (which we all will be) and you remain faithful, rest assured, our God will reward you with what will make the burdens you faced seem like water running off of rocks or beading on the backs of ducks...  the JOY will totally eclipse all trial you endured - believe me - and you will come away with a prize of delight in Him of your own choosing that will bless your life forever.

Hunger and thirst for your own intimate, miraculous experiences and relationship with Daddy, beloved.  He awaits you!

DADDY'S GIRL

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dear Godhead, I Love You: Part 3

Loving, truthful expressions have gone out for God the Father and God the Son in previous posts of this series, which has blessed my soul and truly centered me in Them. God willing and enabling me, today I am expressing my heart of unfailing love for God's Holy Spirit.

His "props"


Holy Spirit is often relegated to "back burner" places He shouldn't be, only because many do not understand that He is fully God.  He is the Spirit that dwells within Abba, and I think that is the most powerful, special thing about Him.

"For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God." (1 Cor. 2:11-12)

I boldly and unashamedly proclaim that I could not please God without Holy Spirit.  He is the Spirit of Faith, without which, it is impossible to please the Father.  Remember also that the scriptures declare Christ was raised from the dead by Holy Spirit's power and, among other truths, it is because of this singular place of power and authority the Spirit wields that blaspheming His works (attributing them to the enemy) is considered by the Godhead an unforgiveable act.

"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matt. 12:31-32) 

On the "mushier" side


Holy Spirit is my Divine Cheerleader.  Please don't misunderstand me - He doesn't dispense delusional pep talks - only truth.  But, so much of the time, when the flesh reams me out I am detached from truth, and condemnation blocks my safe return to it.  It's then that Holy Spirit gets His voice in to me, at first, ever so faintly... and my recognition grasps His loving tones like a drowning woman groping a lifesaver.  Then I am drawn, quickly and safely, to shores of encouragement and strength.

If we allow Him, God's Spirit - Who also dwells within us - will "save" us every time. I love Him for that and so many other things.  I love Him for being the personification of persevering love.  He gets dissed and ignored more times than Daddy or Jesus... for He's been assigned the work of dealing and living with us humans on the earth, to bring us into eternity and eternal practices.  What a job!  Yet He does it, willingly, day by day; brick by brick He patiently and lovingly brings us in to the things of Abba and the "Presence of His Name" spoken over our lives and into our lives daily by Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit facilitates and enables the will of the Father and of Christ to take effect in our lives.  Without His "linking", without His loving of us in that place so critical to our relationship with God, we would be lost.  It's His power that draws us and enables us to accept and receive Christ as our Savior... did you know that?  It's completely understandable and, indeed, something to rejoice over when we consider that we're talking about God enabling us to accept God.  God literally taking a part of Himself and putting it into us so that we can receive His fullness through faith in Christ Who died to put us back on righteous terms with Abba.  That's amazing.

Although there is no "time" there, I truly believe my first million years in Heaven will be spent hugging and kissing the Godhead.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit mean all of Heaven and eternity to me, my friends; it's all about Them

Always and forever, Dear Godhead, I LOVE YOU!

Daddy's Girl

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

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dear Godhead, I Love You: Part 2

Wednesday's post extolled the everlasting virtue of Almighty God for what He is to me, constantly and securely, as my Father.  Today, I'm declaring my love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dearest Jesus, I Love You


The part of me that embraces Daddy's definition of marital love is fed and enriched continually by Jesus.  He is my Lord and Master, Savior and Redeemer certainly... but He is also my Husband and the Lover of my soul.  I have found Him Who my soul loves... like a woman loves a man.  Jesus the Christ is my Divine Husband and, without Him, I could never love a human man the way Abba intended.  Jesus has taught my heart, quite literally, "how" to love a man by the Father's definition and plan.  Before coming to know Him in the quiet intimacy we have, I could not righteously embrace marital love; I owe it all to Him.

The vulnerability of His embrace, and the way He trembles with love when I am in His arms brings a level of honest affection to our relationship I have never known before.  Yeshua is my soul's delight, and I am His beloved Bride as are all those fully submitted to the Arm of Abba's redemption. Jesus is that Arm - not only positioned at the Father's right hand, but literally comprising His Arm in strength and righteousness.  He is the King of Glory; of all the world and realm of intimacy with the Father, Jesus is King.  Think about that in relation to the staggering passion Christ has couched in His breast for you.

Like nowhere and with no one else, I feel like a woman with Christ.  All of the rejection that deformed me disappears in His Presence.  I am a woman of God, and His beloved, whenever He is near.  I worship Him and adore Him as a bride to her husband... that's simply our dynamic together.  He is mine and I am His, always.

My Lover teaches me not to be ashamed to expose my heart's door... my testimony of desire for all that is Abba's - His heart and mind and all-encompassing will for my betterment and growth in Him; for my union with He and the Godhead.  Jesus is all about serving Abba and pleasing Him; He consists of the burning fire of desire to accomplish Yahweh's total will for the universe of mankind and all of His creation.  As His own words declare,

"... for I do always those things that please Him." (John 8:29b)

Christ's embrace is the ultimate embrace.  In the Spirit, I have stood with Him in the rainfall of Abba's will for us, and I have melted in His Garments of Obedience and Truth and loving thoughts and intentions towards me.  Indeed, His thoughts are of good and not evil, to give me a hope and a future.  I have felt the warm embrace of His Righteousness all around me, and His strong arms of faithfulness in promises extended to me and my generations in seeds of redemption and life.

There is nothing like the personal, protective love of Christ.  My Divine Husband adores me completely, and I am fully His, forever.  Amen.

Daddy's Girl


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